weekends like these.

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I love weekends like this one… the nothing planned, three-day variety. The little bit of sleeping in here, a trip to the beach there, nothing-on-your-to-do-list-but-you-get-everything-done kind of weekend. Yes, those. I love them!

On Saturday I took myself on a day date of sorts. Zan was working all day, so I drove myself to Cambridge for coffee and lunch and shopping. It was the loveliest. I really wanted to try out Loyal Nine {my latte was delicious!} and since Clover was a few blocks away of course I couldn’t not help myself to a Chickpea Fritter. IT IS MY JAM! Then, I headed over to visit Loyal Supply Co., a shop I have been meaning to visit for forever! From everything I’d heard and seen I knew I would be in heaven there. And I was!

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I seriously wanted everything in the store — those wire baskets! The honey! The ceramic pottery! It was everything pretty and so many things practical and I will absolutely be visiting again soon.

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I also stopped at Ricky’s Flower Market because I love that place a lot. I love to walk up the ramp to the garden shop where it’s like a warehouse greenhouse. Huge windows and all kinds of greenery to choose from. I picked up some new succulents like I always do, and an airplant. My very first!

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{How amazing is PL’s new bed? I found it on Etsy here and my mom gifted it to me/us as a birthday present. I want to get her another one for Christmas! And a collar too!}

Saturday night we hung out with PennyLane and binged on episodes of the Walking Dead. Since we don’t have cable we have been working our way through season 5, which just came out on Netflix. We hardly watch any TV over here but this is one show we love. It is so disgustingly bad, but also it is SO SO GOOD.

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Saturday morning I walked Penny while Zan slept in and then we headed up to the North Shore to one of our most favorite spots, Rockport and Gloucester. We ate lunch at the Blue Lobster on Bearskin Neck and then took little PL to the beach. Beautiful blue skies and a nice temperature for October. This fall has been glorious, hasn’t it?columbus day weekendcolumbus day weekend

This shop is Lula’s Pantry on Bearskin Neck…. it’s got all sorts of fun knick-knacks and they have the best outlook onto Rockport Harbor from their back deck. It’s how I got that sweet photo of Motif No. 1 above!

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A favorite place… forever!

After the North Shore we came home to watch the football game, or really, Zan watched while I worked on dinner and laundry with Penny. Sunday night football is seriously my favorite even if I hardly watch a minute of it. Ha! I love having the TV on and working on this and that around the house. It just feels relaxing and happy to me. Another point for you, Fall. :)

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We also picked up a new, bigger crate for PL on Sunday. Her old one was smaller and getting cramped, but her new one is like a luxury hotel. She obviously thinks so too because this is how I found her sleeping when I woke up this morning. Too good, right? I’m so glad I captured it.

And today! Today I woke up early to go grocery shopping for all the fixings for pulled pork {I decided on this recipe by Sherri Lynn — thanks for the tip, Colleen!}. I’ve been so excited to try out our new Crock Pot and today seemed a good a day as any to give it a whirl. I got dinner going and ready before 9 AM {FELT LIKE SUPER WOMAN}, brought PennyLane to the groomers, did a little J.crew shopping :) , and then successfully turned over all my drawers and closets from spring/summer clothes to fall/winter. Bitter sweet, always, but also so refreshing. A clean slate and I am pumped about it.

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Now I’m just waiting for Zan to come home, and the pulled pork to finish. I’m about to go cook up some sweet potato fries and put my sweatpants and slippers on and get cozy cozy cozzzyyyy. I’m so glad I could take the time to stop in here and get some memories down. My beloved blog! My record of things! Forever and ever I will love it so.

weekend scheming…

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Hooray, horray for another weekend in the works! We’re hoping to go on a day trip tomorrow, but don’t have all the details figured out fully yet. I’m making a case for the Berkshires and I hope I win! We want to head somewhere where Pennylane can tag along, and I’m thinking Bish Bash Falls might be just the place. I’m using both Rachael and Ashley’s itineraries as my guide, and if you know either of their blogs/spirits you know we could never go wrong.

