Friday, January 28, 2011

"Try Something New Week" Continues


Pink Heart Jewelry Box Cake, at Dean & Deluca

It's still "Try Something New Week." Have you challenged yourself to try new things?

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Do you know what friends you're spending time with this weekend? Get on the phone, Facebook, or your email and make some fun plans!

  • Fill up with gas for the weekend; get cash at an ATM if needed.

  • Any end-of-the-month bills you need to pay today?

  • Tidy your house for the weekend - Empty or fill dishwasher, wipe down kitchen counters, take out recycling, empty trash cans, de-clutter living room and mail table, wipe bathroom mirrors and counters, replace toilet paper, change hand towels.

  • Can you clear one item off your kitchen counters - finding it a permanent home out of sight elsewhere?

  • What are you wearing tonight? Something black and chic? something colorful? Set out something to change into that makes you feel pretty - even if you aren't going out tonight!

TODAY'S PROJECT: Try Something New

It's still "Try Something New Week." If you're participating along with me, how are you enjoying your experiment?

Ideas for trying new things today and this weekend:

  • If you normally drink a certain type of tea or coffee (my favorite is Earl Grey) switch it up and try something different. Green tea? Hibiscus? Trader Joe's new Vanilla Cinnamon?

  • Try an unusual ethnic restaurant tonight.

  • Drive home from work using a different route than you normally do - even if it takes a few minutes more. Pay attention to the scenery and differences from your regular way.

  • Read a different genre of book in bed tonight. Normally read mysteries? Try a sci-fi book that might be laying around your house.

  • Watch a different news station than you normally do tonight.

  • Plan something different to serve for breakfast tomorrow. Normally do pancakes on Saturday? Try homemade hash browns, dust off your waffle maker, or serve crepes instead.

  • If it's nice enough weather tomorrow, take your kids (or pets) to a different park, farther away from home than you normally frequent.

  • Plant an unusual bulb in the garden - you'll surprise yourself come spring and fall next year.

  • Bake up something interesting in the kitchen, maybe something you haven't tried making before.

LOVELY BLOGS: Magical Days With the Mouse


An Anaheim mom shares her love of Disneyland. She makes frequent mid-week trips to the beloved amusement park, and often sees things casual tourists might miss. I love looking at blogs like this on cold rainy dark Seattle days - I can daydream that I'm at Disneyland checking out It's a Small World's new show. Sarah is an excellent photographer as well - you'll enjoy seeing her photos.

http://www.magicaldayswiththemouse.com/

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Beautiful and Creative Storage Solutions in the Kitchen (Apartment Therapy)

5 Cool Color Palettes to Steal From Design Hotels (Casasugar)

5 Winter Foods and What to Cook With Them (YumSugar)

How to Decorate Your Home With Prints and Colors (Chatelaine)

Kate Spade's Glitter Cake (Sweet Tooth) via Not Martha

Make Your Own Baby Food (CHOW)

Pug Cupcakes (Cutest Food)

Our 5 Favorite Recipes to Make After a Thundersnow (Bon Appetit)

Rum Cocktails (BBC Food)

10 Essentials to Update Your Wardrobe (Chatelaine)

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