Saturday, October 19, 2013

Weekend Faves


Top Billing:
My friend Tara emailed me as soon as Robert moved in, "I want to make him a sign."

How amazing is that? Even more amazing, the split second I told him about it, he knew what he wanted his sign to say. And he knew the verse was from 1 Corinthians.

Stick a fork in me.

 

We still have zinnias. Go ahead and hate. I understand, just as you'll understand when it's March and I'm up to my bosoms in snow drifts and you West-Coasters are tweeting hideously hateful things like "Feels so good to get dirt under my nails!" or "Just planted some delphinium because I'm more special and loved than you Midwesterners!"

Also: I don't know how to readjust the white balance on Cory's camera. I'm on a need-to-know basis with the Beast. Whatevs. I sort of dig the look, me, the girl who usually wants all her photos warmed way up. 

I scored a completely free day last Friday and this is what I did.
It was between laundry, "important" writing, sleeping, and cleaning the bathrooms.

Or this. With a cup of Earl Grey.
Tell me I was wrong!

(Howard totally had my back.)

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I'm still all swoony and moony over Carissa's Laundry Room (Brown Eyed Fox).

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I can't stop loving and thinking about Paige's post on parenting teenagers with trust rather than skepticism. This was written for me. Especially during this season. Why do I love to bust people so much? It's dumb. I want to offer my trust. But still be smart about things. I think I missed my calling as a detective. You can totally picture that, right???

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This is one of my favorite kids' books right now. If you live in the 'hood or even if you just want to talk to your short people about kids living different kinds of lives in different kinds of places, this will rock you right out of your shoes. The illustrations are insanely beautiful.

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I got these earrings as part of the Craft Weekend swag. They're by Ike & Co. and I wear them all the time. I find I'm drawn to round earrings. I think it's because I wear a lot of stripes and gingham and plaid. And, you know, straight + curvy = perfection.

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So, I signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime. Weird, right?
Totally not weird.

For one thing, we currently pay $8/month for a Netflix instant-streaming account that we barefly ever use. The yearly subscription to Amazon Prime clocks in cheaper. PLUS...free 2-day shipping on tons of stuff. Say what? I already bought two Christmas gifts for around 30% less than they would retail, and they shipped to my door 2 days later. For free.

I'm sold. Christmas shopping in my yoga pants? Sign. Me. Up.


Adding to the charm, we watched 50 First Dates last night (Robert's pick. I'm so for real) and it reminded me (for free!) that there really is something quite fetching about Drew Barrymore. I want to be annoyed by her, but I can never pull it off.

Amazon is offering free trial memberships through October. Technically, you could get just the freebie and get all your shopping done before you owed a dime. Of course, that would mean you're highly organized and on top of your life and I would probably never speak to you again, but it's probably a risk worth taking.

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Back to that grody bathroom situation. I'm officially in amor with Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner. I'm sure it's toxic and ungreen and overpriced and blah blah blah, but it works. It cleans the grubby-small-person tub and the insanely-dirty-big-person-who-works-in-a-factory shower like it means serious bidness.

I love you, baking soda and white vinegar and lemon rinds. I really do.
But I love you more, poisonous mystery bubbles.
Ain't no shame in this game.

Happy rest of the weekend, Party People!

Be a dear and tell me something you're loving right now.


51 comments:

  1. I'm loving your blog...nuff said!

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  2. I am loving you... who always makes me laugh and realize that I am not the only one who "has no shame in her game" and uses poisonous bath cleaning supplies and sits and gets sucked in to browsing the internet when I should be doing laundry. (: Also, I am loving the $3 Crewcuts jeans I scooped up at Goodwill today for my son! (:

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  3. You make me happy...and sort of feeling normal....or at least not all alone 'out there'.

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  4. I'm loving limeade right now at this very moment and earlier I was loving freshly polished silver serving pieces that have beautiful lines. Plus I love Jesus and your blog. Jesus more but you're right up there Shannan :)

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    1. Be right over. Have a tall glass ready, please.

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  5. Your blog makes my day! I am also loving sea salt caramel gelato.

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  6. As always, I am loving your blog (poisonous mystery bubbles - I laughed right out loud). And even though I have never met Tara in person, I love her. I doesn't surprise me that she made Robert a sign and I love that he picked such an awesome Scripture. Isn't Paige such a wise parent? (She would be the first to say that she doesn't get it all right, but that just makes me love her more). If I could live on a street with Tara, Paige and you as neighbors, I would be thrilled beyond measure and probably make a nuisance of myself borrowing unnecessary cups of sugar!

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    1. FAVORITE.
      I'll take the white cottage with the wrap-around porch, please!

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  7. Oh, that sign. Yes.

    Zinnias remind me of my husband's grandmother who had a green thumb and grew her zinnias almost year round here in SC.

    We've been debating canceling Netflix and going with Amazon Prime. I was a little scared of the streaming on our new television (read - I don't know how to work it). I think I'm going to have to jump now. They have so many more current movies than Netflix.

