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What a week! Between a busy travel schedule last weekend (and for the first three weekends of January), and the 11+ inches of snow we got on Wednesday, I feel like the busyness and the restfulness have finally balanced each other out. While I have loved the trips I have taken so far this year, I’m excited to have a weekend at home.

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There has been some great link love over the past week or two that I can’t wait to share with you. January always seems like a fresh start and a chance to try new things and see if they work better for you than routines you may have had last year. Many of this week’s links are related to that – improving routines, schedules, and efficiency to make you happier this year.

By now, I’m sure everyone has seen, heard, or read Oprah’s Golden Globes speech. Not only was it a great, compelling speech, but there are a lot of public speaking tips the rest of us can take from it. Leave it to Oprah to teach us a lesson while giving her own speech.

I talk to my college friends and my sister about this all the time: making (and keeping up with) friends as an adult can be hard. I love these linked posts that pool advice from lots of people who have made it work, some in very unconventional ways.

Some of my favorite links to share this week are from Emily Thomas’s and Nancy Ray’s “How We Do It” series on their blogs. The two started the series with posts about organizing and managing time, moved on to organizing and managing finances this week, and will continue with five more topics over the next month. I always love seeing how other people make tasks work for them, and in my goal of simplifying, I’m trying to re-read these posts for any takeaways I can put into place in my own life.

On the theme of simplifying and time management, I love this post on the importance of white space. This was one of my biggest reasons for wanting to simplify things this year –
to add more white space to my calendar so I could get greater enjoyment out of the things that I love and the things that fill my calendar.

Lastly, another how-to post focusing on something else I want to improve – time spent reading. I used to read all the time, but after busy college semesters, and now with other things occupying my free time, I often set books on the back burner. My reading list has grown and grown, and I want to start digging in to some of the (hopefully) great books! Carly’s post on how she reads a lot is filled with do-able actions that I sometimes push away because I don’t think I have time. Hopefully getting past that first step (having books on hand) will make it easier to get into the habit of reading regularly.

With that, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and maybe a chance to implement some of these tips!

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Throughout November and December I have been trying to plan ahead and spread out my tasks and to-do list items so I can enjoy the season and reduce stress leading up to Christmas. I have done a good job of that in some areas – all of my Christmas shopping was done on December 10, all but one of my gift guides have been posted – but with last minute additions to our calendar (all wonderful additions, but lots of them) and unexpected changes at work, I have hit a point where I’m just exhausted. I am looking forward to seeing friends and family this weekend and focusing on filling up my tank, rather than just going from one gathering to another in exhaustion.

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If you are looking to slow down this weekend too, here is some great link love to enjoy as you relax:

I have been reading Cup of Jo for a long time. It is so honest, down-to-earth, and relatable. This interview with Joanna Goddard from Cup of Jo is a wonderful one. While you’re at it, check out this guide to surviving holiday travel from the perspective of her seven-year-old. My favorite part is his advice for dealing with tired siblings: “If your brother is crying at the end, you can carry his luggage. You can do that to help. But don’t go close to him in case he hits you. Take a step back.” I’d say that advice is still applicable when dealing with tired grown-up siblings ;)

We just started watching the second season of The Crown. I loved the first season and
I can’t wait to see the second season has in store. I have also heard great things about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I’m wondering if we should watch it next. Have you seen it?

A few weeks ago I shared the New York Times’ dialect quiz with Will’s family who was visiting from another state. We all took the quiz and it came up with the city we grew up in more often than not! I think differences between states and regions are so interesting to study – we are so close, but so different! This article discusses the regional differences in personalities in the US, finding three major trends in how we act. And yes, it confirms that Midwesterners and Southerners are the friendliest.

Maybe the best link for this week is this video of someone who uses Amazon Prime Now to help homeless people. Get ready to get emotional. Amazon didn’t sponsor him, but if they’re watching, they should.

Happy weekend, friends – the last one until Christmas Eve! Refill your cup well!

