Friday Flotsam


Friday Flotsam

So, when you read books that take place outside of the Americas, do you read them in that accent? I’m still reading The Girl On the Train (holy crap it’s getting good), but I keep forgetting it’s in England! Aside from the fact that the word London is mentioned in every other paragraph. But I still just read it in my own American voice. Sometimes I even read it valley girl-style.

Not really, I don’t.

But it’s funny how when I remember the characters are speaking in accents, I try to read it in that accent, and then immediately Scott and Tom get way hotter to me. Like, I don’t even care who the killer is, if they’re British, they’re hot.

Without giving anything away, I’m right in the middle, and things are getting straight barmy.

OH I have a question! Is this an English thing, or a typo? The line went something like this, “If he thinks I’m going to ignore him, he’s got another think coming.” Think, not thing. Sure, Dr. Seuss can get away with it, but is this a real think? I mean thing? I mean think?

Roasted Asparagus

Speaking of accents, today I’m being interviewed for a podcast! It’s all about finding your own voice in blogging. Too bad I know nothing about that. (rah raaaaah)

I’ll let you know when it’s live, if you wanna take a listen. Then you’ll find out that I don’t, in fact, have a southern accent. Hey, I may even bust out in song!

Just kidding I would never do that to you.

Except for the fact that I would totally do that to you.

Oil Party!

Last night I went to an essential oil party at my fran’s gorgeous house. It was lovely! But I had to refrain myself from drinking too much and saying things like, “wanna get oily?” or “oil me up” to complete strangers. I thing I did okay. I mean think.

We made pretty things like bath scrubs, all-purpose spray, pain rollers and antibacterial gel. I already use essential oils in a lot of my daily riff raff, like cleaning supplies, candles, linen sprays and room sprays. I even just dab a teeny amount of patchouli on my wrists and neck as a perfume! #hippielikethat

I DID learn a new trick though. And this is going to bore you to death, but I’m going to tell you anyway. Natalie has this mild eczema-style patch on her back, and I’ve been putting regular moisturizer (like cetaphil) on it, and it’s not helping. My girl Amanda told me her boy Theo has the same issue, and she’s been using a tiny drop of lavender oil mixed with a carrier oil (like coconut) and rubbing that on the patch, and it’s basically gone. SO TRYING THAT TODAY. Sorry to scream.

Do you guys have any other baby weird skin tips or tricks or wizardry you could share? That is, if I haven’t put you to sleep by now.

Cornbread with Tomatoes and Brie

I hosted a play date this week and made this here cornbread and you fiercely need it in your life. You’re going to be like WHAT. You did WHAT. Say WHAT. Do WHAT.

Just kidding.

It’s regular ol’ Jiffy, with a handful of halved cherry tomatoes and chunks of brie cheese in it! BRIE. Oh, and dried oregano. I am telling yewwwwwwaaaa. Unexpected, a little fancy, straight marvelous. You could even serve it with blistered tomatoes and parsley right on top. Maybe even more slices of brie. Definitely more slices of brie. All the brie.

Make it for your Oscar party on Sunday! Do you have predictions? I just love judging, errr watching everyone on the red carpet. It’s my favorite thing!

I mean think.

I mean thing.

