This year has brought more changes to ours lives than ever before. I feel blessed to be a wife, mother, and am embracing my new role as a blogger. I wanted to highlight my favorite photos and memories from this year, and narrowing them all down proved a challenge! Without further ado, here are Bainbridge Boheme’s top moments of 2016!
- Starting Bainbridge Boheme! It had to be number one because it all started here! Bainbridge Boheme stemmed from my love of celebrating life’s little pleasures. At the time, my love for journaling and photographing our everyday lives was growing, and this blog was born. When I launched, I really thought that my mother and mother-in-law would be the only readers. I’m so glad I was proven wrong. I have opened up about some really personal things here, and have had lots of just for fun posts too. I am grateful for each and every one of you for following along in this journey. It has blossomed into a true passion, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the New Year.
- Celebrating Julian’s first birthday. Of course, I knew his big day was coming, but it came faster than I could have ever imagined and it was more special than I can describe. Love you beyond measure baby Jules.
- Adopting our sweet rescue dog, Jet Pup when he was just 8 weeks old from the Kitsap Humane Society. Jeff and I are both such advocates for animal adoption, and Jet has been the perfect addition to our family. I love it when Jet Pup walks into Julain’s nursery with me to get him from naps. They are best buds!
- Finishing our home remodel (mostly)! I don’t talk about it much on the blog, but years ago we began an enormous project to remodel our home, which was once just a little Bainbridge Island barn. Like anyone who has been through a remodel will tell you, it takes all of your blood, sweat, tears and money. It has been a trying process, but one that I am so glad we took on. More than anything, I’m so glad it’s mostly done, and I’m so grateful we were able to spend our first Christmas in our new home.
- Our family trip to Hawaii! I feel so fortunate that we have family in Hawaii and are able to travel there for a sunny reprieve! Hawaii has so many special memories for us. Jeff and I took a trip there after we just barely starting dating (I know, I know!) and it was where we would later become engaged. This continues to be my most viewed post ever. Can’t imagine why 😉 You guys like swim suits I guess.
I would absolutely love to hear your top moments of the year! Let me know in the comments! And Happy New Year to all!
I am so excited to be able to start my New Year off with a glowing complexion! We all know what the holidays means; lots of parties, lots of events, and lots of photos! Glowing, beautiful skin is always in style and there’s no better time than the New Year to show it off. That’s why I took the time to visit my go-to esthetician Brenna from Blush by Brenna in Poulsbo, WA.
Pregnancy did a number on my skin. I had pregnancy induced melasma all on one side of my face, and none on the other. Needless to say, it used to make me incredibly self conscious. That would mean extra makeup to conceal and even out my skin. And while I like to wear makeup, I don’t like wearing a lot of makeup. So then I’d end up feeling self conscious about how much makeup I was wearing! My skin would get congested, and I’d end up wearing even more makeup! Enter Brenna.
Her “Perfect Facial” felt more glorious than a massage. We started off with a kiwi cream cleanse, then sloughed off dull, dead skin with a cranberry gomage. Her 30% glycolic peel and pumpkin peel works overtime to get you that beautiful, glowing skin. She even provides the most relaxing and hydrating hand and feet massages! Seriously, when is the last time you had a foot massage? It’s incredible. Alright, next came the not so pleasant part; extractions. Like I mentioned above, my skin was super congested! Brenna worked all of that congestion out, and then massaged wine oil into my skin for an anti-aging benefit. If I could bath in that stuff, I would. We topped off the facial with this incredible treatment called Thermo-Lo that gets rid of hyperpigmentation from my pregnancy induced melasma.
I love feeling comfortable and confident while bare faced. But lets be honest, that isn’t so simple as we get older! Sometimes we need just a little help from our local, friendly esthetician. I am feeling super vulnerable right now for posting a makeup free/filter free/unedited selfie on the internet (where nothing ever dies) but I couldn’t resist showing you all the amazing benefits of these treatments. Sure I still have little problem areas, I am human! But my skin has been radiant and oh so soft ever since my visit to Blush by Brenna. Check her out and get your New Years glow on!
