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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

things i’m loving lately: july edition {+ a giveaway!}

June came and went and July is almost through, so I’m overdue for an installment of “things i’m loving lately”.  Before I forget, I have been meaning to announce for a while that I am officially on Pinterest (and have been for some time).  I don’t have a lot of free time to spend curating immaculate boards on every topic under the sun, but I do use it regularly to save ideas and inspiration.  So, if you care to follow me, please do!  Also feel free to let me know in the comments if there are specific boards you would like me to create.  I’m all ears.

A super fun addition to this month’s installment includes a fantastic and generous giveaway from Erin McDermott Jewelry.  You may remember a couple of months ago when I mentioned the Zoey necklace as something I loved (still do, by the way, and wear it all the time.)  Anyway, Erin caught wind of my mention and offered to send me a few more pieces as well as provide a giveaway for my readers.  I was thrilled!  Erin is sweet, kind, and immensely talented, and I have been a fan of her work for quite some time now.  Head over to the giveaway page to read a bit more about her work and enter for a chance to win some pieces for yourself!

Alright, on to the usual stuff.  Starting with this shirt from a-thread.  Guys, I meant to tell you about this shirt a full year ago but for some reason, I had renamed it in my head and consequently could not find it.  I thought it was no longer available and was bummed I couldn’t share it with you.  Totally my fault but it’s all good now!  This is a staple wardrobe item.  It’s baggy but flattering, and easily the most comfortable piece of clothing I own.  It can be dressed up or dressed down.  I wear it to work often but have also layered it for yoga class.  Bottom line, I adore it.

Last time I mentioned my new method of earring organization using ice cube trays.  (I am still totally in love with this, by the way.)  A few people asked for recommendations on organizing necklaces.  Being the Etsy addict that I am, I bought this necklace organizer from seller Garden Cricket a few months ago.  (I requested mine be less distressed than the one pictured here and they were happy to oblige.)  It has been absolutely perfect for my needs.  Just the right amount of storage with room for more, and I love having the little shelf to hold a few other items as well.  I’ll probably put a framed print there eventually.  Just trying to decide which.

Another reader question I’ve had a few times recently is about the headbands I wear sometimes.  These are from a local quilter who also has an Etsy shop, Crimson Tate.  I purchase these at a few stores in downtown Indy as well as my yoga studio.  I love these headbands!  They come in so many awesome fabrics and colors, it always takes me forever to decide which to narrow it down to.  And then I end up just buying another the next week….

Okay, so since becoming obsessed with knitting, I have been a big fan of the patterns of knit items from Purl Soho on Ravelry.  Only recently did I discover that they have a blog, Purl Bee, that is so much more than just knitting.  Tons of amazing craft ideas, and I want to do every single one of them.  Who’s with me?  Starting with this rainbow blanket.  Caroline would absolutely adore it.  I’m already knitting her a nap time blanket for school at the moment, but I may need to make this as more of a keepsake for her.  Just have to remember how to crochet…it’s been a while.

Is this planner me in a nutshell?  It might just be.  I saw this pop up on Etsy from seller Ninj & Ninj and bought it instantly.  I haven’t used a physical planner for quite some time but I have found since I bought this that I have been more efficient and productive.  No doubt a result of the message on the front, right?  So much easier than making tons of random notes and reminders in different places on my phone.
This is another thing I’ve been meaning to tell you about for a while.  Sheesh, so many things!  Anyway, this Park Mobile app for smartphones is totally awesome.  A while ago Indy switched over all the parking meters to electronic meter stations rather than individual meters at each space.  I always, always have trouble with the electronic meters.  If you don’t make a selection at lightning speed, your transaction is canceled.  If you forget your space number, you have to walk back and remember it again.  Don’t even get me started on climbing over and into huge mounds of snow in the dead of winter to use the thing.  With the app, you simply enter the space number, select the amount of time you want to park for, and start parking.  That’s it.  If you happen to walk elsewhere or catch a ride with someone, no need to physically return to your space to add more time to the meter.  Just do it from your phone.  It’s seriously awesome.  If this is available in your city, get it.  You will love it.

Lastly, your dose of humor for today.  First there were hilarious Twitter accounts, now there are laugh out loud Pinterest boards, including this one starring the very chic fictional girl Quinoa (best name ever).

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    We just switched over to electronic parking. I need that App!

