Becoming Doula

Becoming Doula 

I had my first baby when I was 20 years old. I was and am a young mother but I would not have it any other way. Some would say that I might have thrown my life away but I like to say that I opened doors of new opportunities. I have learned that love is more than skin deep. I am more connected to my body because of birth. It has changed me in ways I can't explain. As most mothers know. The instant you get that positive pregnancy test in moments time you become a mother. Your life is forever changed. 

When I learned I was pregnant so many emotions were felt but the one thing I remember was that I was starting this incredible journey of sharing my body with another tiny human. I would literally grow a human being within my womb. How beautiful is that?  

I moved across the country from all that I knew eloped and started a new life with my husband of now 6 years. It was wild and crazy and amazing and also so hard but worth every single second. My husband Skyler is apart of the Navy which means he was gone a lot. Not just a lot but most of my pregnancy and most of the first year of our oldest daughter Imogens life. By the time we had been married 3 years we had been together just over a year of that together.  It was a crazy time in our lives especially for having just been married. 

Because of the military that meant Skyler was unable to be around for most things. He was gone out to sea without being deployed for months at a time. In this time during my first pregnancy I explored a lot of options for support because of the unknown. Not knowing if he would be able to be there for birth of our daughter was terrifying. I did my research and came to know of Doulas. Immediately I began my search for a doula and to my dismay there was not a doula near my area. The closest had been just under 2 hours away. I was a little heartbroken because I did not know anyone in the area and needed someone to be there for me. 

What is a Doula?

I like to say a pregnant womans best friend. 

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Doulas provide pregnant/postpartum mothers and their families with informational, emotional, physical and spiritual support as well as breastfeeding and newborn care. 

Doulas Do Not Provide clinical support, diagnose or catch babies. 

Doulas help avoid intervention and can help be the bridge between mother and doctor. 

Doulas are the mothers voice when they can't be heard.

" Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who themselves and know their inner strength. " 

Doulas nurture their mothers. They are the space holders. They create the birth the mother wants. No matter what kind of birth you have a doula always supports you.  

It is not a job, it is a calling. 

I always said that I would never work a day in my life and I meant that. Serving pregnant women and their families creating the birth experience they want and holding that space for them is a dream to me and I couldn't be happier. This year is the beginning of new chapter. I am closing the chapter of my child bearing years and achieving dreams that I have been wanting for a while. From the time I had Imogen I knew that this was something I wanted to do in my life. With my youngest child approaching his first birthday I have started my training and and studying to become a doula. I am taking clients currently and I am so excited for this new and beautiful journey. Email me at thelunadoula@gmail.com or find me on Instagram and Facebook @thelunadoula 

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2016 Year In Review & what to expect in 2017

2016

Year In Review 

This year has gone by so fast. What they say about not blinking or you will miss a moment of your children's lives well its true. I feel like this year went by as fast as a blink of an eye literally. I told Sky when I was pregnant with Artis that the first year always goes by so fast and it has been nothing but the truth. So here I am reminiscing over this year. 

To break it down for you

 

January

January did start off a little slow as each day I anticipated it as Artis coming any day! My guesstimate date was January 28, 2016 and it was literally just that a guess. It was a month filled of emotion and so much love. Soaking each moment as a mother of two and loving each last moment of my pregnancy as my pregnancy with Artis was in fact my last pregnancy. Skyler is still continuing to finish his bachelors in Nuclear Engineering through Thomas Edison University. 

February

February was full of adjustment and so much happiness. We celebrated Skylers 30th birthday on the 3rd. When I got pregnant with Artis and had announced to my older brother he told me that Artis would be born February 5th his birthday  I said no way! Are you crazy?! That would mean I would be pregnant for way longer than I wanted to be! Well lo an behold he was right. On February 5, 2016 the sweetest little man was born and stole the hearts of this world. My beautiful blonde hair blue eyed boy born into a family of brunettes. It was literally a dream. I had T W O dreams my whole pregnancy of my baby and both of them were of a curly blonde boy. So when he was born and I looked at him his eyes were the darkest blue the night sky could ever be. My girls eyes were black olives and literally are still to this very day. Artis was born in the water and was the calmest baby I had ever laid my eyes on and still to this day he is very relaxed. My forebag broke in the middle of traffic on the way to the birth center and as soon as we got there my water completely broke in an instant i stripped down got into the a warm bath relaxed and worked through a few contractions and 4 pushes later my little guy was born. People usually ask how long my birth was and I will tell you that my longest birth from water breaking to baby being born was under 2 hours. I have what is called precipitous labor. Contractions on top of each other not fun but with breathing and hypno birthing it will help. I love birth. Its beautiful. 

March - June

March to June was also an adjustment period really. Watching the girls fight for my attention but also love their brother baby so much it was a different world. We celebrated Easter, Mothers day Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of Summer. We battled through Immy's adjustment period at home and school. It was rough but she's come a long way. She is such a helper and I love her so much. She is the best biggest sister and I am so lucky to have her. She made me a momma and I am lucky enough she chose me. Imogen got out of school late June which meant a summer full of activities to keep her busy. 

July

We spent July spending time with family and enjoying the sunshine. Keeping Imogen busy and also working with her so she could be on top of her ABC's and 123's when she started school. She is such a smart little girl she amazes me everyday! Artis also started crawling this month as well. He has been very advanced from the beginning.

August

August is a birthday month I turned 25 and Imogen turned 5 years old. Imogen started kindergarten early in August which was nice and helped with shortening the summer time so I wouldnt have to be so stressed out. That 3 hour break is needed with 3 kids plus a baby who only spent a month and half crawling and decided to start walking at just under 7 months!  I also reached my pre-pregnancy weight which was nice. Breastfeeding, exercise and healthy eating play a huge roll in being able to do that. I lost a total of 40 pounds. We also learned that Imogen is one of the youngest in her class but she is still a very smart girl. 

September

Ivy turned 3 at the end of September. She is my snuggler. Such a lover. She loves to sit on your lap stare into yours eyes and just hold onto your ear lobe. Its more of comfort thing as Imogen had hers. In our family we love Autumn so we had already decked out the house in all our Fall decorations and patiently awaited for the rest of the world to get on board.

October

October was a super busy month for our family! From Halloween parties, church callings, activities with friends on top of work we were on the go all month long. Skyler still on top of his classes passing with A's. He literally is so smart. He will never say it so I have to for him but Skyler is a hard worker although he has a completely different work schedule than on a submarine he still takes the time to make sure he staying busy. Skyler wakes up 5 a.m. everyday to workout monday through saturday then 3 days a week he also goes to Jujitsu. Ivy learned that she LOVES Halloween and more than we originally thought. 

