Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about plants. I am on a six-week (the plants are still alive) streak at our house since buying a few indoor plants. The debate over real versus fake plants is … well real. Did you know both types of plants have their own hashtags? But the more I read about the benefits of real plants in the home, the more I lean towards… [Read more…]
Hi everyone! Happy Earth Day! If you know me you know I love a good up-cycle project. Sometimes I think my up-cycle enthusiasm is from my grandparents and my parents’ generations. They learned at an early age to save, recycle, repurpose and reuse everyday objects. But today we use fancy words like up-cycle and repurpose. So in honor of the big day here are simple ways to make every day Earth Day.
It’s the weekend! With rain and snow in the Denver forecast, we will be week-ending in the rain. It’s hard to complain about the rain because we need the moisture here in Colorado. So the rain is going to push us inside for a day to two. Good thing I have a gallon of paint to keep me busy! This week was busy in real estate as buyers and sellers kick into decision mode this time of year (after tax day).
I loved reading the comments on this post- talking about the wash or wait hair trend. A friend shared a dry shampoo product on my Facebook page here. Do you have a favorite dry shampoo product?
So here are a few things that caught my eye for this
week ending in the rain.
I love a good comment day!
- Do you love these shoes? I am on the fence for two reasons; too trendy and too pricey for a trend. What do you think?
- I am obsessed with this blogger and his entertaining ideas.
- I found this great paint color list for bedrooms. Grab a cup of coffee for this read!
- Remember my window consult last week? Well, the window representative shared this new series called Seven Seconds on Netflix. It’s amazing and I want my kids to watch it this summer. We are wrapping up the 10-ish episode story arc. It will make you think about so many things on so many levels. My husband I both love the series.
- Here’s a fun list to see if you are emotionally healthy or walking on the edge.
- Finally, I love this woman’s sugar cookies. If you stop by please tell her Laura @notatrophywife is not stalking her. #wink
Here’s my photo of the week at our house. It’s Chloe sitting on her brother’s bed and listening to us talk about his school day. Nothing sweeter than a boy and his dog. Have you seen that car commercial with the boy who grows up and his dog is with him and they share their memories in his Subaru? I think it’s Subaru. You know how I love a good commercial. #grabatissue
Happy Weekending! Tomorrow is Earth Day so look for my post about 5 simple ways to make every day Earth Day!
Okay,I have a really important question to ask all of you? Like I really need some clarity on this hot top. How many of you wash your hair every day? Up until six months ago the thought of not washing my hair daily never occurred to me because why would I not wash my hair? But then I heard the chatter about the benefits of a no shampoo days. I asked my girlfriends and the wash vs. no-wash camps were split down the middle… like a bad, messy part. So where do you weigh in on the wash or wait hair days dilemma?
Ironically, on the days when I break a serious sweat (okay all days I break a sweat… I come from a family of sweaters- well except my mother.. apparently she does not sweat.. it must be a southern thing even though she has lived in Colorado more years than her Appalachian days. #truth Okay, I totally went sideways on that sentence. Here’s a photo of my mom who was clearly rocking her hair back in the day, circa 1974 in Omaha.
Back to my sweat equity hair. After a workout the sweat gives my hair a wavy, texture that I am unable to achieve with product. But, on my “no wash” days I just feel well… dirty even thought I always take a shower. On the no wash hair days I either use a shower cap or just pull my hair back. Once I had to use a Target plastic bag (on a no wash hair day) and my husband just said, “That’s a solid look…” #noshame #upcycletheplasticbags
On my no-wash days I try to hide under a baseball cap (like most of my photos), but baseball cap are a little too casual for showing property.
I have dry shampoos and the tinted dry shampoo (which I like even on clean hairs days because it adds volume). So ladies (and guys) where do you stand on this important Wash or Wait hair days? Please weigh in on this in the comments!!!
HI Everyone! It’s March! Everything just feels lighter and brighter! Thank you for all your sweet comments last weekend with our pending Mom Prom 2018. Photos to follow on the fun annual mother-son tradition at his school. I had a mom in Denver reach out to me when she realized I was a mom from her son’s school. I love those small world stories. Now it’s time for a little weekending in March.
