September 30, 2016

cool stuff i like

 Happy Friday!! An all new 5 Hours 'til Bedtime post is up, go check it out! It's getting to be FULL AUTUMN in our area and if you follow along with us on Instagram, you might have seen our fall tree that we made in our window - if you haven't seen it, go peek and tell me what you think. We had a great time making it, and by great time, I mean that I did. Andrew took his tree trunk designing verrrrrry seriously and had to make a half dozen 'rough drafts' and I was like, just draw the darn thing so I can cut it out! And Julia was happy to stick on about 5 leaves and then wander away. But we're all happy with the end result so I'm glad I pestered, badgered, encouraged everyone to take part...

I missed last week's Cool Stuff I believe, so here's what I've been collecting for the past couple of week:

Loved this. And bonus peeks at Jenny's kitchen!

Old fashioned maple candy.

Book reviews from a 4th grader.

Fascinating interview and darling house tour.

If you love unicorns, here's your roundup of unicorn fun.

I seriously want to drape this garland everywhere in my house.

One of my favorite cookbook authors has a new one that looks fabulous.

Best fall books 2016.

Girls and Frenemies.

Cool Book of the Week: 'The Imaginary' by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Emily Gravett is one of those instant-classic type of books. I adore books with this theme! This one is actually aimed at the upper elementary school crowd, and focuses on the struggle of the imaginary friend to survive, since his existence is at risk - due to an evil older man who not only can see imaginary people, but EATS them in order to prolong his own life. This wicked fellow has an imaginary little friend assistant who is evil as well. Creepy yet adventurous and fun, and just right for fans of 'Coraline'. I think this one would be great to read during October-Halloween time....

 Have a lovely weekend! I had a bag of Trader Joe's new pumpkin spice caramel popcorn IN MY HANDS and didn't buy it. I also didn't buy pumpkin marshmallows at the regular grocery store. I also didn't buy a pumpkin pie. And I also didn't buy pumpkin Cheerios, nor did I purchase pumpkin spice english muffins. A remarkable amount of pumpkin products have been held in my hands and then put back on the shelves. I'm going to use a very over used blogger phrase: THE STRUGGLE IS REAL, my friends, it really is.

But I feel that I must mightily make the attempt to make prudent and informed pumpkin product choices, mais oui? As in, I can't buy alllllllll the pumpkin products, right? I did however buy pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds at Trader Joe's. I think they might have jumped the shark when they made that particular pumpkin product, but I bought it anyway. I also bought their pumpkin waffles and pumpkin mini pies. I thought I was going to say hey have a great weekend, but apparently instead I had to have a dissertation on my pumpkin product buying issues.



  1. I love that garland too! I want to also put it everywhere. My cat, Willoughby, will also love it and that will be the end of my garland.

  2. you have a cat named Willoughby??? THAT IS AWESOME, love love!!!!

    1. Combo of Kurt used to live on Willoughby Ave and every time we drove or still drive past it I usually say "WILLOUGHBY" as Kate Winslet does in Sense and Sensibility. We are strange, but it's a great name for her!!

  3. I checked The Imaginary out from the library this summer, but we never got to it! I need to reserve it again. I so pinned that Unicorn Party post for my youngest. She loves all things unicorn. Darcy's kiddos love The War That Saved My Life, too! My oldest was on the last chapter this morning, hurriedly reading it in the car.

    I'm so excited for October! We're going to be super-busy, but I can live with it. It's fall!