Tahoe Engagement: Goku & Amanda

    Earlier this year, Goku planned a weekend at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe for some R&R, skiing, and a surprise proposal for Amanda. He located a gorgeous spot at the top of Heavenly that overlooks Lake Tahoe on a clear day. After dealing with finicky weather all weekend, the perfect window of opportunity opened up just hours before we had to leave.

    While everyone was snowboarding and prepping for the surprise, Lauren graciously accompanied me to Harrah’s spa since I had a back injury. Though we weren’t able to witness the proposal, the 6 hour spa date was an A+ idea that turned first time Lauren into a forever spa lover. So credits to Nathan for capturing the beautiful shots below! We can say it was a 50/50 project, but maybe 80/20 with my post-processing efforts.

    They’re engaged!
  • DYI wedding welcome sign
    Arts & crafts

    DIY: Wedding welcome sign

    Gefflin DIY’ed (DIY’d?) most of her & Sean’s wedding decor by herself (very efficiently too!), and asked me to hand letter a personalized wooden ‘Welcome’ sign. I’d never done that previously…

  • Billy balls entryway decoration
    Arts & crafts

    DIY: IKEA shoe cabinet hack

    I probably tricked you into reading this post with these cute yellow flowers, also known as dried billy balls from Gefflin and Sean’s wedding bouquets. But in all seriousness, does it…

  • cute jars

    Apricot jam (no sugar added!)

    It’s jam season! Actually, it’s apricot season. Katie & I picked lots of apricots from our friend’s tree so we decided to try our hands at jamming. Little did we know…

  • doi suthep temple

    Two weeks in Thailand: Chiang Mai & Phuket (1/2)

    Chiang Mai → Phuket → Krabi → Bangkok. 15 days of coconuts, beaches, elephants, good food, massages, massages, and more massages. Here are some snapshots from 4 days in Chiang Mai and 4 days…

  • My salt scrub recipe on Pinterest

    2017 website stats

    Decided to see how this site did in its first year as I was collecting EOY website stats at work. I started it Jan 1 and wrote 8 (measly) posts over…

  • Travel

    Costa Rica on a whim

    Earlier this year, Lauren and I were really stressed out from work. We found ourselves in Costa Rica 2 weeks later. Markings of a spontaneous trip: being upgraded to a two…