Weekending in March
First, I have to share is from Two Men & a Little Farm. They did all the heavy lifting to share what happens when you pair flowers with tree stumps.
If you watched the second season of The Crown and you are curious about the marriage between Princess Margaret and her photographer husband read this. Princess Margaret was definitely the fun sister! wink
If this is the spring to unleash your inner garden goddess this article will help you get started! So far I have grown 10 types of herbs and I am clearly doing something wrong. They look like this until they don’t.
If you want to plan ahead for an April Fool’s Day joke you have to read these creative, fun ideas.
Are any of you obsessed with a clean kitchen sink area? Read this.
And, if you missed this post I shared my dining room hutch. I am so in love with the space.
Are we ready for a weekend? What a week in our country. Thank you to the competitors in the Olympics to make our hearts swell with pride. Colorado sent the largest number of Olympic athletes to South Korea. So we have been cheering from our family room every night. The Olympics is all about family support.
When Red Gerard won the first gold medal for the Americans, after oversleeping before the slopestyle snowboard event, we laughed at his chill attitude. He is the same age as one of my boys. His family joined him for the celebrations following his win.
Let’s just say only his mom and dad got up for pre-dawn bus drive up the mountain for the next day’s events.
And, can we talk about Nathan Chen’s performance in the free skate program. He is just too cute.
I had to share his pre-Olympic commercial.
And, I love the athlete commercials. Here is a favorite because I love the song that is paired with skating favorite Nathan Chen. It’s all about the journey. I would love to see him skate to more music like the one in this video filmed last summer.
Finally, for those of you of a certain age, you might remember Scott Hamilton. Check out the amazing things he is doing outside of Nashville. Loved this interview with Craig Melvin.
When Scott Hamilton was skating I was roller skating in my garage and twirling around the support beam in the center of my “rink.” Do any of you remember Ice Castles?
Happy Day! Give your children extra hugs, texts, and love! We all have a champion in our lives.
Are you ready for the Week-End? My son attends school near Minneapolis so he is in the middle of Superbowl 52. He got tickets to attend the college player awards tonight (I don’t know the official name). My son also happened to be at the same SuperTarget in St. Paul around the same time JT (Justin Timberlake) posted his Target trip video here. If you follow me you know I love a good commercial. I shared this favorite commercial because it has nothing to do with the product that is being promoted. So with Superbowl 52 this Week-End, I wanted to share a few of my favorite Super Bowl commercials.
Favorite Super Bowl 52 Commercials
Budweiser does it again with this commercial.
For every mom who had a child try any sport, every musical instrument, or was a part of a theater production …we all know the journey. Procter & Gamble captured the emotions… and can we all admit the songs get us too!
This is a funny Super Bowl commercial getting a lot of buzz when Alexa loses her voice.
And, I love the athlete commercials. Here is a favorite because I love the song that is paired with skating favorite Nathan Chen. It’s all about the journey.
Enjoy Super Bowl 52. Cheer responsibly. And, please share your favorite Super Bowl commercials in the comments!
Hi everyone! January can be a blah month with the twinkling lights missing from the front yard and the inflatable polar bear no longer there to greet us when we pull into the driveway. But with gift cards from grandma, I make the most of the chilly month with tracking down after Christmas finds at HomeGoods.
I don’t do the day after sales most years. It’s too early and my house looks like a Hallmark storage room with gift wrap, tissue paper and bows tossed to the side. Even I have my clutter limits. I prefer to go in search of after Christmas finds in January. Like the Island of Island of Unwanted Toys: I call it the after Christmas clearance finds at HomeGoods. The Land of Unwanted Christmas decor.
After Christmas Finds
And, that is where I found the most amazing Christmas tree for next Christmas. The after Christmas find happened when my husband and I went to pick up a deep dish pizza at Patxi’s Pizza. One of the larger HomeGoods is on the way so my husband dropped me off with plans to pick me up 13 minutes later. Challenge accepted. This was the text I sent him with 11 minutes until pickup.
