Hello, friends! I know some of you were thinking that I wouldn’t be writing anything else this month besides the 31 Days of Handmade Gifts series, but I always knew I would make time for recipes (did you catch this yummy nut mix?) and the Three Things. I did take a break last week for the 31 days series introduction, but it’s back to normal this week.
Oh, and let me take a moment to say – do you all know how all wonderful it is to know you enjoy this weekend time we have together? I know it’s hard to always comment (I’m just happy to see you guys are reading!), but it’s great to know you like the Three Things enough to miss it when it’s not here. Because I do, too. I love reading behind the scenes, being introduced to new things, and finding new things to read or watch on other sites and so I really love sharing this with you guys, too!
Okay, on to this week’s things I’m loving – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
It’s happening – packing up the cottage is moving along! We started about a month ago with the attic, garage items, and some seasonal decor. I’ve taken each weekend since to add a few more closets and categories to the list, including all my crafts and fabric, the wall decor and photos, and the plates and china we aren’t using.
Well, among other things – whew, there are a lot of things in a house, even when you’ve taken trailer-loads to the thrift store (I think it’s more than 6 since we started at the beginning of the summer clearing out). Oh, and sold big items on Craigslist (I’ve made $400+!).
Want to know the packing item I’m LOVING? A reader turned me onto Stretch Wrap Film for Packing a few weeks ago:
Where has this stuff been my whole moving life? It’s allowing me to just wrap things like our ironing board and large wall decor (to protect frames) and I’m even wrapping my inspiration bulletin board – with all the things still on it! I also read it works for holding drawers in cabinets (doesn’t leave marks like duct tape can) and I plan on wrapping some furniture like the French chairs with it to protect the fabric. Have you ever used this?
Three more books read. I’ve listened to/read 3 more books since the last update, bring my total for the year up to 31, which means I’ll easily make my 3-books-a-month goal!
Listful Thinking was actually an encouraging read for me since I’m a list-maker (though not religiously or anything). The encouraging part was to realize that it’s not overly compulsive to make lists – even of things that are routine – because our habit is to forget. Even the routine things sometimes. If it’s important, it deserves a list. This includes personal and travel as well as business.
For the Love is Jen Hatmaker’s newest book and the first one of I’ve read of hers after hearing about her books for years (most notably, Seven). If you can get this as an audio book, Jen reads it herself which I think really adds to the tone of the book – she’s pretty funny. It’s both an encouraging book (“you got this”) and a challenging book – do things, make sacrifices, give grace. I don’t think I can hear this kind of stuff too much.
Slim By Design hooked me in from the title as I was browsing through Hoopla. What? It turned out to be very interesting. It’s written by a scientist at one of the ivy league schools who has made a business out of finding out how environments affect the way we eat, and then changing them so we eat less without thinking about it. (Fun side note: he’s hired by celebrities to make their kitchens and homes “slim by design.”) Some of his statistics were mind-boggling: women (not men) who had cereal where they could see it in their kitchens weighed 20+ pound more than those who had their cereal behind doors. 20 pounds? Really? Wow – Kon Mari‘s looking better and better!
The Sorta Awesome podcast. I thought for sure I had mentioned this podcast before, but I did a search and it didn’t come up, so I’m fixing that right now. Even though the women are younger than me with kids still at home, there’s a lot to love about this show since it’s much more than parenting. There’s books, beauty, and other fun things, plus it usually makes me laugh out loud.
I don’t listen to podcasts all the time (I’ve yet to figure out how to fit them in regularly) except for this one which is always what you’ll find me listening to on cleaning night. I don’t use anything fancy to listen, just the native podcast app that comes with iPhones – oh and these wireless headphones I mentioned – but I do have one tip. I listen to podcasts at 1.5 times the speed. They talk a little fast, but you get used to it and it actually just eliminates the natural pauses and “ums” that happen – and it cuts out 15 minutes of a 1 hour episode. Which just happens to be perfect for cleaning!
Season 2 of Poldark! So far we’ve seen 2 episodes and it’s still as good as the first season. I like it so much, I borrowed the first book in the series to read and I just finished the first chapter and I have to say, having watched the first series is really making the characters come alive much quicker than normal. I’m already enjoying how much they are fleshed-out, too, with more clarification and background. Are you watching? Reading? What do you think?
Links To Check Out:
I am SO making this.
Love the idea of sweetening desserts like these cupcakes with dates and maple.
The many uses for Melaleuca essential oil. (We were into this oil in the 80s – what goes around comes around!)
Fun look behind the scenes of a popular food blogger. #wereallhuman
Lots of meals to make with canned tuna, that cheap pantry staple.
Start living more simply with just a 8 small changes.
7 seasonal vegetables and what they pair best with.
My kids were bald until 2 years, so this amazed me ( and made me laugh!)
I actually believed some of these movie myths!
How and why to remove suckers from trees.
Just in case you’re ready: LOTS of Christmas decorating ideas.
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