winter wonderland

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” -John Muir This Christmas J and I woke up to a sparkling, glittering, shimmering neighborhood of brilliant white snow. A truly white Christmas. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a place this beautiful. Growing up mostly in North Carolina, I had […]

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holiday family photo strategy

It’s no surprise that J and I like to take family photos. It’s nice to look back in years to come and have those family pictures. J’s mom and sister came to visit over Thanksgiving and we enjoyed a week of FUN outdoor activities, and we also took some families photos. It’s hard when you […]

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a holiday- themed paint night

J and I love a good paint night. I found this great holiday-themed watercolor tutorial online for (one of) our December “date-night-paint-nights” and not only did they both turn out so well, we completely enjoyed ourselves. We cranked up the old holiday Spotify Christmas classics, watercolor paper, brushes, paint, and oil pastels, and voila! Magic in the making. […]

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Chop it, Trim it, Charlie Brown.

This year J wanted to cut down our tree. There is something romantically sentimental about chopping down your own Christmas tree…..in theory. Perhaps in some states, that idea carries through from forest to living room and you end up with a full, vibrant fern. But in the northern Alaskan hills- the picture isn’t painted quite so […]

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Beauty in its Rawest Form

With the spring comes the sun. With the sun comes the warm days. With warm days comes the icy rivers of melted snow. With the rivers come the rain boots. With the boots come the outdoors. With the outdoors come the shorter nights. And with the shorter nights one must catch their last few weeks of Aurora B. This time […]

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One Word: Joy!

To delight in the small, take pleasure in the uncomplicated, seek the honest, and find joy in what is all around. I would like to adopt that. I don’t know about you- but January is bullet journal month! From washi tape to fitness and water count trackers, I have it all written down and organized. […]

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the little things.

I drove up to that familiar House, where so many memories are stored- both old and new. Home. Where I learned to roller skate across, into, and between imaginary worlds drawn onto the surface of it’s driveway. Where fortresses were built from piles of chopped firewood, and props were fashioned from original Carolina clay. Where in the summer […]

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How to Ease-Stress in an Ugly Sweater

I don’t know about you, but when the holidays roll around, I can feel my muscles start to tense up. While I may be able to socialize with larger groups of people, my introverted nature starts to reach for the curtains and seeks to “cocoon” as soon as possible. The “being on” all the time […]

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