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When we were at lunch together for our anniversary we tried not to talk work stuff (its sometimes hard not to when you work, parent, and do married life with your husband!) and one of the things we talked about was starting a new hobby together. Sometimes at the end of the day we end up watching TV shows til 1am but we want to have an activity we both love to do together. David has always been the cook in the family. He makes us dinners all the time and when I try it usually doesn’t turn out so great lol. So we are going to try cooking and baking together and learn to make new things! Especially recreate yummy baked goods we try in all the countries we travel to. (I have a favorite pastry that I ate every day while in Croatia!)

So last week when we got back from Australia we got lots of groceries for the week and cooked up a meal on our porch together! We made lemon rice, shish kabobs, and a fruit platter. We used these new platters we got from Etsy – the woman who owns this Etsy shop makes all of these pieces by hand and then paints them. We happened upon them randomly and both fell in love with them – especially since that color blue is perfect for the ocean vibe in Hawaii. We have loved trying new fruits while being here and we constantly have bowls of cut up fruit so now we have these pretty dishes to eat them off of!

When Etsy asked us to participate in their What Makes Us Different campaign I of course wanted to join! I think its so important to appreciate differences we all have. Whether it is different lifestyles, family dynamics, parenting methods, anything! David and I have our own family dynamics that are different than most of our friends and family. Some are more simple things like the fact that he is the cook in the family and others are things like the fact that we work together, co parent, and are married. Because we parent and work together we have had to learn lots of lessons together. Most people are not with their spouse all day and usually not in so many different life scenarios — dealing with tantrums and then cleaning the home and cooking and then answering emails and working on our new business. If something goes wrong its hard to not get stressed and have it bleed into the other areas. We have had to have a lot of sit down chats about how we can improve communication and work on these things to make sure we are being good parents, business owners, and spouses all at the same time. We have gotten into a good groove but we definitely know how to get on each other’s nerves 😉

It has also been really fun to observe all of the different parenting styles of our friends. Just last night we were eating dinner and I was telling David some things I love that our friend Hayley does with her daughter. One reason I love my girlfriends was anytime we are together we would usually end up letting each other know what we thought they were good at and/or why they are a good mom.

Differences give us a chance to see new perspective and possibly improve little bits of our own lives by finding inspiration in others!


*Thanks to Etsy for sponsoring this post.

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  1. What a beautiful post! The pottery colors are so breathtaking I had to order. We were married in Hawaii and These will be perfect for our anniversary dinner. He will definitely be surprised. Can you post the recipes!! Enjoy your time in Hawaii.

  2. This post is so sweet. And your maxi dress is soooo cute, where is it from? <3 <3 🙂

  3. Yum. That dinner looks stunning and delicious! I love your positivity – it’s contagious!

  4. This is so cute and such a great idea! All that fruit looks delicious!
    xxxxxx Isobel

  5. I LOVE that y’allboufht some pottery!!! It’ll last forever 🙂 and so beautiful!! I also LOVE and am so thankful that you featured Etsy! I am a huge fan of Etsy, and all the creative (and friendly) geniuses who deal on Etsy!!! If you haven’t already stumbled upon these, check out: Cheryl Wolff (???), 1220 ceramics studio, and Super Adorable (for sweet Rosie)!
    I am so much looking forward to seeing yalls home, design and decor!! So exciting!!!!! Continue to enjoy the sand and sea 🙂

  6. I love this post! You are so positive and honest about your relationship! And as always your picture are beautiful, in this post the colours are so vibrant !!! ♥

  7. I love the honesty of this post (as well as your stunning photos as usual)
    My husband and I work on side businesses together and that can be brutal haha but at least we get away time since we have our different jobs/school throughout the work week I couldn’t imagine doing what you two do 24/7 and its so amazing that you guys make it work and sit down to talk it out! Not many couples could do that 🙂

  8. Amber this is so sweet! I can imagine it would be tricky to be with your spouse for work and home stuff. When you said you were talking about what your friend Hayley does, it got me thinking… I would love to know what little traditions and cute things you guys do with your kids. I remember you mentioned many posts ago that at the end of the day you guys tell your kids what favorite memory you had with them from the day. I just thought that was sweet and am curious if there’s more little things like that!


  9. awe man! you tempt us with all your delicious food pics and don’t share the recipes?! How rude!;) jk I love that we can all see inspiring things in others. And you inspire many, keep up the good work.

  10. All that food looks so fresh and healthy and delicious! And yes, so great to celebrate the differences <3

  11. So awesome! I love how you guys are finding something fun to do with each other! Keep up the good work. So inspiring to me! I love all the colorful, yummy looking food ? Better go eat now!

  12. Love that your friendships are built on building each other up! I’m sure as a mom, you question everything and think everyone is doing better, so to have someone you admire tell you what you’re doing well at, I can only imagine that is a major day-maker!

  13. Omg these are the cutest platters from Etsy! Especially because I am living in LA they fit the style and vibe so well haha x

    I blog daily form Los Angeles 🙂 For more travel and fashion check out my blog x

  14. Thank you for posting this!! My boyfriend and I certainly have had a few sit down chats. We know how important communication is and he is one who internalizes everything where I just say everything I feel at that moment (I’m hungry, I’m cold, I’m tired, etc.) lol! It’s an adjustment merging two lives together but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You both look stunning and so very happy. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all xoxo

  15. These photos + these foods are so fun + colorful! My fiancé is also always the cook – we’ve been really trying to cook and bake together more recently too. It’s bonding! I would love for you to do a post on how you and your David work so well together and balance everything. I work with my fiancé on a lot of projects and it’s so fun, but I can always use advice!


  16. I just love everything about your blog 🙂 The pics especially, but your thoughts at the end do fill up my day 🙂
    This is actually the only blog I daily check and your blog posts make my days brighter 🙂 I know it sounds cheesy, but they do 🙂 Happy New Year gorgeous people 🙂