Three Things / 03

1/ Moms and grandmoms have requested Christmas lists, and I'm slowly compiling some short lists to share. I'm determined to not fall prey to excessiveness this holiday season (we've even talked about doing just 1 gift + stockings for our little family), so I'm keeping things very simple! Top on the list for my two-year-old are Schleich animals. We already have some, but he loves them, and they're so versatile for all sorts of imaginative play. I'm adding Weck glass storage jars to my list, and my hub has asked for Amazon gift cards. Like I said, keeping it simple. :)


2/ If you've seen my #mandalynlovesfood posts on Instagram, you've probably noticed my love for Huckle and Goose. I signed up for a dinner meal plan subscription over the summer, and I have so much respect for the balanced way they approach food (and life). They recently wrote about how to keep a well-stocked pantry on their blog, and I totally took the bait.

That's the inspiration for adding storage jars to my Christmas list, and I'm already daydreaming about having a useful and beautiful pantry to pull from! I envision spending less time (probably less money too) in the grocery, fewer S.O.S. text messages to my husband that I'm out of this one particular ingredient and can you please bring some home?! and healthier, less-processed meals. (Speaking of processed food, removing it from my pantry/fridge was one of my goals for 2015. I'm so pleased with my progress - I feel another post brewing about what I've learned...)

3/ Speaking of goals, another 2015 goal/resolution/wish was to spend more time reading. To put feet to the goal, I started a reading challenge via Goodreads to read 15 books this year. I know it's not many, but I wanted something realistic because it's been a while since I've been in the habit of reading. I think I'm going to make it! I recently finished To Kill A Mockingbird, and next on my list is Harper Lee's newest book.

Thanks for following along with my little writings! I love these three things posts because they're so simple. Read more here.

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