I’m not sure how we’re halfway through November already with Thanksgiving just around the corner, but here we are! The snow that fell here this week has thrown us right into winter, with about two weeks of fall. NOT enough. But, we did have some “tree guys” out at our house ahead of the winter weather, and they took down a bunch of dead trees, trimmed others and ground up a bunch of stumps. It’s like our yard just got a lot bigger, and you can actually see more of our house now
along with my husband’s messy office with UFO-style lightbulbs illuminating it. Let’s get on with this week’s Friday 5+1! This post contains some affiliate links.
My favorite workout instructor (who I’ve also been doing personal training with – which is how we got started on this topic) introduced me to “finger knitting” and I swear, it puts me into a trance. It’s so easy (and I say this as a woman who has zero skills in the sewing/knitting/crocheting department), and it’s super relaxing. I picked up three skeins of yarn this week, and blew through them in no time flat. I need more yarn to finish my super cozy blanket. I’m thinking my kids are going to get handmade blankets from their mother this year for Christmas. I watched a few YouTube videos – really liked this one – and was off to the races! Here is my first pass at a chunky blanket. Have any of you tried this? I may end up being one of those ladies who carries her yarn around town with her…
Inspiration on the Job
I was taking down a kitchen and had to take all of the drawers with me because the fronts were stapled to the actual drawer. It’s a bit of a hassle to haul them all out, but what a nice surprise to see the words of encouragement written on the bottom. How fun is that?
Putty Colored Cabinets
I recently finished a kitchen with a palette I would love to
copy replicate. Putty colored cabinets, quartz countertops with gray and brown veining and rubbed brass hardware. So pretty. The kitchen isn’t quite complete, and the homeowners said they would send photos when the backsplash is installed, walls are painted, etc… It’s just so pretty, and such a nice change from the norm. This is the direction I see things going when it comes to cabinets. This along with some pairing with lighter wood tones. Here’s a peek –
A good friend of mine told me she got a wine advent calendar, and I think it should be mandatory for women (who drink wine) as a way to cope with holiday stress. Kidding. Sort of… 😉 Where has this been all of my life? More importantly, why didn’t I think of it first?? Order now so that you have it in time for the chaos!
We’re in the market for a new Christmas tree, as ours is dying a slow death and now has more regular strings of lights than it does pre-lit ones. We bought our last tree for a steal nine years ago, at Frontgate Outlet for $300. We went down there and were looking again, but geez, Christmas trees are crazy expensive (even at big discounts). Granted, I should have planned ahead, and bought one after Christmas last year. But I really don’t enjoy shopping for Christmas stuff after Christmas. I just don’t. I’m so over Christmas once the day has passed, that I just want to pack everything away and not deal with it for another year.
That said, I’m finding that I am drawn to “narrow” Christmas trees, that are in between a regular Christmas tree and a slim tree (even though some slim trees could be considered narrow). They still have a bit of fullness, but not in an overwhelming way. But they are few and far between, since we need one that’s 10 feet tall. I really love Balsam Hill’s trees – they seem to have exactly what I am looking for, but they’re still quite spendy. Another question – do I just get an unlit Christmas tree and save myself the inevitable headache of lights going out over time? Or do I give pre-lit another try?
My +1 for the week – Babies with cell phones
I’ve been noticing this one a lot lately, and it’s making me a bit sad to see it (and grateful that cell phones weren’t around at all when my kids were babies). In the grocery store, at restaurants, or just out and about, I see little kids – toddlers and even younger – with phones in front of their faces. I can see the appeal – keeping kids occupied so you can shop in peace, or eat a meal without having to leave halfway through dinner with a screaming child under your arm.
But just, don’t.
I’ve seen how these same kids react when the phone is taken away (insert screaming toddler in the grocery store), and it’s just a bad precedent. What kid wouldn’t fall in love with an interactive screen or an entertaining video? But seeing kids with their faces buried in their phones just makes me sad. Not to mention that experts warn against it at such young ages. I worry about kids of this generation. My oldest son even said to me that sometimes he wishes that we didn’t have phones so that people were forced to talk to each other vs. hiding behind their screens.
Pack your diaper bags full of toys, books and activities. Please?
Rant over. Sorry, but phones are a hot button for me lately!
Have an awesome weekend!