January 31, 2014

Wear ≫≫ Storenvy Accessories.

As a Storenvy shop owner myself, one of my favorite things is finding the hidden gems on Storenvy. There are so many fabulous shops that are trying to get their names out there, and I love having a small part in helping them do just that. Today I'm excited to show off an outfit I wore featuring two of my favorite Storenvy brands.

I wore a headband by Fairy Tale Accessories last week and talked about their campaign to make headbands for children with cancer (so sweet right?), and today I'm showing off a gorgeous clutch they sent me. I've been using this pretty little thing all the time and I get so many compliments every time I do! It also has a gold chain that you can use to wear it as a crossbody, which I love.

Elisha Marie is one of the most incredible handmade jewelry shops I've ever seen online, no lie. As soon as I came across her shop, I was drooling over all of the gorgeous items and so impressed that she makes them all herself. It didn't stop there, when she sent me a few items, her packaging was so beautiful and looked like it came straight from a fancy boutique.

I could go on and on, but I'll let the accessories talk for themselves...

Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Storenvy Accessories | Home is with You
Infinity Scarf: c/o World Market // Black Dress: Target (it was on clearance for $5!) // Boots: Target (similar) // Clutch: c/o Fairy Tale Accessories // Arrow Bangle: c/o Elisha Marie

They're so pretty, right?

January 28, 2014

Places to Eat in Anchorage, Alaska ↠ Snow City Cafe.

Places to Eat in Anchorage, Alaska ↠ Snow City Cafe. | Home is with You

Snow City Cafe, in Anchorage, is one of those restaurants that is always packed. If you plan to eat here during your trip to Alaska, make reservations, it's the only way to go...if you want to still be sane by the time you finish eating. You can do so on their website, here.

It's a cute little cafe in downtown Anchorage, and it was just a short walk up from where Dave and I lived while we were there. Every time we passed by, we wanted to try it, but they were always so busy that we kept saying "soon". It ended up being one of the last places we tried while we were in Anchorage, and I'm glad I finally made the reservations, it was definitely our kinda place.

Places to Eat in Anchorage, Alaska ↠ Snow City Cafe. | Home is with You
Places to Eat in Anchorage, Alaska ↠ Snow City Cafe. | Home is with You

The brunch menu had all kinds of delicious and healthy options. I had the nuevo huevos, which were something different (love that) and I really enjoyed the meal. I kept telling Dave he needed to figure out how to make it at home...hint, hint.

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January 27, 2014

Beautiful day in the neighborhood ≫≫ documenting a rare sunny day in Juneau, Alaska.

I've mentioned it before, but it tends to rain a lot in Southeast Alaska. So when the sun does come out, I make it a priority to get outside and enjoy every little bit. A week or two ago, we had a particularly gorgeous day, so I headed out with my camera and captured as much of it as I could.

These pictures are from all over Juneau, which is gorgeous all the time, but looks like a completely different town when the sun decides to grace us with it's presence. It's funny, too, because I'm not the only one...the town is always extra busy, and every seems to have a certain spring in their step when the sun is shining. I love it.

Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography
Documenting a sunny day in Juneau, Alaska | Dreaming Willow Photography

In a few of the pictures, you can see something in the water peeking out, those are sea lions! I'm going to share a few more pictures I got of the sea lions and whales this week or next...but I had to go ahead and throw some in there. Since I'm originally from Kansas, I got pretty excited seeing sea lions and whales right down the street from our house. 

I know we've only done the kinda touristy things Juneau has to offer, and not even all of those yet...I can't wait to explore more of this amazing little city we're living in. It truly is beautiful.

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January 24, 2014

Winter Headband and Aztec Sweater ≫≫ What I Wore

When getting dressed to do anything here in Juneau, I'm always thinking about two things: 1. Will it keep me warm? 2. Will it keep me dry? It's not too terribly cold here right now (it was colder in Kansas), but it does rain at least a little bit almost every day. And a lot of those days we don't see the sun.

I like to be cozy, while still not looking like a slob...especially on date nights, which is when I wore this outfit.

Winter Headband and Aztec Sweater // Home is with You
Winter Headband and Aztec Sweater // Home is with You
Winter Headband and Aztec Sweater // Home is with You
Winter Headband and Aztec Sweater // Home is with You
Headband: c/o Fairy Tale Accessories // Aztec Sweater: Charlotte Russe // Jeans & Boots: Target 
 
Right now,  each purchase of a Fairy Tale Accessories headband (like the one pictured above) or knitted coozie goes to help them make headbands for kids with cancer. Pretty cool, huh? It's an added bonus that the headbands are adorable and perfect for that second (or third) day hair...you know you do it too. ;)

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January 23, 2014

Places to Eat in Juneau ↠ The Rookery Cafe.

