• Girls’ trip to Dubai

    girls trip to Dubai

    When I found out we were moving to Bahrain, Dubai quickly rose to the top of my to-go list. Toby and I visited not long after we moved, but it is also the perfect location for a girls’ trip. So when my friend Olga came to visit me, we decided to do a little getaway […]

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  • Mermaid maternity vibes

    mermaid maternity vibes photo by Alison Bell Photography

    One of the best things about Okinawa is how beautiful all the beaches are. When I decided I wanted to have some maternity photos done, I knew we had to have them at one of the awesome beaches, for some mermaid maternity vibes. And our amazing photographer (another SEC-grad journalist!) found the perfect spot. It […]

  • Chocolate raspberry rose cupcakes

    chocolate raspberry rose cupcakes

    I wanted to do something extra special for Valentine’s Day this year, and since I have become pretty enamored with rose water, I thought chocolate cupcakes with pink raspberry frosting that look, smell, and even taste a bit like roses would be perfect! Can you think of a better Valentine’s gift than a dozen homemade chocolate […]

  • A wedding in Ethiopia

    A wedding in Ethiopia

    About three years ago, my brother visited Ethiopia and Kenya in December and met a girl. Two years ago, we met her for the first time for New Year’s in Dubai. And in late 2017, just after Christmas, we flew to Ethiopia for their wedding! Because we were traveling specifically for the wedding, we didn’t […]

  • A magical announcement!

    disney pregnancy announcement

    Toby and I are very excited to announce that we are expecting a baby girl, due in April 2019! We have so much to be thankful for this holiday season, but our rainbow baby is definitely at the top of our list! We thought a Thanksgiving visit to Tokyo Disneyland was the perfect opportunity to […]

  • What to make for Friendsgiving brunch

    hosting Friendsgiving brunch

    Celebrating holidays far from family is never easy, but it can be particularly challenging when you’re living overseas and trying to celebrate a distinctly American holiday. Most military service members get holidays off (if they’re not deployed), but actually flying home to the U.S. for every holiday is unrealistic and expensive. So, that means friends […]

  • Marine dress blues cookies

    marine dress blues cookies

    It’s almost the Marine Corps’ birthday, and that means birthday balls, special birthday messages… and, of course, baked goods. There’s always an epic cake at the birthday ball, of course, but I like to make something festive as well. In the past, I’ve made camouflage cookies and camo cupcakes, as well as “scarlet and gold” […]