Monday, February 23, 2015

the stuff of nightmares

I can't believe I'm doing this. Even as I write this sentence, I have no idea if I'll wuss out and actually hit publish or not. These pictures are sooooooo embarrassing. I feel like I should yell "Gird your loins!" or "Avert your eyes!" (both in Scottish accents, obviously) before I show them to you. I'm so sorry if they burn your eyeballs a little.

But ok, here's the thing. My friends have seen my bedroom this way. When I have people over, in this phase of life (and if I'm being honest, in all my phases of life because I've never had a clean bedroom), this is the best I ever do. This is who I am; This is how I live. And we're friends!! If you read this blog (bless your heart for doing so), then we are friends. And if you came over to my house in real life and needed a spot to nurse your baby or borrow a dress for a wedding, this is the room you would go to. It is what it is.

Which is hideous. And it's even worse when you slap it up on the internet for all the world to see and Pinterest is open on the next tab. And even worse than that is I can't promise you I'm going to change it. I mean, I want to and I plan to, but I can't promise. Naturally in a post like this there should be some inspiration pictures of where we're going, a moodboard as evidence I'm working on it...some hope of some kind! Some decisive statement that says, "But wait! I know what this looks like, but I swear I have good taste!" No really, if I only had's not me, it's the house! C'mon, you know me! You know I'd never intentionally hang burgundy mini blinds!" Nope, I can't make any promises. I'm just sucking it up and showin' ya where I live.

Deep breath. Ready? Please just promise to look fast.

First up on the right, a collection of unused, unneeded furniture, such as a queen box spring, a crib, a chair and other nursery items that I am either too lazy or too sentimental to drive over to the Good Will. And the suitcase from my trip last week, which shall remain unpacked indefinitely.

Next up, my gallery of vacuum cleaners. And a slight underbed storage issue. And oh, hahah. Yeah. The window. Insane, right? I mean, if you moved into this house wouldn't you rip those blinds down day one with your bare hands no-time-for-a-screwdriver immediately? Why have I not done this? It's basically like I didn't want to do anything to the room when we moved in, because if I did one thing then I'd touched it, stamped it with my approval. I wanted it to be abundantly obvious that the room was not how I wanted it to be. Well, that's just ridiculous. I AM going to change those blinds. (Not a promise).

Yep, that there is a very dead rubber plant. It is strategic- I have decided that the leaves are better dead to me than alive. You'll have to trust me. Just curious though, what concerns you most in this photo? The rocking chair-turned-linen closet? The bags of stuff I haven't looked in for a solid year? The obvious is-it-a-houseplant-or-finger-of-dead-witch question? Or ooh! Maybe it's the fact that the blinds are not only burgundy, they're actually broken! Ugly and unfunctional. The design sweet spot.

Here we have my friend Suitcase Man. It's a pretty cool DIY actually. Just prop a carry-on-size suitcase atop an arm chair and point it toward your bed. You instantly have a creepy looking robot pal who can stare at you while you sleep!

Lastly, up there on the left, we have another unnecessary old furniture piece that holds very necessary bedroom items such as half a snack cup, a garbage bag, and a dog bone.

Waaaahhhaaa. I know. It's so bad. I understand if you think less of me. I'm honestly hoping there's someone out there who feels better about their bedroom today because of this. Of course I'm also hoping that the shame of showing my blinds to the blogosphere will force some kind of change despite my reluctance to promise it...and I am saying all this out loud because I'm nervous I'll get my new king-sized bed for my birthday and then do absolutely nothing else. That would be so pitiful! And Ryan and I agreed (remember?) that we wanted to make our bedroom relaxing in 2015. And it does have great bones doesn't it? Can't you just see that ceiling covered in white washed barn wood?! (See? Too far. I instantly jump to the nuclear option. Why can't I just start with putting away the vacuum?) I'm going to try. I'm going to try to clean it out, haul away the junk, change the blinds and at the very least, give my birthday present a room that is not a crap-hole to come home to. But in the meantime, the point is really just to show you where I live. And hope you still want to be friends after you see it! :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

currently craving

To my surprise, I actually had quite a bit of time on my recent trip to goof off on Pinterest and Instagram and read a few blogs. My dad was at the wheel of a 12-passenger van and it was just better for me to mentally check out than to acknowledge the fragility of life as he vacillated between careening wildly into on-ramps and break-slamming repeatedly in parking-lot-style traffic. (No offense Dad. Everyone knows I drive the same way). 