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This week has been, and will continue to be crazy. I’m starting to feel more and more exhausted as it goes on, and almost put off writing this post, but there are some great links that I want to make sure are shared this week.

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First, Time Magazine’s person of the year: the silence breakers. These are the women who shared their sexual harassment and sexual assault stories, despite the taboo the world put on these conversations, and the danger they felt threatened by for multiple reasons. These stories need to be read, heard, shared, and spread.

Are you sprucing up your home for Christmas? This is a great post on how to hang greenery, spruce or not ;) I haven’t done much decorating at all (see above: crazy week), but I’m excited to start soon. I already have wreaths to hang on our bookshelves, which was one of my favorite touches from last year.

Have you tried a reverse bucket list? I love the idea! I agree that bucket lists can make me feel like I haven’t done enough, but I imagine a reverse bucket list would make me proud of all that I have already accomplished.

Whole Foods has the best cheese selection in our area, but at a cheaper price point and still a good selection, Trader Joe’s is often where we pick up nicer cheeses. This article on the best cheeses at Trader Joe’s will be so useful over the holidays, when cheeseboards are on the mind of every entertainer. We have had many of the cheeses on the list (the goat milk brie is the one I used in the baked brie appetizer earlier this week!), and they are great options for nice, tasty cheeses that don’t break the bank.

These look amazing. I would be way too ambitious to say I will make these this weekend. Next weekend, though? There may be eggnog cinnamon rolls on next Saturday’s menu.

Have a happy weekend!

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Happy happy Friday, friends! I am excited about the cold weather we have been having – it finally feels like fall! Someone mentioned yesterday that we were only two weeks away from Thanksgiving. Can you believe that?! Maybe it was the warmer weather we had in October, but it feels like November barely started. I have a busy weekend ahead, but I’m trying to squeeze in a little time to relax before the real craziness of the holiday season kicks into high gear.

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Before the weekend gets started, here is some link love to enjoy from this week.

I love this collection of lessons from female entrepreneurs. I have been listening to some of the stories about female entrepreneurs on the “How I Built This” podcast recently and find them so empowering and inspiring. This post was right in line with that and provides real-life business advice from women who have built up their own businesses.

Each Olympic season I am a sucker for the Procter and Gamble “Thank You, Mom” commercials. This year is no exception. I seriously teared up when I saw their new commercial for the 2018 Winter Olympics. It is so sweet.

In the last 24 hours (more like 10 hours), the buzz in the music world has been about Taylor Swift’s new album, but did you hear that Beyonce is going to be in the new live-action Lion King movie?!?!!! So excited!

Ready or not (I’m not), the holidays are coming like a freight train. I’m always intrigued by Oprah’s annual “favorite things” list. While I have never intentionally set out to buy any of the items on her favorite things list, it can be a fun place to find new items that I didn’t know about, get ideas for what other people might like, and see which items I love made the cut.

Last, but certainly not least, the NYC Marathon was last Sunday and I have been reading about it all week. As a runner and a UNC grad, Shalane Flanagan’s win was so exciting! But, I also love seeing the photos of “regular” people, who aren’t necessarily professional athletes, running the big race. The NYC Marathon is such a unique race, spanning across five bridges and through all five boroughs, and seems to really embody the diversity and excitement of the city itself. Seeing these photos makes me want to go on a run too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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You guys! This is the 100th link love post on PTC! Can you believe that?! I can’t. When I saw 100 in the url I actually went back and counted the number of link love posts in the archives because I truly didn’t think it was right. Thank you for following along with me for these 100 link love roundups throughout the years. I hope they bring some fun to your weekend :)

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Without further ado, our 100th link love:

I love love love this post on ways to save money. Will and I have our own methods of saving money, but seeing money-saving tips from other people always opens my eyes to great tricks I wouldn’t think about otherwise.

Speaking of money, I’m so late to the game on this, but I was recently introduced to Refinery29’s Money Diaries and find them so interesting! I love that you can see how women with different jobs and salaries spend money in different parts of the country. The project aims to remove the taboo from the topic of salaries. It also encourages people to track their spending in a money diary to help them realize where/how they are spending their money, and hopefully realize how they can save money (going back to the previous link). I find it interesting to see how people spend their money in a week because it really seems like a peek into what they value. Since I was in NYC this week, this recent money diary from a Brooklyn native seemed very relevant.

