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Happy Monday friends!! I got my wish from Friday - a truly laid back and relaxing two days...sadly that makes for a rather uneventful weekend, but quite productive...including booking a trip of a lifetime, but more on that later! 

THE WEEKEND LOW DOWN 

//It should come as no surprise that Friday night was a sushi date and movie kind of night! We actually ended up watching a movie from a little while ago, Mr. Brooks. It's with Kevin Costner & Demi Moore - a thriller and a bit dark, but really good! 
// Can't tell you the last time I worked out on a weekend, but it felt good to go to a great spin class to start my Saturday
//Stepped up our dinner game with this mussels and linguine dinner. I can't say we followed an actual recipe, but I purchased the mussels from Trader Joe's and we followed the directions to a T and then added some linguine and  made our own garlic bread and voila - perfect dinner for a weekend. We felt so fancy! 
//Took my own advice and updated my blog footer - really easy and followed this tutorial
//Spent Sunday getting started on holiday shopping! We have so many great local stores with so many unique gifts - I'm really excited to put these together! Also made a stop into TJ Maxx and as per usual their stationary/home office section was amazing! Bought some new goodies! 
//We booked a trip!! We're heading to Dubai & India next year! One of our good friends is getting married in India and we're making a great vacation out of it and stopping in Dubai on the way back! I'm excited and also a bit nervous...but I have time to get ready for 18 hours on a plane! 


Hope you have a great start to your week! Link up below to share your weekends with us! 

116 comments

  1. That does sound like the trip of a lifetime!! And I'll have to check out the footer tutorial. Mine is pretty much empty space. Glad you had a restful weekend!

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  2. Productive weekends are the best! The mussels and linguine look delicious, and what an exciting trip!!

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  3. Cheers to an easy but productive weekend, we had one of those too. And I did a new meal kind of from a recipe, too, haha. Your gift idea looks fabulous, you must take a picture of the final product. And CHEERS to DUBAI and INDIA! I know you will have an amazing trip, so exciting! Happy Monday!

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  4. What an incredible trip!!!!! I have a good friend who livid in Dubai and absolutely loved it! Can't wait to hear more about your travel plans 😊

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  5. Like always you always kill it with amazing tutorials for the blog.!! I started Christmas shopping two weeks ago. I want to hear nothing of Christmas until after thanksgiving but I also want to enjoy Devember so I started online shopping early! Dubai? Awesome! Can't wait to hear all about that trip! So sweet! Happy Monday!

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  6. Happy Monday, Biana! I can't wait to try out that tutorial to spruce up my blog footer. I also love buying unique little gifts from local shops and this year I'm doing a lot of gifts from Shutterfly. Have a great day!

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  7. OMGGGGG! I cannot believe you're heading to Dubai and India next year! How amazing! I am so jealous, Dubai is definitely on my bucket list. And yay for the new footer! We still need to finish the rest of the design we've been talking about :) Glad you had a nice, relaxing and productive weekend girl! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  8. Dubai and India sound amazing! What a fun adventure!!

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  9. Yay for a relaxing and productive weekend! And DOUBLE YAY for your amazing adventure coming up next year!! India is on our bucket list too...it's such a gorgeous place from what I hear :) xo

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  10. I had no idea that Trader Joes had mussels! It looks so good! How exciting to travel to Dubai and India. The Planning alone sounds fun!
    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  11. You have to fly Emirates and then tell me all about it! What an exciting trip!!!!

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  12. Oh my goodness you are going to love Dubai! I have a friend who lives there and another friend who is currently there! Can't wait to hear about all of the plans for that trip! In the meantime, I enjoyed our twinning Friday night haha. Glad you had a good weekend and got a jump on the holiday shopping!

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  13. Wow - Dubai?! That's going to be so amazing. I know someone who went and she LOVED it. Sounds like a chill - but good weekend! Trish - tales from trish

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  14. Congrats on booking your trip! I can't wait to hear more as you flesh out the details!!!

