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Everything Will Be Ok

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One of the best things about my new place is that I have a bath again!!! I've bought so much bubble bath that it's safe to say I don't need any for at least six months. Weekdays, especially stressful ones are for long bubble baths. My essentials include turning off the bathroom lights, lit candles, tea tree sheet masks, G Eazy (I'm currently listening to Everything Will Be Ok featuring Kehlani on repeat) music playing in the background and soaking for twenty to thirty minutes. What is your bath time ritual? Do yourself a favor and take a nice long bath tonight, I know I will be! 
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Weekend Wrap Up...

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new weekend routine - lunch & books at the park.  friday night plans...  fake eyelashes, still not sure how I feel about you.   hanging out with new friends like Lauren Groff. perfect day at the park...
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Quote of the Day

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Be in love with your life. Every minute of it. -author unknown
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Friday Morning

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Hey readers! How was your week, hopefully it wasn't too chaotic. Even though mine flew by, it was the best work week of the year. Remember that golden hour I mentioned in Tuesday's post, well whatever the reason, this was my week.  An entire year of programs and events, booked! A presentation I had been stressing over, done and out of the way. A massive weeding that has literally taken a month is finished! I could not feel any better than I am in this moment. Oh, that massive weeding of library material, I  counted roughly 650  items, buh bye books from 1977! I don't know about you guys but I've been working on my work/life balance over the last three weeks and I have to say, I feel really good. On top of the usual workload which is semi under control, I've been working on yet another pretty big and exciting project.  I plan on working over the weekend on this second project  (and attending The Writer's Festival, hello Lauren Groff) I'm also getting excite…

this week's favorites...

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I've been in love with James McAvoy since Wimbledon. A romantic comedy I'm sure most people probably forgot about right after they saw it. He's Paul's younger brother and he cracks me up. I recently just saw his latest film, Split a new movie by M. Night Shyamalan. He is amazing at playing nine different characters, even though his role is really 23 different personalities. So hopefully you take a friend and go see Split this weekend or look for another one of his films on Netflix, he's pretty much boss in everything!
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Take a Class

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When it comes to exercising, I'm not exactly the type that likes to be others. I like to plug in my earbuds and go for a walk or hike, I actually prefer swimming laps more than anything else. I've taken a few yoga/pilates classes but everything else I typically do on my own. Not because I'm anti-social, I just prefer being in the zone and focus on my workout. If you're more of a social exerciser or think you'll be more active if you put money into yourself, sign up for dance classes, get a membership to a national park where you can hike and rock climb or join a water aerobics class at the local pool. 
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Read Harder

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When it comes to reading, I spend way more time on children's literature. Adult and young adult books, not to much. This year I plan on doing two things when it comes to my year long book list. Read more adult material and read harder. And what I mean by reading harder is not picking out the usual pretty cover chick-lit paperback or bestsellers but substantial books. I'm not a sci-fi person and I'm just now starting to get into essays and short stories. Book Riot and the New York Public Library are the best places to find these read harder kind of lists. So I'm hoping to pass along this intention of skirting past the bestsellers and find something that you would not ordinarily pick up. Happy Reading! 
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31 Day Challnege - Week 4

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Five Secrets to Master a Work/Life Balance
1. On making sacrifices. As much as I wish I could do it all,I can't. In reality, it requires prioritizing what's important to you. And what's important to you is completely different than the priorities of others. Figure out the five most important things in your life and master them, don't worry what other people are doing. We all have to make sacrafices.
2. On being in the moment. This may sound redundant but if you're at work, you should be 100% at work and when you are with your friends or family you should be with them and not checking emails or social media. 
3. On being disconnected. Part of my winding down ritual during the week does include scrolling through social media. I try to spend minimal time checking but I leave the weekends for completely unplugging (that is until Sunday evening). Weekends are for reading, getting out, being active and hanging with family and friends. 
4. On hobbies. I may have talked t…

Weekend Wrap Up...

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how we do sundays...  recent beauty buys. watched and participated from the sidelines...  what is currently on my desk. feeling more and more like home.
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Quote of the Day

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"Surround yourself with the dreamers and doers, the believers and thinkers. But most of all surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you. Even when you don't see it yourself."
-Edward Lee
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Friday Morning

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Happy Friday guys, how is everyone? As much as I dislike like talking politics on the blog, I think what everyone really needs is to just turn the television off for the weekend and enjoy just hanging out with family and getting outdoors. Between the rainy weather (which I love because we never get rain!), finding, buying and bringing a dresser home and re-purposing it over the weekend and celebrating my dad's birthday, I'm looking forward to a low-key weekend. What are your plans?
Best Night Ever
Planet Earth
Trader Joe's Musts
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this week's favorites...

