Where to Find a Little Spot of Solace

You know those days when you question whether you’re doing anything right? I get those. They usually include a call to my mom, mid-breakdown, while my husband looks on— terrified— contemplating whether flowers or wine or Modern Family reruns will make it better.

Sometimes, the wine works. But most of the time, I’m just overreacting.

I’ve adopted some small spots— my backyard, the park, a giant tree in the city— where I go to underreact. I get cozy. Think sweater, leggings, boots. I pack a blanket and a book. And I go.

This week, I brought my husband to snap pictures so I could share the experience. Here’s our photo diary, through his eyes. I hope it inspires you to adopt your very own breathing spots.

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Sweater: ATM Looks for LESS here and here // Leggings: J. Crew // Hat: Hat Attack Look for LESS here // Boots: Cole Haan (old buy) Similar look at Banana Republic right now Book: 99 Things to Do

 

Photos by Jake Ireland

DIY Metallic Pumpkins

Forget orange pumpkins. We’re going for gold.

This DIY project is straight from the pages of Pinterest. The best part? Replicate the idea through Thanksgiving as centerpieces or place holders. Metallic puts a modern twist on a traditional decoration.

Here’s what you need: spray paint (gold, white, silver + others). Small pumpkins. Scrap paper.

Place your pumpkins on paper. Choose a color for each one and begin spraying. I recommend two coats per pumpkin, allowing a few minutes of dry time in between. Allow your project to dry overnight.

The pumpkins can be used as outdoor decor, indoor centerpieces, mantle accessories and gift toppers.

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Date Night Idea: Dinner Crawl

Date nights are my favorite. My husband knows it. He uses it to his advantage sometimes all the time.

We typically keep it simple and rotate between our favorite spots. But he stepped up his dinner game for my birthday last week with an idea so good I had to share (it’s easy to replicate)…

He made a dinner reservation at a spot we’d never been to. We settled in and ordered an appetizer. Before I could pick a meal, he said we wouldn’t be staying. There was a second dinner spot reserved.

We arrived at dinner number two— a new place— and ordered a meal. I was smitten with the surprises.

Time for dessert. I attempted to order, but he again said we wouldn’t be staying. There was yet a third and final spot, where we indulged in strawberries, souffles and chocolate pies. Calorie-free, of course.

The experience felt more special than our typical date night. Try it— new restaurants, old favorites, sports bars or some combination of it all. It’s also a lot of fun to try with a group of friends.

We’ll call it a dinner crawl. It’s like a bar crawl. But with food. #winning.