The engagement photos are here…

and though you may not admit it, I’m sure you were probably on pins and needles waiting for these photos. 🙂

Engagement Photo 1

No but seriously, my amazingly-talented cousin over at Nicole Clifford Photography just did the best job. And when she’s working with a couple like Jeff and me, you know she’s got her work cut out for her. Sidenote: anyone looking for a great lifestyle photographer in Kansas City should look Nicole up. She’s just all-around a lovely person.

I must admit that although I love bugging others with my obsessive picture taking, it’s much harder to be the one in front of the camera. Especially, when it comes to any kissing photos. We quickly figured out that it’s not really our thing.

engagement photos set 3^^See what I mean? I swear I really love Jeff, but every time he went to kiss me on the cheek I would naturally move away. That’s not a red flag or anything, right? Right?^^

We originally planned to take our photos outside, but the day we’d sat aside for the photo shoot on our short trip to KC over Thanksgiving turned out to be very cold and windy. Looking back, I’m so glad it was, because for our first location we ended up at an adorable urban winery downtown. And if you’ve followed this blog at all, you probably know by now that I LOVE wine (in a socially responsible way, of course).

Engagement PhotosNicole found the location for us and the folks at Amigoni were gracious enough to let us shoot a few photos in their gorgeous space. We kept it to one glass of white wine (although I tend to prefer red) to make it more photo friendly, but I can’t wait to go back and try more of their wines. The Viognier we had was delightful.

Still not willing to brave the subarctic temperatures (I’m only slightly exaggerating) we moved the shoot to Kansas City’s Union Station and their sky walks.

Engagement Photos Set 2Having shot there before, Nicole was quick to suggest it, and again, I’m glad she did. While I love the historic nature of Union Station, the sky walks offer such a clean, bright look. Perfect for a laid back feel that really showcases Jeff and me as a couple.

Now here’s where I get really cheesy…these photos make me so thankful for Jeff, family so graciously helping us out, and the big day still to come. Thanks again for following along, we can’t wait to share more of our journey!

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Dashing through the snow…

okay, so maybe it wasn’t a lot of snow, but we did get a snow day out of the deal! So, I’m not complaining.

2013 Snowday 2 Snowday 2013

^^And hey, it provided a few hours of winter beauty, which of course is the perfect excuse to turn up the Christmas music and get the soup cooking!^^

Much like our ‘snowday’ last winter, the dogs frolicked in the snow/slush mix and napped. In that order.

Cosmo Snowday 2013 Dogs Snowday 2013

^^Now, I know that photo might look bad, but I promise they just love to chase each other and growl. It’s what they do. 99% of the time they’re sweet as pie. 🙂 ^^

Besides, then after they’re all worn out, they turn into little angels like this one… 😉

Piper Sleeping, Snowday 2013

I’m only slightly hopeful we can snag a few more days (not like blizzard amount or anything) this winter curled-up with these sleeping (they’re definitely not as cute when they’re misbehaving) pups.

Photobooth fun…

with the family!

While home over Thanksgiving Jeff and I got to share in my cousins amazingly fun wedding, and lets just say we (well, mainly me) took advantage of the photobooth. In fact, I think my sister Jenny and I were the main culprits. Somehow we both magically appeared in all the photos.

photobooth 5 photobooth 4 photobooth 3 photobooth 2^^I wasn’t quite ready for the next photo. Opps.^^

photobooth 1

I think I’m sold on getting one of those for our big day, but I might have to promise Jeff I won’t spend the entire evening there.

See now, weren’t those photos a great start to your weekend? Happy Friday everyone!

I see your bathroom has a nautical theme…

but, how did you find all that decor?

Bathroom After 6I recently had a reader ask if I could update my bathroom ‘before/after’ post (the one from wayyyy back when) with a little list of where I got everything I used to decorate the space. For a request like that I’m more than happy to oblige! Gotta help spread that nautical decor around. 🙂

Here’s how it all breaks down:

Bathroom After 6 with details

1. Distressed wooden block with a painted anchor: sadly, it looks like this item is no longer available on Etsy, but I got it from this shop, here.

2. Lantern for a tealight: found that little gem at Ikea, of course.

3. “Never a ship sails…” print: this shop is closed on Etsy now, but looks like you can still find that quote in other Etsy shops!

4. Faux floral bouquets: found those at Hobby Lobby. Each bouquet was $4.99! (no link available) The blue and white pots were both found at Ikea.

5. Anchor hook: also from Hobby Lobby and it looks like it’s on sale.

Bathrom After 2 with details

1. “Bath” sign: also a Hobby Lobby find. Looks like they still have the sign online, but it might be a slightly different color.

2. Striped anchor print: courtesy of Etsy, but it looks like that exact print may no longer be available. However, you can check out the Etsy shop I got it from, here.

3. White shelves and brown storage baskets: both finds came from trusty Target.

Seems like if you shop on Etsy, or at Ikea and Hobby Lobby then you’ll be set. Apparently that’s all I did!

Hope you all found this helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions.

This looks familiar…

I’m telling you, she’s basically Kelly “The Dog Whisperer,” and much like the last time, there was another sweet little boxer (not that I’m biased) that just took to her. You might’ve seen him on this blog before. 😉

Cosmo and Kelly 5If you follow me on Instagram (you mean, you’re not tired of all those dog photos yet?) then you might’ve noticed we made the long drive to Missouri last week with the pups in tow! It’s definitely not as simple as Jeff and I hoping on a plane, but well worth it with these two and the little bond they had going on. I think I say, “my heart’s melting” far too much, but this time I really mean it.

Cosmo and Kelly 2

^^I mean Cosmo even let her use him as a footrest with little complaint! Can’t say he’s thrilled when I try that too.^^

Cosmo and Kelly 4 Cosmo and Kelly 1

I’m thinking I’ll just secretly adopt a boxer and leave it on their doorstep. I’m positive my parents will thank me for it later. 😉