Friday Reader Roundup via Marina on Pinterest

Jess’s Picks

Mary’s Picks

I don’t have much this week, because I’ve been super busy. And for some reason never seem to get enough read. But, what I do have really stood out to me. The idea behind lively purposefully and being conscious. Enjoy!

  • Jules from Pancakes and French Fries wrote a post last week called “Unstyled Life.” She shared her thoughts on “what happens when you buy to fill a hole instead of feed a passion.” I talked about these same thoughts and ideas here. It really speaks to me. Buying purposefully. I feel like we are sooo inundated with designs and products that we forget what we like and what we want in our house.
  • Going along with these same ideals is a blog recommendation from a friend on Facebook (Thanks, Erica!): Kitchen Stewardship by Katie Kimball. Her faith is represented in her blog and I love what she constantly seeks to reiterate, “God gave us our health, our earth, our time and our money. For those of us who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, we are met with challenges in all four areas a daily basis.” Even if you don’t share Katie’s faith, the concepts still remain true. In our kitchen we should be conscious of our health, earth, time, and money. Thus, composting is now on the MUST DO list for our kitchen.
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5 Responses to “Friday Reader Roundup”

  1. Geri wurth says:

    Yay for you and composting! I feel so guilty when I cut up a cantaloupe- so much is left over that I almost always cut it up and compost it.

    I have composted for years, and it is by far the best fertilizer. I had way too much produce this year, and all I used was kitchen scraps for fertilizer. Try a Gardener’s Supply ‘rotisserie’ style com poster. sometime. Alll you do is throw in the scraps, turn it a few times, and I swear you get crumbly compost in 2 weeks in hot weather.

    Geri Wurth

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I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

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Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

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