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Plastic Free July

Hey friends! I’m venturing into the more lifestyle-y area of this blog today by sharing something that is very near and dear to my heart.

This month I am joining the challenge to choose to refuse single-use plastic. I’m pledging myself to Plastic Free July!

I’m not going to harp on about how much I hate single-use plastic (hint: it’s a lot), but I just want to quickly share some facts with you.

  • Over the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
  • 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
  • We currently only recover (recycle) 5% of the plastics we produce.
  • Plastics account for approximately 10% of the waste we generate.
  • 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
  • Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).

Because of these facts, I am trying my best to kick that plastic habit, and I just wanted to share the main ways I am doing so in my every day life. These are things everyone can do very easily! So, here we go… Continue reading

It’s my Golden Birthday!

Kaitlin Grable 26

Today is my Golden Birthday!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with that term, the “golden birthday” occurs when a person turns the age of their birth day. My birthday is June 26th and today I am 26 years old!

I never did an intro post when I started blogging. I just jumped right in because, as many of y’all know, this blog began when I returned from our Icelandic honeymoon and had a dozen people asking me for travel advice. I figured that a blog was a great way to document it all, and it just took off from there!

So I’m going to take a few minutes and share 26 fun facts about the Katy behind! Continue reading

In Defense of the Selfie Stick

People love to hate on the selfie stick.

This past weekend we took a short trip to Chicago. We spent a day at the Art Institute of Chicago, which is something that has been on my list for a long, long time. I was so excited to see some amazing works by some of my favorite artists, like Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Renoir. I’m a huge fan of the Impressionism style, and I knew this museum has one of the best collections in the US. My husband is not as big of an art fan as I am, but he was really excited to go see some of the pieces they featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (his favorite movie of all time), specifically the Chagall’s America Windows.

When we made it to the windows, we were the only ones in the room. So we decided to take the opportunity to get a few seconds of GoPro footage for our vacation video. We pulled out our selfie stick mounted GoPro, and took about 10 seconds of video. In the last 3 or so seconds, a couple in their mid 30s walked up into the little alcove. The woman saw us taking a video with our GoPro and selfie stick, and as Matt is putting it back in his bag and walking away, she scoffs and very rudely mutters “Ugh, f*ing idiots with their selfie sticks” in the most disdainful tone you can imagine… Continue reading

A Quick Trip Home

It’s been about two weeks since my last post, I’ve definitely been slacking on my blogging. But for [kind of] a good reason. I was visiting home for a little over a week! The other week I was just straight slacking, so yeah. Work has been crazy for me lately, so can you really blame me?


I went home for a little over a week and it was wonderful. I hadn’t been home in over two years, so I really needed it. But while the trip was a nice little getaway, it definitely wasn’t a vacation. My parents and I both had a lot of family business to take care of, but we still found time to do/see our favorite things around the bay.

For me, there a few absolutely necessary itinerary items for when I go home:

  • Quality time in the redwood forests
  • A scenic drive down to Bixby Creek Bridge
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

This visit I made 3/3 and then some, so I’d call it a success! Here are the highlights of my trip. Continue reading