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Friday Faves: Home Edition (for the millionth time)

Hi! Happy Friday! This Friday Favorites is brought to you by the fact that I still have not hung a single thing on our walls. Like, not one. Actually, no, last week I hung out our paper towel holder because paper towel on the counter makes me crazy. But since then, not a single thing. Why, guys? Why is this so hard?! Could it be because we’ve lived in four houses in the past year? (*laugh crying*) I think I have anxiety about not liking where I hang things, which is sensible since you obviously can’t move something after it’s hung up.

*facepalm*

This post was actually meant to go up a week ago, and I’m writing this in advance, but I bet even though five days have passed, I still have not hung anything.

Mayyyyybe something will happen this weekend. If not, next week is the week, guys! I solemnly swear I will hang up one thing. Anyways. Here are some things that inspire me, or some things that eventually I can picture having in the house!

(P.S. I swear I’ll get back to beef posts eventually, but right now I’m enjoying things being light around here, those beef posts can take a long time to research and put together!)

Favorite Curtain Idea: Basketweave curtains. We have a *lot* of windows in this house, and while I don’t think they all need curtains since they all have really nice wood plantation blinds, there’s a lot of unalleviated brown and so I’d like to break it up a bit with something, and I don’t have enough curtains to go around. I like the idea of making something like this that look like curtains but aren’t! While silk (dupioni is my favorite fabric of all time) would be the most perfect, it’s silk. I have two children. I live in a ranch house. Wildly impractical, and I think I’d go crazy! I think a heavy jersey would be beautiful (and then I don’t have to sew it, haha), so maybe I’ll start slowly accumulating enough!

basket weave curtains
Favorite “Big Art” Idea: Engineering Prints + Bulldog Clips. We have engineering prints to go above our bed, but four moves later they’re looking a little rough, and I love how these ones look! I love the idea of being able to change out the picture every few months until we decide on something permanent. Major bummer, though–I submitted my order on OfficeDepot.com yesterday for two large prints, and they just called and said they won’t do them because “engineering prints are not suitable for pictures.” Ugh. So, Staples it is, hopefully. I’ve never had trouble ordering them before! The blog poster used Kinko’s, but you have to pick it up in the store and the closest store is 3 hours away. #ruralprobs. Who wants to pick up one of these and mail it to me?
oversized print

Favorite Yes-It’s-Mass-Produced-But-I-Don’t-Care: Hobby Lobby Steer Pictures. I have my eye on some really beautiful cow photographs/art that I want to save up for, but I have a major weakness for cow pictures and we don’t have any! I found these while I was looking for a knob for Wacey’s dresser during a sale, and they were both 50% off! Wacey came in while I was looking and asked if the longhorn one could go in his room, so I added it to the cart! It’ll get hung up by the time you go to Kindergarten, I promise.
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longhorn

Favorite Fluffy: Tufted Ottoman. We need an ottoman. I like this ottoman.
tufted ottomanFavorite Cozy: Pendleton Blanket. For years, I have wanted a Pendleton blanket to go on our bed. I still don’t 100% know which one I want, but this one is in the running! I’d like something that will go with my ideal room color (Revere Pewter duh) and the color we’re stuck with for the foreseeable future (tan–we aren’t allowed to paint this house. Please do not get me started. To be fair, it’s an okay tan. But it’s still tan. For the record, we do not need any more brown in the state of New Mexico).  Our bed is black, our bedding is white (our walls are tan….) and this blanket would look spiffy on the foot of our bed! Also in the running: this black and white one, and this less neutral one.
pendleton blanket
Favorite DIY: Ladder hanging rack. One intentional reason I don’t go to hanging things right away is that I want to see what we need, how the house functions, and how we live in it. One thing that I absolutely need is a hanging rack in the laundry area. When you walk in from the porch (the door we use the most), to the left is a hallway to the mudroom/pantry, and the washer and dryer are right there, too. I want to find a short wooden ladder, and put it on hinges so I can fold it down when I’m doing wash, and fold it back up so it’s not constantly in the way in such a small space. I’d hang it overhead like this, but we have high ceilings and I’m 5’3″ and pretty much everyone we know is…not. It would be like Gandalf in Bilbo’s house. Anyways, I’m going to check at my favorite junk store in town whenever we’re there next to see if there’s a ladder calling my name. I’m painting it pink, ps.
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Favorite (ish) Paint Color: Blue Gray Mint something. I have two chairs from Ikea in the dining room where the boys’ boosters are. They are both unstained pine. They are both disgusting since we’ve had them for years and the boys eat things like blackberries. I need to paint them. I have paint indecision. I have narrowed it down to two colors: this one, and a navy. I like this one better, but I already have navy. We shall see.
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Here it is! Follow me on Instagram to stay updated, aka I’m using Insta to hold myself accountable. I’m really getting the itch to get things done, so maybe my frustration at bare (tan) walls will finally boil over and I’ll get going? Pray for me.

