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Weekend Throwback

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Last Thursday, this giant Cuban sammich and I enjoyed a rare proper lunch break on the patio of my favorite coffee shop, under the shade of an umbrella while a breeze blew, and it was perfect. {There was also a fresh chocolate chip cookie hiding in that brown bag, so consider the sundae of sunshine and quiet time cherry-topped. ;)}

For some reason — maybe it was the gingham paper paired with the bag of classic Lays? — my lunch reminded me of my Barbie hamburger stand, which I hadn’t thought about in decades, so I spent the entirety of the break Googling, ‘Barbie play sets that came with Lays potato chips,’ until I found it; and discovered it’s fetching around $200 on eBay twenty-ish years later.

Back in the day, my Barbies left the Dream House every weekend in their casual ‘play clothes’ and rolled up to the burger stand in their pink Jeep and convertible Ferraris and Cadillacs. They grabbed a seat on tomato stools (and those tiny tables that used to come in pizza boxes?) while a shirtless Ken assembled teeny plastic patties and buns in to-go containers and served them up with miniature fries, milkshakes and sodas. And I’m pretty sure he never charged.

I kind of wish my Saturday plans looked like that.

This and That

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*Knocks the dust and Girl Scout cookie crumbs off the keyboard.* 

{Ahem.}

Hey, guys!

It’s been a minute since I published a post. I’m giving myself a lot of grace with blogging these days (see: my post on ‘unplugging‘ back in October) because the flower shop keeps me super busy and I want to make sure to leave time for the important things in life. Like Netflix. ;)

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Unplugging

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I started this post a week ago. It languished in draft while I navigated a crazy few days at the flower shop, worked through the weekend, and slept it all off on Sunday. Yesterday, I penciled in some “me time,” and ended up at a bookstore (I always end up at a bookstore) where I spotted this journal and decided I needed to finish, and publish, my thoughts on “unplugging.”

Prince Ea’s “Can We Autocorrect Humanity?” video is making the rounds on my Facebook newsfeed. It’s an important message wrapped in a beautiful delivery.

“Did you know the average person spends 4 years of his life looking down at his cell phone? Kind of ironic, ain’t it? How these touch-screens can make us lose touch…”

It seems especially timely for bloggers, considering Young House Love’s recent farewell post and the NYT article, “When Blogging Becomes a Slog.”

Erin Loechner (Design for Mankind) said,

“I need a little less online, and a little more in life.”

Erin wrote a post two years ago, “The Rebirth of Slow Blogging,” that echoes all my sentiments about blogging and social media as I approach my fifth year of writing A Pretty Penny.

Like all things in my life right now, I want to simplify blogging.

I want to write and share without worrying about a posting schedule, or promoting across my “channels,” or monitoring my traffic. I want a break from advertising and affiliate marketing and “curating” the perfect Pinterest boards. I want to fill my Instagram with pictures of my dog and messy (productive) flower shop and friends’ babies, instead of contrived images designed to drive the most “likes.”

I want to power down in the evenings and weekends. Make dinner for my husband. Read a book. Bake something. Watch my favorite sitcoms from the 90’s (I love you, TV Land). Binge on Netflix.

Most of all, I want to circle back to my original intentions for this blog. I want it to be fun; a creative outlet that makes me feel inspired, instead of obligated.

So I’m turning off the ads, turning down the pressure, and turning a new leaf in my blogging journey where less is more, and real life comes first.

Slow and steady.