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My Favorite Things: Trays

July 27th, 2015 Posted by My Favorite Things No Comment yet

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I have some funny collections. Funny because I don’t intend for them to be collections until I realize I have about 10 of something and then I realize… “Oh. I must like that!” Trays are one of them. It all started with this one: 

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I found it at Goodwill, when I was going through my “orange phase” (now I’m on a gray phase, having gone through red and white) and I had to have it. It is funky and some what modern, a bright spot to my coffee table and eclectic living room at the time.

I was happy with that one for awhile. I didn’t really buy any trays for a couple years until I found a small one at Michaels Craft Store and a couple others that are more baking pans then trays.

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Then I found this white one from Target: 

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I LOVE thrift shopping, and one of the places I go to a lot is Goodwill. I usually find awesome stuff and there are Goodwills everywhere, so you never know what will be in the ones in Portland vs. the ones in Corvallis. It’s a fun way to treasure hunt for stuff. That’s where I found this giant beauty. I have it on display in my kitchen right now. 

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I just wanted to share some great finds with you, and encourage you to fill out collections of your own! Look around… what do you have two or three of? Maybe it’s time to call it a collection! 

 

 

 

Podcast Round Up!

July 23rd, 2015 Posted by Lifestyle, My Favorite Things No Comment yet

favorite podcasts

Since I told you all how much I looooove podcasts, here’s what I’m putting in my ears! 

Design:

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Love. Can’t say enough good about Debbie. She’s a woman, she’s a designer, she’s an amazing interviewer. She’s the one I answer all those fake questions to in the shower when I pretend like I’m being interviewed for “designer of the year” or some other made up award. She’s the one I imagine is asking me the tough questions, the ones that get to the heart. And laughs with me and my obsession with cat photoshop art. Have I said too much? I don’t think so. You’ll see, she’ll have you giving an interview in the shower by the (1st) Steven Heller episode. 

Food: 

Splendid table

A classic. Lynne Rossetto Kasper is like that old friend I can call for a good recipe or idea. She calms me in a way and makes me feel inspired about food when I’m burned out on cooking. It happens, and Lynne is there to commiserate with. Not only is it awesome cooking ideas, but this show covers current events in food, hot topics like agriculture and GMO’s and interviews with chefs and other food notables. You’ll learn something, and walk away with a hunger growl.

Burnt Toast

From the editors at Food52 this is a fun podcast with people I totally admire. Get on this one, it’s elegant yet silly and an inside look at what the founders of this popular site are talking about — and eating. 

Spilled Milk

Totally silly, totally relatable hosts Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton talk food. All. Kinds. From indian snack foods to cured meats, these guys are hilarious every bite along the way. 

Entertaining:

The Table Set

These guys are so fun and have awesome ideas for fabulous parties! 

Business: 

Being Boss

These two ladies: Kathleen and Emily are so boss-some it’s hard to even tell you without using all caps and a million exclamation points!!! (okay, I’ll use some.) THEY ROCK. They give me great ideas for my business, they are my people, my women. When I’m working from home and need someone to give me advice or just a kick in the pants to get shit done, it’s these ladies I turn on. And can I just say… AMEN! 

Elise Gets Crafty

What a sweet, insightful gal. Elise is totally inspirational and another awesome boss lady. She’s a mom too and so creative. I bought her Get to Work book and I’m loving it. Her podcast ranges from insights from other creatives, to practical business-y stuff, to musings about her own business and what she’s learned. She’s rad, no doubt. 

Other randomness:

Serial

You need to get on this! It’s been blowing up the podcast world since last year. It’s sorta like mystery meets drama… and it’s peppered with some really interesting insights into how murder cases are tried in our society.

Joy the Baker

This is sorta food, sorta random, but I love these ladies and I wish they would podcast more! I go through and listen to the archives ALL THE TIME when I need a JTB and Shutz fix. 

Girl Next Door

Kelsey and Erika are SO cute. I just started listening to them and they already referenced a couple recipes from Joy The Baker and Shutterbean, so I know I’m going to like them. And a cocktail recipe every episode?? What’s not to like? They are both moms too, so I’m filing away all kinds of ideas for whenever it’s my turn for motherhood. It’s great to hear things from their perspective. 

