Dream BigLook at me, writing today’s short post barely ten minutes before the day’s end. It’s just been one of those days/weeks. You know the feeling all too well. Here’s to a better, more together second half of the week. 

Also, I rarely post other people’s pictures or work, but this was just too perfect. Check out more by the talented Drew Ellis here

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Fortune Finds57
I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here are some of my latest desires and distractions. 

1. My mom taught me to never show up at someone’s home emptyhanded. A rule that she loves and my dad hates. I’m often at a loss for what to bring, but problem solved with these great summer hostess gift ideas. (The Glitter Guide)
2. I recently discovered my coworker Chloe’s blog Little House Big City, full of great home-renovation, interior-decorating stuff. I have major house envy. Headboard envy too. Check out her awesome DIY West Elm knockoff headboard. So impressed. (Little House Big City)
3. I’ve been obsessed with pineapples ever since I picked up these earrings. Have you ever checked out Zara Home? I love everything there, especially these pretty pineapple towels. (Zara Home)
4. I love seeing all the colorized old photos popping up around the internet. These ones are particularly great. (Inspire52)
5. Travel tips that claim to be life-changing. I really hope #35 is true, but I’m skeptical. I’ll have to give it a try. Plus, check out my travel essentials if you haven’t  already. (Distractify)
6. I’ve never owned a charm bracelet or necklace, because the chunkiness never appealed to me. J.Crew’s new Jennifer Fisher line of dainty gold charms has me rethinking my stance. (J.Crew)
7. I’m a huge Sex and the City fan. Huge. And I loved every moment of this genius video compilation of every brand ever mentioned in the show, in alphabetical order no less. “Bed Bath and Freaking Beyond.” (Who What Wear)
8. Raise your hand if you’re a big sweater. Actually, don’t. This time of year doesn’t really agree with me either. Here are some useful tips to keep perspiration to a minimum. (Bustle)

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Travel Essentials Packing Tips

My apologies for the tardy post today. I just got back to DC after clocking in some quality time with the parents, real high-quality stuff that led me to neglect my usual Monday blog post, and I was surprisingly ok with that. So there I was, aboard my 20th some plane in four months, flying over Ohio, resigned to the fact that I would be skipping a day of blogging, when it hit me that I should put all of my recent schlepping to good use. You see, I fancy myself a bit of a travel and flying expert. More than once I’ve taken two-week long trips with nothing but a carry-on suitcase and bag. It can be done, people. All it takes is some smart packing (roll your clothes!) and a few trusted items to help you get there. Here are some of my tried and true travel essentials. 

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Delicious Avocado Fries

Avocados are my weakness, one that I give into every single day. I’m not made of money, but the man whose company I work for is, and the office kitchen has aguacates in ample supply.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that there’s absolutely no reason why I would need to work more avocado into my life, if anything I should be cutting it back. But when it’s Fryday and a beautiful, crunchy recipe like this one comes along, perfect for the not-quite ripe avocados sitting on my counter that I’m impatiently waiting to eat, a girl has no choice but to follow her heart and dive right in. TGIF.

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Recipe Reciprocity - Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe Reciprocity - Nacho Grilled Cheese Recipe Reciprocity - Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese Recipe Reciprocity - Spaghetti Grilled Cheese Recipe Reciprocity - French Onion Grilled Cheese
Timing has never been my strongsuit. I’m now on Day One of my return to Weight Watchers and want nothing more than a really greasy grilled cheese for  lunch. For now/once, I’ll show some restraint, but it doesn’t hurt to look. Here are some great croque monsieur ideas from around the blogosphere.

1. I love jalapeño poppers (traditional and wonton evidence here and here), and don’t need to be told twice to try Simply Scratch’s Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese.
2. Nachos are one of my many weaknesses and BS’ in the Kitchen’s Loaded Nachos Grilled Cheese is my idea of perfection.
3. A Cozy Kitchen is really upping the ante with this incredible-looking Fried Green Tomato Pimento Grilled Cheese.
4. The Recipe Rebel’s Spaghetti Grilled Cheese made with garlic toast makes so much sense that I wish I’d thought of it myself.
5. And finally, this French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese is everything. Feasting at Home sure knows how to tug at a francophile’s hearstrings.

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow bloggers. Great job, everyone!

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Orange Creamsicle Milkshake | fortune goodies
My dear Brian is a good sport. He understands how much I love this blog of mine and puts up with me when I’m neglecting him to work on it, and tries his best not to look embarrassed when he waits for me to finish taking pictures at every meal. That’s love.

Like me, he’ll eat just about anything and rarely makes special food requests, but when he does, like he did with these Orange Creamsicle Milkshakes, I know to answer the call. He deserves it. Plus, these were incredibly easy to make, so I was more than happy to oblige. 

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