Happy Friday, I hope you have so much fun stuff planned–for the second weekend in a row, we do! Who are we?!

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! It’s one of our favorite days of the week (duh, #basic, whatever). Even though neither one of us has a traditional job with a traditional workweek, everything just seems lighter on a Friday.

Plus, not to be a summer humbug or anything, but every Friday that goes by is another week closer to not being hot and worrying about rattlesnakes. Fine, just label this Take 1 from Confessions of a Summer Humbug.

I’m so grateful to be getting back into the swing of things, so here’s a sort-of-celebratory Friday Favorites post! These are all things that I’m currently loving.

Favorite Face: Beautycounter Cleansing Milk. I love this, truly, which is sort of a big deal because I was a little sad when I got it because I usually order their Nourishing Cream Cleanser, and this doesn’t smell nearly as good (my one criticism of this product!). But, good golly it works. It gets my skin clean without drying it out–the first cleanser I’ve ever tried to do so! I’m trying to simplify my skincare both in terms of products and ingredients, and this is a permanent part of my lineup. At least until I have another baby and my skin changes completely again.

cleansing milk
Favorite Drinker: Yeti Rambler. Bert got me one of these for Mother’s Day customized with our brand (as I’m sure you know since I hardly hide my love for it on Insta), but I really do love it. It’s huge, but not too too, and fits in a cupholder. You put ice in this baby and hours and hours later, it’s still there. Icy-cold water is one of my love languages, and so I want like, five more of these.

yeti tumbler

Favorite Thing: Yeti Tundra 45. I got Bert this bad boy for Father’s Day (one of those “I want one so I’m getting you one so I can use it” sort of affairs) because, well, all the other kids have one, and please see all comments above re: Rambler except for the cupholder part. Keeps things cold for literally days. Expensive as hell, worth every penny. I want another to keep in my car for when I go to town. Specifically a pink one. Or one of the new ones with wheels.
yeti coolerFavorite #NerdAlert: North Point Media’s There & Back Again Podcast. I love podcasts. I love book series. So you can imagine how I feel about a podcast that talks about one of my favorite series of books! I love learning more about Tolkien and the universe he created and all of the nerdy things that go along with that. I’m not a mega-super-nerd, but I love stories, and I’m re-reading the LOTR series to follow along with this podcast so you decide. He also has one for Harry Potter, and the Outlander series, ps.
tabagin
Favorite Summery Pasta Salad: Herby Couscous salad. So, couscous is a pasta, in case you are like me and have been going through life believing it was a rice. It is not. Thus, this is a pasta salad and it is delicious. Bright and fresh and would be so good with herbs from your garden if you are not like me and have a garden. Worth mentioning though is that Bert didn’t love it. Like at all. So, it’s not on the dinner menu but it’s delicious cold so it’s perfect for lunch! Which is what it’s supposed to be for, so…
couscous salad
Favorite Worky-Outy-Thing: Nike Dri-Fit Sports Bra. So, disclaimer, I didn’t actually buy this. I was given a pile of them by my beloved best friend who is a collegiate athletic trainer and gets tons of team gear and passes some of it on to me because she’s amazing and one person can’t possibly wear 1000 sports bras. I love these. They are so soft–with other sports bras, I’ve had problems with chafing underneath my arms and on my sides, but not with these–and their length is perfect. Also they are constructed in such a way that Sports Bra Uniboob isn’t as pronounced, and they come in both normal colors and crazy colors depending on how much hoo-rah you need to get your workout done. Verdict: I’d actually buy these, and probably will if I ever run out.
sports bra
Favorite Yes I’m Shocked Too: Frankincense Essential Oil. So, I am not a woo-woo crystals type of gal, and I’m very wary of things claiming to be toxic or not toxic or green or more natural, etc. since a lot of the time those claims aren’t true. I did order a starter kit from Young Living, though, mostly out of curiosity and because they were on sale. and my good friend made a small commish. I’m sort of hooked, and want to try more. No, I don’t think they are a substitute for modern medicine, and yes, I think lots of people overstate their use and/or efficacy. But let me tell you what–this little oil has made a huge difference in my skin. I will keep buying it because, like I said before, I’m trying to simplify my skincare. I mix a drop or two with jojoba oil to use as a moisturizer, and apply neat on blemishes. My skin has never been so luminous, less flaky (to be fair I know this is in part due to the new cleanser, but this is also making a huge difference!), and it actually works to help heal zits. So, while I’m not totally jumping in the essential oils deep end, I’m sticking a toe in the kiddie pool and so far, I’m liking it.

