Moving with as little stress as possible

 Hi friends! As you know if you read my last post, I moved over the weekend! Still getting settled in this new space (and buying furniture since there's SO. MUCH. SPACE.), but I wanted to share some things that made moving a bit easier and slightly less stressful. First up is definitely Lend a Box . This is a brilliant service that lets you rent reusable plastic crates and packing materials for your move! They drop off the boxes at your home, give you a week (or more, if you need it), and then come a pick them up from your new place. The boxes come with their own dollies for transportation and they even have kitchen kits that come with glass and plate separators. Like seriously, cannot recommend this type of service enough. It was super affordable--probably worked out to be about the same as buying all of the boxes and packing materials would've been. And as a bonus, it's environmentally friendly and it made it so easy for our movers. Which brings me to number two: hire mov

Life Update: Moving! (Still in DC, though)

 Hello! Happy New Year! Hope you are all safe and healthy and taking care of yourselves (especially your mental health during this pandemic and racist insurrection). Hopping back into this blog with an exciting announcement: I'm moving! Before we all get too excited--I'm staying in DC. After four years in my current apartment (one marriage, two degrees, and one puppy later), B and I need a bigger place. Especially since we're both working from home for the foreseeable future. So, we're moving! Our new place is in the same neighborhood that we know and love, just about a mile south. So I'll still be in Eckington/NoMa in DC (for those of you who know what that means). I'm very excited to have more space, to not be in an apartment building, and to have a little bit of outdoor space for us and the pup.  I'm also extremely excited to decorate, furnish, and style this new space. We're going to be moving a bit slow on this front due to our real-person-no-genera

2020 Book List

 I DID IT! I met AND SURPASSED my goal of reading 100 books this year. Obviously with staying at home I have lots more time to read this year, and I managed to read 101 books in 2020. I had a major reading block when the pandemic first started since I couldn't focus on anything--and then another lull as work started to pick up. But even with that I'm extremely proud of the number (and quality) of the books I read. For ease, I'm going to put the entire list here, and star the ones that were my favorites. These are in the order that I read them in, not any other ranking. The Au Pair - Emma Rous The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang The Lies We Told - Camilla Way The Perfect Nanny - Leila Slimani The Family Next Door - Sally Hepworth Freefall - Jessica Barry* The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas A Great and Terrible Beauty -Libba Bray Rebel Angels - Libba Bray My Friend Anna - Rachel DeLoache WIlliams The Last Time I Saw You - Liv Constantine Such a Perfect Wife - Kate White Lock Every Do

A Quarantine Holiday

 Hi friends! Like many of you, I'm staying home and not like I usually do for the holidays this year. It definitely sucks to not see my family (especially because I generally only see them in person once a year), but I would rather be safe and healthy than take that risk right now. But doing the holidays a whole new way means I'm having to figure out how to get into the holiday spirit without most of my usual activities. I'm sure a lot of us are struggling with this right now so I thought I'd share some ideas for things (big and small) to help you get into the holiday spirit even if you're away from your family this year. Make peppermint hot chocolate! All you have to do is add a candy cane into your hot chocolate--it melts nicely and makes the perfect holiday hot chocolate! And if you use a regular (not mini) candy cane it's also a festive garnish. Put up a Christmas tree (doesn't have to be traditional) and decorate while listening to Christmas music or wa

Where I'm Shopping for Christmas Presents

 One of the things I'm trying to do this year is buy from small businesses. I touched on this a bit in a previous post about small DC businesses , but I thought it could be fun (and maybe helpful) to share a larger list of places I have placed orders! I'm not going to get too specific about what I bought from these shops because the gift recipients read this blog, but these are businesses I'm super excited about so I want to share! Salt and Sundry . This is a super cute shop in DC that stocks beautiful goods from smaller makers and designers. Many are local, but they source from all over the world. They have amazing gift guides, including a guide that lists all their products from BIPOC makers. Equilibria . A woman-owned CBD shop that offers one-on-one consultations with experts to help you figure out how to make CBD work for you. I use their products every day and they're game changers, especially during this pandemic. They added holiday gift sets this year that I'

What I Read This Fall

 It's been a while since I've posted something since it's been a busy election season and then I took some time to unplug. But part of that unplugging (and a big part of my self care during the election season) was reading. A lot. So here are all the books I read since my last post. 71. Clap When You Land - Elizabeth Acevedo 72. Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators - Ronan Farrow 73. Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close - Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman 74. All Adults Here - Emma Straub 75. The Daughters of Erietown - Connie Schultz 76. Long Bright River - Liz Moore 77. The Heir Affair (The Royal We #2) - Heather Cocks 78. Waiting for Tom Hanks -Kerry Winfrey 79. Intimations - Zadie Smith 80. The Night Swim - Megan Goldin 81. Transcendent Kingdom -Yaa Gyasi 82. The Truth Hurts - Rebecca Reid 83. Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia 84. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton 85. Leave the World Behind - Rumaan Alam 86. Maje

Online Window Shopping

 I know I can't be the only one who misses window shopping. Wandering into cute shops and looking around at all the cute things with little intention of buying anything. So I've resorted to online window shopping--the much-joked-about adding things to my shopping cart and then closing the browser tab. But it's still fun to look. So here are a few things I've been lusting after online that I may or may not buy ever. Custom neon sign.   This business is so cool and I've wanted a neon sign for my wedding that can then hang in my house as well. Here's what I designed: AYR "The Robe" coat.  I've been getting targeted ads for AYR's beautiful clothing for months and finally bought a few things--the Bomb Pop jeans, the Deep End button up, and the Le Square sweater. They're all amazing. Incredible quality and so soft and great staples. So obviously I'm lusting after this gorgeous coat for winter. (Also, if I'm being honest I basically want a