Whole30 Week 2 Recap

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In case you missed my first post on my #whole30 challenge, read it here! Lets just say that overall, week two was no walk in the park. Even though my body wasn’t hurting as much, I still missed sugar…and bread….and peanut butter…and oatmeal…I mean the list goes on. Read my week 2 recap below! Please enjoy and live vicariously through my misery.

PART 2- WEEK 2

Day 8
So I know you are not supposed to weigh yourself on Whole30 but I couldn’t help it. I needed some sort of encouragement that all this misery was paying off. I mean every time I tell someone I am doing the Whole30, they give me the weirdest look and ask all confused, “But why?” GOOD FUCKING QUESTION! Anyways, I’m down four pounds and I feel like a newborn baby! The doughnut craving isn’t as strong as it was in the beginning of the first week but I would still do some pretty unethical things for a slice of cake or some ice cream.

Day 9
WOW. Today I ate a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Larabar (the closest thing to cake I’ll be getting to cake for another 21 days, but who is counting?!) and it was so good. It tasted like a sweet slice of heaven. I will say though, I really think my taste buds are starting to change because I thought it was almost too sweet. I literally don’t even know who I am anymore.

Day 10
whole 30 cupcakesSomeone at work today brought in cupcakes and sat them right across from desk. I MEAN REALLY. WHAT AM I BEING PUNISHED FOR?! As I was sitting at my desk, I felt like they were all staring deep into my soul chanting “EAT US, EAT US, EAT US!” so I decided to relocate into the conference room for the day. Throw in some last minute canceled meetings and a bland turkey burger with some veggies for lunch and you can only imagine the fantastic mood I was in *rolls eyes*

Day 11
whole 30 sushiAM: I know that fruit strips are frowned upon during the Whole30 but I found a brand at Whole Foods that has zero added sugar and all the sugar comes directly from the fruit. Thank god I found these because they have been a godsend for this fantastic day I am having. Tonight I’m going to get some sushi (with my coconut-amino-acid-pretend-soy-sauce of course) and I am so excited. I love sushi.
PM: Let me correct my earlier statement, I don’t love sushi. I love sushi rolls covered in rice. Sashimi is not covered in rice and therefore I did not like it and will not be getting sushi on this diet again. It was so torturous to eat raw fish slices, while my boyfriend chowed down on actual sushi rolls. I mean I am half Asian, I was basically drolling across the table watching him eat rice.

Day 12
Today I went rock climbing which was a nice change from my normal workouts. Of course I ate before and brought Epic Bars and RX Bars in case I got hungry and didn’t have anything to eat. This whole no sugar/grains/anything remotely tasty rule makes my weekends suck so much ass. Uh I’m sorry but watching Netflix on a Saturday really isn’t as much fun as when you’re watching it with your boys, Ben and Jerry. How many more days are left?

Day 13
If you know me, you know I love Sweedish Princess Cake. The only place I have ever been able to find it is at Ikea, so everytime I make a trip to Ikea, I always get some. Well today, I went to Ikea and I left empty handed. Instead of leaving with four delicious cakes covered in marzipan, I left with three boxes of shitty furniture. By the way if anyone wants to like totally ruin their day, go to Ikea on a Sunday afternoon (preferably around 3pm) and then just as you’re walking out, make sure it starts to downpour. I swear, it works every time! The plus about today was seeing John Mayer in concert. Not so much the being surrounded by a bunch of people drinking beer, eating french fries and chicken tenders.

Day 14
Carrot Cake Larabar. MY. NEW. FAVORITE. OMG GET IN MY MOUTH. This is the greatest thing I have eaten in two weeks. I had to go to a spin class today because I forgot to cancel and I actually had such a good workout. Like my workouts are so much better now that I am not eating a bunch of fried, processed and sugary foods. Don’t get me wrong though, I still want to eat all of the above.