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Blended Family - Alicia Keys  St. Petersburg - Brooke Fraser  Love Me Now - John Legend  Run - Matt Nathanson Advice - Kehlani
In the last few months there has been a lot great new music out. I'm just glad many of my favorite artists are coming out with new albums this and last year. What are you listening too? Kehlani's new album is pretty much amazing!!!
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Orecchiette with Spring Greens

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A year ago I came across an orechhiette recipe that I loved from the cooks behind the magazine, Cooking Light. As I scrolled through all the recipes I've written about in the last seven years, I realized I hadn't included it. It's simple but delicious. So make it for yourself or serve it up for a Sunday night family dinner.
Ingredients: 8 cups (about 9 oz.) packed baby Swiss chard, baby kale or spinach*
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) orecchiette
6 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 cup walnuts

a handful (about 1/4 cup) of grated Pecorino or Parmigiano
salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Directions:  Place greens in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes to allow any dirt to settle. Scoop greens from water and place in a large colander to drain. Any water clinging to the leaves is just fine. 
Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the tablespoon of salt and stir in the pasta. 
In a large sauté pan (large enough to fit the pasta and gr…

Enjoy the Night

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Quick, Easy and Structured Evening Routine to Enjoy The Night:
1. If it were my choice and my work day ended at five, I'd eat dinner between five and six in the evening. Eat dinner earlier.  Since I'm usually in bed by ten, my body needs time to digest. So make an effort to be finished eating by 8 p.m. That way your body will have two hours to digest and wind down before bedtime. 
2. Tackle your to-do list. I have a to-do list for everything - the day job, this blog, grocery list and the things I need to do around town. By the time I get in bed , that's inevitably when my mind goes into list mode. I keep a notepad, pens and pencils on my nightstand so when I think of something I write it down. I usually can't fall asleep until everything is written down.
3. I'm lucky that my job is located next to the grocery store and places like Target, my Dry Cleaner and the Post Office. Use your lunch for running errands. I like to get my shopping, phone calls and errands do…

Weekend Wrap Up...

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although a pain in the butt, she's so cute.  breakfast of champions...  almost a complete living room :)  mini bar. preparing for the first ever palm springs silent book. (images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." -MLK (image)

Friday Morning

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Good morning readers! This week went by a little too quickly but I'm certainly glad to be enjoying a three day weekend. The apartment is starting to look and feel more like home and call me a crazy cat lady but I get so excited to see "The Girls" (as my sister and I coined the term for her two cats, Pepper and Minnie) after a long day at work. How are you, how's the beginning of 2017 treating you? There may be a day trip planned this weekend but other than that, I'll just be enjoying my apartment and a new arrival to add to the living room this weekend. Have a good one and see you monday morning. 
Plan way out in advance.
This addicting word map.
Sleep better.
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this week's favorites...

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Take a look inside the New York Public Library's last, secret apartments. There are only thirteen left, they're haunting, historic and a piece of of the city people are forgetting about. 
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Antiquing With Your Sister

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My sister and I just moved into together for the first time since college and as friends, partners in crime and sisters, we are having so much fun decorating our apartment. It's only been a week and half of living in our new place, but it's clear our home is mid-century modern meets casual chic (we can't stop staring and obsessing over our blue velvet couch!). Now despite my sister's distaste for mid-century modern architecture and decor, I can tell she doesn't hate it as much as she used too. And just in case you didn't know, Palm Springs is the capital of everything mid-century and also home to some of the finest antique shops. So one of these weekends we plan on hitting up a few shops to see what's out there. Are you in the middle of a move or in the mood to go antiquing? Grab your sister or a friend and hit the town. 

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Palm Springs: 3 Spots

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Since I enjoy checking out new restaurants and trying new foods, I like to get out and see what's new in my town. And while Palm Springs seems to be all the rage at the moment, here's a list that includes a few of my favorite spots, bars and restaurants I want to try and places I can't stop talking about. Cheeky's has been a popular brunch restaurant for about five years now, every time I go (which has only been a few times) it's at least an hour wait. One of these days, I will go and report back on the experience. Palm Springs Ice Cream and Shoppe is a fairly new ice cream place but it is a favorite!!! Even though I technically in Palm Desert, I will make a special trip to just go and get ice cream from this mid-century modern ice cream shop. Birba is a very hip bar/restaurant. With only outdoor seating it is the place to go during the winter. So next time you come out to the desert, try these new places. Are you one who dines at the same place every time you go …