Spring Cleaning + $150 GAP Giveaway

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring is a fresh start for many of us. The warmer temperatures bring us out of hibernation and ready for something new. Starting fresh often times begins with spring cleaning. I have a love-hate relationship with it as I really enjoy having a clean home, but with the perfectionist in me, it makes for a daunting task.

For me, spring cleaning always starts in the closet. Over the cold winter months I tend to accumulate anything and everything to stay warm. It is time to put the boots, mittens, and coats away for good and transition to a warmer weather wardrobe. I purge the items that don't fit and make a list of a few staple pieces I need to buy yet for the capsule wardrobe. This spring's list includes a denim vest, a long flowing skirt, and a striped 3/4 length shirt. Going through the closet is the best part of spring cleaning, if I am being honest.

And because I think you deserve some encouragement to start cleaning through your closet and making your wardrobe necessity list, here is an opportunity for you to win a spring shopping spree, I've teamed up with eight other fabulous bloggers to give one lucky reader the chance to win a gift card to GAP worth $150. By the way, GAP is totally on point this spring with their styles!

Check out these awesome ladies who have put together this giveaway and enter to win a $150 gift card to Gap, below. All entries will be verified, so please play fair! Best of luck, friendly friends.

The Guy Behind the Blog | March Edition

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We are on to month number three of The Guy Behind the Blog Link-Up. That means you have allowed me, Laura's husband Jake, the opportunity to share some fun with you. Hey thanks for that! I've noticed bloggers usually introduce themselves saying something about being in a certain age range, drinking warm drinks, and loving Jesus. Those things are great, but I you should know that I am obsessed with Minnesota and I eat cinnamon rolls for dinner when Laura is on work trips. 
1. Do you have a good luck charm or ritual?
I don't think I have any lucky charms, although I do love that cereal. If I ever want to be pumped up I listen to "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore. Just throw in some brass to a hip hop song and I will go crazy.

2. What is your favorite dish that your wife/fiance/girlfriend makes for you?  Do you have any fun memories of a time when she tried to cook and it totally flopped or does she get it right every time?
My favorite dish, by far, that Laura makes is her famous White Chicken Chili. I am not even going to begin to explain how it is made, all I know is that Laura adds lots of things to the pot and 100 spices and herbs and it is delicious. 

Although I have never tried making it, I did try to alter the chili once Laura had already made it. We were having friends over that night and I was doubting that the chili would feed all of us. I added two extra cans of chicken broth, thinking that would be a quick fix, before Laura could tell me that was an awful idea. We basically ate chicken broth for dinner that night. Whoops.

3. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was a little Jake, all I wanted to be was a veterinarian. Animals are the best things on earth and seeing them happy makes me happy. Good thing I didn't become a vet, because I basically failed all my first semester nursing classes in college. The most I know how to do is CPR.

4. Which of the five senses is your strongest?
I would have to say my sight is the strongest sense. This works out well for me since I watch an unhealthy amount of Netflix. Also I am fairly confident I have a crooked face and glasses don't really work on my face. 

5. Would you ever run for president?
Yeah, I think I would run after the president if I saw him, but not in a frantic way. I don't want anyone think I am danger. It would resemble someone chasing a bunch of ducks around a park with lots of arm movements. Also, I just realized the question is asking if I would ever run for president. Definitely read that wrong, but we'll go with it. 

March's Everyday Moments

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One of my goals for this month is to spend intentional time behind my DSLR camera. It is far too easy to rely on my iPhone for anything and everything. I love that I have it with me everywhere I go and can capture a moment in an instant. Convenience is not everything however and I have enjoyed making an effort to pick up my Canon over my iPhone to capture everyday moments.

The beauty of photography in this day and age is that you can practice, practice, and practice some more. It is not a talent that is acquired overnight, rather a process of learning and trying new things to develop your photography style.

How do you capture everyday moments?
Do you prefer a smart phone camera or real camera? 
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