Fall Quilt – featuring Hello Bear fabrics

I started making this quilt back in November 2017! I finally finished it in 2018, but never got around to writing the blog post! Apparently, I had already written everything you’ll find below in 2017, and now I’m finally publishing…. Working on catching up on posts for what I’ve made, because this is where I keep track of all the things, and if I don’t write the post I’ll forget all about it!

Fabric Choices

I went to FabricBubb.com for some bundle inspiration and saw this fall bundle with Hello Bear πŸ™‚ I’m really obsessed with this fabric, even though it might fit better in a kids bedroom than in my living room. Whatever, I love it. I needed more fabric to make the twin size, so I started with some of her choices and expanded a little…. Here’s the list of what I used to make this 72×90 quilt.

  • 1 Yard Hello Bear
  • 1/2 Yard Pearl Bracelet
  • 1/2 Yard Gold Metallic Creativity text
  • 1/2 Yard Gold on Grey Arrows
  • 1/2 Yard White with Orange Animals
  • 1/2 Yard Grey Owls
  • 1/2 Yard Grey Hexis with Orange
  • 1/2 Yard Grey Leaves
  • 1/2 Yard Orange “Follow Suit”
  • 1/2 Yard Orange with plus signs
  • 1/2 Yard Dark Brown with White spot strips
  • 4 Yards Essex Linen in Natural (because I’m obsessed… I should probably buy a bolt of this stuff
  • Backing from Joann’s (plaid flannel)
  • Binding from Joann’s (orange gingham)

This was barely enough fabric for the quilt I ended up making, but it worked

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Shark Week 2019 – Dog Costume (Video)

Well, friends… it’s been a while. Over a year apparently. I really thought there were some more posts mixed in there, but I guess not… I intended to write a post about turning 29 (and Lucie turning 2), but that didn’t happen with the craziness of my sister’s SURPRISE WEDDING.

Now about Shark Week…

standard poodle lucie dressed up in an altered shark dog costume

I’m afraid of sharks, so this week tends to freak me out more than excite me. I never want to go to the ocean again after watching half an hour.

BUT I’d never miss an opportunity to dress up my dog as something adorable. View Post

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Turning 28 (and Lucie turns 1!)

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Well, it’s another birthday! In case you haven’t heard, Lucie (my poodle) and I have the same birthday. Of course, I thought she was adorable first, then saw her birthday and knew it was meant to be! I think she’s a big part of why I had a better year this year πŸ™‚ This may ramble, but I’ll try to break up the thoughts with photos πŸ™‚

I don’t know about you, but birthdays can be hard. Cake and flowers are always fun, but there’s inevitably at least one person in your instagram feed who has achieved all your life goals 5 years earlier than you.

In Girl, Wash Your Face Rachel Hollis talk about exactly this issue:

The Lie: I should be further along by now…

God has perfect timing… You look at your life and the eight things you though you’d have accomplished by thirty-five and feel depressed. But maybe it’s just that you don’t have enough life experience yet… Or maybe that goal wasn’t ever meant to be yours. Maybe you are destined for something so much cooler, which won’t come until five years down the road. Maybe you have to walk through this space you’re in to be ready for that. Nothing is wasted.

But whether or not you choose to see this time as something wonderful — the time when God is stretching you and growing you or maybe forging you in fires hotter than you think you can withstand–all of it is growing you for the person you’re becoming.

Set goals, not time limits: I love goals. They can help you become your best self… but big dreams shouldn’t have expiration dates. As long as you’re working toward the things you hope to accomplish it shouldn’t matter if it takes you a month or a decade.

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London: Where We Ate

London: Where We Ate

Since this is the Eat Well Travel Often blog, and if you followed our instastories, you know we ate our way through London.

We were pleasantly surprised by the food in London. They have a great selection of more formal cafes with beautiful cakes and desserts, as well as yummy places to eat dinner. Almost every shop we went into even offered gluten free or vegan options!

To be honest, the food might have been better in London than in Paris – but you’ll find out if you keep reading!

This was a great time to visit because of the Chelsea in Bloom festival – many of the store fronts were elaborately decorated in flowers and the perfect backdrop for photos!

Their casual food is what you expect from England: fish and chips. So. Not much to say there.

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[VIDEO] Packing for 10 Days in Europe

Check out everything you need to pack for 10 days in Europe... all in a carryon at EatWellTravelOften.blog! Wwe learned from our mistakes!

I’ll start by admitting that we overpacked for this trip to Europe. But we really didn’t know what to expect weather-wise. And we thought we might go out for more fancy dinners. Anyway. Here’s what you actually need to pack for a trip like this. View Post

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5 Days in London

We just got back from an amazing trip to London and Paris! This was our first time visit in London, but somehow we managed to fit in almost everything we wanted to see. This post is an outline of all the tourist-y sites, and then we’ll have a post on the food (unreal) and the shopping (want to buy everything).

Arriving in London

We left the US on a Friday and arrived in London at 10am on Saturday. Since it was the weekend, we had quite the journey out of the airport. We stood in line at customs for almost 2 hours, but then we were free! Next, we bought a SIM card in the airport (much cheaper than the Verizon Travel Pass) and booked our London Pass (more on that later). Thennn, we got coffee, figured out the train system and eventually got to our hotel room around 2:45…. Long morning.

Where we stayed: The Double Tree Westminster on Stef’s hotel points (it was free! Bonus of the financial consultant life). So we started by wandering around the city from there. Obviously, the discount on this hotel was ideal, but next time we’ll probably stay closer to the Oxford Street area (more food and shopping).

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