Hi there! How's the first week of February treating you? I think I'm in a mid-winter slump - sorta looking for something fun, but no flowers are blooming, no trips are on the horizon, and just a dumb project haunting me that I should be working on (remember in school how homework was always casting a black cloud over every day? That's how I feel about these chairs, ha!).
I've decided Brian and I need a getaway - maybe to the Oregon coast since it's usually nice this time of year. Hopefully you'll be seeing some beautiful ocean pictures in a Three Things post soon!
On to this week's three things (note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always):
I realized I hadn't shared our winter mantel with you - probably because I basically simplified the neutral Christmas mantel decor and it wasn't at all planned like so many blogger's mantels you see. But I like it, and simplifying what was already there for the months of January-February is an easy way to decorate for winter. Having decor that makes you happy doesn't have to be hard or take a lot of time, right?
This week I felt the need for some color (come on, spring...) so I added this light purple orchid. I found it at Grocery Outlet for $7.99 - remember when orchids were $20-$50 dollars? I'm glad the prices have come down, BUT here's my tip: I wouldn't have bought it even at this price if it didn't have a lot of buds that will continue to bloom over the next few weeks. If you see orchids with all the flowers blooming, just leave them - or know that you'll only get a few days joy from it before the petals all start dropping. This goes with most plants, but orchids are so stunning in full bloom it's easy to forget this in the moment!
Our newest ThredUp order came full of cute clothes (and of course the best box ever). I say "our" because I ordered some clothes for my daughter who had a lot of fun looking over the options of so. many. name-brand, 'slightly used' clothing. Everything that arrived was cute. cute. cute. Especially the Gap LBD (Little Black Dress) with a lace bodice (for just $14.99) - it is so flattering! Unfortunately the plaid skirt ($6.99!) was too big - which just killed us because it was exactly what my daughter was looking for. Luckily, the returns at ThredUp are super easy - like really. You just print off a return label, cover up the old label and mail it back to them - at no cost if you're okay with store credit. Um, yes!
If the fun boxes, cute clothes and easy returns weren't enough to make you check them out - how about $20 towards your first order? Seriously!! They're running a refer-a-friend option now where you get $20 off your first order and I get a $20 credit when you use my link (they were offering it when I mentioned it here, too, but I didn't know about the $20 then - duh - though some of you who ordered found out!). AND you can do the same thing when you've signed up to get credit for any friends you refer. Sweet deal, right?
The one thing you need to remember when shopping on the site, though, is that it is like a thrift store - there may not be what you're looking for today, but be sure to check back in a few days to see what new things have been added!
I read about The Daily Skimm on one of Crystal's favorite things posts, subscribed to the weekly 6am emails, and have been reading them ever since. Guys, it's such a fun way to get a quick read on whatever current events are going on that day! Debates? check. Syria? check. Football? of course. The writing is a bit snarky, which is good for a morning laugh, but it also has substance with links to read more if I have time. Here's one of their "skimms" from Friday's email:
NO ROMAN NUMERALS?
Nope. The NFL ditched them this time around to “further elevate and celebrate the historic 50th Super Bowl.” Translation: roman numerals are hard.
And now I've got a bit of trivia to share at the game. And Roman numerals are hard - do you even know what 50 is? I looked it up: L. Yep, Super Bowl L. Makes me think "Loser" so that was a pretty good call on the NFL's part, don't you think?
So after a year (or three...) of feeling a bit in the dark with current events (we don't watch the news or take the paper and my online time is used up working...) I finally can say, "yes" when someone asks, "Did you hear about ?" At least most of the time! Anyone else subscribed? (Go here if you want to sign up for the daily email that comes every M-F morning.)
For more than a year we've been adding a tablespoon of chia seeds (this link on Amazon is one of the best prices I've seen lately) every morning on top of our granola. I also add them to smoothies, granola bites, and baked goods. When I wanted to get more calcium into my diet, as well as omega-3's, I kept reading about chia seeds and how they were similar to flax (that I had already been using), but your body can access the healthy benefits without needing to grind the seed like flax. Which makes them very easy- I can store the seeds in the cupboard and use them whole.
Chia seeds provide fiber, protein, calcium, omega-3s, and antioxidants - in fact, the antioxidant activity of chia seeds is higher than any whole food, even blueberries. Have you incorporated chia seeds into your diet?
Links To Check Out:
30 one-pot meals - pretty much my favorite kind of meal.
Easy, DIY spring wreaths.
23 recipes for food you actually want to eat during the Super Bowl.
How to stencil on glass - super cute lunch sign!
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