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Fresh Fall Produce Guide


Hello fellow foodies! – It’s Rhea from Hot Dog it’s a Food Blog. I first off wanted to introduce myself as a soon-to-be familiar face here at idieh design, bringing you all things foodie, in the kitchen, and out and about.

Even though I live in the desert, I am a leaf-changing-obsessed, pumpkin-spice-fanatic, and the fall season is my spirit animal. With the cooler temps, comes a whole slew of fresh produce to the markets, and I take every opportunity to hit up every local farmer’s market that I can, especially in the fall. There’s something about supporting local, and picking out in-season produce that just makes a girl’s heart sing.


There’s something wrong about finding watermelon in the store in February. It is important to buy in season, not only to keep your wallets full, but to ensure that you are getting the freshest possible product. Fall produce is all about long-simmered soups, baking fresh pies, and dark-leafy greens. Here is a comprehensive list of what is in season for you to tinker with in the kitchen this autumn: crisp apples, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts (my fave), carrots, fennel, figs, grapes, leeks, mushrooms, pears, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.


My favorite go-to recipe for fall is a roasted beet salad, which leaves no part of the beet or its stem to waste. Simply, drizzle the beets with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then wrap in tin foil and roast at 350 degrees F for 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool, then slice. Chop the beet greens and stems and toss with the sliced beets. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and white wine vinegar. Bon Appetit!


7 Quick & Simple Steps to Organize Your Mind


“I was always hurtling headlong through the day, checking things off my to-do list, constantly picturing completion . . . Only, when I reached that ineffable . . . whatever . . . would I be totally satisfied.”

Does that quote (from the book 10% Happier) sound familiar? When I first read it, I underlined it, starred it and wrote, “YES! THIS” next to it. That was how much that quote resonated with how I moved through life. But if doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to be constantly on that knife-edge of anxiety with your never-ending to-do list and demands of your job, family and others. You CAN actually find some zen in your life and not feel as though you are constantly “hurtling” through your day.

This may all sound a little woo-woo to you – but hear me out. I promise, I used to think the exact same thing. But I’m not the only person who is tapping into the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. I recently tore out articles from Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook and InStyle, all of which explained why so many people are turning to this ancient method of relaxation.

Like I said, when I first started down this path, I thought I was too high strung, too ADHD, and too busy to meditate. I mean, my blog is called The Color Coded Life! I organize and color code everything from my shoes to my books; I have color coded lists in my planner and I write separate to do lists every day for things I need to get done. Furthermore, I hate to be bored or sit still. Even on days when I am supposed to relax, I usually end of up cleaning or reading or organizing. Basically, I thought I was the exact opposite of the type of the person that could handle being mindful.

Ironically, it was that analytical side of me that made me realize I should give meditation a try. Here are just a few of the benefits from practicing it (according to the Mayo Clinic):

“[R]esearch suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems”

Furthermore, the American Medical Associations Journal of Internal Medicine published the findings of a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University that looked at 19,000 meditation studies and focused them down to the best (meaning well-designed) 47 studies. These researchers found that, “mindfulness meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain.

Granted, I’m no doctor. I haven’t taken a science class dealing with humans since AP Biology my senior year of high school. But I do trust that the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School and the American Medical Association to know what they are talking about. Even with this though, that wasn’t the reason I tried meditating. I tried it because I found myself frustrated at work at times and wanted a way to control that frustration that didn’t include lashing out or getting angry. These health benefits listed above are an added bonus, but you don’t need to have them to try meditation for yourself.

The most basic method of meditation is to actually sit and meditate for a set period of time. I know some people can do it for 20 or 30 minutes. However, the best place to start is with around 5 minutes. To make this a little bit easier on you, I won’t bore you with flowery language, but instead will give you a step by step list on how to do it:

(1) Find Somewhere Quiet

It doesn’t have to be a special spot. I often do it sitting on the floor with my back against the bed. It just needs to be somewhere where you can have 5 minutes of peace.

(2) Sit cross-legged

I think this doesn’t really need an explanation. However, if sitting cross-legged is uncomfortable for you, then you can stretch your legs out in front of you instead.

(3) Close your eyes

And keep them closed! No peeking.

(4) Breathe deeply

This one is harder than it sounds. You should breathe in so that your diaphragm expands, basically pushing your stomach out. It should take you about 5 full seconds or longer to fully breathe deeply. We are so used to breathing shallowly, that trying to take an actual deep breath can be hard at first. Try holding it after you breathe in for about 1-2 seconds, and then exhale for around 4 to 5 seconds. Then repeat.

