Nevada City

Guys. I’m obsessed.

So, I went to high school in Sacramento (half an hour-ish from my hometown) for two years. But, it was a bad experience and I couldn’t imagine having to go back for my junior year, so I transferred over to a school in Auburn (40-ish minutes from my hometown). And it was great.



Having spent so much time in Sacramento (my parents also worked there for years), I kinda thought of Auburn and all that Sierra Foothills stuff as a bit…hokey. I didn’t explore much, just went to school and back for the most part. Until my last year of high school, when my senior ball was in Nevada City, that is. And I had to pick the restaurant. So, being me, I did a ton of research and found out that there were several great options in the town (we ended up at Friar Tucks). Who would’ve thought?

That was my first encounter with this little town off Hwy 49. For the past few years, I’ve been up there from time to time to hike, swim in the South Yuba River, visit the state parks, go wine tasting…There’s so much to do there.



IMG_5178 Those ^ are a few pictures I took this summer at the South Yuba River and Malakoff Diggins Historic State Park, btw 🙂

So, when I went back up to Nevada City two weeks ago to get some really good coffee at the Curly Wolf on Broad street and spend the day wandering around, I decided it was about time I stayed there. Over-night, that is.







I found this sweet hotel called the Outside Inn, did some research and planned an overnight stay for JBoat and me. We went back up that Thursday and had a great time! We did lunch at South Pine Cafe, which is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere, walked through the historic downtown, visited some tasting rooms, grabbed coffee, played chess before dinner (I always win…and I’m never sure if he let’s me beat him or if I’m actually decent 😉 ) and took a few moody pictures…



Then, we did dinner at Lefty’s, where they not only serve amazing food, but wave the corkage fee on bottles of wine bought in town. Btw, did you know they have award winning pizzas? Like, two world champion pizzas. Yum!

We went back to South Pine Cafe for breakfast (old habits die hard) and then drove all over the place, checking out everything we could, including the little town of Rough and Ready (because the name is amazing!). Our trip was so great. Ok, I keep saying great. It was beyond great. I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to get back up there.



Hey there world. Long time no post. I thought I’d update you on what I’ve been up to!


I recently finished a logo project for an new branch of Courage Run.




Here are 3 of several options I created for a friend’s new nonprofit.


And some simple but fun invites to an engagement party we had at the house last month.


Some fun t-shirts for JBoat’s church campus.

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And my latest project in the works – logos for another friend’s nonprofit. Delicious!

Sale Sale Sale

The Labor Day sales are here!

I’m definitely hitting up Old Navy and Target.

You know. Don’t want to blow the budget 😉

But, in my dreams, I’d be visiting Z Gallerie and picking up this bad boy for 15% off the original price.Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 1.35.07 PMYep. That Phoenix Sectional is in current couch-crush.

What sales are you shopping this weekend?

On the Run

Oh hey, so did I mention we went to the last US show in the On the Run Tour?

Yes, yes we did.

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Best. Concert. Ever!

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We spontaneously decided to go after we got home from Spain.

Different story, different blog post 😉

So we grabbed us some tickets to the show at AT&T Park in the best seats we could find (and afford – ha) and made a night of it. A quick stop at the original Sightglass shop, dinner in SOMA with the one and only Renee Hong at the Willows, and our first ever Uber ride were all great additions to an amazing concert.


I can now die happily. Beyonce is my fav forever.

Jay-Z and Beyonce are such a dynamic couple. They performed 40+ songs, a non-stop assortment/arrangement of their hits, and shared the stage for about a third of the show. Bey aims to keep the crowd guessing when it comes to which song will be performed next and that seriously keeps the energy up throughout the show. Beyonce’s costumes, designed by Diesel, Versace and Givenchy to name a few, were incredible – sexy, eye-catching and very deserving of the Queen. Jay is a very talented entertainer (though, apparently he considers his wife the best alive [such a man]), engaging the crowd and bringing the fun. Beyonce had us all memorized. It was seriously a good time. And it was fun to celebrate the end of the tour with them as they wrapped the show. The end, that is, until they perform 2 additional shows in Paris for an HBO special of the concert. That’s a must see, guys.

Doctor Who?

This week, we lost Dr. Cat











If you’re visiting the blog for the first time, let me give you a little background on the Doc.

Dr. Cat was a “stray” who showed up at our door the night I moved into our house. He was a really handsome -looking guy, very talkative, super friendly. And very determined to come inside. He’d paw at the door and meow until somebody’d give him some attention. But then, he’d refuse to come in unless bribed with food. But, he was altered and declawed, so I worried about him being out there on his own. He had to be someone’s cat, right?

He was a good-size cat, not too thin or anything, so we started asking around to see who was feeding him. Or who he belonged to. Our neighbor across the street wasn’t sure where he came from, but had been looking after him (aka Dr. Cat was stealing his kitty’s food). We decided to start taking over the responsibility of this sweet tomcat. We called him Lewis, ’cause he didn’t have a name as far as we knew.

This went on for a while, till some people down the street (who had a collection of dogs living in the front yard) stopped out front of our home and said he was a cat they’d brought down with them from Seattle. But he wasn’t their cat. Nope. He was a neighborhood cat. They’d just brought him here.


