Happy Weekend

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Dang, this week flew! We’re not complaining, but with lots of busy weekends for both of us, it seems like April came and went in a moment! Christa is headed to Boston on Friday night for a Father John Misty concert and then taking part as a model in the Trashion Fashion show in Hartford on Sat (eek, so nervous!), and Reg and her ladies are poppin’ up to Portland, Maine to explore and eat, eat, eat!

Any fun plans for your gorgeous weekend? xo


cct // This is good..really good – If The Early ’00s Had Instagram

rkv // 5 podcasts to improve your daily commute, parts 1 and 2

cct // These Amazing Illustrations Of Everyday Women Will Make Your Monday…or Friday 😉

rkv // 21 things you can do around the home with lemons

cct // Loving these 5 Ways to Update Thrift Store Art

rkv // A guide to crafting the perfect smoothies

cct // Cute ideas to eat/drink/listen/watch about a place you’d like to visit but can’t quite get to yet

rkv // 8 low-impact cardio routines, for those of us with sensitive joints

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Five Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

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As we’ve been mentioning, Christa and Curtis just moved into a new place, and Reg and her roomies will be relocating at the beginning of June. There are some seriously exciting and NOT exciting parts of moving, but the biggest challenge will be making your new place feel like home. To help, we’ve gathered some tips that will definitely be useful in our nesting process.

 

01. Get cookin’

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Before we get started here — how good does this look?? This will be made on our end in the very near future (find the link below!). Ok now, back to business.

One thing that’s sure to make your place feel like your own is to get that kitchen fired up. It may be the furthest thing from your mind when your stuff is all a jumble, but eating take-out for two weeks straight is not going to help your well-being, or your wallet. Once you’re done with your move, start unpacking that kitchen pronto. You don’t have to make beef burgundy or anything, just a simple 20-minute-meal will do. It’ll help you get a sense of the new storage, so you can make things more efficient over time. You can also get a sense of what your new place is missing, so you can get a list going of what to pick up next time you’re home shopping.

 

02. Figuring out the right fit for your furniture

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When Curtis and I moved into our new place we couldn’t wait to see all of our beloved furniture in the open space – we wanted to change the positioning and order of our living room, try new pictures on the wall, reinvent our rooms. And what happened was just that. BUT not exactly on our terms. Our living room is oddly shaped, and we can’t use most of the furniture we originally had in there. At first I was bummed and was trying really hard to fit these pieces in, but now I’ve accepted that those items have to live somewhere else. In our case that doesn’t mean we have to get rid of it (we have other rooms to transfer them to), but in some cases, letting go of the items might be the right thing to do.

If you’re planning on staying somewhere for a while, and a piece of furniture you love doesn’t have a home in your new space but you couldn’t possibly give it away, see if someone you love can make use of it, or rent a storage unit — but think hard on these pieces and try to let go if they’re not right for your new home. Think of the joy someone at goodwill (or on craigslist) will have when they stumble upon your awesome piece.

 

03. Find all items a real home

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While this photo above is beautiful and those paintings are clearly living there, if that isn’t your style and you’re just propping them up until you find the time, or the energy, or the man-power to put them up, find whatever you need and get the deed done. Your place will feel like a real home once you arrange your favorite pieces exactly where you want them! And even if you put it in a spot and then change your mind, that’s ok – how would you know it’s not the right place until you try? Get the boxes out of the way, find homes for those random piles you’ve got laying around, and start gettin’ things organized!

 

04. Freshen up

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Let’s be real, there’s nothing grosser than a former tenant’s dust and crumbs. This past week Reg and her roommates were doing a sweep of their new place before they officially move in so they can see what needs to be done beforehand. They opened the fridge, kitchen cabinets, etc… and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. One major way to make your place feel like your own is to give that bad boy a good scrubbing. If your landlord lets you, try to get in a day or two early to throw some elbow grease into it. Clean the baseboards, windows (and their sills!), bathtub, toilet, the works. Hardwood floors? Polish them! Carpet? Rent a carpet cleaner! This will make things feel so much nicer once you start to bring all of your furniture in.

