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HIS + HER FAVORITE THINGS

posted by Greg & Ashley  /  4 Comments

Before we get to our favorite things, I wanted to show you guys what I was up to yesterday… and why my fingers are currently a light shade of teal. Yesterday was Greg’s birthday, and he hates making a big fuss over it (unlike me!), so we just went out to dinner with his family and came back to the house to eat cake and play cards. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’re probably well aware that Greg is a big fan of Phineas & Ferb. So, since it was his birthday and I was feeling a little icing-happy, I had to do it…

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Perry the Platypus cupcakes! Needless to say, I’m no cupcake artist (the one in the back middle looks like a Cookie Monster gone wrong), but these little guys were a lot of fun to experiment with. I mixed some teal icing color into some store-bought white icing, then used a Nutter Butter cookie for the tail, a Nilla Wafer for the beak, upside down white chocolate chips for the eyes and black gel icing for the details. Greg got a big kick out of them, and according to him, I’m totally up for Wife of the Year. Now that my teal-stained fingers have been explained… without further ado, our favorite things:

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1. Jericho – I’m a big fan of post-apocalyptic settings in movies and shows. The setting allows the writers to really bring out the best and worst in people, and that flexibility usually plays out in very interesting ways. On top of that, it also makes you think about what you would do if something like this actually happened… makes me want to get my hands on an EMP-resistant laptop and an old muscle car. Be forewarned, though, the show was cancelled after a short second season. You’ll have to read the comic books (which are still being produced) to continue getting your dose of Jericho.

2. Evolution Man Lip Balm – Chapped lips aren’t “manly”, they’re just painful and gross. This lip balm from Evolution Man has no gloss, no scent, no color, and formulated without a lot of the chemicals you’d see in typical lip balms. So even if you’re not the type of guy who would use the other products that Evolution Man sells (though you should – their stuff is great), there’s no reason to walk around with chapped lips. I promise, I don’t work for them.

3. Odin Duffle Bag for The Shops at Target - Ash and I have a lot of trips coming up over the next several months, and I’ve been on the lookout for a good carry-on. I like this one because it’s stylish enough to make Ash happy and roomy enough to keep my essentials. It’s coming to Target September 9th as a part of the new Shops at Target collection. The Odin line of products also has a bunch of cool clothes for guys that I’m looking forward to checking out.

4. Great Mustaches Mug - This mug is a great way to put some character with your coffee. It showcases some of the most epic mustaches ever known to man, and I love it. You can look at all the mustaches on the mug, then try to match them with the people they go with. Groucho Marx and William Shakespeare are two notables on the cup. The answers are on the bottom, if you get stumped.  The super-fun part? One “mustache” is actually a set of eyebrows. Don’t be fooled… know your ‘staches!

5. The Art of Vintage DC Comics – As mentioned before, I really loved comic books as a kid, so it’s not wonder that these post cards caught my eye. Each one is a print of a classic piece of DC Comics art, perfect for sending to a friend or even hanging on a wall.

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1. Essie’s Good As Gold – Yet again, another favorite nail polish to add to the list! This color currently out-shines my all-time fave, basic black – and if you know me, you know that’s saying a lot. I find myself putting on coat after coat just because I like the look of it. I also love how it dries really fast – which is good for impatient people like me.

2. Monogrammed Mug – These have been on my list of things to buy for some time and I finally got around to buying a few “B”s for the kitchen. I love them so much that I now want to get an “A” for my office to keep pens in. It ties together three of my favorite things: white ceramics, modern vintage shapes and fonts.

3. Patch Throw from Shops At Target – Guess what… fall is coming! And ’tis the season for chunky sweater-like throws. These three colors go so well together that it’s hard to pick a favorite. They’ll be available in Target stores September 9th as a part of the newest Shops at Target collection. Can’t wait to see them in person!

4. Standing Pug – Since the addition of my new office friend, Milo, I seem to have developed a thing for dog statues. One that caught my eye lately is this little metallic silver guy. I think he’d look great paired with a stack of books and a small flower arrangement like pink Peonies.

5. Washi Tape – Okay, so, I love this stuff! For the past few weeks, I’ve seriously been using it for everything… leaving notes on the fridge, decorating notepads, labeling my phone charger and sprucing up votive candle holders. I think I may be addicted.

