Recipe // Fourth of July Dessert

This Fourth of July dessert is so easy to make, oh-so-delicious, and not to mention gorgeous! For me, it's the perfect ratio of chocolate and my favorite types of fruit. All you need are strawberries, blueberries, and white chocolate chips. Slice the strawberries to your liking and then add as many chocolate chips and blueberries on top as you want! It took me all of 15 minutes to make; it would be the perfect addition to your friend's barbecue you're invited to this weekend :-)

The best part about writing this post? Getting to eat the dessert after... who says I need a real lunch? ;-) I hope you're having a lovely Fourth of July weekend! I'll just be relaxing and doing a whole lot of nothing, which is exactly what I needed <3

DIY // Wedding Album

It's no secret that I love a good DIY photo book. I'm not a photographer, but I live for taking pictures. I love capturing all of the precious moments life has to offer and am usually the one asking Tim for "just one more" or "a couple more angles." ;)

So when it came time to deciding on our wedding photography package, we opted for the full 8 hours of photography, plus two more hours after our reception to get some golden hour photos of just the two of us. Even though we were so exhausted at the end of the day, it was totally worth it. When else are you going to be dressed in your wedding attire with perfect makeup and hair?

The best advice I received about wedding albums was from my sister and brother. They both used Costco's Photo Center to create and print theirs. I've always been a huge fan of Shutterfly, but wasn't sure I wanted to print my wedding album through them since I had never seen any examples in person. On the flip side, I saw both my sister's and brother's albums and they were gorgeous. I ultimately decided to go with Costco and I do not regret it! Not only did they do a fantastic job, but they did it all for $34! $34, people! What a steal.

PS: We absolutely loved our photographer, Gregory Bartning, and highly recommend him! He photographed both mine and my brother's wedding.

PDX // Eagle Creek Trail

One of Tim's passions is the outdoors - hiking, camping, you name it, he loves it. So we vowed to do more of that this summer, especially day hikes. Last weekend, we adventured on a short hike on Eagle Creek Trail to Punch Bowl Falls. We had done this hike before 2 years ago, but it was nice to do it again, this time more prepared with a little picnic at the falls. Getting outdoors really does calm the soul; it was nice escaping reality if just for the day. Here's a fun little video of our adventure and a few photos that just really don't do its beauty justice.

La Liberte Home Tour // Family Room

Our apartment is a constant work in progress, but we've come a long way since moving in! Working with 580 square feet isn't the easiest thing to do, but it's definitely doable and so, so worth it for the location we're in. We've made additions here and there to make it feel like home and the family room is probably one of my favorite rooms in our space. If you're curious, I wrote a post about creating our DIY gallery wall pictured below.

Working with such a limited amount of space, we've had to get creative with storage. Other than our closet, we only have one teeny tiny closet in the entryway, so some of our items are stored in corners of our family room. Can you spot the yoga mat and extra pillows in the back right corner of the photos above? Or our vacuum hidden behind the side table with the bird cage on top of it shown below? ;-) Eventually we'll need to just go through all of our belongings and purge, but for now, it works.

What do you think about our funky vintage green plaid chair? I've had a love/hate relationship with it, but we're currently on good terms ;-) I love the shape of it; it's the perfect size for our small-ish living area and the 70s vibe goes well with some of our other eclectic decor. I'm not sure why I sometimes want to replace it. It might be because when we ultimately replace our couch (it's from my family and we've had it since I was about 7!) I'm not sure if it will still go as well in our family room, but for now it's a great conversation starter and is pulling at my heartstrings. :-) If you're in a DIY mood, check out my post about making the yarn wall hanging pictured above.

The Portland artwork pictured above on the right and also below is the newest addition to our family room. We purchased the artwork from Powell's about 2 years ago and just recently got it framed. If you can't tell, it pictures and names all of the bridges in the city (minus the newest bridge). The artwork was only about $20, but the framing was a bit pricey. Luckily, we were able to get 60% off at Michael's during one of their custom framing sales. We absolutely love it, so it was definitely worth every penny!

We're in love with our little home and wouldn't trade it for the world (well, as long as rent stays manageable). ;-) It's amazing just how little you need when you have the world to explore right outside your door.