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Thanksgiving was yesterday and now we’re hurtling head first into the holiday season. After a turbulent year for our country the frenzy surrounding shopping, Black Holiday specials and the holiday cheer is fever pitched. I get it. We want normalcy and something to be excited over. In the true spirit of thankfulness and gratitude I believe we can go beyond ourselves, or even our immediate family or loved ones. This holiday season let’s make sure everyone is cared for and looked after. Below are just five of  many ways you can get involved. Continue reading “extending thanks // 5 WAYS TO SUPPORT OTHERS DURING THE HOLIDAYS”



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I was really excited to visit the Sequoia National Park with my best friend last week. Recently I’ve been getting the itch to escape into nature, go off grid, and reset in fresh air and this trip was just what I had in mind. If you’re anything like me, you like to do a ton of research before your trip so that once you’re on the trip you know what to expect and you can truly enjoy yourself. I read a bunch of blogs, guides and the official government website for the park and down below I’m going to recap some of the most important pieces of information. I’m also adding a few more tips I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere. If you only ever read this post before you get ready to go I’ve got you covered. Continue reading “travel guide // SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK & KINGS CANYON ++”

come on over vol. 11 / weekend round-up


Thanksgiving is just around the corner so consider this super clever tablescape from The House that Lars Built. I particularly like it because Snoopy is my favorite character of all time. What I love about this is that you can follow her directions exactly or splash out and create more detailed features. Continue reading “come on over vol. 11 / weekend round-up”


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This past week I headed to the Sequoia National Park & Kings Canyon Park with my best friend for a couple of days. She had a stretch of time off and I’m between jobs so this was the perfect road trip to explore something we had never seen before. Next week I’ll be posting a more wordy travel diary as well as my personal recommendations if you want to explore these national parks as well. For now, below are just some of the hundreds of photos I took on our trip.  Continue reading “photo travel diary // SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK & KINGS CANYON”

come on over vol. 10 / weekend round-up

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Hi friends!
So I just realized that last week’s post somehow got deleted or evaporated into thin air. I’m super bummed because it was a really nice round up! So this week’s will be a combination of this week and the last couple of weeks so fingers crossed this posts… Continue reading “come on over vol. 10 / weekend round-up”