Now that we know WHAT I’m listening to, here’s what I’m using to listen (see resources section at the bottom for links).

My favorite ear buds are my yurbuds. They stay in my tiny earholes while I’m running (or doing flash dance in the kitchen, with a sink full of dirty dishes). I love the color, I can spot them in the bottom of my bag or in the drawer instantly. 

My bluetooth speaker is pretty awesome. Not just for when I’m taking a shower (which is my prime podcast listening time) but we also use it to play music through our phones when entertaining or hanging out. Thanks, Kristina! We use it all the time.

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I just bought this Minty green iphone case. For two years I used a matte black one I bought at the Sprint store the same night I got my phone, and I loved it. It’s (really) scratched up, so I thought time for an upgrade. Little did I know, I would go back to the black one 2 months later. Basic black all the way, babe. 

I have an iphone 5 and I use the podcasts app via itunes. 

Now! For the WHEN! My prime time for listening to podcasts: 

  1. Shower. All. The. Time. I can’t shower without a podcast or music playing now. Seriously, we went on vacation and the speaker wasn’t charged… shower ruined. Sometimes I wonder if this cuts down on all those great ideas that usually come in the shower… hmm. I don’t know, I still have my fair share of great shower ideas. Favorite podcasts to listen to while in the shower: Joy the Baker and Elise Gets Crafty. Please don’t be creeped out, Ladies, you just give me fuel for all those great ideas! 
  2. While doing dishes. There are so many dishes around here. It’s the truth. But all I need is something to listen to and suddenly, the time spent with my arms in the suds isn’t so bad. Favs to listen to while doing dishes: Girl Next Door, Serial, Splendid Table and all food related ones. It kinda keeps me from hating cooking if I’m being inspired while I’m cleaning. 
  3. Commuting. I don’t have to commute so much anymore (yay!) and I plan on keeping it that way, but when I was I relied HEAVILY on podcasts to make it feel like I wasn’t just “wasting time” in traffic. My favorites for morning commutes: Design Matters, Being Boss, Elise Gets Crafty and general business type podcasts. I show up to work feeling awesome and full of great ideas to share with co-workers. For the commute home, my brain is usually fried and I unwind (sipping an imaginary cocktail) with Joy the Baker or just music.
  4. Folding laundry. Blech. We all have this to deal with, yes? I love to listen to We’re About to Be Friends and The Table Set… because they make me feel more fabulous then I really am in those moments of sock matching and underwear folding. 

I hope this helps inspire you to find some awesome podcasts to listen to! 

Resources: 

Yurbuds

Merkury Innovations Bluetooth wireless speaker, for shower and home. From groupon as a gift from my cousin, Kristina!

Minty green iphone case 

Find a similar black case as my favorite one here. 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 2nd, 2015 Posted by Holidays, Lifestyle, My Favorite Things, Shopping 1 comment

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My Mom is such an inspiration! She’s an athlete, and business woman and a regular gal pal. She just recently became a grandma too! So I think this Mother’s Day is extra special. I have so many ideas in my head, I don’t know what to do! But here’s a TON of ideas for original stuff to get your Ma this year. 

Etsy lovers: 

If you love the unique, or if your Mom does, check out Etsy. Just make sure you allow time for delivery. 

My Mom likes astrology and the moon, and she loved this poster. If your Mom is into that, get her this! It’s beautiful. I got this one for Joel too. 

Little Low has AH-dorable cards, art prints, and more. I especially love the “what’s in bloom” posters, the flowers version, and the garden version. (photo from Little Low’s shop)

Little Low poster

For the NEW Mom in my life, I’ve got my eye on this custom monogram letter for the baby’s room. I also love these stylish baby headbands. So cute! 

Artistic Moms and those who love texture (and tea or coffee) would love one of these mugs. So pretty and detailed. 

Athletic Moms:

You can never have too many yoga pants! Since I work from the comfort of my own home, I have been buying more and more. But my Mom actually DOES work out, so I think she would put these to good use!

I love anything made by Lucy. I have a basic black pair from 10 years ago and I swear to god, they haven’t worn a bit! I even gained weight and they have enough stretch to still fit. I love these pants! 

