Things I Love Thursday | Valentine’s Day Edition

It’s Valentine’s Day! And I could not be happier.

Being a barber (although this applies to pretty much all service industry folks), I prefer to make money instead of spend it on holidays like this. This is a really good money week, is what I’m saying.

Sheldon and Pancakes

Sheldon is a tiny dinosaur that thinks he’s a turtle. He loves you enough to share.

But still, in the spirit of the season, I thought I would round up some Valentine’s Day fun for this inaugural edition of the new Things I Love Thursday feature. This one is for those of us who hate pink, and could definitely do without all the hearts and flowers and lace and frills, and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of you guys out there.

For the record, I am madly in love with my husband of 6 months, partner of 3 years, but even so this particular hyped-up holiday is way too much for me.

So here are your Valentines, in love or not fellow Valentine’s Day downers, with some neat, sweet (but not too sweet), and delicious V-Day love from some of the most crushable folks on my blogroll(s).

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Macklemore | Friday Obsessions

I have a confession. I am head over heels for a man who isn’t my husband.

His name is Macklemore.

My sister shared his NPR Tiny Desk Concert video on her Facebook page a few months ago, and I have been hooked ever since.

His hair, his style, his smile, his aura, everything is pure happiness and love. In the course of this video, you’ll laugh, cry, get down, and get the urge to move will shoot out from somewhere deep inside your belleh through every limb and extremity. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a hip hop artist speak so deeply on topics like equality in “Same Love”, nor have I ever heard a hook as bad (in a good way) as on “Thrift Shop.”

Thanks to that one, and the clean version I found on Spotify, I now have baby bear saying “Popping taaaaags.” Baller.

Seriously, if you have somehow escaped hearing about Macklemore until now, do not skip this video. Required viewing.

Since I first saw this, Macklemore has shot up to #1 on iTunes and he is EVERYWHERE. In my morning blog reading, I even noticed Young House Love (swoon) has a Thrift Shop Challenge today!

Happy a happy Friday, y’all, it’s going to be a frigid and busy one for me!

Alternative Natural Sweetners | Friday Obsessions

An understandably important element of the cleanse Papa Bear and I are doing next week is the elimination of refined white sugar, especially in the first week.

Honey Spoons

Of course, I still like things like my tea a little bit sweetened. Luckily, there are a whole range of alternative sweeteners out there. And no, I’m not talking about the crap that comes in those little pink, blue and yellow packets. Because as it turns out, ingesting a white powder made almost entirely of chemicals is not a good thing.

Although there are a lot of alternative sweeteners out there, natural and otherwise, I have three go to’s in my cupboard at all times. Here are my favorites!

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Descent Into Discbound Madness | Friday Obsessions

Are you obsessed with planning, listing and mapping out your days, weeks, months, and life?

I am. Pretty hard. Over the years, the notebooks and pieces of scrap paper have nearly taken over my life. For real, this is what my Google Calendar looks like.

Google Calendar

I have a problem, I know. You’ll notice my one-hour block of “Me Time” between 5 and 6 o’clock on Mondays. This is what happens when you’re a freelance workaholic with a day job.

But alas, this online thing just isn’t working for me. Although it’s relatively easy to move things around in Google Calendar, I am often in a place (like at work) where I can’t be online or on my phone. Also, something about the nature of writing something with a pencil plants things more firmly in my memory.

So I went looking for a day planner option that I would actually use – one that I could customize to my OCD heart’s content. And I found it on one of my favorite blogs o’obsession, I Heart Organizing.

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A Very Etsy Christmas | Friday Obsessions

Christmas is legit right around the corner – are you ready?

Because we’re totally not. Not one stocking is hung, we haven’t picked up any gifts yet (more about that next week!), and we’re still unsure about whether or not to put up a tree, because our fat little kitten is an asshole who loves nothing more than destroying things.

Wiggum in da Tree

She spent December running laps in here and occasionally darting out to dispatch breakable ornaments. Jerk.

But today, in the digital world at least, we are Christmas prepped.

I have trolled my way all over Etsy to find some of the coolest tidings of joy around, from Christmas cards for the not-so Christmas-y amongst us, a collection of tasty Christmas-flavored lollipops, some adorable ornaments for the tree (again, assuming we get one up), some beautiful wall calendars to get ready for the new year, and some nifty wrapping paper (both real and printable!) to make Santa’s leavings even cooler than usual.

Just click on each picture to check each item out in its entirety on Etsy!

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