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May 10, 2014


It’s come. My thirtieth year is finally upon me.

As a kid, this seemed like a very mature year full of responsibility, major life choices and many career successes. And in reality, it looks like it will actually be a year full of responsibility (someone has to take care of my fuzzy man, Mr. Harvey), major life choices (to travel or to take a break for a bit?), and many career successes (…or at least some big career changes).

With that said, I thought it might be fun (and motivating) if I posed a personal challenge to achieve 30 goals in my 30th year. There are some simple ones and some more lofty ones that made the list, but I’m hopeful I can achieve them all with a little bit of focus, perseverance and a lot of coffee.

So here goes…

1. Officially launch my photography business (a.k.a start making money doing it!)
2. Get my personal debt under control
3. Travel to an unseen destination (or several)
4. Increase my earnings
5. Strengthen my relationships
6. Volunteer on a regular basis
7. Cook at least twice a week
8. Expand my wood shop offerings and grow the business
9. Give so much more (i.e. gifts, time, attention…)
10. Achieve a milestone athletic accomplishment (i.e. marathon, Mud Run…)
11. Take my personal style up a notch (see you later high school jeans)
12. Make time to play/snuggle with Harvey every single day
13. Learn to play an instrument (perhaps the dusty banjo sitting in the corner…finally)
14. Meditate on the regular
15. Start writing one of the many screenplays I have in my head
16. Hike a substantial mountain/trail
17. Learn to save my money/plan for the future
18. Master the Italian language (30 years too late…)
19. Explore/attempt a new art form
20. Workout regularly
21. Grow a garden (and keep it alive!)
22. Get my photographs printed in a major publication
23. Watch the top 10 of AFI’s Top 100 Movies of All Time
24. Photograph and publish my grandmother’s Italian cookbook
25. Face my fear of water (it’s time to set sail, y’all!)
26. Go on a hot air balloon ride
27. Road trip through Wyoming/Dakotas/Idaho with Mr. Harvey
28. Pamper myself every other month (more massages please!)
29. Read 7 new books (truly a feat in my household)
30. Learn to live each day with respect and admiration for this time I’ve been given

Stay tuned for a progress report on May 3, 2015…

Do you have any goals on your list that you’ve proudly accomplished this year?


February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day | House of Harvey

Oh Valentine’s Day…how over-the-top-gushy you can be. But I still love ya!

And I thought today was a very appropriate day to pop back in on the blog (it’s been a while there, huh?) and say that I love YOU!

I’ve never been a Valentine’s Day basher – even though I’ve never really had a cliche version of a “Valentine” in my life. I actually really like the idea of taking a day out of the year (that is if you can’t find any other time throughout the year) to stop and say/show/express love to those you care most about in life…including yourself.  I’ve had Valentine’s Day celebrations with friends, family and coworkers that mean just as much to me as if it were with a more romantic significant other….it’s just about sharing some genuine love and appreciation, folks!

I wish it happened more often, but at least you know there is a day dedicated to the magical power of love.

And if you are feeling jilted or downtrodden by it all then do yourself a favor and hug a dog….they love unconditionally and year-round.

I hope it’s a magically thought full and love-filled weekend for all!




January 10, 2014

Stop for  a Moment | House of Harvey

We just wanted to stop by and say that we are taking some time to stop.

Oh the irony.

We’re letting some ideas flow this week into next, so pardon our slow posting. In 2014, I’m trying to take more time to let my thoughts percolate and formulate before jumping in. It’s an interesting approach for someone who is so impatient, but I think it will do wonders for my productivity, creativity and, ultimately, my happiness.

Here’s to some deep thinking on this thought full Friday!




January 3, 2014

Mini Moments | House of Harvey

Welcome to a new year and new possibilities! To be honest, the possibilities have always been there. But whenever there is a “start” of something new, don’t you just feel like you are capable of anything and all of the previous muck has vanished? There is definitely a symbolism to the start of the new year and we were definitely ready to embrace it. So for our first full work day of 2014, Mr. Harvey and I hit the park to work in the fresh 80 degree winter SoCal air (don’t be jealous at all….this is not how winter should be!).

Now if you are anything like me, you tend to believe that there are signs out there that are attempting to reach you and make you come to some sort of realization or moment of clarity. I tend to go a bit overboard on the reality of these “signs.” (“Did that duck just wink at me? I think it’s a sign that I should buy that new camera lens so I can capture moments just like those!”) But most of the time, these moments of kismet happen just when I need them most.

Mini Moments | House of Harvey Mini Moments | House of Harvey

It just so happened that while brainstorming at the park yesterday, I became extremely anxious and uneasy with all that I wanted to accomplish in 2014. I’ve always been an over-thinker/planner – trying to accomplish everything under the sun in a matter of months (most often, days). I became frustrated with my growing lists of goals for the year that I just had to stop writing, lay down on my blanket and breathe. Harvey sat by my side, licked my arm and, in a way, tried to put me at ease when I rolled over to see what I thought was a mirage: a miniature, white horse walking around the park.


This tiny horse was prancing along, in his merry way with his human by his side. You could just get a sense that he didn’t have a care in the world or a thought on his mind. He was just taking in the sun, scenery and splendor around him. Harvey immediately perked up, looked at me for approval to greet him, and upon my nod, bolted to say hello.

Mini Moments | House of Harvey

While I was a bit nervous that this mini horse may smack Harvey in the face with a swift hoof kick, his owner assured me that Unicorn (Uni for short) absolutely loved dogs. And within a moment, love was apparent as Harvey and Uni began to play in their unique inter-species kind of way. A sniff here. And face nudge there. They were a pair. (Thank goodness I take my camera with me wherever I go!!!)

So what’s the sign, you ask?

In moments of utter frustration and undue despair, just let the magic take over and a charming mini horse may appear to take you out of your funk and make you remember the simple pleasantries of life again. It’s really the “mini” moments that matter.

Mini Moments | House of Harvey

Thank you Uni. You’ll never know the difference you made in this girl’s life.

I hope it’s a thought full weekend for everyone!




December 30, 2013

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

Well well well, we’ve come upon the end of 2013 and are finally going to get to say hello to the lovely 2014.

This past year has been one of the most amazing/stressful/invigorating/mind-blowing/educational years of my life. Indeed.

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

Not only did I celebrate my first official full year of business-owning (two businesses at that!), but I was also able to fit in some epic travel (here and here and here), wonderful family moments (my sister got hitched and both of my parents retired!), project launches (we had our first Pup-Up event in LA – plenty more to come in 2014!), and of course, 365 days of pure bliss with my main man, Mr. Harvey.

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

Yes, 2013 was a good one. But 2014 has some exciting ventures on the horizon already.

When it comes to this here blog, I am planning some really fun improvements and changes (it’s an ever-evolving process…isn’t it?) and definitely more photos – everything from pups to people to places. What once was merely a place for my dog obsession, has slowly transformed into a love of capturing moments of everything that goes on in my life, canine and other, so I hope you’ll tag along for the ride as I continue to share my crazy journey.

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

And as for New Year’s resolutions, I don’t actually plan to make any this year. I think I’m simply going to try my darndest to live in every moment as it happens and focus on each passing day rather than future-plan my life away. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got some big aspirations and goals for this here 2014, but isn’t life just one giant resolution to do the best you can anyway?

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

I’m ready to start anew, with a clean perspective on life and I think Mr. Harvey is ready for a fresh start too! It’s gonna be an amazing 2014 y’all…hold on to your hats and enjoy the ride!

Adventure awaits!



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