Five Things Friday

Five little things that made my week (late edition).

  1. We spent the day visiting with my Aunt and Uncle! She had me at beer, cheesecake, and petting the dogs.
  2. The snow stopped. That’s about all I can say regarding the weather this week in western PA.
  3. They did the thing, they are getting married! For now they shall be knows as they, until they are ready to tell the rest!
  4. My husband sent me flowers while I am out of town. So lovely, especially with the ugly crummy weather up here.
  5. I made delicious chicken noodle soup. Just simple and savory chicken soup, no fussy prep and completely satisfying.

Five things Friday

Technically these were all last week but I didn’t have internet on Friday, also some aren’t so little. Five big things that made my week?

1. I flew from NC to PA; two flights and the seat next to me were empty. Although it’s nice to have a some conversation to make the time pass, it was equally nice to be left with my thoughts. What wasn’t nice – the fog, this was about 60 seconds before we landed.


2. We had a great time celebrating Gram’s 92nd birthday. Like I said, these aren’t all little things – 92 years! She has the stories to go with it too!


3. Snow – I got to see snow. Down south we get at least one annual nasty ice storm and perhaps a light dusting, but not pretty on the trees snow. Glad I don’t have to drive in it.

4. New career developments that I’m intentionally being vague about, but they have an office dog. Whhhhaaaaaa?

5. Spending time with my Dad, I’m enjoying my visit and his company.

Five things Friday

Five little things that made my week.

1. Date night -trowing sharp things and drinking beer. Yes we drank beer at the same time we threw axes, yes we had to sign a waiver, yes I was terrible and yes I had a great time.

2. A not so little thing; I launched my printable Etsy shop. Anyone that has followed my blog knows sewing was a huge passion and what I featured in my Etsy shop for many years. So what prompted this very different side hustle? Sewing for other people just isn’t as much fun as, well sewing for fun. So I decided on something a little more passive. To learn more about the launch click here.

3. My mom started a job on Thursday. I’m beyond thrilled for her and this new chapter. She is nervous, excited and taking the challenge head on. Way to go mom!

4. This time next week I’ll be visiting family in PA. It’s my grandmothers 92 birthday Feb 7th. I don’t think this needs much more of a joyful explanation than that.

5. Anyone that has lost a pup knows how much that absence puts an ache in your heart. Anyone with a pup knows how full your heart can be from tail wags, nose kisses, dirty car windows, poop laden yards and the occasional ninja tongue up the nose maneuver. My friend is again adding that to her life, times two. She is getting an instant pack/herd/collection this weekend by adding two new pups for a total of three little floofs. Yippie Floofs!

Side Hustle

Launched my new Etsy shop – keep reading to find out what the heck I was thinking or just click here to see what the fuss is about.

Anyone that knows me or has spent a hot min on my blog can tell you I love to sew. The joy of picking through the fabric stash with all that potential, the gentle hum of the machine, the occasional well placed curse word. Spend time reading my sewing tutorials and you will no doubt find a rabbit trail to my Etsy shop. My shop featured reusable paper towels, cocktail napkins and washable kitchen sponges. After about two years I reluctantly came to the conclusion – sewing for others and trying to maintain an inventory sucked the fun out of my hobby. I was bummed but still decided closing up and pursuing something else was in order. I kept my shop, but it sat empty for about a year.

Fast forward a bit, I changed the shop name to match my blog, cause you know type A over here likes the matchy matchy. I tried really hard to convince myself that something belonged in the inventory. However, there was this constant nagging issue with me – a very inconsistent schedule made anything that required consistent attention a terrible side hustle. In walked the digital solution, quite literally. I’m not a photoshop ‘make me look skinny and like that dog isn’t peeing on the bushes’ genius, but I had been making printables for a few years. Little expansion that that idea and poof – Etsy shop launch. So if you made it this far ( spoiler alert) favorite the shop and get a coupon. Keep checking back for updates.

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I must use my powers for good!

I love Mondays and always have. They are just marvelous, it’s like a fresh start with the week ahead, renewed aspirations and fancy schmancy thoughts. Friday is nice and all but lately the “air” feels stale by then; contaminated by plans gone askew, missed deadlines and run away budgets (boo). Monday is always a chance for a newfangled week.

