This weekend we went to Dallas. We left yesterday around 3 and drove on ice all the way home. Needless to say, we were stuck in the car for several more hours than we planned, and I missed the Oscars. My favorite thing about awards shows are the beautiful dresses and I love seeing people win. I also love it when a brand new person in the tough world of Hollywood, wins out after going up against seasoned actors. And of course I’m talking about Lupita Nyong’o. She has been stunning on every red carpet this season. She can do no wrong. Here’s proof. And of course her perfect dress from last night’s Oscars.During her acceptance speech she said this, “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
I love that. I am such a dreamer. I am so lucky that I had parents that told me that I could do anything I wanted, that I could be whatever and whoever I wanted to be. They never held me back or told me I couldn’t. I think it is so important that we not squash other people’s dreams. Even when they do sound outlandish.
So many of us have a dream that we aren’t chasing because we don’t believe in ourselves. Some of us have been told that we can’t do it, or that our dreams are silly. So many of us aren’t following our dreams because we feel like it’s selfish to do what we want to do. So many of us aren’t doing what we dream of because we let other things get in the way. Some of us have even forgotten our dreams.
BUT your dreams are valid.
I dare you to remember the dream you once had. I dare you to dream again. I dare you to stop making excuses. I dare you to write it down. I dare you to share your dream with your close friends. Share it with the people that are going to encourage you. Share it with the people that are going to build you up. Just share it. Share it with people that are going to hold you accountable. Share it with someone that is going to check up on you. Share it with someone that won’t let you forget again.
And then start working towards making your dream a reality. Make lists and plans and goals. And do it.
No matter where you are from. No matter how old you are. No matter how young you are. No matter how little money you have. No matter how busy you are. No matter how discouraged you are. YOUR DREAMS ARE VALID.
And I believe in you. You can do it! Chase your dreams! Turn them into reality.
I dare you.
Good afternoon to you! It’s Friday! This weekend we are headed to Dallas for a miniature birthday weekend. Hoping to see lots of friends and eat some french toast. This week I shared my birthday wishlist and my experience at Rails Girls Houston. And here are some other fun links for your afternoon:
this sweet letter from a daddy to his daughter.
how fun are these patterned ceilings!
nutella anything is good. but these simple brownies sound awesome.
dream cabin. how lovely is this?
pictures taken by protesters when they invaded the Ukrainian presidents abandoned home.
holy moly! what a creative mom!
what this NFL player is doing during off season.
i love this story of the kindness of a man who has been wronged.
this oklahoma school is teaching real life skills.
rescuing a baby bird! this is amazing. i love how ugly cute she is.
this AMAZING diy. check out Mandi’s blog. She does some really great things. Okay, TONS of really great things.
a clean eating blog with simple doable recipes. follow her on instagram too.
okay, people, that’s all I got! Have a beautiful weekend! You deserve it.
This past weekend I had the incredible opportunity to go to an event in Houston and learn about building web apps. I heard about Rails Girls when someone posted about an event in Utah on Instagram. When I went to the website I saw that there was going to be one in Houston in just a few weeks. I applied and was accepted! All of their events are geared toward women, although they do accept men. Here is a little blurb from their website. And some photos from the event. All of these were taken from their flickr account. And are not my own.
“Our aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. We do this by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable. Learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming and get introduced to the world of technology. Rails Girls was born in Finland, but is nowadays a global, non-profit volunteer community”
Thanks for stopping by!
One week from today will be my 25th birthday. 25! Last night Corey asked me what I wanted, so I thought I would make him a cute little graphic and some convenient links.
First off, I have been drooling over this simple leather bag from Madewell for several months. I’m not one to spend a ton of money on a handbag, but that is one I would invest in.
Next is a LUSH gift card. Along with this gift card I want a friend to make the trek with me to the nearest LUSH store. It’s so far away. And it’s at a mall. I do not want to go to the mall by myself.
These summer sandals. They are so perfect, but alas they are out of my size (which is 8.5, in case you needed to know…). I have worn the same black sandals 3 summers in a row, but I don’t have any brown ones. And I just love these.
Next up, I would love to have some cheap watercolors to just try out. It’s one of my goals this year to try watercolors. Along with this I would like some watercolor paper.
And finally, this item is a little pricier, but I have been wanting a juicer for a long time. There are so many yummy recipes I’ve been wanting to try. Does anyone have this juicer, or one they recommend? You can let Corey know in the comments…
So there you have it, sweet husband of mine. But feel free to go off script.
Tomorrow I am sharing about my Rails Girls Houston experience this past weekend! Y’all have a wonderful day.
Happy Friday, beautiful people!
This week we got to buy a new Xbox because Corey’s died a little earlier in the week. We weren’t planning on upgrading for at least another year, so we were pretty bummed. But then, Corey’s boss asked him to do a little extra training on Saturday, and the pay from that covers quite a bit of the cost! So tomorrow Corey will spend most of his day learning to restrain students and spend the rest of his weekend playing games. And I will be attending Rails Girls Houston! I’ll let you know how that goes on Monday. And now here are some fun links:
Brand Minimization. I love it when designers change logos for fun. But if every brand minimized, it might look kind of boring in grocery store aisles.
An online copy editor. You can write directly in the box or paste something that you have already written.
This is my dream sofa. Love love love.
10 famous people that turned SNL down.
I want to try to sew my own clothes. Rubyellen always makes it look so easy.
We have started watching Cheers on Netflix. This isn’t a quality video, but the song and that opener brought back soooo many memories.