The photo in this post is from this past August when we took our second annual hiking trip to the White Mountains– we did another hut hike and stayed in Greenleaf Hut this time around. I absolutely love doing this hike at the end of each summer and hope we can continue this tradition until we have hit all the huts {and then do them all over again!}.

I hoping this weekend we can do the short hike to the falls, visit an apple orchard, and hit up Rubiner’s and SoCo Creamery. YUM YUM! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Berkshires? It seems kind of funny we have been driving through on our way to New York and back for YEARS but we’ve never stopped to have a look. For this weekend we’d just drive out for the day so I think we’ll stick to the Great Barrington area, but would love to hear your favorite places for either this trip or next time!

Have a good weekend wherever it takes you! xo

on my birthday.

Anna {dear friend blog}

Hi! How are you? I hope you’re doing fine.

I’m in a busy season of life, I think. Turns out the year you get engaged and get married and travel on a three week honeymoon to Europe AND get a puppy is one for the busy books. Who knew right? But oh, it’s been a dream!

And wouldn’t you know, today is my birthday! We always make a celebration out of these sort of happenings over here. It’s probably so cliche to say this was the best year yet, but, honestly it was. It absolutely was. And 32? Well, I’m ready for it. The start of another year is so exciting and curious! What kind of surprises will this year bring? Would it also be cliche to say I think it might keep getting better? That each passing year is more divine than the last? Because that’s true as well. How could it not be? At least that’s what I believe to be so. I have more memories than ever, from all the years and all the moments, all bottled up and carried around in my soul. Piling more and more in my heart with each passing month, day, year, second. Surely getting older is the most amazing thing to celebrate. Surely getting older is collecting all the good you’ve had, and the promise of what’s to come.

Last night we stayed up making red velvet bundt cake, so today we can eat it. In the morning we’ll wake up early and have Eggs Benedict and walk the puppy. I’m packing peanut butter and jelly with potato chips for lunch {because it’s my favorite} and tonight we’ll have family over for tacos. I’ll give my class an extra recess {just because!} and wear a favorite dress and buy myself some flowers. I’ll call my mom to tell her that I love her, and wish her a happy birthday too!– I was born on her birthday all those years ago and it’s one of the very best things I could think up to share. I love you mom, to the stars and beyond, and I hope your day all that you wish. ♥♥♥

Today is going to be a good day. And thirty-two is going to be great. ♥



Ever since Zan and I got engaged I have been looking forward to changing my name. I love love love my old name, but I also love love love my new name, too.

Anna Winchell <– that’s the new me! Which is exactly the same as the old me. Thank goodness. :)

I knew this summer would be the perfect time for me to change it legally. Being on summer vacation means I have more free time to run extra erands. Also working it all out in the summer means I can start the school year fresh with my new name. I like how my new class doesn’t know me yet, so Mrs. Winchell won’t be hard for them to remember to say. (Although it’s still a bit strange for me to hear!)

Turns out, as it is with these things, changing your name is a pain in the butt. Legally, at least.

A friend told me that The Knot has a great guide to follow when it’s time to change your name, but even that felt a bit tedious to me. So many websites to go to to find information! So many places to stop into! The thought of it literally made my head spin.

Then I found Hitchswitch

Praise up!

For a (not too crazy, totally worth it) price they offer 2 different options to fit your budget:

Print at Home package (you fill out the forms online, print them at home, sign your name and send them in yourself) and a Full Service package (they mail you an awesome folder filled with all the forms you need (already filled out!) WITH pre-addressed pre-stamped envelopes, which was really the icing on the cake for me.

Both are worth it because you don’t have to trail around town or scour the Internet for the correct forms. Which is seriously the worst. (You do need to go to the DMV in person though (tragic) because they don’t let you do that through the mail.)

Overall it was so easy breezy. So very stress free.

My favorite part is how organized it all was. When the package came there were checklists and sticky notes with arrows where I needed to sign. Everything was placed in the order in which I should complete the forms and send in (Social Security first!). I just loved the simplicity of it all. 

Especially after the craze and prep of the best day ever? I was the busiest bee for months!

Oh yes! I’ll take allllll the simple I can get.