Currently Obsessing Over

These are a few of my favorite things.

1. Downton Abbey.

Who isn’t obsessed with this show? I don’t know. What I do know is I LOVE every second!

2. Crushed ice.

It’s just plain better than regular ice. Come to Chick-fil-A Encinitas and you will get all the crushed ice you could ever want.

3. Picfx – the app.

You can add “light spots” and hearts and all sorts of fun things to photos. Here is our glamour shot from a wedding we attended a few months back. Fancy pants!

4. Navy blue.

My love affair with navy blue has been a constant since about tenth grade. It’s just so darn classy. If I could, I would wear something navy every day. I would probably also decorate my entire house in shades of blue, and maybe even paint all of my furniture blue. But then, if I did that, I would undoubtedly decide there was TOO much blue in my life, and have to pick another color to obsess over.

5. Making Things from Scratch

I spent a few hours on pizza dough last week, made a big batch of granola yesterday morning, tempted fate with Thomas Keller’s Chicken Mar i Muntanya last night, and turned a whole chicken into ten {not quite} perfect pieces. The Kristin that spends a lot of time in the kitchen is back!

6. And finally, something I am obsessed with but don’t own {yet}. Superga sneakers. I’ve had my eye on these for about a year and am finally pulling the trigger. I am debating between light pink or a neutral green. Which do you prefer?

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Talk to you soon — hopefully sooner than a month!


Love Letters

Hi everybody! Happy V-Day!

My friend Carol  posted some Love Letters the other day and I had such a great time reading them I wanted to join in on the fun. So here we are, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with Love Letters from Kristin.

Dear Cable Television,
I really love you. I know I’m spending a lot less time with you now that I live near the beach, but don’t you worry your pretty little head, as soon as the new seasons of Khloe & Lamar and Survivor start, we will once again be together forever. Thanks for always being there for me. And I really do mean ALWAYS… even when you shouldn’t be.

Dear Cheez-It’s,
I don’t think I have ever accurately described my love for you. You are the perfect combination of salty and cheesy, and your cute little square shape makes me giddy. Thank you for giving me something to look forward to every time I open the cupboard.

Dear Bottle of Dom in my fridge,
It’s not necessarily you that I love so much — although I am excited to try you — it’s what you symbolize. Friends who love with a true, deep, familial love. The celebration of 30 years of life. The realization of a dream. The memories that have already happened and are yet to come. I will savor every one of your tiny bubbles.

Dear Southern California,
You are my soul mate. Truly. Second only to Glenn. There is no one else for me. Oh how I love you.

Dear Iced Tea,
I am so grateful that you have always been around. I love you flavored and when you’re simply black. I love that you are so delicious without any calories or sweetener in you. I love that I can order you at coffee shops, restaurants, and Nordstrom.

Dear Mark & Laura,
It has been so much fun living “with” you guys for the past week. What an unexpected blessing! You are gracious, always have a listening ear, share the same taste in food {major bonus!} and are so willing to be authentic. Whether this season winds up being short or long, I am already grateful for the fun we have had.

Dear Chick-fil-A,
You make the best chicken sandwich ever in life. You created a place where my husband can truly be himself and where his vision can become reality. You make our dreams come true.

Dear Reagan and Jack,
My newest obsessions, born to two of my closest friends. I already love you more than words can say. I can’t wait to lunch with you and your Mama’s every. single. week. I’m just so happy you’re here!

Dear Growth Mindset,
Even though sometimes you want to hide, I am so glad you are inside of me. You remind me that I am capable of anything, and you challenge me to be the best version of myself — even when its hard. Scratch that… especially when its hard. I promise to keep hearing you out, and look forward to the day when you are the only mindset talking to me.

Dear G-Money,
You are my greatest adventure. I love every second I get to spend with you and am humbled when I think of God’s kindness and mercy in allowing our paths to cross. Good things are coming our way.  I ardently love you. {thank you, Pride and Prejudice, for making the word “ardent” an active part of my vocabulary}

Dear God,
I love You because Your love for me is an overwhelming, life-changing love. Living in Your grace and truth is the only place I ever want to be. I am undeserving and yet You allow me to be alive, to be free, to be me.

And that about sums it up. Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies! May only good, red, and pink things come your way today.


Favorite Things :: September 2011

Pumpkin spice lattes are being served at every coffeehouse in town.

Shop windows showcase capes, coats, boots, and hats.

October officially begins tomorrow.

So why is it still 90 degrees in Little Rock? Weatherman? Hello? Answer me!

I am learning that fall in this part of the country looks a little different from fall in New England. You would think it wouldn’t matter to me. That a Southern California girl who doesn’t even have “seasons” as they are traditionally known, wouldn’t care.

Oh, I care.

