The List of Awesome

Dear readers, March 27 has arrived. It’s List of Awesome time! Below are 50 of the most awesome things I know. And below all those are links to a lot of old lists. This is always one of my favorite posts to put together.


  1. Snapping a picture of your child that is adorable, and not blurry in the slightest
  2. Lemons
  3. Unseasonably warm days
  4. Podcasts, and finding new ones
  5. Getting snail mail
  6. The smell of something baking
  7. Crossing an item off a list
  8. Christmas cards
  9. Washi tape
  10. Blue and white, in just about any form
  11. Fun shapes of pasta
  12. Lazy weekend breakfasts
  13. Cheap pizza
  14. That minute you close a book and breathe deep to soak it in just a minute more
  15. When the movie lives up to the book
  16. Movie theater popcorn
  17. The Harry Potter audiobooks
  18. Endorphins
  19. A good sing-a-long in the car (alone, and at the top of your lungs)
  20. Show tunes
  21. Rest
  22. That feeling after you clean something out
  23. Birthdays
  24. Creating new rituals
  25. Hearing the right song at exactly the right time
  26. Trying a new recipe that turns out just how you want
  27. Realizing hours have passed and you didn’t feel the urge to check your phone
  28. Hanging pictures on the wall
  29. Cute notepads
  30. Hamilton
  31. People you’ve known forever
  32. Spur of the moment invitations that come at just the right time
  33. Screened in porches
  34. Happy hours on screened in porches
  35. Finding a new iced coffee you love
  36. Farmers markets
  37. Libraries
  38. Finding your tribe
  39. Sunday dinners
  40. Five minutes of peace to flip through the Serena and Lily catalog.
  41. Inbox 0
  42. Spring cleaning
  43. A good BLT
  44. Jeans that fit
  45. Paper Source
  46. The advent of baseball season
  47. A friend who does something for you out of the blue
  48. Taking a walk in the sun to get a milkshake
  49. Doing something you didn’t think you could
  50. Sidewalk chalk


The Internet is My Favorite

part deux!


(This is pretty much my mom uniform, and yet, I never appear as pulled-together as her. I’m certain it has nothing to do with our age-gap.)

The other night, my husband was doing the dishes, I was sitting on the couch, and when he turned to ask me a question, I couldn’t answer. I had tears streaming down my face as I read this. “Parenting is easier if you have an abundance of four things: (1) energy, (2) creativity, (3) selflessness and (4) affection. If you give your kids everything you have inside of you, they will eventually give it back.” Brb, I’m dead.

I probably need this for the shower.

I’ve followed Design Mom on and off for years, and recently, Gabby had two posts that I came back to a couple times (and absolutely think are related, as well). Did You Lose Your Identity? and What If Your Partner Wants Fewer Kids Than You? That second one especially, because in it, she mentions the spacing of her kids due to the relative ease of the baby before.

And one more mom-thought. I recently ran into a (full-time-working-) mom-friend with older kids. Are you reading? Hiiiiii. She mentioned that staying home when your kids are little is for you, but that as they grow up, it becomes so much more about being there for them. I get it. I do. And this piece about it getting harder as they grow up? Felt in the same vein.

Jenny says this book is “Sleepless in Seattle meets the Food Network.” In.

So many beautiful tributes to Amy Krouse Rosenthal lately, who wrote equally well for children and adults. A rare gift, indeed: Shutterbean, Cathy Zielske, DALS. And since it seems we’re all sharing our favorite parts of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, mine is (paraphrasing, because it’s not in front of me) when Amy writes about cars rushing to pull to the side of the road as an ambulance hurries by. It’s like we’re all cheering for it to get where it needs to go. I read the book in 2006, and I still vividly remember thinking, YES.  Yes, that’s what we’re all doing!

When Deb posts brownies, you make the brownies.

Perhaps all my post-birthday reflection has me super nostalgic, but I would love to have one of these made for Gooplet. And while we’re at it, one of these for me and my husband.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Missing Richard Simmons. I was hooked on the podcast, and yet, I’m not sure if that whole search was particularly ethical. Or worth caring about? The premise of S-Town sounds pretty good.


Slices of Internet

she's my everything.
(She’s my fall goals. She’s from Tuckernuck.)

