1. Costco, Whole Foods, and a Gigantuan Tub of Coconut Oil
It’s all about the simple pleasures for me, and last Saturday was full of ’em! Besides our memorable first trip to Whole Foods, the bestie and I went to Costco. While I’ve had a membership for over a year and been there two or three times, we had the first opportunity to really wander around and browse. Of our scores my top three were:
|You can see how many are left and I just got them a week ago!!! (And you can see how well I’m doing on New Year’s and Lenten resolutions. Ugh.)|
…pretzel rolls (we ate them all so I have no photo to share)…
2. Girl Day at Beauty and the Beast
I hadn’t been to a musical in ages, and as someone who used to perform in them in high school, I really miss that form of entertainment. My mom got tickets for herself, my sister, Faith and me to attend my high school’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast. It was Faith’s first musical and I was thrilled to see her totally enthralled. We had a fun “girl day” and ended it with Dairy Queen Blizzards! (Mint chocolate chip in honor of St. Patty’s Day!)
3. Coffee and Crop
Over a year ago I started a “crop” group so that I could get together with friends and keep on top of scrapbooking or whatever other creative endeavors I set my mind to. Once a month we meet at our favorite local coffee shop for three hours of friend bonding, coffee and crafting (and occasionally, wine). I named it Coffee and Crop. I look forward to this night every month, and while my productivity is decreasing lately, I treasure the time I get to spend with old friends and new! It is always a refreshing and relaxing treat. (And the wine never hurts.)
4. An Unexpected Gift
This past year I have really grown close to my friend, Crystal, who I have mentioned several times on this blog. She is a huge blessing in my life and many others, and she is one of the best moms and people I know. Well, at our monthly Coffee and Crop gathering the other night, she presented me and another friend with gift bags that initially had us perplexed. It wasn’t our birthdays. It wasn’t Christmas. Whatever could be the occasion for such a treat?
Friendship was the occasion. She gave us this cute pillow from Blessings Unlimited to express her gratitude for our friendships, as she has had a rough go of it lately. Tucked inside the pillow was a sweet handwritten note. My reply to her was that she is by far a better friend to me than I am to her. I am so thankful for Crystal and all of my awesome friends!!!
|Pillow from Blessings Unlimited|
5. That Moment When You Realize It’s Not Just You!
I think we all have moments in life where we’re doing (or not doing) something, and we feel like we’re falling short of standards, whether those we set for ourselves, or those we set because of what we see in others. As a fairly new blogger whose primary purpose is sharing organizing ideas, I have often struggled with the fact that not only does implementing an organizing project and then writing about it takes time, but also that inevitably there may be a point where I’m just redoing everything I’ve done, just so I have something to share! Now, I will say that often I wind up reorganizing spaces anyway, because either they’re not working as I originally intended or hoped, or because I decide the space needs to serve a different purpose.
Today I received my email subscription from Nesting Place, and the author had linked to a guest post she wrote here. The title of her post today was “Ever Changing”, which by itself caught my attention. For me life seems ever changing, my intentions for organizing and blogging constantly change, etc., so I was interested in where she was headed with that. Her guest post (titled “(in)courage”) was all about her home blog, and how she always hated blogging about “the process”. As bloggers we want to give you the before and after for the WOW factor, but we don’t necessarily want you to see our messes, our imperfections, our undone projects. She also talks about how if we didn’t share that part, that a home (decor) blogger who has “say 10 rooms” in their home, would have to constantly be redoing their decor in order to continually have things to blog about. Her realization was that the process or the journey was the most important part. You should read her post, but it brought me some relief that I’m not the only one who feels that way!