November

November was also a busy month. With it being 4 years since Sky had his last deployment that he would ever go on we are still so thankful to keep him home safe. November also marked my sweet mother being gone for 24 years. Gone but never forgotten. We were really lucky to be able to have our Idaho family come and stay the week with us for Thanksgiving. They stayed in our home and it was literally super cozy and so much fun.  We were so grateful they made the trip because 14 hours in the car is NEVER FUN! We made lots of memories together consisting of lots delicious food, the beach, ice cream, late night face time chats with my super cool brother in law and his fiancé that could not come down. My girls love their big brother like cousins so much! They were so sad to see them go! 

December

And now December. Wow it still shocks me how fast this year went. As Christmas approaches I am reminded how lucky I am to be where I am. Skyler and I celebrated our 6 year anniversary we went out to Vanilla Fish for sushi and to Dripp for hot chocolate. Its been a wonderful month and we cannot wait to see our little ones faces on christmas morning. We constantly remind Imogen that christmas isn't about gifts but the birth of our Savior and I am so thankful she understands.

 

2017

We have a lot to look forward to in 2017. Starting January we will have 7 months left in the United States Navy. Sky will be taking his transitioning class and start sending out resumes. I can hardly believe its almost here. I remember it was like yesterday thinking about this time in our lives and how it felt so far away. We move in July. We are not sure where we are going yet but we are taking all places of work into consideration. We mostly would love to live near family but it is also important to our family especially Skyler that he be able to fully use his degree so that he can get all that he can out of all his schooling. For now prospective places that we could live in range from Northern California, Portland Oregon, Denver Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah Idaho and even possibly Connecticut. Again we have no idea where we are meant to go but with a lot of prayer and faith we know God will guide us wherever we are meant to go. A few months after we move Skyler will finish his degree and then I will be able to start my schooling. I am not sure which career path I want to take but I do know that when I work I do not ever want to work single day in my life. I want to love my job and I will make sure that I can do that. Potential Career paths have differed and also range from Graphic design to Doula & Birth Photographer. I love art and I love birth its beautiful and full of happiness. I have also thought about getting my degree in Marriage and Family Studies. There are a few career paths that I have thought about if I were to go this degree route. Working with single mothers who do not have support through their pregnancy and also working with those who struggle with addiction. Skyler will also have his Jujitsu tournament in March which we are looking forward too as well as a trip to Harry Potter world! Ivy loved Halloween so much that as each night would get darker earlier she would put on her halloween costume grab her pumpkin and head to the door and ask to go trick-or-treating every  S I N G L E night! Its been exhausting but we love her anyway!

2016 is almost gone and 2017 almost here. I am going to make the most of it just smile through all the pain and struggles. Whatever may come my way I am ready and I am willing. I want to learn all that I can.                                                     

New beginnings

New beginnings

I got thinking the other day why do we really just hold it all in? Why do we bottle all our emotions up until one day we explode? I feel like sharing our souls, our hearts with people, letting them know our most vulnerable moments really just lets them know how human we really are. How we really aren't that different at all. The more we take a moment to interpret our deepest secrets the more we can connect with others.

Vulnerability is terrifying. The courage it takes to reveal your heart is one of the most daunting... and yet rewarding experiences in life.

It will set you Free. 

The more soul searching I do the more vulnerable I feel.  

I am Vulnerable.

I am the definition of Vulnerability.

But we all are. I believe that is what makes us our own unique selves. Open to what the world has to say. What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful. There's a word for it. 

...Authentic.

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I have endured, I have been broken, I have known hardship, I have lost myself. But here I stand, still moving forward, growing stronger each day. I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life. They made me stronger. 

You shouldn't try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you're supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you're supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes its necessary because it's all apart of you getting to the next part of yourself. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without also protecting yourself from happiness but the greatest risk any of us will ever take is to be seen as we are. 

There is something so brave and enduring about letting the world really know who we are. Sharing parts of our souls is vulnerable.. but from that vulnerability will come strength. 

Embracing the uncertainty. 

Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later.

This year I have learned so much but being able to fully open my heart and welcome what the future has in store for me has not been easy but it has taught me a lot including that old ways will not open new doors. That I have to take a chance at life and just let come what may. 

This next year I have so many goals that I want to achieve and I am overly joyed that I can start new.  New opportunities, new people, new dreams, new places. I am ready to get out of my comfort zone and try new things and learn more about the person I want to be. 

Here's to new beginnings! Closing the doors on 2016 and opening the doors of 2017.

Positive Mantras for Breakfast - Choosing how to live your life.

Positive Mantras for breakfast. 

Choosing how to live your life. 

  1. I choose calm over anxiety
  2. I am present within myself
  3. I can center myself with the ease of my breath
  4. I feel grounded, confident, worthy & whole
  5. Feelings are not facts
  6. Don't let your mind bully your body
  7. I am doing my best. That is all I can expect of myself
  8. We rise by lifting others

" What you think, you become.

What you feel, you attract.

What you imagine, you create "

- Buddha

 

Its been about a month since I have written and I have missed it so much. Mom life gets crazy and there isn't enough hours in the day to get everything done. In that time Thanksgiving passed and Christmas is almost here. I haven't been able to paint much which makes me a little sad. I definitely realize that I did not take advantage of my free time before kids. I think I drank too much coffee in too many coffee shops while editing my photos than anything else. Anyways I have not been able to finish any painting since my Ivy-Rós (the little in the coral dress) decided to add to my last piece. And by add I mean she used black paint over a subtle watercolor autumn tones. It was not fixable unfortunately. I had my cry then turned the painting to face the wall so I didnt have to look at it. I love my kids but as a mom sometimes we forget ourselves. We lose our identities. And I'm not about to let everything I have go. I can be a mom and still do the things I love. I cannot just throw everything out the window. 

With that being said I am going to continue this journey finding me. There has to be a balance. I love being a mom but long after the kids are gone if I hate the person I've become then I will never forgive myself. 

" If you've lost your wings; you have got legs, keep walking.  If you've lost your legs; you have got arms; keep crawling.  If you've lost your arms; you have got your mouth, keep shouting. Lose whatever, but never ever lose your soul.

