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.

71 comments on “Thursday Things”

  1. 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.

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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.

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

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

    That’s, like, my dream.

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

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

  7. 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?

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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

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

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

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  22. 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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