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10 Things: March + April

Reminder: for 2019 I’m starting a new series – 10 things. I want to capture things I’m learning in my 30th year whether tiny or bold, big or small. The rules: It can only be one sentence, and there can’t be repeating lessons from month to month. It can be something I’ve learned in prior years, but needed reminding. I’m also including one picture per month that’s symbolic of the month for me.

My plan was to post this monthly, but the past few months have been craaaazy so doing a combo post again. Here are 20 things I’ve been learning:

 

M A R C H

  1. Don’t be lazy – put your outdoor cushions inside for the winter.
  2. Sometimes a 9:15pm dinner is the best dinner.
  3. Porch wine always tastes better than inside wine.
  4. Israeli hummus is the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life.
  5. There is nothing like the first spring day.
  6. I am the worst uuni pizza chef.
  7. Give yourself permission to do nothing for an afternoon.
  8. Lemon coffee is not just a thing, but a very delicious thing.
  9. The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
  10. Don’t listen to other people’s negative opinions.

 

A P R I L 

  1. It always seems impossible until it’s done.
  2. Wind therapy is a real thing.
  3. Add brussels sprouts to your crawfish boil.
  4. Sometimes the right thing to right thing to do is the hard thing to do.
  5. A fresh coat of paint can make the world of a difference.
  6. Not all tiki bar drinks come with umbrellas.
  7. Seeing my name in a byline never gets old.
  8. You can get a sunburn in April.
  9. A cookie can make someone’s day.
  10. Book the massage.

xo xo

10 Things: Jan + Feb


Book Reviews: The Dreamers, The Sisters + The Photographers

The Dreamers – Karen Thompson Walker: As someone who loves all things related to sleeping/dreaming, this book fascinated me. An ordinary town is transformed by a mysterious illness that triggers perpetual sleep. Though a little repetitive in the middle, this unique story kept me quickly reading to solve the mystery.
Grade: A

The Winter Sister – Megan Collins: Another female-led thriller (my fave) with a little less suspense than I’d like, but still enjoyable. Solid B, easy read, didn’t love the characters.
Grade: B

The Age of Light – Whitney Schrarer: I love love loved this book! Set in 1940s Paris, it’s based on the real-life love affair between photographer Man Ray and model turned photographer Lee Miller, whom I knew nothing about, but immediately took me down the Google rabbit hole. The writing was sharp, the characters complex, and it felt like a romance novel + historical fiction. I couldn’t turn away.
Grade: A+

Girl, Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis: This one makes me very sad to report because I’m such a Rachel Hollis fangirl (and still am). However, this book just didn’t do it for me. It felt like it was trying too hard to be the cool older sister to Girl, Wash Your Face. There were still some great nuggets of wisdom, advice and empowerment, but overall not quite the energy I was hoping for.
Grade: B-

 

xo xo
You can read all my book reviews here.


life lately

Life lately has been CRAZY. I’d sum it up perfectly with the manifesto –

W O R K   H A R D . P L A Y   H A R D .

I haven’t blogged in a month (since our trip to Philly), so here’s a little peek into my life as of late.

[traveled for this || great meetings in durham with my burt’s bees team]

[planned this (with some other party people!) || clorox spring fling at the holler]


[ate this || crawfish boil, round 1 + 2]

[loved this || two wonderful easter celebrations with the best family]

[enjoyed this || a night out with the girls to see Waitress at the WAC – which we LOVED!]

[soaking in this || the most beautiful spring weather]

[traveled (again) for this || more great meetings in SF with my SMG team
#foresightwarriors]

Busy month, huh? Philly > Durham > SF … and things don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
But you know what I’ve been thinking lately – let’s be THANKFUL for being busy with all good things, and enjoy the little moments of joy and relaxation with my favorite people while I can. ❤

xo xo


Vacation Picturebook: Philadelphia

W E D N E S D A Y 

[loved our hotel: Kimpton Palomar at Rittenhouse Square!]

[late lunch at Parc – the most adorable Parisian cafe on the square]

[walked around Rittenhouse Square on the most adorable little streets, then wound up in this bookstore that printed classic books right in front of us! We picked up Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – such a cool souvenir]

[one of my favorite things about exploring a new city is the food – I read about this Israeli restaurant Zahav in a magazine and immediately called to get a reservation. 2 months out and all I could get was 9:15pm on Wednesday night, so of course I took it. I didn’t get great pictures, but this was a meal and an evening I’ll never forget! we got seated around 9:30 and didn’t leave until almost midnight. we did the tasting menu and it was such an experience and the food was amazing – especially this hummus! HIGHLY recommend this place if you’re in Philly and can get in!]

T H U R S D A Y 

[all the historical things! independence hall where the declaration of independence was signed, snuck a peek at the liberty bell through a window, benjamin franklin museum, and my favorite: elfreth’s alley]

[dinner at buddakkan – the edamame dumplings were the best!]

