Thursday, March 14, 2013

Favorite Things: Winter 2013

This has been sitting in my draft folder forever. Although I should probably revise it for a springtime post, it's squarely winter here in our corner of Wisconsin (we're expecting another 1-2" of snow tomorrow).

So here are a few things I'm loving this winter...

Linnea Poster Calendar

2013 Linnea Poster Calendar

This is our second year with a Linnea Poster Calendar. Hands down, it's one of my favorite things in the house. I love the mix of form and function. A beautiful print to display, as well as a quick reference calendar.

We have ours framed in the dining room. I love being able to change up the artwork every few weeks. Admittedly, I like some month's artwork better than others (for example, March isn't my favorite), but each month offers a beautiful, unique print.

Since we're already three months into the year, you can pick up a 2013 calendar for a steal. I got mine from a local boutique shop, but they're listed for over 60% off right now on Amazon.

Slow Cooker Revolution Cookbook

Slow Cooker Revolution

Hot meal, ready when you get home. What's better than that?

I have long been a fan of America's Test Kitchen, so I was really eager to try their crock pot cookbook. I'm pretty obsessed with braising and my Dutch oven, but there are some days I want a meal I can prepare in advance and forget about. This cookbook has not disappointed.

It gets some negative review on Amazon for the prep work most of the recipes require (i.e. browning or sautéing on the stove before adding to the crock pot), but these steps are never very time consuming and the results are delicious. In my opinion, there's only so much flavor you can get from throwing all your ingredients into the crock pot raw. I personally don't mind a little work upfront for a great result later on.

iHeart Organizing Blog

I found this blog a few months ago, and OMG. I'm in love.

For 2013, blog author Jen is tackling a key area of the home (kitchen, home office, etc) each month, providing practical advice and inspiration on how to get your home styled and organized. Although she showcases some pretty dramatic projects on the blog, she also emphasizes the importance of small improvements. So if all you can do this month is organize a drawer, that's still something.

Unlike other home organization and design blogs, I never feel inferior or intimidated reading her posts. It's given me a lot of inspiration on how I might update and organize the spaces in our home... especially when it comes to incorporating more color.

Links are to Amazon for your convenience (and because I love Amazon). They are not associated with a personal affiliate program.


  1. Thanks for the reminder on the calendar I forgot I received it for my birthday last fall and it is already march... You inspired me to frame it tonight. Also love the organization blog suggestion. Have you followed you house love, you might like that one as well!

    1. Thanks for the tip, Amy! I'll add it to my blog reader. :)


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