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I hope you had a relaxing, refreshing weekend that prepared you for a great week ahead. We spent the weekend with lots of family preparing for and attending my cousin’s rehearsal dinner and beautiful wedding. Since my large extended family comes from all edges and corners of the country, we don’t all get to see each other very often, so it is wonderful when everyone comes together for a wedding. I love getting to see all of the family, and I always find myself wishing these wedding weekends would last longer.

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As we dive deeper into the week, here is some link love to inspire (or distract) you.

Do you remember your first apartment out of college? Ours was 550 square feet, made of cinderblocks and single-paned windows, and in the middle of a floodplain. We hung a gallery wall with command strips, attached curtain rods to the ceiling, and came ¼” away from having all of our belongings underwater. Despite some of these not-so-wonderful aspects, we still have lots of great memories from our first little apartment. I wish I had known these six tips when I was looking for an apartment right out of college. I’ll add another tip to the list: don’t live in a floodplain, no matter how long they say it will be until the next flood.

I don’t typically follow golf, but I’ll take the pimento cheese and biscuits that surround the southern Masters Tournament watch parties. These photos from the weekend evoke the emotions and excitement around the tournament and the new green-coat clad winner.

You have likely read or heard about the Pepsi ad starring Kendall Jenner that was pulled last week. The SNL skit portraying the filming of the ad is funny, but also shows how easily the terrible ad could have been prevented. The ad world had a lot to say about it too.

As a self-proclaimed pie lover and a home baker, I love this interview with sister bakers Emily and Melissa Elsen of Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie shop. I have mentioned their cookbook before, and love their unique recipes. If you are looking for a delicious pie for this weekend, their lemon sour cream pie would be a wonderful Easter dessert.

I didn’t do as well on my goal of reading 10 minutes a day last month as I did in February. I think this was in part because I started my third non-fiction, self-help-type book and just got tired of the genre. This list of 20 great fiction books is inspiring me to pick on up and get back into the habit of reading every day. Do you have any recommendations?

Have a productive and fulfilling week, friends!

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Here we are, throwing some link love at an unsuspecting Monday. Sometimes life happens and we just have to go along with it. So, instead of bringing some relaxation to your weekend, I hope these links can bring some joy to your Monday.

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For the first order of business, happy national championship day to my fellow Tar Heels! I’m both extremely excited and super nervous. Let’s go Heels!!! :)

“Sorry for the delayed response!” This post on what people actually want to say when they haven’t responded to you in a while is hilarious. We’ve all been on one end of that.

I started watching The Crown on Netflix last night and was intrigued by this article about the “secret” plan for when Queen Elizabeth passes. I love historical and historical fiction books and shows. Even if the plotline and details aren’t exactly correct I love seeing what life would have been like at the time and learning insights into historically (and currently) powerful families.

As you can probably tell from this blog, I love to bake. This article explains and confirms the psychological reasons why.

Did you see the Love, Actually reunion short for Red Nose Day? Thoughts? It made me want to go watch Love, Actually again, and it’s not even Christmastime.

I have been loving this warm spring weather and the few flowers and trees that are blooming here, but it has also made me want to travel somewhere where the blooms are already in full swing. These pretty Savannah photos have almost convinced me to make the trip.

Happy Monday! I hope it’s a good one!

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Well friends, we’re headed into the weekend. As I just told you about 10 ways to increase happiness, I can’t help but be frustrated and saddened by tonight’s ACC tournament game outcome. To help my mood I am planning my weekend and making to-do lists. Isn’t that the normal way to cope?

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Before we dive into what is shaping up to be a cold weekend here (but gorgeous and warm in some parts of the country), let’s look at some link love from the week.

Let’s take a look at a happier, but maybe no less contentious, bracket – the Southern food tournament bracket. I voted, filled out my own bracket and am anxiously waiting for the round of 32 next week. Mac and cheese has my vote all the way to the championship, but it has to battle with pound cake for the title. What are your choices!?

Beauty and the Beast comes out next week and I have been eating up all of the behind the scenes features. If you haven’t seen it yet, the behind the scenes video will make you even more excited to see the movie.

Related, Emma Watson on her beauty routine and not covering her freckles in Beauty and the Beast.

