Chalkboard Frame

This past weekend, I decided that I was going to make my DIY chalkboard frame project happen! After hitting the gym early on Saturday morning, I met up with a friend to check out some local antique shops and the good old GW for a large frame that I could transform into my very own chalkboard. We ended up finding the perfect sized frame and although I'm not usually a DIY / crafty person, I was excited to take a stab at transforming a crazy-looking 90's framed print into a chalkboard to hang behind my bar cart.

Later that evening, my friend and I sat in my bathroom and chatted while I covered everything with chalkboard paint. It took a couple of coats to cover the existing art, but in the end, I was impressed with how smoothly the paint transformed a piece of glass into a usable chalkboard surface. In addition to the large frame, I also painted a smaller frame to hang in my entryway.

After the chalkboard section was completely dry, I began painting the trim a bright white to help it "pop." The chalkboard portion needs to sit for three days before I can begin covering it with my handlettering, and the trim needs a second coat of white, but overall, I am so pleased with how this turned out! I'm looking forward to having an outlet to showcase my lettering and chalk doodles! 

Valentines for Coworkers

A few coworkers and I recently started a group where we meet a couple times per month to chat about creativity, work on personal projects, and collaborate on ideas. After our kick-off meeting, I was feeling inspired to get back into my illustration groove of creating look-alike characters. I whipped up these little Valentines for the members of our group, along with a couple extra people that I'd had the pleasure of getting to know at my new job. 

Chalkboard Lettering


My friend, Jenny, recently transformed her coffee table to have a chalkboard top on it. Whenever we hang out at her condo, I find so much joy in doodling all over the top of it while we sit and chat. Last weekend, she hosted a "Galentine's" party which consisted of us lifting at Life Time, then coming back to her place for chocolate cake. It's all about balance, right? 

Love You Forever Custom Baby Print

Last week I wrapped up a custom handlettering project that I've been itching to share! This pretty print features a phrase from the well-known children's book and is perfectly fitting for a nursery.

So Long, Appendix!

Last weekend, I unexpectedly had an appendectomy due to acute appendicitis. The whole thing was kind of a blur since it happened so quickly, but the good news is that I'm on the mend! 

To be honest, I always thought getting your appendix out would be much more dramatic than my experience was. I had some cramping the week prior and brushed it off as no big deal. That Wednesday, I lifted weights (leg day) and noticed that my hip felt funny the next day. I also felt a little nauseous that evening but assumed I just had an upset stomach from something I ate. I figured I had pulled a hip flexor since the majority of the pain was coming from the front of my right hip--especially when I moved my leg or twisted my abdomen. I googled "appendicitis" just for kicks but was reassured that it wasn't the case when I read the symptoms of "flu like characteristics and sharp, debilitating pain."

As the night went on, I tossed and turned as the pain in my right side became more severe. The next morning, I went to the chiropractor to have her check it out since they're used to all of my sore muscles from lifting weights. My chiropractor expressed concern about it being my appendix and recommended that I go straight to urgent care to get it checked. Upon arriving to urgent care, they immediately brought me back to a room and did an ultrasound and then a CT scan. After waiting for what felt like forever, the doctor came into the room and told me that I had early-onset appendicitis and that they would be doing a direct transfer to the local hospital so that I could be prepped for surgery.

Once I arrived at the hospital around 3:30pm, they immediately brought me to my own room, gave me an IV with antibiotics (in case my appendix burst), and some fluids since I was dehydrated and hadn't eaten anything yet that day. They continued to monitor me before sending me off to surgery around 9pm. The surgery took about one hour from start to finish and once it was complete, they kept me in the recovery room for awhile to make sure everything was okay before moving me back to my room to rest. I remember that my throat hurt from the breathing tube and I was so thirsty--I swear, apple juice has never tasted so good in my life! I was really tired after the procedure and slept fairly well despite being in the hospital. My care team woke me up pretty much every hour to check my vitals and the incisions but thankfully I had no problem falling back asleep each time.

The next morning, I ate breakfast and lunch at the hospital before they discharged me--they wanted to make sure my digestive system was back in order before letting me go. Nothing really sounded good so I choked down some bland foods like toast and applesauce before heading home. The recovery has been a lot easier than I imagined--I took it easy last week to let my body rest and allow my incisions to heal. My appendectomy was done laparoscopically, so I just have three small incisions in the center of my lower abdomen. My appetite is still a little wonky and I feel exhausted anytime I get up and walk around, but I'm slowly starting to feel like myself again and am thankful that everything went well! 

