Engagement Photos

We got our photos back from the engagement photo shoot we did back in April! The weather cooperated in a lovely way, and we caught the bluebonnets at the perfect time- we went back the next weekend and they were already gone. We’d never had any actual family photos taken, so we decided to work Sienna into some of the shots, too (shout-out to Kara for wrangling the pup when she wasn’t in the shot!). I’m happy to say her training seems to be helping, as she actually did really well. And the photos turned out really well! Take a gander:

Photos at McKinney Falls State Park, by Johnny Quattlebaum / George Street Photo.














There are more of course; we got 200 photos back. But that would be a super photo-heavy post, so I just picked my favorite ones.

What do you think? Did you do an engagement photo shoot before you got married? Did you include your pet? 🙂

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2015 Shop Charities

Last year, one of the things I decided to do with my shops was donate a portion of proceeds to a different charity or cause each month. Over the course of 2014, between the shop proceeds and my own contributions, I donated around $400 to worthy causes. However, dividing that up between so many different groups meant each group didn’t really get that much. This year I’m changing it up. I’ll still be donating a portion of shop sales, but I’m going to do it quarterly instead of monthly. I’ve also decided to keep it local. So here are the […]

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September Shop Charity

In case you missed it at the start of the year, one of the things I’ve decided to do with my shops this year is donate a portion of all sales to charities or causes that I support. September, aside from being the season of pumpkin spice lattes and football, is also the start of the harvest season. Fittingly, the charity I’ve chosen to support this month is all about food: the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. I know that I am priveleged when it comes to food. My income is enough that I can go to the grocery […]

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Recipe: Texas Sheet Cake

This originally appeared as a guest post over on Eat Enjoy Live. Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite desserts – Texas Sheet Cake! This is a dish I fell in love with long before I moved to Texas. My aunt (who has always lived in Michigan, go figure) makes this for any big family gatherings, and it is always a hit. This is her recipe. It is moist and oh-so-delicious. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 Texas Sheet Cake   For the Cake 2 sticks of butter 4 Tbsp. cocoa 1 c. water 2 c. flour […]

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Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields Polyvore Set

I’m not sure if you non-Texans/Austinites know this, but lavender is kind of a big thing around here. Texas Hill Country has actual lavender farms; apparently our weather/soil is similar to areas of France where lavender is grown. This has led to a lot of local lavender and lavender-related products. In fact, we even have things like lavender margarita mix and a Lavender Festival (which I’m thinking of going to this Friday – anyone in?). So today I thought I’d share some of my favorite lavender picks in the wardrobe area, since you all know I like purple and this […]

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Texas Spotlight: Natural Bridge Caverns

Last weekend my friend Tim organized an outing to Natural Bridge Caverns, because he had not yet in his life been inside a cave and figured it was time to remedy that. Ian & I hadn’t been to this particular cave system either, so we went along. It’s about an hour and a half south of Austin, so a very easy afternoon trip. It was a fun time, and the cave systems were pretty cool. I’d recommend a trip if you’re in the central Texas area, but do keep in mind the following: Tours for these caves sell out FAST […]

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Tuesday 10: Things I Love About Austin

I’m linking up with Lena for this week’s Tuesday 10. This week’s ‘theme’ was Blogger’s Choice, and I decided to steal a theme from weeks previous that I missed and do 10 things I love about the place I live. So, here are my: It’s a big city (population-wise) that doesn’t feel big. As in, I’m not terrified to drive around downtown like I would be in NYC. Frustrated sometimes, because of all the one-way streets and lack of parking, but I’m not going to get lost. And if I’m walking around downtown, I’m not really worried about getting mugged. […]

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