Snow Days, Happy Pups & Comfy Outfits

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The Abominable Snowman… aka Leif.

He will sit like this all day long during a blizzard.

It’s his happy place.

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We got over 2 feet of snow this week, leading to school being canceled all week long, and my boys (the pups) getting lots of play time in the snow.

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Barkley lugged around his rope for hours, despite it freezing and weighing 3x the norm.

Needless to say they both have slept soundly the past few days.

I love snow. Growing up where we had to drive to get to the snow, I still enjoy seeing snow fall from my living room window and driving through town after it settles. It makes me feel like I am staying a a cabin up where I used to go snowboarding.

Plus the outfit requirements are pretty great.

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My ideal snow day outfit is a pair of comfy lounge pants, an oversized sweater, big fluffy socks, and a cup of coffee that never runs out. Much like this:

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Pure happiness.

Hope everyone is enjoying their snow day (or lack thereof!)

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Office Inspiration – Beautiful Places to Create

One of my goals for 2015 is do more writing, and to create a space where I feel inspired to do so. After finally moving our bunny out of the guest bedroom (which serves as my closet as well), I now have the space to create the perfect home office for writing, grad school, and general home organization.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and have found so many beautiful spaces that would make me oh so happy to sit and write.

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(Seeing a trend? I’m completed obsessed with Kate Spade inspired offices…)

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It’s pretty easy to tell what I am leaning towards. But while I would love to be able to sit down at any one of these desks, unfortunately one of the key factors is missing in my house – natural light. But they are a great jumping off point right?

What has inspired you lately?

5 One Pot Chicken Meals

Fall is the perfect time for a warm meal without a lot of fuss. Getting food to table with less dishes to do later? Sounds like a win to me.

This week I have been searching Pinterest for some one pot inspirations, and this weekend I tested one and invited the family over. Easy to prepare, and not much of a mess to clean up led to a great evening, and I am sold on incorporating these types of meals into my routine on a regular basis.

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Lemon Chicken with Potatoes & Rosemary

The recipe I tried out was from Laughing Spatula, and wow, it was delicious. My oven took quite a bit longer (1hr 30 min), and I cranked it up to 425 for the last 15 minutes to get the chicken to brown. I was worried that it would get dried out being in there for so long, but it was moist and tasty. I paired it with garlic parmesan green beans and french bread. Yum! It got great reviews from my dinner guests and I will definitely be making it again.

Needless to say I’ve been pinning lots of combined meals after such a success. Here are a few of my favorites that I can’t wait to try:

Tuscan Chicken Skillet
               Tuscan Chicken Skillet
Spanish Chicken & Chorizo by Nigella
Spanish Chicken & Chorizo by Nigella
One Pot Paprika Chicken Thighs
One Pot Paprika Chicken Thighs
Chicken in White Wine
     Chicken in White Wine

Anyone else feeling hungry after seeing those? I know I am!

Yes, Please!

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If this were mine, I might never leave. ♥

A Place to Relax

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This gorgeous patio came up on Pinterest today. Wouldn’t you love to just sit out there with a coffee and a good book?

Day Off

After 6 months without any real time off, this weekend has been incredible. 3 days off meant I could spend the first day wasting it away staying in bed and watching 5 (yes 5) episodes of Downton Abbey. Love that show, full of wit!

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After allowing myself to do nothing all day I finally got to work and started decluttering and putting stuff away… including the Christmas tree at long last! At least this year I took it down before March 1st… unlike last year! It’s amazing how easy it is to ignore a 9ft tall tree right as you walk in the door!

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I put up a simple mantle after taking down the rest of the Christmas stuff. Just something to bridge the gap until spring arrives!

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A little rustic, a little travel inspired. What do you think?

Lazy Sundays

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Lazy days. Boy, do I love a good lazy day, where there all the pressures of the outside world are blocked out and I can just relax in the moment. There really is nothing that compares to giving yourself permission to just stay in bed all day, cuddling with your pups and spending the day in simple, comfortable conversation with the man you love. At our house, these days usually include doting on our dogs, and entertaining ourselves with stories from the dogs’ point of view. They even have their own voices (doesn’t everyone do that?).

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to take advantage of a lazy day, and this past weekend I gave myself a treat of a Sunday off. I didn’t even pretend like I was going to get a lot accomplished, and happily spent the day in bed, with two large dogs as my blankets and napping in between super bowl commercials while the hubs watched the game. Simple, quiet moments that I am desperate to get back to- after what has been a grueling week at work.