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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 / / Beginning of Summer

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The highlight of my week was spending Sunday afternoon with my college roommate. Her family (including her four-week old baby boy) passed through town on their way to their vacation destination. Planning moments like this, months in advance (with three kids!) might not actually workout. But, it did! The predicted rain held off, giving us time to catch up while the kids played.

Sarah and I bonded over our love for Gilmore Girls. Even after I transferred to a different school, I drove to the school every Tuesday night to watch Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars. :-) Did you have a good roommate experience in college?

In other news, my hormonal acne is flaring up again. Between infertility medications, pregnancy and breastfeeding my body has gone through a lot of transitions. I'm not surprised by my acne, but I am annoyed! I went through an elimination diet a few years ago and sadly, I discovered diet changes don't really do much for my hormonal acne. BOO. Have any of you used Mario Badescu's drying lotion?

Onto the links!

Chocolate Hummus | I have a major sweet tooth. I love the idea of combining unsweetened cocoa powder and chickpeas to create a creamy chocolate dip for fruit!

This I Would Tell A New Mom | Nelle has such a gentle spirit. This phrase says it all, "if you're trying, you're doing a great job.". Were you given a piece of advice that really helped you through the early months? I tell people to download the Wonder Weeks app. It helps to understand their developmental leaps.

The Art of the Midwestern Garage Sale | Do other parts of the country have as many garage sales as the midwest? Garage sales are quintessential to the midwestern experience. My mom and mother-in-law love a good garage sale. Jordan and I don't bother. HA. Once we decide to rid ourselves of something it goes into the donate bin.

DIY Ginger Brew | I love using ginger beer in cocktails (Gin & Gingers are my favorite right now), but ginger beer adds a lot of extra sugar. The benefit of making a ginger concentrate is you can add as little or as much ginger syrup to sparkling water. You are able to control the sugar content!

Summer Pants that Aren't Jeans | I do not wear jeans in the summer. Well, during the day at least. I might wear jeans to dinner or to an air-conditioned event. Otherwise, its shorts or dresses. A few summer's ago I picked up these pants, but they don't fit quite right anymore. When I read Kilee's blog, I appreciate how she details real life styling tips.

Happy Weekend, all!

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