Somebody bring the 50 degrees and ice cold winds stat. And don’t tell me that I’ll be complaining and wishing for 90 when the temperature hovers around 22. I won’t. I have promised myself that I will NEVER complain about Little Rock being too cold again. I’m serious. I might state facts, like : “Oh wow it’s cold!” or “Look, my breath just froze!” but I will HANDS DOWN take 20 degrees over 110 and muggy every! day! of! my! life! Move me to Alaska. I’ll live next to the Palin’s and kill my own caribou.

On that note, let’s get to the September installment of Favorite Things.

1. Fall/Autumn.

One year ago in Deer Valley, Utah. Look at those colors!

Despite the fact that fall in Little Rock is nowhere near chilly and I certainly don’t need to wear a sweater, the weather HAS cooled off quite a bit and it’s making everything a little more bearable. One day it was even 65! I shivered! Oh, glorious shiver. Plus, Glenn spent last weekend in Boston celebrating a college buddy’s wedding, and I feel like I lived vicariously through his apple picking, cider drinking, jacket wearing days.

2. Truvia.

Zero calorie. Natural. Used by Hannah and Olivia of Biggest Loser fame. Sign me up! I have been mixing about a quarter of a packet into my plain greek yogurt and it makes it taste a lot less like sour cream. Mmmm.

3. Isaiah.

Yes, the book in the Bible. My ladies Precept Bible Study just started up again and we are diving into Isaiah. I am LOVING it. What an incredible message of repentance and redemption. I honestly feel like I’m learning more about God and His character and glory every day of the study.

4. Pork.

I’m a little late to the pork bandwagon, but I don’t care. I like it! I never realized how versatile and low-fat it can be. AND inexpensive. Schnitzel, Saltimbocca, Pulled Pork; you name it, I want to make it. I am beginning to see just exactly how “the other white meat” pork is. Side note: you should make Amanda’s Pulled Pork immediately. It’s kind of life changing.

5. Running.

Glenn and I enjoying a post-run meal at Boulevard Bread Company. Oh how I love Boulevard Bread Company. 

I am falling back in love with running! Taking 7 months off was one of the best things I could have done for my body and for my passion for the sport. I am, as an old man crossing the bridge the other day pointed out, a “real athlete”, and am happy to be enjoying running again.

Happy Friday, my lovelies. Thank you for reading and commenting, I am seriously BLESSED to get to share life with all of you: those I have met and those I have not, I cherish you all.


Favorite Things – July 2011

How it’s almost August 2011 is beyond me. I feel like it was just August 2006 and I was getting ready to get married. Now all my friends are having babies and I’m this close to old. Actually, I take that back. Thirty is nowhere near old. Sixty is old… Mom.


And with that slap in the face to the woman who raised me, let’s get to Favorite Things July.

The Longchamp Tote.

This is mine. It is green. Green is extremely versatile, believe it or not. I bought this bag in the early spring of 2004 at Picadilly Circus in London. Should have bought it in Paris at the flagship store, I know, but London’s pretty good, right? Navy blue and hot pink are other favorites of mine, but green will always be the winner. You can find one stateside at Nordstrom, or other fine retailers.

The Library.

Here’s why the library is fabulous: you can check out loads of books for free. {Unless, of course, you forget to return them on time, in which case that will be 60 cents per day, please.} Technically the library isn’t free, since you have no choice but pay for it out of your taxes, which is all the more reason to go! You better believe I am milking the Arkansas library for all it’s worth considering they took a BAJILLION dollars in taxes from us for the TWO MONTHS we lived here in 2010.

I have been eyeing both of these books at Barnes and Noble but have never had an extra $30 lying around for books {since Arkansas took all my money!}. Now they are both ALL MINE until August 25th!

Homemade Chicken Stock.

Read this. Then make it for yourself. It’s seriously so good.

Ben F. on The Bachelorette.

How have we not talked about The Bachelorette yet? I mean really, it’s way too fun. Every year I swear I’m over it. Every year I roll my eyes and am sick of the drama. Then every year I laugh my head off with the crazy girls I watch it with, make fun of the awkward TV romances, and wind up really liking some of the contestants. This year Ben F. has been my favorite since the beginning. He’s silly, he’s nice, he opened up about his Dad’s death, he’s from Sonoma, and he’s a winemaker. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG HERE?

Despite the fact that, no matter who Ashley picks, there is no way they will last, Ben F. seems like the type it would be worth spending time with. And Ashley thinks every wine tastes like “his” wine, so he could clearly spend some time teaching her the ways of the grape… there, I have the first 2 months of their relationship planned out already!

Chick-fil-A Oatmeal.

