Happy December, everyone! While Miami looks nothing like the picture above (in December or ANY month), after decorating our apartment for Christmas and doing a bit of holiday shopping, I’m feeling in quite the seasonal mood. This week, I’m counting down the minutes until Friday evening when my best friend’s plane lands and we can spend a weekend catching up and having a blast. Can’t wait!!! Hope you have a great week, and don’t forget to check out my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Alright, link time…
The farmer-philosopher who supplies halal meat to Muslims in the American South.
Make your own marquee Christmas tree.
Stamps to create custom pieces of porcelain.
A recipe for wedding disaster.
A trip through Costco with Mom.
Hoping all the college teachers I know get equally hilarious drunk emails.
All hail the Chipotle burrito bowl! #hacked
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A kick-ass public transportation story.
10 must-haves for the French kitchen.
Creating a home office with minimal extraneous space.
Books about Miami.
How’s your week faring so far? We got back from a lovely trip to New Orleans on Monday (you can read details HERE), and I’m already missing my sweet friends and the lovely Autumn breeze. It was so much fun! Now it’s back to the grind. I’ve got a hefty work assignment to conquer and I need to eat ALL of the vegetables to balance out the rich foods I indulged in. Haha! Enjoy your week, bundle up if it’s chilly where you are, and have a look at this week’s internet goodies…
Make your way to the nearest Trader Joe’s and cook up this easy, hearty soup.
Improve your well-being with positive affirmations.
Victims of domestic violence find healing from gardening.
You’ll never hear Reese Witherspoon uttering this question.
An updated version of Alanis Morisette’s Ironic.
Dinner this week?
Sometimes your couch neighbor is more entertaining than what’s on the TV screen.
The real reason for Windows games.
Would you dumpster dive?
Four families struggling to stay together.
A touching story about sisters.
This would look so pretty sprouting a lovely, green plant on my balcony.
Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! Did you do anything spooky? Dress up in a costume? We ventured down to Homestead and enjoyed an afternoon walking along Biscayne Bay and laying out by the beach. Then we headed home for a chili dinner and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Despite my best door decorating efforts, we didn’t get any Trick-or-Treaters. WOMP-womp. But I think Chet’s students appreciated our candy surplus on Monday! ; ) Now I’ve got a busy few days of work and preparation ahead of me because this time next week I’ll be on my way to New Orleans! Woohoo! Enjoy your Wednesday and a few links…
10 tips to adopt this Fall for healthy living.
These two sentence horror stories are truly terrifying!
Would you work from a standing desk?
Celebrities #NailedIt this Halloween. (I can’t believe Kim K went as HERSELF!)
Hygge – “the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things” – is how Danes survive the short days now upon us.
A new recipe for Pizza Fridays everywhere!
Your reading list just got longer, here are the National Book Award finalists.
A great (free!) resource to help you get organized.
I would love to have this hanging on the wall behind my kitchen table.
100 years of wedding dress fashion in 3 minutes.
CT scans of Pompeii mummies reveal amazing details.
Why you should drop in for some deep reading.
How is everyone doing this week? This past weekend Chet and I saw “The Martian”–a total must-see! The forecast called for lots of rain, so we planned accordingly, even though it never seemed to materialize more than a sprinkle. We had hoped for a trip to the beach but a movie theater date and a productive Sunday of errands and cleaning I GUESS is a close second, haha! Fingers crossed for good weather THIS weekend. Meanwhile, we’ll be watching spooky movies and chowing down on the Halloween cupcakes we baked. Hope your days leading up to Saturday’s holiday are festive and (purposefully) frightful, and here are some links for you to enjoy in the mean time…
REI encourages shoppers to #OptOutside this Black Friday. Good for them!
A weirdly hypnotizing video about balls.
Bradley Cooper says he’ll do his part to curb the gender pay gap. A worthy celebrity crush!
Angry men calling a meeting to yell at a woman is NEVER a good look.
Real life Law & Order: SVU.
Dear Management, This is why we quit. Love, Millennials.
Could Ikea hold the solution to the refugee housing crisis?
Married, happy, autistic.
My feelings 85% of the time when people around me are sick.
Marble! Necklace! Affordable! I think I’m in love.
Florist buys Detroit duplex for $250 and turns it into a Flower House.
Design solution: Weird window placement.
P.S. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on your Halloween costumes this year, check out my little black dress solutions HERE and HERE.
How’s your week going so far??? The weather here has been so pleasant lately but eerily windy! Perfect conditions for putting up some Halloween decorations around the apartment. On Sunday, it finally felt cool enough to pack up a blanket and a picnic and spend the afternoon at the park across the street from us. The weather wasn’t the only thing on point at the park. The people watching was amazing! All the shelters were occupied with large birthday parties; complete with decorations, music, and bounce houses. Miami-folk take their celebrations seriously! Anywho, enjoy the rest of your week and here are a few things worth reading…
Watching “Friends” re-runs will make you feel like a dinosaur.
Former Stanford dean on how to raise an adult.
“Free associate from the word “gluten” these days and you’ll probably come up with poison.”
In case you’re after a racy read.
Creative costume ideas for the upcoming holiday.
Serial fans take note–we need to talk about Don!
Further proof that the easiest way to save money on food is to learn how to cook…
…and when you do, who knows, maybe you can turn your skills into a side hustle!
Wouldn’t this necklace look so charming paired with a dark turtleneck and flares?
The scientific way to cut a cake.
Any hand-lettering pros out there? This DIY is for you.
