September 1, 2013

things that made me swoon in August...

August swoonage 
 1. Cooking With Trader Joe's Cookbook — We got this a couple Christmases ago, and I'm finally busting it open in my quest towards total kitchen domination. (Or something.) But, oh, do I love this cookbook! I don't shop at Trader Joe's that often, but there are many dishes I've been able to make without making the extra trip. From corn chowder to couscous with sun dried tomatoes, from taco soup to baked gnocci, this cookbook is packed with easy-to-make meals. I also love that there is information on how to make (almost) every recipe vegetarian!

2. The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster — This is the first book by Jen Lancaster that I've read, and the whole time I was wondering where she has been all my life. This memoir is less about her Martha project than I was expecting, but it a good way. It was both deeply emotional and light-hearted, always at the right moment. Read it! You'll love it.

3. iPhone 4s — I've wanted an iPhone for years. Years and years. It had become a bit of a pipe dream, and something that I hated wanting so much because it made me feel a wee bit greedy and wanty and envious of anyone who had one (especially 12-year-olds with booty shorts and no sense of reality whatsoever). Anyway, Jay got a smartphone early this year, and since then I've been begging him to let me upgrade, too. When we finally agreed I could get an iPhone on my birthday, I nearly did a cartwheel. Somewhat ironically, our bill is going to be exactly the same as what we were paying before (maybe a little less after an additional discount). Aaaaand my life is complete. And I no longer require a birthday or Christmas present for the next three years. Amen.

4. Citrus Lane (yep, that's a referral link) — I've gotten around six or seven of these boxes since Eisley was born, and they are absolutely fantastic. They cost $25/month, which is steep if you do it every single month, but I totally recommend trying it out if you're a new mom, or for your child's birthday month. I still use 90% of the stuff I've gotten from each of these boxes, even years later—bath toys, puzzles, books, maracas (Eisley's favorite), a sun hat, CDs, and a ton of other things. (My sister and I were raving about Citrus Lane to each other during my visit in August, which made me realize I should probably share it here!) I love that in addition to the items in the box, there is usually an additional promotional item. I recently got a credit for 10 free postcards from Postagram, and a promo code for a free outfit (worth $40, ahhh!) from FabKids. Although I can't afford to get these boxes year-round, they offer so much bang-for-your-buck, so to speak, and I haven't once been disappointed by what I find tucked inside.

5. 50 Promises memory cards by Show and Tell — When I came across this set of bible verse flash cards, I knew I had to add it to my birthday wish list. Designed by blogger Summer Harms (who I adore, by the way), they are based on something she wrote here. I was thrilled when my mother-in-law ended up getting these for me, and I am eager to start memorizing scripture again—something I haven't done since I was a child, to be honest. (I'm getting flashbacks to my good ol' Awana days.) I've been taping my weekly card up in the kitchen, so whenever I'm doing dishes (which is way too often) I'm able to glance at the verse and say it to myself a few times. I love it. It feels good to have these words floating around in my headspace throughout the day.

Phew! That was long-winded. Apparently I have a lot to say. How about you? Anything in particular you were swooning over in August?

15 comments :

  1. I've always loved your swoonage posts. I remember, I tried cottage cheese with peaches for the first time after I read it on your blog. :) it was delish!

    Btw, I noticed you stopped using 'on..' In your post titles. Any particular reason?

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    1. Thanks, Farah! You're too sweet. And I'm glad I can share the cottage cheese love. ;) (My husband still gags whenever Eisley or I eat it!)

      And I've recently been rearranging a few things on the blog, and decided now would be the time to start fresh here and there (especially after having blogged here for…seven years now, I think!). I grew tired of using it in my post titles a while ago (when I started this specific blog I never intended to keep it, oddly enough) but recently I've seen so many of my friends change certain aspects of their blogs. It made me realize that I was only keeping the "on" thing because some part of me thought I HAD to. Weird, right? Making little changes like this are very freeing, I guess. :)

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  2. Just signed up for my first Citrus Lane box! I've heard of them before but nobody has ever explained why they are so awesome! Thanks!

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    1. Oh, that's awesome, Kim! Let me know what you think, for sure! I always like having other people to talk with about the boxes when they come. :) Unlike many subscription boxes, the Citrus Lane boxes are always a complete surprise, so they're always so much fun to open.

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  3. I like your 'Things that make me Swoon' posts. It gives me inspiration to try a book or anything else.
    Glad that you're loving your iphone! I still have not jumped on the smartphone train. I just want a phone, that's a phone. But sadly these days, that may just be unlikely.

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  4. Hooray for the iphone! I can TOTALLY understand why you're so excited about it. I am so in love since I got one! I am so happy for you!

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  5. I love your iphone too because it means we can be instagram pals :-) also jen is my fave and I demand you read the rest of her books immediately if not sooner. ;-)

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  6. I struggle with cookbooks split into lamb, chicken, beef etc since we only eat meat every so often- the vegetarian section only ever has a couple of recipes!! Wondering if they have memory cards that I can get from the uk...and I'm enjoying seeing you on instagram :)

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    1. Oh, I hear you on the cookbook thing! That's why I love the Trader Joe's cookbooks so much. They make it so easy to do any sort of substitutions (and they even show how to make recipes gluten-free, if you're into that sort of thing, as well). As more and more people go veggie (or mostly veggie), I think that other companies will start following suit.

      If you're interested in the memory cards, you should ask Summer if she'll ship to the UK! Worth a try. :)

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  7. So excited you got an iPhone!!!! I loved mine so much when I had it! I gave it up for something else & really wish I hadn't!! One thing you should absolutely do is create a google plus account to backup all your photos. You can make them private but if your phone ever crashes it will be your lifesaver! I speak from experience!!!!!

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    1. Oh, wow! I didn't know you could back up your photos with Google+! (I have an account but I don't really use it at all.) Thanks for the tip, lady. :)

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  8. Yay for the iPhone! I have been craving some new technological things, and I know exactly what you mean. Even though it's just a thing, it can be hard to step back from it all the time. Congrats! (& I like the new shot with it on the sidebar!)

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  9. Love your swoon posts, and LOOOOVE those memory verse cards!

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  10. absolutely love all of Jen Lancaster's memoirs, they're so entertaining and she always cracks me up. And hurray for the iPhone club, it's a wonderful wonderful place.

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  11. I never knew Trader Joe's had a cookbook!

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