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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How I Stay Fit in the Winter + a yoga giveaway

How To Stay Fit In The Winter

Winter can be suuuuch a drag (duh). Even though I love hibernating and watching Netflix for hours on end (read: The Crown), I have to really keep on myself to stay in shape from November – March. Luckily, I have no shortage of tips and tricks to stay fit in the winter, so read on if you need some inspo! Also, check out the yoga giveaway happening at the end of the post!

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An Interview with Paige Poppe

Paige Poppe Artist Interview

Recently, I had the chance to meet one of my favorite artists, Paige Poppe. I’d been following Paige for quite some time on Instagram, and with each post I fell more and more in love with her watercolor work. Paige beautifully captures everything I love about my home state of Arizona, from the cacti to the vibrant and numerous colors of the desert.

Paige Poppe Arizona Artist

After months and months of Instagram stalking, I finally met Paige at the Phx Flea in November (and bought my new favorite wall art). She’s so sweet and talented, and I knew I had to interview her for the blog.

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Phoenix, Arizona Travel Guide

A complete guide to eating, drinking, and activities to do in Arizona!

I currently live in Chicago, but I grew up in the gorgeous 48th state of Arizona, and visit about once a month. AZ is quite a stranger to most people who haven’t been there — many people I talk to imagine cacti, tumbleweeds, and dirt. And while Arizona does have all of that, it has a lot more to offer, and it’s a lot prettier than people think. I’ve lived in quite a few cities in AZ — Tempe, Flagstaff, Gilbert, and Scottsdale. Each city in Arizona has something different for everyone, and I wanted to highlight the best things to do in Arizona, especially if you’re vacationing there. If you currently live in AZ, you might learn about something you didn’t know before!

Arizona Travel Tips

I’ve broken everything out by general geographic area, but know that the Phoenix metro area is surrounded by multiple freeways, so nothing is too far away.

I’ll be updating this list frequently, so be sure to check back if you’re planning a trip! Also feel free to give me a shout if you’re visiting Arizona and have more questions; I’m more than happy to brag about this amazing state!

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Why You Should Host a New Year’s Brunch

How to set New Year's Resolutions -- and how to keep them.

Setting the stage for a New Year is a detailed process that takes dedication and hard work. Creating New Year’s Resolutions (and sticking to them) is quite difficult in my opinion, and while it’s always exciting to think of what’s to come in the next 365 days, it can also be daunting.

While I’m fully up to the challenge, I’ve found that bouncing ideas off of people who I love and respect helps a lot in holding me accountable and creating realistic goals in the first place. For these reasons, I put together this colorful New Year’s Day Brunch!

How to set New Year's Resolutions -- and how to keep them with a fun New Year's Day BRUNCH!

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2016 Wrap Up and 2017 Goal Setting

2016 Wrap Up and 2017 Goal Setting

2016 was a year for the books (and kind of a terrible one for the world overall… why did you have to take Bowie, 2016?!). While I’m bummed about a lot that happened this year, I can’t help but feel thankful for all the good things that happened in my personal life. 2016 was, for me, an incredible year of growth and change that I never could have seen coming. For example…

I got a new full-time job that I love.

I travelled over 14 times to places like San Francisco, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York.

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I wrote some of my favorite blog posts to date, like…

This Galentine’s Day post

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This Beach Bachelorette Party post

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This DIY floppy hat tutorial (and people MADE THEM!!)

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and this Friendsgiving post!

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I moved to a new apartment in a great neighborhood in Chicago.

I started dating Idan

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I bought a guitar and started guitar classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, my goal from last year.

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2016 was the perfect impetus to propel me into 2017 with new, realistic goals. I have some concrete plans, and will have all of these done by this time next year. Really. I will…

  • Shoot one roll of film per month (I already bought the film so I have no excuses).
  • Partner with more brands that I love and want to spread the word about.
  • Continue guitar classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music — guitar repertoire here I come!
  • Add more percentage to the money I put into savings each month so I can start saving for bigger things — a condo, a car, a big trip, etc. #adulting
  • Read 20 books (this year I read 15 and I think I can do better). Also, you can follow my reading list in real time here.
  • Work out at least 16x per month.
  • Complete another Whole30 challenge (starting halfway through January! Who wants to join me?)

This is a lot. I know it is. BUT, I’m stubborn and determined, AND 2017 won’t know what hit it.

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What were some great things that happened to you this year? What are your goals for 2017?