Whooo Whooo

When I was at the mall on Friday, it was hard for me to resist going into Anthropologie.

So I didn’t resist it.

I went in.

And drooled over all the amazing merchandise.

So many cute things for the house and home, dinnerware, and it just screams girly, frilly, perfection to me.

After all it was a Girly Mall Trip

All these owl cookie jars made me want to bake cookies just so I could buy a cookie jar.

I haven’t actually used a cookie jar since the mid 1980s but that’s ok.  There’s always a time for new beginnings.

They were screaming buy me! buy me They were saying Whooo Whooo

You probably don’t have to put cookies in them

But I’d like to put a batch of Vegan Coconut Banana Cookie Bites (gluten free)

or a batch of Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten free) into an owl

When I see anything owl, I think of Janetha (our fearless leader who spear-headed the Great Fundraising Act for Susan).  Janetha loves her owls!

And I love anything in Anthro.

I mean, a hand-painted juicer that doubles as a mini “pitcher” to pour the juice from is ultra practical, right? 

I also thumbed through Donna Hay’s book

It’s stunning.  Her food photography is some of the best out there.

(Not to be confused with my iPhone-meets-trying-to-shoot-quickly-and-discreetly-and-not-look-like-a-weirdo-in-the-store photography)

If you’re not familiar with Donna Hay, she’s what I would describe as an Australian version of Martha Stewart in terms of being a cook, having style and decorating ideas for the home, is the author of many books and magazines, has television shows, but this woman’s photography is out of this world crazy good.  In both her magazines and her books.  Not that Martha’s photography isn’t good, but Donna’s is sublime.

Matt tipped me off to Donna’s amazing-ness during our workshop and I’ve been stalking her site and books ever since but had never actually seen Seasons.

Awesome book but I don’t need to spend $50 on another book.  We talked about me and books and unpacking.

In the end, I left Anthro empty-handed.

And I also walked past LV and left empty-handed.

I posted this one on Instagram

Window shopping is still fun, though!

Not as fun as actual shopping but I’d like to remain debt free.

And I did get a few MAC and Victoria’s Secret trinkets so I didn’t leave the mall totally empty-handed.  Lip gloss and body spray, cheap thrills baby.  Cheap thrills.

I came home and went to town on watermelon

Which totally hit the spot.  But cookies would have hit the spot, too.

And from my freezer stash, I found some No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Essentially this is Heath Bar & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  You don’t have to twist my arm.

It pays to be a dessert pack-rat of sorts.  I freeze everything I make and pull out one or two of whatever I want, when I want it.  You will always have tons of choices if you utilize the freezer storage method for your desserts, i.e. the dessert pack-rat method.

The winner of the Summertime Cooldown Giveaway is:

kelly July 31, 2011 at 12:12 am

My favorite beverage is water but, I also love a stevia sweetened glass of iced yerba mate as well.

Congrats, Kelly!


1. Do you like Anthropologie?  

If you say no, I question your sanity a bit.  I could have a field.day. in that store.   Household goods, clothes, books, sheets, towels, dishes, jewelry, I could go crazy.

Stores like World Market, Pier 1, and thrift store shopping are nice, but I won’t lie, Anthro rocks.

I love West Elm’s look and vibe, but the girly, frilly, cute, sweet, one thing cuter than the next, and just ooh and ahh factor of Anthro makes my heart go pitter patter.

But hey, if it’s not your thing, tell me what is instead.  If you’re one of those people who “doesn’t like to shop”, I do not relate.

2. Do you like animal-themed decor?  Do you have a favorite animal that is just ‘you’?

Some people are really into anything with cats on it.  Or anything with dogs on it and if it has a certain kind of dogs like pugs or chihuahuas or whatever dog they’re into, it’s an automatic hit.

Janetha likes owls.  Some people like ladybugs or frogs or birds or whatever “their animal” is, it’s an almost automatic purchase.

I can’t say I have any animals like that or that I go ga-ga over, but those owl jars are really cute!

3. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

I shopped.  I have a few more shopping finds posts.  Hope you don’t mind.  Nothing major purchased but it was fun to browse and shop a little.

I also got an amazing footrub and backrub from Scott while Skylar was telling me “secrets” by whispering in my ear and giggling on the couch.  Love from my husband, love from my child, on the couch with a footrub and backrup.  <– Yep, that was truly the highlight of my weekend!

Housekeeping Notes:

1. I  guest posted on Angela of Oh She Glow’s site on Saturday.  Please check out my post with my 5 favorite vegan recipes that I shared.  Angela is such a doll and a wonderful friend and I was excited when she asked me to guestie on her site.

Thanks to everyone who commented there or who told me here that you saw the and liked it.  Thank you so much!

2. I started the Healthy Cookie & Brownie GiveawayHappy entering!

3. If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday:

I hope your week is off to a good start.  Mine involves an airport.

65 Responses to “Whooo Whooo”

  1. Jordan Lynn — August 1, 2011 at 12:47 am (#

    I absolutely love Anthropologie, and I could decorate my entire house with merchandise from that store, not to mention that I would love my entire wardrobe to be from there. I’m also a big fan of animal-themed decor. I’m personally a fan of Roosters for kitchen decor, and I love elephant decor as well. Elephants with their trunks up are a good luck symbol in India, so I’m always drawn to them. Those cookie dough bites look delicious!


  2. Maris (In Good Taste) — August 1, 2011 at 2:00 am (#

    I love Anthropologie and give you credit or walking out with nothing! I was sure you were going to get one of those cookie jars for all your fabulous baked goods!


  3. Ragnhild — August 1, 2011 at 2:24 am (#

    Oh, I was on a Anthropologie store in new York last year- and I LOVED it! I didnt want to leave, and I couldnt buy too much because it would be difficoult to carry it. But I did buy my measure cups there-which I love! And i got some really pretty tea cups for my parents.
    Best thing Ive eaten over the weekend: raw brownies and roasted veggies!


  4. Shay — August 1, 2011 at 3:19 am (#

    LOVE Anthro. I always hear the sirens inside calling to me every time I see the store sign as well. Those owls are beyond adorable!


  5. cathy — August 1, 2011 at 3:36 am (#

    no anthro here, boo hoo. so thanks for letting me virtually window shop with you!
    those owls are adorable. i would use them as piggy banks.
    i love window shopping. and even if you don’t spend major $$, it’s nice to come home with a couple of inexpensive “treats!”


  6. Sam — August 1, 2011 at 3:36 am (#

    I live in Canada so we don’t have anthro but I am sooooo jealous right now! i NEED an owl cookie jar. SO badly. I do have one owl cookie jar I bought from a thrift store, I turned it into a po for my ivy plant :)


  7. Lisa — August 1, 2011 at 3:52 am (#

    I love Anthro….My cousin just went to the one in Santa Monica last weekend, where they had a personal shopper hanging out by the dressing room. She put together an entire wardrobe (almost) for my cousin that was so amazing. Of course, my cousin is a producer so she could just buy everything. How satisfying would that feel!!!
    I don’t have a thing for any specific animal—sometimes I’ll be drawn to one in a store, but I’m a very non-knick-knacky person so I don’t usually buy anything. Before I was mature and responsible, I decided I’d buy all designer furniture…that lasted one eames chair and a nelson bench…now I am much more practical…but it has to look good and not be junk (unless I’m only planning to use it for a little while)!

    Shopping is awesome :)


    Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) Reply:

    must be nice :)


  8. Lauren — August 1, 2011 at 4:02 am (#

    I love Anthropology but kind of glad there isn’t one around here. Let me rephrase that, my bank account is glad that one is not around here. ;)


  9. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes — August 1, 2011 at 4:06 am (#

    Anthropologie is just full of so many amazing treasures. Their stuff is stunning!


