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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.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40472520/introvert-or-extrovert-heres-another-way-to-think-about-yourpersonality

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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Another August weekend is here and it already feels like the month is flying by! It is a very full month for us, at work for me and with a new semester starting for Will, in addition to all of the weekend weddings and travel we have on the agenda. Most of it is good and exciting, but it can be easy to look at the calendar and get overwhelmed. Instead, I’m focusing on the fun and happy times we will have at each calendar item. Instead of feeling the overwhelm from having so many things packed into one month, it allows me to feel the love and excitement that come with each wedding, road trip, family gathering, friend meet-up, and back-to-school event. Perspective is a wonderful thing.

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Below is some of link love for you as you head into your weekend. Let’s enjoy it.

Boden’s new arrivals are AMAZING! I got the catalogue in the mail yesterday and earmarked almost every page. The shoes and this tweed skirt are some of my favorites.

I always like hearing about people’s routines. It is like an intimate sneak peek into their lives, but one that has the potential to improve my routines and life as well. This article on how seven female leaders spend their first hour at work is interesting. The most interesting part is that there are clearly many ways to spend this first hour for a productive day ahead, rather than one pattern they all follow. One of the biggest take-aways that all of them seem to do? Don’t respond to email first thing – do other tasks first.

A few weeks ago I posted a link about the National Geographic Photographer of the Year awards. The winners are in and the photos are amazing. I love reading the captions to learn more about the subject or how the photographer got the shot. Some of the stories make the photograph even more special.

Do you have plans to watch the solar eclipse?! I keep hearing about how awesome it will be and how seeing it will be a memory we have for life, but it’s hard to imagine that. This interactive map is really cool. It shows you what the eclipse will look like from your zip code and where in the US the eclipse can be seen.

When people post a photo of their food on instagram, the first thing we often want to know is, where can I get that, or what is in that. Computer scientists have created an app and a machine learning process that can analyze the photo you are looking at and give you the ingredients and recipe to make it. Crazy!

Happy weekending, everyone!

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It’s almost the weekend – we’re so close! I hope you have all had a wonderful week and are heading into the weekend full of joy! I’m going on a girls trip with my mom and sister and I’m super excited. We have taken many family trips, but in the 22+ years that we have had together, my mom, sister and I have never gone on a trip with just the three of us. Besides just being together and chatting up a storm, we have plans for yoga, wine tastings, and decorating, so naturally I think it will be wonderful :)

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Here is a little bit of link love to enjoy as you sail into your weekend and soak up the August sun.

I have talked about this before in another link love, but having a routine, or at least a plan, is key for me. I still want to enjoy adventures that are not in my plan or routine and make sure I have some time for creativity. I love this post about finding wildness within routine.

Something about looking into someone’s pantry or seeing what occupies someone’s desk can feel exciting and sneaky. I sometimes feel nosy, but my curious side really wants to take a peek into these pseudo-secret spaces. This “desk obsessed” series is so wonderful because it invites you to see what is on the desks of successful business women, shop owners, and designers. It satisfies my curiosity without feeling off-limits and inspires me to include beautiful and useful things in my own workspace. I can’t wait to see the other featured ladies and their desks.

It is always interesting to me when local news makes national headlines. These stories feel so small because we hear about them on local radio, make jokes about them with friends, and could easily pinpoint all of the locations on a map, but I’m reminded that a more than week-long power outage of a long portion of the North Carolina Outer Banks is big news. We are lucky to have both great beaches and beautiful mountains so close by in our state, and I’m sad that so many businesses had to go for a beautiful week without power or customers in this peak tourist season that they rely on so heavily. Without power, businesses closed, and because businesses closed, lots of workers went without money for the week. Power was returned yesterday and the islands opened to tourists today, but businesses won’t get that week of lost money back.

Seeing younger generations and their constant interaction with smartphones is interesting to me. My generation is very different from my parent’s generation when it comes to technology and social media usage, but this next generation is increasingly different from what I experienced. “Screen time” is now a big issue, and the constant phone and social media usage by people in this generation is crazy, and is negatively impacting them. Many of them have had smartphones since middle school or early high school and have never experienced social life without one. This article is so interesting and shows that rates of depression and unhappiness have risen and directly correlate with smartphone usage. I’m guilty of having my phone with me at all times, but let’s put down the phones, talk to real live people, and forget about the fomo.

On a much lighter note, I think we all need this lavender brioche french toast for brunch this weekend. Let’s do it.

Happy weekending!

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Happy Sunday, friends! Link love is a little later than usual this week, but we still have some Sunday left to relax and enjoy the end of the weekend. The weather has been unseasonably beautiful here this weekend and we are soaking it up as much as we can before the heat and crazy humidity returns. I’m headed to a baby shower for one of my lifelong friends who I mentioned in my LA posts and I’m excited to see all of the teeny tiny things :)

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Before the weekend slips away from us, here is some link love from last week.

In case you are in the mood for an ice cream sandwich, this taste test for the best ice cream sandwich might be helpful. My favorite part is the five-year-old who gives the same opinion for every brand of ice cream sandwich: “I like these.”

How many days a week do you go without spending any money? Likely not many. Even though we try to stick to a budget, zero-dollar days are so intriguing to me. Having days where we don’t spend any money would be a challenge, but ultimately would lead to better spending habits and enlighten us to how often we make unnecessary purchases, even if they are within the budget.

On the topic of money, it interestingly didn’t make the list of the 9 motivators of millennials in the workplace. As I read this article I found myself agreeing with many of the statements and motivators. Some of them are so easy for companies to enact and don’t cost anything. As the workplace demographic shifts, I wonder how long it will take for companies to change and include some of these incentives.

