Friday, November 16, 2012













We have a winner! Thanks to everyone for entering my Year in Review 2012 giveaway sponsored by Cleanwash Letterpress.

@mynameis tash - Congrats! Please send me an email at amandajane@kinfolkmag.com get your year in review begun. If I have not heard from you by Monday, Nov. 19th, we will have to choose another winner.

Thanks again to all who entered!! —Amanda Jane Jones


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I first met Alexis Dyer (then Munoa) while singing jazz in college, and I think she's a real gem. My senior year, she kindly let me join her and her band, The Early Birds, for the weekly jazz night at Muse.  A couple months later, I hired her to sing at my wedding. Having her serenade our wedding celebration was such a gift and a memory that I cherish. You can listen to her first album here and see her fun film photos here

Alexis's husband, Andrew, is the Bass player for Parlor Hawk. (You might recognize the lead singer from an earlier My Better Half post!) He and his band are pre-selling their next album on Kickstarter, here. You can also watch it below the jump in this post along with Andrew's band profile here. Love it!

Thank you Alexis and Andrew for being a part of My Better Half!



ANDREW
1. Loves boats.
2. Loves salt water, but feels most at home in fresh water.
3. Learned guitar by learning every Pearl Jam song.

ALEXIS
1. Loves Corn Dogs.
2. Loves fresh water, but feels most at home in salt water.
3. Is planning on growing her hair to her belt-line.

THEIR STORY
A mutual friend knew Andrew and I were a match before we met. She introduced us at 18 and our paths didn't cross for 5 years. But when we finally got together, everyone knew before we did.

We walked the streets of San Francisco on New Year's Eve and imagined our lives together. A life of art, ocean, carne asada, boats, travel, rock, film photography, jazz, fog, dancing, good food and babies! We kissed at the fisherman's chapel on the edge of the docks while the sunset burned in the sky. As the clock struck midnight at the Mars Volta NYE show, we knew it would be forever.

Now we are living the dream! A little house full of art, days full of music, and a whirling tornado of a 1.5 year-old son. Every time Andrew is on stage playing that bass, I get a 6th grade-girl-type crush on him. He is my better half. These days we dream of being a family in a bus. Traveling the world with Parlor Hawk, teaching our little guy about everything that makes life wonderful, and someday owning a dachshund farm.

Thank you Alexis and Andrew for being a part of My Better Half!

Photographs by Kristopher Orr.

Cute outtakes and Parlor Hawk video after the jump!

Monday, November 12, 2012












































Suprised to see Michigan on the Jones Travelogue? These were taken during our annual Jones fall camping trip to Lundington State Park in Michigan. To be honest, it's one of our favorite weekends of the year. We pack our matching red long-johns (thanks mom!), foil bake dinners, our big quilts and spend the weekend just relaxing along the beach, sitting by the campfire and snuggling in our itty bitty tent. Cree's the best camping companion a girl could ask for.

Have I ever told you how much I love Michigan? You should visit.

All photographs taken in October 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012



Happy Presidential Election day! Cree and I voted this morning, and we feel extra patriotich. We don't have television, so I anticipate our evening will be spent on campus with other TV-less students.

PS. Don't forget to enter my Year in Review giveaway!

All photos from my instagram account.

Friday, November 2, 2012

I'm so excited to have Alex and Mina from Sending Postcards. I found their blog last spring, and knew they'd be a perfect fit for the feature. In their own words: During the autumn of 2009, we sold our house, quit our jobs, and were married in the sun. We left our life-long home on the prairies of Canada to run away together and see the world. They created a travelogue to document our extended honeymoon—the often mundane, seldom peculiar, and sometimes extraordinary details. After 7 months of continuous travel around AfricaEurope, and the Americas, we bought a home in 'la belle province'. Now, we travel when we can and occasionally document our local "adventures" around MontrealYou'll love their blog!

Thank you Alex and Mina for being a part of My Better Half!



ALEX
1. Was an extra in a Wes Craven movie.
2. Wants to see the world.
3. Randomly decided to run a full marathon without training for it (finished, just barely).

MINA
1. Loves toy Cameras.
2. Would never refuse a sushi date.
3. Is learning to play some of Beethoven's hits.

THEIR STORY
We met at a Hallowe'en party, while attending the University of Manitoba, but we were both too nervous to ask the other person out. Fortunately, mutual friends arranged a "party" where we were the only guests, and we've been inseparable ever since.

We were married nearly three years ago in Los Angeles and traveled awhile before finally ending up in Montreal.

Thank you Alex and Mina for being a part of My Better Half! A cute outtake after the jump!

Also, don't forget to sign up for the Year in Review Giveaway!


Thursday, November 1, 2012











It's that time of year! I've decided to do another Year in Review giveaway and I'm partnering with Colleen of Cleanwash Letterpress again this year (yay!!!). I couldn't be more excited.

HOW TO ENTER (each option is one entry)
1. Leave a comment in the comment section below.
2. Post a link on twitter with the hashtag #jones2012giveaway.
3. Repost a link to the contest page (link here) on your own blog. Don't forget to share your post in the comments below!
4. Like my new facebook page—if you've already liked it, you're all set!

FYI
To get the Year in Review designed and printed by Cleanwash Letterpress in time for the holidays, I'll need your list of family facts no later than November 18th, 2012. This giveaway includes 50 copies of the Year in Review and 50 envelopes in the color of your choice. If the winner would like additional copies, they will be responsible for the additional charges.

The giveaway ends November 15th at 5pm EST. A winner will be picked at random!

Good luck!!

Amanda Jane Jones