Currently / / April

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wearing | Easy cotton dresses paired with a denim jacket and flats or booties. I really love wearing dresses and the beautiful spring weather in Nashville has been perfect for them! I’ve also been rocking a few pairs of overalls. In my experience, overalls are tricky to wear with long winter coats, but I love wearing them in warmer weather!

sipping | Lemon La Croix. It’s amazing how sweet these taste to me now that I’ve removed pop from my diet.

wish-listing | Cookbooks….I really want this one, this one and this one 

writing | My reflection on blogging for two years. I’m hosting a fun giveaway with my friend, Anna. Check back next week!

exploring | Jordan and I have reinstated our afternoon walks and strolling through the different side streets in our neighborhood has been my favorite way to acclimate myself.

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Currently / / February

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Hearting | This guy right here. I’ve been thinking about marriage a lot as our anniversary is coming up and I just feel so grateful to be living life with Jordan.

Reading | Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist.

It’s about food and family and faith. It’s also about everything else, because all of life is a jumble of ideas and experiences and the things we find under the couch cushions. All of life is a whirling mash-up of the big and little things — the things we see and think and remember and smell and feel, the deep values that guide us and the dirt under our fingernails, the undercurrents of belief and doubt and coolness of the cotton sheets right when we slide our toes down to the bottom of the bed. It’s about food, and it’s not. It’s about life, which is to say it’s about everything.

Pinning | Dainty necklaces and stacked rings. Besides a few gifts and pieces from my grandmother’s collection, my jewelry wardrobe is still from college (or high school!). I’m ready for an upgrade.

Eating | Popcorn, hummus, and chicken salad. I like my chicken salad with grapes. Oh and dark chocolate. Always dark chocolate. 🙂

Anticipating | Our upcoming visit to Chicago in April. It’ll be quick, but I’m looking forward to good pizza and seeing friends and family.

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Weekend Links / / LeBlanc & Friends

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Nashville is experiencing a mini polar vortex. Currently, it’s 19° but the windchill makes it feel like 9°. Locals don’t quite know how to handle it. 🙂 One of my favorite aspects about winter is the abundance of citrus fruit available: clementines and grapefruits are always stocked in our fridge. Not only do they look bright and cheery, I actually feel bright and awake after eating them!

/ / Abby reviewed Lena Dunham’s memoir and it’s on point with exactly how I felt while reading Not That Kind of Girl (I actually still have a few chapters left). She compared and contrasted it to Amy Poehler’s memoir, Yes, Please. Which reminds me, I still need to buy it!

What is everyone reading? I need a good novel to dive into.

/ / Erin’s quick breakfast tostado is one of those go-to meals I like to make on busy nights. Breakfast for dinner regularly happens in our house. Put an egg on it, is what I always say.

/ / I enjoyed following Anne’s fall capsule wardrobe and I’m glad she is continuing into winter. Winter is a hard season to be creative. All I want to wear is giant sweaters and fuzzy socks!

/ / Emily shared a few observations on living in the south, which were very similar to my own. I’m not sure when “y’all” will become my greeting. “You, guys” just comes far too naturally!

/ / The amount of television Jordan and I watch has drastically decreased ever since we got rid of cable. It’s impossible to keep track week to week without a DVR, so we utilize our libraries DVD selection a lot. We enjoy watching a show together, but after finishing the entire run of, How I Met Your Mother nothing clicked.

That is until we began watching Episodes. The show follows two show runners of a British sitcom after they move to LA to create an american version. It stars Matt LeBlanc as a fictitious version of himself, which is very fitting since Friends was recently released on Netflix. I love the witty banter and gentle industry mocking.

Happy Weekend!

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Currently / / January

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Planning / / Jordan and I spent January 1st going over vacation and concert plans for the year. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but 2015 is already looking to be a fun-filled year!

Hoping / /  My skin and I have been fighting an uphill battle with one another for over two years and it’s been extremely frustrating trying to resolve the problem. To help with some scarring, I had a facial last week and I’m beginning to see results. I hope my skin continues to heal and respond well to all of the dietary changes I made last year. There better be a good reason I gave up my beloved grilled cheese sandwiches! 😉

Baking / / I am not baking nearly as much since giving up gluten, but I still make granola regularly. It’s so handy for a quick snack or breakfast.

Wearing / / This long sweater from Abercrombie & Fitch. It’s like wearing a blanket, but far more stylish. Thankfully, Abercrombie & Fitch stopped putting their logo on everything and I’ve really been able to find great pieces. It’s not the same A&F I grew up with and I like it!

Resolving / / That I need to focus less on circumstances outside of my control.

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Currently / / December

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Making / / Granola (this & this), chili and my grocery list.

Listening / / Christmas music of course, but also Colony House. I listened to their album four times in a row the other night!

Wrapping / / More like purchasing the presents to be wrapped. I always have intentions to be more organized, but somehow time slips away from me! 🙂

Watching / / Jordan stayed in Illinois longer than I was able to after Thanksgiving, so I rented The Fault in Our Stars while I had a few free evenings. I read TFIOS earlier this year, so I wasn’t expecting to get emotional. Wrong! I was totally that girl crying on the couch alone.

Anticipating / / Cuddling on the couch watching holiday movies with Jordan, decorating our apartment for Christmas, and fresh starts after a busy and challenging year.

What are you currently doing/making/enjoying?

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Currently / / November

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Reading / / Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. This hasn’t been the quick, witty read I thought it would be initially. I only have one chapter left, so I should probably make that happen. Next, I want to read Yes, Please by Amy Poehler.

Wishlisting / / These shoes. Hopefully, I can keep them clean!

Loving / / Apple chai tea lattes, autumnal scented candles burning and The Body Shop’s honey & oat face mask. My skin feels so smooth after using it.

Appreciating / / Slow mornings, in-unit laundry (waited six years for this day to happen) and texts/letters from far away friends.

Creating / / Our Christmas gift shopping list. It’s that time of year!

What have you currently been enjoying/doing?

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