1/26/2015

WEEKEND IN FIVE PICS...

{A little styling on my new bedroom nightstands... LOVE how they turned out! The catch all tray is from here, but can also be found here..}

Alright friends! I'm back! In all honesty, I just needed a minute last week. I have a new job (that I am LOVING!) and a completely new daily routine this year that I thought I had gotten used to, but last week my body and mind told me otherwise. It told me to just relax last week, so I listened and just decided to "quit my day." Instead of turning on my computer at night to finish up blog posts, I turned on the faucet to my bathtub for long post-work baths, turned on my ears to listen and be fully present with friends, and spent a lot less time online. I just needed that time ya know?? 

So how was the weekend? I spent most of my weekend with my amazing brother. He is a fencer (which I think is such a cool sport) and was here for a fencing competition. I made him a great dinner (which I will share with you this week!), and just enjoyed spending time with him. Other than that, I went to Pilates AND went on a beautiful hike, and ordered the last few big items for my bedroom. I know I keep mentioning and showing little peeks of the space, but know I will show it to you when it all comes together! Anyway, needless to say I am feeling great today and am certainly feel prepared for a new week! Have a great Monday!

{A few good reads I was able to get completely through last week...}

{Bar cart styling (from HomeGoods). It's such a work in progress, but so much fun to play around with... }

{A pretty view on a beautiful hike I went on yesterday... }


{Max perched on a new window stool (on sale!) in my bedroom. So spoiled I tell ya... }

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1/19/2015

LATELY...

{Two dozen still gorgeous week-old roses from someone other than myself or family for reasons other than my birthday or Valentine's Day. The first few weeks of 2015 have been quite amazing I must say... }

Happy Monday! How was the weekend? My weekend was the perfect mix of laziness and so much fun. I went to see American Sniper- maybe with the person who gave me those roses you see there- or maybe not. :) I'm typically not into war-type movies, but Bradley Cooper did an amazing job and made the movie so good and heartwarming. I highly recommend it! Other than seeing that, I was out having fun or being comfortably lazy this weekend, so not much blogging got done. But I will do my best to make up for it later in the week! :)

{A little $25 rollerball of Tory Burch's amazing smelling perfume that I found in the checkout line at Sephora. $25!! I loved the packaging just as much as the perfume... Oh and I've been wearing that cuff bracelet you see there pretty much every day. So simple and it goes with everything... }


{A caffeine-laced eye cream I'm using to combat the dark circles that are really working their way into my life right now. No good! I'll keep you posted on the results!}

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1/16/2015

A CRISP KITCHEN + LINKS...


Hi there! It's the WEEKEND! So excited! What are your plans? I has been cold and rainy here all week long - all week I said, so I look forward to running errands, getting in a workout, and enjoying a Sunday brunch and movie date (to see American Sniper) - all while the sun is out! It's always the little things... Have a great weekend and enjoy the links!

This home is beautiful, soothing, relaxing, and warm all in one. My dream home. Hands down...

Sweet potato pies shouldn't just be for Thanksgiving. Here is why...

Always love to find systematic approaches to closet organization...

"The Neighbors Have Better Stuff." Love this...

I don't do DIYs that often, but I really do love this...

Fantastic food for thought...

A colorful weekend read...

This has been wishlisted...

Photo by Daniella Witte
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1/14/2015

JUST WISHING...



Just wishing I could spend and entire afternoon in that window seat with nothing but a good book and a notebook to occasionally jot down thoughts that really only come to mind in quiet little spaces like that...


Just wishing I had more time to write letters as opposed to e-mails. A crazy beautiful chair and desk like that would make doing so much more enjoyable and encouraging...


Just wishing for a perfectly designed kitchen like that where I can prepare family meals, pack lunches for my kids, bake for the holidays, and have impromptu wine tastings accompanied by tasty cheese boards with my girlfriends...

Just wishing for a timeless space like that to have a host of intellectual conversations, store new and old books, and display family photos...


Just wishing for a beautifully crafted staircase like that... Just that simple.

And obviously I'm just wishing I could take a long, steaming hot bath in that tub - with a glass of wine on the side and a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the doorknob... :)

All spaces built by Brookes & Hill Custom Builders
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1/12/2015

THE GREEN BERRY SMOOTHIE...

The Green Berry Smoothie | via Savor Home
One of my ongoing goals is to USE WHAT I ALREADY HAVE. I am so bad about doing that sometimes - especially when it comes to food. I am often so quick to see the ingredients for a recipe in a cookbook, decide to make it, and then quickly whisk off the the grocery store without checking to see what I already have that either matches the recipe exactly or what would work as a good substitute for an ingredient I don't have. Anyone else like that??

Well I kept all that in mind when I made super tasty smoothie. I found a similar recipe for this smoothie in Danielle Walker's book, "Against All Grain." It's the perfect thick and naturally sweet smoothie that's perfect for breakfast or as an after school snack. I had all of the ingredients in her original recipe on hand except kale and unsweetened apple juice. So I simply substituted spinach for kale. I substituted an actual apple for the unsweetened apple juice - which made perfect sense to me... :) I'm not sure if the smoothie tasted like Danielle's recipe, but all I know is that this version was delish - and that's all that matters! 

To make the smoothie, simply put all of the ingredients below into a blender with about a 1/2 cup of water. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!



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