the skimm

weekend love it — spring fever

Looking back on my photos, I realized how great the last couple of weeks have been. They’ve been filled with some unique and first experiences, lots of sunshine and time outdoors. Here’s a look!

1. lobster feed: I had a bad experience with a crab when I was in preschool. That sounds incredibly wrong, but it’s true — we spent the day watching and studying a cuddly crab friend (or as cuddly as crabs can be) at my preschool in California. We oohed and ahhed at how it walked sideways, how it never got close enough to pinch our fingers and toes. My mom bought and brought the crab friend home, and as I was helping her in the kitchen, next thing I knew, little crab was dropped into a pot of boiling water, bobbed back up bright red, and I cried. I’ve been scarred ever since.

Based on this background, I’ve been hesitant around shellfish and also just maybe don’t like it. However, when we were recently invited to a lobster feed, I couldn’t turn it down. It was a pretty intense reintroduction to shellfish, but I had to get my hands dirty, and I found out that lobster is pretty tasty. Thanks to Maggie and Riley for being the lobster feed masters and for such a great (re)introduction! Can’t wait to do it again.

taylor getting a lobster surprise

taylor getting a lobster surprise

popsicles for dessert!

popsicles for dessert!

they clearly knew what they were doing...

they clearly knew what they were doing…maggie giving a tutorial

chef riley with a lot of lobster

chef riley with a lot of lobster

the boys

the boys

yikes

yikes

they're really strange, beautiful animals

they’re really strange, beautiful animals

2. birthday bbq: I’ve been so looking forward to utilizing our awesome backyard for occasions just like the birthday party we threw for our dear friends, and adorable couple, Tori and Cody. We played yard games (some more “heavily” than others), feasted on delicious bbq fare, and had an all-around great time. Happy birthday, Cody and Tori!

so excited to have mia back and in my backyard!

so excited to have mia back and in my backyard!

beautiful cupcakes by taylor

beautiful cupcakes by taylor

the birthday couple

the birthday couple

backyard bbq

summer decor

summer decor

3. mother’s day and morel hunt fail: I love living in the same town as my lovely mother. She’s a pretty incredible lady, and she has taught me many lessons, in sickness and in health. We had a great mother’s day eating at our favorite restaurant, Cristina’s, and visiting Taylor’s adorable little baby goats, Lemon, Farrah, and Zoro. Chase and I rounded out the day with a (failed) morel hunt. Despite the lack of gathering, it was a beautiful day for an adventure out a dirt road and some romping around the woods.

mom and chase

mom and chase

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a photo break

a photo break

bottle feeding lemon

bottle feeding lemon

mom loving it

mom loving it

zoro was such a little love

zoro is such a little love

mama tay

mama tay

goats!

goats!

exploring some recent "burn"

exploring some recent “burn”

a pretty bunch of flores from cha-se

a pretty bunch of flores that cha-se picked for me

zoe filthy and loving it

zoe

some unexpected wildflowers

some unexpected wildflowers

4. this article on “dadbod”: While I have to admit that I laugh hysterically every time I see Seth Rogen or Will Ferrell without a shirt on (“we’re going streaking!”), this article titled “‘Dad Bod is a Sexist Atrocity” by Bryan Moylan is a worthy read… A criticism to an article by Clemson University student Mackenzie Pearson, Moylan states, “There are people who enjoy the Dad Bod for its own aesthetic value, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Having a bit of cushion makes a guy look like he has better things to worry about than his appearance and isn’t so prissy that he only cares about the way his triceps look in a tank top. That just shows you what our society things about the intrinsic values of men versus women. If caring about one’s appearance is shallow, those are qualities that women should assume and men should assay.”

Thank you to my favorite news source, The Skimm, for this read!

5. sexy man split!: I was one of those people who headed into the theater with a girlfriend to see this movie with little to no expectations. We were literally cheering in our seats and ready to watch it all again by the end. I cannot contain my excitement for Pitch Perfect 2!!!

6. nice set of hooters you got there: Even the Community School campus has been feeling the Mother’s Day spirit this week. During spring break, a great horned owl mama built her nest in a pine tree right on campus. She had two hatchlings a few weeks ago, and these furry little friends are adorable and growing quickly. It’s so cool to walk by the nest tree to see them testing their limits on lower and higher branches. Pretty incredible animals! Gotta love Idaho for reasons like this.

adorable baby owls with mama

adorable baby owls with mama, photo taken by science teacher Bob Polk

baby owl getting bigger

baby owl getting bigger, photo taken by science teacher Bob Polk

my own subpar iPhone photo taken walking out of work

my own subpar iPhone photo taken walking out of work

7. new shoes: I fell for it. I finally suckered in to one of those Facebook ads that was “suggested for me.” Well, technically, I got an email from Hautelook, a Nordstrom company, and I certainly trust Nordstrom, so then I clicked on an ad. I ordered three pairs and kept two, both of which I absolutely love. The price point is great, the shoes are comfortable, and the materials are nice.

the natasha bootie in taupe. i am currently on the waitlist for the black ones

the natasha bootie in taupe. i am currently on the waitlist for the black ones

red shoes aren't exactly practical, but these are worth it.

red shoes aren’t exactly practical, but these are worth it.