This article on random acts of kindness goes well with this week’s post on how to increase happiness. We have all heard of the ol’ pay for the person behind you at the coffee shop, but some of these ideas are unique and lovely.

Last, but not least, I love this idea of a brown bag wine tasting party. It sounds like such a fun party and a great way to chat with friends while learning more about your (and your friends’) tastes in wine.

Have a lovely weekend! Spring forward is bringing longer days (yay!), but don’t forget to set your alarms!

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The last few days have been gorgeously sunny and warm in North Carolina. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the warm weather in the middle of February, but as much as I fear for the melting planet, I do find joy in the sunshine unexpected warmer temperatures. I hope you have time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air this weekend, wherever you are.

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We are kicking off link love this week with one of my favorite childhood subjects: American Girl dolls. American Girl recently introduced a boy doll, Logan Everett. While this is a great step for the more contemporary dolls, the historic American Girl dolls will always have a place in my heart. Growing up, I read almost all of the historic American Girl doll stories and always loved learning how girls my age lived through different times in US history. Reading about American Girl (and now boy) dolls brings me back to such wonderful memories and I hope the company can keep expanding and improving.

As someone who is still early in their career, I always like hearing advice from older people with established careers. These six female executives give advice they wish they had gotten when they were starting their careers. I’m storing this information up for myself now, and constantly wondering what advice I will be able to give younger people later.

Why don’t avocados come with these stickers?! They would be so helpful!

Mardi Gras is this Tuesday and these three bread puddings are looking pretty perfect for the indulgent holiday. The chocolate version calls for dark chocolate and cocoa powder in place of butter. How can you go wrong with that? I may accidentally buy an extra loaf of bread tomorrow when I’m grocery shopping ;)

The beautiful weather this week combined with some long work hours makes these words speak to me even more than usual. Go outside and pay attention to what is around you. Get away from technology and enjoy your surroundings. That’s exactly what I want to do today.

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend, friends. Make it beautiful.

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After a productive week, I’m ready to head into a beautiful, warm, relaxing weekend. Life is so busy right now that I feel like I’m playing catch-up or get-ahead, rather than enjoying the moment. I know I’ll be doing some preparation this weekend, but here’s hoping it is fun and allows for some time to rest and recover from lots of long days.

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Let’s start by curling up with some link love!

I’m pretending this is what I’m doing this week – finishing my work week on Thursday. In a way I did, but not because I followed the advice in this article, because I worked on Saturday and Sunday last week. Not exactly what this article says to do, but wouldn’t ending the work week on Thursday be wonderful?! Someday I will do that.

This illustration on growth.

There are a lot of marches and political actions going on in our country. If you want to get involved, but don’t know how, this is a great post on 10 ways to get involved with issues that matter to you.

I love these words about choosing love over hate. Speak from love, not fear, not anger and not hate. Love wins.

Earlier this week, photographer Lucy Cuneo released a new series of photographs in her shop and they are absolutely beautiful. I have visited the site at least 3 times a day to admire the gorgeous flowers and the crisp, bright shots. They just make me so happy! :)

Happy weekending! I hope yours is wonderful!

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Welcome to the weekend! Do you have fun plans? My weekend is packed to the gills with work and family. This is one of those go-go-go times when everything needs to be done and there is no time to do all of it. Things like grocery shopping fall to the wayside on these types of weekends, but we have gotten pretty good at scouring the fridge ;) Do what you gotta do and keep plugging! Here’s to a few moments of relaxation and some fun times mixed in this weekend!

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For your weekend morning reading in bed on your tablet, phone, or laptop, here is some link love from the week.

We started the new year off by organizing and cleaning closets, and have been on such a kick that when spring cleaning comes around hopefully everything will be easier. I’m still stocking up on advice to make the cleaning process more efficient (don’t worry, I’m reading Mari Kondo soon), and love these tips on how to spring clean your apartment without losing your mind.

Hindsight is always 20-20. I always find myself looking back at things that made my stress levels skyrocket in college and high school, and even just a few years ago in my jobs, and wish I could go back and tell my younger self what is worth the stress and worry and what to do to get where I want to be. I love these “words of advice to my younger self” from so many great women.

