What Happened to the Wonder?

Happy Thursday!

Yep. Thursday. Thats right, that means it’s almost Friday…. (cue some sort of happy music)

Today I have been a little insightful. Who would have guessed that a Thursday would make me think about life.

Awhile back, when I was living abroad, I created notes on Facebook being all insightful and deep. Yeah, doesn’t happen too often now, but looking back at these notes got me thinking…. Here is one of the little blurbs I wrote as a highschooler: What Happened to the Wonder?

“I wondered today, what was it like when I heard thunder for the first time. I thought, as babies, we have no idea what this monstrous sound coming from the sky is. And rain? Water falling from the sky. Think about it. ITS CRAZY!!!! The natural wonders of the world seem so everyday to us. What happened to the wonder? Why is it that snow and rain have become a hassle rather than a blessing? Maybe thats why kids have so much fun. They still have the wonder of rain and snow. They see it as an amazing miracle that is bestowed upon them. Why cant we keep this wonder as adults too? Maybe then we might enjoy life more.”

For real everyone. Why have we stopped being curious about the world? It makes you wonder how much happier we would be if we held onto that wonder and and amazement. I challenge you all… take a moment sometime this upcoming weekend to explore, be curious, and take risks! Act like a kid! Run through the rain (if applicable), explore somewhere you have never been, or even just take the long way to work (or wherever you are going) to admire the beauty around you. Take a moment to enjoy and experience your surroundings!

(my adorable nephew enjoying a moment up north at our cabin)

We are magnificent people and humans, just by being. Don’t settle for information. Strive for experiences!

You will never know everything, so why not try and explore and experience everything while you can?

Sorry for getting all “motivational speaker” on you all…just some thoughts running through my head today.

Hope you are all enjoying your week and have a marvelous weekend! I would love to hear all about your adventures!

<3 Amy

A day to browse Etsy…

Hello Everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying your Monday so far! It has been a rainy one here… Wait. What? Yes. Rain! I am loving this right now. Anywho, so sorry about the lack of postage! We are so excited for Wilhelm’s Daughters to launch! We have had a few setbacks with the new design, but hope to have it up and running very soon! I am so excited to start this new little adventure.

 

In the meantime…. Let’s just look at how rad this all is. Agreed…right??

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crab cuff-Butterscotch of Brooklyn- $290Liberty of London Garden Party Dress- Mrs Pomeranz- $482.26

Hyper Mountains Ring- Lunatic Art- $111.66

Enjoy your evening!

<3 Amy

Raspberry Mojitos and Frienditos

My wonderful friend Taylor invited me over for some much needed Mojito action and pool time. Living in Arizona, it’s almost a necessity.

Being the fabulous mixologist that she is, she gave me her directions for some yummy Raspberry Mojitos. Try them out and enjoy!

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Bring in the Preserves” 

What you’ll need: 

2 oz Raspberry Preserves (or blueberry or blackberry) 

7 Fresh plucked mint leaves

1 oz Lime Juice

2 oz White Rum

Splash of Sparkling Water

1. Start with your preserves of choice and the freshly plucked mint and muddle. For those of you unfamiliar with the process of muddling,  basically mix together until mashed and all the flavors are just ready to take on the the rum!

2. Add your lime juice and Rum and top with sparkling water and some ice cubes! That’s it! You could even get fancy and add some mint leaves to the top for garnish.

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Enjoy Loves!

<3 Amy (and Taylor)

The Night We Wined and Dined

Hello all!

Hope your summer is treating you all splendidly!  Lately, one of my good friends from Germany has been in town! She was an exchange student in Sedona about two years ago, and is just amazing! We had a day of shopping and then she offered to cook dinner for me! She made a delicious meal of Stir-fried vegetables and a delicious olive oil-garlic couscous with tomatoes! Alright the couscous was ready made, but it sure was delicious! It was a fun night of wine, spontaneous portraits and delicious food.

Love you Marie!! xoxo

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Anywhere but here…

During summer, really the only place I want to be is anywhere but Phoenix. With consistant temperatures above 105 it’s pretty miserable.

I got the chance to travel with a high school-age choir from my parents church. We went all over Southern California, where the girls preformed their show, served the homeless, and spread the love. Of course we ended at Disneyland… just had to! Here are some of my favorite moments I captured from our little trip :)

Introducing:: Wilhelm’s Daughters!

Well like I have mentioned in posts past, we will be going through some changes on this blog. About a year ago, Katie and I decided to take this to the next level and update our look and identity. We thought long and hard about all the possible names, logos, colors, styles. We finally settled on our new name: Wilhelm’s Daughters.

It all stems from our great great grandfather Wilhelm Kuhne who came to America from Germany with his Swiss sweetheart, O’Tilly Wettstein. They ended up in Illinois with Wilhelm working as a dressmaker in downtown Chicago. The creativity was passed down from generation to generation, filling our family tree with photographers, painters, seamstresses, and even a toy designer. You could say that creativity is in our blood. As Katie Jean Designs makes it’s move to Brooklyn, New York, we introduce our new site (coming soon) where we, Wilhelm’s Daughters, share our loves, our style, and anything else we feel like sharing with you all! You can follow our adventures in Phoenix and Brooklyn, with our favorite local spots, new favorite trends, or finds, and everything in between!

Our site is not quite ready to launch, but we will of course let all you beautiful people know as soon as it’s ready for you to see! Hope you are enjoying your summer!!
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<3 Amy and Katie

My Favorite Things: Textured Waves

So lately, having long hair, I have had fun experimenting with hair products and styling!

I have not had hair this long since I was little…. so this is big for me!

Here are some of my favorite products and one of my favorite styles I use them with:

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Happy Wednesday! <3 Amy

ps. thanks Kym Ventola for my wonderful photo!

an evening with the family: Happy Birthday Jonce!

As much as I can, I try and spend time with my sister (Katie of Katie Jean Designs) and her amazing family. Last night we got to celebrate her husband Jonce’s birthday! I love getting some practice with my camera, and loved even more getting to capture this great night. Katie and Jonce will soon be moving along with their two little boys, Caden and Clive, so I am trying to soak up as much time with them as I can. 

I decided to help Katie out and make dinner and a cake for the evening. We made raw vegan tacos (one of our faves) from My New Roots. This recipe is amazing… you can find it HERE.

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Then I found this AMAZING new blog called This Rawsome Vegan Life. While drooling over all the recipes, I found a raw, vegan, carrot cake! Super simple to make and came out delicious! We topped it with lavender, pistachios and walnuts. The lavender added such an amazing flavor. You can find that recipe HERE.

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And the rest of the night was full of impromptu portraits, blowing out candles and chess….

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What a beautiful family. Love you Jonce! Happy Birthday! 

 

<3 Amy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phx Eats:: Cafe Otro

So this post may be a bit delayed, but why not! So my sister and I picked up my nephew from school and needed some grubbage. So we decided to check out a new restaurant in Phoenix, an extension of Gallo Blanco. Cafe Otro is a smaller scale version of the well known Gallo Blanco, featuring some AMAZING new world Mexican food. This stuff is fresh, delicious, and unique. The setting was perfect as well! Loved the simple modern decor. Really had a great atmosphere. Overall a wonderful experience and efinitely would recommend!

The Most Amazing Quinoa salad you will ever have….

The most amazing Vegetable Paella you will ever have. No joke, this stuff’s incredible

<3 Amy & Katie