Makeup Essentials

I have to admit, I'm a bit of a product junkie. I love trying out new makeup products, colors, and techniques. In my spare time, I enjoy watching tutorials on YouTube for new ideas on how to apply some of my favorite products.

My everyday face routine is pretty simple; below are the products that I use (and love!) on the regular:

1. Pur Minerals Correcting Primer - This primer goes on super smooth and keeps my foundation in place all day without feeling greasy or dewy. Check it out here.

2. Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Golden Medium - After using liquid foundations all my life, I recently switched over to a powdered foundation now that my skin is clearer and requires less coverage. Check it out here.

3. Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss in Fairest Flush - The perfect lip gloss for an everyday look--it's nice and light while adding just the right amount of color. Check it out here.

4. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original - My eyeshadow never used to last past lunchtime until I switched to this eyeshadow primer. This creamy base helps keep my eyeshadow looking fresh all day long. Check it out here.

5. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe - This is easily my favorite product--a smooth pomade that you apply using a small angled brush and a spoolie to even out and fill in your brows for a more defined look. Check it out here.

6. IT Cosmetics No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black - A friend of mine recently recommended this liner to me and I love how it glides on evenly and lasts all day without needing any touch-ups. Check it out here.

7. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in Blackest Black - Great for getting that long, thick lash look! Check it out here.

8. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette - With its rich, pigmented colors, this is hands-down my favorite brand of eyeshadow. The variety of colors allows you to play around with different looks and create the perfect combination for any occasion from everyday to a fancy evening look. Check it out here.

9. Essie Nail Lacquer in Sand Tropez - I always seem to have my nails painted and this classy neutral is perfect for an everyday look. I love using this color as a base coat as well! Check it out here.

What is your #1 must-have cosmetic item that you use on a regular basis?

Be Here

"Stress is caused by being here
but wanting to be there."
-Eckhart Tolle

I found this quote the other day while browsing on Pinterest--there was just something about it that really resonated with me. Too often, I find myself caught up in the planning, controlling, and analyzing rather than just being present in the moment.

I crafted this simple handlettering project as a reminder of how wonderful it truly is when we finally let go of the to-do lists and running in circles to just simply let ourselves be here, right now--enjoying the moment for what it is.

Cozy Faves for Chilly Days

If you live in an area that involves frigid temps and snowy days, you know how important it is to have the right gear. Over the past few years, our Minnesota winters have been even more brutal than usual (is that even possible?)--I remember last year there was one day in January where the high was -19*--so cold that it literally hurts to be out in the elements for more than a mere second.

Although our temps haven't been that brutally cold yet this winter, we have had a few chilly days that make you want to stay inside curled up underneath a blanket. For the days that I do venture out, I always make sure I'm all bundled up to stay as warm as possible. Some of my favorite winter items include:

1. Nike Pro Hyperwarm Tights. I purchased these a couple years ago right before we went on an anniversary trip up north. Not only are they flattering and comfortable, they're also a great base layer since they have a fleece lining on the inside. They're perfect for lounging around in on a cold day or for layering up before heading outside. Last winter, I accidentally tossed these into my gym bag instead of my regular tights and let's just say that was one sweaty workout--definitely not recommended for indoor training. Check them out here.

2. The North Face Guardian Gloves. Last year I invested in a warmer pair of gloves but they ended up not making the cut on those horribly cold days. This year I purchased the heavy duty waterproof and windproof gloves to keep my hands toasty warm--no more chilly fingers while trying to fill my vehicle with gas! Check them out here

3. Archer Farms Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa. We stocked up on a variety of k-cups in preparation for hosing both family Christmases this year and this ended up being everyone's favorite. Since then, we've purchased multiple boxes of this delicious hot chocolate that has a salty-sweet flavor thanks to the sea salt and caramel/toffee flavors. It's the perfect little treat to enjoy on a winter evening or to fill your travel tumbler with to enjoy during your snowy commute. Check it out here.

4. The North Face Fuzzy Earflap Beanie. This hat is a definite must for me on days when the windchill is terribly cold--it keeps my head and ears toasty warm. Bonus, I can still put my hood up while sporting this cute purple hat. Check it out here.

5. Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots. These are my favorite boots, ever. Waterproof, comfortable, and cute--what more could you want? They keep my toes warm and dry no matter what the conditions are like outside. Perfect for commuting on blizzardy days. Check them out here.


This is my brand new blog!

I've strayed away for quite some time but this little space of mine has always been in the back of my mind as I've gone about my life. I miss the creative outlet of recapping bits and pieces of my day-to-day life and my work and am planning on popping in every now and then with random tidbits and projects.