Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Few Necklaces from Forever 21

On Monday,  Forever 21 offered free shipping, so I decided to buy the necklace that I have had my eye on.  It drives the husband crazy, but I love some of their accessories.

I decided to buy a necklace for a coworker's birthday who has admired my elephant necklace in the past. 
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I didn't buy this set of necklaces, but I think they are very nice.  I'd be interested to see how they look in real life. It's a set, so each necklace actually costs less than a dollar!
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I also thought this paper airplane necklace is so whimsical.
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In the meantime, I'm looking forward for my little trinket to arrive in the mail!



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day Weekend Recap!

While I didn't have yesterday off, I'm afraid I ran out of time to do a weekend recap yesterday, so I thought I'd do one today.  To celebrate Valentine's Day, the husband and I decided to go to Founding Farmers for brunch.  It did not disappoint!  I ordered the stuffed French toast, and it was delicious!
The husband picked the eggs Benedict, and he was pleased with his choice. 
That afternoon my parents came up to visit! I know it is an odd day, but it was just how things worked out, and it was so great to see them.  My mom brought cupcakes and they were so delicious!  We had a a really great visit.
On Sunday, I had to work on readings and start a paper for my grad class, and I tried to catch up on weekend chores.  The husband's Valentine's Day gift to me was actually going to the grocery store for our weekly trip (and to make sure that we had food when my parents arrived).  It may seem like a small thing, but it really was so helpful.  How was your weekend?  We have a snow day today (hurray!), and I'm hoping to finish everything for my grad class, cook, and also get things a bit more organized around the house.  Such an exciting life I lead!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you all have a lovely day, however you choose to celebrate (or not celebrate) the holiday.  The husband and I will be going to brunch and then my parents are coming up to visit.  I haven't seen them since Christmas, so it will be great to see them.  Have a wonderful weekend and wishing you lots of sweet surprises! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Little Valentine's Day Package!

This year I decided to send a little Valentine's Day package to my sister, sister-in-law and two good friends who don't live nearby. I found these little pouches from Forever 21 and I also picked up some jewelry that I thought was fun.  It wouldn't be a complete without a sweet treat, so I added some Kind bars or a candy bar.
Overall, I thought they turned out pretty cute!  Here they were all ready to be mailed out.
Do you do little things for Valentine's Day?  I find that the winter months get me down a bit, so it makes me happy to celebrate the holiday. I find that a little pink adds a lot of cheer!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Five for Friday!

I've been quiet all this week, but here is a Five for Friday!
 1. Last weekend my sister flew in from Florida and we spent the entire weekend talking, eating delicious food from Trader Joe's and shopping!  We both had some Gapcash and Old Navy cash to use, and even though it took us awhile, we spent it.  I feel like I got some great deals- a black blazer for $6, a sweater for my MIL for $3 and some nice scarves.  We didn't take any pictures this weekend because it was the type of time where we can just be together and relax.

2. My sister also got two adorable dresses. Both striped, but one from the Gap and the other from Old Navy.
Here's the one from the Gap; I love the pockets.
3. My sister gave me What Alice Forgot, and after she left on Sunday I read the whole thing.  Even though it is a light read, it gave me something to think about.

4.  This week, I also read A Lucky Child, which is a memoir about a child surviving the Holocaust.  While it is traumatic, the resliency of the human spirit is inspiring.

5. The husband is coming back tomorrow from his business trip.  The time has gone pretty quickly and I have felt so loved with all the phone calls, emails and texts.  My brother and SIL even sent me flowers last week, which was such a surprise!
I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Five for Friday: Valentine's Day Edition!

I know a lot of people dislike Valentine's day, but I really love it.  These are some things that have caught my eye lately.

While I know that most everyone's kitchen shelves can't take anymore items, I have to admit that these bowls and cups are cute.
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 Of course, I'm also a huge fan of the matching vase.
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I think this little jewelry dish is also sweet.
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I like Forever 21's jewlery for cheap thrills, and I have to say that this little necklace reminds me of Kate Spade for less than five dollars.
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I haven't bought any of the other things, but I couldn't resist buying this adorable onesie for my friend's baby's first Valentine's day. 
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Wishing you a lovely weekend.  I'm especially looking forward to it, as my sister is flying in!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Small Changes to Brighten and Organize our Home!

Like seemingly everyone else, I find myself really wanting to spruce up the apartment in January.  A few weekends ago, the husband and I did some purging of things that we don't need anymore, but I find that the apartment is still feeling a bit stifling.  While the husband is away for these next two weeks, I'm hoping to take the time to organize and see if I can pare down my things a bit more.

One area that I'm really struggling with is our bedroom closet.  We're lucky because it's relatively big, but it has to store a lot of things (luggage, toiletries, extra blankets, our hamper, and our actual clothes and shoes).  While everything fits, it doesn't have a door, so now my focus is on trying to make it look nice.

A little thing that I think might  help is a tie organizer.  Currently, the husband's ties are just hanging on a hanger and we hope for the best.  I think this would definitely be a big improvement.
My jewelry is pretty organized, but I decided to add this tray to the mix. 
One little thing I've done this month is re-arrange my nightstand (and also recycle all the old magazines I had squirreled away).  My FIL gave me this cute vase for Christmas, and I love how it adds a little bit of color.
Another pick-me-up is always fresh flowers.  I replaced our dead orchid with a new one, and it's amazing how it changes the feel of our bedroom. 
So those are just a few small changes that make me feel better about our home.  What do you like to do to freshen up your space?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Recap

A part of me was hoping for a snow delay this morning, but it seems that the D.C. area is going to miss it. This weekend was low-key, as the husband had to leave early on Sunday morning for a business trip.  Saturday was spent packing and running errands, with a date night at our favorite Thai restaurant.  When the husband woke up to leave on Sunday, I saw this pretty sunrise.
Later on Sunday, I went to visit one of my friend's for her birthday.  We went out to lunch and then hung out in the afternoon with her adorable baby. I spent the rest of Sunday evening tidying up the apartment, getting ready for the week, running errands, and watching Scandal.  Certainly not the most thrilling weekend, but sometimes the small moments are the most meaningful.  How was your weekend?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Birthday Gift for a Friend!

One of my friend's has a birthday coming up this month, so I took a little time to get her gift ready this weekend.  She had a baby about six months ago and went back to work before Thanksgiving, so I wanted to get something that would be somewhat relaxing and just for her.  I decided to put together a "spa" basket, with a giftcard to put towards a massage. I included a loofah, pumice stone, Philosophy body wash, face mask, and a Williams-Sonoma French Lavender candle.  I thought it came together pretty well!
 She also loves dogs, so I got her a cute little trinket dish with a dachshund and some notecards.  Here they are all wrapped up!
I know I'm always the crazy basket lady with themed gifts, but it does make putting everything together so much easier! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Target Finds: Some Paper Goods!

On Friday night, I stopped by Target to pick up a few things, and of course couldn't resist wondering around.  I had to get a notebook for my grad class, and I am super excited about this one. I also thought this wine bag was too cute not to get.
I'm hoping to send some Valentine's Day cards, so I bought two packs of these. I think it's always fun to get something in the mail.
Do you send out Valentine's Day cards? There are some cute ones out there!