Get Outta Town.

Seriously. We could all use a vacation. 

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After spending countless weeks living vicariously through my friend’s travel photos on Facebook from Italy, Spain, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Mexico, I had enough.

Inspired to plan our own trip, I called up my travel agent, Kim Johnston. She’s an experienced agent based out of Tacoma, who has been all over the world. I wanted to share some of her travel wisdom, because if you are itching to get out and explore, it’s not too late to put together a fantastic summer getaway. Continue reading “Get Outta Town.”

Life is Short. Stop Drinking Crappy Wine.

Sorry to be so frank. 

Maybe it was after our trip to Italy, but at some point recently I vowed to stop drinking crappy wine.

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Charcuterie and wine in Rome, Italy.

And by “crappy,” (excuse my third grade verbiage) I mean wine that I’m just kind of meh about.

Why settle?

Problem is, when it comes to purchasing wine, I have no idea what I’m doing, or how to escape meh. For years I’ve simply wandered the aisles of stores, picking anything that catches my eye with a cutesy label or a funny name, praying to the wine gods my $6.99 bottle tastes close to decent.

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I have no idea what I’m doing.

Not anymore.

Life is too short to waste it on bad wine.

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In search of help, I sought out an expert friend of mine to shed some light on what I consider a delicious yet overwhelming topic. My friend and Zumba buddy Tracey LaPierre is an enologist and owner of Seattle Wine Lab, a quality control consulting firm for winemakers. With over 16 years in the wine biz, who knew my key to drinking better wine has been two-stepping next to me this entire time in Zumba class?

So, let’s get drinking!

Continue reading “Life is Short. Stop Drinking Crappy Wine.”

Why We Eloped

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In 2015, couples spent an average of $32,641 on their wedding. 

I don’t know about you, but a price tag like this gives me anxiety. This is one of several reasons we eloped.

Yes, we eloped. It was a lovely, teeny-tiny ceremony in October 2013 in Woodinville, WA.

When it comes up, I get a lot of questions. There are several reasons we made this choice, and I don’t regret it.

If your dream is to have a huge ceremony, that’s fine. However, I bring this up because I’ve had conversations with brides-to-be admitting they never wanted a huge ceremony and feel completely overwhelmed.

I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way.

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