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Friday Morning

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Despite it being a busy couple weeks between the holidays, celebrating birthdays (my parents really needed to think about having a family, four out of five members of our family have birthdays literally in the middle of Thanksgiving, through the winter holidays all until the last week of January), working and moving, let's just say I've been sleeping like a baby for the last couple weeks. So what are my New Years plans? I'm moving into a new place and I haven't been this excited in awhile. This move signifies so much more than just physically moving my stuff from one place to another, it's also a new start to a new year. And I couldn't be more ready for change than I am right now. So wherever you are in the world, Happy New Year and I'll see you back here next week for our first weekly roundup of the 31 Day Challenge. 
Nights of Neon
The Breakfast Board
On Traveling Alone

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this week's favorites...

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I have spent the last week moving furniture, boxing and unpacking and coming across old favorites. Between clothes, picture frames and other gadgets, I'm looking forward to a new place, a bedroom and working on big things for the coming year. I've been living in workout clothes and eating quick and easy meals to get through this move. What's going on with you? How was your Christmas?
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New Year Intentions

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Every year we make long lists of all the things we wish (and hope) to accomplish in the coming year. Some of us will actually see each goal through while most of us will typically give up in a month or even just a few weeks. I've made many resolutions over the years, I've stuck to some and gave up on others. Instead of coming up with a list a mile long, I'm focusing on one thing this year, an intention. An intention of strength - physically, mentally and spiritually. I'm not as active as I once was, I use to swim four miles every night but  then college happened. I used to be fit and healthy, that hasn't been the case so much over the last six years. So instead of focusing on the word (or idea of) exercising, I'm focusing on gaining back physical strength. 
I've never gone in full detail but this has been one of the toughest years as far as my career goes. And without turning this post in a negative one, I want to focus on gaining mental and spiritual stre…

Friday Morning...

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With it being Christmas Eve, Eve I wish everyone a wonderful holiday. Safe travels if you haven't made it to your destination, keep warm, relax and enjoy the company of your family or if you're alone whether at home or traveling, have a fabulous trip. And if you have kiddos to entertain, I've compiled a list of the best Christmas stories to be read at bedtime for the next few days. I'll be taking a little break next week but will be back for one or two posts and we'll be bringing back a full month of things to do with the annual January 30 Day Challenge. 
A Home in Paris
Winter Hobbies
I'm Much Better Here

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this week's favorites...

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Sweaters, leggings and high messy pony-tails have been my go to lately while finishing packing. Just a few more boxes to go, celebrate a little with wassail, relax and enjoy the holiday with my family and then the actual moving part. Oh yeah, did I mention I'm moving? More on that soon...
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Gift Guide: Last Minute Buys

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A cute and small phone charger to keep in her purse.
For the e-reader who doesn't care about apple products.  
For the home, this classy coaster set.
For your bookish friends, they'll love this subscription,literary matchbox set, these candles and glasses
This perfume, it's hit with every woman. 
Who wouldn't want a mason jar cocktail shaker?
These trendy bracelets are excellent gifts for girlfriends.
The cutest (and brightest) luggage tags.
Disneyland, Barnes and Noble and iTunes Gift Cards are always appreciated.  
Cozy and vintage pajamas
For the makeup geek, this lipstick is the perfect shade of pink. 
For the coffee or tea addict, these mugs are everything.

Gift Guide: The Guy in Your Life

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He needs a modern but stylish briefcase to take to work. 
He's had the same wallet forever, it's time for an upgrade.
To step up his after shower routine
He's a voracious reader, get him a subscription for Book of the Month.
He's a foodie and likes to surprise you with his cooking skills.
He's kept the same luggage tags since high school, get him a couple new ones. 
Hide those holey sweat pants he won't give up and get him a new pair. 
For the beer connoisseur he is, he'll love this bottle-cap map.  

An Especially Hygge December

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I'm in the middle of a move right now so between packing boxes, wrapping presents, worrying about my very frail and sick family dog, running around trying to finish to-do lists and the craziness that the holiday season brings, I need some serious quiet time. An evening of no talking, my roommates chocolate covered peanut butter bars and catching up with holiday flicks on Netflix. I'm currently watching A Miracle on 34 Street(The Mara Wilson version), I'll Be Home for Christmas(who wasn't in love with JTT as a 90's Girl?) and my favoriteLovely, Actually. I'm all about the Netflix and Chill movement, so what are the staples on your night in?! For me a cozy low key night includes:

Pretty bralettes and comfy lounge wear.

An odd but favorite snack combination, popcorn with m&m's.

A glass or two (or three) of this rose.
(Seriously, it's a top five rose and it's from Trader Joe's)

My favorite Anthropologie house slippers.

This robe my mom got me …

Gift Guide: Your Dad

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He's had the same polo sweatshirt forever, it's time for a new one. 
He's a sucker for anything made by Ken Burns.
Get him season tickets for his favorite college football team
What dad doesn't ask for movie ticket gift cards
Because he's a kid at heart and will always say yes to Disneyland
He supported every moment of your college experience, so he'll want a new shirt every year!
His love for travel and curiosity
Treat him to his favorite beer.
For the life long learner, get him a subscription to Curious.

Weekend Wrap Up...