The list below started on said van ride with oh-so pretty and ended with a Need Supply Co. pinning binge. There are a few items here that I actually do need (ok, maybe not in leather), and it also represents one or two (or twelve) things that might be on my birthday list next month. 

1. Hi, I totally buy candles for the labels.

2. Project folders have been on my shopping list for weeks now, but I can't find any that I love and can live with looking at every day. The discovery of these won't help me or anyone else because they're sold out (and I think if I tried to pitch a $76 file folder to anyone who's ever met me, they'd send me to the loony bin). so...that's officially a blog fail, sorry. It's possible I just wanted you to feel my pain.

3. & 4. & 5. I will always be a sucker for pretty stuff made of paper. Also, can I please have one of everything from Julie Kostreva?

6. Now that I am solidly addicted to collection-worthy magazines, Cereal is next on my list to peek at.

7. My key ring is clutter central. The only thing I have for a adornment is a fat stack of those mini credit card things they give you at stores when you sign up for rewards. Why do I keep those? Every time I hand over the Panera one they say I have yet to register it online. Will I remember to do that when I'm not standing in line at Panera? No, I will not. This simple key ring by Maxx & Unicorn for Of a Kind would be just right to minimize all that clutter and make my keys styled-shot worthy. (Also available in brass at the namesake shop).

8. I've been listening to podcasts more and more recently and maybe this problem is unique to me, but ear buds are the worst! I have to loop it around my ear and it still falls out constantly. I can only listen if I sit perfectly straight and still. Not exactly how I clean the house. This pair of headphones would be a lovely upgrade.

9. By now it's obvious that copper is on the brain. In general, I'm pretty orange-averse, so I don't know how much staying power the copper trend can really have in my house. But you never know. For now it seems like a safe bet to stay with little things and these mini planters are perfect.

10. White bedding. That matches. On a king-size bed. Ok, so this whole bedroom situation could be a blog post on its own. {Update: It is now a blog post on it's own.} The entire room is a nightmare. We've done nothing to it since moving in (mainly because I'm an all-or-nothing kind of girl when it comes to doing a room), even to the point that I am still rocking the previous owners' burgundy mini blinds. Yellow walls. Stuff like that. It's not the kind of thing I'm at liberty to gut and start over on (though you know slathering every surface with wood planks would make me soooo happy), but I can start with the bed. Currently, my sheets are completely mismatched. (In all my pretty pictures like this and this I'm hiding my pillow cases with shams and my sheets with quilts). I may or may not at this moment be using my daughter's pink princess pillow case. I need a real bedding set. And because one of the great joys of motherhood has been letting my kids snuggle in my bed, it would really be nice if that bedding could go on a bigger bed. {Breaking news: Ryan totally just told me he's getting me a king-size mattress & bedding for my birthday!! Woohoo!}

11. The discovery of this banner is another long and boring rabbit hole story, and sadly it too is sold out. But it led me to such a cute shop with a myriad of other choices that it had to make the round-up anyway. And there's always hope it'll come back! Fingers crossed.

12. Marble and wood cutting boards. This is a runaway train of obsession that's carrying a toxic chemical heap so high it will decimate an entire town upon impact if we can't stop it. 1 million tons of steel. 100,000 lives at stake. 100 minutes to impact. (It's possible that's a movie plot).

Have you visited this week's Found & Foraged at House of Hipsters yet? I'm sharing this wish list (figure the more eyes see it, the better chance I have of it all magically showing up at my door, right?) & partying over there...join me!

Monday, February 16, 2015

post card from san diego

Hi from San Diego! I hope you all had a fantastic Valentine's Day. I'm in San Diego for a long weekend, visiting family and soaking up as much sun as possible. In general I haven't been able to get very good pictures, but I wanted to at least post a few snaps. This is my post card to you, sent with love. :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

free printable // 'love you'

A couple weekends ago, my friend Grace, who is a lifestyle expert on the TV show Twin Cities Live, told me she was going to use one of my free printables in her TV segment for Valentine's Day. As soon as I was done picking my jaw up off the floor and completing my happy dance, I realized that the print was really quite buried inside its post and wasn't very easy to find. So I thought I'd resurrect it to make it easier to get, and what's more appropriate for a Valentine's post than a reminder that someone loves you?

