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Loving Lately

What I’m Loving Lately – December 2017

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great holiday week and soaking up the time with family and friends. We’ve been here in NYC, but today we’re driving down to Philadelphia to meet up with our friends Kyle and Kelly. They live in Los Angeles, but we all went to college together at the University of Pennsylvania, so we thought it would be fun to meet in Philly now that we all no longer live in the same city. Fun fact: Kyle actually officiated our wedding and Kelly and I were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, so it goes without saying that we love spending time together and are really looking forward to the next couple of days!

Before we jump in the car, I wanted to pop in and share my monthly list of What I’m Loving Lately.

 

2017

2017 collage

Am I cheating here by including an entire year on the list? Well, as this year comes to a close, I would be remiss not to mention how incredible / crazy / scary / life-changing 2017 has been. From quitting my job, to traveling throughout Europe for two months, marrying Travis, honeymooning in Greece, and moving from Los Angeles to NYC, it’s been NONSTOP change and excitement. There have been really happy times, and some nerve-racking, unpredictable times, but in the end I am so happy with every decision that Travis and I made together. I am not sure if anything can top 2017 (or if I want it to!), so I’m looking forward to a slower-paced 2018 as we settle into our new life in New York.

 

Wall Mounted Spice Rack

Wall Mounted Spice Rack

One of the biggest challenges of moving into our new apartment in New York City was finding space to store everything! We definitely downgraded in size from our last apartment in Santa Monica, so it was a big adjustment for us, especially when it came to organizing the kitchen. I found this fantastic spice rack on Amazon, and it’s been a big lifesaver for us. We hung it on the wall near our stove, so all of the spices are in easy access when I’m cooking. I also love that it doesn’t take up precious counter space like many other space racks we looked at. The exact one that we have is no longer available on Amazon, but this one is very similar.

 

Doctor Kracker

Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers

My mom is the one who introduced me to these crackers, and I’m hooked! It’s hard to find a good whole grain cracker that doesn’t taste like cardboard, and so many of the ones that actually taste good have so much extra junk in them! These Doctor Kracker seeded crackers are so tasty, and very addicting. The brand isn’t that easy to find around us, so when my mom visited she brought me five boxes (she’s the best). You should be on the lookout for them the next time you go grocery shopping. They taste delicious with hummus or cheese and even on their own.

 

Me & My Big Ideas Planner

I just purchased my second Me & My Big Ideas Planner for 2018, and I love it more than ever. This planner is a less expensive version than the Erin Condren Life Planner, but with so many of the same features. Each day is split into three sections that I use to schedule my morning, afternoon and night. I use this planner to write down everything from blogging tasks, personal to-dos and appointments, and social activities. I also use it to plan our meals for the week and sometimes to schedule my workouts.

I love being organized, and even more so I love the feeling of crossing something off of a to-do list, so this planner makes me feel totally on top of things. If you’re trying to be better organized in the new year, I HIGHLY recommend this planner. Make sure you browse the different style options on Amazon to pick your favorite design.

 

Recipes I’ve been loving lately:

Homemade Whole Wheat Bagels (I made these last weekend with the Trader Joe’s Everything Seasoning, and they were SO good!)

Barramundi in Tomato Basil White Wine Sauce

Bourbon Salmon with Pecans from Sarah at Champagne Tastes (This is one of my new favorite salmon recipes!)

 

Wishing you all a very happy new year, and I’ll see you in 2018! (Wow, that’s weird to say…)

 

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Link Love

Wednesday Link Love

Hey there! I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start. I woke up early, walked Bessie, read theSkimm, and now I am checking in with you guys as I eat my breakfast (protein pancakes for the win this morning!).

I haven’t done a Link Love post in awhile, so without further ado, here are some links from around the web that I thought you’d be interested in:

 

1. Buzzfeed: 28 Texts that Prove that Parents are Evolving

Buzzfeed

Admittedly, most Buzzfeed articles make me laugh, but this list of text messages from parents had me cracking up the whole way through. Read it for a good laugh.

 

2. The new Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar music video for “Bad Blood” is out-of-this-world badass.

