Five Things Friday #191

Welcome to the end of another week!

I did a survey on Instagram asking where to find inexpensive house plants because everywhere I’ve gone is SO expensive. A lot of you said that IKEA has a lot of cheap plants, so Neil and I are on a mission to go there this weekend and scout them out. IKEA is a big trip any day of the week, but it’s at least an hour outside of the city here so it’ll likely be an all day adventure. Even if I don’t find a plant I want, you can always find something at IKEA, so it’ll be a fun trip.

Other than that, life is good and Sunday is wide open for relaxing. I hope you have some fun weekend plans and to kick them off, here are some of the things I’m loving this week!

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1. New Lens

I bought another lens secondhand from a friend last week and thankfully lenses aren’t cheap or I would just keep buying them. This one is the Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS, which is basically just a lot of letters and numbers to say it’s a zoom lens. Obviously it means more than that, but for those of you who aren’t versed in camera lingo or just don’t care, this lens allows me to shoot a variety of distances.

I’ve wanted both a wide angle and a macro lens for some time, wide for travel and macro for closer images of food, but went with this one for now because I like the wide angle aspect of it. The zoom on this doesn’t produce the clearest up-close images, but it will be a great lens to take with me when we go to Greece in September. It also gets great reviews for video, which I don’t do much of, but if I decide to add more in, then I’m all set up with this bad boy.

2. Trader Joe’s Bite Size Crispy Cookies

These were an impulse buy the other day at TJ’s and I am glad I got them. They looked like mini Milanos, so obviously they needed to come home with me. To my delight, they are even better than Milanos, which truthfully I don’t love as much as I’ve gotten older. These are definitely bite-size, denser than Milanos (which I like better), and the chocolate is much higher quality. If you have one near you, pick these up on your next trip!

3. Athleta Essence Mesh Trim Tank

Full disclosure, as an Athleta ambassador I receive one free outfit per month and this month the tank I got was this one. Muscle-cut tanks like this tend to look nice on me, but I wasn’t sure about the rest of the shape. Surprisingly, it was very flattering and my friend Hannah at the store mentioned that it was something I could also wear out with jeans and not have it look like I was going to work out. It’s comfy and the material dries really fast. Definitely recommend!

4. Trader Joe’s Crumpets

All I know about crumpets is that they are usually served with tea. I bought these because they were stocked right next to my beloved English muffins and I figured I would be fancy. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, so I ate two with my breakfast like I usually do with my English muffin cut in half. I put cashew butter and cherry jelly on them and though they were different, they were still good. My advice is to only have one (two of these do not equal two halves of a muffin) and they also don’t get as toasted as the muffins do, which is obviously a personal preference.

I’ve heard the best way to have them is with butter, butter and jelly, or some lemon curd.

5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve shared about Big Magic many moons ago, but since I just reread it for a second time, I wanted to include it again. Whenever I’m looking for some inspiration and motivation, this is my go-to book. It’s a quick read and full of things I can totally relate to during the creative process.

What helped me the most was the section on perseverance, which emphasized that if you sit around simply waiting for inspiration to strike, you may be waiting a very long time. I had a self-imposed (ok, therapist-imposed) deadline to get some chapter revisions done by the end of this week and without that push I might not have gotten them done. Sometimes writing is hard and you need to just sit down and do it.

That’s all I’ve got this week guys — see ya next week!

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5 Comments

  1. June 29, 2018 / 10:17 am

    OMG we are SO on the same page with this post. First of all, I am currently reading and LOVING Big Magic. It’s just the perfect book for me to read right now where I feel like I have all this time to be creative but sometimes need the extra push.
    When I saw those crumpets I burst out laughing because just last week I was walking around TJ’s with my best friend and we were randomly speaking in British accents and then I saw the crumpets, and it was just perfect, and I lifted them up and said CRUMPETS in my most Downton Abbey-ish voice. LOL I promise I’m not crazy :p
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  2. kim
    June 30, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    those cookies are wonderful. I’m old enough to remember milanos from way back. I recently started buying my 93 year old mom milanos and other pepperridge farm cookies to break up her habit of only eating vanilla wafers. I was shocked when I opened the milanos. They’re the size of your pinky finger and not even close to what they used to be!!! albeit they now have some good flavor combos but I’m now going to buy her the trader joes version. hope you have a wonderful vacation.

  3. Hannah
    July 2, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Crumpets should definitely be toasted, then slathered in butter. (Then add whatever you’d like; cheese, jam, etc). But here in the UK always toasted. Traditionally toasted over fire for tea. A staple in our house, and throughout my childhood. Yum!

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