Happy Halloween you guys. I’m making it a Halloween that’s all about treats. No tricks. And my treat for you this Friday are these four lovely ladies. Four of my “blogging friends” turned real life friends—no quotes needed.
So, here’s a bit about each and a little treat you can expect when you go visit their blogs. Which you should because, Friday.
Amanda over at Prim & Propah posts crafty goodness all the time and today, being Halloween, she’s going to help you our with a super quick and cheap spooky centerpiece. You know for that Halloween party that’s tonight that you just started planning.
Alex of Literally Everything has a great take on life, Boston and her cute pup Toby. Check out her post defining family. It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. And I love what Alex has to say about it.
Elizabeth Crane Swartz has the perfect free font download (it’s in the sidebar) for all your cozy winter typography needs. Get it for free. It’s no trick. See, all treats today. (Bonus, check out her beautiful necklaces and snag an early Christmas gift.)
Finally, meet Emily. The treat here is the scoop on tons of cool jobs and hobbies. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to harvest oysters, run a cupcake food truck or breakdance, Emily’s your gal.
Treat yourself to some light reading this Friday. And Happy Halloween!
Another day, another week, another handful of links for you guys. The weekends here have become pretty lazy as we descend deeper into fall. But after rainy weeks, I’ll take these sunny weekend days so we can get in a few more evenings of grilling out.
Above, for those who have mistaken my concentration face for a pissed off face. “It’s just my face,” and apparently it’s genetic.
Life lessons learned from blogging we don’t all blog, but we do all live
Yet another sliding door project but I like how this one’s not like all the others
How to build your tribe extra points because it uses the phrase “ugly cry”
AND why you should hang with people you admire total truth
Capsule collection podcast because it’s all the rage and my fashion sense is nonexistent
Do you have a habits manifesto? I didn’t even know I needed one… do I?
I’ve been doing lots of writing over the past week. Lots of writing about things that have happened. Things I’m thinking. Things I’m feeling. Where this blog is going. Where I’m going. Some will be easier to share than others. But for today. As we finally descend into a chilly fall here in Boston, just some links. enjoy.
How to save fresh herbs because I can never use all the herbs
Knowing the before & after sides of the internet with thanks to Beckie
Best of the best background downloads because pretty things
How to up your tea game which I’m totally down for this winter
This piece on infant loss & bereavement because statistics are people, not numbers
Secrets of adulthood and I am ALL about #6 this fall
A really slow Sunday here as I’m just now getting around to sharing my links from the week. In reality. It’s anything but slow. We’ve installed a car seat, picked up our CSA and now, football. But, for halftime…
Get your snack on, speaking of football.
Reminder of what to do around the house as our minds are a little preoccupied these days.
Uncle Gene dancing with himself brings the biggest smile to my face.
A nice reminder for my blogger friends because it’s just blogging after all.
My friend Molly featured some Toyidermy on her blog and I’ve got a few place card holder sets left. If you’re so inclined, hit me up.
I’ve been saving these links for you guys for quite some time. I know, I’m sure you’ve been waiting. Apologies if you’ve seen them already or they’re old news.
Common cooking conversions because how much is a handful?
How to make your own pet pop art you know I totally want to make Louise pop.
How to make Iced Coffee better tis the season, after all.
A simple(-ish) succulent hanging garden just lovely.
10 creative Instagram accounts to follow even though I love your selfies.
No-churn vanilla ice cream because Martha. and last weekend of “summer.”
How to take/edit better iPhone photos who carries their real camera these days?
A glitter resin countertop in the dining room because you so fancy, we already know.
A ninja turtle party because my nephews are obsessed.
How to be a grown-ass woman as I think I should probably start thinking about that any day now.
Sausage cheddar muffins will freeze nicely, I think.
Remember a few weeks ago when I was trying to figure out how to keep up with all the reading I want to be doing? Well, now you know all the reading includes throwing in a baby book or two, which makes it even more difficult to get to the “just for fun” reading.
