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Happy Friday! Here’s a gorgeous shot of one of my favorite types of little nuggets:

frenchie friday

Check out the full collection of images from Alex Neary.

And here’s a little more link love from around the internets:

Crushing on these striped sneakers for spring.
A fantastic piece on the problem with ‘fat talk.’
The cutest coasters. West! West! West!
I’m gravitating toward blue this season, and this little piece is high on my wish list.
And it comes with a little surprise!
So excited to possibly cross this one off my bucket list.
I may have quite a few actual tattoos, but I love these shiny temporary ones.

Have a lovely weekend! xoxo.

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and I’m not much of a baker, but wow! these muffins are delicious. My husband has taken up a few hobbies lately, both pickling and baking. The moment he told me he was making these, I said, “they’re going to taste like carrot cake.” And he laughed. But guess what?! They taste like a perfect, light, fluffy, declicious muffiny carrot cake breakfast-magic. I’m totally in love. Again.

sweet potato muffins

 

Sweet Potato Muffins
via melanie cooks

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp baking power
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes

Preheat the oven to 375 F. In one bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, mix the egg, sugar, oil, apple sauce and sweet potatoes. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until combined. Line the muffin tin (12 cups) with paper baking cups. Put the muffin mixture in the muffin cups. Put the sweet potato muffins in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
So delicious when served hot and fresh from the oven, but these muffins stay fresh and sweet for days!

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Happy Friday! I hope your week was lovely. We went to the gorgeous wedding of a friend last weekend, it was so lovely! A beautiful venue overlooking the water here in Seattle. Lots of friends and dancing (and laughs!).

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Here’s a little link love for the weekend:

Love all the color in these rooms!
A little allergy tip for parents.
Drooling over this gorgeous necklace.
Great response from sharp young woman.
This super cute planter in my favorite color. Might be the perfect gift for spring.
Four fab tips on maximizing productivity.
Loving this Palm Print. I think I’m ready for warmer weather.

Have a lovely weekend! xoxo.

Life lately has been a lot of indoorsy stuff. The weather’s been turning and I’ve been dreaming of spring … outfits! It all started with a skirt:

the honorary citizen

image via tumblr, skirt from the honorary citizen

Here’s a little more link love for the weekend:

One simple question to make your shopping life a little easier.
Do you eat at restaurants alone? I happen to love it.
Sneak peek at the fashion of the Mad Men finale!
A great round-up of natural beauty options.
Pre-owned wedding dresses are such a wonderful idea! I’m sharing the love here.
Loving this cozy winter party, for those of us that are still battling the cold.
A little peek into Louboutin. Squee!
Fantastic round up of how-to’s from a Cup of Jo (I love how to find affordable art, eat a jar of nutella & say goodbye at a party!)
This is the best story. I laugh and laugh every time.

And we have a winner!
…to be contacted shortly :) thanks to everyone who entered and shared!

happy weekend

Phew! We survived January. I got all the way through The January Cure (finishing up the last few things this weekend! Hooray!), got back in the swing of cooking regularly, started actually exercising on a regular basis with the help of some lovely ladies at work and …. With February I’m hoping to continue to tackle my project list, stay on track with cooking and exercising, and maybe even plan a little getaway. Right now I’m dreaming of a little Saturday morning relaxation time. Here’s a little link love to peruse this weekend…

I’ve got my eye on this sharp but sweet sweater.
My coworker sent me this killer burger take on my favorite comfort food.
A list of apps that do basically everything.
Great advice for those living with picky eaters (I’m thinking of you Heather!)
Real life goals.
On my secret wish list for this year.
Crushing on this spring sweatshirt.
Some great thoughts on the big question.
My new favorite ring.
Dying to make this for my emoji loving girlfriends.
And Asos on clearance!

image via these tings take time

tulips the somewhere

Well now that we’ve gotten back into the swing of normal work weeks, it finally feels like the new year has truly begun. I’m still focused on making it all the way through the January cure this year (so far so good!), but here are a few fun links from around the net this week:

The best January party idea
Loving and seriously considering this fabulous tattoo.
A gorgeous house post that’s got my hot pink heart beating.
My math brain could watch this for hours.
Hip loungey adorable t-shirts
This sums up my new year’s dieting plan pretty well.
genius idea for housecleaning, that I might mash up with my January cure. Definitely a two-in-one win. Also this brave post on motherhood and growing up from the same talented blogger.
This awesome dad is giving me ideas for my nephew’s first birthday.
I kinda want pretty blouses to be my new fashion thing in 2015.
Reading through A Practical Wedding Reclaiming Wife tag is so, so good. This site kept me sane during and after wedding planning.
This print is going up in my cubicle asap.
Obsessed with these glitter resin earrings my sister got me for Christmas. I want them all!

(ps) finally made my favorite risotto again after 2 years and it’s just as delicious! recipe here.

Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

image via the somewhere

Phew! I can’t believe the holidays are over. It’s been a great year. So much time with friends and family; I took on a few new coking challenges this season: my first turkey and my first beef bourguignon; My amazingly talented friend Stella published her first book (and threw the best launch party!), I made about a thousand different soups (recipes to come soon), visited san francisco for a friend’s beautiful wedding (and ate our way through the town as usual), and finally started making my own stock regularly! It’s been a rewarding a fulfilling couple of months.
This weekend I’m starting Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. It’s a way to help you get your home a little more clean and organized, which in turn helps your life feel a little more clean and organized. I will admit to be a bit of a clutter monster. I love a clean house, but tend to still leave little piles of things everywhere (this week’s outfits in the bedroom, my nail care set over there, paperwork to-be-tackled, etc). I’m hoping with a little guidance and managable steps, I can get my organized chaos more… organized. Step 1: Floors and Flowers. I’m half done today with picking up a few bouquets of mums and daisies. Time to tackle the floors this weekend. There’s still time to sign up for the January Cure here if you’re interested.

Here’s a few pics from our wonderful holiday season:

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HNY02
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Hope yours was just as lovely!