Thursday Things

Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. Better Homes and Gardens interviewed me and featured me on their site

I was flattered and honored when they asked me. Never in a million years would I have guessed when I was a little girl watching my mom read her BHG magazines that they’d be asking me for an interview.

Life is full of surprises, isn’t it.


2. Although these new arrival Owl Dessert Plates are adorable, they signify autumn.

I don’t want autumn. I want summer to continue forever.

3. Smoked Coconut Cheesecake

“…perfumed with musky, flowery aromas and flavored with notes of caramel and smoke…”

I’m typically not a fan of smoked foods and up until seeing this would say absolutely no way to smoked desserts.

But I may need reconsider that position.

4. The only think I like smoked is smores. Or baked smores that you don’t require a campfire.

Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispies Smores Bars

5. I recently picked up this Amika Shampoo and Conditioner

“Amika Obliphica Balancing Shampoo is a Sea Buckthorn Berry (Obliphica) Balancing Shampoo with omega 7 + vitamin c that gently restores and nourishes for fine, medium and course hair. Silicone free, paraben free. Safe for color treated hair.The Obliphica berry, for centuries renowned for its healing powers, has an arsenal of antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 & 9, and the rare Omega 7 (usually only found in fish oil). These potent vitamins combined with the powerful properties of the Argan nut oil, native to Morocco, come together to form a line that replenishes, moisturizes, and brings out hairs natural balance. The Balancing Shampoo gently cleanses while infusing hair with fatty acids, proteins, anti-oxidants, and other nutrients.”

After just a couple uses my hair is shiner, stronger, and feels like it has more life in it. I don’t know if it will be my forever-and-ever shampoo and conditioner because I do like to switch things up, but I can say for now I like it.

Caveats: it doesn’t suds-up much because it’s sulfate-free so if you like really big bubbles, it may not be for you.

It has a strong fragrance; the conditioner more so than the shampoo, but the scent fades after a day or two. I only wash my hair a couple times a week, and by day 3 or 4, I’d rather my hair smell like perfume than, well, dirty hair.

6.  Nourishing Hair Mask

I have not actually used the mask because it was a little pricey at the beauty supply store, but I plan to order it online. The employees were all raving about it. It smells heavenly, sort of tropical, and if for no other reason that the scent is divine, I plan to order it.

7. If you don’t like a strong scent of pina coladas wafting through your house, then don’t make Pina Colada White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

One way or the other, you’ll want to either drink or eat a pina colada.

8. Does the Paleo Diet Make Any Sense?

With Full Article Here

“According to the Paleo Diet, we humans would be better off eating like we did back in the caveman days. We should eat meat (lots of meat), vegetables, and fruit; work out intensely (think running after wooly mammoths); and avoid any food that requires agriculture and civilization to produce (e.g. bread, cheese, Twinkies)…

…The whole article is interesting, but basically says that we humans are equipped with a digestive tract that evolved to deal with a leafy diet, but has since adapted to eating starchier grains. Our guts can handle pretty much anything we can throw at them (allergies aside), and there certainly isn’t any reason to suppose that we’re better off eating mostly meat…(source)”

Interesting food for thought. Pun intended.

9. Thanks for the Capresso Espresso & Cappuccino Machine Giveaway entries

10. I like everything about this Z Gallerie room

The yellow print that looks like stone, the silver mirrored piece behind the couch, the tufted bench, in chocolate, the white rug, the low and modern sectional.

What are your Thursday Things?

If you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous, feel free to link it up in the comments.

Any thoughts about the Paleo Diet? Do you have any favorite hair products? Household decor or cute kitchen things you’ve seen lately?

Link it up

I did a favorite hair care products post

And a Favorite Drugstore Products – Everything Under $5 post

And 90% of everything in those posts, I still stand by and use frequently or even daily.


  1. People can say what they want about the theory behind the paleo diet, but I only have to listen to my body and it tells me I am healthier and happier, physically and emotionally, when eating paleo!

  2. !!!! Congrats on BH+G!! That’s so cool. Great article! You give a good interview. :)

  3. Congrats on the interview! I love those owl plates.

  4. Oh goodness… there’s a West Elm down the block from me and I’ve been avoiding it on purpose, but those plates might break my willpower. I’m loving owls right now!

    Congrats on BHG- that’s SO exciting!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS Averie!!! Wow, Better Homes and Gardens – definitely big times :)

    Thanks so much for the paleo links! I found the study really interesting. In terms of my relevant Thursday things… I’ve done a couple of posts recently about nutrition assumptions people make, including whether healthy eating is expensive:

    and a post on superfoods:

    Congratulations again on the article!

  6. Oh congratulations my friend. That is awesome. It’s a tumblr site and I can get to it at work so I’ll have to check it out this evening!

  7. Thanks for the link on the paleo diet. I look forward to reading it. My sister and BIL have each been on a variation of it, and swear that they feel better than they have in years, while my husband is vegan, and also swears that he feels better than he has in years having made the switch from vegetarian to vegan. I’m not sure yet which camp I’ll fall into, other than that I tend to eat vegan/vegetarian at home. We’ll see!

