clickin’ around, vol. 40

hearts Ugh, how dreamy is that room pictured up above (spotted here)? I’m totally having a heart wall in my next house.

If you’ve resolved (like me!) to be less distracted by checking your phone in 2013, you might also find this seven-step article extremely helpful. I sure did.

Best thing I’ve seen all week: A photo tour of the world’s grandmas sharing their home-cooked meals via The Kitchn.

Two helpful cleaning how-tos for thrifters: Tips for cleaning white- and cream-colored leather and cleaning old flasks.

Did y’all cook a lot over the holidays? Here are a handful of recipes I pinned, made and loved: Muffin Tin Tacos, Pomegranate Margaritas, Banana Bread French Toast, Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes, Oatmeal-Chocolate-Banana Bites.

Speaking of the holiday, I treated myself to an Arcona enzyme facial with Savita at Spot Spa over the break, and oh my goodness, my skin hasn’t been so glowy in I don’t know how long. If your complexion is in the market for a nice little pick-me-up, I’d definitely recommend this treatment!

In other exciting beauty news, especially if you’re a for ’90s babies like me, Herbal Essences is bringing back their old bottles and scents, updating them to be sulfate- and silicone-free. Oh yeah!

xoxo,

Meghan

2012

Another year is about to end and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad to see it go. 2012’s been amazing. Here are a few of my favorite moments and memories.

In January, I starting volunteering for Free Arts, saw the Bears lose to the Vikings and spent a lot of free time playing baking and playing bingo.

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In February, Rae and I hosted a lingerie sale at Mighty Swell. It was, by far, one of my favorite events we’ve ever put on.

photo(46) In March, my friend Erica and I co-hosted a French-y dinner party at my house for a dozen of our favorite gals. (Tammy Crackers not included.) It was such a fun night and a tradition we hope to continue!

photo(48) In April, the Iron Range blew my mind with its beauty. Mighty Swell hosted a kick-off party for the Summer of Dresses gals and we also popped up at The Hive Salon (which was super fun).

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In May, I saw Ronnie Spector at the Girls Got Rhythm Fest and my best broads and I paid a visit to Kansas City. We had a fabulous time thrifting, eating (barbecue), sitting by the pool and hitting the local honky tonks.

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In June, the prettiest girl in the world moved in with me and together with my hon’s family, we road-tripped to Texas to celebrate his grandparents’ 65th wedding anniversary. I ate a lot of Whataburger, spent a dreamy day at the beach and found with my dream (trailer) house.

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In July, Rae got hitched (prettiest wedding of all time), I saw a bunch of amazing shows and accidentally met this guy.

photo(45) In August, I left my old job for a better one and started blogging again.

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In September, we made our annual trek to the State Fair, took in a Willie Nelson show down in Mankato and kept on finding new ways to make nachos.

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In October, my honey and I went to our favorite country music venue to see Moe Bandy and later in the month trekked to Fargo for a record show (and some thrifting).

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In November, I saw George Jones, Bruce Springsteen and Loretta Lynn within a period of eight days (!!!) and I turned 30, a milestone I celebrated with, what else? Cookies.

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And last but not least, December. It was definitely a busy month at work, but it ended on a lovely note with a full week-plus off.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good year! I sure can’t wait to see what 2013 brings! I hope you all have wonderfully relaxing New Year’s days.

xo,

Meghan