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Thoughts…

21 Jun

Totally loving this today.

 

Dream big but never loose what you already have.

xoxo,

Carrie

sunshine today

15 Jun

It’s the little things that are such a blessing.

Happy Friday!!

Update!

13 Jun

You know its bad when you login into your blog and it asks you to enter your password…and you forgot the password!!

Hello friends! I miss blogging. I will be better.

Summer is proving to be eventful.

My son’s broken arm, dance back in full swing, ordering books for a new school and wrapping my brain around what that means.

I just finished a project I hope to share this week…and I made my own paint for it. Happy, happy, happy (for those Duck Dynasty lovers like myself!)

Had my first photo shoot with a precious 3 month old baby. I can’t begin to tell you the joy I felt for that sweet baby and his parents. His journey into this world is nothing short of a miracle.

And I am working on a new blogsite for myself…if I could only settle on a name. I’ll just tell you, my husband thinks he’s a real comedian (that’s why I married him!) but his idea and my idea don’t jive. HA!

We are leaving for the sunny beach in less than 2 weeks…broken arm and all…and we could not be more excited. I have a few travel games in the works to share next week too.

And spending a few moments in quiet each day, praying thanksgiving for the friends in my life, my husband and my children. I love them dearly.

To update you on Angie…Revolucion is open for business!! And to quote Angie, she is ‘busy as hell!” As you can imagine, running a business is hard work. Hopefully Angie will have some pictures to share soon!

And so I leave you with this: salt water in any shape or form is good. Whether it be tears down your cheeks, sweat on your forehead, or saltwater between your toes…

 

Happy Wednesday friends!!

Funny!

30 May

Dreams.

22 May

Hello there?  Remember us?

Angie.  Carrie.

We are still here.  Still alive.

Just refocusing our attention on other things.

And it’s been good.  We are busier than ever.  Angie with the coffee shop, which is nearing completion.  And Carrie venturing in a new direction in the near future.

This is Carrie speaking…so I can stop writing in the third person.  

Since April, I have really taken a step back from blogging for various reasons.  Traveling, spending time with my husband and children, ending the school year, upcoming recitals, and personally…taking a leap of faith with something that has been on my heart for many years.

Angie and I are always on the same page.  Both of us felt as if we were blogging just to fill the white space and it really meant nothing…to us or to you.  We started Two Friends Two Cities as a way to share our DIY projects between eachother and then it grew into something more.  And we loved it.

And almost two years later, it has changed into something completely different.

Change is good, and necessary.

Not that we don’t love a good Goodwill find revamp.  (I have a dresser in my garage dying for some paint!)  We just don’t have as much time for those projects anymore.  We recognized it and didn’t want to give up that part of our blog, so we kept trying.

But it was really half-ass.  And who wants to read a half-ass blog.

I don’t.  And neither do you.

After talking and both agreeing we needed a change, we sold our tickets to a DIY blog conference.  That was a hard but necessary decision for us.  We are still sad about meeting some friends we’ve grown to love along the way but are happy 2 DIY bloggers can go in our place to Haven 2012.

Angie’s coffee shop has proven to be a bigger project than she could have imagined.  My family and I took a road trip to San Antonio a few weeks ago and the progress they’ve made is freaking amazing.  The Revolucion sign in person is gorgeous, the shop layout is fantastic, and they have worked so hard to bring their dream to life.  All of those late nights will pay off in a few weeks when they can say they are officially open for business.

Angie’s is wearing so many hats…general contractor, painter, electrician, architect, designer, wife, blogger…the list could go on and on.

She is exhausted both mentally and physically.  But I told her the light is showing the end the tunnel.  And it will be amazing once the shop is complete.

As for me, my family went to Disney several weeks ago.  It was a great trip, exhausting, but wonderful  And if I’m being honest, we are not Disney people.  Gasp…I know.

Disney was everything we imagined it would be:

magical, exciting, hot, crowded, happy, beautiful, puke, french fries, pineapple floats, Rapunzel, sweat, fever, swimming, 15 second rides, 3 minute rides, tired feet, praises for double strollers, laughter, memories, thank God our hotel is on the Monorail and I brought my own pillow and didn’t start my period til the last day, giggles, fireworks, and moments I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Will we go back?  Mostly likely.   Will we do things differently?  Absolutely.

Then we went away for Mother’s Day weekend.  That is all I wanted…no gifts, no flowers.  Nada.

And it was perfect.  My husband and I both agreed that weekend was better than Disney. Gasp again…I know.  We are weird.

Now I am winding down the school year, wondering where the past nine months went.  Totally flashing before my very eyes.  And I started thinking really deeply about living intentionally, for myself, my children, my husband, my church.  Living intentionally.  Being honest with what I want and forgetting about the eyes around me who stand in judgment.  Because at the end of the day, if I don’t do something that I love out of fear of what others might say, they win.  I lose.  End of story.


With all of that said, there are some things I am sure we will keep on the blog.  The food will stay for me because I have an intentional plan to do something with that in the future.  Intentional blogging, remember?

We’d love to open our blog to you, even if you have your own blog or not, and share a typical day in your shoes.  Take pictures with your phone, your camera, anything…one photo an hour with a little blurb.  Everyone wants to see what others do in a day.  I know I do.  Isn’t that why we read blogs?

