shine or set

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I miss the feeling of Valentine's Day as a kid. It wasn't all about finding a date or sulking for not having one. It was about making candy-covered boxes for all your pals to place Valentines in. I used to love browsing for the perfect Valentines to give. I was partial to Ninja Turtles or …

happy birthday, dad

Happy Birthday to my pops!
We've shared plenty of memories together. When I was little we climbed trees, skateboarded, and warmed up our Mr. Goodbars on the television set. It was our little secret. Now-a-days we order too much sushi, go to two movies in a row at the theater, and travel to new …

sunday spark

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What s…

friday funnies

I love watching the web series, Between Two Ferns. I wish Mr. Galifianakis would do more of these. He is so awesomely awkward. Check 'em out for a giggle or two.

the bravest love

I believe in a great love. It's something I long to have. It's something I must have. I know it will walk into my life when it's supposed to. When I least expect it. When I stop looking for it. 
When I came across these words by Ann Voskamp, it knocked me off my feet and filled my hear…

downtown

We've been wanting to step out of our little bubble for quite some time, so Christine and I went to explore downtown Phoenix. To make it a little more interesting, we decided to let serendipity lead the way. We dug through our change to find a trusty penny. Heads or tails led us down different…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Student teaching I spent yesterday with my classroom of little kiddos. We read books, put together puzzles, and learned how to share. They call me Miss Brianna and give me big, bear hugs.
2. Shooting On my journey in trying new things, I headed to the shooting range. It felt a tad scary holding a…

i love you, mr. lonely

It's not always the easiest thing to find comfort in being alone. The silence can be deafening. The only movement is my own chest rising and falling with each breath. The only thoughts spoken are the ones replaying in my head. There are even those moments when I question whether I said them al…

one woman show

As if I didn't have enough of a girl crush on Ingrid Michaelson, it's just turned into a whopping one. Her unique rendition of "Somebody That I Used to Know" is beautiful and she looks just so darn cute in her specs and beanie. Even better? She sang and played each and every inst…

chocolate for breakfast

I normally don't eat sweets for breakfast. The early morning and sugary bites just don't make for a happy tummy for the rest of the day. It doesn't mean I don't eat those types of breakfast foods for dessert. This especially holds true for this recipe I saw on Raspberri Cupcakes. Wh…

squaw peak

We continued our hiking adventures today. Jenn, Charlie, and I headed to Squaw Peak for a little change of scenery and to get away from the loudness of life's silly mishaps, of the city, of all the hustle and bustle. It was a perfect day for it too. 
Never without incidents, we got in a little…

sunday spark

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...  It's about learning how to dance in the rain." -Vivian Greene [click on image for source]

friday funnies

This little girl is my idol.

one of those days

Every day is different. Some days are easier than others, while some carry something darker and heavier. When sticking to a set schedule, days might not come with different scenery, people, or tasks. But each one comes with different feelings. It's those feelings that can make you see things in…

the color run

Lately I have been wanting to try new things. I figure, why not experience something a little different? Life moves quickly. If you're not careful you'll miss it and all the things you could have tried. Thankfully, I have some amazing gals on board with me. They keep me company through the…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Musical pals I was so happy to be reunited with my talented pals this past weekend. They put on a great show at The Clubhouse. Now they're off touring, but we definitely gave them one heck of a farewell.
2. Opening up I'm learning to appreciate every moment for what it is. Some tend to fo…

stunna shades

I love big sunglasses. They are comfortable, protective, and cover my face on the bad days. The other day my gal and I went to pick out some sunglasses for her. I was drooling over all the styles. It was hard not to try on a few pairs. We found her the perfect pair of Tory Burch aviators and I defi…

sunday spark

"I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part." -Shirley MacLaine