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 I just LOVE watercolor tattoos!

 

I got my two tattoos when I was 18 & honestly, I didn't put a whole lot of thought into them. So since my mom & I started talking a while back about getting tattoos together, I've kind of fallen in love with them again! I'm meeting with the super-talented Ashton Allen on Monday, to discuss the tattoo my mom & I will get when she visits in October! Eeeek, so exciting!! I'm hoping Ashton will become my go-to girl for the couple other tattoo ideas I have in mind for the future ;] You can see other tattoo ideas that have been going through my brain on my Pinterest board. There are just so many pretty tattoo possibilities that it can be quite overwhelming!

living in 350 square feet!

Welcome to our home! Out in Portland, we've downsized to a 1-bedroom apartment in the Irvington
district. It's only 350ish square feet, but it doesn't feel like it's too small for what we need.
Actually, Burton & I both agree that this is our favorite rental we've ever had :]

Tiny spaces are fun because they force you to get clever with storage.
I honestly don't think we could've done a better job with the space.

Here's the living room leading into the galley-style kitchen.

We opted for a projector & screen instead of a TV. It is AWESOME.

We even have stuff stored underneath the couch!

Myla's favorite spot :]


Tiny kitchen!

Stephen Colbert approves of our cooking.


Kitchen leading into the bedroom. Bathroom & washer/dryer on the left.

We lovelovelove our bedframe & headboard!
There is crazy amounts of storage in those drawers & cubbies.
We even have our giant wireless printer in one of those drawers!


Our little succulent garden!

My "princess" mirror behind the door & next to the closet.

Our gallery wall! This is what happens when you have a ton of artwork & very little wall space.

The bathroom! Those vinyl raindrops are probably my favorite addition to our home :]



The end! Thanks for visiting :]

life in portland, oregon!

Burton & I started calling Portland home on June 13th

 and we're falling more in love with this city every day!

 There are so many fun things to do outdoors!

There are so many beautiful places to hike!

 There are so many parks to hang out in!

 This is Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country (over 8 miles!)

 This is Mill Ends Park, the smallest park in the world (2ft. in diameter!)

There are so many gorgeous swimming holes!

There are so many beautiful waterfalls!

This one, Ramona Falls, is our favorite so far :]

There are so many beer festivals & breweries!

Even the food is better out here. Seriously can't stop eating!

The people here are awesome.

and we can tell Myla loves being an Oregonian too!

Burton's mom even visited from Japan & spent a few weeks with us!
We're secretly hoping it's the beginning of our family eventually following us out here ;]

Because Oregon is so wonderful.
And Burton & I finally feel like we're home :]

cross-country road trip!


Moving across country was such a whirlwind & completely unforgettable! Starting a new life in Portland is quite the experience, but the road trip itself is an adventure on its own. I had never been in a car for more than 14 hours straight & I've never moved farther than a few hours away. But we were excited & only a teeny bit nervous :] 


After weighing our options, Burton & I decided to rent a 5x8' Uhaul trailer to get pretty much just the essentials to Oregon. Downsizing from a 1700 square foot townhouse to a 5x8' trailer is no small feat! It was a very gradual process & with the help of eBay, craigslist, Goodwill, multiple garage sales, & regifting, we made it happen. We squeezed everything into our trailer & Subaru & hit the road! After a tearful goodbye to my mama, of course. (I miss you, mom!)
Most days on our 6-day trip consisted of driving for at least 10 hours. So to save time (& money!) we packed a cooler & snacks so we could make our meals on the road. We usually only stopped for gas, bathrooms, or to sleep at night. We camped out at KOAs for three nights of our trip: in Nashville, TN, Topeka, KS, & Pendleton, OR. We lucked out by staying with an uncle in Denver & spoiled ourselves with a swanky hotel in Salt Lake City :]


Guys. The United States is BIG. Really, really BIG. I've flown across it on airplanes, but I don't think you can fully appreciate the size of this country until you drive across it. We drove for over 3,200 miles & sometimes, driving across one state would take an entire day. And Burton & I didn't have any crazy meltdowns at all! The entire trip was a lot of fun & actually felt more like a vacation than a stressful task :]


We cooked dinner over fires, drank beer, played games, talked about everything. It was a blast :]


One of my favorite parts of the trip was gawking at the changing landscapes. Coming from flat Florida really helped me appreciate the diverse topography we saw along the way. Especially you, Colorado! You're gorgeous!


We even got to see a couple friends along the way :]


After driving through Utah, my fear of overpopulation was alleviated.


One of my favorite parts of the trip was making a pit stop to see the Up house! It was such a fun gem in the middle of a cookie cutter Salt Lake City suburb. I wouldn't mind being their neighbor one bit :]


Remember that swanky hotel I mentioned? We stayed at Kimpton SLC as our splurge for the one hotel stay of the trip. They welcome pups as well, so Myla got to enjoy her first hotel stay!


For our last night of the trip, we stayed in Pendleton, OR which is only three hours outside of Portland. We had officially entered our new home state & it already felt like we belonged :]


Welcome to Oregon! On June 13th, we dropped all of our material possessions off at storage unit (one month free, thanks Uhaul!), checked into our awesome airbnb rental, & grabbed a delicious lunch at South Paw Deli. Needless to say, summer 2014 has been completely unforgettable so far :] But more on that later!