it’s looking a little different around these parts

You may have noticed that my blog got a little facelift yesterday. Thanks to Jenny from Maiedae, everything is organized and looking clean. She’s a creative genius and so easy to work with! Let me point out a few things that will be helpful if you’re a reader: On the left sidebar you’ll find a “subscribe by email” button and some of my popular post topics for easy access — there’s also a “lately” widget where I’ll be posting ad sales and other information from time to time. She installed a navigation bar with drop-downs so you can find even more topics with ease, and everything will be clutter-free from now on. I even have a new FAQ section and updated Advertise page. I kind of feel like a real blogger now! Lastly, I switched from Blogger to WordPress, and with a big transition like this, there are always going to be a […]

       
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life’s little moments

1// Coffee in a jar, coffee in a jar. Am I a real blogger now? 2// A plate of fruit and a side of bacon. Duh 3// Helping us pack for Boston 4// Essie “mint candy apple” is my new shade We officially have our new address in Boston and the movers are coming on Monday. I’ve packed four ginormous suitcases and now comes the tedious task of packing up all of our appliances and miscellaneous kitchen items. If you want to learn how to pack like a boss, start by keeping every single box your stuff comes in. We have boxes from our blender, tea kettle, glasses, spice tins – everything! It’s so much easier that way. Just be sure to designate a closet in your apartment/house to store all of these stupid boxes. What have you been up to lately? Link up below! ********** Lost in Travels Tell […]

       
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life’s little moments

1. Tried taking a photo of Ollie. Didn’t work… 2. ONA bag + awesome strap = love 3. A reminder of good times and lots of travel 4. Relaxation at a bed and breakfast You guys, I’m moving to Boston soon! djfkalspjdglkhasdfgajsdifojasdfkl. You know when something hits you all of a sudden? Yeah, that happened today. Even though I’ll miss the Florida beaches and zip lining at the Melbourne zoo, I’m sick and tired of cockroaches that are bigger than my face. And fire ants that are really attracted to my toes. Die, insects! While I’m dancing around my apartment (don’t worry, I have pants on) and thinking of fun dates to plan with my blog friend LB, tell me about your week!

       
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Instead of posting Instagram photos today, here are a few videos of Malcolm as a puppy because 1// I didn’t take many photos this week, 2// It’s Malcolm 2nd birthday! I’m glad this little man has been my sidekick these past couple of years. Yes, we record videos of our dogs. Cute, furry puppy butts and little barks should always be documented. Malcolm’s First Video from Postcards from Rachel on Vimeo.Malcolm wants you to check out some of my wonderful sponsors! And don’t forget about his “Postcards from Malcolm” series on the blog. ********** Rainstorms and Love Notes Why did you start blogging?I wanted a way to document my life as a newlywed, to help keep track of the memories my husband and I are making together. Over the past couple of years, I’ve developed a real passion for cooking and baking, and I figured that the blog would also […]

       
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1// My fancy new camera bag 2// Malcolm sunbathing near the pool 3// Ollie giving me the death glare because I forced him to surf 4// We slept with four dogs in our bed My life has been consumed with dogs and an ONA camera bag I can’t stop hugging. It might be the best purchase I’ve ever made because the size is perfect and the leather is soft but sturdy. My last camera bag was made out of chevron fabric and stained really easily so it was basically a waste of money. Where am I going with this? Well, if you need a new bag, I’m recommending ONA to you. Isn’t it pretty? Other than that, we’ve been preparing for our move to Boston. Finding an apartment and scheduling movers every six months is a lot of fun…  What have you been up to lately? Be sure to link […]

       
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life’s little moments

1// The Minneapolis airport now has iPads you can order from. I’m impressed2// I have to constantly remind myself of this3// Sibling love4// Malcolm is happy to have me backHi, guys! I hope everyone is having a great week thus far. I’ve been trying to catch up on laundry and dishes — too bad I’m constantly distracted by the furry little men in my life. Snuggle time again, Malcolm? Sure, why not. That load of white clothes can wait!Other than leaving the Midwest, coming back to Florida and catching up on chores, I haven’t been up to that much. We are moving to Boston in about a month so I suppose I should start looking at housing. Eek!What have you been up to lately?