12 Appalachian Trail section hikes.
P.S. Thank you to everyone who took my 2015 Reader Survey! Y’all are the best!!! xoxo
What’s everyone up to this week? My birthday was Monday, and I was so happy to celebrate on Sunday with a trip to the beach, delicious seafood, and a Nutella birthday cake. As an October baby from a land-locked state, I never thought I’d be in the ocean on my birthday! It was crazy exciting! Thank you to all my friends and family for sending their love on my special day and of course to Chet for making my birthday, and every day, a wonderful adventure. It’s gonna be a good year! As always, I hope the rest of your week is full of fun and here are some links for today’s enjoyment…
Modern day witch-hunts are just as unnerving as their predecessors.
Wouldn’t you love gazing at this print in the dead of winter?
The 10 piece wardrobe.
Don’t be fooled by “healthy” packaging.
I rather enjoyed dissection lessons in science class but I still love the knitted approach!
Can’t stop listening to Yeezer — the Kanye / Weezer masterful mash-up.
A colorful D.I.Y. to dress up your front door.
A call for quotas on Pakistan’s female med students.
Kentucky farmers tries to bring back the pigs of yesteryear.
Time to stock up on Tiger Balm!
Another delicious way to get some pumpkin spice in your mug.
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Now that we’re feeling settled in our new apartment, Chet and I have been excited to do a little exploring in our ‘hood. After some internet searchin’, we stumbled upon an arcade not too far from our home-base. Since Sunday afternoon was dreary and rainy, with the remnants of Hurricane Erika washing up on us, we thought there was no better time to drive over and give Arcade Odyssey a go! They had tons of classic games, as well as rarer-to-the-States Japanese games (I know nothing about this sort of stuff but Chet was excited, lol), and a wall of pinball machines (!). We got some tokens and got tucked in…
Chet played a bunch of different games; his favorite was a crazy anime one called Chaos Code.
I mostly stuck to the pinball machines (Batman and The Simpsons were my jam) and this retro, Budweiser sponsored game called Tapper. Obsessed with Tapper, you guys. I want one in my house.
What a wonderful afternoon! Sometimes it’s fun to just act like a kid for a few hours. You feel a little giddy and lighter afterwards. I would definitely recommend an arcade trip if you’re looking for some sweet play-time with friends or your significant other. It’s a pretty budget friendly activity (just the cost of tokens) and you can keep it chill or get really competitive–depending on what you’re after. And of course you gotta love a place with Pac Man…
…and such a playful carpet print, lol. (I feel like this is the Universal pattern for arcades, movie theaters, and rollerskating rinks. Who instigated this?!)
We’ll certainly return for future fun!
Have you discovered any fun rainy day activities lately? Any suggestions? I’d love to hear…
Hey friends! What are you up to this week? If you’re on the East Coast I hope you’re ensconced in covers and have plenty of wine tucked in your cupboards! I recently checked out a new dinner spot that I would highly recommend if you’re around these parts, and Monday was free Chipotle day! Did your Chipotle run out of free sofritas, too? It sounds like they weren’t prepared for such a positive response. Never under-estimate the power of free burritos, people! I’ve also downloaded a new app that I’m excited to tell you guys about at some point. : ) Hope you have a good week, stay safe out there, and providing you’re weathering the storm with an Internet connection…
Urban renewal in Lexington begets some hip establishments.
You can learn a lot about a nation by taking a peak at their soldiers’ ration kits.
Stumbling upon an abandoned town in the Smokies.
Dogs of the world!
It’s NEVER not a good idea to live tweet idiots being idiots.
Amazon’s 100 books to read in a lifetime.
Book deal differences.
Text convo with Euclid Kroger.
A new musical. (!!!)
Finland’s famous baby boxes.
Turning 9 pieces into 9 outfits.
P.S. Apartment inspiration and a thrilling page-turner.
What are you up to this week, buttercups? I’m over a week into Yoga with Adriene 30 Days of Yoga and LOVING it. A daily, at-home yoga practice is a great excuse to quiet your mind and have some “you-time”. Hopefully you guys had a nice long weekend and are feeling inspired today. Have a wonderful week, do good things, and here are some posts for you to enjoy…
I can’t wait to go back to the aquarium once this is built.
The invisible work of female farmers.
Swooning over these floral business cards.
Your daily dose of grammar knowledge.
Would some crafty little elf please make this for me?
Sriracha egg salad.
This budget friendly photo DIY would make a great wedding present.
Who wants to go?
The real cost of entertainment for The Biggest Loser.
SNL takes on gentrification and it is hilarious.
LOVE the bathroom in this tiny home.
P.S. How to build a light-box and BOOKS!
What have you been up to this week? Sunday warmed up a bit around these parts and it was just agreeable enough for my friend Jessica and I to loop about her neighborhood and blow some of the winter stink off. Also, I just started the Yoga with Adriene 30 Day Yoga Challenge (I LOVED the Erin Motz 30 Day Challenge so here’s hoping this one is fun as well!), and yesterday I sliced my thumb while attempting to cut fruit too early in the morning. The hazards of packing my lunch! *facepalm* Hope you have a good rest of the week, and here are a few interesting links I’ve recently dug up…
The wavingest guy in the whole durn state.
Awesome food interactive.
Announcing the end of your marriage on Facebook.
Excited to see Leanne Brown on the Forbes 30 under 30 Food and Drink Masters.
This could be a fun reading challenge for 2015!
Guy who thought of genius way to get cheap airfare could be paying the price.
A great resource if you’re grocery shopping for one.
Aren’t you so glad these gals are friends in real life?
One of my favorite binge watches of all time.
Gorgeous photo styling inspiration.
“Farmer” made me laugh!