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Travel Adventures | Tips for Visiting Colmar, France

Fall always makes me think of France. And travel. And my best friend Kirsten. Probably because two of our favorite bestie-trips happened in the fall when we lived in Europe at the same time. We were just a half hour from France, so we often hopped over when we had a hankering for macrons and other ridiculously amazing food. Since I have a heart full of miss for France today, how about introducing you to one of my favorite cities? Welcome to stunning Colmar! Be prepared to have your face melted off with awesome architecture, gorgeous colors, and adorable details! Every street is a new collection of beautiful colors! You could wander the city all day and your eyes would never get bored! Colmar is a magical place to spend a couple days. You can easily walk around the whole city center, so it's a great place to take kids.  They also have a fabulous Christmas Market, so you would have even more to see around the

Ode to the Market Street Apartment

When my brother was making plans to move out of his apartment, he asked me if I'd help him document it for him with a photo shoot. It's not his first bachelor pad, but it's definitely everyone's favorite. I mean, it's Market Street. You can't get much cooler than that.     One of my favorite things about this apartment (besides the cowboy chic wallpaper) is the dramatic lighting contrasts from those big beautiful windows. So it was a real treat to play around with my camera on a bright sunny Saturday morning.     Plus he made me eggs AND had bought some oatmeal raisin cookies from Soul Full Cup to go with our coffee. He's a gem.      One of my favorite things about my brother is his hospitality.     That and his passion for minimalist living and vintage Corelle coffee cups and saucers.     Also, who owns (and regularly

Easy Adirondack Hike | Mt. Jo

Today I want to share my experience(s) of a great hike in the Adirondacks that is totally accessible to newbies and kids.      We had a lot of fun taking Mom up Mt. Jo as her first Adirondack mountain during family vacation this summer, and it was such a great little hike with a wonderful summit, that I thought it would be a good intro for the girls this fall!     Mt. Jo takes about two and a half hours round trip (with kids) and is a really cool way to get a taste of a "true" ADK hike and summit view.     So pack up your water and your snacks and head to Adirondac Loj Rd. for parking at the High Peaks Information Center. It's $10/day and you get a last minute bathroom stop. Plus there's park staff to answer any last minute questions and a small store for any last minute supplies you forgot. The signs from this area are pretty clear, but to get to the trailhead of Mt. Jo you'll actually walk

How a “Watch” Strengthened My Resolve to be Present… Plus a Giveaway for You

Look what I found! It looks like a watch, it feels like a watch, but it's NOT a watch. It's a reminder to slow down.     And a very important reminder it is... This "watch" is great! You don't have to worry about batteries, daylight savings, time zones, or alarms. It really helps me remember to worry less. period. It may not minimize or eliminate all time-related worry, but it does remind you that sometimes, the best answer to the question "what time is it?" is "now."       I found the company on instagram (@stealtimeback) and I fell in love with their product and their message. You can browse their website here to find out more about the "now" movement, check out their shop full of cool bracelets, and read their awesome blog... full of inspiration and gentle reminders to enjoy this beautiful life that we have a tendency to FLY through at frantic pace. Consider these products as a great little gift for

Flipping the Coin

Baby Abigail, my most recent client, was practically born with eyes wide open. It reminded me of a story I've heard a lot throughout my life... and the lessons I've pondered as I think of it... My parents love to tell the story of my first moments of life. After a grueling labor and delivery, my Mom was finally able to recover and my Dad was handed his first child, a healthy baby girl. And he says I just stared at him. Literally. Moments after birth, my eyes were wide open, almost expectant. Kind of like little Abigail here ;-)   He likes to say it was my first "what's next?" look.  My whole life, apparently from moment one, I have had a pretty crazy big appetite for the next thing. I have an obnoxious amount of energy and I love to get a lot of fun, exciting things on my plate. I want to do it all! I hate saying no! But I have had to learn to stop constantly asking "what's next" because I was in danger of missing out on what's NOW. (And also