Things I Love: Pretty Pastels

This past weekend I noticed that the trees were starting to bloom all over the city and I couldn’t have screamed more like a little girl. It’s official! We’re done with the dreary days of winter and moving to summer! When you live in the Midwest you’re never really sure that winter won’t come back and bite you in the ass in the middle of May, so I try not to get too excited until I see the trees turning green.

With that in mind, everything that caught my attention shopping around this week was light and colorful, like newly springing leaves. I’m in a mood to throw out all of my black and grey clothes, but I’ll hold off on that I guess. But there’s nothing better than shopping for sun dresses and open-toed shoes when you can actually start wearing them!

These sassy and sweet Protagonist Heels from Modcloth are so perfect for spring dresses, don’t you think? Damn you Modcloth and your cute shoes.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from UncommonGoods

I don’t think I’ve talked about UncommonGoods on here before, which is odd because I love suggesting it as a destination to anyone who asks me for gift giving advice. The site was actually recommended to me when I was in a bind trying to find a quick Christmas gift for someone I didn’t actually know too well. Needless to say, I found something that was perfect and have been a fan of the site every since. So, when they approached me to do a little review of their Mother’s Day Gift collection, of course I agreed!

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Loving Right Now: Kitschy Vintage Kitchen Decor

I’m still in the process of trying to make my new apartment feel like a home and it’s been so hard to focus on just one room. I want to buy everything, for every room, all at once! Anyone else understand this feeling?

Of course, I can’t do that because as much as I wish I am, I am not a millionaire. So, I’ve been doing it slowly — paycheck by painstaking paycheck and cutting corners where I can. Like the responsible human being that I am. Unfortunately, all this has allowed me to do is continue adding items to an ever growing list of “wants”. That combined with my inability to focus on one room has created an odd list and caused be to buy things on impulse – making for some very odd, half-finished rooms. To combat this insanity, I’ve decided to share it with you! Aren’t you excited? In an effort to focus, I’m just going to share my wants, my loves, my hopes, and my dreams for my new apartment room by room. Maybe that way I won’t wonder why I have an extensive plate collection for the kitchen walls but still no table for the craft room (yes, this is a real problem).

This is not a picture of my kitchen, I just wish it was. But I am stealing this idea of keeping stuff above the cabinets. 

Today, I’m starting with the kitchen! I’ve just got a tiled backsplash put in (courtesy of my very handy father), so now I’m super motivated to get at least the kitchen feeling like it’s finished. I love the idea of painting the inside of the cabinets, or at least putting contact paper up on just the back wall. BUT my kitchen color scheme is currently this kind of mint green and red combo, with a pop of yellow, so I think adding more color to the backs of the cabinets might just be too much.

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Favorite Things: Cozy Winter Necessities

If the constant snow storms and freezing cold are any indication, we’re still in for a long month of winter ahead. Luckily for us, there are plenty of ways to bog down, get cozy, stay warm, and pretend that the outdoors don’t exist. So to help each other out through these rough and windy days and dream of blankets, candles, and warm tea, I’ve put together a collection of all my favorite things that make winter hibernation not so bad.

First off, what everyone needs to start hibernation season is something warm to drink and nothing makes tea better than an adorable tea pot with an even cuter infuser. I’m a loose tea drinker mainly because I like the idea of wasting less packaging, but with all these new and adorable infusers, it’s hard not be a loose tea drinker!

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10 Funny Valentine’s Day Cards for the Romantically Challenged

I don’t really make it a secret that I hate Valentine’s Day. Yes, hate. I’m not single or bitter or whatever else you assume about people who say they hate Valentine’s Day but only really hate it when they don’t have someone to celebrate with. I just greatly dislike the super forced fake sentiment that comes with it. If you love me, great! Tell me all the time and take me out on date on the regular. Don’t save some grand romantic gesture or a day in February when you’re jammed in a restaurant with 40 other couples. Oh geez. I’m going to break out in hives just thinking about it.

That being said, I like cards. I think they’re funny and they’re a nice gesture any time of the year to say, “Hey you, I was thinking about you. Here’s a piece of paper I found to prove it.” Cute, right? I’m sure I’m not the only romantically challenged girl on the Internet, so in a show of solidarity here are a few card options you can still pick up if your way of saying “I love you” involves Netflix and pizza.

10 Funny Valentine’s Day Cards for the Romantically Challenged

First off, for the cat lovers: