These stupid things meant SO MUCH to me as a kid.

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Abraham Lincoln's top hat now on display at the Museum of American History ~ Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

New Year's Day Idea? Visit the Museum of American History

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Biographies. As many as I can get my hands on.

Martha Washington: An American Life

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Tea time

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Tea Time

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I loooooved these!! When you hear the chimes, turn the page :)

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As a child I loved to visit my aunts farm in Texas. She let me roam and pick all the apples, pears, okra, and tomatoes I could find. I used to stand with my eyes closed and listen to the wind rush through the crops. I loved it.

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Really long, really hot baths. Like... Scald-y.

made in mt washington: November 2010

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Yellow Gold Anything. Love, love, love.

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Fresh flowers. I'd but a new bunch every week if I could.

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Dark chocolate. It's a deep love.

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Essie Polishes | Pretty much all of them

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Bruschetta with Tomatoes & Basil. This appetizer usually ends up becoming my meal.

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White Sheets. A constant in my life.

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I go though at least three of these per day.

designer bags and dirty diapers: What I Eat

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Hydrangeas. Love.

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waking up in the sunlight.

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When I saw this gift from Elenor of Aquitane to her husband Louis the VII in the Louvre, I immediately began to cry (having read about it and seen pictures in books as a child). It stopped my heart to see it right there in front of me. And it's history is amazing!

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If you don't know that story of Amy Robsart, you should. The wife of Queen Elizabeth's lover, her sad life goes relatively overlooked.

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This I could eat until I died. For real.

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Nearly-naked pasta. My favorite!

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I've worn two pairs of black flats out so far. Love them!

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A tucked-under french braid is my go-to.

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I'd... just... die without Dial.

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If you need a book to challenge your faith and restore it at the same time; this is it.

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