Dear May

01 May 2015

Dear May,

Will it every warm up?

I love cool weather, believe me I do! But seeing everyone's tropical vacation pictures has me on the edge of my seat hoping for a ray of sunshine and a day over 60. Thankfully, the temps are going to be in the 70's next week so we should be seeing a warm day in our future! Let's start this beautiful day off with a few of my favorite links and cat pictures of the week!

Tell me more about your day, Macy Cat.

+ I love this modern day board and batten project, would love to do if I had a house!

+ I've been wearing these critter flops for as long as I can remember (pineapples anyone?), so imagine my excitement when I saw that J. Crew  is offering 40-50% off wear-now styles and an additional 30% off of clearance items with the code EXTRA30. I also have my eyes on this summery shift dress, this cute camisole and I already hooked myself up with a pair of these comfy shorts.

+ How perfect is this bookshelf styling!? Not to mention she used the same magazine holders that I mentioned in Wednesdays post. 

+ I'm feeling inspired to organize under the kitchen sink, but only if it looks this fabulous!

+ What I would do to work up enough courage and do what this girl did!

Happy May, friends!!

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15 under 15: Amazon Office Finds

29 April 2015

Amazon has become my one stop shop for almost everything these days. I've been spending hours browsing through everything on that site and found myself putting together a list of accessories that I would love to add to my office space. All of these items are under $15 and fit well into the bright, and light theme that I love. 



one.

These hanging folders are everything you need and more for your bright and airy office space. 
$12.57 for 25!


two.


Fill your hanging folder with these fun and colorful file folders
30 for $7.38



three.

Store all of your magazines in these chic magazine holders.
$14.16



four.

Add this acrylic tape dispenser to your office desk space.
$8.84



five.
Come get your wash tape! Put washi tape in you tape dispenser to make labeling everything easier!
$11.01



six.


Match your tape dispenser with this snazzy acrylic stapler.
$14.99



seven.
Store your extra wires and cords in these CD boxes
$10.99



eight.

Use this mint julep cup to hold some fresh flowers!
$14.95



nine.



Get organized with this contempo planner

$12.99



ten.

So simple, so clean, the acrylic clip board.
$6.53



eleven.

Add this silver tray to your desk space to corral clutter.
$5.06



twelve.

If you work from home or are in the real estate field, you may just need this casa tissue box cover.
$6.00



thirteen.




Add decorative picture frames to your office space.
$13.50



fourteen.



Use this 2 gallon heritage jar to house pens and pencils!
$13.00



fifteen.

I saved the best for last. I bought a baby fiddle leaf fig though Amazon back in September and I love the color and vibrancy that it brings to the room. It's still alive and kicking even though I am not the best fig tree mom. Read about that purchase here
$8.99


How do you like to decorate your space?

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Weekend

20 April 2015

Happy Marathon Monday! I want to send out a huge congratulations to all of the athletes who trained so hard for this amazing race! It's definitely one of my favorite times of the year having everyone from everywhere hanging out in the city with their brightly colored marathon jackets. I have running a marathon on my 30 x 30 list, and hope to one day have the opportunity to participate in THIS historic race!

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In other news, I bought a new duvet and euro shams and have fallen head over heels in love with them. Making the bed is one thing that I cannot leave the house without doing. I would much rather be 10 minutes late to wherever I'm going, than come home to an unmade bed. I had been crushing on this set from West Elm for a few weeks and was finally able to justify pulling the trigger when they were offering 20% off and free shipping. Every time I walk in our bedroom my heart jumps for joy, so cute!


My dad scored some last minute tickets to the Sox game on Friday night, so we headed over to Fenway park, sucked down some beers and nachos and were fortunate enough to land a beautiful win! Nights like these make me so thankful to be living in this incredible city.


We traveled out to Stone Zoo on Sunday with my brother to take in the gorgeous weather. It quickly became freezing, so we headed to our favorite pastime, Friendly's, to relive our childhoods with kids meals and ice cream. A quick Uber ride to Chelsea scored us some groceries at Market Basket, and we wrapped the night up watching Horrible Bosses 2 on Amazon Prime. Am I the only person in the world who has been living under an Amazon Prime rock? I knew that you could get free shipping on some items, but free instant access to movies and music, what??




My brothers new phone has a setting on the camera called "beauty face" where you can adjust it to remove your blemishes... so here are L and I's blemish free faces! I'll just leave you with that.


