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New Apartment Essentials

So... I should be working on my homework for yoga teacher training right now... but since we get the keys to our new apartment tomorrow(!!!!!), pretty much all I have on the brain is IKEA. My enthusiasm for that store may be a tad overwhelming sometimes, and I realize that not everyone is lucky enough to have one nearby, but IKEA is part of my abode-history. Half of the stuff in my parents' house growing up was from IKEA, in fact, we took frequent trips there as a family. It's also where I went when I moved into my first apartment, and each and every single one after that one... so my love for IKEA goes way back.

Needless to say, whenever Shawn and I are looking for anything house-related, 99% of the time IKEA is the first place we look. We've been daydreaming about the new apartment, and now that move-in day is within fingertips reach, we can finally make our daydreams reality. Since we're pretty good on furniture and don't currently intend to buy any more (minus …

Inspiration: Living Room

When it comes to living rooms, I find myself torn between wanting neutrals and soft pastels paired with dark wood and plants, or wanting ALL the colors and patterns imaginable. Clearly two opposite ends of the spectrum, and I think it really depends on my mood. So how exactly do we work with that? We can't have a living room that changes depending on my mood... (wouldn't that be amazing?!) Shawn is mostly drawn to color, patterns, and textures. If it were up to him we would have wood paneling, 70's floral wallpaper, and furniture that exhibits the entire color wheel. Thankfully, it's not entirely up to him!

This is a great combination of our tastes - colorful, but tasteful. (source)

Not a fan of the couch, but everything else about this room is awesome! (source)

Soft pastels and pillows exude comfort. Side note: we both love that chaise, but it's out of our current budget. (source)

Floor cushions, big rug, and a funky couch - love it! (source)

This doesn't fit…

Fun Finds Friday #126

I didn't intend for all of today's photos to be clothing-related, but...
I recently bought these shorts and have been waiting for the weather to warm up so that I can wear them 24/7.This whole outfit feels so very me.I'd love me a cactus dress!!Not my usual style, but these pants are pretty rad.
The great American bucket list.I've noticed that most people in the restaurant industry (myself included) are outgoing introverts... isn't that interesting?Everything you never knew you wanted to know about microbes.We are 50% of the way to making HGTTG's Babelfish a reality.OMG these blankets!!!I'd love to play around with some DIY veggie stamps.
Happy Friday!!!!!


Favorite things lately....
Last week I went for a hike with my Mom and my sister and it was amazing. Partly because of the company, and partly because I hadn't been out in nature in so long that I had forgotten how great it is!A cat on a (not hot or tin) roof. Shawn and I witnessed our neighbor's cat sneak in and out of their window. At one point, he was so curious about people on the street that I thought he was going to fall off the roof! (Don't worry, he didn't.)I did three bake shifts last week and although it was exhausting, the bread turned out awesome! Usually I'm just baking dough that someone else mixed, and then mixing dough that someone else bakes. I got to bake some of the dough that I mixed though and I was super proud of how it came out.A friend got me back into coloring books lately; I've been trying to spend at least fifteen minutes coloring every morning. It makes me want to get new coloring books, but I really need to finish the three that I al…

On Fitness

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The last time I wrote about fitness the whole post was kind of a downer, despite positive highlights. That was almost two years ago though and I'm happy to say that lately, I've been in a much better mental state about my body and fitness in general. Part of that is because, despite my love of alcohol and salty foods, I'm the healthiest I've been in years. Another (big) part of that is because I've been embracing positive thoughts and having a positive attitude has seeped into every aspect of my life. I've been taking each day, each week as it comes. Some days are self-proclaimed lazy overly-indulgent days, and that's okay! I also work a fairly physically grueling job, where I'm on my feet for 8-9 hours a day, running up and down stairs at least 20 times a day (I've never actually counted), and lifting up to 50 pounds some days, so if I don't do anything but that most days, that's okay too!

But actually, I've…

What a $100 Grocery Trip Looks Like

I've been wanting to do some budget-type posts over here for a bit now. It's just something that has been on our minds lately, while we think about our 5-year plan. (That is a post for another day.) In my last Fun Finds Friday post I linked to this article about people who were given $100 to spend at the grocery store, and how they each spent it. The stark contrasts in how people spent their money fascinates me! The college student who mostly bought pre-packaged food, the bartender who spent more than half the money on a bottle of wine, the couple who bought mostly meat and produce... it's a great peek into other people's lives!

Yesterday evening I made a grocery run and when I got home I realized everything had totaled close to $100. (Okay, $125, minus a $6 bag of cat litter that isn't pictured... $119 is close enough, right? I didn't feel like doing the math to omit things.) I bought all the household stuff at Target, and all the actual food items at Acme. Gr…

Inspiration: Bedroom

Now that it's finally May, it seems like our move is just around the corner! We're still super excited, even though we still haven't found a tenant for our current apartment, so we're not sure if we'll be moving at the end of May or at the beginning of June (and listing the apartment on Craigslist has been a huge fail and utter waste of my time these past few weeks)... but rental-frustrations aside, we still can't stop thinking about the space that we will soon call home!

My last inspiration post was all about plants and balconies. Today we're looking at bedrooms! You'll notice that the bohemian and plant-y aesthetic from that post carries over into this one...

I love these colors and the general feeling this photo emits! (Though Shawn will tell you red in the bedroom is not feng shui...)(source)

Same with this photo - a simple wall hanging and darker colors on the bed to contrast the white walls. (source)

White in the bedroom makes the sunlight really…