you're my favorite : june 15

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How is it the 5th of July already? I'd like someone to slow down the universe a bit, please. We have a lot of #summer15 to live, and it's going by a little too quickly. A few favorites from the blur that was June...

Wayfare & Wander : Remember those choose your own adventure books? My lovely friend Lauren is using that concept for this gorgeous new travel site. Brilliant. 

Elephant Journal : lots of "aha" posts last month. 

Graduation : Austin & his friends have big dreams & goals - and I'm so excited to see them start their next chapter. 

Florida : vacations are fun. 

Scout & Co Coffee : a chemex for two + donuts = happy. 

Halloumi cheese : salty summer goodness. 

Club W : I've opened two bottles from my first shipment - both were delicious. I'm already looking forward to my next box. 


#summer15 : a florida adventure.

One thing (of many) that Dan & I totally agree on is that we will make travel & adventure priorities in our life. Last week, we headed down to Florida to visit Dan's Mom...with Dan's little ones in tow. Travel with littles is an adventure, for sure...


Our morning departure flight was cancelled, so we spent our first vacation day as a staycation day. Let's be honest - the change was an unexpected wrinkle in our carefully laid plans and was nearly our un-doing. Despite a rocky start, we donned our shades & headed to the airport for an after-dinner flight.


These two were rockstars during and after the flights - even when we arrived in Florida at 1 o'clock in the morning. Side note: $0.60 gel clings for the airplane windows were a solid hit, and Melissa & Doug's Water WOW! sets are brilliant. 

Golf cart

Golf cart adventures & a morning at the pool = fun.

Beach days

The ocean is definitely my happy place. Listening to the belly laughs in the waves was definitely my favorite. Hearing W shout "a big one!" with sheer joy was worth every moment of two-year-old-ness.

Roller coaster

Our adventure included a very long, very hot day at LegoLand. M was my constant roller coaster companion & wanted to ride everything at least twice. Dan was happy to NOT ride the coasters...

Mini thumbs up

Miniland USA got a solid thumbs up from W. The lego scenes were amazing! 


We also danced, ate great food, tolerated tempers, survived the heat, enjoyed a few (many) gin & tonics, navigated roles & routines, and laughed a lot. Like most vacations, our days flew by and the trip ended too soon. Here's to kindness, laughter, adventure, gratitude, travel, and #summer15!

celebrating endings & beginnings.

 Austin graduated on Saturday - with cum laude distinction (the white tassles) and as a member of the National Honor Society (the yellow sash). This kid is going to do great things.


 Kindness & grace for the win.


These boys have grown up together. The friendship, support, and kindness that they've practiced have laid the foundation for bonds that will last a lifetime. 


 In the fall, some will head off to Utah, Montana, Maryland, and British Columbia...and some will stay closer to home. I am so excited for the adventures that they'll ALL experience. 


 And this guy? So grateful to have him by my side and in our life. 

a modern way to eat : anna jones


I definitely have a thing for cookbooks. This one might be my new favorite. Here's why...

1. It's GORGEOUS. Stunning photography. 

2. It's huge. 352 pages. 200+ recipes. 

3. It's more than a cookbook - it's inspiration to eat well.

4. It's vegetarian. Like, duh. 

5. It's real food. Full-of-greens fritters. Springtime wild garlic and lemon risotto. Food that you can make on a weeknight. 

6. It's creative. Vegetarian food is NOT boring. 

A Modern Way to Eat  is my kind of food - it's foodie, but approachable. It's a little fancy, but it's fun. 

I received this book through the Blogging for Books program. I was not compensated for this review, and all opinions expressed are my own.

you're my favorite : may 15

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 A few things that were my favorite this month...

Drinking Gibraltars in San Francisco. 

Airplanes. Sure, there are little annoyances about travel - but having a job that requires it really is my favorite. 

Discovering that Brene Brown has a new book coming out. Brene is my favorite.

Authenticity, vulnerability, tears, hugs, the best friends ever, reconciliation, #lovewins, honesty, grace, beginning again, laughter, living & loving in the light- this is the stuff of life, and it's my favorite. (and if you find all of that "gross" are NOT my favorite). 

Texts from my brother. I miss you!

Planning the next Barb & Kat's Excellent Adventure. (hint - Austin, TX in October. Y'all wanna join us?)

Light is the New Black - will review soon, but YESYESYESYESYES.

Inside jokes that start with "Hey you two in..." - because his laugh is my favorite.

My new tattoo that I am so in love with. 

How to Flow with The Universe. - yes, please.

As always, thank you for hanging in with me. Gratitude is always my favorite.  

my #summer15 story

Every summer


Summer in Vermont comes with one requirement - go outside. We kicked off the season last night with drinks, music, and sunset at Breakwater. Even this foodie wine girl loves bar food & a beer every so often. It was a relaxed night, and the first of many #summer15 happy stories. 

I started a #summer15 Pinterest board last week. Right now, it's food & drinks (does that surprise you?)...but I plan to add other things that I want to include in my #summer15 story. I'm working on a reading list (remember my 2014 list?), and will renew my library card this weekend. I need to get my bike out of storage. Plane tickets have been purchased for our first summer adventure. I ordered a cute new swimsuit. I haven't settled on a summer capsule wardrobe yet, but I'll get there soon(ish). I'll be reminding myself to take my (big) camera with me, and to use my iPhone camera when I forget. 

What are you planning for your #summer15 story?