This little phrase is something my pastor says to us on a near-weekly basis, so it's perpetually stuck in my head. He usually says it in a cheeky way after putting some sort of smack down on us, but I know he means it. And I mean it too. The link is at the end of the post. Enjoy!

Check out Grace's television segment on Twin Cities Live and see if you can spot my little print's cameo. You can also visit her blog to see all the cute Valentine's day gift ideas she has up her sleeve. She has a ton of inexpensive options that center around the heart of the holiday- spending time with the ones you love. Thanks for the honor Grace!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

found & foraged link party no. 12 (my last!)

This is it! My last time hosting the Found & Foraged weekly link party. Sniff! The goal at the start was to get out there a little in the blogosphere, mix and mingle, and meet other bloggers. Mission accomplished! The overwhelming response to our little party will be one of those things I'll always treasure no matter where this blog ends up heading, and I've loved meeting ALL of you. Thank you for making this endeavor the success that it has been! 

Tonight I'm sharing the four features that Kyla, Grace and I have selected one last time as a group, before we turn this ship over to Kyla to captain on her own. As she said last week on her blog, I'll still be linking up over there and visiting you guys and being a cheerleader in this amazing Found & Foraged community. I just don't have the boundless energy that Kyla does to continue to be the hostess that ya'll deserve! 

And to further ensure that there are no tears tonight, NO worries about Instagram...#foundforaged will continue as always there. On to what we loved last week!

F E A T U R E S 

Before I go, I thought it would be fun to do my own little round up of some great blogs that I was introduced to over the course of this challenge and some favorite projects that they shared.

F O U N D ,  F O R A G E D  &  F R I E N D S

And oh boy. As soon as I wrote those words out loud, I realized this is an impossible task. So just know up front that this is an incomplete list! It's the tip of the iceberg of the genuinely great girls I've met through this party.

8 // annabode

I have loved getting to know you ladies! 

And since I'm getting all sentimental on you anyway, want to know one of my favorite Found & Foraged moments? If you closely read the text in this link-up, you'll notice a short but heartfelt plea for someone to make me these crepes for Christmas morning. Well, someone did read it, and she actually sent the crepes TO MY HOUSE on Christmas Eve, all wrapped up and ready for the next morning. I still can't even believe it. So, huge enormous never-will-I-get-over-how-awesome-that-was thanks go to Stephanie Hickox, dear friend, for that insane treat. I almost love that you actually read the post more than I loved the crepes themselves. Almost.

{Christmas morning breakfast, courtesy of Found & Foraged link partying and awesome friends} 

Well guys, that's it! Please do be sure to visit Grace and give her some hearts as she also wraps up her time hosting, and then head to Kyla's to cheer her on for the next round. For tonight, you can still add your link ups below, but they'll be solely judged by the House of Hipsters. And that's where you'll head next week to see features and keep the party going.  

Y O U R  L O V E L Y  H O S T E S S  


I'll meet you there.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

mommies behind the blog // a dose of pretty

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Sara Mueller from A Dose of Pretty, who asked if I'd be a part of her 'Mommies Behind the Blog' series. I will spare you the details of my subsequent freak out and kitchen happy dance, but suffice it to say, I was thrilled. I've been a long time fan of Sara's gorgeous blog and Instagram. She has impeccable style and makes everything she touches...well, pretty. So to be a included in her series is an absolute honor.

I immediately grabbed my favorite photographer, Ellen Swalley of Red Sweater Photography, because somehow iPhone selfies of me with the kids didn't quite seem like they measured up to the occasion. I'm so thrilled with what she captured!

You can pop over to A Dose of Pretty to read my interview for Sara's series and to see my very favorite photos that Ellen took.

And here for fun are a couple extra snaps:

I have to laugh at this one because my poor parents have mountains of photos in their archives where I'm assaulting my little brother's face in hopes of getting him to look at a camera...while not looking at a camera.

Anyone else notice how quickly those idyllic snuggly bedtime reading moments can escalate to full-on WWF style wrestling? Or in the case of my now strong-enough-to-actually-conquer-mom 8 year old, maniacal armpit tickling?

