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A Big, Fat Lovefest

The trifecta of happiness. Rain, books, popcorn. I’m blaming that on today’s effusion of love for random smattering of things I love right now.


I am just about to sit down to browse through Ree Drummond’s new cookbook Food From My Frontier. Most people know who Ree is by now, but every once in a while I come across someone who hasn’t heard of her and I am more than prepared to gush.

Four words. Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn.

You are welcome. I’m not sure I have much more to add beyond that. Besides, I’m too busy eating shoveling it into my mouth.

Oh, and make extra. You’ll thank me later.

I love having a bathroom downstairs again. Moose and I keep forgetting and go all the way upstairs. It’s, dare I say, exciting! This project was a long time coming! And, although I haven’t posted on all the finishing touches yet (I’m so far behind on blogging people, you don’t even know), I love the mirror we got! I love HomeGoods too. One more for the list.

I’m probably preaching to the choir, but I love Kelle Hampton‘s blog Enjoying the Small Things. Regardless if I’m having a good day or a bad day, it makes my day even better. I read a lot of blogs; my RSS feed runneth over. There are a handful of blogs I check regularly, but many sit in my Google Reader account until I have a free evening to peruse them all. But not Kelle’s blog.  She’s the kind of person who loses her headband in a tree trying to take a picture of a sunset – I love it. And her running playlist (available at the bottom) is pretty great too.

(She also recently published her first book, Bloom. I’m looking forward to reading it!)

I won’t lie. In this house, Hootie and the Blowfish make their musical appearance pretty regularly. I (still) love Hootie.

In case you didn’t see me blabbing about it on Twitter, last weekend we went to the “Own the Night” tour starring Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker (aka modern-day Hootie) and Thompson Square. I may or may not have held my hands up in a giant “H” and yelled Hootie 14 or 17 times.

And Lady A is pretty cool too. (Not that Thompson Square isn’t, but we only caught the last half of their last song.)

All right, that cookbook is really calling my name now.

Happy Friday!

What do YOU love?

Love Wands and a Valentine Mantle

While procrastinating to do something (laundry? dinner? dishes? who knows?) I was perusing Pinterest and found a Valentine’s Day decoration idea that caught my eye. (Two Pinterest inspired posts in a row? Too much?)


I loved the idea of a heart bouquet! This blogger made them out of wooden hearts, but since I didn’t have any and didn’t feel like going to the store I decided to use what I had around the house. (Are you sensing a theme here with the way I work? Store-shmore.)

I hunted around and settled on a piece of cardboard. Yep, cardboard. Specifically a recent box I received from Shutterfly.com. I tore it until it was one flat piece and drew some hearts of varying sizes and proportions with a Sharpie marker.

I then proceeded to cut them out.

Once I had my cardboard heart pieces, I painted them with some craft paint I had lying around. I opted to add in yellows, oranges and purples to the red/pink traditional Valentine colors.

Then I added some wonderful sparkles (yes! a project with sparkle not spackle!) with glitter and beads.

Lastly, I attached a kabob stick (a favorite crafty item of mine) with my hot glue gun.

Then I took two glass vases and filled them with raffia (I think this was leftover from Christmas gifts) and then stuck the heart lollipops in at random.

On the mantle I added a few doo-dads. I bought two colorful and graphic greeting cards at the Target Dollar spot.

I put out my heart cookie cutters. And then I made a paper heart garland out of some scrapbooking paper.

Ah yes, and the age-old trick of ripping out a color-appropriate magazine page and sticking it in an extra frame. (The frame on the right holds a Martha Stewart Valentine’s Day Project photo from her magazine last year.)

This is my Valentine’s Day mantle for $3! (For the greeting cards… which I’ll probably give away anyways.)

Can you believe it’s February already? Where did January go!

Do you believe Valentine’s Day is an evil corporate plan by Hallmark? I definitely do not. All you need is love people!

Besides, if anyone is making money it’s those flower people. My husband can consider this his yearly reminder to not buy me roses for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

Field Luuuv

How cute is this?

We were driving on some back roads on Saturday and drove by this field with a huge heart planted in it.

It was so sweet.

There were two red Adirondack chairs at the base of the hill looking up at it.

You will have to rely on my mental picture, because this was all I managed to snap as we drove by.

: )