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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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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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