- Daniel Saint

I feel inspired to come out my comfort zone and do things I wouldn't normally do. Its true what they say about musicians who go through bad breaks up they write beautiful music. Not that I am going through a break up but I feel like I am grieving the death of someone that never died. It is the most bizarre feeling I've ever felt. Its distracted me from my art, from my kids, from my marriage from my whole life. I've decided only you can allow someone else to live rent free in your mind. Its time to pay up. I will no longer allow myself to feel hurt. I have learned a lot from this situation. I've learned that sometimes when you've hurt for a long time that one day one little thing can explode. 

Hate is stemmed from hurt. 

If you hate something or someone it is because you care enough about it or them to allow you to be hurt. 

Well I'm done. I've prayed and will continue to pray for you. But now its time to focus on the important things in my life. And more importantly my sweet children and husband deserve an apology because I haven't been completely there in my mind for a few months now. So I'm sorry. I love you. I'm grateful you have been there for me. I'm grateful you never left my side the countless nights that I've cried. I'm grateful that my children have been so patient. I'm grateful for their  love. 

I will forever take bad energy and make it something positive. 

We are not given a good life or a bad life.

We are given a life.

It's up to us to make it good or bad. 

For the love of Buffalo Check + Buffalo Check Christmas Tree

For The Love of Buffalo Check

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Buffalo Check Christmas tree

I know what you are thinking.. Its November lady!! Its too early for Christmas decorations but I don't mind that one tiny bit! I've been putting this tree together for a while you could say. Buying little things here and there to finally finish it. I'm pretty in love.  

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One of my favorite things about this tree is the fact that its right next to the Saviors picture! Its a constant reminder that this is HIS season! 

He is the reason for the season

I also love that I used these Antlers at the top of the tree instead of your traditional star or angel. See my thought was that I would decorate and do a vintage tree this year. Decorate with anything that reminded me of my Grandparents. Anything from the 60's for christmas they had it! Always so exciting but this year I decided to make this tree mine. 

Buffalo Check instantly makes me feel cozy! I just want to snuggle right up on the couch with a good book and some hot chocolate and just be one with the universe. Actually scratch that I could use some snow. I need snow outside and then everything would be perfect! 

I also love decorating with sentimental ornaments. A few years ago my parents sent me a few decorations that were mine as a kid. Its pretty fun to be able to decorate with them now and in the coming years they'll go to my kids. 

Decorating yesterday and today was really because there is so much hate going on in the world with the 2016 elections and Christmas makes me happy. So we decorated and thought about how lucky we are to be alive and for how blessed we are. 

As you go out this season and buy gifts for those you love remember the reason we have this season is the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

November Gratitude Challenge

November Gratitude Challenge 

I feel like we need to really focus on the beauty in our lives especially during this crazy chaotic time with elections going on. So here is to the November Gratitude Challenge. Each day take a picture of any of items on the list and post why you are grateful for it. It doesn't have to be in this order you can mix it up or even change it but the sole purpose of this challenge is to remind us how amazing life is.

25 Random Facts about Me (the girl behind the computer)

25 Random Facts about Me

(the girl behind the computer)

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I feel like as a blogger its important for my readers to have some idea who I am, especially for my loyal readers. You know who you are ;)  Without further ado

25 random facts about 

  1. I am a member of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  2. I love Autumn 
  3. I am an introvert (however blogging is making me come out of the box)
  4. Cats. I love them. I want two once I'm no longer changing diapers. 
  5.  Night blooming Jasmine, Freshly mowed, Rain and Smokey Fall Days are my favorite smells
  6. I love when you smell a certain smell or hear a certain song that it connects you to a memory or some part of your life. 
  7.  The queen of anxiety
  8. I love the outdoors 
  9. I believe that music is another way for God to speak to us. 
  10. I'm not a fan of The Land of Summer (SoCal)
  11. I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. (Mainly my grandma's recipe)
  12. I'm from Salt Lake City. Utah. Born and raised but live in a little suburb outside Los Angeles. 
  13. My second family is The Bravermans from Parenthood (just kidding.. kinda)
  14. I love painting as well as photography. 
  15. I have this horrible habit where if I don't get all my mommy chores done during the day I won't allow myself to do any of the things I'd like to do. I hate it and need to learn the balance!
  16. I would like to publish a book. 
  17. I think it would be awesome to have an atrium in the middle of my future home. 
  18. I would love to live in the PNW but would be so sad if we lived far away from our family after we leave the military.
  19. My kids were named after my Skyler and I's dating history. 
  20. Amaretto creamer in my tea is my favorite.
  21. I know in the life before this that my kids we're my best friends. I was just lucky enough to be their momma in this one. 
  22. I belive in third chances
  23. The smell of coffee and bacon in the morning remind me of my dad.
  24. Washed Out makes me happy. 
  25. I believe that all things happen for a reason. 

 

and one more.. I love the ocean when its cold outside. 

 

 

 

 

To the mom behind me at Target

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Dear Mom behind me at Target. Today I saw you having a hard time. Don't worry I have days like that too. I saw you talking to another woman when I spotted something dripping from your cart. As I mentioned it I also ran over to your little boy and took the shampoo bottle he had opened up and squeezed everywhere. I know you were upset and I saw everyone looking at you standing there. But I want you to know that not any kind of judgment even crossed my mind.  

My first thought was ask the closest employee for paper towels and get your little boy out of your cart. So I did. I don't know you. But what I do know is that in that moments time I would hope that somewhere out there another mom will do the same for me some day. In a moments time in a mothers world all hell can break loose at a drop of a hat. We all know that. I mean.. Have you ever been successful with getting your 3 year old to use the blue cup when they wanted the pink one? No? Don't worry me either. We know kids are crazy! 

I've been there. I am not judging you for one second. I actually contemplated on taking your little boy over to the snack bar so you could have a little bit of peace. Its usually my attempt to tame my lions which always consist of bags of popcorn and juice boxes to get through target which end up all over the floor. (Sorry target employees). I really wanted to give you a big hug and tell you that you aren't as crazy as you feel. You aren't a bad mother and that motherhood is just really freaking hard. 

Once I was grocery shopping with my 3 crazies I was at the checkout. The 3 year old in the cart. The 5 year old walking around and me wearing the baby. I wasn't a pleasant site. I was really stressed out and it was plain to see that I needed help. Another mom came up from behind me touched my shoulder and looked at me and said your doing okay. She then stopped me from bagging my groceries and bagged them for me. - Thank you to that mother from me. 

I hope the next time you see a struggling mother do what you can to reassure her that she is doing a good job. Encouraging words like this help more than you'll ever imagine. 

