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

Shop my favorite tea party products:

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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Whole30 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes

Whole30 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes
via Designlovefest

At the beginning of this year, I embarked on my second Whole30 journey. While my first attempt only lasted 22 days, this time I did the whole damn thing (*pats self on back*). If you don’t know what Whole30 is, you can read about it here. In short, it’s 30 days with no grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol, soy, or legumes. That cuts a lot out of most people’s diets, including my own.

In addition to giving up all of the above, I also gave up coffee for the month. I felt that it’s just not worth it to drink my coffee black, and wanted to give my body a break from the constant caffeine intake anyways.

People ask about my experience a lot, so I wanted to share some tips and insight for those wanting to try a Whole30 challenge! If you have any questions on things I haven’t covered, please comment below and I’ll do my best to answer!

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10 Places To Get Your Creativity On In Chicago

Many of my friends have told me that their 2017 goal was to learn something new, whether it be coding, cooking, or throwing on a pottery wheel. Being who I am as a person, I immediately gravitated towards creative classes, and started putting together a list for friends to help them navigate their way through their awesome resolutions. Since I was making a list of places for creativity in Chicago anyways, I thought I’d share with you!

Chicago is just brimming with places to unleash your creative juices. Whether you think you’re a creative or not (you are), I promise I found something for you–take a peek below at the many outlets for your right-brained self, and let me know if you sign up for something!

Guitar Classes Chicago

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Link Love Vol. #35

Happy Friday, loves! Lots of good things on the internet this week, including some trips I’m dying to take, an unpolitical post, 2 DIY projects I can’t wait to try, and more! Enjoy! xo
I just found this amazing ceramics shop on Etsy, and I want it all!
When bloggers get political… or a lack thereof. Love this post from Hallie!
Bri’s Stockholm trip is giving me MAJOR wanderlust. I need to get outta here.
Calling all book club babes! The Everygirl rounded up 7 discussion-worthy books for your next meeting.
Also from The Everygirl: whatever happened to hobbies?
Loving these DIY eye slippers from Almost Makes Perfect.
I’m dying to visit Copenhagen.
This Onion article will just never ever get old.
Love this colorful wall tassel DIY from Brit+co!
10 simple things that will make you happier at home.

All The Valentine’s Day Things

I couldn’t figure out how to put all of my Valentine’s feelings and ideas into words, so instead I made you a some visuals of all my favorite lovey-dovey things, including a mood board, a list of DIY projects, some gift ideas of all prices, and a playlist containing my favorite love songs of all time. Enjoy all of the Valentine’s Day things! xo

source // source // source // the rest are from Pinterest

Valentine's Day DIY Projects

kindle or tablet cover // arrow cookies // bouquet wrap // cheeky plant holders // floral bath salts

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine

The perfect Valentine's Day playlist for the 20-something who loves all music.Get this playlist on Spotify


Do you have any fun plans for Valentine’s Day?

Also, last year’s Galentine’s Day Brunch and this year’s DIY Valentine project.


DIY Valentines with A Sweet Treat

I love love. Whether I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, friends, or family, it brings me so much joy to show my loved ones just how loved they are. You already know I’m a huge fan of DIY projects, and this holiday is no different; I adore making DIY Valentines!

Learn how to make these cute DIY valentines!

At the start of the year, my amazing boyfriend got me a Cricut Explore Air 2 for my birthday, and I haven’t seen the light of day since (sort of kidding). I loooove making new projects with my machine! For this Valentine’s Day, I decided to make mugs that can (and should!) be filled with tasty treats! I put together a tutorial for you, complete with free SVG cut files if you have a cutting machine (SVG downloads at the bottom of the post). Enjoy!

Learn how to make these cute Valentine's Day presents!

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A Delicious and Easy Whole30 Salad Recipe

Easy Whole30 Salad -- Pear, Pomegranate, and Shrimp!

As many of you know, I’m currently in the middle of my second Whole30 journey (read about my first experience here). This time around has been much easier, and much more successful (i.e. I’ve been following all of the rules this time). What’s made it easier is that my friend Emily and I are doing the program together! It’s always good to have a buddy, and we’ve been making lunches for each other to make everything easier. I’m going to round up all the recipes we made during the month in a later post, but I wanted to share this delicious and easy Whole30 salad recipe from Emily first! Also, even if you’re not doing Whole30, it’s still good. Promise.

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Link Love Vol. #34

WOW it has been a while since I’ve posted one of these! The holidays and other various blog projects have just kind of gotten in the way of these Link Love posts.

It’s been a crazy start to 2017 – aside from everything going on in the world at the moment, I turned 26, I started Whole30 (and am halfway through), and I made a commitment to go to yoga 20 times in the month of January. Needless to say, I’ve been a busy gal (in the best way)! Aaaanyways, here are this week’s links!

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