On a slightly similar topic, I have found that my mood can be totally affected by one or two things that happen during the day. I have to remind myself of all of the good things that happened that outweigh those few frustrations in order to not slump into a bad mood. Can we change our mood set point? I am so interested to try this.

This make me laugh out loud. It is hilarious.

I have always loved Reese Witherspoon. I used to watch Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama with friends growing up and I’m pretty sure I know all of the words to the Sweet Home Alabama soundtrack because we would listen to it on repeat. Not only does she now have an amazing new clothing and home line (I mean, look at this fun tee and this perfectly Carolina cake plate), she started a production company to turn books with strong, complex, powerful female protagonists into films (think Wild, Gone Girl, etc). You go girl!

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Here we are. It is Friday again – the first one of February. It seems like as each week passes, more and more news comes out that we never saw coming. It seems silly not to bring it up, but I do think we need cheerful things to brighten the days that could otherwise slowly but surely drag us down. Let’s make it a good Friday today.

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I joke with Will that the most valuable invention to me would be a machine that I can step in and it would give me a shower, wash my face, and brush my teeth all at the same time. I usually rave about this wondrous machine when I am exhausted after going in too many directions all day and don’t want to have to spend the time to do all of those things individually. We have this idea that we need to be involved, work hard in our jobs, stay in touch with friends, spend time with our families, exercise, make healthy home cooked meals, and on and on. How do we prioritize when everything seems important?! I have been reading the book Grace, Not Perfection, which does a great job of explaining that we don’t have to be perfect at everything we do. Like this book and this article both say, pick a few and manage them well- we don’t have to do it all!

North Carolina has not been in the national news for positive reasons recently, but this teacher changed that this week. He created individualized handshakes for each of his 5th grade students and the video went viral! It is really impressive and shows how impactful teachers can be in students lives, in the classroom and outside of it.

The big news in pop culture this week was Beyonce announcing her twin pregnancy in a very Beyonce photoshoot, including underwater photos and photos of the star surrounded by flowers in Garden of Eden-esque scenery.

I keep coming back to these cupcakes, which means I should probably make them. Cardamom + brown butter? Sounds irresistible.

Red state, blue city is all too true in North Carolina, and in so many other states. Compromising is difficult when people don’t understand how others live and think, but we have to get there somehow.

Happy happy Friday!!! I hope your weekend is wonderful!

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Sometimes January seems like a nice fresh start, and sometimes it just seems like the Monday of months. We got a little of both and I’m ready for February.

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So, on this last Friday of January, I hope you can spend some time sitting and enjoying a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and spinning through some link love. Sitting and enjoying are key; walking and scrolling is not what we are going for today. Happy Friday. I hope yours is wonderful!

I never go to the movies, or even watch movies at home. Sometimes I feel like going to the movies is a waste of time that I could be using more productively (problem number one: I don’t know how to relax), but I also have a hard time justifying paying for a movie in theaters when I could stream Netflix on my computer for a small fraction of the price. Millennial problems. But, with so many well-reviewed movies out right now and the announcement of the Oscar nominees this week, I really want to see some of this year’s good movies! La La Land, Hidden Figures, Lion, Manchester by the Sea – which are worth seeing?!

Along with not knowing how to relax, I also overthink so many things! I know this is a problem, and one that so many people fall into, so I love this post about how to stop overthinking small issues. It helps determine the “small stuff” that you shouldn’t be sweating.

Did you attend a march last weekend? I went to our local one and was so inspired by all of the strong images and experiences I saw and heard from people all around the world who marched. It was amazing to see SO MANY PEOPLE come together, across cultures, ages, genders, races, even nationalities, over central issues. While we are in a time of huge division, the march brought so much hope and love to my week, and I hope that can continue. [The march was just the beginning. To continue to make a difference, educate yourself on who your representatives are, contact your members of congress (the Indivisible Guide gives great tips on this from former congressional staffers, and even provides a call script, and get involved in local town halls or organizations you are passionate about.

I wish I could accomplish half of the things in these two articles: how to never run out of ideas again and 20 life-changing habits. They seem to go with the January theme of fresh starts and new goals and routines, but February is just as good a time to start!

Have a wonderful Friday and a lovely weekend, friends.

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Happy Friday! This “short” week has felt extremely long to me and I am ready for the weekend and all it brings. Here is some link love to get you to through the final stretch!

