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Sunday Not-So-Scaries: March 15

This isn’t quite a normal Sunday for me, and I’m sure it isn’t for many of you. My routine this week will look a little different while I work from home. I’m planning and hoping to settle into a new routine (including some at-home exercise) that’ll help keep me in a good state of mind.

In the midst of it all, Tom and I have started renovating our living and dining room. As a new-ish homeowner (we’ve been here for a year and a half) making changes and decorating has been really overwhelming for me. What colors do I use? How do I figure this all out? How do I manifest the feeling I’m going for whenever someone walks into my home? Why are throw pillows so expensive?! The New Bohemians Handbook by Justina Blakeney (The Jungalow) has been like a sweet little plant-loving angel to save me from decor anxiety. Not only is it helpful, the pictures are gorgeous and there’s little exercises throughout the book – even a bit about astrology, and there’s so much information on houseplants. Highly recommend.

I’ve been slowly collecting art for when our rooms are all set and one artist that Tom and I really enjoy is Jaxson Davis. We recently bought this print, and this one. I cannot wait to hang them!

One thing I’ve found puts me at ease sometimes is getting in the kitchen and making something. I joked for years that I was the WORST cook, but in actuality I just never tried. So I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone to make some new meals. I made this arroz con pollo recipe the other night from Skinny Taste and it was a hit! So easy to make, and so delicious.

My commute may be on pause for a while, but I’m still carrying on my podcast listening at home. One I’m loving so much right now, especially during this renovation, is Young House Love Has a Podcast. I listened to a few of the newer episodes and then recently started going back to listen to the older ones. Listening to John and Sherry feels a lot like having two cheery friends over for a cup of coffee who have a lot of great advice for home stuff – which I need right now!

And a bonus podcast episode recommendation: Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend: A Very Special Self-Quarantine Episode featuring Andy Daly. It gave me a much needed laugh this weekend. Maybe it will bring you some joy, too.

What are you doing at home? Hope you all have a safe and pleasant weekend.

Xo, K

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