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful trip you have booked! Your weekend sounds like it was amazing as well. I didn't know TJ Maxx had such a great paper product selection.... How fun! I'm going to have to go check that out.

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  16. Sounds like the perfect weekend!! Your dinner looks so yummy with the mussels. And Dubai will be so neat!!! Happy Monday!

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  17. I can go for the linguine or sushi now and it's only breakfast lol. And I love "Mr. Brooks", Kevin Costner is amazing in it. Also your trip to India and Dubai sounds amazing!

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  18. A quiet relaxing weekend sounds so nice! And I love that you guys always go for sushi on fridays!

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  19. Your relaxing weekend looked like perfection especially with capping it off by booking such an incredible trip! Dubai has been on my list for years, cannot wait to live vicariously through your pictures and recap <3

    Green Fashionista

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  20. That trip is going to be amazing! You must be so excited! I need to pick up some mussels from Trader Joe's because that dinner looks awesome!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  21. Your footer looks fantastic!! You did a great job on it! I'm so jealous you are going to India & Dubai! That is going to be an incredible trip!

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  22. what a fantastic weekend! i love your friday night tradition with sushi and a movie. would it be weird if i started that on my own? ha. and those mussels and linguine! two of my fav things in one dish. yummy. i like how i'm all focused on food ha. anyway, glad you had a nice relaxing weekend and congrats on booking that AMAZING trip!!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  23. Sometimes low key weekends are the best because they can really help to get you refreshed and ready for the week ahead. Dubai and India sound like such an amazing trip!

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  24. I bought those mussels from Trader Joe's too and they're still sitting in my freezer. I didn't think pair them with linguine, it looks delish!

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  25. That pasta meal looks amazingggg holy cow! You go girl! Also, that trip is going to be out of this world awesome! I am so jealous!!!

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  26. Sushi mmmmm. Local gifts are always so fun!! I really hope to get a jump on my Christmas shopping. I have a few small things bought but so much more to do and we are only a month away from Thanksgiving! Yikes!! I am sure that trip is going to be something to remember for Sure! How exciting. Hope you have a great week!

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  27. I'm totally impressed with your early holiday shopping...looks like you've already found some great stuff! And WOW, what an awesome trip - how exciting!!!

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  28. That sounds like an eventful weekend to me! That's so exciting you are going to Dubai/India next year! And kudos to you for starting on holiday shopping! That stationary looks so cute!

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  29. Relaxing weekends are seriously the best! I've done a bit of Christmas shopping already too - it's great to feel ahead of the game! And Dubai/India?! Yes, please!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  30. We kept our weekend simple too! It was great. But I got some sushi something I was definitely needing.

    I love the updated footer! And I love who did the tutorial, she has so many great ones!

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  31. Such a great idea for Christmas gifts. I've been debating about what to get everyone this year and this would be the perfect way to incorporate my city. Thanks!

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  32. omg i need to get on the present making/buying/wrapping wagon! i love easy weekends! i am feeling better, so thanks for asking how i am doing!

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  33. WOW!!!! Totally the trip of a lifetime!! Can't wait to follow along!! You always find the best stuff at TJ Maxx!! I guess they send all the best stationary to you!! ;)

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  34. Wow, that is a pretty exciting trip that you have planned! My parents did a luxury train tour in India and they loved it. Those TJ Maxx finds are so cute and your dinner looks delicious!! I'm glad that you had a nice, relaxing weekend and I hope that you have a fab day today!!! :-)

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  35. My kind of weekend - a relaxing one with yummy food! And what an awesome trip you planned!!!! So fun!

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  36. Perfect weekend!! Low key weekends are always needed... Especially before the craziness of the holidays!
    Oh my gosh, what an incredible trip!! That is going to be SO AMAZING! I need to find friends who will get married in exotic places so that we have a reason to visit, haha!