Cal Poly Pumpkin Picking

Cal Poly Pumpkin Picking 

We had so much fun picking pumpkins this year at Cal Poly! We attempted to go last year on opening day and thousands of people showed up with their wagon so it was a no go for us! We even tried looking for parking but with 2 kids plus myself being 7.5 months pregnant it just wasn't in the books for us. So this year we decide to wait a couple weekends after opening day to go. And it was a hit besides the guy who tried cutting us off the gave us some pretty crude hand gestures but all in all it was an awesome morning. 

The girls LOVED the pumpkin patch and they did not want to leave either. You can guess that when it was time to leave they we're not very excited about that but knowing that they could hold their own pumpkins on the way home helped perk up their moods a bit. 

Ivy's attempt at picking up pumpkins that we're almost bigger than her little self was hilarious and also impressive. 

Imogen is always knows how to have a good time. 

They also had a little pumpkin patch for kids which mainly consisted of smaller pumpkins and little setups for pictures. It was adorable and the kids loved it! 

We had an awesome weekend! We went home and carved our pumpkins Immy wanted Witch feet on hers so daddy carved her out some witch feet. Ivy was asleep so I just carved a little kitty face and we painted a little tiny pumpkin for Artis' first halloween! We are so excited for Halloween this year especially because 3 was the age that Imogen understood what was going on and she could say trick-or-treat! Plus we have a little street in our neighborhood that all the house get together hand out candy while making their house look AWESOME! They play movies outside others create little haunted walk throughs. The last 2 years we've had to drive over about 6:00 to ensure we could get a good parking spot otherwise your practically walking miles and miles to get up a giant hill (Torrey Pines) to go Trick-or-Treating. We also made pumpkin cookies and they were delicious!  As for today our sweet Sunday we've just relaxed and napped a lot while Sky studied for his final. It also rained which is a huge blessing here in Souther California and its finally starting to feel like Fall 82 degrees is the hottest it should get this week with a few rainy days! We're excited to get out the warmer clothes.

I hope everyones weekend went well.

Finding the Calm during Election time. (how to not let elections destroy your inner peace)

Finding the Calm during Election time. 

(how to not let elections destroy your inner peace)

I will just say this bluntly. I despise the year we have to vote. It exposes the black beasts within all of us. Its unfortunate that the same month and season that we are to be grateful and to search for peace in our hearts that our country is in this emotional, physical and mental civil war with each other because of elections. Now don't get me wrong. I am proud to be apart of country where we can vote and choose our leader. But it is torturous to watch. The bitterness between a divided country, its disconcerting. This  election has been the ugliest, most horrific and discomforting election I have seen and read about in all of Americas voting history. I feel like this country is full of hostility driven human beings during election time. But especially this election. Each passing day there is a little bit of fear lingering in the back of my mind, that no matter which candidate wins that I do fear for this country. I am not going to go into who I think would be the best individual to lead this country because if I'm being honest.. O N E: Jesus should be president. Theoretically and quite literally speaking. T W O: Neither candidate I feel is good enough to be our president. But that is beside the point. The point of this blog post is how one can achieve to find the calm, the peace, the love during this time. 

 

  1. Lets get real. Do your research and choose a candidate that represents and believes in what YOU feel is right. Everyone is different but this is an important part of our countries history. It is your right to vote. Take advantage of that and vote. But leave it at that. Even though it feels this way do not allow social media to be your newspaper. 
  2. Limit your screen time. Mostly Facebook or just unfollow those who are unable to keep the peace. That means for you also to not join in and be apart of the verbal attacks. I just joined Facebook after a 10 month break and it was refreshing. I feel like I left on bad terms. I was full of anxiety as well as 9 months pregnant and knew I needed a break. It was good for me. 
  3. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. 

  4. Easier said than done. But so incredibly beneficial for your soul. I think its so important to make time for your daily meditation. Even if its for 5 minutes. Collect yourself and your thoughts. 
  5. Be informed not obsessed. The truth is that election time and the topics of the elections is that no matter what, it is almost always a negative oriented conversation. Just stay away from it. This does nothing but eat at your soul. Don't waste your precious time on having negative conversation that will go no where. Also remember not all blogs, websites etc. are reliable sources. If you can remember this it will save you a lot of time and pointless stress.
  6. Only reply to positive comments. (I think this one is pretty self explanatory.)
  7. No matter what we do only one person can be president. If it comes down to it that our future president is not the person you had in mind stay positive and come to terms with the fact that they weren't your first choice and probably not even your last however doing so will make the next 4 years less miserable for you.      

As time draws nearer to November I am quietly observing amongst the millions of americans who speak of this election that they are creating the president they hate. I see many of my friends who are kind and loving individuals speak of the monster the opposing presidential nominee is but in reality you are becoming the monster you speak of. Do not let this be you. Stand tall and be better than this. Feed the heart, not the trolls. You can still win this election even if your presidential nominee does not. If you only focus on the negative qualities in the opposing nominee that is all you will get. The law of attraction says: "

" I attract whatever I give my attention, energy and focus to, whether positive or negative. " 

Pettengill Family Fall Photos

Pettengill Family Fall 2016

Basically my kids are the hardest ever to photograph and being a a photographer myself I have photographed many children and I've come up with 2 conclusions. 

O N E: because I'm taking the photos the kids assume position and be as silly as possible 

T W O: They are just hard little ones to photograph. 

With that being said I do all of our photos myself because of this reason because I don't want to pay someone else a lot of money for kids who won't sit still. I think its reasonable plus I HAVE to know how the photos look immediately or drives me crazy so I go home and start editing away. One thing I love is seeing photos in the raw. I love how happy my littles are. Ivy (the three year old) this is her real smile. She is just happy always. She's always been this way she will eat your heart out. Imogen (the five year old) she is pro at giving you the craziest smile ever. Switching expressions is her expertise. Both Skyler and I captured these little smiles on Saturday unfortunately Ivy ran off and played so we didnt get many photos of her but we got a few and of course when we wanted all three of the kids to sit together they would only do if momma was around but I love them so much they're my world. 

With that being said enjoy our family photos. This is the closest it gets to Fall in Southern California but it is completely beautiful. 

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And my one and only. 

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Sophie McMahan Halloween Coloring Pages

Sophie Mcmahan Halloween Coloring Pages 

Hellooooooooo! This month has been so fun! I can't tell you how many halloween coloring pages me and the kids have printed out and colored but its been a lot! Just look at these cute boo's! My favorite are the bicycle riding pumpkin heads! Can you say adorable!!!!! Be sure to click on each photo so it can open up - right click - and save! Yay for Halloween!!! 

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How to create a dream board that will accomplish your life long goals.