I was so happy that Sara gave me an excuse to get some pictures of me with the kids and that Ellen was able to capture these moments. I'm always the one behind the lens, so I don't have a lot of pictures with me and them. Also, we wrestle in bed a. lot. and it's a memory that otherwise would probably have never been preserved. I mean, you have to draw the line at total mom weirdo if you set up a selfie-cam to shoot that right? So these pictures are really precious to have.

Thanks Ellen for your beautiful photography, and thanks Sara for having me on your lovely blog. Head over and I'll meet you there!

Monday, February 2, 2015

instafaves 05: itsranan

This is a series I started last May featuring Instagrammers that I greatly admire. I will admit, the sole reason I began this series was for the excuse to have beautiful pictures on my blog. #supershallowsadbuttruefact. 

But after the first one, an interview with the indelible Laura Casey, I realized there is so much more to uncover, hidden by the photos. Each feed on Instagram is a mask. Just behind it is the face of a person- a real, human person with a story and a heart who shares a piece of him- or herself with every post. Some people share more, some less. But all you get is a glimpse. I realized I wanted to write a series to sharpen the focus on the person behind the lens. Who are these people who see the world in such unique ways?

Not only that, but how are they perfecting the Instagram craft? It’s not just a Facebook or a feed of unrelated snippets. These people are curators of their own gallery. What are they looking for as they build it?

And what can I learn from them? If you look at the really good feeds, you will see evolution. Turning points, fine-tuning. There is a list of people I want to emmulate and immitate as I find my own voice and style. This series is that list. So I ask them a LOT of questions about how they do what they do.

Today I’m introducing you to Ranan. Or as he’s known on Instagram, @itsranan. Sometimes you can remember the exact moment you found or started following someone. Nope, not this time. It’s like he serrendipitously showed up in my feed one day. But I instantly loved following him. His pictures-- mostly travel, the outdoors, water and fog-- are nothing short of transportive. I was so thrilled he agreed to be a part of this series and I’m so excited for you to meet him. And yes, to have his beautiful pictures on my blog. :)


ASD: Ranan! I am so happy to have you be a part of this series. Tell me your Instagram story. When did you start using it and how has it evolved for you?

R: I started my Instagram around February 2014 for the “art” I guess you can say. I loved photography and thought of it as a way to share my passion. Then I heard about instameets and it just changed everything for me. I was reluctant at first because I became an introvert since moving to Washington, but I finally wanted to get out there and meet new people. So I went to one & met so many great people & made so many new friends I thought I’d never have.

ASD: Do you actually travel and seek out locations to shoot, or have you always traveled and hiked and the pictures came later? (Maybe both).

R: I’d say its both! I love landscapes & cityscapes because I am simply marvelled by it all. The camera is the moment catcher that I’d love to cement!

ASD: What camera & editing software do you use?

R: The camera that I currently use is a Canon 70D & my trusty iPhone 5. As far as editing software I use Lightroom and you’ll be surprised to know that I use the Instagram editing tool as well! Its actually a pretty neat tool to use. I usually like deep shadows, a bit of a lightened highlight, & the right saturation. The tool helps with those a lot.

ASD: You have amazing scenery to shoot where you live. What advice would you give to someone who wants to take interesting pictures, but spends their days in a beige office, or the house, or stuck in suburbia?

R: Oh this one is hard. Generally, I would say whatever catches your eye! But my personal advice would be to definitely go for a lifestyle theme. If your days are spent indoors, I’m sure you have a personal taste in decor & style that defines you as an individual, capture that! 

ASD: One of my goals with this series is to tell people who are interested HOW they can have an awesome IG feed. So if you’ve taken photography classes or workshops I’d love to hear what they were and how people can find them.

R: I have no formal training whatsoever except for an instructional video that came with my DSLR. It basically showed me how to use my camera properly! Then I went out and started taking photos and messed around with the settings to achieve the best look I was drawn to.

ASD: Do you pay much attention to having a feed that “goes” together, or do you just post whatever picture you like in the moment?,

R: To be honest, I do like a good flow on my feed and that’s what I aim for. If you see my feed there’s either a warm tone or a cool tone in my photos, BUT if I really love the photo that I took in the moment I’d try to get it out there immediately.

ASD: How do you find and “meet” kindred spirits on Instagram?

R: Majority of the people I met this year were through instameets! I was able to meet so many great people and get to know their personalities. I was blessed enough to be able to keep in contact with a few great people! While at the meets I’d definitely save the “hey, what’s your handle (username)?” till after you get to know the person and make a connection! You have to be authentic. Form a relationship not a follower!

