Happy Friday, friends! As I was thinking about blog posts for this short work week, a quick Noteworthy post seemed like the perfect way to kick off another weekend. I’m keeping it casual today with updates, inspiring links, good reads, recipes to try, recent purchases, and our current to-do list. Click through for a fun-filled post to start your weekend…
Admittedly (despite the short work week), it has felt jam packed over here. Anyone else? From work tasks to appointments, and trying to cram in a hefty to-do list within a four day window has proved to be challenging. I’m just thrilled we made it to the weekend, albeit the mad dash to the finish line. We’ve got some exciting things happening over at Tuesday Made that I’m looking forward to sharing soon (here’s a hint for one of them- a collection with a familiar face)! Emmett & I have also been busy with our regular projects- primarily the entryway and the camper. The entryway is ready to grout and our stair treads just arrived on a big pallet this week. All exciting things!
About the camper… we took it out for its maiden voyage a couple weeks ago and it was really fun! The dogs did well (minus getting the memo to keep quiet at night) and good memories were made. As we were rolling out on Sunday morning to head home, we made it about a mile down the road before our truck broke down. It was an all-day debacle, but we finally found a tow truck to pull the camper & truck safely back to our house. I actually just finished replacing the camper flooring and it’s already looking a hundreds times better! As for the truck… after a long week of Ubering to work (sans vehicle), Emmett finally found a replacement and now we have a functioning (new to us… used) truck again. Whew! Nothing like a little blip to really light a fire to get that taken care of. Hah! It has kind of been a whirlwind over here this past week.
As for our next big project, it’s looking like our bedroom balcony needs immediate attention (unfortunately). As we were putting together our outdoor spaces last weekend, we noticed the balcony had really deteriorated over the winter. It was an issue we already knew about, but didn’t expect to tackle so soon. The water damage is much worse than it was last fall and at this point- it’s just not safe to use the majority of the deck… it’s very mushy underfoot and the likelihood of falling through seems probable. I have zero design plans for that as of now, but I’m sure I’ll need to work on those sooner rather than later. Emmett has been chatting with one of his contractor friends and we’re thinking we may need a permit for this project, which could complicate the timeline. I’ll share more on that once we have time to properly dive in and sort things out! Anyway, enough about our stuff…
Interested in a fun home tour? I loved clicking through the home of landscape architect, Thomas Woltz. I definitely pinned quite a few of those interior images for inspiration. What a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian!
Area you team taupe & cream cabinets or do you prefer something more bold? You know I loved bold cabinetry (solely based on my own kitchen), but I have to admit- I love those creamy hues, too. They feel very classic to me. Check out this article for lots of inspiration!
Our garden is pretty much nonexistent this year, thanks to water restrictions… BUT I am thinking I’ll at least plant a couple tomatoes or peppers in containers. Looking for vegetable container gardening tips? This post is a good one! Edible plants are my favorite plants. I’m going to miss having a bigger garden.
I thought it might be fun to share some things I’ve been enjoying as of late…
While we’re on the topic of food… in an effort to eat a bit more healthy, I just bought & tried Daily Harvest for the first time. My honest opinion? I’d give them 8.5/10 stars. I ordered a couple items I didn’t love (in terms of flavor), but the majority of them were surprisingly wonderful- and most importantly, very quick & easy. That’s usually when I grab for the unhealthy things… when I’m short on time. I’ve loved all of their smoothies so far, as well as the harvest bowls & bakes. The soup I tried wasn’t my favorite and I wasn’t into their “bites”, which I expected to taste like cookie dough. Hah! I think I set myself up for failure with that expectation. Anyway, if you’re looking for quick, easy, and healthy on-the-go… I think they have some great options! I’m definitely going to order more once this box runs out. Have you ever tried them? Let me know what your favorites are so I can try them in my next box.
Emmett & I are both really looking forward to our Italian anniversary trip later this summer. I just finished booking our hotels and we’re staying one night in Venice… funny enough- I actually featured an image from this hotel in one of my 10 Pins posts. Do you recognize this modern space?
Speaking of travel- I thought it was worth sharing more about how we save on flights. It came up in the comment section on Wednesday and I wanted to elaborate. We use Flights From Home SLC, but there are all sorts of these types of accounts in many different cities. For example, here in Salt Lake, we have multiple… FromSLC is another one we like to check. Many of them have a paid email subscription list, because the deals always sell out quickly once it’s shared on Instagram. Subscribers always get first dibs. It also helps if you’re spontaneous and don’t have specific dates or locations in mind. That’s usually how we book our big trips- spontaneously and on super sale. Skiplagged and Hopper are two other sites that share deals (for all locations). I could go on & on about how we use points to pay for everything, and the rewards accounts we have set up to save. Our Italy flights were totally free and we got two free hotel nights at a high-end boutique hotel for free (plus complimentary champagne & breakfast). Would anyone be interested in hearing about that sort of thing? It’s not really in my niche, but I’d be happy to share how we save money on travel, flights, hotels, etc. It’s all about points and free loyalty programs! Let me know.
Another room to admire & save… did you ever see this space my friend, Marynn designed? Talk about powder room goals!
My recent purchases have been pretty random lately… from camper items to clothing, here are five of my recent buys:
- Inexpensive Glassware // We hosted friends last weekend for Memorial Day and I needed at least 12 margaritas glasses on the fly (get my marg recipe here). I ordered these from Amazon (thanks to same day delivery) and was super impressed. They’re heavy, glass, have a classic look, are dishwasher safe, and they fit the budget. We’ll definitely get a lot of use out of these- especially when entertaining.
- Smocked Dress // I’ve unintentionally lost some weight because of my health shenanigans lately, so I’ve been living in dresses lately. Not knowing if I’ll continue to fluctuate, these are easy, comfortable, and always fit! This is one of my new favorite dresses. I definitely plan to take this one to Italy with me! Breezy and perfect for warm weather.
- A Knock Box // Oook- big confession. Some of our friends stayed overnight with us last weekend and my friend, Brooke, was appalled that I dumped my espresso puck down the garbage disposal during breakfast. I’ve only been doing this my entire life! No one told me! Why?! Oops! I had no idea you shouldn’t put coffee grounds or espresso down the disposal. She informed me I needed a knock box to sit beside my espresso machine, so I immediately bought one of those. Compost would also work.
- Cabinetry Hardware // I finally snagged our cabinetry hardware for the camper. We’re hoping to get started on paint prep in the week ahead. I’ve got my paint swatches picked out and we’re almost ready to go!
- Dog Collars // I won’t name names, but someone made a comment on how tattered Cash’s collar was looking (rightfully so- it’s destroyed & shabby looking). I grabbed a couple matching collars for summertime for both Cash & Crosby to replace their winter ones that have seen better days.
I’m actually really looking forward to seeing Emily Henderson’s Sunroom come together? Have you been following any of her projects? I finally played catch up last week.
A fun view of our shed from standing on top of the camper. Emmett snapped this one last night…
This post ended up being a bit more lengthy than I had anticipated, so I’m going to sign off and ease into the weekend! What is everyone up to? I’m going to work on our camper, I promised a friend I would babysit one of my favorite littles, and I have some work to catch up on. I’m also hoping to sneak in some reading & relaxing this weekend. I’m also thinking Negroni cocktails are in order this evening alongside our pizza. Who knows- maybe I’ll get wild and bake another olive oil cake. Oh, and I have to wish my youngest brother a happy birthday today (who probably never reads my blog)… here’s to 26, Brett! Cheers!