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S+W Weekends | The Summer Olympics Edition


(image courtesy of LIFE)

We spent a good chunk of time tuned-in, watching some Rio 2016 action so this week’s Weekenders is dedicated to the summer games.

It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the Olympics.

So much unbelievable talent all in one place. It’s the purest showcase of athletics. There is no next week to do better. It’s like one of those intense Nike commercials, Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”, and the Superbowl all rolled into one.

when to watch: Of course Google would have an awesome tool that sorts the schedule into an easy, at-a-glance chart of everything you need to know and when it’s happening.

who to watch: Margret Rumat Rumat Hassan, competing in the 400-meter dash; she is the first and only Olympian to represent the country of South Sudan (they separated from Sudan in 2011). The Refugee athletes, especially Yusra Mardini who saved 20 fellow refugees after she swam a boat to shore after the engine broke down in the Mediterranean last year (liiikeee someone hook the girl up with a life gold medal please). The USA gymnastics team; I’ll always be team Magnificent Seven from the 1996 Olympics as it’s the first Olympics I actually remember watching, but this year’s line-up looks fantastic. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte (minus the new hair) because, well….. Vashti Cunningham; not only is she Randall Cunningham’s daughter, she’s also the youngest Track and Field team member in 36 years. Oh, and any and every beach volleyball match.

highlights: The Rio games may be known for the Zika virus, poor athlete conditions, and the Russian shenanigans, but also all of this (it’s not all doom and gloom).

reading: Off Balance: A Memoir. Remember Dominique Moceanu? She was the youngest member of the aforementioned Magnificent Seven USA gymnast team and won a gold medal in 1996. Turns out she kind of lives a soap opera life. She made headlines when she filed for emancipation from her parents at the age of 17. A handful of years after that, she discovered she has an unknown sister who was given away at birth. Her Memoir is worth the read.

making: all of these.

loving: these Olympic couples who are all competing in Rio. And these Olympic couples in general (esp. Kristi Yamaguchi).

wanting: vintage Olympic gear like this and this. I thrifted a 1980’s coffee mug a few months ago and have been obsessed with vintage branding ever since.

What are your favorite Olympic highlights?

oh. also. this.

s+w weekends

S+W Weekends

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Weekend, weekend, who wants a weekend?? <HIGH hand raise emoji>. The sun is shinning, it’s Friday, and I’m counting down the hours until 5:00 PM. It’s supposed to be a beaut in my neck of the woods and for once we don’t have anything going on. While jam-packed weekends are great, the idea of having a free weekend is equally as enticing: sleeping in, lazy coffee, and then a day full of possibilities. The extent of my weekend scribbles are these:

making: one of these out of an old pair of blue jeans. only bigger and more rectangle. and maybe with a lot of key chain baubles.
planning: The Fourth of July! I can’t believe it’s already next weekend. I’m thinking this wall hanging, this sangria, and these balloons are all things I need in my celebration plans.
wearing: this off the shoulder look. It’s actually super flattering and versatile. Stick to whites or indigo to make outfits easy and classic.
eating (hopefully) something like this twist on strawberry shortcake. There truly is nothing like a ripe MN strawberry.
keeping up with my workout routine as part of my cleanse project. Stay tuned for a full series into how it’s working and what I’m doing. HINT: the Nike Training Club App is a truly essential tool for any level of fitness fanatic.
buying this matte lipstick. I’m a 10-second-make-up routine kind of girl. Mascara, sunscreen, some bronzer and then out the door. This little beauty came in my ipsy bag a few months ago and made it’s way into a permanent spot in my regime, handbag, and heart. I love it and it makes me feel oh so pretty.
drinking: coldpress coffee. all.day.long.
watching: an apparently oldie that I’m just getting into – Life – on Netflix.
listening: it’s been a Ray LaMontagne kind of week.
[local] happenings: rochesterfest parade | strawberry picking | yoga in the park | farmers marketmovies in central park | country breakfast on the farm | 1860’s baseball

Happy weekend!


Rochester Raves | Grand Rounds Brewpub Releases 100th Batch

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Grand Rounds Brewpub has a new beer on tap. Officially released Monday, the 100 Grand Saison isn’t just any new brew, it’s their 100th batch of beer and it’s exactly what you’d expect from such a milestone: a French/Belgian style pale ale with some subtle spicy notes. Since hitting the Rochester scene in March 2015, their 100th batch equates to roughly 176,000 pints or 22,000 gallons (!) of beer brewed in-house and served by the brewpub.  Read More »

arts & crafts,party planning

Seriously Simple Party Decor | DIY Five Minute Message Banner

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This is not only the easiest message banner I’ve ever made, it’s also one of my favorites for it’s minimalist vibe and versatility. It literally took 5 min. and I had a toddler running around in sabotage-mom’s-project mode. I’ve had these vinyl letters from Home Depot sitting around for some time purely because I loved their size and they were $1.98/pack. They’ve met their match with this simple banner.

I’m planning on throwing one together for Father’s Day. I know Mr. A wouldn’t really appreciate some elaborate decoration (I mean, he would, but he wouldn’t … you get it), so this simple banner is perfect. He’ll go awww and I won’t have wasted 3 hours on something fancy with glitter and balloons. This message banner truly comes together in minutes, requires zero crafting skills, and is reusable. It’s perfect for any occasion.  Read More »


Rochester Raves | Doughnut Roundup

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Happy National Doughnut Day! The first Friday in June was coined National Doughnut Day in 1938 as a way to recognize the efforts of Salvation Army volunteers who served doughnuts, coffee, and other refreshments to soldiers on the front lines during World Wars I and II. Today, Salvation Army still honors the day and center many fundraisers around the event.

Being the celebratory gal that I am, you know I’m going to enjoy a doughnut or two today- the fact that I love doughnuts may also play a factor in this decision. Honestly, I couldn’t say no to a doughnut if I tried. I don’t know what that says about my self-control, but even if there were, let’s say, a leftover doughnut from the weekend still in the bakery box and Monday (or even Tuesday) morning rolled around, there would be no hesitation before inhaling it with a cup of coffee.

I’ve rounded up my favorite spots in Rochester to grab a doughnut. While the quantity of bakeries featuring doughnuts in is limited, the quality of doughnuts at these spots is enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Rochester Raves | Pizza Farms

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“Check out a Pizza Farm” was on our summer to do list last year for three whole months before our schedules aligned long enough to check it off the list. We hit the open road one sunny, August afternoon and headed south to Wykoff to enjoy a Friday evening at Dreamacres for their wood-fired pizza and scenic property. The route wound us through the little towns of Southeast MN with Main streets and hilly, back country roads leaving gravel dust clouds in our path.

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arts & crafts

DIY Concrete Succulent Planter

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Crafting with concrete is hardly original, but it’s such a game changer, I have to gush. As long as you have the space to spread out and get a little messy (like a tarp in the backyard), concrete is one of my new favorite materials. I love the minimalist, industrial vibe and it meets all of my crafting checkpoints: it’s accessible, inexpensive, easy to work with, and has multiple applications. Finished products look impressive and just by the sheer nature of concrete, no one assumes it’s a DIY. It has officially become a staple in my craft cabinet! Read More »