It’s officially our last week of living in Chicago which is all sorts of bittersweet. Right now the bitter taste is overwhelming the sweet, but that will soon pass.

We started our married life here. It’s become home. We painted the walls a million different colors before settling on the right ones. We made many meals and shared them around our big, first-married-purchase, table. We’ve had tough conversations and watched $1 Red Box rentals on our hand-me-down, slip-covered couch from my youth. And we shared lots of laughter in every last square foot. This place has loved us well. I hope we’ve done likewise.

And this blog, that once began as a lifeline to our too-many-miles-away families, started here on this oversized IKEA desk. Thankfully it’s coming with me, which means you are too. And for that, I want to say thank you. Thank you for sticking with me through these crazy last couple months of moody and somewhat inconsistent posts. Thank you, too, for all your encouraging comments. They mean more to me than you’ll know.

So while we pack the Penske and trek out east, I want to leave you with a little something something. This week—Chemex + coffee giveaway from my favorite roasters and real life friends Fresh Ground Roasting! Next week—well, you’ll have to stay tuned.

Giveaway: My friends over at FreshGround Roasting are giving away 2 lovely gifts. First place winner gets a Chemex with filters plus one pound of FreshGround beans of your choice. Second place winner gets a 3-month subscription of FreshGround beans of your choice (1 lb. a month for 3 mo.). Giveaway runs from Monday, June 18 until Friday, June 22 at 10pm EST. Winners will be chosen at random using random.org and announced Saturday, June 23. Giveaway open to U.S. readers only.

To enter:
Leave a comment by telling me the the roast you wish you had brewed this morning from FreshGround. (My favorite roast is pictured above. But I’ve tried them all. Not a bad roast in the bunch.)

For one additional entry:
Tweet the following— “I just entered the Chemex + Coffee Bean giveaway over at @thefauxmartha sponsored by @fgroast http://wp.me/pmS3w-10S” and leave a comment saying you did.

Since you shouldn’t wait to get your hands on these beans, click here for a 15% discount and start shopping/brewing now! (You’ll see the discount represented when you check out.) To stay up to date, follow FreshGround Roasting on TwitterFacebook, and sign up for their mailing list.

Giveaway is closed. Congrats to Mary Lynn and Danielle! 

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