Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend

I know I'm not the only one really feeling the Monday blues today. The good news is the Christmas season is officially here (so I can stop ignoring all the decorations and commercials that have been in my face since Halloween), and it's only a few months until we get to meet Aida!

We had a really great Thanksgiving this year. My parents came up to visit, and it was so nice to spend some time with them, before this baby arrives and everything changes. My mom and I spent some time shopping and getting Aida's clothes sorted out, and Millie got to go on lots of long walks with Grandpa Gary. Speaking of Millie, she got a little overwhelmed with her hosting duties this month, and didn't have time to write her usual guest post. However, she wanted me to tell you all how much she loved her Benebone from Chewy! It was peanut butter flavored and kept her quite entertained. Not to mention, it's all natural--only the best for this doodle!

goldendoodle toys

One of the highlights of this past week was taking my mom to a nice steakhouse for an early 60th birthday celebration (her birthday is in January, but we obviously won't be doing any traveling that month). We had great food and great conversation, and the most amazing chocolate cake for dessert.

triple chocolate cake

As always, the trip was just too short. I always get sad and moody when they leave, but I'm hopeful that one day we'll live closer and these goodbyes won't be so hard.

Did anyone find any great deals over the weekend? I saved $50 at Bath and Body works, and now I'm itching to get on some Cyber Monday deals. Here are a few of my favorites from Lilly, Kate Spade, and Nordstrom. Lilly Pulitzer is still offering gifts with purchase; everything at Kate Spade is 30% off with the code Shine, and Nordstrom has some sales going on, plus lots of great gifts under $50.

I have one more assignment for my grad school class and a few evening meetings at work this week, and then things should slow down for the holidays (should, being the key word there--let's hope it stays that way). I'm looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the Christmas season with Matt, and listening to lots of Christmas music, of course! I've got a playlist below to get you started.

linking up with Biana and Meghan 

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All Love,

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Business Saturday

Hello friends! I hope everyone has been enjoying their holiday, and I hope you continue (like me) to eat all the things. Today I'm feeling a little sad, because my parents are heading back home and it always seems like our time together is just too short. Luckily, I know my mom for sure will be back when baby Aida arrives!

I just wanted to pop in today to remind everyone about Small Business Saturday. I have so much love for my Nordstrom and J.Crew, but I also try to mix up my holiday (and everyday) shopping at local businesses. Here are a few of my favorites if you're local to northern VA:

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- Everyday Elegance: Purcellville, VA

- Twigs: Purcellville, VA

- Simply Charming: Winchester, VA

- Zazu: Ashburn, VA

- MakeNest Interiors: Winchester, VA

- Catoctin Creek Distillery: Purcellville, VA

Don't forget, you can also support small businesses online! I follow (and shop from) lots of small shops on Etsy and the interwebs. Lots of the owners are women, so that's another plus!

- Hey June
This is actually a new-ish shop from a fellow blogger, Bonnie! She makes beautiful, birthstone necklaces and more. I've already ordered a few as gifts and can't wait to see the reactions!

- BroSis Creative
Do you love Parks & Rec? Good, me too! I'm pretty sure I want to order their Pawnee Goddessess print for Aida's nursery.

- My White Magnolia
My college roommate's friend started this Etsy shop recently--I love her hand-lettered signs, especially those that feature Harry Potter quotes!

- House of Belonging
The absolutely most beautiful signs! Again, I might have to splurge on one for Aida's nursery!

Rose + Brulee
My friend from high school started this website last year--I love the styles and am looking forward to ordering something when I'm no longer carrying a human inside of me.

The Shine Project
Beautiful jewelry, and a portion of the proceeds helps fund scholarships for the inner city youth who make the bracelets!


White Plum

Pink Blush and Pink Blush Maternity

These are just a few of my favorites--any others to add to the list? Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday weekend!

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All Love,

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Deals

Happy Black Friday, my friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. We had a lovely day with my parents, Matt's parents, and Matt's sister's family.

My mom and I are thinking about venturing out to the mall for a little bit this morning, but otherwise we will be sticking to online shopping. Here are a few of the great sales going on today:

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25% off everything w/ code SHOPTOIT
I love a good Anthro find! Not only do they have beautiful dresses for all of your holiday parties, but they also have lots of fun items that make unique gifts.

Bath and Body Works
Okay, this is one Black Friday deal that might make you want to leave your house. Karrin wrote a great post on saving money at BBW on Black Friday (she's got the inside scoop as a sales associate!), and you can use ALL of your coupons in one transaction, on top of all the other great deals going on! I love their candles SO much, and their travel items make great stocking stuffers.

J. Crew Factory
Everything marked 50% off
Free shipping over $50 w/code SHIPGIFTS
J. Crew Factory is one of my favorite stores! It's easy to find something for yourself, or a gift for someone else!

