Organization / Travel
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
Gone are the days of not being able to snap photos from my phone because I don’t have enough storage! Thankfully the Picture Keeper is to the rescue and now I’m able to capture everyday moments at my hearts content.
The Picture Keeper couldn’t come into my life at a better time! It felt like weeks after I got my brand new iPhone 6 + last year that I was getting that dreaded “Cannot Take Photo” message. I swear there have been days I’ve wanted to chuck my phone across the room. I’ve cleared off every app I may not use on the regular, had less that 40 photos at any given time (couldn’t even take a video) and I’m still getting that message. Does anyone else feel like these phone companies sabotage your storage just so you feel like you need to go drop another $700 on a new phone?
Let’s kick off a new series on the blog this year giving you a little glimpse inside what my I’m up to on the weekend! Often times, it’s not much, but there are some bursts of energy to get out & play.
Can we first discuss who’s brilliant idea it was to work 5 days and have only 2 days off? Actually, I think I know this answer. It may have started with Henry Ford creating the car & by popular demand of the vehicles, he had to move to more production. Blah! The funny thing is, as my own boss, I certainly don’t have to condemn to these standards. I’ve considered doing the 4-day workweek & leaving Friday’s for creative outlets, educational learning, etc.