Ruby + Roy {a day at the farm}

Unless you’re an animal lover like us, you may not understand or appreciate the bond between humans and their fur babies.

Our friend Tammy and her husband Eddie are two of the most amazing and sweet people you will ever meet, and the love they have for their horses Ruby and Roy is one of a kind. We had the privilege of spending the evening with all of them at their horse farm to capture the bond between them!

My son even got to ride Roy, and Eddie was kind enough to let Max wear his cowboy hat! He hasn’t stopped talking about it since we left that night. And Charli made a new friend that night herself.. this sweet kitty wouldn’t leave her side!

Thank you Tammy and Eddie for letting us hang out with you guys!

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DIY bronzing lotion sticks

The summer sun is gone, so I wanted to find a product to keep my skin hydrated through the winter months (which can be REALLY harsh here in Minnesota)  but at the same time, give me that sun kissed glow without looking like Magda!
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I found a few products in the store, but most of them were either too expensive or made with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce, and didn’t want that on my skin. I remember last year I made body butter, and LOVE it. So I decided to experiment and make a lotion bar instead, as it’s easier to use and carry with me. I didn’t take any photos of the process, which I wish I would have.. but below are some of the after photos!
Ingredients: 
1/3 cup beeswax
1/4 cup shea butter
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for bronzer (you could also use 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder)
20 drops of your favorite essential oil
This recipe makes approximately 4 ounces of lotions. ( for me it made 6 sticks, each 1 oz)
Directions:
    1. Add beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, and Vitamin E to glass jar and place in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water.
    2. Stir ingredients until combined (around 5-10 minutes).
    3. Once melted, remove from heat and let rest 3 minutes.
    4. Add essential oil and stir. Pour into container

For bronzing lotion stick, go to next steps.

For a bronzing effect, add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and stir until combined.

Pour into container. Let cool 1-2 hours before use.

Note: Use a popsicle stick for easy cleanup.

You can purchase the clear push up deodorant containers here, or Amazon ($1.99 each plus shipping): http://www.culturesforhealth.com/push-up-deodorant-container.html

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Ireland October 2015

Visiting Ireland has been on our bucket list for quite a few years. It finally happened last month! It was a short 1 week vacation,

but in those 7 days we drove all over Ireland, and even up to Northern Ireland. Check out the map below of all cities and

landmarks we visited during our time there.

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Day 2: Dundalk, Ireland. What a beautiful little seaside village! Located right on the Irish Sea.

We kept it pretty low key this day, as we literally had NO sleep the night before. Sleeping on an airplane overnight is almost

impossible in coach. Our favorite part about this day was the little pub we went to, and met a few locals.

Let’s just say, the Irish like to have a good time.

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Day 3: Belfast, Northern Ireland. We originally planned to spend a full day in Belfast, but once we got there, we realized

our Wifi didn’t work in Northern Ireland, and our Euro’s werent accepted either as they only accepted Sterling.

We were there on a Sunday morning, so the city was literally dead. We decided to skip a few of the other attractions we had planned,

and instead just went to one of them, the prison tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. This prison originally housed men, women and children,

and then eventually the women and children were phased out. The prison closed just under 20 years ago.

 

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Day 4: Galway, Ireland and Connemara Island

This location was by far my favorite. Everything about Connemara Island was beautiful.

Sheep walking across the roads up in the mountains, fresh waste streams, fog over the mountains and small villages along the way.

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Day 5: Cliffs of Moher

We decided to take the scenic route up the cliffs. It took about 30 minutes longer, but well worth it.

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Day 6: Blarney Stone and Rock of Cashel.

We knew that we wouldn’t get many chances to go back to Ireland anytime soon, so we decided to make the 2.5 hour drive just to kiss that darn stone.

Was it worth it? absolutely. We had to walk up a small spiral staircase and almost got stuck it was so tight. I am not a fan of heights,

but I wasn’t about to turn back now after driving that far. After kissing the stone, we drove another hour to the Rock of Cashel.

The best part about that area was meeting a stray greyhound who we named Cashel. We were so close to taking him home with us,

but knew that the costs involved would be too expensive.

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Day 7: Dublin, Ireland.

This was our last day in Ireland before heading home the next morning. We decided to get some shopping in, as well as the Guinness tour that evening.

 

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sugar + spice + everything nice…

meet the Pelinka family. two rambunctious little girls, and two freaking awesome adults doing the parenting. I’ve come to know this family well over the past two years….and I’m lucky enough to get to call them family in just under one. Travis is my better half’s brother and that pretty woman next to him is his wifey, Sarah. those pretty little girls made of sugar and spice (or something like that) are Holiday + Poppy, the offspring. their sole job is to keep those adults on their toes.

these guys are the epitome of family. REAL LIFE family, too, not just the adorable, perfect smiles and coolest-house-ever you see in these images below. they are so real and so LOVING that it’s almost sickening. S+T love these little girls more than I could ever explain in words on a photography blog, so I’m not even going to try. they do fun things with them, like make TIE DYE CUPCAKES and read on the floor. I mean, COME ON. I realize it would be weird if I just showed up at their house on a random Saturday to bake and play with their toys, but I’m really tempted to at least try it. they have to be nice because I’m almost family, right?

anyway, enough out of me. enjoy these lifestyle images Erin and I had the pleasure of capturing a few weeks ago. HAVING A BLAST is an understatement. we actually had to be kicked out of their house for overstaying our welcome. between hugs from the girls, licks from the dog, and ogling over the amazing artwork on their walls, which is a mix of all things awesomely vintage, eclectic and FREAKING awesome art that S’s dad makes + sells – I’m surprised they didn’t file a restraining order against us.

ENJOY. and check out Robert’s art HERE, and HERE.

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