A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2019}

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2019
 

After a crazy blizzard just a few weeks ago (we got multiple inches of snow on April 14 and 15) our yard has greened up nicely and everything is finally starting to grow! 

Last week was a BIG yard work week for us and the weather cooperated SO nicely! We had several larger trees delivered and planted, we dug out and transplanted so many shrubs, I split countless perennials, we rented a sod cutter to expand a few of our planting beds, and we had 20+ yard of mulch delivered. 

Next on the list (besides spreading mulch) is preparing the garden for vegetables and planting annuals (still a little too cold here for those just yet). 

I know it might sound crazy, but working out in the yard truly is one of my most favorite things to do this time of year! 

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post! 

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Also, check out my Amazon Market for all my favorite things.

Gmail Schedule Emails

A few weeks ago, gmail released a new feature that allows users to schedule emails to automatically send at specified times in the future. 

I have previously used a variety of Google Extensions to create this type of feature, but so far, all of the extensions have had issues or have stopped working for whatever reason.

I’ve been waiting for a feature like this to be integrated right into Gmail for some time now, and I’ve used it daily since it first appeared on my account. I LOVE being able to write a bunch of emails at one time and schedule them to send throughout the day or week. I’ve used it for both business and personal use and know I will get tons of “mileage” from this new feature! 

Here’s a post that goes into detail about how this feature work… and if you don’t use Gmail yet, I would highly recommend it! 

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1/2 Tablespoon Measuring Spoon

HOW have I managed 12+ years of cooking and baking without ever having a 1/2 Tablespoon measuring spoon? 

I got one for Christmas this past year and I cannot tell you how many times I have used it! 

I’m always cutting recipes in half or tweaking/combining various recipes and I’d simply estimate when I had to “halve” a Tablespoon.

For the most part, I’m totally fine with non-exact measurements… however, when it comes to baking bread, I need to be more exact, which is why my 1/2 Tbsp. measuring spoon has been SO handy! 

Here’s the set I have — as far as I can tell, it only comes as a set (you can’t purchased JUST the 1/2 T.). 

NOTE: the double-sided spoons are REALLY nice as the round scoops don’t fit in many of my spice jars (but the oval scoops do!)

I thought I would like the magnetic strips more than I do — but since I keep my spoons in a drawer it’s actually more difficult to find the spoon I want when they are all stuck together. Oh well. 

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Trampoline

Well… this is one item I NEVER thought would make my list of favorite things! 

Dave and I have both been pretty “anti-trampoline” because we don’t love how they look in our yard. However, our kids dropped enough hints that we decided this would be a good time of life to have a nice big tramp! (Here is one very similar to ours). 

My parents gave the trampoline to all the kids for a combined Christmas present, and as planned, we set it up the very first day of Spring Vacation

Since then, our children have basically been jumping every single spare moment they get — even in the rain and snow! 

Eventually, we like the idea of recessing the trampoline into the ground (and then removing the netting). However, we still aren’t 100% sure where we want the tramp to end up. We might be rearranging some of our kids play equipment this year, and if we decide on a permanent location for the tramp, we might just have another little excavation project to tackle! 

Let me know if you have a recessed tramp… as well as the pros and cons for it! 

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Metal Shelf Dividers

When we renovated our master closet (almost 8 years ago already), I decided to use these handy closet shelf dividers to keep our stacks of sweaters and pants neat and organized. 

Well, 8 years later, these shelf dividers are still one of my favorite things (and something I am regularly asked about!) 

The dividers come in SO MANY different styles and colors — there are even some made to work with wire shelving! 

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to solve some of your clothes storage issues, these dividers are a great place to start. 

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PayPal

I’m not sure why I’ve never included PayPal on my list of favorite things yet — especially since I use it almost every single day! 

I get paid through PayPal from so many of my VA clients and advertisers, and I regularly use PayPal as my preferred payment method whenever I buy anything online. 

It’s very safe and secure, their customer service has always been very helpful, and it’s accepted almost everywhere. 

It’s very easy to set PayPal up with your bank account and/or your credit card — so it’s a great option for those of you who prefer to use “cash” but want to shop online.

