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Toby the French bulldog dreams of turkey

Time has been flying by so quickly that having a few days off to loaf around with friends and family sounds like absolute heaven. And as you can see, Toby’s been dreaming of this day ALL month :-) Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and buttery mashed potatoes!

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pretty home DIY projects

Lucite Tray DIY by | Gold Moon Wall by A Beautiful Mess | Faux Zebra Rug by Brittany Makes | DIY Copper Plumbing Pipe Hooks by Remodelista

Adding a statement piece to your house doesn’t always require a trip to the mall, sometimes it just takes a bit of elbow grease! These gorgeous DIY projects will take your home to the next level and make it look like a gazillion bucks – I mean, how stunning is that moon mural?? I would love to have one painted in our bedroom for goodnight wishes!

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black sesame ice cream

Take a moment for yourself - you deserve it!

Life these days can feel like such a blur when you’re juggling work, family, and a mile long to-do list that time to yourself often seems like an alien concept. It’s sad, but true. I recently read an interview in which YouTube beauty guru, Michelle Phan, revealed that she has a waterproof cell phone case for reading emails in the shower every morning. Emails IN THE SHOWER, people. Call me old, but I’m just not built for that type of neck-breaking pace!

To maintain a bit of sanity, it’s important for me to step back and enjoy a few quiet moments each day. I love getting lost in a good book while riding the subway, which not only makes long commutes more bearable, but it’s a surprisingly effective way to breeze through that reading list that you never have time to get to otherwise. Walking Toby is another great way for me to unplug and get some fresh air with my cute pup, or even something as small as grabbing a good cup of coffee will give me an instant happy boost.

Seriously Distracted launch party

And of course, nothing beats letting your hair down and kicking back with some drinks! I recently stole a moment for myself at POPSUGAR’s Seriously Distracted Launch party, presented by fruitwater, and I’ve got no regrets! Having a couple hours to mingle with new friends and enjoy delicious cocktails made with fruitwater, a line of zero-calorie, bubbly, fruit-flavored waters (tropical pineapple was my fav!), was a fun break from the usual monotony of Monday nights. We also enjoyed a sneak peek of the first episode of Seriously Distracted, a new web series about the funny antics of pop culture-obsessed ladies working at a PR firm. Bonding over the latest celeb gossip always seems to make the work day go by a bit faster, doesn’t it? Each episode is only a few minutes long, which makes it SO easy to squeeze in some laughs between emails and meetings during the day. Tune in Tuesdays on POPSUGAR to watch new episodes! My favorite one so far is when boss lady JD LeGrande, who’s played by the hilarious Amy Sedaris, discovers Tinder and needs help tweaking her profile. “Oh! I suppose it says ‘I am super cas, and uhh hang out…easily'” made me crack up and perfectly describes all of my own awkward social media profile photos:

So how do you squeeze some “me” time into your busy schedule? Go for a run? Enjoy a tasty snack? Follow fruitwater on Instagram at @fruitwaterbev and submit a photo showing the world how you make the most of your day by stealing a moment for yourself for your chance to win a $1,000 prize towards your next stolen moment! Make sure to include #stealamomentsweeps and #fruitwater in your Instagram submission.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by fruitwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about fruitwater, all opinions are my own.

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floating recipes by pavel becker

I imagine cooking a gourmet meal in outer space would look a little something like this incredible photo series by photographer Pavel Becker and art director Nora Luther – fresh ingredients suspended in a stunning mid-air ballet, stubbornly refusing to land in that pot! “Recipe Photography Concept” puts a twist on traditional cookbook photography by focusing on the individual elements and the delicious anticipation of cooking a meal, rather than the picture perfect end result…which works for me because my cooking rarely comes out à la a Stepford wife :-) Unfortunately there’s no real cookbook out, but you can check out more photos from this tasty series here!

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DIY pumpkin pie treat box

Remember those printable pie boxes I created for my guest post over at A Thousand Threads a few months ago? Well I’ve given them a little makeover so they’ll feel right at home at your Thanksgiving get-together! There’s always more room for pumpkin pie, right? We’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but if we were, I would stuff these babies with caramel and cheddar popcorn (so addictive!!) and give them out as fun party favors!

DIY pumpkin pie treat box

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • some white card stock
  • color printer
  • scissors
  • glue stick or double sided tape
  • X-acto knife

DIY pumpkin pie treat box

  1. Load up the printer with white card stock, and print the back of the box first – we’re doing some double sided printing, y’all!
  2. Re-insert the same sheet of paper into the printer, printed side up, and print out the front of the box
  3. Cut out the template, and fold along the sides (a bone folder makes nice crisp lines and save your fingernails)
  4. Glue the marked tabs, and press the edges together to form the box
  5. Use the X-acto knife to make two slits for the tabs
  6. Stuff in your goodies, and tuck in all flaps and tabs
  7. “Pie” is served!

DIY pumpkin pie treat box

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awesome modern pillows

Feathers Pillow from Lint and Honey | Yeah Pillow from Woouf! | Inland Empire Cushion from Min Pin | Ra Ra Pillow from Home-Work | Heart Pillow Cover from Michelle Dwight Designs | Sophie the Swan Pillow from Hey Juni

Why hello there, Monday morning, you’ve managed to sneak up on me once again. Who wants to build a cozy fort out of these pretty pillows and escape from the real world for just a teeny tiny bit longer?

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