frankFavorite Car Snacky Snack: Rx Bars. One thing I am sure about, though, is that there is so much sugar in so many foods! I really noticed it in Canada, where I’d have something that they have here, but it was so much less sweet (and typically much tastier), so I’m sort of on a mission to remove as much excess sugar from our diets. If I’m eating sugar, I don’t want it to be in a granola bar, or in yogurt, or in peanut butter. I want it to be in ice cream and cookies and cakes and candy and sugar straight out of the jar, you know the little lumps of brown sugar? #ragingsweettooth. Anyways. I love Rx bars and have added them to my monthly subscribe & save order. I picked one up for the first time in the airport a few weeks ago, and I’m hooked! My favorite flavor, of course, is one of the sweeter ones (Mixed Berry), but it has no added sugar, and that’s what I’m focusing on (first–baby steps!). I’m looking forward to trying more of their flavors because I love to keep bars on hand since we are often eating snack in the car (a habit that I hate but that is nearly impossible when everything is at least an hour’s drive). I also love that if things are frantic at home and I can tell hangry is right around the corner, I can grab one and be a better human.
rx barFavorite Kid Thing: Joey. So, last time they were here, my in-laws brought this for Wace. It’s basically a magnetic paper doll, and while I thought it was cool I wasn’t sure if it was something he’d be super into for more than a day or two. Friends, I was so wrong. He loves it, and we’ve taken to having some one-on-one time each evening before bed playing with Joe–he’s made bedtime so much easier because Wace really looks forward to it and I enjoy that time so much with him, since most of the day is spent trying to keep him and Buster for assaulting each other. We put on each outfit, talk to Joey about it a little, and it’s adorable and is great for those fine-motor skills and imagination muscles. When we’ve done each one, we put everything away, Wacey covers Joe with his “blanket” (an infant washcloth), and–I kid you not–gives him a kiss after tucking him in. It’s adorable. They don’t have very many of these, but I think we definitely need to get him another one–Julia looks like a nice gal, and I think we can always use another feminine influencel around this tiny frathouse.
joeyFavorite Tiny-Bit-Shocked-That-Something-So-Cheap-Is-This-Awesome: Kroser Laptop Backpack. Before I went to Vancouver, I decided I needed a better carry-on situation for all of my things. I don’t have a satchel big enough for my gargantuan laptop (I’m a 17″ type of gal) and I wanted to minimize the hot mess-ness that is inevitably Cassidy in the Airport. So, All Paths Lead to Amazon and I found this guy for less than $40 and I love it. It has pockets for everything, and my megatron laptop fits in the compartment even if I keep it in the sleeve. It has a charger thingy that I bet is real cool but I need to figure out how to use it, and a couple of pockets in the front that make you look real slick when you need to produce your travel documents or credit card in a hurry. Now, it’s a straight-up backpack. It’s not beautiful, but it’s not ugly, and does the job perfectly. Of course, if it were made of hair-on hide it would be perfect, but this is a solid 9/10 and makes running to the next gate so much easier. Just hike that baby up and go.
backpackFavorite Apparel: Embroidered Tunic. I don’t need to say much about this top except that it’s beautiful, makes me feel like a million bucks, and is currently sold out but that’s okay because this little boutique has the most amazing things at really surprising prices. Get thee over there, fellow embroidery lover!
pink embroidered top

