a holiday- themed paint night

J and I love a good paint night. I found this great holiday-themed watercolor tutorial online for (one of) our December “date-night-paint-nights” and not only did they both turn out so well, we completely enjoyed ourselves. We cranked up the old holiday Spotify Christmas classics, watercolor paper, brushes, paint, and oil pastels, and voila! Magic in the making. […]

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Chop it, Trim it, Charlie Brown.

This year J wanted to cut down our tree. There is something romantically sentimental about chopping down your own Christmas tree…..in theory. Perhaps in some states, that idea carries through from forest to living room and you end up with a full, vibrant fern. But in the northern Alaskan hills- the picture isn’t painted quite so […]

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Beauty in its Rawest Form

With the spring comes the sun. With the sun comes the warm days. With warm days comes the icy rivers of melted snow. With the rivers come the rain boots. With the boots come the outdoors. With the outdoors come the shorter nights. And with the shorter nights one must catch their last few weeks of Aurora B. This time […]

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Dear Winter

Dear Frozen Fairbanks, I have enjoyed the whistling endless nights. The bone-chilled gust of air to wake me up in the morning when I open the front door to head to work. I will never forget the dancing Aurora Borealis. Vibrant strokes of green and yellow,  it was like a magical paintbrush swept across the […]

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One Word: Joy!

To delight in the small, take pleasure in the uncomplicated, seek the honest, and find joy in what is all around. I would like to adopt that. I don’t know about you- but January is bullet journal month! From washi tape to fitness and water count trackers, I have it all written down and organized. […]

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10 Living Room Dates: for the snow bound couples.

With Valentines Day just around the corner, some of you may be snow-bound (like us), on a budget, or want to keep things low key- yet special. J and I are always looking for new things to do for date night, that feel exciting and fresh- even when it’s too cold to explore. Here is […]

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15 Dates for the long distance couple

I know when I am long distance, the dates can start to run together. “Facetime again?” If you stick to just texting or just facetime, then long distance boredom and resentment can start to form. There are fun and interesting things you can do as partners, through the restrictions of distance, that help to squelch that anxiety. So next time […]

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Speak your partner’s love language through distance

Knowing your love languages. Distance can be embraced as a time of nurturing, rather than a hurdle or an obstacle to overcome. It is all in perspective, attitude, and choices. Perspective: I’m dating my favorite person. Attitude: The bright side? We will be back together when this all ends, not the other way around. Choices: We choose to use this time […]

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the little things.

I drove up to that familiar House, where so many memories are stored- both old and new. Home. Where I learned to roller skate across, into, and between imaginary worlds drawn onto the surface of it’s driveway. Where fortresses were built from piles of chopped firewood, and props were fashioned from original Carolina clay. Where in the summer […]

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A Minimalist Approach to 2017

As the New Year so lovingly tends to do, 2017 stared me smack dab in eye and said, “Abigail, what are your goals? Are you going to make one of those half-finished bullet journals again? Filled with unfinished tasks, lists, recipes, workout trackers, book lists, daily water intake, bucket list…list….lists….lists?!?” Am I painting an accurate picture for you? […]

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