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Friday Link Love

Happy Friday and Happy National Donut Day! We went a little nontraditional with a pancake instead of donut breakfast at the office this morning, but that being said, it was an excellent was to close out the end of May madness and embrace the more leisurely pace (hopefully) of the summer. I am looking forward to what promises to be a fairly laid back weekend. A few errands here, french pastries and a farmer’s market visit there. Hopefully plenty of time for the husband to lounge about in his pj’s playing video games. All of this should make for happier kitties, our hours have been a little off this week so they are feeling woefully neglected. We’re talking dramatic flops, forlorn faces, and deep pointed sighs. I swear I’m not making this up. Hopefully, a little extra face time will set things right, and they’ll be back to the loud adorable tyrants that we know and love.

This adorable arrangement is absolutely perfect for National Donut Day.

And speaking of DIYs, the papers blossom are sure to last all summer long.

Someday, when Andy and I have more time and money to devote to our home renovations, I’d love to find a way to integrate one or two of these sliding barn doors.

Growing up in the south, I have eaten more than my share of cornbread over the year. This “northern” recipe seems intriguing, and I am thinking about giving it a try the next time the need for cornbread strikes.

Summer is not really the time of year I am likely to receive or invest in fine jewelry, but an ad for this ring showed up in my inbox and I just can’t stop looking at it.

I took an indigo dying class a few months back, and after reading this post, I am thinking it’s time to sign up for a refresher course.

So I guess Starbucks has another IG ready drink?

Also, I need a little help from you guys. I am going to a wedding later this summer, and if I could find a plus size version of this dress (16-18), I think it would be perfect. Any suggestions on where to look?

 

 

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Friday Link Love

First of all, how gorgeous is that tea glass? Most glamorous way to drink a hot beverage ever! I am hoping to enjoy some lazy tea sipping on this wonderfully long weekend. Among other things, mind you, but I am really hoping that since we have no travel plans and a whole extra day I can convince myself to really relax and invest a serious chunk of time into doing nothing. I still haven’t been able to shake off the deadline fatigue and it’s been a whole month! (Evidently, I am really feeling the exclamation points today.) I really need to work on this sleep thing, guys. I am 31, and I still can’t manage to keep a “reasonable” bed time. In part, it is because there is that little voice in the back of my mind saying “but if you go to sleep, you’ll have to wake up and go to work,” which is accurate, but much easier to accomplish with a extra hour or two of rest, but I digress. Here are some links to help you kick off your weekend 🙂

I make it to the beach maybe once a year, but I am really trying to find a way to justify the purchase of this mermaid appropriate pool float.

Also, mer-corgi!!!!

Changing my hair color is something I do regularly, but this lady has turned hair dying into an art form.

This DIY daisy choker is super cute, and I am sort of considering make some for certain gift giving occasions later this year.

The last couple of years have seen me having fewer late nights and a lot more brunches; it’s interesting to see that I’m not the only one who feels this way.

As you all know, I like to bake. Sometimes it’s funky, and sometimes I try a more sophisticated recipe. This Coffee Creme Fraiche Cheesecake makes me want to plan a fancy dinner party then eat cake with my pinky up.

One of the items on my checklist to a better self is establishing a routine that allows for maximum productivity; after reading this, I realize that I also need to make sure that this new me has plenty of self care time as well to keep things balanced.

This glitter ice cube tutorial lead to a bit of an argument, albeit a stupid one, between one of my friends and myself. I think it’s awesome; she thinks it gross. What do you guys think?

I’ve always been a fan of lots of color in home decor, but this feature on black has me thinking that maybe I’ve been wrong all these years.

 

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Friday Link Love

And just like that, May is half over. It’s been a busy month so I know why it feels like it’s flown by, but I am hoping that things slow down and stretch out a bit this summer. I could definitely use a couple of months that can be taken at a more leisurely pace. Especially now that the thermostat is almost always over ninety. It’s the perfect time of year for pasty people, like yours truly, to sleep in and enjoy nice quiet days at home in the lovely air conditioning. I have a couple of minor renovation projects I’d like to get done, so now it’s just deciding if I want to go ahead and get them out of the way or relax now and reno later. All that being said though, I am sort of thinking about continuing the Saturday morning tradition I started when my mom was here. Which is wake up early so Andy can sleep in, take care of the diabetic cat, hit the farmers’ market as soon as it opens, and then reward myself with tea and a pastry at the French patisserie near by.

