Friday Flotsam

Fo ho ho ho HIDAY.

Giant Grinch

I have a serious question!

And I’m serious.

Seriously serious.

Forever now, we’ve had one of those OLD Bose sound docks. A GIANT, ANCIENT GRAY SOUND DOCK, guys. For a, wait for it – ipod. Do those even exist anymore??

I need an upgrade. A Christmas upgrade. But this is the problem. We don’t have like, a media console or whatever. The sound dock (hahah!) sits on my table, right next to my laptop, so I can control it. It’s not tucked away on a shelf or in a cabinet with a remote. WAIT, I NEED A REMOTE. Okay this is going no where.

My question IS: what sort of sound system (is that even the word?) do you guys have and love and obsess over? I want another Bose, but are there any other brands I need to explore? What other like, SOUND OPTIONS are there? Or is Apple all wired into your house walls and you hear music out of your pores, ya alien.

I’m leaning toward this, but I don’t want it on my table. I realize the placement of the speaker isn’t your problem. I just like dumping ish on you.

You’re like, do you really want me to wake up my husband for this?



Let’s play a round of . . .  WHAT CAMP ARE YOU IN?   ***applause applause applause***

You buy a bag of carrots. Do you:

1) Open the bag of carrots by mangling the glued and crimped sealer at the top of the bag?


2) Violently rip a hole in the bag right next to the crimped sealer?

You know you fall hard in one of these two camps.

‘Fess up, RIPPERS.

Gremlins in a window

Tell me something. What did slash does your 4 year old dig? I’m having an agonizing time coming up with gift ideas for these gremlinnnnnnnnsaaaaaa.

Already got them a kitchen. And a few like, art things. A nightlight for each of their rooms. Few books. Other than that, brain tumbleweeds. Nat wants a pink Yo Yo, and Will wants a BIG TRAAAAIN. Okay. I can do that. (not the big part. I’m not insane.)

But what else?! You know my simple style. But I also want them to love it. Hey, minimals (not to be confused with millennials) – what do you get for your ankle biters?!

Besides coal and switches.

Elf in a sink

Oh! Juuuust in case you’re looking for printing needs for Christmas, I wanna show you something.

ALSO, let me just say right here, I know it’s probably super overwhelming for you to be flooded with discount codes and giveaways and buy this buy that YADDA YADDA YADDA, from endless bloggers and influencers all up in your grill everyday right now. I get it. And I’m totally not trying to shove consumerism down your throat. Please know that. I’m just here to help you save some dough, IF you’re interested in this photo frame or that boot. Das it! We coo?

That said, if you have any printing you’d like done for Christmas, my true love Artifact Uprising featured me on their site yesterday! I talk all about gift giving (obviously not for 4 year olds. waaah), and my intentions for a slower season. But I don’t get serious or anything. I talk about COUSIN EDDIE for crying out loud.

They were incredible enough to create a 10% discount code for you, that’s valid through Dec 7th! BEV10, babes. Use that.

Crown Center Christmas Tree

Weekend plans?

It’s going to be nearly SEVENTY.GALL-DARN.DEGREES.ON.SUNDAY. What is this crap? I guess I should look at it like, another day wear mules! #amiright

We’re going to Christmas craft tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying THESE SATANIC THINGS AGAIN. Hell no. But I do want to make those old stained glass vintage ornaments. I bought 85,000 of them at the craft store, so we’re putting our crafting pants on, gosh darnit. (<–my friend Lacy just barfed at “crafting pants.”)

You’ve been listening to the Christmas mixtape, right?! Get your ears in that.

Also, can you believe I was holding up that enormous Christmas tree with one finger?!

. . . I wasn’t doing that.