Extra 25% off clearance Designer Handbags, 50% off select Juniors clothing, 60% off select Women’s Coats, and more! I love department stores for holiday shopping because there really is something for everyone.

I think if you know me, you probably know that this is my favorite store ever. Walking through a Nordstrom's will always put me in a good mood, even if I don't buy anything! They've got a great selection on their Black Friday sale, plus free shipping all day, erry day.

Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer
(These two I'm combining, because Blogger is being WEIRD and my technical skills are limited. Forgive me.)
Quite possibly one of my favorite things: surprise sales at Kate Spade! I almost always find great gifts at this sale every year. Okay, um, no great sale at Lilly--those come twice a year (next one is January so be ready!). However, apparently you get a free domestic flight when you spend $1500 (because not like you can spend that and get 3-4 domestic flights, but whatever). HOWEVER, they do have some lovely items, all under $50, that make great gifts or stocking stuffers, and you get a quite shopping tote with any purchase!

Whew! And that's just a small sampling of the bajillion sales out there! What are your favorites, friends? Should you venture forth today...God speed.

All Love,

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Traditions

I am an adult.

I have a full time job, health insurance, and twice yearly appointments at the dentist. I pay my bills on time, go to bed at a reasonable hour, and force myself to eat green beans at potlucks because vegetables are important. After all that, you might be surprised how often I fail at one, basic adult thing: cooking dinner. Every now and then, some catastrophe will happen to one of the key ingredients, and it's so bad that there's no other choice but to throw in the towel and hit up Joe's Pizza.

Just last week, Matt and I opened up a box of basil pesto tilapia from Costco. We were congratulating ourselves on such a healthy, cheap dinner on a Friday night, when we noticed that the bag inside our newly-opened box was already ripped open. Not wanting to end up as a Dateline News story, we called in our usual cheese pizza order. Dinner fail.

Dinner fails seem to have become holiday traditions. Like the time someone in our household forgot to turn on the oven on Thanksgiving. (I say "someone" because the culprit has yet to be identified--there was a lot of finger pointing going on that day in the Eide household.) Or, the time I promised my mother-in-law I would bring in a fresh loaf of bread from my new bread machine, only to realize I had omitted one crucial component--the kneading blade that goes in the bottom of the pan. And let's not forget the year that fur-cousin Emma went to town on the turkey that was left behind in the kitchen.

dog at thanksgiving
Emma, you saucy minx!
Thankfully, these dinner fails always had a happy ending--it's hard to stay mad when you've got family and delicious carbs by your side.

All that rambling has led me to this: some things are just inevitable during the holidays, whether you intend for them to happen or not. So, friends, I'm asking you to follow along with me on social media (insta, Facebook, Twitter), and share your #ThoroughlyModernTraditions.

I am nuts about traditions--I love following old ones and creating new ones. Sometimes, I cry when traditions get broken, like the first Christmas we were married and we couldn't make it to Christmas Eve mass because of a freak snowstorm. Sometimes, I try to create new traditions and they don't go as planned--like the time Matt and I were going to share a bottle of nice champagne on Christmas Even while opening gifts, and we went to bed after only half a glass.

christmas married couple

Despite all the failures, and the heartache that comes with growing older, I still love a good tradition, and I can't wait to see what you all share! Once the holidays are over, I'll be giving away one of my favorite Kate Spade mugs and a Starbucks gift card to a randomly selected participant (because we'll all need caffeine to navigate those post-holiday blues). If you want more holiday hashtag fun, use #MyHolidaySpark with Helene and Taylor--because the more hashtags, the merrier, duh!

linking up with Sheaffer, Shay, and Mel for What's Up Wednesday!

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Have the happiest of Thanksgivings, friends--may your hearts be full and your waistbands elastic. (I'm trademarking this phrase, btw.)

All Love,

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Thoroughly Modern Gift Guide: For the Men

I don't know about you guys, but shopping for the men in my life is always a difficult task. Every year, I feel like I have to get really creative and think of something new, something that is not a polo shirt or pullover (because that's an old standby, amiright?!?). Luckily for all of us, I've spent some time researching this issue, and I've pulled together a great guide that can fit any xy chromosome on your list.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Men

- For the fashion-forward: Okay, maybe I did just say that buying a shirt isn't the most inspired gift, but you know it's always appreciated, especially this lovely button up that features an elbow patch from J. Crew Factory. 

- For the pop culture aficionado: Whether he's obsessed with the books, the show, or both, this "Winter is Coming" t-shirt from Amazon makes a creative and unique gift. 

- For the lounger: I think everyone can appreciate a comfy, warm pair of slippers for the upcoming winter. I love this pair from J. Crew Factory because it has a hard-soled bottom, perfect for running the dog out or grabbing the newspaper (provided there's no snow on the ground, of course). 

