His + Her Favorite Things


Happy April everyone! In true 7th House fashion, Ash and I are here to share our monthly favorite things…

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1. The Allman Brothers Band – I have a very eclectic taste in music. From techno to classical, bluegrass to metal, and everything in between; I listen to it all. One band that I always end up going back to, though, is The Allman Brothers Band. Sure, they changed their lineup a few times over the years, but no matter which iteration I’m listening to, I’ve always felt that this is how good, southern rock is supposed to sound. The vocals are catchy, the guitars are melodic, and the whole band meshes very well. If you’re a fan of “classic” rock, you should definitely check these guys out. If you’re not a fan of classic rock, give them a chance, anyway! They might surprise you.

2. Bow-Ties Are Cool – I feel like this is pretty obvious if you’ve been reading the blog for a while. If you haven’t, I’m a huge Doctor Who fan. If you don’t get the bow-tie reference, you need to sign up for Netflix and watch every episode of Doctor Who since 2005. We’ll still be here when you get back, and you’ll be able to join in on some of our 10th vs. 11th Doctor discussions that we have from time to time!

3. Pick Punch – Have I mentioned this before? Ash says no, I say yes. Regardless, I love the idea of making picks out of all sorts of different materials–not only for the convenience, but for the differences in tone. Sure, you could just start punching picks out of old debit cards, but you could also pick up a thin sheet of acrylic and make some really nice-sounding acoustic guitar picks from that. Oh, the possibilities!

4. PeepsFor those of you at work, music warning on the website! Are they good for me? I’m pretty certain that’s a no. Peeps are my favorite Easter candy, and I couldn’t help but spread the cute, marshmallow-y joy with you. Ash can’t stand them but she tells me there are literally tons of recipes/projects online that include these little fluffy bundles of sugary goodness. I’m partial to the idea of Peep s’mores. Or as I like to call them, “S’meeps”.

5. Angry Birds Space – Okay… so I shouldn’t have to mention this one at all, since something like 10 million (million!) people downloaded it in the first several days of its release. I haven’t had a ton of time to play it, but the first several levels are an interesting take on the usual Angry Birds formula. If you’re a bit bored with the original Angry Birds, but you still like the idea of making green pigs go *poof* by hitting them with tiny birds, I’d say this is for you. The addition of gravity fields and zero-G takes the Angry Birds franchise in a new and refreshing direction, and I’m excited to see what the more difficult levels bring.

6. Command Picture-Hanging Strips – I’m a little gun-shy when it comes to putting holes in things to hang pictures and such – especially when it comes to tile and cabinetry. Unless the surface is drywall, I try my best to avoid it. We used these guys for a project yesterday (which we’ll be talking about later this week) and they are my new best friends.

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1. Painted Amaryllis Butter Dish – I bought this butter dish back in December and it’s now one of my favorite things in our kitchen. It’s so colorful and seems to always make the breakfast or dinner table a tad more cheery. I’m not sure if the dish is actually hand-painted, but it sure does look like it in person – but it’s dishwasher safe, so that makes it even better.

2. The Civil Wars – I think I’ve listened to The Civil Wars nonstop for almost the last two weeks – no exaggeration!  It’s great chill music and what I’d describe as “contemporary folk”. One of their songs was used on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy which in return, catapulted them into the limelight. Now they are popping up everywhere, winning Grammy’s and even on the Hunger Games soundtrack where they do a song, “Safe & Sound”, with Taylor Swift. Even if you don’t like folk music (which I typically don’t), you should check them out.

3. West Avenue Jewelry Monogram Disk Necklace – I’ve officially added this necklace to my “Christmas Wish List”. It’s really pretty and  understated, making it a perfect staple piece. I like how the chain connects on either side of the disc rather than just the top like a lot of monogrammed necklaces I’ve seen. It makes it a bit more unique.

4. The Hunger Games – Yep, I’m on the Hunger Games train. Up until a few months ago, when the buzz about the movie started, I hadn’t even heard of the books. I started reading it a few nights ago and so far, I’m loving it! I’m waiting to see the movie until I finish the book, so no spoilers please!!!

5. Textured Pillows from Target – A few weeks ago, Target (aka “The Mother Ship”) sent us a sneak peak of the Spring-Summer Look Book. And let me just say to my fellow Target-lovers, there’s a lot to look forward to this Spring and Summer! Among my Look Book favorites were these bright, textured pillows. The light mustard yellow and what I’ve been calling “Design Sponge red” (after the DS book cover) would go really well in our living room when we’re ready to get our new sofa. We’re told they’ll be available in stores until June 1st, so I need to snatch them up wile I can!

6. Thoughtful Gardener Twine – This caught my eye a while  back, and I came across it again the other day on Pinterest. I love the saying on the can: “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” It used to be available at Paper-Source but the only place I can find it now online is here.

7. Hanging Garden Notepad by Rifle Paper Co. – I’ve been a fan of Rifle Paper Co. for a while and I always have a weak spot for their hand-painted illustrations. My current favorite from Rifle is this cheery notepad. It’s perfect for jotting down reminders or quick notes for Greg.

Well, that about wraps up our favorite things for this month. Do you have any current favorites? 

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    April 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Those pillows are awesome!!! Can’t wait until they are in stores. And I saw a print on Etsy a few months ago with the garden saying on it. It was really pretty but I can’t find it now.

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    April 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love your Favorite Things post! It’s always fun to see what people are into.
    I’ve waisted way too much time the last few days playing Angry Birds Space. You have no idea!

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    April 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Have you ever made Peep smores? Definitely a must try, it has become an Easter time staple for us, the creme brulee type crunch you get is so good and it’s fun to see their eyes melt off in the fire. LOL.

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    Lori H
    April 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    you must blow some Peeps in the microwave – my kids love it! We just let them get puffy before we turn off the microwave. If they do blow up, that sounds like it would be hard to clean 🙂

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      April 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I used to do this all the time in college. It’s pretty hilarious.

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    April 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I love your favorite things posts!! 🙂 Peeps are awesome. A few years ago we made a cake for Easter that looks like a sun flower. It had green icing around the sides, brown on top with chocolate sprinkles and then yellow peeps bordering the top as the pedals. It was adorable! I LOVE that butter dish. Kind of want one for myself. Target has a new line of white dishware that I’m in love with. And with how many dishes I’ve chipped over the years, I may need to get new ones soon, haha.

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    joy c.
    April 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Ashley, I have been waiting for you to post your #1 favorite thing this month (mostly to know where you got it from)!!! It’s the most beautiful, cheery butter dish I’ve ever seen! 😉 thanks!
    – jc

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    Lilly A
    April 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I’d love to see that butter dish in MY Easter basket:) Fun list as always!

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    April 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I, too, just started reading the Hunger Games a few nights ago. I can’t put it down!

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