How to create a dream board that will accomplish your life long goals.

Have you ever wanted to accomplish a goal or multiple goals but you really don't know where to start or to find the motivation. Maybe your not in the best place in your life or where you thought you might be by the time you were however old you are. I think at some point in all of our lives we can find ourselves stuck and needing help. 

Growing up my dad would tell me if I wanted something bad enough that I could make it happen. Envisioning your dreams, personal desires, goals is the first step in making it happen. My dad also LOVES making Vision boards. You would know if he was making one by the tiny clippings of paper, scissors, glue and magazines that were scattered around his office. My dad would be very serious about his vision boards as well. He would always make sure to leave it out in the open. Like in the kitchen or his office somewhere that he could look at his vision board several times throughout the day. 

Why have a vision board and how do they work? Firstly when you write anything down you are five times more likely to accomplish that task, goal, errand whatever you've written down. So when you can see the things you want in front of you the chances of you accomplishing that goal is even better. Vision boards are one of the minds most powerful exercises. 

Written from the book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.”

Vision boards are great reminders of the successes that await you. 

What you need: 

  • poster board, cork board, dry erase board etc. (cork boards are best)
  • magazines, you can even search pinterest 
  • glue
  • scissors

Start by collecting all the things you would like to put on your board and glue or attach to your board. Be sure to label everything. The more clear your goals are the more attainable they will be.

 

I have made a Dream/Vision board here online and pinterest for you all to see as well as in my home. Remember Clear intentions will provide clear answers. 

 

Be sure to visit my Pinterest and to see more of my Pinterest vision board! 

https://www.pinterest.com/AlexaPettengill/dream-and-vision-board/

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Enjoy! I hope you make your own vision board! Be sure to visit and check out my pinterest!

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7 things I wished I had known before becoming a mom

7 things I wished I had known before becoming a mom

I am a mom of three pretty adorable kids. I'm also a military wife which makes things a little more complicated than your normal mom. In the military they call anyone who is related to the actual military member a " dependent " however we " dependents " are anything but dependent. 

A little backstory. In 2010 I moved to New York City to work where I had met my husband. After a few months of dating we decided to get married. So I headed home from NYC packed up whatever I could fit into my 2002 Honda accord grabbed my BFF and we drove to Connecticut. It took us 2.5 days to do it. Looking back at my 19 year old self I do applaud myself because it was an adventure. Two girls who had never traveled to the other side of the country we were basically living on a prayer. We got there safely a few days after being there she left and I was alone. Of course I had Skyler but a few days after she had left he left for an underway (an underway is when a submarine leaves the base for whatever reason could be for testing, deployment or even for some sailors to do certain qualifications.) He left for 2 weeks. My 19 year old self alone 2,000 miles away from the only place I ever knew to be home, away from everyone I knew. And then he left. It was like this for months. If you haven't been to New England then imagine this. Driving on roads that only fit mini coopers. The roads were tiny of course they were because this is where people lived when they came over from England. A lot of New England has similar characteristics of England. 

Basically what I'm saying here is that I had no choice but to be independent. 

 

Everything that I know as an adult is the result of leaving home as a adult/teenager and learning things the hard way. The first year we were married Skyler was home 4 months. Our first daughter was born in August of 2011. A week after she was born he was gone again for a few months. It continued on like this until the next year when he deployed. So here I am a young mother not having anyone to really rely on or to turn to being so far away. I look back and just wished that someone would have told me a thing or two about being a mom. What to expect or to not expect. So first thing is first. 

  1. SURVIVE. Okay I am being completely serious. My main motto as a mom especially having more kids than I do hands is that you just need to survive. Your hair does not need to be perfect. The house does not need to be spotless and you know what? Laundry its just a mountain of a never ending pile of despair. With that being said it. IT CAN WAIT! Babies grow up and then they aren't babies anymore. The mess can wait it'll be there tomorrow. But one day those little ones won't. So if you do just that and " survive " each day to me you are the most amazing mom. You don't need to jam pack your days with park outings, lunch dates, trips to the mall. I think its safe to say that your kids would be happy playing with YOU. As a mom the older my kids get I realize how vital it really is to be attentive to their needs even if to you it seems small because to them its HUGE. 

  2. Listen to your heart. In the world of becoming a parent you will soon realize a few things. That to a lot of people its " my way or the high way ". You will meet some who think there is only one way to do things. One way to parent. Everyone is different. Some parents choose to vaccinate others choose to not some even delay vaccinations. Some parents feed their babies formula while others breastfeed until they're 2 years old. Other parents feed their kids pb&j sandwiches or macaroni and some parents feed their kids exclusively organic, non-gmo, gluten free etc. Some parents cloth diaper and some do disposable. What I'm saying here is everyone is different. There is no right or wrong way to parent AS LONG AS YOUR CHILD IS HAPPY AND KNOWS THEY ARE LOVED.  Obviously there is more to it making sure they're healthy etc. But in the world of parenting it can be twisted and distorted resulting in you feeling like you are not a good parent. A little advice I've learned in the past 5 years. If you have to question or be concerned if you are being a good mom, chances are, you are. Everyone has an off day. No one is perfect and every day we can start fresh as long as we strive to be better and focus on our kids' happiness, I would say you get an A+ in parenting.  

  3. The mommy competition. You are going to feel like you are never enough or that everything has to always be perfect. From your hair to the way your kids are dressed. You'll feel like someone is always outdoing you. Here's a little secret. WHO CARES! Guess what? They probably feel the exact same way as you! We are all struggling moms. And I think the important thing here is to remember that we all are striving to be in the same place. Go the same direction. Do the same things. We just want our kids to be happy and healthy. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we cut out the mommy competition and all us moms just leaned on each other for help. We all have unique skills and gifts that could easily benefit everyone if we were just a little more kind and loving to each other. 

  4. Communication is key. I feel like as a mom we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. We're programmed to think we have to do it all. But that is far from true. If you need help reach out to those who love you. They will help. If you need a break take a break! Its crucial as a mom that we take care of ourselves too because if we don't how will we ever take care of our little ones? With my first daughter I had severe postpartum depression. The countless nights I would cry myself to sleep while Skyler away on the submarine it was hard. Its so important to talk to someone, have adult conversations it'll help you in more ways than you realize. 

  5. Self Love. Each time I've had a baby I've found that I forget about myself completely and focus on everyone else. Essentially forgetting to eat, shower and sometimes I would wear throw up clothes all day. You just forget about yourself. But hey! Us moms need loving too. Whether it be at the gym or grocery shopping alone which for those first time moms you will soon learn that a trip to the store or any outing without a child quickly becomes a short lived vacation. Funny thing is that after 1 hour you start to feel like your missing a limb and come back to the chaos that was driving you crazy but at the same time you missed. Remember you are important.