  • Ashley

    Hi Annie, I am knit all the time!!! I have been doing it since I was 12. There is also a Norwegian blog that I love to follow, called Pickles (Its http://www.pickles.no) and they have some AWESOME patterns. I actually knitted my daughter’s baby blanket from that site! You should totally check it out.

  • annieseats

    Thanks for the rec! Always glad when readers recommend new knitting sites for me to follow. Woohoo!

  • Tiffany Dahle

    Eek! I’m so excited you’re finally on Pinterest! I’m a bit obsessed with that site. :) I actually host a popular collaborative board called “Bring Back the Family Meal” w/22K+ followers. (http://pinterest.com/peanutblossom/bring-back-the-family-meal/) If you’re interested, I’d love to have you contribute. I know that’s an important topic to you and your own family and you’ve been such an inspiration to me!

  • http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/ Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I love the planner. I just spent the past hour browsing through all these items. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tarah

    That blanket is absolutely gorgeous!! Can’t wait to get started on it.

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Ashley Bee

    Great roundup! I love all the etsy things :) It’s great to support independent artists!

  • http://tideandthyme.com/ Laura

    Digging that planner. Love Quinoa. And, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a photo of you with your hair down – gorgeous!

  • Jessica @ Sunny Side Up

    So many great things! The headbands you shared remind me of my favorite headbands, have you ever heard of Sweaty Bands? I am obsessed with them. Headbands like to slowly slide off the back of my head and Sweaty Bands are the only ones I’ve ever found that will actually stay put (they have a special backing)! Plus they are super cute like the ones that you shared.

  • Julia Mehl

    Those headbands are Ahmazing!!!! I stock up on them when I visit that same little store on Mass Ave downtown!!!

  • Elizabeth

    There are so many beautiful options! I love the Deep Blue Sea earrings, the gold hammered earrings, and the turquoise and gold studs, to name a few!

  • Shannon

    I was one of the readers that asked about the headbands! I ended up ordering a couple and I absolutely love them! They are so cute and actually stay put!!

  • Amanda Swanson Lock

    Just wanted to say how much I adore these posts. I always run and look up everything that are on them the minute you post. :-)

  • Aimee

    Quiona’s board on pinterest is one of my favorite things every. I seriously have fits of giggles just thinking about it.

  • annieseats

    Right?! Me too! So hilarious.

  • annieseats

    Oh good, I’m so happy to hear that! I try to put a lot of thought into them so that makes me very glad.

  • Steph in Lex

    Staying put is the biggest issue with me and headbands! (maybe I have a slippery head….?) I was actually just wondering if these might actually not slide back every 5 seconds and then I was reading the comments and you answered my question!

  • Steph in Lex

    I love that planner. I personally could not live without my physical planner–I don’t care how many people look at me like I’m living in 1990. I will never, EVER give up my planner. :)

  • Kayla W

    Thank you for posting about that app! Indy parking meters stress me out lol.

    And I’ve been looking at that planner, love it. And I’m going to have to track down those headbands when I’m in town again.

    Great post! And gorgeous photos with the jewelry!

  • maggie

    I agree with Amanda – lots of bloggers post “favorite things” posts, but yours are always full of useful (and cute) stuff! I love them!

  • annieseats

    Hooray! Thank you :)

  • annieseats

    I do put two clips in the bottom back for extra stability, but these stay put way better than any other headbands I have tried. I’m not sure how they would do on a super long run or something but I usually wear them to work or at home doing things around the house, gardening, baking, etc.

  • maggie

    a quick question about the tshirt you posted…do you hand wash yours? i am *terrible* at remembering to hand wash things…

  • annieseats

    No, I pretty much never hand wash things. No time for that!

  • Caroline L.

    So many great things in this post, but I think that gorgeous planner has got to be my favorite!

  • Kimber Ashley

    I saw the Quinoa board on buzz feed! Funniest thing ever!

  • Jamie Martin

    I love these posts. I feel like you always recommend things you really use and love instead of just finding things for the sake of the post. I ordered the shirt and the planner. Can’t wait to get them! Thanks Annie

  • Angela

    Honest toddler is so funny! I love these posts. Those earrings are such a great color for you.

    Happy summering!

  • Angela

    Me too! In fact, I just bought the planner. It made me happy. :)

  • http://damndelicious.net/ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Love the Quinoa name!

  • Mindy Pannell

    Thanks so muh for introducing me to a-list! I LOVE the shirt, so comfy & versatile! I cannot wait for them to come back in stock!