Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 9.8.17

I hope you’re having a good week and are out of hurricane harm as we head into the weekend.  I am mesmerized by the power of Mother Nature – truly astounding.  Stay safe my friends.  Let’s keep things light and look at this week’s Friday 5+1.  This post contains some affiliate links.


Gingerbread Candle

Now don’t flog me in public for sharing a gingerbread candle in September, but trust me that this scent is one that works for the fall and the holiday season.  It’s just plain yummy and doesn’t scream “Christmas” the way Frasier Fir does – but in a good way (it’s my favorite holiday scent).

Gingerbread Candle

If you’re still skeptical, try their Simmered Cider candle or wax melt.  I am using the wax melt in my house now (only because I couldn’t find the Gingerbread wax melts at the time), and whenever I have the wax warmer going, my daughter says that our house “smells like fall.”  So there you go.  Even better, you can get it in a Moscow Mule style copper mug.

Spiced Cider Candle

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

I just finished listening to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine this week, and thought it was worth a share.  It’s been compared to A Man Called Ove, and I can see where there are some similarities (and if you haven’t read the book, consider watching the movie – it’s really well done as well).  

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I will caution you to say that some parts of this book made me sad, and there is some darkness in this story.  It really made you stop and think about some of the things in life that so many of us take for granted as part of normal, everyday life  But overall, Eleanor is an endearing character that you will come to love as you read/listen to this book.

An excerpt from Amazon – 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes…

Instant Pot Carrier

I promise I’ll get off my Instant Pot soapbox (I love mine and haven’t been disappointed with anything I’ve made yet).  That said, if I’m going to make something amazing, and want to bring it with me to a party, I’m going to need an Instant Pot Carrier.

Instant Pot Carrying Bag



I was listening to a podcast recently, and the idea of meditation and its benefits were discussed, along with some apps that could help you get started with meditating.  Now, I’ve never really given much thought to meditating, but I figured I would give it a try, and downloaded the Headspace app.  

Headspace App

It offers some great guided meditation to get you started (and they’re only three minutes long).  The app is really cute with the way it describes meditation, with animated videos and guided exercises.  The voice of the man doing the guided meditation makes me want to meditate longer – soothing with an accent, very easy on the ears.  I have to say, I’m really enjoying it, and always feel good after my short meditative spurts.  I’m planning on continuing with it, and there are a lot of different options offered, dealing with different issues.  What do I have to lose in trying, right?

Awkward Family Photos

I’m warning you now that you may end up spending more time that you expect perusing Awkward Family Photos.  There are just too many hysterical ones out there to keep you coming back for more.  And I dare you not to giggle out loud.  No, I triple dog dare you, because I’m literally crying I’m laughing so hard, sitting on the couch.  By myself.  The captions seem to send me over the edge (I added the captions here since they didn’t come over with the photo – check out the Awkward Family Photos website for the full effect). 

Awkward Family Photos



Awkward Family Photos

IN STITCHES — My mom made a crochet version of me for graduating law school.

Awkward Family Photos

BARBIE ARM — “We took this picture at a friend’s wedding. It wasn’t until after I posted it and people started making comments about my husband’s “Barbie Arm” did we notice how his arm had ‘shrunk’…”


My +1 for the week – Dreaming that I’m moving

I think I must have some sort of seven year itch going on or something, because we’ve lived in our past two houses for seven years before moving, and this year marks the seventh year in this house.  I keep dreaming that we’re moving, but it’s not even to a house that I want to live in.  In one of the dreams, I got to the closing, and told them that I didn’t want to sell our house, I liked where we lived.  And the house we were buying was awful.  

Can any dream experts make sense of that one?  I’m so relieved when I wake up and realize that I’m still in my own house. 🙂

Have a great and safe weekend!






  • Reply
    Cassie Bustamante
    September 8, 2017 at 7:38 am

    the barbie arm photo is amazing!!! HAHAHA!!!! and i need to read that book- sounds like something i would love! i always love your recommendations!

    • Reply
      September 8, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      I love Awkward Family Photos – always good for a laugh! Have you read anything you really like lately? I’m on the hunt for a new book! Have a great weekend Cassie!

      • Reply
        September 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

        I just finished “Change of Heart” by Jodi Piccoult – it has kind of a “Green Mile” vibe to it, but a bit different. Not my favorite of hers, but still a decent read. I just downloaded two new books – “The Secret” by Kathryn Hughes (I’ve read a couple of her other books and really enjoyed them), and “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. Looking forward to diving in to both of them!

  • Reply
    Pam H.
    October 2, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Ok- I am not a professional dream analyzer… but I have to tell you, I think i know why you dreamed that- because I had the same dream recently! I figured out mine…. and perhaps yours is the same reason.
    I know you follow Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chic.. (seeing how you helped her paint her cabinets) Any way, i was just amazed that she would want to sell her beautiful house she has spent hours and hours getting it to perfection. I was just perplexed that any thing she bought could not be nearly as amazing. Then I started thinking about my house…. and had the dream. I am thrilled for Sarah that she gets to live in her new dream house… but her old one was pretty amazing. I think subconsciously we thought of ourselves in her situation. Thoughts???? I only know you two amazing ladies via your blog… just my two cents….

    • Reply
      October 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I like your analysis Pam! I’m wondering if my dreams might be related to my oldest heading off to college – but it’s been about six weeks and I’m still having the dreams, so who knows?!?

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