That about wraps up this edition of His + Her Favorite Things! Do you have any favorite things this month? Share them with us in the comments! Oh, and if you noticed, we’re changing up our monthly favorite things line up by sharing them on the last Friday of every month, rather than the first “post day” of the month. We also decided to play around with the layout at bit. What do you think?

As usual, we don’t work for any of these companies or were paid or perked to mention any products/brands. We just have fun sharing our favorite things and use this as a fun way for you all to get to know us. After all, you can tell a lot from a person by what’s in their shopping bag or wish list! ; )

While I was at Tuesday Morning the other day (the same day I scored the topiaries for the front door), I witnessed one of those mega man-I-wish-I-would-have-that deals. It was an awesome queen headboard; a tall, gorgeous beauty with beige linen fabric with brushed nickel nail-head detail for $230. I really wanted to take a photo of it, but I’m pretty sure she would have thought I was crazy! It looked familiar, but it wasn’t until I got home later that I realized where I’d seen it. Restoration Hardware has a very similar version for $1,435! Talk about a perfect example of stealing the look for less!

With the blog, decorating our house, and helping friends/family put together rooms for their house, I tend to do a lot of furniture browsing. And from time to time, I stumble on some pretty good “dead ringer deals”. Well, some of the comparisons might not be complete dead ringers, but they’re pretty close! On that note, I thought it would be fun to do a little side-by-side action and share some of my findings here on the blog. After all, who doesn’t love a deal?! Or maybe a splurge? ; )

Look 1: Fretwork Mirror, Greek Key Mirror / Look 2: Anders Night Stand (27″ wide), Room Essentials Espresso Night Stand / Look 3: Kingsbury Tufted Sofa, Aristocrat Sofa

How about you? Spy any good deals lately? Or indulge yourself with a good splurge?

OUTDOOR UPDATES

posted by Ashley  /  5 Comments

I’ve always loved topiaries by the front door of a house. It’s just “one of those things” right up there with white hydrangea and yummy-smelling candles. As I’ve mentioned before, my parents live right across the street from us, and I lived in that house since I was 10 years old. I remember thinking when I got older – and actually started paying attention to things like interior design and landscaping – that the house across the street would look nice with topiaries by the front door. Little did I know that 7 years later I’d be married to that geeky guitar player from youth group and living in that very house with our son little dog. Crazy!

Needless to say, I’ve been on the hunt for topiaries. While keeping my eye out, I’ve had a few things on my “topiary wish list”: at least 3-feet tall, double round balls, faux boxwood, and (though not a necessity) pre-lit for Christmas.

While at Tuesday Morning over the weekend, I lucked out! Sitting right in the window were two 3-feet tall, round, double-ball, pre-lit, faux boxwood topiaries… everything on the wish list! Their original price was $200 each, and they were marked down to $99 each. Not bad, considering that other topiaries I’ve been looking at were anywhere between $200 and $400.

I couldn’t get them home fast enough! When I got home, I realized I didn’t have any planters for the front porch, we moved the ones we spray-painted for the carport a while back to the front. We haven’t had plants in them for months (remember, I am a plant assassin), so to the front they went. I set my newfound unkillable leafy friends down in the planters and did a tiny happy dance – in my head.

I love the look of them and the fact that the faux boxwood looks pretty real – even in an iPhone photo!

That’s all fine and dandy, but with the nice, new, tailored-looking topiaries, the rest of the porch is screaming for help. Within the next few weeks, we’re planning on removing the storm door (which is a nasty green color and likely as old as the house!) and installing a new light fixture (which is as equally nasty). That will make a huge difference and add to the curb appeal of our house. After that… landscaping, but I’m getting a little too ahead of myself. One weekend at a time, one weekend at a time.

In other outdoor news, we finally got around to having the trees in the front yard trimmed back. They are gigantic trees, so this a project to be done by the pros. There were huge limbs touching the house, and the shade was choking the dogwood trees. Every time a big storm came, we would hope that one of the big limbs wouldn’t take the gutters off the front of the house. As you can see from the above Instagram photo, everything is cleared out, and there’s a bit more sunlight in our front yard. Three cheers for progress!