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Friday Favorites // Oregon Edition

Sunflower Paperie - OR Coast

Last week my boyfriend and I met up with my parents in Oregon for our summer vacation! My folks have been coming to visit us in Arizona annually since we moved out here and last year we hatched a plan to escape the AZ heat and visit my Aunt and Uncle in Oregon (my cousin and his daughter also joined us!). We had such a great time, that I thought it would be fun to share a special “Oregon Edition” Friday Favorites post!

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Friday Favorites // 06.03.16

Sunflower Paperie blog - Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum

Happy Friday – I hope you are having a great week! The good news? We have almost made it to the weekend, friends! In case you are new, my Friday Favorites posts are where I share products, music, websites, etc. that I am loving currently. I LOVE hearing about your favorites in the comments, so share away! 

In general, I love when pop singers release positive songs! When I first heard this song, I liked it, but I LOVED it after I saw the video. Justin Timberlake is so cute!

I made these treats from the adorable “Sugar & Soul” blog for our pup, Hank, who turned 4 in May. He LOVED them – apples and peanut butter are two of his favs! My batch was pretty moist, so I would recommend refrigerating them.

A good friend (hi Vivian!) recently shared explore.org with me. Have you seen this site?! There are cameras on all sorts of wildlife habits, streaming live, so the viewer can watch the animals in their natural habit. My friend is following along with the eagles in Iowa. I love so many, I haven’t been able to pick a favorite yet!

If you are in Arizona, or planning a trip here, I would HIGHLY recommend visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. It is part botanic garden, part aquarium, part zoo and it is AWESOME! There is so much information about the desert and is fun for people of all ages! The photo in this post is a view from the beginning of the loop around the grounds there!

Alright! Your turn! Let me know what you are loving in the comments! 🙂

Friday Favorites // 04.08.16

Sunflower Paperie - T-shirt Quilt Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I hope you had a nice week! I am back with another edition of my Friday Favorites. I would love to hear about what you are loving – leave me a note in the comments!

On of my favorite Creatives, Artist & Illustrator Lisa Congdon, is having a pre-Mother’s Day sale in her Etsy shop (enter MOMRULES at check-out for 15% off through April 12th). I have been loving this archival print for months, so I might get it for myself!

Last weekend I was home in Kansas working on a t-shirt quilt with my Mom. My Mom has been quilting for several years now (and sewing most of her life), but this is only the second quilt I have worked on. We watched the t-shirt quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company several times before we started my first quilt last December (pictured above). We have since ordered fabric from them and my Mom subscribes to their magazine publication “Block“. I could go on and on about what an awesome company MSQ is – all sewist’s should check them out!

I don’t know why it took me so long, but I have recently gotten really into podcasts! I listen to them when traveling (flying), commuting (no headphones, just the speaker) and when working on Sunflower Paperie orders. My current favorite is The Way I Heard it” with Mike Rowe. Mike is crediting Paul Harvey (who I also loved) as his inspiration for the program. All of this, plus the historical nature of the stories and short length make this series perfect!

Other favorite podcasts include: “Build a B@d@ass Business” with Diane Sanfilippo, “Serial Season 1” with Sarah Koenig (I know I am SUPER behind the times on this one!) and “Undisclosed” with several attorneys looking at all of the evidence from the case introduced in Serial. If you are an iPhone user, look for the purple “Podcasts” icon – it is SO easy to search topics and subscribe!

Happy weekend, friend! I hope your days are filled with love and fun! 🙂

Words of the Week – Start TODAY!

South Mtn - Sunflower Paperie

Happy Wednesday everyone! This weeks Words of the Week is a phrase that I have found myself repeating frequently this year – “Start TODAY or Start NOW!”. The older I get, the faster time seems to pass. My boyfriend gives me trouble, because I frequently say “I feel like it is either a Monday or a Thursday, the rest of the days just fly by!”

Start Today resonates with me in several areas of my life currently. As I indicated a couple of weeks ago, I am trying to lose weight this year. Start Today, may seem like a strange mantra, since once I start losing weight, I should just need to “continue” losing weight. I find these words motivating when I consider each day a fresh start towards my goals. Since I can’t go back in the past and prevent myself from gaining this weight, I find it more motivating to focus on the single day in front of me.

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Friday Favorites (Sunday Edition) // 03.19.16

Birthday Sunflowers - Sunflower Paperie blog

I am a little late sharing my “Friday Favorites” this week (oops), but for a good reason… Yesterday was my birthday, so I have been busy celebrating! In the spirit of birthdays, I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of things from my birthday wish list. 🙂

I have admired theses Concrete Cacti for quite a while now! Gore Design Co. is based right here in Tempe and does larger scale concrete pieces too.

This item is going to seem SO random, but I want a set of Yoga Toes! A massage therapist once mentioned that I curled my toes under and ever since I have noticed that I do! Even while sitting or standing, my natural reflex is to curl my toes – which is not good at all! The reviews I have read about this product seem like they would help my overall foot health.

I have gone back and forth about whether I wanted a fitness tracker for a couple of years now. With my goals for this year, and my specific action items, I have decided I want one and have done some research. I would like the Fitbit Charge HR, now I just need to decide on a color!

Seriously, how cute is this cactus phone case?! I have been checking it out since I got my phone last November and I still think it is super cute!

This choice might show my age, but I really want a new pair of glasses from Warby Parker! I like these, these and these! The company lets you select up to 5 pairs to send to you to try on at home, but one of my students recently told me there is a store in Scottsdale, so my plan is to go there soon, so I can try on more than 5 pairs!

What have you been loving lately?! I would love to check out your picks, so leave them in the comments!

End of Year Goal Recap!

