Dan and I at our first Indians game of the season this weekend!
- Reflections on five years of marriage. Love it : )
- Dan was the one who first showed me this video. Hilarious.
- Outfits I adore: 1, 2, 3.
- This poem. Lovely.
- Relieved to know other people Google this fact a lot as well!
- This post about rescuing dogs left me in tears – a must read.
- Weddings I love: 1, 2, 3.
- How to find the best lipstick for you.
- Mackenzie’s spring to-do list sounds pretty darn fun.
- Daffodils, yes please.
- I sorta love this pink bathroom.
- How to make your own patterned photo mats.
- Enjoyed Jessica’s post about making moments special…and the decadent milkshake recipe that accompanies it ; )
- Recipes I want to try: skinny Meyer lemon mousse, seared shrimp salad with jicama, strawberries, and avocado, raspberry creme brulee, mango salsa, raspberry banana smoothie, ham and pineapple fried cauliflower rice, almond banana dragon fruit smoothie bowl, no bake oatmeal raspberry cookie sandwiches, and spicy shrimp tacos with garlic cilantro lime slaw.
Glad the weather is getting nice again for long walks with Madison!
- How to eat seasonally in April.
- Add these Irish sites to your travel bucket list.
- 5 ways to make your mani last.
- What do you think of nutritional yeast?
- 10 healthier swaps for Easter candy.
- Anyone else interested in this sleek arms challenge?
- 14 things to do when you’re having a bad day.
- Adore these outfits: 1, 2, 3.
- How to get high-quality, uninterrupted sleep.
- If you’re sick of potholes, this is good news.
- I loved this post on friendship.
- Have you read your April horoscope yet?
- 10 habits of highly organized people.
- Weddings I love: 1, 2, 3.
- In case you need it, here’s yet another reason to love John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
- Quotes about friendship.
- Recipes I want to try: 30-minute sesame roasted sweet potatoes, sambal chicken skewers, taco spiced deviled eggs, pistachio crusted asparagus with feta, no-bake double chocolate oatmeal cookies, chipotle shrimp tacos, paleo lemon macaroons, spicy shrimp and asparagus over zucchini noodle pasta, coconut sorbet with strawberry rhubarb sauce, enchilada stuffed sweet potatoes, and asparagus soup.
Cuddles on Saturday morning
- I think these pineapple night lights are adorable.
- 6 tips for navigating a farmers’ market.
- I adore these outfits: 1, 2, 3.
- My wallet is in danger…the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection.
- Tips for posting Instagram photos of food, via Chrissy Teigen.
- Some things to keep in mind when reading reviews.
- The secrets to Kate Middleton’s ponytail.
- Just discovered these champagne gummy bears…want!
- How to navigate a farmers’ market.
- This version of Cinderella is my favorite, too.
- Weddings I love: 1, 2, 3.
- How to care for your bed linens.
- Recipes I want to try: lemon pepper chicken with artichoke salsa and roasted salsa, carrot cake smoothie, cauliflower enchilada casserole, warm bacon and greens potato salad, pineapple guacamole, gluten free fudgy brownies, chocolate covered strawberry smoothie, and easy lemon dill salmon.
My husband and I rarely fight over the TV. We both enjoy watching sports and most of the same TV shows. We hardly ever want to watch different programs as the same time.
Except for last night.
Last night, I wanted to watch the Academy Awards – from the very beginning, on the red carpet. Dan wanted to watch the Grantland basketball hour with guest Kobe Bryant. This meant for the last half hour of the red carpet and the first half hour of the actual ceremony, our living room was a battleground. I ceded ground during the red carpet, but surged back at 8:30 when the ceremony began. During J.K. Simmon’s acceptance speech, Dan said, “We don’t have to listen to the speeches, though, right?” and switched to Grantland.
Me: “DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE OSCARS ARE?”
Dan: “Do you not understand who Kobe is?”
Me: “IT’S THE OSCARS. THIS IS MY THING. I’VE LOVED IT LONGER THAN I’VE LOVED YOU.”
It was a bit dramatic.
Once 9:00 hit and Grantland was over, peace returned to our humble abode and it was all Oscars, all night. My favorite moments of the show were:
- How adorable Anna Faris and Chris Pratt were on the red carpet with Robin Roberts. Don’t they just seem like a couple who could live next door to you and be your best friends?
- The opening number. I love anytime Neil Patrick Harris or Anna Kenderick sing, and Jack Black always cracks me up. Plus, I thought all the visual effects were flat-out awesome.
- NPH in general. He was a great host, with just enough of an edge (“Snowden couldn’t be here for some treason”) mixed with just enough corny (“This Oscar presenter is just so lovely you could eat her up with her spoon”). I even enjoyed the briefcase bit, though I know not a lot of people did.
- Quoting Robin Williams in the presentation of Best Supporting Actor, which was a nice homage to the late Oscar winner.
- NPH introducing Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo as a presenting pair by saying, “Both of whom deserve to be here,” a nod to the fact that both gave strong and well-regarded performances in movies this past year but failed to be nominated for an acting award.
- Idina Menzel and John Travolta presenting Best Song together and joking around about Travolta’s mispronunciation of Menzel’s name last year, plus NPH’s intro and follow-up jokes to their presentation (“Travolta will be back next year to apologize to Idina for all the face touching”).
- Acceptance speeches: J.K. Simmons’s request that everyone call their parents; Patricia Arquette’s call for equal pay among the sexes (plus Meryl Streep and J. Lo’s reactions); Common andJohn Legend’s eloquence; Graham Moore’s “stay weird, stay different” message; Dana Perry speaking about her son Evan and saying “we need to talk about suicide, out loud”; Eddie Redmayne’s adorable excitement; Julianne Moore being happy to win an Oscar because it could mean an extra five years of life with her younger husband; Michael Keaton saying, “I’m just happy to be here.”
- The PERFORMANCES. What a year for them! The supreme talent that is Jennifer Hudson giving a beautiful tribute to those who passed away; a pure fun performance of “Everything is Awesome” complete with Lego Oscars; Tim McGraw singing “Not Gonna Miss You,” very gracefully – the lyrics of which were just heartbreaking; Common and John Legend’s incredible performance of “Glory,” with such strong lyrics, Legend’s gorgeous voice, and the crowds of people walking behind them across a replica bridge. AND LADY GAGA HOLY MOLY. She looked so classy, and her pure talent and traditional training shown through. I was so blown away.
What were your favorite moments of the Oscars this year? What winners do you agree and disagree with the most?
I’ve had a great spring break – which started off with seeing an awesome Indians win Monday evening!
- This Massachusetts kitchen is GORGEOUS. Seriously, I had to put the adjective describing it in caps, it’s that beautiful.
- 10 health benefits of lemon.
- Love these nail art looks, and the mugs that inspired them (I actually have the owl mug in brown!)
- This story is heartbreaking but beautiful.
- I really need to break pretty much all these habits.
- 33 nonfiction books about America’s greatest pastime.
- I am intrigued by this idea of reading books of a certain theme/topic in a specific order. Have you ever done something like this? What books and in what order?
- Ways to brighten your – and others’ – day. Plus 20 more. And…15 more.
- These weddings are beautiful: 1, 2, 3.
- 10 awesome YouTube channels for working out.
- Recipes I’d like to try: roasted broccolini with lemon tahini, spring veggie and lemon Moroccan chicken skewers with minted goat cheese yogurt, banana cake with penuche frosting, twists on avocado toast, pineapple mint juleps, and ham and cheese waffles sandwiches.