Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 6.16.16


Do you ever have a week where you just feel like you’re constantly running behind schedule, despite your best efforts to get things done?  That’s been me this week.  Things like unexpected job delays, going out of town, and cleaning my carpets at midnight because my dogs got out, ate who-knows-what, and puked on my carpet.  My older dog is acting like he’s hungover.  Can hardly walk, curled up on the floor, whining and crying because he doesn’t want to be in the basement by himself.  He seems to forget that he’s a middle aged man-dog, and can’t party like he did when he was a puppy.  Too many squirrel shooters I think. 😉

I missed last week’s 5+1 because I was out of town for a baseball tournament, so I have lots to share with you this week!  This post contains some affiliate links.

Coach House Accents Simulated Garage Door Window

Awhile back, I shared some magnetic garage door handles like these that you could add to a metal garage door to give it a custom look  These simulated garage door windows take things to a whole new level!  Turn a plain door into a custom door without replacing them altogether.  Talk about curb appeal!

Simulated Garage Door Window

QUICKDRAW DIY Self-Marking Tape Measure

This tape measure is another one of those products where you smack yourself on the forehead and think, “Duh.”  It has a pencil built-in to the tape measure so you can make your marks while you’re measuring! Makes marking your projects easy peasy, so that you may actually be able to measure once, cut once for a change.

Quick Draw Tape Measure

Tentsile Tree Tent

Now, I’m not know to be the most outdoorsy girl out there, but I’m thinking if I had one of these Tensile Tree Tents, that I might give camping a try.  How cool are these tents?  They’re off the ground and serve as kind of a tent/hammock all in one.  Plus, they help to keep the bugs out – brilliant idea!

Tree Tent

If I ever decide to start climbing mountains, they work well in that situation as well.  So smart.

Tree Tent2

Don’t Let Me Go

I just finished this book and thought it was worth sharing.  Don’t Let Me Go is a story about how a group of neighbors essentially band together to help a little girl who is the daughter of a drug addicted mother.  I know it sounds like a downer at first glance, but it’s really very heartwarming, and one that I grew to appreciate the more I got into it.  Worth a read (or a listen, if you’re an Audible addict like I am).

Don't Let Me Go


Microplane Zester

On a completely different note, this microplane zester is something that I have in my kitchen that is great for adding fresh lemon or lime zest to recipes (I use it for adding zest to lemon blueberry muffins or even some yummy zucchini muffins).  A must-have, since a little goes a long way.

Lemon Zester

Ear Plugs

Now, I know earplugs are kind of an odd thing to share, and I don’t use them all of the time, but there is a time and a place for them.  When you need them, you need them.  Like when you’re out of town for a baseball tournament, sleeping in a hotel that’s on a busy street in downtown Indianapolis.  Yeah, times like that.  Godsend I tell you.


My +1 for the week that I don’t like – any sort of light in my bedroom when I sleep.  My husband swears that I’m part vampire, but I love to sleep in a bat cave of darkness.  I prefer to have the door closed, shades drawn, and even go so far as to cover up any digital clocks that may be glaring unnecessary light into my sleeping space.  My husband on the other hand, can sleep through just about anything, and doesn’t understand that I can see light, even if my eyes are closed.

I think there are even studies showing that sleeping in the pitch black darkness is good for you.  So it’s really all about health, right?

And the winner of the Homearama tickets is Amy Faler!  Enjoy!  I went to Homearama this week and will be sharing it with you next week.  Can’t wait to share all of the design ideas and trends with all of you.

Have a great weekend!






  • Reply
    June 17, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Really enjoy your blog so much – I love these Friday 5+1 posts – I have got so many recommendation of things to buy from the 5 + 1 post ! Hope your pup is ok ! Please make sure it’s nothing serious – sometimes larger dogs can get a serious stomach issue (Bloat or gastric torsion) Don’t want to be an alarmist – just a serious dog lover !! Thanks for a great blog !

    • Reply
      June 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words Pat. Our older pup is doing much better – he is back to moving around like he normally does. I think he forgets that he can’t always keep up with the puppy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    June 18, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I need that tape measure in a bad way. Your poor pups!! (and you!) Hope they are feeling better and stay out of mischief that leads to having to scrub your rugs at midnight!

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