  6. The melt downs and guilt. All I ever heard was that parenting would be a breeze and that to not worry. While they were right on the not worrying part they were not so much on the breeze part. More like stormy hurricane winds. Being a mom is REALLY FLIPPING HARD. You can totally do it. But it is the hardest job in the world. And as kids grow sometimes some swears will be thrown down. Or you'll scream into a pillow because you have to tell them something for the thousandth time. And right as you've clean up the sea of toys in their room and you walk away to clean the spilled milk you'll hear the 3 year old pouring out the toys again. Just remember this. Next time Just part that red sea. Make a walk way. I've decided that the 3 year old dumps out all the toys because well.. Its just easier finding what she needs when everything is right where she can find it. Make things easier on you and just roll with the punches. If they're having a melt down in public get on their level and look them in the eye and just hug them. I think at this point all they want is for someone to understand them. And please remember to not feel guilty. The countless nights I lay wide awake staring at the ceiling going over the day feeling I wished the day went differently just remember tomorrow is a new day. A clean slate. A fresh start. And no matter what.. they will always love you. 

  7.  Always Say I love you. We often forget that kids are so impressionable. Their little brains are still developing at rapid rates. In a moments time things can get out of hand and anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Just stay calm. They watch your every move. I'm not even kidding you. The older my children have gotten I have witnessed with my own two eyes they watch you. Recently I noticed my 3 year old quietly fold her arms during our routine family prayer each night after we read stories. She is with me all day everyday. You can bet that she learned that from home. Each time I've been frustrated or upset with one of my kids no matter what I look them in the eyes and say I love you. At the end of each day I always tell them " I love you " there is nothing more important in the world than for a child to know and feel that they are safe and loved. 

 

These are just a few things that have helped me from time to time because really being a parent is the most wonderful, joyful, incredibly scary journey that you will ever take in your lifetime. Its so intimidating to think that we are solely responsible for the life of another human being(s). But at the same time how lucky we are to be able to have that opportunity. I am reminded constantly the blessings of being a mom. If you take anything away from this list then let it be just this and that is that the days you feel like you are not enough remember each moment you are taking care of your child you are doing God's work. You have been trusted with angels. Its incredible to think of it in a such a way that God could entrust us with his angels. When you feel like you are not enough remember God thought you were more than enough and just perfect to be the mother of his Heavenly children he sent into your life. 

Gilmore Girls Revival - Luke's Dinner Pop up Shop List - October 5, 2016

Luke's Diner Pop-up Shop List

If you're out on the road
Feelin' lonely and so cold
All you have to do is call my name
And I'll be there
On the next train

Where You Lead
I will follow
Any-Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need-If you need me to be with you
I will follow
Where you lead

You guys!!! I can't even believe this! This is so exciting! Seriously my childhood to teenage-hood all packed into this brilliant idea of Luke's Diner pop-up shops all over the country! My heart is too excited! You have no idea! I have memories of racing home from school and waiting for Gilmore Girls on The WB! Even in high school I would totally sneak away at lunch everyday instead of going to lunch with friends I would go home to watch Gilmore Girls reruns! And I'm not even ashamed to say that I have watched all the seasons of Gilmore Girls a handful of times since Netflix had the great idea to put on all the seasons!  Skyler doesn't understand me but he also doesn't understand Gilmore Girls either its really unfortunate! But it won't stop me! I am on season 7 for the 5th times soaking up each episode to last me till November! I cannot wait!!! 

Which means!!!!! November 25, 2016 Be ready! Grab your international cuisine from Al's pancake world or have your poptarts ready! Even better November 25th is Friday night dinner!!!!!! We are all going back to Stars Hollow and finally we will have the much need closure for all our unanswered Gilmore Girls questions! 

CALLING ALL GILMORE GIRLS FANS!

Tomorrow 7 a.m. the magic begins!

October 5, 2016

200 coffee shops nation wide are hosting Luke's Diner Pop-up shops! YES! If you love coffee or your a gilmore girls fan then this is must!  Below is the complete list so hurry up clear your schedule and figure out a way to get there! 

Alabama

Crestwood Coffee Co.

5512 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35212

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Lucy's Coffee and Tea

2007 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35233

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The Abbey

131A 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

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Satori Coffee House

5460 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608

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Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Company

4072 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608

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Alaska

Kobuk Coffee Co.

504 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

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Arizona

Octane Cafe

9107 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85209

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Comoncy

4343 N Scottsdale Road #135, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Ike's Coffee & Tea

100 N Stone Ave, #111, Tucson, AZ 85701

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Arkansas

Andina Café & Coffee Roastery

433 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201

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California

Pappy's Coffee Shop

10595 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93312

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Caffeine Supreme

2000 F St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

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Yellow Mug Coffee Co.

1137 Champlain Dr, Fresno, CA 93720

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Fox Coffee House

437 W Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90806

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Comoncy

12265 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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Comoncy

413 N Bedford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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Hive, the Place to Bee

2139 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

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Awaken Cafe

1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

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Chocolate Fish Coffee

400 P St, #1203, Sacramento, CA 95814

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The Trade Coffee & Coworking

2220 K Street Sacramento, CA 95816

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Industrial Grind Coffee

3922 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

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Cafe Virtuoso

1616 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

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Palio Cafe

505 Montgomery St #1, San Francisco, CA 94111

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Caffe Frascati

315 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

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Roy's Station Coffee & Tea

197 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112

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Colorado

Solid Grounds

6504 S Broadway, Centennial, CO 80121

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Coffee Place European Cafe

5580 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80015

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Story Coffee Company

120 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Urban Steam Coffee

1025 S Sierra Madre St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Kawa Coffee

2427 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

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Purple Door Coffee

2962 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205

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Connecticut

Metro Cafe

580 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

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Peter B's Espresso

300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106

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Delaware

Loma Coffee

239 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

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Florida

Brew Urban Cafe

537 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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Sip Java Co.

