Month: January 2017

36 Hours in Your Home: “Staycation” Essentials

Text conversation with a friend: Her: Hey, would you be interested in seeing La La Land with me tonight? Me: Oh man, yes I would but we are in San Diego… Her: [Crying emojis] Bummer. What days of the month are you typically home? Me: Tuesdays haha Her: So Tuesdays you guys are home and you go to your jobs on those days? Otherwise you’re in Texas, Chicago, SD, or Bangladesh? Ok, so maybe my husband and I go places a lot (Bangladesh is a stretch)…  It’s true.  With our families living in different states and our love of seeing new places, we travel all the time.  In fact, we were supposed to be going to Florida over our long weekend, but plans changed.  I have to say, though, that staying home has its advantages.  No delayed flights, mediocre airport food, time changes, or jet lag. Staying home can also be the perfect time to focus on yourself and get in a few things you enjoy before starting the work week again.  I love taking weekends …

Packing Light for the Chronic Over-Packer

  AHHHH!!!  I’m going to Europe again!  In case you weren’t fully able to interpret the capital letters at the start of this post, I am extremely excited.  I can’t wait to experience new places with my favorite person. My husband and I plan to visit a few different cities in Spain and then spend a couple days in Paris.  Our trip is scheduled for February, and we plan to take only one backpack a piece.  Packing is definitely going to be a challenge as we will need to make differing winter climates and limited space work together. Let me take you back a few years before traveling (by plane) was really a thing that I did on the regular.  Let me take you back to a time before my husband.  I was a chronic over-packer.  When my family would go on road trips, I would pack multiple suitcases for a week long trip.  And these suitcases were not small.  I had this idea that essentially everything I owned needed to come with me on …

Longing for Warmer Weather: Free Desktop Background

They lied.  Those people who told me it never rains in California lied.  This week in Sacramento has been one dreary stretch of days.  Yes, yes… I know it is needed, and that I shouldn’t complain about the life giving waters, but when you’re solar powered like me, consecutive days with no sun really gets you down. Thankfully today seems to have brought back my beloved yellow friend, and I want to celebrate by offering up the pattern I made to cheer me up during the last couple dark days.  Hope you enjoy! Download Warmer Weather desktop background here.

Becoming Jane: Why You Should Add Portraits of People You Don’t Know to Your Home

I want to be Jane Austen.  Ok, not really because she actually had a challenging life.  However, I wouldn’t mind living in one of her books.  Anyone else out there feel the same way?  So since I can’t physically insert myself into her writings, I will settle for creating spaces that remind me of that time. If you’ve ever been in my home, you will know that I like old things.  Any time period, really.  I liked how a friend of mine described my style to someone.  She said, “It’s like you smushed Anthropologie and an antique store together.”  Pretty accurate.  In my quest to put a little more of the 1800s in my life, I have now decided I need to scour antique stores and estate sales for portraits of people I don’t know to display on my walls.  And maybe some fruit.  Because, look how cool… And I’m off to see what I can find with some parting advice from Jane herself: “Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh …

New Year, New Challenges

January 1st rolls around and everyone does a collective promise to overhaul their lives.  We take the opportunity of a new year to start over with a clean slate we vow not to scribble on.  About March, we scribble.  Come December, a year’s worth of broken resolutions can lead to a fair amount of self-loathing.  This year I’ve decided simply to challenge myself.  No promises I’ll hate myself for breaking.  Just goals.  Many of them are goals that will take more than one year to complete, which is ok.  The point is to live well for my whole life, not just 2017.   So, here’s to a new year with new challenges!  I can’t wait to see what I accomplish! Stop falling for diet plans and simply start living a healthy, honest life.  My challenge is to change my way of thinking and my relationship with food.  I want to encourage myself to take time to appreciate what food does for my body and become more in tune with how my body feels.  I want …