Monday, June 30, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend

Cute husband alert :)

Enjoying the summer weather on the patio of Hofbrauhaus 

Froyo while running errands on Saturday morning -- we bought a new bed!

Card I made for Chelsey (my cousin) & Tim
for their engagement party on Saturday afternoon!

Drinks at Hitchhiker Brewing Co with Lee & Jess after the party!

Random pretty flowers in the parking lot of Target :)


YAY!!!  What a great weekend!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Here We Go Again...

It's moving weekend!!!  Finally, after living in a rental house for 6 months, we are moving back into our HOME!  We have the final walk through with our tenants on Saturday and then we're renting a truck on Sunday to start the process!  I seriously cannot WAIT!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!*

And if you don't hear from me, I'm probably buried under a pile of boxes....
Send help (and froyo)! ;)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend

Brett surprised me with the most beautiful flowers on Friday night!!

Spent Saturday doing some shopping, then hanging at my parent's house
helping my sister with some of her Etsy stuff!

Sunday bike ride with the fam

What a gorgeous day!

We had to make a stop at Peace, Love, and Little Donuts for a mid-bike treat :)

And finished the weekend with dinner at my parent's house outside on their deck
and a walk around the neighborhood with my mom

Brett had to go out of town on Saturday for work, so I was flying solo most of the weekend.  Even though I missed him dearly, I made the most of the weekend with my family!  And now I'm just counting down the days until next weekend!

PS -- Happy birthday to my brother, Lee!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

My Sister, the Starbucks Designer

Happy Friday!!*
And it is a very happy Friday indeed!!!
For so many great reasons!!!

One of those reasons is some great news about my little sister.  A few months ago, Starbucks started a design competition called the White Cup Contest.  The contest encouraged artists to take their own designs and transform them onto Starbucks famous white cups.  When I first saw the contest announcement, I immediately told my little sister Brita about it.  She is an amazing artist and I knew this would be perfect for her.

Well, a few months and over 4,000 entries later... Starbucks has picked their winner.  And it is my SISTER!!  Check out the amazing article Starbucks wrote about her:  "Starbucks Announces the Winner of its White Cup Contest".  As the winner, Brita's winning design will be used for a limited edition Starbucks reusable cup to be sold in Starbucks' store!!  How amazing!  I truly could not be more proud and excited for her.  She deserves this times a million.

Congrats Brita!
This is only the beginning... :)

Oh and PS - I helped her set up an Etsy shop
so she can finally start selling her amazing work.
Please check it out!! -->  Designs By BLynn

{Above photo is Brita's winning design}

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Name Your Favorite...

Hellooo and happy Thursday!*

I haven't done a survey on the ol' blog in a looong so I figured what better day than today.  I've been seeing this survey floating around the blogosphere for a few weeks now and decided to take part!  So here we go...

Name your favorite...


Green or yellow

Watermelon - I could literally eat it all day every day and never ever get sick of it

Suntan lotion and the hot air after a summer storm

The last book that I reeeally loved was "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed   

"Almost Famous" - It's alllll happening!

Time of day...
Weekend mornings with my love

Day of the week...

Things to do when bored...
Dumb surveys on my blog?  Haha...

Not really into the whole celebrity hoopla, I don't even know who's who anymore...

Beer... but also water, I really love water like a lot

TV show...
Currently, "Orange is the New Black" (watching Season 2 now!)

Watermelon again, forever and ever and ever


Store / Shop...
Target - Where else can I go to get cute clothes, groceries, shoes, and nail polish all in one stop?!

Running - especially on this San Clemente beach trail when we lived in California, ahhh

"It is the sweet simple things of life which are the real ones after all." ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Potato chip flavor...
If I had to choose - sour cream & onion, but I really prefer tortilla chips

Meal of the day...
Dinner - especially because Brett is such a good cook!

Ice cream flavor...
I love them alllll!  But if I had to choose - oreo / cookies & cream

Summer - gimme the hot, sunny days with lots of time spent outside!

Ice cream / Froyoooo!
usually there is a lot more chocolate in the bowl than this, though :)

I couldn't think of any off the top of my head, so I googled some:
Consider my mind blown

Well, I hope you learned some great information about me here today...  I think it's really important to know a person's favorite ice cream flavor ;)  Let me know if you play along and complete the survey!