The wallpaper in this home is insane. There are so many pretty patterns that are meaningful to the family. All of that wallpaper reminds me of when my mom and I installed wallpaper in a tiny powder room then swore we would never do it again.

Moving to a different kind of art, Misty Copeland, the first black woman to become principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, reenacted famous ballerina paintings and sculptures by Edgar Degas for an upcoming art exhibit and the sneak peaks are amazing. The goal of the project was to bring these iconic paintings and sculptures into the 21st century, and include the body types, ethnicities, and races that are now included in the ballet world, which were not previously reflected in art because they didn’t exist as commonly in the ballet community. It is a beautiful project and I can’t wait to see the final product.

With that, have a beautiful Sunday and a great rest of your weekend!

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Happy happy Friday. This week has been so busy and so long. There are so many things I have wanted to do but didn’t have time.  I simultaneously want to do everything this weekend and just relax and not do anything at the same time because I’m exhausted. Sometimes I can’t relax until I have been productive, so the dilemma continues. I hope you can relax or be productive – whichever you desire! Or better yet (for me) both!

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Until then, let’s soak up some great link love from the week.

This guest room reveal is amazing. It makes me want to add paneling and paint every room.

People have been talking about it for weeks now, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public today! There are some great sweaters, jeans, boots, and home decor. I grabbed these boots online and am am excited to see if they work! I love these boots too!

We have done a lot of weekend road trips this summer for weddings and family events and aren’t done yet! Despite having a lot to catch up on when we get home, experiencing new places on our road trips and seeing other people’s vacation photos makes me want to go somewhere new every weekend. I love this guide to a road trip in each state.

Speaking of going somewhere new, this is a great post about why we should try new things right where we are.

You know those epic cheeseboards that you envy all over Instagram? You can make that just from a Trader Joe’s haul, and this post will tell you how. Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to get cheese. They have a good selection and great prices, compared to some other stores. And their snack and dried fruit selection can’t be beat, which, after the cheese, is really key for a good cheeseboard. Now I want to make a cheeseboard for dinner.

We prepped all of the ingredients for lunches and dinners this week. Substitute zucchini for carrots and this is how I felt, including the part about the beets. It took at least an hour and a half, and was worth it the rest of the week, but I won’t lie and say I didn’t want to just do something totally different than what we prepped on Thursday night. We did what was planned because we had worked so hard to prep it. On another note, did you know that those beets you chopped that dyed your hands pink for a whole day don’t release any juice after you store them in a tupperware in the fridge? That was news to me. I may stick to the cheese board next time.

Happy weekending, friends! I hope it’s a lovely one!

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Happy weekend! If you celebrated the 4th of July, I hope your short work week was wonderful! We are spending the weekend at a beautiful lake with lots of friends and I’m so excited for what the weekend has in store. I hope you have a great one!

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Here is some link love for your weekend enjoyment.

I was laughing so hard at this post. These tops are everywhere, and while I have seen a few cute ones, I feel like everytime I try on one of them I just look like I am wearing a shapeless bag. I’m sure other people have found some that actually look cute in person, rather than just on the hanger, but I’m lost.

Do you remember what we did before the internet? I remember a lot of crafts and running around with neighborhood kids. Last night, we somehow started the activity of throwing a water bottle and trying to land it right-side-up on the counter. At first it only a few people were involved, but as more and more joined we had a group of 10 people standing in a circle waiting for their turn. It reminded me of what we would do before the internet :)

I am amazed at the photos some people take with just their iPhones. The iPhone photography awards have some amazing photos with such stories behind them. It shows that we don’t always need a fancy camera, but sometimes just the camera in our pocket. Now to figure out how my phone could be capable of that…

On a similar note, if you are looking for the beauty in this world, National Geographic always amazes me. We saw some of these photos in person a few years ago and the detail is incredible!

Lastly, Bon Appetit has a rent week “category,” which is both great and hilarious. Check it out.

Happy weekend!

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It’s Friday and it’s Summer so what are we all doing on the computer? Let’s get out and get working on that Summer bucket list! I’m ready!

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Until then though, here’s some link love to brighten your day.

As I was just saying, it’s Friday and it’s summer. Summer Fridays are apparently all the rage – can we all jump on that train? My favorite quote from this article: ““It’s not like people are really killing it at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon in the middle of the summer.”

After spending many hours flying to California and back a few weekends ago, I loved this funny article about unwritten airplane etiquette.  Sharing a very small space with a bunch of strangers as you are all trying to be comfortable in the stale recirculating air – planes are a funny place.

I recently came across this tradition and think it sounds so fun! We currently use a small table that has been passed down for almost (maybe more than) 100 years now. It was my great grandparents and was passed down to my grandparents, then my parents (we used it as our arts and crafts table growing up), and now to Will and me. It is already filled with memories and love, but imagine if every guest who had come to all of those houses had participated in this tradition!

All my fellow Type-As out there, this one is for you. I love Carly’s post on how to go with the flow when you are Type A. As I was reading it I found myself nodding over and over again at her points and tips. This is absolutely me. As a Type A person, I have a hard time going with the flow, but I want to be able to, for my sake and for the sake of those around me. I have my own strategies that help me try to go with the flow (as only a Type A would) and I love that this post shares even more.

Sometimes I think Lilly Pulitzer can be a little over the top and jarring, but this Lilly Pulitzer suite at Watch Hill Inn is so fun for a beachside hotel room. And when is a more appropriate time to post about Lilly than in the first few days of summer?

Have a wonderful warm weekend, everyone! Let’s have some summer fun!

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