succulents

let there be light – dinner party

Krista and I wanted to throw a “friend’s dinner” in March and we thought the most obvious holiday to celebrate would be Daylight Savings. We both love that it brings more light during the evening and is the beginning of springtime, good weather and sunshine!

But true to Sun Valley, the weather had other plans for us. It decided to actually slush mass amounts of the heaviest snow from the sky all day long. The joke was on us. Regardless, we didn’t throw away our plans for a “light” dinner and celebrated in style! Here is a look!

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Since the weather didn’t cooperate with exactly what we had in mind, we had the boys build a fire while we set the table. Nothing quite says light and spring quite like a fire!

We wanted to keep everything about the décor fun, light and airy so we donned the table with the following:

  • the prettiest pastel colored marbled paper
  • confetti balloons (which, would be amazing for practically any occasion in our minds)
  • new baby succulents/flowers for each setting
  • mini gold mason jar votives
  • fresh, white flowers
  • natural placemats

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can we talk about how AMAZING these balloons are?!

can we talk about how AMAZING these balloons are?!

the cutest little succulents

the cutest little succulents

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menu

We wanted to keep everything light and fresh during the celebration. We decided on a Spring time fresh pasta with a plethora of veggies and organic chicken. Everything happened to be green (except the chicken of course), keeping with the freshness!

  • fresh noodles (gluten free spinach and regular linguini)
  • pasta toppings (pesto, parmesan, mozzarella, salt and pepper, chili flakes, etc)
  • garden fresh salad
  • sautéed fresh vegetables
  • organic chicken
fresh, chopped veggies

fresh, chopped veggies

so green!

so green!

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check out those spring greens

fresh, gluten free spinach noodles

fresh, gluten free spinach noodles

 my veggie, very green plate

my veggie, very green plate

krista's plate

krista’s plate

no party is complete without a coozie!

no party is complete without a coozie!

peach, lemonade pie + ice-cream (recipe to come!)

peach, lemonade pie + ice-cream (recipe to come!)

cheers to all things good!

cheers to all things good!

the company

Like every good party the company was fabulous. However the fabulous company didn’t happen to make it into any pictures, except for the smash sisters. We finished off the night with a round of Cards Against Humanity and so many giggles. It was the perfect way to celebrate the light and Spring time!

par pars was so tired from a long day of fishing

par pars was so tired from a long day of fishing

the smash sisters

the smash sisters

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Cheers to the light, good food, good company and confetti balloons!

krista and taylor

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weekend love it – some ups & downs, sweet dreams and forever pug love

The past couple of weeks have truly been a whirlwind of ups and downs and new adventures. I managed to catch a wicked Summer cold that literally flattened me for several days, which was most likely my body telling me I needed to slow down just a bit. So I am definitely welcoming the beginning of Fall and some new and hopefully a bit less hectic adventures.

1. the bouqs. I discovered The Bouqs after reading about it on Carrots n Cake and I am pretty much smitten with their service. The company is an online floral service that delivers eco-friendly farmed flowers within about 48 hours. For anyone that lives in Idaho or any rural area this is huge. And to top it all off, the bouqs are a flat $50 with shipping (or $60 for a large bouq). I just love the idea that the flowers are eco-farmed and they have so much more than just your run of the mill bouquets. Flowers + succulents = winning. Definitely worth checking out if you are needing to send flowers anytime soon or just wanting to treat yourself! 

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2. idaho dreaming dream-catcher. Several months ago I had this crazy dream/vision/coming of terms that the boy and I (Maude Pod too of course) needed a huge dream-catcher for above our bed. So for several months I searched high and low for a ginormous dream-catcher with no luck. I did have a few hard to meet specifications though: it had to be literally GINORMOUS (like 3 feet in width), it had to be made with good juju (because being made in a factor somewhere in Asia just doesn’t scream good juju to me, sorry Urban Outfitters) and it had to be ethereal. I was beginning to think my vision may have just been a vision that was never going to be reality until I discovered Idaho Dreaming. My vision came perfectly true so close to home with the lovely dream-catcher that I purchased and is proudly making only good dreams come true above our heads nightly.