       
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life’s little moments + unplugging

1// Last-minute trip to visit family2// My sister’s rabbit, Bun Bun3// Sushi time4// Relaxing outsideI’ve been in the Midwest since last Friday and it’s been a nice little getaway. My sister’s out of school for the summer and we’ve been spending quality time together, plus I unplugged yesterday. Sometimes unplugging is hard, especially since I’m addicted to Twitter and feel as though I’ll miss out, but it’s well worth it in the end. Lately I’ve noticed that even when I’m doing fun activities with my husband or family, I’m fixated on social media and what my blog friends are up to. When I unplug, I’m able to live in the moment and really enjoy these special times. What have you been up to lately? Have you ever unplugged? ********** Meet Kristyn from Chits and Giggles Why did you start blogging?I started blogging to document my life. I loved the idea of keep […]

       
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life’s little moments + blogging woes

1// Beach time2// Back in the UK? Nah, just Epcot3// Taking my sister’s senior photos4// Quality time with the family5// Dinner & searching for dolphins6// Bath time means cranky pupsI haven’t been in love with blogging for the past couple of months. Actually, I haven’t even liked it. What was once a fun hobby and a place to share goals and pretty photos has turned into something that I have to do. I no longer enjoy answering emails. I’m overwhelmed. I’m sick of the competition. I’m tired of being a part of a million giveaways that I couldn’t give two shits about… and some of the most recent giveaways even seem slimy to me. I’m not saying that I haven’t been caught up in my blog’s numbers because it’s something that I unfortunately think about every day, but now, I’m just not sure about anything.What was the point of that […]

       
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1// Universal Studios with the family2// Snorkeling at Discovery Cove3// Feeding our dolphin friend at SeaWorld4// Beach dayMy family is visiting us in Florida for a little over a week so I’ve been playing tour guide and tourist at the same time. I never realized how much there was to do in this area until our first visitors — and we still have zip lining, kayaking, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom left. I’ll need a vacation from my vacation! What have you been up to lately? I’d love to read all about it so link up below!**********Meet Sara from Pearls & CurlsWhy did you start blogging?Like a lot of people, I started my blog back in 2009 because I was bored. I kept up with it for a while & met a ton of great people but after a while, I felt very uninspired and let it go. I started blogging […]

       
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1// Frozen yogurt is a necessity since Florida is so darn hot2// Cherries are my favorite3// Enjoying new goodies4// Sonic shakes are necessary too?Basically, this entire post is about food. I’ve noticed that this sometimes happens with Instagram photos. What have you been up to lately? Be sure to link up below!**********Today I’m excited to introduce you to Karen from Patching Hearts. Karen has three children who are absolute cuties and featured on the blog often, plus she writes about issues other parents might be experiencing. To get to know Karen a little better, read this fun post her husband wrote: What Chris Says About Me.Why did you start blogging?For me, blogging is my outlet and it’s a place where I can document what’s going on with my kids. It has also allowed me to connect with other moms who have experienced similar issues. What makes you unique?I’m a bit […]

       
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1// A pretty flower on my walk2// My favorite bright-colored shorts3// Dinner with friends4// Malcolm the Westie {polar bear}5// Ollie6// Blogging and making lists7// Waking up the brain with Starbucks8// Exploring a nature sanctuary9// Sangria in a jarWhat have you been up to lately? Link up below!

