Thin For You Thursday~

We just wanted to have a quick check-in with you all this week for Thin For You Thursday.

Holly and I were talking yesterday about today's post and both laughing because we didn't accomplish much in the way of weight loss this week.  Well, I didn't.  Holly lost 1 pound. (Which I think is fabulous!)

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Frugal Favorites~

Happy Wednesday, Lovelies!

Welcome to this week's fun-filled edition of Frugal Favorites!  I can't wait to share a few of my favorite links from last week's Frugal Friday link party!

I'm really loving this DIY chicken coop coffee table shared by Scavenger Chic.  Repurposed objects like these add such character to a space!

See more great links after the break...


A Little Light Reading: Some Design Books You Might Like~

Thank you to Skyhorse Publishing for providing me with copies of the following books.

It's always fun when I get a press release in my email about new design books that are coming out.  As I've mentioned many times on the old blog...I have a bit of a design book obsession. That, coupled with the fact that I lived on the East Coast for 10 years, had me itching to get my hands on copies of the two books I'm going to share with you today.

My recent design book acquisitions.  You can read about my friend Stacy's book here.

The first book is The Nautical Home by Anna Ornberg.  

I have a bit of a love affair with the ocean and I love bringing a touch of the beach into my home.  Anna shares several ideas in this book and even has some fun DIYs for us to try at home.

You can purchase The Nautical Home by clicking on the image below (this is an affiliate link.)

The next book is Nantucket Cottages and Gardens by Leslie Linsley and Terry Pommett. 

 I love the Eastern Seashore.  And I love cottages.  And this book is filled to the brim with quaint cottages and gardens.  It's eye candy that will make you want to pack up and move to the shore.

You can purchase Nantucket Cottage and Gardens by clicking on the image below (this is an affiliate link).

The internet is fabulous..and Pinterest is amazing.  But for me, nothing will ever be able to replace books...especially design books that are filled to the brim with gorgeous images.  I love holding them in my hands - turning the pages - perusing them slowly (and without eyestrain.  Lol!)  I  spent a couple of leisurely Sunday thoroughly enjoying these books.

If you love design books as much as I do, you  might want to check them out as well!


Skyhorse publishing provided me with copies of these books for review.  The opinions expressed are 100% mine.


Sunday Inspiration~

Faith should electrify our mortal experience...making us wide open, 
expansive, and alert to the shimmering, unimaginable beauty 
and mystery around us.

-Rob Bell



Frugal Friday~

It's that time again!  Time for the Frugal Friday link party!  I'm so glad you're here.

Are you ready to par-tay??  Let's get right to it!

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Thin For You Thursday~

Welcome to this week's Thin For You Thursday!

This week was a bit of a challenge for both of us.  But here we are celebrating the small victories!

WENDY:  Do you ever have those weeks where you're just plain munchy (that's a real word in my world)?  Carbs were calling my name this week.  And I gave in more than I wish I had.  It was very frustrating for me.  So my weight loss this week was only about 1/2 lb.  But I'm celebrating the fact that the scale went down a bit and not up!  I'm trying to come up with a good way to avoid the "treat closet" at the office where I work.  It's an entire cabinet full of easily-accessible carbs!  And it calls to me all day, every day at work.  Some days I do great at avoiding it...some days not so great.  Does anyone have any good suggestions for overcoming the temptation that is the "treat closet"?

image via Graphics Fairy

HOLLY:  So... this week all that I have wanted to do is eat, and eat, and stuff 
my face, and then eat some more. It's partly because I am female (and 
all that this implies. ;) ) It's also because I am a nervous snacker and 
all four of my kiddos went back to school this week. Including my tiny 
little red headed girl who is only in 6th grade yet the great state of 
California sees fit in sending 6th graders to MIDDLE SCHOOL to get EATEN 
ALIVE!!!(needless to say it gave me stress)!! And lastly, because I love 
to eat. So...I formulated a method. Yes, an actual method to snacking. 
I'm always a little bit late to the game so there is a possibility that 
everybody else on the planet already does this, but... I have been 
freezing my snacks. (cookies, chocolates, anything freeze-able.) They 
last longer this way so I don't feel that compulsion to eat the yummy 
stuff before it goes bad, and I have to think about what I am eating. I 
can't just mindlessly snack on something if it is in the freezer. I have 
to get it out and give it some time to thaw. Then if I want seconds I 
have to do it again. It definitely deters snacking. 

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