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PEPPER INK TATTOOS

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Pepper Ink Tattoos

I celebrated my 4oth birthday this summer and wanted to share with you one of my favorite details!  A year ago, I wore a temporary tattoo to Aaron’s birthday party with his name on it.  He thought is was fun and I thought I was bad ass-and so began my obsession!  For my birthday party, I ordered temporary tattoos for my girlfriends from Pepper Ink.  I couldn’t wait to share my love of ink with my girls!  We all wore feathers on our right arms for the night!  It was such a fun way to kick off a new decade.  Who says forty is middle aged?  We are just hitting our stride!  Hello, Forty.

Pepper Ink Tattoo

Pepper Ink Girls

I found Pepper’s Etsy shop and have been wearing her tattoos off and on for about a year.  The quality of the tattoos are amazing and you can literally not tell they are temporary. I also use the Liquiskin Tattoo Shine Remover, which eliminates the shine of the temporary tattoo-making it look virtually real.  Pepper’s tattoos last well over a week, which is incredible!  I love that I can change my tattoo with my mood, my outfit, or the season.

I am 99.9% sure you will love wearing a temporary tattoo. Even if it is a tiny heart on your wrist.  Give it a try!  Pepper is offering Where is June? readers 25% off any order through her Etsy shop {excluding wedding favors}.  Awesome!  Simply visit her shop, Pepper Ink, and enter the code WHEREISJUNE at checkout.   I promise you will like yourself in a tattoo.  You have nothing to lose! {These would make awesome stocking stuffers, too!  It’s never too early to shop.}

I am going to order the Vintage Flowers and a Tiny Vintage Pack.  What are your favorite designs?

Photos by Elise Marie Photography

 

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A STEP BACK IN

Friday, September 26th, 2014

first day

I went to work yesterday.  For the first time in almost eight years, I got up {early}, showered, got dressed and worked outside of my home. Here’s the bonus:  I made some money!  In a former life I was an elementary school teacher and yesterday I spent my day with delightful third graders.  I was their substitute.  You know what?  It was kinda awesome.  To be honest, I didn’t know if I would like it.  I didn’t really have any expectations.   At my first break I sent a text to Aaron: “So far so good!  Kids are at recess.  It has been a super fun morning.”

For now, I decided to work two days a week.  No need to rush anything and I wasn’t sure how my three boys were going to adjust.  Specifically, the biggest one.  Home is my domain in every sense of the word.  Aaron and I have settled into very traditional roles.  Remember that modern-day house wife thing?  That isn’t just a catchy phrase.  I am the real deal baby!  In a slow release of control, I simply asked Aaron to get the kids school.  He gladly accepted, but shuddered a bit when I told him next week he would also be making lunches.

Wouldn’t you know that on my first day back at work, Little Man would run a fever at school and need to come home.  Par for the course around here.  Through a comedy of errors, the office was unable to reach me {my phone was on silent} or Aaron {he has a new cell number}.  Thankfully a friend on Little Man’s emergency contact list was able to hunt Aaron’s number down, relay it to school, and daddy came to the rescue.  The greatest thing?  This all happened without me.  I didn’t have chance to check my phone until lunch and by then it was all sorted out.  My husband totally rocked it today.  He put his day on hold, took care of his baby boy, and never once needed my help.  Well done, sir.  We’ve got this.

“We are all in this together.”  If you are long time reader, you will know this as my favorite quote.  For the last eight years I have tried to live it.  Parenting is truly the hardest job on earth and we all need help every now and then.  My time at home has afforded me the luxury of not having to juggle schedules, worry about child care or stress about who will pick up my sick child from school.  Lucky for me I have been able to do this for friends from time to time.  Being a supportive friend will continue to be a guiding force in my life.  Although in the weeks to come, I may be the one who needs to ask for a favor.

So, hats off to the girls who run a household, lovingly raise their children and forge amazing careers outside the home.  How about a round of applause for the women who make a home, cherish their kids, volunteer at school, take extras in the carpool, and step up in a time of crisis for a friend?   And can I get an AMEN for all the friends who answer the phone and say, “Yep, no problem.”?