 

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Whole30 Week 1 Recap

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Part 1- The Realization

It all started three days before August 1st. I had spent a good part of the day baking and I was testing different simple syrup amounts on my lemon blueberry pound cake. Each slice I ate had been soaked in a different amount and I was trying to figure out the best ratio of simple syrup to pound cake. It wasn’t until after about the fourth slice, when I started to feel sick. My stomach was feeling sick from the high amounts of sugar I was consuming and my mind was feeling sick at the fact I was just stuffing my face with slice after slice of pound cake. 

I got home that night and felt disgusted with myself. I knew I had to do something about my eating habits. To be honest, I had been feeling like I needed to change my eating habits for the last few weeks but, I kept shutting that voice up with doughnuts and cookies. The truth was, I knew I had a sugar addiction. I would eat processed sugar several times throughout the day and if I didn’t eat something sweet the second I started to crave it, my mind would fixate on it, to the point where it would be all I could think about. I would hide sweets in the back of the fridge and in my desk at work so when I wanted to satisfy my craving, I would have something to eat. On top of all the sweet treats I was eating, I would pour BBQ sauce on literally everything (I mean shit, I even brought BBQ sauce to Europe with me) and I would put honey on my fruit and in my tea. It was like every chance I got, I would somehow eat some form of sugar.

That night I looked online to see if there was something I could do to detox my body of sugar and give it a reset. I came across the Whole30 and knew it was what my body needed. I knew if I just eliminated sugar from my diet, I would end up filling that void with something else so I needed a diet that would really detox my body and cut out processed foods. I made the commitment to myself that I would go grocery shopping the next day so when August 1st rolled around, I would be ready. I also told myself that I only had two more days to eat whatever I wanted so I had to go big or go home. This two day binge included pizza, fried rice, ice cream, bundt cake, coconut cake (which I don’t even like, but go big or go home), cookies and a doughnut (future reference, do not eat every sweet that is an arms length two days before you are going to cleanse you body because let me tell you, you are going to pay for it later).

That next day, I managed to go to Trader Joe’s, Publix, Sprouts and Sam’s Club to stock up on Whole30 approved food. I managed to read the back of well over 75 items to see if they had any added sugars or any other unapproved  Whole30 ingredients and guess what?! 95% of them had some form of added sugar. I mean I looked at freaking roasted green bean chips and guess what?! Fructose was one of the four ingredients other than green beans, salt and oil. LIKE ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! WHY!!!!!! I spent the rest of the day eating pizza and every dessert I could get my hands on while planning out my meals for the week and mentally preparing myself for the days to come, really I should say weeks to come.

PART 2- And So It Begins

Day 1
The day before I started Whole30 I went to Dunkin Donuts and got a large latte and a doughnut (shocker there). You could imagine on day one, I was feeling great. When I woke up my body was already starting to fixate on eating a hot cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing and it was incredibly disappointed when I drank some beef bone broth (yes bone broth) and mixed fruit with almonds. It wasn’t until around 10 am when my head started to feel like it got hit by a train. That was followed by horrible body aches and tiredness only an hour later (yeah probably shouldn’t have consumed all that sugar those last three days, whoops). You can only imagine how great of a day I was having. I actually took an Epson salt bath when I got home in an attempt to make myself feel better. I took some Advil and managed to crawl into bed and go to sleep.

Day 2
Still craving a cinnamon roll and/or a doughnut. Oh wow, no less than an hour after I get to work I get a pounding headache followed by some more body aches. The sweetest thing I ate today was some bing cherries with my delicious lunch that was comprised of chicken breast and roasted veggies. Gag me.

Day 3
There were Publix sugar cookies at work today, my favorite. Pretty sure a little part of me died when I was walking away empty handed. Ooh another pounding headache, lucky me! The highlight of today was covering my chicken with hot sauce (Whole30 approved hot sauce obviously). HA! What has my life come to.

Day 4
For some reason I thought I would be craving sweets the most on day 1 but boy was I wrong. I would seriously cut a bitch for a fucking teaspoon of honey, you probably don’t even know what I would be willing to do for a cookie. Plus the headache saga continues!