    Happy weekend.

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  8. I'm loving that you used the word "bosom".

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  9. Chocolate
    Anything by Jennie Allen...for the second time
    Mint Brownies
    Things crossed off my list for today
    Chocolate
    My new church....we were at a small church that merged with a little bit bigger church and we are all LOVING it. Our hearts are trying to beat like Jesus'. SOOOOO SWEET!

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  10. Pumpkin spice M&Ms. Available only at Target. Available only to me when my mom sends me a care package (yes, I'm 32 and my mom sends care packages --- mostly to the grandkids but a little something for me to, hallelujah).

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    1. Also - my Mom2Mom group at my church. We meet once a month and it is a highlight. Last night we talked about involving our kids in serving/ministering and then we also talked about cleaning products. I sent your quote about the scrubbing bubbles to a friend who recommended soft scrub. :)

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  11. Photographs. Good ones make me swoon. What camera and lens do you use. We don't make much but I want to start saving. Your blog has my heart longing. For more life, love...I'm tired of clinging to comfort. Wish we were neighbors. Upland needs some shaking up.

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    1. I actually linked to our camera in the post on "the Beast". (It's expensive!)
      As for the lens, I have no idea. haha. Cory has a few and I use whatever happens to be on there.
      We did a post last year with camera recs: http://flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com/2012/12/our-camera-equipment-and-entry-level.html

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    2. Thank you! I have been eyeing the lens he recommends for a long time so this post confirmed that this is what I am saving for. I don't want to spend all my free time reading about photography but I really want to be able to take photos I am proud of. I had a hunch that the lens that came with my camera wasn't great. Thanks... For taking great photos and for being honest about how little you know about ISO, shutter speed, etc. Makes me feel so much better about myself in this world of crazy talented photographers on the internet.

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  12. your blog! it's my first read, honest.Also, anything teal + red, and chili in the crock pot.

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  13. I love the delay-timer on my washing machine. On those nights when I think about it (avg ever 1.5 weeks or so) I fill up the washer, set the timer, go to bed, and about the time I wake up, the washer gets done. I can only liken the feeling I have waking up to freshly washed clothes to what it must be like to have a maid.

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  14. I love being home. So I can hang clothes out on the line again (does no one in the U.S. have a clothesline any more?!). I love being able to spend time with friends I haven't seen in over four months. I love pink grapefruit sorbet. I love wrapping gifts and giving them to my friends (gifts I found for cheap in Chinatown in San Francisco, at Tuesday Morning stores, and on amazon.com). I'm loving the cheese I managed to bring back (sharp white cheddar and Gjetost brown cheese), eating a slice or two each day and trying to extend it as long as I can.

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    1. DO I EVER miss my clothes line.
      My neighbor has one and I want to borrow it sometimes. :)
      Would that be weird?
      I already told Cory I want one next spring.

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  15. If I got paid every time I talked about amazon.com to my friends and family I'd have a lot more spending money than I do now! I LOVE it! Plus, if you buy any vitamins or herbal supplements they are almost always cheaper on amazon then at my local drug or health store. AND, you can earn gift cards to amazon several different ways so with the Prime I get free stuff a lot and free stuff makes me really happy!

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  16. Love, love your blog! It is one of my all time favorites. Once again thank you for sharing....

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  17. I'm totally doing the Amazon thing. Thanks for the tip. I'm loving that our two foster babies are forming a special bond. It's a gift to be a part of. I'm also loving the new 'riding' boots I scored at Burlington Coat factory for $40.

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  18. YEAH for Amazon Prime--been a member for about 4 years and never looked back.
    YEAH for Scrubbing Bubbles--my mom always used them and I have continued the tradition. AND I can order them in bunches for CHEAP with the aforementioned Amazon Prime
    LOVE LOVE LOVE Drew Barrymore. My fave movie of hers is Fever Pitch, which you (and Robert) may be able to view courtesy of the aforementioned Amazon Prime.
    LOVE the earrings. Wonder if I could order up a pair like them through.............ahem............Amazon Prime???
    :-)

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  19. Haven't read your blog (or any blogs) in a while now. I'm loving yours. It's only 6:30 AM and you've already made my day. Laughing always does that. Hope you get your bathroom clean!

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  20. Amazon prime! Started it as a trial thing for Christmas shopping last year, not expecting too much. It has been great! I use it for everything. Packages arrive in 2 days, and free shipping! Totally worth it. And I love how "real" you and your blog are. So refreshing. The world needs more people like you ;)

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  21. Scandal!! Thrifting for belts and other things;) Crisp air. My rum raisen woodwick candle. Avocados lately. I could go on and on:-)

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  22. Right now I'm loving;
    Flannel sheets on our bed (Eastern Canada's weather must be similar to the Midwest)
    Eggnog in my coffee (try it....no really)
    White pumpkins ( my late father said white pumpkins were just wrong..)
    The colour teal with red for accents
    Aqua mason jars
    Mrs.Myers products (but Vim with bleach is my dirty(clean) little secret
    Your sense of humour

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  23. I'm LOVING Paige Knudsen's blog right now! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Love our beautiful, colorful family, mint hot cocoa, Petunia, Lucille, and Marvin to cuddle with while reading on a chilly fall night, still eating from the garden, my funny, wonderful ,niece that drops in to check up on us for no reason, Zinnias in a vase from the yard (a sweetest day gift from your Papa).

