Friday, July 31, 2015

friday | links mentioned last time, we had date #2.
it was actually a lot of fun, dinner, ping pong playing, and lots of walking and chatting; but yet again no spark. which is a-ok. it's always good to put yourself out there and give situations and people a chance.
i will be super busy this weekend! as you may have seen on my instagram post - i am shooting a wedding tomorrow and have two other sessions on sunday (morning and evening). i always get nervous with weddings, especially ones where i have little knowledge of what all is happening going into the day.
i've also got grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, and sleeping to do somewhere in the will all happen and i'll make it all fun! :)


+ i am actually super curious about this mattress - it's pretty and easy to transport!

+ this cute little camper - so awesome!

+ some absolutely awesome harry potter tattoos

+ one of the best car lip syncs to taylor swift ever!

+ get your tissues ready - you will weep. sooooo sweet.

+ can i get a slow clap started on how awesome this post is? especially the second half? geeze. AMEN

+ what the United States would look like if all of the ice melted. YIKES! buh-bye charleston

+ oh my gosh, shout out to meg because this is freaking hilarious.

+ literally, one of the best & funniest instagram accounts i've ever seen.

+ absolutely in love with this folk tale and video! <3

+ y'all. the doors on this shower = heart eye emojis for days!

you may have missed...

+ list | 30 before 30

+ travel | forest + stunning views

+ photography | monochrome

+ travel | TOM BIHN luggage

+ travel | lake walking in ireland 

have a lovely weekend friends! 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

travel | forest + stunning views

when we left ardgroom we found ourselves passing the forest again.
pull over i excitedly whispered to lando.
we saw another entrance to the forest a few 100 feet down the road, climbing over the ladder, we began to hike.
more moss, more stunning views, more narnia feels.
then there was an opening - and woah.
we kept hiking, saw more stone circles, and we saw a little clearing farther up the way.
more walking, more windy fun, more excitement.
we turned the corner, and oh. my. goodness.
there have been beautiful moments on this trip...but this one, this one was beyond stunning.
i've stood on top of mountains and been awed, but i think the spontaneous moments when you are caught off guard of how beautiful something can be are some of the best.

in the clearing there was this beautiful view of huge lakes and mountains for miles.
the sunlight was soft, the wind was strong, and we soaked it in for a long time.
in the midst of us being caught up in all of the pretty - we overlooked the HUGE storm cloud that was hanging around and moving towards us quickly.
we quickly turned around and started hiking back down.
lando suggested a random detour, and i was a mom for a second thinking wait, what if we get lost and it starts pouring on us. then i reminded myself - who cares, you're in ireland, get lost in the rain.
and so we did, kind of.
random paths in the forest led us back to our car (yay!)
and we were ready to head back home and drink some hot tea by the fire.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

list | 30 before 30

i've been building this list for a while.
truth be told, i've seen them on countless other blogs and felt like i didn't want to do it, so i didn't.
then as i realized that my 27th birthday has started creeping closer - i did want to make a list.
a list that while doable,  will challenge me.
a list that will not make me feel like a failure if i don't cross off every single thing.
things i've been putting off, or too afraid to do, or still unsure of actually wanting to do.
they all made their way onto the list.

so without further ado...

1 travel outside of my comfort zone
2 create a recipe that is all my own
3 visit (maybe camp in) yosemite national park
4 re-learn how to play the drums
5 have a spa day (i've never had a professional massage!)
6 get my personal trainer certification. (?!?!??!) something i'm thinking about and idea could be tossed out
7 go to a drive-in movie
8 do something that scares me
9 master a set of 5 pull-ups
10 learn how to sew & make a piece of clothing
11 cut unnecessary spending for 2 months and build a solid nest egg
12 take a road trip
13 finish. the. back. hallway/laundry room. geeze
14 get a kayak and use it often
15 learn to drive stick
16 give blood (to honor my mother)
17 take an art class (painting/drawing/pottery, etc)
18 volunteer
19 make a nice outdoor space in the back yard
20 write a completed story
21 do a haunted house on halloween (aka build one at my house)
22 figure out what i want to do with my life (aka my full passion)
23 learn to use power tools & build something
24 attend a conference of some kind
25 do 30 consecutive days of something
26 watch IMDB's top 100 movies
27 grow my own vegetables
28 host a big outside dinner party
29 wear a bikini (kind of wrinkling my nose at this one, ha!)
30 learn another language


what about you - do you currently have a 30 before 30 list?
are you thinking of making one?
what would you add to yours and do we have anything in common?!?!?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

travel | lake walking in ireland

after our walk through the forest and driving down endless country roads we found ourselves sitting in a parking lot by a lake in ardgroom.
it was a windy but beautiful day to walk a few miles and climb some random side rocks; well, the broseph did - i attempted to and then started sinking down and smacking my camera against a rock, so i backpedaled quickly.

lando and i had some really good conversations about nothing in particular but it was some awesome bonding time between the two of us - the whole point of the trip.
we skipped rocks on the lake, saw countless sheep/goats, and found ourselves standing at the end of the road staring at someone's home. awwwkkwardddd
so we did an abound face and took a moment to really soak in how stunning of a location we happened to be in by accident.
the mountains surrounding the lake, reaching towards the sky, dotted with random sheep who were daring enough to climb.

when we got back we saw that a lot of the locals actually walked this path (and a few others surrounding), and took their dogs out to chase balls into the water. if i lived there i would walk there all the time.

after the lake we did more driving around country roads putting the car in neutral and gliding down mountains - so much fun!
we found ourselves back in ardgroom settling into the post office.
it isn't just a post office though, it has a nice selection of grocery materials, wine, gifts, and a sweet little cafe where we grabbed some food.
lando and i both got a sundried tomato wrap that tasted a lot like piza (yum!) and a small side salad.
i was sipping on some dandelion tea (yay detox!) and lando got a smooth and we each chomped on 2 LARGE cookies! (we spent around 23 euro)

and because i feel you should get the true experience, here is a little snip from us walking around, completely unedited because, hey - it's real life! ;)

Skipping Rocks in Ireland from Alove on Vimeo.

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