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  37. That sounds like an amazing trip! I think I'd be nervous to visit Dubai but I'd like to visit India. Great TJ Maxx finds! Have a great Monday! :)

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  38. Your India and Dubai trip sounds amazing! Can't wait to hear all about it! :) Love your TJ Maxx goodies-I love their stationery!

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  39. Ahhh so excited for your upcoming trip-- definitely the trip of a lifetime! Your relaxing weekend sounds perfect, I love having time to just run fun errands and relax a little bit :)

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  40. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! That pasta looks amazing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  41. All of this food looks delicious!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  42. I love low key weekends like this – I’m actually looking forward to winter after the holidays for some serious down time. I recently started making sure to get in a Barre class on Fridays to kick off the weekend and I’m with you – loving getting in good workouts on the weekends now! Your homemade mussels look SO good! Your trip sounds ah-mazing – that will be such fun!!

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  43. Wow that trip sounds amazing!!! I've always been curious about Dubai but need a "reason" to go there like you have since you'll be so close. Have you seen the funny new Emirates Airlines commercial with Jennifer Aniston!? So funny and looks like those 18 hours will be flying in style if that's what you're flying on?

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  44. Sounds like the perfect laid back weekend! I'm in need of a weekend where I just take it easy. The trip sounds absolutely amazing, I would love to go to Dubai! That 18 hour plane ride though...

    Have a great week!
    <3 Jackie

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  45. Omg, what an exciting trip! Congrats! That mussels dinner looks so delish, and nice work on your footer!

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  46. There is nothing like a relaxing weekend! And what a fabulous trip you have planned! I have heard Dubai is amazing. Super jealous of your holiday shopping too, it will be here before we know it! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  47. WOW, that sounds like a seriously awesome trip! I need to start putting Christmas gifts together. Chuck thinks I'm crazy but I like doing it ahead of time. Most years by now most of my shopping would be done, but the wedding changed things up this year. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  48. Low key weekends are the best! Your trip you have planned sounds awesome! I've heard India is amazing!
    Ally- Life as I know it


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  49. I love to get gifts together from local stores, and when that fails, from treasure hunting at Marshalls!

    SO AWESOME you booked your big trip. I'm excited for you!!!!!

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  50. Trip of a lifetime?! Woot woot!!!! -yummy food + relaxing = perfect weekend to me!

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  51. I might just need to get sushi for lunch now.... ;) Your local store(s) look fun- I love finding little items from places like that to add into gifts! Just makes them more unique. AWESOME news about your trip, although I could NOT do the flight haha!

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  52. Love the new footer! It looks awesome. I remember loving the movie Mr Brooks when we saw it a while back. It was quite intriguing. Had no clue TJ's sold mussels. The meal you whipped together looks like restaurant quality. Nice work!

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  53. Happy Monday! Sometimes it's nice to have a low key weekend!! I took a long weekend trip to the east coast with the BF...and it's hard to be back into routine!! Haha...


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today's Post: Annapolis Outfit: Tunic Tee & Fold-Over Booties

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  54. Wow - your trip sounds amazing!! I love excuses to travel :) Also, nice work on the mussels dinner - it looks so fancy. Have a great week!

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  55. Omg! A trip to Dubai and India sounds amazing! I am incredibly jealous! Looks like you had a fun weekend!

    Laura
    Laura Aime Vous

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  56. For some reason I feel as if I have told you this before, but I love Kevin Costner.

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  57. You deserve a relaxing weekend after how busy you've been lately! I can't wait to hear more about this trip!

