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Hannah Sheflyand

Do you feel like all of your interactions with friends and family have become a bunch of texts and emails? I did not even notice it until recently when I started needing help with wedding planning. Texts are great for quick messages or little reminders but I have started to really enjoy spending even just a few minutes catching up on the phone. I was enjoying these conversations more and more that I started looking into getting myself a little stationary so I can start writing letters and show those that are most important to me that I took the extra effort to write a note to them.

Then Brian and I started looking for wedding stationary and wow was I blown away by everything out there. I am pretty happy that both of us wanted to go with something fairly simple so picking the stationary went quickly and smoothly. However for myself the options are limitless and I cant decide.

Garden & Gun wrote a great article on the etiquette of stationary for both him and her and what should be sitting on your desk. I thought it was a great starter to help figure out what I should order for me, and maybe Brian too 🙂 Read more…

Hannah Sheflyand

With all the holiday craziness going around, especially since we are in and out of town the next few weeks, I find it really important to not forget that the apartment needs to somehow stay clean through it all.

We have a very small space which starts looking messy and dirty with just a few things out of place. I find it important to keep some rules in the apartment to keep everything looking clean.

  1. Shoes off! No matter what.
  2. Roomba runs daily (weekends it gets a break) and gets cleaned daily.
  3. Follow my daily/monthly cleaning list.
  4. Every morning, anything out of place we find a place.

Shoes- Charlie brings in a lot of dirt just from her daily walks (probably would be a little ridiculous to have her wear booties) and I cant control that. However the dirt Brian and I, or any of our guests, bring in can be somewhat controlled by not wearing our shoes inside.

Roomba– Before we got a Roomba I was vacuuming almost daily to keep the dog hair from spreading everywhere. Now I just have the Roomba programmed to run on a daily basis and it is one very big thing that I do not need to think about anymore. Life (& time) saver for any pet owner!

Cleaning List- I know many who group a few hours every week or so and do all the cleaning in one go. I can’t do that, I do not have the patience or usually a time gap for that. Instead I made myself a cleaning list with different tasks for different days and as long as I stick closely to that, the apartment stays clean.

The list is nothing fancy but it hangs on the fridge where it is unforgettable.

The list is nothing fancy but it hangs on the fridge where it is always reminding us of the tasks for the day.

Morning Walk Through- Just as it sounds, every morning before I leave for the day I walk through and if any thing is out of place I put it back. Just a few minutes a day and it keeps the clutter at bay.

I have to admit that we still fall behind once in a while and Brian and I decide whether it is better to find a few hours where we can do a deep cleaning together or we hire a cleaning lady for the day.

What do you do to keep your home clean? Do you work on it by yourself or do you have others help?

Hannah Sheflyand

My family never celebrated Christmas because we are Jewish, but we would put up a tree because we would get a visit from Santa Claus on New Years and also because my family did not want me and my sister to feel left out when it came to enjoying the holiday spirit. The one rule was that we could not put up the tree until after Christmas 🙂

Brian however does celebrate Christmas so we have been doing things a littler differently the last few years. Since we do not want to completely ignore the other persons holiday, we celebrate both, I give Brian his big gift on Christmas and I get my big gift on New Years, this way we stay respectful to our family traditions.

When it comes to when we will put up the Christmas tree we have not had much issue yet because we do not have the space for a big tree in our tiny studio. Instead I bought a little shrub to put on our windowsill which brings a little holiday spirit into the apartment without taking up any extra unavailable space…


I hope that by next year we will be already moved down south and will have a slightly bigger space to work with; Brian and I can start a holiday Christmas tree trimming tradition filled with calm music and lots of hot chocolate and holiday spirit.

What do you do for the holidays? Is a tree put up or do you end up spending the holidays elsewhere where a tree in the house is not useful? I’d love to hear any of the traditions you follow that we should think of starting since I am fairly new to it all.

I have been enviously looking at all the beautifully decorated christmas trees and trying to decide how I would decorate mine if I could this year and also grab some inspiration for the hopefully big tree we will have next year.



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