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Tue. Jul 2, 2013 by Mary    Stuff we Love

Stuff We Love: London & Jack Wills

The first time I came to the UK, it was to study for a year to get my Master's.

I touched down in London {Town} somewhere around 6am their time, bleary eyed, jet lagged, and more than a little petrified of what the year ahead would hold. Since I was there on a Rotary Scholarship, for the first week I was there before moving into the dorms at my university I would be staying with a Rotary Club host family and I really really wanted to make a good impression.

As soon as I got there, I fell asleep. And apparently I slept so long that I made my host mom think I was dead. "Good heavens Mary, I was afraid you were suffering from deep vein THROMbosis. I thought we were going to have to run you to hospital." I was not off to a good start. In the five minutes that would follow, the situation would further deteriorate quickly.

I asked for milk in my Earl Gray tea (when clearly the only correct response would have been lemon)

I told them their toilet was broken (umm no dear you just need to push the handle a little harder)

And I asked for a iron so I could iron my pants.

It was a good two days later before anyone got the nerve up to tell me that in England, "pants" means underwear. So I had essentially come downstairs and told my new host family I wanted to iron my underwear.

It was enough to make me wish for the deep vein thrombosis.

But I made it through that first week. And somewhere along the year that followed, I feel in love body & soul with a country I now consider a second home. And everything that adventure came to mean.

This week we are back over in London for a great friend's wedding from my year abroad, and as we made that familiar drive from Heathrow into the heart of the city I realized I'm not that scared girl anymore. The way that I see life now, is that whatever it is I'm ready for the adventure.

And in my heart, I know I have London to thank for that.

And speaking of London, one of the other "fabulously British" things that we discovered this summer and have been loving is the preppy mecca that is Jack Wills. We stumbled upon it while we were out in Nantucket & I've been obsessed ever since. While we were there we picked up this awesome pink & navy camera strap, and I've been loving mine so much that we thought we'd give one away here today!

***Just leave us a note in the comment box below saying hi & we're going to announce one lucky winner by Friday to receive your very own Jack Wills strap! And....GO!!

Fri. Jun 21, 2013 by Justin    Stuff we Love

Friday Giveaway! Think Tank Photo

Happy Friday! After zipping through airports this past week on our trip to Minneapolis, its hard to imagine how we ever traveled with our gear before we had our Think Tank Airport International bags. There are a few pieces of gear that give me the peace of mind knowing that I have everything I need, organized, protected, and secure. Our two bags were one of the best investments we've ever made in our equipment.

So in honor of Think Tank we're going to be giving away a few of their amazing accessories today! Just leave a comment below for your chance to win a set including a Think Tank card holder, non slip camera strap and a battery holder

To enter just leave us a comment in the box below & we'll be announcing a winner early next week! Happy Friday y'all!

Fri. Oct 19, 2012 by Mary    Stuff we Love

Stuff We Love: Reese's Pumpkins

When I was a kid and went trick or treating, it was all about the Nerds.

The pink and purple mixed pack to be precise.

But when I was rating the neighborhood houses on their level of cool, a Gold Standard rating was always given out if that family gave out Nerds.

Now that I am older and wiser and my tastes have refined, I realize that the pumpkin shaped Reese's is really where it's at.

It's chocolate. It's peanut butter.

And I don't know....there's just something about it being molded into the shape of something that I swear just makes it better!

So tell me! What's your gold standard favorite Halloween candy? Let us know in the comment box below and ONE lucky winner is going to get a personalized Halloween care kit from yours truly full of all my favorite goodies! And....GO!!

Thu. Oct 11, 2012 by Mary    Stuff we Love

This or That: To Do List Techniques

I am what you would call a to-do list junkie.

I make to-do lists for my to-do lists. Sort of a master catalog of all the things I need to get done. I'm pretty much one step shy of implementing my own primitive form of a dewey decimal point system at this point.

But on the plus side, at least I would get to buy that vintage card catalogue I've been eyeing. And wear librarian glasses. And a bun. It would be epic.

And as you can imagine, being a to-do list junkie, I've tried pretty much every form of task management systems out there from good ole' pen & paper to the more tech savvy things like Vitalist. And what I've found is that, for me, pen & paper just work best.

What can I say, I just love that feeling of scratching something off the list into oblivion. Where it will never dare show its face again.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I prefer a combination of a master to-do list and smaller Win the Day lists. Well after listening to Miss Katelyn James at the Pursuit 31 Conference, she showed me a way to bring both of those worlds together in a seamless to-do domination strategy called "The Big List" (more on that to come!). And this of course also led me to spend way too much contributing to the Martha Stewart empire. :) I've only been using this system for a week, and so far it's rocking my WORLD.

And that got me thinking.

I wonder how all of you like to go about managing all the stuff you have to get done. Are you pen to paper people? Do you download all the latest apps? Do you prefer to cross things off or put a check mark beside them? Is there a specific color pen that you have to write in? :)

Leave us a note in the comment box below with your preferred method of to-doing & any of your best tips that you've learned along the way. And we're going to pick one lucky winner to receive a $50 gift card to Adorama. Because I'm pretty sure buying something from there is on the top of ALL of our to-do lists! :) And....GO!!!

And a HUGE congrats to the winner of Julia's Pottery Barn giveaway....Miss Sarajane Case!!! Your e-gift card is on the way!

Wed. Oct 3, 2012 by Julia    Stuff we Love

This or That: Fun or Scary?

A few days ago, I was walking the dogs, and noticed Halloween decorations popping up along the way. Graveyards grew in lawns, pumpkins sat on doorsteps, and ghouls appeared between the red and orange leaves. I have to tell you, there are mixed feelings about this in my house.

I like to decorate with sparkly skeletons, wide eyed grinning pumpkins and polka dot bats (yes, polka dot, I made them myself!). Whereas my husband Mike, given his way, would decorate our house with zombies, vampires, and other decorations so macabre that Stephen King would be proud.

The debate continues year after year... and I have to admit. I usually win. Simply because he knows that if he makes the house scary enough... I won't even get out of the car and walk to the front door. I would need an escort 24/7. Because I am a big 'ole scaredy cat.

So my friends, it's time for another edition of This or That! Weigh in... do you like your halloween fun and cute or bloodcurdling and scary? One lucky commenter will win a $25 gift certificate to Pottery Barn! So you can get your decorating on! :)

**And a HUGE congrats to the winner of the new TV This or That, Miss Jenny McQueen, an itunes e-card is on its way to you!

Wimpishly yours,

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