Seasons

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2013: A Year in Review

Around this time last year I took a look back at some of the events and experiences that had made those 12 months so special. At the end of 2012, I found myself with a lot of unknowns and, unsurprisingly, 2013 has certainly not disappointed in that department…

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What I’m into: December

This month has been a whirlwind of travel, stress and holiday preparations. So now that I finally have a week or so off of work, I’m taking some time to decompress and spend time doing things I truly enjoy…

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Happy Holidays!

For the next few days I plan on unplugging, wearing only pajama pants and spending some much deserved time lounging around with my family. Oh, and eating half my weight in holiday treats and sweets—self control can wait until the new year…

Holiday Latte

Larsen’s Christmas Lights Show

I’m a big fan of elaborate holiday lights displays. Though some friends and I drove through Jolly Holiday Lights a few weeks ago, now that I’m home for the holidays I thought it might be fun to find something festive a little closer to suburban Chicago. Thankfully over the weekend a friend asked if I’d like to tag along with her and her family to the Larsen Christmas Lights Show in Elburn, IL…

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Jolly Holiday Lights

Growing up one of my favorite holiday traditions was piling in the back of my mom’s station wagon to drive around snowy neighborhoods and admire the Christmas light displays. Every year my brother and I would get into our pajamas and pile into the backseat with blankets, armed with thermoses of hot chocolate and freshly popped popcorn, and ready to spend a good hour admiring the holiday lights…

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2013 Holiday To Do List

This year more than ever I’ve realized how quickly the holiday season can slip away—case in point, it’s already December 3rd. So in an effort to take a deep breath every once in awhile and remember to enjoy this time of year, I’ve compiled a holiday to do list, complete with some of my favorite winter activities…

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Olio in Iowa is thankful for…

This year I have a lot of things to be thankful for… A supportive family (and cuddly golden retriever). An incredible network of friends both near and far who go out of their way to keep me sane. A new apartment. A group of immensely passionate and selfless individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with at my new job. The ability to travel and have adventures every once in awhile. And the chance to live in a wonderful little city like Des Moines…

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What I’m into: November

I’m finally starting to get into the holiday swing of things and slowly adjusting to the beginning of winter and colder weather. Something about the approaching New Year gets me in the mood to get organized so for the last few weeks I’ve already to perusing new office gadgets and 2014 calendars…

Blossom

Halloween DIY: Blossom

For about a year now my friends have been fairly opinionated when it comes to my celebrity doppelganger. While it originally started with comparisons to Amy Farah Fowler from “The Big Bang Theory,” looking back at some of Mayim Bialik‘s earlier TV appearances it was pretty clear that I could also pass for Blossom, ’90s sitcom tween (and lover of ridiculous hats)…

What I'm into: October

What I’m into: October

The weather is starting to get a bit chillier and the colorful autumn leaves have begun to fall, which means I’m spending a bit more time indoors curled up on my couch…