Once you’re settled, keep the momentum going! Get some potted herbs for your kitchen window, hang some plants in the living room, and put some flowers in the entry way. One of our favorite tricks is to simmer some citrus peels and spices over the stovetop. It’ll make your place smell so fresh. *A nice springy option is lemon rinds and rosemary.

 

05. Start exploring your new neighborhood & community 

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While this chunk of advice doesn’t have anything to do with decorating (boo), it is an important part of a move. Start exploring your new neighborhood, take walks around the block, find a new jogging route – once you’ve become more familiar with your new area, you’ll start to feel at home in your new place. If you move into an apartment building, start paying attention to familiar faces, or if you’ve moved into a split family house, chat with your neighbor whenever you both have a minute. The more comfortable you are in your new zone, the sooner your new apartment or house will feel like home!

 

What do you guys like to do to make your home cozy? Let us know!

 

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Pins We Love

Good morning! How was everyone’s weekend? Hope it was both relaxing and exciting all at once. It’s finally sort of starting to feel like spring around here (and by that, I mean that we can wear flats and rolled up jeans without our ankles shivering), so we’re feeling inspired and light. We feel like cleaning, painting, cooking, & exercising all at once. While of course that’s probably over-ambitions and we’re likely to only get one of those tasks done if we’re lucky, it’s nice to dream! Here are some of our favorite pretty pins keeping us inspired this week:

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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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I stumbled upon this image the other day and fell in love – it’s gorgeous and so appropriate for today! As you may have guessed, I’ve been pretty busy (and a tad stressed) getting things together for my trip, but I’m trying to just let go and let it happen (not so easy for a control freak) – and it’s going surprisingly well! But I am ready to get going…so Ciao, friends! I hope you all have fantastic couple of weeks while I’m gone – but first and foremost a great weekend! Check out our links and enjoy this beautiful Friday…xo G&M

cct // Just the cutest video about taking portraits of chickens…

rkv // I’ve been finding myself having a slight lack of sleep these days (which I’m sure has nothing to do with Pinterest), so I found this little beauty tutorial super helpful!

cct // Umm yes, I definitely want her job! Also, how did I not know this series existed??

rkv // Somehow my crazy friend Xiao talked me into doing the Narragansett 10k in July. I’m pretty awful at running, breathing has always been the most difficult part. If you guys have any tips I’d love to hear ’em!

cct // Wait, whattt?! I hope my hair is long enough!

rkv // I’ve been craving quiche for like a month. For some reason I haven’t gotten around to making any yet, but this deep dish recipe may be happening this weekend.

cct // Fingers crossed that the weather will be this good when we stop by Cinque Terre (first photo)!

rkv // I must admit, my house is a little gross right now. Four girls in one abode, all with full time jobs, things get a little dusty! For once I don’t have a much planned this weekend, so it may finally be time to crack down and deep clean.

Happy Weekend!

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Happy almost weekend, lovelies! It’s finally beginning to feel like spring and we’re so ready to be outside! We hope it’s sunny and spring-like where you are this weekend and you can enjoy a few days off. Enjoy our links in the meantime, and ride this Friday out! xo G&M

cct // The video is pretty long, but totally worth it – this dude makes the most delicious looking pastries and you’ll be shocked by how it’s all done!

rkv // Why aren’t all beauty tutorials in GIF format? Cute little 2-stepper for a navy smokey eye

cct // A wonderful trial and error story on how to get that effortlessly messy gorgeous French hair (you know, the kind that every girl ever is jealous of)

rkv // How am I just seeing this now? Turns out there was room for both Jack AND Rose on that plank after the Titanic sank. I personally like the sun bathing option.

cct // I need more fresh cut flowers in my life, here are some insider tips on picking (and keeping) the best spring flowers!

rkv // What?? Honey lavender pound cake

cct // As visual as Wes Anderson movies are, I still never realized how important a graphic designer would be on set – man do I want this ladies’ job!

rkv // I always forget that spring time means allergies {sad face}… here are some spring cleaning tips for allergy sufferers like myself