This DIY Unicorn Shimmer Body Scrub is the perfect way to get your limbs summer ready.

These pressed flower glasses are perfect for sipping colorful beverages all season long.

Lets face it; most people are not as confident as they’d like to be. While it can be a long road, here are some ways to give yourself a quick boost in only 10 minutes.

In need of a sturdy beach bag? This DIY Ikea Rug Bag is durable and very easy to make.

The older you get the harder it can be to make new friends; here are some tips for building lasting friendships with the people you spend the most time with, your coworkers.

These tips aren’t just for aspiring florists, how to actualize your dreams.

Wanting this Jane Austin quote art for my gallery wall.

These Cinnamon Sugar Donuts seem like the perfect weekend indulgence.


Friday Link Love

It’s Mother’s Day weekend! It a little bitter sweet for me, since it means my mom is heading home in a few short days. So we are going to try fill this weekend with as much last minute fun and shenanigans as possible. Our actual Mother’s Day plans are a bit tame, since the Universal trip was her gift, but we are going out to dinner. However, I know most of you probably didn’t do a vaca gift so I wanted to give you as much inspiration as possible to do something fun for the Mother in your life, biological or otherwise. We owe so much to the women who shaped us and helped us grow. And to all of you mom’s out there, you guys are amazing and I have so much respect for you and the incredible job that you do every single day.

This brunch is inspired by one of the first songs I ever sang with my mom, You Are My Sunshine.

Speaking of sunshine, this Mother’s Day Picnic is the perfect way to enjoy the weather before the heat of summer sets in.

Or you can theme your brunch around a single star element like “waffles“, and who doesn’t love waffles?

If waffles don’t sound quite right, here are some other indulgent recipes mom is sure to love.

Fancy ice cubes would be a fun way to take your beverages to the next level.

Bouquets are always lovely, but building mom a floral wall? Now, that is something unique and special.

Or you could do a lovely swag if an entire wall feel a little much.

Running a little short on time and inspiration gift-wise? Worry not, here are some modern clean DIY’s to save the day.


Friday Link Love

Annnnnnnnd, it’s Friday again! One of those weeks that didn’t fly by, but contained enough metaphorical bobbing and weaving that you felt like you were super busy kicking ass and taking names and then *poof* Friday. Leaving you all “Uh, hey, wait, what?” Hmmmm, I think some of those late nights might be affecting my capacity to process. Anyway, I feel like I am still in the thick of things, heading into the weekend with an impressive to do list and almost the correct amount of get-up-and-go to accomplish it all. What I lack, my mom makes up for by keeping me on task and reminding me that while binge watching another season of Project Runway sounds like a great idea, she’ll be leaving in a week and then I’ll be doing all of these projects by myself. Here are some links to help you kick off your weekend.

Mother’s Day is only a little over a week away! If you’re still at a loss for what to give your mom, check out this DIY round up for some fun and easy ways to make something a little more personal.

If you want to make her day super extra special, host a brunch and whip up the gorgeous centerpiece.

Three words for you: Crispy Asparagus Fries.

I have some mixed feelings about this IKEA sneak peak; a lot of it isn’t what I’d consider “me”, but that being said, I want those sketchbooks and bumblebee sheets like whoa.

While I was fortunate to know most of these before I even took Home Ec, I know plenty of adults who still don’t. Do yourself a favor and give this a quick read.

Starting your own business is hard enough, building your own portable shop? That is a truly impressive feat.

I’ll admit I rocked all of these the first time around, but this time most of it is a hard “PASS” for me.

Most days I am rocking my necklace from Catbird, but recently this Oak Leaf Trio from Rust has caught my eye.

 

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