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{Friday Favorites} Favorite Finds and Help Us Win!

Another day, another train. I am headed to NYC to watch my third graduating class of MBA students give their capstone presentations! It’s always so cool to see the growth and work our students complete over two or three years with us. Congratulations class of 2016!

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We’re Falling Behind  –  We Need Your Votes!!

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If you’re stopping by today from the AndreaErika, or Narci’s blogs and are new around here (Hi! and Welcome!), we would love your help! We have a photo that’s a finalist in a photo competition – we were neck and neck all week for 1st place and now we’re falling behind. Please VOTE DAILY on your computer here through May 15th: http://bit.ly/1W2WBPt Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Happy Buttery Coffee

You all know I am a Bulletproof Coffee junkie – I also love fun coffee mugs. A few years ago I purged when we received our new dishes as wedding gifts, but they’re starting to creep back in. I loved these mugs that I picked up last weekend at HomeGoods. You never know what you’re going to come out of that store with! I appreciate the happiness reminder first thing in the morning.

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What makes me less happy, though, is turning the mug over to see this. Seriously? Who makes things that don’t go in the dishwasher or microwave these days?! Even fancy china is dishwasher safe. And the HomeGoods price stickers that you can.not.get.off. Those always put a cork in my snorkel. But, in keeping with the happiness message, we’ll just put them in the dishwasher until they’re just plain white mugs. We’ll probably avoid the microwave since it is metal paint.

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Overstock

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Ok, guys. Have you ever used Overstock.com? I know I’m 10 years late to the party here, but I had a hoarder roommate when the site launched who would order boxes and boxes of crap “because it’s so cheap.” Everything he’d get was such junk that I never thought to look on the site, but this week I was looking for an inexpensive duvet cover for our guest room and stumbled onto this beauty – for $178! I’ve been planning to build my own headboard for years, so I’m acknowledging that’s not going to happen and giving this a try. It’s got good reviews, so fingers crossed that when it arrives, it’s not junk! Have you ordered from Overstock? How’d it go for you?

New Curtains

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I posted about this earlier this week, but we are loving our new curtains. They really add an unexpected sense of coziness to our living room!

Spring Flowers

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This has been a super weird spring in the Hudson Valley. We had a mild winter and late freeze that caused some serious crop destruction and seems to have screwed up the arrival of spring. The early flowers (daffodils and crocuses (croci?)) barely bloomed, many of the leaves on the big trees are just starting to pop, and the forsythia never showed up. It’s been rather dreary around here. All that is to say, when I walked into work and saw these flowers this week, it totally made my day. I have no idea what they are, but aren’t they happy?! 

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And, this is my favorite view of the year, from my office, when the spring trees bloom. These pictures never fully capture how pretty this is, but trust me, it’s awesome.

And and, just to leave with the cuteness from Monday’s update on The Homestead Garden, here’s my field mouse buddy:

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{Friday Favorites} Lawn and Garden Edition + VOTE!!

Well…it’s Friday and another week flew by! I am looking forward to spending the entire weekend on building that giant garden I overcommitted to last weekend. Plans for the weekend include weeding, buying lumber, weeding, building raised beds, amending soil, weeding, and getting a few crops in the ground. #wishmeluck Today’s Friday Favorites will be quick, because I have to get outside (in the rain) and…you guessed it…weed.

We’re Finalists  –  We Need Your Votes!!

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If you’re stopping by today from the Andrea, Erika, or Narci’s blogs and are new around here (Hi! and Welcome!), we would love your help! My family and I have three photos in Steamboat Ski Resort’s Then and Now photo contest and if one of them wins, we win a ski pass (which is a huge deal because they’re crazy expensive)! I made the handy dandy map above so you know which photos are ours. Here are the links to vote. You can vote for all three photos every day until May 15th. Thanks for your help!! XOXO
Pic 1: http://bit.ly/1W2WBPt
Pic 2: http://bit.ly/1Y3Ltjb
Pic 3: http://bit.ly/1QOrfnH

Magnolia Home Paints!

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Chip and Joanna from Fixer Upper have some serious business savvy and are actively creating all sorts of product lines as their show continues to gain popularity (stores, B&Bs, furniture, rugs) and now they have paint! I was so excited to see this come out – now we don’t have to guess what color palette Joanna used…we can just go get it. I can’t wait to try some on our next project!

