10 Best // Life Lately

March 13, 2014

1. valentine's day weekend.  flowers, cocktails, chocolate strawberries, and of course my favorite olympic event, curling.  team russia's pants.


2. i went to another dabble class (something that was on my 101 list after i went to a calligraphy class with mary.)  my mom and i went to a vegan cooking class taught by blogger jacqueline of barefoot essence.  mom's all about vegan, clean eating, healthy recipes, and, well, you know me - give me taco bell or give me death.  but i thought it might be a good idea to offset all my taco bell with clean eating for my other meals.  jacqueline's blog has a ton of info on vegan cooking, batch cooking, healthy recipes, shopping lists. seriously, check it out.

3. march is my 'no spend month.'  ha.  well, actually i'm doing better than i anticipated.  no shopping, no money on food (is it cheating that my mom has bought my groceries and cooked for me the last two weeks or just smart?), no unnecessary cabs or happy hours.  i'm pretty shocked at my will power.  also, the you need a budget program is a huge help, i don't know how i lived without it.

4. i miss tara.  i need her to move back from iowa.


5. i've been ridiculously slow and unmotivated and lazy this week.  i can't really even explain why, it just is what it is.  sorry about the slow pace in which i've been responding to comments but... it's been nice to just do nothing.

6. surprise mail!  a handmade apple bourbon candle, plus mascara and lipgloss from maddie.  i started ripping the box open before i even got in my front door.  thanks for making me feel so loved girl!!  oh and she was just featured on rachael ray, how cool is that?  warning: video clip makes you want pizza really, really bad.


7. 101 in 1001 list progress - i actually checked off 'watch 101 movies/tv shows.'  yes, in 8 months.  i wish i could say it was difficult, but i got there before i even noticed.  netflix addict, party of one.  (ha yeah right, netflix addict, party of every blogger ever.)  i also got everything to stock my bar cart and went the whole month without fast food.  those plus the vegan cooking class bring me up to 55/101.  my plan is to get to 65 by the end of the year!

8. my no reason flowers.  he's the best.


9. i got the sweetest e-mail on monday!  a long-time reader of my blog sent me a message.  she's a non-blogger and soon to be fellow lawyer and just wanted to reach out and say hey.  it was so great to talk to her.  so thank you lisa, for reading and for your e-mail!

10. hawkeye.  always hawkeye.  this is her helping me meal plan and blog.

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37 comments

  1. Some lovely things happening in life lately. Those just because flowers are awesome. The only good reason for flowers is having no reason at all!

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  2. No spend months are difficult but can be so rewarding. Good luck with the rest of the month!

    Just because flowers are my favorites. They are always such an unexpected bright patch. Yours are lovely!

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  3. Those just because flowers are my absolute favorite. So sweet! You deserve them!

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  4. I had motivation the two days it was warm. Once it got cold again...it left. I love those flowers, just because are the best. and so glad you enjoyed the candle! and seeing that clip again made me a)want Lily's pizza b) cringe at my accent. hahaha THanks for the love!

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  5. Way to go on your list! I really want to take a cooking class, learning how to make sushi is at the top of my list.

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    1. And your fish would certainly be fresh!! It'd be neat to be able to do it yourself!

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  6. what a great month so far. you and J are so adorable. as is hawkeye, obviously. jan and feb were no spend months and it was so nice to get credit card statements that didn't make my heart stop. this month has been pretty good too; i only ordered stuff twice: clothes because i'm not sure why but will end up taking some back (didn't fit properly) and some bracelets that were 40% off so they're practically free therefore, those don't count.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  7. I've been in a no spend month for like 3 months. Darn tax season! Also, between your progress on your no spend month and the 101 in 1001 list progress all I gotta say is: bitches get shit done. :)

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  8. I swear I want to jump through my computer and steal Hawkeye.

    And getting mail is awesome.

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    1. Careful, if you offer to pet her and give her tacos, she'll never leave you!

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  9. Hawkeye is so helpful.

    I love John's message for the no reason flowers.

    Following Barefoot Essence via the facespace and pinterest now. Thanks!

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  10. no reason flowers are the best! I wanted March to be my no spend month...that was a fail. Trying again for now till spring break at least!

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  11. Flowers for now reason are the best and so is Hawkeye of course!

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  12. it's been a slow week for me too - sometimes you just need that. and good work with the no-spend month. I really need to do one soon. and hawkeye is the cutest - love that she always looks like she's smiling!

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  13. I love that flower message! So perfect! Also a calligraphy class sounds so cool, I should try that

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  14. Love the card that came with the "just because" flowers! And now I need to google dabble classes...

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  15. Just because flowers are awesome and so sweet. You are doing so great on your list. Reminds me I should write one. Hawkeye is just so precious, Seamus says "Hey, girl hey" to his girlfriend!

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  16. the no reason flowers are the best kind ever!! that was so sweet of him. my friend is in new orleans and i die without her. it's so sad!

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  17. Hawkeye is such a good helper!! Pippa tries to help me blog too. She usually ends up opening the calculator program or deleting something I've spent two hours typing. So much help!! ;)

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  18. These are great life lately things! I absolutely loved - the meh, why not! Perfection in my book. Congrats on being successful with the no spending! People buying you things is the best way to get through that time. :)

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  19. Your no-spend discipline is amazing. I needed to be on a budget big time this month, but alas... That mascara you got in the package is amazing; you're going to love it.
    - Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

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  20. That is my absolute most favorite mascara! That card along with the flowers....so priceless and sweet!
    Amanda |Meet @ the Barre

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  21. OMG Hawkeye, so cute! Your 101 in 1001 progress is awesome, as always. I love the variety on your list and that it pushes you out of your comfort zone but isn't crazy!

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  22. aww I love Hawkeye - such a cutie!!

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  23. Beautiful flowers and puppy! So sweet!

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  24. surprise mail is the BEST - agreed!!!

    PS _ i have a GIVEAWAY going on - if your interested love for you to stop by .. pass on the good karma :o)

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  25. I tried learning calligraphy once. Tried. Didn't bode over well. :) Flowers for no reason are the best indeed :) I don't know who Tara is but you should get her back - productivity on a Sunday should be a sin. Have a great weekend Stephanie! -Iva

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  26. Aww I love no reason flowers, they are the best :-)

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  27. You and your man are so cute! And I gave up shopping for Lent (which is most of March/April).....SO HARD!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  28. Just because flowers are amazing! Hawkeye is such a BIG helper, just like Roxy! :)

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  29. Hawkeye looks like an amazing assistant :) Just because flowers, e-mails and pressies are the best aren't they. Hope you've enjoyed some quiet time, it's nice to take a step back every once in awhile. Have a great week!

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  30. those flowers are beautiful! also, I really like johns hair. I would keep him around for that alone!

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  31. My motivation has been in the toilet lately. I really need to find it again. Maybe I'll start my own 101 in 1001 as a way to kick myself in the ass.

    I love your dog helps with menu planning! They definitely have their own opinions, don't they?

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    1. I love my 101 list! I know some people think they're cheesy or that it's silly to write/keep a bucket list in such a way, but I just love it. It's really motivating to me to be able to cross it off and the time frame keeps me from putting off the things I really should be doing. You definitely should make one!
      Haha Hawkeye's opinion is pretty much 'bacon? is there bacon on there? don't forget the bacon.'

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  32. I'm spending for you this month. I was actually kind of afraid my bank was going to freeze my card this weekend.I need to get back to menu planning. I have spent two days walking through the grocery store not having a clue what to buy. So I left with Dr. Pepper. I guess I can just drink my calories.

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