Danish Christmas Party

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Michael and I are growing up. We have finally hosted our first Christmas party... at my parents home in Prosper. We are working our way up there. Inspired by Michael's mom Susanne and her epic holiday parties we decided to host one of our own. A Danish Christmas feast with all the fixings. A traditional Danish dinner consists of the following items:

Flaeskesteg - A Pork Roast with the skin left on
Brown Christmas Potatoes - Little boiled potatoes covered in melted sugar and butter
Red Cabbage
Brown Sauce - Gravy town
Risalamange - A rice pudding dessert

The hardest thing to find in America is a blasted pork roast with the skin, but luckily we found a local butcher that was able to find us something pretty close. We ran around all day Saturday morning looking for all the fixings and then started prepping everything as the party got closer. We even bought two rotisserie chickens from Costco just in case something went terribly wrong with the meat. It didn't! Lucky for us Henrik and Susanne allowed us to wake them up at 3AM their time for help with the potatoes.

Our friends came over dressed in their finest, looking extremely dapper. The Danish meal turned out delicious, we only burnt the flaeskesteg a little bit. We went around the table and told the stories of how we all met. It was highly entertaining. Very fun to get to know all the back stories. We had a little "photobooth" wall were we got to take some pictures. If you go to a party and don't take pictures did it even happen? After we were done being fancy we changed into pajamas and did a white elephant gift exchange. Michael got a squatty potty and he was so happy. I was terrified that someone was going to spill this in my parents living room. Lucky for us no one did. Also read the comments. We ate dessert, Amanda found the whole almond in the dessert so she got a prize, we played some charades, the everyone left and we went to sleep. Success I say!

NYC Travel Video

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A couple weeks ago we met Michael's family in NYC -- technically we stayed in NJ with his grandparents but whatever. I am so behind on editing videos and photos it isn't even funny (remember how I haven't posted anything about Iceland?? Yeah me too!), but this one rose to the top of my stack because of my cute niece and nephew. More baby time? Yes please. I can't get over how fast they are growing.

We also got to hang with the best BIL & SIL, but who cares about adults when adorable twins abound? They were champions with two toddler lap riders on an international flight from Denmark. What brave souls. CHAMPIONS I say. Hard to be separated from them by an ocean, but we dream of a future where we all live on the same continent and it is glorious. We had a great time exploring the city. I got to go to Target for the first time with Lisa. Can you image stepping on that scared ground for the first time as an adult? It was moving. NYC was weirdly hot so we didn't even need jackets. Good by ankle boots and sweater dreams. We were a little sweaty but the sun was shining. Highlights of the trip include eating at outback twice, central park, and old family photo albums.

Here's the vid! Big shout out to my iPhone, my new camera that also takes video (fancy), and iMovie. God Bless.

Family Pictures

My family is cute and this one time we took pictures in August in Texas and we didn't even look that sweaty. Photos by Jovanna because she is real cool.

Bite Beauty Multistick

Friday, September 9, 2016

I have been getting a little more into photography lately and have been wanting to try my hand at styling. I was sent these Bite Beauty Multistick Products for review from Influenster and I thought this would be a good opportunity to try some new things out. What you don't see here is me standing on my kitchen chair hovering over everything. For the most part I like the image but I can definitely see room for growth. The ones with confetti look a little bit like they could be a 5 year-old birthday party.

I really liked the product. I am pretty minimalist when it comes to makeup so having a product that can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks is pretty helpful. My favorite color was Macaroon, the pinkest one. It looked great on lips and cheeks. I also really liked that Bite Beauty products are food grade, which means you could basically eat the entire product because it is so natural. Not that I did that, but I like that you could.

Michael Turned 30

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Michael turned 30! My husband is 30 years old so I suppose that we are adults? Perhaps? Getting older is a strange strange thing. As a kid you look up to all the adults around you and think, "Wow they are so together. They know Things. They are smart." And now here I am, the same age as the people I looked up to and what a terribly perfect fallacy. As I keep getting older I think the only truth that can really be said about adulthood is that no one has it together. And when you finally accept that fact, then you are really on the right track.