Favorite upgrade: Adirondack chairs. We finally got a couple of new (plastic) Adirondack chairs to replace our grody ones on the front porch and they are wonderful. They are super comfy, and look nice. Granted, they’re not the solid-wood versions. But, I don’t want the wood versions. I want the plastic versions so that when they inevitable become pulled over by a child, they just cause said child to be pissed off instead of injured. Now, you might be saying “But Cassidy, a child couldn’t pull over a wooden Adirondack chair,” to which I’d say “But Gentle Reader, Buster weighs over 30 pounds and has the most shocking strength you’ve ever seen. He’s like a tiny, less tan Hulk. I promise you he will get it done.” To which you’d say “Touche.” Because it’s true. Anyways, I digress. These chairs are fab, the mini version are great too, and we are getting two more because no one wants to sit in the sad old ones anymore and now they look even sadder. Someday we’ll get wooden ones. That decade is not this decade.
adirondack chair
Happy Friday, team! I hope your week was great and that you have some amazing things planned for the pre-Fourth weekend. We have an exciting weekend full of a birthday party or two, caking cattle and checking water, and (God willing) a little hanging of things on the walls because our house is still bare and it makes me feel like I live in a tan mental institution. In the best sense, of course.

God Bless America, and Amazon Prime.

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Friday Favorites: Podcast Edition

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This Friday Favorites is brought to you by a rough week. We started off so strong…great birthday party for Wace, I’ve got a new client, and Valentine’s Day was almost great…and then.

It’s been rough nationally because of what’s in the news, and it’s been a little rough personally because Buster is sick, and that’s meant a lot of frustration and driving many miles trying to get him what he needs to get well, and trying to prevent Wacey from getting as sick, too.

(He’s perfectly fine, he just has bronchiolitis, and his oxygen levels were a little low yesterday, but he’s already improved enormous amounts with the medicine he’s been given, and we’re hopeful that he’ll be healthy soon and that Wacey won’t get any worse. On a brighter note, all of these 200-mile-round-trip drives mean more Starbucks for me, right?)

I’m not going to comment much on the state of the world. I had a post written about it, but I’m not sure that’s what I want this space to be, because there are others who speak about it much more eloquently than I do (like Brene Brown. Go look her up). I’ll only say that in terms of the horrible events in Florida, I believe that we’re not doing enough in any realm and focusing on just one area isn’t going to get us where we need to go, and we need change somehow, for our country and for our children. On my personal front, I’ll only say that in terms of healthcare, our system is really not very good, and my family is lucky to have what passes for pretty good coverage in this country, and it still feels so hard. I can’t imagine what it’s like to try and navigate this system with less resources than I have. We can do better, and we really must.

So, in light of the negativity and the hard things I’m sharing my favorite positive podcasts. I don’t think we should turn away from the hard things, but sometimes my brain needs a break, and so I like to have a good mix ready on my phone. I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks since we drive so much and go on so many walks, and since having something to listen to makes mundane tasks like folding laundry and cleaning the house more enjoyable! I’ve also been listening to some of my favorite childhood books on audiobook and it’s such a nice little brain perk.

Coffee + Crumbs: This is my favorite mothering podcast. They also have a blog, and it’s such a sweet, uplifting space for motherhood.

How I Built This: I love hearing how companies were built and it’s so inspiring to listen to their stories!

The Katie Couric podcast: Good interviewing is an art and a skill, and Katie’s got it. I love listening to interviews where a question pops into my mind, and then the interviewer asks it! It makes me feel so gotten. She talks to celebrities and influencers about their careers, yes, but also about life in general. I love hearing how successful people tackle hard things, and the ways they keep going even when they have failed or made a mistake.

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations: This is the podcast form of the popular show, and while some episodes are a little hippie-dippie to me, others make me want to listen over and over (Maya Angelou and Brene Brown, in particular). It’s about spirituality, and what matters, and how to navigate life in a more soulful, spiritual way.

Sawbones: This has long been one of my favorite podcasts. It’s about medical history, and it’s so funny and informative! No matter your podcast bent, you’ll love this one.

Smartest Person in the Room: This is a great podcast that tackles a subject (Religion, Hollywood, Mind-Body) from a bunch of different angles and the perspective of experts in various parts of that subject, and it’s really fascinating!

The Girl Next Door Podcast: I love this podcast and truly hope that one day they will make it weekly. It’s two neighbors who get together and just visit. They talk about everything and nothing, and it’s always so relatable and funny, and makes me feel like I have more friends ha.