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  25. No joke....right now I am loving your blog! I love it all the time but this post was just the light, airy, refreshing thing I needed in the midst of a day that's been anything but that. Love me some Flower Patch Farmgirl!!

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  26. I am loving 'ain't no shame in this game' , the change in my husbands heart and actions and the fact my husband took me on a country drive and bought me a pumpkin spice latte and confessed I love my wife, I don't love all she is going through and my life is perfect because I have my wife to share ....happy Sunday and many blessings to you , your hubs and children...you are all a blessing to so many :)

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  27. Love Scandal, though I stop short of calling myself a gladiator.

    Love spotting famous people on streets of nyc... saw Drew Barrymore last month exiting a restaurant and can I say she's as naturally pretty in person as she appears on screen.

    Love caramel apples and crisp, crinkly leaves.

    Love your fuchsia (I always have to check the spelling of that darn word!) zinnias.

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    1. "though I stop short of calling myself a gladiator"...RIGHT?? haha!

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  28. so grateful robert got the sign...praying it over his life!

    i somehow missed paige's post, so i went and read it. boy, did i need those words.
    choosing trust over suspicion isn't easy for me...it's my issue, not my kids...really asking Jesus to peel away another layer of this "letting go of control" thing...wanna trust their stories to God and not feel responsible for every thing in their lives.

    ike and co....they're local here in Athens.
    i JUST realized this fact.
    i need coffee with her like yesterday. gotta get on that!

    okay..peace out.
    hope your weekend was amazing.

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  29. that tara is something else!!! so absolutely sweet.

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  30. Love the zinnias, and there is something oddly amusing and comforting that I too held that green bottle of scrubbing bubbles in hand this weekend and thanked the heavens above for how well it worked (whilst vowing NOT to tell my green-er friends about it). I hold my breath while cleaning with it, you think that helps? :)

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    1. TOTALLY helps.
      Or just breathe through your nose.

      ;)

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  31. We are more alike than I thought. LOVE scrubby bubbles and what it does for my bathroom. The smell is dreamy and clean to me, and I'm sure I'm losing brain cells each time I use it, but it makes me happy. Scandal is on my favorites list, and I try not to miss it every week, even if it means sitting stick straight up on my couch so I don't fall asleep! I don't currently have any Ike and Co. earrings, but everytime I see Meg posting about them, I fall in love. Glad you are so normal and love everyday things!

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  32. Ok, maybe I should actually look at prime. Love that book. Love buying used on Amazon. I don't know why. But I do. I like picking up an orphan book and giving it a home.

    What am I loving right now? Besides your blog? Well, I love that peely letter art you posted about the other day. A friend posted a sign a few days ago and now I know what I'm going to make. "You are always loved." Birthday gift for girly turning 10. In the coming years even if she starts to hate me she'll have to see that as she sulks in her room.

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  33. Loving:

    My clothesline! Haven't had one since childhood! Love!

    Crunchy fall leaves

    Walking my dogs in said leaves

    Hair that no longer has a blue tint. Don't ask! I had to attend Junk Bonanza with blue blonde hair.

    McDonalds pumpkin spice latte. Like comfort in a cup!

    Raspberry flavored melatonin to aid my sleep. I plan on sleeping like a teen this winter!

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  34. Loving? SCANDAL - totally addicted! :)

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  35. Amazon Prime is the best! So worth it.

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  36. Loving this dang blog, your honest words always breathe such life into me. Keep on preaching real life sister.

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  37. oh. my. word. you're all over the place, but you're not. it's the whole this-momma-has-a-lot-of-layers-and-she's-not-afraid-to-show-em thing that's got me all a flutter. been there. live that. you have no idea how your words in the past two weeks (since i "found" you) have hit me between the eyes. in a good way. i feel a little shift happening inside - i'm scared. don't know if i'll have the courage to take the leap that this shift is pushing me towards. i've wanted to invite you out for coffee (and earl grey tea) a number of times but STOPPED myself short. i'm introverted and awkward like that at time. anyway - keep the raw living up - i mean, you don't even know how much you've helped me by showing an example of fearless living by just putting it out there and TRYING. thank you. thank YOU. THANK YOU!

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  38. that Tara... what a great sign.
    pretty much awesome... lOving that for sure.

    loving your photos... bright crisp & clear... so darn pretty... they're the best kind of eye candy.
    loving how you make us crack up... you have such a way with words!
    and loving your kindness!
    hellOooo... you're awesOme!
    thank yOu... sO much... for sharing.





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  39. I love Robert's sign! What a fitting verse for his journey.

    I love your posts like this-perfect in their randomness with a glimpse into your life right now.

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