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diy place cards on the sweetest occasion

Remember the colorblock napkin rings I made over on The Sweetest Occasion recently?  Well, I’ve got the matching place card DIY for you today!  Click here to see the full…

Remember the colorblock napkin rings I made over on The Sweetest Occasion recently?  Well, I’ve got the matching place card DIY for you today!  Click here to see the full post, and follow along with this super-simple, super-cool DIY.  Thanks, lovelies!  xoxo

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Do you know Sinatra’s song “That’s Life?”  Some friends and I were talking the other night, and I realized that it’s sort of the perfect description of how life is…

Do you know Sinatra’s song “That’s Life?”  Some friends and I were talking the other night, and I realized that it’s sort of the perfect description of how life is rolling along right now.  There are some pretty extreme highs and lows these days, but you know what?  There always are.  And I kind of love them, because it means I’m really living.   And life’s gonna keep coming, so I think you just have to take Frank’s advice and go along with the ride (…except for the part at the end about rolling up in a ball and dying…  We could do without that bit.).  xoxo

“I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king…”

 

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leap

You guys.  It’s Leap Day!  I don’t know why, but it puts me in a festive mood.  I mean, on a day that comes around only once every four years,…

You guys.  It’s Leap Day!  I don’t know why, but it puts me in a festive mood.  I mean, on a day that comes around only once every four years, don’t you think absolutely anything could happen?  I think I’ll do something out of the ordinary today.  How ’bout you?  xoxo

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sharpie paint pens {diy pencil cup}

Have you guys tried Sharpie’s paint pens yet?  They’re awesome — I tried them out recently on a super-quick DIY. I needed a pencil cup to house all of the…

Have you guys tried Sharpie’s paint pens yet?  They’re awesome — I tried them out recently on a super-quick DIY.

I needed a pencil cup to house all of the tools floating around on my desk, so I grabbed this almost-dead jar candle and went to work.  If you want to do the same, follow along!

First, microwave your candle jar (as long as there’s no metal on it) for about 15 seconds.  Use a butter knife to gently pop the used candle out of the jar.  It should be loose enough, but if not, microwave in 5 second intervals until it comes away from the jar.  Wash the jar thoroughly.

Grab some Sharpie paint pens.  I used the oil-based pens in a variety of tip sizes (they have everything from Ultra Fine to Bold).  Decide on a pattern to paint on your jar and go to it!  I decided to do white on white with a little gold tossed in for good measure.

That’s really all it takes, kids!  They’re simple and fun and I could think of about a million uses for these bad boys.  My new pencil cup is all dolled up and ready to get down to business.  xoxo

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travel // new hampshire & maine

Welcome back for part two of my birthday road trip recap!  If you missed the first part check it out right here.  On day two, we took the scenic route…

Welcome back for part two of my birthday road trip recap!  If you missed the first part check it out right here.  On day two, we took the scenic route through New Hampshire on our way to Kittery, Maine, which is right on the border of the two states.  We stopped at Bob’s Clam Hut (a local fixture since the ’50s, and a stop on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives) for a clam roll and some local flavor.  Then we headed up the coastline just a bit into York, where we stopped to check out the Cape Neddick Lighthouse — probably my favorite part of the whole trip!  Pretty doesn’t even begin to cover it.

We wrapped up our day and our trip by roaming around in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  It was a quick weekend, but so worth it for a little relief from the big city.  Thanks for following along — have you been anywhere recently that’s worth a mention?  I’d love to hear!  xoxo

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travel // brattleboro, vt

Hey Lovelies!  I hope your weekends were fantastic.  I celebrated my 31st this weekend with Mr. Lovely on a quick road trip through New England!  Our first day was filled…

Hey Lovelies!  I hope your weekends were fantastic.  I celebrated my 31st this weekend with Mr. Lovely on a quick road trip through New England!  Our first day was filled with a gorgeous drive out of the city and up into Vermont.  We stayed on the southern end in Brattleboro, and toodled around the little town doing all kinds of fun stuff!  It turns out they have quite a cool downtown area, so we spent some time there (especially at Twice Upon a Time and The Works).  They also have a pretty amazing music shop where I tried out some ukes and banjos, so I was in heaven.

And if that wasn’t enough, we struck the mother lode in the food department;  they were having their annual pie-baking contest (Pie-Palooza), so naturally we stopped by.  But only after dinner at a major-must restaurant:  Three Stones.  Seriously, if you’re anywhere near Brattleboro, hit this place up.  It’s a teeny tiny Mexican-Aztec joint, with about 5 tables and a short menu of only the most delicious stuff.  (You should get the Onzicil Tortilla for sure).  Take a peek at some of what we saw, and come back tomorrow for part two of our trip!  xoxo

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happy birthday to me

Happy Friday, guys!  Tomorrow is my birthday, so Mr. Lovely and I are on a quick weekend trip to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine (to get in one last hurrah…

Happy Friday, guys!  Tomorrow is my birthday, so Mr. Lovely and I are on a quick weekend trip to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine (to get in one last hurrah from the 30 by 31!).  Next week I’ll have lots of photos to share from the trip, along with a wrap-up of the 30 by 31 — I did pretty well this time around, if I do say so myself.  And I know you’re waiting with bated breath to see what’s going to be on the 30 by 32, so that’ll be coming up next week as well.

But for now, I’m celebrating!  I hope you have something wonderful to celebrate this weekend, too.  xoxo