Weekend Links | A Trendy Gallery Wall

The Bean in Chicago

Each day this week I set out to go through a drawer, file random papers, sift through jewelry or organize a kitchen cabinet. Some days it didn’t feel like much, but looking back even 15 minutes and one donate bag later made a huge difference! My energy level is pretty low once I get home from work, so I’m trying to set realistic goals.

I feel as though I’m in midst of a calm before the storm kind of crazy. We currently have this juggling act happening and we’re not exactly sure where any of our balls will land. The days when I try to think too far in advance or feel the need to understand a plan, I feel rather overwhelmed. When I quiet myself I am reminded of the abundant grace God has shown Jordan and I over the years and those reminders give me the confidence to fully place all my worries on his plate.

Will you watch the Oscars on Sunday? Jordan and I never miss it. I still remember curling up together on my top bunk Freshman year watching the ceremony on my teeny tiny dorm room television. Crash won that year. We were a bit slack on watching movies last year, so this week we rented Spotlight and Steve Jobs. On Saturday our plan is to see The Revenet in theaters. By cramming this week, I hope we made up for our lack of movie watching! Haha.

Onto the links!

Bedroom Gallery Wall | On Monday, I shared a few photos Jordan took while we were in Chicago earlier in the month. They are so beautiful and dreamy. It got me thinking about creating a simple gallery wall above our bed to better incorporate all of the photos we take!

Everyday Meatballs | If I could attend a dinner party hosted by any food blogger it would be Deb from Smitten Kitchen. I have been following her since the beginning of time (Okay, eight years but in blog world that is an eternity!) and her non-fussy, wholesome, comfort food recipes are fail proof. This peach pie is one of my favorites!

How to Add Trendy Pieces to Your Wardrobe Staples | My desire to throw out all of the things in my house, including my wardrobe, is extremely strong right now. I wonder how many of the pieces I’ll even like after pregnancy or if it’ll fit? My closet is in a transitional period right now.

Banana Bread with Chia Seeds | While rearranging my pantry a package of chia seeds surfaced. I searched for ways to bake with them and found this recipe for banana bread. Oh wow, the protein in chia seeds is no joke! A slice of this kept me full for so long.

A Calm February Morning at the Eiffel Tower | Hannah’s photos of the Eiffel Tower have me itching to return to Paris. I can’t believe it’s been three years since our trip to France! Jordan and I are already planning our next overseas vacation. I want to take advantage of the under two fly free rule!

Happy Weekend, all!


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16 thoughts on “Weekend Links | A Trendy Gallery Wall”

  1. I just wanted to say congratulations on getting pregnant!! I’m a little late, but better late than never, right?

    I’m not going to post my website here, because I don’t want people googling and finding it, but I have commented before. Anyway, my husband just recently had a surgery to treat his varicocele, and I’m hoping now we can finally get pregnant too. 🙂 Thanks for all your honest posts; they’ve helped me a lot.

  2. I’ve been wanting to start a Weekend Links page and this is the perfect inspiration! Good luck with your bedroom gallery wall – I have one above my desk and it makes me happy every time I look at it!

  3. I’m so glad I’ve found someone else who’s also just as obsessed with Smitten Kitchen, too! Simplicity is key, for sure. Enjoyed the other links, too. May just have to make that banana bread 🙂

  4. In our first house I pinned toonnnnsss of gallery walls photos and spent an absurd amount of time putting one together. When we moved into our apartment in AK, I pretty much gave up. Haha. I’m looking forward to decorating a house again in a few years though!
    It was fun to look at the post about creating a wardrobe… and I have that shirt she’s wearing! Tyler just got it for my birthday and it’s my new fave. I love that it has such a high neckline… I try and keep my girls concealed and that’s not always an easy feat 😉 But something that’s really been on my heart/mind the last year or so is leveraging my purchasing power to support ethical clothing production. Sometimes it makes me cringe to see people suggest purchasing at the “cheap stores” because those are often ranked really low. H&M actually ranks well among mainstream clothing companies, but I still have hesitations sometimes purchasing there. Have you seen the documentary “The True Cost”? I haven’t, but it’s on my list!
    And the link to the Eiffel Tower photos didn’t work 🙁 It kept timing out for me… Not sure if it’s been a problem for anyone else..

    1. I’m going to double check the link — thank you for pointing it out! I’ve heard of the documentary but I haven’t watched it yet. That’s good to hear about H & M. Jordan and I are not opposed to spending money on food quality clothing items and generally speaking try to keep our closets paired down (I only own 3 pairs of jeans!) but it’s been a struggle with maternity clothes. My body changes so fast it’s hard to know where to put my money without breaking the bank. I know of many people who pass on their maternity clothes to friends afterwards so even though you only wore it briefly it’s not going to waste.

      1. Oh definitely! For me, the struggle has been finding places to purchase while traveling. It’s confusing enough for me to find places in the States where I can purchase ethically made clothing (that’s also stylish!) but now that we’re on the road I’m really overwhelmed. It’s one of those things I think is so important, but most of the time I don’t know where to start! Looking forward to seeing more of your pregnancy fashion posts. I’m super curious about what articles of clothing surprise you by fitting differently/earlier/later throughout the 9 months.

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