Currently :: September

Hello, friends, and happy September!

Can you tell I’m ready for fall? All the cheers in the world to those of you who live in and actually enjoy hot climates, because this girl here was not made for heat.

Although we are certainly the last people who should be complaining about weather. We have been talking to friends and family in the Houston area all week, and while their weather is getting better, they’re not out of the woods yet – and there’s a lot of rebuidling to do. Fortunately, there are a lot of really amazing people helping out with that, and I want to take a moment to introduce you, if you’re not already familiar with them, to one amazing organization helping people all over the country and all over the world to rebuild after disasters: Team Rubicon.

Team Rubicon is an international non-profit disaster response organization made up of military veterans and first responders, dedicated to rapid disaster response. I used to work in disaster response when we lived in Hawaii, and we have seen them do some amazing things. They’re already hard at work in Texas. If you’re interested in more information, donating, or ways to get involved with the organization, click right here or visit the link in the widget on your right!

And with that, here’s a little of what’s going on around here…


  • Cooking: I didn’t get finished with the photos for the buttery garlic chicken last month, so I’ll be sharing that this month! We definitely enjoyed our blackberry picking expeditions and hope you guys enjoyed the blackberry buckle and blackberry sangria we shared! This month, we’re working on a few ideas for tailgates and firepit fare that we’re looking forward to sharing – particularly my s’mores tiramisu!
  • Exploring: We enjoyed poking around in Occoquan but spent more of our time exploring D.C. proper – for fun, for work, and for the blog! We took my mom to our favorite tapas place by Verizon Center, enjoyed the hospitality of the Hilton while learning about some of their new event planning software, hung out with friends at Ted’s Bulletin, a local favorite, and made our way out to Denver to enjoy Parade of Homes Denver and the Wicked Wine 5K Run!
  • Building: We shared my bathtub shelves – and I’ve loved those of you who have sent me messages and Instagram notes about the ones you’ve made! These can be made to work with just about any bathtub, but if you have questions about how to do this, please drop me a line! This month, we’re working on turning our entryway into a mudroom and I’m hopeful I can get started on the console table I want to build for my library!
  • Decorating: Time to get back around to the candle/wine bottle project I mentioned last time. I got started on it but it needed a redo – cutting bottles without actual glass cutting equipment isn’t nearly as easy as the gadget-makers make it sound. More on that later. In the meantime, I’ve already talked about how I hate stuff and how that makes decorating hard, so any decorating I do for fall will be either minimal or very reusable during other seasons!
  • Training: We ran the Wicked Wine 5K in Denver – and running at altitude is no joke! Other than that, it’s time to get back into the training groove, and I’m sharing a few more articles on building your fitness regimen with my awesome friend Sarah, too, this month!
  • Reading: Letters from classic Russian writers, apparently. And a few other things in my library. Which still has some blank shelves. I love actual, physical paper books, so I’ll be hunting for more for my collection. And they’ll sit on the shelves, not as artful unread decoration somewhere. P.S. if you’re one of those decorators who strip old books or carve them into things, I hate you. Period.
  • Loving: Our community, both in our residence and online. Our community here in Lorton is amazing, and we’re so glad we landed here. And online, it’s so wonderful to see all the outpouring of thoughts and heart on what’s going on in Houston, Dubai, and in the rest of the world. I don’t need to trot out the Mr. Rogers quote on finding the helpers in time of distress. I see you out there.

In Case You Missed Them…

Your favorite posts from last month:

Your all time favorite post:

The Bullet Journal still wins out! I’ve been thinking more and more about how to use the Bullet Journal format for household updates and building plans, and I think I’m almost ready to share our house book and Bullet Journal-inspired planning guides with you guys! Would you be interested?


We’re offering a free downloadable desktop background calendar featuring scenes from our home state, Virginia! Set it as your desktop wallpaper and you won’t have to use your calendar app or find space on your desk for a calendar to quickly check the date.

This month, we’re highlighting Virginia’s beautiful wine communities with this shot taken at Bluemont Vineyards. They offer a great variety of amazing wines and their tasting room and patio sit overlooking the entirety of the valley. It’s the perfect place to enjoy some great sips and snacks from their kitchen on a gorgeous late summer day. Here’s a bit more info from our last visit.

This month, we’ll be spending some quality time out at Paradise Springs, a gorgeous winery not 15 minutes from our house where we’ve had some of our favorite wine tastings. Maybe we’ll see you there!

So how about you guys? What’s on your agenda for September?


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  • Team Rubicon is great – I love that they give veterans and first responders another way to serve. As a veteran, I appreciate organizations that offer than opportunity for those of us who can’t seem to quit serving, even after we’ve moved on to other careers.

    And Virginia wine. So good. So delicious!

    • I agree – it’s a wonderful way to give those who have been so purpose driven for so long more purpose! I have friends who volunteer with them routinely and looking forward to volunteering myself after it’s time to hang up the uniform!

      VA wine is amazing! We have a pretty good current stock at the house and we’re picking up more from our nearby winery this weekend. Trying to use it to entice friends in Florida to evacuate up to our house for the weekend. Better safe with wine than weathering Irma!!