12/23/2014

Christmas Cheer!

12/23/2014
Merry Christmas, friends! 

Things have really started to sparkle with Christmas cheer here at the Dickerson residence. We've been listening to holiday tunes, watching our favorite festive movies, making Christmas dog treats, putting our tree up, and decorating our fireplace and hearth – I also added some firewood to make it look even cozier. Check me out, being all domestic! Bree Van de Kamp, look out.

Our favorite thing so far was taking Coco to the Mariemont tree lot to snap Christmas photos for our annual 'Bean themed' holiday cards. Seriously. I could not hold back the laughter this year. She was totally hamming it up, and the people walking by the square were getting such a kick out of it. 

There was even one lady who was walking by talking on her phone, and said "oooh shut the front door" to her friend, put her friend on hold, and stood behind me clicking her fingers and calling out to Coco to look at the camera squealing, "ooooh good girrrl!!". So. Funny. She is just excellent at making friends.


She has come to tolerate the winter trooper hat. Last year she was not a fan of it. Hence the infamous 2013 Christmas photo. She has come to terms with it and has realized it protects her from the cold. Smart cookie. 

The glasses... well we are working on it. She couldn't help but dish out a couple of honest facial expressions throughout the session. The stink eye below just might be my favorite.



Her photos  turned out perfect for our Christmas cards. Classic Coco Bean. We had them made through Tiny Prints this year, along with our address labels + custom gift tags, and I couldn't love them more! These are my favorite cards we've ever had. I personally love the candy cane striped envelope liners, they add such a nice pop of color! I was so excited to get send these out to our friends and family. 

It's just not a holiday without a Bean Christmas card!


The custom holiday gift tags worked wonderfully for our Puppermint Dog Treats that we made for our neighbor + family dogs. These treats just might be Coco's favorite so far.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!



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Puppermint Treats and Holiday Preppin!

It officially feels like Christmas! The tree is up, gifts have been made, and the Puppermint dog treats have been baked (Coco, being especially delighted with that last part). You can grab our grain free peppermint (puppermint) treat recipe on Pretty Fluffy. These were really simple to throw together and sort of made me feel like a kid making christmas cookies with all the fun star and snowflake shapes that we dabbled with. Plus they smelled incredible.




She may have been excited about the treats, but I am especially excited that we have a fireplace of our very own this year. It is still in the process of being remodeled (it's just drywall and an insert right now), but I still love it! My father-in-law handmade a mantel for us using barn wood from the 1800's and I cannot wait to see it all come together with the white brick. It's going to be so special!

Our neighbor, Jean, made us some candied spicy pecans last night. Jean you have totally found your calling. Those might be the best thing we have tasted all year! It certainly put me in a festive mood while wrapping presents.

Here are a few more snippets of our holiday so far. Can you spot Soda and baby Emmy in the background under the tree? 



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10/31/2014

Happy Howloween!

10/31/2014
We love halloween, and it's here, it's here, it's finally here!

To celebrate I thought I would share Coco's pumpkin photos from last week. It has turned into our little family tradition and I couldn't love it more (check out last year's and the year before that).

This year was a little too muddy for the pumpkin patch, so we went to our favorite little garden shack and the photos turned out just magical! They didn't have the string lights like our old spot in Port Orange, but they had the most beautiful array of pastel pumpkins I've ever seen.

From ours to yours, Happy Howloween!







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10/23/2014

California

10/23/2014
Last month we traveled to Capitola California to celebrate the marriage of one of my best friends and the love of her life (which was breathtakingly beautiful), celebrated our wedding anniversary, and also spent the day in San Fran for Tan's 29th birthday. T'was a celebration filled trip!

We rented the cutest little cabin on a horse ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains via Airbnb. It was filled with southwestern decor and the brick patio was garnished with two of the sweetest dogs – who might I add, were uber photogenic and almost got smuggled away in my suitcase. Bunch of love muffins! Needless to say the cabin was perfect in our book.

Here are a few of my favorite moments!







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