There are times when PayPal takes a fee for various payments, but this is usually only if you are getting paid for selling a product online (so the majority of you will not have to worry about this fee).

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That’s all for me this month.

Check out my previous months’ favorite things — and feel free to share some of YOUR favorite things in the comments below!

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20 comments

  1. Dina

    05/03/2019

    Thanks so much for the gmail scheduled send update!! I’ve been wishing for that and didn’t realize it happened!

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  2. Mary

    05/02/2019

    My niece has a terraced yard. They had a semi circle carved out of the terrace so the trampoline was ground level on one side. Underneath they had a lovely brick patio laid as well as a wall on the curved side so they didn’t have to trim grass around the bottom of the trampoline. They only have the tramp up during summer vacation since she has lots of day care toddlers during the school year. So in the off season, they use that patio for a moveable fire pit that they enjoy spring and fall. When the kids outgrow the trampoline, the patio will be enjoyed all summer too. It made a very nice addition to their yard.

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow — this sounds lovely!

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  3. Karen Jerread

    05/01/2019

    For those that don’t know, 1 TBS = 3 tsp so one half TBS = 1 1/2 tsp.

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    Susan Reply:

    Yes, thank you! I was just going to say this.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, I am fully aware of the conversions here — it’s just nice (and more accurate) to have ONE measuring spoon to use and wash versus 2 🙂

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  4. Fran Koster

    05/01/2019

    Andrea,
    We buried the legs of our trampoline on Canary in our sandbox. The kids no longer played in the sand so it was a great place to get it off the grass for easier mowing. We buried the legs about halfway. Made it much easier to get on. No longer needing a stool. We had to dig it out in the middle so jumpers did not hit the ground. We had access off the grass so we didn’t get sand on the tramp from sandy feet.
    Fran

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I vividly remember this! We sometimes came down to jump on your tramp even though we had our own because we loved that yours was dug down! This was sort of where I got the idea of digging the tramp into the ground!

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  5. Rhonda

    05/01/2019

    I am curious…what are your main reasons for scheduling emails to send at a later date or time (personal or business)? I have only done this if I write a late night email (which is rare) but I want it to send in the morning. Or I create email drafts, proofread again later, then send.

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    Andrea Reply:

    well a lot of times it’s for the reasons you mentioned, but also, I usually don’t like sending emails super early in the morning, I’d rather send them around 8:00 or 9:00 when people are more ready to read. So I write them early when I’m awake, but schedule them to send later.

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    Julie Reply:

    I guess I don’t understand what difference it makes if someone gets an email at 4 am or 9 am. I think I am missing something.

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    Andrea Reply:

    If I send an email at 4am, chances are that person won’t check their email until 7 or 8am — which means my email will be buried by several other “newer” emails. However, if I send it at 9am, they will probably already be sitting at their desk and will already have weeded through the emails from the night before — making my email front and center when it comes through.

    this feature might not be useful or necessary if you don’t do a lot of computer work — for me, it’s genius!

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    Rhonda Reply:

    Thanks!

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  6. Maren

    05/01/2019

    Love following your blog and always love your favorites. FYI-If you ever lose the 1/2T, a Tablespoon is 3 teaspoons–So I just use a 1 and then 1/2 teaspoon for the same results!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks Maren! And yes, I am aware that 1T. = 3t. so that is how I’ve always measured in the past… it’s just fun to have the 1/2 T. since I use that measurement very often! 🙂

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  7. Deb

    05/01/2019

    This will blow your mind if you like the 1/2 T……..

    https://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/measuring-cups-and-complete-spoons-set

    I got them a few years back and LOVE all the odd sizes.

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    Andrea Reply:

    cool thanks for sharing! That’s a HUUUUUGE set of measuring spoons and cups!

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    Annette Silveira Reply:

    Deb! That set is so cool. Tomorrow is my birthday and I think I just found what I “need.”

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — happy birthday tomorrow!!

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    Jenny Reply:

    That is a LOT of money! Dollar Store, thrift store, garage sale stuff do the same thing for 90+% less money! But, I’m lucky- got hand-me-downs, so 4 generations have measured daily for 100 years for PENNIES!

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