– Favorite Things –
my husband, my daughter, cooking and baking,
my cat Winston, being a mom, & fueling my creativity.
“I’m a sucker for a good adventure-mystery book. Being outdoors away from cell service is my favorite thing. If I could live at Disneyland, I would. I love dark chocolate, warm drinks, and birthdays. I believe in encouragement, optimism, and a good nap.”
I was born and raised in the Golden state of California, in sunny-beach-town San Diego. After I graduated from San Diego State University in 2012 with a BA in Art/Multimedia, I didn’t hesitate to stuff my tiny old dodge neon (Red Rocket, as some knew her by… R.I.P.!) with everything I owned to follow my heart to the Northwest where the mountains had been calling me to go for quite some time.
After making my home in Vancouver (Washington, not Canada…everyone always asks!) my love for the Northwest lifestyle and scenery grew immensely. For the sake of adventure and living in a new place, I decided to redefine myself and my mission for personal success and happiness: I landed an amazing internship as a city event planner, became an in-demand fitness instructor for three major community centers, continued working on my business as a wedding photographer, worked in kid’s ministry at my church every weekend, oh and I also decided I would apply for a masters degree. Not ambitious at all right?
It is also during this time where I met the love of my life, John Allegri. When I first saw him in late 2013, I just knew he was my “the one.” Our friendship snowballed into love, and we started dating in Spring 2014. When I found out I was accepted into San Diego State University for graduate school a month later, John told me he wanted to marry me and was was going to move to California with me so we could be together. True love really does exist, people. ❤
Fast forward…John and I got married in April 2016, I graduated with my MA in Museum Exhibition Design in May 2016, and then we became parents in July 2017! We have a sweet baby girl named Elizabeth June who arrived earth side on 7-7-17 ❤ I spend my free time as a stay at home mom with baby izzy, working on my blog, using John as my test bunny to try new recipes on, living intentionally (it’s my word to live by this year), and fully enjoying this new life as a family of three.
The Mini Apartment Blog exists to inspire and encourage women who are entering the seasons of marriage + motherhood to live vibrantly, stay happy, and stay sane, as we all learn how to find magic in everyday moments. Here you’ll find encouragement, humor, and a community of real-girls with amazing stories. I’m so glad you’re here!