The Longest Shortest Time: This is another great parenting podcast, and the host is another great interviewer. She interviews people about pretty much everything before, after, and during parenthood. I enjoy it because it talks about the stuff lots of people don’t talk about (hi, postpartum everything), and exposes me to different perspectives that I would likely not otherwise encounter in our dusty little corner of the world, and the stories are so moving, and I feel like I know more about diverse groups of people, which is always a good thing. There is a new host going forward, and I really hope it stays the same!

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: I love this one. It’s mostly women, and it talks about parenting and life and entrepreneurship and art and books and food and all sorts of things from a God-centered perspective. Her guests are always interesting, and I finish each episode feeling inspired and motivated.

I listen to a lot of other podcasts too: politics, news, etc., but when I’m wanting something light or funny or uplifting or encouraging, these are the ones I pick. There are so many because most of these are weekly or bi-weekly, and I devour them.

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Friday Favorites: Things I Actually Own and Love Edition

Happy Friday! We’ve had a busy week round these parts but I’m glad to say we don’t have much planned for the weekend aside from looking at baby calves and working on the house and our side projects. We’re getting closer and closer to having things “done” enough that I’ll quit fussing about them for awhile and shift my “house” focus on things I really ought to be doing like scrubbing every single kitchen cabinet. #priorities.

This Friday Favorites is inspired by things that I have that I love and actually own! I love reviews: reading them, writing them, comparing them, so here is my offering to the reviews universe.

Favorite “Farm” Decor: Plaid Pillow Cover. I bought two of these for our living room and I love them. Nice and thick, and they seem decently made, especially for the price. I’m trying to figure out how to style our living room and so I didn’t want to invest a whole lot, but I’m really pleased with these! They seem to be smaller than they say, I have them on 22×22 pillows, just fyi.buffalo check pillow
Favorite Repeat Recipe: Pioneer Woman’s Chicken and Noodles. I make this for dinner once or twice a month with homemade stock made after I roast a chicken (I use Ina Garten’s recipe, and then just omit PW’s stock-making steps in this recipe) and it’s one of our favorite meals. I think the turmeric is what does it!

chicken and noodles
Favorite Recent Read: The Glass Castle. Generally, I’m not a memoir person, because I find that many of the ones I’ve read (or tried to read) are a bit dry (I think I am reading the wrong ones), or have subject matter that make me not want to read them (I’ve gotten sort of sensitive, I guess, which is why we only watch the first disc of Lonesome Dove or at least fast-forward through the part where Deets dies in the second one) but this one was so, so good.  SO GOOD. Just go read it.

the glass castle

Favorite hair product: Unite Argan Oil. I have really thick hair that tends to err on the side of dry and frizzy, but this stuff really does the trick for me, which I knew it would since my hair expert (Cameron at Blondie’s in Denver–if you’re in the area, go see them. If you’re not, like me, make appointments months out and go see them anyway). It’s expensive, but it lasts a really long time, and works so much better than any other Argan oil that I’ve tried since it’s more concentrated.

Unite Argan Oil
Favorite Cookies: A Bountiful Kitchen Tried and True Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’ve posted about these before, but they’ve been on repeat at our house this winter since all the boys love them and Wacey really enjoys helping me make them! My changes: I use half regular milk chocolate chips and half mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. I use a smaller cookie scoop and bake for nine to nine and a half minutes. They are theeee best chocolate chip cookies. Seriously. Multiple non-paid, non-related-to-me, non-threatened people have said so.
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Favorite shirt: Heifer Please. I have been getting more into graphic tees lately because they’re so fun to throw on with jeans and a sweater, and this one cracks me up, plus it’s very soft, the color is great, and fits well. I get asked where it’s from wherever I go! I like to support small shops too. And wear shirts that say things like “Heifer Please” that slightly embarrass my husband.
heifer please
Favorite I Know This is a Kid Thing But Can I Get One Too?: Star Lamp. Wacey’s almost-three-year-old sound machine with a ceiling projector finally died and since it had been dying a long, slow death for two years, I didn’t replace it. Instead, we got a more low-profile sound machine (he’s a “rain” setting kid, in case you’re wondering) without lights or a projector, but we noticed that he seemed to have trouble going back to sleep if he woke up in the night. He sleeps with a star projector at my in-laws, so I knew he was suuuuper hip to that jive. I bought this from Amazon (in blue) after seeing it on another blog, and we’re hooked. It’s magical. I love to lay in bed with Wace after we read books and sing songs and just look at the stars. Magical, I tell you. If Bert could stand it, I’d have one in our room. I’m not kidding. And, spoiler: no more night-time wakeups for Wace, which is wonderful both for him and for us.
night light
Favorite Floor Thing: Gray Rug. You guys. You guys! This rug is amazing. Amazing! So amazing it makes me speak in duplicate see? Duplicate! I bought it on Amazon with part of some Christmas giftcards earmarked for home stuff, and I’m so glad. It’s in Buster’s room, where we really needed a rug to tie things together (and hide some stubborn stains on the current carpet #ranchhouses) and this is perfect. Now, it’s $45 rug, so it’s not Turkish and it’s not super thick and squishy. But I didn’t want mega thick and squishy since it’s on top of carpet, and it doesn’t feel cheap at all. It’s big and soft, the pattern is subtle, and it seems well-made. I’m considering buying another I like it so well!