  8. That’s fantastic news about your interview Averie! With all these recipes you certainly deserve the word spread about it! My day was a little less exciting with an 11 hour drive but I did find a gorgeous patch of sunflowers near the end that brought me back to reality BTW, I took a short break to walk through a country antique store and found an iron skillet on their wall for $84 !!! I be it cost someone less than $5 when it was new…crazy. Congratulations again!

  9. Congrats on the interview! That is truly an honor that you deserve and super exciting! I am obsessed with Moraccan oil. I use it every time I straighten my hair and have convinced some of my family and friends to try it too!

  10. I’m so much happier and stronger eating a mostly paleo diet. Interesting article though, and congrats on BHG… incredible!!

    • I know you love it – I have another friend who got into crossfit and the paleo diet and she is all about it! Both her and her hubs lost lots of weight, went from “average” to world-class athletes and do competitions and compare/contrast them with who they were 10 yrs ago to what they look like and can do now, and it’s just the most mind-blowing comparison. You’d never believe this was the same couple!

  11. Congratulations on the BH&G article!! What a well-deserved honor!

    I think I need one of those pina colada cookies right now! :)

  12. Congrats on the interview…that is so exciting!

  13. Congrats!!!!!!!!!! Well deserved. You had me a coconut cheesecake

  14. congrats on the interview! so exciting! and I’ve just recently started the Specific Carb Diet – which is close to Paleo — but I’m vegan… I definitely feel better being off all grains!

  15. I’ve seen so many cute decor things lately! I’m in the process of putting together a post of things I’ve done already that are just “quickie” projects and not necessarily a full post on their own. My favorite is the mailbox that I spray painted – blue with white polka dots!

    I read that paleo article a few days ago. I agree 100% with the science, but I don’t think that just because the science doesn’t back up the rationale that the paleo-supporters use, that the diet itself is bad. I mean, we don’t know what our paleo ancestors ate but does that mean that eating a mainly plant based diet with meat thrown in there is bad? No. My beef (pun intended) with it is that they tout meat as the end-all, be-all. Same with fat. It’s too rigid. LIke all diets.

    That said, I think it gets the best nutritional advice out there – limit sugars and processed foods and our guts, minds, and bodies will be happier. Period.

    I’m-a go read your article now. CONGRATS!!!

  16. My boyfriend actually follows paleo and loves it! Although since meeting me I’ve twisted his arm into a little cheat time here and there ;) so happy for you on the interview – you rock!

  17. Congratulations on that AMAZING interview with BHG! That’s so exciting to remember back to being a little girl and here you’re interviewing with them. I bet your family is so proud of you and rightfully so, ’cause you rock!

  18. As a precurser, this may be too much information for some, but when I was on the Paleo diet it wreaked havoc on my digestive tract. I wasn’t using the restroom nearly as often as I was prior to giving up grains. While I am 100% behind the Paleo diet and agree that humans should try to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible, I don’t believe any diet can be one size fits all. In my case, reintroducing some grain back into my diet made me feel a million times better. It’s all about doing what works best for you. I know my digestive tract thanked me for introducing gluten again, haha!

  19. Congrats on being in BHG! I love that mag and tear it open the second I get it in the mail.

  20. Congrats on your BHG interview – loved it!

  21. Averie, I love your Thursday things! It’s like a little trip inside Averie’s thoughts! CONGRATS on the BHG feature. That is certainly quite an honor! I bet you were overloaded with excitement! Will that be in the printed magazine? Or online? I saw the link to it and I loved reading it about how happy it makes you to shower your hubs and Skylar with food. Food IS love, you are right. :) Those owl plates! My one friend loves cutesy owl things. She’d die for any or all of them!

    That smoked coconut cheesecake sounds interesting. I obviously love my smores smoked too. The blacker the marshmallow, the better. Is that gross? I also loved smoked salmon. :)

    And I need a hair mask. My hair is looking D-R-Y these days. I use leave in conditioners quite frequently… expensive ones.. and they aren’t doing the job how I want it!!

    • There are so many hair products that claim to have all this moisture and then, they really don’t do anything. One issues is that natural products *Can* be drying; it’s sometimes the chemcials that leave you feeling less dry but the natural products can seem drying, or are drying. It’s so hard to find one that you love. I will say this, 100% there is a Kiehl’s conditioner I have been using for 5+ years, a couple jars of it per year, it’s awesome. I would not sell you on a pricey product that doesn’t work. It does and I love it -buy it at kiehls or nordstrom and they will take it back if you don’t love it.,default,pd.html

      The BHG feature is just going to be online I think.

  22. Love your blog Averie!!
    the owl plates are gorgeous. it just makes me want to carb-o-load and put a gigantic piece of cake on them hahaha.
    have you heard of the site made me think of it when i saw the gorgeous yellow room! beautiful colors for a room :)
    enjoy the rest of your week!

  23. One thing I’ve got to say about Paleo is that I can’t see humanity being better off with an even HIGHER demand for meat. We can only chop down so many old-growth forests for animal agriculture, my friends. Before the agricultural revolution, we didn’t have over seven billion people all trying to live at once.

