Category Archives: Faves

Some faves.

Some faves.  Because I need to get out all of my maternity clothes and do a closet swap but I am procrastinating because it seems like SO MUCH WORK and also, right now I am using a stainless steel shelving unit as my clothing rack so the inspiration just is not there.

These earrings from Target (not an affiliate link!).  

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They’re a really cheap knockoff of the Kiki McDonough ones that Kate Middleton wears.  I found them when I was cruising Target.com looking for my regular $7.99 three pack of graduated pearl earrings because I needed a re-stock.  Anyway, they caught my eye and now I own them.

Grapefruit Spindrift Sparkling Water.


I put off trying this for a long time because it is $3.99 for four cans at Trader Joe’s (outrageous!), but I did and it is a fantastic treat.

Dried Mango.


I bought this on impulse at ALDI a few weeks ago and now it is a weekly thing, except for this week when they were sold completely out.  I have been waiting all week to go back and buy it again because I am addicted.  Dried mango = the tastiest snack.

Instagram Stories.

(1) If you’re not following me on Instagram, do so.  Obviously. (2) A few weeks ago I looked at my Instagram feed and realized that I am legitimately terrible at posting photos with any regularity.  So I started posting photos and videos to my story because for whatever reason that just seems more…manageable right now?  I write with the neon glowing pen tool a lot and most of my shares are bad selfies, or food I am eating but that’s pretty much Instagram in a nutshell.  Am I right?

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Reverb | November | Give Thanks

Sarah and Kim have been sharing Reverb prompts and  Meredith and I are back in the saddle.  Because writing can be fun.  And we all have a lot to say.  Join us.

Give Thanks: Even in the hard years, wonderful things happen. What has filled your heart? What will fill your stomach at the Thanksgiving table?

I think that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I don’t think I really knew that until midway through college, but it is.  I am pretty sure I also read somewhere about how the Thanksgiving story wasn’t totally true at all (a quick Google search just confirmed) so I really just love that there is no actual point besides family and eating a lot of food.

I feel like every year, I read at least article deriding traditional Thanksgiving foods as being “tired” and it breaks my heart!  Stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, relish trays, all of it.  Cozy, comforting food to its very core.  Honestly, I am somewhat shocked we do not enjoy this feast more than one time in the course of the year.  I am already confident that Critter will be delighted by it too.

And lots of hand turkey art (no, seriously…LOOK).  The Truest American Art Form.  That Critter can now participate absolutely delights me.

What am I so glad for this year?  Our Boy Baby.  My husband.  Our parents.  Our siblings.  Our friends.  Our health.

We have plenty.  Enough.  An abundance.

 

Happy Birthday to Me.

Today, friends I am 29.

I feel like I should have some sort of profound thoughts to hold forth on.  Perhaps the lessons learned during the golden birthday year?  Reflections on my first birthday as a mama?

Above all things, this year I have become gentler.  I have tried to be kinder to me. I have tried to be kinder to others.

We spent the weekend replenishing our La Croix stores, care of a special delivery of 15 can packs to ALDI.  #blessed.

This morning, Brady and I celebrated year four at Lake Harriet.  


We walked instead of running, but the rain held off, and it was still just as lovely.  Someday, we’ll run together in the morning again.

Critter blessed us with a family-wide afternoon nap, which we have badly needed.

I went on an expedition to Target and tried to source some new things that would expand my wardrobe.  I ended up with cardigans and breton-striped tops and the things I thought were experimental will be returned to the store, so let’s just say now that nothing is changing.

We went on a date birthday dinner  birthday dinner-date and tried TERZO, another new-to-us restaurant.  We actually relaxed.  It sort of felt…normal?  Someday we’ll go on another one.

I received a most excellent assortment of gifts: A pair of gold-beaded Minnetonka Moccasins, the rest of the June Lane china I needed in order to complete my china set.  Three of my favorite movies that we have never owned: Twister, Remember The Titans, and Independence Day.  A book of photos from our vacations of me taking pictures of things.

It was all quite nice.  So this is how we start the 29th year.

Pop Culture Kat

I used to listen to podcasts here and there.  When I was cooking.  When I was cleaning.   When I was sunning (which I REALLY never do anymore).  Now I listen to them constantly because when I’m home with Critter, the house is quiet.  Based on the layout of our house, we do not have a television in the kitchen/living room/dining room area (AKA the shared space of our main floor) so having background noise from the television is an option 0% of the time.  Podcasts to the rescue!

Here is what I am listening to.  I am a total binge listener so I’ll let the episodes stack up and then I’ll go on a jag where that particular “show” is all I listen to for a week straight.  I also don’t set these to automatically refresh (or download) to my phone, so sometimes I don’t even know where I am currently at with listened to or un-listened to episodes!

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Coffee and Crumbs Podcast.  I learned about this one via The Mom Hour podcast (you’ll see it below) and after giving the first two episodes a try, I was hooked.  More honest, and unvarnished discussions of motherhood.

25% Friends.  Sarah and Kim started a new podcast, so I had to subscribe!

