Spring Bonfires

Friday, April 24, 2015

I do believe the warmer weather is here to stay. Of course whenever that is spoken aloud or committed to writing, good old mother nature seems to change things up on us. These warm afternoons and cool spring nights are perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying good company.

Last weekend we had our first bonfire of the season. Jacob and I are fortunate enough to live in an apartment that has an awesome backyard with a fire pit. We really lucked out! We typically go potluck style with each friend bringing a snack or dish to share. Isn't it amazing how hot dogs never taste that great till they are roasted over the fire? We live by this philosophy.

The stories shared, memories embraced, and friends gathered around a bonfire are priceless. These are the moments I want to savor and remember most in life. And in case you are having a bonfire in the near future, I will let you in on a little secret. Split an Oreo cookie in two, put a mini Reese's in between the cookies, set it near the fire for a few minutes to melt, and enjoy the absolute deliciousness. You are welcome!

What are your favorite bonfire memories?
Do you have any secret campfire treats?

The Guy Behind the Blog | April Edition

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The handsome husband of mine is back for round four of Guy Behind the Blog - a monthly link-up where you get to know the ins and outs of our significant others. It really is a grand time and something I look forward to every month. If you have questions for Jake, comment below, he would love to answer them for next month's post. Without further ado, I am handing it off to my love.
1. Has Starbucks ever spelled your name wrong on a cup? If yes, what's the craziest way that someone has spelled it?
That would be a definite no, mostly because I am a die hard Caribou Coffee fan. I would never betray the wonderful establishment that is my Bou. And they don't write your name on the cups. Instead they yell for you in a beautiful, harmonic voice.

2. Who would play your wife/fiance/girlfriend in a movie or TV show about your lives?
This is a hard question - I would have to say Ellen DeGeneres for a couple of reasons. The first is pretty obvious; it would be the absolute best to see Ellen bald. And well, it would be funny, I guess that's it.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
Normally I would say when I earned my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but Laura always reminds me that I was only eleven years old when that happened. So I will go with a much more cliche answer, graduating college. Super exciting.

4. What is your favorite holiday and why?
My favorite holiday is most definitely Christmas, but more importantly the whole month of December. It is a time when the snow starts falling and the decorations go up. People are filled with cheer and joy and are more willing to spread happiness and generosity. It is the absolute best month of the year.

5. What is your favorite breed of dog? If you don't have a favorite breed, describe the characteristics of your ideal dog or cat?
YES! Time to bring back Team Jacob-Wants-a-Dog! I have been waiting for a question like this, because Laura and I have very different opinions about dogs. I want a Samoyed dog more than anything! If you don't know what that is, you should probably do a quick Google search. They are the happiest, most loving and beautiful dogs on earth. Laura seems to think they will stain easily, which let's be honest, how does a dog get stained? What do you think? Should we get one?

Best Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mother's Day is quickly approaching and I am beyond excited that I now have not only one, but two moms to bless. As a newlywed, this is our first official year to celebrate both moms and both dads for their respective days. Maybe it is the gift giver inside of me, but I absolutely love any excuse to come up with a fun way to treat the special people in my life.

Jacob and I are both incredibly blessed by our mothers and how they continually go out of their way to serve our families. My mom is an excellent listener, kind to all, and hard working. Jacob's mom is lively, considerate, and cares for the people around her. While they deserve acknowledgement each and everyday, just like all the beautiful moms in the world, Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to create a special gift for them in appreciation.

Giving meaningful and thoughtful gifts is very important to me. I enjoy spending time thinking about what a person needs versus what they want and coming up with a balance of creative yet practical gifts. This year I want the special mothers in my life to be lavished with beauty, renewal, and fragrance, which led me to pick out gifts from Thymes.

Thymes is known for creating signature, one-of-a-kind fragrances and they take pride in thoughtfully infusing touches of charm to make their products truly special. With scents like Goldleaf Gardenia, Kimono Rose, Olive Leaf, and Jade Match, it was hard to pick just one for my special moms. I personally chose from the Mirabelle Plum Collection for them and was drawn to the touches of jasmine, peony, Mirabelle Plum blossoms, sandalwood,  honeyed golden amber, and black currant. I know that sounds like a mouthful, but the depth and beauty of this fragrance is remarkable, just like my moms. I wish I could send it through the screen for you to smell all day long!

These fragrances do more than just smell good, they are created to enrich the quality of everyday life and experience. Not to mention, Thymes opts for natural, high quality, plant-based ingredients instead of chemical ingredients as much as possible. Putting together a gift basket of fragrant goodies for the special moms in your life is now easier than ever - I know my moms will love it.

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