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Sponsor Giveaway on **Happiness Is…**

Shannon from the fantastic inspirational blog, **Happiness Is…** is giving away this incredible dress!  Click here for the entry details and to take another look (with more views!) of the sweet La Tour Eiffel dress by Shabby Apple pictured below.  So cute…

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Will we ever get “the dream”?

Right now being an official adult seems so far away.  (By “official adult” I mean someone who owns a home, has a family, etc…haha.)  But lately I’ve been day dreaming about what it would be like to own our own home and be able to customize it to look as 50’s-60’s as we want.  Sigh.  One day.  But for now, it’s a dream…when we get to that point, I am definitely going to put some of these appliances on the table as options for our kitchen.  I would love to go with a mix of white and the jadite green, but if Derek made me stick to all-white, I guess I’d manage to be okay with it too…  :)  But seriously, how AMAZING are these retro fridges, stoves and dishwashers?!  Check out their full color range at www.bigchillfridge.com.

We’ll get there one day.  :)

The perfect weekend.

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Derek and I went to Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs for the weekend to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary.  Derek had been working like crazy for the last few weeks, so a relaxing weekend was exactly what he (we) needed, and it was so great to enjoy it together.  We laid by the pool for most of the time, but we also treated ourselves to a suuuper relaxing couples massage…oh man was that ever amazing.  We will definitely be back to Ace – it was very much our style.  Everything’s decorated with a vintage, hand-picked flare, and nothing is without character.  Mmm.mmm.mmm.  Love it.

Also, we started a new tradition!  Since not only did Derek propose to me with photobooth strips, but we also had a photobooth at our wedding, we are going to take a photos in a photobooth each year on our anniversary!  Lucky for us, the Ace Hotel has an old black and white photobooth in their lobby.  Meant to be.

I’m pretty sure I’m more in love with Derek now than I ever have been before.  He’s the best I could ask for.

The dream

Those of you who know me, know that I am obsessed with collecting glass bottles, jars, etc.  And many of you may have seen the recent Martha Stewart Living magazine that has some CRAZY images of a colored bottle collection…well, I am officially going to start REALLY collecting colored glass.  My collection has been so casual, but these images (see below) are just sooooo inspiring and breathtaking, I can’t help but put my love for color and glass into an actual collection.  So for those of you who are just ITCHING to get me presents (haha), you know what to get me.  ;)

(All images from here, by this talented photographer.)

Off to my anniversary weekend escape with my lovely husband!

Meow!

Sigh…I just want a kitten.  Every day I look on Craigslist for kittens.  Derek and I will probably go to an adoption event at some point…possibly.  Then I just saw this post on a lovely blog that I frequently visit called Paper n Stitch.  Which just furthered my need for some feline love.  (Sorry all you cat-hater friends of mine out there…my cat is going to be the coolest though.  You’ll see.)

(All images from THIS post, which has their true photo credits.)

(FYI I just added in the “loneliness” bit to add a little drama…for the most part.  Haha.)

–In other news, I will be posting actual photos of my apartment soon.  It’s finally getting close enough to being finished-feeling that I feel like I can photograph it.–


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Today Wilder and I had a major @disneyland / @californiaadventurepark adventure. We got there before the park opened, and stayed until almost 7pm (super long day for us, since we are pass holders)! The parks weren't even packed, we waited no longer than 15 min for anything, and did as much as we could pack in. At the end of the day, Wilder still didn't want to leave, so I promised another visit soon. Taking a kid this young can be a challenge, but to me it's the most magical age so far and it just gets better every time. He loves it, and plays hard, excited around every little turn. We had the most fun today, I feel so happy. We said goodnight to each other with a huge, super tight hug and big kiss. My sweet boy. 🎈✨ #wildercobalt #californiaadventure #disneyland Getting to spend the week with my family was so lovely, despite that pesky hurricane canceling all of our plans. The quality time we got together was precious. •
PLUS...happy birthday sweet Jude! You are 3! 🎈🎈🎈
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#judeemerson #wildercobalt ☔️S P L A S H💦 #irmageddon #wildercobalt He's ready. ⛈🌀💛#irmageddon #wildercobalt #florida We flew to Florida yesterday just in time. Granted, our original plans didn't include a hurricane, so that's too bad, but we are getting in some fun family time anyway. We got to see the moon in the sky on our way out of LA yesterday - I love this color palette. 💛 Today, I dropped my sweet boy off at his *first day of preschool*! He was so ready. He burst through the gate, running in, kicked his shoes off, and started playing with all the trucks immediately. I could barely get him to look up at me to give me a kiss goodbye. Then as I was leaving, he yelled out, "have a good day at work, momma!" 💔😍😭 He's gonna do so great. #wildercobalt #firstdayofpreschool #fbf to our vacation a couple weeks ago. Today Wilder stopped mid-bite at dinner, gasped, and said "where did my friends go?!" I asked him their names, and he said "Elsa and Faye!" I reminded him they are his cousins, and he just looked down sad and said, "yeah. I miss my cousins. I miss #beanheadfarm." 😔 So darn sweet. Wish we lived closer, @lyraburch & @elliotb13! Some amazing family memories were made this past week! Thankful we were able to take the time away! ❤️ #wildercobalt #beanheadfarm We just got back to LA from a truly rejuvenating family vacation. Off the grid (mostly), living in nature and spending every moment with some dearly loved family. Wilder got to experience camping in a tent for the very first time, and spent day in and day out chasing his big cousin Elsa around copying her every move. We couldn't have asked for a better week away! And we topped it off with this plane ride off the island before getting back to the mainland to head on home. #wildercobalt #beanheadfarm Wilder and @_derekhansen built a "farm" on the beach yesterday (with Elsa, who was much more helpful than Wilder). Wilder was mostly a "little pig" or "little cow". He begged to go in the freezing water, and we cooked out our dinner on the beach. A perfect evening with our family! #wildercobalt