Little Thrills

First off, a big announcement:  I’m Pregnant!!!!!!!!!

With sextuplets!!!!!!!!


Happy April Fool’s.

All kidding aside, yesterday I went to Marshall’s and for $34 bucks, got some little thrills from the shopping adventure.  It had been a few weeks since my last trip to Marshall’s, and I was excited to find some new goodies.

New dishes and linens

The bird and flower print pieces were only $2.99 each

The blue ribbon shallow bowl was on the clearance rack for 3 bucks

More linens to go with my other scarves and linens I just snagged to beautify my photographs

And a big box.  With two boxes inside it!

It reminds me of the Russian nesting dolls I had as a child


A perfect place to stash blog linens with plenty of room to spare.  <— Room to spare is a good problem to have.

Another little thrill was the gorgeous 84F and sunny weather we had on Thursday in San Diego.  I got a great run and workout in, worked up a sweat, and I am not even a sweater.  Felt good to get my heat on.

The flowers are blooming and spring is in the air.  Thursday actually felt like summer, not spring.  No complaints from me.

Another little thrill is a plate of Pumpkin Pie Spiced “Baked” Bananas

My final little thrill is that Tastespotting accepted my No Bake Nutter Butter Special K Bars recipe.   Actually that was a pretty big thrill for me and put a huge smile on my face.

Here it is on their site

From my last post about Art & Artists, it was wonderful to read what you consider to be your art.  It’s always fun to read about what people are skilled at and also in the future, what artistic mediums you’d like to develop and work on more.

And I am glad many of your parents saved your childhood art projects!


1. Do you like practical jokes or April Fool’s Day jokes?

I honestly don’t really like them that much.  I do have a sense of humor but there is something about practical jokes that I don’t really like.  Call me a softie, but I always feel sorry for the person who’s on the receiving end of the joke.  That’s not to say I don’t laugh at Candid Camera type jokes, but I still feel sort of bad and uncomfortable for the person.  I guess I’m just not a “jokester” type.

April Fool’s Day jokes are only funny if the punchline comes about two seconds after the joke begins.   Pregnant?  Dream on.  One and done here.

2. What are your Little Thrills lately?

A few other thrills of mine include:

longer, warmer days

more energy that just happens naturally for me when the weather is nicer

paying off my debt (not a little thrill, a big one!)

a couple cool events I plan to attend

recent meetups with friends here and here

3. Weekend plans?

I am working, working out, hopefully spending some time in the kitchen working on recipes.

And then I get to take pictures of what I make.  Lately I love taking pictures probably more than even the cooking process, but it’s a hard call.  I dig them both. They are both relaxing to me.

And of course, I will spend time with Skylar over the weekend, too!



51 comments on “Little Thrills”

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  2. I just saw those bowls at Winners (our version of Marshall’s) last Monday!!! I did not, however, see 84F and sun. LOL

    I’ve never been big into April Fools Day. Seems kinda silly to me…..

  3. sextuplets? lol. I’m hoping you’ll use that word on other special occasions as well, and not reserving it for April Fools day

  4. You are the master of finding cute things at Marshall’s. I always get stressed and leave that store in a panic. I’m loving the floral dishes, and I may have to hit up my local Marshall’s (or TJ Maxx or Home Goods — gahh!) for some treasures of my own.

  5. I love April Fools pranks/jokes but didn’t do or experience any yesterday. I am catching up on blogs today and it seems I missed a lot of April fools posts :-)

  6. Congratulations!

    That genuinely is exciting news.

    I hope this wasn’t an April Fools!

  7. Great finds at Marshall’s, fun colors and prints! The boxes are great too.

    The bananas look wonderful, I need to try that.

    1. Yes and no, they can cross the line to annoying quickly. I like seeing them played on other people, like a co-worker listing our bosses cell on Craigslist for a clown ad. But I’d be pretty annoyed if it was my phone. :-P
    2. Nice weather and looking forward girl time with my sisters this weekend.
    3. Gardening, relaxing and going out with family.

  8. Great post! My little thrill was green juice from a restaurant. Yup, 7 bucks of it. I wasn’t going to, because I know I own a juicer and should be less lazy, but then I did. And you know? Tastiest green juice I’ve had all week. It’s nice to treat yourself to something that’s made FOR you now and then.

  9. My husband got me really good on April Fool’s Day 5 years ago. Today, I got revenge. I felt bad all day though. :-(

  10. Six babies? Wow Congrats LOL :D

  11. yea Averie, stop being such a shopaholic or your readers are going to have to stage an intervention, geez!…. lol, people need to get over themselves. I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some good deals, I swear I might actually be addicted! But I always buy on (deep) discount too. I have found some of the greatest deals lately. I stay within my budget, am very rapidly paying off my only debt at over 5 times the rate I need to (student loans), put away savings, and donate to other worthy causes so who really cares if I shop a lot!?! I think anon is just jealous of all your cute stuff ;)

  12. I think I get more thrill out of little stuff like this than the big things. Love those ribbon dishes! Congrats on your recipe going to Tastespotting. That’s awesome!

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  14. LMAO, I totally believed you!!! I was about to be sooo excited for you. Awww, now you have to have another baby! :lol:

    Love all of your Marshall’s goodies!! Very, very pretty. I love the ribboned plates. Ooh la la!

    Dustin and I play jokes on each other all. the. time. Every day is like April Fool’s day here. I haven’t pranked him yet, but I plan to later today. :twisted:

  15. I love Marshall’s! There’s so many unique things there. You never know, you can walk out with a couple of things, or a basket full of things :O

  16. 1. Totally agree with you on that one.
    2. I just punched in my usual workout into map my run and found out that I biked/walked over 11 km every day this summer! I totally thought it was way less, and I even did workout videos almost daily, and when I didn’t do one of those I was on the elliptical for 20 minutes. No wonder I always felt so good. The major baking and volunteering I did probably helped a bit too. I can’t wait for summer to be here! (Technically mine will be here in 26 days, because that’s when I’m going home for summer vacay! Can I get a woop woop?)
    3. I have to write two research papers. One is due on Monday and the other is due on Friday. Tonight I’m making Mama Pea’s kale salad though, so it’s all good. It’ll balance out the suck.

  17. AHH I swear every time you go to marshalls you make me want to go. Not good haha but your dishes are precious! I was also wondering who you use to host your site, I am considering self hosting but am not sure who to go with and I remember your recently made the move! Also any tips? Im a little overwhelmed!

  18. You freaked me out for a second with the pregnant thing! (I didn’t see the sextuplets comment; that tipped me off) lol Those boxes are so pretty! I love scoring awesome things at a low price :)

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