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Favorite Pretty: Johnny Was Yasi Tunic. This was my annual Johnny Was birthday purchase (now sold out but I bought it from my favorite boutique, the Rollin’ J. Look ’em up!) and gosh it’s so pretty. I mean, obviously, because it’s JW. It’s soft, and the colors are beautiful. I wear it with skinnys and a cardigan and tall boots or ankle boots and feel lovely the entire time with minimal effort. Oh and it’s machine washable, darling, that’s a new feature.
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Christmas Books with Animals, Shenanigans, and Things That Go

It’s Friday! It’s November! Yay!

We’re spending the weekend packing, hopefully taking some things to the new house, and trying to get Bert to let us listen to a little Christmas music. If you follow me on Insta, you may have seen on Instastories that I ordered Wacey’s big Santa gift this week (not premature–you have to get your orders in early for handmade stuff!!), so I officially have Christmas on the brain. Permit me this one holiday-y post and I promise I’ll do my very best to hold off until after Thanksgiving.

Sometimes when the holidays roll around, it’s hard to live in the middle of nowhere because you see everyone on social media doing all sorts of fun holiday activities like Christmas at the zoo, going ice skating, looking at lights, going to tree farms, etc., and it’s not usually possible for us to do all of those things since a real, actual big town is two hours away, and the cows need someone to take care of them. Also I don’t know about tree farms and ice skating in southeastern New Mexico.

One thing we can do, though, is read books, and we do a lot of that. We’ve started a little holiday collection for the boys, but this year I’d like to add a couple lengthier ones since Wacey is getting into longer stories. The reason I’m posting a book guide this early is that I find it can be so fun to sprinkle Christmas in here and there before getting out the tree and going full-on Clark Griswold, and books are a great way to do that. Also, even with Amazon Prime our mail is s.l.o.w so I order everything waaaayyyy in advance since it’s guaranteed to be late and there’s a decent chance it may not show up at all.

And, if your kid is like my kid, he’s been talking about Santa and Christmas trees and watching Christmas movies for weeks and you’ve got to do something to placate that little elf until you can set up the tree and go full-on Holly Jolly Christmas. Wacey is really into trucks, tractors, and trains, animals, and silliness, so that will be the realm in which we purchase books this year!

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This year, I’m definitely adding a few from this list to gift to the boys with (matching, duh) Christmas jammies in a couple weeks. The tractor one is already on order because my tiny tractor fiend just about lost his mind when he looked over my shoulder while I was typing this and saw there was a tractor Christmas book. The only one we have (that I had to include because it’s one of Wacey’s favorites) is Little Blue Truck’s Christmas.

I’m limiting myself to only buying a couple every year because I keep telling myself that we don’t need three hundred Christmas books.

Am I the only one who still struggles with need vs. want, especially around the holidays? It’s an affliction, I tell you.

Anyways. It’s Friday! The guys are working on getting equipment and cattle back to the pens since the sale of the ranch is scheduled to be closed next week and errthang’s gotta go. The boys and I are trying to find the motivation to do our part and start packing while really just running around the house and trying to convince Bert to take us to go feed cows with him.

We’re real handy to have around.

 

 

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Happy Friday! Guess what? We’re moving. Yes, we just did that. Yes, we’re doing it again. Why not, right?

Don’t answer that. There are a lot of reasons.

