On saving champagne corks

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One of my favorite meaningful mementos and collections are our champagne corks! For several years, we have saved all of our champagne corks from special celebratory occasions, and they are collected in a bowl on our bar cart where we see them every day. I write the event/cause for celebration and the date on the champagne corks that we’ve saved, and then they’re collected and displayed for years to come! From our engagement to new jobs to anniversaries (I like any reason to celebrate!) to birthdays to our new house to life milestones… we’ve popped the bubbly to celebrate, toasted to the occasion, and commemorated it appropriately.

This is far and away one of my favorite treasured collections, and I’ve had so many people reach out to ask about this, so I wanted to share this in hopes that it may inspire you to start your own champagne cork collection, if you’d like. I love that it’s so simple to do, takes up such little room (as opposed to saving champagne bottles!), and it such a meaningful marker of so many of our biggest life events that we’ve been fortunate enough to celebrate. I love being reminded of our celebrations and that life events that we’ve experienced!

PS: Any occasion, big or small, is worthy of champagne! Sometimes the most simple things/celebrations are reason enough to pop the bubbly, and I love remembering the big and little celebrations of our life together.

PPS: Pro-tip: always have a bottle of champagne in the fridge for impromptu celebrations! Cheers, friends!

Little luxuries

As much as I love the big, grand moments and adventures of life, there is much to be said about the simpler, sweeter moments in the in-between and in white space, as well as finding joy and peace in everything that we possibly can. I’m most definitely a celebration enthusiast and am eternally optimistic, and there are a plethora of little luxuries in life that deeply resonate with me and bring me a wealth of happiness. I think we all have “little luxuries” in our lives that are our go-tos when we have a few free moments or are in need of a special pick-me-up. I think it’s so vital to recognize things that bring us deep joy — not things that other people like, things that are trendy, but things and moments and actions that are true little luxuries to each of us. If I’m having a bad day or feeling off or simply just want to, these luxuries are the things I turn to the most often for an instant mood boost and to remind me that there is so much goodness, beauty, and life all around us — and that life is meant to be enjoyed!

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  • fresh flowers
  • magazine subscriptions
  • bubble baths
  • quiet time + coffee in the mornings
  • reading an exceptional book
  • long walks holding hands + talking with Rob
  • cheese boards + great wine
  • trips to the farmer’s market
  • handwritten lists + sending snail mail
  • phone dates and Facetime with family + friends
  • candles
  • hosting dinner parties, brunches, and game nights
  • cocktails
  • breakfast in bed with Rob
  • picnics
  • collecting vintage glassware
  • painting my nails hot pink or coral

I’ve been keeping this running list of my own personal little luxuries and joys for months now, but I’m sure I’ve left plenty off of this list! I think it’s so important to find things that bring each of us our own version of happiness, peace, and comfort. So many of the things in my list above make me feel most alive — and remind me of what a sweet, sweet blessing life is!

“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

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