How To Care For And Maintain Adult Friendships


This gets harder the older you get. In high school and college, your friends surrounded you almost every moment of every day. You went to class together, attended extracurricular activities together, and, if you’re like me, you even had the same job as your best friends in high school (no seriously, my friends and I all worked at LifeTime Fitness together for many years and it was awesome).

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How I Spring Clean My Space, Body, and Mind

How to spring clean your space, body, and mind

That spring cleaning bug gets me every single year. I know I’m not alone here, but once the weather starts warming up by even 10 degrees, I feel like I must clean EVERYTHING. You with me?

How to spring clean your space, body, and mind

I can’t tell you how many bags of things I’ve brought to the Salvation Army in the past few weeks. I’ve cleaned out every nook and cranny of my apartment, and still feel like I have too much stuff!

This year, I’m not just focusing on my closet. I took a few extra measures to shake winter off and really make myself feel lighter for spring and summer!

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Link Love Vol. #39

Life. is. insane. I’m doing so much outside of work these days, and I’m trying to avoid burnout, but it’s so hard sometimes! I’m looking forward to this weekend because it’s going to be another gorgeous one in Chicago, and Idan will be visiting! We decided to make almost no plans for the weekend, so we can just play it by ear and see what patio we end up on. I’m thinking Big Star, but we’ll see. Sometimes it’s nice to just go with the flow, and not plan every single minute, you know? Although as a very type-A person (he is, too), it takes some discipline to just relax.

Speaking of relaxing, we’re planning a summer vacation to Cuba and Punta Cana! I would love recommendations for both, so send them my way!

Okay, on to this week’s links…

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Link Love Vol. #38

Hola from NYC! It definitely feels like every time I write one of these posts, I’m not in Chicago. Either this means I need to stop traveling so much, or it means that I need to write more Link Love posts.

I always have such a blast in New York, and this weekend was no different. I made a little guide to everything we did this time around, and while it’s nowhere close to as lengthy as a true NYC guide would be, I hope it’s at least a little helpful!

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4 Niche Gift Basket Ideas For Adults

5 gift basket ideas for adults

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my love language is totally gift-giving. I love shopping for loved ones and finding the perfect presents for them, and I especially love to see their faces when they open their gifts! Since I love a good thematic gift, I put together 4 gift basket ideas for adults, each with a different niche!

I don’t personally celebrate Easter, but I thought that putting together these gift baskets now would be perfect timing for the upcoming holiday! They would also make great housewarming or hostess gifts. I bought all of the baskets at Michaels, and everything inside the baskets came from Paper Source (c/o). The filling for the baskets came from Amazon (link here), and I recommend one bag of filling per basket.

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Link Love Vol. #37

Hello from sunny Arizona! I’m home for the weekend visiting the boyfriend and my family. I just finished a really good book, Big Little Lies, and I know I’m so behind the curve on this but omg so good. And now I’m onto Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls anymore??)! Is anyone else reading something I should put on my list?

I’m also currently nursing a cold. It feels like everyone I know has the same virus… UGH. I usually don’t get sick for more than 48 hours at a time, and not more than once a year, but I’m going on a week at this point and nothing I do helps! Anyone have any tips? Seriously, I’ll try anything.

On to this week’s links!


I want to buy this Ikea kitchen cart just so I can upgrade it. Love the marble!

Are our future children destined to be completely useless? This article is scary but important.

My friend Ross tried being a Postmates delivery guy for a month, and lived to tell the (hilarious) tale. P.S. Have you tried Postmates? Use this link to get free delivery on me!

This NYT Modern Love story is beautiful yet heartbreaking AF. You’ve been warned.

Seven unexpected color pairings I suddenly need in my life.

Julia made an amazing Charleston guide and now I can’t wait to visit. She also answered some photography questions, of which I was dying to know!

ICYMI: I put together some coffee and Pocky pairings that you should definitely try!

Coffee and Pocky Pairings + A Cute Chicago Coffee Shop

If you saw last month’s Valentine’s Day DIY post, you know that I’m obsessed with Pocky: a delicious, portable, sweet treat. I frequently use their chocolate flavor as a coffee stirrer, and that had me thinking… what kinds of Coffee and Pocky pairings could I put together?! So I went over to Dollop Coffee Co. in Chicago to find out.

Dollop Coffee Chicago

Dollop Coffee Co Chicago

First of all, I finally found this Dollop location after admiring it from afar on Instagram for a long time.

Cute Coffee Shop in Gold Coast, Chicago

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Spring is Here with This Easy Tea Party

It’s been a few months, so I think it’s high time that I share a new, fun easy tea party with you all. When Paper Source sent me their new spring catalog, I knew I had to try out some goodies! After all, I’m a big supporter of tea, spring florals, and carbs.

An Easy Tea Party with Paper Source!

Head over to the Paper Source blog to see the rest of the details and my tips for throwing a tea party! Plus, enter to win a private party at your local Paper Source with the #myPSparty contest! If you win, I’m inviting myself. ;) Contest ends March 3rd, 2017.

This easy tea party looks so fun! #Adulting, am I right?!
An easy tea party for the adult in you ;) #adulting

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Link Love Vol. #36

Hello from Ann Arbor, MI! I’m currently sitting in my favorite Zingerman’s Bakery, chowing down on a bagel with goat cream cheese. No complaints here!

Currently I’m planning a blog post that I’m shooting on Monday (it’s going to be SO cute, so stay tuned). Since I’m whipping it together so quickly, I am in hyper speed mode trying to get everything together.

I just finished my second round of Whole30, and rounded it up along with my favorite recipes here.

Is anyone watching This Is Us? I’ve cried in every single episode so far this year, and one episode had me in tears 4 separate time. UGH, so good. I’m REALLY not looking forward to this week’s episode, though, because I think we all know what’s coming and I’m not ready.

This week’s link are kind of heavy on the DIY, but I have just found so many that I have to share them! Hope you you’re having a great weekend!


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