Ya. He’d been cat-napped. Poor guy.

At least we knew then that he’d been Dr. Cat to them, and at that point we were able to get him inside. We bathed him (he hated it) and put him on some flea meds (he was covered in them). He slept next to our bed and loved to jump on the kitchen counter. Well, any cool, hard surface, really. He drank out of the toilet. He kept himself perfectly clean. He made friends with everyone who visited us. He was an indoor/outdoor cat when we got Coach, but they did alright together.

He was an old cat. Not sure how old, but he was old. He mostly sat around the house and laid out in the sun. He started loosing weight pretty rapidly a year ago, so I changed his food and moved him back inside full time.

I started to worry about him when he had a few accidents inside and started getting restless at night. He started drinking twice as much as before and eating us out of house and home, but the weight kept coming off. He was suffering from hyperthyroidism – not uncommon in older cats. We knew time was probably running out and just wanted to keep him happy.

Dr. Cat always purred until the day he died. That’s what made me think it was time. He didn’t purr when we pet him or talked to him. But, he went peacefully and we were happy for that.

He was the perfect cat and we are so happy to have spent the last 4 years with him. RIP Doc, we miss you <3

The Water Situation: California

Call me Crunchy. But I have a bit of an issue lately with the over-use of natural resources.

You can stop reading here if this offends you.

I know it’s not polite to talk about politics in a public setting (i.e. on the internet), but I can’t help myself. I come from a very conservative community, grew up in a very conservative home, live a very conservative lifestyle…you get the point.

But one thing conservatives seem to be very liberal about (in general) is using things up.

Growing up in California, I’ve seen it all. Water shortages, electricity shortages, clean air shortages…the depletion of precious resources (like old-growth redwoods and oil)…in this state, we use like it’ll never run out.

But it does.

Blackouts, droughts, clear-cuts, waste waste waste.

For a state with such a rough history, we certainly do know how to abuse whatever’s available to us.

It disgusts me.

And now I’m just mad.

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Though the Sacramento area (my hometown) has successfully cut back water-usage by 18% in 2014, it’s not enough. And this is not a state-wide reduction. Water is a very precious commodity, with 10 of the state’s 12 major reservoirs at less than 50% full. According to the SFGate, last year was the driest year California’s seen since records began in the 1840’s.

It’s true that things were worse 40 years ago. But, 40 years ago, Californians seemed more interested in conserving water. Government officials are threatening a $500 fine for residents who do not conserve, when in 1977, people took the responsibility of living within their means upon themselves.

I wish more Americans would visit developing countries. Places where clean water is not available through a faucet. Where pit toilets and dirty hair are the norm. We are so, so spoiled. Rotten. And when we’re faced with a deficit of any kind, the response of the masses needs to be managed by financial implications.

Time to grow up, California. This drought is potentially devastating. We’ve all seen those hand-painted signs on I-5 about the need for water in California’s farmlands. Farmers and ranchers, who have been under pressure over the lack of water for years, are going to have to make serious financial decisions. Without farms, there’s no food (thanks for the line, Whole Foods). People loose their jobs. California doesn’t have the money to keep renewing farm subsidies.

Think about it.

How can you change your lifestyle to help?

It’s so easy:

Check for leaks and drips. Be vigilant.

Let that lawn go. Men, I know it kills something deep inside you to see a brown patch in that beautiful sea of green. But really. Priorities. Lawns are so embarrassingly wasteful, drought or no drought.

Shorten your showers. Self explanatory. Don’t run the water while you brush your teeth. Stop waiting for the water to heat up like a baby. Cold water won’t hurt you, especially during a California summer.

Use your grey water. This is a hot topic. Grey water is not used in toilets or anything gross like that. It’s water from your shower, sinks, washing machines, etc, that can be reused for irrigation. Boiling pasta for dinner? Great. Instead of dumping that water down the drain, water your flowers with it. Starchy water is like fertilizer anyway. Everyone wins. At the Boatman home, we’re still trying to get the hang of this. It’s so easy, but also easy to forget. Gotta make it a habit. Be aware of the products going into your water before repurposing it, though. If you’re washing your clothes with vinegar, use that water to kill off some pesky weeds. Use biodegrade soaps. Ya know, be vigilant.

And if you want to invest a little into your home, hit up your local home-improvement store for some water-efficient gadgets. Many cities are offering rebates for them, so you will save money right away and in the long run, too.

Bottom line – everything is connected. We are responsible for how we use what is made available to us. And since we are responsible, we need to be responsible. Take the initiative today. And pray for rain.


Wedding Stressing

Your wedding day is huge. A life-changing occasion. A monumentous moment.

Yes, I made that word up.

Women grow up dreaming of this day. The dress, the man, the flowers, the first dance…It’s our chance to be a princess for a day. For some of us, it’s our chance to really express ourselves to the individuals invited. It’s our turn to tell our story and be celebrated for us.

In other words, it’s incredibly stressful and even overwhelming.

I don’t know about you, but I’m an achiever. A perfectionist. And I have a background in events and design. So naturally, I had to have the. Best. Wedding. Ever.


