Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hoover Dam

Adam and I made a pit stop at the Hoover Dam on our way to Arizona while we were in the Southwest a few weeks ago. We saw a sign on the side of the road as we were leaving Nevada advertising $29 helicopter rides, so we decided to check it out. I'm so glad we did! I had never been in a helicopter before, so it was a fun new experience zipping around in one above the dam. The sights from up there were super pretty and the water was so blue! We also walked around on foot for a while and checked out the dam up close. Enjoying the sun as we walked around was really wonderful, though Adam did find me hiding out in the shade after a while because I could feel my skin turning pink already, haha. I'm so sensitive! I'll be posting the rest of the photos from our adventures through Utah and Arizona soon! Happy Sunday! :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


My birthday was extra special this year thanks to my amazing boyfriend and incredible Seattle family. They all threw a surprise (cat themed!) birthday party for me on Sunday night, and I'm still in shock! I'm so surprised they were able to pull it off without me finding out about it because I am all sorts of nosy... But I guess I'm also all sorts of oblivious sometimes too, sooo... Haha. ;) It was incredibly sweet and Adam put so much thought into it. He even made me a cat litter birthday cake! There were cat balloon animals and the girls had kitty whiskers drawn on their faces. The apartment was decorated with balloons and banners and there was all this delicious food set out. Wow, I was just blown away!

I moved to Seattle in June of last year and I'm beyond grateful to have such a wonderful circle of friends already. The people I've met here are unbelievably kind and I feel fortunate every day to have them in my life. Adam is so good to me and life just keeps getting better. :)

Here's to 26 happy years and feeling so thankful. Cheers!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Las Vegas

Adam and I took a four day trip recently to Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. We were invited to a wedding in Phoenix so we decided to make a mini road trip out of it and fly into Vegas and then drive from there to Arizona. We timed it just right because while we were there, Adam's best friend's wife gave birth in Scottsdale, so we even got to meet the new baby. :) Along the way, we also stopped in Utah to visit Adam's old stomping grounds. He worked for Americorps for a year teaching adult education in Moab, so we drove through and stayed with his old boss in her beautiful home for a night and had breakfast with his friend and fellow mountain biker, Kyle, before heading back to Vegas to catch our flight home. The trip was amazing and packed with lots of gorgeous sights and 20 hours of driving! Over 1,400 miles. No complaints though; it was so much fun and I can't wait for our next trip!

I had never been to Vegas, so I was really looking forward to this trip! Flying in at night was a really cool experience... Total darkness and then suddenly, a sea of light appears. I've never seen anything quite like that. We walked around that night for a few hours and even met up for dinner with some friends from Seattle who were there for a basketball game. We stayed on the 26th floor of the Flamingo Hotel, and somehow found ourselves in a private suite (we must have a suite!) with two bathrooms, three televisions, a living room with a bar, and an amazing view of the Bellagio Fountains down below. For as sleazy as Vegas is known to be, it was nice feeling like royalty for the night in a room that fancy!

It's a shame we were only in Vegas for the night because there's just so much to see. Sensory overload, for sure! It's a unique place that certainly lived up to my expectations. Larger than life advertisements, bright lights, bros, cabs, drunks, burlesque dancers in the windows of various bars we passed, litter, short skirts, vomit, bros, high heels, drugs, bros, crying girls, and stripper business cards scattered on nearly every inch of the pavement... It was marvelous, in that very special, dirty, Las Vegas way. We didn't do much gambling and somehow lost $20 in two minutes. Walking around the casino and people watching was interesting though, and a little sad, too. I'd love to do an entire photo project dedicated just to the faces of gamblers. Maybe someday.

Vegas at night is very different than Vegas during the day. We woke up and looked outside, and it was almost like we were on a different planet. There's something really appealing to me about cities that come alive after the sun sets... Oh Vegas, I think you stole my heart. I can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Diana F+ Instant Kit Giveaway

Hello friends! In honor of my birthday coming up on April 1st, I thought this would be the perfect time to host my very first group giveaway to give one lucky reader an awesome gift. I have some amazing lady friends (new and old!) out there in the blogosphere and I'm so honored to be partnering with all of them on this. We're so excited and can't wait for one our readers to get their hands on this pretty little camera. :)

"A twist on the cult classic 60's Diana camera, the Diana F+ produces dreamy, radiant, lo-fi images on 120 film. The same look, the same quality - But the modified version also allows you to take pinhole photos and is compatible with an entire line of Diana F+ accessories. The Diana F+ package includes the plug-it-in-and-fire-away Diana+ Flash and comes with a set of color gel filters for colorsplashing your shots!

Experience instant Diana+ gratification! The Diana Instant Back+ was specifically deisgned for the Diana+ or Diana F+ cameras so that you can get your hands on those dreamy, lo-fi Diana photos that you can't get enough of! Simply attach it to the back of the camera and load with Fuji Instax Mini film. Can be used with all Diana+ accessories, including lenses, Splitzer, and flash!" (source)

You can watch a couple of neat demos here and here.

Ready to enter? All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter steps below. Each Facebook page you "like," Instagram, BlogLovin', or Twitter account you follow, gives you one extra entry in the giveaway. Easy peasy! There are tons of ways to enter and lots of great bloggers to check out. :) The giveaway is open to all international readers (yay!) and the winner will be announced on April 3rd, 2014.

So without further adieu, it's time to introduce the ladies and kick off this giveaway! Good luck!

Amanda from Little Tranquility // Sarah from The Laughing Medusa // Lena from Tiny Painter // Michelle from Creature Type // Lorelai from Lorelai Sebastian // Jessie from Creating Happy // Tara from Tara Victoria // Rosa from Hello Martian Girl // Georgia from Wherever We Find Ourselves // Jess from Copper Hollow // Maddie from Maddie Richardson

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