With this new week comes responsibility – I must use my powers for good and not evil. The Task Master and The Stress Monkey; two of my strongest most prevalent personality traits. Monday is the day I get to exploit both of these “powers” with the hopes of a thoroughly satisfying and productive week. I try to harness the energy and enthusiasm of the task master and the endless imagination of the stress monkey.

If I let the task master take the lead, I’ll work myself into the ground and although having accomplished much, I’m exhausted come Friday. Instead I try to use this trait to be mindful of the mission, always keeping the large goal and the nitty gritty in appropriate focus creating balance. This gives me the ability to (hopefully) devise a smart plan, ripe with clear and simple goals.

The stress monkey – oh that biddy and her run away imagination will take me down so many rabbit trails, I will sacrifice any sense of normalcy. Translation: I drive myself and my husband crazy. Of all my “powers” this is probably the hardest to harness, it’s so easy to get on that stress train and ride it clear to the next station. Instead I try to reign in the stowaway and use the resourcefulness to come up with clever solutions allowing for flexibility.  

I don’t always get it right, sometimes I do use my powers for evil.  The task master won’t step back from the list long enough to make prudent and wise decisions for triage, or the stress monkey freaks out and starts flinging poo wrecking the place.  Not every week is without it’s fires, see listed of “boo hiss” happenings, but keeping my powers in perspective helps.

Now here is a picture of my truck freshly washed.

Five Things Friday

Five little things that made my week.
1. I laughed, a lot. Television shows, celebrity interviews, memes, friends, husband, dogs, my clumsy self, with, at…I didn’t discriminate. I was out of control.
2. Went to the NC Museum of Art with my husband to see the O’Keeffe exhibit The Beyond. Delightful doesn’t even begin to describe it.
3. Had breakfast at my favorite little place, The Famous Toastery. I walk in, sit in my spot, and coffee magically appears, who doesn’t love that.
4. My sister in law headed home on Tuesday. Even thought I was bummed to see her head home I reflected back on an enjoyable time with family.
5. Found a pair of boots for my up and coming trip to PA. This made my week because they are warm, cute and they were $30.

Five Things Friday

Five little things that made my week

1. Being recognized and a valuable team member at work. Who doesn’t get the warm fuzzies from that.
2. I cooked; a lot! I made stir fry, baked chicken, ahhhhmazing roasted taters and a Tuscan pasta chicken casserole bake something.
3. My sister in law came to visit. She is the she to my nanigans, so you know we are having fun.
4. Booked tickets to go to PA for my Gram’s 92 Birthday!! I don’t think I have to explain why that is exciting.
5. The weather, although cold now was gorgeous and in the 70s at the beginning of the week. Sunny, warm and clear.

7 Hostess Gifts Under $30

 

So last week I looked at hostess gifts for under $15, but if you are feeling a tad more generous knowing the hostess went above and beyond (which ones don’t really) then this might be the list for you.   Here is a list cultivated with that amazing hostess in mind and all under $30.

Not sure why but there is a bit of a running joke with my sister-in-law concerning unicorn themed gifts.  For Christmas I got her Sprinkles the Unicorn, rainbow sprinkles come out of his bottom.  Here is something with the same whimsy but much more practical, unicorn kitchen storage.

I would hate for the unicorns to get lonely, frolicking hedgehogs to the rescue. Much like the beer towel from last week this one is just to pretty to use.  I hope your hostess agrees.

Looking for slightly more, um … refinement, how about the gift of tea from Tea Runners.  I personally had a monthly subscription to the Original Box, which I now updated to Herbal.  For the novice or enthusiast alike, this is sure to please.

It’s no secret that kitchen linens are the way to my heart, aprons included.  I think giving your hostess a delightful apron really says I appreciate your effort.  Never disappointed with the selection at Anthropologie, love the spring colors on this one.

Does your hostess enjoy perusing the local farmers markets, beach days or picnics in the park?  How about an insulated collapsible tote (okay so this is probably on my wish list).  Try this one with simple stripes and spring colors…. swoonable and sure to please.