But again, intentional blogging.  Being real.  Not staged, perfect photos.  Because we all know the internet is full of blogs pretending to be perfect.

Perfectly imperfect glimpses of real, honest life.

My time, along with Angie’s time, may be limited as we move forward with our new ventures but I know we want to keep Two Friends Two Cities because it brought our friendship together.

So bare with us as we make some changes.  Leave us some comments if there is anything you’d like for us to keep on the blog and if you’d like to share your day with us.  We’d love to have you!

Thanks for listening to this long letter.


What’s for Dinner Wednesday :: Dave’s Cooking YouTube Series

2 May

I always rave about my friend Dave, who owns an amazing catering company in Hollywood.  And I often share his recipes which are always delicious!

Now you can see Dave in action – literally because he has his own YouTube series!

Check Dave out here making one of my favorite deserts – panna cotta.

And this one for Dave’s homemade foccacia!  YUM!

Both recipes are very easy to make!  I’ve had both of these dishes by Dave before and can testify that they  incredible!

-Angie

Monday Inspiration :: Put A Bird On It!

30 Apr

Monday inspiration — HUMOR!  Humor always seems to lift the spirits and lighten any load.  I especially enjoy humor that is self-deprecating.  It’s always entertaining to look at yourself and find humor in things that you usually take very seriously.

A new series YouTube series called Portlandia is hilarious.  If you haven’t watched them before, here are two of my favorite videos.  Both are poking fun of subjects I love – eating healthy and crafts.

The first called “Is it Local?” is sooooooooo funny!  It’s about eating healthy and shows a couple interrogating a waitress about the origins of the food on their menu. It’s a MUST see and your be smiling every time you think of the phrase “I’m sorry to interrupt, I had exactly the same question!”  – That will make a lot more sense after watching the video.  :)

The second is making fun of us crafty folks!  It’s a funny episode that shows two crafters who like to spruce up objects by painting birds on them.  They paint birds on just about everything they can find and go a little too bird crazy.

- Angie

Friday Favorites

27 Apr

Happy Friday!!

A little peek in my life this week:

I haven’t had a sip of coffee in over a month.  Then Starbucks at Target had mini White Chocolate Mocha samples.  I couldn’t resist!

 

Breakfast for dinner?  Yes please!!  And try this trick of baking some bacon in the oven.  Brilliant!

These are the devil.  Just sayin’….

No commentary needed.  The picture speaks for itself.  (And I may or may not own a pair of earrings with his face from High School Musical)

And the excitement is building for our trip to see Mickey!!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you when we return!

xoxo,

Carrie

Growing Green Onions?

26 Apr

We are really loving our little herb garden.  We have cilantro coming out our ears and basil that makes my homemade spaghetti sing!

Does anyone use green onions as much as I do?  We love them and they add just enough flavor…but I usually only use a 1 stalk and the rest go to waste.

I saw on Pinterest this little ditty…and thought I’d give it a try.  And it would be fun for the kids to watch and measure…if it really worked.

First try…we cut the ends way too short.

After a week and changing the water every other day…we got nothing.  And to the trash they went.  My daughter told me to add them to our compost.  But we don’t have any compost.  I think we need to start some compost since she already thinks we have compost.  (How many times can you say compost?)

A week went by and I needed green onions again.  Off to the store.  Only used 1 stalk, of course.  This time, we cut the stems leaving a good 3 inches and place in a glass of fresh water near a sunny window.

Started as this:

3 days later, they looked like this:

And day 6, we have full grown, yummy green onions in our kitchen.

We change the water every other day and it has been so fun watching them grow.

Give it a try!

 

 

Monday Inspiration :: Creative photography by Jason Lee

23 Apr

Jason Lee is a wedding photographer who started taking photos of his daughters several years ago after his mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. His daughters constantly had colds and coughs so he couldn’t always bring them to visit their grandmother. Jason wanted his mom to be able to see her granddaughters without catching their germs so he started a blog where his mom could see what was going on in their life.

Jason’s daughters – eight-year-old Kristin and five-year-old Kayla help with photo ideas. Jason says that they are never-ending source of ideas!

If you are tired of posed or stiff photography, then take a look at these incredibly creative pictures taken by Jason Lee.


 To see more of Jason’s photography,  check out his website and blog here.

-All pictures courtesy of Jason Lee.

Monday :: Life

23 Apr

Nothing that I love more than spending warm mornings outside with him and her while big sister is at school.

 

Still in our jammies.

I feel like I am enjoying these moments so much more than I did when big sister was his age.  Time is flying.  And I wish it would stop.

And in my attempt to be in more pictures with my babies this year, here is the result:

It may not be perfect.  But it is perfect.

Happy Monday!

And we have a sign!

20 Apr

Happy Friday my friends!  Construction at the new coffee shop has been going great but it’s pretty much a full time job now.  Meeting contractors, buying supplies, evaluating work, managing when city inspections take place, etc…  If all goes as planned, we should be done in a few weeks and open for business!

And the best thing to happen lately is that our sign was completed.  Looks official now!  I love what the sign company came up with. They really gave our logo life by making it dimensional.  I also really like how they had the idea of raising the sign above the roof of the building.  It stands out and really draws attention.  What do you think?

-Angie

 

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