[the reason for the trip – BON IVER!!! I can’t say enough how magical this show was. the venue was stunning, our seats were incredible and I’ve loved Bon Iver for years. this was a bucket list show for me, and it exceeded all my expectations]

F R I D A Y

[recovery after late night show: donuts + coffee, and not just any donuts, some of the BEST donuts I’ve ever had – made fresh right there. my favorite was the strawberry lavender, and we may or may not have gone back saturday morning….]

[did a lotttt of walking down museum row, but totally worth it, especially to end up here…]
[is the music playing in your head right now?! we had to run the rocky steps, obviously.
and the art museum was also legit]

[y’all, the eastern state penitentiary was crazy cool and crazy creepy – totally recommend this tour. it was seriously fascinating (and did I mention creepy??)]

[drinks + apps with a familiar face!! loved spending time with AMR and hearing about Philly from a “local” ❤️]

[after a long day of walking + drinking, we stumbled upon a ben + jerry’s – it was the perfect late night snack by the fire to end our friday]

S A T U R D A Y 

[because saturday morning it was rise + grind for a 60 min soul cycle! not quite peloton, but still fun]

[brunch at the cutest place The Dandelion british pub with the cutest husband. also it was 75 degrees (!!!) and we got to sit in the little balcony and people watch]

[ended the trip the best way we know how – found a local brewery, enjoyed the sunshine and talked about our favorite parts of the trip]

xo xo

You might also enjoy: Picturebook: Napa + SF, Picturebook: Girls Weekend in NYC!


10 Things: January + February

For 2019, I’m starting a new series – 10 things. I want to capture things I’m learning in my 30th year whether tiny or bold, big or small. The rules: It can only be one sentence, and there can’t be repeating lessons from month to month. It can be something I’ve learned in prior years, but needed reminding. I’m also including one picture per month that’s symbolic of the month for me.

Since I missed the first month, we’re starting out with Jan + Feb, so here are the 20 things I’ve learned:

J A N U A R Y

  1. 3 birthday cakes are better than 1.
  2. 3 happy birthday songs are better than 1.
  3. The sticks in shuffleboard are called Tangs and the discs are called Biscuits.
  4. I really can exercise every single day, even if only for 10 minutes.
  5. The most expensive wine does not always equal the best tasting wine.
  6. Don’t obsess over the weather – you can’t change it anyway.
  7. New year’s resolutions shouldn’t start until the first Monday of the year.
  8. It’s okay not to finish everything you start.
  9. I’m pretty positive I have seasonal affective disorder.
  10. Sometimes inanimate objects are really hard to say goodbye to.

 

F E B R U A R Y

  1. We have control over our fears, and they’re often not nearly as big as we make them out to be.
  2. I can get tired of drinking wine.
  3. Nobody cares or notices if you’re on third-day hair.
  4. Burmese food is delicious.
  5. Make time for Galentine’s Day just as you would for Valentine’s Day.
  6. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
  7. The best team building is traveling together, especially if it also includes working on a ranch in 40 degrees.
  8. If you want to sound sophisticated about wine, just say it has BALANCE.
  9. Being bold looks different for everyone.
  10. While February is the shortest month of the year, it definitely feels like the longest month of the year.

xo xo


life lately

[eating this || first ever attempt at making sunny side up eggs + chrissy teigen’s cheesy spicy hash
D E L I S H ]

[thankful for this || the best birthday party with the best people]

[loving this || 60 degree days]

[enjoying this || a cozy night in with husband for valentine’s day]

[celebrating this || mom + fred’s 4th anniversary with the family]

[watching this || february friday night film vault: oscars edition. hi, stephen!]

xo xo


Book Reviews: Becoming Busy, Becoming Anonymous, Becoming More

Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty: I’ve read most of Liane Moriarty’s books and typically devour them. This one was thicker than most and took me a little longer to get into, but overall I really enjoyed it. She weaves the unique cast of characters and intriguing plot together well – this one focusing on nine strangers who go to a “health retreat” that ends up being quite a bit different than what they all signed up for.
Grade: B+

An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen: I loved this duo’s first book The Wife Between Us so was excited to see what they could come up with next. Unfortunately for me this one fell kind of flat. It was a similar style of differing perspectives per chapter, of which you didn’t know which character to trust, but it didn’t have quite the same excitement or intrigue.
Grade: B-

This Will Only Hurt a Little – Busy Philipps: Y’all, I liked Busy Philipps before this autobiography, I love her now. That’s a good endorsement, yeah? Her childhood and story are so radically different from mine, and she tells it in such a distinct, funny voice. I laughed, I was shocked, and I learned some behind the scenes TV secrets about Freaks + Geeks, Dawson’s Creek and Cougar Town. By the end of it, she really feels like your crazy best friend.
Grade: A-

Becoming – Michelle Obama: I cannot recommend this book enough!!! I know it’s probably the most hyped book of the year, but it 100% lived up to the hype and more. I was fascinated by Michelle’s entire story, everything from her Chicago upbringing to falling in love with Barack to the intricacies of White House living. She makes you feel like an insider. She gives you hope. And she really makes you long for the Obama presidential era.
Grade: A+

xo xo
You can read all my book reviews here.