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Mules don’t seem like my normal style, but I totally want them to be part of my daily wardrobe. They’re simple, sleek and on trend but they still have such a classic shape. I just can’t help myself! But is it dumb to admit that I’m nervous to try them on and walk around? I mean, do they stay on your feet easily? You should know that I’m fairly clumsy, so it’s always a 50/50 shot with these things but I’m dying to make a purchase this weekend anyway. Have you bought a pair yet? Tell me everything!

Earth Day 2015

hand painted globe

 

Today marks the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Yesterday marked the day that Prince Era’s video “Dear Future Generations: Sorry” made over 17 million viewers think about the way we treat everything and everyone around us. I’m going to assume that most of us aren’t going to do anything on that kind of scale, but there are tons of other things we can do for Earth Day like…

-Plant a tree

-Pick up litter

-Build a bird feeder for your yard

-Plant a vegetable garden

-Pledge to reduce your waste

-Switch to earth-friendly cleaning products

-Start composting

-Turn off all electronics for a few hours

-Ride your bike to work

-Read up on the current state of our environment and share your findings!

 

What are your plans for the day?

 

PS- Buy the hand painted globe above from on Etsy.

Building a Gift Closet

keep an eye out for good sales and keep extra gifts on hand for emergencies

Confession: I spend way too much money on gifts. Finding great gifts and making people feel good is one of my favorite things to do, but it’s just not always financially practical. So I started a gift closet! Okay, it’s not a full closet, but it is a space where I put all the cute stuff that I randomly find and buy when I’m  not supposed to be shopping for myself. It makes me feel better about my casual shopping habits and it’s made me a more productive human being– so it’s totally a win-win!

Basically when I’m rummaging through Marshalls/Homegoods/Target/Anywhere-I’m-Not-Supposed-To-Be, I use this as a great excuse to buy all of the cute things that I just can’t walk away from. I typically keep my purchases pretty general, but every so often I see things that I just have to buy for someone specific.  Sometimes you just need to give a little gift, you know? Bewteen holidays, birthdays, dinner parties, new homes, engagements, and “miss you’s” a good gift never goes to waste. Dean thinks it’s silly, but he never complains when we get invited somewhere and I have a gift ready in under 2 seconds.

Since I feel like I’m always looking for ideas like this, maybe  you are too. Here are a few of my favorite little gifts to have on hand:

  • Stationary
  • Frames
  • Tea Towels
  • Cards
  • Jewelry
  • Soaps/Lotions
  • Books
  • Candles
  • Ring Holders/Jewelry Bowls

 

The possibilities are endless! Does anyone else do this or am I the only one looking for extra ways to spend my money?

 

PS- Give a homemade body scrub!

PPS-The perfect gift basket for your friend who just bought a home.

 

 

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Link Roundup

links of the week

Twice in one week? I know, I know. But aren’t you excited?!

I figured it can’t hurt to keep posting as some blog changes are made and Friday links have always been my favorite posts to put together. So here I am! Funny story, the link posts kind of feel like a cop out and I always feel a little guilty putting this up. I like sharing things I’ve seen or recently read, but I know I’m not reinventing the wheel. I’m aware of the fact that you may have already read the same things as me. But then some brave soul (aka my new favorite reader) said that they are his/her favorite reads. You, my friend, have my heart and  my links forever. (PS- If you haven’t taken the survey, I swear it only takes you a minute!)

 

 

 

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Let’s Be Honest (and a quick survey)

survey

So it’s been a little while, huh? I didn’t mean to just drop out of the blogging world for a month, but sometimes life makes choices for you. Last week Nicole wrote a post about balance and blogging that made me stop and think about WLB, what the blog means and how we got here.

Blogging is a funny thing. Sometimes it’s rewarding, sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it’s neither, but it’s always time consuming. Back in PA I dedicated time specifically to blog because it helped me feel whole. It gave me something to focus on and a positive place to put some excess energy. Since our recent move I have found so many more outlets. Dean and I have given up cable and we’ve been living 2 months internet free. I play with Allegra, read and enjoy company as often as possible. We’ve carved out more time for travels and explorations and all of this has left me less time to blog.

The truth is that I miss typing out ideas, I miss taking photos and I miss you, but I don’t necessarily miss this space. I’m not sure what this means yet. Since we’re being honest, I don’t feel committed to revamping WLB but I also don’t feel interested in starting over. So that leaves me somewhere in the middle and that’s where you come in.

Before I commit myself to anything, I’d like to find out more about YOU! I have a 2-minute, 10 question survey here that I’d love for you to check out. I’d really appreciate it.

 

 

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