When we found out we were moving yet again, I immediately started looking at moving announcements. I am super old fashioned in that I like to snail mail our new address out to friends and family. My first stop is always Tiny Prints because I love their selection and feel like their stuff is totally my style. Last year we used this cute one. And this year, we went with this adorable one.

For these cards I included two simple Instagram photos on the back since I wanted to send the cards out quickly and thought these photos were cute and captured our new house well.


I used some washi tape I had to seal the cards, Tiny Prints personalized postage stamps (so adorable) to mail them and a cute embossed stamp of Carl to add some personality to them. (I mean I couldn’t possibly send out a card without some sort of Carl touch could I?)


For a step-by-step tutorial on how I embossed the stamp, I did a guest post on the Tiny Prints blog here.



This & That

by Koko on June 15, 2015 · 0 comments

in Tangent Tuesday

Hi friends! Oh what a week it has been.


We are making major moves on the unpacking front. We have about two rooms to go and are making steady progress. My mom came in for a few days and that helped tremendously! It was so great having my all-knowing mother here to help me deep clean, decorate and help with my humongous garden.

Scouting furniture with mom (we ended up getting this set for the master):


We celebrated Carl’s two year adoption-anniversary on Sunday. Looking back on the pictures of him the day we adopted him makes my heart hurt. He looks so scared. But now, he is truly loving life!

carl day1


Did I tell you that I hand carried my huge tomato plants in the back of my Prius from Georgia to Tennessee? I couldn’t bear to leave them or have the movers move them, so I loaded them up in the Prius and brought them with. After the shock of the all the travel, I was worried I wouldn’t get any tomatoes, but sure enough, each morning a few pop up. I think they are loving the warm weather and dewy mornings here. I pick them right as they are beginning to turn red and leave them on my window sill to ripen completely. This way the deer/snails/bugs won’t get them.


New house = new pizza nights. We made this fun Mexican black bean pizza last weekend and enjoyed it outside on our deck.





Last week I posted a few pictures on my Instagram of treats I baked for our new neighbors. I got a few questions about them, so wanted to go into more details here!

Introducing ourselves to our neighbors is very important to us. I’ve always gone around door to door whenever we’ve moved into a new place. We want our neighbors to know us (and Carl) and keep an eye out for us.


It usually takes me about a week to find all my baking gear and head to the market to get my ingredients. I am always a fan of a “blow them away” cookie for a getting to know you gift, so I went with my favorite Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. I printed this recipe a loooong time ago, so I also included it below for you!

I also made my go to Snickerdoodles. I picked up these cute buckets from Target for $1 each, filled them with cookies and attached one of our moving announcements with red and white twine (also from Target). I always write our cell phone numbers on the back, so our neighbors know how to reach us. We went door to door giving out our treats and introducing ourselves and already have a few dinner invitations!



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This & That

by Koko on June 3, 2015 · 1 comment

in Army, Christel Springs House


Moving in takes forever. I try and tackle one room at a time otherwise I become overwhelmed. Kitchen is always first, so that I can actually cook something instead of eating out every meal. This move the kitchen has taken me twice as long as usual. I now have half the space I used to have and am trying to configure everything so that it works. Kitchen remodel is number one on the priority list.


Q has been obsessed with his Apple Watch since he got it a few weeks ago. I finally caved and ordered one over the weekend. It came this morning and I am getting used to it. I think I like it, but am not totally sure. Ask me in another week and I’ll have a better answer :)


Work wise I took a job in LA for about 6-8 months. Initially I will be going out for 2 weeks at a time and then coming home for 2 weeks. Eventually I will be there full-time and fly home once or twice a month to spend time with Q. It is a job that I adore with people I adore. Q’s schedule is going to be intense when he starts his new job, so after a long discussion, we thought this was a great move for me right now. I won’t be teaching this school year, but definitely the next (2016-17).


Carl is quickly settling into his new home. He isn’t used to having stairs, so he is exhausted at the end of each day. Yesterday I had to make the bed with him still in it! He is loving his new garden and explores for hours on end.




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