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Photo of the day: Volume IV

By |February 17th, 2016|DIY, How To, Photography, Uncategorized|

Because roman numerals make everything fancy.

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In 2011 I made a resolution to take a photo every day of the year on my iphone, and I’ve been doing it ever since! I take my favorite photo each day, use PicLab to add a date on it and then post it to Instagram. At the end of each year I use Blurb to put together a mini album with each photo from the year to make m own little personal yearbook.

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Now that I have a little collection, I keep them stacked up in my living room. I love flipping through and reliving moments both big and small. One of the things I love about the photo a day process is that it places equal importance on each day. Days where I’m on an awesome adventure are right there next to days where I worked late and the most interesting thing in my day was my coffee. On days like that it can be hard to remember or to find something to take a photo of, but that’s what it’s all about. It forces me to be aware and thankful for each day and what it has to offer. Some days are super exciting and it’s easy to take tons of photos, other days it’s almost bed time and I panic and thank God that I have a cute dog for a last minute snap. But no matter what, I’m there looking for meaning in each day, thankful for beauty in the obvious and the seemingly mundane.

So without anymore sap, here are some excerpts from 2015 photo a day!

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Travel tip: planning with google drive

By |November 12th, 2013|How To, travel|

Planning a trip is a ton of work, but it can also be a lot of fun! The more organized you are the less painful the process. One of the best tools I’ve discovered for planning travel is Google drive. Steve and I used it to plan our Peru trip and it made things so easy. I used it again for Morocco and I’m officially convinced it’s the best way to go. Just start with an excel sheet and share it on Google drive with each person involved in planning. Everyone can add notes, ideas, and details to the same master document. It’s a great tool for before, during and after your trip!


1.       Before:  one of the toughest parts of planning with people- especially remotely- is keeping track of all the info. E-mail trains get long and painful. With a shared document you can have different tabs for different items- itineraries, ideas, expenses. Track everything in one place, and hyperlink to websites to share with friends. Once you have a formalized itinerary you can invite your family to share the document so they know where you will be during each stage of your trip  in case of emergencies.

2.       During: print out your itinerary and you now have all of your important details in one master document. No more carrying around fifty confirmation emails or praying you have internet access in remote places.

3.       After: this sheet also serves as a detailed record of your trip. When an old friend wants to know where you were in that awesome facebook photo, you can just shoot them the document. Or if your like me and don’t get around to scrapbooking your trip until a year later- it’s an easy reference!

Do you have any stellar travel tips to share?

love and candy,


Project 19/52: Mason Jar candles

By |August 28th, 2013|52 Projects, crafts, decorating, DIY, How To|


Three of my besties are moving into new places, and I thought candles would be the perfect housewarming gift. Candles are one of my favorite decorations- they are beautiful and functional! Like most other things I like, I set out to DIY it.  I wanted to start basic, so even though this pin looks amazing, I opted to try basic pour candles.

I ordered wax and wicks on Amazon- hooray for Prime- and when it arrived I had to laugh at how giant 5 lbs of wax actually is! Steve thinks I’m crazy. I melted the wax down in the microwave for two minutes, and mixed in Gardenia scentI also purchased on Amazon. Gardenias are one of my favorite flowers. My grandmother has a gardenia bush outside of her house and she would pick one for us to have on the road when we left from visits. The smell is so distinct and sweet, and reminds me of her- I love it!  I decided not to add any color to the wax because gardenias are white, and because they are gifts so I wanted to keep them color neutral so they worked in my friends new homes. If you want to add some color, the easiest way is to add some crayons. Literally- grate up that old Crayola and toss it in the wax until you have the desired color!

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After your scent and/or color is mixed in to the melted wax, set the wick by putting a little wax on the bottom and sticking it to the bottom of the container. Ideally you can let it dry enough to hold steady before pouring the wax in. After you have poured to the desired depth, center the wick and secure it in place with whatever you have around the house- pencils, chopsticks- anything to keep it from moving. Then it’s a waiting game. Once the wax dries you may get a little sinkage around the wick. Not sure if sinkage is a real word- but I’m going for it. Just pour in a little more wax on the top and it will cover it up nicely.

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 Then cut the wicks to the desired length, and enjoy your homemade candle!

love and candy,