Behind The Butter


hike on a saturday, polka dots everywhere, freezing beach day, date night {he’s so excited}, shabu shabu, drinking my greens, #turtlenecksoftheheart, preparing for marriage, new red shoes, weekly shop, kimchi fries, dinner, old riley, church before church, office space, yesterday’s lunch, cake fail, outdoor workout.

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  • Jen
    February 21, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Are you doing the Urban Remedy Cleanse? And – did you cut your hair?! In the shot of you in the blue shirt and jeans, it looks shorter!

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 6:46 am

      No, I’m not doing a cleanse –
      I just drank one of their juices. And yes, I did cut my hair!

      • Jen
        February 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        Beautiful – and gutsy! And holy stairs – run or walk? Or probably a bit of both 🙂

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    February 21, 2013 at 4:15 am

    You look so happy in these pics…love your contagious smile. And your cart full of TJ’s goodies…and those stairs. Wow!! Now those are some serious stairs!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 21, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I love these little glimpses into your life, Jenna! All the hikes, the polka dots, and the green juice… I wish every day could be full of those things!

  • Joelle ( on a pink typewriter)
    February 21, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Love Instagramming everything:)

    Ps. what was that cake supposed to be?

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    February 21, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I’m like the beer appearances! Also, you remind me to do more and more yoga.

  • Malkire
    February 21, 2013 at 5:40 am

    These are great pictures. I love how “wherever you live” looks like you captured all 4 seasons in week (or weekend)!

  • Dana
    February 21, 2013 at 5:42 am

    The photos are awesome! You look great!! I think I need to get back into Yoga, like yesterday!

  • Maryz
    February 21, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Love those red shoes! Where did you find them? Polka dots are awesome!

  • Stephanie Abbott
    February 21, 2013 at 6:31 am

    WHERE DID YOU GET THE SHOES!?!?!?!?! Perfect! All of the pictures are 🙂

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 6:55 am


  • Sharla
    February 21, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Love those shoes!!! and the dog 🙂

    • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
      February 21, 2013 at 6:55 am

      I love those shoes too! Where did you get them/what brand are they?

  • Beth
    February 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I absolutely love the Ruth 1:16 print! Would you mind sharing where you bought it?

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 6:54 am

      It’s from my good friend Jessi’s shop — you can find all her prints for sale here!

      • Beth
        February 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        oh wonderful! thanks so much!

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    February 21, 2013 at 6:50 am

    how was safe haven?? I read the book and was a fan! Love all the polka dots!

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 6:54 am

      IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!!!!! I’m such a sap.

  • Linsay
    February 21, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I have that same grey polka dot sweater, love! and I wish I had that other polka dot cardigan you have as well! When it comes to polka dots, the more the better!!

  • Sarah cook
    February 21, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I love that picture of Adam in front of Safe Haven, it’s perfect. You kind of resemble Julianne Hough a little. Is that first pic of you two from Angel Island?

  • lissa
    February 21, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I love this post! Great idea.

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl
    February 21, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Looks like lately has been pretty great! Love the polka-dots!

  • Megslin
    February 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Hi! question: where did you get that awesome sign with Ruth 1:15-17 on it?

  • JulieD
    February 21, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I love your hair cut, those shoes are so cute and that dog is so cute!! Miss you!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    February 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I love all of these pictures! Thanks for posting and sharing them!

  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run
    February 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Where are your cute shades from?

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Old Navy — $12!

  • linda
    February 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I would love to see a post of your favorite Trader Joe’s products. Does Adam have a dog?

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

      That’s a great idea about the post! And no, that’s my grandparents dog 🙂

  • Heather
    February 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Where did you get the Ruth 1:16 print? I love that verse! Thanks!

  • marie
    February 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Jenna, I’ve followed your blog for years. Your pics of food and your life and your positive attitude are so delicious & fun (in that order), I recently got my first cell phone and have fun following a few friends (and strangers) on instagram. I have to say I was so delighted with your recent #turtlenecksoftheheart modesty instagram pic.

    Rarely is modesty spoken about other than at church or in my home. I have 2 girls and a son and I volunteer with the young women in our church and we talk about this a lot to the girls. We have a pamphlet that is circulated to all the youth in our church called “For the Strength of Youth” that has guidelines for dating, modesty, education, media, honesty, language, music, etc.

    Modesty it seems is not something most people give a thought to, I cringe in line at the grocery store with my kids.

    So reading your instagram a few days ago I had the biggest smile on my face. I thought it so wonderful of you to use your voice and the platform that you have to spread this message. For girls and women to see a young beautiful woman such as yourself place importance on this is such a great example.

    I look forward to your future posts: food, life, wedding, reading, style, you do a great job tackling them all.

    • Elle
      February 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

      How are skintight pants modest? A genuine question, I thought that modest would be avoiding highlighting the outline of the body.

      • jenna
        February 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

        Not sure how that photo came off, but those are regular skinny jeans — they are far from skintight. Maybe it’s hard to tell from a photo? Dressing “modest” simply means wearing clothes…not skintight tops that show off mega cleavage, extra short skirts or tiny booty shorts..or whatever some young girls are into wearing these days. I see little harm in wearing skinny jeans but to each their own.

