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DIY || Mother’s Day Gift Tags

I’ve always prided myself on being whatever the opposite of a hoarder is– or as my husband likes to say, cold-hearted and unsentimental.  (JK… kind of.)  It’s just that I’ve never been one to keep a lot of arbitrary things for sentimental reasons because it just ends up piling up somewhere and looking like clutter to me.  Then came Parker.  She wraps her chubby little two year old hand around a blue crayon, drags it across an 8″ x 11.5″ sheet of paper and suddenly it’s a masterpiece in my …

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Austin Update || House Hunting

I can’t even begin to tell you how overwhelmed I was by all of your encouraging comments on this post— whether here, on instagram, or facebook.  It feels amazing that our big secret is now out of the bag and I loved hearing from so many Austinites about your favorite neighborhoods and restaurants around town.  As the number of days we have left in LA diminishes, though, our to-do list continues to grow at a rapid pace, with our top priority being our living situation.  Fortunately we do have family there that we can stay with …

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Making a Case for the Summer Adventure

(This post is sponsored by Hanna Andersson, a brand I love!) Tomorrow we celebrate two years with Parker. Two extraordinary years.  The lessons we have learned are plentiful but one is the most poingant.  It all goes by so quickly. I was habitually told this during my pregnancy– from friends, family members, and strangers shopping the same aisle as me at the supermarket.  As it goes with most cliches, it’s proven to be true.  Perhaps because we wish to slow it down, to even press pause, time continues on seemingly more …

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Big News || Texas Forever

It’s safe to say, I’m feeling all of the feels as I write this one. This June we are packing up our little southern Calofornia home and heading east to begin a brand new adventure in Austin. I can’t recall ever feeling so much sadness and excitement at the same time.  It’s such a bizarre feeling and so, so surreal.  It’s been nearly 10 years since I packed up my little Mazda with whatever it could hold and headed west for Los Angeles.  Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what would ensue, or that …

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