Thursday, July 27, 2017


Well, hi there blog. My last post was for New Year's, so naturally I'm back just in time for my birthday list! Truth be told I have not given much thought to my birthday this year, my mind is squarely fixed on mid-september and I'm pretty much just letting August 7th slide on by this year. BUT, I have to make a birthday list. 
It's tradition.
And I know that my many avid readers 
NEED TO KNOW what I want for another birthday. 
So here we go! For the SEVENTH TIME 
(man I'm too old to be doing this), my birthday wish list:

Dear Universe,

What follows is my 30th 
birthday wish list (in no particular order):

1. Comfy PJs
for lounging this fall

(boy brow, cloud paint, lipgloss)
'cause I need to know if the hype is real 

'cause I will continue to put this on my list until they are finally mine
and look! a groupon

4. A day up at Sundance with James!
'cause the search for the perfect nude nails continues
'cause all the heart eyes

'cause I'm super late to the party 
on this one but I've heard good things 

9. And, as always, world peace:

xoxo, b.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bon Année 2017

Another year gone by! James and I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant last night and completed our New Year's "Year in Review". We loved looking back at our answers from last year, so we are thinking we've started a new tradition. Here is our 2016 year in review:

1. What was your favorite book you read this year?
J: The Story But barely, I didn't read very much this year...
B: The Neapolitan Series, Circle of Friends, and The Rules of Civility. I read a lot this year...

2. What was your favorite  movie/TV Show this year?
B: "Sing Street" and "La La Land", and "The People vs OJ Simpson"
J: "Sing Street" and "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Stranger Things"

B: Ooooh "Stranger things! Forgot about that one! Also, "The Crown" and "Poldark" were also great this year. And Drag-race Allstars! And "Happy Valley"! Ok, I'm done.

3. What was your favorite song/album this year?
B: "WALLS" Kings of Leon and Lemonade.  
J:  "The Greatest" and Sia's whole album.
B: BUT ALSO "Hands to Myself" 'cause we danced the crap out of that one.

J: It's your most listened to Spotify song this year!
B: I know! I laughed so hard when I saw that!

4. What was your favorite moment of this past year?
B: Beyonce concert (when she sang "Countdown"), holding Nolan for the first time, eating fresh oysters with you by the ocean in Seattle as the sun went down.
J: Seattle is a good one! My trip to LA in the summer was awesome, but also anytime we spend the whole day together, just the two of us.
B: ...I put Beyonce first. Is that bad?
J: No, just honest.

5. What was an unexpected challenge?
J: Let's say it at the same time on the count of three
B: haha, Okay!

J: 1...2...3

6. With whom were your most valuable relationships?
J: You and I spent more time with my brothers, which I really liked.
B: You and I focused a lot more on having meaningful, individual relationships with friends and family and it was just perfect! So im'ma keep doing that in 2017.

7. What was your single biggest time waster this past year?
J: Sleeping in too late. This is my second year saying this, so clearly I need to make a resolution.
B: Twitter. Twitter swallowed my brain this year, especially around the election. Never falling down that black hole again.

8. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
J: Learning. I taught myself a lot about creative stuff this year, oh and being creative! 
B: This is so weird but... going on long walks with Caesar. There is nothing better for me mentally or physically. And I kept it up through all the seasons! Turns out we live in an incredibly beautiful place. So maybe, taking time for myself was important this year? Now I feel selfish.

J: You're not selfish, you just really love long walks!

9. What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?
J: I learned how to love you better. I don't want to brag, but I think I am approaching peak husband.
B: Haha! I learned how to let things go and let what will be, be. (Mostly, does anyone ever completely learn this?) But I definitely worried less this year and just did what I needed to do for myself to be happy. 

J: That's so true, we both did a great job of keeping outside stuff from infiltrating our home/happiness.
B: Ooooh, infiltrating-- We protected the castle! The Perry fortress still stands!

10.  Create a motto for 2016:
J: Be yourself.
B: You're never going to go if you don't go now (in other words: stop procrastinating)
Family motto: Perry's: We get the job done.

