Happy List #31

Hello, hello! Are you ready for the weekend? My days have felt like one big weekend while we’ve been visiting family and it’s been GREAT! Reality will come knocking soon enough. It always does!

This was unofficial Raspberry Week on the blog. Be sure and read about our raspberry pie and margaritas.

Next week is unofficial “I’m Not Sure What I’m Writing About Yet” Week. Summer fun and traveling do not help me in the planning-ahead department. The same can be said for autumn fun, winter fun, spring fun…

But I still make time for my Happy List!


I’ve paid attention to butcher block counters and how to seal them from a food-safety perspective, but I’ve never really thought about wood stain and food safety when it comes to other DIY projects.

This crate from iHeart Organizing is cool, but it’s not what caught my eye – the food-safe wood stain did. I like to know what other people use and like.

Jen used Tried and True Wood Stain that she found on Amazon. She also used Howard Butcher Block Conditioner to finish off the project. I haven’t used these products, so I can’t vouch for them, but Jen is pretty thorough when it comes to these things it seems. If you ever attempt a project like hers where fruits and vegetables are in contact with wood stain, it’s something to consider. And let me know how the project turns out!


I can say with 100% certainty that I have NEVER thought about pickling strawberries. Have you?

It seems easy. I can see the potential…I think.

Serena from The Farm Chicks has the recipe how-to.


I like how Layla customized a basic mirror that any builder might install with a simple frame.


I read People Magazine to bring you this tip. Do with that knowledge what you may.

According to People Magazine, Keds makes the best no-show socks that really, truly do not slip. And People Magazine wouldn’t steer us wrong, would they???

I cannot vouch for this particular brand, but I loved Keds tennis shoes way-back-when! These socks are on my list to try. I’ve thrown away SO MANY no-show socks because they don’t stay up around the heel area.


Am I the last one on earth to learn about can play / can’t play door hangers?

If you live in a busy neighborhood, it’s awesome for your kids to have so many children to play with. However, it can also be awkward when your kids don’t feel like playing, or it is nap time, or lunch time, or you have to go somewhere, etc.

This door hanger would solve SO many problems. Here’s a free printable for this one from Thirty Handmade Days.


I’ve been doing a little shopping while in the U.S.of A. and saw this mug at TJMAXX.

It made me think of something my dad, the biggest introvert I know, might say. In actuality he just says, “I’d love to stay and chat, but I have work to do.”

Or he just gets up and says “Well, we have to go now.” Then the Junk Whisperer says, “Wait! I’m not done talking yet!”

If you can relate, this mug might still be at TJMAXX! I also found a not-as-cute and definitely more expensive version of this mug on Amazon.


Creating each U.S. state out of food is pretty much the GREATEST thing ever.

The Foodnited States was a kid’s idea and it turned into an Instagram hit. If Instagram isn’t your jam, you can see the full list of states reimagined here.

Some of the state designs are available as t-shirts or stickers, like this one from my home state of Oregon!


If you know a senior citizen living in the U.S. that does not have the $10 Lifetime National Park Pass, have them get one right now.

The price goes up to $80 on August 28. 

The price is $10 if you buy it in person – here’s a link to the list of places where they are available.

If you buy the pass online, they charge a $10 processing fee, so the total cost is $20. Still a heck of a deal. Processing is taking a super long time according to their website though, so bear that in mind.


This is SUCH a good idea. If you want to build a large-scale planter box for your deck or patio, you might as well make it functional too.

More pictures and the step-by-step directions can be found at HomeDIT.

I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are! Go forth and have the happiest of weekends!



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