Hey y’all! How was your weekend?
Mine was pretty uneventful, but it seemed to fly by. Saturday I worked for a few hours, then got my act together and filed my taxes. I’m losing all my deductions next year (thank you, marriage tax penalty!), so I wanted to make sure to take advantage of them this year. Result – $3k refund that’s going straight to my IRA. Sigh. Being responsible is boring, but at least I know I’ll have something saved for retirement.
Sunday we grocery shopped, went to Crossfit, and then I spent the afternoon preparing meals for this week. We’re officially less than 2 weeks away from my wedding date, and I’m trying to get through this week with as little stress as possible. I’m now having wedding nightmares practically every night, and I don’t think I’d be able to sleep at all if it weren’t for my yogi stress relief tea. But hey! This time 14 days from now, I’ll be on a plane to the U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s all uphill from here, baby.
Enjoy these entertaining links from around the web and have a great week!
Best strategic move: CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products. Despite estimating a $2 billion loss in revenues, CVS has announced that it will phase out sales of tobacco products in all of its 7,600 pharmacies by October 1. A store that claims to help keep people healthy will stop selling things that kill them. Seems like a no brainer, but it’s a pretty gutsy move, given all the revenue they’re set to lose. I’ve never had much allegiance when it comes to drug stores, but I can tell you I’ll be making more of an effort to give CVS my business come October 1.
Going from the rational to the complete opposite end of the spectrum, I give you – my new favorite dress. Very few of the dresses from the Valentino Spring 2014 collection are actually wearable in real life (unless you like showing off your – ahem – everything along with your good fashion sense), but I still adore the high-fashion, romantic element of these gowns, and this one is my favorite. It’s a little cheeky (like Eve has made friends with the snake), a little sexy, and a whole lot of sophisticated. If I ever win the lottery, this is definitely on my list of items to purchase.
Most scenic resort: Bitter End Yacht Club, BVI. This place has been recommended to us by several different sources, making it high on our list to visit during the honeymoon. I’m all about the ocean-side spa treatments, Adam’s all about the excellent scuba diving, and we’re both about sipping drinks and taking in that view.
Adam and I never really celebrated Valentine’s Day before, and we certainly won’t now that our wedding anniversary will be February 22nd, but these DIY cards are cheesy and cute – what I think the holiday should be all about. Puns get me every time!
Favorite house accent – under the stair nook. I just love how cozy and rustic this space is. It looks like a great place to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee and just escape for a few minutes. My favorite detail is the golden deer head; where do people find this stuff?
Cutest kitchen frivolity that I want but absolutely don’t need – Ceramic Animal Egg Cups. I would eat a three-minute egg every morning for breakfast if I a.) had the time, and b.) could eat it out of that polar bear. Or the otter. Or the lion.
Did someone say cookies for breakfast?! Please and thank you! We all know I’m a fan of healthy, make-ahead breakfasts, and these look like they fit the bill. Mmmm, I bet these would be great with coffee and a glass of almond milk.