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Tomorrow isn’t really the first day of August, is it? This time last year I was talking to my boss and starting to prep for our move. 12 months later I’m wandering around greater Miami and still trying to put together my new life.. Andddd reading a lot of fun links :

 

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Pinteresting Kitchens

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If you follow me on Pinterest you probably already know that I’m currently trying to organize our kitchen. While most of our apartment is roomy and wonderful, our kitchen just wasn’t so lucky. Its small and has minimal cabinet space and even less of a counter top. Dean always talks about some roomy kitchen being on his “must have” list every time we move… this time it’s clear that he had to give a little.

Our previous two apartments had a solid amount of kitchen space. Actually, our last kitchen had SO much space that we felt like we had to get more stuff just to fill it. Now we had to buy 3 storage/utility pieces from Ikea just to empty out our boxes and things are all over the place. Have you ever noticed how much more cluttered a space feels when it’s unorganized? If you haven’t, I’ll have you over for coffee sometimes so you can get a feel for it.

I’ll post our winning solution when we’re all done, but for now here are some of my favorite inspiration photos.

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I love the fact that this example not only hangs items inside the cabinet door, but the extra cork board backing also lets you use the door to attach various memos. I’m picturing cabinets littered with favorite recipes and kitchen tips in the best way possible.

 

kitchen organization inspiration

Even though Dean doesn’t want to admit it, we really need to go to the Container Store. Imagine all of the upper cabinet space you could neatly fill with little shelves like these?

 

kitchen organization inspiration

This picture almost makes me want to pull out some chalkboard paint- almost. If I wasn’t renting I’d probably do it, but from experience I’ll let you know that it’s kind of a pain to cover up. But I digress- what I really love about this kitchen is that they use their wall space. Instead of letting cooking utensils and paper towels take up important counter top space, they decided to spread the kitchen a little wider and look up.

 

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Open shelves are another great way to use your vertical space. I love that almost anything could go on these shelves- plates, bowls, baking supplies, baskets, a microwave- anything to free up your prep-space.

 

kitchen organization inspirationIf you have the space to add a cost effective industrial shelving unit like this one- I highly suggest it. We had one in our old apartment and it was seriously a godsend. Just like the open shelving concept above, this unit lets you keep some of your most used kitchen gadgets within reach, but it still allows them all to be put away when not in use. It’s probably the single kitchen item I miss the most from our last apartment and if we had the room she totally would have made the move with us.

 

kitchen organization inspiration

This easy diy bag organizer makes me feel terrible about throwing away my last coffee can. We use our plastic bags when cleaning up after Allegra, so we do keep and reuse any that we receive. That being said, our collection is a little out of control. Something like this could really help us save space in the pantry.

 

I think I have something planned for pots/pans and a few other things, but I’m still lost on my tupperwear. The lids always seem to be in the way. Tips are welcomed!

Friends, Waffles, Work (or Waffles, Friends, Work)

parks and rec-etsy collections

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Dean and I are working our way through the entire Parks and Rec series for the second time on Netflix. I am also simultaneously searching the show on Etsy trying to find new ways to bring our obsession to life. Have you ever noticed how many TV show themed things there are on Etsy? Prints, pillows, action figures, mugs, necklaces– you name it and it’s probably there. I’ve got my eye on more than a few art pieces, but a lot of these character-based shirts and home goods really make me laugh, too! How’s a girl to choose?

parks and rec-etsy collections

typography poster  |  Galentine’s Day card  |  cross stitch   | Lil Sebastian tee

 

parks and rec-etsy collection

pillow  |  food print  |  Andy quotes

 

parks and rec-etsy collection

treat yo self candles  |  JJ’s diner mug  |  cutting board

Do you get this obsessed with TV shows, too? What show should we watch next?

PS- other binge-worthy shows on Netflix

Summer Reading 3

Summer Reading List

I’ve always wanted to have a library in my home, and while I don’t have the space for it yet, I’ve saved my books for as long as I can remember…. you know, just in case. It just so happens that I have a decent sized book collection and have read only a fraction of them. Since I added reading to my happy list this month I thought I might add in the extra challenge of making my way through my own collection this time. Here are a few books I plan to start with. Have you read any?

 

The Art of Losing by Rebecca Connell
Haunted by childhood loss, 23-year-old Louise takes on her late mother’s name and sets out to find Nicholas, the man she has always held responsible for her death. Now a middle-aged lecturer, husband and father, Nicholas has nevertheless been unable to shake off the events of his past, when he and Louise’s mother, Lydia, had a clandestine, destructive and ultimately tragic affair. As Louise infiltrates his life and the lives of his family, she forms close and intimate relationships with both his son and his wife, but her true identity remains unknown to Nicholas himself. Tensions grow and outward appearances begin to crack, as Louise and Nicholas both discover painful truths about their own lives, each other, and the woman they both loved.

 

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Hailed by critics as the debut of a major literary voice, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing has captivated readers and dominated bestseller lists. Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful, it maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, relationships, and the treacherous waters of the workplace. With an unforgettable comic touch, Bank skillfully teases out universal issues, puts a clever, new spin on the mating dance, and captures in perfect pitch what it’s like to be a young woman coming of age in America today.

 

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

 

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by  Robert M. Pirsig
A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator’s relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.

 

What unread books are sitting on your bookshelf?

PS- Summer Reading 2014
PPS- Summer Reading 2013

 

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All book information from Amazon

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Allegra the dog

 

Sometimes Allegra’s lip gets stuck and it’s always the funniest thing! I’m hoping it happens at least twice more this weekend.