  10. Holly @ Pink Runner — August 1, 2011 at 4:21 am (#

    Although it’s expensive, I do like Anthropologie and always love their dishes!


  11. Jess@HealthyExposures — August 1, 2011 at 4:54 am (#

    Okay, I have this question that I ask myself of you every time I see your store pictures, and it’s one I’m guessing you’ve had to answer before. But do you ever have store managers/workers ask you to not take pictures? I swear, the two times I’ve been in a (different) store with friends and we took pictures of something ridiculous, we were yelled at from across the room not to take pictures in store. Maybe because we were teenagers and looked sketchy, I dunno, haha. That aside, I love that you do it, lol. I feel like I’m being let in on stores I don’t get to see – TJ’s, Anthro, etc!

    I’ve never been in an Anthropologie but I think I would love it! Probably a good thing I’ve never been in one…my wallet might be in trouble ;)


    Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) Reply:

    no but I am FAST! I whip it out and am done

    and sometimes people know i am taking pics and they are cool with it..I think they think I am a photographer. like a real one. lol

    The apple store employees start posing! for me

    And if people were ever not cool w/ it, i wouldnt do it.

    But remember…this is the land of 4 lb dogs dressed up in tutus that are allowed in the dressing rooms of Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Where you will trying on a $1000 dress and some lady’s dog comes walking into your room. Reality is different here :)


  12. Madeline - Greens and Jeans — August 1, 2011 at 5:03 am (#

    You know about my Anthro love affair. If only I were a wealthy gal… Until then, I’m all about the sale rack.


  13. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — August 1, 2011 at 5:17 am (#

    I love, love, love Anthro. It’s a dangerous store, though, so I don’t go often. I don’t have as much restraint as you. :-)

    P.S. I just saw your comment on Carrots n Cake about your new website and I’m so curious!


  14. chelsea — August 1, 2011 at 5:29 am (#

    I love anthro! It’s just so darn expensive :( Them and Free People! They have the cutest little things though from kitchen stuff to bedroom to clothes!


  15. Kat — August 1, 2011 at 5:39 am (#

    I love anthro! thank God they have good sales, because I could blow a ton of money in there!

    animal-themed decor, not so much. It freaks me out a little!


  16. katie @ KatieDid — August 1, 2011 at 5:48 am (#

    LOVE anthro, but thank god (for my bank account) there isn’t one even in the state I live in. Granted there is always online…. I force myself straight to the sale rack first in that place though, they always seem to have great sales.
    And I have a little thing for all things elephants. My bed spread is simple elephants, and I have other touches of them throughout my room. Best thing I did this weekend was visit my friends on the island I used to live on! The beach is my happy place.


  17. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli — August 1, 2011 at 5:50 am (#

    Haha! I ALWAYS


  18. Holly @ The Runny Egg — August 1, 2011 at 5:52 am (#

    I do like Anthropologie but to be honest I doubt that I will ever buy anything from there — it is just too expensive. I do love their merchandise though. I’m a Target/Pier 1/Ikea/World Market girl because I feel like I can afford stuff from there and not feel like I’m spending my life savings!


  19. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli — August 1, 2011 at 5:54 am (#

    Stupid computer cut me off! haha

    I ALWAYS think of Janetha whenever I see any owl decor! And I LOVE Anthro! I have a confession though…I’ve never actually paid any attention to anything other than the homegoods! I know they have some really cute clothes (I’ve seen them on the internet) but I can’t even begin to tell you the last time I went clothes shopping…well, besides for workout clothes! Lol

    Best thing I ate this weekend was definitely the Hugh Jass bowl of ja-uicy watermelon I had last night while watching True Blood! Mmmm!


  20. kris (everyday oats) — August 1, 2011 at 5:55 am (#

    Loveee Anthro!! takes some serious willpower not to buy anything ;)


  21. Hayley @ Oat Couture — August 1, 2011 at 6:54 am (#

    Love LOVE Anthropologie! My most recent purchase was a couple of the most amazing scented candles! I have to try not to light them every day otherwise they will be gone so soon! :/


  22. Suzanne — August 1, 2011 at 7:06 am (#

    I love that juicer pot!


