Linking up with Emily Freeman to share the significant and shallow.
making a wish
Here are 10 things I learned in August, in no particular order.
1. This is not exactly a revolutionary discovery, but it’s new to me: my kids will eat anything with ranch dressing. We don’t do ranch a whole lot: I can’t buy it because of our food allergies; I have to make it from scratch. To make it from scratch, I have to start with homemade mayo. So it doesn’t happen a whole lot. But when it does, I am rewarded with enthusiastic salad eaters. #worthit
(1a. Homemade mayo is not that hard. This is the recipe I’ve been using. I even made it on vacation.)
2. An incredible number of movies are better than their books. I had no idea.
3. Stitch Fix has bags now. I asked them to send me one in my last fix, never dreaming they’d be able to do it. But they sent me this gorgeous leather tote, with a matching cross-body bag, and I love it. (I’m going to blog about the whole fix, because it was terrific and my cheapest one yet. Even with the bag.)
4. Don’t take a swimsuit on vacation without trying it on first. I packed several swimsuits for the beach that I hadn’t worn since last summer, and when I pulled them on in Florida I found out the elastic was shot. My husband said the resulting look was “very European.” There are many circumstances in which I’d consider this to be a compliment, but never for swimwear.
5. When we go to the beach, we typically leave at the insanely early hour of 4:00 am to miss the worst traffic and get there mid-afternoon. But we pay for it with cranky kids (and sleepy grownups) the first two days, because no one ever goes back to sleep.
This year, we decided to prioritize happy kids over a faster drive time–and the kids were devastated we weren’t leaving in the dark. “Vacation always starts in the dark!” they said. We had no idea that was a thing.
6. When Amazon delivers five or more subscribe and save items to your door at once, you save 20% off your order. (I’m sure you already knew this, but these are things I learned in August.) This was very happy news to me, because now I’ve found even more items I can get delivered to my doorstep, saving me time, money, and precious grocery cart space (family of six, you know). This month we got old-fashioned oats, soy-free tuna, gluten-free pizza crust mix, flaked coconut, and trash bags.
7. Washi tape will keep my girls occupied for hours and hours of quiet time (or, thankfully, road trip time). And I found a bunch on a craft store endcap for 50 cents a roll. #score
8. Reusable stickers sound like a good idea. They’re not. They don’t stick very well, so they end up all over the house, but they’re reusable so you feel guilty throwing them away. Just buy the regular stickers.
9. After using my iPhone for over a year, I finally discovered that swiping a notification on my sleeping phone will unlock it. (I’m sure you already knew this.)
10. I’ve heard great things about the Snapseed photo app, but didn’t want to cough up $4.99 for it. Well, now it’s free.
11. Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe cast as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Can you even imagine?
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