Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) 5.13.16


This week has been busy, with the promise of getting even busier.  It’s all good, but bear with me as I get through the month – I think I have five kitchens scheduled (insane, I know).  But, I just finished one today, so that’s promising.  Can’t wait to share it – it’s quite spectacular, with a lot of other upgrades going on at the same time, which makes it even better!  Let’s get on with this week’s Friday 5+1!  This post contains some affiliate links.

The Boys in the Boat

Since I’ve been doing so much work on kitchens, I am jumping back into the world of Audible, as it’s such a great thing to listen to while I work.  I just finished The Boys in the Boat, and it’s a great Cinderella story about the 1936 rowing team and their road to the 1936 Olympics.  Reading about the obstacles these boys had to overcome in life is amazing in and of itself, but to succeed in the ways that they did is even more riveting.

boys in the boat


Given the popularity of mason jars these days,  I thought this BNTO gadget was a fun item to share.  The words on the label sum it up – “turn a canning jar into a lunchbox” – it separates items in a mason jar so that they don’t mush up all together.  So if you want to pack yogurt and granola, you can separate them.  Celery and ranch – separate, but together.  Kind of like a Bento Box for your mason jar.


Joanna Gaines Magnolia Paint Collection

My fellow paint geek Cyndy beat me to the punch on this amazing paint collection.  Have you seen Joanna Gaines’ newest creation with the Magnolia line of paints?  The colors are just perfection.  Check out all of the details over at Cyndy’s blog – The Creativity Exchange.  I can’t even choose a favorite color, they’re all so gorgeous.  I must give these pretty paints a try!


The One Room Challenge

Seeing all of the beautiful reveals for this round of The One Room Challenge (courtesy of Calling it Home), makes me wish I had the time to participate this round!  I know it’s crazy, but to think that I could have another finished room in my house right now does make me a little jealous!  I still need to check out all of the reveals, but I love Kris’ master bedroom at Driven by Decor

And Jennifer’s powder room over at Dimples and Tangles – hello!  Can you believe that wall treatment is paint?  I get a headache just thinking about all of the work involved in pulling that off with all of those angles.  What a stunning result!

And this stunning master bathroom makeover from The Simplified Bee.  I can’t even believe that they were able to get that done in six weeks!!!

Inspiring Words in Unlikely Places

I keep forgetting to share this, but today is the day!  When I went to Haven last year, I took a shuttle from the airport, with the most inspiring driver I have every crossed paths with in my life.  He was filled with great words of wisdom and aspired to be a motivational speaker (lucky me to be in his van, allowing him to practice).  He was so inspiring, that I wrote down some of the things that he said – it set just the right tone for the Haven Conference, which is inspiring in and of itself.

A sample of what I wrote down –

  • “Procrastination is the assassination of your destination.”
  • “Gratitude determines your attitude, which determines your altitude.”
  • BELIEVE – Sometimes you need to leave something to be something.”

It’s like he was speaking directly to me.  Love when that happens.

The +1

My +1 for the week – when my husband tries to do a project/task (that I’m probably better suited to do), and then “messes it up”, forcing my hand to take over.  Example: Years ago, he did laundry and “accidentally” threw in my wool sweater, shrinking it to toddler size.  Never mind that he was a perfectly capable bachelor at one point in his life…

The latest one has to do with frosting (the kind you spray, not the kind you eat) our master bathroom windows.  We had done them once before – I did one, he did the other one.  Mine was still looking good.  His, notsomuch.  So he starts to scrape off the frost, makes a mess, tries to spray them with the frost, and makes a bigger mess.  And then concedes that he made a mess and maybe I should do it (because I know what I’m doing).

At least he admitted that he messed up and I do a better job at this.  That’s a win.

Have a great weekend!






  • Reply
    May 13, 2016 at 8:17 am

    “Boys inc the Boat” is one of my very favorite books!! Plus I live in the Seattle area and am very familiar with many of the locations mentioned. I’m glad you loved this book too!

    • Reply
      May 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

      I’m sad to be done and am on the hunt for a new book now! I even pulled up the video of the 1936 Olympics to watch it after reading about it. Great read, such an inspiring story!

  • Reply
    May 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I really look forward to your blog on Friday, it’s always interesting and I learn something. Thank you!

    • Reply
      May 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much June – It makes me happy to hear that! Have a great weekend!

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