Favorites from 2014

I’ve been blogging for almost a year now. I’ve loved sharing the little things in my life and the things in life that mean most to me. It’s been an amazing year filled with blessings. It was the year of travel. It was the summer that all future summers will be compared to. Andrew and I kicked off the summer in Denver and the Colorado Rockies with Andrew’s dad. Then switched gears from the cold weather to weather in Maui. My family, my grandparents, Andrew’s dad’s family and Andrew and I rented a house on the beach in Maui. The 11 of us spend days on the beach, eating shaved ice and even survived the Road to Hana. After Hawaii Andrew and I flew to Bordeaux, France and spent 10 days with his mom’s family and grandma at their beach house in the French countryside. Then just 12 hours after I returned home from France my mom, sisters, and I went on a girls trip to New York City and The Hamptons. As I write this I’m still in shock that we managed to travel that much. Like I said… It was the summer to remember! Besides all the traveling, what I’ve loved most from this year is that it was the first full year being married to my amazing husband. 2014 has given time with my family, husband, friends and puppies that I cherish. I look forward to what 2015 has in store! Happy New Year!

My year in photos:
San Diego Sunset |San Diego with Doodle as a puppy|
20140317-142753.jpg|The day we got our little Piper|
20140516-105924.jpg |LA rooftops|
IMG_8044 |Maui|
IMG_8711 |Bordeaux|
IMG_8799 |East Hampton|
IMG_9962 |my family |

My and your favorite posts:

Maui Vacation
The French Countryside
The French Countryside 2
C’est la Belle Vie
Au Marché
Au Revior for Now
Livin’ the Good Life in East Hampton
48 Hours in NYC
Day Trip to Redlands & Oak Glen

Finnish Pancakes
Wine & Cheese Night with a Twist
His & Hers Egg in a Cup
French Macarons
Gluten Free Tart
Baby Back Ribs on the Grill
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Basil Pesto

Our Wedding Look
Our Wedding Details

Door Desk
Bar Cart
Bridal Shower Card


Champagne Cocktails to Bring in the New Year

20141230-163201.jpg2015 is almost here!  Ring in the new year with some bubbly Champagne cocktails.  Below are a few of my favorites.  We’re headed to a friends to celebrate the new year.   For the boys: cigars + cognac.   For the girls: champagne cocktails.   Cheers and Happy New Year!

20141230-163238.jpg1/4 oz Saint Germain + 4 oz Champagne

20141230-163217.jpgKir Royal: 1 oz Crème de Cassis + 4 oz Champagne

20141230-163245.jpgLavender Champagne

20141230-163230.jpgCork County Bubbles

Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! I sure did! I had the whole week off, which I definitely needed. Although I was sick the whole week, it gave me an even better reason to snuggle up all day with my pups and husband and binge watch. It was a relaxing and fun week spent with loved ones. I’m dreading getting back to real life… The only good news is that the weekend will come back very soon with New Years Eve just a few days away.
1. The cutest DIY New Years Eve favor box.

2.  New Years Eve table decorations.

3.  I’m excited & ready for 2015. Are you?–productivity tips to make 2015 your best year yet.

4. Beautiful, untranslatable words don’t exist in English.

5.  9 shows to binge watch on your winter break.

6. Lip balm addiction— it’s a real thing.  (I admit that I get anxious if I don’t have chapstick with me…)

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours ❤️


Last Minute DIY Gifts

Only 2 more days till Christmas? Wow that came quick. If you’re a last minute shopper here are a few cute and inexpensive DIYs for your family and friends! Merry Christmas everyone!


1. Marbled Clay Ring Dish

2. Agate Bauble Box

3. Dip Dyed Serving Utensils

4. Metallic Dipped Taper Candles

5. Holiday Cookie Soaps

6. Oh Deer Christmas Pillow

7. Brownie Mix

8. Monogrammed Mugs

9. Sugar Scrubs