ASD: What accounts do you follow and absolutely love?

R: Oh my! There are so much! Here are a few I absolutely enjoy @ownthelight, @mrvalography, @jtrend, @chambersvisuals, @karinapal, @stef_krach, @collby, @philipleclerc, @navanel, @johndunfee, @iamshpak, @ladycascades, @kodiak.stag, @bertymandagie, @rhikm, @avstw, @hannah.aspen, @danny.owens...and so much more!

ASD: I am always reluctant to ask the question “How do you get followers on Instagram?” because I don’t like that aspect of our culture...ever seeking more “followers.” And it feels like, in the best sense, Instagram is and should be a community of friends. BUT I also know a lot of people want to know the answer to that question. It’s especially important to the small business owner looking to build a brand. So. What are some of the ways you think that your following has grown? And how would you advise people who want more followers?

R: Oh I agree with you one hundred percent, but I believe the most honest way to gain a following is to keep pushing great content & be engaging with your followers! Hashtags help as well! Your work will eventually be noticed and more people will want to follow along. Be yourself & be real!

ASD: Do you do any hashtag challenges, like the Instagram Weekend Hashtag project or others? If so, what are they and, if you know, who moderates them?

R: I do them but not so frequently. I’ve done the WHP’s which is of course moderated by Instagram, and the team at Igers Seattle does a Tuesday challenge with different themes. I usually try to do a challenge that I have some confidence in and I attempt to do it to the best of my abilities.

ASD: What are your favorite hashtags?

R: Some of my favorite hashtags are #vscocam, #instagood, #socality, #liveessential, & #thatpnwlife. If you take a look at these hashtags you’ll find a whole lot of creativity and inspiration from fellow users.

ASD: What is socality?

R: Socality founded by Scott Backen, is a social community all for eternity. It is a faith driven social media movement in which the founder believed in not having to do life alone. There are others out there who want to do life together and want to build community & also serve the community.

ASD: What is an #instahang? Is it the same as an insta-meet? How do I find one?

R: Instahangs I believe was a term used to attract a more people-based meet rather than a photo-based meet. It’s nearly the same as an instameet, but that’s my opinion. You can usually find an instameet through people you follow. Announcements are made formally and ahead of time. Instameets can even be a one on one basis. If it was through instagram it has to be an instameet!

ASD: Agh, I feel like I’ve written the word “insta” like 6000 times. Wish we could do this over coffee.

R: Oh much preferred, being from the Seattle area and all, haha

ASD: Do you think there is a downside to social media? Has there been a downside for you personally?

R: I’d say the only downside is the authenticity of it all. Some people are looking for community and friendships that they hope can last a lifetime, while some people can be looking for “instafame” & exposure. It can really be hard to tell where their hearts is.

ASD: Does the “like” button ever affect your sense of worth as an artist?

R: You can totally take a photo that you love and not get the same reaction from your audience & you can take a photo that was just for the heck of it and had no passion & your audience will love! So my answer is it shouldn’t affect you as an artist! Post what you love! Don’t let it affect you!

ASD: One time I pulled over to shoot a barn that I totally thought was community property, and a homeowner came out and started yelling at me- it was hers. I apologized and offered to delete the photos, which she immediately took me up on, and then she stomped away and slammed her door and was super mean to me. I could have crawled under a rock!! (To top it off when I got back in my car, my dog had puked on my seat). #thingswedoforinstagram!!!! Have you ever done anything embarrassing in the name of Instagram?

R: Haha Yes! It was during an insta-hang in Seattle and the Instagram Weekend Hashtag Project was ice cream. So I was with a few friends and I thought it would be a “brilliant” idea to dump an ice cream cone on my head. So we proceeded to a gelato shop and got an ice cream cone. Then I went outside joined with a few friends and plopped that ice cream cone on my head…the photo didn’t win the project that weekend haha

ASD: I totally remember that photo and I loved it! And oh my goodness. I took about a hundred photos of my melting ice cream at a water park for that WHP, trying to hold the cone in one hand and the phone in the other and get a shot of it against an umbrella overhead while the ice cream ran down my hand. None of those ever even got posted. And I’m pretty sure that’s the exact day my husband realized his wife had gone insane.

photo by @lisapeckuliar 

ASD: Tell me about the Gap ‘Dress Normal’ project. You talked about doing a shoot for it in one of your photos. What is it, how did they find you, and what was it like to participate in a campaign with a major brand?