Wanted to pop in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and to share with you this year’s Christmas card! I posted all of our Christmas photos in early December, but this was the winning photo that made our card! I know I’ve said it before, but this is my absolute favorite holiday. I hope you are cozy by a fire, drinking eggnog and feeling the warmth of the holiday. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Photography by Whitney Coudray Photography
Card from Minted
Earrings: Slate &Willow through RTR, similar here // Skirt: Slate & Willow, similar here and here// Shirt: Gap, similar here
Jeff: Jacket: Filson // Shirt: Pendleton, similar here // Pants: Levis, similar
Julian: Sweater: Gymboree, similar here and here // Flannel: Baby Gap // Pants: Tea Collection // Shoes: Barna and Co
Winter is the season for cuddling up and getting cozy by the fire. I love any excuse to have a relaxed day at home with family, and winter certainly brings that out in me. Having seasonal goals makes the time feel richer and helps me to embrace the change that is in the air. I shared my autumn to-do list on the blog before, so I thought it would be fun to share with you my winter list as well! Here’s a glimpse into a few of my goals for the winter season. Will you be doing any of these as well? What are your goals for the season? Let me know in the comments!
- Take Julian sledding for the first time
- Build a snowman (we may need to take a drive for this one, since our snow didn’t last long!)
- Set goals for the New Year
- See the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. As a former snowflake myself (not a PNB Snowflake mind you!) this will always be my favorite Nutcracker scene!
- Have a Christmas movie marathon. My favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life!
- Take a drive around Bainbridge Island to see all the holiday light displays
- Send family Christmas cards. I’ll be sharing a peek at ours soon, I’m in love with them this year!
- Perfect my cinnamon roll recipe for Christmas morning
- Drink an eggnog latte. Okay, I may have already done that weeks ago
- Visit Christmas in Big Valley in my hometown of Poulsbo, WA.
Sweater: J. Crew old, similar// Jeans: DL 1961 // Boots: Hunter // Nail Polish: OPI
Our first snowfall was a magical as I had hoped it would be! The forecast predicted all of our snow would be gone before morning, so you can imagine my excitement when I woke to a winter wonderland! Jet was fascinated by the snowflakes and I could hardly get him to come inside all day. Julian was pretty mesmerized by the blankets of white, but was not interested in playing in it! He wanted his mama to hold him while he watch Jet Pup play.
For our little snowy playdate I bundled up in my new ILY MIX scarf and hat. You probably already know that I have a thing for scarves. So I was excited to add a few more pieces of theirs to my wardrobe and style them for winter. Hope we get some more of the beautiful snow soon. I would absolutely love a white Christmas!
For the past 5 years or so, every December I have reread “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Most of us know the story already, we’ve seen the movie, maybe even the Muppet rendition. But I think we can all agree that a book can take you to a magical place that a movie simply can’t. Well, maybe we don’t all agree on that (Dad) but that’s my humble opinion. Reading “A Christmas Carol” just before the Christmas holiday warms my heart like no other book can. It’s a quick read, and it’s subtly new every time.
It is the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a simple man who turns cantankerous, and selfish through his years. On the night before Christmas day, he is forced to look at his past, present, and what his future will entail if he does not change his actions. Scrooge redeems himself and his transformation is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. This tale is touching and filled with cherished lessons; to have the spirit of Christmas all year long.
Favorite quotes: “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused”
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my Grandma Shirley is one of my most beloved holiday memories. She had every kind of sprinkle variation imaginable, and her cookies always turned out perfectly. My sister and brother and I would spend the whole day at her house baking and decorating and then eating the fruits of our labor. Christmas music was always on in the background and I’m sure we destroyed her kitchen. I can’t claim to be as skilled as Grandma Shirley, and my sprinkle collection is probably a fraction of hers, but I wanted to share my cookie recipe with you all for the holidays! Honing my icing and cookie decorating skills is taking some time, but trial and error is always more fun when you get to eat the failed attempts! I’ve mentioned this before on another cookie post, but I often just leave cookies unfrosted, and luckily my husband thinks they are tastier that way.
Well the other day, baby Jules and I headed over to my parent’s house to make some Christmas cookies with my nephew Bennett. You can see his cute chubby hand helping out in the photos above! I knew I couldn’t leave these Christmas cookies naked, so I found a super easy royal icing recipe to try out. I kept the icing simple and white and used mostly my white sprinkles for this batch. The next batch was green and red, it just didn’t last long enough to be photographed!
This sugar cookie recipe has been my go-to for as many Christmases as I can remember. It’s simple, fool proof, and only requires an extra 30 minutes to chill before baking. My nephews, and whole family loved the cookies. Baby Julian even got a few bites! Baking and decorating Christmas cookies is a delicious and festive way to get in the holiday spirit!
