Thank you for your response (email, social media, and here) to the new Three Things! I'm glad you think it's fun, because I'm already getting joy out of collecting my list throughout the week to share with you.
It's funny, I don't really feel like it's "just another post" that I have to get done (not what I needed after last year, that's for sure), probably because it seems like I'm just talking to friends like all those years ago when I started blogging - before there was SEO, Pinterest, and editorial calendars to think about. I'd just be excited to share something with you all.
So, it was pretty quiet last week which is perfectly fine with me. I had some time to do a bit of catch-up and work on the new schedule I'm implementing for this new year (which I'm happy to say is working to help me feel less stressed!). Here's what made me smile:
Three Things I’m Loving
This is one of those things I've wanted to share with you guys for years:
I rub baby oil over my arms and legs after every shower - before drying, which is important because it has a chance to lock in the moisture from the water. Why is this good?
All through my childhood and teen years I suffered with those red bumps on the backs of my arms and tops of my thighs that I know a lot of others have, too. I was teased about them quite a bit - even by adults when I was a teen (yeah, not so good for a teen's self-esteem...), but no amount of lotion or scrubbing or other things I tried got rid of them.
Then in college I spent a summer in Barbados working at a camp for special needs kids - and most of that in the water, since I was an aquatics helper. Can you say dry, saltwater skin?
One of my roommates was not suffering like I was and she told me her secret: baby oil right after showering. I started using it right away for the dryness, but guess what happened? All the red bumps when away - completely!
For the first time ever I had smooth upper arms and thighs and it was wonderful!
I like the baby oil with aloe and vitamin e for the extra help for my skin, and you can guess I've barely missed a day since. Now it helps with the dryness that happens as I age. Whatever. (And no, it doesn't leave marks on the towels in case you're wondering.)
Our daughter gifted Brian and me with a set of double-walled ceramic travel mugs for Christmas and I got this green houndstooth mug, because she knows my favorite color, the sweetie (here's a plain set for a good price on Amazon if you're not into houndstooth).
Not only do I love her thoughtfulness (we had been looking for some for awhile) and that I get to think of her when I use it, I'm totally blown away by the difference the double wall makes! We've been using ceramic mugs for years for our morning cappuccinos, but they're single walled with the rubber grips because they can get hot. And they cool down pretty fast. This? Whoa, be careful, because the cool outside totally masks the coffee that's kept nice and hot! Yes, I did burn my tongue the first time I used it, in case you wondered. 🙂
This eBook from The Ultimate DIY Bundle - oh my gosh, where has this been all my painting life? Of course you can't help but find shortcuts and easy ways to do things when you paint a lot, and I have (no-tape painting tip here, trim-painting here, my discovery of the easiest way to paint turned legs on furniture here), but I'm always looking for new tips and tricks. And boy, does this book deliver! My favorite so far? Use a big, old mug from the thrift store to hold your paint - there's a handle to hold instead of trying to grip my go-to plastic yogurt container. *slaps forehead* Why have I never thought of that? Sometimes it really is the little things.
Oh, and the bonus? I'm totally counting this and the other eBooks I'm interested in towards my book-reading goal for 2015. I mean, it is a book, right? Though a bit different from a larger book...so maybe I'll just use them to exceed the goal - I don't want to cheat or anything!
Three Things That Happened
This girl visited and made us cookies and honey roasted peanuts. Okay, not this exact 2-year-old, since she doesn't exist in this form anymore *sniff* - but her college-age self came home and blessed her mama. Her mama, though, forgot to take a picture of her making the cookies, so went through her computer and came across this - which stopped her in her tracks. Seriously, such cuteness deserves another moment in the spotlight, don't you think?
Funny backstory to this photo: our daughter was, how do they like to say? - a strong-willed child - who wanted to do her own thing all.the.time. Which did NOT include having her picture taken.
This was our second attempt after failing the first time. This time I came with reinforcements: Brian.
The both of us were in the back ground, jumping up and down, cajoling, and sweating trying to get any photo, let alone a great one.
Brian grabbed this boa and put it around his neck to get her to smile and then put it around her neck. She immediately started to pull if off with a frown, but looked up for a moment at daddy doing something funny - and 'click.'
Yes, she's in the process of ripping it off before yelling at us- bless that photographer for just clicking away through all that. We got this and only one other useable picture from the whole session. And we did not try again until she was much older. 🙂
I found some of my grandma's old handwritten recipes and in the pile was this record of her Christmas cookie baking from 1989.
This amazed me on two levels: she kept track of all of the cookies, even the different shapes she cut out (!) and the total (on the back) was 81 dozen cookies. Yes, I wrote 81 - not 18 (which would've been a lot, too, ha!). I knew she always made cookies, but 81 dozen, good gracious!!
Oh, and another thing? This was only a few years before she passed away (her writing isn't as steady as it was in some of the other recipe cards). Wow. She was pretty amazing, right? (oh, and I've never heard of 'cherry winks' and don't remember eating them - anyone know what type of cookie they are?)
When the seeds I ordered from Pinetree arrived, they included this fun little booklet of vegetable recipes! I've ordered from them for years and this was a first and was just a nice surprise. The vegetable recipes were all using unusual types of vegetables, which made sense, since they'd like you to try different varieties, I'm guessing.
Three Things From AOC You Loved Last Week
I've been wanting to simplify my closet for a few months and have been reading all about capsule wardrobes, but every time I think about the time involved in starting this, I get overwhelmed. It was summed up for me perfectly this week when I read this on Modern Mrs. Darcy:
I don’t need a closet project and I don’t want to push the limits of my personal style. I just want to get dressed in the morning, with as little conscious thought as possible. (emphasis mine)
Amen. How do you deal with your closets? Any capsule wardrobes out there?
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