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Friday, April 18, 2014

Show and Tell: So much to show, so much to tell!

Happy Friday! I’m brimming over with things to share with you today!

wonder by r.j. palacio | review from @janemaynard

First, I finally read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book should be required reading for ALL HUMANS. And once all the humans have read it, it should be required reading in every 4th grade class every year from here on out until the end of time. Plus, it’s really just so beautifully written and touching and uplifting and WONDERFUL. Please read it. Please.

I have a fun announcement today about some added functionality to This Week for Dinner. You may have noticed there’s a new button called “Recipe Box” on my navigation. If you roll over “Recipe Box” you’ll see that you can click on two options: “Recipe Box” and “Shopping List.” When you click either of those you will be automatically connected to ZipList, a company I am now partnering with! Some of you may already be using ZipList, in which case you know what’s up and how cool it is! All of the recipes on my site are now set up to be saved to your recipe boxes and shopping lists. If you don’t know what ZipList is, it’s basically a shopping list that makes life easier! You can save recipes to your ZipList recipe box, add ingredients from recipes to your shopping list, save shopping lists, and access all of this on the web or through a mobile app. Bottom line, it’s super handy and cool and perfect for meal planners. If you have questions, let me know!

wimsey club arm chair from dot & bo by @janemaynard

As you know, I’m slowly working on furnishing and designing our living room. Well, I just bought a chair to add to the space and I am SO EXCITED about it. It’s the Wimsey Club Arm Chair from Dot & Bo. I kind of just want to show it off (isn’t it purrrrty?), but also I had such a fabulous shopping experience with Dot & Bo I felt like I should shout it out from the rooftops. So, I had my eye on this chair for a while, but was scared to pull the trigger. After two interior designers said that I should buy the chair THIS INSTANT, I finally went to do so but it was sold out. Well, when something is sold out on their site, there’s an “I want it” button, which brings you to a page which says something like “Let us know you want this chair via these various social media channels and we’ll see what we can do” so of course I immediately tweeted out my anguish over not getting this chair. Within hours I had an email from someone named Jessica, who was checking with their distributors to see if there were any more chairs available. When there were not, she was able to find out they would be getting it back in stock in about 2 months. THEN, as soon as it was available, I had an email from her letting me know. She was so nice and so helpful. Even after I bought the chair (and a lamp and some cute Swedish stuff), I received another email from another customer service person just checking in and letting me know she’d be tracking my order for me. AMAZING customer service, SUPER cute stuff. I am basically in love with Dot & Bo.

Last but not least, here are my fun Cosmo food posts for the week!

I think I’ve shared enough, now it’s your turn!


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    Denise B.

    My son is in second grade. When he tested into being able to read fourth grade books from the school’s library, this is the first one he brought home. I read it before he did and it’s an amazing book. I was worried about some of the issues the characters in the book go through and my son’s age, but he handled the book beautifully. This is one kids should read and the reread later so the message isn’t forgotten.

    • thank you for your feedback on it. and, yes, re-read later for sure – I can see kids at different ages getting totally different things out of it.

      also, did you cry like a baby? I sure did! 😉

  2. I can’t wait to see what you do with your living room. I love getting ideas and inspiration for decorating!

    This week I posted yet another lesson Junior’s special needs have taught me. Apparently I’m feeling overly reflective or something 🙂

    Oh, and we got chickens this week too! It will be nice to have some fresh eggs soon, and my 5 year old decided to name them Lovey, Fuzzy, S’more, and somehow one got named Sara…I did not ask for that. Hopefully she never dies. Haha.

    • hahahaha! yeah, that’s a lot of pressure to have a namesake chicken! I’m incredibly jealous of your fresh eggs but not so much of the actual chickens. I just need a neighbor with chickens, I guess! 😉 have fun with the girls!

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    That chair is absoutely fabulous, and being Swedish myself I love that dald horse bowl, you have also piqued my intrest in that book. Love your blog always find something exciting, fun , interesting,or delicious when I read it.

  4. Wonder is a favorite in our household, too. As a shameless plug — add the book to your shelf on and write a review. Would love to have your girls’ review of the book there.

    You and the girls might also love Snicker of Magic.

    And – love the chair!

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    Melanie M.

    Even though I read the book from my library, I went out and bought the book for my personal collection and that my kids can read it when they grow up. I totally agree with you.

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