SNACKS // healthiest, simplest, funnest snack around

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For the 4th of July my mom made the cutest snacks–watermelon stars! So unexpected and fun! I’ve been meaning to post it and I figured even though I’m late, summer isn’t over yet!!!! This cute idea would be perfect for any time of the year really: a fun breakfast addition or a kid’s party or play date or just for FUN :) Good for adults too! :)

Directions:
1. // slice watermelon (or another kind of melon) into 1 in thick round slices
2. // press the cookie cutter into the round slice, carefully press out the shape
3. // discard the rind, eat the extra pieces! :)

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You can find unique cookie cutters on etsy for cheap! Below are a few I thought were pretty cool. Also, I don’t have kids, but I think any kid would love their name spelled out in watermelon letters, right?! Everyone loves seeing their own name :) :) Batman and lightning bolts are pretty sweet too!

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cookie cutters via// cloud // batman // starfish // lightning bolt

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Randolf Street Market, Chicago // NEW RUG!

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This square, colorful, rug couldn’t be more perfect for our little dining nook. It makes me so happy!!! Seems like it was made for the space. I bought it on Sunday at the Randolph Street Market. The gals from Amelia Jane Vintage gave me a deal. I always get e-mails about the market and have wanted to go and on Sunday we actually went!! Yeaaaa!! :) Summer is all about making things happen!

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A few lovely things above!^^^ eames chair & sputnik chandelier // bertoia chair // pretty aztec tufted sofa // turqouise striped vintage camper // …I also loved these mirrored panels below!

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>>our little place is slowly coming together! I haven’t shopped much, but I couldn’t pass up the rug. All you need are a few pieces to pull a room together! :) Still in progress, but it’s been a lot of fun! …maybe if we stay here long enough I’ll be able to change that light fixture! :) >> next up: art on the walls!

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 ^^^ love these two. xoxo ^^^
PS! I updated / S I M P L I F I E D my about page! :) and I added Bingley to the front page of the blog! He’s just tooooo cute!

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Simply Beautiful Wedding Favors

favors A coworker friend of my got married last weekend and they gave these beautiful succulents as place cards/favors. They’re teeny tiny and wrapped in brown paper. So sweet and pretty. Aren’t the tags cute too?!

Parisians // Eiffel Tower

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So, I’ve been MIA for the past month because it’s SUMMER and we MOVED and it’s SUMMER! =) but I’m back and wanted to share a few of my favorite French inspired links, because today is Bastille Day!

When Grant and I visited my parents in Dubai we had a layover in Paris, so we went into the city and we ran into Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! She was so sweet. Here’s some advice from Jordan: What to Bring to Paris.

Also, another witty article by: Garance Dore on dressing like Emmanuel Alt (the beautiful editor of French Vogue, below).

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And finally a bit of inspiration and a few things I never knew from Seth Godin! xo

Seth Godin: Lessons from the Eiffel Tower

  • It was designed at home, on the kitchen table…
  • by someone who didn’t get their name on it
  • Never been done before, not guaranteed to get built or to work
  • It was criticized by hundreds of leading intellectuals and cultural experts
  • It wasn’t supposed to last very long
  • It’s designed to be an icon, it’s not an accident
  • People flock to it because it’s famous
  • You can sketch a recognizable version of it on a napkin

Your turn to build one. Happy Bastille Day.

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P.S. My family (not Grant and I) got a PUPPY about a month ago!!! I’ve been meaning to post some pictures of him because he is THE CUTEST…tomorrow! xo

images via: top collage // Emmanuelle Alt // Eiffel construction drawings

Pod! xoxo

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When I was 11 my dad put my sister and I on a plane from the Middle East to Chicago all by ourselves! Living in the Middle East as expats we travelled back and forth regularly and one summer my mom and younger sister flew ahead of us and my older sister and I followed. I remember it was really exciting and scary flying home alone! My dad always believed in us, gave us a lot of different opportunities, encouraged us and cheered for us until he lost his voice at swim meets (losing his voice at all of them)! He’s the hardest worker I know. Pod, you’re the best!!! We love you. XOXO