Happy weekend, friends- I hope you have a good one! Did you notice the absence of the Three Things article last week? I've decided to go to bi-weekly (that's every other week - I always have to think about that, ha!) publishing of the Three Things in order to have time for a new thing:
Sending out a personal weekly newsletter every week!
I have been wanting to do this forever and finding the time was the biggest issue (well, and figuring out the tech part - but time was bigger…). So something had to give. On the weeks when there's no Three Things, all the links and goodies I gather for you guys will be in the newsletter, so I hope you sign up to receive it here. You can choose to get:
- an email from me weekly (the new newsletter) OR
- the newsletter and an email every time a new article is published (usually 2-3 times a week) so you don't miss a thing
Okay - on to this week’s three things and links I think you’ll love! (As always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage if you buy through them - at no cost to you. Thanks for your support.)
The picture I didn't share for the spring flower pots article. This was the state of my mom's deck just a week before I refreshed the flower pots for spring (which was in 60 degree weather!). I guess this is the state of wacky March for most of us around the country, too - I've heard from both fellow bloggers and readers about unexpected snow (and blizzard!) and huge temperature swings. One friend of mine said she didn't know weather to wear flip-flops or snow boots.
For me, I just think March's "in like a lion" thing was taken just a bit too far this year. 🙂
A really good movie. Speaking of lion…we saw the movie Lion this last week and I'm telling everyone to go see it! It's very heartwarming and reminds you that there is good in the world. Both Brian and I were crying happy tears at the end when the man lost as a boy is reunited with his birth family, with the support from his lovely adoptive family.
This is based on a true story and we were surprised to know how recent this happened - the ending is only 2012. Meaning a book was written, movie optioned and made, and then up for Oscars from the 2016 movie year - just 4 years. I guess other people knew this would be a good story, too. (On a side note, we were sad that two of the most inspiring, uplifting movies of 2016 - Lion and Hidden Figures - were shut out at the Oscars. Just another indication that those awards become less relevant for actual movie-goers every year…)
The best kitchen towel I've ever used. I can't believe I haven't mentioned these towels from Grove before in a Three Things list! Pretty much every one who uses them at our house comments on how amazing they are - and think about the last time you thought about towels, so that's saying something. I've given them as gifts, too - they're that worthy.
Actually, I think I did mention them in the last Mrs. Meyers-Grove deal I featured, but they deserve a spot of their own. They are made by Grove Collaborative and are super thick and absorbent. They come in the gray stripe shown (very farmhouse, don't you think?) and a fun bright green stripe.
If you'd like your own, use my referral link and get a $10 credit and then search 'kitchen towel.' You can choose either color in a two-pack or single-pack (you can probably guess which I'd suggest, right?).
A new membership site called Rootsy. I was pretty excited to learn about this new educational opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about hands-on, DIY skills to live simply on our own. AND then to be affiliated with them - two of my ebooks, Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations, will be a part of the April offerings which is around the theme of Upcycling. While the first eBook is here on the site, the second -More Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations - has only been offered as a bonus for the DIY Ultimate Bundle a while back. So this will be the only way to get both of them.
Here's a bit more about Rootsy:
Rootsy is a membership site providing monthly courses, webinars, ebooks, and other online resources to subscribers interested in homesteading, food storage, animal husbandry, and simple living skills.
Each month focuses on a specific topic of interest that will help your reader. Prior month’s topics include organization, small space gardening, and chicken basics.
General membership opens on April 1, 2017 - look for more information as we get closer to opening, and in the meantime you can go here to learn more or sign up for the wait list.
Links To Check Out:
What happens to your brain when you give up sugar.
How to slow cook black beans for a weeks worth of meals.
And save some of those beans for these breakfast bowls.
This had Brian and I (and many more!) in tears laughing.
Tips for growing these essential spring flowers ( that I just planted).
Ways to break free of the worry trap.
I can't decides which of these spicy noodle bowls to try first.
26 pressure cooker recipes (i.e, Instant Pot) for quicker, easier dinners.
This site always has the most amazing diy furniture makeovers like this.
In my dreams I'll one day have an old house kitchen like this one.
A smarter way to make almond milk.
Add caramel to carrot cake? Yes, please.
Like these links? I'm always pinning these and lots more - follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas!
Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links and by clicking on them you help support AOC at no extra cost to you – thanks so much! Plus you can trust I'll only share what I love. (You can always read our entire disclosure page here.)