  1. Food 52’s cooking club tips weren’t what I expected them to be.  Love this idea. (via Joy the Baker)
  2. I’m simultaneously cracking up, and adding a couple of these books to my Amazon cart.
  3. Happiness.  Schools.  Yes, yes, and yes to this.
  4. Shutterbean led me to Motherwell, and I’m down a rabbit hole of articles.  So fascinating.  So real.
  5. And speaking of Shutterbean, she’s doing some good television watching.
  6. Just added kettle chips to my grocery list so I can make cacio e pepe potato chips.  Simple and brilliant.
  7. These are my fave (SJP forever, duh)
  8. John and Sherry just mentioned this book on the Young House Love podcast.  I had passed it by before, but now I’m intrigued.  The author basically had a panic attack live on The Today Show, and took a series of small steps to chill out.  And then wrote a book about it.
  9. Two words: Dannon Sprinkl’ins #memories
  10. Just skip right down to the part with grilled cheese crumbs.
  11. Putting this on next week’s meal plan, just to make sure I’m leaving no noodle unturned.  Or something.

Eight Things

On the eighth:

Habit Tracker Loving the neon staedtler pen habit tracker!:

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TV tracker.:

  1. Everyone keeps talking about bullet journals, and it’s totally something I’d get into, but I’m just…not?  I love pretty notebooks and list-making (hello, this post), but I don’t know.  Maybe it’s that I don’t see the advantage over just using a regular planner.  Someone enlighten me?  And how do you know how many pages to leave for each list?
  2. I am not going to say I want Meg’s life.  I watch Meg from afar on the internet, and I have no idea what difficult things she is working through.  But I do know her house is stunning, and I adore the way she writes about life with her 5 children.  This post about how they all do their own laundry in particular.  I know that’s random.  But I love it. (I also love doing the laundry, so maybe I’ll still do that, but teach my kids to do the dishes and vacuum.)
  3. I loved Elise’s podcast on the 100 Day Project.  Loved it so much it got me thinking about what I could do for 100 days.  I don’t know.  Yet.  But I hope I keep mulling it over.
  4. Speaking of lists and doing all the things, I wrote a 101 in 1001 list.  And then had a Gooplet, and LOL, that’s not all getting done.  But a lot of the list items don’t even matter to me anymore.  I’d love to redo it and restart.  Meet Oprah will obviously remain on the list.
  5. Alison Krauss Pandora is pretty much getting me through anything stressful right now.
  6. It’s so stressful when you get a bunch of holds in at the library at once and you know you can’t read everything as fast as it’s coming at you.  (The History of Great Things, Shop Class as Soulcraft, What Alice Forgot, Love that Boy, Do No Harm, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage)  I still haven’t even touched the new Harry Potter.  Who even am I?
  7. I need to ruthlessly weed through my closet.  I always need to ruthlessly go through my closet.  Why do I have so many clothes?  Why do I keep buying more?
  8. Washi tape is still awesome.  Ali got me two new gold rolls from Target, and I picked a flamingo roll up at Paper Source.  I love anything that dresses up snail mail.
  9. Wait, I’m adding a bonus ninth thing.  Tsh wrote how all she needs to get the school year off to a good start is adequate sleep and a good diet.  My first reaction was yes!  And then, hah!  That’s so much easier said than done.  But it really shouldn’t be.  And I should figure out why it sounds so impossible, and how I can make it as easy as it should be.  Goals!

(bullet journal; Meg’s porch; tv bullet journal)

Six Things

San Francisco:

um, hi.:

(can’t find the original source for the first or second picture…sad face)

On the sixth.

  1.  OMG, are you all watching OITNB?  If you gave up on it last season, I’m hereby begging you to get back to it.  You don’t even have to watch season 3.  Just go online and catch yourself up with what happened.
  2. Speaking of TV, we are finally getting a new season of The Great British Bake Off, and thank goodness Mary Berry is back in my life.
  3. The (Not So) New Girl and I have big, big plans to paint my basement stairs a la Meg’s Craft House.  It’s on our summer bucket list.
  4. I started the summer out reading a ton and now I hit a little slump.  I got about 4 books in from the library at once, but didn’t get inspired enough to read any of them.  They are slightly (ever so slightly) deeper than my usual frothy summer reads, and I’m sad I don’t have the stamina to make it through right now.
  5. Because I spend 90% of my life in a state of complete exhaustion, the impulse purchases I have made at the grocery store are getting ridiculous.  My two best are probably frozen curly fries, and these 150 calorie sea salt caramel frozen yogurt bars.
  6. Lilly brought back one of my most favorite prints, You Gotta Regatta.  It’s sold out in a lot of places, but it’s popped up on Amazon and Zappos recently.  If they bring Lobstah Roll back next summer I’ll be so happy.

What I’m Loving – May Edition

I know, I know, there’s not as much food on this blog as there used to be.  But I haven’t cooked as much as I used to.  On the other hand, it’s warm out, which always puts me in a good mood, I’m not being taxed at work, which frees up some brain space, and I’ve got stuff to share.  Here’s some random internet I’m loving this month.

so fun.:

I spy PillowFort in this picture (source).  I am loving Target’s collection, and have had to restrain myself from buying the flamingo sheets on multiple Target runs.  Also the ice cream sheets.  There would be 0 purpose for them in my life, but holy cuteness.  I love how this room mixes patterned sheets with a striped comforter.  I would never have been fun enough to think of that risk, but it totally works.