I have followed Joy the Baker for years now, and am so excited about the new venture she launched in The Bakehouse NOLA. Joy invites guests to join her at her gorgeous Crescent City home for cooking classes, workshops, and events based on different themes (this weekend is a homemade bagel event!). The idea of a well-known blogger welcoming guests (and fans :) ) into her home for a hands-on learning event is so unique and cool! I know it isn’t feasible for many people, but I love the idea!

In our female communities we often discuss self-confidence issues, body-image struggles, and unfair comparison to those we follow on the social media. This article on how to improve body image just by wearing clothing that fits well and makes us feel good is needed in today’s society and trends in fashion. Some days this may be more difficult than others, but shouldn’t we all dress in a way that helps us love ourselves, whether that follows the current trends or not? I think yes.

Lastly, if you still haven’t figured out your Halloween costume for Tuesday, here is a handy list of 25 last-minute costume ideas. I’d love to hear your creative ideas!

Happy weekending, friends!

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It’s Friday, Friday, and we are weekend ready! Will has been on fall break for the past few days and I am itching to get in on the relaxing, too. This October weekend should bring beautiful weather, and I’m so looking forward to the cool temperatures and seeing the gorgeous falling leaves. The weather has me looking back on our fall fun list to see what fun things we can do this weekend. I hope your plans include relaxing and enjoying this fall weekend, too!

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To kick things off, let’s sit down with some fun link love from the week:

This ballet rotoscope video is short, but mesmerising.

Have you seen the ads for magnetic eyelash extensions? Thoughts? Would you try them?
They look a little scary, but easier on the eyelashes than regular eyelash extensions. I am skeptical, terrified, and intrigued all at the same time.

I am a long-time reader and lover of the blog Love Taza, and was so excited this week when she revealed her new living room in conjunction with Anthropologie. It is so beautiful! Those pink velvet chairs with the gallery wall and fireplace all make the room look like a dream!

Are you a morning person or a night owl? What about those afternoon hours after lunch?
Those can sometimes be some of my most productive hours, but at other times can be some of the least productive. I enjoy mornings, but I am always looking for ways to be productive at all times of the day. I love these tips for creating a productive afternoon routine, too.

Lastly, have you heard Taylor Swift’s newest song, “Gorgeous“? Of her releases from her new “Reputation” album, I like this one and the last (“Ready for It”), better than “Look What You Made Me Do,” though that may be the intention. In “Gorgeous,” we get a glimpse of the 1989 version of Taylor’s musical style, combined with the familiar topic of Taylor’s crush, and her new, deep bass and electronic background of the new album’s style.

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You guys, I woke up yesterday morning and legitimately thought it was Friday. It was such a rude awakening when I realized it was only Thursday. Needless to say, this week has felt so long. I feel like I have been going in 10 different directions trying to get ready for huge work events, prepping my own travel plans, preparing for guests, and creating blog content, which has led to little sleep and more coffee than usual. On the other hand, finishing so much work has made me feel so productive! I know it isn’t sustainable, but I also have less on my plate next week, so I’m pushing through until I get there.

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This morning I’m taking a little time to relax and reboot with some link love from the week (and last week, since we missed that. Whoops!). I hope you have a little time to enjoy it too.

This isn’t a new video, but I just recently discovered it and thought it was so funny, and so well done! Those clever marketing people.

My sister sent this satirical article about TJ Maxx to me last week and I seriously couldn’t stop laughing. I think I read the entire article out loud so Will could hear it and laugh along with me. It is so accurate.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I am definitely more of an introvert, but what if there are more than two ways to think about this scale? What if personality wasn’t thought of as binary, but instead of as multi-faceted? I love this article about the topic and how it manifests in the workplace.

