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Favorite Podcasts of 2015

I don't know how I ever survived without podcasts. They have helped me stay sane during my soul sucking commute to and from work, kept me entertained while walking and trying to reach 10K steps, taught me new photography/art/crafty techniques, introduced me to new people and products, and kept me motivated to create and put myself out there when I was ready to throw in the towel and quit.

Favorite Podcasts of 2015.

I want to share some of my most favorite/inspirational/entertaining podcasts. Hopefully, you have a chance to check them out and they can help motivate/inspire/entertain you! Here they are (in no particular order):

1. Serial

2. Sean Wes podcast

3. That's What She Said

4. The Good Life Project

5. She Percolates

6. Raise Your Hand and Say Yes

7. Elise Gets Crafty

8. Invisibilia

9. Fro Knows Photo

10. The Accidental Creative

11. This American Life

12. TED Radio Hour


Do you have any podcasts I need to listen to in 2016? What are your favorites? Drop me a line and left me know in the comments section below-- I'd love to know what you listen to and hear what you recommend!



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My Favorite Friday Finds- Succulents

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but succulents are kind of a big thing lately. I can see why. They are super easy to grow and take care of (especially for beginner gardeners) they are really cute, and they come in a variety of shapes and colors!

Here are some of my favorite handmade succulents finds on etsy:

Favorite Friday Finds- Succulents

1. Embroidered Succulent Plant Hoop Art

2. Succulent Garden

3. Cactaceae-Limited edition linocut print

4. Señor Saguaro. Laser Cut Cactus Necklace

5. iPhone 6 Cactus/Succulent Case

6. 3D Printed Robot Succulent Planter

7. Original Acrylic Succulent Painting- Succulent VII

8. Succulent Sculpture with Interchangeable Geometric Container

9. Cacti Purse


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the robot succulent planter. How adorable is he?! Also, I'm digging the cacti cell phone case. So, yeah... my birthday is in September, you know.. if you really wanted to get me something...  :D

Which is your favorite succulent item? Do you know of any other amazing succulent items that I need to have? Let me know in the comments section below!

Have a great weekend!


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My Favorite Friday Finds- Peony

Happy Friday, friends!! I hope you had a great week. I've been stalking the Garden for a few weeks now and I'm officially on Peony Watch. Last week they had big round peony heads that were days away from bursting open. I'm going back this weekend to see if they are finally open!

In the meantime, I found some fantastic handmade peonies on etsy! I just love the watercolor painting (#2) and the peony photograph (#4) and if I wore jewelry, I'd totally be sporting that peony ring!

Favorite Friday Finds- Peony

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My Favorite Friday Finds- Garden and Patio

So last weekend I finally got my patio garden started. Can I tell you how much I love it? I've been sitting outside reading and sipping iced coffee every chance I get. I can't help but look around and notice two things: I need more plants! (I have so many planters to fill!) and I would really love to have bird feeders and other decor to make my space feel a little more inviting.

This week I scoured etsy in order to find the perfect handmade or vintage garden & patio decor to add fun accents to my outdoor space. Here are some of my favorites:

My Favorite Finds Friday- Handmade Garden & Patio Accents

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My Favorite Things- Handmade Soaps from Wood Folk Soap

Little known fact about me: I love handmade soaps. I mean, I looooooooooooooove them.  To say that I'm a little bit addicted is an understatement. I buy them from etsy all. the. time. They are the number one type of item I purchase (all you handmade soap makers out there, I'm looking for you!)

The other day I was searching for soaps (um, I mean, working...yeah, working...) and I happened upon this shop, Wood Folk Soaps. What drew me to click on their shop was their photography & packaging. I'm not going to lie-- You could have the best soap on the planet, but if your photos look like crap, I'm not going to click on your shop. I know that's pretty harsh, but I can't help it. I'm a girl who loves pretty photography (of course!) and packaging!!! I loved Wood Folk's simple photos that highlighted their soaps, and I love the simple font/design of their wrappers. They also had interesting scents (Earl Grey!) and natural ingredients-- all of which are super important to me as well. I purchased three soaps-- Ginger & Sugar, Green Tea & Flax, and Earl Grey & Almond.

I got them in the mail yesterday-- first of all-- whoa! Super quick shipping! They arrived within a week! Secondly, their packaging was so cute! I LOVE the handwritten note that they included! (it's the little things, friends!)

yay! my soaps arrived! happy mail day to me!

yay! my soaps arrived! happy mail day to me!

I'm a sucker for pretty packaging!

I'm a sucker for pretty packaging!

I can't wait to try these out!

I can't wait to try these out!

You guys, these soaps smell soooooooo good! Not a heavy fake perfumy smell at all. These were nice and light and natural. I ran upstairs with the Ginger & Sugar soap (after I photographed the soaps, of course) and washed my hands right away! What a great feeling soap! I'm soooo glad I got these and I can't wait to try each of them!


Do you have a favorite handmade soap seller? Let me know! Let me know! Leave a link and shout out in the comments section. I'm always on the look out for a new handmade soap shop to try!