- For the Maker: One time, my brother got my dad a beer making kit and he loved it--and the beer didn't taste terrible! Sure, it won't turn them into a craft beer making expert, but it's still a fun project. 

- For the Harry Potter fan: If you love HP, you know that giving and receiving HP themed gifts will never go out of style. I love this sampling of Honeydukes candy--you can order it from Amazon, which means they've obviously come up in the world since their days of operating in Hogsmeade. 

- For the golfer: I know Matt can't be the only one whose golf things end up in every nook and cranny of the car. This trunk organizer from One Kings Lane solves that problem, and the houndstooth print is super classy!

- For the beer lover: I've literally gifted almost every person I know with this bottle opener, and for good reason--it's an awesome addition to any kitchen/bar area, and it can be personalized! 

- For the world traveler: I bought Matt a Herschel Supply Co. duffel bag for his birthday recently, and he has loved it! It accompanies him on every trip, it's stylish and classy, AND it has a separate, zippered compartment for stinky shoes. 

These are just a few ideas I have, and gifts from the past that have worked as well. If you've got any suggestions, I'm sure we'd all love to hear them in the comments--sometimes, it takes a village to buy a gift for a man!

p.s. I'll be sharing some of my favorite online sales and retailers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! I don't know about you but my favorite way to shop is in my sweats, cuddled with the dood, watching Christmas movies on Hallmark while I click away.

All Love, 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Update

First of all, am I allowed to use this as a title? No, really, does SNL have a trademark on this? Because I'm not trying to get sued over the holidays.

Anyway, I finally got the nice, relaxing weekend I've been longing for since October. There were no work events, no grad school assignments, no social obligations--just an empty Saturday and Sunday to fill however we wanted.

On Friday, I had my glucose test, and it made me feel awful. The gross, sugary drink, the blood draw, and the fasting (plus the fact that I put my coat and scarf back on while still in the office) made me feel like I was going to pass out. I ended up taking the day off work, allowing my stomach to get back to normal and to get some much needed rest.

The rest was exactly what I needed to prepare me for more relaxing on Saturday. We saw the final Hunger Games movie (all the feelings), and I stuffed my face with the following throughout the day: bacon, orange cream french toast, french fries, and filet mignon.

On Sunday, I braved Wegman's to get all the food we needed for the week. My parents are coming into town for Thanksgiving, which means we need alcohol, cokes, and brownies. #Priorities. I plugged my headphones in and listened to Adele's new album to maintain my sanity.

We ended the day with a delightful meal of skillet spaghetti. Guys, there is just something about cheese melted under a broiler that warms my heart.

Now that I finally got a restful weekend, I feel prepared to take on this (very short) work week. How was your weekend, friends?

linking up with Biana and Meghan for weekending!

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All love,

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Thoroughly Modern Gift Guide: Finds Under $50

Hello friends! I was perusing the blogosphere recently and noticed that there are zero gift guides out there--I mean, there is basically a severe lack of product recommendations from bloggers too! That is a hole that needs to be filled.

Fret not, dear readers, because your bff Kate is here to save the day with the first Thoroughly Modern Gift Guide for the season, and every single one of these awesome gifts is under $50.

Holiday Gifts Under $50

1. I adore these personlized Kate Spade mugs! Each letter has a fun and unique print, and $15 really isn't bad when you're talking designer home goods.

2. Guys--please don't take this to mean you can buy your mom a Yankee Candle and be set. At the very least, get her the decorative candle holder to go with it! That being said, Yankee Candles make great host/hostess gifts, and are perfect for your office white elephant gift exchange.

3. We can all pretend like winter isn't coming, but we can't ignore Ned Stark forever. These North Face gloves look great for those cold, winter morning drives to work. Bonus: you can wear them and still operate your phone.

4. I love these marquee lights from the Wit and Wonder gift shop at Nordstrom! It's a great gift for the newly married couple in your life, or maybe for your friend/family member who is a new homeowner and needs a jumpstart on that gallery wall.

5. My love for Mindy Kaling runs deeps, so obvi I will recommend her latest book!

What do you think, friends? Spark any ideas, or maybe you see a few things you suddenly want to gift to yourself? Don't worry, I've got more gift guides up my sleeve to help you through the holidays!

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linking up with April for Five on Friday

All Love,

Monday, November 16, 2015

Just Keep Swimming

After getting back Friday evening from a conference, then working part of Saturday, I feel like I haven't had a weekend at all. This week isn't looking too good, either--I work late every night; on Friday I have the pleasure of experiencing the Glucose Test, and then another workday on Saturday. Most days I feel like I am barely keeping my head above water.

