Well folks, can you believe we’re already halfway through January?
^ Apparently I like to start off my blog posts by highlighting the obvious. It really helps me get those creative juices flowing, you know?
I love it and I hate it.
January is the best because it is the freshest of all the fresh starts. Lord knows I love a clean slate. Regardless of whether it’s a new workout program, a writing project, or that whole ‘meal planning’ thing I keep hearing so much about (what sorcery is this?), I’m the queen of “I’ll start on Monday”, or “Next month”, or “Tomorrow. Definitely tomorrow.”
So the allure of a whole new year, stretched out before me, full of promise and good intention is more than enough to make my organizational little heart go pitter patter.
On the other hand, January is also kind of the worst. The weather is dreary, the days are short, the magic of the holidays has faded, and our bank accounts are still recalibrating from Christmas. Summer is a distant mirage, Spring hasn’t sprung yet, and we find ourselves in that weird, cold, grayish area of the year where we feel like we have a lot to do but not a lot of motivation to do it.
Or is that just me?
Don’t answer that.
Anyway, I can’t think of any better cure for the January Blues than a rousing game of Let’s Play Oprah.
If you’re new around here, this is a series we do once a month, where I share with you guys 3 of my most “Favorite Things” at the moment, and then at the end of the month I give away one of those things! To you guys! Because why not?
This series is purely for fun, and my absolute favorite part of the whole thing has been getting to know you all on a much more personal level. (Besides sending prizes in the mail. I really love that part too.)
The amount of interaction from you guys on these posts has been a completely unexpected delight. It turns out that you love to dish about your favorite things and chase the fun just as much as I do. So please keep joining in and telling me all of YOUR favorite things either by commenting on this post, emailing me back, or by sharing/commenting on social media using the hashtag #letsplayoprah.
Okay, are you guys ready? Because it’s time.
Let’s Play Oprah!
Here are my Top 3 Favorite Things this month:
I may not have mentioned this here before, but there’s something you should know about me: I have a pinhead. I also have very thin hair which is an unfortunate combination that makes it virtually impossible to find hats that fit. I either have to wear children’s sized baseball caps, which almost always have a Mickey Mouse or Thomas the Train theme, or I wear adult sized hats which are too deep for my pinhead, and am forced to either tuck my ears into them (which would work if I had enough hair to cover it up, or let the hat push my ears down which both hurts and looks ridiculous.
It’s a real problem I’m having.
But then all the angels in heaven smiled down on me and beanies became popular again. Obviously this only works in cold weather, but whatever man. Praise Jesus Hallelujah, I can go to the grocery store or to volunteer in my kid’s classrooms with day 2 hair and no one has to know. I’ve tried a lot of different beanies and this brand is by far my favorite.
It’s comfortable, slouches perfectly, and well, I can’t think of a third benefit but what else do you really need from a beanie anyway?
I especially like these ones with the pom on the end.
I recently discovered this show while flipping though the channels, and I was instantly hooked. Sam Jones is an LA based photographer and director who’s portfolio is as impressive as his beard.
On his show, Off Camera, he sits with actors, directors, and all sorts of creatives in Hollywood and they have a casual and relatively private chat. It’s fascinating. Sam sits down with the likes of Will Ferrell, Kristin Bell, Robert Downy Jr, and Mindy Kaling and asks them about their craft.
What I like so much about the show is that Sam asks thoughtful and intelligent questions, but then he always lets the conversation wander where it will. Some interviews are lighthearted and funny while others are quite deep, yet they all have a distinctly vulnerable and personal vibe. I’m almost always inspired, and find myself pausing to write down something someone said about the creative process.
I’ve only seen about ten episodes so far, but I cannot wait to devour the rest of them. I feel a Netflix binge coming on very soon.
Normally for me, Pinterest falls under the category of social media that simply doesn’t interest me. I kept trying to like it, but I finally realized there’s a reason why I don’t- it feels like a museum. It’s just pictures. Millions of pictures. I like to go where the people are. You know, like Cheers!
Give me Facebook. Give me Twitter. Give me Instagram Stories. I pretty much only go to Pinterest when Im looking for a recipe or when I have a big project and need inspiration. THEN Pinterest becomes my best friend.
We happen to be in the middle of a big project over here at the Forever House, and I’ve got to say, Pinterest has me all kinds of excited.
After 10 months of our kids ditching their separate rooms in order to “camp out” together every single night, and begging for bunk beds, we finally caved. We realized that they may never want to share a room again, and we only get one shot at these family years, so why the heck not?
Then one thing led to another, which led to another, and we wound up rearranging half of the house. The current playroom is now becoming the bunk bed room. I say “bunk bed room” because it’s a humongous 3 tiered creation of Husband’s- complete with two reading nooks and a “secret hideout” for the 7 year old, that literally takes up the majority of the room. (Hashtag houseflipperproblems)
So now Jaxon’s bedroom is becoming the new playroom and Bella’s bedroom is becoming my office.
The view from the breakfast table hardly sucks, but I’ll still be able to see the same field from my office and I’m so excited to have my own quiet space, away from normal distractions like dishes and laundry, where I can shut the door and let my creative mind wander. Now I really love you, Pinterest, because you’ve shown me at least 97 different things I “need” in my new space.
So there you have it; those are my Favorite January Things!
At the end of the month I’ll be drawing a name and giving away not one, but two of the CC beanies.
To be sure you’re entered to win, simply enter your email address in the blue lighted bar at the end of this post. If you’ve entered before then you’re still in there!
So what about you? What are you watching? What are you cooking? What are you currently obsessed with? Tell me your things!