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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!

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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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We Need Your Votes!

Click HERE to VOTE!!

**Update: we just discovered you can vote for ALL our pictures. So, vote away! Links by the photos below**

It’s time to rally the troops! You could either call my family and me super cool or super nerdy. Probably super nerdy. Steamboat Resort posted a photo contest this winter calling for “Then and Now” photos. We have a treasure trove of “Then” photos from the last 30 years of skiing at Steamboat, so over this winter (including while I was home in February) we recreated some of our favorites. And, drumroll….we were finalists in 3 of the months. Which meant we won these sweet swag packs:

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This also means we we’re all finalists for the grand prize – a 15 day ski pass – wahoo!! This is where the nerdy part comes in – our family makes up 3 of the 10 finalists. Here’s where you guys come in – this is a popularity contest, so we need you’re votes!! The trick here is not to pull a Ralph Nader and split the votes. We’re rallying all our peeps behind a single picture. I’ve made you a handy dandy map to help you vote. We’ve chosen this photo of my cousin John and me skiing the trees when we were little.  You can vote once per day until May 15th. **VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN!!** And feel free to encourage your friends too 🙂 I know, I know. It’s not like you have anything else to do…don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

Click HERE to VOTE!!

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Here are all the photos we submitted with their stories:

This was my submission. This is my sister and I giving some ‘tude at the top of Buddy’s Run after lunch. Notice the pink ski suit and pink goggles. My friend Carol and I recreated this in February. Vote here (after you voted for the primary one) for this photo.

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This is THE future winner, we know it. My mom submitted this classic photo of my cousin John and I taking a break in Shadows, a tree run through an aspen glade for which Steamboat is famous. We were six or seven years old in this picture. I also got chicken pox on this ski trip. #justsoyouknow Carol and I also recreated this in February. See the pink suit and goggles on me this time??

Click HERE to VOTE!!

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This is my stepdad, Larry’s submission and is him and my sister on a chairlift. It seems my sister had a thing for sticking her tongue out. We ALWAYS ski with M&Ms. It’s the only time we had candy in the house. But, we didn’t always put the M&Ms in our nose. Not sure what that’s about, but it’s a funny pic. Pink ski suit and goggles are back on my sister. #thriftyfamily Also, is that a prehistoric selfie?? Support M&Ms in noses here.

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And, this is the picture my sister submitted that we were SURE was going to win the grand prize. And then, it didn’t even get chosen as a finalist. What the heck Steamboat?! It’s my mom teaching me to ski when I was 3 or 4 and 30 years later, teaching my nephew, Benjamin to ski. IN THE SAME SKI SUIT.  

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Ok guys. Go do your civic duty and VOTE!!!