Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, loves. How has everyone’s week been? Has your personal clock settled into daylight savings yet? While I really don’t look forward to the darker evenings, I will admit that waking up to a brighter morning has been nice. I’ve been rising before my alarm on most mornings, which is so much more pleasant than the sound of an alarm. It also helps me to get a little more done earlier in the day on the weekends. I’m going to try to get to a morning spin class tomorrow. Considering I much prefer working out in the evenings, we’ll see how that goes! Hope you all have a beautiful weekend ahead of you. See you on Monday!

cct // A great way to make your flowers look pertty every time!

rkv // I can just never get enough chocolate chip cookie recipes, and this vegan one looks heavenly

cct // Can You Identify These Books By Their Covers?

rkv // When it comes to gym workouts, I want them to be quick and challenging (get me out of here!), so I appreciate this 2-minute ab routine

cct // Apparently yesterday was National Donut Day (wah, I didn’t get a donut!) – do you agree with your state’s “best donut shop”? I’ve never been, but I see a road trip happening soon! Also I can vouch for Glazed in Confused in Denver, SO good!

rkv // 31 songs from the early 00’s no woman will ever forget

cct // Need something interesting to do? What about participating in National Novel Writing Month? It seems like it could be a cool way to open up, think differently and give yourself some structure yet freedom with a new hobby. I just might have to give it a try…

rkv // 9 natural ways for a better night’s sleep

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Makeshift Flower Vases

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Being a designer, I am drawn to pretty things. I’m also prone to not throwing away pretty things that I should, because well, they’re pretty. So what do you do with those beautiful shot glasses you know you won’t be using anymore? Or that gorgeous tea tin you just can’t toss? Well, why not make them prettier, and actually useful by turning them into vases!

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Items you will need:

  1. Old containers, preferably glass or metal so they hold water for fresh cut flowers (if you decided to go with a dried plant like eucalyptus, then don’t worry about material)
  2. Flowers of your choice!

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Honestly, that’s it! I know it seems like it can’t possibly be that easy, but it is. And while I do love buying vases (I just purchased this beauty), you really don’t need to buy them – you’d be surprised by how many things you have around the house that could be used to hold beautiful flowers.

And the best part about having unique vases is their versatility – check out how different and gorgeous these flowers look in different locations around the house…

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On a side table


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On the bar


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For entertaining


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To keep other plants company


Do you have any items around the house you could convert into a vase? We’d love to see them! Hashtag #gardeniasandmint on instagram to show us what you’ve got! Happy hunting 🙂

Sweet Beats // May 2015

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Man, the last couple of months have done a number on me. Back in the beginning of April, my landlord of 4 years told my 3 roommates and I that she had decided to put our home on the market. She needed to do it for personal reasons, and while we totally understood and wanted to help her, it was a lot of information to take on very quickly. We live in a big 5 bedroom house with an attic, basement, and storage galore. Needless to say we had some stuff accumulate over time.

She needed us out as quickly as possible, and almost immediately began to have open houses. After a couple of weeks of very intensive searching for a new place, we found a really nice space only a quarter mile away from where we already live. Right after we signed on and had accepted the change, our landlord decided to take the house off of the market. We had the option to stay, but after weighing out the pros and cons, decided that the move made the most sense for us. We’re downsizing for sure, but I’m actually a little excited about that. Our current place is almost too big — so many things accumulating in the nooks and crannies! Also, the new place has central air, can I get an amen to no more sweaty Boston summer sleepless nights?

The big move is happening this coming weekend, and while I’m sad to give up such a beautiful place that was my first home in a new city, I’m ready to make the new place ours.

Here’s hoping that this playlist helps to chill you all out, as it has for me! Click here for the list on Spotify.


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01. boardwalks // little may

02. only memories remain // my morning jacket

03. broken // jake bugg

04. simple as this // jake bugg

05. depreston // courtney barnett

06. ashamed // deer tick

07. snaggle tooth // vance joy

08. second chances // gregory alan isakov

09. ojai // ray lamontagne

10. homecoming heroes // the head and the heart

11. the glow // esmé patterson

12. house of winston // shakey graves

13. burn card // the barr brothers

14. she lit a fire // lord huron

15. st. roch blues // hurray for the riff raff

16. blue ridge mountain // hurray for the riff raff


Happy Weekend!