  24. what a great opportunity! You deserve it! and thanks for the article on Paleo. We all need to do what makes us feel best, yes?

  25. CONGRATS on the BHG interview; that is too cool!

    PS – Random question for you: did you find a way to get FB to let you rename your fan page, or did you just delete and start a new one “from scratch”?

  26. I could just never do Paleo. I am just not going to eat meat, and I’m not even sure one can do it unless they are willing to eat meat.

  27. Autumn? Ah, no! We’ve barely had a Summer. I refuse.
    Going to check out the interview now, SO exciting. I’m so happy for you :)

  28. Congrats!! That is such an exciting opportunity!

    Smoked desserts? This is a first for me. I am curious to try it though. I will try just about anything with coconut in it (except if it has animal products haha).

    My beliefs on the Paleo diet are that we are NOT cavemen. Our bodies are intelligent machines that know what they are doing and adapt to many situations. I believe the only thing that corrupts them is animal products which have shown to be linked to all types of diseases and disorders.

  29. congrats on Better Homes and Gardens! I’ve been reading that magazine since…I could read? It used to be my “cleaning porn”

  30. AVERIE!! Better Homes and Gardens???

    That’s, like, my dream.

    If I wasn’t so happy for you I’d be totally jealous. :)

  31. How exciting about the interview! :) So cool!

  32. I don’t care what cavemen ate, but I do know that I feel best when sticking to meat, eggs, veggies and fruits, and ditch the grains and dairy.

    Cool about the interview! Does BH&G still have a print edition? Is the interview there, too?

  33. Congratulations for BHG!! That is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. congrats on the interview!! awesome, you totally deserve it

    and thanks for sharing about this shampoo, I am always on the hunt for a good one

  35. Congrats on the interview!! I just read it and you give a good one btw! My Thursday thing is Extra root beer float gum. It doesn’t have a really strong root beer flavor but just enough. I’m familiar with the Paleo diet and know some who follow it pretty strictly long term (and love it) and others who couldn’t stick with it. I think there are so many diets and eating styles out there and a one size fits all approach just isn’t feasible. We all have different needs, tolerances, metabolisms, and tastes when it comes to food, so experiment and find what works best.

  36. Woot! BH&G how cool is that.

  37. Congrats on your interview! I still love that photo of you. <3

  38. Congratulations Averie on BHG publication! You well deserved it and I am happy for you! I even did a happy dance for you! :)

  39. Look at you!!! Congrats, girl!!

  40. Huge congratulations on Better Homes and Gardens! That is absolutely amazing. The Paleo Diet is certainly interesting. I don’t mind the meat, fruits, vegetables, and running, but I’m not so sure about giving up grains. The best hair product I recently discovered is Dry spray from Oribe. It makes my hair look like I just got it done at the salon. I don’t know how I lived without it so long. No more bad hair days!

    • Oribe is what the salon uses that I go to and I bought their leave-in conditioner/shine’s a thin creme, not a spray. It makes my hair just a little too shiny…I only wash every few days and if I was a daily or every other day washer, it would be perfect but it’s just a smidge too much. I want to try other products but they aren’t cheap as you know!

    • It’s definitely not cheap, but this Dry product is kind of like a dry shampoo, so since you don’t wash your hair every day, you might like it. It gives body and that freshly blown out look. And it smells quite good too. I’m always looking for new hair products because my hair tends to be very flat and falls pretty much as soon as I’m done doing it :(

    • sounds like a great product – I may need to check it out! and NONE of the oribe products are cheap, that’s for sure!

  41. Congrats on the interview, that is AWESOME!!! I can’t get one board with the Paleo diet. I am a firm believe in all things in moderation. I could never life without some things in my life, at least every once in awhile.

  42. CONGRATS on your BH+G feature, A.!! That is so exciting and VERY well-deserved. And such a great interview!!!

  43. Averie!! That’s amazing! (i’m just now catching on blog posts) Congratulations on the feature!!

  44. OMGosh! Congrats on the interview! You’re famous!! You totally deserve it. :0)

  45. Congratulations on the interview!!! That is totally and completely awesome…just like you:-)

  46. Very, very cool about the BHG feature!!

  47. Hi there! Congrats on the article! I just discovered your blog and I love it! I can’t wait to borrow your ideas and get in the kitchen. I’m a bit of a blog addict – I’m constantly reading. I noticed that you’re sulfate free, so I thought I’d share that about 2 months ago I stopped using body wash, shampoo, and face cleanser. I know that sounds crazy, but I swear if you’ve ever heard of it, look it up! It is the BEST thing I’ve ever done for my hair (very soft and actually holds a style now). I work out every day, but I don’t smell bad as long as I don’t binge on junk food. I use Jojoba oil to remove my makeup and voila! I’m working on finding the time to start making my own laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. (I’m a bit of a hippie.) :) I know some ladies who’ve just done one of my above-mentioned new habits and are very happy; I encourage you to look them up!

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