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4 ETSY SHOPS TO LOVE

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Some of favorite things in my home have been found in Etsy shops.  I am consistently impressed by the creativity and quality of products offered by shop owners.  I thought it would be fun to share a few shops that are saved as my favorites.

4 Shops to Love (clockwise, starting with top left image):

1|  peastyle  |  Not a large shop, but her natural Seagrass baskets look versatile and perfectly imperfect.

2|  MintThreads owned by Amanda Wade | Authentic vintage threads.  Perfect way to find vintage clothing to add to your wardrobe without having to do all the hunting at thrift stores.  The vintage T’s are my favorite!

3|  TheLightFactory owned by Ashlie Ewen. | Gorgeous light fixtures. Her bubble chandeliers are striking!

4|  ThePrintableStudio | Printable wall art.  Unique and totally approachable.  A great way to add art to your walls with out the heavy price tag.  The prints are sold as instant digital downloads.  Instant gratification.

Do you have any favorite Etsy shops?  Please share!

 

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MY NEW FAVORITE THINGS

Friday, January 5th, 2018

favorite gifts | Where is June?

Santa was real good to me!  I received a much needed ski coat that kept me warm and toasty on the slopes.

A few more of my favorite new things:

1/  The Notorious RBG.  This book is so perfect in every way. I’m obsessed with her.

2/ Clarisonic: Mia 2.  My path to clean, beautiful skin?

3/ Old Skool Vans.

4/ Kiehl’s Orginal Musk.  A gift from me to ME!

5/  Tickets to see the Foo Fighters at Safeco Field.  Santa left one in each of our stockings!

What are your new favorite things?  I’d love to hear!

 

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4 GREAT PODCAST EPISODES

Friday, November 17th, 2017

4 podcasts

Admittedly, I am a podcast junkie!  I thought you might enjoy a few that I have especially loved in the last couple of weeks.

1. The Longest Shortest Time: Episode #141-That’s a Real Mother, Part 1: Governor Mom // The first in a series focused on working moms and the discrimination they face in the workplace.  Fascinating.

2. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: Shonda Rhimes // Oprah and Shonda discuss the year of “yes” and how it changed Shonda’s life.

3.  Katie Couric: Pete Souza- Obama’s Photographer // An interview with Pete Souza, the official White House photographer for Obama’s 8 years in the White House.

4.  Fresh Air with Terry Gross: ‘Times’ Reporters Describe How a Paper Trail Helped Break the Weinstein Story //  The two female reporters discuss writing and researching the now infamous article about Harvey Weinstein.

I have linked all the Podcasts here so you could listen to these 4 episodes directly from this post.  I listen through the Podcast app on my iPhone.  Android users can listen too.

What podcasts do you love? I’m happy to share my favorites if you are interested.

 

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YOU MUST WATCH: YOUNGER

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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It seems every time I have a conversation with anyone- I will eventually hear about another new show I MUST WATCH.  It’s overwhelming really.  I personally don’t have enough free time in a week to watch all these amazing shows.  We may be the only couple who has not seen one episode Game of Thrones.

But, I have new guilty pleasure.  Younger.  “40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) passes herself off as 26 to land a job. Now she has to make sure no one discovers her secret.”  I am mid-way through season 1 and I’m totally hooked.  With 4 seasons, I’ve got plenty of Hulu binge watching ahead of me!

I’m afraid to ask, but what show(s) are you loving?

 

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READ & LISTEN: ROOKIE

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

ROOKIE POD CAST | WHERE IS JUNE?

My obsession for podcasts are not a secret!  I recently found Rookie and have enjoyed listening to the wide variety of creatives and artists in interviews.  However, I’m not their target audience.  It’s really for all of our amazing teens!

Rookie is the podcast created by the online magazine Rookie.  Self described as “an independently run online magazine and book series founded in 2011 by Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson. We publish writing, photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers (and their cohorts of any age!). Our contributors and readers are from all over the world.”

The online magazine seems to have a little something for every type of teen.  I love how the categories include comics, beauty, books and friendship.  Such an amazing platform and community for teens.  As a reader or a contributor- I bet it’s empowering to know a teen voice has power.  I find it refreshing that the issues and topics tackled in the podcast are complex.  It’s not condescending and it is apparent the producers believe teens to be intelligent and thoughtful human beings.  The podcasts are not cleaned up-meaning there is swearing and a lot of honesty!

After listening and a quick scan of the online site, Rookie tends to be geared toward females-but many of the topics would be interesting for our young men too.

