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Carissa Thilgen
Attended Pepperdine University
Lives in St. Petersburg, FL
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Real Estate Wishes (and Reality Checks)
After months of waiting for an answer, we finally found out about two weeks ago that we were released from military housing when we move to New Jersey at the end of May. It's good news. It's what we wanted. We won't have to live in an apartment on Staten Is...
After months of waiting for an answer, we finally found out about two weeks ago that we were released from military housing when we move to New Jersey at the end of May. It's good news. It's what we wanted. We won't have to l...
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Hello, Clearwater : An Evening at Sugar Sand Beach
This past weekend we happily dog sat for a couple of friends. After all, they watched Cali for three weeks while we were in California! The least we could do was take care of their (big!) beloved labradoodle Nelson for three days. But before dog duty began ...
This past weekend we happily dog sat for a couple of friends. After all, they watched Cali for three weeks while we were in California! The least we could do was take care of their (big!) beloved labradoodle Nelson for three ...
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Weekend Recap : Arts & Eats in St. Pete
What a fun weekend it was! Perhaps a little too fun, since I feel like I'm in recovery mode over here, making for a not very productive Monday. (Though, to my credit, I have managed to do a few interviews for another freelance story assignment my former edi...
What a fun weekend it was! Perhaps a little too fun, since I feel like I'm in recovery mode over here, making for a not very productive Monday. (Though, to my credit, I have managed to do a few interviews for another freelanc...
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Wedding Wednesdays : My Best Friend's Malibu Wedding
My best friend of 22 years said "I do" to the love of her life on March 27, their seven-year anniversary, at the breathtakingly beautiful Malibu West Beach Club , and I was so blessed to stand beside her as her maid of honor. It was a perfect, warm, sunshin...
My best friend of 22 years said "I do" to the love of her life on March 27, their seven-year anniversary, at the breathtakingly beautiful Malibu West Beach Club, and I was so blessed to stand beside her as her maid of honor. ...
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Sunday Brunch : A Spring-Perfect Zucchini Frittata
Last week, at St. Pete's Saturday Morning Market , the hubs and I picked up some beautiful, fresh produce , including one seriously gigantic zucchini and a $3 container of squash blossoms — a steal, I thought, for such a unique ingredient. Once I saw them, ...
Last week, at St. Pete's Saturday Morning Market, the hubs and I picked up some beautiful, fresh produce, including one seriously gigantic zucchini and a $3 container of squash blossoms—a steal, I thought, for such a unique i...
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Wedding Wednesday: Hand-lettered Signs & Cards
[ A dressed-up envelope to accompany a special, glittery card for the newlyweds. ] After deciding to learn calligraphy last fall, my best friend quickly informed me that she'd love to put my newfound skills to work creating signage for her wedding. And in t...
[ A dressed-up envelope to accompany a special, glittery card for the newlyweds. ] After deciding to learn calligraphy last fall, my best friend quickly informed me that she'd love to put my newfound skills to work creatin...
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Good (For You) Food : Three-Bean Turkey Chili
It is a stormy day here in St. Pete so it seems like the perfect time to share with you this recipe for a hearty but healthy chili I made weeks ago. (I know, I've been holding out on you!) The original recipe is endlessly customizable, in terms of what kind...
It is a stormy day here in St. Pete so it seems like the perfect time to share with you this recipe for a hearty but healthy chili I made weeks ago. (I know, I've been holding out on you!) The original recipe is endlessly cus...
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An Evening at St. Pete's Museum of Fine Arts
Last week, I dragged my sweet (but not very arty) husband downtown to check out the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete. Browsing the galleries was an item on my winter/spring bucket list and every Thursday the museum offers discounted evening admission : $5 af...
Last week, I dragged my sweet (but not very arty) husband downtown to check out the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete. Browsing the galleries was an item on my winter/spring bucket list and every Thursday the museum offers disc...
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Outdoor Living : Small Patio & Balcony Inspiration
[ Source . ] Every morning I take the dogs for a walk around our apartment complex and I always find myself admiring the way others have decorated their patios and balconies. The furniture they've chosen, the plants lining the perimeter. The way some of our...
[ Source. ] Every morning I take the dogs for a walk around our apartment complex and I always find myself admiring the way others have decorated their patios and balconies. The furniture they've chosen, the plants lining ...
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Treasure Trove : St. Pete's Brocante Vintage Market
Two weekends ago, shortly after returning from California, the hubs and I decided to break out of our jet lag funk and get back out into the St. Pete sunshine. We stopped by the Saturday Morning Market (where we picked up the produce needed to make this del...
Two weekends ago, shortly after returning from California, the hubs and I decided to break out of our jet lag funk and get back out into the St. Pete sunshine. We stopped by the Saturday Morning Market (where we picked up the...
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Back to My Roots : Telling Stories that Inspire
During my California adventure, I spent most of my time back in my hometown of Simi Valley. After the bridal shower and bachelorette party, I didn't have as much on my plate so when I met up with my good friend and former editor, Kyle, for lunch I asked if ...
During my California adventure, I spent most of my time back in my hometown of Simi Valley. After the bridal shower and bachelorette party, I didn't have as much on my plate so when I met up with my good friend and former edi...
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San Diego Days
During our big California trip, when the hubs and I cruised down to San Diego to see a couple of good friends get hitched , we decided to stay a few extra days and make a long weekend of it, to soak up as much time in our beloved city, the place we fell in ...
During our big California trip, when the hubs and I cruised down to San Diego to see a couple of good friends get hitched, we decided to stay a few extra days and make a long weekend of it, to soak up as much time in our belo...
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A California girl and newlywed trying to find her way on the East Coast and as a Coastie wife.
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Just a little bit about me. I'm a...

Writer, creator, dreamer.
Newlywed, military wife, dog mom.
California girl turned East Coast transplant.
Wino, foodie, cooking enthusiast, calligraphy newbie.
Dress collector and master online shopper.
Lover of pretty things and pretty words. 
Total believer in kindness.

You can learn more about my story at wisp + whim. I'd love to "meet" you, too!
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I have THE cutest puppy in the world. Yep. Not biased at all.
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