Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A No-Pressure Way to Make New Year's Resolutions

new years resolutions
new year's resolutions
Are you making any New Year’s resolutions? I used to write mine down on a post-it note that I’d carry around with me in my wallet. But as I’ve gotten older, I realized: who am I kidding? New Year’s resolutions never last for long. So instead of writing it down somewhere semi-permanent, why not write it where it’ll last for exactly as long as I resolve to stick to it? Like on a cookie! Cookies don’t set unrealistic expectations, and they don’t make you feel bad when you forget about your resolution by the second week of January. Plus, they’re delicious.

My resolution this year is to sleep more (and eat more fiber—but that wouldn’t fit on a cookie) (also, are these really my resolutions?! I hope 80-year old me isn’t terribly disappointed I didn’t have bigger plans when she looks back on this post)).

In more exciting news, my sister Sophie’s resolution is to make it rain! (aka getting a sweet job after graduation this spring—woohoo!)

Whatever you're resolving, I hope you have a happy and safe holiday! See you back here in 2015. :)

frosted sugar cookies
snow globe cookies

Sunday, December 28, 2014

What I Talk About When I Talk About Cancer

bovine bakery in point reyes station
One of my favorite authors, Haruki Murakami, once wrote a book about running called What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. He explained it as "... a book in which I've gathered my thoughts about what running has meant to me as a person. Just a book in which I ponder various things and think out loud."

Since Alan's cancer came back, I haven't talked much about it here, focusing instead on the sweeter, simpler moments of life. Having this outlet--this little space of words and pictures--has definitely helped keep me sane and positive. But now that it's been two years, I'm ready to talk about it. Not all the time or anything. Just now and again--whenever I need to share a moment or a feeling, when I need to "ponder various things and think out loud." So, here goes. This is what I talk about when I talk about cancer.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Plaid Blanket Scarf

plaid and stripes
I always forget about the scarves hanging in the back of my closet, but this plaid blanket scarf has quickly become a favorite. It's big and soft, and the camel color makes it great for throwing on with a navy blazer and boyfriend jeans or contrasting with stripes. I've never received so many compliments on a scarf as I have whenever I wear this one, so I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a new statement piece!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

May Your Days Be Married and Bright

wedding thank you cards wording
Merry Christmas! What are your plans this year? We still have to give out all our Christmas cards/wedding thank you cards -- the picture with our flower girls and ring bearers is one of my favorites :) Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a warm and relaxing holiday with lots of good cheer.

(cards by Minted)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Easy Christmas Crafts: Mason Jar Snow Globes

diy christmas gifts
Crafts are a fun way to get in the holiday spirit, especially if they're easy to put together. My friends at Going Lovely hosted an afternoon of crafting and showed us how to make these snow globes in just five steps. They'd be a fun activity to do with friends and family this week if you're feeling crafty. (I can't believe Christmas is this Thursday!) Here's how to make them...

Friday, December 19, 2014

I'm Wearing A Cape!

fall fashion trends
cute fall outfits 2014
I got a cape. When I told Alan, I thought he might give me a funny look (like when I got these), but he was the most excited I've ever seen him be about one of my wardrobe decisions. And here's why: Wearing a cape is fun. Even just saying you're wearing one is fun. It's like you're Batman. (Which is, apparently, our shared secret aspiration.) They're also cozy and voluminous and look so good contrasted with a slim bottom silhouette. This one is also cute. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mini Living Room Makeover: New Pillows

room decorating ideas
ikea cushion
We've been using our old throw pillows for what feels like years, even though they're sad and lumpy, and I always stuff them in a closet when people come over. So, as part of our living room face lift, I was excited to get a few new ones. One reason why it took so long to replace them is because I'm picky (like, weirdly picky) about pillow patterns and fabrics. Then I saw these velvet pillow covers at Ikea in the greatest pale pink and pool blue. I worried they'd feel too nursery-like together, but I couldn't decide between them so I just got both and ended up liking how they look. I'd also been eyeing the white velvet pillow from Anthropologie, and it finally went on sale (woohoo!) And, in an officially unofficial study conducted by me this past weekend, results revealed that sitting on a couch with rainbow tassels boosts happiness. :) 

(Also from our mini living room makeover: our new rug and houseplant).

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mini Living Room Makeover

terrarium ideas
unique home ideas
small living room
Recently I took a look around and decided our living room could use a mini makeover. We spend a lot of time hanging out at home, so it should feel as cozy as possible, right? The living room's still a work in progress but so far, we got...

A rug. All I can say is, why didn't we get a rug sooner?! It's the best. I've always hated our carpet, but the rug brightens things up and makes the room look bigger. It just makes the space look like a space. If you're on the fence about getting one, get one! Please. You won't regret it. Ours is this Moroccan rug from Overstock (similar ones here and here).

A house plant. It's nice to have something alive and green indoors, even if it's small and as low maintenance as possible. I couldn't resist this Meg A. Myers terrarium (especially since I got a deal on it at the Renegade Craft Fair -- it has a tiny crack in one of the panes) and added a succulent and cactus. My goal is to keep them alive for at least three months, ha!

More floor space. We got rid of our coffee table, and I love the extra room we have now. After sitting at a desk all day, it feels so good to come home and stretch out at night.

Next up... throw pillows!
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