mendocino farms

May 22, 2017

this is the most DELICIOUS sandwich i have ever had in my whole life. and the best part is, the bread is gluten free! if you’re ever in orange county i highly recommend you try mendocino farms. it’s such a cute place to hang out too, there’s lights hanging outside and a foosball table to play while you wait for your meal. go, go, go.

books i’ve been reading

May 15, 2017

i’ve been trying to read more lately. sometimes life just gets in the way and it’s hard to make time. it’s so important to make time though, reading really helps me escape the busyness and rest for a moment. these are just a couple of the books i’ve read/am currently reading.
The Magnolia Story: if you like the show fixer upper, run to the nearest book store and get your hands on this book. it is so good. SO. GOOD. their life is so encouraging and inspiring. it makes me want to move to texas and pray that i have a marriage like theirs one day.
Talking As Fast As I Can: gilmore girls is my all time favorite show. sometimes i like to think i’m lorelei, i mean i drink enough coffee to be her so it’s fine. this book was so fun to read, i loved hearing all about lauren graham’s life.
Uninvited: i’m still in the middle of this one. it is really good so far, and is a great reminder of how much you are loved by God. “Living loved is sourced in your quiet daily surrender to the One who made you.”
We Stood Upon Stars: this is another one i’m currently reading. it is right up my alley, all about adventure, traveling, and jesus. the illustrations inside are AMAZING.

happy mother’s day!

happy mother’s day to the best mom in the world. she is the strongest woman i know and every single day i am so proud to be her daughter. she has taught me so much, i wouldn’t be half the person i am today without her. so blessed to have her as my mom and also my friend.

coffee + jesus

April 11, 2017

lately i’ve been making a point to sit down and spend time reading my bible, and i can honestly say i notice a difference in my life. just goes to show how important it really is to spend time with Jesus. in doing this, i added so many verses into my collection of favorites, and i decided i didn’t want to just keep them to myself.

“as a deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you o’ God” psalm 42:1

“faith can move mountains” matthew 17:20

“the voice of the lord shakes the wilderness” psalm 29:8

“i urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” ephesians 4:1-2

“she holds onto hope for God is forever faithful” 1 corinthians 1:9

“seek the kingdom of God above all else” matthew 6:33

“i love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me” proverbs 8:17

“be still” psalm 46:10

“do not be anxious about anything” philippians 4:6

“when you go through deep waters, i will be with you” isaiah 43:2

weekly rides

April 10, 2017

taking a picture while riding a bike is not as easy as it looks. no matter where i am, the desert, the mountains, the river, or the beach, golden hour has always been my favorite. i swear the world gets calmer for that short period of time. i’m telling you, not much beats biking around watching the sun set on the ocean.

disney days

April 7, 2017

i can’t even count on my fingers + toes how many times i’ve been to disneyland. i’m not one of those crazy people who go six times a week but i try to go as often as i can. i wouldn’t say i’m a disney expert or anything, but i do know where every bathroom is located. that’s an important thing to know let me tell ya.
food: i also LOVE disney food. i swear everything tastes better inside those gates. my number one rule going to disneyland, you must, i repeat, MUST get the frozen apple juice. there’s also frozen lemonade, but the apple juice is a zillion times better. trust me. for some reason these drinks get over looked, everyone just wants a churro or some dole-whip (don’t get me wrong though you should DEFINITELY get those too) but they don’t know what they’re missing out on. also, do. not. leave. unless you have gotten a pickle. i stinkin’ love those things. okay, and let’s not forget the perfect snack to watch the fireworks with, the popcorn! it’s another type of amazing. you can also buy the collectable containers + get cheap refills. there are quite a few options if you’re gluten free (like me), some of the stores have gf treats and Jolly Holiday Bakery has gluten free buns!
rides: okay don’t laugh, but, i once got SOAKED on the matterhorn ride. like, completely dripping wet. it doesn’t happen often but don’t say i didn’t warn you. if you just want to ride the ride, and don’t care too much about sitting with your friends, i highly suggest single-rider lines. you pretty much split your wait time in half, and sometimes they even let you sit with someone in your party. always always always get fast passes. the quickest fast pass lines (in my opinion) are: indiana jones, space mountain (sometimes), pirates, and matterhorn. if you’re feeling tired of walking but don’t want to just sit and people watch, go on the little kid rides! they are actually really fun, and a nice little break. don’t forget about the monsters inc. ride. it’s kind of tucked back in an odd spot in california adventure. it’s super cute and rarely has a line!
other: if you buy a balloon in the park and it pops while you’re there, they’ll replace it for free! walk up to any place that sells food, and ask for a cup of water. they legally have to give it to you, and it’ll be nice and cold and refreshing. oh and don’t forget where you parked your car! you don’t want to get lost in that parking garage. it’s no fun, trust me, i know from experience.


April 6, 2017

on april 3rd at 8:28pm sweet little Levi Austin was born, making my baby brother a dad, and his sweet little fiance a mom. holy cow, i still can’t believe it. not only did he turn them into parents, he also turned my parents into grandparents, and me into an auntie! i always knew becoming an aunt would be exciting but HOLY COW, i never expected to fall so in love with a tiny human in the first second of holding him. he is such a snugly little guy, i didn’t want to put him down. i may be biased but he is SO STINKIN’ CUTE. i’m already obsessed with being an auntie and i can’t wait until i can kiss his sweet cheeks again. check out the short little video i made of meeting him for the first time.

where otis goes

April 5, 2017

i always say spring is my least favorite season, but every time it comes around i question why i say that. i love when it starts to stay lighter later, and it makes me so happy to see all the flowers blooming everywhere. my happy place is in the car, with my windows down and the radio up.

weekly rides

April 3, 2017

the best part of living at the beach is being able to ride bikes all the time. it’s such a nice, relaxing outlet after a long day. it’s so much easier riding bikes down here, than up in the mountains. i’m pretty sure i could do this every day and not get sick of it. sometimes i still pinch myself to make sure i’m not dreaming and this is really my life.

we moved again!?

March 31, 2017

welp, we moved again! don’t worry, we are just as surprised and confused as you probably are. it all happened so quickly, but i couldn’t be more excited! i never would have thought i would live within walking distance of the beach, God has truly blessed us and answered our prayers in the most perfect way. cheers to yet another new adventure along side this little sister of mine, don’t know what i would do without her.