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My 25th birthday was definitely one for the books–filled with more flowers and sweets than I knew what to do with.

I kicked it off with a picnic party at my house (the plan was to go to a nearby park, but thanks to the rain I had to switch gears) and finished with a delicious dinner at The Progress. Thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate and made the day oh so special!

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As a continued birthday celebration, I’ll be jetting off to New York next week to spend time with friends and (basically) family. I’ll be unplugging from the blog while I’m gone and will be back to my normal schedule on Tuesday, May 3rd. See you then!

Packing List: New York

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I’m so excited for New York in a few days, I can hardly stand it. It’s been a while since I was last in New York and I can’t wait to squeeze my friends and explore all that the city has to offer.

While I continue to work on my travel itinerary, here’s a peek into what I’ll be packing.


P.S. Making a packing list like this is a must before going anywhere. It helps you get your thoughts down on paper so you know exactly what you need to buy and wash before your trip.

Practical Yet Pretty

First ImageThe key to a nicely organized home is pretty simple: keep it functional without sacrificing design. By this, I mean that you don’t want things to look cluttered but you also don’t want to have to travel to your basement every time you want to vacuum the rug.

Take my kitchen as an example – it is fairly small, but it’s also a space in which I need several things to be easily accessible. My solution? Keep the pretty, functional things in plain sight and hide the less attractive items. Items like my sponge are hidden in a bowl at the top of my sink, while my drying rack are placed in a cabinet below the sink. When I am doing dishes, I whip out both of these items and when the dishes are done drying, they both go away.

This strategy can be applied to absolutely every room in the house so go ahead and give it a try!