My all time favorite 73 questions is SJP, but Taylor Swift’s was fun to watch.

Cup of Jo called Crazy Ex Girlfriend 30 Rock-level smart, and Season 1 is free on iTunes right now.  My husband just set up our Apple TV, so I’m all in.  (A note-perhaps I’m technologocially challenged, but I couldn’t find it free straight through iTunes.  I used the link here.)

A note-I love Cup of Jo, and have for years.  But I do know that whenever she posts a home tour, the house will invariably look just like this.  Intersting piece on the Kinfolk-ization of design. (via Shutterbean)

Also via Shutterbean, is some F-ing Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Titles.  Oh Ina, don’t worry, we all love you so much more than we love poking fun of you.

Holy shoes!  (Thanks, Jessica)

I totally missed summer drinking season last year, so this Not-So-Basic Guide to Rose is already helping me make up for lost time.

Speaking of rose, I thought it was in this, but it’s not.  This is a tart with strawberries cut into roses, like, the flower.  Despite lacking one of my favorite types of booze, it looks tremendously gorgeous, and I’d love for someone to make it for me.

I’ve never made crepes, but Deb says I shouldn’t be so intimidated, and in fact, I could host a brunch with crepes as the star.  I can’t imagine having the energy to host a brunch ever again, but logically, that can’t be.  When I do, maybe I’ll try these.

This strawberry cake, on the other hand, seems like something I could make happen, given the limited time I have to work with.  Should I dare put it on the menu this week?




Making: sure to start each day with no expectations
Cooking: nothing at all
Drinking: all the vanilla lattes
Reading: books with short chapters (post on that coming soon)
Wanting: not much of anything right now
Looking: at our gardens, and loving hat they will hopefully become
Playing: on my stomach with the Gooplet
Deciding: Amazon’s ability to ship you anything in two days is miraculous
Wishing: making tough choices was easier
Enjoying: that after nine months, Rose is back in my life
Waiting: for my husband to get home from work everyday, so we can go for walks
Liking: blue and white striped everything (surprise!)
Wondering: what the next couple months will bring
Loving: Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next podcast
Pondering: a podcast of my own #goals
Considering: that it may be 8 years before I regain the use of both hands at once
Watching: Hart of Dixie – so mindless; so necessary
Hoping: for good nap days
Marveling: at Jared Nickens’ Running Man moment(s) of fame
Needing: sleep
Smelling: spring rain
Wearing: clothes I’ve missed terribly
Following: a bunch of new accounts on Instagram
Noticing: we have some truly kind and generous neighbors
Knowing: I need to keep repeating, “Good for her, not for me” to make it through some days (thanks, Amy Poehler)
Thinking: we need a cleaning person
Feeling: overwhelmed?  loved?  stressed?  joyful?  #allthefeels
Admiring: moms who make it work
Sorting: laundry, always
Buying: this black cardi from Nordstrom to replace my old one that I wore until it had holes in it
Getting: coffee in the afternoon now, instead of the morning
Disliking: how short spring always is
Praying: without ceasing
Opening: little cards and gifts here and there
Giggling: over not knowing what day of the week it is
Snacking: as often as possible
Coveting: a good new pair of sunglasses
Wishing: for endless porch happy hours
Helping: myself by vowing to get out of the house once a day
Hearing: ocean sounds before bed every night

The List of Awesome


Dear readers, I know it’s been forever around these parts, but I’ve been gone with good reason, promise.  There’s a new little Gooplet here at La Moneda, and we’re slowly adjusting to life together.  And I’m slowly adjusting to a complete lack of sleep, and life with less than two hands at my disposal.  But there’s no better way to get back into the swing of things here than with a list of awesome, albeit about a month later than it was due.  Look for more posts around here soon, though you may be seeing them sporadically.


