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What I'm reading lately

What I’m reading lately

It’s no secret that I’m a pretty big nerd when it comes to books. I love to read and chances are, if I know I’ll have some down-time, there’s a book in my purse. As part of my 101 in 1,001 list, my goal was to read 50 books and since I’m about one-fifth of the way there, I decided to share of few of the books that have made their way onto my bookshelf lately…

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What I’m reading

As part of my 101 in 1,001 list, my goal is to read 50 books by October 2016. While I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm, finding time to read every day is something that I still occasionally struggle with. But give me a free afternoon paired with a frothy latte and I can tear through an entire best seller in an afternoon…

Harriet the Spy 50th Anniversary Edition

Happy 50th Birthday, Harriet the Spy!

Growing up I wanted to be just like Harriet the Spy. I would spend afternoon after afternoon wandering our suburban neighborhood and “investigating” would-be crimes, always scribbling in my marbled composition book…

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DIY: Tassel Garland

Even after about nine months in my apartment, I’m still figuring out the best places for things and how to style my space. While I still haven’t decided on a whether or not I want a headboard (today I’m leaning toward yes), I recently found an easy—and crazy inexpensive—DIY to spruce up the blank wall above my dresser…

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Tea Bags

I’m not necessarily a huge fan of Valentine’s Day—besides the increased amounts of chocolate and adorably themed decorations at Target, that is. I am a fan of surprising the people I care about with sweet treats though, especially in the spirit of Galentine’s Day…

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DIY Eats: Peppermint Marshmallows

I’ve been dying to try these peppermint marshmallows forever. Since I got a candy thermometer for Christmas (dream big, you guys), I decided our recent polar vortex was the perfect time to do a little marshmallow making…

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Last Minute DIY Gifts for Everyone on Your List

I’ve found that most people fall into one of two holiday gift-giving camps—either you’ve had the perfect gifts for everyone on your list since mid-October or it’s a week before Christmas and you’re still scrambling to find that special something. While the latter occasionally applies to me, I hate feeling like I’m rushing to get my holiday shopping done…

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DIY Eats: Fudge Ecstasy Cookies

I’ve never been much of a talented baker, but ever since I can remember, my mom has always been able to come up with incredible, delicious baked creations. These fudge cookies are one of her latest marvels and I’m slightly obsessed…

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DIY: Photo Coasters

Lately I’m in full DIY mode—especially considering Des Moines had its firs substantial snowfall of the year on Sunday—and there’s no better time for lots of crafting than around the holidays. I absolutely love the idea of these photo coasters for a holiday gift—they’re wonderfully customizable and extremely affordable…