(5) Stay focused

You can do this by following your breathing, imagining it flowing in and down your airways and then back out. You can also recite mantras in your head to follow with your breathing.

(6) Relax already!

Be sure as you are doing this to notice if you are holding tension anywhere. The goal is to relax – so be sure to scan your body and make sure you are actually fully relaxed. Release your shoulders, release that space between your brows.

It’s ok if you have random thoughts pop up while trying this. Just acknowledge them and then keep on breathing as normal. Don’t dwell and don’t beat yourself up.

(7) Be grateful & happy for the small things

At the end of the session, think about 2-3 things that you are happy about right at that moment. These can be big or small – but they should give you a feeling of contentment for having them in your life.

By doing this as you close out your meditation, you are both calmer and happier as you prepare to take on whatever comes next.

I hope these 7 steps help you get a little more zen in your life!

Until next time, my loves!

Watercolor Art Supplies to Create Your Own Script


Hey Everyone! So I told you I would give you a list of watercolor art supplies I use when practicing watercolor script. You really only need a few items and then practice, practice, practice!!

1. First let’s talk brushes. I like to use a smaller round brush like the one here . For this brand I suggest a #6. A smaller size gives you more control of the brush and makes your lines cleaner. You have less brush to complete your strokes, so the length of the brush doesn’t get in the way. Of course a larger brush works when you have a rather large piece of paper.

2. I like to use practice paper to start because when you first start you are just learning and you go through a lot of paper. You can even just practice on computer paper and as you get better switch to watercolor paper found here . This paper is more cost effective but as you get better you can switch to even better paper found here .

3. I really like using Soho paints. They are so dense in color, a little goes a long way. You should start with a classic black and then once you get better you can start mixing colors.

4. I love using a disposable palette, such as this one . It is so easy to travel with and it gives me enough space to mix colors if I need to.

All these items can be found at Jerry’s Artarama.

I hope this gives you a good start when practicing watercolor lettering/script. It takes practice but if you have good watercolor art supplies, it makes a world of difference!

Keep Creating,


*note all photos from Jerry’s Artarama




Gatsby Inspired Wedding Stationery // Phoenix, Arizona

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I love when weddings are not only a display of the bride & groom’s love for each other, but also a decadent experience for the guests. Especially, when that experience feels like a 1920s Gatsby-esque speakeasy! Every aspect of Linas & Cara’s old hollywood, Gatsby inspired wedding was soft and sweet, yet strong and confident. For their invitation suite, I used neutral colors with Frank Lloyd Wright inspired patterns as the ceremony and reception were at the Arizona Biltmore, a Wright designed hotel.

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These pocket programs were the perfect way for Linas & Cara to let their guests know about the important people and pieces of their ceremony. I used the same Wright-inspired pattern from the invitations for the programs, and again later on the escort cards.


For their menus, I continued the Wright-inspired architectural patterns, mixed with a balance of romantic and modern text. I absolutely loved the patterns we played with for this whole stationery set, especially in combination with the angular shape we used for the escort cards. Wouldn’t you love to pick up your escort card atop a champagne glass?? I know I would!

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As the night came to a close, Linas & Cara’s guests needed their rest and what better way to ensure a good sleep than with these adorable “do not disturb” door signs. These were a part of the amazing welcome guest boxes that welcomed the guests upon arrival to their hotel, full of goodies & wine and closed with a custom label.

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Everything about Linas & Cara’s throwback to the 1920s was pure perfection. The ladies of Outstanding Occasions killed the execution & you can see more of their design here. Thank you to Erica Velasco Photographers for these gorgeous detail shots.

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5 Ways To Up Your LinkedIn Game

Hello lovies – it’s Amanda from The Color Coded Life!

So, I will admit – I was late to the LinkedIn game. At first, I thought it was kind of creepy to have all of your work and personal info out there. (For reference, I don’t put any of that on my personal Facebook account). But once I realized that friends were getting jobs and making connections off of LinkedIn, I decided to give it a try.

Like a typical Type-A person though – I didn’t want to just throw some random things up there and hope it worked. I wanted to make sure my profile was on point. So here is a list of the top 5 ways that work to up your LinkedIn game.


(1) Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery

Obviously, it is never a good idea to plagiarize someone. Let’s just put that one out there. BUT, it IS a good idea to look at people in the industry you’re either in or want to be in and see how they write their summaries. What information do they include? What do they not include? Is it written in first person or third person? Look for those key details and see how you can craft your own story using those standards.