638 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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The Flower Bar

1003 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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Breezy Coffee Shop Café

235 8th Ave S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

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Southern Grounds Coffee

200 1st St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

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Sippers Coffehouse

7643 Gate Parkway, Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Chamblin's Uptown Cafe

215 N Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Alaska Coffee Roasting Co

13130 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181

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DIRT

232 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Panther Coffee

3407 Main Highway, Miami, FL 33133

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The Coffee Garden

1817 S Ferncreek Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

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Holy Grain Coffee

6735 Conroy Rd, Ste 109, Orlando, FL 32835

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Felicitous Coffee & Tea House

11706 N 51st St, Temple Terrace, FL 33617

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The Blind Tiger Cafe

1901 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

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The Blind Tiger Cafe

6500 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

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The Lab

1703 W State St, Tampa, FL 33606

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Subculture Coffee

509 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Harold's Coffee Lounge

509 Northwood Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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Georgia

JavaVino

579 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

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Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Co

232 19th St NW, #7100, Atlanta, GA 30363

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Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee - The Warehouse

5095 Post Road Cumming GA 30040

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Corso Coffee

3065 Peachtree Rd NE, #210, Atlanta, GA 30305

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Hawaii

Island Brew Coffeehouse

377 Keahole St, Honolulu, HI 96825

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Island Brew Coffeehouse

1137 11th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

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Idaho

Flying M Coffee House

500 W Idaho St #100, Boise, ID 83702

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Illinois

Osmium Coffee Bar

1117 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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Elaine's Coffee Call

1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

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Indiana

Bee Coffee Roasters--Downtown Cafe

201 S Capitol Ave, Suite #110, Indianapolis, IN 46225

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Bee Coffee Roasters-Roastery

5510 Lafayette Rd, Suite #140, Indianapolis, IN 46032

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Iowa

Davenport Coffee Hound

2642 Brady St, Davenport, IA 52803

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Kansas

Reverie Coffee Roasters

2611 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67211

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Kentucky

Please & Thank You

800 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206

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Please & Thank You

2341 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

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Southland Perk

472 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503

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Coffee Times Coffee House

2571 Regency Rd, Lexington, KY 40503

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Louisiana

Brew Ha Ha

711 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

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Fair Grinds Coffeehouse

3133 Ponce De Leon St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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Maine

Coffee By Design

1 Diamond St, Portland, ME 04101

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Maryland

3 Bean Coffee

209 Key Hwy (William Street), Baltimore, MD 21230

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Charmington’s

2601 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21218

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The Bun Shop

22 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202

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The Bun Shop

239 W Read St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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The Daily Grind

1720 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

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Bump 'n Grind

1200 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Massachusetts

Cafenation

380 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135

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Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee

61 Munroe Street, Lynn MA 01901

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Michigan

Chazzano Coffee Roasters

1737 E Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

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Avalon International Breads

422 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201

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Always Brewing Detroit

19180 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223

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Urban Bean Co.

200 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

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Strange Matter Coffee

2001 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912

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BIGGBY Coffee

725 W Grand River Ave, Suite 2 Williamston MI 48895

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Minnesota

Dogwood Coffee Bar

825 Carleton St, St Paul, MN 55114

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Swede Hollow Cafe

725 Seventh Street E St, Paul, MN 55106

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Mississippi

Deep South Pops

1800 N State St, Jackson, MS 39202

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Missouri

Roasterie Cafe

6223 Brookside Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64113

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Roasterie Cafe

4511 W 119th St, Leawood, KS 66209

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Roasterie Cafe

1204 W 27th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

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Coma Coffee Roasters

1024 South Brentwood, St. Louis, MO 63117

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Shameless Grounds

1901 Withnell Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118

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The Coffee Cartel

2 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63108

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Montana

Ebon Coffee Collective

2712 2nd Ave N, Billings, MT 59101

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Nebraska

Karma Koffee

587 N 155 Plaza, Omaha, NE 68154

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Aromas Coffeehouse

1033 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102

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Nevada

Bronze Café at The Market

611 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

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Holley's Cuppa

9265 S Cimarron Rd, #115, Las Vegas, NV 89113

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Sambalatte Torrefazione Jones

6555 S. Jones Blvd, #100, Las Vegas, NV 89118

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Sambalatte Torrefazione Boca Park

750 S Rampart Blvd #9, Las Vegas, NV 89145

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New Hampshire

Cafe LaReine

915 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101

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A&E Coffee and Tea

1000 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03010

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New Jersey

Short Grain

183 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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New Mexico

Epiphany Espresso

3600 Cutler Ave NE, Suite 2, Albuquerque, NM 87110

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New York

The Bean

101 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Sir D's Lounge

837 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Brooklyn Roasting Company

200 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Mon Amour Coffee and Wine

234 W 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463

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Spot Coffee

765 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

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Sweet_ness 7 Café

220 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213

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Ground Central Coffee Co.

155 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

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Ground Central Coffee Co.

800 Second Ave, New York, NY 10017

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Ground Central Coffee Co.

2 Coenties Slip, New York, NY 10004

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The Bean

147 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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The Bean

824 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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The Bean

54 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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Local

144 Sullivan Street New York, NY 10012

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Everything Goes BookCafe

208 Bay St Staten Island, NY 10301

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Ugly Duck Coffee

89 Charlotte St, Rochester, NY 14607

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New Roots Coffeehouse

1273 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY 14626

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North Carolina

Biltmore Coffee Traders

518 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

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Double D's Coffee and Desserts

41 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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Mugs Coffee

5126 Park Rd, #1d, Charlotte, NC 28209

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Not Just Coffee

224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

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Not Just Coffee

2140 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

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Sola Coffee Cafe

7705 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

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42 & Lawrence

134 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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Benelux Coffee

402 Oberlin Rd #118, Raleigh, NC 27605

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North Dakota

The Red Raven Espresso Parlor

916 Main Ave, Fargo, ND 58103

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Twenty Below Coffee

14 Roberts St N, Fargo, ND 58102

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Ohio

Pour Cleveland

530 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Vintage Tea and Coffee

1816 E 12th St, Cleveland, OH 44114

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Dewey's Coffee House

13201 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

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Upper Cup Coffee

79 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

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Short North Coffee

1203 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

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Ghostlight Coffee

1201 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410

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The 86 Coffee Bar

2820 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

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Oklahoma

Cuppies and Joe

727 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK, 73103

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The Underground

1621 S Douglas Ste B, Midwest City, OK 73110

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The Coffee House on Cherry St

1502 E 15th St, Tulsa, OK 74120

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918 Coffee

2446 W 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74104

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Oregon

Oblique Coffee Roasters

3039 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

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Pennsylvania

Tomato Pie Café

3950 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17111

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Brew Crumberland's Best

1903 Bridge St, New Cumberland, PA 17070

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Hubbub Coffee

1717 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Hubbub Coffee

3736 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Hubbub Coffee

232 N. Radnor Chester Rd, Radnor, PA 19087

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Big Dog Coffee

2717 Sarah St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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Bookshelf Cafe

