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A new addition to the family

Last week Derek and I finally got our sweet little kitten. And oh boy is he something! He is 12 weeks old and teensy. Super playful and cuddly and so well behaved. We think he likes our home so far. :) However, we don’t have a name for him yet!! Boy names are so difficult it seems. Sigh. It’ll come to us…

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Creative indulgences

today I went to Anthropologie (my favorite store in the universe), because for my birthday they sent me a 15% off card! so I put it to great use. really I didn’t need anything there, but since it’s my birthday, I bought a gorgeous set of wooden coasters for our living room. I spent almost 2 hours in there though, looking at everything and getting super inspired, like I usually do when I go in there. here are some fun photos I took while inside.

Christmas decor!

this year is my first year to actually be able to decorate my home for Christmas. in the past I have always had roommates with their own style or decorations, so I haven’t gotten to truly make it my own until this year! we finally got our home to a put together enough point where we wanted to have a housewarming/Christmas celebration. we packed 20-25 people into our apartment over the course of the night and had a wonderful time. it was suuuuuper cozy and warm. I made cranberry scones, chocolate chip cookies and apple cider (in my crock pot!). a delightful time indeed.

for our decorations I decorated our tree with some mini white frosted globe lights, and some sweet lace snowflake ornaments. very simple! I picked up some feux cranberry branches from Michael’s to put in some of my collected bottles on our mantle, and I hand needle felted a little garland for the mantle, and strung it on some leftover ribbon from our wedding. I also used a lot of candles that were leftover from our wedding to warm the place up. floating candles in some beautiful blue glass bowls, and I put some fresh cranberries in the water to float around the candle. cranberries are sooooo beautiful, I’ve had so much fun using them! next year I think I’ll make actual cranberry garland, I just didn’t have the shalack or whatever so they don’t rot. :)

An amazing location…

This gorgeous wall and door on 19th street at Valencia. Sooo amazing. I wanna photograph someone here… I wish my sister lived closer. She would be a perfect candidate.

Treats!

Today I decided to whip up a couple of snacks for the house! First, roasted some almonds I had around in the oven with olive oil, garlic, and cayenne pepper. They’re alright….not the best thing I’ve ever made. I’m never too crazy about my almond roasting results. Any suggestions, anyone?

Secondly, I made some delicious granola. I bought a bunch of dry, old fashioned oatmeal for $1.50 yesterday to try my hand at this. It was so easy. I’m definitely going to make my own granola from now on. All I did was mix 4 cups of oatmeal, 1 table spoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, then in a separate bowl I mixed the wet stuff: 1/2 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of canola oil, & 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then I poured the wet onto the dry, mixed it together, put it on a baking sheet for 10 minutes, then flipped it and baked it for another 10, then I mixed in some dried fruit! And voilà!! Delicious granola. Next time I’ll get more creative with flavors..this was just a trial. Haha.


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So thankful for my big 3.5 year old, soon to be big brother. Every day I just sit in awe of how amazing he is (even during the craziest toddler moments...which are quite frequent lately). The way his little mind works and processes information is incredible. I love you, my firstborn, #wildercobalt!! ♥️
We went on a “popsicle walk” tonight after dinner to beat the heat. 🍭☀️ #wildercobalt
We had so much fun camping these last 2 weeks, we took the tent to the beach too. ⛺️🏖 Our ‘welcome’ back to LA was quite jarring with this crazy heat wave. 💰💰💰 later, we have a portable a/c unit and some window fans. Our house is by no means cool, but the edge has been taken off. So today, on our first full day back, we took to the beach. The ocean was cool, and the sand was HOT. ☀️
Cousin afternoon nap in the tiny home loft. 💤 #wildercobalt #judeemerson
On the final stretch to Colorado this afternoon with my boy. This kid is such a wonder. ♥️✨ #wildercobalt #hansensummerhaul
Day 1 of the #hansensummerhaul is in full swing! We got going a little later this morning than we wanted, so we decided to skip one of our planned stops (bottle tree ranch...anyone been?), but had lunch/explored #calicoghosttown, which was fun, but SO HOT, then stopped here at #sevenmagicmountains, where Wilder was in awe of the HUGE rocks that he said he could push over with his big muscles 💪🏻. 😂 Spending the night in Las Vegas tonight (where we got upgraded to a room bigger than our apartment, literally), and heading onto Zion National Park mañana! 🌈 . #wildercobalt
& a Happy Father’s Day to my own dear ‘ole dad, who is such a loving papa to his clan of grandsons. I’m so thankful I have such a great dad. Love you @johnhenrygates! #wildercobalt
Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful husband @_derekhansen. The day you became a dad, the world changed. The look on your face said it all — a proud papa from the first second this adventure began. Can’t believe we only have 18 weeks till we are doing this again! ♥️ #wildercobalt
As always, New York was magical and beautiful and so full of life. Not to mention, we couldn’t have asked for better weather (or company!). Bye, New York! Love you! ♥️
Last day of #nss2018! I’ll be sad to leave this beautiful city tonight, but I’m so thankful for all the fun we’ve had! It went too quick. 💌
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