Share this with a teen in your life or anyone trying to successful raise a teen {without losing her mind!}.

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STAY HERE: A GORGEOUS NASHVILLE HOME

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The Wendell Home | Where is June?

While there are no specifics finalized, we have purchased airline tickets to Nashville ….so this trip is finally happening.  As I began my search for lodging I stumbled upon The Wendell Home.  This Airbnb home is a minimalist’s dream come true.  I seriously cannot stop looking at the pictures.  {I’ve included a few here, but you must look at all of them in the listing!}.  The home gets a 5-star review, which isn’t surprising!  A couple of my travel mates are not sold on staying in a house instead of a hotel {including my husband}.  I love the idea of staying in a neighborhood and exploring shops and restaurants off the main tourist strip! All the other stuff is just a Lyft ride away.  I may just book it and surprise them.  I mean, how could we go wrong with this house?

Wendell Home | Living

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Hoping to catch some live music at The Bluebird Cafe and see the Grand Ole Opry.  Any other Nashville suggestions?

photos via The Wendell Home on Airbnb

 

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FEED MY SENSES: DANCE CHURCH

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

DANCE CHURCH | WHERE IS JUNE?

What feeds you?  We consistently give: as wives, as caregivers, as employees, as bosses, as daughters, as sisters, as friends.  But what feeds you – so that you can continue to give?  The adage of “carving out time for yourself”, is a tired track being played on repeat.  But dammit, it’s so true! I’m hoping by sharing some of the ways I feed my senses, it might spark something for you.  Maybe it’s revisiting an old passion or trying something you have never done before.

What feeds me?  Dance Church.  It is my everything.  What the heck is Dance Church?  It is a dance party, just like at the best clubs, but in athleisure instead of your hottest get-up.  Bare feet instead of stilettos.  Coffee after instead of shots before.  Workout instead of hung over.  Oh my gosh, it’s a my dream come true.  Founded by Kate Wallich, Dance Church happens every Sunday morning and Tuesday night.  It is a 90 minute dance workout, however it’s not choreographed.  Kate leads the class and cues movements, but so general in nature that you can move however you please.  There is every type of person represented and that is what makes it so awesome!  The room at Velocity Dance is dimly lit and packed, so you have to like being in close proximity to others while sweating.  The playlists are out of this world {Think RiRi, Bey, Drake, Bieber,}.  I walk out of there on a high every time.  In my 20’s, there was nothing better than dancing into the wee hours of the morning. Dance Church gives me everything I loved: music, movement, and infectious energy.

Would you give Dance Church a try??  Read the personal account of a first timer.

PS:  The mirrors are covered, there is no front, and no one is watching you!  And church has nothing to do with it.

 

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WANDERLUST | NASHVILLE

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

wanderlust nashville | Where is June?

Not all who wander are lost.  I have recently come to love that phrase.  Though I was never that girl who threw a change of clothes in a backpack and just took off-I have come to crave travel and discovering a new place.  My husband usually shakes his head at me.  Lucky for me, the boys are slowing getting the travel bug as well and three against one is beneficial for my cause.

Aaron, Big W, and I have been watching Sonic Highways.  A documentary created by the band Foo Fighters that W got for Christmas.  He loves music and this documentary follows the band as they visit eight cities in the United States as they record the album Sonic Highways.  In each city they explore the the music scene, which is totally fascinating.  This weekend we watched the episode featuring Nashville.  All three of us agreed, we should GO!  We have added it to the short list of places to visit.

Topping our list of places to visit is The Bluebird Cafe.  A small cafe that has live music every night.  They play in the round and features original music by songwriters.  In the episode, natives shared that playing the Bluebird was rite of passage in Nashville.  What else could we do and see?  Of course there is the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, but like any city there are hidden gems.

Have you been to Nashville?  I’d love to hear all of your “insider” information!

Nashville photo by @4corners via TripAdvisor

 

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A STYLED BOOKSHELF

Monday, December 14th, 2015

styled book shelf | Where is June?

I have been working over the last few months on the finishing touches in my newly remodeled family room.  It surely doesn’t happen over night.  One item we needed was shelving to house our cable modem.  While completely unsightly and not the least bit aesthetically pleasing, it is a necessity of modern-day life.  I chose a very simple unit from IKEA. The white frame and glass shelves makes it an unobtrusive piece of furniture in the room.

