this is home

This is Home

This summer has been a whirlwind! I’m having a hard time believing it’s almost October, and an even more difficult time getting used to the fact that we’re staying in this location instead of the “move-every-six-months” routine we became so accustomed to due to Brandon’s job.

There are a few things we’ll probably miss, like the excitement of moving overseas or to a different state and having the opportunity to explore the area — but I won’t miss packing. Or movers breaking our belongings into three pieces (RIP Target bookshelf). I’ve also loved making this place our home. When you have your own place, even the most mundane of tasks seem special (except cleaning toilets… cleaning toilets is always disgusting), because you know that it’s necessary to keep your household running. That’s the one thing I craved while we were living in corporate housing and unable to make those places our own. Now that we’ve been able to pick out furniture and paint colors, and take out our recycling, and have family over to our house, it’s pretty spectacular. Also, the dogs now have their own yard they can mark all over, even though Malcolm decides that he’s deathly afraid of it every few weeks…

This is home

When we were living abroad and all over the states, I kept telling myself that home was wherever my husband and dogs reside, and although that still rings true today, it’s also nice to have all of our shit in one place again. This may sound stupid, but I enjoy knowing where our Christmas tree is and being able to find my favorite pair of boots. It’s the little things that give me so much relief after worrying about forgetting my grandma’s ring in our flat in Scotland — or after that one time I left a bunch of personal paperwork in a hotel between moves. Arrrgggghhhhh. All of our stuff is here!

Seriously, the little things.


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taking stock

Taking Stock


Making: Lots of pretty photos — hence, the blog silence.

Cooking: Everything from our garden. I briefly mentioned our backyard garden in this post because I was scarred by all the creepy crawlies residing in it, but now it’s all good. Because cherry tomatoes straight from the vine are delicious and well worth it.

Drinking: Coconut water… and it’s nasty. Brandon’s parents took us to Costco while they were visiting, and we thought it was a good idea to buy a massive pack of coconut water. Too bad we both hate it. Serious question… why does it taste salty?

Reading: The Giver. I’m not sure how I’ve missed reading this book over the years, but I figure I should finish it before the movie comes out.

Wanting: Our wood floors. We finally ripped up all of the nasty carpet in my office and our wood floors are getting installed on the 15th. Excited is an understatement.

Looking: Forward to vacation.

Playing: With my puppies.

Wasting: Too much time creating a photography welcome magazine. I always get stuck on the little details.

Wishing: For a massage.

Enjoying: Our new friends in the area.

Waiting: To try out the new lens I ordered.

Liking: Our house. It’s feeling more like “home” every day.

Wondering: What to hang on the walls of my office.

Loving: Wedding photography inspiration. I’m shooting my first wedding in October and I’ve been getting inspiration from books like Style Me Pretty Weddings, The Knot, and Fine Art Wedding Photography.

Hoping: Said wedding goes smoothly.

Marvelling: At the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They’re so close to us!

Smelling: The fresh air of the ‘burbs. And puppy frito feet. You know what I’m talking about.

Wearing: Lots of comfortable tees from Madewell.

Following: The advice of Jasmine Star. She’s kind of awesome.

Noticing: Cooler weather and the leaves a-changing.

Feeling: Motivated.

Bookmarking: Evelyn Henson art prints. They are gorgeous and unique.

Giggling: At these cute kitties.

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+ You can find the original taking stock post here.


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best online yoga store

Best Online Yoga Store

^^I took this photo after spin class so I’m sure Ollie is appalled by my smell

I’ve been trying very hard to stay active this summer, and whether it’s doing yoga in the privacy of my own home, playing tennis with Brandon, or going to spin class during the week, one of the things that keeps me going is comfortable workout clothes and good quality accessories that make the task of staying fit a little easier. That’s where comes in.


I recently had the opportunity to do a little shopping with them and purchased the Yoga Glyphs Flow With Me Tank in sapphire, the Gaiam Organic Cotton Yoga Strap in sage, and a Gaiam Yoga Block in blue teal. The cotton tank is light and soft and I’ve loved wearing it around the house and to morning classes, and the accessories go perfectly with the yoga mat I bought a while back. offers high quality items and popular brands at discounted prices that you really can’t beat. Plus, shopping online is quick and convenient.


If you’re interested in their products, use the code BRIDGEPOSE at check-out to receive an additional 15% percent off of your order. I can’t wait to see what you pick out!

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unexpected adventures with target wedding

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August is the top month for travel and weddings, and I’m partnering with Target Wedding to tell you about my favorite unexpected adventure and how you can make your trip memorable with their wonderful products. By registering with Target Wedding before your big day, you’ll unlock endless possibilities and make it that much easier to experience your own unexpected journey! Since vacation is more enjoyable when you have the right gear to document all of those special moments, I have some great recommendations for you all. But first, let’s talk about my own unexpected adventures.


My journey starts with a Mediterranean cruise that B and I saved up for while living abroad in the UK. Because we moved to Scotland one week after our wedding and our first year of marriage was a complete whirlwind, we wanted to plan something special for our anniversary. The cruise itself was wonderful and we became fast friends with the buffet in the main dining room, but one of the destinations was completely unexpected and an experience we’ll always look back fondly on. That was the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast

The destination was on our itinerary so it obviously wasn’t unexpected in that sense, but as soon as our small boat took us away from the cruise ship and along the coastline of Italy, we were in awe of our surroundings. The buildings were vibrant and gorgeous, and our local tour guide surprised us with a visit to a local market to take in the culture.

Unexpected Adventures with Target

I am so glad we had just purchased a DSLR camera few months before because these are some of my favorite photos to revisit. Now my husband and I will always remember our time together in Italy!

Target Wedding


Since I’m such an advocate of plenty of family photos — including ones of the special trips you take together — I recommend the Canon EOS Rebel T5I and also the SwissGear City Pack to make life a little easier. I started out with a Canon Rebel and it was so simple to use! Think of these things when you’re completing your registry with Target and you’ll be golden. :)


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You can find other unique gift ideas at the Target Wedding registry. P.S. This post was #sponsored. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.


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