DIY Travel Photo Art

IMG_4315EDITED It’s been a long two months since Jason and I went on vacation to Denver and I miss it! I’ve had this travel keepsake idea in my head but couldn’t find the right time to get to it so I stuck the idea for this on the calendar and made it happen! I’m really happy with the way the finished product came out but I realized a few things: (1) it’s been a long time since I printed real photos and I was a little disappointed in the quality of them but I’m guessing that’s just because I’m super spoiled by a large screen and the ability to edit them how I want and (2) I need to always go bigger. I knew the photos would be 4×6 but I didn’t really think about what that meant so 15 pictures got printed and only 7 were used. I definitely overestimated the size of my canvas!

Here’s how I did it:

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Have a prepped week.

Under the Oaks: Have a prepped week. Happy Sunday friends! What do you have on your plates today?

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind and I feel I’ve drifted a bit too far from my day to day routine, and not in a good way. Despite it being a day of rest, today I’m working as hard as I can to better prep myself for the coming weeks so that I can get more out of the hours of my days. So far this has entailed prepping all of our meals for the week ahead [including this Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup for lunches], pre-selecting¬†outfits for work¬†[and putting this Mulig valet to good use], and charging up my Fitbit so I can capture and increase my daily steps. I also made a stop at Goodwill this morning so I could get rid of a pile of clutter that’s been driving me crazy.

What tips could you share to others that are looking for better ways to prepare themselves for a new week? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal

July Book Review: The Giver

Under the Oaks: The Giver July Book Reivew Have you been looking for a short beach read? I would then recommend to you The Giver by Lois Lowry. This week I listened to the audio version of this young-adult novel, written in 1993. It was a quick listen, so I assume a short read. I would like to note to anyone that may also listen to the audio copy: please do not be weirded out by the bizarre interludes of music, it’s still a good story!

The Giver is about a utopian society that has based its livelihood on the idea of “sameness”. No one has emotional feelings, everyone sees in black and white, decisions are made for them, no one has an individual birthday, and everyone has their job decided for them during their 12th year in the month of December. The main character’s decided job is the job as a “receiver” which is the most respected job within the community. There is only one receiver and their job is to hold all the memories, of all time, within their mind. The old man who gives the memories is “the giver” and he relays all the memories to the receiver by holding his hands to the receiver’s back. He shares both happy and painful memories. Continue reading

Favorite Foods of Wisconsin

Under the Oaks: Favorite Foods of Wisconsin Happy Thursday, friends!

I hope you got to catch up on photos from my Wisconsin trip in Tuesday’s post. Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite foods of Wisconsin. When traveling back to the ‘ole stomping ground, I always look forward to the food. Wisconsin is known for its cheese and beer, but there is so much more to this country’s Dairy State. These eateries are just a few of my favorite. Continue reading

On Wisconsin!

Under the Oaks : On Wisconsin! Last week I shared with you all that I was in Northern Wisconsin resting up. Where we were was in a small town called Park Falls where my husband’s family has a modest cabin overlooking the 124-acre Lake Le Tourneau. We had a few obstacles (no cell reception, broken water pipes, broken fridge), but we mostly had a lot of relaxing fun. We explored Downtown Park Falls, canoed, sat on the pier and enjoyed 70-degree weather and beautiful lake views, fished, made fires for s’mores, and ate some good food (check back Thursday for that post). It was really nice to disconnect from our normally busy lives.

While we aren’t huge fans of Wisconsin in the winter time, we do enjoy all that summer has to offer (well most of what summer has to offer minus the state bird = mosquitos). Here are a few photos from our time in Wisconsin. Continue reading