Happy Friday + Links 7/7/17

Happy Friday to you!  We’ve had a bit of an up and down week around here.  There’s so much joy and excitement in our home as we prepare to welcome baby girl (I’m 39 weeks pregnant), but we had a sad event happen last week that left us all teary-eyed and reeling.  Our beloved dog, Hacker Pschorr, passed away after 9 years as part of our family.  In the course of one day, Hacker went from the healthy and energetic pup we had always known, to a seizure-ridden dog unable to stand and unresponsive to medication capable of knocking out dogs twice his size.  My sister-in-law/vet rushed to our local animal hospital and gave us the sad prognosis: there was little hope.  At 6pm, we had to put Hacker down.

Hacker Boy was one of the good ones.  A beloved member of our family.  My running/hiking partner.  The fetching star at every dog park he went to.  Our boys’ first pet.  And a frequent pain in my ass.  But goodness did I love that dog!  And while he didn’t deserve to go like that, I am thankful that his illness didn’t drag out (it sounds like he either had a brain tumor or got into some nasty toxins).

We will miss you Hacker Boy!

Hacker as a Puppy

Despite the sadness, we did manage to have a lot of fun around here.  Since I’m super pregnant, we found someone to help with our Seattle rentals, meaning less awkward bed making for me and more time for hanging with the boys, nesting, and baking/canning/etc at the Farmhouse.  It’s been a blessing having this extra time with my boys before baby arrives and uses up all my attention.  But for the record, I’m ready for our sweet little girl to get here already!

Well it’s Friday, meaning it’s time to grab a cup of coffee and dig into these links!

I took the boys to pick out a “welcome to the family” gift for baby girl, and each selected one of these adorable stuffed fruits/veggies (how cute is the green bean?!).

How to afford home projects while building financial freedom.  Kim has her head on straight and there’s lots of great advice in here (especially “Don’t be normal.”).

Hooray for blue and white kitchens!  And a double hooray for including the 6-day-kitchen reno!

How to foster creativity at work (or just life in general).

I’m on the lookout for a comfy glider.  With every pregnancy, I’ve promised myself one but have yet to actually buy one.  That’s probably because they’re so dang expensive.  I’ve been dreaming about this one or this one, but they are such splurges.  I’d love recommendations if you have a cozy rocker/glider that you love, especially if it didn’t cost a small fortune!

It recently hit me that I’m about done being pregnant…forever!  Which means I get to indulge in the occasional beer, glass of wine, and most definitely these tequila popsicles!

Hope you have a great weekend!



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  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Hacker. Losing a pet is so hard.

  2. Kristin Johnson says:

    Peace to you and your family.

  3. So sorry to hear about the loss of your buddy.

    We found a great glider / recliner for our nursery at Costco of all places. Neutral, relatively clean lines, a smaller scale and not insanely expensive. I’ve also been shocked at how much the recliner function has come in handy for those late nights teething when they just want to sleep on your chest 🙂

  4. So sorry for your loss. Surely he will be missed. Ouch those rocker/gliders are expensive. West Elm sells a Graham glider for $899, maybe they would do a sponsored deal if you asked? https://www.westelm.com/products/8030736/?catalogId=71&sku=8030736&source=ir&utm_source=ir&irgwc=1&cm_cat=rewardStyle&cm_ven=AfShopPromo&bnrid=3917500&cm_ite=Std Julia did a post about gliders http://www.chrislovesjulia.com/2014/02/a-nursery-glider-rocker-at-every-budget.html Good luck finding one.
    I hope your new arrival comes soon and all goes well with your home birth. Happy weekend to you.

  5. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Hacker. 🙁 These furry friends mean so much!

    With rockers, I remember when I was pregnant with one of my kids, this one from IKEA was SO comfortable! Also, I highly recommend walking around an IKEA to bring on contractions. Big space, air conditioning, and places to sit if you get tired! Plus, MEATBALLS!

    • Ha! I love it. I’ve already been dreaming up labor-inducing activities! I’m still only 39 weeks pregnant but already impatient and hoping I’ll get one baby that doesn’t hang out past 41 weeks!

  6. Oh I’m very sad to hear about your boy. Life is such a funny old thing; losing a beloved part of your family and soon to experience the joy of new life again.
    Wishing you all the best on these magical next few weeks xoxo

  7. Elizabeth says:

    We have (and adore!) the Sutton glider from Babies R Us! It’s incredibly comfortable and has held up very well over the past year.


  8. Elizabeth says:

    We have (and adore!) the Sutton glider and matching ottoman from Babies R Us. It’s incredibly comfortable and has held up very well over the past year.


  9. Walmart.com has some surprisingly good ones for $150-$300… You just have to filter through pages and pages of terrible ones. We bought ours for about $200, and it’s still going strong (in our living room now!) 5 years later.

  10. I liked this one so much when I had my first baby that I bought a second chair for the second baby. Also Number One wasn’t going to give up “her” chair.


  11. I’m so so sorry to hear about your sweet Hacker. Thinking of you!

    I’m also on the hunt for a good chair for a nursery – I’ve been leaning toward getting a recliner … because I have a tendency to be a crazy person and want to sleep next to the crip. (I’m ridiculous.) But I’m loving the RH version. So pretty. I was actually thinking about trying a simple one from Target – knowing that if I hate it, I can return to the store. (I fear not being able to sit on it before buying.)

    Also – thanks so much for the shout-out. Not being normal is totally the way to go.

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