Twilight Canal Houses | Amsterdam, Netherlands


I remember these moments of twilight in Amsterdam so vividly. The air was chilly, but not too cold. The colors were absolute perfection. You could see warm light coming from the canal houses as families prepared dinner. Laughter and smells of Dutch cooking filled the air. I felt so lucky to […]

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Belgian fries | Amsterdam, Netherlands


French fries are holy for me. They are basically my favorite food. Enter Belgian fries. Game. Changer. They are cooked not once, but twice, to crispy perfection. Not only are they the perfect crispness, but they are served with a variety of sauces from mayo to curry to peanut sauce. Our […]

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Metropolitan Waffles | Amsterdam, Netherlands


You can’t visit Amsterdam without enjoying waffles, right? They are best warm and crispy. This was our favorite spot in the city… Perfect for walking home on a chilly night! I day dream about the texture and taste of these waffles.

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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes, Cabbage, and Sheperd’s Pie | Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! It has become a tradition to host our family and friends for some delicious Irish dishes. I am Irish on my Dad’s side, and his mom grew up in a little town in Iowa that featured two buildings in the town center– a […]

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Gum Wall | Seattle, Washington


If you are looking for something different to do in Seattle, may I recommend a quick visit to the gum wall? Chances are, you are closer to it than you might think. It is just around the corner from Pike Place Market. Sure, it is a little gross, but it […]

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The day before I met you.


KIT ROSE – BORN 12/14/16 My sweet daughter was born on December 14, 2016. I wrote this letter to her the night before she was born. // Dear  Kit, I am writing you this letter just a day before you are coming out to meet us! I am both completely […]

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Space Needle | Seattle, Washington


Behold, the iconic Space Needle! I have been to Washington many times, and this was my third time going up into the Space Needle. I know it is a tourist attraction, (not exactly off the beaten path), but it is still a lot of fun to go up and see […]

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Adventures with Baby | Maternity Photos


I love my maternity photos so very much, thanks to Lexus Megan Photography. I wasn’t sure I wanted to have photos done, so I waited a lot longer than most pregnant women do… until 37 weeks (oops!) to get these taken. I am so glad I ultimately did them because this was […]

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HIGHWAY 1 ROAD TRIP | Bixby Creek Bridge | Big Sur, California


Our little California road trip was so much fun. I knew I definitely wanted to stop at Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur. The views were phenomenal and did not disappoint. In case you are planning a trip, there is a little parking lot (limited spots) where we stopped to […]

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Adventures With Baby | Second Trimester


(My first trimester update is here.) SECOND TRIMESTER FACTS – My morning sickness finally let up, but I still had some stretches that I had difficulty eating a lot – I put on 5 pounds total this trimester, leaving me at -7 from the start of pregnancy – As of July […]

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