Monthly Archives: May 2014

Fit for a Friday

A compilation of musings, findings, and favorite links from the past week – fit for a Friday.

You go, girl! All the lessons are great, but I especially love 4, 9, 12, 19, 24, 37, and 39.

"Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't wait for a special occasion, today is special."

In an effort to avoid spoilers, I’ll keep this as short as possible. SUCH a good episode. I’m amazed how full-circle the series can go in just 7 episodes, and I can’t wait to see how they wrap it up in 2015.

Also, how amazing was the wardrobe in this episode!? Everyone looked really great, but Betty in particular stood out to me in her handful of scenes. She had some fab dresses, and how cute was that little daisy shell she was wearing in the kitchen? I’ve officially added this top from Boden to my Wardrobe Wishlist.

Baby goat! “If we could live happy & healthy lives without harming others…. why wouldn’t we?”

Such a girl crush. Mindy rocks.

This post from one of my favorite bloggers convinced me I need popsicle molds, ASAP. Strawberry Basil Pops are most definitely happening in my near future. So easy! So fresh!

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  • And this little joke:

Q – Why don’t cats play poker in the jungle?  A – Too many cheetahs!

… I’m the worst. Have a great weekend, friends!

What’s on your Friday Faves list?

Mid-Week Peaks

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hate to wish my days away, but I’m loving that we’re already halfway to the weekend after the Monday holiday. As I get my footing with this little blog, I’d like to introduce something I hope to do each Wednesday – My Mid-Week Peaks.

Some of my best memories as a kid are the weeks I spent at summer camp. For eight (nine?) years I spent a week each summer buried in the mountains of West Virginia, my days filled with hiking, canoeing, tie-dying and worship. (And the Cup Game. We were on to the Cup Game way before Anna Kendrick.) As the sun would set we would gather around the campfire, our counselors encouraging us to share our “Peaks” and “Valleys” of the day.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been up on that mountain, but these moments of reflecting on the day’s highs and lows stick with me. J can vouch that I have a knack for prompting him to share his Peaks and Valleys right as he starts to fall asleep each night. (He loves it.) Each Wednesday I’d like to share a few of my peaks with you – here are a few highlights from the past week:

-A Visit from Friends

In addition to having a long weekend, our Memorial Day holiday was made even better by a visit from our friends Brittany and Brent. It was so wonderful to spend Saturday and Sunday with them catching up. We strolled Annapolis, enjoyed good food, played some mini golf (J is still reeling from his loss to Brittany), and attended an Orioles game before they headed back home to their baby boy Sunday evening.

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-Fresh Flowers!

Having company over the weekend meant an excuse for fresh flowers in the apartment. I picked up a small bouquet at Trader Joe’s on Friday, and the blooms still look great. I love having fresh flowers around, and the cat has even been leaving them alone. It’s the simple things.

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-Hiking at Watkins Regional Park

J and I had the day to ourselves Monday, so we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and check out a regional park nearby. The park has a fun nature center, and we spent a few hours scoping out the critters (sheep!) and hiking around the trails. It was a great laid-back way to wrap up the long weekend and ease back into the week.

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-Sweet Words from You!

I have been getting such a wonderful response from you all about my posts and starting the blog. This has definitely been a peak of my week! Thank you for your support!

So there we have it, my mid-week peaks! Thanks for sticking with me through all those words. What’s been a highlight of your week?

Summer Bucket List

With Memorial Day Weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, I found myself sipping my coffee Monday morning with a breeze blowing through the screen door, contemplating what the season would bring. J and I have some really wonderful summer plans ahead, including a day trip to NYC, a week in Cape Cod with his family, and a trip to England and Scotland. Even with our planned travels, I can’t help but feel the itch to make this summer one to remember. Behold, my summer bucket list.

-Read 8 books between Memorial Day and Labor Day

I love to read, but I have noticed myself picking up a book less and less over the last couple of years. I blame Netflix. There are 15 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so I have a little less than two weeks to get through each book. I’ll share my summer reading list in an upcoming post!

– Go to Six Flags

J and I live just a few miles away from Six Flags America here in Maryland, and we haven’t been. This summer it is!

– Attend at least one outdoor concert

There’s nothing better than sitting under the stars listening to live music. I need to scope out touring dates and see what my options are, but I hope to get to at least one outdoor concert, big or small.

– Try three new restaurants in our area

We are lucky to be surrounded by amazing food and restaurants, but we find ourselves heading back to old favorites. Between options in DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore, we should easily be able to check off some new spots by summer’s end and hopefully add a new favorite or two to the books.

– Visit two new local Farmer’s Markets

On the same note, there are Farmer’s Markets everywhere you turn around here during the warm weather months, but I tend to end up at the same ones. Two specifically on my list are the Annapolis Market by the water and the Fell’s Point Market in Baltimore.

