{Inspiration Workshop! — date night}

Yeow — date night! This is probably my favorite Inspiration Workshop prompt because HELLO! I was forced to be all cute + go out for dinner with my man! ;D

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Zack + I don’t go out to many restaurants so when we do it’s an extra special occasion. Date nights typically look like having “fancy dinner” at the house or grabbing a local ice-cream cone + taking a walk with our pup — sometimes we even sneak off to the beach and spend the afternoon outside. We’ve learned to be creative with our dating memories and honestly, I think it’s more fun this way.

I feel very blessed to have Zack as my husband. We’ve been dating for 8 years now {we met as freshmen in college} and have been married for 4 years {our anniversary was just last week}. And, when we were in college we would walk around campus. Zack would sing to me and I’d paint my nails near the water fountain on campus. I guess somethings never change, both of us still do these things :)

We’ve kept “have fun” a priority in our relationship and I’m so thankful. It’s a good thing to lean on, especially when things get crazy busy or stressful.

Sometimes I think I’m dreaming, Zack is such a genuine man + my perfect match :)

Minneapolis has been a fun city to live in. We’ve been here for almost THREE YEARS! wowza! It has me curious though — where will we call “home” next? Crossing my fingers for a city that’s super fun + just as adventure-filled!

While in college I studied photography. I loved how it forced me to look at things differently ~ different angles, textures, capturing little moments or unique situations. I feel like I looked UP on our date a lot. I saw so many fun things by focusing on “angles” while on our date. For example, the sky was a beautiful shade of blue, the restaurant we ate at was inside a multi-level brick building {I looove old brick buildings!} and the ceiling had great tiling.

PS. I have to look UP at Zack all the time, he’s a foot taller than me — ha!

Outfit details: blue skinny pants, orange tank, gray flip flops: Old Navy // ruffled headband: Gussy Sews shop // pink scarf: c/o Stacy Lynn // market tote, COMING SOON!


When you’re on a date, what do you like to do? Who are you with? Do you eat? Drink? Sit? Dance? Is your dream date loud or calm? Would you rather go out or stay home SHARE WITH US BELOW! xo

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is date night! Share your blog post with us by linking up below. I’ll be clicking through the links so I hope you join the party and share your inspiration! You have until the evening of Sunday, June 17th to link-up your post.

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{Inspiration Workshop! — shoes}

WOW, you guys. I’m in Tanzania, Africa right now — traveling with Compassion International — and this is the perfect prompt to be sharing about shoes while I’m traveling abroad!

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When we planned this post prompt I think I had a general idea of what kind of shoes {or lack there of} I’d be seeing in Tanzania, but now that I’m here I’m seeing a totally different perspective.

Most of the time we see sandals on the people here ~ many of the school kids wear black dress shoes. And some times they wear no shoes at all! We’ve visited Mwanza + Arusha {cities} — we’ve seen the people here go barefoot when they’re walking the dirt roads in their neighborhoods. We’ve seen shoes floating down dirty river water, off to the side in a field near the road, even tucked between sticks in the wall of a mud-wall house. And get this, Zack saw a man building a roof {!} and pointed out he wasn’t wearing shoes at all.

Shoes aren’t always a priority to the people that live here. Instead, growing the freshest fruits + vegetables, scooping up the freshest water from a puddle nearby, and having a solid roof on your home take precedence. And now that I’m here it makes total sense.

Below are a handful of my favorite photos taken by Keely Marie Scott. Gosh, I heart this girl. And her name. Isn’t her name cute?? She’s been our photographer for the week and she’s goooooood! :)

– shoes in Africa –

wanna know the secret to basket carrying perfection?
make a fabric roll and then set your basket on top of that.

a mattress made from scarves + fabric

handmade charcoal

a sweet boy from one of the Child Development Centers we visited this week,
and look at his shoes! oh, shoes make me happy!

having a nail polish party, this is HAPPINESS!

playing footsie with my neighbor

this woman is from a traditional Maasai tribe,
she doesn’t wear shoes but I think she likes it that way.

OH THE CHILDREN! this group of children was a bit older
than the other groups we visited and it was such a treat to spend the day with them.
I can only imagine how far they’ve advanced since joining Compassion’s sponsorship program.
And look at their shoes — again, HAPPINESS!

flip flops! my absolute favorite kind of shoe

look! this little boy’s outfit matches his shoes ♥

every day the kids dressed in their very best for us, and look how cute they look!
boys in collared shirts + girls in colorful dresses ~
Compassion truly does wonderful things for these children.


LET’S CHAT SHOES! What do they mean to you? Or is there another item you have that means as much to you as shoes do to the kids here in Tanzania? Did you know that if you sponsored a child for $38/month {the cost of two Starbucks drinks a week} you are helping to provide your sponsor child with a pair of shoes. If a child enters the program without their own pair, one will be provided — cool black shoes for school or fancy shoes for the girls, or sandals or tennis shoes. Any pair would be so inspiring for them, AND YOU!

And not only are sponsored kids ensured shoes, but simple things most of us probably take for granted: a safe place to play; nutritional + hot meals; education, including vocational trades like seamstress/tailoring, computer and bead-making; weekly/monthly/bi-monthly home visits by each Child Development Center’s social worker to check-in on the child’s home life.

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is SHOES!
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{Inspiration Workshop! — Spring}

yay, yay — Welcome to the Inspiration Workshop!, a monthly linky party where we blog about the scheduled prompt ~ and this months the prompt is SPRING! Not to be a dork, but Minneapolis is starting to smell like spring. I can hardly stand it, it’s just so lovely + fresh!

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The warmer weather we’ve had here in Minneapolis has me ready to incorporate more green + yellow into our home. This weekend I’m going to swap out the rest of our winter decorations for a more fresh look, I can’t wait! The book display below has inspired me to change things up on our mantle, too. And ya know what… after reading Nester’s blog yesterday I’ve decided to make some finger knit garland for our living room, too ~ green or peach sound like the perfect colors. I thought the rainbow quote below was super cute + super practical ♥. And then there’s the blue shelf for displaying pretty dishes + darling tea cups, and a fun wreath DIY. All are perfect for spring :]

via design sponge

via eighteen25

via all the luck in the world

via jasey’s crazy daisy

SHARE WITH US: what does SPRING look like, smell like, feel like to you?

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is SPRING!
♥ Share your blog post with us by linking up below. I’ll be clicking through the links so I hope you join the party and share your inspiration!!!! You have until the evening of March 11th to link-up your post!

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