three from the weekend

threefromtheweekend1401 / A preview. (I’m going to relaunch my Etsy shop very soon!!)
02 / Ice cream with the fam because it wasn’t snowing.
03 / Sunday was a perfect coffee shop day. Meegan and I took advantage of it.

xo,
Maci

three from the weekend

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01 / I made a cake and photographed it on the new piece of slate that my dad gave me last week.
02 / I took pictures of pictures.
03 / While Meegan edited photos of snow, I edited photos of Carmel.

xo,
Maci

february / the month in instagrams

[This is the post in which I share photos and a candid review of the month. Click on the photos to read the captions.]

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the ideas i have while working out

IMG_1571In general, I listen to music while I work out. That facilitates one of two things: attempting to sing along while doing sprinter starts or counting reps/seconds. Clearly listening to music is a good idea, because the alternative is silence and that facilitates thinking.

I think about all sorts of things. This morning, I thought about dessert. I thought about how my brother has been after me to make some cinnamon swirl bread. I thought about how I think cinnamon swirl bread is rather dull.

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three from the weekend

threefromtheweekend12For the past few days leading up to this weekly post, I’ve been super curious. Each week I’ve been sharing a few things from my weekend, but I want to know what your weekends look like!

Do you stay in and relax? Do you get out and do something fun in your town or nearby? Do you bake? Hang out with friends? Work? Obviously every weekend is different, but I’d love to know what your definition of a weekend well-spent is!

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01 / The latest Bon Appetit came on Friday evening, so I spent part of Saturday morning flipping through its pages.
02 / Channeled my inner kid (it’s not difficult to do) and made plain cheese quesadillas. (With sharp cheddar and homemade tortillas.)
03 / You know when it becomes imperative that you bake something chocolatey? That happened. Also, I find it a little strange that I published that recipe almost one year ago to the day.

xo,
Maci

favorite beauty products from trader joe’s

favorite trader joe's beauty productsI make no secret of my love for Trader Joe’s. They sell great products at great prices. They have fantastic customer service and I’ve never encountered an employee that was not genuinely friendly and helpful. I had to return a spoiled product once, and oh my goodness, they made it the best experience ever. I wanted to send them a love letter or a love tweet, it was that wonderful.

I’ve also been known to go to Trader Joe’s four times in one week, because I love it that much. (My mom called it poor planning, but maybe I just like shopping European-style). #happyplace Continue reading

scenes from valentine’s day

IMG_1307Growing up, Valentine’s Day was never a huge thing in my family, though we definitely recognized it. My mom would make paper valentines for me, my brother, and my dad, and in recent years dad has taken us out of town for a special dinner. We don’t put a ton of stock in the holiday, but it is fun to do have an excuse to do something out of the ordinary for a day.

This year Meegan and I, both being happily and enjoyably single (seriously, it’s great), decided to take the entire day and get out of town in celebration/recognition of Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day. We picked Fayetteville as our destination (the major deciding factors being a particular coffee shop and the weather forecast).

It was a perfect, perfect day. And nothing says Valentine’s Day like cruising down the freeway with the windows down singing Sara Bareilles’ King of Anything at the top of your lungs, right? :)

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three from the weekend

threefromtheweekend10I had a fairly wonderful weekend. On Saturday, I hung out with Meegan at the coffee shop for an extended amount of time. Church was great on Sunday and I tried out a new college group in the evening. I’m not used to being the “new person” in settings like that, so it’s always a certain degree of awkward. But I met some friendly people and all in all it wasn’t too bad. The weekend came to an end with ¾ of an episode of NCIS.

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01 / Sunny Saturdays are for sitting outside with a good friend at the coffee shop through a whole laptop battery cycle, then moving inside to the window seat for a while.
02 / Driving home during the golden hour for dinner.
03 / Sunny Sundays are for drinking Meyer lemon Italian sodas in the sun.

xo,
Maci

three from the weekend

threefromtheweekend09I woke up on Saturday morning and realized after breakfast that I didn’t have a single thing planned. So I called Meegan and she came over in the afternoon to eat See’s candy (bless you, Johnson’s), drink warm drinks, and edit photos. We worked on our portfolios together, so Saturday turned out to be productive and fun.

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01 / Chai tea for me and coffee for Meegan.
02 / A little time spent with Martin.
03 / Baking on Sunday afternoon is more fun than watching the Super Bowl on Sunday afternoon, and that’s a fact.

xo,
Maci