Feel Good

Sometimes we simply want to read something fun and lighthearted – or that makes us feel like we’re not alone.

This feel-good content will lift you up, give you a laugh and allow you to learn more about the zealous, razzle-dazzle, granola-making, wine-drinking Minnesota gal behind Pairs Well With…

Ready For Takeoff: One Year Abroad

Pairs Well With… “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister   Sometimes we need to hit reboot, even in our lives.  Change not only keeps things fresh but keeps us alert, so we’re not allowing life to pass us by.  There’s nothing less satisfying than finding yourself riding in the passenger’s seat of your own life and dictated…

Out With The Old, In With The New

Pairs Well With… “The doors will be opened to those bold enough to knock.” – Unknown Out with the old, in with the new.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for 2017.  For whatever reason, the day after Christmas leaves me a little sad.  It’s likely because the anticipation that the holiday brings subsides and…

Random Acts of Holiday Kindness

Pairs Well With…Holidays + Kindness + A Giving Spirit Everything about the holidays excites me: cookies with sprinkles, festive parties with friends, the upbeat Christmas carols.  I feel extra sparkly the whole season long, and that’s not just because I wore something sparkly every day for a week and coined it “The Seven Days of Sparkles”…but…

Five Thoughts To Get You Back On Top

Pairs Well With… “Why worry about things you can’t control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you?” – Unknown Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are in full swing.  It’s not long before my favorite Mariah, Kelly and *Nsync holiday tunes are in full rotation, and this house becomes…

My 4th Grade Lesson on the Power of Words

Pairs Well With… “Words.  So powerful.  They can crush a heart, or heal it.  They can shame a soul, or liberate it.  They can shatter dreams, or energize them.  They can obstruct connection, or invite it.  They can create defenses, or melt them.  We have to use words wisely.” – Unknown In fourth grade, I…

If I Ruled The World

Pairs Well With… “If I Ruled The World” by Nas feat. Lauren Hill + CNN + Drink of Choice It is Election Day, a day we celebrate our right to vote and represent our pride in our country. The political banter, memes and GIFs have kept us squabbling on Facebook and Twitter, and have left many…

From Ireland to Italy (Part 2: The Italy Part)

  This is one of those vacation stories that you just can’t make up, and honestly, the pictures speak for themselves.  Pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in for this one. In 2013, one random weekday afternoon, my sister, Sarah, and I exchanged a couple of emails and two hours later we were booked…

All The Pretty Things

Pairs Well With…”Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds Unsure about what to write about this week, and perhaps even lacking a bit of inspiration, I decided to take a second and hit pause. There’s a lot going on. I needed to stop and smell the roses.  Literally.  Things are just moving way too fast.     …

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Keep Calm & Blog On

Pairs Well With…”All great changes are preceded by chaos.” – Deepak Chopra         Whoever told me doing a blog site transfer and updates on my own would be easy should hide – now. Run fast. I’m coming to get you. Five-second head start. Pairs Well With… just celebrated its first anniversary… …and I felt it was…

Mr. Jones & Me

Pairs Well With… “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows [wpdevart_youtube]c3Q_MSbmhA4[/wpdevart_youtube] Rolling on only four hours of sleep after a long (and winning) evening of football the night before, I boarded an early ass flight to Denver to see my favorite band: Counting Crows.  Choosing between two loves of my life, the Vikings (first home game at…