Best thing about working part-time?  I’m back at home today nursing the little one back to health, packing for a big family weekend away, and updating the emergency contacts at the boys’ school.  Love each other today.  We all need it!  xoxo

 

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73 QUESTIONS {OR SO} WITH ME

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

spring

After yesterday’s sort of heavy post, I decided to lighten things up a bit today.  It is inspired by a Vogue Video interview.  A quick-paced, lighthearted interview with one of my favorite stars, Sarah Jessica Parker.  73 questions with simple answers.  For fun, I answered the same questions below.  {Well, most of them.}

How long have you lived in the area?  12 1/2 years.

What is your favorite season in Seattle?  SUMMER!

What is your favorite activity in Seattle?  Anything involving the water.

Would you ever leave?  Maybe. Never say never.

What are 3 words to describe Seattle?  Green.  True.  Diverse.

What is your favorite movie?  Good Will Hunting

Favorite movie in the past 5 years?  American Hustle

Favorite TV show that is currently on?  Mad Men.

A book I plan on reading?  The Eye Has to Travel.

A book that positively shaped me?  Lord of the Flies.

A book you read in school that you never think of?  As I Lay Dying.

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life?  9.5

iPhone or Android?   iPhone

Twitter or Instagram?  Instagram

Vine or Snapchat?  Neither.

Favorite downtown restaurant?  Revel {Seattle}.

Least favorite food?  Oysters.

Favorite drink.  Moscow Mule

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?  Milk chocolate

Hardest part of being a mom?  Stopping myself from rescuing my boys.

Favorite band?  Mumford and Sons

Favorite lyrics?  Love your curves and all your edges. Your perfect imperfections.

Which instrument would you like to master? Guitar

Where would you get a tattoo?  My right shoulder blade.

Dogs or cats?  Neither.

Dolphins or koalas?  Dolphins.

Bird watching or whale watching?  Whale watching.

Historical person you would like to have coffee with?  Diana Vreeland

What is the last gift you gave?  A Nintendo 3DS game and a Minecraft keychain.

How do you like your coffee?  Short Americano with room.

Favorite curse word?  Sh*t.

Favorite board game?  Pictionary.

A country you wish to visit?  Italy {eeek!}

Favorite color?  Coral.

Least favorite color?  Beige.

What color was your prom dress?  Red.

Diamonds or pearls?  Diamonds.

Heels or flats?  Heels.

Blow dry or air dry?  Air dry.

Jogging or swimming?  Jogging.

Pilates or yoga?  Barre.

Favorite way to decompress?  Lay in the sun.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?  Telekinesis

Now, hear SJP answer the same questions and get a peek into her home.  It is worth watching!

Photo via Instagram.  Follow me @seattlejune!

Have more time?  Get to know me a little better:

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A HEARTFELT THANK YOU!

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A BIG KISS

While writing my blog must still be considered a hobby-since I don’t receive any income from it-during the last year I shifted thinking of it as much more. People do this kind of thing full-time and make a living.  Here’s what I know.  I love doing it!  How great would it be if this was my job?  It has inspired me to learn new skills, push through fear, sit with disappointment, and appreciate support.  I have running lists in my head of posts and ideas.  Writing and creating content is my most favorite thing to do during the week.  I adore what I do.

Like in any industry there are super stars.  Recently, I felt myself being envious of these rockin’ chicks, who seem to have it all going on.  HUGE partnerships with companies, travel opportunities, photo shoots, free designer loot, and on and on.  I was throwing myself little, daily pity parties.  Yuck. Then I checked myself.  Jealousy green doesn’t look good on me, even on St. Patrick’s Day.  That shit {pardon me for actually spelling out a 4-letter word} will get me no where.  Gave that up somewhere in my 30’s and I am NOT going back.  So, I began leaving comments on my favorite bloggers’ posts wishing them well and complimenting them on a job well done.  Put good out into the world feels so much better.