  23. natasha — August 1, 2011 at 7:11 am (#

    Last week I had a business meeting at the Starbucks right next to the Anthro in New Orleans (strategic planning on my part) and I just happened to have time to browse when done! I bought the cutest paper clips with crocheted flowers on top and some thank you notes. I really wanted those blue ceramic farmers market berry crates, but they were out.

    That watermelon looks delicious! So far we have picked two from our garden. I ate the 1st one myself and am having to share the 2nd with my kids.


  24. Felicia (Natural + Balanced) — August 1, 2011 at 7:20 am (#

    ive been eyeing those mugs (under the cookie pic) for so long i really should just give in already. i am such a sucker for mugs + bowls!!


  25. Molly — August 1, 2011 at 7:40 am (#

    I love anthro and can never resist the urge of going in {and maybe even buying something..ha} I’ve been lusting over those owl cookie jars for weeks now. LOVE!


  26. Katie — August 1, 2011 at 7:44 am (#

    I like to window shop in the front of Anthro, but I can only buy from the back (ie the sale stuff). :D

    I love anything birds, owls, trees…you know my style!


  27. lynn @ the actor's diet — August 1, 2011 at 7:45 am (#

    i DO love anthropologie stuff but unfortunately i’m not a fan of the company’s very conservative politics. that said, i still hit up a sale. i just try not to spend too much $$$ there.


  28. mi-an — August 1, 2011 at 7:49 am (#



  29. dragonmamma/naomi — August 1, 2011 at 8:04 am (#

    I’ve never been in an Anthro store, but from what I’ve seen on the internet I would have a hard time controlling myself. Their stuff looks exotic and classy; beautiful prints and colors.

    Yesterday my YMCA had its employee appreciation day at the county fair. Free admission and lunch in a reserved VIP tent: B-B-Q tri-tip, ribs and chicken, beans, corn on the cob and cole slaw. I’m glad I’m not vegetarian, or it would have just been corn and cole slaw! (The beans had meat in it, too.)


  30. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh — August 1, 2011 at 8:11 am (#

    I am pretty sure my husband has forbidden me to enter anthropology…it is far too dangerous. Their clothes are to die for, and their house wear and decor makes me want to redecorate my whole gosh dang house!!


  31. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — August 1, 2011 at 8:15 am (#

    Whew, finally caught up on your weekend blog posts! I’ve never been into Anthropologie, can you believe it? I think I’ve only seen one once, and I was with boys. Not their idea of fun. Probably for the best as far as my wallet is concerned!

    Best thing I did this weekend? Walk around the city with the boy. It was relaxing and the weather was beautiful!


  32. Christine (The Raw Project) — August 1, 2011 at 9:15 am (#

    Love browsing Anthro, but I haven’t bought anything from there yet. The cookie jars are adorable. LV is fun to browse just to be shocked by prices – sure, I want to pay more for a purse than my car is worth – NOT! :-P

    1. Yes, it’s a blast to browse and drool over.
    2. Sure, but I don’t have any in my house.
    3. Had a fun family gathering with sisters.


  33. Cindy — August 1, 2011 at 9:26 am (#

    Thanks for the window shopping sneak peak of Anthropologie.

    Admittedly I’ve never been to one, but I LOVE IT.

    I love to browse shops.
    and DEBT FREE!!!!

    good for you!

    we’re close!
    Happy Monday


  34. Amber K — August 1, 2011 at 9:27 am (#

    I have heard the name Anthropologie, but haven’t ever actually been to one.

    Unless you count Snoopy as an animal unto himself, I don’t really have one that is just “me.” But I have at least 30 Snoopys of various kinds. My brother actually just got back from a trip to Japan and he brought me back a Snoopy. And when I went to Europe (wow over a decade ago!) I got one for myself. I have no recollection as to why I started collecting them, but Snoopys are definitely me.