A full post to come on this beautiful dream-catcher because it is too pretty and perfect not to share the 150 photos I have taken of it…

all wrapped up - i literally couldn't wait to open it

all wrapped up – i literally couldn’t wait to open it

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perfection <3

perfection ❤

3. m + e = oregon wedding love. It has definitely been a summer full of celebrating love for both Krista and I (the boys too). This past weekend the boy and I celebrated one of my best friends and roommate for several years of college marry her incredible man. They are truly a perfect pair and two of the most loyal, generous and kind-hearted individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

The weekend was literally perfect. It was full of so many good friends, good laughs, giant Oregon skies and non-stop festivities. It was one of those weekends that you never really want to end.

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love these ladies!

love these ladies!

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the best "family" around!

the best “family” around!

morning runs with bae

morning runs with bae

oregon skies

oregon skies

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so much love for these two

so much love for these two

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wooh!!!

wooh!!!

#dynasty

#dynasty

so much wind

so much wind

the best of the best

the best of the best

looking hot at cougar rock

looking hot at cougar rock

photo by gina paulson

photo by gina paulson

4. goat friends. If you ever feel like you are a bit low on friends in life, I have some advice for you. Get baby dwarf goats. Literally everyone loves baby goats and baby goats love everyone! The goats have had oodles of visits this summer and clearly they are just loving it…

goat kisses!

goat kisses!

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goat selfies

goat selfies

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no words...

no words…

more goat selfies

more goat selfies

5. smokey, summer adventures. A few weekends ago my cousin came to visit for the weekend and we had a wonderful weekend full of Idaho adventures. And while it was ridiculously smokey, we didn’t let the haze get to us. When we were growing up we pretty much spent some time every summer together either in Idaho or in Minnesota at the most amazing summer camp. Looking back on it summer camp was pretty much the greatest thing ever…our weekend was like an adult version of summer camp with some lake time, pool time, daily ice-cream and board games each evening. Can’t wait until the next time I see this lovely and hysterical lady again!

best cookie ever at the stanley bakery

best cookie ever at the stanley bakery

redfish lake paradise

redfish lake paradise

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6. pug for pres. Trump or pug? I now know who I am voting for…

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7. forever pug love. This past week we said goodbye to my beautiful pugger, Lizzie. It was a ridiculously hard decision but I know that she is in a better place most likely basking in the sun or in a pug snuggle pile. I will forever miss her love with no boundaries and ear piercing bark that only came out this last year. A life without pugs is truly an incomplete life and I hope to one day (soonish) adopt another pugger lover. I love you forever Liz.

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beautiful flowers, a card and wonderful book from the best friends anyone could ask for

beautiful flowers, a card and wonderful book from the best friends anyone could ask for

I hope you all have a wonderful week and make sure to give lots of love to those that are special to you, furry or not.

taylor brass

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double weekend love it — rain, nesting and beyoncé

As if September could smell October, it starting raining right on cue this week. While I’ve been known to have freak outs about incessant rain in Eugene (in my defense, it was still pouring in June…beautiful Eugene springs must be a myth), I have to say I love it when it rains here. It’s cozy, our dry climate needs it, and it gives me the excuse to make things like pumpkin muffins and chicken pot pie…and maybe start drinking wine a little earlier…Here’s what I’ve been loving the last two weeks:

1. A new home. I took a little hiatus from the blog because I’ve been moving into a new house. The house is everything I’ve ever wanted and more, and as much as chase likes to remind me that “we’re not birds,” I can’t help but use the term nesting. It’s been so fun to bargain hunt, find furniture, and slowly make the place our own. A huge thank you to Steve, Ingri, and many other friends and family members for helping us get settled! It was dark and rainy when I took these photos, but here’s a peak at some of our progress:

cozy fireplace

cozy fireplace

new dining room table with a bench from Cost Plus World Market

new dining room table with a bench from Cost Plus World Market

our living room with a bargain rug (TJ Max) and chairs (Target), and chase's favorite feature after the garage — a wood burning stove

our living room with a bargain rug (TJ Max) and chairs (Target), and chase’s favorite feature after the garage — a wood burning stove

a cow hair and braided velvet pillow from Pier 1

a cow hair and braided velvet pillow from Pier 1

a new glass top for our coffee table, which was a gift from Ingri

a new glass top for our coffee table, which was a gift from Ingri

our new "wall mount" from Huck and Paddle, a local interior boutique

our new “wall mount” from Huck and Paddle, a local interior boutique

a glimpse at the yard — we love being able to let the dogs out and not worry

a glimpse at the yard — we love being able to let the dogs out and not worry

the second bathroom

the second bathroom

2. Succulent friends. The highlight of going to Twin Falls (a horrible, horrible place)? Finding some succulents at Home Depot! These four little plants caught my eye, and I was thrilled to take them home. I found them some fancy new pots at Bellissimo Gardens, and I can’t wait to watch them grow! They freshen up any home.

