Embracing Winter

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Poor winter gets such a bad rep. While we certainly are no strangers to a seasonal slump, we’re also all about embracing this time of year to basque in the good things it has to offer. This winter has been slightly warmer than usual, but we’re New Englanders – so we’re ready for you, harsh, cold February.

We’re both pretty active people through out the year, whether it’s being physically active or socially active, but we tend to slow down a bit during the winter months. While we do love the mini hibernation mode, that’s when we start to really feel the cold, darkness that New England winters are known for. We’ve decided to embrace winter this year and have the best winter yet. Reg is going on a work ski/snowboarding trip this weekend and Christa has been bundling up and taking walks at the reservoir even when it’s a tad chillier than she’d like!

Here are our favorite ways to take advantage of winter weather:

Cook and bake
Put on your favorite movie in the background, or a new album you’ve been wanting to listen to (ps. the new Childish Gaminbo is great, and people are loving the new XX album), and try that new recipe you’ve been eying!

Host
Having people over is always fun! We know it can be a little bit of work, but it can be as simple as hosting a movie night where people bring over their favorite movie watching treats, or having a potluck so you’re not the only one on the hook for food. Plus, what a good excuse to tidy up the house 😉

Winter walks and sports
As we mentioned above, Reg is getting back on the snowboarding-saddle after a couple years to go on a work ski trip, and as you probably saw on instagram, Christa was recently in Colorado for some skiing. Finding an outdoor winter activity is fantastic! Of course the first couple minutes of being outside in the cold, you are asking yourself, “why did I do this?!”, but from our experiences, we always feel amazing after!

Studio exercise classes
BUT, if you really, really hate the cold, you can be just as active inside! Reg loves yoga and Christa plays indoor soccer once a week, but it could be as simple as just warming up at the gym (we’re both loving the Nike+ Training app.)

Reading and writing
This is always one of our New Years Resolutions, because once things get busy, the lovely leisurely activity of reading and writing tends to get pushed aside. We’re going to try our best to keep this going, especially during the chilly months. Curl up in bed, on the couch or at a cozy coffee shop and dive into a new world. Christa is currently reading H is for Hawk, and Reg is searching for something great – any suggestions?!

Movies
Guys, this is *literally* the best time of year for movie watching! The Oscars are right around the corner and the last couple months have been filled with fantastic movies. We both saw Manchester by the SeaArrival and La La Land. Reg saw Nocturnal Animals, and Christa saw Loving, and we both still want to see Jackie and Moonlight.

Burn candles, incense and simmer pots
We’re big components of this (we’ve mentioned it a couple times here on the blog!) super easy mood setting tactic. Reg makes a mean simmer pot that really cozies up the house. Hoping to have a post on that someday! 🙂

Meditate and color
As mentioned in last week’s post, the better you feel, the better you’ll be equipped to handle the New England winter.

Make art
Do it! Any kind of art! Draw, doodle, knit, craft, sing, write. While you’re stuck inside, take that time to express yourself a bit – even if it’s for your eyes only.

Museums
We unfortunately forget what wonderful museums we have right at our doorstep. Christa has easy access to the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Hill-Stead Museum, the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and many many more. And with Reg in Boston…it’s endless! Her favorites are the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Pamper yourself
When you’re feeling frumpy from endless bundling up – why not treat yo’self! Get (or do your own) mani/pedi, get a massage, get that haircut you’ve been dreaming of. As we mentioned before, the better you feel, the better winter will feel!

Puzzles and games
And last, but not least, play some games! Reg has been loving putting together puzzles, and Christa and Curtis have friends over all the time to play board games. They’re a lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends.


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Happy Weekend!

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Happy happy Friday, wonderful people! What a week! Christa was wrapping things up for some time off from work next week, with a trip (actually many little trips) to New Hampshire, Denver and Old Lyme (woo!), and Reg’s been keeping busy with a hectic work week, sprinkled with social gatherings of friends. What are you all up to this weekend? Hope it’s a good one!

cct // Any Nashville fans in the house? We’re loving this Free People interview with Clare Bowen (aka Scarlett)!

rkv // Well this sounds positively delightful

cct // This Here Is What The Same Person Looks Like In Dressing Rooms For 20 Different Stores photo essay is both infuriating and oh so true. I feel your pain girl, shit’s hard.

rkv // I actually don’t know how I feel about this

cct // Do you guys love Food52 as much as we do? An old college friend, Kenzi, is the Managing Editor there, and this profile on her is great!

rkv // Movie sequels that really just shouldn’t have been made

cct // Guys, Amy Schumer is the best…also I need to see Trainwreck asap, I’ve heard such great things!

rkv // My everyday gold earring studs are looking a little bit dingy lately, thinking of giving this DIY cleaning technique a whirl

Happy Weekend!

