Spring Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake

WELCOME SPRING, HELLO SUMMER…

Springy Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake Will Be Your Go-to Dessert For Any Occasion

With COVID-19 still looming around us, we’ve gone back to basics with seasonal fruit recipes and that also includes baking this Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake. It’s like an elevated pound cake, with a spring zest twist that will brighten anyone’s day.

This Springy Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake Will Be YouR BESTIE Dessert For Any Occasion

This uber lemony cake, is adapted from Alison Roman’s newest cookbook “Nothing Fancy.” You won’t believe how simple it is to put together (no need for an electric mixer!). When you dive into each slice you’re transported to the fresh lemon tree fields of spring and summer. It’s the perfect dessert to bake and bring to a summer get together or just to gift to friends just because.

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Our Last-Minute Maternity Session

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Sculpture Garden Maternity Session

Three months postpartum (& living through COVID-19), I’m finally getting around to sharing our sculpture garden maternity session. This impromptu session was dear to our hearts because not only was it to commemorate this miracle inside me, but my brother shot these around the holidays.

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5 ECO-FRIENDLY SUSTAINABLE TIPS // GREEN LIVING

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Earth Day is slightly different this year, but we’re feeling ever more grateful for the planet we call home. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing a few more of our easy everyday sustainable tips we’ve incorporated the past year. Continue reading

Spicy Korean Quinoa Veggie & Tofu Bowl – Recipe

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A Korean-Inspired Spicy Vegetarian Bowl Recipe

We try to incorporate more plant-based meals into our diet that doesn’t sacrifice taste or savoriness. This Spicy Korean Quinoa Veggie & Tofu Bowl vegetarian dish hits all the marks in flavors, nutrition, and satisfaction.

This balanced meal is a superfood version of a traditional Korean dish. The base is quinoa, which packs a punch of protein and fiber; topped with assorted vegetables for more fiber and Vitamins C and A; Kimchi-riched probiotics (great for gut health!); and avocado for healthy fats.

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Master Bedroom Before & After – Jou Fixer Upper

Our Finished Master Bedroom

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The master bedroom is decent in size and what we envisioned in design is pretty simple–tranquil, bright, and airy. We painted the walls the same color as the entire house–a light, white/cool grey. We knew one of the master bedroom walls would be the only wall with wallpaper in the entire house.

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2019 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review - https://wp.me/p7RBMP-1pNAnother year breezes on by. 2019, you’ve been filled with promising hope, everlasting joy, and bountiful beauty. This is our 2019 Year in Review.

2019 Year in Review Highlights

  • God gifted us with the miracle of life. Baby Jou is still growing and Jennifer will give birth in January 2020.
  • Planting a fruit orchard in our backyard (plums, apricots, peaches, apples, avocados, satsumas, Cara Cara oranges)

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Jou Fixer Upper – Finished! Kitchen Before & After

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Our Finished Kitchen

Possibly our most used (and favorite) part of our house. Our kitchen is finished! We did finally move into our home several months ago, but just getting around to documenting the projects. So many friends have been requesting a kitchen before & after post and photos. Thanks for your patience!

The kitchen had a major facelift. Not sure if you remember what it used to look like and the various projects that went on in this space. Here’s a previous kitchen demo post if you need a refresher. We kept the footprint of the old kitchen layout, but gutted everything else and raised the ceiling to be flushed with the rest of the dining room. We installed new insulation, drywall, plumbing, electrical, Samsung and BOSCH appliances, and an IKEA kitchen cabinet system.

Kitchen Before & After

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What We’re Currently Snacking On…

Getting our snacking on…

Here’s another edition of food favorites we’ve been enjoying lately. We’ve discovered loads of brands at the Natural Products Expo as well as being part of the New Hope Network Influencer Co-op. Here’s a shortlist of what we’ve been currently snacking on…

Origin 846 Ulfiltered First Cold Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This generous glass of cold press EVOO has been lasting us a while even though we constantly reach for this when making our meals. Our current obsession is drizzling this over our avocado toast with a fried egg. We don’t use this for cooking, but mostly for making salad dressing and topping over toasts and Caprese salads.

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Bathroom Renovation Progress

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A bathroom renovation is just as exciting as a kitchen reno. Bathrooms go beyond function. It’s a space that plays an integral role in jumpstarting the morning, setting the day’s intentions, and a place to relax and recharge at the end of the day. Our pad has two bathrooms and although we adore the original layouts, it’s in need of an intense refresh of its own.

Our color palette falls within white, grey, a pop of color, and natural wood elements. If you missed our post about our design and inspiration, read here.

Here are some tips on what to consider in a bathroom renovation and what we are doing to transform our space.

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5 easy everyday eco-friendly tips // green living

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Going eco-friendly is easier than you think

When it comes to going green, the little things add up. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing a few of our easy everyday eco-friendly tips. Over the years we’ve been adjusting our daily lifestyle routines to cut back on our environmental impact. At first, it was difficult to remember stuff like BYO utensils and drinkware, but with some intention and preparation, we’ve adopted these eco-friendly lifestyle choices into lasting habits. 

See how BYO items, composting, and repurposing materials can make a positive impact on the environment and your creativity. Mother earth thanks you!

5 easy eco-friendly tips

REPURPOSE MATERIALS: Reusing food containers and repurposing catalogs/magazines as wrapping paper are one of our favorite sustainable tips. Here are two Trader Joe’s oatmeal containers we’ve repurposed to house pens and markers. We wrapped one with old wrapping paper and another with Anthropologie catalogs for that customized feel. We also like using perfume ads from magazines to make a decorative ribbon topper for small-ish gifts to add that wow-that-smells-so-good-but-where-is-it-coming from effect. Our creative minds go wild here with all the possibilities of repurposing materials.5 easy everyday eco-friendly tips - https://wp.me/p7RBMP-1ns Continue reading