– Favorite Things –
my husband, my daughter, cooking and baking,
my cat Winston, being a mom, & photography.
“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 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 enjoying this new life as a family of three. Want to know more? Send me a message and let’s chat!
THE MINI APARTMENT – “a little space for a lot of life.” Having lived in 6 different places in two different states in the last 6 years, I have come to realize that it is not the size of the space or where you are that brings contentment, but what you do with it to cultivate your own happiness – that is what really matters. The Mini Apartment exists to inspire, encourage, uplift, and help you through your own endeavors as you learn how to live vibrantly, stay happy, and stay sane as you make the transition from wife to mother. Through marriage, motherhood, and learning to embrace all seasons of life — you’ll find encouragement, humor, and relatable real-girl life hacks here at The Mini Apartment!