A new business venture for Elise. So exciting!
We had curling on the other night when I was trying to wash the dishes and I was entranced. Here’s how it actually works. I love a nice infographic.
20 beautiful children’s books.
If Friends had used suggested hashtags.
The Head and the Heart released a music video!
Productivity tips from the POTUS. I just learned what that meant a few days ago. Has that been used before Obama?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with the people that you love!
Several months ago I heard about BookDigits. I use Goodreads to track the books that I’ve read, and to find new books to read. But I thought the idea of Bookdigits was really neat. The main thing that kept me from switching when I first heard about it was that I had 2+ years of history at Goodreads, and I didn’t want to switch over and lose all of it. But now they have an easy peasy way to import your Goodreads history.The main thing that separates BookDigits from Goodreads, is the rating system. On Goodreads, you know that a book got 4.3 stars out of 5, and you end up reading it and you would have scored it a 2.3. On Bookdigits, instead of an arbitrary number, a book review is broken down into several categories as seen below. First you give it a letter grade (A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc). Next there is a sliding scale for if it was more literature or entertainment. Then (this is the best part) you break the book down by theme and give each theme a percentage. Traditional genres are so broad, this way of breaking down the themes really gives you a better idea of what the book has for you. Next, you give it a level of addictiveness, how much potential it has to be made into a movie, and how much re-readability it has. That tells you so much more about a book than the star system. And as you can see it gives you some of the same information that Goodreads does: Publish date, amount of pages, synopsis, related books, etc. But this rating system is what really sets BookDigits apart.And you know how you broke down the book by theme? Well now you can search for books within the theme that you choose. So right now, I’m really enjoying books with a “coming of age” theme, so I just click on that theme and BAM, a whole list of books about coming of age. Neat, huh?And the last cool thing is that within your “to-read” list you can set up priority. If I add a book, and think that’s something I want to read in a year or if I add a book that I want to check out the next time I’m at the library, I can put a filter (Low, Medium, or High Priority) on it and view it that way. It’s just a nice way to not forget about a book that I added 3 months ago, that I really want to read now. I can put it as High Priority, and it won’t get shoved to the bottom of the list (because you know I’m adding several books a day).The next thing I’m waiting for BookDigits to do is make an app. So for now I will try to use this exclusively for a couple of weeks and see if I’m ready to make the final switch. Let me know if you check out Bookdigits and what you think.
Have a fantastic rest of the day.
Hello and happy Monday afternoon!I was lucky enough to have the day off from work, but Corey did not. So I took advantage of the alone time and went to a local coffee shop, a couple of antique and thrift stores, got my car inspected, made up a meal plan for the week and went to the grocery store. While I sure do miss my husband, I’m sure he is thrilled to have missed out on all that fun. Well, minus the coffee part. Above you will see the lamp that I have been dreaming of, that I finally got, a hankie to frame that will almost complete the gallery wall in the kitchen, and my yummy iced toddy and meal from lunch.
I hope you also had a wonderful Monday. Come back tomorrow because I’m sharing something neat that I’m trying.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Dallas for the bridal shower of my dear friend, Rebecca. She has so kindly asked me to stand next to her on her big day in March, along with a group of the sweetest, most creative women. We were going to have the shower at a local tea room, but Chelsey and Rebecca live in the cutest house with an open floor plan that works out well for parties. We had a lot of fun planning this shower to honor her, and here are some pictures from that day.Since Becca invited women from all different times in her life,not everyone knew each other, so I made these little name tag brooches for everyone to wear.Instead of a guest book, we had a white tea pot that everyone signed to go along with our tea party theme. We served little finger foods, sandwiches, and cookies. Aren’t they beautiful? They were just as delicious. They were made by a friend of one of the girls. You can find Sue’s blog here. (You can email her for custom orders!) All the girls and even their moms pitched in. Chelsey’s mom made those little platters out of vintage plates and this kit. Of course we served tea. And the favors were these sweet little tea bags, and they were able to take home the vintage cup and saucer that they used.The mother of the groom and bride.Chelsey and the lovely bride.And me and the lovely bride!
I am so excited to see you marry the man of you dreams in a few short weeks!
This past weekend we did a lot of coffee drinking and Olympics watching. During this time we had a lot of time to talk. And we made a deal.
Corey is going to make me go running every time he does.
And I am going to teach him to cook.
Who do you think is more nervous about this deal?
Wish us luck!
Hello and happy Wednesday! I hope your day had been radical so far. I don’t usually use that term, but Corey texted me this morning and wished me a radical day. So there’s that.Today I wanted to share my weekly smoothie prep. It makes morning time smoothie making so much more convenient. And when it’s convenient I am much less likely to go to Starbucks.
This recipe kind of came together out of things I like and things I had on hand. And now I buy these specific things and prep them each week. Sometimes I add extra produce I have on hand or things that might be going bad soon. Each one has:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon chia seed
- 1 teaspoon flax seed
- 10 (ish) almonds
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 banana
- 3 strawberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
Just add all the ingredients into your tupperware, put the lid on and stick it in the freezer. I like to cut up the strawberries and bananas so they fit better and once frozen, they come out of the tub a little easier. Some of mine were a little full and I had to mush em down a little, but it’s all going to be blended up, so that’s ok.
The morning of, I add a splash of milk, a couple of ounces of a probiotic, and a couple spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt and blend blend blend. This makes a pretty big smoothie. It’s enough for breakfast and a little afternoon snack.
Let me know if you try this out, or if you have a favorite smoothie recipe.
Have a wonderful rest of the day!