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about grieving // bloggers don't often talk about grieving, but i couldn't stay quiet about everything i've learned during the passing of my beloved grandpa

Here’s the thing: bloggers don’t talk about grieving. That being said, my grandfather passed away on Sunday and it’s all I can think about. I don’t want to do product round ups or giveaways or any of that. I want to get real and talk about the pain that I’m feeling and hopefully share my experience in the hopes of alleviating someone else’s pain one day.

This is what they don’t tell you:

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I’ll admit it, I’m a big sports fan. I simply love game day, but that doesn’t always mean I actually remember that it’s upon us. More times than I’d like to admit, guests show up for the big game and I’m left scrambling to figure out what snacks to serve. These 3 recipes are some of my favorite quick and easy snacks to serve up to a crowd—they’re sure to get a standing ovation.

3 easy + delicious Game day favorites with @ziplocofficial // recipes for secret sauce chicken wings, greek meatballs, and tater tot nachos 3 easy + delicious Game day favorites with @ziplocofficial // recipes for secret sauce chicken wings, greek meatballs, and tater tot nachosHead over to Ziploc to get all 3 recipes: tot-chos, Greek meatballs on a stick, and secret sauce chicken wings.3 easy + delicious Game day favorites with @ziplocofficial // recipes for secret sauce chicken wings, greek meatballs, and tater tot nachosphotography by Jason Mai

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. I received product and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

go stripe yourself // bold new ways to wear stripes this spring www.jojotastic.com

While I’m admittedly in a bit of a style rut at the moment, there is one style element that feels new to me: stripes. Ordinarily stripes feel too nautical and preppy for my vibe, but I’ve been seeing new variations that I love: broken up to feel like colorblocking, fragmenting layouts of stripes, and patterns layered over stripes. I also feel like the color of the stripes matters. Lately I’m finding sartorial inspiration from shades of stonewashed blue, coral-y pink, marled grey, and, of course, ebony and white.

go stripe yourself // bold new ways to wear stripes this spring www.jojotastic.comSpring is also a really interesting time to assess your wardrobe and add stripe to your style, even if it’s simple as sporting a thin, bar-shaped necklace. My personal favorites? This asymmetrical bodycon skirt and these eye-catching wedges — definitely a must for spring.

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colorful geometry

I hope everyone had a productive week. It was kind of a weird one for me. I started packing up the apartment and finally booked movers (my last day in SF is February 27), but I also had a family emergency pop up. I’ll be hopping on a last minute flight to the east coast tomorrow so there may be a slight pause in posts going live here on the blog. I’ll try my best to check in though! Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

In case you missed it, here’s what happened this week:

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donut o' the month // chocolate glazed whole wheat donut recipe www.jojotastic.com

On the East Coast, the month of January gets a bad rap. As the holidays and vacation days pass, anticipation and merriment transition to complaints of gray days, cold toes, hibernation, etc. To these January haters, I say, “don’t bring me down!”

donut o' the month // chocolate glazed whole wheat donut recipe www.jojotastic.com

January is my birthday month and it happens to be one of my favorite months. The fluffy white snow adds a quiet beauty to the landscape. The cold justifies flannels and sweaters, and hibernation is a wonderful excuse to curl up with my farmer and my sheepdog and watch long movies in the afternoon. In honor of my birthday month, I’m bringing you bold garnet hues and the favorite donut of my childhood — the classic chocolate glazed ring!

donut o' the month // chocolate glazed whole wheat donut recipe www.jojotastic.com

This recipe uses a lot of yeast to achieve a fluffy donut crumb. Topped with both a vanilla and chocolate glaze, you’ll be reminded of childhood trips to your local donut maker, but you’ll feel better about these ingredients- whole wheat pastry flour, natural sugars and organic safflower oil. I hope you fry up a batch and muster a little appreciation for my beloved month of January.

Bon Appétit!
-Quelcy

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all ears // a spotify playlist for productive days in the office or a good workout

This week has been pure insanity. Between meetings, getting quotes for my upcoming move, and starting the packing, I’ve been way too absent from my desk all week. Isn’t it funny how you long to be away from the desk, but sometimes putting your head down and and cranking through some stuff is all you want? That’s where I’m at right this minute, so I decided to create a playlist that keeps the creative juices flowing and my energy levels up. This is a two-fer though — I like to list to most of these songs while I’m at the gym!Here’s to a productive Thursday…(p.s. apologies, but most of the songs are labeled as explicit.)

You can play via this widget or add the playlist via Spotify:

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how to shop for pet-friendly houseplants + a DIY to keep your plants safe from cats #beyondpartners

Houseplants are one of those essentials that can turn an apartment into a home in a snap. Here’s the thing though… if you have a tiny zoo like me, you need to be sure you’re selecting plants that are pet-friendly. Georgette has a tendency to chew on plant leaves, while Noodle seems to enjoy licking branches (they are so weird sometimes). There are so many reasons to bring plants into your home along with your furry friends, so there’s no need to eschew them all together — it’s just a matter of picking the right ones. Recently, I teamed up with Beyond Natural Pet Food to share how I shop for my pet-friendly plants, as well as a fun DIY to keep your new plants’ soil safe from cats.

how to shop for pet-friendly houseplants + a DIY to keep your plants safe from cats #beyondpartnershow to shop for pet-friendly houseplants + a DIY to keep your plants safe from cats #beyondpartners To pick out some new leafy additions for my home, I started with a bit of research. The ASPCA has an incredible and exhaustive list of toxic and non-toxic plants, so I used this as my guide. Noodle and I went on a mini adventure to my favorite local gardening shop, Flora Grubb Gardens, to shop for the perfect pet-friendly plants to add to my home. Not only is this shop absolutely gorgeous, but they have everything you could possibly want to grow a jungle in your apartment.

how to shop for pet-friendly houseplants + a DIY to keep your plants safe from cats #beyondpartners how to shop for pet-friendly houseplants + a DIY to keep your plants safe from cats #beyondpartnersI like to add succulents to my indoor jungle because they are easily grouped in low, wide planters. Echeveria is a great option when it comes to succulents. Another awesome succulent to look for is called a String of Pearls plant. If you’re looking for a funny plant to hang in your window, this is the perfect choice. (more…)