Sunday, July 14, 2013

i deserve a medal

yesterday a monumental thing happened for me that needs to be documented. I baked cookies that did not suck and were actually really good!  Taylor even admitted it & that means a lot. ( he is too honest sometimes about my cooking/baking skills.)

I bought a couple of chocolate chip cookies at a cafe downtown and was super happy about my purchased when they soon became the best cookies I have ever had. Since then I have not stopped thinking about them. A couple weeks later during my nightly ritual of blog reading, I came across this recipe . I am convinced Sally is a baking genius. They tasted just like the cookies I ate at the cafe- soft, chewy, thick and slightly doughy. All the good qualities a CCC should have. I have never been happier from a baking endeavor. Thank you Sally. I will defiantly bake these again. Not only did I finally bake something tasteful; I learned new baking secrets and how to correctly measure. (I have been doing it wrong this whole time! who knew.)

Conclusion: Make these cookies today & you too will be thanking Sally for posting her recipe on the world wide web after you taste how amazingly good they are.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

the time I pet a tiger

 Taylor and I watched the Life of Pi over the weekend. I recognized Pi's fear in Richard Parker as the same fear I had when I entered that massive tiger's cage. My heart has never beat so fast. I was sure he was going to pounce at any moment. Thailand has all sorts of animal encounters and petting tigers was one we could not pass by.( ironically I even had a tiger shirt on)  We saw the adult, medium and baby tigers. Those poor sedated animals had no clue what was going on.  The workers came into the cages with us to make sure we didn't touch their faces. Taylor got really intimate with the tiger. They cuddled for a while- Taylor's choice of course.
 Pretty sure if the workers weren't watching my every move I would have swooped up that baby and carried him home. Just like the baby elephant from this post

Friday, April 19, 2013


I have seen this video being posted on facebook & on a few blogs I follow. I love this video & felt I needed to pass on the message.

As women we are hard on ourselves. I don't know about the rest of you but I am constantly thinking about what I wish I could change about my body or the mental list of clothes & shoes I have to buy in order to look good. With our lives being plastered all over the internet from every social media outlet, it is hard not to compare yourself to others & think about why you or your life doesn't look a certain way. We truly are our own worse critic.

When I think about my life from an eternal perspective. I realize how blessed I am & to not be so hard on myself. We are all daughters of God. He created us in his imagine. We are beautiful. However, sometimes it helps to hear the encouraging words from others to boost up my confidence & feel good in my own skin. This video did that for me & I hope it does the same for you.

Friday, April 12, 2013


Here are a few snap shots from our recent very short trip to Atlanta. We went down there for a trade show. ( to show off all the amazingly cool products Proof has to offer) It was just Taylor and I that went down. It was a first for me, meaning staying in the booth for the whole time! When traffic got slow I read a book & must have been really sucked in because I didn't even notice Young Jezzy & his entourage admiring Proof from inside my booth! The people in the booth across from me had to fill me in once he left. Sorry Young Jezzy, but I probably wouldn't have even recognized you if I wasn't reading.

We got to stay with Taylor's brother who lives there and play with their cute little girl the whole time. We saw the coke museum & drank wayyyy too many free sodas from the free style machine. Went to the aquarium which was amazing! They had a dolphin show and a beluga whale. High light of the trip. Had my first taste of Blue Bell ice cream & spent time with some friends who live there. All in all we just had a great time.

Friday, April 5, 2013

bike ride

                                                       (don't mind my morning bed head aka looking bald)

The Easter bunny came early & delivered our bikes. Apparently having a bike in Boise, especially in our neighborhood, says a lot about your character. It is the socially acceptable and "cool thing" to do.  Being new comers we had to jump on board. It also doesn't hurt that there are tons of bike trials and this pretty river to ride on. I imagine as summer gets closer the Green Belt, as the locals call it, is going to become greener and more visually appealing. I can't wait.

We tried out our new bikes Saturday morning. There was the perfect amount of sunshine  for a Spring morning and we got in just enough exercise to feel good about our selves for the day. Taylor was getting hot and sweaty in his button up flannel shirt (it is hard being hipster) & I took it as a sign to pack away the heavy winter clothes and welcome spring weather with short sleeves & shoes with no socks.

Friday, March 29, 2013

a little DIY

 Before we moved into our house we had zero furniture to our name. We left Hawaii with a couple of suitcases that contained just about everything we owned. It was nice not having to worry about buying furniture or decorating our house for a time. But we moved from dream land & with the help of very generous people we were able to fill up the empty spaces where a couch, bed and dresser should go.

After getting sick of eating dinner on our white couch every night or worried that our couch was not going to be white much longer if we kept eating dinner on it, I bought the above table and chairs off craigslist. With the help of Veronica Mars episodes playing back to back on my computer( this took a long time!) I did those chairs a favor and made them look brand new with the easiest re upholstery method of all time. It also doesn't hurt that the navy polka dots look pretty good with my green kitchen.

 YouTube "upholster kitchen chairs".  Plenty of tutorials will pop up demonstrating the step by step instructions on how to cover your chairs with new fabric. The lady who filmed the tutorial I used had her TV blaring in the background and I still figured it out without hearing half the things she was saying. This project is THAT easy. Usually the people in the tutorial suggest using a staple gun, but I didn't want to buy one so I used push pins to hold the fabric in the back. It takes more time, but it is so much cheaper  and the result will be the exact same.

my first DIY home improvement project was a success. maybe I really am crafty...

Monday, March 18, 2013


 Bangkok was the first stop on the Dame family Thailand trip of a life time. It was extremely hot. Grey probably wasn't my best color pick for the day. But hey what can you do. Before I left my dad kept raving about Bangkok. He's traveled there for work and clearly he was impressed. That got me excited because he claims he hates traveling and going places.. huh.. obviously I didn't inherit my love of travel from him.

The Thai people love their sparkle. The temples were glamorous. The main religion is Buddhism and those are a couple of cute monks in training sitting up there on the stairs. They are all about creating good luck and the portraits of the king & queen placed on every corner are granting people
just that.

We strolled through the streets wandering through temples and the grand palace. It is quite the place and you should see it for your self. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

a little thailand & some elephants

Well I finally decided to sort through our Asia pictures after being home for 2 months. And this post will most likely be 1 of 10 of the series. The elephants were one of my favorite parts about Thailand. All I could think about before we went to Thailand was riding the elephants. It was on my bucket list, so this was a pretty big deal! For being such a beast, the elephants were very well behaved. They did tricks on demand, were suckers for a banana or sugar cane stick, & a couple smart elephants were pro artists selling their paintings to viewers.

We got to go on a little ride through the jungle & our tour guide must have wanted a big tip with the way he took our camera & started snapping away at us at every angle. I am not complaining cause clearly I am always going to need remember this day.

If only that cute little baby could fit inside our house, I need constant elephant love in my life.