A Few Things With Claire and Erica.  Kari recommended this one to me.  I still don’t really “get” what it is about.  Material things?  Regardless, the hosts are interesting to listen to.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin.  Confession: I have NEVER listened to this one, but I have it hanging around just in case.  It seems like something I might like.

Matrimoney.  I am such a personal finance voyeur it is not even funny.  I would have to say that most of the advice that Kelsey and Chris share is not profound (much like how the personal finance stuff I share is not profound), but I love listening/learning about the choices other people make!

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Straight Up With Stassi.  YOU GUYS WHEN I FOUND OUT STASSI HAD HER OWN PODCAST IT WAS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE.  And possibly the middle of my first month of maternity leave.  She talks about exactly what you would expect and I have yet to listen to a disappointing episode.

The Mom Hour with Megan Francis and Sarah Powers.  This is a great podcast for mamas with kids of all ages.  Megan and Sarah have eight children between the two of them, spanning in age from like 2-18.  They provide advice, survival strategies, and real talk.

Pop Culture Happy Hour.  Honestly, I don’t listen to this one that often, but Jillian told me to subscribe, so I did.

The Girl Next Door Podcast.  Love this one.  It’s so fun to hear two neighbors in Arizona chat about their lives, their kids, and whatever happens to be top of mind for that episode.  Some sisterhood, some parenting solidarity.

Call Your Girlfriend.  This.  THIS is the base of my podcast pyramid.  Without Ann and Aminatou, my life would be an empty shell, I am sure.  They keep me woke.  They also taught me what “woke” means.

The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast.  This is the first podcast I EVER listened to and the reason I did is because Sarah asked me to be on it and I figured if I was going to do that I should get with the times and know what one was.  It’s stellar.

 

Reverb 16| June | Summer Lovin’

Sarah and Kim have been sharing Reverb prompts and frankly, Meredith and I are making an effort to type blog posts again because we need a kick in the pants.

Summer Lovin’: What do you love about the summer? Do you switch up your routine? What does summer mean to you?

My summers have been about splashing.  Yes, I have the odd memory of bike rides or playing in the backyard, but from the time I was tiny, I have been in the water.  I have a swimming mother so Billy and I had to become swimmers too.

Summers at the cabin, swimming in Big Pine Lake.

End-of-summer trips to the Wisconsin Dells for 96 hours of chlorinated relaxation.

Weekly trips to Lake Independence to swim and splash with friends.

Trips to Lifetime to ride down the waterslide and bob about in a quite-overcrowded pool.

Summers spent lifeguarding on Lake Charlotte.

Canoeing.  Fishing.  Some really bad water skiing.  Kiddie pools. Sprinklers. Slip and slides.  

This is just what we did.  In the water. Out of the water. In the water again.  Days and weeks spent in swimsuits. 

While Critter is far too young to have any sort of real pool adventures, this is just one of the many things that I look forward to doing with him when he is a bit bigger.  It will be the best fun.

Bullet Journaling

A few weeks ago, I was at Target picking up a bridal shower gift when I found myself walking through the notebooks/planners aisle just for fun.  Does anyone else do that?  Or is it just me?

I spied this Mara-Mi notebook and it was $4 and I bought it because I figured I would be able to find a reason to use it later.  Possibly for writing out blog posts (I write out hard copy drafts frighteningly often because it’s just the way that words flow for me), possibly for taking care of some To Do lists.

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I will also say at this point that I REALLY love new notebooks.  I am that person who gets maximum joy out of writing on the very first page. But then what?

And then I remembered a discussion I heard on the Girl Next Door podcast.

Bullet Journaling.

Some of you might know what that is, but I really didn’t.  So to see what exactly the bullet journal is all about in its highest form, check out BulletJournal.com.

For my synopsis, it’s an 11/10 way to organize a notebook full of totally unrelated (and sometimes related) ideas.  No pages/ideas get lost, and ideas stay separate!  Kind of like those disposable paper plates that have three sections.  Except less disposable.

As you can see, so far I have managed to establish my Index.

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And I have started filling up some of those pages.

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So far, I’m a fan!  Presuming I continue with this little experiment, I’ll be sure to report back on how all of this is going in a few months.

Based on what I have read, some bullet journal-ers are using their notebooks as personal calendars as well, but I don’t know that I am quite advanced enough for that (also, the idea of creating my own hand-drawn planner makes the perfectionist inside of me cringe).  That being said, I am in the market for a new planner next year because even thought the Whitney English Day Designer is pretty, the coil and paper quality are terrible.  I’m considering an inkWELL Press planner for 2016 but I would love to hear your non-Erin Condren suggestions.

What are you doing to organize your life lately?

Books I Would Read Again

Last time I blogged about what I was reading, Mads commented that she wanted to know how I liked the books or at the very least, what books I would recommend.  So I went through the blog and combed my posts to review the full list of books I have read and then I made a list of the ones I want to tell you to read!  Without further adieu:

  • The Red Tent  by Anita Diamant
  • Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  • let’s take the long way home by Gail Caldwell
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • firefly lane by Kristin Hannah
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Club for Girls by Anton Disclafani
  • World Without End by Ken Follett
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • Young Money by Kevin Roose
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
  • Leisureville by Andrew Blechman
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt

What’s on your recommended reads list?