And a very happy end of the week to you, my friends! Remember when I said I had an exciting thing happening this week? Well, last night it happened when my Mom arrived from Florida! For the first time in nearly three years, she made the cross-country trip to visit me, Dave and Rudy. I couldn’t possibly be more thrilled to have her here with us, especially since she hasn’t yet been to Walnut Creek to see our place since we moved out of the City. She’ll be here for 10 days, and we’re going to do a ton, while also doing absolutely nothing. But hey, it’s Friday, so let’s talk favorites …
This week’s “Favorite Things”
Speaking of guests … Seriously, it took Dave and me more than a year to finally decorate and populate our guest-room. After many years of living in a shoebox-sized apartment in downtown San Francisco, you’d think we would have been more proactive about building out the second room in our house once we finally had one — but not so much. However, knowing we had a stream of visitors coming in the spring, it was time to make it happen.
Because I still use the room as a place to practice Les Mills classes and do workouts, it was clear a bed wouldn’t fit, so we elected to get a futon. We purchased the Holmsund futon from Ikea. We found some blue pillows, a side table, a lamp and small clock at Home Goods. And the wall art? That’s a story worth telling …
The kind folks at Minted reached out to me long ago about picking out a few items, and I held off. I wasn’t sure what I wanted. Well don’t you know, when it was time to do the guest-room, I went onto the Minted site and was amazed at all I could find.
Minted has a collection of pieces from independent artists from all over the world, which is totally cool, because by purchasing, you’re helping someone’s business. You can search by color. By subject. By artist. By whatever you want. And once you choose your print, you can pick the size and color of the frame.
I went with the Dash, Sun and Sea and Sun Drop for the guest-room, after knowing that I wanted the accent colors to be blue and yellow. Then, I also wanted to pick up a piece for the guest bathroom and had a plan to find something San Francisco or California, and this “The Golden State” piece just called to me.
DEAL TIME: By the way, Minted has a special going on the site, and if you order something between 4/19 through 4/25, you can get 15 percent off site-wide. Seriously, you’ll be very impressed with the selection!
*Thanks to the team at Minted for providing me with complimentary artwork in exchange for a review. I love it!
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week?
And from around the web worth checking out …
- I am dying to try this: “What Facial Yoga Really Is and Why You Should Try It” — I wonder if it’s offered in the Bay Area?
- Have you ever made cauliflower-crust pizza? It’s been on my list of kitchen creations forever, and I’ve yet to make it happen: “Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust Pizza” looks divine.
- A great read about why women need to lift weights: “The Weight-Lifting Myth Women Need to Stop Believing.”
- And this is an awesome move to include in your next workout.
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
When was the last time you had a visitor?