Day 5
My most challenging day on the Whole30 so far. My boyfriend and I went to the beach and out to dinner to celebrate some family birthdays so I knew I was going to be basically surrounded by delicious food, smelling the goodness without being able to eat any of it. The hotel had freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, which everyone was eating so that was cool. Please don’t mind me in the corner drooling, I’ll just eat my tasty Chicken Epic bar. I ate some food before dinner, knowing that I would only be able to order like 2 things off the menu. In front of me on the table was: fried calamari, fresh bread, pasta and to top it off, a red velvet bundt cake. All I ate was a fruit strip and some shrimp wrapped in prosciutto. For some reason I feel like I am being punished for something.

Day 6
Damn, I survived dinner and I didn’t cheat or feed into my cravings. Let me just go on an 11 mile bike ride in 100° weather because I am unstoppable. Then reward myself with an acai bowl because guess what, I fucking deserve it! The rest of the Whole30 is going to be a breeze.

Day 7
HA! Rest of the Whole30 being a breeze, still hoping doughnuts will magically fall from the sky and into my mouth. If I put one more piece of roasted chicken breast in my mouth, I will seriously vomit. I do have to say, I’s feeling pretty proud of myself for finishing my first week and thankfully I am not getting headaches anymore.

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August 2017 Calendar Wallpaper Roundup

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I swear the next time I blink it’s going to be October. TIME PLEASE SLOW DOWN! There are so many exciting things going on at Blazers and Blue Jeans and I am excited to share some great news. Drum roll please…… not only our we in the process of designing a new logo, we’re redesigning our entire website! We have some great changes in the works and a month from today, our new website will be live! And on top of that, I am completing #Whole30 in August. What is wrong with me?
In addition to these exciting design changes, we just launched our Instagram page @blazersandbluejeans! Be sure to check it out and give us a follow! Phew, so many changes, I just can’t even keep up! I’ll be posting weekly updates about my experience on #Whole30 so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out my wallpaper picks for August!

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Red Stamp Ι Rebekah Disch
Sugar Paper LA Ι Wazz Publishing

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Apartment 406 Designs Ι Kelly Sugar Crafts
Mel Armstrong Design Ι Flipsnack

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Ban.do Ι By Dawn Nicole
Pish and Posh Ι Every-Tuesday

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Paper Leaf Ι Smashing Magazine
Soggy Musings Ι Rae Ritchie

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Minding My Nest Ι Mospens Studio
Kate Spade Ι Ivanka Trump

august 2017 calendar wallpapersLovilee Ι Giants and Pilgrims
Ivanka Trump Ι Ink Struck

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Free People Ι Clara Bour
Coton Colors Ι Designer Blogs

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Lilly and Val Ι Paper Raven Co
Going Home to Roost Ι Sea of Atlas

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The House That Lars Built Ι Stylish Planner
Susan Chiang Ι Virgo and Paper

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Candidly Keri
The Printable Project Ι The Blog Market

July 2017 Calendar Wallpapers

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Well it’s officially the second half of 2017! I seriously can’t believe it. I know my wallpaper post is a little later than normal but honestly between the holiday weekend and work, I totally forgot! In case you missed it, my delicious Lemon Berry Tiramisu recipe is up on the blog. If you’re looking for the perfect summertime dessert, look no further! Enjoy!

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calendar backgrounds july 2017 Paper Raven Co Ι Wazz Publishing
Sea of Atlas Ι By Dawn Nicole

calendar wallpaper july 2017 Lilly and Val Ι Pish and Posh
Red Stamp Ι Every Tuesday

calendar wallpapers july 2017 Mospens Studio Ι Paper Leaf
Clara Bour Ι May Designs

computer calendar wallpaper july 2017 The House That Lars Built Ι Ban.do
Sarah Hearts Ι Ivanka Trump

tech calendar background july 2017 Kate Spade Ι Coton Colors
Flipsnack Ι Mel Armstrong

july 2017 calendar backgrounds Designer Blogs Ι Blushed Designs
Inkstruck Studios Ι Minding My Nest

calendar background july 2017 Candidly Keri
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Lemon Berry Tiramisu

lemon berry tiramisu

I love to incorporate berries into dessert dishes. Berries have such a sweet, fresh taste, plus they are filled with antioxidants so where can you go wrong?! This lemon berry tiramisu is one of my favorites and it is perfect for a summer barbecue. It’s light and fresh and the mixture of the sweet berries with the zesty lemon create the perfect combination.

