I got an amazing facial on Saturday for a really good price, so I had to tell you all about it. It was at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute (meaning the facials are done by a student and supervised by an instructor) on Capitol Hill, and was only $42 for a 60 minute facial. (They also have a 90 minute one for $50, but I didn’t quite have enough time for that). Ohmygawd. Talk about a stress reliever. It’s safe to say that I will be going back as soon as possible.

Hey, you! Go now. You won’t regret it.


Book Club: #15

This book was very…thought provoking. At times I would even say it was intense (but I don’t think it would be that way for everyone). I realized while attempting to write this post for the 4th time in a row that there is no way for me to share my thoughts without giving away a major plot twist. I’ll just say that there is a lot about this book that I can relate to on a surface-level, which made me think a lot about things on a much deeper level. My favorite parts, and the ones that made me think the hardest, were the ones from the perspective of the children. They really are more perceptive than adults give them credit for.

Side note: James Agee died suddenly in 1955 at the young age of 45. There is a lot of speculation about whether the published book and ending were in fact what he intended them to be. I think the editors did a good job with what they had, but boy. I wish I could know what he would have done.

Second side note: This is the cover on the book my brother let me borrow and it freaks. Me. Out.

Made by someone else.

I didn’t paint this. But since it’s better than anything I could ever paint, I thought it was definitely worth sharing. Last weekend at my bridal shower in my home town of Vancouver, WA my friend Kaley gave me this beautiful painting she did of the monkey puzzle tree on UW’s campus (see significance here). It was the perfect gift.


American Brewing Company

A couple of weeks ago Steve and I went with some friends to the American Brewing Company in Edmonds. Thanks to a dealDIGGER find, we were able to get a tasting (my favorite beer was the American Blonde) and pint for free, plus our own personal tour.

Skip, one of the owners, happened to be in so we got to taste a new beer directly from the big ol’ kettle.


*All photos courtesy of Steve.

Book Club: #14

This book was amazing. It’s a very well written love story with characters who are very easy to connect with, and it takes place in England. All huge positives, right? One major downer – the ending sucks. Bad. But if I didn’t think it was worth reading, I wouldn’t have it in the book club. (Obviously you guys. It may be a book club of 1, but it is oh so powerful.) Since I can guarantee that not everyone agrees with me about the ending being a poor choice by Mr. McEwan, I think you should read it. And then watch the movie. (James McAvoy is just the cutest.)


Quick and easy dinner

I didn’t take any photos to go with today’s post. I realized the battery on my camera was dead when it was too late to charge it, and I was way too hungry to wait.

But here’s a quick and delicious dinner to make:

Breaded Baked Chicken

Gnocchi with Herb Pesto

(We don’t have a food processor at the moment, so I cheated a little and used store-bought pesto).

And just for (random) kicks, here are two of my favorite photos taken last year in NYC.


DIY: Envelopes

Even though this was yesterday’s post on my wedding blog, I decided that I should probably share it over here too. It’s a really simple and easy way to make an envelope. (I decided to make the envelopes for our wedding invitations because it was almost impossible to find size A4 envelopes (4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″) in a color other than white.)

Here are some instructions in case you want to get crafty too.

1. Buy a giant pad of scrapbook paper. I bought this at Joann’s a few months ago and I think with a 40% coupon it was around $10.

2. Make a template from a store bought envelope and trace. I used an x-acto knife instead of scissors and cut three sheets at a time.

3. Cut out a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ sturdy piece of cardboard (I used the lid of a J.Crew box) to use as the template for symmetrical and straight edges.

4. Use a ruler to fold up the sides. Press along the seams for a crisp edge.

5. Add double stick tape to the sides.

6. Fold up the rest of the way and double check to make sure it’s symmetrical.

Apple Crisp

Last week I decided to use our first wedding gift (A lasagna pan! Already in the top 3 nicest things we own!) to make some apple crisp for a dinner party. The recipe I used is actually called an “Apple Brown Betty”. (This is the book I got it from. If you act fast you can buy it used on Amazon for .23 cents right now. I swear to you, it’s worth at least twice that.) It calls for bread crumbs and walnuts – neither of which I’m familiar with on an apple-crisp-type dessert, but it was pretty darn good. I would suggest serving it warm over coconut ice cream.