With no one to share the news with I texted my sister-in-law’s, sister-in-law; Erin. We bonded over Thanksgiving about our HomeGoods habit. She seemed like the logical person to text about my pending purchase. When she sent me this text I grabbed the base of the tree to claim it as mine. And, I laughed out loud when I read the following text:
And, so I grabbed a store clerk and he carried it to the front. I volunteered to carry the container in case anyone tried to pull a fast one before I purchased it. Seriously, the lights and ornaments alone are worth the clearance price. It wasn’t until the tree was safely tucked into the trunk (in three sections) that I let out a sigh.
It was mine… for next Christmas.
It’s my favorite time of the week; when the week-ends. It’s the Week-ends wrap up of finds around the internet. This week’s finds are all about brands and products made in the USA. If you have a favorite made in the USA brand please include it in the comments and I will feature in a future issue of The Week-ends.
Now let’s take a peek at some of my favorite brands made in the USA.
I love buying made in the USA products because in a small way I feel I am helping small businesses bottom line. I know I may pay a little more and that’s okay. The difference in price for a made in the USA brand is less than a cup of Starbuck’s coffee. And, because these items are not shipping from overseas I find customer service has the ability to correct issues quickly. There is a fun line that if you want to solve the deficit, any deficit, ask a small business owner.
My son found this company when he developed a liking for Southern clothing brands. My son followed this brand on social media and overtime he loved their family story. This year Santa brought all my boys a few Collared Green long sleeve t-shirts. Their shorts are so, so soft like a well-loved blankie!
Etsy is a great place to support Made in the USA goods. Just make sure you click the “USA based companies” box on the left sidebar of the homepage on Etsy.
BAKE IN THE USA
f you love to bake there are USA made brands and baking products. Now, I only buy baking sheets made in the USA. And, I can find a great selection at HomeGoods and Costco carries made in the USA baking sheets.
I feel like buying made in the USA is my penance for all the stuff I buy that is made overseas.
Here are a few USA brands that make some or all of their product in the USA. Like this fun kitchen store.
Williams-Sonoma, where I purchased our dining room chairs, (when I went online to order a zucchini spiralizer) makes many of their furniture frames in the USA. Like this favorite piece of furniture in our house. The chaise below is used every single day. I would love to add a second chaise to our master bedroom.
And, we all love to paint, right? America has the market on paint brushes!
Three of the top brands are all made in the USA. Check out your brushes! #wooster #purdy #braun!
And, finally a little disclosure. You see I think made in the USA companies are sexy. But, I might be more biased because my husband and I own a niche, manufacturing company that makes disposable hemostats and clamps in Colorado.
Because nothing says sexy like a disposable hemostat! wink.
If you have a favorite company please include it in the comments and I will feature in a future issue of The Week-ends
Are you team real tree or artificial tree? Do you like a little of real and artificial trees scattered around your house? Over the years we have flip-flopped on the tree debate, but in the last decade, we have committed to a real tree. We don’t chop our tree down, like what you might see in an REI or LLBean commercial. That’s not my family. But, we found a family that owns a tree farm and every November they bring in trees for the holidays.
Colorado Christmas Tree
And the weekend of Thanksgiving we make the trek (drive) to the Christmas tree farm. Is there anything better than the sweet scent of fresh cut trees? I love it so much I always buy a few bundles of boughs to add to
just about every room in the house.
The trees are hauled in on a pickup truck and flatbed. The cut trees lean next to and inside the family barn. Barn might be a stretch; I think it’s a detached garage with a concrete floor. Let’s just say it’s the closest thing to a barn I have experienced in Colorado.
I snapped a photo of this red Ford pickup truck. This photo might explain my obsession with the trendy red pick up truck images on my pillows and dishtowels.
We usually stop for a greasy breakfast, with our tree on the top of the car. It’s a family tradition that includes Christmas music, cramped seating (we usually have two trees and boughs of holly). And, together we haul the trees into the house and configure the tree in a corner with the least amount of sunshine during the day. In Colorado, it’s not uncommon to have temps in the mid to high sixties.
So we need a tree to have a space to chill, and just let the tree and her branches settle into the living room.
And, with the lights on and the sunset over the mountains, it’s a nice time of year to settle in the front of the Christmas tree to take a moment to relax (or stretch).
Had a little fun with this photo! Enjoy the season! Are you Team Real Tree or Team Artificial Tree? #nojudgement