Berlin

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Oh how I love Berlin. This was the first city on our trip that I have already been to and I couldn’t wait to show Chris one of my favorite cities. We also made sure to stop there to visit my very good friend Alicia, whom I met in college while studying in Milan. The last time I saw her was in Berlin for her wedding and now she has her own clothing line, a 1 year old and another baby on the way! Alicia and her baby Nino showed us around Berlin and cooked a delicious German dinner for us in their home. I think Berlin is just so colorful and vibrant with so much history. It’s also a very international city with lots of different cuisine and neighborhoods to visit. I wish we could live there!

See more of our travels on Instagram by searching the hashtag, #chrisandjamietravels.

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New Years Hike

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To start the new year off feeling productive and refreshed, Chris and I joined a couple friends and their dog Jake on a hike at Sanborn Park. It was freezing cold and I definitely wasn’t dressed warm enough but the trail we found was uphill, had lots of fallen trees and a river running through it so I warmed up pretty fast. Considering how close a lot of amazing parks and trails are, I want to make an effort to get out there more often. I’ve considered taking up trail running, anyone have any thoughts on the benefits of it?

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Prague

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We spent 2 days in Prague during our European vacation. The city is beautiful and we were able to see all the big landmarks in the short time we were there. I think Prague would have been really fun to visit during college because of the ridiculously cheap beer, lack of indoor smoking restrictions and the nightlife. Except for the cheap beer, none of that is really appealing to us anymore. We also weren’t the biggest fans of the food (it’s pretty much all heavy meat dishes) but we did appreciate how inexpensive everything was. My favorite part of the city is the Hradčany district where the castle is. The view is amazing and I love seeing all the red-roofed buildings. A short walk from there is the Charles Bridge where there are some impressive street performers and a picturesque swans floating on the river. I also really enjoyed our beautiful Airbnb apartment which was on the road between the bridge and Old Town Square and lined with high-end designer shops. I recommend Prague as a day or weekend trip if you’re traveling through that area. See more of our travels on Instagram by searching the hashtag, #chrisandjamietravels.

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Brussels

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On our flight from Copenhagen to Prague, we had an 8 hour layover in Brussels which was the perfect amount of time to do a quick tour of the city. Brussels is really small so we saw the main attractions, got Chris a Belgium beer and ate frites and gouffres (waffles). We also went to the history museum and found the Mannequin Pis – I don’t understand the fascination of it but it was funny to take pictures of people taking photos with it. I think 8 hours was plenty of time to get a quick tour of what Brussels is like but if we ever get the chance, we may visit again if we were nearby. Regardless of size, Brussels certainly doesn’t lack any of the European charm other cities have!

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Year 2014 in review

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J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

2014 was definitely a unique one. I spent a lot of this year figuring things out and taking risks but feeling really unsettled at the same time. This year, I started Blog Party, celebrated our first year of marriage, grieved the loss of our wonderful dog and ended the year with a trip to Europe. In the meantime we’ve been trying to figure out what the next few years will look like for us. Chris and I are in that weird stage of considering some huge life decisions – like figuring out our careers, if we should buy a house, when to have kids. It’s all crazy to think about but weighs heavily on my mind all the time.

Needless to say, I am ending this year in good health, a roof over my head and surrounded by people who I love and adore. I couldn’t be more grateful for that. I don’t know what this next year will look like, I’ve never felt so unprepared, but I’m going to do my best. I know there will be hardships but also lots of amazing things and people to celebrate. So with that, so long 2014 and here’s to the new year!

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

J for Jamie Blog | 2014 in Review

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Copenhagen Highlights

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I used the new Sprout by HP to help me kick-off our 2014 European recap! I like to save little things like tickets and cards when I travel and the Sprout was the perfect tool to help me put everything together for the blog. We started our Euro-trip in the beautiful city of Copenhagen in Denmark. Of the seven cities we visited on this trip, Copenhagen was definitely one of our favorites. In fact, it’s now one of my favorite cities ever. Literally, Chris and I were looking up how to move there as expats. Anyways, everything about Copenhagen is amazing. There was free wi-fi everywhere, the people are warm and welcoming (and they all speak English), the food is fantastic and there’s just so much to see. Chris and I would love to return and spend more time here and in the other Scandinavian cities. Checkout some highlights from our stay in Copenhagen! 

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J for Jamie Blog | Copenhagen

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Happy Holidays!

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While my cinnasants are baking in the oven, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very happy holidays this year. Thank you for following along on JforJamie through all the adventures, projects and heartbreak this year. Words can’t express how grateful I am for having this creative outlet through which I can share my life. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, from my family to yours.

Card design by Chris Mieuli.

 

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Sprout by HP

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I had the opportunity to try out the new Sprout by HP and it’s so much fun! It’s a touch-screen interactive creativity station with a fully functioning computer. I think the best part of the Sprout is being able to easily merge tangible objects with digital designs. Now I can incorporate real-life objects with the Sprout camera, add my hand-drawn designs with the stylus pen and then print my creations to our wireless printer. The computer, tablet and camera all work interactively together so there’s a lot of freedom to create. I’m excited to see what I can do with Sprout for my future posts. For now, see my first Sprout creation below, featuring our holiday card!

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J for Jamie Blog | Sprout by HP

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Gift Idea: Papirmass

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I have another perfect gift idea for you. Give someone the gift of art with Papirmass, an affordable art subscription service that offers a surprise in the mail every month. Founded by husband-and-wife duo, Kristin and JP, they’ve mailed over 45,000 prints to art lovers around the world and they’re just getting started! I love getting snail mail and this would be the perfect holiday gift. Each print has a theme with a featured artist on one side and poem or story on the other. Kristin graciously sent me a few prints and it’s impossible to decide which one is my favorite!

Until the end of the year, subscriptions are only $60 each when you purchase two (because it’s fun to give, but it’s also fun to receive). That’s just $5 each for 12 art prints, delivered once a month all year long. Or, you can purchase a 2014 Folio containing all the prints from the last year at 50% off the retail price, with a subscription to follow. Plus there are six new FREE Downloadable Gift Cards, so you can print, wrap and put it under the tree. With Christmas only a week away, this is the perfect gift and you don’t need to worry about not receiving it on time!

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Gift Idea: DIY Pinhole Camera

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Kelly, founder of the Pop-Up Pinhole Company, created her first pinhole camera as a project in college. She has since developed it into a beautiful screen-printed do-it-yourself camera that you construct and use at home. It comes with all the tools to put it together and uses real medium format or 35 mm film.

It’s such a brilliant idea, I was thrilled when Kelly reached out and gifted me a VIDDY of my own. Chris enjoyed helping me put it together and we stopped a few times on a road trip we took last weekend to try it out. We both love film photography and this was a fun way to use film and get a refresher course on the basics of photography. I can’t wait to develop and share the photos we took!

The VIDDY is the perfect gift for someone who loves cameras or photography and J for Jamie readers receive 20% off with code JFORJAMIE, expires January 10, 2015.

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J for Jamie Blog | VIDDY Pop-Up Pinhole Company

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