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When I was in Miami, I found myself sitting in a conference room with 100+ people who work in higher education doing social media, brain fried from learning and lack of sleep, and reading some random blogs on my iPad. And I stumbled on an interview with Jeni Britton Bauer in Food & Wine Mag, which I included in my last Sunday Thoughts post. And sometimes you're just in the most random of places, doing something you do everyday, in the right mood, and something hits you. And a quote from that interview hit me square in the face as I sat in that Conrad Hotel conference room.

"Your life is yours, and it's going to suck sometimes and be great sometimes. It's going to hurt so bad that you want to turn around and crawl into a hole. It's going to be so high and wonderful that you will wonder how to keep it there (and you'll fail at that). You'll make mistakes, but you won't ever give up—not because someone gave you that advice, but because it's way more fun that way. And you're good at it."

I've been spending a good amount of time by myself thinking about the changes that I've made in my life in the past year. Has it been amazingly high? Absolutely. Has it also had low points? Of course, every life does. But sometimes you just need a smack-in-the-face reminder that you need to feel a little low sometimes to fully be able to appreciate how good the highs are. You need to feel a little low to grow stronger and push through it. You need to feel a little lonely to know how good people can be. And you need to make mistakes so you can learn and move on. 

And sometimes you need the smack-in-the-face reminder that a perfect life couldn't be as fun as the one you have.

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DIY: Air Plant Hangers

Like many things in my apartment, my bathroom is a little quirky. My apartment is a large Victorian-era home that was split up into 4 separate apartments and I'm thinking that my living room and bedroom used to be two bedrooms with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom in between. If I lived with another person, it might be annoying to walk through the bathroom to get to my bedroom, but I'm a single person and I don't care. That being said, the bathroom has a large window that was looking pretty empty. I think want curtains because it's a tight space and a really large window with a large windowsill. So I decided some hanging air plants would do just the trick. 

I purchased my glass hangers at a local store that was going out of business because they were a good price, but you can definitely get some at most nurseries or off of Amazon. The neon yarn I had lying around and hung with some cup hooks that I drilled into the ceiling. Done. 

It definitely adds a little something to the space. They've been hanging there for a few weeks now and I'm loving the way the final project looks.

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Sunday Thoughts

Somedays you show up to hang out with a friend wearing a tiny dress and clogs and she tells you you'll be renting a Bike Share and riding across the city. Surprisingly there was only one small incident but no actually crashes. Because weekends are fun and the best are unpredictably fun.

Here are some bits from around the interweb:

Also, wishing my mom the happiest of Mother's Days.

Mini Ginger Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

I've always liked ice cream well enough, but something has changed. I now love ice cream. I crave ice cream. When we were in Tennessee, one day I ate two ice cream cones 3 hours from each other. I've become well known among friends to eat froyo for dinner. So when I looked in my kitchen the other day and realized I had some leftover vanilla ice cream and mini ginger snaps from a failed recipe projects, plus I always have lemon curd in the fridge, I needed to make ice cream sandwiches. And then I needed to eat every one of these. So be warned.

Mini Ginger Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yields as many sandwiches as you can make

  • Pint of vanilla ice cream
  • Jar of lemon curd (or make your own)
  • Mini ginger snap cookies (Mine are from Trader Joe's)

Start with a cookie and spread with about a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon curd. Add a teaspoon of vanilla ice cream and finish with another cookie. Place in the freezer for at least a half hour before serving (or eating).

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Spring Wishlist

Not buying things is a real challenge for me. I see things I want, I think about them, the idea of them shakes around in my brain for a few days, and then I usually pull the trigger. But as I pull my clothes for the warmer months out from under my bed, I've realized I do have a lot of "new" things and I'm making a real attempt at not buying anything new for a little while. Spring is a fun time though. Jackets somedays, bare legs other days. I'm dreaming of a new bathing suit. And I've been itching for a new clutch bag... Trying to stay strong and just admire these things from a far. 

1. TOPSHOP Nelly Strappy Sandals, 2. Floral Clutch, 3. TOPSHOP Frayed Hem Tank, 4. Jawbreaking Cute AF Crop Top, 5. TOPSHOP Faux Leather Biker Jacket, 6. ModCloth Rays Me Up Sunglasses, 7. Free People Brami, 8. NARS Satin Lip Pencils in Yu and Timanfaya, 9. Swedish Hasbeens Braided High, 10. Skinny Dip Lip Clutch, 11. ModCloth Curry Your Enthusiasm Skirt, and 12. ModCloth New Leisure on Life Bikini.

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