Making a Tiny Apartment a Home // Part 4

2014-04-06 08.54.42It’s been a while since I posted about this lovely little wall in our apartment. It’s pretty much my favorite thing ever and it contains some pretty precious things. I thought I’d do a little close up for you of some different areas, mostly so that years from now I’ll look back and remember who that card was from and where we bought those salt and pepper shakers.

First of all, remember what this space looked like in November?!

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Holy cow, what a difference that second unit made. It’s actually incredible how much better it looks now! Kate and I are both super depressed that Ikea discontinued this line of furniture. So much sadness.

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First up, starting on the left is basically a fox shrine. Little Christmas fox that we are keeping up all year long and an AMAZING print from our new favorite Etsy shop, Keen Bee Designs. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE our succulents that we got from Trader Joe’s recently. I’m going to cry big crocodile tears if they ever die.

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Our little washi tape gallery wall is a hodge podge of prints, cards, and pictures. The one on the left is Society 6 and the larger print is from Sevenly. I’ve got my Valentine’s Day cards from Taylor and Leah up along with pictures of me and all my favorite girls. And in the top left is a perfect little painting of Kate’s dog, Kobe (also known as Bear, Rab, Baby Dog, and any other cute name we think of). Rebecca of Keen Bee Designs surprised us with it and we basically hit our heads on the ceiling jumping for joy when we opened the envelope. Becca, you’re seriously talented.

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On the right side of the television we’ve got more succulents, our St. Patrick’s Day beads, a cute Ikea vase, and our favorite unicorn salt and pepper shakers from Target! Also, one of my many globes, an Ikea heart print, and a little canvas I painted years ago. It says she turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans. Oh and of course, a picture of the two of us at the zoo this past March (our outfits in it are so on point).

There are a million other little knick knacks up there (I really love knick knacks) but those are just a few my favorite ones. I freaking love our apartment.

 

#emmalouandlincolntoo

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m kind of a nerd. And proud of it. If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time you know that I love going to visit the monuments. I spend a lot of time there, at the Lincoln Monument in particular. There is just something about it that draws me in, it’s hard to explain. Natalie did a post once about pockets and Lincoln is one of my pockets in this city. Yes, hundreds of tourists see it every single day, but whenever I’m there I kind of feel like it’s all mine.

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I have a tendency to document my trips with Instagram and I recently started a little hashtag for my adventures.

#emmalouandlincolntoo 

It’s full of memories. I’ve documented solo adventures, trips with friends and family, sunshine, rain puddles, snow covered steps. I love the way hashtags give us a way to file our instas into categories, I can get lost browsing through memories. I’m excited to see how this hashtag grows during my time here!

Some other hashtags I love: my #emmalounannies one (geeze those babies have grown a lot), #mrandmrscagwin and #mrsleahcagwin are kind of my favorite ones to look at, #theoandbeau is super famous and for good reason, it’s too stinking cute, and #whentheoliversrockthatnap is so good! Oh and Kristen’s #mythreepartseries is phenomenal.

Podcasts Are My Crack

2014-04-06 09.41.29Alright y’all, I have a new obsession and it’s called podcasts. Specifically the Joy the Baker podcast, but there are other ones that I love too. Before I tell you about them let me wax poetically about Joy the Baker and Tracy from Shutterbean. As Joy says at the beginning of each of their podcasts they are simply talking about totally important unimportant things. It’s basically Joy and Tracy talking to each other for an hour. They are clearly the best of friends and are HYSTERICAL. The episode I’m listening to while I type this is about Halloween candy, Craigslist, and high school reunions. They also take reader questions which are always so great. Once they helped a listener name her baby, right now they are giving a girl in law school dating advice. It’s almost like being with Kate, Leah, Taylor, and Claire all at once but this is the second best thing. I just cannot emphasize enough how much I love them. There are something like 120ish episodes and I intend to listen to all of them.

I first started listening to podcasts because Elise launched hers called ELISE GETS CRAFTY and I absolutely love it as well. She’s only three episodes in but I’m loving where it’s going.

Then I decided maybe I should listen to some more “educational” podcasts (why? I love these other two so much and I learned lots from them, whatever) and looked up This American Life and the TED Radio Hour podcasts. Both totally legit and entertaining as well.

Podcasts are revolutionizing my commute guys, it’s kind of a game changer. I’m addicted.

A Dream Come True and a Dream Shattered

2014-04-06 09.43.22Guys. Anyone that knows me well knows that I am a nerd. Not the head in the books (not all the time at least) kind of nerd, but I like weird things. One of my favorite places in the world is the Lincoln Memorial, I read a crazy amount of news, the first time I got to vote was one of the best days ever, and….I want jury duty more than anything.

Yes, I want jury duty, you read that right. Not only do I just want to fulfill one of my duties as a citizen, but I just think it would be the most fascinating experience ever. Once, a friend and I went to the courthouse to watch people who had been arrested first be brought in front of a judge (via video), it was so incredibly interesting. And jury duty would be even better!!!

I have been talking about how badly I wanted this to happen since I turned 18. I truly thought the day would never come.

And then……it did. IN NORTH CAROLINA. I no longer live in North Carolina. I have to work on the day I’ve been summoned. My life sucks.

