Monthly Archives: February 2013

For the Love of 30 Part 2: Manly Gifts

cords boots and mug

While handmade is nice and always appreciated, here’s a peek at the manly gifts the Mr. got for the big 3-0. I wish I could take credit for these stylish-yet-practical picks, but it was all him.

1. J. Crew cords His self-proclaimed new “old trusties.” Classic and comfy.

2. Ecco boots Lambskin lined and waterproof, yet chic enough for a casual dinner date.

3. REI mug To keep his coffee warm on early mornings.

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For the Love of 30

For the love of 30

On Sunday, the Mr. finally caught up with me.

He turned 30, six months after I did. Thank goodness, because every year, he loves reminding me that I am older than him for those six months.

I’m not a particularly crafty person, but one of the little ways I showed him the love was to make a pseudo-scrapbook, showing 30 (of many, many) things I adore about him.

30 things I love about you

I love your style

Asleep on the couch

You are fun

Since I plan on spending the next 50+ birthdays with this guy, I’m always looking for new and creative ideas to love on him every year… any suggestions? I’d love to hear some!

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classy grown up lady

The other day, a friend of mine at work was telling me a story about her seven-year old’s sense of humor (apparently he finds his stepdad’s impressions more hilarious than his mom’s dry one-liners). Afterwards, she said, “I have a real little human living in my house… I’m such an adult now.”

I found that so interesting, and began wondering about the times in my life that I’ve actually felt “grown up.” More often than not, I’ve only had a vague sense that life was pointing to adulthood – formal events that conventionally categorized me as an adult, but didn’t make me feel much different.

When I got married, it felt less like stepping into official “adulthood” and more like I was getting to hang out with my best friend everyday. And when I turned 30 last year, I knew the number was significant – but for some reason I still feel roughly 24. When we have kids, I will be interested to see if I magically cross into that place where I actually feel the age I am… Whatever that feels like.

When are we considered “grown-up”? Is it when you leave home for the first time? Is it when you get married? When you have a baby? When your baby develops a sense of humor?

When did you (if you’ve ever) start to feel like an “adult”?

Photo courtesy of Karen Walker.

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I Must Have It

If I can’t birth a French baby, at least I can cut her hair just like this. And pray she has magical storytelling powers. And speaks French.

Did you know that French babies sleep better?

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Wherever There’s Bacon


eggI am always looking for easy, weeknight staples we both love.  And while I’m into Pinterest-y-crunchy-wheat bulgar-with-balsamic-glazed-brussels sprouts-type concoctions, the Mr. typically needs something more hearty and comforting at the end of a long day.

Inspired by this recipe, I added crispy bacon and swapped in a whole wheat pizza crust to make it more Navy-man friendly. It was a BIG hit (a little heavy for me but so tasty, and he loved it). The beauty of it is you can customize your portion it to make it as healthy or fatty as you like. Everyone wins!

breakfast pizza

Breakfast Pizza: Recipe-ish

Pre-made pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat)

Shredded mozzarella (about 2 cups)

Bacon (about 6 strips)


2 avocados

Lemon juice

Salt & pepper

Crushed red pepper (optional)

Roll out pizza dough on a floured, upside down cookie sheet. Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake according to pizza dough package directions.

Meanwhile, fry or bake bacon to desired crispyness. Coarsely chop and set aside.

Mash the avocado flesh, add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

Heat up a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet to medium heat, and fry eggs sunny-side up (one egg for each pizza slice). Scrambled would also work, if you’d rather.

Once the pizza is baked, cut into individual pieces. Top each with avocado, bacon, and one egg, as you see fit. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste.

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Sound Check: I Can’t Make You Love Me

An astonishing cover for your Friday by Bon Iver.

We are looking forward to a quiet weekend at home, that will include a date night to this new spot, and coffee and conversation by the fireplace (even though we’re expecting 79 degree weather… thank you San Diego!).

Any lovely plans for this weekend? I would like to hear!

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Our Anchors We Will Weigh

I’m blessed to live and work with people I love who also happen to have amazing taste. When a friend of mine introduced me to Jon Contino’s work, I flipped.

As a going away present for my hubby before he left for boot camp, I bought this print and had our friends and family sign it with encouragement and words of love at his going away party. It now hangs in our bedroom as a daily reminder of how much we are loved.

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Because I’m Lazy


I like to cook. But only if what I’m cooking allows me to have an undistracted conversation with whoever’s company I’m enjoying, and not have to rush back to my phone with greasy fingers for the sixth time because I can’t remember if it said 1/2 Tbsp or 3/4 tsp, or dammit was I not supposed to add that egg yet?

If a recipe requires more than one pan, a lot of chopping, or any ingredient I can’t find at Trader Joe’s, I immediately start to panic and I’m unlikely to try it. And that is why this article is amazing. 34 two-ingredient recipes. Oh the simplicity!  The Flourless Nutella Cake and Lemon Mousse are first on my list to try.

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Six Minute Gem for Monday: Paperman

A friend of mine at work shared this with our creative team, and I can’t get over how sweet it is. Apparently after Pixar was bought out by Disney, one of Pixar’s best animation directors brought this piece to Disney with him. I’m fascinated by how they were able to tell the story so beautifully without words! It’s been nominated for Best Animated Short at the Oscars.

A fascinating look (+ another) at how and why it was made.

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Sound Check: Sometimes He Does


My grandparents in the mountains of NC

This tune by Lori McKenna is haunting, and at first listen, sounds like a mournful ballad about how her man doesn’t love her the way he should.

But the chorus clarifies the intention of this bittersweet song, which is that the love he has for her runs more deeply than what he does or doesn’t do to give her a sense of value or beauty.

Sometimes he loves me more

than I deserve to be loved

And sometimes he’s more than a heart like mine

could ever dream of

I’m thankful that my husband is the kind who listens when I tell him how my day went. And the love he has for me is sweeter than I could ever hope for. But the daily reality is… he is just a man. And he knows well that I am just a woman. And this mutual understanding of one another’s humanness frees us from the expectations of perfection and fulfillment that would ultimately crush us both. It frees us to love each other, wildly and without fear.

This song reminds me to be thankful for the darling man God gave me, regardless of our circumstances, our expectations, or our broken humanity… and reminds us both that our ultimate value is found in our Maker, not in one another.

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