With this guy hitting the big 30 we decided to keep it kind of low key (we celebrated when we were in Denmark with a big party and we did just go to Iceland after all). A simple celebration at our apartment with tacos, cake and ice cream. We didn't invite any friends just family and we are lucky because my family really brings the party. I felt so much love when they showed up with balloons and a crown for Michael.

This might seem like a random story, but go with me. About a month ago we bought a hanging hammock chair and had the genius idea to hang it our on our balcony. We thought we were so cool/handy drilling into the beam and getting everything situated. Neither of us are handy so it truly felt like a victory. Turns out we have metal beams, not wooden beams, and it fell out of the ceiling the second time Michael sat it in. We were so sad. I immediately started looking into hammock chair stands and said, "Maybe we could get one for your birthday coming up?" and Michael said, "Furniture is not a present!" In the end I bought it anyway and it worked out perfectly because he had no idea what it was. That was my favorite, seeing him totally surprised because typically I just buy him books and DVDs off of his amazon wish list. #romantic

So here he is in all his middle-aged glory. I feel so blessed to have known Michael throughout his 20's. He really has grown so much in so many different ways and he somehow just keeps getting cooler. Now for too many pictures of him because I think he is cute.

Exploring Bishop Arts

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ah Texas! We live here and it is finally starting to feel like it. I have been in pretty heavy denial about Dallas possibly being a place we stay put for a while, but as far as I can tell, we aren't going anywhere.

Last weekend we decided to go on an adventure to explore Bishop Arts District. It's a charming area where you can actually walk around. We went with our friends Jovanna (she took all these awesome pictures) and Chase and started off by grabbing slurpees at 7-11. It was bring your own cup day, so we couldn't pass that up. Then we just walked around looking at all the different shops. I bought a "I'm voting for Tacos" shirt and we ate BBQ for dinner. Typical Texas. Y'all. Am I doing this right?

BF 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A couple of months ago I got to hole up in a cabin with some of my favorite people on the planet. The Hideaway Ranch. We ate food, hot tubbed, played games, and explored the Texas wilderness. Yehaw Y'all.

Love is

Monday, May 23, 2016

Six jars of my favorite caesar salad dressing in the fridge.
Clean laundry in the dryer and clean dishes in the dishwasher.
Opening the car door.
Back scratching before I fall sleep.
Checking the mail.
Bringing me shampoo in the shower.
Telling me the Game of Thrones plot while I fall asleep.

Big Magic

Monday, April 4, 2016

I just finished the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I feel compelled to tell you about it. 

Often in creative endeavors I feel the resounding pressure of “What’s the point?” That was my first reaction when I thought that I wanted to start weaving. Thinking oh there are so many talented people and they all do it so much better than me so why bother? But here is the thing, when we ask ourselves “What’s the point?” sometimes the answer can be “Just because I want to.”

It can be that simple.

The reality is, that most likely, it HAS been done before, but it has never been done before by you. Elizabeth Gilbert outlines a lot of this thinking in her book and debunks common misconceptions regarding creativity. The over arching message that I took away was that we need to be in tune with ourselves and out of tune with the rest of the world. Let go of perfection. Creation can be done for creations sake and we need not seek the approval of those in the world laying in wait to weigh in.

So move forward friends. Keep making things. Keep sharing things.

“You are worthy, dear one, regardless of the outcome. You will keep making your work, regardless of the outcome. You will keep sharing your work, regardless of the outcome. You were born to create, regardless of the outcome. You will never lose trust in the creative process, even when you don’t understand the outcome.”

a video of our trip to paris

Friday, March 25, 2016

Things that make me feel insignificant

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Severe Weather
Attending Events/Concerts in Large Arenas
Large bodies of water
The Milky Way
Flying in an airplane

These are the things in life that remind me that I am small. That I am one person in a sea of masses. One grain of sand. That I am one mind, soul and being unto myself. It makes me feel insignificant.

I don't think feeling insignificant is wrong. I think a sharp reminder that indeed I am only 1/7.125 billion on the planet helps me accept where I am and where I am going.

