Weekend Links / / Instagram + Carpool Karaoke

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This week was a bit of a slog. Our weekend in Chicago was filled to the brim with events and visiting friends, but all the late nights left me exhausted! I have yet to experience the boost of energy everyone keeps telling me happens in the second trimester, but I haven’t given up hope!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? I’m hoping to enjoy a nice lunch out and take photos for some upcoming projects. Our weekends are often a mixture of work and play but as long as Jordan and I are doing it together, I am fine with it!

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Weekend Links / / Maternity Wardrobes + Leftovers

Maternity Clothes

It feels so good having this pregnancy out in the open! Jordan and I were floored by all of the sweet comments and general excitement over this baby. You all are the best! I joke that whatever news you have to share isn’t real until it becomes internet official. Haha.

This was a short work week for me as Jordan and I are spending an extended weekend in Chicago. The band Jordan played in for a stint in his early 20s is having a reunion show tonight! My days of being a band girlfriend seems like a lifetime ago but yet I remember it so clearly. This is probably due to the fact I was a freshman in college and Jordan and I had just started dating. Two very memorable moments in my life.

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Weekend Links / / Slumping Smoothies

WELD Nashville

Last weekend, after the Warby Parker photoshoot, I chopped off three inches of my hair. Though beautiful, the weight of it was causing slight scalp pain whether it was up or down. Pathetic I know, but it was time for a change and I immediately felt lighter.

Getting back into a normal rhythm this week was a little difficult after our extended snowy weekend. I was off Monday and had to remind myself what day it was for the rest of this week!

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Weekend Links / / Branching Out

Epice Nashville

It’s becoming a tradition for Jordan and I to try one new restaurant on Sundays. At least on the Sundays I’m off from work. Nashville is bursting with flavor outside of traditional southern fare and while we still eat primarily at home, we don’t want to miss out on the many great offerings available in our city. After a late morning photoshoot last weekend, we were starving and chose to eat at Epice, a Lebanese restaurant in our neighborhood. We hadn’t heard much about the restaurant despite passing it all of the time. I’m glad we took a gamble because our meals did not disappoint! Our neighborhood continues to surprise me.

Nashville is experiencing a legit snow day today. 8+ inches of snow has fallen, covering the streets and creating a beautiful winter wonderland. I hope you are safe and warm wherever you find yourself on this Friday.

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Weekend Links / / Traveling and Small Spaces

WELD Nashville

Sunday morning, Jordan and I woke up a little earlier than normal so we could enjoy a quick coffee date before church. We arrived at our favorite neighborhood coffee shop, Eighth and Roast, to eat breakfast and read. Mornings are my favorite time of the day, but we rarely spend them together. I’m usually at work a few hours before Jordan gets up. 😉

Our coffee date was the perfect way to begin the week. It was a good reminder that reconnection can happen even within a sliver of an hour while drinking coffee and eating a gluten-free muffin.

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Weekend Links / / A Makeover

I’m writing this while Anne of Green Gables is playing in the background and applesauce is simmering on the stove.

When my parents visited for Christmas they left behind a bag of apples from my dad’s trees (To make a quick applesauce: cube the apples, add a smidgen of water, cinnamon and raisins. Simmer until soft! The results are chunkier but much simpler than trying to can in my small kitchen!) Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite movies and I have wanted to own a copy for years and finally this Christmas my wish was granted!

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Weekend Links / / A Sufjangiving

Sufjan Stevens Ryman Nashville

I was playing solo for most of the week while Jordan was in Dallas for work. I occupied my time by tackling some looming blog projects and prepping for the month ahead. I also watched a lot of Jane the Virgin.

Jordan’s flight arrived just in time for him and I to cash in on one of our birthday presents: tickets to Sufjan Stevens’ concert at the Ryman Auditorium!! Sufjan holds a special place in my heart ever since I attended his concert at the Metro in fall of 2005. I went spontaneously with a friend without hearing his music (does that happen anymore with streaming services?) and fell in love. All of college I was obsessed with the album, Come on Feel the Illinoise! It’s still one of my favorite albums of all time.