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President Barack Obama served his last full day as the President of the United States yesterday. NPR’s exit interview with president Obama from December is filled with lots of questions and lots of thoughts. We’ll miss you, Obamas. Thank you for serving the American people for the past eight years.

In lighter news, Beyonce interviewed her sister, Solange, and they talk about the negative connotation of control, and why they argue that it should not be viewed as a bad trait. There is girl power all over that article.

Recently I have had days where I am overcome with stress, even when there is not one specifically stressful event that occurs during the day. Sometimes I carry stress from previous days, when instead I should be starting on a fresh footing and brushing unneeded stress away at the end (or beginning) of the day. What am I stressed about? Sometimes I can’t even tell you, but I am in such a stressed out funk. This article about our brains defaulting to focus on negativity hit so close to home. Can we train neurons in our brains to overcome this tendency of negativity?

Are your good habits, newly founded for 2017 or longstanding, holding you back? This is an interesting topic and one we don’t usually think about.

These tips on things to think about before we speak are always needed. Is what you are going to say truthful, necessary, timely and kind? While we don’t always need to follow these guidelines, maybe we should all take a little more time to think before we speak, if not only to make our point more effective. As I think about one of my goals for the year, to be intentional, speaking purposefully in this way weighs on my mind.

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The first week of 2017 is almost over – was it a good one for you? I hope so! I haven’t posted my goals and intentions for the year yet (I plan to do so soon!) but I feel so rejuvenated after a nice long break relaxing with family.  We have snow in the forecast this weekend and I’m excited to work on some new baking projects!

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Here is some link love for your weekend! I hope it’s a good one!

Since we are preparing for snow, this article seemed fitting. With only a few hours of sunlight a day and snow perpetually on the frigid ground, people in the Nordic countries are still happier than people in the US in the winter months. Why is this? On the whole, the US has more daylight hours and warmer temperatures, even in the north. Let’s light some candles and take a note from the Scandinavians on how to be happier in this cold season.

I have seen this ad on tv and on YouTube now, and loved it every time. Though it is easy to focus on the many struggles of 2016, this ad reminds us that love was shown in so many wonderful actions throughout the year. Focus on the search bar itself and how it encapsulates the loving words emulated from mouths, loving gestures given by hands, and love in the eyes of so many people. Love is out there…keep searching.

I have heard this more and more recently, and will likely experience it even more acutely if/when we move for Will’s residency, but making friends as an adult is rough, especially as an introvert. No one explains that to you as a child, or even in college, when you may need to hear it the most. At other times in your life you are surrounded by people your age who have the same interests and are all in the same place. When you enter the post-college world, you may have spurts of that here and there, but it is not nearly as easy to find, or as easy to make time to cultivate those interests, activities and friends. So we end up with this: making new friends as an adult is hard and scary. But we can do it…right?

As I mentioned earlier, I am working on writing out my goals and intentions for the year, however small or large. I have been following along with goal-setting guides and they have been extremely helpful for this type-A girl. If you are still working on coming up with your goals for the year, I highly recommend these guide posts from Cultivate What Matters. There are 5 blog posts (I linked the last one because it contains links to the previous posts) with podcasts, in case you want to listen instead of read about how to set goals and make them happen. One of the aspects I really love is that a large premise of the guides is that there is nothing magical about January 1st. If you made your goals and were ready to go on the first day of the new year, great! If you took the holiday break to relax and are just finalizing, or maybe haven’t even dug into your goals for this year, that’s great too! Let’s do it together!

One of my goals is to read more this year, and I have heard great things from many people about this book, Daring Greatly. Have you read it? Was it good? We’ll see if it makes the reading list!

One book I am currently reading, and loving, is Molly on the Range. Yes, it is a cookbook, but unlike the typical cookbook there are stories from Molly’s life before each section and intertwined in the recipe introductions. It truly is like a life story with recipes to showcase moments throughout her life. And Molly is one of the most interesting people! She is part Asian, part Jewish, went to Juilliard for percussion, spent years in NYC, and now lives on a sugar beet farm in North Dakota with her 5th generation sugar beet farmer husband and her recipes are influenced by all of this. Whattttt? You can’t make this stuff up. I love it.

Happy weekend! Stay safe and warm!

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