how the top knot changed my life

Okay, so that’s a *slight* exaggeration. But only sort of. When it comes to hair, I am super boring. I’ve had really long hair since I was a teenager, and with all that hair to do fun things with, I do nothing. I just wear it down or maybe in a quick ponytail every now and then. But now I’ve got this little grabby infant who has recently discovered how TOTALLY AWESOME it is to pull my hair at every available opportunity. My hair gets in the way a lot. The other day I just looked at it all and felt so sick of all that hair! So I leaned over and pulled it all together in a bun at the top of my head.

It sounds totally lame, but I honestly cannot remember ever doing this before, and I felt so free!! I have been doing it all week, and every time I see myself in the mirror I freak out a little because I’m just not used to it. I also feel a little like Mulan. But she’s totally awesome and hardcore, so I’m cool with that. Allie thinks it’s funny and smiled super big at me the first time she saw my new ‘do (which, most of the time, is not a clean knot but a messy bun at the top of my head).

Anyway, yay for learning things every other girl figured out a million years ago. I’m like a new woman.

{Thanks to my beloved Tori for snapping the photo at the top during our waffle date the other day}


sperry weather and all the happy things

I am just so chipper and happy today, and there are several reasons my heart is singing:

  • Sperry weather. Oh my goodness. I’m sorry, VA/DC friends, but Ben’s curse is real, and this time it’s more of a blessing. It’s like summer here this week (okay, maybe late spring). I just want to spend all my time outside. I call it Sperry weather, because I am able to wear my Sperry boat shoes without being cold. And I love my Sperrys. Yesterday we met one of my dear friends at a local waffle shop and just couldn’t get over how perfect it is outside. Warm weather makes a huge difference in my mood. (FYI this is not Sperry-sponsored, obviously. Or not obviously. But really, I just love the dang shoes.)
  • Ideeli deal. (UPDATE–See below). Have you guys heard of Ideeli? It’s a deal site kind of like Zulily or Gilt, and anyway, currently if you use the coupon code GRPN10 you get $10 off and free shipping, and there are some items that are $10 or less, which would mean totally free stuff! I ordered some sailboat placecard holders that I may or may not need, but I can’t resist anything nautical! (p.s. This is my invite link, so if you buy I get credits, and you can do the same thing and forward it to all your friends! Free stuff, people!) Just verify the code still works before you check out; I’m not sure when it expires. Have to thank a member of my sub box Facebook group for sharing this deal!
  • A new work computer. I’ve had my same Dell laptop for work since I started almost three years ago, and I recently got an email that I would soon be due for an upgrade. Well this news couldn’t have come at a better time, because last week my work laptop got sick. For whatever reason, it started moving soooooo sloooooowly. Like, drag-the-mouse-across-the-screen-and-wait-for-it-to-move kind of slow. This of course happened in the middle of a huge project, so I contacted IT and asked ever so nicely if they would expedite the upgrade, and they agreed! It was a super slick process. I overnighted my dying Dell on Tuesday night, they transferred all my files yesterday, and my new machine arrived today! I mean, it’s still a PC, but yay for new computers!
  • Scotch travel washi tape. So I’ve totally jumped on the washi tape bandwagon and never want to get off. I have a lot of tapes that are cute enough patterns—stripes, dots, etc.—but every now and then I find an awesome and unique print that I just LOVE. This travel pattern washi is my new fave! It totally has the old-style travel stamp/passport/adventure feel to it, and I basically want to use it all the time, but at the same time don’t want to use it up. I used it as decoration on a snail mail letter the other day, and for a second I hesitated, thinking the recipient (male; not a washi-er) just wouldn’t appreciate it. But I went ahead anyway.
  • Benefit cosmetics. So I am not really a make-up girl. No one (not even one of my SIX OLDER SISTERS) taught me about make-up, so I’ve just sort of cobbled together a routine over the years, but it’s not great and I know it. One of the reasons I love Birchbox* is that lets me try new products and refine my skincare and cosmetic routines. And through my beloved Birchbox, I discovered Benefit Cosmetics. I have loved every single Benefit product I’ve tried! (Sidenote: Trying out new products is so much more fun that I ever thought it would be.)
  • SocialBliss Style Box*! An on the subject of subscription boxes, last month I took a risk and tried a brand new box, the SocialBliss Style Box. I loved most of the first box and elected to give it another month, and anyway, I just got the email that my February box has shipped! Super excited!
  • St. Lucia. I don’t know if you’re following the Bachelor, but this week they were in St. Lucia, aka site of my honeymoon and one of the most beautiful places on earth. Seeing it again made me want soooo much to go back there. It’s calling to me.
  • I think I’m super late to the party on this one, but is so amazing! So many deals on fun things! I mean, I’m sure the quality isn’t amazing, but it’s fun to get something inexpensive and cute on a good sale! I haven’t bought anything yet, but I have a couple of things in my cart I’m mulling over.