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30 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kristen@accidentallydomesticated February 20, 2015 at 7:48 am #
    That cornbread sounds amazing! If your lavender oil doesn't work for Natalie, email me and I would be happy to send you one of my homemade lotion bars. My husband gets this wicked eczema on his sides in the winter and I currently work with an infant who has eczema on her face. It gets so bad that her face cracks open and bleeds, it is constantly fire engine red. I made up my own concoction of natural oils and it completely got rid of My husband's eczema and the baby's eczema.
  2. Morgan February 20, 2015 at 8:29 am # TRUST ME. I'm 26 years old now, and have had eczema since I was Nat's age. We live somewhat close to this farm, so it is all the rage in Louisville. This stuff saved my life. I recommend it to EVERYONE with eczema. It's so gentle, it would be perfect for Nat. AND it made my chicken sh...whatever the bumps on your upper arms are called, go away completely. That picture of the ice cream flowers made my day.
    • Nicole February 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm #
      Just ordered some soap and lotion from this company for my kiddo with eczema- hope it works!!
  3. Rachel February 20, 2015 at 8:52 am #
    It's not a British thing or typo, "another think coming" is correct! Or at least I thing it is...
    • Bev Weidner February 20, 2015 at 9:13 am #
      Oh that is so interesting! And confusing. I need a nap.
  4. Kristin February 20, 2015 at 8:54 am #
    I'm reading The Girl on the Train right now too and I also had to reread that line. I thought it was just a typo but now I really don't know!
  5. Liz February 20, 2015 at 9:20 am #
    Would you be up to doing a post on how you use essential oil in your daily riff raff? I have started to dip my toe in the natural/DIY pond and am so curious to see what other people are doing!
    • Bev Weidner February 20, 2015 at 10:12 am #
      Absa absa absolutely! I'll try to get something good up within the month.
      • Sarah Johnson February 20, 2015 at 10:38 am #
        I'd be interested in oil info as well :)
  6. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog February 20, 2015 at 9:57 am #
    Happppppyyy FRRRRIIIIDAAAY! That cornbread ... ohhhh yeahhh = happiness
  7. anonforthisya February 20, 2015 at 10:39 am #
    I have to ask - who's baby is in the ultrasound picture on the fridge?
    • Bev Weidner February 20, 2015 at 11:15 am #
      That's Nat! Will's right above her, out of frame. :)
  8. McKenzi Kent February 20, 2015 at 11:20 am #
    I am a doTerra Essential Oil Lovin' Fool! My sweet baby has SEVERE eczema. My doctor prescribed me a steroid and I refused. I just put Lavender oil mixed with doTerra's amazing unscented Hand and Body Lotion (because I tried Fractionated Coconut Oil and it was no bueno!) and I've completely cleared it up. I mean the poor girl's entire chest was red, inflamed and scaly and it's gone! She also suffers from a dry scalp in which I either put Frankincense or Melalueca in her shampoo and it's gone. I also have severe eczema and it wasn't working with the oils so I am currently on day 4 of Whole30 and it's completely gone, so it was due to my diet. Hope this helps with your sweet little Nat!
  9. Pat February 20, 2015 at 11:46 am #
    My youngest son (now 22!) had bad eczema when he was small and he still gets it when he's in the sun without sunscreen. Weird, that! Anyway, we get something here in South Africa called Miracle Comfrey Cream. It works very well. I also use stinging nettle and steep it to make a tea. Strain, then dab onto the eczema, using cotton wool. Stinging nettle can be used to make stews too and it grows in the fields and gardens and is considered a weed. Wear gloves when handling, as it stings like crazy!
  10. Bryn February 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm #
    The bottle opener on your fridge is one of the items I selected when I won the gift card from your site. Love it!
  11. Jamie February 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm #
    Coconut oil for diaper rash. Straight up. I should have tried it when my little was littler but I wasn't on the coconut oil train yet "back then" (In quotes because back then was a year and a half ago) Oil me up, baby! = )
  12. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog February 20, 2015 at 2:38 pm #
    I TOTALLY read in an accent...and I'm crazy good at it (not).
  13. Lora February 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm #
    The correct phrase is "another think coming" not thing. It's something almost everyone says incorrectly, like card sharps vs. card sharks.
    • Heather February 20, 2015 at 5:23 pm #
      So, Lora- is it supposed to be card sharps? This world is confusing...
  14. Jennifer Henderson Harp February 20, 2015 at 5:30 pm #
    hey, as your former college roommate and eczema queen, two things: Mustela's Stelatopia line from Target, and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream from Sephora. That, and fewer baths. I was covered in eczema for 9 months of pregnancy and didn't want to do the steroid thing, and baby Stelatopia was the only thing that halfway worked. I just found out about FAB cream, and it is the only thing to reverse my rashiness without a prescription. Sorry, I get all soapboxy about eczema.
    • Bev Weidner February 21, 2015 at 7:08 am #
      Jenniferrrrrr! Long time no everything! I'm so happy to hear from you. And thank you for the eczema advice! xxoo!
  15. Sara February 20, 2015 at 8:35 pm #
    I have had eczema my whole life too (boo) and my 11 month old son (also a twin!) has it. Lavendar works for some, irritates others. We fall in the "irritate" camp. Stelatopia is crazy amazing.
  16. Val February 21, 2015 at 8:20 am #
    Another think coming - a phrase I grew up with and heard used in this context: "Young lady, if you think you are going to get away with that, then you have another think coming!!"
  17. Amy February 21, 2015 at 10:02 am #
    Lol. My thing as I read an English book is I always sit there and think, hmm, this would be even better if I had some tea and scones to go with it.
  18. Becky February 21, 2015 at 2:13 pm #
    Can I just say that I love your blogger voice. I feel like I know you and that you sneak into my room during a 3am nursing sesh on a regular basis. In the least creepiest way possible. I will definitely check out that podcast!
  19. Jessica February 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm #
    Definitely a typo! I think. Or thing.
  20. Tracy J February 22, 2015 at 1:35 am #
    Hi Bev! I'm Irish and we do say "he's got another think coming", though like a massive nerd I have always wondered why - surely it'd be more grammatically correct to say "another thought coming"? Also, if you put oats inside a muslin and use it to bathe Nat's eczema when she's in the bath, that might help. There's something in oats that calms irritated skin and soothes itchiness. x
  21. stacy s February 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm #
    you know your cornbread spatula??? i used to clean my cat liter out with one of those things.....just saying. :)
  22. Candice March 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm #
    So I had to share: straight up organic coconut oil is my favorite mommy-hack!! Use it for everything from chapped toddler lips from the polar vortex to any dry skin. But my favorite us for it is: BUM CREAM!!! It is the only thing that cleared up a perpetual rash on my little guy's sensitive bottom that even cortisone wouldn't clear up!!

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