Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Weekly Tiny Home: Cliff-side Cabin in Chile

This week's tiny home is a 592 sq. ft. clifftop cabin with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean in Chile. My favorite part of tiny homes is when they focus on the surrounding environment with little impact to nature. This lovely cabin is equipped with two smaller spaces, one for social gathering and the other has one bedroom and bathroom (the 2 spaces are connected by a large deck in the middle).
The views are amazing and I love all of the windows. The simple decor and wooden walls and ceilings are timeless and classic...my favorite!

 Not a bad way to wake up in the morning, eh? Maybe some yoga on the deck?
Check out more about the home here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! 
Thankfully it'll be a short week since our company gives us 2 vacation days around the July 4th holiday! This weekend was a great one - filled with so many friends, great food, and down time. 
The best part about the CSA in the summer is the huge tomatoes! Well that, and the fresh fruit. Tomato sandwiches are a classic southern staple.
It felt so great to get back in the gym...I had really missed my Friday night Zumba classes.  

 After the gym, I met up with a bunch of friends at Midway Pub to watch the US vs. China Women's World Cup game. I immediately killed my workout with these veggie dogs (for the record, I didn't eat all of them and they are small :))!
 On Saturday, after cleaning the house + mowing the lawn, I went over to my sister's house with my mom to see their new house and see their 4-day-old kittens! Cuteness overload!

Afterwards, I headed to my dear friends' house (Chanel + Jan) to celebrate their little boy Henry's 3rd birthday and meet their little girl Evelyn! As always, the party was incredible and the pirate theme was so fun! It was great to catch up with so many old friends.

 On Sunday, my best friend Beth met me at the gym at 8 AM for spin class. I had never been to a spin class before and it was great having her there to show me the ropes. It was a great workout and I feel so lucky to have a best friend who enjoys doing stuff like this with me! She made the point that we've been working out together intermittently for over 10 years when we used to go dance at the YMCA in Athens together! I'm so lucky. We came home and had coffee on the back porch and it was lovely. 
 I had asked a few of our closest friends to come over for a last minute brunch to celebrate my upcoming birthday...honestly though, I would have used any excuse to get these folks together! Anna and Victor got me a flower plant and the new Aziz Ansari book, "Modern Romance!"

The food spread was amazing. Everyone brought a dish: we had breakfast casserole, banana muffins, fruit salad, and home fries. We also had mimosas and beermosas (keeping it classy)! I even broke out some china that we got from J's grandparents.

 Little man Jake stole the show and he was so good despite being passed around constantly! :)

 The ladies ♥

With all of the rain and sunshine lately, we've had some glorious sunsets. How crazy is this destruction of the church down the street? So sad - I loved that old steeple.

After the brunch and taking a walk, I went over to my friend Amy's house for her birthday celebration (Cancer signs are the best!) and got to see some friends and meet new ones! Amy is the cutest and so is her dog, Bacon. My friend Johnny sure is a lucky guy :)
Overall, it was a busy weekend, but one filled with so many loved ones and fun. Summertime is the best time...hands down! How was your weekend?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!
I'm missing the ocean water like crazy right now.
Wishing I was in French Polynesia on a sailboat!

My most recent favorite story on Storycorps. Do yourself a favor and listen to this story - it will blow your mind and make you smile!

This Lauryn Hill cover song of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" is so good.

VW is making an electric camper - complete with the classic retro look! Road trip!

Really? A new Seth Meyers + Amy Poehler video!

More reasons to go take a hike...like I needed any! This photo was taken at KM 82 at the start of the Incan Trail towards Machu Picchu in 2010.


This weekend there are a few birthday celebrations to attend and some work around the house to be done, but I'm excited to spend time with friends and take it easy.

What are your plans? Whatever they are, I hope they are wonderful!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday Tunes: Sing Into Your Mouth

Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam are releasing a covers album, Sing Into Your Mouth, on July 17th! They just released their version of Talking Heads "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)." The list of covers below is amazing!
To read more about the upcoming album and listen to the cover, go here.
Sing Into Your Mouth tracklisting:
1. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) – Talking Heads
2. Done This One Before – Ronnie Lane
3. Any Day Woman – Bonnie Raitt
4. You Know Me More Than I know – John Cale
5. Bulletproof Soul – Sade
6. There’s No Way Out of Here – Unicorn
7. God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get) – El Perro del Mar
8. The Straight and Narrow – Spiritualized
9. Magnolia – JJ Cale
10. Am I a Good Man? – Them Two
11. Ab’s Song – Marshall Tucker Band
12. Coyote, My Little Brother – Pete Seeger

Here's one of my favorite cover songs...enjoy!
What are some of your favorite covers? I'd love to check them out!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weekly Tiny Home

Maybe it's just me but everything in California just seems awesome. This Berkeley cottage is no exception. It's 750 square feet and has beautiful wooden beams. I love the benches outside that extend the living space!

There's a lot of living space in this narrow home and I can imagine that the fireplace in the middle of the room makes the whole place feel cozy.
 The vintage yellow wallpaper gives the room a bright feel and the access to the outdoors  and high ceilings make the room feel huge!
I love this small cottage and would love to drink coffee (or wine) on this back porch!
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