Dave and I have had our eyes set on making a dinner date night at The Rookery Cafe, pretty much since we arrived in Juneau in August. It's an adorable cafe in downtown Juneau, the sign with the bird drew us in and once we peeked inside we knew it was our kinda place.

Places to Eat in Juneau ↠ The Rookery Cafe. // Home is with You
Places to Eat in Juneau ↠ The Rookery Cafe. // Home is with You

My Dad and I stopped in for coffee one afternoon while he was in town, which was a much needed pick-me-up and warm-me-up treat. Last weekend, Dave and I decided to do a dress up kinda date night now that I'm back to Juneau and The Rookery ended up being the perfect spot.

Places to Eat in Juneau ↠ The Rookery Cafe. // Home is with You

We started with the Artichoke Parmesan Dip & House Focaccia, it was fabulous. Dave and I like to think we're somewhat artichoke dip connoisseurs, we tend to get it as an appetizer most places that it's offered...and we really loved their take on it. I had the bimbimbap for my meal and it was equally delicious.

Places to Eat in Juneau ↠ The Rookery Cafe. // Home is with You

My favorite thing about having date night at The Rookery Cafe though, was the atmosphere. Water was served from a wine bottle into mason jar glasses, you can order wine by the carafe, and there are candles on each table. A lovely way to spend a Friday or Saturday night, if you ask me.

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January 22, 2014

Homemade Nut Butter Recipe | Revisited.

One of my most popular posts to date is my homemade nut butter recipe. I've been wanting to re-do this one for awhile, in part because I'm embarrassed of my horrible pictures from back in the day (we all gotta start somewhere, right?) and also because I do the recipe a bit differently these days.

This recipe is ever changing and I encourage you to tweak it to meet your specific needs and diet restrictions. The recipe I've made is vegan and low-sodium, but maybe you need to watch your sugar intake and maple syrup won't work for your recipe...use what you have in your kitchen and what works for your wants and needs. 

Homemade Nut Butter Recipe | Home is with You

Ok, let's get into it, here is my current nut butter recipe.

Ingredients ≫≫
1 cup almonds (unsalted)
1 1/2 cups walnuts (unsalted)
3 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
2 shakes sea salt

Homemade Nut Butter Recipe | Home is with You

Roast the almonds and walnuts in the oven for 6 minutes at 350 degrees. Make sure to take out your baking sheet and shake them around a bit, every couple of minutes, to avoid getting burning them.

Pour almonds and walnuts in a food processor with the olive oil, maple syrup, and sea salt. Plus until the mixture is nice and creamy (or whatever consistency you prefer for your peanut butter).

Homemade Nut Butter Recipe | Home is with You

Move to a storage container and let sit at room temperature before placing the lid on top and putting the nut butter in the fridge. This will keep for awhile, if you don't eat it all too fast. It's sooooo good when it's freshly made and still warm.

And like I said, you can use less maple syrup if you're watching your fat intake (or just like crunchy peanut butter vs creamy) and you can use less (or no) maple syrup if you're watching sugar intake. Up to you! You can always add more maple syrup too, if you're feeling naughty. ;)

My favorite way to enjoy my homemade nut butter is on whole wheat toast with a banana and a bit of cinnamon...what about you? I want to hear your yummy snack ideas!

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January 21, 2014

Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese.

I'm not catholic, but Shrine of St. Therese is one of my favorite spots in Juneau. Let me tell you why...

The shrine sits at the end of a little piece of land that juts out from the shore, so you're surrounded by ocean and gorgeous mountain views. At the end of the trail, the land goes up a bit so it's a perfect spot to get some great pictures and look out at the beautiful scenery. And if you're lucky, you might spot some whales and sea lions!

It's also one of the most peaceful places around. I've been there twice now, and it doesn't matter if you're the only one there or if there are lots of people, everyone is very quiet and respectful there. It's a great place to get a bit of time to reflect. 

Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese // Home is with You
Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese // Home is with You
Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese // Home is with You
Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese. // Home is with You
Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese.  // Home is with You
Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese // Home is with You
Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese // Home is with You
Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese // Home is with You
Places to Visit in Juneau ↠ Shrine of St. Therese // Home is with You

Are any of you planning on visiting Juneau this summer? If so, I definitely recommend adding the shrine to your list of places to visit. Make it a pit stop on your drive up North along the coast!

For more places to visit, go here. And if you're looking for restaurant suggestions, check these places out!

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