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28 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rebekah S December 1, 2017 at 8:08 am #
    I got this block set And these to go with it And they were a big hit. Easy to keep clean- just give them a designated basket.
  2. Laura December 1, 2017 at 8:26 am #
    I love Artifact Uprising! They made the most beautiful guest book for my wedding. Thanks for the discount code!!
  3. Hayley December 1, 2017 at 8:31 am #
    For speakers - SONOS! And don’t look back. You’ll start with one and pretty soon they’ll be all over our house in every damn room. They come in at least 3 different sizes and aren’t ugly and you can kind of tuck them in wherever. They can all connect to play the same groovy tunes or you can play something separately on each. I have a ~900 sq ft apt and have 3. They also have a soundbar for the TV - it is at the top of my ‘I want it now’ list! Good luck!
    • Emelia December 1, 2017 at 9:14 am #
      I'm with Hayley, SONOS all the way. We have them all over our house and use them everyday, all day. There are crazy sales going on right now too. Only downfall is they don't have outdoor speakers. We ended up getting outdoor Bose speakers and the SONOS amp to connect it into the system. It wasn't hard, but expensive. No remote- it's all on your phone! PS: I'm a ripper. :P
      • Leah December 1, 2017 at 9:31 am #
        Sonos for ever and ever!!! Your phone or tablet acts as the remote, and the speakers can synchronize or play different things at the same time.
  4. tracy Neville December 1, 2017 at 9:04 am #
    Get the BOSE. I have that exact one, its perfect and nothing beats a BOSE!!!
  5. Christina December 1, 2017 at 9:29 am #
    i have that exact bose too and we LOVE IT! so easy to bring from room to room or outside!
  6. Ali December 1, 2017 at 9:48 am # We have the plastic version from the same company, and my kids LOVE it. Funny, I thought of you when I saw the wooden version in a catalog a couple years ago, but your kids were too young then.
  7. Andrea December 1, 2017 at 10:01 am #
    Sonos! It’s the best, you’ll never look back. All controlled from your phone too.
  8. Claire Gilbert December 1, 2017 at 10:33 am #
    Oh man you need a speaker update so badly--I've listened to both Bose and Sonos before, and honestly I think Sonos is the way to go. Also, as for gifts for 4-year olds, my 4 year old cousin and his little sister were gifted a felt campfire kit (felt logs, rocks, fire, and possibly even marshmallows) and they love that thing so much, it's getting weird.
  9. Janelle December 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm #
    My four year old is really into his Micro Mini scooter, and we got him a bike with training wheels for Christmas. Otherwise, just small a lunch bag, swim trunks, a Transformer, and other little practical things. Enjoying the comments for other ideas!
  10. Jenny December 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm #
  11. Panna December 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm #
    we've got one of these and absolutely love it: and for the kids:
  12. Ali Vizzo December 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm #
    I’m absolutely #2. I rip that bag open because apparently taking of the little closer is too much work. My girls (almost 5 and 2.5) LOVE their dollhouse. Of course, the little boy I watch loves playing with it too. There are some very cute ones out there, I’m sure you could have a ball finding one to fit your style. Also, what’s their bike situation? I can’t say enough for balance bikes and 4 is the perfect age!
    • Bev Weidner December 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm #
      We actually bought them balance bikes last year for their birthday! They still LOVE them. So we're set there. A dollhouse is a great idea!
  13. Sarah C. December 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm #
    My daughters elf Sparkle took her to school the other day. I tied to the back of of my drivers seat with sparkle ribbon...I'm pretty sure it looked like a kidnapped elf lol. She loved it! Merry Christmas Bev!
  14. Han December 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm #
    i'm #3 i roll the and the bag flat, then i freeze them for later use.
  15. cat tubbs December 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm #
    We have a "big blue" speaker from Brookstone it's awesome for parties!
  16. Nicole December 2, 2017 at 3:17 am #
    Our four year old is getting a bike with pedals (he's had a pre-peddler for a couple of years, is brilliant riding it and he's now far too big for it), books, a puzzle/game and pjs. He told me yesterday he wants "a storm trooper outfit." He's not seen Star Wars, but somehow knows all about it.
  17. Niki December 2, 2017 at 8:45 am #
    I agree with the Sonos comment! We love it! We have speakers in the home & patio. Also, we have a couple of portable speakers that I take to the garage, basement, etc. when I am in those areas. As for a gift, my kiddos love new electric toothbrushes. That is one I keep in my back pocket for a family member that asks or myself. :)
  18. Victoria December 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm #
    I agree with the Sonos recommendation. You start with one, and soon you will have them in other rooms too. And you can play just one, or two or all and have the song throughout the house.
  19. Sofie December 3, 2017 at 10:18 am #
    Marshall Speaker (seriously!). Check out their new multi room system. I looove it (and so do people who at least pretend to be sound experts).
  20. Madeleine December 3, 2017 at 7:32 pm #
    DO NOT CHANGE FROM BOSE!! Best sound in the world :-)
  21. jessica December 4, 2017 at 1:49 pm #
    The yo-yo is a Peppa Pig thing right?! Last year that is alllll my 3yo asked for, and then when she opened it up she didn't even know what it was! This year she wants a pogo stick.
  22. Sarah December 7, 2017 at 5:06 am #
    Magnatiles, easy to store and ALL my kids play with them almost every day
  23. Christi Moisant December 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm #
    Loving the Christmas Mix Tape. Speakers - I have 2. I have a newer Bose cordless that works great. I have also have a water resistant JBL speaker that I use for outdoor. I have been impressed with both. Good luck with gifts for the munchkins. My sister's x-mas plan is to get her boys 4 things. 1 thing you read. 1 thing you wear. 1 thing you need and 1 thing you want. We all go a little crazy for Christmas so they receive a ton of gifts and this is her way of keeping it a bit more reality based at home. Of course, there is still Santa and he's pretty generous too.
  24. Catherine Molloy December 7, 2017 at 10:27 pm #
    Your cuties would love Zoobs! A great toy for creativity, and hand dexterity. And instead of a doll house, a wooden barn with horses. I have seen a few that are able to serve as the carrying case for the animals. I love how timeless they seem. Pierce will be finding one under our tree this year

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