Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Saturday Evening Post

I have a lot of links to share in this post, and I think I can break everything down into four categories:

Awesomeness | Food | Movies | Crafts

Starting in alphabetical order...

Awesomeness:
I used a gift card I had and ordered a set of these chalkboard Wallies. They're awesome. You just peel and stick them to any surface and it becomes a chalkboard. I put mine on my back door and have been leaving messages for the kids. I'm trying to find a frame to put around them to dress it up a little. I'll show you the finished project when I get to that point!

I won a HUGE giveaway this week--a Silhouette machine. GET OUT!!! Seriously, I could NOT EVEN BELIEVE IT when I found out I was the winner. In a completely ironic and random twist, I won this from Beckie the same day I linked to her paper bead earring tutorial. What an awesome prize! I am so excited and can't wait for it to get here so I can play with it.
I'm afraid I'm going to have to play at my friend's house for awhile because I realized the other night that the software isn't Mac compatible. They're working on a Mac version but it's not available just yet. Argh.


Crafts:
One project I'd like to use my awesome, new, and did I mention FREE Silhouette machine for is this ultrasound frame. Adorable!

I think this wipe-off menu board would be a fun, easy project.

I love this tiered serving platter idea that I saw on Robin's blog. Isn't it CUTE? So many fun possibilities.


Food:
We made this carmelized onion gorgonzola pizza the other night and it was delicious. The only change I made was baking it on a pre-made whole wheat crust I picked up at the natural foods store. YUM. It's a keeper.

Remember my mission to eradicate HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) from our diet? I was pleasantly surprised to find this at the grocery store last week. Made with real sugar! My children love me for buying it, but they don't love that I limit their consumption.

I saw another blogger mention these crystallized lemon granules a couple of weeks ago and they are amazing! I don't love water. I have to force myself drink it, but one of these packets transforms my water into a delicious treat. I highly recommend them, and no one is paying me to say that! You can click here for a $1 off coupon. (Note: I signed up a couple weeks ago and still haven't received my coupon. I will definitely use it to buy my next box though!)


Movies:
I love movies. Love, love, love them. My favorite movie of the summer was Ramona and Beezus. It was sweet, and funny, and just absolute perfection. I even liked it better than Toy Story 3! If you've seen it, you've loved it too, right? It's one that I'm definitely going to buy the minute it comes out on dvd.

Yesterday I went to see Eat Pray Love all by myself while the kids were in school! I tried to read the book last year but just wasn't able to finish it because I really struggle to read non-fiction. I thought the movie was kinda slow and really long, but overall I liked it. It probably helped that I hadn't read the book because the movie is rarely as good. I realize there is some controversy about this film. The author and I don't share the same view of Truth, but there are still some good takeaways and I'm glad I saw it. Plus, I really like Julia Roberts!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I'm loving that ours has been a mix of productive and restful so far.

11 comments:

dawn said...

Okay, I LOVED Ramona and Beezus too. Wonderful!

I also love that menu wipe off board idea. I don't have a cool silhouette like you...so I will need to improvise. I'll think on that.

And, um, I'm pretty darn excited about those lemon and lime granules. I have never heard of them...and I am definitely going to try them! Thanks for the tip.

Happy Sunday Mer!

Kellie said...

I haven't seen Ramona. Mostly because I LOVE those books. But you are one of many that said it was good...so I'm gonna go!

I just ordered a free sample of TrueLemon on their website... can't wait to try it.

*carrie* said...

Mer,

I have the white board wallies on our fridge, and that's where we write our to-do lists, phone messages, etc. Love it!

I read EPL a couple years ago and definitely want to see the movie. Thanks for the rec on Ramona, too. Those books were definite faves of mine!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

What an inspiring list!! I love everything. I think I'll go for the framed dry erase craft. We're going crazy with house projects to prepare to sell our home. I've got an odd space in my kitchen that would take 3 of those frames beautifully. I'm thinking one for menus, one for To-do, and one for Welcome Friends or notes to each other. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Amber said...

Ugh..cannot stand water either. Blech.

And I've been wondering about Eat Pray Love...I adore Julia Roberts, and am usually pretty religious about seeing everything she's in...

Elizabeth said...

Great links! We visited the Dublin Dr. Pepper facilities this summer because my husband LOVES the Dr. Pepper made with pure cane sugar. We came home with something like 8 cases of the stuff. And lots of t-shirts. It was fun!

Lauren said...

I’m really wanting to see that movie and I too really love Julia Roberts. I’ve heard mixed reviews on it and can’t wait to see it for myself!!!

Michelle (lemonadegal) said...

GET OUT!! I cannot believe you won the Silhouette! I think Beckie's was the only giveaway I enetered -- she got me with the address art.

Oh, and I am so with you on Ramona and Beezus. It is definitely on our purchase list. I dragged hubby to the movies with us, and he was glad I did. Cute, cute!

Kendra said...

Julia Roberts worships as a Hindu. Kinda makes me like her less. Wayne can't stand her and she's slowly dropping in my point of view. But I am psyched about real sugar sodas! I seriously have to sugar detox but I don't know if I can!

adrienne said...

I have been on the same kick of getting hfc and hydrogenated anything, and any color or number out of our food. I even found this bad stuff in my pancake mix, coffee cream (shudder) and Worcestershire sauce!! Off to Trader Joe's to find some replacements. I heard Dr. Jim Sears talk the other night. He's a pediatrician and the son or Barry and Martha Sears (childhood experts) and he's on a new tv show that I never heard of called The Doctors that answers people heath questions. Very inspiring.

Nancy said...

I want to see both movies you mentioned. I love the Ramona books as a kid. I haven't read Eat/Pray/Love either but I have heard good things about the movie. Hope I get to see them both soon.

p.s. the pizza sounds delish.