    Amber K Reply:

    Oh and I was just thinking about this. I only collect Snoopys. Not stuff with Snoopy on them. Not clothing, not towels, or any other random merchandise. Just actual plastic or stuffed figures. Sounds creepy when typed, but they are so cute!


  35. Aja — August 1, 2011 at 10:12 am (#

    I have never been to Anthroplogie. I keep hearing about it, but there isn’t one nearby.


  36. janetha @ meals & moves — August 1, 2011 at 10:19 am (#

    How cool is that mini juicer?! I love it! And of course love the owls :) I totally need to get that Babycakes book!


  37. christa — August 1, 2011 at 10:34 am (#

    just found your blog! YAY! can’t wait to browse around :) oh and I LOVE those anthro owl cookie jars, so cute!!
    mini baker


  38. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — August 1, 2011 at 10:37 am (#

    I love both Anthro and LV :) I just bought a strapless maxi dress from Anthropology and have been living in it during the weekends. I love animal pendants and have a small collections already – and my owl pendant is one of my faves!


  39. Estela @ Weekly Bite — August 1, 2011 at 11:08 am (#

    I love Anthropologie!! I could seriously empty my bank account there :)


  40. Paige @ Running Around Normal — August 1, 2011 at 11:16 am (#

    Shane and I have a thing for seahorses. We both really like them, and even put them on our wedding invitations (to be fair, we got married on a beach) plus they mate for life! lol


  41. Susan — August 1, 2011 at 11:40 am (#

    Walking into Anthropologie is like walking into a dream, no? My dream home is decorated by Anthropologie. But that will forever be a dream because I cannot imagine spending that much dough! And their clothes are like art work…

    Best thing I did this weekend was a movie date to see Annie Hall on Friday night. Love that movie!


  42. Callie {Rawxy} — August 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm (#

    Skyler is such a cutie pie – geeezz – I love that last pic of her!!! I also LOVE anthropologie – when I die and go to heaven (fat chance, ha) it best be one giant Anthro store – that’s all I gotta say :) The dishes, the trinkets, the clothes, the jewelry – etc, etc, etc… it’s just perfection. But, perfection or no – I rarely buy anything because I think it’s ALL over priced!!


  43. Bria @ West of Persia — August 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm (#

    I adore Anthro. Have you ever been to the flagship Anthro in NYC? It’s awesome the way they curate that place. Pretty sure I’d like to live there ;-) Just like you, I window shop in that place; rarely purchase.

    One thing I dig about Anthro is that they have a lot of bird motifs in their merchandise, and that speaks to me. Owls not as much, but little birds perched on branches: love!


  44. Emily @ Comfortable Home Life — August 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm (#

    Girl, I want to take this post and decorate my apartment with it. I love love love Anthro–like it seems most people do! I will also question the sanity of anyone who says otherwise. World Market, Pier 1, Urban Outfitters, Target–sigh. I wish I was rich. But, like you, I value being debt-free too much!


  45. Ali @ Urbanfruitbat — August 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm (#

    Love Anthro. But you have to give yourself time if you are going to go into that store. Can’t just whip in and whip out, you need to be able to, as you said, ooh and ahh over things! I am not one for animal decor, I don’t really know why. I got to spend lots and lots of time with My Love this weekend, defs the best part.


  46. Juliette — August 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm (#

    I love Anthropologie – I bought my wedding dress there:)

    Speaking of cookies – I made your Flourless PB Cookies over the weekend and they are totally a new fave! I won’t go back to the original PB cookie – no way! Thanks for the great, super easy, & yummy recipe. Yay.


    Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) Reply:

    so glad to hear they are a new fave for you and you’re on board :)


  47. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — August 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm (#

    OMG – I want an owl cookie jar!!!! I love Anthropologie and wish that there was one in my city. I just showed my hubby a $5000 bed from there that I simply MUST have …


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