Maybe I am a little too small to be important. Maybe my problems are also a little too small to worry about.

I spend a lot of time in my head. Thinking and processing. I am not sure what the timeline looks like for this, but in the olden days, or so I am told, people really had to do a lot of physical labor to provide for their families. It was a lot of effort to put food on the table. It grew from the ground in the backyards after they spent the year tilling the earth. No Fast Food. No McDonald's. They didn't have a lot of time to indulge in what we do today because they were physically doing and at the end of the day they slept. Free time? What's that?

I am at a very fortunate stage in life where all my basic needs are covered. Food, shelter, water, love, safety, so that leaves a lot of room to play in the space of self actualization. The area where we are prone to dive deep into our emotion health. Where creativity stems from. Who am I and where did I come from.

The very context of the millennial lifestyle is how do I live a full life? How do I get the most out of every moment? How do I pack in more adventure? Can I save enough money to travel the world for a year? I feel like I see one of those articles every single day.

So we always hear "Follow your dreams. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Reach for the stars." and all the jazz,

To that I say bull shit.

The very reality of the situation is that most of us are probably going to live small and simple lives. Not impacting the masses, but impacting those that surround us. Our families, friends, communities. Possibly reaching up into the hundreds and thousands. Possibly not.

And to that I say, well done. It's ok.

I don't think we hear often enough that it is ok for life to be simple. That it is ok for you to have simple dreams. Attainable dreams. To wish for happiness and safety. Love and belonging. Those are valid and real dreams and those can be enough.

Dallas Eats // Taco Joint

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

In Texas there is no such thing as a shortage of Mexican or Tex Mex food. It's everywhere, but that dosen't mean that it's all good. Of all the taco places this one has been my favorite so far. In my mind it beats Fuzzy's and Torchy's hands down.

Here's the Sitch:
Place: Taco Joint
Order: Two Taco Lunch Special - Spicy Chicken Taco, Grilled Fish Taco, Rice & Beans, and a Drink. I would be remise if I didn't mention the jalapeƱo ranch. I could drink the stuff, it's that good.
Price: $8.99
Atmosphere: They had me won over when I glanced at a table and saw the Mean Girls quote on the napkin holder. A fun environment with cool murals and records. The music is great and there is plenty of seating. Even during the workweek rush it still feels low key.
With: Awesome coworkers, every Tuesday has been declared taco Tuesday. How original.
Rating: 4/5

How We Paid off 20k in Debt

Friday, January 29, 2016

It feels a little surreal to even type this, but as of January 1st 2016, Michael and I are debt free. This is something that has completely changed my life so I wanted to just share a quick recap. I feel like sometimes it’s weird to talk about money, especially when it relates to how much debt you have because it is kind of shameful. Do I really want to spread the news about how Michael and I were totally mismanaging our money and got ourselves into serious credit card debt? Not really. But do I want to share how we got to the other side of it and now life is so much better? Totally. If this story inspires even one person to do the same it will be worth it. So here we go.

When Michael and I got married he had never had a credit card and only had ever operated on cash. I had always had credit cards because I assumed that was what you did when you became an adult. This is where the biggest myth of American culture had ruined us: we thought we had to have credit cards. We thought that we had to build our credit. But surprise, surprise you totally don't. Maybe you knew that, but we didn't.

So we had many credit cards, and even when we had plenty of cash, we would still spend on the credit cards. When we first got married we were in a pretty good financial situation. Lucky for us we started off with a really cushy savings account. We spent on credit cards. We paid it off from savings. Slowly over time that savings account dwindled and with a cross country move and some job instability we came to rely more and more on our plastic little friends, until suddenly we had no savings and were truly living outside of our means.

We also didn't budget. Like in no way shape or form. We had no visibility into what we were spending our money on, or how much was coming in. We would go to target and drop $400 on things that we wanted, just because. This was a regular occurrence. We traveled a lot. We basically never told ourselves no, because when you are an adult, you don't have to.

So there we were 4 years after getting married and we knew something had to change. So here is what we did to get out of debt.