Anyway, off I go to (figuratively) frolic in a flowery meadow with my singing heart. OH, if you haven’t taken my Pop Culture Olympics poll yet, you totally should! There aren’t a ton of votes yet, because I’m not that popular, but I am actually really interested in what people think!

IDEELI UPDATE: So I was googling this a bit more today, and a review on a random site was posted just today about Ideeli. The person said she shared the $10 off code with a bunch of family and several of them had their orders canceled because of “fraud” issues. So, anyway, I just got the code from a friend, but it’s possible they don’t actually want people using it! My order has not been canceled, but I will keep you guys posted. I am SO sorry I shared this without looking into this more!

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a book + a box

As promised, I am finally reviewing my recent read, The Interestings. Although, since I hate spoilers, I won’t be focusing on the plot as much as some thoughts it sparked in my mind. And since I also have a box to review (first ever!), I figured I’d combine them into one! I’m obviously not a pro box reviewer, but as this is the first box I’ve ever received for free, it deserves a little spotlight. But first….

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer: a (sort of) review

I heard about this book and read it as part A Beautiful Mess’s online book club in January.. but, as I mentioned on here, didn’t finish until February. The Interestings is a very honest, realistic, and occasionally a tad graphic (depending on your sensibilities) look at a few people who could really be anyone you know. The book follows the lives of a group of teens who meet at summer camp. They remain friends (for the most part), but their lives take very different turns. Wolitzer explores the roles wealth and envy can play in people’s lives, and she is super descriptive and insightful when it comes to the characters’ motivations, thoughts, and complexities.

In a big way, the book centers on a theme of classism. Some characters were born into money, others not; some were able to move up from the class they were born into, others are not. It dives into to the idea of finding happiness in your circumstances. These are a few of the big takeaways for me:

  1. Envying the wealth of others will only make you miserable and bitter.
  2. Having wealth is no guarantee of happiness in your life, even if it seems that way from a position of less wealth.
  3. Class still plays a huge role in our society and when it comes to who gets away with things and who doesn’t.
  4. The happiest people are those who don’t dwell too much on the money they do or don’t have but instead focus on enjoying the life they have.

All in all, I liked the book because it was such an interesting study in human behavior. At times I found myself annoyed with one of the main characters, but in a way I liked that fact because she felt so real. The verdict: I think it’s definitely worth the read. It’s not a gripping page-turner by any means, but the story was very compelling, and I saw so many people I know in the characters of the book.

J’Adore VoxBox from Influenster

And now for the box! Many of you have heard of Influenster or even received the J’Adore VoxBox, but if you haven’t, Influenster is an online community for learning and sharing about products and brands. You build your “influence” by completing surveys, writing reviews, and engaging on social media channels about various brands and products. If you fit certain demographics and complete the necessary surveys, you get selected for these VoxBoxes, which are packed with various types of goodies you can review and discuss on social media. Anyway, I got invited by a friend and joined Influenster in January, and I got the invite for the J’Adore VoxBox in February! It took forever to get to me (11 days), but it finally got here on Friday and I was so excited! The contents and my thoughts about each are as follows:

  • Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask ($9.39): I have never actually done a clay mask. When I went to try this, tons of clay liquid came out and got everywhere, and I wasn’t sure if that just how it was. But then I squeezed it out and got the goopy clay. I loved popping out of the bathroom to try and scare Ben (he was, sadly, unfazed), and a few minutes later (there were no directions, so I waited about 5 min), I washed it all off. My skin didn’t feel *amazing*, but it felt smooth and squeaky clean. I liked it! We’ll see if I notice any big results as I try it more.
  • Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates ($5.29): It’s chocolate! I guess this was just keeping with the Valentine’s theme. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t tried Hershey’s Kisses before, so I’m not sure what the goal was here, but I’ll take them! Always love chocolate, and Hershey’s is of course the classic American brand. I had a few of these and would love to use the rest to make the peanut butter-Kiss cookies we all know and love.
  • Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray ($9.99): My hair is straight-ish, but gets wavy when I don’t style it. These days, I generally save hair straightening for Sundays or days I really dress up. I do it so hastily that it doesn’t do much, but I may have to ramp it up with this stuff! It reminds me of the first time I ever straightened my hair (11th grade) and how it lasted for days! It gives me an excuse to skip a hair wash, too.
  • KISS Looks So Natural Lashes ($3.99): I haven’t jumped on the falsies bandwagon yet, but part of me wants to try just to see if I’ll suddenly look transformed. The idea behind these is that they taper in width toward the ends, more closely resembling real eyelashes. I tested these out quickly, and they kind of make me look like I have a lot of eyeshadow on. These may be a good thing to keep on hand for a special occasion when I want to look different from my everyday me.
  • Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas ($0.90): I don’t really drink tea, and definitely not black tea, but these flavors sound delish! Créme caramel and lemon chiffon. I will put these in the stack of other box teas I will be giving to some lucky friend who lets me know they love tea!
  • Vaseline Men Spray Lotion ($7.99): A gift for Ben! He was sort of excited. He doesn’t really wear lotion but tried this out, and he said he liked that it felt light on his skin and that he’ll probably use it more when we move. It had a nice manly but not too overwhelming scent to it.

Anyway, that’s it for my first reviews ever! I kind of like this and may consider it for boxes I get in the future!

p.s. If you want an invite to Influenster, let me know! I have five precious invites to give away. 🙂

the pop culture olympics + a poll!

Now that the Winter Olympics are over and we’re all depressed to go back to our regular programming (okay, not really, though I will miss the Olympics), I’ve decided to keep some of the competitive spirit alive with a little Olympic game of my own. The events for the Pop Culture Olympics are basically just categories* of things I like, and I’ve picked my top three contenders for each category (in no particular order).

And, for the first time ever, I’m including a poll for you guys to help me decide the overall medalists! Not entirely sure how many people read this blog, but definitely enough for your vote to matter! So yay that! Let’s get started:

EVENT: Brands to follow to the ends of the earth

  • Kate Spade: Is there any brand more fabulous?
  • Virgin: Richard Branson is basically the coolest businessman on the planet, and all his brands rock. End of story.
  • Nordstrom: If I had to live in a store, it would be this one.

EVENT: Young adult lit series

  • Harry Potter: This is the first series I remember getting really excited about in my life. You know, me and about three billion other people.
  • Hunger Games: Probably the fastest I read anything since Harry Potter! And the movies are totally awesome!
  • Divergent: I just finished book two and I am DYING that I’m #58 on the library waiting list for book three. Dying!

EVENT: Competitive reality TV I can’t stop watching

  • The Bachelor{ette}: You watch it for—in this order—the drama, the dates, and the dismal chance things actually work out.
  • Top Chef: I can’t watch this show without eating something.
  • Project Runway: Even when the judges are just so totally wrong, I keep watching and dreaming that maybe I too could become fabulous fashion designer, but then realizing I completely lack the talent for it.

EVENT: The blog elite

  • Damsel in Dior: Damsel’s blog is just beautiful, and her fashion impeccable. I can’t help but read every post!
  • Stripes & Sequins: Grace is probably the most down-to-earth yet total superstar blogger out there.
  • A Beautiful Mess: These ladies are obviously superhumans and endless founts of creativity.

EVENT: Trends that may be going out of style according to some but that I’ll probably love forever

  • Chevrons: Why do we all love this pattern so much? And who made us realize how fabulous it is?
  • Washi tape: TAPE ALL THE THINGS! This is pretty much my life these days.
  • Colored denim: I probably won’t be satisfied until I have a pair of jeans in every color.

Let the voting begin, I suppose!


* Other categories I considered but elected not to feature include “the best songs ever to play at loud volumes” (probably too obscure), “coolest numbers” (6 would obviously win), and “better uses of my time than scrolling through my Instagram feed” (don’t want to hear the truth).

