Hello, hello! How are you all doing? We've just enjoyed a week of beautiful fall weather here, which was so nice after October's record rain. Yellow, orange, brown and red leaves + blue skies = bliss. Samson and I have been enjoying lots of afternoon walks down the tree-lined lane here.
I wanted to update you a bit in the current series I'm running because it's a bit more subtle than the handmade gifts series. So far in the 8 Weeks of Christmas series, we've talked about my favorite resources for baking and cooking (always a big part of the holiday) and gift ideas for women and men (though for foodies, some of the kitchen resources would make great gifts, too). This next week I'll be sharing some more gift ideas for both adults and youth, as well as my trick to wrapping our family's gifts fast.
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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)
Classic white bathroom cabinet for a great price. My mom's guest bathroom needed a bit more storage for all our stuff, so I searched for an inexpensive toiletry wall cabinet shortly after moving. Most of the cabinets I found were all the same manufacturers, whether it was in a local store or online, which I wasn't expecting. What was different was the price - but only in one place, (Amazon, surprisingly, beat out all the others), and only this one cabinet, the White Madison Wall Cabinet with Glass-Paneled Doors.
Thankfully, it was a classic style I was looking for with good reviews. I do wish it had solid doors because, uh, toiletries aren't so pretty to look at, but I plan to tack on some fabric covers to hide them. Oh, and how much of a price difference? A full $20 less than any other store. Sold.
It went together easily and holds all the things we needed off the counter and looks good doing it. If you are in the market for a bit more storage in a bath or laundry, I wanted to pass this deal on to you!
My favorite mints of all time. I love, love Newman's Own Organic mints in the wintergreen flavor. I find it much more subtle than peppermint, but still enough to do the minty job needed, if you know what I mean.
I know sometimes we don't think about mints and real foods, but I wanted to find a mint that had no preservatives or fake stuff in them and these don't, while still tasting great. Amazon has a really good deal on the pack of 6 and this lasts us about 6 months because we only use them occasionally when we need them (usually on the way to church so we don't breath coffee all over everyone). Which is probably better for your teeth, too, since it is real sugar. There's always a balance, isn't there? Sigh.
Finally finishing this epic book. Okay, some of you might think this is cheating, but after starting No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin as a 'real' book and not making much progress for weeks (it's long…), I found this as an audio book through the library and was able to finish it while packing to move. It was a very interesting book, I just didn't have the time to sit and read, so I'm just glad I was able to finish.
If you're into history like I am, you'll find this super interesting too, on a number of levels - the war and how it slowly started behind the scenes, the marriage of the Roosevelts (which was amazing and, well, kinda weird), the political climate during the war, and how it shaped all the people involved. And probably us even now.
A book I think many of you will like. I'm breaking my rule of sharing only what I've loved and used with you just for this bonus item because I know many of you either have chickens or would like to (and if we had ever finished our old chicken coop, I would have wanted to read this book, too).
A gardening friend of mine, Lisa Steele, has written Gardening with Chickens, a book about your garden and chickens living in balance with each other (instead of the other way around) - isn't that a great concept? There are tips for planting for chickens, as well as how to protect your plants when they're young and lots more.
Links To Check Out:
Popular on FB: Not a recipe of mine, but I totally get why this take on Girl Scout Samoa cookies is so popular.
Popular on Instagram: My daughter's sweet Sundae Basket labels
Easy sheet-pan oven fajitas.
8 ways to have more time (I'm pretty good with #2, not so with #5).
All about induction cooking (I'm really interested in this ..)
Leather crafts for gifts (great for teens!)
Simply inspired holiday challenge.
Have you heard of Hygge? I think it sounds lovely.
Lots of homemade Christmas treat recipes.
20 free Christmas printables for decorating.
Cute Christmas printables to use as tags or ornaments.
Honey-baked lentils recipe.
Free up your oven on Thanksgiving with Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole.
Like these links? I'm always pinning these and lots more - follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas!
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