Nothing beats hearing a great song that you love. As we venture into 2014, here are 50 songs (old & new) I fell in love with in 2013 (in no particular order). Check out last year's list for more awesome inspiration.
1. Born to Run - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros 2. Reflecktor - Arcade Fire 3. Ashamed - Deer Tick 4. Lost Coastlines - Okkervil River 5. When We Were Young - Brett Dennen 6. Shake - The Head and the Heart 7. Open Ended Life - The Avett Brothers 8. Don't Be a Stranger - Blitzen Trapper 9. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake (yep) 10. War Zone - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 11. The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES 12. My Song 5 - HAIM 13. Tennis Court - Lorde 14. Harrison Ford - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 15. Home - Jenny O. 16. Moon of the Daylit Sky - Aaron Embry 17. Josh McBride - The Head and the Heart 18. Boxcar - Shovels & Rope 19. Last Mile Home - Kings of Leon 20. Big House - Deer Tick 21. Wrecking Ball - Jared & the Mill 22. Dreams of Cannibalism - Typhoon 23. Falling - HAIM 24. The Giving Tree - Plain White T's 25. Badge and Gun - John Mayer 26. All Sense of Time - David Wax Museum 27. Go Go Go - Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers 28. In the Darkness - Foxyglen 29. Country Calling - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros 30. The Truth is a Cave - The Oh Hellos 31. Jericho (Live at Daytrotter) - Blitzen Trapper 32. Ain't It Enough - Old Crow Medicine Show 33. Next to Me - Emeli Sande 34. Step - Vampire Weekend 35. Helicopter - Deerhunter 36. Song for Zula - Phosphorescent 37. Sons & Daughters - The Decemberists 38. When My Man Comes Home - Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu 39. Brave- Sara Bareilles 40. I Could Take the Whole World On - Ben & Kaci 41. So American - Portugal. The Man. 42. Diet Mountain Dew - Lana Del Rey 43. Gazebo Song - Spirit Family Reunion 44. America's Son - Air Review 45. Shook Up - Clairy Browne & the Rackettes 46. Battleships - I'm from Barcelona 47. We Are Free - Jay Jay Pistolet 48. I will Return I Promise - Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny 49. Feet to the Sky - Lulu & the Lampshades 50. Rambling Man - Laura Marling
A few years ago I started listening to the This American Life series on NPR and was instantly hooked. They pick a theme each week and tell a few stories pertaining to that theme. It's always really interesting...I generally learn something new...and it's a great way to get through long flights/drives/work days.
The newest ones were always available to download on iTunes, but when I plowed through them in a few days I thought I'd have to patiently wait to hear a new one each week.
Until I discovered they had an app. With over 500 shows, you will likely never run out of great episodes to listen to. The app has ALL the past episodes archived and available to stream. It's sort of the best thing ever.
Next time you have an hour, check one out. After one, I PROMISE you'll want to listen to all of them. Here are a few of my very favorites so far to get you started...
510: Fiasco! 414: Right to Remain Silent 509: It Says So Right Here 505: Use Only As Directed 504: How I Got Into College 494: Hit the Road 487-488: Harper High School 478: Red State Blue State 466: Blackjack
Happy Happy HAPPY birthday to my very favorite mom. She's the busiest gal I know, and she's creative, smart and throws a darn good party! She makes a wicked Halloween costume, loves her pups (and usually her family!), goes on adventures, ziplines when she's afraid of heights, makes entire communities of people fall in love with her and is just the best lady around.
Happy Birthday Mom!
After some Palm Springs exploring we were off deeper into the desert for our REAL weekend adventure.
I had seen this amazing airbnb treasure a while back on someone's instagram and knew we HAD to get there. Jay and Stephanie's homesteader cabin has become increasingly popular (and I can see why) so when it was available over Thanksgiving we didn't hesitate for a second.
The weekend was exactly I had hoped. Wine in mugs, reading great books, a weird indie movie or two on Netflix, dirt roads, exploring the park, wandering around town, EPIC views, cold weather, campfires, s'mores, and sunsets to great playlists.
It's a place I'll definitely go again. And again.
If you are ever within 500 miles of Joshua Tree, go. No matter what.
If you know me at all, you shouldn't be surprised that I take advantage of every visit from my sister. We pick somewhere a little weird, pack up the car, and enjoy a weekend adventure whenever we can.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday we decided to venture west to Joshua Tree, CA. We found a quirky airbnb rental, threw our stuff in the trunk and hit the road.
Since we took about 9,000,000 photos, I thought I'd break this up into a couple posts.
On our way across the desert we had to stop in Palm Springs. We stopped at one of my favorite hotels, ate delicious lunch, and made some stops at Party*Lab and Dazzles (one of the craziest vintage shops I've ever been in). Check it out!
^^the ace has little quotes hidden all over the place. in this case, "things come around" in the ladies room.^^
You guys. How is it holiday season already? I feel like I just finished winding down from last year's festivities. It's the perfect time of year in Arizona, when it finally starts to cool off and feel like fall, family and friends all come back home for visits, and you can spend an entire day in the kitchen chatting and cooking. Which is exactly what my family did.
I made this killer stuffing (I used ground sweet italian sausage instead and about 1/4 loaf less of the bread)...trust me it's perfection. My sister defied logic and made the most beautiful pie I've ever seen (and it was her first pie...ever). We played cards, told stories and had a really, really great day.
Thanksgiving might be one of my favorite holidays. It's always such a treat to have everyone you love together sharing stories and delicious food.
I hope yours was filled with only good things. Happy Holidays!
^^so what if I'm the weird one in the family that jumps up mid-meal to run out front and take a photo of a special moment. you'll thank me later.^^
You guys. I love ban.do. I have more of their glittery goodness on my nightstand and sprinkled around my bedroom than I care to admit. Every time they have a sale, I can't resist. Sometimes I dream I have enough of their baubles to swim in them Scrooge McDuck style. I buy them for my fellow bridesmaids, for my mom, for my sister, for my best friends.
They have an adorable blog, are inspiring on instagram and are just the a perfect way to brighten things up!
Here are some of my absolute favorites that I can't get enough of.
Check 'em out!
and check out that fun gif I made at blogshop! woop.