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Saturday afternoon, The Boy & I stopped at Cook’s Dairy Farm, in Ortonville, for some ice cream.  I’ve heard the name thrown around time to time, so I went in knowing of their good reputation.  Looking further, I’ve found that they have fantastic reviews on Yelp as well.  Review highlights state that the cows are “all-natural,” “no hormones.”  I looked for non-pasteurized milk while I was there, because I’ve always wanted to try it, but I didn’t see any.  After leaving, I saw on Foursquare someone mentioned that they do have some, so I may have to head back! When it came to ice cream, I got the caramel apple – delish!  I was too busy enjoying it to even get a taste of The Boy’s (I even forget the name of it). After we finished the HUGE cups, I absolutely had to go visit the local farm animals.  An aisle …

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This afternoon, I finished the book I was reading, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I bought the book based on one quote I came across on the internet.  The quote I actually found was paraphrased from this book, but the meaning behind it is what really struck me and caused me to hunt for its original source. She wants to know if I love her, that’s all anyone wants from anyone else, not love itself but the knowledge that love is there, like new batteries in the flashlight in the emergency kit in the hall closet. Several small things throughout the book clung to my heart, and I highlighted as I went. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. “The boy asked the girl to say ‘I love you’ into her can, giving her no further explanation. “And she didn’t ask for any, or say ‘That’s silly,’ …

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The Boy & I are going to see another house this morning.  We’ve already found a few that were pretty nice, but alas, this house-hunting game isn’t treating us well.  Hopefully today goes better 🙂 xo Ashley Pictured above… lilies from my mom’s garden; fluffy clouds; my new bag I bought to use as a camera bag (thrifted, too!)


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I’m currently reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s one of those books that you keep reading & reading because it’s so captivating, yet you put down because it gives you “heavy boots.” It ties several family members’ stories together, piecing decades of experiences into a charmingly jumbled tale. I believe it was turned into a movie with Tom Hanks in it, so I plan to sit down with that when I’m finished with the book. xo Ashley


Today happens to be one of those crummy-outside sort of days that The Boy gets to have off work. I, however, have ventured out, donning puddle boots I bought over a year ago and haven’t worn yet. This has been one of the few rainy days we’ve had in a long while, so there hasn’t really been a puddle boot occasion until recently. So even though it’s a gloomy day, I’m still loving it 🙂 xo Ashley


01. Make a time capsule 02. Find home 03. Leave the country for the first time 04. Travel to Austin, TX 05. Launch Pink Loves Purple, & blog/sell crafts 06. Purge my closet, bathroom stuff, & magazines 07. Get a manicure &/or pedicure for the first time – here 08. Purchase a stand mixer 09. Get a new tattoo 10. Finish at least six books 11. Own a bicycle 12. Learn to sew 13. Go camping/sleep under the stars 14. Adopt a pet 15. Take a photo of Mom & Dad 16. Find a lifestyle-supporting job 17. Grow a garden 18. Go back to school/enroll in a class 19. Make a meal from farmers market, locally grown, &/or homemade/homegrown foods 20. Try to live tech-free for a few days 21. Try Thai food 22. Go horseback riding 23. Start a new collection or improve a current one 24. Get a tarot …

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I’m twenty-five now, & now I think it’s time to work on launching Pink Loves Purple – it’s one of the things on my “25 things to do while I’m twenty-five” list. xo Ashley