• 6 Reasons We Did A First Look

  • 100 Trips Of A Lifetime

  • Current Treasures

  • Current Treasures


6 Reasons We Did A First Look

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In general, we tried to avoid a lot of wedding traditions: no veil, no bouquet / garter toss (or garter, for that matter), no best man or maid of honor, no incorporation of religion. We also decided to do almost all of our photos before the wedding and decided to do a first look prior to seeing our guests. There are several reasons why we decided to do a first look before our wedding.
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6 Reasons Why We Decided To Do A First Look

1. We wanted to share a special moment between the two of us.

Call us selfish, but we wanted to have that special moment for ourselves. We knew that we wouldn’t get a ton of time together during the wedding, so we decided to share this special moment between ourselves (and photographer, of course).
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I was nervous that the moment would be lost if we went the traditional route, since I get extremely nervous in front of groups of people (see below). To really share and feel each other’s reaction was really beautiful. And I’m so happy that we did that. It was one of my favorite parts of the day.

2. We wanted to calm our nerves.

I get nervous in front of people. Very nervous. For example, in high school I participated in theatre as a stage manager, never on stage. I get anxious and nervous and feel like my stomach is going to fall out of my butt. So having a chance to get a lot of emotions out prior to standing in front of our loved ones was really, really nice.
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100 Trips Of A Lifetime

The other day Matt and I were having a conversation about how we’re ready to go on another trip sometime soon. Let’s ignore the fact that we took a day trip up to Canada last weekend and were out in Bora Bora in June. I’ve got the wanderlust and I’ve got it bad. I was looking through some Pinterest board and found Business Insider’s list of 100 tips to take in your lifetime, 2015 edition. And beleive me when I say that I desperately want to visit all 100 places. Afer flipping through the list, however, I noticed that I’ve actually had the chance to complete about 10% of the list. While that may not seem like a big deal, I view myself as incredibly lucky to have been able to experience such amazing travels. Below are the experiences I’ve taken thus far, those that are close or similar to ones listed, and the ones that are at the top of my wish list.


Snap the ultimate tourist shot at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Grand Canyon - sunset
Admittedly, the sunset shot isn’t the best and I prefer some of the other photos that I took of the Grand Canyon and our hike on the South Kaibab Trail. I am so happy that I was able to make it out to the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon - South Kaibab Trail
Without sounding too dramatic, the view is a life changing experience.

Taste some of the best pizza in the world in Naples, Italy.

So I realize that I have zero pictures of my very limited time in Naples, so instead, here is a picture of a cool status in Pompei, because it is basically the same thing. Oh, and the pizza is delicious throughout Italy, not just Napoli.

Stroll along the banks of the Seine river in Paris.

Seine, Paris, France
The first time I went to Paris, with my mother, we actually took a little cruise down the Seine, which was gorgeous. When Matt and I went in 2013 we made sure to go for lots of walks along the river.

Get lost in the maze of gardens at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, France.

Versailles, France
Maybe the most beautiful place in the world. Stunning, gardens! I would love to revisit these gardens.

Go diving in Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef.

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When I was in my junior year of college, I studied abroad in Australia. My first experience in the country was heading up to Cairns, jumping on a boat, and going to explore the Great Barrier Reef for a day. We spent time snorkeling and SCUBA diving with the gorgeous reef, fish, and turtles. And if you missed it, check our my post about SCUBA diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

Take a tasting tour through Franschhoek, one of South Africa’s best-known winemaking regions.

Franschhoek Cellars Wine and Cheese Pairing
Okay, Franschhoek might be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Matt and I went there a couple of times while we were living in South Africa. We ended up doing many wine tastings, including getting 20 glasses of wine for about $12. Franschhoek is a must if you visit South Africa!

Drive along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, and admire the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.

Big Sur
I lived in California for about 27 years and only drive all the way along the PCH once. The most beautiful part of the drive, in my opinion, is Big Sur.

Close but no cigar?

There are a couple of places and things on this list that I came close to doing but not quite.
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Current Treasures

Current Treasures

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loving. Victoria, British Columbia! We went on a little day trip to the great land of the north and I fell in love.
smelling. The beach babe wellness water mist from i smell great. Officially obsessed.
writing. about a thousand blog posts. I’m feeling really energized about blogging again and I have a ton of posts prepped featuring our wedding, honeymoon, and move.
reading. A Clash of Kings, the 2nd book in the A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones series.
watching. BIG BROTHER. always and forever. Anyone else watching this season? It might be my favorite since BB12.
craving. water! As I mentioned last week, I’m trying (and usually succeeding in) to drink 1 gallon of water a day.
obsessing. over instagram.
wishing. that the magical cleaning fairy would visit our home on a weekly basis.
needing. to stop forgetting my backup password for my phone. Oops.
wanting. a new wardrobe. And apparently, extra spending monies.
trying. to organize my life as a lady who works from home.
eating. all the oysters.
drinking. leftover wine and gin from our wedding. Life is so hard.
feeling. grateful for all the wonderful people in my life.
hoping. that I will stick to my blogging plan.
clicking. on the links below.

Weekly Reads

The simplest health plan that we can all do.
How to doggy-proof your home.
How to make your own sage smudge sticks.
5 ways to naturally stop a headache.
Whiten laundry without chlorine bleach!
Get rid of stains, without hard chemicals.
9 tips for organizing tabletops.
Similarly, how to organize a nice and neat nightstand.
Plants, everywhere!
Boho braids for curly hair.
How to track the success of your blog’s content.
10 ways to actually avoid toxins (or, how to do a body good)
5 things to know before you buy a home.
I’m so into all of these weird wine pairings. Because potato chips and champagne is where it is at.
How to start saving for big milestones in your twenties (or thirties).
Getting rid of those under eye circles, naturally.