    Brooke
    Pumps & Push-Ups

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  58. Kudos to you for starting your holiday shopping already. This year, I am working on launching my Avon business so I am supporting my own retail shop and everybody on my list is getting something from Avon. Check out my store if you'd like to support your sister: https://karenwright.avonrepresentative.com
    http://runwright.net/2015/10/26/dream-and-do/

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  59. YAY for such an incredible trip!! Seems like it will be the trip of a lifetime. How cool to attend a wedding over there, too!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  60. AH! india is on my bucket list!! i want to hear everyyyything about your plans! so jealous :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  61. Ahhhhh!!!! Your trip sounds so awesome!! I can't wait to hear all about it - you'll be a pro on the flight - just drink lots of wine. ;)

    xx, Carly | carly blogs

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  62. I love a lazy weekend! Give me a good book, a blanket and a cuppa tea and I'm set! Can't wait to hear/see pictures of your upcoming trip!
    -Beth
    http://bandgsparrow.blogspot.com/

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  63. Lazy weekends are great, it sounds like you had the perfect one too! Yay for your trip, I cannot wait to hear and see more about all your adventures! You'll have 18 hours to drink and get yourself all ready :)! I cannot believe it's actually time again to holiday shop, I love the holidays, but I know it means that snow is on it's way it :(!

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  64. That sounds like a fantastic weekend! We had one of those this weekend and it was amazing! Love the new blog footer - I need to try to update mine too!

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  65. Your trip is going to be Amazing! So excited for you! You guys travel a lot and I am not in a place in my life where that's possible, so I will just enjoy living vicariously through you! haha Have a great week! Love that first photo with the flowers!

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  66. Sounds like an awesome weekend. TJ Maxx always has great stuff! That trip will be fun!

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  67. Sounds like the most fabulous trip EVER!!! Cannot WAIT to follow along :)

    Annie Reeves

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  68. Relaxing weekends make for the best weekends! And how exciting about your trip! The longest I've ever been on a plane was for ten hours to go to Hawaii... I don't know WHAT I would do on an 18 hour flight! Holy moly!

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  69. Talk about an amazing trip!!! It will be totally worth the 18 hour plane ride!! So exciting! Glad you had a great/productive/relaxing weekend :)

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  70. I love the post dear! Have a nice day:)

    irenethayer.com

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  71. Weekends that involve absolutely nothing are the best! Shawn and I rarely get a change to just kick back with no plans, but we've been lucky enough to lately and I completely agree, it makes for so much productivity! And I cannot! wait to hear more about this dream vacation, girl! Happy Monday! XO

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  72. I enjoy this type of weekend during which we can relax, eat, and watch a movie. Your mussels and linguine dinner looks delicious! Have a nice week!

    Danielle
    www.spring2spring.com

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  73. Looks like you had a great weekend!

    xo Kylie
    www.dressinsparkles.com

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  74. Ahh what an amazing trip! So exciting! And laid back weekends are the best!

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  75. Looks like you nailed that recipe! Anything involving seafood made at home just feels all kinds of fancy, am I right? (; It's never too early to get the jump on Christmas shopping. I started in March and I'm almost done.

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  76. 18 hours?! wowza. I can't wait to hear all about it, India - eep!! I've been to Dubai airport, that's it ;) How exciting!!
    Oh I remember that Mr Brooks movie, I thought it was really good!

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  77. Holiday shopping already? I tip my hat to you! I'm usually that girl struggling to shop for everything 5 days before Christmas! :)

    Melissa | So About What I Said

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  78. Wow!! This is awesome and that muscle dinner looks fab! Check y'all out!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  79. What a great, laid back weekend! I love those that feel productive, healthy, and with lots of quality time with your man! Great job on the footer. I updated mine a little too with the LIMK plugin I think. I'll have to check yours out Have a great week B!

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  80. That trip will be amazing! I would love to visit both India and Dubai, 18 hours on a plane though? Yikes!

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  81. Dubai and India? That definitely sounds like a dream vacation and I can't wait to hear more. As always, love your sushi dates - we haven't had one in almost two weeks so I think it's time! - Svetlana @Life With a Side of Wine

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  82. Slow and relaxing weekends can be pretty awesome too! Ahh Dubai and India sounds amazing, I'm sure you guys will have an amazing time!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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  83. TJ maxx stationary is amazing! Great finds :)
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  84. I will have to link up next week...I didn't do much this weekend anyway. Such a fun idea!
    Wohoooo! Dubai and India sound like SO much fun!

