Healthy office cubicle snacks

If you hadn’t heard the B-I-G news of the month… I finally got a cubicle at work!

I’m still working on decorating it (I literally joked with my boss about how I’m going to be bringing in an overhead crystal chandelier), but that’s totally fine. Decorations aren’t really my priority anyway.

My actual priority is food.

Kidding, kind of.

But, really. Now that I have my own desk and I’m not borrowing/ sharing (like I had been for the past year-plus), I have a ton of room for yummy and healthy snacks, which is awesome, because it means now I’m much less likely to hit up the vending machine — saving me money and calories.
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Life lately

Oh hi!

This is your bi-monthly “hey there’s a real person running this blog” post, just so you can see what kind of shenanigans I’ve been getting myself into. It’s finally summer, and an increase in temperature means an increase in cold drinks followed by somewhat questionable behavior. So, hooray for life updates!

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Easy summer beach waves

Thank God it’s Friday!

I know, you guys say that basically every week, but usually, Thursdays are my Fridays. And my Fridays are my Saturdays. Which makes Saturdays Sundays and Sundays Mondays and that means no Saturday night drinks and no Sunday morning brunch.


But, thanks to a few last-minute schedule changes, it’s your Friday, and it’s also my Friday! Which means I can do normal people weekend things like drinks and brunch and beach days on a normal people schedule! This Saturday’s weather is supposed to be sunny and 80s (knock on wood), so I’m really excited to get some much-needed Lake Michigan time in.

And, speaking of beaches, I’m also really excited to show off a new hairstyle I learned: easy summer beach waves!

(Plus, scroll down for a discount code on products!)


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A weekend trip to Detroit

It feels kind of weird to consider a trip to Detroit a “vacation,” or to consider it “traveling.” I grew up in the Ann Arbor area, about an hour away from Detroit, so I’ve been to the city plenty of times.

I even flirted with the idea of moving to Detroit after college. I applied for a few jobs downtown after undergrad — and again after grad school — but life had other plans for me, and I ended up taking a job over here in Chicago.

No qualms, though. Love this city and love my job.

I gave up my car when I moved here, which makes getting out of the city a little tricky sometimes. I realized it had been about a year and a half since my last trip to Detroit, so I pitched the idea to Mando. He was down, so we looked at the MLB calendar and picked a weekend that the Chicago White Sox played my Detroit Tigers for a visit.

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Summer haircare tips with b. A Salon on Armitage

I cannot believe summer is finally here.

It seems like just last week I was complaining that spring hadn’t made its appearance yet.

Oh, that actually was last week? Well. Never mind.

But regardless, it’s Memorial Day, which means it’s officially summer. Temps have topped 80, Chicago’s beaches are open and I’ve been eating froyo like it’s my job.

I’ve also given myself a sandal-ready pedicure, doused myself in self-tanner and started up a summer haircare routine.

I’m always the first to admit that I suck at all things hair-related. I usually wear my hair down and straight or up in a ponytail. I use shampoo, conditioner, heat protectant and dry shampoo in any given week and that’s about it. I have a love-hate relationship with my hair straightener.

So, when b. A Salon on Armitage reached out and asked if I’d like to collaborate and learn some more about haircare and styling, I was totally on board.

(Plus, there’s a discount code for products at the end of this post!)

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Social media scheduling template (free download!)

I think one of the worst parts about being a chronically over-obsessive Type A person is never being satisfied with anything commercially available when it comes to office supplies and organizational tools. Finding planners and apps and tools to track and schedule my day has always been a huge, huge challenge. I’m really picky, and nothing ever really seems to suit my needs.

The other day, I set out to find a social media scheduling tool that I liked… and…

I couldn’t find one.

Color me totally not surprised.

I spent a good amount of time poking around for a template I liked, and after a few wasted hours, I just decided to go ahead and make my own!

When I first designed the scheduler, I was managing about seven Facebook accounts and two Twitter accounts, plus a slew of other accounts on other platforms. Then, a member of my team left and the workload got shifted around a bit, so now I’m down to two Facebook accounts and two Twitter accounts. So, I quickly redesigned the scheduler.

But, now I think it works perfectly for what I need it for!

DIY social media scheduling template. Planning tools for social media managers.

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Most worn this spring

Is it just me, or does it feel like summer spring is N E V E R going to get here?

Earlier this week I posted a recap of my past year in Chicago. I’ve been reliving the apartment searching, moving and unpacking I was doing exactly a year ago on Timehop when I realized that, at this time last year, I was wearing crop tops and shorts.

I think we’ve had less than a week’s worth of “t-shirt weather” days in Chicago so far this year.

So, dressing for spring has definitely been a challenge. Normally at this point in the year, I’ve moved over to skirts and sandals. But this spring? It’s too cold for open-toed shoes so I haven’t even had an excuse to get a pedicure yet.

But I’m lazy so that’s a silver lining, I guess?

So, getting dressed every morning has definitely been a challenge this April and May. It’s really hard to face my closet every morning when I want to break out the chiffon skirts and sleeveless blouses, but am still stuck in thick cardigans and knits.

I’ve kind of compromised a bit by wearing a lot of navy and white paired together (more than usual) and sulking around a bit.

I’ve done these posts before and they usually get pretty good reviews, so here’s a list of the things I’ve worn the most this spring.

I’ve worn some of these things an embarrassing amount. Just ask my coworkers.


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One year in Chicago

Well, it’s been one year, to the day, since I moved to Chicago.

And so, it only feels right to pen a love letter to this amazing place I get to call home.

It’s been an absolutely crazy year, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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