four new succulents

four new succulents

little succulents

little succulents

bright green succulent

bright green succulent

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3. Bey and Jay. A friend passed this on to me while I was at work, and it instantly brightened my day. I’ve often mused that I would only want to be super rich if I was Jay-Z and Beyoncé rich…because they’re just so damn amazing and it seems like most extreme wealth comes at the cost of corruption. This video everything — it’s personal, intimate, and Beyonce’s American flag get-up is just too much, in the best way possible.

4. A birthday celebration. With a (very) crazy work week, Taylor’s birthday celebration was the light at the end of the tunnel — it was a great night filled with fabulous company and vegetarian food (although I couldn’t help but slip a little bacon in there). Full post to come!

pretty autumn table

pretty autumn table

5. Another feel-good movie. Nothing says rainy day like a Sunday matinee. I highly recommend This is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, and Rose Byrne. It’s funny, has just the right dose of melancholy, and captures the intricacies of love, loss, and family pretty perfectly. I saw it with my mom, and she loved it also.

6. The harvest festival.  I attended my first Ketchum Harvest Festival two weekends ago with Chase, his parents, and a couple friends. It was well worth the $45. We enjoyed a walk through downtown Ketchum on a beautiful fall day as we enjoyed wine and food from our favorite local restaurants including Richshaw, il Naso, the haven, Ketchum Grill, Raspberry’s, Bigwood Bread, Zinc, Cristina’s, and Globus. Needless to say, we were stuffed by the end of the night, but not too stuffed to cap it all off with some cake pops and champagne in the park. I will definitely do this again next year!

sliders from Bigwood Bread

sliders from Bigwood Bread

end of the night — clearly we'd enjoyed some wine!

end of the night — clearly we’d enjoyed some wine!

beautiful cake pop display from Sweet Crumb

beautiful cake pop display from Sweet Crumb

the boys at zinc

the boys at zinc

yummy beef pot pie

yummy beef pot pie

Pablo and Chase

Pablo and Chase

mac and cheese with all the fixings from the haven

mac and cheese with all the fixings from the haven

abbey getting a refill

abbey getting a refill

abbey excited to be at Rickshaw

abbey excited to be at Rickshaw

7. Celebrating a happy marriage. September 17 would have marked my mom and dad’s 37th wedding anniversary. Though he passed away many years ago, it was always evident to me and my brother how wonderful a marriage our mom and dad had. My mom hiked to the top of Proctor to the cairn commemorating my dad to leave some flowers, and I had a good laugh over this classic photo. I can only hope to have a marriage as solid as theirs! Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

mom at the top of Proctor

mom at the top of Proctor

a classic photo from their wedding

a classic photo from their wedding

8. Red wine and awesome people. My friend a former (sob) co-worker, Kate, invited some work friends to  a private wine tasting at Frenchman’s Gulch Winery, a package she purchased at an auction. It was so great to catch up with these amazing gals outside of work, and we shared and a lot of wine, food, and laughs. I highly recommend Frenchman’s Gulch wine — my favorite was the Ketchum Cuvée. Yum!

wine tasting at tapas at Frenchman's Gulch Winery

wine tasting at tapas at Frenchman’s Gulch Winery

9. A fancy new iPhone. I certainly don’t consider myself an “early adopter” of technology, and while I’ll have apple products for probably the rest of my life, I’m not obsessive about having the latest and greatest. Let’s just say I have zero plans to wear one of those goofy watch things. My quest for a new iPhone case for my iPhone 5 turned into “buying” a new iPhone 6. They were offering $200 if I traded in my phone, and there was only one gold one left in the store — it was fate.  I am loving it so far and haven’t had any issues with bugs or bending. Photos taken with the (inferior) iPhone 4.

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

everything is better in gold

everything is better in gold

yay!

yay!

10. A quick read. “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s a stunning, poetic memoir without an ounce of self-pity. “The Silver Star” was a great continuation of Walls’ work, and it was a very quick coming-of-age story about two sisters who take matters into their own hands when their mom doesn’t come home for a couple weeks. I highly recommend it!

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Have a great week!

cheers krista

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