| weekly grams | mine + yours

week 3 //

I got busy last week and didn't get around to posting my weekly favorites.
I double up this week and shared a few more.
Having fun sharing all these great photos I come across.
I was thinking of starting some sort of weekly or bi-weekly photo challenge with a hashtag to find them all. Have a theme each week and choose from those that used the hashtag...
What do you think??

Anywho, here's some grams for you!

mine //

yours //

  1. stormierhoades
  2. lesleefalk
  3. everythingemilyblog
  4. anniekoelle
  5. whoajess
  6. aspensummit
  7. jennyeveryday
  8. annehilldesign
  9. kellitrontel
Have a great weekend!!


wear // feeling like fall

It's finally feeling like fall.
If you live in California, like myself, then you are probably just as excited as I am.
I have been longing for some cooler weather and maybe even some rain.

Fall means we can bust out that super cute fall attire that we have been hoarding away since last year. And also add to it with all the fun new pieces you have been acquiring for the last few months.
I can't go to Target with out browsing through the flannels and jackets!

I was never a flannel person before, but now I can't get enough of them.
It's probably the one thing I find myself wearing most often lately (even in the 90 degree weather).
I love pulling together different looks with them- dressed up or super casual.


Mixing a fun graphic tee, a flannel and an awesome chunky necklace kind of makes me weak in the knees!
I have been building up my accessory collection lately- I use to wear one boring plastic necklace everyday.
I am constantly on the look out for must have pieces everywhere I go. Target has been my source lately, as well as some great online shops that I have come across through Facebook or Instagram.

I am excited for it to get colder!!
I am ready for actual scarf weather, like yesterday!


What have you been excited to wear for Fall??


recipe // moscow mule

I have a new favorite drink...
The ever so popular Moscow Mule has made it's way in to my life and I don't ever want it to leave.
I usually never go for mixed drinks (unless it's my Mom's margarita) that involve vodka- long story.
But I thought I would give these a try, I mean what's the worst that could happen... Don't answer that.
I love these little guys and even added an "essential" twist.

  • 2 oz of vodka (I used a Citrus vodka)
  • 2 drops of Young Living Lime Essential Oil  (Ask me how you can yourself some) or juice from half a lime
  • 1/2 a bottle of Ginger Beer (I wasn't too exact, just filled it to the top of the glass)
  • Ice

Time to mix

Add the ice and 2 oz of vodka to a glass (I was hoping to have those lovely copper cups, but couldn't find any, but any glass will do)

Add 2 drops of Young Living Lime Essential Oil or the juice from half of a lime. Save the other half for garnish

Add in half of your Ginger Beer. I found this one at Target, it's great by itself too.


Give it a stir.

Add a lime slice for garnish. I saw some recipes also use mint, but I am not really a fan so I opted out.

Now get some friends together and enjoy a few rounds of these bad boys.

What's your favorite mixed drink?? I'm up for trying new ones, leave some suggestions in the comments.


just because /// the bouqs

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The other day my husband and I were discussing the when one should give/receive flowers. From my husbands stand point he thinks all holidays that require so, such as anniversaries, birthdays, mother's day, and those other calendar noted holidays. I completely agree with this, but also think those random-acts-of-flower-giving (RAOFG- I will take credit for coining that) are just as special as receiving them on noted holidays.

To me getting flowers out of the blue, has so much more meaning behind it. Thought and extra effort put into getting someone those flowers is definitely swoon-worthy! Take note men (and ladies!). They don't have to be this HUGE amount of flowers, a simple bouquet will do the trick. Heck, they don't even need to come in a vase, I enjoy making up those arrangements myself- kind of therapeutic in a way.


But when those hallmark holidays roll around, it's probably the one gift I look forward to receiving. Fresh flowers and a sweet note will make my day that much more special than any gift. I am definitely a hopeless romantic at heart!

And while it is lovely to receive, it is just as great to give. To those who would least expect it and who would greatly appreciate it. For example, the other day I had an extra arrangement made up and decided I would do a RAOFG (random-act-of-flower-giving). Surprised my sweet neighbor with a lovely bouquet, just because. Her response was better than expected, she was actually quite speechless- WINNING!


I received this bouquet of flowers from The Bouqs last week. I was so excited to come home to see the box at my front door. This sustainable and eco-friendly company makes ordering flowers less of a headache and so enjoyable. Their flowers are grown on the side of a volcano, yes you read that right, in South America and also in the beautiful sunny California. The quality of service and product is quite remarkable. Flowers don't sit in warehouses wilting and waiting to be shipped to customers. They don't harvest until you have ordered- How awesome is that. They also have a hassle-free Concierge Service, schedule those important dates or just because occasions to send flowers to those special people, what other online flower service does that!?