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Ryobi Electric Mower

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Our new yard is substantially smaller than our old house (we have more land, but less grass …yippee!!) and because of all the stumps and hills our old-school riding mower won’t cut it. Cut it. Hehe. Get it? We needed a push mower and having previously worked for a sustainable lawn care company, I wanted to go back to electric equipment. There are definitely limitations to the electric (mostly in terms of how long the battery can hold a charge), but you have substantially reduced noise, emissions, smell, and weight on the mower. I did some research and picked up the 40 volt 16″ Ryobi electric mower and then grabbed their 40 volt string trimmer (with a 2nd battery). For the same price as their 16″ mower with two batteries, we got a mower, trimmer, and two batters! The two batteries provide enough of a charge to get through our lawn if you’re efficient (~80 minutes of run time). I LOVED the mower! I rarely mowed the lawn at our old house because TimTheFarmer loved his riding tractor time (and the mower was a bit touchy), but I have mowed lawns my whole life and have always had to fight with the big, heavy gas mowers. This Ryobi was SO light and SO maneuverable. It’s deck is small at 16″ and while I thought that would be a problem, it actually allowed me to get in and out of tight spaces where other mowers wouldn’t fit. And, it’s super easy to start! Nothing to prime, no cord to fight with. I am super happy with this choice!

Garden Planning Tool

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I mentioned this Monday when I laid out my crazy ambitious plans for our home garden, but I love the garden planner from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It’s making this huge project feel totally doable. We’ll see how I feel about it in early June 😉

Ok, I’m off to weed! I’ll see you on the flip side friends!



{Friday Favorites} Girl Power Edition

Women rocked it this week. This week’s Friday Favorites are all about strong women and beautiful things. 

Nashville Floor

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As I recapped last week, I LOVED visiting Nashville. Great food, great music, great history. It’s also seen a boom in recent times and as you walk down Lower Broadway there’s an interesting mix of old honkey tonks, new honkey tonks trying to look like old honkey tonks, and restaurants with some amazing interior design. I mentioned we visited Acme Feed and Seed, a newer restaurant/bar which really nailed the vintage warehouse look. Merchants, however, was my favorite for interior design and is in a notable hotel that which apparently put up many music legends over the years. I think I’d call their look ‘vintage glam Southern diner’ — that makes sense right? How amazing are those floors?!

Kelly Rippa

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I don’t watch morning TV, but I have always thought Kelly Rippa of Live! was a tiny little powerhouse. She got a lot of flack last week for taking a day off to process the news that her long-term employer kept her—the headliner of the show—in the dark about Michael Strayhan’s move to Good Morning America. Everyone was waiting to see how she handled her return….and I thought she nailed it. She took ABC to the woodshed as much as she could and I hope that she inspired other women in the workplace to stand their ground, demand a seat at the table, and expect respect. Huge props to Kelly #strongwomen. You can watch it here.

Etsy Goes Solar—On a HUGE Scale

A former student of mine who used her capstone project to propose an innovative strategy to take Etsy towards 100% renewable energy—including it’s shipping AND makers—announced last week that Etsy is moving forward on adopting this strategy with a goal of being 100% renewable by 2020. Guys, this is a HUGE initiative because many companies in e-commerce don’t look past their own facilities when considering clean energy when shipping and production are often their biggest issue, but Etsy is taking responsible for its entire carbon footprint and will work with it’s makers around the world to install solar systems on individual homes to work towards carbon neutrality. Congrats to Chelsea and Etsy!! 

After the Rain

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I stopped by Rose Hill Farm to see TimTheFarmer and as we were chatting on the amazing wrap-around porch, we got pinned there by an absolute downpour. It’s the kind of porch where you can sit there through a wild storm and stay completely dry – I loved sitting there! Then, as the storm cleared out, the light became absolutely amazing, looking out over the apple orchard and blueberry patch. Otis was clearly less impressed.

Lemonade

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I know everyone else is talking about this this week, but BeyoncĂ© dropped a bomb of a record this week. I’m so out of the loop that I had no idea a big album was coming out, but by Monday, after hearing all the hype, I was intrigued. I downloaded it and was blown away. If you take it at face value (and not a marketing ploy as some are claiming) which I’m choosing to do, it’s an amazing tour of her personal journey through infidelity and the experience of black women, “the most disrespected person in America”, to quote BeyoncĂ© quoting Malcolm X. The video that accompanies it is incredibly deep and thoughtful and emotional and beautiful (even at it’s darkest). Every track is something you’ve never heard before and explores all sorts of musical styles. It’s rock and soul and pop and hip hop and brass band. You’ve never seen this BeyoncĂ© before. She’s all grown up. And an aside, it doesn’t matter who ‘Becky with the good hair’ is … why don’t we look squarely at the man at fault here?

Ok friends, I’m looking forward to a weekend of gardening and tag sales. And you can bet BeyoncĂ© will be the soundtrack to my weekend :). Have a great weekend!