I know a lot of us are happy the see the back of this year. It reminds me of the Zora Neale Hurston quote: "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." I think this may have been a question year. 

No matter how you feel about 2016, I hope this new year and fresh start bring you happiness-- happiness always. We have a great capacity for love, regardless of the darkness and fear, always find ways to let the light in. 

Because it's the time of year to say it: I am grateful to go through the hard stuff with James. He is my person. I am so beyond grateful to be loved and cared for the way he loves and cares for me. I am the luckiest.

Hope your new year is bright and happy and full of all the things you love best.


2017; I am coming for you. Happy New Year! 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Vacation Christmas Party 2016!

I made the photo prop with some flattened cardboard boxes 
(stuffed squirrel in the tree)
Cake by Catey Cakes!
Some laminated food markers I made!

Aubrey and Russell Stockings
Favorite Christmas Vacation quotes garland

I had so much fun with the Christmas party this year. Our single guy friends offered their house so we could have more space (our little home is not the greatest for big parties). I loved having a really specific theme to make some fun party gear, and let's just face it, a Griswold Christmas is so much fun.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

September/October/November Reads

 4/5 Stars
This is my second book by this author and she. is. good. at. mysteries. 
Especially with women.

Super fast read (short stories).
Life is so precious. 

This was a Goodreads recommendation, and I was a bit underwhelmed. I love this historical fiction medieval genre but this one just wasn't my cup of tea. However the name Joanna is so lovely (main character). 
This was recommended by my sis and she said "have you read this? This is your kinda book sisto"
And she was right. One of my favorites of this year. 
Historical, fascinating, entertaining? So good.

Monday, October 17, 2016


This is me.
Talking for 15 minutes about Halloween.
I am the worst.

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Late Summer & Early Fall

My favorite season has arrived. 
Last night there was a thunderstorm and it poured rain while we watched a spooky show and drank sweet & spicy tea with honey. The rain fell and a candle burned, and for me, that is heaven on earth. So today I took out all my pumpkins and put them around the house. 
Fall is here.

Sometimes I make posts like this just for me, 
I just love organizing and planning and celebrating.
So here are my picks for early fall!

1. "Basic Fall Witch" Mug: I want this. I am as basic as it comes. For example; boots, boot socks, pumpkin spice anything, the Target Halloween section, you name it. This mug speaks to me.

2. Books, The Witches and The Girls: two of my picks for the month! Will start as soon as I finish my last summer read.

3. Pumpkin Candle: #basic (I am usually not a big fan of Bath and Body works candles, they are too heavily perfumed for my liking. BUT this fall scent is so, so good. SO GOOD.)

4. Essie Nail Color in Angora Cardi: this is hands down my favorite nail color for September/November. It is truly the best. Looks like a cozy fall day and is currently on my nails. 

5. Dark Berry Lips: These are in right now. I saw TSwift wearing them so... And the consistency of Melted by Too Faced is the best.

6. Denim Jacket Season: I got a jacket like this at Target in spring because I knew, I just knew, it would be perfect for fall. And low and behold, here I am, wearing it daily.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The 7 Year Itch

7 Years married!

Did a little Q&A with James to celebrate!
I will forever be embarrassed by the amount that I laugh.
And my weird bra-line in this dress.

But maybe it's worth it so we can watch it in a few years 
and realize we had no idea what we were talking about?

And here are a bunch of weird pics I made for James.
You are welcome.

P.S. I am 100% the better driver

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hey blog, 
This is me rolling up to announce by birthday wish list.
It's officially a tradition now
 (done and done and done and done and done)

Dear Universe,

What follows is my 29th 
birthday wish list (in no particular order):


2. This sweatshirt

3. This and also this cook book

4. A lovely sea glass ring
5. OPI Nail Polish in "Lincoln Park After Dark" 
(cause October is coming)
My old one is on the brink of death

9. Tickets to Hamilton? Miracles can happen, right? 

10. to hang out with this guy

11. And, as always, world peace:

Happy birthday to meeeee!!
xoxox, b.