Weekend Links / / Revival Girls

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Guys, it’s happening! A Gilmore Girls revival is in the works. Amy Sherman-Palladino (the show-runner) is on record saying she went into the series knowing what the final spoken words would be, but Sherman-Palladino left before the last season finished. If you aren’t familiar, contractual disagreements hindered the original creators from returning before the series finished. If anything it’ll be wonderful to spend a few more hours with my favorite ladies. Speaking of Lauren Graham, Lauren and Mae Whitman are developing The Royal We into a movie, one more reason to read that book!

Jordan and I both experienced computer issues this week, with Jordan being the only victor. Haha. My nearly seven-year-old iMac has given us worry in the past but this time it might truly be the end. I didn’t feel very productive blogging wise but I’m thankful my computer crashed after I backed up my recent files! It’s been a long week, friends. I’m ready for the weekend!

Onto the links!

Fall Uniform | I like clothes and styling but I am terrible at selecting an outfit when faced with too many options. I love the idea of creating an outfit uniform guideline to fall back on when time is of the essence! What have you been wearing lately? Yesterday afternoon, we were in the 80s (Fahrenheit) while Wednesday’s early morning low was in the high 30s — I truly don’t know how to dress for that sort of fluctuation!

Bold | How a bold outfit can encourage bold life choices.

Track Your Travels | I’ve always loved the idea of showcasing our travel progress on a giant map. Esther has found several great ideas from large scale art pieces to smaller DIY projects. Do any of you display where you’ve traveled in your home? One thing we started to do was put our ticket stubs (travel, concerts, movies) in a mason jar. We’ve had so much fun that we really need a bigger jar!

Overcoming Busyness | When I took a mini version of the Meyers Brigg personality test earlier this year I was surprised with my results: ESTJ. The T (thinking) and J (judging) did not surprise me but the E (extrovert) wasn’t expected. I’ve realized though I can be out and about and spontaneous (with adequate sleep, haha). When unplanned events arise and I’m tired, forget it. I had to say no to a few social events last week and it was hard. But a huge part of taking care of myself is knowing my limits.

Oh So Basic | You might recognize one of the photos Taylor has featured for the week! After scrolling through Instagram for your daily corgi puppy fix (just me?) might I suggest #thedailybasic — for all of your basic fall essentials: pumpkins, coffee, scarves and plaid!

One more thing…

Jordan and his brother, Josh, are giving away their new single, Damage of Love! Let me know what you think of it!

Happy Weekend, all!

Father Hands | Damage of Love

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Weekend Links / / Snowed In

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After dropping Jordan off at the airport on Saturday night for a work trip, I wanted to hit the ground running. I filled my calendar with dinner and coffee dates and had lofty intentions to get a good chunk of our taxes prepped and organized, register our license plates, run errands, etc…and then the snow began to fall on Nashville. I am used to extreme weather, but Chicago has the infrastructure to handle it. Nashville simply does not! The lack of snow plows and salt trucks pose a real threat to the safety of the locals.

The weather (affectionately dubbed #snowbama) rearranged my work schedule and nearly wrecked my car as I tried to get to work. After all this, I’m wiped out! I am so ready to sleep-in tomorrow and pick up my much missed husband from the airport!

I haven’t read Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, but I stumbled upon her blog while browsing Bloglovin’. “The reward of loving is in the loving; loving is itself the great outcome of loving.” How Real People Really Make Love. Sacrifice, comfort, and choosing each day to be present with one another is real love.

As I near 30, more of my friends have become parents. It’s special witnessing someone become a parent, but then the separation begins. The separation between moms and not moms and moms and adoptive moms…and the rest of us. It’s not always easy being on the sidelines. Sally beautifully shared that she is no more of a mom than the rest of us.

Gluten-free baking isn’t as easy as replacing all-purpose flour with a one-to-one ratio. I don’t have the cabinet space to keep a lot of different flour obligations handy. I’m excited about these pancakes and waffles that only use oat flour. Kate’s advice to freeze some extras to eat during the week is perfect for me since I have to eat breakfast on the go a lot! I love breakfast food.

The perfect solution for hanging miscellaneous pictures and prints. This would also be a great solution for greeting cards! I’m pretty sure I saw something similar floating around during the holidays, but I love how Samantha made this washi tape gallery wall so simple.

..And Kristen Schaal for the win! #manspreaders

Happy Weekend, all!

 

Weekend Links / / We Need a Dog Issue

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Nashville is beginning to feel a little less like vacation and a little more like real life. We’re finding our rhythm; Jordan more than I as my first day of work isn’t until later today. We have a few events lined up this weekend: seeing friends (and Real Friends), exploring this city and especially enjoying the warm sun still very much alive in TN.  I’m excited to live somewhere that has a longer autumn season. Fall in Chicago, though awesome, is over too soon.

On a completely other note, Nashvillians LOVE their dogs. Seriously, I think we’re the only people in our unit that doesn’t own a dog. I’m hoping to become friends with a pair of golden doodles. Maybe a dog treat and a scratch behind the ears will do the trick.

A few gems from the internet this week:

/ / Susanna shares about when dreaming hurts. We are all encouraged to have dreams and goals, but what happens when those plans change. Sacrifices might be made throughout life, but new dreams can grow.

/ / As a creative, Megan shares why she chooses to run to help keep mental clarity. I’m still getting the hang of running, but now I’m super intrigued to read, Born to Run. Maybe I’m taking this running approach all wrong.

/ / Emma Watson gave an incredible speech to the UN on feminism. While, growing up, we didn’t talk much about feminism (except that one time I asked my mom if she experienced bra burnings in the 70s… she did not). My parents nurtured a healthy home environment environment; I had the same opportunities as my brothers. So in a way, they were teaching us a healthy view and value of feminism.

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. … It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals. If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer. And this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.”

You go, Emma! View the website: #heforshe

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