       
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1// Essie nails2// Ollie’s cute and he knows it3// This is my home renovation look4// Downing hot dogs ’cause we’re clean eaters and all5// Everyone loves a Baby Jade plant6// My “work station” in all its gloryWe bought a townhouse in Florida to rent out {we’re official HGTV-ing our lives} so our Memorial Day weekend was spent painting ceilings and walls… and picking out appliances and a kitchen countertop at Lowe’s {PLEASE don’t make me go to Lowe’s again, Brandon}. Question. Why does HGTV make everything seem so easy? I wasn’t even doing heavy lifting and my entire body hurts. I am basically a professional painter so I bet my vigorous painting movements strained a couple of muscles. At least the walls look damn good. I painted my nails today even though they’ll get ruined the next time we work on the house. Last night I came home with paint on […]

       
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1// I’m addicted to popsicles & purple nail polish2// Doggie bow tie collars from Rover Boutique3// Ollie looks like a mad professor4// I want to move abroad again SO bad… who’s with me?!5// Playing on the beach… in yoga pants6// English muffin & mimosa7// Not bad, Florida8// My first Birchbox ever!9// Ice cream cookies for pups10// Lunch on the beach11// FYI… the best donuts are from Publix12// Every day he’s shreddin’There are these insects in Florida called lovebugs. They’re basically sex-crazed pests that stay attached to each other in flight {sexy time} and manage to smash on every windshield in the area. We decided to get our car washed on Sunday after zip lining, and by lunch time, there were insect carcasses covering our front bumper once again. I’ve never experienced this many insects before so I’m hoping they disappear soon, but who knows. At least we don’t have to […]

       
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1// A walk on the beach2// My blate with Lisette3// Birthday flowers from B4// The best taco salad EVER5// Florida sunsets are so colorful6// Birthday brunch near the water7// Mimos. ‘Nuff said8// A travel photography class9// Malcolm relaxing10// Birthday dinner with friends11// My dogs spoon and cuddle… and spoon and cuddle12// Oh, helloI’m publishing my Lately post a day early because this Thursday is the second installment of The Expat Diaries. I’ll add the link-up code/button to this post on Thursday {and tweet it} so that people can add their shenanigans. I love reading about everyone’s weeks… and pretty photos are fun, too!These past seven days have been filled with lots of activities. I had another blate with Lisette {love her!} which included a waterfront lunch and shopping at my favorite store, LOFT. And we also discussed one of our biggest blate issues: we never take photos! Sure, I took a […]

       
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1// Java Chip frappuccinos are my favorite2// Malcolm enjoying his toys3// Julep “Stefani” & Essie “Set in Stones”4// More Quinoa! Recipe to comeIt’s been warming up in Florida and the sun has been shining every day since last weekend {no more gloominess!} so I’ve been enjoying frozen Starbucks drinks… much to my husband’s dismay. He prefers our Nespresso machine but since we’re waiting on a replacement, I’ve been buying overpriced coffee drinks. ;) Sorry!I miss certain things about Scottsdale/Phoenix but it’s nice to be surrounded by beautiful water instead of the desert. Something about the palm trees and the ocean makes me strive to be somewhat healthier. We have been making a lot of quinoa and fish dishes lately, and yes… we completed our third day of the Insanity workout. I told a few bloggers I’d give short updates every once in a while so here goes: I CAN’T move. I thought […]

       
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life’s little moments

1// Lunch at our favorite place near the water2// Tea time3// Taking photos4// Admiring carpet & nail polish at Home Depot {it sort of matched, what can I say?}With everything that has been going on this week, it’s more important than ever to appreciate the little things in life. What have you been up to lately?

       
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life’s little moments

1// Our new StickyGram magnets for our fridge. Love them! 2// Malcolm’s Ruffwear life jacket… ready for boating 3// Sleeping dogs 4// Company Forty Two place card giveaway here 5// Quinoa salad recipe here 6// Malcolm is adorable every morning 7// Dog park fun 8// Fish sandwiches in Florida 9// Feeding the birds at the zoo 10// Giraffes 11// Best invention ever – Vino2Go by Product Farm! What have you been up to lately? Link up below!

       
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