Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 8.30.19

We’re finally getting settled into a bit of a routine around here with school in full swing.  My daughter started 8th grade mid-month, and my two boys headed off to college and started their classes this week.  We’re all adjusting, and aside from a couple of minor meltdowns, I’m doing ok.  They’re both at the same school, so that puts this mama’s mind at ease just a little bit, knowing that they have each other to lean on if needed.  I’m finally getting my house back in order (a work in process since boys are gross). I figured it would be a good time to share another Friday 5+1 as we roll into the holiday weekend.  This post contains some affiliate links.

Quick Drop Folding Drop Cloth

I picked up a couple of these folding drop cloths recently, and I’m really liking them.  They fold up easily for storage or transport, and they absorb any drips that you might have while you’re working.  Since they fold in sections, you can easily adjust them to the space where you’re working too.

Tin Parade Napkin Wraps

With the holidays just around the corner, and you want to get a head start on your table decor, check out these cool napkin wraps from Tin Parade.  They’re like nothing I’ve ever seen before, but still give off a cool and classic vibe.

Tin Parade Napkin Wrap

Or they have these leather napkin wraps for a more casual vibe.

One Second After

I continue to devour books lately, and One Second After is one that I inhaled like a warm chocolate chip cookie.  Have any of you heard of or read about an electromagnetic pulse (EMP)?  I’ve read about them, and frankly, they terrify me in terms of a national security threat.  Essentially, an EMP is where a nuclear weapon is detonated in outer space.  The end result (depending upon where and how high it is detonated) is that it basically takes out our electrical grid.  Everything.  Electricity, phones, cars, you name it.  This book is a well-researched, fictional account of the United States being hit by an EMP.  My takeaway is that I need to buy an old car (pre-electronics), stock up on food, water, gasoline, medicines, maybe buy a farm with a well, start canning and learn how to shoot a gun.  BTW, ammunition is the new currency in this post-EMP world.  It’s really fascinating and terrifying all at once.  I’m on to the follow up book One Year After (because the grid could be out for weeks, months, years or forever).


I’ll be honest – I have grown to dislike shopping for clothes.  I think part of it is because on most days I’m wearing 1) workout clothes, 2) paint splattered workout clothes or 3) my comfy evening lounge clothes .  I just don’t dress up for work like I used to when I had a corporate job (thank God).  However, when we go out or do things that require me to wear a bra something other than sweatpants it’s nice to have some options that are current and stylish.  That’s where Trendsend came in and saved the day.  I have been really happy with the pieces that they’ve sent, and I love that they have chosen some pieces that I never would have picked out for myself – and I love them.  I don’t have to shop, I can try on clothes at home, and I’m done.  If you’re like me, and don’t want to deal with the hassle of shopping and trying to figure out what to wear, try Trendsend for yourself!

This Laundry Room

I don’t think this photo from Rafterhouse requires any further explanation.  Perhaps I would be motivated to do laundry so that the word “Laundry” didn’t get covered with dirty clothes…

Check out the full tour of this gorgeous home here.  Photo credit: Roehner + Ryan

My +1 for the week – Me + Plants and Weeds

I think I have discovered my super power.  I can’t seem to grow flowers/plants to save my life, but I also can’t kill weeds.  I swear to you, I could take a blow torch to my weeds, and they would still come back.  To prove my talent is a super power, I have tree like things growing that I never planted.  Anyone else?  

Have a safe holiday weekend!



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    September 4, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    I have been reading your blog a while now. I’ve finally decided to paint my kitchen cabinets. But one thing I can’t seem to find- do you recommend using a satin finish paint? And if I use satin, is a top coat necessary?

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