They have such a great selection of beautiful floral arrangements to choose from- these were the Peace Bouquet and I LOVE them! You choose from 3 different price points- I went with the Deluxe and so happy with the amount that I receive. Bouquets ship with in 2-4 days of ordering and sent to the destination of choice. The Bouqs is seriously the best and easiest way to send flowers!

Now go send that special person some Just Because flowers, I guarantee that they will be over-the-moon thrilled!!


| weekly grams | mine + yours

// Week 2

1 // slow jams blasting
2 // mama holding her babies
3 // weekend pin-fest
4 // #nationalcoffeeday

1 // sarahkathleenphoto :: if this photo doesn't make you want to travel, then you're crazy
2 // jamiedawn :: 1. I want an old brick wall 2. The simplicity of this photo makes it quite dreamy
3 // katycartland :: This door is absolutely amazing!
4 // fusillo.foto :: This photo is awesome. You don't really see payphones every where now a days, this was such a great capture.

Go check out all these folks. Who are some of your favorite Instagrammers to follow?? Please do share


taking stock // week 2

So much excitement in our family this week. My sister and her husband welcomed their first child over the weekend- a handsome little boy! We are all smitten with him!!

Making : an effort to wake up early and make my husband his lunch every morning
Cooking : my husband has been doing most of the cooking right now, been a little exciting with my sister just having her baby this past weekend
Drinking : coffee
Reading: trying to catch up on some blogs
Wanting: a small nap
Looking: at pictures of my new Nephew
Playing: nothing much
Wasting: time on social media (instagram addict)- nothings changed there
Sewing: I need to pull out my machine and work on something
Wishing: for cooler weather and some rain
Enjoying: using my essential oils
Waiting: my essential oil order to arrive
Liking: chunky necklaces
Wondering: what it's going to feel like to be a year older this month
Loving: seeing my kids love on their new baby cousin
Hoping: to get working on a few diy projects soon
Marvelling: my nephew... did I mention he is such a cutie
Needing: some cooking inspiration, feeling like it's the same meals every week
Smelling: essential oils // Thieves is my jam right now!
Wearing: workout clothes
Following: I stopped following what is happening in the news right now, it's stressing me out
Noticing: how fast my kids are growing... why don't they stop
Knowing: my family is amazing
Thinking: I need to be a little more organized
Feeling: lucky for what I have
Bookmarking: photography posts
Opening: nothing much
Giggling: with my littles always

Taking Stock prompt from Meet Me At Mikes // Feel free to share what you are taking stock in, share below or if you have a blog post leave the link in the comments so I can read it!


| weekly grams | mine + yours

I am an avid Instagram user. I find great joy in taking fun pictures, whether they are some what staged or purely candid and sharing them with others. I love finding new grammers to follow who share the same interests in there photo taking. I think my favorite part of using Instagram, is there their are really no rules (well there are, but I'm not talking about those rules) you can post whatever- whether it be hundreds of photos of coffee shops (I would so devote a bazillion photos to cute coffee shops) or one beautiful skyline after another, it's your little space to call your own and share your heart.

I thought I would start a little weekly series to share some of my favorite photos from Instagram: mine + yours. I always love reading these on other blogs, its a great way to find new people to follow.

mine ::

1 // I framed our vintage flag in our living room with a frame I bought for $5!
2 // I have been trying to perfect my cold brewing (coffee). Still haven't found the right recipe- if you have one or know of one leave me a link in the commets!
3 // Had an awesome weekend of Essential Oil classes
4 // I am obsessed with gaudy necklaces, "vintage" tees, and pretty kimonos- all at once obviously

yours ::

1 // indimoonrose :: I love her composition and the moodiness in her photos. You totally get what she is saying through her photos with out reading it's caption

2 // kendrabeshk :: This girl. She's something special. Her heart is beautiful, and so is her family. Her photos make you smile.

3 // girlsfort :: This mama is just the coolest. She makes me want to move to Oregon and visit all the amazing places she frequents.

4 // lainarbowen :: Her photos are just so stunning. They draw you in, and you can literally get lost looking at her photos- in a non-creeper way.

Go check out all these lovely ladies. Who are some of your favorite Instagrammers to follow?? Please do share.

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