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  85. What an awesome adventure!!! Thanks for sharing! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  86. Looks like you had a nice relaxing weekend! I have to say I had the same and it was lovely :)

    Happy Monday :)

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  87. I had a similar weekend--but it was awesome, just what I needed!! And can I tell you how jealous I am you are going to Dubai?! I would LOVE to travel there--can't wait to see your pictures!

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  88. Wow!!!! That is an amazing trip. & here i am struggling to get to nashville. Haha
    I love tjmaxx stationary dept too. I never leave empty handed

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  89. Remember when it took me eight years to get to the comment box because you're so freakin' popular?!?!?!?! :D
    That homemade garlic bread looks TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Your trip sounds incredible! I used to work with a woman whose son lived in Dubai for work and she visited there... LOVED IT! You're gonna have the time of your life!

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  90. Dubai and India?? Oh my gosh that sounds so amazing! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  91. Sounds like the perfect weekend. A good movie, a great meal, and shopping? Yes, please! And how exciting? India and Dubai?? That definitely is the trip of a lifetime! Can't wait to read about your adventures!

    Taffeta & Tulips

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  92. SUCH an exciting trip! I'm going to live vicariously through you and your travels :)

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  93. Weekend workouts really are the best!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  94. What a great trip! India sounds like so much fun. I'll have to look at some vacations to see if I want to explore somewhere new.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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  95. Yay for all of the things! That stationary is so cute, I miss TJ MAXX so much. You can do 18 hours in the air, you just need wine, a sleep aide and a good book. We have to do almost 24 hours every time we go home.

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  96. Sounds like a perfect weekend to chill. OMG, your trip will be ah-mazing!

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  97. Dubai and India, the more I travel the more places I want to go and I can't wait to see all of your planning posts!! I think I need to stop at a TJ Maxx again soon! Loved your mussels dinner, so fancy!

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  98. I'm your 100th comment! haha! Hubs and I were just starting to get our Christmas lists together. We NEVER shop this early, but with a baby coming that month, we decided we should start now to have everything done and ready before Dec hits! And your linguine looks FAB. Where was my invite?!

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  99. That does sound like the trip of a lifetime!! How cool! Love chill weekends - glad you had a good one! xo

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  100. Dubai and India?! So amazing!! I am so envious!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

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  101. Hey sounds like a perfect weekend to me! And one in which you get to relax but PLAN for a big adventure? So fun!!!
    xx, Emily
    shell chic'd

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  102. I really need to get on the shopping early this year. What part of India are you going to? My hubby used to travel there all the time for work. Dubai should be cool to see as well!

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  103. Sometimes a "boring" weekend spent relaxing + being productive is just what you need! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  104. OMG what an amazing trip! Definitely a once in a life time adventure! A relaxing weekend is always nice once in a while and it sounds like yours was perfect with a good workout, good food and a little shopping! Definitely checking out the footer tutorial, I would like to update mine!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  105. OMG I'm so jealous that you get to go to Dubai and India. Have fun at the wedding!

    - Liz Lizo
    www.LizLizo.com

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  106. Sounds like a perfect low key weekend to me! How exciting about your trip! That is definitely going to be a trip of a lifetime!

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  107. Love the new footer, it looks great! Sounds like you had a really productive weekend. Lovely post!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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  108. Where do I begin! Your vacation sounds amazing, I must try the linguine recipe and heading to check out the blog tutorial NOW!

    Wishes & Reality

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  109. I CANNOT wait to hear about your planning to India and Dubai!!! Absolutely amazing!

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  110. I'd love to go to India and Dubai. I always forget what cute office supplies they sell at TJ Maxx!
    The Rad Wife

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  111. Lovely post!! Hope you had great trip!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  112. OH MY GOSH! YES TO Dubai and India! SO JEALOUS! Love all your food snaps! And you know I love office supplies! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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