Tips and Tricks to Every Stage of Going for Bold Bangs

Full bangs are a bold and stylish choice. Most of us start out as little girls with full bangs, and getting them chopped again can make us worry we'll look like our eight year old selves. I went for it and got full bangs Fall 2016, and I'm so glad I did! I wanted to share some tips and tricks for every stage of bangs. 


Cozy Fall Lunch & Pumpkin Patch

Today we hosted a festive lunch and pumpkin patch get-together. It was a wonderful time to gather, adventure, and relax with family who are friends, and friends who are family. 


I'm addicted to striped dresses

Squinty smiles (as seen above) have been a signature of mine my whole life. 
Striped dresses seem to be my new signature item. 


Salted Caramel Cashew Butter

When it comes to fall flavors I am somewhat of a pumpkin girl, but I am a major salted caramel girl. I remember when Starbucks first released the flavor when I was in college. I had many a salted caramel mocha and hot chocolate that year. 
For the last couple of weeks I had an urge to make some cashew butter, and thought I could add in some extras to give it that addicting sweet and salty flavor. 


Falling for Jewel Tones

Fall has hit hard and suddenly in the Willamette Valley! My husband's brother got married on September 16th, and it was a beautiful sunny 80 degree day. The next day it poured, and it didn't stop for several days! 
While living in Hermiston the last few years I did not experience the turbulent season changes of the valley, and I've been enjoying cracking the window to hear the rain. The woods pictured in these photos are just feet from my home, and their scent wanders in with the rain. 
This season is perfect for the deeper, richer hues of jewel tones, my style feature today.


Hold on tight, trust, and go for it

My dad is most definitely a kid at heart. I completely get my sense of adventure from him.
This summer he created a 60 foot super slip-n-slide from a tarp. It careens down the steep incline in his backyard. He hitched a rope along the hill to help sliders climb up, positioned a hose at the top, and inflated inner tubes.


An open letter to teachers in August

Dear Teacher,

From kindergartners to college students, there is something refreshing, renewing, and hopeful about a new school year. It causes students to wonder what could happen this year, how they could grow, and how they could impact others. This shimmery, energized feeling fades for some, but I believe it is a small part of why we teachers choose our profession. The end of the summer is like our New Years: it holds promise.

Sometimes, that promise can be what keeps us teachers going.

Teachers, as you stand in your empty classroom and imagine those desks filled with students, allow yourself to be captivated by the newness of the school year.


Enjoying Summer to the Fullest: Casual Style

When I was growing up, we did back to school shopping HARD. CORE. It was a blast. My mom, sis, and I would hit the mall for hours at a time and find tons of cute styles. We would do fashion shows when we got home. When the first day of school rolled around, I was so excited to wear my brand new cordouroys and sweater, but when recess rolled around I found myself sweating buckets on the playground because it was still 80 degrees out. 


Brunch Menu: Mini Pancake Skewers, Frittata, and Fruit Pizza

Not gonna lie, I am totally eating the leftovers from this delicious brunch as a I compose this post.
On Sunday, we had several of Daniel's friends from high school over for brunch. One of the things we have loved the most about moving closer to home is being able to host loved ones much more often. It brings both of us joy to make our home a place of gathering, good food, comfort, and laughter for others.

I'm sharing all of the recipes I used for this brunchy gathering.

Brunch Menu :

Fruit Pizza
Bacon & Sausage Frittata
Mini Pancake Skewers
Drinks :
Orange Juice
 Simply Peach Juice 

Quick tip: I baked all of my bacon in the oven before beginning any recipes. Just place the bacon on a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. It's a major time saver. Do you ever prepare bacon in the oven? It's a great and less messy alternative to stovetop frying. 

My favorite part to make was an original idea of mine, the mini pancake skewers!


Stripes in Southern Oregon

In my last style post, I talked about our first night on our trip to Ashland.
On our second day, we enjoyed exploring the city!
There is a huge park right on the edge of town called Lithia Park.
Footbridges cross a shallow creek surrounded by lush trees, duck ponds are beautifully landscaped with colorful blooms.
Locals jog the trails or bask in the sun and tourists (like me) explore the park.


At the Heart of Me

I recently went through a rite of passage of all twenty-somethings:
Going through all of my things in boxes at my dad's house.
I found soccer trophies, knick knacks that used to belong on my bookshelves, college textbooks from freshmen year I should have sold, piles and piles of pictures, years of birthday cards, toys I remembered and loved, a stash of empty cd cases, long-lost treasures of clothes (including some overalls I bought when I was fifteen that sadly didn't fit anymore), and tons of junk that must have been sentimental at some point but I couldn't remember what the meaning was now.


Rompin' around Ashland

Oregon is such a diverse state both in landscape, culture, and style. We just went on vacation to Ashland, OR- home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival! 


Red Quinoa Thai Curry Bowl

You know when you have a night to yourself, and you dream up all these fun things you will do? For me, the plan consists of watching a girly show I never make time for (Switched at Birth), doing some yoga, and making an adventurous dinner I wouldn't want to force on my husband. 
Most often, that last item ends up taking my whole time!


The Land of Silence

As a creative person and someone who feels things deeply, the Book of Psalms really speaks to me. I've been reading through the psalms at a snail's pace since September. This morning while reading through Psalm 93, verse 17 stood out to me:

If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. 

How often do I stop to think about what life would be like without God? If he wasn't holding me together when life tried to break me? If I didn't know I could turn to him for truth and encouragement in dark times? If I didn't trust his purposes and plans through the daily rhythms of my life? If I didn't have his joy and healing restoring me day after day?