1806 Chislett St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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Rhode Island

LaSalle Bakery

993 Smith St, Providence, RI 02908

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Vanuatu Coffee Roasters

294 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

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South Carolina

The Wired Goat Cafe

709 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

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South Dakota

Alternative Fuel

512 Main St, Rapid City, SD 57701

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Tennessee

The Golden Roast

825 Melrose Pl, Knoxville, TN 37916

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Tamp & Tap

122 Gayoso Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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Tamp & Tap

6070 Poplar Ave, Suite #110 Memphis, TN 38119

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City&State

2625 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112

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387 Pantry

387 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103

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ZolliKoffee

701 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

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Bond Coffee Company

602 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

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Sam & Zoes

525 Heather Pl, Nashville, TN 37204

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Texas

Buon Giorno

915 Florence St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Savor Coffee Bar & Eatery

1101 E Bardin Rd #101, Arlington, TX 76018

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Vintage Heart Coffee

1405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

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Summer Moon Coffee Bar

3115 South 1st St, Suite 1B Austin, TX 78704

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Caffe Medici

200 Congress Ave, Suite 2B, Austin, TX 78701

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Caffe Medici

804 Congress Ave, No. 101, Austin, TX 78701

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Coffee House Café

6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

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i Java & Chai

1820 Coit Road #138, Plano, TX 75075

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Method Coffee

1623 N Hall St. Ste 101, Dallas, TX 75204

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Kinley's House Coffee & Tea

2231 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79902

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The Nook Café

4701 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004

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Honeymoon

300 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

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Bosta

1801 Binz St, STE 115 Houston, TX 77004

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White Elephant Coffee Company

1415 S Presa St #107, San Antonio, TX 78210

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Utah

Higher Ground Coffee

2005 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109

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Mestizo Coffee House

631 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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Vermont

Uncommon Grounds

42 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

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Virginia

Grounded Coffee Shop

6919 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310

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Borjo Coffeehouse

4416 Monarch Way Norfolk, VA 23508

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The Lab by Alchemy Coffee

814 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

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Captain Buzzy's Beanery

2623 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223

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American Brew

3700 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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Lynnhaven Coffee Co

2945 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Washington

Drip City Coffee Co

2929 1st Ave, Suite B, Seattle, WA 98121

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Stone Way Cafe

3510 Stone Way N Seattle, WA 98103

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Makeda Coffee

153 N 78th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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Indaba Coffee

210 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201

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Indaba Coffee

1425 W Broadway, Spokane, WA 99201

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West Virginia

Moxxee Coffee

301 Morris St, Charleston, WV 25301

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Wisconsin

Luna Cafe

330 Main Ave, De Pere, WI 54115

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Kavarna

143 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303

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Sherman Perk Coffee Shop

4924 W Roosevelt Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53216

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Fuel Cafe

818 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Moka

2910 E. Washington Avenue, Madison 53704

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Moka

5227 University Avenue, Madison 53705

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Wyoming

Coffee Depot

500 W 15th St, Ste 200, Cheyenne, WY 82001

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D.C.

Flying Fish Coffee & Tea

3064 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Qualia Coffee

3917 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Three Fifty Bakery and Coffee Bar

1926 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Canada

The Rolling Pin

3429 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2N1, Canada

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Infuse Cafe

354 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S5, Canada

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Infuse Cafe

Gerrard Sq Mall, 1000 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 3G6, Canada

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Milano Espresso Bar

266 Adelaide Street W., Unit 2, Toronto ON, M4K 3E6

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Trafiq Cafe & Bakery

4216 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9, Canada

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Until then ....

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The Greatest Autumn Bucket List of 2016

The Greatest Autumn Bucket List of 2016

A serious must to get the most out of your Autumn season!

How many can you honestly say you've already done this season? So far 13 but I can't blame myself though! Here in Southern California Mother Nature thinks its summer.. " The land of summer " I call it. I miss the seasons. I feel so backwards here. I know once we move we will be shaking in our boots when we experience any weather under 70 degrees but I think thats a given.  

It feels like just yesterday Immy (who is 5 now) just turned one in this picture and we were waiting for Skyler to come home from deployment. 2012 was a crazy year but so much fun! That fall season was so fun. The anticipation of waiting for Deployment coming to an end and being able to have our family under one roof. I will say this. The one thing you never tire of in the military is that you get to experience your first kiss more than once. Most would call me crazy but I would do it all over again to experience a first kiss like that again. Anyways enjoy the season and the cold weather! For those of us who live in the land of summer we can only hope mother nature will throw in a few below 80 degrees in here and there but until December you can expect at least one or two 90 degree days in the months that you would think would be colder. California has been good to us but I am counting down the days till we move on to better things. On to the next chapter of life. 

 

The Ultimate Fall Movie Playlist

The Ultimate Fall Movie Playlist

The most wonderful season of the year is here. My favorite at least. As the days become shorter and you find yourself inside hiding from the crisp autumn air, snuggling in your favorite spot,  watching movies is always the perfect way to end the day. I for one love to watch a good film. Just the other day I for the first time watched American Beauty. It was an interesting film to say the least but at the same time there were so many parts that I felt myself being drawn into. Overall it was incredibly well written. I found myself thinking of all the films that I want to watch this season and the list I came up with is a good one. Each film reminding you why this season is the most beautiful. I do have to admit, watching some of them takes me back to my days living in New York. If I'm being honest New York plus New England have some of those most beautiful climate changes in the whole country. There is something so fascinating and yet intimate about being in a city that never sleeps to stop and see the changes of the season. And New England. Trees for miles and miles and miles.

With that being said having a good movie list is essentially vital. Be sure to have pumpkin spice anything on hand plus tea. You'll thank me later.

 

  1. Autumn in New York
  2. Dead Poets Society
  3. You've Got Mail
  4. Practical Magic
  5. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  6. St. Elmo's Fire
  7. Planes Trains & Automobiles
  8. When Harry Met Sally
  9. To Kill a Mocking Bird
  10. Time Travelers Wife
  11. Away We Go
  12. Rushmore
  13. Little Shop of Horrors
  14. Garden State
  15. The Worst Witch
  16. The Halloween Tree
  17. The Others
  18. Frankenstein
  19. Beetlejuice
  20. Hocus Pocus
  21. The Witches
  22. Lost in Transition
  23. Halloween Town
  24. Love Story
  25. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

 

And a few of spooky films because its a must.

 

Happy Autumnal Equinox