        If you were talking about the first photo, those are workout clothes. We were hiking.

        • Elle
          February 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

          yes I meant the skinny jeans. I think they are fine to wear, I just never thought of them as “modest” in the traditional sense, like what you would see a Muslim woman wearing in the US or something.

  • Caroline L.
    February 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

    For all of those people who do not like Instagram in the world, I just want to say… the magic of it is that it captures all of these small moments, really special moments which are highlights of our day. It’s a beautiful concept! I love all of these pictures & getting a peek at your normal life… Love all of your Lululemon wear!

  • Lisa
    February 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Love your hair cut! Is that Marin headlands and Saualito steps?! Look mighty familiar; my sister lives there.

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Yes and yes!

  • Amanda
    February 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

    The polka dot sweater looks so comfy! Where did you get it?

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Old Navy!

  • Emily
    February 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Ha, that’s my expression too on Nicholas Sparks movies 🙂

    Where are your workout stairs? Those look super fun!

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Those are in Marin!

  • Jill
    February 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Hi, I think I asked this before but the answer wasn’t viewed by me. Any chance of getting your book to KOBO ereader? I checked for it in my “kobo gallery” and its not there, so I guess that means I’d have to order it physically from some online location. I wonder if it is available in libraries? Thanks Jenna.

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I can email my publisher and make a request! I did have a reader tell me she found my book via ibook for $9.99 so maybe you can check there? I haven’t really explored that option — I apologize!

  • Becky
    February 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I love the modest outfit! It’s so cute and yet not revealing. 🙂

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    February 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Ok, two things. Those shoes are super cute! And beer and popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. Yum!

  • Kevie
    February 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    What is the full title/name of author of the Christian-Marriage book you are reading?

    • jenna
      February 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      It’s “The Meaning of Marriage” by Timothy Keller

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    February 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    You seriously have the best style! I would love to go shopping in your closet! 😉

  • De @ Cooking for the Other Half
    February 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Such pretty pictures! I love this post.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    February 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    OK, this is driving me a little (extra) crazy. Having lived in San Francisco 20 years…those look like SF or possibly Berkeley stairs…but can’t place them.

  • Anne @ eatcleaneatreal
    February 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Looks like you are having fun…I LOVE all of the polka dots!

  • Michelle | Gold-hearted Girl
    February 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Gotta start following you on instagram! Love these insider moments.

  • Jess
    February 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Many others beat me to it, but thanks for sharing the link to the Ruth print, Jenna! Gift idea for my husband OH YES!

  • jan
    February 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Fun!! Love your Hunter boots. I’ve been thinking of getting a pair but worry that my feet would sweat! Are they comfy?

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    February 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Girl, that is some shopping cart full of goods. I guess that is the tell-tale sign of a food blogger…

  • Emma
    February 22, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I see others already asked where you got you shoes but girlfriend I just love them. and you!

    You seriously are adorable 🙂

  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite
    February 22, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Adorable post! You really do have the cutest clothes!

  • Sonia the Mexigarian
    February 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I really enjoy these glimpses into your life. So beautiful 🙂 How is the yoga teaching going? You look absolutely healthy and radiant.

  • Ash
    February 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Love the idea of recapping life with all your Instagrams! I’d love to do the same, but I’m afraid my photos aren’t nearly as interesting : )

  • Beth
    February 23, 2013 at 7:09 am

    What is turtlenecks of the heart? Where did you get the turquoise black dot cardigan?

  • Sara @ sarasmiles
    February 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Very cool! Loved seeing all your instagram pics

  • Whitney
    February 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Ruth 1:6 has been the foundation for my husband and I’s relationship. So much so, he has it in Hebrew on his wedding band ( … We’ve a fun story, so it was AWESOME to find such a perfect band (and I’m a tad obsessed with James Avery jewelry …) I’m looking at getting the same Hebrew script in tattoo form on my wrist (or as a ring?) in the next few months. It was also woven into the vows we wrote.

    Hold fast to it.

    • jenna
      February 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you for sharing! I love that.

  • Elaine
    February 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Yes, where did you get that cardigan? Reminds me of the super cute one Erin from the The Office recently wore, but that one has hearts. I tried looking for it on, but it’s no longer available:

    • jenna
      February 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I got it awhile ago from Loft. It looks like little dots, but it’s actually tiny hearts! I love it.

  • Lauren
    February 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Hi Jenna – I definitely don’t mean this to be inflammatory, but I’m a little confused by the “modesty wear” concept. I’m all about women taking the focus OFF their bodies if that’s what makes them happy (a very hard feat to accomplish in our culture), but I’m not comfortable with demonizing women who make the conscious decision to dress in a ‘revealing’ (subjective) way. What may look or feel disempowering to one person may be very personally empowering to another. Every woman is different. I know that dressing sexy sometimes feels compulsory in our culture – in order to get ahead, get noticed, etc. – but not *every* woman who shows skin has succumbed to social pressure, or is so brainwashed by our culture that she can’t make decisions on her own. Just putting it out there. I enjoy your blog and am just interested to hear your thoughts.

  • Mary Beth
    March 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Really enjoyed this post.