This video = absolute girl domination. It’s like a scene from a futuristic, action-packed movie. I was also glued to the screen, trying to catch all the celebrity cameos in the video.

Taylor has come a looooong way from just singing love songs while playing the guitar –  I guess she ain’t so country anymore! . This song is going on repeat for me all day.

 

3. Speaking of videos, watch Maya Rudolph “sing” the National Anthem at Tulane’s Graduation ceremony last week. And once you’ll watch it, you’ll know why I put sing in quotations.

Maya Rudolph

John Legend attended my school (University of Pennsylvania), but unfortunately he only gave a commencement speech two years after I graduated. Yup, still holding a grudge about that.

 

4. 13 Shoe Trends We’re Glad Have Disappeared

I am totally guilty of wearing many of these in the 90s / early 2000s.

Shoes

I remember in 7th grade everyone started wearing these slipper flats and my mom kept telling me how hideous (and idiotic) they were, so I never had a pair. Thanks Mom – you really did always know what was best for me!

But, I was totally guilty of rocking these Mudd loafers with bellbottom jeans.

Mudd Loafers

 

5. 7 Smart Organizing Tricks You Probably Hadn’t Thought of – from Real Simple

Real Simple

I am total organization nerd and these types of posts always motivate me to organize our apartment. So many ideas! Looks like a trip to The Container Store is on my agenda this weekend…

 

Tips and Tricks

Recipe Organization: My Method

I subscribe to way too many food magazines. I kept receiving free or heavily discounted offers, so I just continued to sign up for one after the other. I read all of them, but in the last year my stockpile became a bit ridiculous.

Recipe Organization

I began hoarding magazines on the bookshelf in our living room because I couldn’t part with them. As I read these magazines, I dog-ear pages that I intend to look back on: recipes, restaurant reviews, wines to try, cleaning methods, grilling techniques, etc.

Travis, on the other hand, prefers to tear out pages he wants to save as he reads each magazine. This always used to make me cringe. You see, I am somewhat of an organization maniac (you never would have guessed that based on all of the magazines I’ve hoarded), so when Travis pulled out pages I used to think, “No! Now the pages aren’t in order. What if I want to reference something on the other side of the page!?” It was a bit silly of me because in reality, over the past year I’ve rarely gone back and looked at any of the pages I dog-eared. If I remembered a recipe I saw in one of my Cooking Light issues, I’d have to sift through at least four of them until I found what I was looking for. It was a big waste of time.

Recipe Organization

So I finally succumbed to Travis’ way of doing things. The past few weeks I have started to sift through these magazines again, tearing out pages I want to save. I do this just a few magazines at a time, usually on the coffee table in our living room in front of some mindless reality TV show. At the beginning, I looked at the massive pile of magazines I had to go through and dreaded this process, but it has actually been very enjoyable! I’ve loved looking back at recipes I meant to make, but never did. I’ve been kicking myself for not doing this sooner because there are so many delicious things I could have been cooking all this time!

So I finally succumbed to Travis' way of doing things. The past few weeks I've taken a big batch of magazines at a time and starting cutting out any page I wanted to save.

I bought one of my favorite multi-section file folders to organize the cut-out pages into different sections.

So I finally succumbed to Travis' way of doing things. The past few weeks I've taken a big batch of magazines at a time and starting cutting out any page I wanted to save.

I used these expanding folders all the time in college to organize important papers and class work and it works just as perfectly for this purpose.

Recipe Organization

I’ve organized all my recipes into the categories you see above as well as “wines and cocktails,” “grilling and kitchen tips and tricks,” and “travel and restaurants.” Every week before I go to the grocery store I pull out a few recipes from each section that I want to try that upcoming week.  This makes our dinners so much more exciting because we are constantly trying new things. The recipes that turn out well I put right back into the file folder, but the ones that we don’t like, I just throw away (and make room for new recipes!).

So far this process is working great for me! My pile of magazines is gone and I feel much more organized now.

How do you organize your recipes? Do you put them in a folder like me? Or do you prefer digital versions such as bookmarks and/or Pinterest?