marrying home design styles in a marriage (for any one who lives together)

It seems like it would be as natural as your love, but combining two individuals different styles and unique tastes into one home is often times more like an arranged marriage. However, no one wants their stuff to feel like it has to co exist; merely tolerating the other persons' things, just hoping one day love will happen! How can we make certain our homes represent the best combination of “us” in their style and design? 

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turning over a green leaf

I am a part of this privileged and entitled group - I'll own it. I didn’t grow up in a home where we recycled. I don’t even remember seeing recycling in my school until we moved to Austin, TX for high school. I have not been one to care about what packaging surrounds a product, let alone what that packaging is made of. I buy what I buy, with no thought to where it was sourced, how it was produced, how the workers involved were treated, how/if animals were involved or what lasting implications this product's plastic packaging may have on Mama Earth. Historically, I have been a very UNonscious consumer. 

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nyc local guide: dumbo, brooklyn

Maybe the most picturesque part of NYC (I should know, I carry a camera everywhere I go ;), is DUMBO on the water's edge in Brooklyn. "DUMBO," an acronym for "down under the manhattan bridge overpass," is a tiny area of Brooklyn between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Flanked by these two giants, and facing the entire skyline of Manhattan, DUMBO is home to some of the best businesses, shopping, and events in Brooklyn. 

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japan: nakasendo trail five day hiking guide

I've organized this by days of the hike, including distances traveled and places stayed. I also included things we learned in Japan, budgeting for this hike, best foods, and mistakes we made at the end of this post. Enjoy! Buckle up, this will be quite the ride. Without further ado.... THE NAKASENDO HIKING GUIDE

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hiking through japan's ancient roads

Always looking for the next adventure, but especially the next HIKE! Tyler and I have a goal to make one long hike a year (long is defined as five or more days.) So far we’re three years strong. I learned pretty quickly that the ancient Tokaido has been covered by highways. However, I discovered another hike through central Japan in the mountains called: Nakasendo (aka: the central mountain road) go figure. 

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brooklyn botanical garden + some amazing news!

My sister, Alyssa, and her husband Jackson, are moving to New York City! This is a dream come true. I can't count the number of times in the last few years, since moving to NYC, that I either silently or out loud wished that I could have a sister near. This solves practically the only problem I have with New York! (now if I can get a decent mountain to snowboard on, I'll never leave!!!) 

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osaka wander guide + a little travel advice wander

Our time in Osaka was short - only two days before we moved on to Kyoto and then our Nakasendo hike through Kiso Valley (local guides to come!). In just a few days however, we had a series of stressful situations that taught us a thing or two! Yet somehow, between all that, we managed to see a lot of this amazing city! 

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oahu hawaii wander guide

I can’t wait to go back to Oahu. Maybe it’s the reality of being on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but there’s something powerful about Oahu. As someone who only has a little experience with the Hawaiian Islands, I’m not the most qualified to recommend spots to see and places to eat, but this is a list I hope to develop and add to as I return to Oahu (and hopefully the rest of the Islands) many more times! 

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hawaii not come here sooner? (plus a video!)

A week in Hawaii and I’m proud to say I went paddle boarding and ate at food trucks every single day! Tyler’s dad, Rick was our amazing host while we beach bummed around. It was the perfect mix of family, sun, salt, and and long drives. We stayed on the North Shore of Oahu and for the most part spent our days between paddle boarding and sitting on the beach

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step one to private pilot license

Now, before anyone thinks I can fly a plane (as much as that picture might lead to you to think so!), let me stop you right there! Becoming a pilot is a multi step, multi faceted endeavor. To receive a private pilots license one has to pass a written, oral, and practical exam (and a few other medical and misc. requirements). So, you could say, I am a theoretical pilot. haha

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