My Friday Favorites 03.24.17

I haven’t done this in awhile! But the snow is finally melting and with hopes that spring is right around the corner, I found myself noticing my favorite things again! I almost returned to this post last week since, according to the world wide web, I was the ONLY person who liked the This Is Us season finale! Without further ado, here are my favorite things this week.

On TV and in My Bookshelf – I am currently watching Big Little Lies on HBO at the same time as reading the book by Liane Moriarty. I have never done this before! I usually read then watch or watch then read (sometimes causing me to have to recall – was that the same, or different?) Reese Witherspoon is fantastic and I read all of Madeline’s dialogue in her voice!

On the Page – Better Homes and Gardens April 2017 issue. It introduces the 2017 Colors of the Year and three of my favorites have emerged – Sky Blue, Daffodil and Mossy Green! Plus six new recipes using one of my fav veggies – asparagus.

On the Web – Mornings can be a very hectic time if everyone is trying to get ready and out the door at the same time. This week Huffington Post gives us 8 Things The Happiest Couples Do Every Morning. Full disclosure, between breakfast, book bags and bathrooms, my hubby and I rarely do all of these every morning, but I love a good challenge so I am going to be mindful of this list and see how well I / we do!

Close up of a happy young couple enjoying time together

On Instagram – Check out this amazing kitchen in my signature color from House Beautiful. The green gingham ceiling!! Swoon! I have that tea kettle (love when I can say I have something from a gorgeous shot like this!) Photo credit: Eric Piasecki.

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On the List – Shout out to my hometown, Philly, PA, USA who was named to National Geographic’s Best Spring Trips 2017! They mention Philadelphia’s great restaurant scene, including Reading Terminal Market, which is awesome. Looking for a great trip this spring? Come on by for a cheesesteak and a soft pretzel!


What are you watching, reading, liking and retweeting? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you have a great weekend!

My Friday Favorites 05.08.15

FF pink green brownHappy Friday everyone! Let’s jump right in with all my favorites from the past week.

On TV- Note – I have not watched Grey’s or Scandal yet.  This week Detective Lindsay is dealing with returning home and to work after the tragic loss of Nadia on Chicago PD.  We discover she is blaming herself for her friend’s death because she was pushing Nadia to become a cop. (This is a little bit of a stretch for me because if she didn’t “push” her, Nadia still would have wound up dead in a ditch, only with a herion needle in her arm.) She wanted to be to Nadia what Voight was to her. Chicago Fire reminded us this week how we hated Sergeant Hank Voight when we first met him. Sometimes I forget that! The bad blood between him and Lieutenant Matt Casey at the fire department was revisited when Voight asked Casey to go undercover for him. Then on PD, Voight smoothes over the whole “higher-ups blocking a memorial stone for Nadia on the precinct wall” by literally telling Burgess and Roman to go to a storage unit and pull a file from a box labeled Summer 2005.  And what do you know?  That file has evidence about a certain higher-up officer and a prostitute. I love that he knows exactly where to find the file – storage unit, labeled box.  He’s so organized! I heart Voight again.


On the Page – May’s issue of This Old House  includes how to make a small entryway work, kitchen and bath make-overs, and a gorgeous cottage dining room. I’m really loving 19 Budget – Smart Bath Updates. A bar cart for bathroom storage? Yes, please! Which leads me to…


On the Bookshelf – I’ve been sticking to my New Year’s resolution of reading more.  I’ve just started Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and can’t stop laughing already!


In the Kitchen – I’ve been searching around for new ways to vary how I’m preparing vegetables . 8 Cooking Tricks to Elevate that Basic Veggie Side gives easy tips to incorporate to kick your side vegetable dishes up a notch. 

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On my Pinterest Boards- I found this picture on the board Beautiful Kitchens and it led me to Tips to Organize a Small Kitchen by Making Home Base.  I am constantly moving things around my small kitchen trying to make it clutter free while having things close by so it’s functional.  There are some great ideas in this post.  

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On my Twitter Feed-  @KensingtonRoyal – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Will and Kate showed good form by including Diana among the names given to their new little princess.  Name absent from the list: Camilla.  Name BEFORE Diana: Elizabeth. They are smart, but not crazy. Which leads me to…

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

On the ComputerPrincess of Not, How the Hell Does She look Like That? by Scary Mommy Seriously though – this picture – with her hair done, make-up flawless, yellow and white dress (the lightest colors on the planet – ummm – I wear dark pants when I only have my period) and the HIGH HEELS – was taken TEN, yes 10, hours after she have birth.  This post cracked me up – and said everything every woman who has every given birth was thinking when they saw this photo! 

For the Teachers – Happy Teacher Appreciation Week and Thanks a Latte to Eighteen25 for making it really easy for me to give thoughtful, cute gifts to Olivia’s teachers.

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Anything you are loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know. Have a terrific weekend and thanks for reading.