LEMON BERRY TIRAMISU RECIPE

PREP TIME: 35 mins
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours
SERVES: 8-9

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 8 ounce containers Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 packages soft ladyfingers (7.1 ounces each)
  • 3 cups fresh mixed berries (I typically use raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 2 qt. sauce pan, heat granulated sugar, water, lemon juice, and lemon zest to boiling. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  2. Pour heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into bowl. Whisk together on high speed until stiff peaks form (about 1 minute). Set aside.
  3. Beat Mascarpone Cheese, whipped cream, the remaining 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla extract together.
  4. Line bottom of 8 inch square dish with half of ladyfingers. Brush about a 1/4 of lemon syrup over the ladyfingers. Top ladyfingers with half of Mascarpone mixture and spread evenly.
  5. Top with half of mixed berries and brush about 1/4 lemon syrup.
  6. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 2.5 hours or overnight.

TIPS

  • Don’t have ladyfingers? Just use a family size loaf of pound cake (16 ounces), sliced a little wider than a quarter inch.
  • Too lazy to make your own whipping cream? Just use a cup of Coolwhip in lieu of 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • When I say generously coat with the lemon syrup, I mean really cover the ladyfingers and berries. If you are using pound cake instead of ladyfingers, remember that pound cake is much more dense than ladyfingers so it can hold more liquid before it gets soggy.

June 2017 Calendar Wallpapers

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Schools…..out…..for…summer! Well at least for us down south.  School is out, the floaties are in the pool, the grill is fired up and the sun is shining! I miss the days when summer meant hanging out in the pool all day and sleeping in. Now summer just means hotter temperatures and less traffic, oh adulthood!

But, I can live vicariously through my festive computer background and pretend I am poolside with a margarita in hand, instead of at my desk. Here are your wallpapers for June, Designer Blogs and Sarah Hearts are my absolute favorites this month. They both scream summertime but in very different ways. Enjoy!

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Designer Blogs Ι Mel Armstrong
Sea of Atlas Ι Mospens Studio

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Flipsnack Ι Minding my Nest
Apartment 406 Designs Ι Smashing Magazine

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Sarah Hearts Ι Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine Ι Clementine Creative

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Ban.do Ι Every Tuesday
By Dawn Nicole Ι Ivanka Trump

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Clara Bour Ι Blushed Design
Coton Colors Ι The Printable Project

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Candidly Keri
Paper Leaf Ι Free People

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Sugar Paper LA Ι Rebekah Disch
Red Stamp Ι The Blog Market

june 2017 calendar backgroundRae-Ritchie Ι Wazz Publishing
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May 2017 Calendar Wallpapers

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I know I have been slacking the past few months on my posts but there has been a reason why! Since last November, I have been feeling really exhausted and tired. When I say tired and exhausted I mean, sleep for nine hours, take a two hour nap and still be tired. After a visit to the doctors office and some blood work, I found out that I have a vitamin deficiency which was causing me to feel tired 24/7. I am in the process of getting my vitamin levels to where they need to be and hopefully in a few weeks I will be feeling back to normal!

Also, I know with summer right around the corner, vacation planning is in full swing! If you are in the middle of planning your summer vacations or planning a trip to Europe, check out my Europe Travel Guide! It has some information on my month long adventure through Europe and some of the sites I used to plan my trip. I promise when I start feeling back to normal, I will continue to work on my Travel Europe Series! In the meantime, enjoy these May wallpapers!

