Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Add It To My List [Q1 2017]

I'm linking up today with Lauren and Bre for Add It To My List. These are all the things I've enjoyed these first few months of 2016 that I think you should check out.

First of all: Babies in overalls. Do it.


Next - Favorite new (to me) recipes:

Slow Cooker Ham & Potato Soup from Dinner, then Dessert
Butternut Squash Carbonara from How Sweet Eats
Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu from Skinny Taste
Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies from The Year of Cozy


No list is complete without my latest favorite books:

News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Woods
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

In other book news: Swede and I have been enjoying new bedtime stories from Lillypost. This is a subscription box with four picture books (or five board books) every month. The day the books arrive (individually wrapped in the cutest paper) is so fun for Swede (and me).

What else?

I'm a little obsessed with Primary. They have a great line of basic kids clothes in bright fun colors. I bought Swede a bouquet of short-sleeve dresses for spring/summer.

Unwrapping new Lillypost books & wearing a Primary dress.

In the exercise realm:

After six months of 21 Day Fix I was ready for something new and found BodyFit by Amy on YouTube -  Great strength and HIIT workouts for cross-training days.

I am still loving my new running shoes - the Saucony Freedom ISO - and my current favorite running song is I Love It by Icona Pop. [Not a new song obviously but new to my playlist.]


Finally - Some recent interesting reads from the Internet:

 - My Real Life and Being Happy  - Interesting thoughts on the shift in blogging over the past decade.

 - I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical - I generally refer to my childhood as "idyllic" and there was definitely not all the Pinterest-y hoopla that can distract us (and I'm including myself here) from what is really important.

 - Depressed by Politics? Just Let Go  - But don't ignore the second to last paragraph - The key is to do something about it rather than passively consuming then feeling angry, frustrated, and/or hopeless.

That's all! Well, not quite - How about a photo of Gumball for the road? I don't think she gets enough love on the blog.


Let me know what you think I should put on MY list.

28 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to see Gumball make an appearance! And, big YES to babys in overalls. I'm off to read that post about the shift in blogging over the last 10 years.

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    1. I thought her thoughts on the trend toward curated content and trying to present the "perfect" life are really interesting. I know that's out there but none of the blogs I follow feel that way and hopefully mine doesn't either! Hoping we've hit saturation on that point and perhaps will start to swing back to sharing more real life...

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  2. I'm interested to read that post about the shift in blogging. I've only been at it four years (I think?) and it has changed a ton in that time. Love the book box! And thanks for the link to the youtube workout... I'm always thinking I should try something new so making it easy might be the key to DOING it!

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    1. I'm pretty late to the blogging game, It's been 1.5 years so far - I wish I had started up sooner! I do feel like blogs nowadays are more polished/professional, even just-for-fun blogs, and in some ways that's nice - better content! - but I try to stay away from the perfect-perfect ones.

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  3. I'm reading a book with my students called "stuck in neutral" about a boy who has cerebral Palsy and the thoughts he has when no one thinks he can think. It's interesting. You should check it out.

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    1. That does sound really interesting! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  4. Closing out with Gumball was a great move.

    I pinned the carbonara. Thanks!

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    1. It appears the general consensus is: more Gumball. :-)
      The carbonara is so good! I do use pre-chopped butternut squash because I don't want to lose a finger trying to hack one up myself.

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  5. Checking out the Magical article...my LO is turning 1 soon and the first birthday party pressure on Pinterest is already giving me anxiety. Trying very hard to remember the beauty of simplicity!

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    1. I hear you! The birthday party - especially for that first birthday! - can be really stressful trying not to overdo with trying to make in Pinterest perfect!

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  6. Awww, Gumball! :) Babies in overalls are similar to babies in hats with ears- I can't get enough of it!
    That monthly book box sounds awesome for instilling a love for books in kids! I might have to look into that for a friend's children!

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    1. Ah, Yes - Babies in hats with ears, or hoodies with ears, is another weakness of mine!
      I'm definitely trying to install my love of reading in my kids - although Abe has zero interest yet - I think the book box is something really fun!

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  7. GUmball! I love Gumball!

    Babies in overalls? My favorite! My mother buys them for Caleb all the time because she's obsessed with them.

    I loved The Hating Game so much. It was one of my favorite reads last year -- so funny and so sweet.

    I am checking out Lillypost - sounds awesome!

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    1. We need more overalls, I couldn't get over the cuteness. :-)
      The Hating Game, Yes! I've already marked her next book as to-read.
      Lillypost is really fun! It's a pretty good deal on the books too, about 50% cover price.

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  8. I love love babies in overalls. The cutest.

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    1. Yes! The overalls... I can't get over it. :-)

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  9. Reading those three posts!
    Love dogs/cats in posts :)

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    1. I feel a little bad that GB doesn't get more photo love since the kids - Trying to remedy that!

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  10. CHAI SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES?! I must try these. I must.
    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. You MUST try the chai snickerdoodles, They are SO GOOD!
      Thanks for hosting! :-)

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  11. 1. I am PRO babies in overalls.
    2. I never make chicken cordon bleu cause I'm lazy, but that skillet sounds delicious. I would probably serve it with bowtie pasta, 'cause carbs.
    3. Those Saucony's are so PRETTY. Sometimes I wish I was ignorant and could just pick my running shoes based of which were the prettiest.
    4. I agree Gumball should get more lovin' on the blog. :)

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    1. Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of my favorites but I never make it because it's too time-consuming - This one is really easy and *almost* as good! It definitely needs some carbs though for the delicious sauce! I always find myself adding more cheese or bread to Skinnytaste meals.

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  12. Loved that post on the shift in blogging. So true and lots to think about!

    Yes to more Gumball love! :)

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    1. It was so interesting! I'm kinda hoping we've reached a saturation point on the overly perfect & maybe the pendulum will swing back to more people being "real." I really try to stay away from blogs that make me feel like my life isn't bright and shiny enough but I know they are out there!

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  13. I love this. Definitely checking out that slow cooker soup. Yum! I want to read several of those books too! I'm still loving Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, LOOVED Outlander, and lots of Target's spring-y dresses and blouses. :) (though I mostly bought black.. #fail). XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    1. I couldn't believe how delicious the soup was although SO simple and easy!
      Still need to check out Miss Fischer!
      I definitely went through an always-buy-black phase but now I'm all about the bright colors!

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  14. my ex-sister-in-law loathed putting the twins in overalls, but i have ALWAYS loved how babies look in them, so i bought them a few pair: those denim ones with the white stripes? the ones that make you think of railroads? i bought them a set of those and one of my aggie friends helped me decorate them to look like the ones the yell leaders wear the day before games. they were AWESOME. i'm tempted to do it again, but they live in mississippi now. not sure they'd fare well there. plus, i doubt the ex would let the kids wear them. because she's ursula. which is why she's an ex. also... i bought them plaid and camouflage ones, too. :]

    second, that dress is adorable! i love the color and the stitching around the neckline, and the sleeves are just the right length. but most importantly, it looks really comfortable.

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  15. I finally pinned those cookies-- I don't like chai tea, but I love snickerdoodles so I don't know what I was waiting for! The Lillypost subscription sounds so fun and I bet Swede looks forward to the books every time. I just read that article on the shift in blogging and it was just what I needed to read, so thank you for sharing!

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