Chick-fil-A, you’ve done it again. How is this oatmeal the best oatmeal in life ever? And I know oatmeal!  Remember when I wrote an entire blog post about oatmeal? There is honestly only one oatmeal I’ve ever had that is better, and it’s only available in like 1/48 of the country. {It’s Jamba Juice’s, FYI.}

This oatmeal is hearty, flavorful, and healthy. If you eat it plain it’s 120 calories. Add the brown sugar/cinnamon mix and it’s 150. You can also add in the nuts and berries, but I like it best with just the brown sugar/cinnamon. Plus that keeps it on the lighter side. Go to your local Chick-fil-A and order the oatmeal stat.

That’s it for July. Who’s ready for the Sports Bra Challenge today???


June 2011 Favorite Things

Oh my goodness the month of June has really slipped away from me. Better get the Favorite Things in before it’s too late! I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats waiting to see what makes the list this month, so here we go.

1. Rhubarb.

Now that I finally found it in AR, I can’t get enough. Remember the rhubarb pie? Next up I think I’ll try my hand at Gabby Delkin’s Rhubarb Margaritas.

2. Rainy Days.

It’s raining today and I am NOT complaining. I have decided that, as long as I live in Arkansas, I will not complain about the rain again UNLESS {and this is a big unless} it floods my apartment {again}. I am honestly considering today, a rainy day with a low of 70 and a high of 91, a gift from God specifically given with me in mind.

I was having a REALLY hard time with the summer heat. I’m talking a throw-in-the-towel, put-a-fork-in-me-I’m-done, there’s-no-point-in-getting-out-of-bed hard time. It wasn’t pretty. Yes there were other factors that had {have} me bummin, but the heat was a biggie. The cool rain and temporary drop in temperature was just what I needed to be able to get outside, run my little heart out, and be grateful for the life I have been given.

Also, I get to wear my galoshes when it rains.

3. Coupons.

You guys. You have got to start couponing. I had never done it before, and by no means am I an “extreme couponer” but EVERY WEEK I have saved a minimum of $20. This week I only spent $30 on groceries. It’s usually hard for me to spend less than $100.

Here are the two things you need to do to save yourself some money with coupons:

1. Buy yourself a Sunday paper and clip all the coupons. That’s right, ALL of them.

2. Only use the coupon when there’s a store special on the item, so you’re getting a super deal. For example, when Kroger runs a special on Magnum bars so they’re $3.49 instead of $3.99, use your $1.00 off Magnum coupon then, so you’re getting $1.50 off!

4. LOFT 4″ Twill Shorts.

Currently on sale for $25, these shorts are the bomb dot com. Seriously. I would like them in every color {except for that weird orangey-yellowey-browney one} but only have them in white right now. Next on the list is grey. And after that, blue. Then pink. Then khaki. You get the idea.

These shorts are the ideal length: not so long that it looks like you’ve given up on life, not so short that you are showing the world what the world has no interest in seeing {ahem, 17 year old girls sitting across from me at Panera}. As for sizing, I find they run very true to size and don’t really stretch out very much while wearing, which is nice.

That’s all for this month’s installment of Favorite Things. Hope you all have a lovely day. I will be soaking up all the rain I can get!


Currently Obsessing Over…

Today is a busy day, filled with lots of Lululemon wearing activities like brining chickens, cleaning up the house for our guests {we’re having a dinner party!}, trying my hand at a lattice-top strawberry rhubarb pie {oh my!}, and filling my gullet with nothing but egg whites and vegetables because all I ate yesterday were cheez-it’s and ritz bits.

Busy day, I say! But before I dive into all of that, I wanted to share my new obsession. I simply can’t get enough, and I think you should probably go get some for yourself immediately.

Bronzer! That’s right… for your face!

I’ve never used bronzer before, mostly because I never really wore make-up before, but also because I have ZERO desire to look like I spent half my life at Malibu Tan.

Enter Sephora gift card. I had no idea what to use this gift card for, so I brought my make-up expert, #3, with me. I told her I wanted something that I would love, something that would be easy to use but help me feel glamorous, and something I would truly use every day instead of 2 times a year when I go to a fancy wedding {I’m looking at you, smoky eyes!}.

#3 recommended bronzer.

“What? A bronzer? Really? You use it every day? But you don’t look like a Snooki wannabe! Oh, you just put a little on your cheekbones? Hmm, let me try.”

One gift card and several more dollars later, the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer was in my posession.

I looooovvvveeee it. I use it every single day and it’s really helping me step into the “I’m almost 30, I should pretend like I care about looking put together!” mantra I have been preaching.

You can get some of this amazing bronzer at your local Sephora, or order it for your little lady here.

And with that, I’m off to cook all day for our first official dinner party in Little Rock… exciting even though it’s for Kimberly’s friends and not friends of my own. Still working on that whole “bloom where you’re planted” thing. More updates coming soon.

Love to you all!