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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Teddy Turns 1 Years Old

Teddy is 1!!
Today is my one and only puppy's FIRST EVER birthday.

I love this little guy so so much. Since he is part of the family, of course Rickard and I had to sing him Happy Birthday and get him a little present. We know how much he likes to tear things apart, so we wrapped up a large piece of chicken & bone in wrapping paper. I think he had a bit of fun getting it out of the wrapping paper; now he is wandering around pretty happy right now.

It was hard to get a picture of him because he kept sneaking away. He thought we were going to steal his bone! Ha Ha!

Kisses to you silly little Teddy. Happy Birthday and I wish you many more to come!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Beach Wedding

beautiful newlyweds
One of my best friends got married this past weekend in a gorgeous Malibu beach ceremony. There were very few dry eyes amongst our group, I will say that much. It is so beautiful to watch two people promise to share their lives together.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Marriage is a real blessing and I wish them all the happiness in the world.

the bridesmaids


me and husband

(Photographs by my husband. Do not use without our permission.)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Blueberry Pie and Movie in the Park

This past weekend was SO busy. We attended my friend's wedding on Sunday (pics to come on that!) and on Saturday we were at a pot luck-slash-pool party, followed by movie night in the park.

For the pot luck, Rickard made this deliicious blueberry and strawberry pie from scratch. It went great with some homemade ice cream too!

Afterwards, we headed over to the park to watch The Lorax on the park green. I love these kinds of children's movies that come with such great messages.

It was a wonderful evening.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Dedicated to My Husband

Happy Friday, Everyone! I was just listening to this song by One Republic -- "Good Life". This was our wedding song.

Rickard says that he heard this song for the first time in 2011 at the the airport in Sweden when he was about to fly back to the United States to see me. It made him think of us, our life, and smile. :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Husband's Home Cooking

Salmon with Seasoned Baked Potatoes and Carrots

I had a request from one of my visitors for a homemade recipe on the blog.

My husband is the cook around our parts, so I will let him explain to you how he made this pretty simple dinner...


The dish I prepared for last night's dinner was oven-baked salmon with garlic carrots and potatoes, topped with oregano cream sauce

Preparation Time: 1 hour

Sour Cream
Half and Half
Olive Oil
Chicken Bouillon
Seasoning of your Choice: Oregano, Salt, Pepper
Garlic cloves

 *** If you want this to be a little more low-calorie, I would substitute the potatoes and/or carrots for leafy green vegetables. You can top with balsamic vinaigrette instead of the cream sauce we used (although the sauce is what really makes this yummy!)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What I have been up to.... [Instagram Photos]

The months of July and August have been too good to me. With my trip to Europe, my friend's upcoming wedding this Sunday, and family events - it's rare that there's been one weekend that is spent just at home. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Here is some of "life" I was able to capture via Instagram:

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Me (left) & My Sister (right)
I spent this weekend at my parents house and it went by sooo fast. It is so rare when we have my entire family (now including Rickard) all in one place.

However, I totally managed to sprain my ankle this weekend because like a klutz, I tripped all over myself on Sunday and ate pavement. My ankle is a bit swollen, and should be fine in about a week or two. I am glad it is not too serious.

Me and all my little sisters

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paris {Day 2}

Me @ Trocadero -- arguably the best view of the Eiffel Tower
So the second day of Paris was just totally jam packed! I promise you that I have something like 100 pictures of the Eiffel Tower alone, but I will spare you and not post all of those pictures!

There is really something about the Eiffel Tower, isn't there? That  je ne sais quoi. When Rickard and I stepped out of the Metro and followed the crowd to this view here -- we were in total awe. To be at one of the most famous landmarks (if not THE most famous) and looking at a structure recognized throughout the world --  we felt totally blessed. It was definitely one of the highlights of my life...and I was so happy to be sharing that moment with my husband.

Rickard and I didn't technically have a honeymoon for many different reasons, but Paris definitely felt like a belated one. I said it in my last post, and I will say it again -- it lives up to every cliche in the book. Romantic, dreamy, beautiful...take me away again please!

Le Eiffel

We saw this good-looking couple doing their wedding shoot at the Carousel right near the Eiffel Tower. How romantic! We saw another bride and groom couple too later in the evening! I can't imagine how many people must get engaged or married here everyday.


We started the second day off by grabbing breakfast at a nearby cafe and doing a little food shopping. The French take their breads very seriously... and I wish wish we had all these bread and cheese options here in the States! Nom...

Macarons in bed

After we ate and got all the goodies we wanted for the day, we headed out to check out the Musee d'Orsay.

@ Musee D'Orsay -- though you are technically not allowed to take pictures there!

Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay
We had heard that Musee d'Orsay is much better if you are short on time than the Louvre since the Louvre is toooo huge! For me, d'Orsay was pretty big too, but I am glad we got a chance to check it out. I had goosebumps when I saw Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles...so much history in this beautiful city.

After that, we hopped on the metro and headed to the Opera house.

Palais Garnier - Opera House
Opéra de Paris
The view from Opéra de Paris

 Beautiful ornate decor inside.

...and then of course we decided to go back to the Eiffel Tower in the evening... and I am really glad we did because we got to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at the start of every hour. We spent the rest of the evening there, laying out in the lawn and enjoying our last day there.

 Paris @ Night

Flight on the way back home --- can you spot the Eiffel Tower? (Hint: Bottom Right)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Paris {Day 1}

First dessert upon arrival - Creme Brulee
Ahhhh Parisss... It was everything and more to me. Rickard and I only got to spend two days in Paris, and in that short amount of time, I have totally and madly fallen in love with the city. I told my friend that Paris lives up to every cliche about it.

Everywhere you looked, there were beautiful monuments, architecture and everything I had read about in history books growing up. I hope that Rickard and I are able to go back again in the near future. Paris is HUGE - and you cannot do everything in two days - though we sure tried! There is still so much more in Paris that I want to explore. :)

My husband waiting at Landvetter Airport in Sweden for our flight to Paris
The first day, we were off to a bit of a bumpy start. Our early morning (7am) flight to Paris was delayed. When we got to Paris, we were silly, bumbling "tourists" and had the worst time trying to figure out the Paris Metro with all our luggage (though the Metro is actually very easy and convenient). We both had quite a lot of luggage since Rickard had been in Europe for about two months and me for two weeks and we planned to lug all of it back to America eventually! Once we figured out the Metro and settled down in our hotel, it was all smooth sailing from there!

Jardin de Tuileries
Rickard at his beloved Notre Dame Cathedral :)
Beautiful details on Notre Dame

Arc de Triomphe
La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre - bird flying overhead.

Such an amazing view from Sacre Coeur.

Typical Parisan side street

Cafe at the famous Saint-Germain
Rickard and I had such a blast walking down Saint Germain and just window shopping. There were such beautiful clothes and furniture items - although they were verrry pricey. I took pictures of some of the amazing decor items as inspiration for my future house!

We didn't see the Eiffel Tower the first day actually, but we went to it twice on our second day in Paris.

More pics to come...  (including Le Eiffel of course!)