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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

gift box 2

Here it is:  gift giving season is right around the corner.  I’m constantly challenging myself to give thoughtful gifts, yet not break the bank.  If you go to a ton of parties or have a large circle of friends and family it can get really expensive. You have to get creative-which takes a little extra planning.  I’m really pleased with myself.  I have already found my go-to gift idea of the season.  This delightfully cute, porcelain to-go container from CB2 is only $7.95!  Fill it with goodies and you’re done.  The recipient enjoys the treats and is left with a great serving piece for her home.  Full disclosure: the cookies pictured above are Betty Crocker refrigerator cookies.  We will call that semi-homemade.  {Why yes, they were made in my home!}   I have a brainstormed a list of goodie ideas from store bought to truly homemade below.


Treat ideas:

Store Bought

1.  Almond Roca (Everyone’s favorite, even if they won’t admit it!)

2. Peanut M & M’s

3.  Gardetto’s


1. Refrigerator cookies

2. Peanut Butter Chocolate Acorns

3.  Brownies from a box

Homemade (But still insanely easy!)

1.  Five Minute Fudge

2.  Easy Toffee

3.  4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

4.  Sweet Pecans

Any other great ideas on how to fill this awesome bowl?  Leave a comment so we can all appreciate your creativity!


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Friday, February 24th, 2017

in the details no 28| Where is June?

Happiest Friday to all of you!  We are just back from a week long ski trip to Steamboat Springs, CO.  Maybe some of you saw the pictures over on Instagram.  We didn’t get any new snow, but the blue skies and sun were pretty amazing for this “barely” intermediate skier. After 2 seasons on downhill skis {something I said I would never do}, I am starting to grasp the obsession.  My favorite part of of skiing on this trip?  Quiet moments on the chair lift with my husband or my kids.  Which, of course, were directly followed by real moments of my ten year old swearing like a trucker and my almost teen rolling his eyes at me.  Gotta keep things balanced!

Here are few things that interest and inspire me this week:

1.  Frame wallpaper and your own printed snap shots would be so great in a play room or kitchen.

2.  Good. Lord.  This cake looks divine.

3.  Northwest winters require sturdy footwear and these boots might be the perfect investment. Don’t you think they will only get better with time?  I was surprised by the brand!?!

4.  I came across LIVELOVESARA when I was packing for a recent trip to NYC.  Now I’m obsessed.  She breaks down packing for trips and dressing for the everyday.

5.  Cement tiles are one of my favorite things.  These black and white beauties surrounded the bar at Salt and Lime in Steamboat Springs.  So good. {PS/ I love their URL!}

6.  No, I’m not going vegan.  But, since I don’t cook with dairy, these recipes are great for me!  Maybe try to cook one vegan meal a week and see how it goes?

7.  Such an awesome cut!




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Friday, November 4th, 2016


November has descended.  It is so, SO wet in Seattle already.  The dark mornings are about to shift into very early nights.  Totally cozy sweater and soup weather.  Long, brisk walks and loud, warm celebrations help break up the bleakness.   {Lucky for me, I am kicking off November with trip to paradise!}

Stay warm and enjoy the indoors.

A few fall ideas://

1. Place setting

2.  Succulents in pumpkins

3.  A delicious fall soup

All other images via Pinterest.  Check out my fall board for more inspiration!



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Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


Is there anything worse than shopping for a swim suit?  No there is not!  I realize that it isn’t summer and finding a new suit might be the furthest thing from your mind, but I beg you to consider taking a peek at Victoria’s Secret.  It looks as though VS is discontinuing their Swim line and everything is ridiculously discounted.  With bottoms as low as $2.99 and tops at $14.99, you can even grab one item to go with a suit you already own.  Even sale items can be returned, so fill your basket, try them on at home, and maybe strike gold!

Plus, when summer rolls around (or your winter trip to the sun) you will be ready!

I love this top and these bottoms!


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Monday, October 17th, 2016

single-drawer-and-pull | where is June?

My bedroom needs some major TLC.  The only thing we have purchased for our room in the 10 years we have lived in our home is our mattress and box spring.  I hesitate to do much because we know we want to remodel {in a huge way}!  However, the bedroom will be the last thing tackled on our long list of updates, so I’m thinking I should do a few little things that will make me like our room a bit more.

Our nightstands are maybe the easiest items to start with.  The current nightstands are one of the first purchases we ever made together, before we were married, in 1998.  Heavy, reclaimed pine with weathered hinges. Can you picture them?  I want to update them with simpler lines that fit our current style.  The nightstand with a single drawer seems like the perfect piece.  A place to stash lotion, headphones, and a lint roller-with plenty of space for a side lamp and books.  To add interest, I would swap the hardware that comes with the piece with a unique cabinet knob.  It is an easy and inexpensive way to make a statement.

