December 30, 2013

2013 - year in review: part 2.

hello! hope you had a wonderful weekend. ours was pretty low key - just running a few errands and spending some down time watching mad hot ballroom on netflix, as well as kiki's delivery service. 

i spent a quiet christmas afternoon looking back on the year on the blog and shared a post about it last week. i wanted to finish off the recap with a few of our favorite pictures and memorable moments in the last six months of the year. i was pleasantly surprised at how many new things we tried and traditions we kept from years past.

so won't you look back with us again?
july and august were filled things we enjoyed -- friends visiting, diy projects, like this one from a creative index blog, which gave us anthro-like letters that we hung over our beds, a trip to the dog run where we met a cute little micro english bulldog named isabella, beginning of our gallery wall project, lots of time poolside, scoring a pair of dining chairs {thrifted} and painting them a sunburst yellow {still love this color so much} and another diy project --  a garland to go with those letters on top of our bed.  
also in august, we celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. we always like to recall how we came about our engraving inside our rings. 

summer is my favorite season and i wanted to make sure we ventured out as much as we could, with piri of course. we took in all the pretty scenic views at billy goat trail, and also made it into another video opportunity. i also got in the kitchen more and began to make some of my favorite dishes, like this mandu
when september rolled around, we took a few more trips, including one to philadelphia where we spent the day hitting the historical spots and ending it with geno's cheesesteaks, as well as to a sunflower field in maryland. they were so pretty and we can't wait to go again next year. 

^^ also made some homemade treats for piri. ^^ 

when summer officially came to an end and we welcomed fall, we kicked things off with a few new things with the blog, like hosting our first giveaway with olive green dog followed by another giveaway with harlex leathers, and being featured on a grinning labrador's "dog of the day" series. we were also tagged for the liebster and sunshine awards, joined in on the blogpaws wordless wednesday bloghops and got to work with dogvacay.com to showoff our neck of the woods a bit. 

oh and of course, we were winners of a few wonderful giveaways ourselves! beautiful prints by albie designs hosted by creative index, whimsical tiny kingdom print shoppe cards on so about what i said, $200 anthropologie's dog shop gift card on creature comforts and baublebar chevron earrings on rolala loves

these were all exciting opportunities and we hope we can do more next year. 
in the fall, we were also excited to be introduced to your dog's diner and their wonderful line of dog mixes. we did our first review of their mutt meatballs and soup, which ended up being a hit with piri. we also did a review of their mutt pancakes as well later on in the year. we just love having these selections as part of piri's diet and look forward to cooking some more for him.

i also tried another korean recipe, perilla leaves kimchi, and made homemade doughnuts, took on a simple diy project, photo magnets, and also decided to hack our ikea malm dresser as well. i got to leave notes in yangkyu's lunch and gave them a little make over with diy cork stamps, which i saw over at caught on a whim, and gave our thrifted garden pitcher a new look. loved how they all turned out. 
we also got to do a couple of things that eluded us in 2012 - apple picking and going to see fall foliage at shenendoah national park. and inbetween these two great outings was pumpkin carving and halloween, which are always fun. 
in early november, we shared our personal story, and were so touched by your support and words. i've felt it before, but i think this truly made me feel like i am part of a special community online. 

the rest of the month we did our final diy of the year, a little crown for piri, celebrated cocorrina's 2-year blog anniversary with an amazing giveaway, did our first guest post over at coco/mingo and had more friends from new york join us for thanksgiving
december finally rolled around and we kept up with tradition by seeing a christmas show, celebrated my birthday and spent a wonderful christmas. 

wow. that felt like a big mouthful. and now we're just days away from waking up on the first day of 2014. 

yangkyu and i were talking about how 2013 didn't seem like one of the best years we've had. it's funny how we miss the little things when we see the big picture. sure we had our downs, but what year doesn't have them. so right now as we reflect, enjoy the present and get ready for the new year, we're counting our blessings, new friendships and connections and exciting opportunities that came our way. we're happy that we'll have these memories to treasure forever.

hope you are enjoying these last few days we have left in 2013. 

 // 2013 year in review: part 1 can be found here

15 comments

  1. Wonderful walk down memory lane, Jane:) I think it was the latter half of the year that I started following your blog, so it was great to see all the photos again:)
    Wishing all of you a fab New Year ahead.

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  2. Thank u for recapping all of the special bits & pieces from ur blog for this yr! Makes me feel more connected with u & ur blog =) Even tho we got acquainted just recently, I am very glad that I have found ur blog either way & will keep on reading~! Can never have enough pics of Piri & I love seeing ur lovely vids! Hope u had the merriest Christmas & here's to another brand new yr for us & our blogs :D
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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  3. It looks like you had many wonderful times!

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  4. Lovely recap of the last half. Dont know which pic is my most favorite, they all are full of life and memories. That pic of Piri and a sunflower is so cute.

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  5. Love this recap - i remember when Piri met his dog friend. And I love those snaps of the sunflowers! xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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  6. Ah the videos are so cute! You defiantly lead a very full and rich life. And of course do a wonderful job sharing it. So glad you like the new design! New year, new design and slightly new dir with the blog.Want to start covering more about other people and their successes.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  7. Love this review! Just posted my part 1 today :)

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  8. A nice flashback Jane, happy NYE!! Xx

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  9. Love this recap of your wonderful 2013 year, Jane!! You have inspired me to take more photos that capture my life. I feel like I used to, but I just don't take as many photos of myself and those I love as much as I would like to! I can't wait to see more in 2014! Thank you for your wonderful friendship, I'm so happy to have met you and look forward what you have in store for the new year!! Happy new year!! xoxo

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  10. Your year looks like it was filled with so much fun and love. I love the pup and definitely the DIY projects!

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  11. What a lovely recap and you are right, what year goes by without some bad things? It's all about learning new things every year.
    Have a Happy New Year, bless you and your family!

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  12. I still can't get over how sweet Piri looks next to all those sunflowers. Have a wonderful New Year, Jane & Yankyu!

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  13. I'm really pleased I found your blog Jane, it's only been one or two months but I've enjoyed it loads. Looking forward to it carrying on in the new year.

    Buckets & Spades

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  14. Loved your recap! Def have to go back and read the posts I've missed! :( I'm so happy to have have found your blog and develop a friendship with you.... and hopefully one day, our paths will cross and we can meet in real life!

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  15. Awww, I love this! I can't wait to see what 2014 brings you both and Piri, of course! I love the DIYs above your bed (we have the same duvet cover, by the way) and above your IKEA dresser. Well, I love what you did with the dresser! Such a simple change can make such a big difference! Here's looking forward to more inspiration from you in this new year! -Jess L

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