Friday Finds #17

It's a beautiful day again and somehow this weekend there are zero weddings happening for the studio! I have both Saturday and Sunday off in the middle of August? It can't be real. But it is! Although I do have to photograph a wedding today that's the only one on the agenda for the weekend. And that is great because I get to head home tomorrow to visit family and friends! Needless to say I am in a pretty great mood and have had a decent week so far. Along with this my birthday right around the corner. Obviously I can't help but make a little birthday wish list and of course a few made it onto this weeks Friday Finds post.

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The Fujifulm XF1 digital camera might be at the top of my list. This little guy is affordable and compact and takes great photos. It's perfect for anyone looking for a new camera or a photographer like myself who doesn't want to carry around the heavy big pro DSLR all the time.

I adore this Penfield Vance Backpack, too. The floral is so cute and I have a gift card to Penfield to spend on myself... so we will see!

Speaking of weddings, the New York Times put out a great piece on weddings in todays digital world. If you ever have, attend, or are in a wedding please read this article

I have yet to see a kitchen backsplash that has a honeycomb design like this one but I am so glad I stumbled upon it. I absolutely love it along with everything else in this kitchen. The SMEG refrigerator, bamboo and light wood accents, it's all a dream!

If you're debating on what to have for lunch next week consider these Roasted Zucchini Flatbreads. Topped with arugula, goat cheese, hummus, and almonds it's totally to die for. I had it for lunch the other day and added some grilled tofu which I highly recommend.

I rarely accessorize with belts and I am ashamed to say I don't even own one (I know, I know) but I love this look on the Madewell Musings blog. I think I can try and outfit like this for sure!

These campfire treat recipes from the Anthro Blog have my mouth watering. I'm not joking. Grilled Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter? And don't even get my thinking about the Churro S'mores... I can't wait to try these.

DIY Road Trip Survival Kit

Have you ever gone on a long road trip, whether it be because you were headed somewhere on vacation or were moving to a new city? If you have you probably know how tiresome and sometimes boring long drives can be!

A good friend of mine since middle school and all the way through college is about to make a big move. She is headed west to go to graduate school and will son be making a month long drive across the United States. She is visiting different places along the way so it's a journey that requires lots of planning, packing her life into one car, and going. When you plan something this big it's easy to forget the little things. We've all packed for a trip and have forgotten something at least once in our lives, right? Well, I wanted to send her off with a special gift without adding to her luggage and after really thinking about it for a while I came up with the idea of creating a Road Trip Survival Kit for her. It was the perfect way to give her things she can use along the way that will help make her journey easier!

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The kit is super fun and extremely simple to put together. Bonus? It's low budget. Many of the items you will find you already have around the house and if not, Target is the best place to go to get your supplies. This Road Trip Survival Kit will put a smile on anyones face, and you can make it for whoever: men, women, kids, anyone! You can customize it however you'd like which makes it a really thoughtful and special gift for the person who receives it. Here it's done:

What You Need

  • Six pack container
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Card stock paper

Instructions

  1. Measure each side of the six pack container and cut the card stock accordingly. I had some fun with this and used different patterns and colors for each side and for the handle.
  2. Using scotch tape or double sided tape, tape the card stock to the appropriate side. As you can see in the image at the top I did a wrap around technique that made it necessary to place the tape on top as well, making it visible, which is totally okay!
  3. Once you cover all sides and handles (no need to cover the base, only if you want!) you are ready to stuff the kit with fun items. Check out the guideline below:

A travel journal - to keep notes about favorite places seen along the way

Tissues - for the tough moments

Lip balm - because there is nothing worse than

Mints - or gum for those times when brushing your teeth isn't possible

Hand Sanitizer - to keep the germs away

Ibuprofen - for aches and pains during the long drive

Snacks - both healthy and indulgent. This kit has a Luna bar, a Cliff bar, Rice Krispie treat, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Nutella to go and potato chips

Magazine (or book) - reading material for when you aren't in the drivers seat

Starbucks giftcard - for those much needed coffee stops

Energy drink - for when Starbucks is closed!  

This kit was a huge success and I absolutely love how it turned out. My friend got so teary eyed when she opened it and loved everything I included for her. I can't wait to hear about her trip and all of her experiences, and I hope sometime soon you can make this for a friend about to embark on an awesome journey, too! Happy crafting! xo

July in Instagrams

August is here - the Sunday of Summer. July was incredible for me and I am really going to miss it. I traveled to California, photographed five or six weddings, spent some time with friends and family and was overall super busy. Here's to hoping August is just as amazing along with some of my snapshots from July:

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