To keep this from turning into a Debbie Downer post, I'm going to show you a picture of the best (and cutest!) fur trapper this side of the Mississippi:

fur trapper goldendoodle

I'm also going to share a favorite playlist with you--I call it, "Moody Relax." It features the songs I listen to when I need to chill, but when I'm also feeling a little bit emotional and need some angst peppered throughout the lyrics. You know I will have this on repeat until Thanksgiving.

weekending with Biana and Meghan 

All Love, 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday: Portland, Oregon

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to travel to Portland for a national conference. Myself and another 4-H Agent were accepted to be presenters, which was great, because that meant we got financial support to attend from our state office. I was super anxious for months about this trip (which is a story for another day), but I'm glad I went--it was a great experience, and I enjoyed seeing the city (and partaking from its food trucks). I'd love to visit again so I can do more exploring of the city and all the fun outdoorsy stuff in the area.

Whenever I think of Portland, I automatically think of the Loretta Lynn/Jack White song, "Portland, Oregon." Obviously, there were no slow gin fizzes for me on this trip, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the city. I didn't have much time to explore, but I took every opportunity I had to sample the local cuisine. Here are a few of my favorite places:

- Voodoo Doughnuts
Honestly, I've had better doughnuts. Once you've had a Duck Donut, you really can't go back. However, it was still quite delicious (this girl won't turn down a doughnut), and it was a fun experience--staring at all those delightful looking concoctions was worth it. Tip: try to go when the line won't be that long (like a weeknight), and bring cash because that 's all they accept.

voodoo doughnuts

Chelsea recommended bluestar donuts, but I didn't have time to check them out. I read on their website that it is basically a donut made from brioche bread. Um, yes please!

- Barista
I really wanted to try out a local coffee shop one morning, and I'd heard Chelsea mention Barista, plus it showed up as within walking distance on my Yelp app, so I decided to give it a try. They had a great cold brew, and I sampled what was literally labelled as a "giant croissant." Can't go wrong there!

cold brew and giant croissant

- Old Town Pizza
Let's be honest--grilled cheese and pizza are my two main food groups, so when a group of us decided to go to a pizza place that claimed to be haunted, I was obviously psyched out of my mind. I actually ended up getting an Italian sub, which was delicious. and the cheese bread was gooey and carby--just the way I like it! No ghosts were sighted during our visit, and I couldn't decide if that made me relieved or disappointed.

- Cacao
This was another place that showed up on my Yelp app, and it was barely a block away from our hotel. They have the most amazing, unique chocolates--expensive, but worth it! One of my co-workers got a tiny mug of their hot chocolate and it was incredible. Be warned, it's super rich, so it's probably a drink you'll want to share.

- Food Trucks
I dined at the food trucks twice during my four day stay, and I can't even begin to describe how mouthwatering everything looked. If you know me at all, you know my feelings about grilled cheese, and when I saw the grilled cheese truck I almost lost my mind. It did not let me down.

portland food trucks

I also had a really delicious Philly cheesesteak. I basically inhaled it and probably grossed out all of my colleagues from the way I wolfed it down. Definitely explore these options if you are in Portland!

- The White Rabbit
I didn't actually get to go to this store, but they came to our Craft and Draft event at the hotel and had a table set up with quite a bit of merchandise. They had a really great selection of locally made and unique items, so I would recommend doing your touristy shopping here.

Those were all of my favorite spots I got to try out in Portland! During our conference, we also got to play a fun game of "find Sasquatch." For some reason, Sasquatch could not get enough of the NAE4-HA Conference. I guess he is just a big supporter of positive youth  development! Don't worry, there was always a park ranger in hot pursuit, so it was totally safe.


Do you have any Portland suggestions? Like I said, I would love to go back, so let me know in the comments!

Wanderlust Wednesdays
Linking up with Emily, Kerri, and Kate!

All Love,

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hello, Monday

Friends, I am all tuckered out.

After almost ten days of traveling (across three time zones AND daylight savings), getting caught up at work, running our Achievement Night Banquet on Saturday, then a baby shower on Sunday, I just cannot handle any further commotion. Millie agrees.

sleepy goldendoodle

Honestly, I had an amazing time in Portland, Nashville, and Abingdon, and I'm excited to share those pictures and experiences with you all. Yesterday's baby shower was also a wonderful experience--it was so exciting to be surrounded by so many friends and family who already love and support this baby girl.

Thank you, dear readers, for your patience! This blog truly is a passion of mine, and I'm committed to keeping it going, even when I have to put it on the backburner sometimes because balancing work, grad school, and family time takes my top priorities. Stay tuned for many more adventures to come!

In the meantime, enjoy the updated playlist below. New music from 1975, a few (relatively) new songs that are starting to grow on me, and more from the upcoming Broadway musical Waitress!

linking up with Meghan and Biana

All Love,
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