I  also forced myself to do the same for Where is June.  I listed my blogging accomplishments since last July.  It was such an empowering exercise.  And here’s the thing-writing a blog makes no difference unless someone reads it.  It might only be eighty people on a given day, but I have readers that are lovely, caring and supportive.  A few of them joined me yesterday in my home for a little thank you party.  My plan was to take pictures and share with you the details- but I didn’t snap one photo.  And I am glad I didn’t.  I was thoroughly enjoying the amazing women that came to celebrate.  In our social media age, life and blogs often appear gorgeous and perfect through a lens.  However, the party and fun happen when you put the phone down and are part of the moment.  You don’t need a 4×4 picture to let you know you are fun, beautiful, and how very lucky you are!

So, a huge heartfelt thank you and a big {hot pink} kiss from me to you.  Keep reading and share the love.  xoxo

**As another thank you, if you place an order of $100 or more from my Where is June? {loves} Stella & Dot trunk show, my dear friend Regan will add the Cleopatra studs {one of my favorites} as an extra special gift.

 

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WHAT DO YOUR BOARDS SAY ABOUT YOU?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

your pinterest boards

 

You can read a lot about a person by looking at their boards on Pinterest.  I find this graphic so interesting and TRUE!  Pinterest boards tell a visual story about you as person.  Your interests, passions, projects and dreams are presented to the world through images.  Maybe that is why I love it so much.  What do my boards say about me?  I am passionate about cooking, inspired by color, interested in design, dreaming of a new kitchen, love being a girl, planning for a trip to Italy, and obsessed with neon lights.   Yep, pretty much!

Have you ever thought of Pinterest in such a personal way?  Now I want to edit all my boards’ cover pictures so they beautiful and inspiring.

What do your boards say about you?

Do you Pinterest?  Follow me!  Or just check out a few of my favorite boards:

Gallery Wall

It’s Great to be a Girl

What Are We Waiting For?

Color Me Happy

So Sweet.

{Pinterest quote} Image via

 

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IDLE TIME

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

idle time

Yesterday the Internet was down at our house all day.  (Winds and a very large tree proved too much for little cable lines.)  I had grand plans to get ahead of the game yesterday, but instead I found myself idle.

No streaming Pandora music, no editing pictures with an online tool, no new posts, no searching Pinterest for inspiration, no access to sign up my boys for baseball, no sending email to a teacher, no searching for new recipes or airline flights. Nope.

So, after a few moments of bewilderment, I remembered there is plenty to do that doesn’t involve my computer.  I listened to my own playlists, spent time reading my stack of magazines, made cookies, folded clothes, made a pot of tea, cleaned out a junk drawer, and filled a bag for donation.

It was an incredibly, enjoyable afternoon.  I am certain I should do it more often.  Just push away from the computer, leave my phone in my purse, and fill my time with activities that don’t involve a screen.  We expect our kids to do it, don’t we?  My computer is in my kitchen, so I always have access to it.  Even though I am not sitting in front of it all of the time, I will just “jump on for a minute” to check this or that. Wow!  That is kind of scary, isn’t it?  I am adding to my list of things I would love in 2014Less time wasted in front of my computer.

So, what activities do you LOVE to do when you aren’t “connected”?  I am eager to hear.  What do you do with idle {screen free} time at home?

Image:  Birds on a Wire Photo Art

 

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{2014} READY. STEADY. GO

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Ready Steady Go

Twenty fourteen.  How did that happen?  While I am not one for resolutions, a new year is the beginning of endless possibilities.  To start anew.  No time to worry about yesterday.  No guilt, just a hope for all things new, creative, lovely, inspiring, simple, meaningful and fun.

Things I would love in 2014:

dates with my yoga mat, road trips, gelato in Italy, more flossing, brunch with girlfriends, happy boys, drinks around a campfire, challenging hikes on snowshoes, quiet moments to dream, the perfect bloody mary, playing a song on my guitar, visits to familiar places and to places I have only dreamed of seeing, homemade gnocchi, parents’ night(s) out, a day at the beach, something inspiring to read, field trips in my gorgeous city, strong arms and a toned tummy. 

{The last one is hold over from 2013.  If anything, I am consistent.}

Happy New Year!

if you have a bit more time // things I would love | 2013

 

 

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SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

seattle

Fall and Winter weather and the lack of light bums me out.   Now you may laugh since I live in Seattle where it is gloom and doom from November until June. What do I expect?  The picture says it all!

