Four Things Tote

I. Love. This. Bag. My friend Meghan posted on Instagram about the ‘4 THINGS’ Personalized Tote Bag and mentioned to me that I might like one for myself, and when I learned more about it, I hopped right online and ordered my own! I loved that the shop it came from donates to charities with great causes (you can read more about The Shop Forward here). To me, spending a few extra dollars towards something I believe in is totally worth it, and this bag is great quality.

I had a little bit of a hard time picking my four things, because so many things are important to me! But I settled on these four, and staggered them so it would read shortest to longest (and also, because dogs). I think I’ve been pretty straightforward about my love for dogs, coffee, and school supplies, and I think the world needs a lot more kindness and grace for others.

Bruno loves the tote, too!

I love any company that has a good cause, and I’ll be sporting this baby around town whenever I need to carry extra stuff!

What would your four things be?!

Holly Springs Farmer’s Market

On Saturdays when my sister Emily and I are both in town, we like to wake up early-ish, make coffee, and go walk the lake trail by our apartments. Since the weather has been cooling down a little, it has been so nice to start off the day with a brisk walk!

A couple Saturdays ago, we were driving back home and passed by a tiny farmer’s market on the way. We didn’t have our wallets with us, but we pulled over and walked through, vowing to return the next week more prepared! There were so many local businesses represented by food, drink, produce, body products, etc. Last Saturday, we got up and went on our walk and then swung by the Holly Springs farmer’s market a second time. This time, I had cash and was ready to buy a few things (particularly some swanky dog treats I had seen the week before).

We got a delicious iced coffee from Five Star Coffee Roasters while we browsed the rest of the tents. I picked up a birthday gift for my friend Jordan from a tent full of bath bombs, soy candles, lip balms, soaps, lotions, and more! The lady who owns it also has an Etsy shop. I also picked up some fresh baked bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. (I got the extreme cinnamon swirl!). There was a tent from Paradox Farms, and if anyone knows how much I love goat cheese, you know I had to pick some up! I got the pumpkin goat cheese spread and it DID NOT disappoint.

I mentioned the swanky dog treats earlier – you know I love spoiling the dogs! This company, Good Grace’s Dog Treats, sells handmade specialty dog treats. I picked up a variety pack for Bruno, Oliver, and Nala to share. The flavors include sweet potato fries, P, B, and YAY, Eat your Carrots, Piggly Wigglies, and more! I love that the ingredients are listed on the back and that they put sticker pictures of their doggie customers on the front of the bags 🙂  I’ll have to send in a picture of my three hooligans! They go CRAZY for the treats.

It was a really fun Saturday morning activity and I can’t wait to keep going back to see new vendors! I love supporting local businesses and if you’re in the area, I’d highly recommend it! We are lucky enough to have the NC State Farmer’s Market close by, but each little area also has their own smaller versions, and I think you can find some real treasures sprinkled among those! Lots of free samples, doggies walking around, and local goods to peruse.

Apartment tour // My happy place

If you know me, you know I   l  o  v  e   coffee. I have been drinking it regularly ever since I was in high school, and even remember being a little girl and having my parents or nana pour me some “coffee” like theirs – which was mostly milk and sugar with a splash of coffee. As an adult I feel tricked, but I get it. Coffee isn’t for children.

My sister and I have been working on making our apartment decorated and homey. I decided to post some apartment tours of my favorite spaces in our new place, so here is the first of many! My favorite project we have taken on so far is our coffee bar. I just love the way it turned out. It feels so right. Coffee is so good. Making coffee in the morning is one of my favorite rituals in the summertime. During the school year I’m usually splashing coffee down my shirt as I race out the door to get to school by 6:45am. In the summer, I can sit and enjoy a cup while I watch a show or make breakfast (or work on my blog!). My sister is a coffee lover, too, so it made sense to have a dedicated space for ours.

For our coffee bar, we used an old dresser that our mom gave us (it was our grandmother’s!). We knew we wanted storage for extra coffee k-cups, ground coffee bags, coffee mugs, etc. Why not stick our coffee mugs in a cabinet like normal people, you might ask? Because the truth is two of those drawers are full of coffee mugs, and we still have more in the cabinets. I have a slight problem, okay?!

Unfortunately, we forgot to get a before picture, so imagine a dark brown, not-so-good-looking dresser with tarnishing retro silver drawer pulls. We spray painted the dresser and distressed it a little bit to make it look worn in. Our color is Seaside – we got 2 cans at Home Depot and will use some on another project (coming soon)! We ordered these drawer pulls to replace the retro silver ones that were already on the dresser. Then we recruited my boo thang to hang the shelves. The shelving and storage cube unit are from Target (duh). I’m so happy to have a place to display my Poole’s Diner cookbook! (PLEASE go there if you live in the Raleigh area and haven’t yet.)

the original drawer pulls 

the new ones!

Our coffee and cookbook area is my favorite wall in our whole apartment so far. It’s organized, right by the window, and full of happy and bright colors. The only thing missing is the small patch we missed in spray painting on the two lower legs of the coffee bar (you’re looking now, aren’t you? I cropped it out for the sake of the picture. Can’t ruin the ambiance, people!). BUT, you know…we’re all human.

Here’s to lots of coffee drinking and finally getting set up in our new home!