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7 weeks and counting

the road to graduation...

the road to graduation…

Yesterday I went home for Easter and it was just such a lovely day. I spent the morning at church followed by an awesome afternoon of food, family, and fun. The day was filled with too many great things to list them all (traditions, catching-up, chocolate… just to name a few!), but probably the thing that struck me the most was something my grandmother said to me as I was saying my farewells. She said, “Good luck, Catherine! I’ll see you at graduation!” And it hit me just like that: the next time I will see most of my relatives will be at my college graduation. I just can’t believe it. I feel like I see my relatives pretty often, so to think that the next time we will all be together will be at my graduation means that it is right around the corner. I can’t handle that! I have seven weeks left of school, but I know they are going to feel like seven minutes. How do you slow down the clock??

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5 things to try this week (2)

I’ve done a “5 things to try this week” post before (here), but I love the idea so much that I figured I’d have a go at it again. It’s easy to make weekends great, but sometimes just that fact that the week is the week can make it quasi-miserable. Don’t let that happen! Here are 5 things to try this week:

1. Make kale chips

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My best friend from college is a bit of an epicurean and is always testing out new (and incredible!) recipes. When she visited me at school in the fall she brought some home-made kale chips and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since. This recipe seems to be easy enough!

2. Work out

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I’ve been doing some of the video work-outs from Karena and Katrina’s ToneItUp.com and I absolutely love the routines. They are super fun, but they also make you work up a good sweat! Plus, the girls have a new show on Bravo, so after you’ve burned some cals you can burn some time in front of the TV!

3. Call a relative

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It’s too easy sometimes to let life get in the way and the next thing you know every holiday with the extended family becomes more of a catching-up time than a time for celebration. Give one of your relatives a call this week just to chat. You’ll be surprised how surprised they’ll be!

4. Organize

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A lot of college students are either headed back to school soon or already back at school. Set aside at least one hour this week to get organized. Whether this is color-coding your notebooks, cleaning out the top drawer of you desk, updating a studying application on your phone, or organizing your email inbox (see my tips here!), this is one “unproductive” hour that will increase the productivity of all your other hours!

5. Send me a note!

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not even a mouse

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As I arrived back home just yesterday from my crazy California adventure (see here, here and here) I unfortunately missed a lot of my family’s usual holiday preparations. However, we have plenty of traditions (see here) that I got back  just in time for! I can’t wait to go to my cousins’ house for a delicious Christmas Eve meal, look for the North Star at night, wake up early to open presents, make a delicious breakfast of bagels and lox, comb through our stocking surprises, and spend the rest of the day catching up with relatives old and young. Merry Christmas Eve, followers!

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Julia making Christmas cards for all of our lovely friends, near and far

Julia making Christmas cards for all of our lovely friends, near and far

My family has so many awesome Christmas traditions! We never set out to make them that way, but they all just kind of evolved organically over the years and have become a quintessential part of our lives this time of the year. When the holidays bring strange relatives or weird family dynamics, take a step back and thank God for all of the good things this year and all years; Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and we should be nothing but thankful, joyous, and loving this holiday season!

Happy Christmas Eve!!

we always make the most delicious Christmas cookies! expert decorator, Maddy, stands by her masterpieces here

we always make the most delicious Christmas cookies! expert decorator, Maddy, stands by her masterpieces here

we always go over to our cousins' house for Christmas eve -- it's one of my favorite holiday traditions! (look how old we're all getting! eek!)

we always go over to our cousins’ house for Christmas eve — it’s one of my favorite holiday traditions! (look how old we’re all getting! eek!)

bagels and locks on Christmas morning -- YUM!

bagels and locks on Christmas morning — YUM!

is there anything better than a tree brimming with trimmings and trinkets on Christmas morning?

is there anything better than a tree brimming with trimmings and trinkets on Christmas morning?

last year my 76 year-old grandmother tried on my sister's sky-high sparkly heels... what will this year bring?!

last year my 76 year-old grandmother tried on my sister’s sky-high sparkly heels… what will this year bring?!