Happy almost Friday!*

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend

Friday night grilling session with some shish kabobs!

And homemade sweet potato fries!

Spent all of Saturday downtown catching up with my good friends Brittany and Jamie
(who was visiting from NYC and is moving to San Francisco in a few weeks!)

Sunday biking riding with the family

Cruising around the point

And checking out the arts fest one last time

And a stop for froyo, of course ;)

So happy to spend father's day with the best dad ever!

What an awesome weekend!!
I love SUMMER!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Things Friday

{farmers market flowers}

5 random ramblings for your friday...

1.  I'm weirdly excited about dinner tonight...
we are planning on grilling up some shish kabobs on the grill!

2.  The number of torrential downpours we've had here in Pittsburgh this week is insane...
but I think the weekend is going to actually be beautiful, so I'll take it!

3.  I cannot believe it is already half way through JUNE...
this year is flyyyying.

4.  Only a few more weeks until we get to move back into our HOUSE!!!
I seriously can't wait.  I am getting so sick of living in this rental house...

5.  There are still a few days left of Three Rivers Arts Festival!
So far we've been down 3 times and are planning on going down tomorrow
(and hopefully meeting up with my bestie Jamie!)

Good weekend vibes ahead, friends!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend

Kickoff weekend of the Three Rivers Arts Festival!
(and Brett's sister Kelly came down to visit for the day too!)

So many great artist booths to explore

Sam Bush performing on Saturday night - perfect weather!

A great Sunday morning bike ride on the trail

Pretty purple flowers along side of the trail

Arts fest round 2 of the weekend (in the pouring rain...)!
Shh, there's wine in our camelbak ;)

Trampled By Turtles performing Sunday night - the rain stopped at the perfect time!

I loooove the Three Rivers Arts Festival.  I'm so happy we are back in Pittsburgh to experience it!  Kickoff weekend was great and luckily, there are still 7 more days of awesomeness to come.  You better believe we will be downtown to partake!  Hellooooo summer!*

Friday, June 6, 2014

Three Rivers Arts Festival

Hooray, it's here!

Today, the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off in Pittsburgh and I'm so excited!  This awesome outdoor festival runs for 10 straight days with free (amazing!) music, art, and fun downtown!  We've been going to the arts fest for years now, but weren't able to last year since we were living in California at the time.  So this year, I am extra excited to get back down there!  Plus, tomorrow is Bluegrass Day and the weather is looking perfect!!  Let the weekend begin!*

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Inspiration for your Thursday...

Ever since Brett showed me this video a few weeks ago, I can't stop thinking about it.  The inspiration I get from "Slomo" and his story is literally off the charts.  What an amazing perspective!  It makes me really think about how I'm living my life and what kind of changes I could make to live my life even better than how I am right now.  I am all for continuous life improvement.  I mainly think of my career/work when things like this pop up.  This video challenges me to take a step back and look at my life in a different light and make sure I'm truly "doing what I want to."  Am I really doing something I am passionate about?  And if I'm not, it is okay to change, even if it doesn't match society's standards.  It's not too late to reinvent myself.  I mean, what a breath of fresh air.  We don't all have to do the same thing and do what is expected of us!  One way is not the right way!  Live the life you want to!

I hope this brings as much inspiration and insight to you as it did for me.
Now, go be awesome and...
"Do what you want to!"

Monday, June 2, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend

Friday sunset bike ride along the trail,
followed by dinner at Claudio's!

First watermelon of the season, yum!

Perfect weather for mountain biking in South Park on Saturday

Followed by a picnic dinner in the park
(complete with some Mmmhops & frisbee playing!)

We went down to Lawrenceville for a show at the Thunderbird Cafe
and stumbled upon this wall that matched my shirt!
(please excuse my devil eyes...)

A glorious (and hot!) sunday run around the lake at North Park while Brett mountain biked

And ended the weekend with dinner on the grill at my parent's house
(and admiring all of my mom's amazing flowers!!)

Another glorious weekend spent mostly outside with amazing weather!
I LOVE summer!!*