Hope everyone is as excited for the weekend as I am! I don’t normally look forward to as many things in the winter, but I am making a point to make my spare time meaningful and enjoyable – and to not get bogged down in the cold + dreary weather. Every year since moving to Chicago, my gal pals and I always talk about how hard the winters are here – I think winters are especially tough in any colder city, but in general this time of year can be a struggle for a lot of people. The combination of the post-holiday lack of activity, the pressure of everyone and their brother starting resolutions, and just the gloom of the winter can take a toll – and this year especially I am trying to fight that!
Hey everyone! I am super excited for this post – baking is a really fun hobby of mine, and I’ve been wanting to highlight the tips and tricks I’ve learned for a while, but I didn’t know if anyone was interested in it! I took an Instagram poll and got a pretty hefty majority of Yes votes – so here we are. I might do some more detailed posts down the road, but today I want to kind of highlight what made me get into baking/decorating, my recipes, the tools I use, and any other random tricks I’ve learned! It was also a resolution of mine to work on more lifestyle/non-fashion posts this year, so I’m trying to hit on that this month. If baking isn’t your jam – I’ll be back tomorrow with my usual posts!
Well – 2018 is upon us, and around this time of year I always get sappy and reflective and think about where I was in life at this time one year ago. I didn’t have a blog then, but it was being created in my mind at that point in time, which is really fun to think about. The whole “starting a new year” thing is what really pushed me to bite the bullet and set this site up – so, this year I am trying to lay out what my goals are (even the smallest things) and try and set a trajectory for my year. If you’re interested, here’s my tops:
Happy Wednesday! So, I lied – gift guide post is happening today instead of yesterday. I’m off work for the rest of the week, and so is my brain. I’m in full holiday mode and not mad about it at all – being home around the holidays is one of my most favorite things! The only stressful thing this time of year is gift buying – writing this post today actually got me feeling the pressure to write out my list and get going on my shopping this week!
Image via Rifle Paper Co.
A quick off-day post for you guys, because I wanted to talk for just a bit about Hurricane Harvey. Anyone who has watched even 10 minutes of the coverage has seen the devastation – and without being down there, I don’t think many of us have even an inkling of an idea of how horrible it is. The blogging community has a big presence in Houston, and because of that, I’m involved in some great groups where some of these fabulous women have shared extensive ways that we all can help – in ways that I didn’t even think of or comprehend would be a problem. I’m going to share those links below for anyone interested in any of these areas – having a sweet baby nephew, the diaper bank really hit home for me.
American Red Cross (generic relief)
Texas Diaper Bank (provides diapers and other items for infants in need)
United Methodist Committee on Relief – Cleaning Kits (allows donors to create cleaning kits)
Salvation Army (has been providing meals for first responders)
Austin Pets Alive (financial donations to help organize adoptions)
The Greater Houston Community Foundation (generic relief, set up by the Houston mayor)
SPCA of Texas (organizing pet evacuations)
Southwest Airlines (donation of points to select charities to help transport people)