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Hello, all! How’s everyone’s week been? We were both able to keep busy, but not hectic, which is always appreciated! This weekend we have all sorts of things on the agendas… Christa will be celebrating her boyfriend’s birthday as well as a friend’s bachelorette party, while I’ll be mostly taking it easy since I’ve been away the last few weekends. I’m thinking of making brunch tomorrow and having my first attempt at paddle-boarding on Sunday, wish me luck!

rkv // Love this giant framed leaf DIY

cct // #tallgirlprobelms

rkv // 15 cobblers, crumbles, & crisps

cct // I am always looking to connect and collaborate with friends or people I admire creatively – this was a good read about how to make that happen!

rkv // 20 iconic movie scenes that were improvised — who knew?

cct // I sort of like all of these looks (is that weird?!) – 100 Years Of Italian Beauty In Just Over A Minute

rkv // Hmmm a 30 day push up challenge... I’m intrigued

cct // Woah, this is an interesting take on how to permanently keep those eyebrows on fleek 

Father’s Day 2015

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Why are Dads so difficult to shop for?? They’re such simple people with simple desires, and that makes it tough to find them a good gift. The key for Dad is getting him something that he’ll actually use, hence all of the food related items. Then there’s also the practical items, like the grill thermometer and stretching band (my Pop is always complaining about his hamstrings and calves), and of course personal items for things that strike his interest, like movies and books. Hope our finds help to inspire you in your gift hunt before Sunday!


01. iDevices iGrill2
02. Men in Green by Michael Bamberger
03. Popcorn Seasoning Set
04. Dijon Black Truffle Mustard
05. Jurassic World movie tickets
06. iPhone 6 Battery Case
07. Stretching Band and Booklet


 

Happy Weekend!

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Wait, it is fall, right? Then why have some of these last few days felt like some of the hottest we’ve had all summer? Seems like mother nature may be playing tricks on us, but hey, we don’t hate it. Pretty soon I’m sure it’ll be nice and chilly, and we can all partake it a little apple-fritter and mulled wine action. But until then, I suppose we can just keep rocking those open toed shoes and strappy tanks.

cct // Have you guys ever heard of this at home fragrance testing service? It’s like the Warby Parker at home glasses trial, but with fragrances – sounds so cool!

rkv // So, apparently we’re colonizing Mars. This podcast is sort of amazing and tells you all about it.

cct // Get better posture and stretch it out

rkv // A smokey eye for girls who struggle with smokey eyes

cct // Curtis and I watched 2 great documentaries this week – I Know That Voice & Samm, I definitely recommend both! (and they’re both on Netflix!)

rkv // Yayyy it’s cold out so I can eat oatmeal again! Love the carrot cake idea.

cct // These guys got it right – I would love to spend some serious time traveling across the country like this!

rkv // Free ideas to instantly re-energize your space

Happy Weekend!

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Why hello! So, it’s Friday, and thank goodness. This week was a doozy for us, and we’re looking forward to taking a couple of days for ourselves. Reading in the park, anyone?

Have a great weekend! xo, G&M

 

cct // So in love with this simple DIY!

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cct // I heart Aubrey Plaza 

rkv // Honest slogans

cct // I am all about rice pudding, and with coconut – I’m in!

rkv // 4 ways to up your garnish game

Happy Weekend!

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This picture caught our eye and although it’s been far too chilly to even think about ice cream, it’s supposed to be back up in the 50s this weekend in New England (what??) so embrace the wacky weather and eat all of the cold treats you’ve been craving but avoiding. We’re gonna leave you with some fun links for the weekend…enjoy!

rkv // Remove the salt stains from your leather shoes

cct // SO excited to see this

rkv // How I learned to blowout my curly hair

rkv // One of my favorite winter soups

cct // My fav music video/song right now – those moves…

rkv // I’m proud to say I got a 100% on this

cct // Seriously one of the cutest DIYs I’ve seen in awhile, can someone have a party soon so we can craft??

cct // These photos are absolutely amazing

Have a wonderful weekend!

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