Will and I are always looking for cheap date ideas to save money while he is in grad school, but I also love brainstorming great ideas for a girl’s night or friend dates. So many of our friends are in similar positions to us, and it is always helpful to remember different budgets when we make plans together, and sometimes is a fun challenge to see what we can do without spending much (or any) money. I’m taking notes from this post and adding the ideas to my ongoing list.

This article about the gender inequality of emotional labor really resonated with me. Will does a great job of helping get things done around the house, especially when he has breaks from school and I still have to work, but I still sometimes feel the emotional labor from the ongoing checklist in my head. No matter how many times I put it on paper, that emotional labor still lingers. As a society, what do about this?

Lastly, one of my favorite links of the week is from Carly about working smarter, not just harder. Often times I think the phrase “work smarter, not harder” can be taken the wrong way, but I love her point that it’s not about the number of hours you put in; it’s the output of work you generate. On top of that, it isn’t just about the amount of work you generate, it is also about the quality. Her tips are great, and I love the idea of working while your computer has battery life, and taking a break when you need to plug it in. So smart, and so doable.

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Saturday, Saturday, how I love Saturday. It has been a long week, and we won’t be relaxing much this weekend, but I’m still doing my best to soak in the little bits of rest that I can. I have a fun soup potluck and pumpkin carving night planned for tonight with some friends from college, which should be the perfect way to ring in October. The temperatures look like they will be cooling down this week and I am so excited for the fall weather to catch up with my fall activities ;)

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In my brief down time, I’m catching up on some link love from the week. Looking back at these links, it is a food and recipe heavy week, but I’m okay with that.

I love Molly Yeh and her wonderful cookbook. She is so creative with how she uses flavors that are traditional to her culture (Chinese and Jewish) or where she has lived (NYC and the midwest). I have been following along on her quest to make a bagel as good as the one’s she munched on during her years in NYC and now she has a recipe (and video) to help us all do the same! My family used to pick up a bag of bagels on our way home from church every Sunday. Each person could pick their own bagel flavor to bring home for lunch. I always chose chocolate chip, cinnamon sugar, or blueberry, but never understood why anyone would want an everything bagel, topped with onions, garlic, and seeds. A few weeks ago though, when we went to my cousin’s wedding in Delaware, my brother and sister each got an everything bagel at a coffee shop and totally opened my eyes to what I have been missing out on all along. It was seriously the best bagel I have ever had, so you know I can’t wait to test this recipe out and make my own everything bagels! And homemade blueberry lox? So cool!

Yesterday was national coffee day – did you participate? :) Have you heard of the new white coffee trend? I use trend loosely, because I have only ever heard of it in this article, but it sounds awesome! I don’t think regular coffee is going anywhere, but I wonder if white coffee will hit coffee shops.

I love seeing what other people keep in their pantry, stock in their fridge, or make for lunch and this article is one of the best I have seen on the latter topic. Food geniuses reveal what they pack in their children’s lunches, and it has me wishing they would pack my lunch too. Cashew butter, ricotta and honey sandwiches on grainy bread, fried egg sandwiches, corn and roasted tomato salad? Yes, I’ll have them all, please. On the same note, Amanda Hesser, co-founder of Food52, lists off 13 lunches she packs for her kids. I must be doing something wrong, because my lunch doesn’t look nearly as good as these. I think my favorites are: sandwiches of cashew butter, ricotta, and honey + apples, and beans with olive oil, thyme, garlic, rosemary + kale tossed with lemon-caper vinaigrette + aged cow’s milk cheese + crackers + almond cookies. Honestly, anyone who has aged cow’s milk cheese, Camembert, chocolate olive oil cake, almond cookies, salted double chocolate olive oil cookies, prosciutto, or sopressata in their lunch have a better lunch than I do.

