25 July 2010


I was at my parents this morning and I felt like it was those early morning scenes in Pride and Prejudice where it's misty and the sun is coming up with no wind, birds chirping and the world is peaceful. It was lovely. Especially driving home at 7:30 with the warm sun pouring over the trees and fields of beans and corn. I love mornings.

24 July 2010

soap free

Earlier today Beth sent me an email with a link to an article about how to clean your hair without shampoo. http://simplemom.net/how-to-clean-your-hair-without-shampoo/ Now, if you know me at all, you know i have a tendency to dork out a bit about such things. I'm excited to give this a try! I clicked on a few of the links she sourced and a few more from those. Such amazing reviews from everyone who makes the switch. Not to mention, it would be nice to not have to worry about finding a shampoo and conditioner in Spain that I actually like and don't make my skin spaz out.

Probably more than a year ago I switched to Coconut Oil as my face moisturizer and i LOVE IT!!! I will never go back. Also recently I've started using apple cider vinegar as my toner and tea tree oil as needed for breakouts. So far, so good on those two as well. BUT I would really like to try this as well and hopefully eliminate the need for those other steps. :)

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perfect for snuggling or a picnic
my grandma has made me a few and i love them.

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i share this trait with my mom, but almost anything in miniature makes me happy.

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{also, how adorable is this?}

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I love and adore the fall. I love the crisp, cool weather after the hot and humid Nebraska summer. I love sleeping with the windows open again. I love the pumpkins and squash and Halloween. I love the fireplace. I love how the leaves change colors and I love crunching the extra crunchy ones on the sidewalk. I love wearing cardigans and scarves but not needing a coat yet. I love the way it smells and feels almost magical.

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apples! i love apples

23 July 2010

its cloudy and i'm grumpy for no reason whatsoever.
maybe i should just spend some time at Hogwarts.
or just have an attitude adjustment.
or both.
this is the Kessler house.. to a T.

20 July 2010

It is a risk to love.
What if it doesn’t work out?
Ah, but what if it does.
-Peter McWilliams
re-design... i think i like it. :)
also i added buttons. so you can like or love things... or say they are neat.
any other buttons i should add?

17 July 2010

"The sweetness and generosity and politeness and gentleness and humanity of the French had shown me how lovely life can be if one takes time to be friendly."
-Julia Child


not in Europe... but i should go here too.

South Island, New Zealand

Photograph by Rob Blakers/Photo Library

Vines reach for the southern sky on a raised trellis system in the Marlborough region of New Zealand's South Island. Marlborough, the largest of the Kiwi wine districts, is world renowned for using white grapes like these to turn out remarkably crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

cannot stop laughing at this...


i like when i find things that make me even more excited about living Europe...
perhaps i will make little trip to Germany.
Neuschwanstein, Germany
Photograph by George F. Mobley
from www.nationalgeographic.com
Commanding a view of the bluish-green Alpsee lake and girded by dark forests, King Ludwig’s fairy-tale marble castle Neuschwanstein rises from a lofty rock west of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany.

13 July 2010


remember how i wanted a polariod camera?

like reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally wanted a polariod camera?
well this is the Fuji Instax Camera and it's next best thing!
plus they still make film for it :)
so cute and fun!
Put that on the list of things i don't need
but reeeeeeeeeeeally wish i had before i moved to Spain :)

07 July 2010


my mother and sister are gone allllll week.
i miss them already!
and i miss having that small one in my house!
but look at how cute they are on the bus!!

05 July 2010

day of Griesers

last wednesday i got to have three dates in a row, one with Amiah to the Mill and to get our fingernails painted, one with Hudson for lunch at Chipotle, and one with Andrea over coffee. i love them all so much and it was such a wonderful day :)
for some reason Amiah was not in the mood to make any sort of normal pictures this day, so we ended up with some pretty hilarious and hillbilly ones.
i love this series of pictures of Hudson so much that i had to include all four :)
LOVE that smile. he is getting so. big.

01 July 2010

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holding hands.
with friends. with family. with the kids.
but especially with one person in particular :)

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i know that cookies were #11 but i also love cookie dough.

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i know i wrote a post awhile back about hydrangea
but i don't think they've made it on the list yet
which they should.

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my parents.
they are the cutest and the best in the whole world
i love them so much.