(2) Personality is key

Depending on what your field is – you can show a lot or at least a little personality in your LinkedIn profile. Though I don’t have scientific proof (bonus points if anyone can find some for me!), I feel like the millennial generation is a lot less concerned about being super formal when it comes to the job world. We seem more concerned with seeing whether we like someone or we like what they have to offer. So showcase who you are! Share your strengths in the best way possible. Make a self-deprecating crack at yourself (keep it appropriate, of course), while highlighting your amazing attributes.

(3) How much personality depends on your field

The tip above depends upon what industry you work in. If you are still in one of the more traditional fields (medicine, law, etc), you will definitely need to tone it down. Unfortunately, there is still an aversion for anyone too “out there” in some of the more formal fields. However, if you are searching for a more creative job or if you are someone who knows you don’t want a more traditional field – then really let your personality shine! It will allow you to attract the type of views, companies, and recruiters that you would want to work with.

(4) Dress for the job you want

This is speaking metaphorically of course – but dress your profile for the job that you are interested in having. If your current industry is not where you want to continue, emulate those that are in the area you want to move towards.

(5) You never know who your friends might know

Be sure to connect with friends (key word – FRIENDS) who are in a wide variety of fields. Don’t just stick with people in your own current area. You don’t know who someone else may have a connection with. Just because they are in a science field and you are in law, doesn’t mean that they might not be able to connect you to your possible dream legal job. So make sure you are tapping into every friend link you can.

I hope these tips help make your profile the! (Do people still say that? hahaha). If I missed anything, let me know in the comments!

5 Tips to Stay Sane as a Bride to Be

Hi friends! Caelen, here- your resident editor-of-awesome for idieh design. Usually I stay behind the screen (or scenes if you prefer) but this week is a very special week in my life that I wanted to share with you all.

About six months ago, the love of my life asked me to be his forever on the same mountain where he asked me to be his girlfriend exactly one year before. I of course, said “yes” and was quickly on my way to planning my (our) dream wedding. Something must be in the water seeing the Heidi and I are both in the midst of non-stop wedding planning!


Anywho, I’m writing to you this week as I am getting married in TWO DAYS. Yes, that’s right. We’ll be up at the altar saying “I do” in just over 48 hours. With the wedding quickly approaching (that’s an understatement) bridal brain really takes over. And yes, that’s a thing. As a bride-to-be, your brain is constantly running trying to make sure you have everything in order and sometimes you really do feel like a looney toon.


Photo credit: Amy & Jordan Photography

As my planning comes to an end, I wanted to share five tips for staying some what sane as a bride-to-be, or at least appearing like you’ve got it all under control.

1. Create to-do listsTo-do lists will be your best friend. If you’re anything like me and have a full time job plus freelance jobs and wedding planning, you can’t always complete tasks when you think of them. Keep a notebook with you at all times that way when your bridal brain takes over, you can do a brain dump and visit the tasks later. Then you also feel really accomplished when you finish a to-do!

2. Lean on those around you- There will be so many people that offer to help with your big day, but if you’re a control freak like me, it’s hard to delegate. Find tasks and errands that don’t require your stamp of approval or personal touch, and take people up on their offers to help. It will save you time and energy having someone else go grab the perfume you pre-ordered or the linens that are waiting to be picked up.

3. Take time for yourself- This is so key. With wedding planning somewhat taking over every ounce of your time, you need to remember to take a little time for yourself. Alone. Sneak away for a quick hour-long massage or pick an appointment to attend along. One of the best decisions I made was attending my hair trial alone. I got to be pampered but also have my own opinion on exactly what I wanted.

4. Make date night happen: If your hubby to be is anything like mine, he might get a little worn down from all the little details like what color the invitation envelopes are or what flowers go in the centerpieces. Schedule date night where you don’t allow any wedding talk. Spend time enjoying each other amidst the craziness, and don’t forget why you’re having a wedding in the first place.

5. Soak it all up: Take a moment, or two, to let the whole process sink in. Sometimes the constant errands and to-dos can get so overwhelming that you just want to quit planning and elope. Trust me, I’ve been there. But you have to remember the end goal. Throughout our planning process, my fiancé kept reminding me to think of the altar. As long as we said our vows, nothing else mattered. Enjoy the planning process and don’t take that time with your friends and family for granite.

Now I’m definitely not claiming to be an expert in wedding-planning sanity (my close family and friends can attest to that), but if you keep these thoughts in mind, your planning process might be a little more enjoyable!

Next time I write to you I’ll be a Mrs! Wish us luck!


xoxo Caelen

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