  1. Husbands who do the dishes
  2. Rereading past Lists of Awesome
  3. A great internet link post
  4. Having an entire house that is blue and white
  5. Trying something new, and realizing you love it
  6. Recognizing extraordinary in ordinary days
  7. James Taylor and Carole King
  8. Memoirs
  9. Champagne
  10. Endorphins
  11. March Madness
  12. True happiness for good friends
  13. Emojis
  14. A good pair of sunglasses
  15. Personalized stationery
  16. Laughing so hard it hurts
  17. Windows open (sunroof, too)
  18. Cheap pizza
  19. Routines
  20. A stack of new books to read
  21. Naps
  22. Fresh flowers
  23. Walks in nice weather
  24. Friends you don’t have to clean the house for
  25. James Corden’s carpool karaoke
  26. A good lip sync battle
  27. People who know what you need more than you do
  28. Buffalo chicken dip
  29. Recipes that come together in one bowl
  30. Kimmy Schmidt
  31. Walking every day
  32. Fuzzy blankets
  33. Blue and white striped clothes
  34. 90s music
  35. Thank you notes
  36. Brownies
  37. Toes in the sand
  38. Ordering clothes online and finding out they fit
  39. Mint chocolate chip ice cream
  40. The smell of spring
  41. Screened in porches
  42. Compliments
  43. Amazon Prime
  44. Splurging on something you really wanted
  45. Summer breezes
  46. Inexpensive art prints from Etsy
  47. A fresh coat of paint
  48. Pedicures
  49. Any and all attempts to bring the 90s back
  50. The Kindle app at 2:00 a.m.


Just Because

When I told you all about hosting my college friends for our second annual favorite things party, I mentioned my college friends are some of the most thoughtful people I know.  The goal of the party was to bring a favorite thing to share with each lady in attendance, but I saw housewarming gifts, baby gifts, and birthday gifts being exchanged, too.  It was so sweet.  A thoughtful gift is everything!

I made a mini resolution right then and there to make sure to send people little tokens of my affection whenever I darn well felt like it.  It’s too much fun to get a gift in the mail for little to no reason.  Here are some of my favorite things to send.

Jeni’s Ice Creams

Sugarfina Candy (more specifically, champagne bears!)

Little Acre Flowers (local to the DC area–and many thanks to SCL for introducing me)







IMG_9281 Making: our wedding album.  6.5 years later, I finally completed it, and clicked order (from Moleskine + Milk Books, per AGOMYR’s recommendation).  Cannot wait till it arrives, right around Valentine’s Day.
Cooking: absolutely nothing!  The Group text made me brunch and I am still working my way through the insane amount of leftovers.
Drinking: milk. Also milkshakes.
Reading: A Window Opens.  Which, if you follow @aglassofmilkreads, you know I started ages ago.
Wanting: more snow!
Looking: forward to spring, too, because I will be sitting and reading on the screened in porch for all of it.
Playing: Candy Crush (hides head).
Deciding: to bite the bullet and add Showtime to my Amazon Prime.
Wishing: spring would hurry up and get here so I can read on our screened in porch.
Enjoying: the dent I got to make in my to-do list with 6 bonus days off of work.
Waiting: for Wooden Nickels and Pops to come visit and bring me every single kind of everything from Carlino’s.
Liking: Spotify’s acoustic covers playlist.
Wondering: how my grocery bill ends up higher than I anticipate on every single trip.
Loving: that this blog has had posts up consistently again.
Pondering: little things I can do for people to make them smile (more on that soon).
Considering: that I sleep better when I haven’t watched Homeland right before bed.
Watching: Adele’s carpool karaoke again and again.  And really, just the part where James Corden sings and she goes, “That was amazing!”
Hoping: to do a couple of nice things for people in the next week or two.
Marveling: at NPR’s book concierge.  It’s new to me.  How did it take me so long to find?
Needing: to replace my Gardenia Passion.
Smelling: pizza.  But that’s because I have wanted to order it forever, and I haven’t, and now I notice it when I get gas (next to Dominos) and when I walk by the cafeteria after work.
Wearing: the same 5 outfits on rotation.  I need the weather to make a decision.  Is it going to be cold or warm?
Following: all the trailers and promotional stuff coming out for Fuller House.
Noticing: that setting a goal to read every day is working for now.
Knowing: the amount of clutter in my house right now is ridiculous and unacceptable.
Thinking: that I just don’t know if I can wait till August before I see the beach.
Feeling: warm fuzzies as we get closer to Valentine’s Day.
Admiring: this sweater Ali tipped me off to.
Sorting: laundry.  Endless laundry.
Buying: groceries to stock the freezer for the months ahead.
Getting: little gifts in the mail to some wonderful people.
Bookmarking: this list of podcasts.
Disliking: how long it’s been since I’ve made cupcakes.  I have everything I need to make these, but then I saw these….we’ll see.
Praying: I filled out our taxes right.  Why is it so complicated?  And I’m a smart lady!
Opening: so many forms.  Doctors.  Taxes.  Boring!
Giggling: at this quiz, that thinks I’m 13.
Snacking: on Raisin Bran muffins (recipe to come).
Coveting: these.
Wishing: for just one or two more snow days.
Helping: myself stay organized by making lists on lists.
Hearing: Carole King on repeat