Keeping with the accidental food theme, food star Nigella Lawson chimes in on how Instagram has changed the way we cook. Not all food is photogenic. Some food is messy and brown, but still tastes great even though it doesn’t perform well in the small squares on your phone next to the overpacked and unrealistic, but pretty, smoothie bowl. Instagram is changing how we see recipes and food images, so is it changing how we cook, and in the process eliminating unattractive foods from our meal plans? I feel this pressure sometimes when I make and photograph a recipe, only for beige food to stare back at me. The product is delicious, but not very pretty, so do I still post it? Questions that plague all home cooks, food bloggers, and Instagrammers.

And lastly, the only link not related to food is this interesting article on the evolution of women in stock photos. YGG. Keep evolving.

What are you up to this weekend, friends? Any fall plans? :)

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Welcome, fall! Welcome, weekend! I’m so ready for both! I went into work both Saturday and Sunday last weekend, and combined with the regular workdays of last week flowing straight into this week, the whole week felt so long. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all felt like Thursday, Thursday felt like Friday, and I don’t even know what day Friday felt like. But, here we are. We made it and I’m so happy about it!

There is a new barre studio that opened near us this week and I’m going for a free trial class this morning. I have done barre videos at home, but have never spent the money to try one in person so I am both nervous and excited! Wish me luck!

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Let’s get the weekend going with some link love!

I love this article on organization as a gift to others (and myself). I found myself nodding in agreement as I was reading it.

I just found out about this meal planning website this week and think it is genius! You can pin meals to your profile from your favorite blogs and recipe sites, build your meal plan for the week by dragging those recipes into a calendar, and the site will auto populate your grocery list with the items needed for the recipes. GENIUS! I haven’t tried it yet but it seems so useful!

Speaking of groceries, this article about Trader Joe’s work culture versus other employers is interesting. I love Trader Joe’s, and all of the workers I interact with seem to like working there. This is probably why. Trader Joe’s is always one of my favorite places to grocery shop, but especially when the seasonal items first release. Their fall and winter selections can’t be beat! This list of the best fall items at Trader Joe’s had me at the first three items. Pumpkin granola? I’m in.

Now that pumpkin is on the brain, I think these pumpkin pecan scones with brown butter glaze are a weekend must. Join me.

In case you missed this fabulous home tour of The Everygirl founder Alaina’s Chicago greystone, check it out. It is amazing and there are so many things I want to replicate! Similarly, this Brooklyn brownstone has an almost identical layout to Alaina’s greystone, and even uses the same mirror-sofa-art layout in the living area, but is also so different in style. I love both! Now to figure out how I can create the perfect combination of the two…

Have a wonderful first weekend of fall!

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Happy Sunday! I hope you have had a wonderful weekend soaking up the end of summer festivities. We still have at least another month of warm weather here before fall starts, but it is nice to feel the crazy hot temperatures breaking into bearable temperatures with a nice evening breeze. We spent Saturday night at our local minor league baseball game with sweet friends and there couldn’t have been a better way to enjoy the season.

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While we gear up for the week ahead, soak up that last bit of relaxation with some link love:

Whether it is reality television, sweet treats, or a certain kind of chip, we all have guilty pleasures. These 25 female celebrities talk about theirs. I always love seeing what other people hate to love, because no one is perfect. Maybe that is one of my guilty pleasures ;)

This annotation of a home tour is hilarious and such a great show of a mother-daughter relationship. Oh, and the Southhampton home isn’t bad either.

Speaking of home tours, on the opposite side of the country and budget, this San Francisco apartment is wonderful. There are so many photos I want to take inspiration from and apply it to our own apartment. The dining nook might be my favorite part. Or maybe the nursery closet? So clever.

We recently talked to friends with a new baby who plan to raise their children to be bilingual. The mom is from France and will only speak French to the children, and the dad is from the US and will speak English to them. It has been show that kids can learn languages better than adults to begin with, and this is such a great way to learn multiple languages. But, what about adults who want to learn how to speak a new language – how can we make it easier? This article poses that exercise could help. The two seem so unrelated, but the study is intriguing.

I couldn’t leave without mentioning it: what do you think about the new Taylor Swift song? So far I haven’t heard anyone who likes it. Let’s hope that’s not telling for the entire album.

Finish the weekend strong, friends!

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