{Images taken from the linked sites above}

the weekly cute returns

For a while I was doing weekly updates about Allie with recent pics and somehow got out of the habit, but I had this feeling just now (okay, it never really goes away) that time is passing by and I need to document everything! So these are pics from the last couple of weeks.

A few of the recent highlights in the world of Allie include the following:

  1. Sleeping on her tummy! She rolls herself over at naptime and apparently just loves to sleep perpendicularly in her crib.. and on her stomach.
  2. Saying ba. First it was da, then ga, and now ba. I find it interesting that she learns a new sound and just keeps doing it over and over until she learns the next one.
  3. Swimming for the first time! Well, floating. We swam at our hotel stay then went to the rec center on President’s Day with our little infant floaty ring. She loves the water! But, as with bathtime, she hates getting out!
  4. Inhaled shrieks. I don’t know what else to call them, but Allie has recently been making these shrieky noises when she’s playing or when she’s really happy.
  5. Using my hands as her implements. She especially loves when we’re sitting at the piano and I have her on my lap, and she grabs my hands and slams them down on the keys. Wonder where her controlling nature comes from…
  6. Rolling as transportation. She’s been doing this for a while now, but sometimes when she’s sitting she’ll intentionally fall back then start rolling across the floor, back to front and front to back, over and over. She has only been able to roll three directions (only rolls to the right when she’s on her tummy) but the other day finally got the fourth down! We sometimes turn away for a second and she’s across the room!

Overall, she is very happy and smiley, sleeping better and better, and absolutely obsessed with apple juice. Love our little one something fierce!

my latest obsessions

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my fabulous finds! This is mostly due to the fact that I’ve barely had time to web- or blog-surf this week with my current work project. But I’ve got a draft out for review and am giving myself a break to share a few of my favorite things right now, spanning the gamut of categories this week:


  • Bordeaux Claret handbag: This one’s a discovery via my Bachelor favorite, Tenley Molzahn. First off, this bag is totally cute. Second, I just love the idea of vegan leather. I have thought about going vegan a few times simply because I love animals so much, but it is hard to part with leather from my wardrobe. So I’m all about beautiful replacements! I haven’t bought a new bag in ages, and it might be time.
  • Gorjana Graham Sunset leather wrap: So I got this $25 gift card to Gorjana-Griffin in a recent POPSUGAR* box and have been trying to figure out what to get! I’m leaning toward this wrap but then I second-guess myself and start wanting this python ring. I can’t decide!!

baby things

  • Indestructibles: So we love to read Allie stories, but she has this tendency to, well, try to eat all the books. Many of our board books are disintegrated on the edges from her eager chewing. But I recently learned about Indestructibles, and they have saved our books! These little books (you can order them from Amazon) are chew-proof, tear-proof, water-proof—basically, perfectly suited to what kids like to do with any object in close proximity. They are a huge hit in our household!
  • Zipadee-Zips: Katie of For Lauren and Lauren recently posted (sidenote: Isn’t her daughter ADORABLE?) about the most genius invention ever for babies transitioning out of their swaddles: Zipadee-Zips. If we hadn’t just finished the exhausting process of helping Allie sleep unswaddled, I would buy one in a heartbeat. I will for sure be getting one if/when we have another baby!

tv shows

  • Star-Crossed: I am a total sucker for teeny-bopper CW dramas (like how I totally didn’t watch all 10 seasons of Smallville within a three-month span last year…), and this new show (just one episode so far; it’s on Mondays) has me completely obsessed. It feels kind of like a mix between Smallville and the Vampire Diaries in the best way.
  • Believe: You may have seen previews for this while watching the Olympics. The trailers looked interesting but not really in a WOW-I-need-to-watch-this-yesterday kind of way. Well, even though it doesn’t air until March 10, somehow they put out an advance release of Episode 1, and IT IS SO GOOD. J.J. Abrams is always kind of amazing, of course, and I am dying for the regular season to start already!!


  • DIY dress lengthening and peplum tops from Life is Beautiful: I recently discovered and am totally obsessed with these two tutorials from Sarah at Life is Beautiful. Buy two of the same dress and do two things: lengthen one and turn the other into a peplum top. Genius!
  • DIY herringbone wall: Erin of His and Hers is one of my new favorite bloggers, and her DIYs are totally brilliant and amazing. This is just one I’ve pinned recently, and I am SO going to try it once we move!


