22 June 2018

Happy Three Years! It's Olive's 'Gotcha Day'.


Three years ago today, I visited Gainesville Rabbit Rescue looking to adopt. I had seen one bunny on their adoption site and when I got there he wasn't available. So I spent almost an hour doing a meet and greet with a couple bunnies. The first one I met glared at me from a corner and thumped the entire time. The other ones weren't a good fit either. Then Kathy, the loving owner of GRR, told me about "Roxanne". She was a rescue from a hoarder house situation in Georgia. The white spotted bunny was almost a year old and actually had babies already. I was shown the sweet, pretty little girl and decided to get into the bunny pen with her to see if we connected at all.



I remember sitting on the floor of that bunny pen hoping that this bunny would choose me. She hopped around the pen, hopped up to me and I petted her for a while. Kathy then suggested that I pick "Roxanne" up and see how it went. Sure enough, this little bun trusted me enough to let me hold her in my arms. Megan captured the moment too, and I still cherish it to this day. It was our first time together after all. You can see it below...
Then Megan placed the pet carrier in the pen and the next thing I see is the bunny hopping into the pet carrier. She decided that we were meant to be. It was then that "Roxanne" became Olive. And our lives would change forever. It's funny how us humans think that we're the ones that rescue these sweet creatures, and yes - in a way we do, but this bunny has truly changed my life. I love you Olive, we're so lucky to have you in our family.

Want more photos & posts about this sassy little fluffer buns, head over here.

21 June 2018

Cemetery Pizza Club

You read the title right... Alex and I finally had our inaugural cemetery pizza club at Roselawn Cemetery a few weeks ago. If you know me at all this is a very "Danielle thing to do". I mean, it only makes sense. It was pretty fun too. Cemeteries are always peaceful and it was great to walk around and look at all the tombstones after we finished eating our pizza. We're already planning another one for fall, you know, for when it isn't a million degrees outside.

30 April 2018

DIY Essential Oils Face Serum

A few months ago I decided I was done with using store-bought face serums. I had no idea how many unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients were in my old one. Surprisingly, most of the ones you can buy at the store are incredibly toxic. Ever since I received my Young Living premium starter kit last year, I've been replacing things one by one. I've made my own all-purpose spray, added a few drops of lavender to my mascara (I'm still on the hunt for a clean version) and have been diffusing oils like crazy. So making my own face serum seemed like a fun and healthy venture. Best of all, all three oils can be found in the premium starter kit. Just keep in mind you'll need a glass dropper bottle.

DIY Essential Oils Face Serum

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons Sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon Rosehip seed oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Copaiba essential oil
1 drop Lemon essential oil (optional)


I’ve been putting this on every night and my skin feels lovely because of it. Also, if you choose to add lemon essential oil, keep in mind that it can increase photosensitivity - so apply the serum at night or when you won't be going in the sun for awhile.

21 March 2018

After all this time...


I seriously can't imagine going through life without this man by my side. He is my favourite person, my best friend.

22 February 2018

As February comes to an end...

Wow! It's been awhile since I've shared anything on here. A part of it has been really nice. You know, living life and focusing on the people I care about most. But a part of me also misses sharing the details that I want to remember. As February comes to an end, I wanted to share a few things with you.

Yes it's been awhile, but either way, I'm here now. Writing about I don't know what. So here goes... Life has been life. The natural ebb and flow, filled with happiness. Alex & I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary earlier this month and I still can't believe that a year has already flown by. I've noticed that time has a funny way of doing that as you get older. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months and before you know it, you've been married to your best friend for 365 days and looking forward to a million more.

Our anniversary was pretty amazing. We had dinner at one of our favourite restaurants Nineteen61, had breakfast the next day at Egg Haven in Winter Haven and explored some antique stores and local parks. Alex also got me the loveliest anniversary gift (which you can see above). It's the sound wave of the song from our first dance - Lake Street Dive "Just Ask". My favourite thing about our anniversary weekend was getting to spend two straight days with him - which has been a little hard to come by these days with his job. The catering business picks up like crazy this time of year and most weeks Alex works 6 days.

