The Spicy Life

Valentine’s Day is Friday and you couldn’t get a bigger eye roll from me… I love my husband but I don’t love a holiday filled with overpriced crap, crowded restaurants + obligatory romance. Now that I officially sound like a…Read more
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State of Emergency

I blogged about how chaotic my life felt back on January 17th and no one wants to hear about that twice in one month. But I shared on Instagram on Monday that I needed to start being a good steward of…Read more
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Time Travel

I want to go back in time and sit on this patio in NYC. Pretty please? While I’m dreaming about our next trip, I figure I need to get some stuff in order beforehand. Earlier this month, Adam and I…Read more
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Retreat

The new year arrived and we retreated. It was an impulse decision. I called my grandpa (who has owned the lakehouse for 26 years) and he had a neighbor turn up the heat before we left. We called it The…Read more
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My 2013

I always enjoy looking back on the year to remember just how much I experienced and learned. We traveled quite a bit during the first 2/3 of the year and boy did our wallets feel that. I wouldn’t trade our…Read more
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Our Common Mug

A few weeks ago I posted about connecting with friends who live far away and my struggle with finding the best way. Amazingly enough my friend Blaine launched his newest project around the same time called Our Common Mug. Sold only…Read more
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Search History

I got curious the other day and started looking up what I look up on Google. Here is some of my search history: How do celebrities avoid their Instagram comments? What is babka? Why did Olivia de Havilland & Joan…Read more
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Back to the Basics

I’m currently watching through Sex and the City. A show, for the most part, about: Sometimes single women in their 30’s living in Manhattan… I got married at 22 and live in the Midbest Who wear fur, smoke cigarettes and…Read more
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A Post About Being Thankful…

…that I didn’t ruin all the food.   I hosted my first Thanksgiving on Thursday and I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out. I kept imagining the scene from Christmas Vacation where the turkey deflates like a beach…Read more
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Connecting

I found this photobooth shot from my bachelorette party in June 2009. It’s crazy that I’ve almost been married for 5 years or that I love so far away from these beautiful women. We take turns visiting each other but…Read more
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Being A Kid

The other day on Facebook, a friend posted a cute blurb describing what we were all like as kids. I read it and laughed out loud. They described me perfectly so I thought I’d write some memories from when I…Read more
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Hostess with the…messy house

If you know me at all – you know that I’m a slob. Currently every space in my house is acting as a shelf and that includes desks, tables, the floor and more. While I’m not proud of this messy…Read more
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A New Week

It’s Monday, folks. I’m starting the week off with 3 mini goals to keep me semi-accountable. I’m going to go to bed before 2am all week. Goodbye 4am bedtime. I’m going to finally hang this huge giraffe print that we…Read more
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New Habits

I’m so thankful to see November. Lately, I am shifting between feeling motivated, lazy, energized, bummed out, optimistic, overwhelmed and then just plain tired. Adam and I drove 8 hours yesterday back to my home state of Illinois and were…Read more
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Dolla dolla bill y’all

I’ve had a few interesting conversations lately about STUFF and MONEY. What’s up with NO ONE talking about money? Here’s a brief history of my relationship with work, money and things: I was raised in a household where my mom…Read more
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10 Truths

Do you ever feel like you go through growing pains? Not physically – but just in your life? I’ve felt like that lately. I’ve been trying to shed some negativity that has plagued me my whole life. I know that…Read more
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SOS! BRF!

Anyone know how to fix Bitchy Resting Face? I’ve had it my whole life. I remember being a kid and my mom standing behind the kitchen counter while preparing dinner and saying, “You know you look angry right now, right?…Read more
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A Breather

On Thursday, I posted this on Instagram sharing how I was feeling irritable, insecure and a bit deflated. Not only was I encouraged – I also realized that I’m not alone. Lucky for me, we had a roadtrip planned and…Read more
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Chicago Trip

I grew up in Illinois (2 hours of south of Chicago) but frequented the city/suburbs frequently. Most of my family lives in the Chicago area and so does my best friend. We try to visit as many times as we…Read more
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Me, At 20

I get a lot of emails asking me two questions: “What advice do you have for someone in college (studying design)?” and “What would you have done differently in college now that you know what you know?” For awhile I…Read more
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Catching Up

This post is one of the first posts (in almost 5 years of blogging) where I feel like I’m catching up with an old friend. I sat down to blog yesterday and realized there were things that I wanted to…Read more
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A Happy Day

It’s my sweetheart’s 28th birthday today! I love birthdays (other peoples’, my own, my enemies’) and have always made a huge deal out of them. I pride myself in topping myself each year for Adam’s and this year is no…Read more
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A New Season

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more aware of the seasons in our lives. Sometimes it’s centered around a job, or it’s seasons literally changing. It can even be the rise or dissipation of certain relationships. As we move into…Read more
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Blog Chat in Indy

I’ll be in Indianapolis all day tomorrow! If you’re in the area, we could potentially hang out in various ways: Come hear me speak at The Bindery (Harrison Center for the Arts) during your lunch break. I’ll be chatting about…Read more
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The News

The other day I realized that my mom and dad watch the news a lot (on tv). Before work, while making dinner and in the evening. They also read the local paper daily. We don’t have cable and I don’t…Read more
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Catching My Eye

I made a collage for fun the other night while I was experimenting with different brushes in Illustrator. I’ve enjoyed getting back to drawing lately. You can see my sketches from the other day here on my Instagram account. I…Read more
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Quirky Weird

Blogs tend to be very curated. Mine’s no exception. Most of us post photos of ourselves where we’re showing our good side. The ones you see of me are usually from days when I’ve showered (hint: it doesn’t happen very…Read more
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Currently

Currently: Feeling sluggish because I keep eating crap. As an adult I’ve found that my energy levels are very closely tied to my diet. Today I choose effort over laziness. Even though eating pizza for every meal is delicious. Letting…Read more
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Want To Play?

Why yes, this is a blog post about toys. Thanks for noticing. But not just any toys. Toys that I specifically played with as a kid (and loved with all my heart). I get pretty nostalgic but have an awful…Read more
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Let’s Get Coffee

Okay, well I suppose we can’t really get coffee. Most of you live too far away from Columbus, Ohio. So how about a virtual coffee date? Just like last week – I want to hear from YOU. But let’s keep it light…Read more
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