Do you bake Christmas cookies with your kiddos or family members? There are so many special memories around baking Christmas cookies. I’d love to hear yours!
¾ cup butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla
Grated rind of 1 lemon
¼ tsp salt
2 ½ cups flour
With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!
Adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking
ROYAL ICING: Wilton’s recipe
Decorating for Christmas has always felt so magical to me. It’s those twinkling lights and glistening ornaments that get me everytime! Recently, I shared with you our trip to Valley Nursing in Poulsbo to pick out our perfect Christmas tree. I got such a great response from sharing our autumn decor, that today, I am sharing with you how I like to decorate our home for the holidays!
I always start decorating a tad early, because I love to be able to enjoy the holiday decor all season long. Christmas music is playing in our home starting early November. I told you I start early! My poor husband. As you could have already guessed from Julian’s first birthday party, I love to decorate with greenery! I took these photos on different days, so you can see two different looks for how we decorate our dining room table for the holidays as well. I love how the simple garland on our dining room table can transform the whole room into a cozy winter wonderland.
Our tree is so tall and stately, I feel as though these photos don’t do it justice. I was on the very top rung of a ladder trimming this tree! I kept the ornaments silver and gold for a classic feel. For a chic look on our table, we picked out a gorgeous long centerpiece from Valley Nursery.
I adore how our holiday decor turned out this year. Our home feels cozy, festive and ready for the winter holidays. If only I could leave our tree up year round!
Tree, poinsettia, and large centerpiece: Valley Nursery // Wreaths, and garland: Sherwood Forest Farms
One of my favorite days of the year is the day we pick out our Christmas tree! And this year did not disappoint. We went to Valley Nursery in my hometown of Poulsbo to get our perfect tree. One of the things I love most about Valley Nursery is that it’s a family business (including a resident cat, Bizzie), and they know their customers by name. They have an incredible assortment of trees, handmade wreaths, garland and centerpieces. There was something magical about walking through their trees; perhaps it was that gorgeous smell! Or seeing how curious and excited Julian was. Makes me ready for Christmas to be here tomorrow!
I am still swooning over their beautifully adorned wreaths, with all their gorgeous ornaments and ribbons! They had some of the largest wreaths I’ve ever seen, as well as the most darling petite wreaths. We ended up picking a beautiful centerpiece styled with green ribbon and gold ornaments for our dining room table. Their shop is blooming with festive holiday decor and poinsettias of every color. We took a cream colored poinsettia home and are determined to get it to rebloom next year! But the biggest mission of the day was the find the perfect tree. The winning Christmas tree was their Turkish fir. It is tall and stately, and I cannot wait to finish decorating it! Also, I will be sure to share with you all our holiday home decor in the upcoming days. Really hoping Julian doesn’t try to eat every ornament, but I realize that is wishful thinking.
Have you picked up your Christmas tree yet? If not I highly recommend Valley Nursery in Poulsbo! And maybe on your way home you can swing by Christmas in Big Valley and make a day of it!
Hat: Anthropologie (on sale now!)// Jacket: old, similar here // Sweater: Vince Camuto //Jeans: J. Brand // Boots: Hunter
Julian: Hat: Angelica Casmiro// Jacket: hand-me-down, similar // Sweater: Mayoral// Pants: Tea Collection // Boots: Hunter
The rainy season in Washington state stretches from October to May. Okay, really it’s more like October to July. Now I know that sounds really gloomy in print, but for most of the Washingtonians I know, it is really quite tranquil for us. I’ve written before about how much fun we have staying indoors on rainy days. But rainy days don’t always mean cozying up inside, playing board games and eating pie. We carrying on it the rain or the shine around here. And stepping out into the rain can be just as fun as basking in the sunshine! More fun if you ask our Julian. This guy splashed in the water, and plopped his booty down right in the middle of a puddle. I can’t help but get out and explore more than ever now that I am a mama. Seeing how Julian loves to adventure and explore the outdoors inspires me to spend more time in the elements. Even the rain! And perhaps even in the snow! Did you guys see today’s weather forecast?!
Are you a fan of rainy days? What is your favorite rainy day activity? Let me know!
(Jacket: Penfield, Sweater: J. Crew, Jeans: Nordstrom, Boots: Hunter. JULIAN: Hat: Angelica Casimiro, Jacket: Barna and Co, Jeans: Levis, Boots: Hunter)
Photography by Jessica Crockett