Your hostess will love you for this one… looks like a heavy ceramic serving plate but its melamine!  This truly had me doing a double take, durability and what a lovely color.

What about something that she won’t find off the shelf in just any store?  For a unique twist try searching “vintage drinkware” on etsy.  Personally I love the funky look of mid century Culver glassware, regardless you will find something suitable.

Well I hope you found something extra special for your hostess.  If you are still looking for more ideas, check out my Amazon list!

Said it last time but repatition can be good, all of these ideas and opinions are my own; no one paid me to list an item.  For photo credits follow the links.

7 Hostess Gifts Under $15

My daffodils are up so as far as I’m considered, spring has started!  Which means the social events of the season are right around the corner, like Easter brunch, sweet little garden parties,  ladies tea, cookouts in the park and just about any other event ushered in by warm air and green grass.

Typically manners dictate to ask “what can I bring” in an effort to lighten the load for our hostess, but a small thank you gift can’t hurt.   So here are 7 delightful hostess gifts all under $15 (be on the lookout of an under $30 coming soon)

These flour sack towels, in fresh spring colors, are a welcome addition to any kitchen.  For this price, get a few sets and keep them around just in case.  (If my husband is reading this, yes I know I have an addiction to kitchen towels.)

So other than having an addiction to kitchen towels, I also love cute little bowls.  Just good for anything especially a hostess gift, and even more so if the vestment is this lovely mint color.

When the soiree has come to a close will your hostess sit down for a hot cup of tea, or collapse in a heap until morning coffee is brewed?  Either way show your appreciation with this cheery mug of llamas .  I just love their faces, kinda squinched up like they are giving the stank eye!

Does your hostess like beer, getting her learn on or both?  This towel is so awesome with it’s funky colors and every square inch filled with information and history about – yes beer.  To pretty to use if you ask me.

If you want to be more personal  try a vinyl decal from Salt and Grace Designs.  Wouldn’t the hostess’s stand mixer look adorable with this anchor decal , after all she did make the best hummingbird cake you’ve ever tasted.

Thinking simple and practical, how about charmingly wrapped hand soaps.  For an even bigger impact, tie a stack together with gingham ribbon or bakers twine.  A personal favorite of mine, Gardeners from C & E, but with all they offer I’m sure you can find your favorite too.

Finally, one of the sweetest hostess gifts I ever received was a small wicker basket filled with live herbs and scissors for snipping.  Coming from a local nursery specializing in herbs they were beautiful and ready to plant.

Well, hopefully this list has made it’s appearance perfectly timed for your spring time social going ons.   Be on the look out for the under $30 list coming soon.

In the mean time what is your favorite hostess gift to give/receive?

(btw – as always these are my own opinions no one paid me to say anything, and for photo credit follow the link)

Five Things Friday

Just five little things that made my week.

1.  Every moment I have been in my office this week, and I do mean every moment,  I’ve been listening to 80s music.  I can’t go back to the days of being a kid, where we drank from the garden hose, skinned our everything climbing trees or playing kick ball until we couldn’t see ….. but I’m sure gonna try one song at a time.

2.   Marinated grilled chicken with mango salsa and cilantro lime rice,  steak pinwheel doodads with ranch mushrooms, red beans and rice.  I was in a cooking whirlwind, and no one around here seemed to complain.


3.  It’s another week of sampling tea from tearunners.com.  This really is the best gift subscription ever.   Yesterday I opened the English breakfast and it’s delightful.   Last week was a raspberry honeybush.  Today I ordered more of the cinnamon orange red.

4.  As many exercised their 1st amendment right on Wend I was also reminded that we live in a great democracy.  I had jury duty, yes an inconvenience, but an absolute reminder that we have due process, freedom of speech and a lengthy list of rights and freedoms.

5.    I get asked a lot “what do you do?” and I always stumble through an explanation.  Well I’m self employee and contracted, project management, or sometimes product/feature management with a little QA testing for a database companies client base, but sometimes not for them….. oh man it’s confusing.  Knowing that the jury selection process would no doubt ask me that question I knew I needed to revolutionize my explanation.  Contract IT, that’s what I do.