R: The dress normal project was a campaign by Gap to encourage everyday wear. Your personal style basically! The Gap didn’t find me though, haha! My friend who was a selected photographer for the campaign asked me if I wanted to “model” and I couldn’t say no to an opportunity like this. It was definitely a cool gig to do and definitely a story to tell. I guess I can say I “modeled” for Gap haha.

ASD: Oh yeah, that totally counts.

photo by @stef_krach

ASD: How do you think that businesses should interact with consumers on Instagram?

R: I believe businesses should be engaging, transparent, & honest with their consumers. As a consumer we want to believe that we come first over profits, that they have the consumer in mind and not personal gain. Also, listening to feedback!

ASD: Unlike some of the other people I’ve interviewed, you’re not a blogger or shop owner or otherwise internet-present that I really know of. You’re an instagrammer. Do you have any goals or hopes of where you want that to take you?

R: My overall goal is to meet people, form relationships, be creative, adventurous, & live life. Anything after that is a bonus.

ASD: For anyone looking to sharpen their Instagram skills, I’d love some specifc advice. What are your most-used edits?

R: Straightening tool, crop, highlight & shadow adjustment, and brightness.

ASD: Filters, yes or no? Which ones?

R: Sure, I do I use vsco from time to time. They have a great array of filters to use. I personally use HB2, M6, & LV1

ASD: How do you get those great foggy outdoor shots?

R: I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “chasing fog.” Well, you literally have to haha. Find a hike you like & go for it on a foggy day. Then capture it!

ASD: Any other tips on how to take great shots?

R: When taking a photo the rule of thirds helps, so use that grid or keep it in mind. Try to be original. Keep learning, I know I am still.

ASD: How old are you?

R: I am 26.

ASD: Baby! Favorite local spots to shoot?

R: I genuinely love the city of Seattle, I love roaming the streets and taking photos there. Then I love the beautiful lush surroundings that is Washington. You can’t take a bad photo of the North Cascades & Mt. Rainier or any of the forests here!

ASD: You talk sometimes about missing family and home. Where is home and why are you away from it?

R: Home is a little Pacific island called Guam, a US territory. My brother is in the military stationed in North Dakota & my mother is in Guam working. I left Guam because I wanted to start a new life here in the Pacific Northwest, which was a refreshing change of pace from the sometimes lethargic & mellow island living.

ASD: It looks like you travel a LOT. Be honest- are you just like a hippie backpack wanderer? Do you even have a day job?

R: Oh my life is full of latergrams & living for the weekend to do something adventurous with friends! I do have a day job as a data entry clerk, which is awfully boring. Vacation helps for some really unique location photos! I am definitely not a backpacking hippie, kind of wish I was haha!

ASD: What was the last movie you watched, and how would you rate it: Worth the price of admission or Save it for Redbox?

R: The last movie I watched was Interstellar. It was visually stunning, emotionally moving & just overall mind blowing. Definitely worth the price of admission & I would watch it over and over again!

ASD: How does your faith impact your life & art?

R: I am a man of faith and it’s everything to me. There is so much gratitude & appreciation in my faith that a picture can greatly express. The beauty that definitely surrounds us. In the highest mountain, in the fog, in a stunning sunset, and in a portrait of His greatest creation, YOU. It captures so much of the creation of our Heavenly Father & I’m thankful for the opportunity to live each day, to breathe, and witness His majesty all around.

ASD: I got goosebumps when your waterfall picture said “glory glory glory.” What does that mean to you?

R: So when I captioned “glory, glory, glory” on the photo of Snoqualmie Falls, it was what I felt would best describe what I encountered that day: beauty, awe, & appreciation. It’s just stunning to get to witness something like that.

ASD: Amen brother. A-men.


Thank you so much, my insta-friend, for subjecting yourself to this grilling and giving us a glimpse of the guy behind the feed. All the best to you in life, on Instagram, in your travels, and in your boring day job!

I’d love for you to go say hi and follow Ranan on Instagram! Tell him I sent you, and that we all know he’s really a hippie. ;-)

{photos copyright @itsranan, used with permission} 

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