Week In Review – Summer Edition


You Will Have More Ideas Than Time Perhaps one day when all three kids are in school full time and I have more than one hour of uninterrupted work time, I will blossom into the writer/blogger/content creator I hope to be, but for now, this sentiment is ringing true with me now more than ever. Sounds so silly, but when I found this the other day, I literally felt my shoulders relax a little, like some random quote was giving me permission to give myself a break. The appetizers for dinner post I published a couple of days ago, was actually shot back in March. I have many posts like that in the backlog, *almost* ready to go, photos taken, just ready to be edited and words waiting to be written. But time always seems to get the best of me, or lovely weather or needy kids, or just happy kids who need and want me around. I’m tending to them right now. Tending to my gut instinct to be lazy a bit more, hang out a bit more, read a bit more, sit down on my computer a lot less.

Yes, some day all, or maybe even just some of the ideas I have stored up in my noggin, or written down in my notebook, will come to life and this blog will be what I’ve always envisioned it to be, but for now I’m just going to try and be content with what it is, and relish in summer 2014 with my 3 kiddos, one of whom will only be around for 9 more years before she off and leaves me for college. Hard to believe she’s already half way to adulthood. Yes mamas, the cliche is all too true; the time really does go so fast.

Just finished Beautiful Ruins and L O V E D it. It was the first non-food related book I’ve read in a year, and it was a welcome relief from information overload. Felt wonderful to just sit and read and get lost again!

Taylor and I leave for Girl Scout camp tomorrow and so I need another fresh book to take with me. I’m planning to run into the library at some point in the morning and pick up something. Anne is halfway through her list and so I’m going to look for one of her recommendations.

Back to food books, I really don’t need anymore cookbooks, but The Lemonade Cookbook: Southern California Comfort Food from L.A.’s Favorite Modern Cafeteria is calling to me in a big way, and happy to read that Smitten Kitchen has a second book coming out too! I loved the first The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook big time, challah! is still one of the most amazing and impressive things I made, thanks to her.

I’m still hmming and hawwing over this Kate Spade Saturday dress, which I am in love with, but can’t decide on a size, and since it’s final sale, it’s a nail biter of a decision.

I found my dream home. Or at least one of my dream homes. I have several categories of dream homes, but I file this one under Realistic Dream Homes.

I’m slowly starting to turn over some of my cleaning and beauty products to more natural ones, and found this list of harmful ingredients to avoid helpful. There are all sorts of lists out there which detail out safe products, but nothing is every all inclusive, and some good products are naturally left out. There are several new products and some I’ve been using for years, which I’m really curious about, as I think they are pretty safe, but don’t know enough to really tell for sure. We’ve been using Shaklee around the house since 2008, and it’s not listed on the EWG site anywhere, so I guess I’ll just have to learn to read the labels. Anyone have any other tips or advice for navigating ones way around this world? It’s all Greek to me still.

Have a good weekend all! Can’t wait to share details of our camping trip with you next week!

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Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

  • Great post Andrea! I feel the same way about getting it all done. I have big plans but they are just going to have to wait until the kids are in school a few more hours each day! And I don’t hate it. Once you figure it out, you really do relax a bit!

  • Heidi says:

    We recently discovered Better Life cleaning products after being Mrs. Meyers, Method, Honest, and Seventh Generation users. We love Better Life because sometimes earth friendly cleaners can be kind of wimpy, and old fashioned vinegar and baking soda don’t cut it for us either, and Mrs. Meyers works really well, but the fragrance is just way too heavy. We love their all purpose cleaning spray and the 2am miracle, which is great for baby messes. (The three P’s, they call it, Pee, Poo and Puke.) You might want to check out their website, I think you’d like them!

    • Andrea Howe says:

      thanks so much for the recommendation Heidi, I really appreciate it! I’ll look into Better Life. I’m assuming you order online?

      • Heidi says:

        I have seen parts of their line at Whole Foods and Sprouts, quite a bit more at Ace Hardware, but recently they announced on their Facebook that Target would start carrying their line on 7/27. There’s always amazon, but I think they have package deals on their own website as well.

  • Kathy Welsh says:

    I absolutely love your blog, filled with so many great ideas and luscious photos! It’s such a treat to stop by and visit. Keep up the good work!

  • A friend cooks a lot from that Lemonade cookbook and says many of the recipes are complicated. Bummer but thankfully I can pop into the Fashion Island location just about any day to grab something!

    Following the cleaning product suggestions!

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