Hello friends – long time, no talk! 🙂 Am I the only one who is simultaneously excited for the new year and a little disappointed about not quite getting everything that I wanted to accomplished in 2015? Even though I have these conflicting feelings, I am trying to focus on the positive “clean slate” feel of 2016. Since I missed my 3rd quarter goal review altogether, I wanted to make sure my last post of 2015 was a final review of this years goals.

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In case you missed them: 1st Quarter Goal Recap and 2nd Quarter Goal Recap. For this end of year recap, I have listed all of the mini goals I started the year with in pink and then a summary of how I did in black. You can click the link following each number to see my full original post about each goal category. You might want a beverage of some sort before you start this! 😉

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Friday Favorites // 10.16.15

Happy Friday (now Saturday), friends! It’s been awhile since I shared a “Friday Favorites” post (or any post for that matter, haha!), so I thought it would be fun to post today! These posts are a quick way for me to share things that I am loving currently.

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We recently traveled to Colorado (see Rocky Mountain National Park photo above) where everyone was carrying a Hydro Flask. I recently purchased the 40 oz. wide mouth bottle in “orange zest” and am waiting on my straw lid to arrive, so I can start using it. The biggest selling points for me are that the bottles don’t “sweat” and ice is reported to last forever in it!

I am loving Ryan Adam’s cover of Taylor Swift’s album 1989, specifically the song Bad Blood. If you are looking for some drama, Google Ryan Adam’s and read all about the controversy surrounding him covering her album. While I agree with some of the points made, at the end of the day, if Taylor is o.k. with it, then I am too. 😉

Another cover song I am loving is Chris Cornell’s version of Nothing Compares to You originally sang by Sinead O’Connor.

Speaking of drama, I am currently reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web – the next Lisbeth Salander novel. I loved the first three Lisbeth Salander books by Stieg Larsson, so I am excited to see the character continue with a new author. So far the book has been well written and very similar stylistically to the first three books.

As I referenced above, we visited Colorado in September for my boyfriend’s birthday. In addition to visiting lots of breweries (New Belgium and Avery Brewing were our favorites!), we also spent some time in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our “American the Beautiful” annual pass had expired, so we purchased a new one. Now our goal is to beat our record of seeing 9 parks in one year!

Your turn! What are you loving currently?! I would love to hear about your favorites in the comments! 

Gratitude Catch-up

Would you like to know one of my favorite things about blogging? That I can make my own rules and then proceed to break them – haha! As a first born, people pleaser, breaking rules isn’t really in my DNA, so this “perk” of having my own blog is really quite thrilling. 😉 The most recent example of this is when I introduced a new Instagram “photo-a-day” challenge and then proceeded to go “off the grid” for the long weekend. Never fear, I am back online and ready to play photo-a-day catch-up! As a quick reminder, I am trying to focus on positive things daily this month. You are welcome to play along by using #SPgratitude on Instagram, so that I can see your photos.

Lately I have been grateful for…

Trips planned for the holiday weekend;

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Trying something new (that I have wanted to do for years!);

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Time spent with great friends;

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Cooler temperatures and amazing views;

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Running water and a bed indoors; and reuniting with my favorite canine!

What have you been thankful for recently?!

All photos taken in the Black Rimmed Canyon area of Arizona. 

Friday Favorites // 07.24.15

Sunflower Paperie Friday Favorites - Ben and Jerrys

Happy Friday! I inadvertently took a two week vacation from my blog – sorry about that! I cracked up this morning because Facebook sent me an e-mail, and there was a big reminder on my newsfeed, that I hadn’t posted to my business page in two weeks. Facebook is so pushy, haha! Never fear Facebook (and my other 2 readers), I am back today with another edition of Friday Favorites.

I am a history lover and one of the first topics that interested me in the subject was the Holocaust. This article about Nicholas Winton brought tears to my eyes and inspiration to my heart. His sentiment, “Some people revel in taking risks, and some go through life taking no risks at all” really struck a chord with me. This video of Mr. Winton is also touching.

I LOVE Instagram accounts that are used for promoting compassion and empathy towards others (both human and canine!). Humans of New York (HONY) is definitely a favorite account. If you aren’t following Brandon, his account is totally worth signing up for Instagram for.

Susie’s Senior Dogs (who happens to be run by the girlfriend of Brandon who started HONY) is another account that always pulls at my heart strings.

I also respect Mark Bustos and his mission – he is a hair stylist who provides hair cuts to the homeless. His motto of “be awesome to somebody” is inspiring and I love that he uses his trade to bring confidence and hope to the less fortunate.

The Pressbound Etsy shop is having a 50% off sale – I stockpiled a TON of beautiful cards! She is actually closing her shop, so once something sells out it is gone for good.

Have you ever had a speculoos cookie? I actually haven’t, but I am loving this Ben and Jerry’s flavor and this Trade Joe’s candy treat that are speculoos cookie flavored. I highly recommend both!

Alright, your turn! Tell me in the comments what you are loving this week!

State Capitol Series – Salt Late City, UT

Hello! Today I have the next installment of my state captiol tour series – Salt Lake City, Utah! Two years ago I visited Salt Lake City and Utah for the first time. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains and the weather was awesome. I loved this first impression of Utah and after visiting several National Parks there last summer, it has officially become one of my favorite western states. The Utah state capitol didn’t disappoint either, so I am excited to share some photos from our visit.

Sunflower Paperie blog - SLC, UT dome

We visited Salt Lake City in 2013 right before we moved to Arizona, because my boyfriend grades Advanced Placement (AP) exams and Salt Lake is where the grading sessions are held. The grounds of the capitol were beautiful, so I was excited for the tour. Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. When we arrived they let us know that all of the tours guides were busy with a children’s summer camp tour that morning, but that we were welcome to join in on the group. The kids ended up providing LOTS of entertainment and the tour guides were excellent.

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