As a work from home lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur, I’m constantly juggling what feels like a million tasks and a large chunk of them take place away from my desk. I needed to come up with a solution for staying on task while on-the-go and I found it in the Bamboo Slate tablet.
If you are a fan of The Everygirl (because every female should be), then you may have seen them feature the Slate tablet back in November as a part of a giveaway they were hosting and talking about how to keep your holidays stress free. My brain instantly went from thinking beyond the holidays as to how I could use this in my everyday work life to help keep me organized and on task even when I’m away from my desk.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, think about giving her a gift that will produce endless amounts of happiness! It’s no secret that Mothers and Grandmothers alike LOVE to take photos of their kids & grandkids (let’s not forget those of us with fur babies too!). There are countless moments throughout any given day that are photo worthy & there’s nothing worse than missing the moment because she has no space remaining on her phone.
Thankfully the Picture Keeper is here to save all the Mom’s from that dreaded message! Plus, they want to celebrate Mother’s Day with all of you by giving away TWO special gift packages full of goodies from talented Etsy artists. If you scroll to the bottom, you can view the fabulous gift guides + enter to win.
Organization / Travel
Hey friends, I’m officially back from my unofficial month of “sabbatical” away from the blog! It was very unintentional to disappear for the past 5 weeks, but I spent the better part of March in Wisconsin visiting lots of family, followed by my Mom coming out for a visit where we spent a few days relaxing at the Autocamp in Santa Barbara and then Sean having spring break. It all just felt like I needed to step away and really enjoy each of those experiences.
If you remember back at the beginning of the year, we took a road trip up north to wine country and stayed at the Autocamp location in the Russian River. We loved the experience so much, that I wanted to take my Mom (and Dexie) to the Santa Barbara location for a little getaway while she was in town. It was only 35 minutes from me, which made it the perfect staycation!
We all know how hectic traveling can be and having a few key items is crucial towards a smooth process through check-in, security and throughout the flight. Today I’m sharing with you what I use to stay organized when I travel.
Let’s rewind first to how I used to be. I’d be approaching the check-in counter and need to dig in one area of my tote bag for my boarding pass, then go find my wallet to locate my ID and then I’d shove those back into a random pocket because they make you feel like you’re the slowest person in the world. Am. I . Right?!?!
Guys, I’m having a real pinch me moment! My first ever piece of photography has been brought to life and is actually hanging on my dining room wall. It’s not just any photography print, but one that I took with my very own camera while on our trip to Italy last summer. I’ve always dreamed of having my own artwork adorn the walls of our home and now it’s finally come true with help from my friends over at Minted.
When the Minted team & I were discussing this project I was initially leaning towards picking out a few pieces of artwork that could sit above one of my sofas in the living room. I was really drawn to these cactus prints by Wilder California, but I kept getting held up on (a) what size prints to order because the wall space is so large and (b) my gut instinct telling me to ask if I could print one of my own pieces.
Lifestyle / Recipes
We’re taking Wisconsin comfort food and elevating it to the next level with this Sweet Potato Tot Casserole complete with homemade vegan cream of mushroom soup.
I have always said, if I was on death row & had to choose my final meal it would be my Mom’s tater tot casserole. That’s a serious commitment right there that I’d want my final bites to be something as simple as a tater tot casserole, but I have loved this recipe since I was a little kid.
I’ve made my Mom’s version of this recipe for some of my California friends & family and they immediately give a slight chuckle when I tell them what I’m making because it fits the Wisconsin stereotype that we love our meat and potatoes. Well … we do. That and beer, along with cheese curds. Hey, we aren’t complicated creatures! I think it comes down to the word “casserole,” they don’t seem to use it out here on the West Coast. Boy are they missing out!
❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day!! ❤️
I’ll be honest, I’m the girl that doesn’t make a big deal about Valentine’s Day. I mean, I won’t turn down flowers or a sweet gift, but I don’t have some unreasonable expectations as to an extravagant plan laid out for the night. I will however indulge in some dark chocolate fondue like I shared over on the Murphy-Goode blog while lounging on the couch watching Netflix!
Honestly, this chocolate fondue is SO GOOD and it only has 3 ingredients — 70% dark chocolate, coconut cream & almond milk. What you dip into the pot is totally up to you!
As a freelance lifestyle, family, portrait, event, food and travel photographer I’m always carrying around a lot of camera gear. As much as I love my crossbody or tote bags, I was on the hunt for a stylish AND functional camera backpack that would be ready at a moments notice to be on-the-go.
When I first started my research into looking at camera backpacks I was drawn to the stylish aspect first when I needed to be looking at functionality as a priority. I’ve gotten caught up in that trap before & have spent hundreds of dollars on beautiful leather camera bags only to find that they didn’t fit my camera as well as they claimed or they weren’t practical for my lifestyle. #fail