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30 Before 30

I will be turning 30 in just under 2 years.  Each birthday after 24 has gotten harder, but this one has been the hardest.  Not  because I am afraid of turning 30, but because I am afraid of turning 30 with little in my life to show for it.  This probably sounds pretty outrageous to my friends and family, but I know deep down we all feel a little bit of it.  I am married to the most amazing man, we own a home together, and I have recently started my own business. I want to do more, see more, BE more!

My list of 30 is a bit daunting as many of them are multi-faceted, but I am up for the challenge!  Without further ado and in no particular order other than category…


Health and Fitness Goals

1. Learn to surf (or at least attempt) by taking a lesson.

2. Be able to complete 30 real pushups in a row. 10 isn’t cutting it!

3. Hit my goal weight.

4. Complete a cleanse.

5. Beat my 1/2 marathon time (under 2:17).


6. Take my photography to the next level.

7. Learn to drive a stick shift.

8. Plant a garden…and keep it alive.

9. Bake my own sandwich bread.

10. Master the art of the macaron.

11. Master make-up application; especially eyeliner and flawless skin.

12. Learn to use a power drill.

13. Become comfortable hanging wall decor on my own (without my husband!).


14. Get professional head shots.

15. Hone my Photoshop skills.

16. Write an eBook.


17. Build a grown-up, well-stocked bar.

18. Completely organize and declutter our home.

19. Complete at least 5 home projects currently on our list.


20. Conquer a fear – Something like doing a zip line!

21. Establish a skin care regimen.

22. Complete a 30 day challenge.

23. Visit 30 local restaurants that I’ve never been to in Phoenix.

24. Start a collection.

25. Read 12 books in 12 months.

26. Do something cultural each month.

27. Complete 30 Random Acts of Kindness.

28. Unplug for at least 24 hours.

29. Become a morning person.

30. Become a mother.


Well, there it is! I will be giving an update of my status at least once a month until the big birthday, but you can check my status any time: here!

Hometown Fav: SAS Fabrics

This place is unlike any place I have ever been.  There is fabric and ribbon everywhere! Most of the fabric isn’t the type I care to purchase, but there are some gems. It is the prices that make this place so awesome!  I used to come here in high school to buy ribbons to tie bows in my hair. Now, I just hoard DIY projects.

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The ribbon prices start at 10 cent per yard.  I am always on the hunt for some grosgrain ribbon, a personal fav.

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This amazing hot pink velvet ribbon was $1.49 a yard and I have some plans for this!

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I didn’t buy any of these, but some of them may look familiar from Etsy. That one in the middle with shades of green and red is on a chair at Crate and Barrel!

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All different kinds of burlap starting at $1.99 a yard.

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I loved this check fabric! I wish I had gotten some because I have a plan for it!

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Checking out with my ribbon. Not tons to choose from today,but I still got some good stuff.

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Just some of the fabric I ended up with!  I have some projects in the works and I hope to get them started soon.

Until next time,


Hometown Fav: UNION

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Sunday afternoon, Jeff and I had some time to waste after meeting some friends for lunch. It was a nice, but overcast day and I wanted to go explore. I’ve been meaning to go to UNION since it opened in November.  I don’t really have a good excuse for why I haven’t, but I am so glad that I finally did.  UNION is essentially a collection of small boutiques within one big boutique.  I didn’t catch the exact number of shops, but it is around 18 or so. They all seem so carefully curated and that is what I enjoyed most about my shopping experience.  I’ve selected some of my favorite snapshots to share with you below!

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I just loved these bike bells from British Bicycle Company.  I wish the rose gold bell would go with my bright blue and yellow bike.

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How fun is that? Great way to bring a bottle of wine to a friend’s house for dinner!

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The light fixture above and the pendants below are from Paris Envy. The gentleman working told me that he handmade all of these amazing light fixtures.  At the time, I didn’t catch his name but after exploring their site I found it! Jason Moore. He said that he could do custom fixtures as well. Keeping that one in my back pocket for when we buy a house!

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I didn’t have a use for these iron numbers today, but I am keeping them in mind because I know I will be back!

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Some of the display at smeeks. This is where we found the delightful caramels in the photo at the end. :)

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The marquee instantly grabbed my eye.


These notecards from frances might just make their way into frames rather than the mailbox.

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Some treats for later from smeeks. I love anything with sea salt!

Until next time,