Winter is officially over here in Florida. Though I'm pretty sure it was never really here to begin with. I think we got maybe three weeks total of cool weather and I'm already cursing this heat under my breath every time I walk out to my car after I leave work. Have I mentioned how much I hate the weather here? And have I shared my day dream of moving to somewhere gloomy? ;)

To whoever is still reading along, I hope this post finds you well. Has anything interesting been happening in your life lately? Let me know in the comments below.

11 January 2018

A Light In the Dark


This photo might be blurry but that smile is a genuine representation of how I feel on a regular basis. But that wasn’t always the case. If you would have told me three years ago that I would experience true happiness come the summer of 2015, I would have laughed in your face. Back then I never knew that life could be this good, that I could feel a love so strong or experience mutual respect. Sometimes when I think of my past I don’t even consider it a life lived - it was nothing more than an existence. Yes, there were bits and pieces of happiness, but it was never consistent and something always sent me searching down even darker paths.

But in the summer of 2015, everything changed the night that Alex & I re-met. That was when an overwhelming feeling of clarity began to settle into the very fiber of my being. Alex was so different, so sweet and so pure - like white magic. And all those years filled with depression, anxiety, pain, and hurt were no longer a badge of courage. My current situation had morphed into something that I knew I could no longer put up with. I had finally learned that I deserved so much more. That night something within me changed and I made the decision, right then and there, to leave my previous marriage. It was sudden (and shocking to some, I’m sure) but it had taken me so, so long to finally gain that courage and move on.

I still can’t fully explain how my fearlessness went from zero to sixty in less than twenty-four hours, but it did. It was raw and real and urgent. But what I do know is that it was because of Alex, my light in the dark. And my god, how much brighter the light is after the storm...

02 January 2018

Time Passes, Years End [2017 Edition]

I love "end of the year" recaps, unfortunately, I've been preoccupied with life that I forgot to share my recap for 2017. So, with two whole days into 2018, I figured I would share some of my favourite moments from 2017. We spent our new years eve at my sister's fiance's family's h


This year was a crazy, good year for a variety of reasons... Alex and I were married in February and we honeymooned in New Orleans. And our wedding was featured on Rock 'N Roll Bride! We went to MegaCon, which was our second time going to a comic convention. In July we celebrated our two-year dating anniversary in St. Augustine. By the time September rolled around we experienced our first hurricane together and traveled to Indiana and fell in love with the cornfields. For Halloween, we dressed up as our dream characters. We had our first-ever joint birthday celebration and it was a success. And I turned thirty-three and actually am a little stoked about it.

I'm still blown away by the relationship that Alex & I have. It feels so good to go through life with him by my side. To know that I have married my best friend and that we will always be there for each other has made me feel safe and centered. Not a day goes by where I am not smiling and it's all because of Alex. He really is the everything I have ever wanted and needed in my life. Since we make such a great team, we want to add to it. And as some of you might already know, we've decided to start planning for a little one this year. We're completely over the moon about this new venture too!
As for Olive, she's still the sweetest bunny around and the relationship that she has with Alex has really blossomed this year. It's just so sweet to see those two together. Olive is also really good at spending the night at my mom's house now. Which is such a relief, because now we're able to go on long trips without worrying about how she's doing without us. Also, if you'd like to see more photos of Olive, she has her own Instagram account. ;)


For 2018, my goal is to focus on living a more intentional life. I want to be consistently present and conscious of the energy that I put into the world. I really want to use my phone less and focus more on what's going on around me. I want to stop endless scrolling and read or write instead. I want to spend more time making memories and maybe less time documenting just for the sake of documenting. I am such a blogger at heart, so I know that I will still post on here, but I just want to focus more on quality, instead of quantity. I want to take the same approach to our daily lives. At some point this year I plan on going through the majority of our belongings and purging a lot of unnecessary items. I also want to buy less and save more. It seems simple, but I know it will take dedication.

I cannot wait to see what this new year has in store for us!

What happened in your life during 2017 that was your favourite? Do you have any goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments below so we can discuss!