Thursday Things


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Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. I need a free-standing storage unit for my living/family room area for dishes, books, knick-knacks, and just stuff. Between a stand mixer, a Vita-Mix, and enough random little plates to start my own thrift shop some days, my kitchen storage area is maxed out.

I am storing my books and cookbooks in boxes and in random parts of my house and they’re not all in one place because I don’t have proper shelving and storage. Need to fix this.

2. This unit from West Elm would be lovely. Part open, part glass doors, part solid doors. A nice balance.

West Elm Storage unit

I actually got a great modular storage unit from Ikea for Skylar’s room (the Trofast line) a few years ago. The storage system is worth its weight in gold.

I need to poke around the Ikea site and do some research but it’s one of those don’t even want to start researching it because I’ll drive myself crazy with options type projects. It would be easier to just get the West Elm but then I wouldn’t get to drive myself crazy researching the options. See how I am?

3. Last week when I went to the mall and someone got lucky with a pair of boots, well mama got lucky when she saw this: a sale at Anthropologie.

Unfortunately, a sale doesn’t necessarily mean affordable. Tiny bowls are still $20 bucks and plates are still $10 dollars each and up, but anything beats full price.

Crates of dishware at anthropologie

4. I picked up a few little plates. Half were on sale, half weren’t.

The things I really want never tend to be the things on sale. Funny how that works.

DIfferent colored plates

5. If I get more storage in my house then I can buy more at Anthro, right? Can I borrow your credit card while I’m at it?

Anthropologie store inside

6. Bloody Mary Tomatoes sound fabulous. I love bloody Mary’s.

Hate the sodium, but love the taste. The spicier the better.

Tasting table white text on black background

7. Popsicle maker. Yes, you could just freeze your popsicle “batter”; you don’t need a “maker”. But I’m all about quirky, fun gadgets. Unless they’re $50 bucks.

This one makes popsicles in 10 minutes after you first freeze the base (for a few hours).

Popsicle maker

8. I picked up these for $4.99 and they’ve been working like a charm. Who needs quirky $50 gadgets anyway.

Recipes are coming for some popsicles and frozen treats (hopefully before summer is over).

9. Mango Banana Vanilla Softserve (vegan, GF) is more fun to eat push-up style than in a bowl.

Mango and banana in blender

And eating it from a mold beats eating it straight from the Vita-Mix canister.

Mango Banana Vanilla Softserve

10. Adorable old-fashioned style straws from Sweet Lulu.

Way too many adorable baking supplies, party supplies, and party favors under one roof.

colorful straws listed on website

Cupcake Liner Pick-a-Mix. I want these which would mean I’d have to make more cupcakes. Oh darn.

Cupcake Liner Pick-a-Mix

3 Musketeers Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream would look much better in cute liners.

Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

What are your Thursday Things?

Feel free to link up anything you’ve made, done, seen, tried, or bought that’s fabulous.

If you have any fun kitchenware sites you love, link those up because I always need cute cupcake liners.

Do you have any storage systems that you love?

Link it up because I’d love to hear about it.

I would like to keep it as classy as possible considering it’s going to be in my living room. In general, big huge plastic storage bins and carts on wheels don’t scream stylish and chic, but at least they’re functional. Ideally I’d like something that doesn’t break the bank, looks great, and is functional.

Have a great (almost) long weekend!


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  1. Some day I’m going to buy that Anthro hummingbird plate, along with the chameleon and honey bee ones, and hang them in my kitchen. I’ve been admiring them for a long time and they probably will never go on sale.

    1. You’re right and if you truly love them, don’t wait…as their stock rotates and isn’t around “forever”. So much cute stuff, I know!

  2. I’m in desperate need of a buffet/sideboard in my dining room. It’s amazing how quickly your kitchen can fill up with gadgets!

  3. You’re smart for skipping the Zoku–my sister bought it for me as a Christmas gift, and I have yet to make popsicles successfully in it! I usually end up just freezing my pops in paper Dixie cups with wooden sticks in them instead!

    1. wow, thanks for LMK! And yeah, I would never spend $50 on gadget like that..My $5 find has been working just fine. Old school works :)

  4. I have just the regular cheap popsicle makers too. I guess it requires more patience, but it does the job just as well!

  5. Anthropology is such a great store! And they have great sales.

    I love those pop makes! My boyfriend and I put coconut milk/water and freeze them and they taste delicious!

  6. I really need a good storage system, but I currently don’t have one. I think living in an apartment convinces me to not set up anything because I know it’s not going to be that way forever. Crazy, because I have no plans of moving anytime soon!

  7. I spent every extra penny of my secret “dish money stash” at anthro last weekend – glad i’m not alone!

  8. Love that unit from West Elm! I agree – more storage equals more pretty things from Anthro!

    1. I’ve re-done most of my house (the bigger pieces of furniture and rooms) in West Elm. I LOVE their stuff; worth saving up for, for me!

  9. I hit the sale section at Anthro only AFTER I had bought pretty much everything for my apartment so I wouldn’t be too tempted. I did end up buying two bowls and a mug, though. Oh well. I did score with a couple of gorgeous small raku “garden pots” for only $3 each- I use them as toothbrush and makeup brush holders and they’re so pretty!

  10. Anthro is my absolute FAVORITE store — i would buy the whole store if i could! *sigh* … and those straws are adorable! if i had fun straws like that I would definitely drink more water — which i really need to do! thanks for sharing! good luck with the storage unit hunt!