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Anthropologie seriously makes the best xmas/winter decorations...  what I'm currently wearing.  egg and avocado toast with extra clementines.  weekly library checkouts.  cool weather calls for cozy robes and cute slippers.

Saturday Happy

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If you loved the Netflix show, Stranger Things that premiered last summer then you are in for a treat. The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a podcast aimed at kids but a show that adults will enjoy too. A few weeks ago, a teacher emailed the library saying she wanted to join the fiction podcast club we hold at the library each month. She explained her group of young adults may not be able to keep up with some of the shows we typically play Friday mornings. So I did my research and came across this podcast. If you're someone who grew up loving The Goonies and E.T. (and are counting down the days until the second season of Stranger Things), you will fall in love with Mars Patel and his friends. What's making you happy this week?

Guide Guide: Brother

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He needs a new sports jacket
He's constantly traveling, so a new set of luggage tags will be a perfect gift.
For your brother who is a reading machine, gift him a book of the month club subscription.
He'll love these wool running shoes
He never gets sick of iTunes gift cards.
Because he and his wife are globetrotters, this is a must. (It will also make an excellent coffee table book)
To go with his record player, gift him with the Vinyl Me, Please subscription. 
And even though he's in his thirties, he will never outgrow The Simpsons.

Friday Morning...

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Are you getting close to the bottom of your long to-do list?! I'm not, I feel like I'm crossing a few off and then adding more to the never ending list of things I need to do before Christmas and the New Year. On top of shopping and getting ready for the holidays, I'm moving. I'm moving literally the week between Christmas and New Years, so these last few weeks of December are busy and hectic. And now that I'm working weekends, packing is limited to my evenings and I'm usually exhausted, all the snowbirds are in town and apparently the library is a hopping place during this time of year. Oh and now I've been waking up at four which makes my day extra long. I need sleep, we all need sleep. Have a good weekend and see you Monday :)
Christmas Drinking Game
La La Land
Baby, It's Cold Outside
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this week's favorites...

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What's on your holiday to-do list this weekend?! 
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Home Alone: A Picture Book

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Kim Smith turned my favorite holiday movie into a picture book and it pretty much made my weekend. If you were a 90s kid who watched this movie all year 'round like me and my siblings, then you need to get this book and read it to your kiddos so they can learn to love it like you did as a child.

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Gift Guide: Mom

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For a classy and put together outfit, your mom will love this turtleneck sweater
Because she lives forSprinkles cupcakes
She's always asking for a new candle.
 For glowing skin and moisturizing lips
Warm and cozy for those cool winter nights. 
She's a sucker for See's Candy.
So she can practice French with you.
It takes one strong woman to raise two brave and very independent daughters.    (Have a mother/daughter movie night and watch this documentary)

Weekend Wrap Up...

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ready for the holidays...  keys to the penthouse.  bookshelf details...  a packed weekend followed by an at home spa day. never ever get sick of pad thai...
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Quote of the Day

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"The question is not how to survive. But how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style." -Mary Angelo
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Friday Morning

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There's only three weeks left of the year and there is still a thousand things to do it feels like. What have you been up too? Have you finished all your shopping, wrapping and running around town trying to check off everything on your December To-Do List? Between all the festivities, work and a few exciting things happening over the next month, I need some serious down time. I can't remember the last time I slept in until nine or ten, do you? If you can sleep in, read a magazine, listen to some music or squeeze in a nap time, do it. Enjoy your weekend and see you next week :)
Friends in the Work Place
Suitcase
Think you have a long to-do list?
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this week's favorites...

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There is no room to complain about the weather being freezing cold in Palm Springs, because it's not it is actually close to being perfect. But that still doesn't mean a nice warm tropical getaway isn't on my mind. Seychelles Islands, anyone?!
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Tree in a Basket

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A few weeks ago at Thanksgiving, all the women gathered around after dinner and started talking Christmas decorations, a conversation that can last a whole day in my family. My cousin was telling us how she was going to try and attempt this whole tree in a basket idea. She had saved a picture for inspiration and showed us all, I have to say it looked very homey and not silly at all. So I've decided to follow the trend this year and try it out. For a small apartment like mine, I love this small version so it's not overwhelming. What do you think? 
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Life Lately

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I basically live in this turtleneck sweater. Whether for weekend errands, work, hanging around the house or date night, this is one of my favorite pieces this winter season. 
I'm always searching for decor pieces to put around the house and right now I'm really into copper taper candle holders. Its been a month long search and I finally came across these, I ordered them in bulk and plan on scattering them between bookshelves and the kitchen table. 
If there's one thing I like to talk about on social media, it's makeup and skincare. My skin has been extremely dry lately and between all my expensive products running out at the same time, I went for this heavy night cream by Aveeno and I absolutely love it. I've had no issues with dry skin for almost a month now!
My mom told me about this place awhile ago; so two weeks ago I finally decided to check out The Real Italian Deli. It's now become one of my favorite weekend errands. Their dry salami is perfection, the …

Weekend Wrap Up...

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my new favorite weekend errand,  the local Italian deli.   wrapping gifts and watching holiday movies.  literally the perfect weekend.   lemon mint water, pink pillows and Irish authors. Palm Springs is Better!
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