The Little Red Owl

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I know I am a little late, but oh well :) Happy 2015!


I thought my chalkboard for the New Year was pretty cute, fireworks and all.


I listened to this record on repeat a few times-such a good compilation.


And I drank Kentucky Mules in succession-they are so taste and easy to make! (and now I am on the hunt for a vintage or locally made copper mug to drink them from in the future)

Goals for 2015:

I am trying to come up with goals for the New Year still, here is my draft:

1. do more blog posting (this can be misleading, I do want to be more disciplined with myself to post more, but I also do NOT want to just be posting for the sake of numbers. I want to post stuff that’s good)

2. be better about listing on Etsy-I tend to fall behind listing new items and it only hurts me

3. prioritize my time

4. be extremely mindful of what I am buying and where/who I am buying it from. you might remember this post from a while ago-like any human person I have good and bad days keeping up with my convictions. I probably buy too much on Amazon and at Target but I am trying REALLY hard to be more mindful. When I think of something I want/need I try to think where I could it-Etsy? local store, local thrift shop? local antique market? farmers market? and then I search for something I LOVE. This also helps with me not getting sick of the thing I bought just because it was cheap. If you buy things you LOVE they will probably be useful and stick around longer.

example: after making Kentucky Mules I decided I wanted to get a hand citrus juicer. So of course I could buy one from Target for $12.49:



or order one on Amazon for $6.15 with free shipping:



OR, I could find one on Etsy that I LOVE:





juicer-milk glass




juicer-teal and white


I am still contemplating which to get and I have not given up yet looking at local stores, thrift stores, and antique malls.

 I will list my final goals for 2015 once I laminate them (Friends reference, anyone?).


I really enjoy watching Christmas movies. I think something about only having 1 month a year to watch them makes them that much more special.

Here is my must-see list:

1. White Christmas (of course). I recommend watching this movie AT LEAST once a day from Thanksgiving to New Years.

white christmas

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This movie is SO funny and full of one-liners that kill me. “Wrong-o”. Give it a try-you will not regret it!

how the grinch stole christmas

3. The Santa Clause. Tim Allen is so delightfully snarky in this movie-it’s fabulous.

the santa clause

4. Scrooged. Bill Murray-need I say more?


5. It’s a Wonderful Life. This is one movie Husband will watch too. Our tradition is to watch this on Christmas Day. It is a true classic and beautifully written.

its a wonderful life

6. Love Actually. I realize this one isn’t for everyone (it is rated R) but if a tiny bit of (non-sexual) nudity doesn’t bother you-watch this. I cry through the entire thing and I LOVE all the different types of love that are represented throughout the film.

love actually

7. The Bishops Wife. Cary Grant as an angel-this movie is fun and meaningful (and much better than the remake with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington)

the bishops wife

8. The Nativity Story. This is a beautiful and realistic representation of what Mary and Joseph went through to get us where we are today.

the nativity story


What’s your favorite Christmas or holiday movie?



I have been struggling with what to put above my TV and record console since July when Husband mounted the TV for my birthday (best gift ever!).


I finally couldn’t take it anymore so I came up with the easiest solution I could think of…bonus: I LOVE it.



All I did was get some string and add ribbon to it. I had everything on hand so this cost NOTHING! WOOT!




I cut the ribbon about the same length for all the pieces and then tied it around the string.


I noticed when I put it up it was lopsided and a little sparse so I just added more ’til I liked it.



What do you think? It makes me smile every time I see it.



Spring cleaning should be renamed Season Changing Cleaning because it needs done 4 times a year-at least in the hemisphere I live in :)

Once the weather cooled down and we turned off the ceiling fans we saw how GROSS the blades are.





I immediately Googled the easiest way to clean these things. I do not like to use an excessive amount of energy unless it is absolutely necessary.

Here is what I found:

This “tutorial” from One Good Thing



And this, much more complicated tutorial via Real Simple


Needless to say I went with the first one.

Here is how mine turned out:


I placed the pillow case over each blade and wiped.


Here is all the grossness.


And here is all the cleanness :)



I highly recommend this method of cleaning–super simple and fast!



It is Sweetest Day. Husband and I do NOT celebrate this holiday-I mean, that’s what Valentine’s Day is for right? Also, I’m super cheap.



I decided to find out a little more about the origins of Sweetest Day so you guys will benefit. Here is what I learned:

1. The very first Sweetest Day was October 8, 1921 in  Cleveland Ohio (my home state).

2. That first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker C. C. Hartzell.

3. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy and they also distributed candy on behalf of a few of the biggest movie stars of the day.

4. Only eleven states and parts of two states celebrate Sweetest Day: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and areas of both New York and Pennsylvania.

So it appears this “holiday” originated as a way to get fun sweet treats people-NOT as a lovey-dovey holiday. Don’t we have Halloween for that?

Do you do something special for Sweetest Day?



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