Keepsake Stones in a Decorative Vase

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I saw this project on someone’s Pinterest board a few months back and it was one of those things that just stuck with me. It’s so simple, elegant, and wonderfully sentimental. The stones make for beautiful decor, and also serve as mementos. Since our six-year anniversary was coming up and neither of us wanted to spend much AND I had all of the supplies on hand already, this made a perfect gift. We had fun brainstorming memorable episodes and trying to pin down their approximate dates or just succinct factoids that’d fit on the rocks. One rock says “First Kiss” with the date of the kiss on the other side. Another one says “First Date” and has a quote from the movie we saw on the back (pictured below). I used moss and twine to decorate our jar, but you could also add branches or flowers. I wouldn’t use water, because the stones may become illegible if they’re submerged for very long.

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Document Storage

A small sample of the many, many papers I needed to find a home for.

A small sample of the many, many papers I needed to find a home for.

I’ve started to amass a pretty large collection of miscellaneous important documents in the past few years. I guess your twenties are a time for figuring out how to be an adult, and getting organized is half of it. Taxes, leases, car maintenance, veterinary and medical records… they can’t live in a forgotten drawer forever. I recently took a day to sort ‘em, get rid of what I didn’t need anymore, scan and store what I could electronically (like veterinary and medical records), and tuck everything else away in a $3 expanding folder. It’s one of those things that doesn’t cost much and takes longer the longer you put it off, so there’s no time like the present!

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Eating to Live: Heritage vs. Health

Although I majored in History and Psychology in school, I’ve always had a passion for health and nutrition and I was ecstatic to stumble upon this topic for my undergraduate thesis. We had to write about some kind of reform movement originating in the nineteenth century, and while most think of abolition or temperance or woman’s rights, I immediately seized on Sylvester Graham’s go at reforming the nation’s diet and health habits. This afforded me a rewarding opportunity to round out my knowledge of dietary recommendations with a comprehensive history and analysis of those recommendations. Below is my full fifteen-page article. If you happen to be interested in the subject but don’t feel like reading the whole thing, I recommend starting where footnote 13 is: Modern efforts to get us eating right and their dubious effectiveness.

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