Have a fantastic Monday and a wonderful week!

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Happy Easter

06 April 2015

Happy Easter!

Here's to hoping everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday filled with lots of love, joy, family and sweets!


L and I finally took advantage of living down the street from Old North Church and attended their Easter service. Being in America's Church truly is such a neat experience and I love that they still hold two services every Sunday. They had chandeliers filled with candles that were all lit, and the music was very traditional with a choir, organist and a brass band for the holiday! What an amazing service, we will definitely be back.


L and I put together Easter "bowls" this year mainly because we couldn't justify baskets that would get in the way the other 364 days of the year. Storage space is limited, so we opted to use our beautiful white serving dishes instead. I had so much fun putting together L's bowl! Being the huge cereal eater that he is, I picked up an adorable cereal bowl and I also threw in a bunch of candy, clothes, a candle, etc. L hooked me up with a ton of kit kats, an amazon gift card, and he filled an entire carton with cadbury eggs!! I was one happy chick. 



When it came to hiding each others bowls... we are both apparently wrong in the head. Inspired by my sister, I wrapped his up in a bag and hid it in the clean litter box. When it came to me finding mine, I looked every where and finally after 15 minutes, and a game of hot and cold found mine buried at the bottom of our trash can, covered in coffee grounds, last nights dinner, banana peels, and who knows what else!


We have a video of each other finding each others Easter bowls, but it's in the vertical format and super long. #rookie

We ended the night with pizza while watching the Wolf of Wall Street, so of course I whipped up a batch of the best sugar cookies on the planet, and made them super bright and fun!


...and what's a post without a super ferocious picture of my pet lion.  


 Happy Monday, friends! 

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St. Patty's Day and Other Happenings

31 March 2015


This really should have gone up two weeks ago, however I refuse to go into April without a St. Patricks Day recap, and I thought it was due time to get some pictures up here to keep you in the loop! We did nothing mind blowing this year. Nope, nada, zilch. In fact, we kept it so simple that Landon didn't even wear green! Can you believe it? You can bet your bottom dollar I pinched him crazy and harassed the poor guy all day! 


I did make these delicious cinnamon chips out of tortillas, and they were indeed quite the hit! I wanted to make sugar cookies so bad so I could use my shamrock cookie cutter, but since I am in the middle of the 21 Day Fix I opted for a much healthier way to play with my cookie cutter. 

These are so easy, you can make them in your sleep! Cut out your favorite shape using a cookie cutter, scissors or a knife, lay them on a cookie sheet, spray them down with PAM (or if you're fancy, lightly brush them with melted butter), and toss your cinnamon sugar all about. Bake at 400 for about 7 minutes or until the edges start to turn light brown. Serve with fruit, chocolate syrup, caramel... anything really!


In other news, eating clean has been going very, very well. It's amazing what a huge difference it makes, and how much more energy you have! Here's a little snapshot into my weekly meal planning. I'm obsessed with these containers. They are 8 ounces, which is perfect for the nutrition plan that I'm following. Basically, I measure out my portions way at the beginning of the week, and all throughout the week all I have to do is grab what I want and it's all set to go! 



I've also found my new favorite snack. These no bake protein balls. When I start to get the munchies at night, need some protein in the morning, or want something sweet after dinner these little guys are the perfect remedy. One or two of these will fill me right up!


The hard drive on my macbook took a turn for the worse the other day. Out of nowhere my fairly new Macbook froze so I turned it off in an attempt to restart it and was disappointed to find a grey screen with a file folder and a blinking question mark in the middle. No matter what I did, I couldn't figure out what was wrong. I even took the backpack off, unscrewed things and took the hard drive out myself. It was definitely a gone-er. Everything was gone. EVERYTHING. Every last document, picture, bookmark.... so moral of the story, save all of your documents in google drive, save all of your bookmarks with google chrome, and back everything up on an external hard drive. I was reduced to tears.


Luckily, my brother does IT, so I shipped it out to him, where he was able to install a whole new hard drive and ribbon, as well as update everything and recover all of my information for a fraction of the price I'm sure Apple would have tried to swindle me for. What happened, and what was the problem? It was a manufacturing issue that apparently happens all the time to people unexpectedly... so if this isn't making you rethink where all of your docs are saved, I don't know what will!? Coming from someone who is plugged in way too much that I should be, I was lost for a week without my documents, and was on the struggle bus trying to make ends meet in terms of work and other assignments. 

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