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Fresh Start, New Bedding

Hey Embarquers!

After making the decision to move across the country, I decided I needed something new in my room to give it a fresh feeling, and I knew new bedding would do just that.

Doesn’t it feel like there’s something intimate about picking out your bedding? It’s something that touches your skin for approximately 8 hours everyday, so it better be comfy and personalized to your needs. For example, if you tend to get hot in the middle of the night, make sure you have breathable bedding that will keep you cool all night.

The two main options for bedding (minus the sheets), are choosing between a duvet and a comforter. Below is a basic comparison between the two (courtesy of Overstock.com, with the asterisk bullets from yours truly):
Things to consider about Duvets:

  • Is best paired with a protective duvet cover
  • Style can be easily changed by changing duvet cover
  • A top sheet not necessary
  • Is closer in size to bed
  • Less hangover on sides
  • Is not easily laundered at home (*Strictly the duvet, not the duvet cover. Most covers can be machine washed)
  • *Keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter (if you use down)
  • *Heavier than a comforter


Things to consider about Comforters:

  • No duvet cover is needed
  • Not as easy to change style
  • Top sheet is necessary
  • Is larger sized than bed, more hangover on sides
  • Is easily laundered at home
  • *Lighter in weight than a duvet


When it comes to sheets, I am always going to recommend 100% cotton. They’re easy to clean, they’re light, airy and soft… but… let’s focus on the comforters and duvets! I’ve collected some of my favorites available right now… and guess what?


Embarquers, this is not a drill! Most of these sales end in the next day or two, so let’s stop wasting time and get to the good stuff.


Crate and Barrel


Lindstrom Duvet, $24-$160 (currently 20% off)



Zaira Duvet

Zaira Duvet, $199-$215 (Currently 20% off)


Leila Duvet, $183-$215 (Currently 20% off)




Classic Hotel Comforter Set, Fieldcrest, $70-$84 (30% off, plus $10 off $50 purchase or $25 off $100 purchase)


Colette 8 Piece Comforter Set, $60-$75 (30% off, plus $10 off $50 purchase or $25 off $100 purchase)



Chelsea Comforter, $93-$119 (Currently 33% off)

West Elm


Tassel Quilt + Shams, $89-$119 (Up to 40% off)


Abstract Ikat Duvet Cover + Shams, $83-$107

Hopefully the selection above of some of my favorite options has inspired you to give your bedroom a facelift to make it more of an oasis rather than just a place to sleep. I can’t wait to hear about all of your bedroom makeovers or if you have any additional tips you’d like to contribute, please feel free to reach out!

Until next time…

With Love,



My Favorite Pico de Gallo

Hey Ya’ll!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaccckk!

I apologize on the delay between posts. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. I sold my house in Austin, moved all my belongings (with a lot of help from my sweet brother and dad- shout out to both of you!) and moved to Minnesota to be near my family.

Back to the post…To give you a little background, my dad has been making this pico for twelve years, and after quite a bit of experimentation, it seems to be almost perfect. Now, let’s get to the good stuff… Who’s ready for some pico?


Let’s get to it!

Daryl’s Pico de Gallo

Makes ~1/2 gallon


  • 24 Roma Tomatoes (quartered)
  • 3 White Onions (diced)
  • 3 Bell Peppers (whatever colors you’d like, but green are generally used)
  • 2 large Jalepeno peppers (add another if you enjoy more spice)
  • 1 tablespoon of Garlic (minced)
  • 1 bundle of Cilantro (only dice the leaves)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Lemon Juice (or to taste)
  • ~1 tsp Salt (or to taste)


1.) Clean all your vegetables thoroughly


2.) Cut the solid ingredients listed above (as directed)

3.) Pull out your food processor, fill up 70 -90% (with ingredients above), and pulse the motor until thorough chopped (but not liquified)



4.) Decide whether your pico needs some more spice, or salt and mix in

5.) Drain the majority of the excess water from your vegetables

6.) Grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips, your closest friends and your freshly made pico de gallo, and enjoy!



Now go look online for your area’s next farmer’s market to get local farm fresh vegetables!


With Love,