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Mospens Studio Ι Sarah Hearts
Smashing Magazine Ι Sugar Paper

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Ban.do Ι Apartment 406 Designs
Candidly Keri

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 Minding my Nest Ι May Designs
Kate Spade Ι Mel Armstrong

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Ivanka Trump Ι Dawn Nicole Designs
Flipsnack Ι Every Tuesday

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Pish and Posh Ι Clara Bour
Lilly and Val Ι Designer Blogs

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Paper Leaf Ι The Blog Market
Free People Ι Going Home to Roost

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Rae Ritchie Ι Sea of Atlas
Raven Paper Co Ι Red Stamp

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Inkstruck Studios Ι Rebekah Disch
Ashley Brooke Designs Ι The Printable Project

April 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

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Well now that it is officially Spring, flowers are in full bloom both outside in the real world and in the digital world! I find the light blue and pink pastels are really calming and inspiring. Easter is only a few weeks away and we all know, it’s all about the outfits! Check out some of my favorite Easter dresses here! Enjoy!

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Mel Armstrong Design Ι Ban.do
Sarah Hearts Ι Candidly Keri

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Every Tuesday Ι Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine Ι Flipsnack

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Rebekah Disch Design Ι Raven Paper Co
Sea of Atlas Ι Candidly Keri
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Blushed Design Ι Sugar Paper
By Dawn Nicole Ι Inkstruck Studio

april computer wallpapersMinding My Nest Ι Mospens Studio
Flipsnack Ι May Designs

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Clara Bour Ι Giants and Pilgrims
Ivanka Trump Ι Ashley Brooke Designs

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Rae Ritchie Ι Free People 
The Printable Project Ι Stylish Planner

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Kaylie Jay Designs Ι Wazz Publishing
Red Stamp Ι Designer Blogs

March 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

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Happy March everyone! Aside from my February Wallpaper post, I have’t really posted anything in a few weeks and it’s for a good reason! I started a new job this month for a really cool company and I really love everything about my new job! It’s keeping me a little preoccupied but I promise I will be posting something new in the next week or two. In the meantime, here are my wallpaper picks for March 2017!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so if you need some desert ideas for the office check out my St. Patrick’s Day Treats post! Enjoy!

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march-2017-montlhy-calendar-backgroundInkstruck Studio Ι Mel Armstrong Design
Apartment 406 Designs Ι Uppercase Designs

march-2017-calendar-desktop-wallpapersBy Dawn Nicole Ι May Designs
Ivanka Trump Ι Flipsnack

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Sarah Hearts Ι Ban.do
Candidly Keri

march-2017-calendar-wallpapersMospens Studio Ι Paper Leaf
Going Home to Roost Ι Pish and Posh Designs

desktop-wallpapers-for-march-2017Smashing Magazine Ι Sugar Paper
Salt Design Ι Smashing Magazine

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Blushed Design Ι Lilly and Val
Designer Blogs Ι Kate Spade

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The Blog Market Ι Going Home to Roost
Red Stamp Ι Paper Raven Co

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Rae Ritchie Ι Clara Bour
Free People Ι Giants and Pilgrams

February 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

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Happy February everyone! I hope you all have been sticking to your New Years resolutions since we’re only one month into the new year. If not, that’s okay! I wrote a blog post (which can be found here) to help you stick to your resolutions all year long. This month there’s lots of shades of pink and red for Valentines Day! If you’re still looking for that perfect Valentines Day gift, check out my Valentines Day Gift Guide!  Enjoy!

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Flipsnack Ι Inkstruck Studio
By Dawn Nicole Ι Oh So Lovely

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Mospens Studio Ι Minding My Nest
Montgomery Fest Ι Blushed Design

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Pish and Posh Ι Sarah Hearts
Candidly Keri Ι Oh So Lovely

february-2017-monthly-wallpaperBlog Pixie Ι Mel Armstrong
Salt Designs Ι Every Tuesday

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Kate Spade New York Ι Lilly and Val
Paper Leaf Ι May Designs

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Rae Ritchie Ι Red Stamp
Sea of Atlas Ι Smashing Magazine

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The Blog Market Ι Candidly Keri
Free People Ι Going Home to Roost

february-2017-technology-calendar-wallpapersDesigner Blogs Ι Paper Raven Co
To Live Beautifully Ι Smashing Magazine

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Ban.do Ι The House That Lars Built
Ivanka Trump Ι The Printable Project