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On a High Note: Vol. 15

Jul 27, 2020

Happy, happy Monday! 

Kendall and I are back with another edition of On a High Note: A Monday roundup of inspiring, fascinating and/or helpful snippets and ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, and so on! 

Grab your cup of coffee and let’s dive into our favorite highlights to check out this week! Here’s to a new week and a fresh start on a high note. 

On a High Note: Vol. 15


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Palm Springs!

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“I’m alllll about light, funny movies this summer and Hulu’s Palm Springs was the perfect, refreshing rom-com! It stars two wedding guests, Andy Sandberg and Cristin Milioti, who get stuck in a time loop and must live the same day over and over again (sound familiar? ????) The next time you’re at a loss for what to watch for movie night, give it a try!” –Kendall 

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Create a new workspace! 

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“Struggling with the work from home life? Me too. Maybe a little workspace mix-up is what you need!

Because I typically work in the kitchen, I have been getting majorly distracted when Neal would come into the kitchen frequently throughout the day. (He used to travel a large portion of the week for work, and I could always go work at a coffee shop, so this was never previously a big issue, haha!)

BUT, this past week, I found this little folding desk on Target.com and thought it might be the solution I need–I set it up in a corner of our bedroom to create a little pseudo workspace. I’m hoping that being able to shut myself into a room will allow me to focus and be more productive! It comes already assembled and folds flat for easy storing when you’re not using it!”–Jess

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Blackberry Slab Pie Bars

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Photo via The View From Great Island

“Lately, my dessert of choice has simply been mixing fruit into a bowl of vanilla icecream- give me all the fruit and cold desserts in the summer temps! For a hiking trip coming up, I think I’ll whip up these blackberry bars to achieve a similar taste that is portable and outdoor-friendly. These would be great for any outdoor hang or a picnic in the park, too!” — Kendall

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Tanisha from @GirlMeetsGlass!

Yesterday I had SO MUCH FUN taking a virtual wine class with Tanisha of Girl Meets Glass! She is a must-follow!

Remember how we were supposed to go on our group Paris reader trip this spring? Well, obviously the trip had to be postponed, but in the meantime, to make us feel like we could still have a little slice of Paris, we took a little French wine lesson with Tanisha–she shared so many good tips, like what to look for on a wine label, how to order wine in a restaurant, her tips for visiting various regions in France, and more. She has more info on her virtual wine classes linked in her profile, too! (I’m in talks about setting one up for us!!) 

I have loved scrolling through her feed, each post is a little mini wine lesson or great wine suggestion I never would’ve known about otherwise! 

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Amp up your daily walks!

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“Raise your hand if daily walks are keeping you sane right now?! ????Just a quick walk around the neighborhood always gives me a mental boost, and I often end up walking further than I initially intend to. If you’re looking to amp up your daily walks, this Self article offers 14 ideas to make your strolls feel more like a walking workout.” –Kendall 


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“The contrast between Black maternal mortality and their white counterparts is staggering — and it’s not just in the U.S. Black mothers in the U.K. are five times more likely to die during pregnancy and after childbirth — 5 times!!! This Vogue UK piece delves into the systemic racism that extends to the health care system, which organizations are advocating for change, and what you can do to help. It’s a must-read.'” — Kendall

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Another camping trip!

Another camping trip!

Photo via HipCamp

“You know me–new camping enthusiast over here! We decided that the only feasible, safe way to see my family at all this year was to road trip, so this September, we’re making the 30-hour drive to Oregon a cross-country camping trip, stopping in the Badlands, Custer State Park, and Yellowstone/the Tetons. (We plan to isolate all together once we’re there and also once we return home to Chicago.)  

I know many of you are also planning your own camping trips, so I wanted to highlight the spot I’m most excited about (more camping posts to come, don’t worry!)–The Badlands! We’re camping at Cedar Pass (which I found thanks to HipCamp–although you need to book externally since it’s a public campground), which is right in the park–I can’t wait to see the sunrise and sunset with this view! No van this time–doing the whole tent shebang––it will be an adventure! If you’re looking for direction on what to pack, I wrote a whole post with a packing list from our last camping trip here!”––Jess

Happy Monday! Cheers to the week ahead! ❤️ 

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