photo diary – first hike of spring 2018

Spring is here! Well, it’s trying at least. I’m definitely one of those people who just barely scrapes by each winter. I just can’t stand being cooped up. I don’t like being cold, and the lack of sunshine is ROUGH for me. So, as soon as Spring starts to show it’s pretty face, I get

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adventures in avocado propagation – an update

Since the beginning of this year I’ve been patiently experimenting with growing avocado pits. It’s an extremely slow going adventure but one I’ve become completely enthralled with. I check on my pits multiple times a day (seriously, I can’t help it) and celebrate even the smallest bit of growth and change. It’s been since mid-March

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found on the beach – 49 lighters

I think this just may be my favorite found on the beach arrangement! When I first started doing these arrangements five or six years ago I always made them in the sand. It was super important to me that I found a clear little section of sand with no other debris. I was really nitpicky

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Friday Favorites #462

This post contains affiliate links. For more information on what that means, read here. Would you just look at these incredible beetle earrings!? My goodness! They’re only $15! (via Modcloth) This book on keeping happy houseplants looks so pretty. (via Amazon) I love these shoes so much. I even hesitated to post them because they’d

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11 years

The end of this month marks Squid’s 11th birthday! Up until about a week ago I thought she was turning ten this year buuut that’s neither here nor there. I apparently don’t understand simple math. Squid doesn’t get much air time on The Dainty Squid. I mean, this whole thing is named after her so

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four years together

As of today, Jeff and I have been dating for four years! I feel like we’ve been together forever though. It felt like my life really started when I moved to Cleveland then somehow I lucked out and met this dude a month later. He’s been a massive part of my life ever since. I

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7+ websites to find affordable wedding dresses!

top left, right, bottom left, right My hunt for a wedding dress was not a fun one. It included buying the absolute wrong (non-refundable) dress, choosing another that I knew I’d probably regret, and spending way way way too much time frantically searching the internet from end to end. I’ve finally found *the* one though,

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a few of my favorite nail tools

ā–“ Seven-sided nail file. This file is numbered 1-7 on each different colored section. You simply go through the steps on each of your nails. After you’re done you’ll have beautiful, shiny nails ready to paint! Every few months, when I run out of files, I try to buy something else, and I always coming

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