Local Shop Spotlight: Rubymint General

rubymint general

This weekend I made a stop at Rubymint General, a local shop that I’ve been dying to check out.  I’m so glad I did! Located at 1441 E McDowell Rd #2, in Phoenix, the shop is located next to Smooth Brew Coffee in a cute little house turned business. I met one of the owners Kat, and she is a lovely human being. I was impressed by her locally sourced Continue Reading

Accidental Discoveries

Discovering something accidentally happens more than we all probably realize. For instance, the featured photo of this blog post was when Tom and I accidentally rode our bikes down the wrong road on vacation and turned out to be the cutest locally owned artisan popsicle shop! I accidentally discovered something recently that has provided me a lot of relief in a small yet significant way. The bad news was: my Continue Reading

The Daughter of an American Hero

Today is Veteran’s Day and I am the daughter of a Veteran and American hero. I was recently cleaning out our guest room which had become our designated junk zone, and found my copy of “A Nightmare’s Prayer” by Ret. United States Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael Franzak.  I literally had to blow dust off of it because it had been sitting for so long. I flipped the book open Continue Reading

Support Local This Weekend!

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Kimber Lanning of Local First AZ speak as a part of a Sustainability Speaker Series put on by my company. She spoke of the importance of supporting local within our communities, and how dollars reach farther within our local economy when we support small. She discussed the concept of “shifting 10,” meaning, shifting 10 percent of your purchases to locally sourced goods and Continue Reading

Never Before Seen Photos of Our Wedding Day

Yesterday marked 4 years that my husband and I have been together.  We just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary while we were away on vacation in New York.  You could say that we have moved mountains in our short time together. Weddings, babies, houses, ups, downs, new jobs, new adventures, traveling the world.  All that jazz. We just returned from NY last week. We celebrated the wedding of some friends Continue Reading