10.17.2013

GROWN UP PURCHASES AND HAPPY WEEKEND


you know how there are certain home purchases that are super boring (garbage bags, detergent), and then there are other home purchases that are sort of exciting in a tingly, i-guess-this-is-adulthood kind of way? i swear, there is nothing more exciting than when you realize it's time to replace yo cookie sheets. (similarly, one time i realized we needed a new ironing board cover and the thought of it made me giddier than i'd felt in days.) 

we'd been using the same large frying pan and cookie sheet since i was in college. that is how bizarre it felt to march myself to the market at west elm to find replacements. i sort of stared at the display for a while with wide eyes because i swear the cookie sheet/frying pan technologies of the last ten years have changed so much it is like we were speaking different languages. 

and after brandon accidentally used so much tilex on the bathtub situation the other day that he started coughing and gagging like he was on the verge of death, i made a solemn pledge to finally replace all those junky chemicals with some healthier alternatives. and then, i did! pats on the back and things. (brandon is the tub master at our house) (carpets too, he's pretty versatile).

and now, in the vein of not grown up purchases (balance, zen, all of that), i looked up marshmallows online tonight, because our oversized jar of marshmallows in the kitchen is bordering on almost empty, and i want the ENORMOUS marshmallows this time, and in the process of searching i discovered that apparently the marshmallow market in america has gotten out of control. you have no idea how wonderful the next couple of UPS deliveries are going to be at our house. 

toasted coconut, chocolate browniechocolate mint (this sounds weird), JUMBO PUMPKIN MALLOWS (seriously that label screamed at me), pumpkin spice mallows, and not to give you a heart attack or anything but did you know you can buy cereal marshmallows now without the cereal!? my brain has exploded.

anyway. here are some other fun things i found on the internet.
(i'm signing off for the weekend, the in-laws are coming the in-laws are coming!)

my friend courtney passed along the link to this madonna essay in harper's bazaar. life changing. i'm serious. madonna, who knew?

this NPR interview with alec baldwin and lena dunham. you guys, lena dunham is one of us. next time i see her in brooklyn i'm giving her a big old hug, i don't even care. (via hither and thither)

how to unshrink a wool sweater

an amy poehler essay! via cup of jo

and another joanna find, this facial expression quiz where you test your ability to read emotion in others' eyes. it was fun, although hilariously gender biased. seriously, new york times. (i scored 35/36, because i am an emotional freak.) 

lastly, due to extreme demand (emails upon emails!) we've decided to bring back the kathleen kelly totes for the holidays. you can preorder them now through november first HERE. they'll be fully available for purchase around thanksgiving, along with a few other new ladies we'll be introducing soon .(what would . . . felicity do? maybe?) i'm super excited. like, fanning my face excited.

hoping you have a wonderfully happy weekend. xoxo

29 comments :

  1. You forgot German chocolate, pina colada, and cinnamon bun!

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  2. Cereal Marshmallows!?!?!?! You mean I wouldn't have to dig around for them in the cereal anymore!?!? Total Awesomeness!

    Heather
    southernnorth.com

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  3. as a feminist and actress I've been shocked that I can't get into Girls! sometimes I think it's really funny, other times I just find it gross and shallow. this interview is really helping me understand her! thanks for posting!

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  4. I love those measuring cups! Baking things are always so fun to buy. -Hanna Marie

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  5. I really want a marshmallow the size of my face now. I just want to see one in person!

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  6. Flat marshmallows? Genius.

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  7. love your posts Natalie! they always make me happy! :)

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  8. So many great things in this post! Especially new pans. Everybody loves new pans. Praise the good Lord for new pans.

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  9. Lena Dunham does sound very cool -and normal! You know, not starish type of woman (where did that come from? lol). Anyway, gotta try those HUGE marshmallows!!!!

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  10. I am about 75% done with my Christmas shopping due to your blog. Keep up the product recommendations! Do you know how many people on my list are getting cereal marshmallows this year? So many.

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  11. i found a local marshmallow maker here last month and i had to be physically stopped from testing and placing orders for all the flavors! it's an obsession for sure!

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  12. gaaahhhhh thank you thank you thank you for bringing back the kathleen kelly bag! i am ecstatic!! :)

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  13. I'm not usually into link roundups, but I clicked every single one of these. Looking forward to my brain breaks at work today.

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  14. Best thing on tubs - heated vinegar with a little bit of Dawn soap added in. If you are cleaning counters, windows, etc. - vinegar, water and a rubbing alcohol - equal parts.

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  16. apparently, i understand men's eyes much better than women's eyes, haha!

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  17. Natalie - I don't know if you have one yet, but you might want to add a silpat to your list of grown up purchases. It will be a dream to go with your shiny new cookie sheet - especially with all the delicious cookies you make! I started using one a decade ago, and I'll never bake without one again!

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  18. One of the happiest purchases was when I bought my shredder. Only Adults have shredders! And I love the heart measuring cups, so sweet! Those new sheets are itching to be baked on, can't wait to see what you bake up!

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  19. Natalie! Keep an eye out for Sugar Cookie marshmallows, candy corn, and chocolate dipped strawberry flavors! Come out real soon! My husband was behind the marshmallow madness the last two years ;)

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  20. 33/36 because I know you wanted to know.

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  21. Yes, please do a Felicity bag!

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  22. i just bought a shiny new brownie pan (or lasagna pan, or 13x9 pan as it's really called) and i couldn't be happier about it. it's all new and shiny and i'm obsessed with using and cleaning it.

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-best-kind-of-date-night.html

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  23. I used to be able to buy French vanilla mallows, in the shape of snowmen, but have been unable to locate them the past couple of years; I realize it's a seasonal thing (I mean, snowmen!), but I was greatly disappointed when I scoured all the grocery stores in both Idaho Falls AND Brigham City and found not a trace of them. Supremely disappointing...

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  24. 32! I too am an emotional freak and am the world's best over-analyzer. Whhhhyyyy?

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  25. I found this great place for marshmellows, Wondermade; pumpkin, apple/cin, smores....oh my!

    Hope you're doing okay...you haven't posted for a few days!

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  26. When I read your note about how your tote-venture has been successful, I thought, "Good for Natalie! She took a risk on an idea that she liked and it paid off!" This small example has made me evaluate my leaps of faith (ahem, and lack thereof) and ask why I'm not making more!
    Little did I know that Madonna's essay that you shared was also all about being daring... maybe, just maybe, there is a message the universe is trying to send me.
    Thanks for being a rockstar and making this life you've been given everything you possibly can make it- and for sharing all of that with us!

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  27. I went to a wedding a few weekends ago where they did a s'more bar in place of the traditional cake. Best combo (imho)?? The "Samoa" - toasted coconut marshmallow with a caramel filled chocolate on chocolate graham crackers :-) Hubby went for thin mint using the chocolate mint marshmallows, chocolate mint bar and the same chocolate graham crackers - too minty for me but still yummy

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  28. Went to a wedding last weekend where they had a s'more bar in place of the wedding cake - totally amazing! I went for the "Samoas": toasted coconut marshmallow, caramel filled chocolate, and chocolate graham cracker. My hubby went for the caramel marshmallows with cookies n cream chocolate and the standard honey graham cracker - also delicious

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  29. Best s'mores are toasted coconut with peanut butter cups.

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