8. true detective: As I type, we are watching True Detective. I am hooked. It’s spooky, smart, dark, and darkly funny. Check it out.

9. new jewels: A big thank you (although not from my bank account) to Laura for hosting a super fun stella and dot party. I purchased some great new pieces, and I’ve already worn all of them since I got them on Friday!

love both bracelets with my michael kors watch

love both bracelets with my michael kors watch

chevron cuff bracelet

chevron cuff bracelet

renegade cluster bracelet

renegade cluster bracelet

eva ear jacket

eva ear jacket

bonus necklace from my level of spending :) that I love!

bonus necklace from my level of spending 🙂 that I love!

Have a great week!

cheers krista

 

brass blossom

weekend love it – indulgences

This past week, the boy and Miss Maude were on a business trip. So I fully indulged in all my guilty pleasures while they were gone. Although the quiet was nice for like a day, I missed the chaos, noise and constant action that generally surrounds the two of them.

Here is what I have been loving, indulging in and looking forward to!

1. CMA Awards. I curled up with a cup of tea and my pug love to watch the CMA’s. With the boy out of town there was no shame. I have a serious, not-so-guilty love for country music. While I loved watching all of the awards and music, I was amazed by Carrie Underwood throughout the entire show.

Carrie Underwood looks phenomenal pregnant. Quick fact, she happens to be a longtime vegetarian (which gives me hope I may one day have legs like hers). She also is also a total badass as demonstrated in her recent collaboration of “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert.  Below are a few of Carrie Underwood’s wardrobe changes that I was smitten with!

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2. Pioneer Saloon. Locally known as ‘the Pio,” the Pioneer Saloon is quite possible one of the best meals in Ketchum. Even as a vegetarian, I always manage to fully enjoy my dinner at a restaurant known for the “hearty steaks, prime rib, fresh seafood and meaty ribs.” They also have an incredible margarita, which never hurts.

It is so well known that the Pio was recently featured by the Huffington Post as part of the top 4 reasons to visit Idaho. You seriously cannot go wrong. I had dinner Saturday night with my mom and grandparents and we fully enjoyed the atmosphere, company and food! A great meal for anyone in Idaho!

the pioneer saloon

the pioneer saloon

3. Puzzle. When I was cleaning the other day I came across the most incredible pug puzzle I received as a gift. Unfortunately the pug puzzle is all black and white. Although the idea of doing a puzzle sounded great, I didn’t feel like going crazy doing with what seemed like an impossible puzzle. So my mom and I found another puzzle that looked a bit more promising and spent a cold afternoon going to work.

I forgot how relaxing working on a puzzle can be. Definitely a great gloomy day activity!

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making progress!

4. The most incredible honey. I used to think that I didn’t really like honey. Something about the stickiness and sweetness just didn’t interest me. That was until I received “Le Grand Miel” honey as part of a birthday gift. I am now obsessed and have daily mug of turmeric, ginger tea with a spoonful of honey. It is my new health kick for the winter.

If you are a fan of honey I highly recommend this brand! I may or may not turn into an old maid with my tea, puzzles and books…

delicious honey & tea combo

delicious honey & tea combo

5. “Brain on Fire.” After reading a quick synopsis of the book “Brain on Fire” on theSkimm, I knew that I needed to get my hands on the book. My friend, Rachel, also recently read the book. She told me that she is generally quick to judge a book and knew immediately that she liked the book.

So since I love books in print (mainly because I find it impossible to read books electronically because of my less than 20-20 vision), I headed to our local library to check out the book. I devoured this book in just a couple of days. It is an incredible and inspiring story about a 24-year-old woman who becomes prey to her own autoimmune system attacking her brain. The book captures the symptoms, hospital stay, treatment and recovery of Cahalan in a way that anyone can understand. Another great read!

"brain on fire" by susannah cahalan

“brain on fire” by susannah cahalan

6. Starbucks Red Cups. I know, I know, I am such a sucker. But I just love “red cup season” (obviously not the Solo cup kind). I find the cups festive, cheerful and inspiring of the holidays to come. Even though I never change my drink order, it just tastes better coming from a red cup. Cheers to red cup season!

the return of the red cups!

the return of the red cups!

7. Homecoming. While Miss Maude and the boy were off traveling the country, I spent the week indulging in all my guilty pleasures. As nice as my week was full of tea and honey, reading, puzzles and lots of food, I missed them dearly. Both of them have so much energy and I missed their constant ADD, frenzy of activity. So happy they are home for more crazy moments like these!

missing walks with this crazy little lady!

missing walks with this crazy little lady!

cannot wait for these love bugs to be home!

so happy these love bugs are home!

taylor brass

brass blossom