Week In Review (March 2 – March 8, 2015)

Hello friends!  I wanted to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram feed with you.  Here’s the buzz:

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No, it’s not technically spring yet, especially considering the amount of snow still on the ground, but there’s something in the air that makes it feel like spring is just around the corner.  Spring for me is generally a time of year when I feel extra motivated to deep clean my home, purge unnecessary items, and even refresh my time management.  Lately I’ve been working on more advance prep work for my videos and posts so I have content prepared each week to share without having to scramble to get it all done in a day or two.  Ideally I’d like to be working on next week’s content on any given day (with the exception of my weekly recaps and most vlog-style videos, of course).  Spring cleaning my schedule is definitely something I am currently working on.

I am so itching to really start going through my home and purging things that no longer “spark joy,” as Marie Kondo suggests in her best seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I recently purchased this book after hearing so much buzz about it.  I’ll share my thoughts once I read it for those who are interested.  I do like her idea of only keeping things you really like/need/use, and not holding onto things just because you think you should for any other reason.  I hope to start my home purging journey this month and will certainly share my process here and possibly in videos as well for those who have been asking.  I think spring cleaning goes hand in hand with purging, and I’ve been researching finding new methods to keep my household goods and appliances in tip top shape.  I recently tried a jet-tub cleaner called Oh Yuk that is specially formulated to remove the bio-film that can develop in jetted tub piping without using chemicals that strip the pipes themselves.  So far, I like it!  I’ll probably also report back on this in a few months time once I have a good sense of the product.


Of course there are always the little things I like to take a moment to share about, which in my case, usually involve food and/or the weather.  I know I’m predicable, but I like what I like, you know?  There was such a positive reaction to the return of Don’s Cook Nook this past weekend that we will most likely share more posts like that one in the future.  In fact, we’ve already received requests for Don to show the firecracker/slammin’ salmon he made last week.  It’s actually a combination of two recipes that my brother decided to put together into one.  He made it for us when we visited the family in St. Louis last month and we liked it so much Don decided to give it a whirl.  It is absolutely scrumptious!  Once Don feels confident he has the recipe down, we will share.

Other “little things” that brought me joy last week include Happy Mail from my very talented friuend Kristina from kwernerdesign.  You seriously need to check out her amazing work if you haven’t already.  I can’t explain my excitement at seeing that pretty envelope in the mail!  Happy Mail is always a good thing.  Sunny weather is also always a good thing in my books, especially on cold days.  Even though the month started out pretty chilly, we’ve been blessed with several days of gorgeous blue skies.  Whenever I step out the door and see Mr. Sun shining happily away I am filled with joy.

Blue skies smilin’ at me
Nothin’ but blue skies do I see
Bluebirds singin’ a song
Nothin’ but bluebirds all day long
Never saw the sun shinin’ so bright
Never saw things goin’ so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you’re in love, my how they fly


It was another weekend packed with fun and interesting experiences for me!  On Saturday, Don and I drove up to Milwaukee for one of our regular friend reunions.  In truth, it could more aptly be described as an eating fest.  I love how much the people I care about love food just like me.  We started our eating fest/reunion at Cafe Hollander, whose selections, FYI, are not for the dainty eater.  They’re well known for their bloody mary’s and homemade pretzel bread.  I enjoyed a scrumptious skillet and hot chocolate.  Afterwards, we took a long stroll along the lake to enjoy the warm(ish) weather.  We spent the rest of the day eating delicious snacks, playing games, and having a grand ol’ time relaxing together.

On Sunday, I drove downtown to meet up with some folks at the International Home & Housewares Show.  I was blown away by the sheer size of McCormick Place, the convention center where the show is held every year.  There is so much to see at this show where companies showcase their wares to potential buyers in the retail market.  It was fascinating to see innovative new products and talk to incredibly passionate and driven people.  I am going to share more specifically about my experience in a separate post this week if you’d like to hear more about my experience.

I’d love to know if the spring cleaning bug has bit you as well and what your plans are if you care to share.  I hope you all had a good week and that this week is off to a good start!
Take good care…


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15 thoughts on “Week In Review (March 2 – March 8, 2015)”

  1. Hi Jennifer! I am also known for my obsession with weather, and I have passed this trait on to my own daughter. She will call me to tell me how happy she is it’s a rainy day so that she can wear one of her many pairs of Hunter galoshes. Rain, sunshine, snow, they all fill me with joy.
    A household question I am very curious about is how you are able to burn so many candles without them creating soot on your ceilings.
    Thank you so much for all you share!

    1. The only area of the house where I really ever have any soot is in the bathroom since the ceiling is so low. I simply wipe it away with a damp cloth.

  2. Love a good food fest! It has been sunnier here in Central Europe too, even though it’s still chilly, the clear skies make me want to get outside and enjoy it 🙂 I plan on doing a bit of cleaning soon I think, maybe things like putting the curtains in the wash and stuff I wouldn’t normally bother with during the rest of the year haha 🙂

  3. You’ve got to start up your running again Jen – it is gorgeous out!

    Or, check out the Shamrock Shuffle Expo at McCormick place later this month – and get inspired with all sorts of running gear! I’ll be volunteering at one of the race booths!

    As always – great to hear from you!

    (That is a lot of !!!s) !

  4. Hi Jen!
    Sounds like you had a nice week, tfs! The Spring Cleaning Bug has definitely hit me as I am purging from and rearranging every room in my home, one at a time.I just recently started and I rearranged my furniture layout in my bedroom and purged clothing from my husband’s and my drawers/closets. Such a sense of satisfaction! Well worth the work! It’s fun to get into spring cleaning- can’t wait to see what you’re planning!

  5. I will definitely check that book out! Been loving Courtney Carver’s website Be More With Less, and have specifically returned to her Myth of Ownership article, again and again.
    I deeply purged over half my stuff when we moved 7 months ago, and I’ve been itching to go through everything again. With every bag/item donated you just feel a little lighter.

  6. I got the Kindle version of the book after I saw your post on FB. I definitely need help with getting rid of things. I’m hoping this book will help me purge my full house.

    I can’t wait for another cook nook! The salmon looks delicious!

    I would love to hear more about the expo. I love going to expos!

  7. The Cafe Hollander hot chocolate is pretty tasty. Love your week in reviews and so look forward to your spring cleaning/purging posts or videos. I love to do them once in awhile and it feels so good. I love knowing I am surrounded by things that function, are practical or make me utterly happy. 🙂

  8. Hi Jen,
    Just an FYI. Inkwell Press just came out with a new journal. Looks like a companion for their planners. Similar in design to their planners but sized smaller for portability. Maybe Moleskine sized but with their lovely paper (graph) and spiral bound hard cover. Also, priced nicely. My experience with them thus far has been positive. They seem like a very nice little company. I also love May Designs. I think you shared those before. Good writing experience with them (MD) and lightweight portability with durable covers.

    1. I saw their video! Very neat! I do think they’re a bit bigger than Moleskine notebooks, though. I’m hoping to review one of their planners this year.

  9. I’d never heard of Marie Kondo until your post, so I went and read a few interviews and a sample from the book and yup, that’s exactly what I was looking for! I purged almost 80% of my stuff when I moved 5 months ago and it was exhilarating! In a way, I was actively executing her method without even realising! It was liberating! That being said, we’ve been here 5 months now, almost 6 and there’s lots of little areas that need re-doing, organising and clearing out. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the book, tempted to pick up a copy if it could help me further!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

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