– Go to Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park is a Maryland State Park located right before the Bay Bridge. It includes a sandy little beach on the Chesapeake Bay, as well as hiking and picnicking opportunities. We drive by it all the time, we just need to stop and make a day of it.

– Visit a local winery

There are tons of local wineries in the area, but the top of my list is Boordy Vineyards. Their Good Life Thursdays were on last year’s bucket list and I never made it, so I’m determined to get up there at least once this summer.

– Make homemade doughnuts

I don’t know why I’m so fascinated with the idea of making my own doughnuts, but I am, and it’s making the list. I hope you’re as excited to see how this turns out as I am.

– Have a picnic outside on a blanket

Easy enough, right?

– Make caprese salad using basil and tomatoes from my own plants

Urban gardening is tough, y’all. Currently I have three medium sized pots filled with basil, a tomato plant, and mint. So far, so good. I love coming home everyday to see how they’ve grown! The end goal is caprese and mojitos for everyone! BYOC – Bring your own chair. Our little nest has limited seating.

– Craft something

Anything will do. I’ll keep you posted.

– Buy a piece of artwork while traveling

Last but not least. As I mentioned above, we have some pretty stellar trips planned in the coming months, and I’d love to fall in love with a piece of artwork to add to our little space and help us remember the great summer of 2014 while we shiver during whatever polar vortex next winter has in store for us.

So there we have it! I imagine this will be a nice working document with some things added as we think of them, but if we accomplish all of this between now and Labor Day I’ll call it a win. What do you have planned? Anything on your summer bucket list?

 

 

 

Wardrobe Wishing

As we head into Memorial Day weekend I can’t help but notice the endless number of retail sale emails popping up in my inbox. As my husband (and probably the mail[wo]man) can attest, I’m an avid online shopper. I’ve been picking up basics here and there over the last few weeks to transition into the warmer spring and summer months, and the online sales have been awesome. Unfortunately, as much as I may be tempted, I can’t buy everything. Below is a little compilation of some things I’ve been loving but haven’t made the cut.

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Floral Print Spaghetti Strap Romper – LOFT – $69.50

(save 40% through Memorial Day weekend with code MUSTSHOP)

How cute is this romper from LOFT? I’ve never ventured in to romper-land, and I honestly haven’t ever been tempted until now. The colors and pattern of this keep it from feeling too trendy. I could see myself wearing this on the weekend for brunch or to the beach paired with flats or wedges. I do think it’s a piece that I would tire of quickly though, and since it’s one piece the mix and match options are a little limited. I also try to keep the majority of my shopping budget earmarked for items that I could transition from work to weekend, and this cute little romper doesn’t meet that criteria.

Elephant Printed Short in Preppy Navy – Banana Republic – $55.00

(save 40% through Memorial Day weekend with code BRHEAT)

When I was joining my sorority in college a Sister told me that her grandmother believed elephants were a sign that things were meant to be. Since then, I’ve always had a soft-spot for elephant themes, and these printed shorts from BR are no exception. While the 40% off sale is almost enough to tempt me, I have several other pairs of patterned shorts, and these aren’t unique enough to validate the purchase.

SKIES ARE BLUE Nautical Stripe Dress – Piperlime – $98.00

I’m a sucker for stripes, and the classic cream and navy in this dress paired with the fit and flare cut make it a total staple piece. However, I’m at a stage in my life where any dress must be looked at as to whether or not I could wear it to a wedding, and this one feels a little too “white” to be wedding guest appropriate. Alas, it’s really, really cute.

Lillian glitter low wedgesLillian Glitter Low Wedges in Metallic Gold – J.Crew – $228.00

Price alone keeps these beauties out of my closet. $228 is too much of a splurge for me, but in a dream world these would be my go-to summer shoes. I adore the bow, and the low wedge and ankle strap make these a fun and sparkly shoe I could dress up or down.

So there we go, four lovely pieces in my fantasy closet. What do you think? Would you buy any of these pieces? What’s on your wardrobe wishlist?

 

Welcome to My Little Nest

Welcome to Love in a Little Nest! Check out my About page to learn a little more about me and what to expect!

My first blog post! After many years of reading wonderful lifestyle blogs – food, fitness, fashion, and more, I’m so excited to take on my own little space. My husband and I live far from family and many of our friends, and I hope that in addition to being a fun place for me to muse, this will be a great way for us to stay connected with those we don’t get to see as often as we’d like.

One of my biggest hurdles in deciding to start a blog was what to write in my first post – there’s something really intimidating about that first post, no? Keeping that in mind, I’m wrapping this up. Here’s to hoping I post #2!