The ranch Bert is currently working for has been sold, and he received a great offer from another ranch in the area, so….we’re moving again! Yes! For the second time in three months we will be packing everything up, and moving it. Yay! (<< sort of manufactured enthusiasm, sort of not).

The new ranch is 20 miles down the road, and has been in the same family since 1917, so it’s unlikely *crosses fingers* that they’ll sell it. Ha. (<<not manufactured sarcasm). It feels good.

So. We will have a new new house. However, guys, the new new house is cool. It’s old, like real old, and needs some work, but oh, the bones of it are so good. And, the closet space is unreal for such an old house. And there’s trees, a tire swing, and a gas range. And funny quirks, like a weird pantry, and the laundry room is in one of the bedrooms. But I sort of enjoy funny quirks because it gives it character.

Anyways.

I’ll cut right to the chase: new house, new Pinterest board, new five-gallon bucket of Revere Pewter. Onwards.

Favorite Chalkboard: Weathered Framed Board. The current porch is a screened-in affair that the owners are enclosing and updating (*cross fingers* *knock on wood* *Hail Marys*) before we move in. The idea is that it will end up being a big ole functional mudroom (please, Lord). If that’s the case (again, please Lord), I would love to have a big chalkboard in there to write verses, song lyrics, uplifting snippets, menus for gatherings, etc. It’s going to be a pretty mudroom.

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Favorite I Wonder If This Actually Works: Cabinet Door Transformation. The part of this house that needs updated the most obviously is the kitchen. The cabinets are oldie-but-sort-of-goodie plywood (yes) that are stained classic 1950s orangey wood. So. Unless the ranch has big plans to redo all of the kitchen cabinets, this little project might be on my (eventual) to-do list. Or they might grow on me and we’ll just pretend we’re super ranchy circa 1951.

cabinetsFavorite Bulletin Board Revival: Burlap and Frame. In the kitchen there is a place for a desk or buffet table or something. I’d like to put a something there with a pretty bulletin board like this over it with all of our calendars and things. We already have a pretty bulletin board, but it needs a refresher, and I love the frame on this one. I might try to see if there’s a way I could do it with crown molding and our current board. I also love the idea of having a little banner of photographs!

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Favorite Well-We’re-Moving-So-May-As-Well-Get-It-Done: Faded Jeans Chalk Paint. Wacey’s bed needs a refresher, so I’m painting it blue. Bam! Instant refresher. When I go to my high school reunion in a month, and someone asks me what I do, I’m going to tell them I’m a painter because apparently I paint. So, I’m a painter who paints.

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Favorite Welcome Mat: Hey Good Lookin’. We will finally have one door that everyone will use, so a doormat is a must. This is one of my favorite songs, I remember my parents playing it when I was growing up and it has such a special place in my heart. Plus, what a nice thing to say, right? “Welcome to our house, you good-lookin’ human you.” It’s a little sassy, a little uplifting, but also functional. Add in “on time” and you’ve got all the things I strive to be.
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Favorite Bathroom Lights: Farmhouse Lights. I’ve wanted these in the last three houses we’ve lived in and never pulled the trigger. In the master bedroom of this house, the bed is right across from the sink (bath and toilet are in their own little room), and so I’ll have to look at the lights all the time. Eventually, I want to put these in. Very eventually, since no one wants to be the ranch gal that moves in and does allthethings. I mean, I actually do want to be that gal, but that gal is overbearing and high-maintenance, and I don’t want to be that gal, so we’ll all be confused and I’ll wait on the light.
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Favorite Why Haven’t I Done This Yet: Gold Dipped Barstools. We have two barstools that have been with us since Montana. They’re the sort of cheapie ones, but they’re sturdy, and they were free, so I’d like to give them a little fresher-upper with some paint. I already have quite a few cans of spray paint laying around, so I’m not sure why I haven’t done this yet!
painted bar stoolFavorite I Think I Already Talked About This But *Heart Eyes*: Pipe Wood Rack. I love this. Love it! It’s a great way to store a lot of wood in not a lot of space. This house has our first-ever fireplace (and by that I mean Christmas Stocking Displayer) instead of a woodstove, so it’s for funsies only, and I think this sort of rack would be perfect to have out on the porch without taking up tons of room. Also: not sad about not needing to cut and split and stack a thousand million pounds of wood this winter.
pipe wood holder
Favorite HA THIS WILL NEVER BE IN MY BUDGET BUT GOSH IT’S PRETTY: Fancy A** Barstool. I just like these. Kacey Musgraves has them in her house. I like the butt cheek contouring.
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So. There it is. Yet another Friday Favorites full of things for a new house that will hopefully (so many prayers, Lord) come to fruition. I know you’re probably sick of these but you know, I can’t believe we’re moving again. I’m not sad, really, but this is my way of hyping myself up and distracting myself from the fact that we have to move again because moving is so much work. So much. But. Doormat. Chalkboard. (Hopefully) awesome mudroom. Gas range. Full-size fridge. Actual closets. A closet big enough to be a closet and an office. Character. Awesome ranchiness. And, I believe there’s a full-size cutout of John Wayne in Wacey’s closet that comes with the house so: all future guests, beware.

