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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Woohoo - the end is near! Are you taking some time off for the holidays? The holiday break is one of the many perks of working at a school, I must say. I'm heading back to Boston on Sunday for a fun week with friends and family, then have plans to spend New Years up at Tahoe. I'll have almost two full weeks to decompress and shut down after a very busy fall. I'm really looking forward to Christmas in New England - bring on the snow! I hope you're looking forward to a break as well.

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Here are some things around the web that I've enjoyed lately:

this beauty pouch looks perfect

25 famous women on getting older

the best documentaries on Netflix

I love this guest room

Cute blog I'm enjoying

Caitlin's post about taking it easy on the blog spoke to me

loving some of these bags

every been to Reno?


Gift Guide :: My Man

Thursday, December 11, 2014


12. sushi and more sushi // 13. whiskey soaked jerky ('cause why not)

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I've been MIA, I know. And it's been kind of nice! But let's see... what is there to report... I've been working, traveling, and watching The Walking Dead. Thanksgiving was delightful. I ate my way through Portland last weekend and have fantastic plans for the holidays. My 'hood is expecting crazy rain today, so much so that the school I work at was canceled, to which the New Englander in me says "pshawwww, you silly gooses, it's just a little WATER", but to which the rational part of me says "Sweet, I'll take it!".  I haven't felt up for working on the 'log lately, partly because I already spend so much time on the computer screen at work, and partly because I have so many things I want to blog about that sometimes it's kind of overwhelming and I just don't know where to start. But I'm feeling a rekindling of blog-love over here. It must be the holidays or something - it brings it out of me! Hopefully we'll see more of each other soon.

So now down to business. Jimmy and I are keeping it light on the gifting this year, mostly because we're putting our dollars towards some 2015 travel, but also because we have birthdays this year that we're saving our energy for (it's a big one for both of us...that rhymes with hurty...eek!). But I couldn't help but pull together a bunch of gifts that I know that he and any other adventure/flavor/music/USA-made loving men would enjoy. Would the man in your life like this stuff?

Happy rain-day everyone! 

Thankful

Thursday, November 27, 2014



Today I'm thankful for so many things. For everything, really. But a few things come especially to mind:

+ a family that let me grow up feeling oh so loved and supported
+ holiday traditions
+ a home away from home in beautiful Tahoe and the amazing friends that host us here
+ California, and all of the adventure that's constantly at my fingertips
+ friends that are like a second family to me
+ New England and all it's beauty
+ an inspiring and supportive job that has given me incredible growth opportunities
+ Jim, Jim, and Jim again. His values, his hardworking and adventurous spirit, and the way he makes me crack up constantly
+ a beautiful ski season on the horizon (**snow dance**)
+ an upcoming New Year already filled with exciting travel plans
+ the mountains, trees, oceans and stars
+ Champagne, stuffing, cheese and pie 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, friends! Check out my Thanksgiving playlist if you're in the mood for some nostalgic, grateful, happy jams :).


Weekly Wishes :: 2

Monday, November 10, 2014


Hi everyone! I took a little bloggy break. Some focus was needed at work plus I've been a bit under the weather. Yesterday Jim and I both were both feeling pretty yucky so we enjoyed a Sunday sick day together...and it was actually pretty fun! Normally we would make sure to be productive and do some exploring, and if only one of us was sick the healthy one would probably put the pressure on to get us going. But with both of us sniffling, sneezing and coughing...we let ourselves take it easy. It's funny how productive you can still feel while doing "nothing" around the house. Some long overdue online purchases, changing out a headlight, having time to cook a real meal for the first time in awhile, self pedicure...it was a productive day!

I'm back with the Weekly Wishes because last time it worked - I really knocked those tasks out. So what do I hope to accomplish this week...

:: This week's wishes ::

  1. Sleep 8 hours a night. I'm still not feeling great today, so this wish is exactly where my head's at right now. Jim and I are always trying to go to bed earlier but this week I'm going to make it a priority.
  2. Firm up some travel plans. I have a few fun trips in the works right now that need to be nailed down (hotels, flights etc.)  - I hope to take care of this this week so that I can start officially looking forward to my travels! Isn't life just better when you have an adventure to look forward to?
  3. Find a good photo editing system on the mac. Maybe you guys can help me with this one... I'm looking for a great, free (or cheap) editing software for my Mac. Editing with iPhoto is fine but sometimes I want to step it up a notch. I'm still not completely used to the organization system on my mac either so that's probably half the battle. Any cheap & intuitive favorites out there??
Have a great week, everyone!

The Nectar Collective

Jersey Beaches

Friday, October 24, 2014

Work is still killin' me this week. Guess it must be fall! Oh so busy. Luckily I have accomplished most of my weekly goals, and have been taking time for myself each day to stretch and sweat with a Barre workout. Work, workout, sleep - work, workout, sleep - that's been my schedule. Sometimes it is nice to just be focused...but I'm looking forward to a weekend with a bit more variety. Maybe some wine, fresh air and friends. 

For now I'll go down memory lane for a moment with these shots from our trip back East in September. Did you know how beautiful the Jersey Shore is? I didn't. As a Cape Codder by heart I've always been very content to stay up on the shores of New England, but I'm so glad that I had the chance to explore the shores of Jersey a bit more during my time there. There is a whole lot more to it than this. The beaches are wide, the waves are huge, the sand is soft, and there is usually a funnel cake and mini golf within reach...so you just can't go wrong. We had such a good time there catching up with friends and family. 

Enjoy the weekend, friends! 

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