His + Her Favorite Things

His + Her Favorite Things

This month’s edition of His + Hers is a bit late, but better late than never, right? According to a rough count, this is the 42nd edition of this post. It’s crazy to think we’ve been at this for over three years now. Wow, time sure does fly. Now I just sound old.

His Favorite Things / 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // I read Hugh Howey’s classic, Wool, a few months back, and I wasn’t able to put it down. If you’re into post-apocalyptic science fiction and you haven’t read it yet, I whole-heartedly suggest you pick it up. TWO // Every time I go to the hardware store, I end up looking at programmable/smart thermostats. We change the temperature in our house throughout the day to match our activities (it absolutely must be cold in the house for either of us to get a proper night’s sleep), so a thermostat that would change automatically around bedtime would be great. On top of that, you just can’t beat the sleek form factor and user interface of the Nest Thermostat. THREE // All of my favorite shows get cancelled. Without fail. I think there was a Big Bang episode like this; where one of the guys decided not to watch a show because whenever he started watching something good, it would get cancelled. Complaining aside, this is a great show, and it has a few more episodes left, so it’s still worth a watch. I’m really hoping the writers/producers find a way to sneak in a palatable ending for the series. FOUR // As Ash mentioned a couple of weeks ago, our church recently moved into a new building. With that new building came a new sound system, complete with in-ear monitors. It’s been a life-changing experience for me as a guitarist to have my own mix that I can change on the fly where I’m standing. I’ve got a set of earbuds that seem serviceable at the moment, but these guys are on my list of things to buy in the near future so that I can really hear everything as clearly as possible.

Her Favorite Things / 7thhouseontheleft.com ONE // If you’ve been reading for a while, you’re probably well aware that I’m a huge fan of terrariums. Whether they are filled with succulents, moss or small collected antiques, I love them. I’m especially a fan of these in particular. I love the modern style along with the organic wood finish on the base and stopper. TWO // My mom started watching Kelsey Nixon’s new show, Kelsey’s Essentials, a few months ago and now pretty much thinks she’s the best thing since sliced bread avocado. Per my mom’s suggestion, I watched a few episodes on Hulu and now, I’m a Kelsey fan as well. I picked up a copy of her new cookbook and absolutely love it. The recipes are simple, easy and nutritious (with a few guilty pleasures in there as well) and the graphic designer in me loves the layout and photography. THREE // Last month’s Favorites included a new perfume as well, so, I guess you could say I’ve been on a perfume kick lately. I’ve been a Mary Kate & Ashley fan since, um, forever. When I was a kid, I watched all of their movies and owned every lipgloss they came out with. Although I don’t completely understand some of their “bag lady fashion” these days, they’re ultra talented business women. That being said, I was really anxious to try out their new perfumes and I fell in love with Nirvana White. It’s light and floral but not too sweet. What makes this scent even more awesome is that it pairs freakishly well with its “sister scent”, Nirvana Black – which is just genius.  FOUR // I’ve been on the hunt for a new makeup bag for a while now and still haven’t found the right one. I really like the design, color and size of this one. However, there isn’t any type of compartments/dividers on the inside. But… the Orla Kiely pattern is calling my name.  FIVE // Anthropologie has always had really awesome hardware, but they’ve added even more great pieces lately that have my head spinning with ideas – like these Blackboard hooks. I’m thinking about using some in the laundry room or guest bedroom. You can write on the black area with chalk and they come in different colors, so they’re super versatile.

So tell us, what things are you crushing on these days? Any of your favorite TV shows, like Greg’s, get the axe? 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Lori H
    May 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    We have been loving the “24” series, but it is hard to wait a week between episodes! We watched the first 8 seasons on Netflix and would routinely watch 3-4 episodes at at time (or more if we could stay up late!)
    I put the cookbook on hold at the library so I can look it over 🙂

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      Ashley
      May 14, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Same here! Watching 3-4 episodes at a time was so much more fun, haha

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    Nicole
    May 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    YES! Trophy Wife. I loved that show and my hubs told me last night it’s been cancelled. So disappointed!!!!

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      Ashley
      May 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      That. Show. Is hilarious. I was really disappointed to hear that as well and am definitely going to miss Burt.

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    WHitney
    May 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I bought the Nirvana Black at Sephora last week and now I need to go back and get the White. I’m normally not a MK&A fan, but this scent is amazing.

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    Paula
    May 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Yay for Favorite Things!!!

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    Reagan
    May 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    We have a NEST and love it. We’re also pretty positive it’s saved us money.

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    Rach M
    May 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    We had a Nest thermostat in our last house and loved using it! We’re going to be replacing our current one in the new house with a Nest this weekend. Definitely worth the money!

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    Liz
    May 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I love Crsis too! I keep wondering if one of the kids is on of the bad guys haha!

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      Ashley
      May 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Agreed!

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    Wendy
    May 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I have one of those Orl Kiely makeup bags from Target and adored it so much that I went back and got a second for travel. It wipes up very easily so it doesn’t look dingy after a long time.

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      Ashley
      May 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Good to know!

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    Randi
    May 15, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Sink your tech loving teeth into the Nest and never look back. My husband installed ours over a year ago and it is fantastic. Worth every cent!

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      Ashley
      May 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Hahaha!

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    Leeann
    May 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I’m obsessed with Wool! Have you read the entire Silo series (the Shift trilogy and Dust)? If not, you must!!!

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      Ashley
      May 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      I think he’s on the second book, but definitely wants to read the rest of the series. He keeps on trying to talk me into reading them, but I’m not quite over my Divergent upset, haha!

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    Kaitie
    July 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Hey Ashley!

    I bought a similar makeup trio set from Target. One out of 3 bags had that pattern on it, and when I saw it I thought of your blog! Since following you, I’ve made a few more trip to target and LOVE what I keep finding! Thanks for everything!!

    Cheers!

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