Just kidding (sort of) but I was extremely bummed. That’s what I get for not switching my driver’s license and registering to vote in my new county.

Rats. Everyone cross your fingers that this won’t be the only chance I get to participate in our legal system! From the jury side of course, I have zero desire to be on the other side of things.

 

Currently: April // 2014

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looking forward to going home for a four day visit in two weeks.

appreciating windows open weather.

eating my favorites–chicken and potatoes.

watching Gilmore Girls and Felicity, a little early 2000s flashback.

loving a new band, Tall Heights, that opened for Wild Child this past weekend.

planning my class schedule for the summer.

thanking Mother Nature for finally sending spring our way, I think it’s here to stay!

walking a ton with the babies–over 40 miles last week!

enjoying scouting out all the good playgrounds in DC with the babes.

ordering a few surprise gifts for friends.

wanting a new pair of sneakers, all the stroller pushing is really wearing them down.

reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown–still.

re-reading Harry Potter again……ruh roh.

drinking all the water, as always.

marveling at how quickly Chicken and Chickadee caught on to climbing steps and going down slides all by themselves.

working on figuring out where I’m going to live next.

looking forward to going to bed early tonight.

celebrating my birthday in three weeks with my best girls.

wishing I could travel abroad.

astonished by how crowded the metro was this weekend, cherry blossom season is no joke and the metro cars turned to cattle cars.

Wild Child!

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TGIF! TGIF! It’s been another long workweek for me and it won’t technically end until around 9PM tonight. I am pooped. But man, it’s been a good, hard, long week. Those are the best kind.

This weekend is a very exciting one. First up, Kate and I have a birthday party for one of her nanny babies to attend tomorrow morning! And then, something we have been looking forward to for months. One of our favorite bands, Wild Child, is playing at a bar on H Street and we cannot wait to go!!!! Wild Child plays the most fun, clever, finger snapping, whistling music ever. I am beyond excited to see them tomorrow!!! And to top it all off, Taylor is in town.

What a good, good weekend this is going to be. See you on Monday, chicken noodles!

Gone Girl Book Review

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This week’s book review is for one of my new favorite books. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is technically a mystery but it is certainly not your run of the mill whodunit. I didn’t know a lot about the book going in and I don’t want to give a lot away to y’all, but I’ll give you a little bit of information.

Nick and Amy, the main characters, are about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy suddenly goes missing.

And that’s all I’m going to tell you. The book is written from two different perspectives, is broken into three different sections, and is seriously one of the most enthralling books I have read in the last few years. I could not wait to turn each page and was surprised from pretty much the first page to the last. After I read it I insisted Mom and Dad both read it and would call them and ask over and over again what part are you on now?! What’s happening now?!  I just could not talk about the book enough.

I would honestly recommend this book to anyone and everyone I know. Grandma, if you haven’t read it yet you need to immediately, we must discuss it when I come home. You too Aunt Julie and Aunt Terri. And Uncle Colin. And seriously I’m not kidding, everyone I know. It’s just PHENOMENAL!

And the best part is that the movie is coming out later this year and Ben Affleck is starring. Boom.

The Stroller Diaries // 15

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Keepin’ things short and sweet over here today, y’all. I’ve got a to-do list a million miles long and I’m wiped from the first couple days of this week.

Why so tired, you ask? Well aside from the regular work week stuff, Chicken has decided he will no longer nap on his own, which has made for quite a few battles. Once I give in (like last week), I have to think of a different way to get him some rest.

Luckily, this week we got a new double stroller! Our old one worked well for the last eight months but the babies are outgrowing it and we needed something we could go on more adventures in.

And dude, doesn’t that look adventurous? A Buddhist temple! Unfortunately, both babies were asleep and missed it. But really, it is never unfortuante when they nap. The new stroller has completely reclining seats so they both got to snooze away for a solid hour and a half while I walked….and walked…..and walked to keep them comfy. Every time I would pause they would stir, so I kept walking for a two full hours (about five miles) and to say my legs are tired would be an understatement.

But! I will never complain about all this walking because it means that winter is gone! Spring is here! All the walks all the time!

Gramr Gratitude Co. (Part 2!)

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I mentioned Gramr a few weeks ago when their Kickstarter campaign was running and I’m happy to report that my package arrived and it is just as amazing as I thought it would be.

My donation level got me a four pack of thank you cards, four beautiful square envelopes, two gratitude stickers, a stick of sealing wax, and my own monogrammed wax seal. It also came with the most precious instruction sheet, including a complimentary stamp to get you started with your thank you notes. I was so incredibly impressed by the quality and branding of the package. Every little detail was so well thought out!

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I haven’t written any Gramr’s yet; to be honest they are so beautiful I want to stare at them for a little bit longer. But that is definitely not the point, so I’m going to get to writing this week.

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I did however test out my wax seal on an old envelope. Yes, it is backwards. And upside down. But! Look how stinking cool that is. I cannot wait to seal a real letter, both right side up and facing the right direction.

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Get excited guys, totally legit wax sealed letters are heading your way soon! Thanks again for being so awesome, Gramr. I’m so pumped to be a part of this gratitude revolution.