 I had this idea in my head of how things needed to be. How I wanted people to feel at our wedding. What I wanted them to remember. From the flowers to the votives, I knew what kind of vibe and atmosphere I wanted.

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 So, when I hear someone’s engaged, I’m legitimately excited for them. Like, yay I want to talk wedding with you excited. Also, I feel like it’s rude to not ask an engaged woman how wedding sheesh is going.

Which is probably why everyone does so and annoys the heck out of the bride to be.

With that being said, the pressure continues to mount as you’re planning your big day. Here are my fav rules to remember while you’re working on your wedding.


 1. You don’t have to invite the whole world.

People ask about your wedding because they are curious/there was a lull in the conversation/they want to offer advice (which may or may not be helpful in nature). The number of people actually fishing for an invite is probably pretty low. Think of it as training for when you’re preggo and everyone wants to touch your belly 😉

2. Compromise happens.

You’re the bride. This is your day. But, your mother probably has her own ideas about how things should be, your mother-in-law may want to live vicariously through you, your dad has a tendency to be particular and your favorite cousin doesn’t like the bridesmaids’ dresses. Ugh. Get together with your groom/whoever’s paying early on (or right now if you haven’t yet) and talk things over. Decide which hill you’re willing to die for. If it’s the menu, let the decor slide a little. If mom still wants you to wear her veil, ponder the consequences of agreeing to versus turning her down. Everyone’s got to give a little. We gave on the entrees, but stuck to our guns on the invitations and printed material because we had a vision to follow and I’m paper-conscientious. But most importantly, figure out what the heck your man wants out of the day. If he really wants a football-shaped cake, see if you can make a groom’s cake a reality. If he’s going to die a little inside over the ceremony playlist, let him have a go at putting it together. It’s totally worth it to have him back you in the rest of the planning.


 3. Get stuff done.

Get a list together. Pick a bridesmaid to help manage details. Find a friend with some knowledge of local vendors and locations. Put together a wedding team and get it together. The two most important things to get done first are the venue and dress. After that, you can take your time. Be aware of your favorite vendors and the time constraints they may adhere to, but for the most part, forget the wedding checklists, calendars, planners, etc you can get off Don’t neglect your wedding planning. But take things one step at a time and keep on steppin’ so you don’t get behind.

4. Everyone has a budget.

You’ve probs got a budget to stick to. So do your bridesmaids. So do the groomsmen. So do your guests. Inviting friends and family to an engagement party, bridal shower, mens’ shower, house-warming party, bachelorette party, bachelor party and wedding really racks up. For you and for them. So don’t let it get too crazy. If your bridesmaids want to shower you, yay. If your family wants to as well, double yay. Get those registry gift bought. But, don’t expect multiple gifts from everyone. Bridesmaids dresses can be pretty expensive, so shop around for a good price. Renting a tux and buying a suit are sometimes comparable in price, so ask the groomsmen what they’d prefer to do. And, most importantly, give yourself some wiggle-room in your budget. If you spend more on the flowers than originally planned, can you spend less on the caterer? Is there something your future in-laws are willing to help with? It’s still your day – people will rally to help if you ask!

5. Eat your dinner and a piece of cake, too.

Your wedding day is finally here! Don’t sweat the small stuff – you’re the bride and you set the tone of the entire event. Which means, your guests will have fun if you do! Don’t let that stress you out, it’s actually a good phenomenon. So the florist is running late? No worries, let your mom deal with her. Your welcome table doesn’t look as good as you wanted it to? Oh well, you look hot. The best man didn’t shave his nasty beard? It’ll be a great story to tell in a year. Really, it’s ok. Insert yourself the day of if you want, but keep your cool. Eat your dinner and have some cake. You did it! And you done good.


Tori Wible of Tori Wible Photography photographed our wedding! Visit her website for more information:

It’s Summertime Designtime

Finally! Breaking out some fun colors. Love love love.

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Summertime’s around the corner and that means summer camps are kicking it up.

And the kid’s ministries are getting ready for business. Here’s some branding I just finished for Venture Church’s children’s ministry in Southern California. Again, sorry about the screenshot lameness 😉

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You can see more on my Behance page, too 🙂

And if it gets as hot here this summer as last summer, I’ll need one of these:

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What makes you summertime-happy?


Hey, guess what?

I  own my own business!

Jacque Boatman Designs is now a thing. It’s been a wild ride and I’m so excited to see where things go from here!

I’ve got to update you guys on what I’ve been up to sometime soon. Oh, and what do you think about the changes to the blog? 🙂

Once You Go Subaru…


Remember when I told you the Camaro was gonna have to be retired?

It has. Been retired, I guess. Not replace, just PNO’d.

And, we bought a new (to us) car!


Buying a used car might be the more economical option, but it is not easy! Once we knew we wanted to go with Subaru, it was tough to find one that had low(er) miles and was relatively recent. We were so lucky to get this 2011 Subaru Outback used (CPO) with only 30,000 miles on it.

Originally, we wanted a Forester. But, they’re pretty elusive on the used car market. And, their engine was just rebuilt this year, so it didn’t really make sense for us to buy one of the few used Foresters available.