Here are a few pairings that I am crushing on:
{from top}

1//  Color blocked nightstand with Geode knob.

2//  Mixed material nightstand with Simple black knob.

3// Metal nightstand and Cement knob.

4//  Mid-Century nightstand with Marble/Wood knob.

Which is your favorite?





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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

matte-balm | Where is June?

Girlfriends share!  They share everything from parenting advice to wine.  Or maybe the name of their favorite deodorant.  More times than not, my favorite things are discovered because a girlfriend gave me the inside track.  I thought it would be fun to share in the same way here on the blog.  A quick, not fancy post, about one of my favorite things.

First up, Revlon Matte Balm.  This drug store beauty purchase is my absolute favorite lip color.  I love the matte finish and the color is rich {and it lasts}.  I’m super picky when it comes to lip color.  I don’t like shiny or sticky gloss.  I also hate when a lipstick is overly drying and wears off unevenly.  This balm goes on just like your run-of-the- mill lip balm {AKA: ChapStick}.  It is moisturizing and leaves your lips super smooth.  I have Enchanting {a nude} and Striking {a coral-red}.  With 10 colors, everyone can find one they love!

I also love Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick and Tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint.


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Friday, October 7th, 2016

in-the-details-no-25 | WHERE IS JUNE?

This week was an absolute blur. I worked Monday – Thursday {more on that in an upcoming post} and suddenly it’s Friday.  The forecast shows rain all weekend, so it seems we are entering our hibernation mode.  {At least I will be.}  Time to break out that happy light!  Are you going hunting for the great pumpkin this weekend?  It is that time of year!

Here are a few things that inspire or interest me this week:

1. Central Park.  Fall.  I mean.

2. I read this book in two days.  I couldn’t put it down.  I HIGHLY recommend Relativity by Antonia Hayes.

3.  My bedroom is desperately calling for a little TLC.  The simplicity of this room is striking.

4.  Just added this new rug to our family room.  We love it.  And now Target is having a sale on rugs….get one!

5.  These awesome lights would look great in a kids room or in an office.

6.  Popsicle stained lips.  Right on. Ordering this lipstick today in Jam.

7.  Pajamas for a night out?  Why not!  A few accessories and velvet shoes and you are good to go.


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Friday, September 30th, 2016

in-the-details no. 24 | Where is June?

It’s a Friday Night Lights kind of night.  We are headed to the UW v. Stanford football game this evening.  Well, actually the fun starts this afternoon.  Looking forward to catching up with college friends and being back on campus.  What are you up to this weekend?  Fall is here!  Have a good one. xo

Here are few things that inspire and interest me this week:

1. A misty view at Machu Picchu.  Seriously on the bucket list.

2.  Have you ever heard of magic cakes? Looks delicious, right?

3.  Calm living at its finest.  This takes “dwell well” to a whole new level.

4.  See the good.  Simply put.

5.  The sweetest little side lamp.  #targetdoesitagain

6.  My obsession for velvet booties grows.  {Here is a great selection.  Which is your favorite?}

7.  A fall cheese platter.  Yes. Please.

{Magic cakes via Cup of Jo}


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Monday, September 26th, 2016

the-run-up | Where is June?

Tonight is the first presidential debate leading up to the election.  Recently I started listening to The Run-Up podcast, produced by the New York Times.  It is an extremely informative podcast airing twice a week focused on all things Clinton and Trump.  The New York Times did just endorse Hilary Clinton, but I find the podcast to be fairly well-balanced in the way they approach each topic.  Many contributors and authors are interviewed with differing points of view.  No matter your politics, I 100% believe it is worth a listen.  The episode airing tomorrow will be breaking down the debate.  I can’t wait!

Check it out and let me know what you think.


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Friday, September 23rd, 2016

in-the-details-no-23 | Where is June?

Giddy up- it’s Friday!  I’m looking forward to this first fall weekend.  Little Man is playing in his first flag football game of the season on Saturday.  We are hoping he will pull a flag this year.  Man, I love that kid!  Hope you have great things planned for yourself and your family.

Here a few things that inspired and interested me this week:

1. Oh, these black houses in Iceland have me Googling “Best Exterior Black Paint Colors”.

2.  An ingenious way to store/display heels.

3.  Call me old fashioned, but I like my earphones.  Obviously I didn’t just by the iPhone 7.  Instead, picked up these gold ear buds and they are AMAZING!

4.  Clogs with socks?  Totally PNW right there, but I kind of love it.  Totally out side my comfort zone-so I think I’m going to try it.

5.  This side shelf lamp would be perfect in a guest room.  Wish we had one in our house.

6.  Bomber jackets of my dreams.  Seriously.

7.  The 70’s called and word is that wall hangings are all the rage.  Like or dislike?



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