  • Paper-strip art: I pinned this recently, but apparently the actual item is no longer available. I really just want to get a giant board, a bunch of magazines, and some glue, because this is totally my kind of art.
  • Rob Hodgson: Thanks to Ashley of One Fine Day for the introduction to Rob Hodgson’s stuff! These illustrations are so colorful and character-ful. They make me happy just looking at them!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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feature at one fine day

I am suuuper excited today, as Ashley of One Fine Day (only one of my fave bloggers/blogs ever) has given me a spotlight on her blog, in the form of her Need Read Greed series. Definitely go check out the post here and Ashley’s blog in general, because she’s awesome. (She’s also the honored founder of the snail mail exchange I’ve posted/gushed about before.)

Off I go before I get into fangirl overload.

{That’s a screenshot of Ashley’s blog header right there, btw}

winter moments + happy distractions

Happy day off for some of you! Of course, I don’t get the day off, but there are plenty of other things making me happy today! For example…

  • The lingering memory of our Valentine’s getaway: Oh, my friends. There are a few (okay, more than a few) things in life that just make my heart sing. One of these is beautiful hotels. The feeling of being able to step inside somewhere lovely where you escape your daily life and relax and get taken care of—I love it.  I just love it. And I was so happy Allie was there! She had her first funicular ride, her first experience swimming (heated outdoor pool!), and plenty of attention from our fellow hotel guests. She was a total champ, too, sleeping well in the hotel crib in our room. I don’t typically rock her to sleep, but after our swim she was very tired and very cold and needed a quick catnap, so I wrapped her up in a blanket and rocked her by the fireplace in our room. It was so serene and warm in the dark with just the glow of the fire, holding my sweet baby girl. A perfect winter moment.
  • Insurgent: Since finally finishing my other book, I’ve been able to move on to book 2 of the Divergent series. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but I am back in and hooked once more! I totally love young adult lit.
  • Ciabatta bread: Yesterday for our family dinner, my mom wanted to make these sandwiches we love with grilled chicken, pineapple, and ranch dressing on ciabatta buns. But we didn’t have any ciabatta. So, thanks to our dear friend Google, we discovered (of course) that it’s not even that hard to make. And so we (my mom) made them, and they were delicious! It’s so exciting and empowering to find you can make things you’ve always only bought! We also enjoyed some amazing striped delight for dessert, a recipe courtesy of my friend Britni.
  • POPSUGAR Must Have* Resort Special Edition box: Friday, on our way out of town, we stopped by Target to pick up some baby swim equipment. As we walked across the parking lot, I put my sunglasses on and had the following series of thoughts: I remembered how my sunglasses had recently been broken (and fixed), thought about how I wouldn’t mind a new pair, recalled reading a review of a POPSUGAR Special Edition box that included sunglasses, then thought to myself how excited I am for the next Special Edition. Literally 10 minutes later, I felt my phone vibrate with an email and pulled it out. It was from POPSUGAR, announcing the resort box. Oh my goodness. I squealed aloud in Target. Like, three times.
  • Under the Gunn: Okay, so I didn’t realize that Tim Gunn’s show (a) had started, and (b) is a version of Project Runway. I’ve been catching up on the season thus far and just love Tim Gunn. It’s a slightly different twist on the typical Project Runway format, but I like it!
  • Influenster VoxBox: So a month or so ago a friend invited me to Influenster, which, in case you aren’t familiar, is basically a community for product review-sharing and brand discussion, and if you meet certain demographics and complete enough reviews and surveys, they send you—just my favorite thing ever—surprise boxes! Well, it’s a bunch of products to review. Anyway, I got my shipping notification for one of the VoxBoxes (lots of people have already received and reviewed theirs, so maybe they ship from the East Coast?), and I’m super excited!! I’ve carefully skipped past all the pictures others have posted of their boxes to keep mine a surprise.

And not to keep on about how busy work is, but seriously, it’s a good thing I have all this stuff to distract me, because work is dominating my life. I guess we all have to find things to look forward to, because daily life is not really always exciting.