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Weekend Links / / Bringing Up Social Media

Fall in Nashville

Living in a small space forces Jordan and I to rethink all of our belongings. I recently did a major closet purge (which now sits on my floor in a pile until I decide which items to donate and send to thredUP) and you don’t know how lighter I feel. Our apartment is a little less than 700 sq. feet with only one fully functioning closet (we are able to store a few coats and our vacuum next to our washer/dryer). That’s right Jordan and I share a closet! There just isn’t space to keep so so items around.

This purge led us to get rid of cable in the traditional sense. We finally bought an Apple TV which is so sleek in comparison to a cable box. Between that swap and switching to two MacBooks instead of having an iMac set up on our dining room table our home feels so much more spacious.

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The Pitfalls of Social Media / / Did you all follow the debacle that was this article? People were shouting praises for Essena’s choice to leave social media and a mere week later a video was posted where she essentially is begging for money as she no longer has sponsors. Tiffany Mitchell shared a different and healthy perspective on the good social can bring to our lives.

“Having the buffer of a computer to temper my fears of sharing deep things about myself acclimated me to the idea of true openness. It allowed me to start admitting who I really was, who I had been hiding.”

It’s Different, But It’s Good / / How often in life do our plans work out exactly how we imagined them? Hardly. At least in my life. During times of frustration, I think to myself if I was pregnant or a mom by now I wouldn’t have to make decision A, B or C. The beautiful thing is my life is different, but it is also really good.

When Does Eating Clean Become an Eating Disorder? / / “The problem is that we have moralized eating, weight, food, and exercise.”

Something becomes a disorder when you no longer can function outside of set perimeters. Feeling a little anxious at take-off and landing is normal when flying, but a true fear of flying is completely avoiding flying at all costs. Such as turning down an opportunity to attend a destination wedding.

Eating whole foods and limiting processed foods is key to a healthy diet but eating is only one part of being a person. It is not healthy when your life becomes consumed by what you are eating. Feeling guilty for having a treat or turning down nights out with friends because you won’t be able to “eat clean” are not signs of a balanced life.

How I Fill in My Eyebrows / / I honestly didn’t think much about my eyebrows until the last year or so. After watching YouTube videos I realized how much a difference filling in your eyebrows make. I’ve tried a few pencils but they never last throughout the whole day. Ashley discovered major staying power by applying a teeny dab of eyeshadow primer prior to your pencil.

A Book Review: Bringing Up Bébé / / Jordan and I read this while flying to Europe a few years ago. We had just started trying to get pregnant and thought it fitting since we were spending time in Paris. Pamela  Druckerman is an American journalist married to an English man and parenting in Paris. Bringing up Bébé is part memoir and part observation on French parenting. Even if you don’t totally agree with the French way of parenting, it is fascinating to take a step back and see how parenting choices is more cultural than we think and maybe the Western way of doing things isn’t the only or right way.

10 Autumn Drink Recipes / / I have my eye on the Maple Bourbon Cider. Do you have up your drink game when the weather turns cooler? I love margarita’s year round, but flavors such as apple I only seem to crave during the winter.

Happy Weekend, all!

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Weekend Links / / Year Ten

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One evening this week, Jordan and I were hopping into bed for the night when we realized that we had officially been a couple for a decade!

It was October 14, 2005. I remember so clearly selecting my outfit, as I was meeting Jordan’s bandmates for the first time: a denim skirt over white leggings with a vintage Illini (University of Illinois) t-shirt. On our way to band practice, we stopped at Starbucks for coffee and hot chocolate — there once was a time I didn’t like coffee! While standing in line, we ran into an acquaintance of Jordan who asked if I was his girlfriend. We had been going on dates for about a month, but an official label hadn’t been discussed.

Well, friends, Jordan answered by saying “Yeah, well, I think we are? Catherine, will you be my girlfriend?”