For me, it is a bit more than the winter doldrums.  I think I may have Seasonal Affective Disorder {referred to as SAD, very appropriately}.  Of course, for now, my diagnosis comes from Internet surfing and the very knowledgeable professionals at WebMD and the MayoClinic.  Man, disorder sounds bad, doesn’t it?

SAD is described as a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.  For that last few years, at least, come October I hit the wall.  This year I expected it and sure enough as soon as the leaves starting changing colors I started to feel down.   Just kind of – blah.

Some of the listed symptoms:

Feeling sad, grumpy or moody.  {Sorry to say that’s me.  Just ask my kids and husband.}

Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.  {The big one for me is exercise.   I am barely getting in one workout in a week.  Totally unlike me!}

Sleep more and feel drowsy during the daytime.  {I drank a cup of coffee at 5pm today.  I could barely keep my eyes open.}

Eat and crave carbohydrates.  {It is ugly.}

Loss of energy.  {Even with 9+ hours of sleep I feel like I am running on empty.}

Wow!  Don’t you want to hang out with me?   I really am fun, I swear.

Do any of you suffer from SAD or know anyone who does?  How about Light Therapy and light boxes?  Other treatments?  I am eager for any and all information.  If I could feel better this year and prevent it next year- I am all in.

 

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{HAIR} THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

Friday, November 15th, 2013

I love your hair

There have been many chats about hair cuts this week in our house.  Big W is unhappy with a cut he got on Monday.  It isn’t a bad cut, but it is much shorter than he is used to and he isn’t a fan.  At dinner last night I told him that every adult could understand his pain.  We have all been there.  You know the story.  You sit down in the chair, chat with your stylist and then something goes astray.  To your horror, you see it happening {the train running off the tracks and hair falling to the floor} and there is nothing you can do about it.  While breezing down memory lane with the help of a few photographs, I found much of my hair history falls into two categories.  A bad cut OR a bad idea.  Either way it has been quite a bumpy ride!

A few highlights:  From a young age I wanted long hair.  However my mom was in charge of styling decisions, so long hair was out and the pixie was in.  It actually was a darling haircut, but not what I wanted.  When I finally got a bit of power, I grew it long and a massive amount of bangs.  To my own defense, it was the 80’s and everyone was doing it.  Still, it was really bad idea.  In the early 90’s, I went through a mid-high school crisis.  My answer was to cut all my hair off.  I walked into the salon with hair down to the small of my back and walked out with a pixie.  It was a shocking change.  The bad idea came when I was trying to grow out my hair. {If you have ever done this, you know it is long and embarrassing process!}  So, I decided to perm it.  Bad idea.  Who does that???  However, the worst of the worst came in the summer of 2000 {a mere 12 months before my wedding day}!  I loved Rene Russo’s hair in The Thomas Crown Affair.  Actually, I was obsessed with it!  So I took a picture with me and asked for the exact cut.  A girl with curly hair, that frizzes at the sign of any moisture, has no business with this style.  This was a horrible cut.  Oh my gosh.  It was so, so bad.  Now, looking back, if I don’t laugh about it -I may cry.

Truthfully, I hope you are laughing.  I am.  How can you not?  It is quite an unglamorous hair past.  Please tell me you have pictures like these hidden somewhere.  Commiserate with me.  What is your worst hair story?!?

 

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STACKS AND STACKS

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

stacks and stacks

Isn’t the first step to recovery admitting you have a problem?  I have a magazine problem. Their glossy covers call to me.  Some wait for me in my mailbox.  They are full of inspiration, gorgeous photography and inside scoop.  Quite simply, they are 100% pure delight.  I just can’t stop myself from subscribing and buying.  The problem is -my beloved issues become stacks and stacks of unread material.  Somehow I never find uninterrupted time to sit and devour them.  However, there is no reason for this and I am putting a stop to it!  Unplug. Disconnect.  Grab a blanket and snuggle up.  Find a cafe.  I am going to make the time for my guilty little pleasure.  And I am not going to feel guilty about it.

{And for those of you who have made the switch to digital magazines on your iPad or tablet, I commend you.  You are doing our planet good.  I, however, love to hold magazines in my hands, dog ear the pages and (yes) stack them on my side table. Sorry.}

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