Five Things Friday

1. Some inspiration found this week…


2. A few of the people who make Light and Dwell happen went over to Broken Top last weekend for a work retreat. We accomplished SO much, and we’re all feeling really encouraged and inspired moving forward in the business. We didn’t get many pictures, except of food… Naturally.

3. While we were there, Aymee made us some beef stew on night one. It was delicious, and a family favorite for the Kuhlmans. The recipe is originally from The Pioneer Woman, but a few tweaks were made by Aymee like adding more veggies, and sub flour for arrow root to make it GF.


4. The temperatures have definitely dropped here, so I’ve got cozy clothes on the brain! Here are some staples for the season. (puffy jacket (only $79), boots (lined with faux shearling, so they’re extra warm!), flannel (a PNW necessity), beanie (I have this one in 3 colors from throughout the years), cable knit sweater, wool jacket (a piece worth investing in), slippers (for every day lounging), sweatshirt (in polar tech fleece), wool socks (I love the these ones), jeans (with no holes, ha!), pj sweatpants (you will find me in sweats the minute I get home from work), and waterproof boots (for the soccer field and pumpkin patch)!

5. Did you know that before Aymee and I started Light and Dwell, I was getting trained by my cousin (Stemm Floral) to do florals? And before that I had an Etsy shop where I sold handmade plates, but I freaked out when I was featured on Brickyard Buffalo and sold over 500 plates in 1 day, and I was making them by hand in my dining room apartment (this venture lasted about 5 months)? I also wrote a lifestyle blog for many years, and I actually cringe when I think about some of the things I posted… We all have those moments, mine were just on the internet haha. I’ve always had my hand in some sort of entrepreneurial, creative venture. I chuckle every time I think about making those plates, and the unorganized systems (actually no systems) I had in place. I asked for a $500 camera for my college graduation, because I wanted better pictures for my blog. I also thought that making $700 for an entire wedding of flowers was SO MUCH MONEY when I was in college/fresh out of college… I was barely covering my expenses and wasn’t even tracking the hours it was taking me to prep for the weddings.

When Aymee approached me to go into business with her, I had no clue what we were getting into. I had fumbled my way through creative side hustles, but never took the leap to let go of other things to push forward and make a career out of something. I still remember when Aymee told me we needed to become an LLC, and I had no idea what that even was. You guys, I knew nothing about being a legit business. I’m so thankful for Aymee, and all the gifts she brings to our business. I get asked all the time about have a business partner, and my honest response is, “we got incredibly lucky when we said “yes” to starting this thing together.” Seriously, so lucky. We went in sort of blindly, but couldn’t be a better pair in the business world. We push each other, and we know our roles. I’m so grateful for our partnership, and what’s in our future as a business.

All that to say, we have some new challenges, and exciting things ahead for our business, and I can’t wait to share them with you in the months to come! Thanks for all of your support!


Have a great weekend, friends!