Sunday, January 29, 2012

You Just Got a Letter...I Wonder Who It's From!

A friend of mine from undergrad sent me a message earlier this month asking for my address. She made a resolution to start writing more letters and cards to people and I was lucky enough to make the cut :)

Since then I have been thinking about how letter writing is becoming somewhat of a dying art....but who doesn't love getting letters and cards in the mail? I know I do! :: hint hint ::

Thanks to a coupon at Target I bought three cards to send out to my three favorite people: Jared, Erin and baby sister. I hope to make a habit out of sending more letters. It really does brighten a person's day and is the perfect way to let someone know you are thinking of them from far away. 

my cards

you need to have a fancy pen to write of course

Rory helping me write my cards

I hope they make it to you safe and sound.

I'm writing a letter. I can't write a letter. Why can't I write a letter?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Home Away from Home

Being back in Columbia has been a whorl-wind, but a postponement on a presentation has giving me the opportunity to pop in. 

Remember when I promised I would post pictures of my apartment after I moved in October?....remember how that was 3 months ago?

Better late than never I guess. Here is the tour of my home away from home. 

Lets is my front door, from the inside:

When you walk in (back is facing the entrance) you walk in with the living room on your left:

My lovely couch and chair set from Erin :)
Close up of the door leading to the balcony
Looking at the other side of the living room

 Now if we start from the door again, to your right is the dining room:

Across from the dining room is the kitchen:

This is the view from the front door, dining room is to the right

Right side of the the kitchen

Left side of the kitchen, which has a breakfast bar

Cute nook that is perfect for coffee :)
Built in mini pantry

Directly through the kitchen is the door to the laundry room:

Washer and Dryer

Also in the laundry room in more pantry space!

View of the kitchen from the living room
Going back to the front door, this is directly in front of you. I have moved away from the front door, but the door you see is the guest entrance into the bathroom.

Bedroom is to the left off of the mini hallway

What you see to the right when you walk in 

Left side of the bedroom

Closer look at my desk, there is the closet too

My bed :)

This is on the wall where the entrance is

The door you see in the previous picture (on the left) is the door from my bedroom into the bathroom. The entrance is to the right.

Bathroom, walking in from the bedroom

Plenty of counter space!


Guest entrance 

Garden Tub :)

Linen Closet!

What do you think?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Scarf Smart

I have been pinning a lot these last few days, especially since returning to Columbia and came across an idea that I wanted to try.

Scarf Smart
This is a practical way to hang your scarves in order to free up some room in your closet or drawers. It also displays them nicely and makes them easy to access instead of having to dig through a sea of scarves.

Step 1:
Things you will need:
  • Wooden Hanger (Will hold the weight of the scarves without bending)
  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Your Scarf Collection

I go this pack of 5 wooden hangers for about $4.50

Love the blue :)

My scarves
 Step 2:
Add the shower curtain rings onto the wooden hanger, make sure they snap together!

Empty with all the rings
Step 3:
Thread each scarf through one of the rings. Fold the scarf in a way that it will be the right length for your closet.

Here is mine with 7 scarves which I think is a good number

Tip: Place the scarves in a way in which the weight is balanced in order to prevent all the rings from sliding to one side. 

Cute and simple and very scarf smart!

She also had my second-least-favorite-scarf

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Thirty Things before Turning Thirty

2012: a new year with new goals and new outlooks.

2011 ended in an unexpected way, but I am looking towards to future. Recent events have made me realize that there are some things that I need to do for me and for me alone. So I am making a list of thirty things to do before I turn thirty. I will keep updating it, and devote a post to each item I cross off my list.

I am open to suggestions/encouragement/advice/motivation. 2012 is going to be a year for me...wish me luck!

Thirty Things to Accomplish before I Turn Thirty
  1. Graduate with a M.S. in Genetic Counseling
  2. Love myself
  3. See a movie by myself
  4. Do something that scares me
  5. Be my ideal weight
  6. Vacation in Greece
  7. Become a Certified Genetic Counselor
  8. Get married
  9. Become a mother
  10. Donate money to a worthy cause
  11. Find a job I love
  12. Take up running and stick with it
  13. Get a massage
  14. Buy my first car
  15. Run a half marathon
  16. Host my first dinner party
  17. Take a trip with my sister, just the two of us
  18. Make my own tradition
  19. Take a cooking class
  20. Do something spontaneous 
  21. Spend an entire day without a computer, phone, or TV
  22. Make an inspiration board
  23. Take a road trip across the United States
  24. Scrapbook all my memories
  25. Get a tattoo
  26. Learn how to do the perfect smoky eye
  27. Find out my blood type
  28. Learn photography
  29. Become someone's mentor
  30. Throw a surprise party
don't forget, don't forget about me