Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Hello and happy weekend friends! I’ve been preoccupied over the past few days, so I’m sorry for the late links! We’ve been in Harry Potter’s wizard world having read the books together over the past months and then we started a movie marathon, watching all the films in a row.

I read the first book when it came out in the late 90s and loved it but then purposefully reserved the remaining books and movies for when I had kids of my own. My sister thought I was crazy to wait asking why I never read them when they were released and why I never saw the movies. I sensed they were special but wanted to live the adventure when I had children of my own, and I’m so glad I did!

Now I finally get the hype, what a great series! We finished the last movie yesterday and now my husband insists on being called “Lord VoldeMatt” by our kids or they will get tickled “to death”. So who among you has visited Hogwarts at Universal Studios in Florida? I’d love to hear your reviews, we’re thinking of making the trip this year. 

On a completely different note, I’ve noticed there’s a movement and a feeling out there in the blogosphere, and several are reflecting on it with their thoughtful posts on how it has all changed – many of us missing the “good old days” when blogging was for the enjoyment of it and not for the attention/likes/accolades. Do you sense a change too?

Here are a few favorite links from the week:

Decorating trends for 2014

52 clever ideas for organizing your home

An epic ode to blogging (great comments)

Or you could just slow down

Letting go of fear

The humility of the artist

And for fun…

Senior citizens recreating movie scenes

Brothers recreating images from childhood

Bad lip reading at the NFL

Chewbacca’s behind the scenes Star Wars photos 


Also my latest posts over at Better Homes & Gardens …

versatile expedit

salvage finds

The Versatile Expedit

Add Style with Salvage Finds

Enjoy what’s left of the weekend!


Weekend Reading

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Hi everyone! Welcome to the weekend, we’re finishing up a DIY project that’s been lingering for a long time and we’re finally completing it, I hope to share that next week.

Also I finally watched Downton Abbey, Episodes 1 and 2, how nice to see the Dowager back at what she does best: “interfering”. Edith’s dress, wow, so stunning! I loved that nursery scene with Nanny West and the one with sweet Carson comforting Mary… what are your thoughts on the season so far? No spoilers please!



More links loved this week …

Mind your manor with these Downton decorating tips for the home.

How to build an impenetrable snow fort.

Kitchen appliances to be designed in partnership with Nate Berkus!

Keep them alive: office plant care tips.

These amazing pools look especially good right now.

I’m dying to try one of these patterned paint rollers.

So cute! Little kids who have mastered the game of hide & seek.

And a peek at Target Threshold for Spring (my faves)


My posts at BH&G:



A More Efficient Kitchen

Colorful Solutions for Clutter Control

I also wrote about four simple ways to bring the outdoors in over at My Colortopia…

Have a great weekend everyone.