Good Morning!

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I have never been a morning person. If you told me a few years ago that one day I’d be living on the west coast and working on an Eastern time zone schedule I would have laughed in your face! But, I suppose you gotta do what you gotta do! Doug, on the other hand, goes into work quite late so I am up early in the morning by myself while the apartment complex is still quiet. My co-workers have been really great in trying not to schedule any super early 6:00am meetings, so I try to take a few minutes every day while booting up my computer to have a little “me time” in the morning.

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Coffee is my #1 necessity in the morning, especially since I still struggle to wake up super early. I get up every day and either put on my Le Creuset Kettle to make a carafe of French Press (we have a Bodum press), or if I need to prep for a meeting I’ll turn on the Keurig for a quick cup. Today I wanted to go for a walk around the marina, so I turned on the Keurig and headed out for my walk.

When I came back after 15 mins (it was chilly out!) my coffee was already ready to go and I treated myself to some whole grain waffles with strawberries. Zinnie, who usually has strawberries in the morning, didn’t seem to mind trading his breakfast with me for a piece of banana!

If I’m short I’m time I’ll just have some yogurt, but typically after a weekend (when I’ve just visited the farmer’s markets) I’ll make a green juice with some of my market goodies! One of my favorite green juice recipes is by Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere — I just omit the parsley because I don’t like the taste. Depending on what fruit I have handy I may also throw in a few berries just to sweeten it up a bit!

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I also try to spend a few minutes every morning playing with Zinnie — sometimes he will sit on my shoulder while I make breakfast, other times he’ll fly back to his cage to start eating. Some mornings he will decide he needs to take a shower while I’m rinsing his fruit in the sink, and he’ll crawl down my arm and sit under the water. Its hilarious to watch! I don’t have a video, but you can see a picture here.

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When I’m finished with breakfast I head into my “office” to start my day. It’s really just a desk in our guest bedroom, but it gets decent natural light and is away from any other distractions in the apartment. My desk is an antique that I found back in Massachusetts, but its matching chair sadly broke during the move. Luckily, I was able to find an almost identical match to replace it with!

From this point in the day I’m pretty much a busy bee with work — answering emails, joining conference calls, and getting started on my ever-growing to do list. But I’m always thankful for the time I spent on myself in the morning, especially when its 4pm and I’m still sitting at my desk!

How do you spend your mornings? Do you have a must-do morning ritual? Are you an early bird or a late riser? Let me know! Send me a tweet at @tinewatson!

This post was sponsored by Wayfair.com, a brand and company that I truly love! All opinions and purchase choices are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Rules for the Modern Girl.

Relaxed California Style

We just moved into our new apartment in Marina Del Rey and I’m all set to unpack and redecorate our new place. We definitely have less space than we did before, so we will be getting creative with storage and putting a lot of our excess furniture into storage.

A lot of our decor from Newburyport will transition nicely to California, but I’m hoping to give our new place a lighter, more “West Coast” vibe. I created an Idea Board on Wayfair.com to organize my ideas and I’ve already settled on blues and greens in the bathrooms, and I’m thinking of continuing the theme into the living room. Most of our other furniture will fit, but the living room is my place to completely redecorate since we’re replacing our couches, the movers broke our floor lamp, and our dark, wine-colored Chenille pillows will be donated to Goodwill.

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Rug / Sea Urchin Paperweights / Hurricane Glass
Blanket (on sale!) / Throw Pillow / Painting
Floor Lamp / Ottoman / Couch (on sale!)

Even though I’m still on the ocean, I feel like California has a different kind of “nautical” feel than New England. Its no longer about anchors, lobsters, lighthouses or buoys, but its about a more laid-back and relaxed ocean vibe. I feel like the array of different blue-greens that are in the painting really pull together the other items creating a cohesive, yet still modern and fresh look. I don’t want anything too matchy-matchy or look like we tried to hard for those laid-back and relaxed vibes!

The apartment is still a scary mess of dismantled furniture and boxes, but I’ll be sure to give you a tour once we’re fully settled!

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This post was sponsored by Wayfair.com, a brand and company that I truly love! All opinions and purchase choices are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Rules for the Modern Girl. 

A little modern garden

Doug and I usually plant a huge herb garden in the late spring/early summer that will last us all the way to September. With our busy schedules these past 6 weeks I kept putting it off — thinking that I shouldn’t buy any plants since I wouldn’t be home to water them! This weekend we finally headed over to Home Depots’ nursery and picked up what little was left…  parsley, basil, rosemary, hot peppers and tomato plants.

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At the Vintage Bazaar a few weeks ago we purchased some covered grape boxes and we used them to plant our herbs. We have a nosy family of groundhogs living under our deck, so I put our grape box of herbs on top of our table, in hopes that it will keep the groundhogs away!

There’s still time to plant some herbs outside so that the rest of your summer is full of fresh basil pesto and juicy, ripe tomatoes. If you don’t have a grape box, there are some fun planters at Target:

Modern Girl’s Toolbox

I know this subject is a far cry from my usual posts about fashion, beauty, and food, but I think its super important! I really don’t think we give ourselves enough credit (myself included) for the things we can do which is why I am challenging each and every one of you to feel empowered to grab that toolbox next time you have a little home improvement issue to tackle.

A perfect example is last week when our roof sprung a leak while Doug was out of town. Guess who poked a hole in the ceiling to drain the water? That’s right! Me! Obviously I am calling a professional ceiling-fixer-upper once spring gets here, but I’ve realized that I’ve lost some of the independence I used to have when it came to troubleshooting these kinds of things. But not anymore, and you don’t have to either!

And just because I think everyone should have their own set of pink tools, I’ve gone ahead and found a few options for every Modern Girl out there.  xx

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