And that’s how it happened. Haha.

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Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe | This is not the first capsule wardrobe post I’ve saved. Up until this point, I didn’t feel confident committing to a major purge. Before living in Nashville through all four seasons I had questions such as: what would summer would be like compared to Chicago? How many sweaters will I need for a shorter winter? After living here for a full year, I am ready to tackle this project.

Classy Bunny + Video Tutorial | Amy has two costume tutorials on her blog with more to come! Costume ideas don’t come to me naturally, so I love finding easily replicable tutorials. Are you attending any Halloween parties?

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina | I do not use the adjective “outdoorsy” to describe myself. As a child, I preferred playing inside with my doll house to digging in the dirt. The only time my family went camping, my brothers had terrible allergic reactions to the elements so we never went again! I attended summer camp, where I had the opportunity to hike, mountain climb, white water raft, camp under the stars and essentially any other outdoor activity you could imagine. I loved it at the time, but I just haven’t sought it out as an adult. My friend Tiffany and her husband Whitman are constantly hiking and camping. Her photos are giving me reason enough to explore nature a little more!

10 Slow and Steady Strategies for Practical Decluttering | In theory, minimalism and organizing are meaningful and worthwhile pursuits. In practice, I find the process challenging for my sentimental heart. While reading through Courtney’s process, I took pause at step three: play the memory game. For items which are particularly hard to part with Courtney suggests placing them in a box for 30 days. Once those 30 days are up if you haven’t thought or discovered a need go ahead and donate!

Messy Hearts & Messy Homes | What does it look like to invest in community and invite people into your home when your life is messy and chaotic? Elizabeth shares a poignant and powerful lesson she’s learned amidst undergoing a demo project in her home.

Happy Weekend, all!

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Weekend Links / / Allergies and Lady Bites

Nashville Farmer's Markets

On Wednesday, while editing photos for a project, I found this snapshot from a late summer farmer’s market peach run. Finding photos from this day reminded me just how much I loved my first southern summer. Those same markets that were bursting with corn, tomatoes, juicy berries and peaches a mere six weeks ago, have transitioned to seasonal gourds and pumpkins.

My allergies have been out of control lately (another reminder that Fall is here!). Friends warned us prior to our move to Nashville that allergy medicine would be a must because Nashville is in a valley. They were not joking! I had a whopping two day+ sinus headache this week which left me sneaking naps whenever I could. In general, I try not to nap as it messes with my ability to go to fall asleep at night, but sometimes they are a welcome treat.

What are you weekend plans? Several friends are passing through town this weekend, so we have lunch and dinner festivities for tomorrow and hopefully lots of football watching on Sunday!

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Simplify Meal Planning / / People in my life know I cook a lot. Eating home cooked meals is something I enjoy and have made time for in my life. I get asked often how I do it (find the recipes/inspiration, cook etc). My system is a bit haphazard but if you are new to the process look no further than Brittany’s post.

Organizing my Pinterest Boards / / Pinterest is only helpful if you can actually find the information once you’ve pinned something. Kelsey explains, step-by-step, how she cleaned up and simplified her Pinterest boards.

31 Days of Scripture During Infertility / / Lisa participated in an October writing challenge last year which resulted in her creation of the eBook, 31 Days of Prayer During Infertility. She is back again with a new 31 day project. Day two, Learning to Wait, has given me a lot to think about.

Wearing a Dress for Fall / / Everything about Jana’s outfit is perfect and completely something I would wear and have worn. It is reminiscent of this look, minus the hat! I love pairing denim jackets with easy cotton dresses.

Bites & Sips: Ladies Night In / / Kelly attended a girls night in which featured rounds of catchphrase, wine and appetizers. I love this idea for a birthday party or even a “just because” party. Swap the wine for Diet Coke and it’s reminiscent of my sleepovers in high school — I love it!

…One other thing before I sign off. Jordan was on another episode of Vernacular Podcast this week talking all about James Bond songs. You can listen to his episode here!

Happy Weekend, all!

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