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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What I Loved: February 2018

The Winter Olympics: When I was a kid, I took gymnastics lessons for a short while. I really wanted to be a gymnast, and I've always had a small frame and good balance. But I started too old and was deathly afraid of back flips. And then I heard that gymnastics would stunt my growth, so I said eff itI'm out. Now that I'm a whopping 5'3", I wish I had started gymnastics at a younger age and that I had stayed with it. This is one reason why I love the Summer Olympics because I get to see all these fab gymnasts at their best. But I must admit, I've been really into the Winter Olympics this year, especially the snowboarding and the figure skating. Did you see Mirai Nagasu land that triple axel? Yes, Tonya Harding was the first American woman to land a triple axel in competition back in the early '90s. Amazing. But Mirai was the first American woman to land it at the Olympics -- first since Tonya and on a bigger stage!

Pear Brussels Sprout Salad: I'm so proud of myself for actually putting a salad dish on my What I'm Loving post this month. Recently, the hubs started making this pear and brussels sprout salad and I've been in love with it. It's hands down my new favorite salad, and my favorite healthy meal. Brussels sprouts are a good source of protein and iron, and are also rich in nutrients like folate, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin C. Plus, pears provide antioxidants, can lower inflammation and are great for your digestive health. Basically, if you want to try a new salad or are looking for a healthy dish to add to your meal plan, then go with this one. The pear adds a bit of sweetness as well, so it makes the salad with the shaved brussels sprouts taste that much better.
Pink Carnations: In the flower world, I feel like carnations have gotten a bad rap. Some people tend to associate them with funerals. I know we give a lot of love to roses and peonies (and justly so), but I've really been into pink carnations this month. I got the ones in this post from Whole Foods Silicon Valley, which is my favorite place to get flowers. They always have a vast selection, but my eyes were drawn to the beauty of the carnations with their two-tone pink hues. Carnations actually symbolize love, with pink ones symbolizing a mother's undying love, which is why they're big on Mother's Day. Bonus: a bouquet of carnations will cost you way less than a bouquet of roses or peonies (think $10 as opposed to $50 or $100), and carnations last forever. Mine lasted for three weeks!

Decorative Throw Pillows: This past month I've been so into home decor. I'm thinking about getting some shelves to display my books on the wall, a new end table for the living room and a new trellis dining room rug. But I first started with a set of decorative throw pillows. It's amazing how much a few new pillow covers can change your decor. You guys know I've been feeling pink and gray, so I had to add some pink to the room -- hubs approved. The photos in this post are of my actual living room with the new pillows. I would still like to get a couple more for my bigger pillows (not shown here) so I'm on the hunt for more patterned covers in either pink or gray. You like?
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31 comments

  1. I totally hate that people associate carnations with funerals because they're such a pretty flower! Lovely photos :)

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  2. I love these pillow covers, I have a grey couch so they would go perfectly with it.

    xo
    Pinksole

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  3. The pink carnations are so pretty, love those. The salad looks super yummy, will have to try sometime. Fab cushions too :) x

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  4. The Brussel sprouts salad sounds SO good! Will definitely have to try making it sometime. Thanks for sharing all of your faves for the month of February!

    xo, Lydia

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  5. I love how you did this roundup!

    xo!
    Shelby

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  6. Your throw pillows are SO cute! I love how they add the perfect amount of color to that room.

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  7. I love all those pillows!! So bummed the Olympics are over, I wish they went on forever!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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  8. This is such a fun series idea! That pear + brussels sprouts salad sounds AMAZING!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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  9. The pink is not overpowering and girly but still pretty. That couch looks so inviting and perfect for a nap.

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  10. Brussel sprouts get such a bad rep, but I really love them. They are very versatile too.

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  11. Great post! I love how you mentioned throw pillows. They definitely do change up your space! Great ideas girly!

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  12. I have never had pear brussel sprout salad, but I'm a vegetarian and love both pears and Brussels sprouts. That salad sounds like a must-try. I also love watching the figure skating, pink carnations and throw pillows. As you know, I LOVE pink! That living room looks warm and inviting.

    http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/

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  13. I don't know what to do with all my free time now that the Olympics are over! Ha! I love watching them and I'm always amazed at all the talent. I need to try out the brussel sprout salad ASAP.... It looks delish!

    xoxo,
    Kim

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  14. Ooooo...I'm having major living room envy! Those pillows add a nice touch for sure. And seriously going through Winter Olympics withdrawal....sigh...totally missing all the figure skating and curling:D

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  15. I love brussels sprouts, and it's good as a salad with cranberries and walnuts too! The decorative pillows are a fun addition to the living area.
    FASHION TALES

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  16. Okay this salad sounds amazing and I am loving these cute pillows, they're perfect for Spring!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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  17. I took gymnastics as a young child, and was unfortunately discouraged because I was really tall for my age. My instructor told my mom that there aren't really any tall gymnasts and that the fact I had yet to grow into my arms and legs would make me awkward as time went on. Long story short, I never did pursue gymnastics, but my best friend did it competitively most of her life and quit toward the end of high school. Her growth had been stunted (as you mentioned), but she shot right up after she quit.

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  18. The carnations are so pretty!!
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

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  19. Your decor is so stunning, also drooling over that salad! Yum!

    XO-Lisa
    www.thatssodarling.com

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  20. What a gorgeous set up!!!! Love this!!!

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  21. I was Olympics-obsessed! Mirai is SUCH a badass.

    Need to try that pear + brussels sprouts salad STAT!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  22. I love decorative pillows! they just make me happy hah! love those ones!

    xoxo
    Victoria
    www.agallonofglitter.com

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  23. I really love pink carnations as well. I think pink flowers work year round.

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  24. The Olympics were so great! I miss them already!

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  25. What fun designs! i'm totally intrigued and gotta look up this pear and brussel sprouts salad now!

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  26. I always love these posts, how gorgeous are these throw pillows :) xx

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  27. I love watching the Olympics, and now I'm sad that it's over...

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  28. Those pillows are the cutest! Such a pretty color combinations. I'd love to have those!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  29. Those carnations are so beautiful!! I don't think I've seen carnations in years!

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