Friends Forever

2017-06-22_0023Celebrating decades of friendship!  Tony & Gerda were our neighbors 25 years ago, when we lived in Belgium.  Robin and Pam (both life long friends of Mom) flew up from Florida to join in the festivities. So happy to have enjoyed the company of all of these fabulous people.          Love you forever, Sarah2017-06-22_0024 2017-06-22_0025 2017-06-22_0026 2017-06-22_0027 2017-06-22_0028SPO_7166

Favorite Things 2016

  1.  Breville Juicerscreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-11-50-45-am

After watching ‘FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD’ Steve and I decided to start juicing regularly.  Not only is this juicer amazing, it makes us feel amazing too!  Our favorite lemonade recipe: 4 Granny Smith Apples & 1 Lemon = YUMMMMMMY!


2.  Weleda Salt Toothpastescreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-11-54-58-am

When uncovered the carcinogens in just about every mainstream toothpaste, including TOM’S, I thought this would be worth a shot.  It was worth it!  We are hooked.  Not only is it better at cleaning, it makes your breath fresher, longer.


3.  Gilmore Girlsscreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-11-58-31-am

After this series came out with new episodes, I figured it had to be good enough to have done that.  So I’ve been binging through this winter weather on Gilmore Girls and loving every minute!  Perfect for every girl who calls her Mom her best friend.


4.  Amazon Primescreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-12-04-41-pm

In addition to purchasing a lot of our gear for Asia from Amazon, it’s been a go to for just about all of my online shopping.  Prime includes free shipping, movies and tv shows, so it’s definitely worth the money.  You can even send flowers through Amazon – total bonus!


5.  Anastasia Dip Brow

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-12-06-27-pmBeing blonde, I have to fill in my eyebrows or look like ‘night of the living dead’.  This stuff is fantastic!  Not only does it look natural, but it stays on ALL day!  An item I couldn’t live without on our Asia trip.  Nothing else compares.


6.  TIM FERRIS Podcastscreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-12-14-46-pm

This guy is the king of being productive.  Known as the human experiment, he has opened my mind to so many new products, ideas, and ways of doing things.  Check out his best seller ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’.


7.  Chrysler Town & Country Mini Vanscreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-12-18-02-pmYep, you heard me right, I said mini van!  Since my BMW was totaled by a drunk driver (at 3pm in the afternoon by the way), Mom lent us her fabulous van until we could pick out a new car.  I don’t have kids and find this vehicle tremendous.  It has SO much space, great pick up, ALL of the amenities I could ever want AND I get some street cred from the other moms in the parking lot.  Can’t say that Steven will officially cross over and buy a van, but it sure is something I suggest to everyone now.  Special thanks to my amazing Mom for giving us the best loaner ever!

8.  Sirius XMscreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-5-02-14-pmAnother bonus to using the incredible mini van is Sirius XM radio!  There is ALWAYS something ‘good’ to listen to.  My favorite channels are Howard Stern 100 and 101 <— don’t judge 😉



9.  Qalo Wedding Band

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-12-20-37-pmI wore this during our trip to Asia and just can’t seem to take it off.  It is beyond comfortable and I love the simplistic style.  Goes great with my Fitbit BLAZE watch too! I feel like inspector gadget getting text messages on my watch.



10.  LOLE Winter Coat


This is the warmest coat I have ever owned, outside of my furs.  The craftsmanship, fit and attention to detail is immediately apparent when you put this coat on.

Sylvester Cellars

So thankful for our special Canadian friends, the Sylvester family, for sharing their incredible love for each other (and wine) with us.  It is always a treat being around these incredible people.  We love you Paul, Audra, Len, & Gina!  Thanks again.  Always, Steven & Sarah  View more photos from our trip on our travel blog HERE and HERE.

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Spotted Abroad

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As some of you already know, we have taken to traveling the world in our ‘off’ season.  So for the past 4 months we have been traveling Southeast Asia and we are headed back to the states this weekend.  We are so inspired and ready for what is sure to be a fantastic wedding and portrait season of photography for us.  Can’t wait to see all of you really soon.  🙂

Look at what we have been up to:  www.SpottedAbroad.comThailand


Dave Retires

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Congrats counsin Dave!

We love you are so proud of you and your public service. Can’t wait to see what this next chapter of your life has in store for you.

Carpe Diem!

Favorite Things

1.  GTD
Getting Things Done is a fantastic book.  I absolutely LOVE the audio version.  Pop it on your iphone and listen on a walk, run or in the car.  Excellent resource for being productive.

Along with AnyDo app to create ‘to do’ lists.

2.  Motorwerks
If you have a european car, do yourself the biggest favor after your auto warranty expires and start getting your car serviced at Motorwerks in Waukesha.  Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable and reasonable, they are honest and happy to help you any way they can.  They have clients coming in from Chicago and Madison to service their cars.  I had a recent repair that BMW quoted me over $2300, got it done at Motowerks for $900 and she runs like a charm!Screen Shot 2015-12-25 at 10.03.38 AM


3.  iComfort Cloud Mattress with Temperpedic Movable Base
While we have had this mattress for well over five years now, this year I really fell in love with it all over again.  Especially with the movable base since it gave me necessary elevation needed to heal my broken toe this fall.  It also is great to elevate when you have a cold.  Love, love, love this mattress.  Came with a 20 year warranty too!


4.  Stila Lip Color
I like the colors Venezia for Summer or Beso for Winter.  A fabulous matte lipstick that stays on really well and I love the saturation of color.


5.  Mirensse iCurl Mascara
Another birchbox discovery. The main reason I love this mascara is that it does NOT leave a shadow of mascara on my brow bone by the end of the day. It puts little tubes on each lash that last all day. Will be perfect for our big trip to Asia.

6.  Fed Up & Sugar Film
These documentaries about food are amazing! Everyone should see them.

Also check out the Fast Metabolism Diet principles.

Also, subscribe to it’s an excellent blog!


7.  Excalibur Dehydrator
Ever since our pal Jenna gave us the awesome RAW FOOD Real World cookbook, we have been using our fancy dehydrator.
Kale Chips have become a staple in our household.  Tedious, but very inexpensive compared to store bought versions.  I use tahini, lemon juice and nutritional yeast for my chips.


8.  Lord Huron
Our dear friend Don Krueser introduced us to this music while helping us with the remodel. Both of us fell in love with the music again after we saw them in concert earlier this year. Such fantastic albums.

9.  Travel Blogs
As we embark on our big trip to Asia, be sure to follow the adventure on our new travel blog: Can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for us.Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 4.31.12 PM copy

The Nelsons

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We were so delighted when our friends wanted to introduce us to their newest addition to the family.  Little Nathan is just as sweet as pie.  He truly is a real life teddy bear!

Congrats to the Nelsons!  We simply adore you and your little angels.

I love you beautiful Dori!  -Sarah 🙂

Lincoln Park Zoo

We jumped at the opportunity to visit Sarah’s nephew, Zacery, when we heard his choir group would be performing zoo-side in Chicago.  It was a wonderful Spring afternoon.  Thanks for inviting us Zac.  We love you and are so proud of you!

If you haven’t been to the Lincoln Park Zoo yet, definitely check it out.  It really is an amazing place and it’s FREE!
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