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i totally heart you

Ben took a reeeeally long time to say “I love you” to me when we were dating. Well, long by my standards. It was maybe 7 or 8 months. I of course harass him about this frequently for the absolute torment he put me through (I worried much more about whether he loved me than whether I loved him, at least at first). Anyway, I saw the card below on this  list of “21 Awkward Valentine’s Day Cards” and remembered a gchat we had about a month into our relationship when Ben signed off “talk to you then, ❤ you” (did a search to confirm the exact language), which of course sent me into a tizzy of confusion. So we had a good laugh over this last night. (Definitely check out the link for the other cards. Hilarious.)

Anyway, we’re off to Park City for a last-minute weekend getaway. This is huge for us, since, as I mentioned the other day, we tend to stay in for Valentine’s. But I’ve got mama cabin fever, and Ben convinced me we should give into the impulse and go! (In my head I always think I’m adventurous, but when it comes down to actually doing things I tend to talk myself out of it. Thank goodness for a more daring husband!) I absolutely love Park City and all its charm, and I look forward to exploring, relaxing, and enjoying our first shared vacation (mini as it is) since Allie was born!

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s weekend!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

{Photo of alexandra em card via HuffPo article mentioned above}

jonathan adler + thursday thoughts

It’s always nice to find products you like, but oh how even more wonderful it is to discover a brand you love. Just think of Kate Spade—I am only one of millions of KS devotees, but our love is founded on the idea that pretty much anything the brand comes out with, we love. That’s power. So I am happy to gush about the latest addition to my brand list, Jonathan Adler. Many or most of you are probably aware of JA products. I of course learned about his stuff through various inclusions in Birchbox* and POPSUGAR Must Have* boxes. To me Jonathan Adler is a like a mix between Kate Spade and Erin Condren in terms of aesthetic. Brandy of MommySplurge mentioned recently that a Jonathan Adler-curated Fancy Box* would be an awesome idea, and I completely agree!

And (sort of) on the subject of boxes and my inspiration therefor: I’m back again joining Jen of Ramblings of a Suburban Mom with her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

  • Project victory: I have emerged victorious from the soul-sucking depths of my work project! Seriously, I do love my job, but sometimes things just get nuts. You’d think it would die down once I switched to part time at home, but no. Yesterday Ben was totally sick (and still is), which meant I had to take care of two babies 😉 plus wrap up this huge project. But anyway, I’m done with it and am awarding myself a gold medal in Not Yet Going Completely Crazy.
  • Olympic dreams: On that note… Like many others watching the Olympics, I pretty much spend my nights feeling like my life is a complete failure because I am not an Olympian. Is it too early to start training Allie in some Olympic event? But which one? I guess it depends on how tall she turns out to be, since all the swimmers are tall and all the figure skaters (girls) are tiny. Or should I just settle with “do well in school” advice and call it good?
  • Olympic commentators: Okay, more Olympics, but these commentators crack me up. From lines like “not their best” for medaling routines to “a machine gun of awesomeness” for a halfpipe run, they are sometimes as entertaining as the actual event. I will be so sad when the Olympics are over…
  • Blog followees: I looked on Bloglovin today and discovered that I apparently follow 156 blogs. YIKES. It has made things much easier since I organized my feed into categories, but still, I feel this compulsion to read or at least glance at every new post in my blogroll, and this is a huge time suck. There are some that I love more than others, of course (my “all time faves” category), and I think I will just need to stick to the ones I love best. Problem is, I keep discovering new blogs that I love. This is very similar to my issue with clothes and closet space…
  • East Coast Snow: I just want to reiterate my “you’re welcome” to our East Coast friends for all the snow. If/when we move back, Ben will bring his no-snow curse with him, undoubtedly. I used to laugh when he told me this, but now I’m a believer!
  • Browser tabs: Are you like my husband, in that you like to keep a clean browser window and close it down when you’re done? Or are you like me, in that you keep 5+ browser windows open at a time and never close the window because you don’t want to forget where you left off? Kind of makes me think of this line I pinned recently.
  • Being 20(ish): Obviously I’m older than 20, but still in my 20s, and I thought this Forbes article about things 20-year-olds don’t get was pretty interesting. Some good advice here for sure.

To all my snowed-in friends, stay safe and remember the three C’s of snowpocalype survival: cocoa, candles, and cuddling!

{Image via Jonathan Adler Spring 2014 catalog}

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