One of the things I’ve been trying to do the past few months is get in a daily walk. For a while walking and listening to music was fine. But a couple weeks in, I was getting bored with the same songs, same route, same, same, same.
And then I remember someone telling me they listened to the Jess Lively podcast while at the gym. So, I thought I’d give it a chance. And I liked it.
I liked it so much I had caught up on all the episodes and needed something else to listen to.
Well, this spiraled into a iTunes search, a web search and a lot of downloading podcasts to my phone.
Here’s what’s in my current playlist:
The Lively Show
Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! (NPR)
The Solopreneur Hour
Elise Gets Crafty
After the Jump (Grace Bonney, DesignSponge)
Your Kick-Ass Life
The Accidental Creative
Oh, and the best part… these are all free. And there are hundreds and hundreds more where they came from.
Are you on the podcast bandwagon? What should I be listening to?
For this installment of Friday links, I’m giving you all the links that I’ve been saving to cook this May. I haven’t gotten around to all of them, but they are saved and they will happen. (fingers crossed!)
Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Mix Donuts. Yes. The mix comes from a box and out comes delicious donuts. I KNOW.
Let’s make this perfect guacamole. And this black bean dip. And then let’s let the chips decide the winner.
If you’re coming over we can have sandwiches, like spicy pulled chicken sliders with bacon queso guacamole. OR we can have some soup, like an easy spicy chicken tortilla soup.
For a new side:
Some other time, we’ll have something like chicken or burgers and I’ll whip up this quinoa with tomato, basil and mozzarella.
All for me:
If you are coming over, don’t expect to have this thick crust gluten-free pizza. Because if I’m making that, I’m making it all for myself.
But for dessert:
Every good day (meal?) ends with dessert. So, let’s try these gluten-free sopapillas (not pictured) and we’ll dip them in warm chocolate.
OK. So, who’s ready for a dinner party? I know I am. You bring the drinks and the fun and I’ll supply the food.
image via DesignSponge
I know. I’ve been offline for a while now. And my posts are few and far between. Truth is, the above statement is super important in my life right now. We just had some painting done (more on that soon) so now comes the fun part of curtains and painting and pictures and more. Here’s what has caught my eye in the last few weeks:
1 | A 1950s home makeover that’s serving as inspiration.
2 | This white pizza grilled cheese.
3 | I’m anticipating an upcoming crafty weekend and I already want to throw another craft party.
4 | This ombre wooden bead garland seems like an easy, albeit tedious, fun project. Maybe for the aforementioned craft party?
5 | Easter is gone, but I still wanted to share this grown-up Easter basket. Would make a great gift for a dear friend.
6 | Garlic and chicken and cheese and pasta. What’s not to like about this lasagna bake?
7 | Lastly, the ultimate guide to naming. Naming what? Whatever brilliant idea you’ve come up with this time.
Remember how Louise got Perk’d? Well, a few days later yours truly came home to another package. And this time, it was for me. (Sorry, Louise.)
So, since I love all things colorful. And my skin and lips need all the moisture they can get right now (thanks for nothing, old man winter) this Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick arrived just in time. Now, I know I don’t share many opinions about skincare or makeup or outfits of the day or anything of the sort. And while I’ve never given it a second thought, I think I figured out why.
This lady is no good at the selfie. No good at showing off the latest hairstyle or trend (as if I even know what they are) and these photos just prove it. I puckered up and applied the new lipstick and it smoothly glided on.
For a night out in New York (more on that soon, promise!), this statement lip was just what I needed. And at the end of a blustery night my lips still felt nice and hydrated. No chapstick needed. While the color isn’t my go-to everyday nude, I’ll loved the way it applied and stayed on. I’ll be checking out other colors in the line-up and save this one for our next date night.
I received this product from Influenster, but all thoughts are my own. I was under no obligation to review the product, just wanted to let you guys know about a great new lipstick.