After finding a home for all of our hardware on the bottom shelf, I was left with the task of styling the rest of the shelves.  My hope is that as time goes by it will be home to items I love and collect.  I see a family of vintage globes living on the top shelf.  For now, I needed to start with a few things that I had on hand.  Taking tips from Emily Henderson, I focused on a few key elements.  Trays, larger scaled pieces, books, small collections, and cherished items.  Please remember, I am not a designer or a stylist.  I use a little inspiration from the experts and do my best.

styled bookshelf | Where is June?

With the center bar in the middle of the shelves, it creates eight small compartments.  I tried to blur these lines a bit with a row of books running all along the first glass shelf.  I needed to use book ends {or get creative with books} to hold books upright on the shelves.  The Shel Silverstein books from my childhood, with white book jackets, were perfect for this.  I continued by adding my favorite books, a lucite tray, candles, vases, a portrait, and pieces created by my boys.  The bottom shelf has a market basket to house miscellaneous toys.  It is still a room for the whole family and those LEGOS need a place at the end of the night.  Keeping with the room’s color palette I stuck with white, black, natural wood, and metallic.  Pops of color come from the book spines and artwork.

Tiny Prints acrylic block | Where is June?

My hope was to include unique items as well.  I adore this acrylic block I created to sit on the shelves.  The phrase “Awesome takes practice.” was on a card I received for my 4oth birthday and I thought it was an outstanding mantra.  Using Tiny Prints and my favorite font, I created the text and uploaded it as an image.  It is the perfect size and looks great with the books.  Plus, it is a great reminder to be awesome everyday!

styled books | Where is June?

I know these shelves will be ever changing.  As we travel and collect new treasures, the objects will change.  I can also add items from other rooms in my home to give the shelves new life!

Sources for a few of the items:

Seattle Map print/GurglePot/Acrylic Block/Hand Bookends/Globe

{Acrylic Block c/o Tiny Prints.}

 

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TRAVEL ARGENTINA- IGUAZU FALLS

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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On our recent trip to Argentina, we took a mid-week excursion from Buenos Aires.  We jumped on a local airline and visited the town of Puerto Iguazu and the astonishing Iguazu Falls.  These amazing falls occur at the borders of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil.  We did not apply for a Brazilian visa, so we stayed on the Argentinian side of the falls.

The flight, although only 90 minutes, was the most turbulent flight I have ever experienced.  It was no joke! We arrived in the early afternoon to a torrential, sub-tropical downpour.  After checking into our hotel and planning our trip to the falls the following day, we waited out the rain and then ventured into town.  Puerto Iguazu was very different from the hustle of Buenos Aires.  Small businesses lined the streets and it definitely had a small town feel.  The people were incredibly kind and children played on the side walks. We had an extremely fun day and all of us count the time we spent there as one of the highlights of the trip. A completely different side of Argentina and certainly worth experiencing.

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina | Where is June?

Our trip was really short – basically 24 hours -and we didn’t have much time at Iguazu Falls.  In hindsight, our departing flight should have been much later in the day so that we could have really had time to see the entire park.  We made the most of the time we had there and went for the “extreme” experience.  Boarding a 4 x 4 for a trek through the jungle, we bounced for a few miles down to the river.  We stuffed all of our belongings into dry bags, which coincidentally were soaking wet on the inside, and braced ourselves.  A boat ride took us upriver and through some really fun rapids. Then we caught a glimpse of the enormous falls in the distance.  No picture can do these falls justice.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina | Where is June?

The view of the falls from the water was breathtaking, but the view of the falls INSIDE the falls was exhilarating.  Imagine someone turning on a fire hose and shooting it straight at you.  While I would have loved to open my eyes and see the what it looked like-it was virtually impossible.  There was lots of screaming and tons of laughing.  It was really quite something. We should have brought our GoPro.  The footage would be really fun to have.  After departing the boat, we had time to walk the trails.  The views from land were also fantastic, albeit a little dryer.  Would I recommend allowing someone to drive you into these falls?  YES!  Would I recommend a swim suit, poncho and a set of dry clothes for after? YES!  However, the after shots of us soaking wet make me giggle.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina | Where is June?

The surrounding park was filled with trails, monkeys and more vantage points of the falls.  A train takes you to the top with a lookout and viewing deck.  We didn’t have time to get up there, but the pictures we saw highlight exactly how much water is coming over the top.  A TON!  Iguazu Falls are truly a natural wonder of the world.  If you find yourself in Argentina {or Brazil} I highly recommend it!

 

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