I’ve Moved!

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Well not exactly, but my blog has. And it’s better than ever because I joined forces with my sister! So you can expect my same posts about home projects and plants, as well as posts from my sister who is a great writer and an even better photographer!

Check out our first post about our trip to Kauai!

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A Graduation Party for M

IMG_9586I can’t believe M has graduated and is off to college soon ūüė¶ It seems crazy to me! We couldn’t send her off to Texas without a celebration BBQ. My Dad will take any excuse to make ribs and my Mom and I are always ready to decorate, so this was a fun event!

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I found some ideas on Pinterest for guest sign-ins that used Polaroids so we pulled out M’s camera and an old spring cushion my Mom had. We¬†made a spot for guests to leave their picture and some advice for M as she heads off to school.

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We chose a red-checkered-Texas-farm theme for the decorations. I made lots of them in-between studying for finals.

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We had many pictures of M!

Some good…

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And some, less good…

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And of course, there was tons of meat!!

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(That was not my plate!) Matching red! IMG_9592

And for the grand finale… a purple TCU dessert table!

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We all had a great time- especially Hurley!

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Stress Free Summer ’15

If you know me, then you know that I am a big fan of making lists and checking things off! But in yoga this week, my teacher advised us to be careful when we put the activities that we like doing on our to-do lists. By adding coffee at the beach, or gardening, or all the other things we enjoy doing, we risk turning these activities into just another box to check.

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My Master’s Thesis

At my school, everyone works on their master’s thesis project as a group. What’s cool about them, too, is that each project¬†is proposed by a member of the public in search of answers to a current environmental issue. I was assigned/I chose a project proposed by the City of Santa Barbara’s Planning Commission. Over the next year, myself and three others, will study the effects of housing on transportation patterns. Our environmental interest in transportation comes from the fact that it¬†is one of the largest¬†sources of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. We are trying to find out if creating housing closer to jobs is a successful way to reduce peoples’¬†driving, and therefore reduce their emissions. To kick-off the project, I created my team’s project website. If you want to learn more about some housing issues in Santa Barbara and how our project works, check it out here .