I just got this workout top from Old Navy, and I love it! It’s modern and comfortable.

Moms who love to help a cause:

Check out this online store that works with artisans in Haiti and imports delicious coffee! I have to say, I’m biased, because it’s run by my bestie. 

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For those interested in something more recent they can help out with, you can send a donation to Nepal in the name of your Mom. There are several sites that do this, but here’s one through Crowdrise

And last, but not least… Foodie Moms! 

These are so everywhere… Weck jars. You can get the best deal if you go to the Weck website. Fill them with fancy flours (see what I did there?) or your special biscuit mix or in my Mom’s case, some gluten-free flour mix and Mom will have something delicious to eat AND look at. I think I just figured out my own Mother’s Day game plan! My Mom also loves my Almond Milk, so maybe I’ll give her some of that too.

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Spiralizers are also everywhere! If your Mom has one of those already, check out some of these cookbooks just for this of-the-moment tool. 

I’m kinda a spice junkie and I love to share new ones with my Mom too. If your Mama is the same, check out or get her a gift card to The Spice and Tea Exchange or Penzeys

If your Mom loves going out, see what restaurants in your area would be interesting to her. A couple I know my Mom likes are Prasad in the Portland Pearl District, Mother’s Bistro and I think she would really like Kiva which is a spa AND a restaurant. Such a smart idea! Instagram shot below of a co-worker lunch I had there.

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For more ideas, crafts, recipes and downloads for Mother’s Day, check out my Pinterest board

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I hope you and YO’ MAMMA have a super happy Mother’s Day! 

My Favorite Things #1: Mugs

July 16th, 2014 Posted by My Favorite Things 1 comment

Welcome to a new section of the blog, “My Favorite Things.”

I am a huge collector. I love curating and finding just the right additions to my collections and I hope to share them with you in these blog posts. Maybe they will inspire a collection of your own or point out that special item that’s missing! Sometimes the Favorite Things posts may include things I don’t actually own but just have my eyes on. I’ll try to post sources for items too.

This post is all about that thing we all have: coffee and tea mugs.

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I think these were my first collection ever, started way back in middle school. I have always been decidedly picky about the mug I drink out of, feeling that it must be a statement of who I am. Today, I still open the cupboard in the morning while my coffee brews and think… “what do I feel like today?” Should I be bold? Dainty? Funky or floral? So many choices.

So, without any more delay, here’s my favorite mugs:

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#1: The Bright Mug – this one is sunny and sweet, the cheerful color will help you wake up in the morning. I use this one when I’m feeling optimistic, or if I need a shot of energy.

#2: The Vintage Mug – a mug that weighs more then you think, and holds less coffee then it should, but hails from days of coffee house diners and slices of pie piled with whipped cream. I use this one when I’m feeling sentimental.

#3: The Ugly Mug – ugly isn’t really a bad thing here. This mug is so bad it’s good. I love the colors and the glaze that turns from blue to green. I use this one when I’m feeling a little crunchy. That’s the best way I can describe it.

#4: The Iconic Mug – this shape is classic. It really could be a vintage mug too, but Fiesta ware is still available and has lasted for decades, so I call this one iconic. I like to use this one when I want to feel timeless and maybe a touch elegant.

#5: The Modern Mug – different from most of my collection, this has clean lines and a feeling of modern simplicity. I like the neutral tones in this mug too. Tea looks really good in it. I use this one when I want to feel like a modern woman, or when I have an all-business tone about me.

#6: The Oversized Mug – this is great for more then just coffee, I like it for soup, stew and chowder or a big cup of broth when I’m feeling under the weather. Of course, it fits an obscene amount of coffee in it too. Another modern one with a warm gray tone to it. I like this one when I need extra… just extra.

#7: The Flower Mug – I love the funky illustrations on this one and the shape of it. I found it at TJ Maxx, but it looks like Anthropologie. I could totally eat soup out of this one too, but I think chamomile tea is perfect in it. I reach for this mug when I’m feeling whimsical. (**update** this mug is made by Dutch Wax and is fast becoming one of my favorite brands. I also have a pitcher from them)

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Oh these things in life that hold my attention – and my coffee.

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