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Hi.

Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / The Dissolve

While some of you are mourning Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce, I'm mourning The Great British Bake Off's dissolve. Obviously, I'll watch the incumbent seasons but it won't be the same without Mary Berry!

How was everyone's week? Phoenix turned eight-weeks old on Wednesday, which completely baffles me. These last two weeks have been hard. Phoenix is engaged as ever, while also fussing a lot. I know this is developmentally normal for his age, but it's not easy seeing your baby upset.

Jordan and I have a fun weekend ahead. Tonight, the three of us are attending a friend's wedding, but tomorrow we're leaving Phoenix behind for the Kanye West concert! I'm rather nervous to leave him, but I know he (okay, mostly me) will do just fine.

Onto the links!

Chicken Divan + Meal Ruts | Not only does this post include Bridget's chicken divan recipe, it also suggests an interesting concept. Meal ruts. The handful of meals you resort to when time or motivation is lacking. Chili is one of my fall/winter meal ruts. What do you consider your meal rut meals?

How to Pick a Color Palette That Will Pull Your Home Together | Right before our wedding, Jordan and I spent an afternoon in Ikea furnishing our apartment. We never talked about a home aesthetic or color palette and in the end our first few apartments lacked personality.

Seasons Come and Seasons Go | “It’s just a season, and I want to enjoy and embrace it while it lasts.” 

This is the kind of reminder we all need.

The Art of a Hand Written Note | I desire to be the kind of person who sends birthday and thank you cards on time every time. In reality, I'm never prepared so the cards get sent out late. (I have until Phoenix turns one to send out his thank you cards, right?) One of Kendi's tips is to pre-label birthday cards (re:family) at the beginning of the year. Genius!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte | I love all things pumpkin except for pumpkin spice lattes. If the PSL is your thing this homemade version looks simple and healthier! Side note: Next time you are at Starbucks order a pumpkin chai tea latte. Those are delicious!

Happy Weekend, all!

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