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Hello loves — hope you all had stress-free weeks and have exciting weekend plans ahead of you, even if that excitement is in couch form. What are you all up to? Christa and I are both moving out of our current apartments in the near future, so we’ll likely each be doing lots and cleaning and packing, which can be refreshing, especially in early spring — cheers to fresh starts!

cct // Beautiful flower wall hangings that play on animal head trophies

rkv // Eating seasonally is one of my favorite ways to feel strong and healthy, so I was amped to see these detox recipes for spring

cct // Are you or someone you know colorblind? As someone who relies on color every day, this Valspar project is so touching! (hint – just go to the last page and watch the video!)

rkv // A chart for removing any stain, ever

cct // Curtis & I are moving May 1st (yay!) and Cupcake & Cashmere’s 10 House Rules are pretty great!

rkv // We bloggers sure do love us some Trader Joe’s

cct // I love finding new books to read! These all sound promising! Do you have any to recommend?

rkv // Just your average breakfast cereal fan-art

Stoked on Spring

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Happy Monday, friends! Although Friday was the official first day of spring, it sure didn’t feel like it! The snow in Hartford continued into Saturday morning but lucky melted by the afternoon. Fingers crossed that we’re finally onto bigger and better things — like flowers, green grass and warmth! Now that spring has finally sprung – here’s what we’re excited about for this season…

Cleaning // 30 ways to freshen every room for spring

Food // Seasonal foods for March

Health // Although spring can mean a many wondrous thing, it can also mean extreme allergies — here’s some tips for how to alleviate them!

Fashion // Some spring buys for our fellow frugals

Beauty // Vogue & Fashion Week’s Beauty Guide for 2015

Travel // National Geographic’s “Best Spring Trips 2015” 

DIY // 43 Cheerful & fun spring DIYs

Read // Now that its brighter longer, stay up a little later reading! This March reading list looks promising!

Happy Weekend!

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Today’s Happy Weekend image is probably the most fun one we’ve posted – and while it might seem a little odd since the 1st day of spring is today – it’s also the first time Reg and I have hit the slopes together in YEARS. Like the last time we skied & snowboarded together might have been junior high! So when I saw this awesome image, I realized it was perfect for today. Anyway – enjoy this crazy spring snow shower if you’re in the North East, and keep an eye out for some ski bunny instagrams 😉

 

Happy Friday!

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Don’t those fresh flowers look amazing? This image seriously makes us giddy for spring, and are so happy that it’s right around the corner. After looking at this, we’re contemplating popping into a flower shop just to get a good whiff. Perhaps this weekend we can make a mini resolution to ourselves do something fresh? Go for a long walk to breathe in the clean air, eat something bright and from the earth, try some hot yoga to feel revived, start a new book — anything! Hope you all have a lovely couple of days, see you on Monday!

cct // Have you heard the catchy new Marina and The Diamonds tune?

rkv // So last night I heard this sad yet inspiring tale of the Duchsund who lost 40 lbs. You go, pup, you go!

cct //  9 Reasons To Bring Back Cocktail Parties – Yes please!! (insert cocktail emoji here)

rkv // Since you’ll be throwing a party, you’ll need recipes! 15 tropical cocktails that will make you forget those end-of-winter blues

cct // Do you have siblings? Check out this article on birth order and health, happiness & success – do you find any truth to it? I’m definitely a first born daughter, ha.

rkv // Ya know? A night of some DIY spa treatments sounds pretty good right about now, and this homemade skin-clearing face mist works right into that!

cct // We don’t have a dishwasher and it’s been a real struggle…but I’m hoping these benefits will outweigh the long hours scrubbing??

rkv // Just because it’s trendy now, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a past — the history of ombré

Cheering Up

It’s only Wednesday and it’s already been one of those weeks…so we’re trying to cheer up and be inspired with some beautiful pictures! Thank goodness for pinterest and the ability to come across thousands of images that really do make you feel better.

And of course it’s a gloomy day today (womp womp), but even if you’re not feeling blue, hopefully these images will help brighten up your day in other ways!

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DIY Floral Wall Art

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When it comes to DIYs, I like for things to be low cost, and with as few materials as possible. I have roommates, so we go through paper towels and toilette paper like whoa, making it easy to collect a lot of them in no time. This is a perfect project for filling a small space on a wall or adding to a shadow box.

Materials:

– several used paper towel or toilette paper rolls

– your choice of crafting glue, I used Elmer’s

– scissors

– thumb tacks

To make:

01. Placing the paper roll length wise on a flat surface, press firmly so it flattens out.

02. Cut into even strips to create the 3-D petals. The toilette paper rolls should create about 6 petals, while paper towel rolls create about 12.

03. Start arranging! Glue the sides of the petals together to create a flower shape. You can also create an ivy shape by working length wise rather than in a circularly.

04. Play around with the size of the flowers and their arrangement. Allow to fully dry and place the thumb tacks through the center of the flowers to attach to the wall.

All done! Now sit back and admire your [not so hard] work!

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