(If you’re related to me, specifically to the Millers, you’ll understand that John Wayne will function as Captain Kirk. And you’ll understand I’ve been dreaming of that exact day for years.)

 

Friday Favorites

Friday Five

I’m writing this on Wednesday night. Bert’s out of town dayworking for a few days, and so the boys and I have been getting up to all kinds of shenanigans like not eating actual dinner and watching the new Magic School Bus in my bed and playing with the horses when we’re just supposed to be checking their water. Right now, they’re both asleep, I’m sitting on my bed wearing buffalo plaid pajamas and eating dark chocolate while watching Gilmore Girls so for this moment, all is right with the world.

Except that Gaucho keeps scratching himself in the mudroom (we share a wall) and it scares the bejeezus out of me because it sounds like someone knocking and yes, I have just gone and dead-bolted every door. Which is suuuuper handy in the literal middle of nowhere, I know, but it makes me feel better.

  1. This kid a) has the greatest moobs, and b) is teething. So a) adorable but b) horrendous. Thankfully, this ain’t my first rodeo, and I’ve already stocked up on Motrin because that was the only thing (and y’all, we’ve tried all.the.things that run the length of the crunchy/non-crunchy spectrum) that helped Wace (other than eating excessively which may cause him to make the jump from the 100th percentile to…whatever is beyond the 100th percentile) and apparently he and Wacey have that in common.bathtub
  2. So, a bunch of my face stuff ran out at once (isn’t that the way it always happens?), but that was okay because I wasn’t feeling super jazzed about it anymore anyway (oh, babies, and the things they do to us). So. I got this cleanser, and this oil, and: the cleanser is lovely. It doesn’t make my skin feel like the Sahara (which is a revelation), and the oil is moisturizing but I’ve noticed that my face is waaaaay less shiny so I’ve started using it as a moisturizer. I still use a moisturizer with SPF each morning, though. Also: my retinol product is almost out and I think I’m going to try this one next time instead because the one I’ve been using for two years just isn’t cutting it anymore. See the aforementioned babies. Even ranch gals like to have pretty skin.

    I don’t know if you care about that, but I enjoy beauty product reviews since the nearest Sephora is 200 miles away, mostly so someone else can decide if something’s a dud, so maybe you do?

  3. It’s Friday. Which means it’s time for fajitas! So, stop what you’re doing and make these. Make sure you don’t skip the lime juice. Believe me. Or the cilantro. Unless you’re one of those unfortunate souls to whom cilantro tastes like soap in which case, I’m sorry for your loss. Then, when you have leftovers because you made so much delicious meat, chop it up, saute some peppers and onions, and toss them into quesadillas.
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  4. We’re about a month out from my birthday sooooo I’m currently trying to decide whether or not I blow my whole birthday shopping budget (that’s my gift–I get to go shopping–alone) on Johnny Was, or exercise some restraint and…not blow my whole birthday budget on Johnny Was. But this top exists, so restraint’s not looking great. Buuuut I also want some new jeans, so…
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  5. This weekend, I’m making this masterpiece of a chicken, and I can’t wait. I love my beef, but gosh you can’t beat a good roasted chicken.

Poor Dean, he just told Rory he loves her and Rory’s being pretttty awkward. Ah, to be young and in love. Or maybe not in love, if you’re Rory.

Happy Friday! This weekend, we’ll probably cake some cows, check some waters, and (hopefully) eat some Sugar Babies. Also: big news (no, not pregnant) hitting the blog sometime next week, so stay tuned.

PS: Did you see the picture I posted of Shadrach the colt over on Insta? Grey horses are honestly and truly one of my love languages and oh be still my heart.