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January 2018

Turning 70 earns you a surprise party

My dad turned 70 on January 6th. So what do you do for a guy who has (more than) everything he could possibly need? Throw him a surprise birthday party, of course. Custom birthday invitations My sister and I started the planning process back in October. Venue, food, guest list, invites, decor, photo [...]

2018: One Word

My word of 2018 is Candid. Oh yeah, I've decided to keep in the trend I set for 2017, even though I, apparently, forgot about it halfway through the year. Last year it was a task to come up with a word, but Candid came right away. Admittedly, I was a little concerned about Candid being [...]

August 2017

92 Days of Summer Wrap!

Shop Local Canarian Wine Tasting Elizabeth River Trail Ocean Swim Luray Caverns Watch Movie Hike Cabin Public Art Turmeric VOW Beet Latte airBnB Ride Bikes DIY Almond Joy Send Postcards Relax Jump on the Bed Fake Tattoo Honey Rum Beet Hummus Create Family Vacay Smoothie Bowl Finish #TIU Challenge Meets Ruben's Family Read a Book [...]

Flower Bar

Norfolk Wholesale Floral put together a pop up flower bar last weekend and it was just delightful. A co-worker and I decided to checked it out on our lunch break. Admittedly I was scoping the setup to see if it's something the Zoo's Horticulture staff could do at future events (they totally could!). Regardless, the [...]

Our Coastal Collective

New logo for a friend's side photography project. Direction was "nautical, anchors, simple or a really nice font." We were able to crank this out in just one edit and a handful of emails. Can't wait to see the project come together!


Do you ever Pin a recipe just because it looks pretty? This was certainly the case with this shakshuka recipe I stumbled upon this Spring. Then it made it onto my 92 Days of Summer list because of the colors it would add to my Instagram feed. Don't judge me. I was fortunate enough to [...]

July 2017

Three Ships Coffee

I took myself on a Saturday morning date to Three Ships Coffee down in the ViBe Creative District. I had the pleasure to meet the two behind this tasty shop back at Better Block in 2013, when they were operating out of a remodeled trailer. As the line stretched out the door and people filled every [...]

VB Flea

I find I rarely use Facebook anymore, with the exception of finding events nearby. Hence how I stumbled upon the VB Flea. I've always been a fan of flea markets and while this one was small, it was mighty in the offerings. Not to mention, it piggybacks on the Old Beach Farmer's Market and sits [...]

Old Beach Farmer’s Market

It's been years since I've been to the Old Beach Farmer's Market in Virginia Beach. And what a change! The produce was all so gorgeous and perfect looking. I was also happy to see such a variety, from salsa and ceviche, flowers and dog treats and so many varieties of tomatoes, eggplants and peppers! They've [...]

Almond Joy Bars

So I was a little skeptical after tasting the "almond candy" portion of the bar. But the whole thing together? YUM. I think these taste great as a frozen treat, so I keep mine in the freezer. You can also keep them in the fridge or at room temperature. Your choice! What you'll need: 1 [...]