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HomeLifestyleEpisode #137: Our Spring and Summer season Fantasies

Episode #137: Our Spring and Summer season Fantasies


We’re over winter, however winter isn’t over us but! This week, we’re fantasizing about porch decor, pool season, picnics, and something involving sunshine. 

We’re additionally answering some design questions and speaking about our random superstar crushes.

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Elsie: Getting recent mulch for our panorama, new pillows for patio furnishings, making a portray area on our balcony and adorning the pottery studio.

Emma: Put a picnic desk on the patio for Oscar.

Elsie: Put a play set within the yard. Right here’s the mid-century play set we had at our earlier residence.

Emma: Take away the pillar in entrance of her home and add brick/stairs to the entrance porch.

Elsie: Swimming, out of doors date nights, and farmer’s markets.

Emma: Sporting sandals and the summer time garments she hasn’t worn in two years.

Emma: Taking Oscar to the pool.

Elsie: Making pottery and having company over.

Elsie: Black and white and many colour.

Emma: Black and white and orange.

Emma: Quirky artwork and adorning with books.

See you subsequent week. xo!

Elsie: You’re listening to the A Stunning Mess podcast. Whereas we’re over winter it’s not performed with us but. And we’re not improper that the grass is greener on the opposite facet this time. This week we’re fantasizing about porch decor, pool season, picnics, and something involving sunshine. We’ll additionally reply some design questions and a random superstar crush factor, only for the hell of it on the finish.

Emma: Enjoyable.

Elsie: Whoo. I do know I like the superstar crushes. I simply have like so many. Okay, so do you want love celebrities? 

Emma: Yeah.

Elsie: I like celebrities.

Emma: Okay, yeah, I used to be like, I don’t know the place you’re going with this however sure, I do. I imply, it’s simply enjoyable.

Elsie: I really feel like I might name anybody a star crush as a result of I simply love celebrities.  I prefer to study their lives and know the place persons are from and sort of like random stuff. It’s like slightly mini interest for me.

Emma: Oh, undoubtedly. Yeah, anytime we’re watching a film we’re additionally like googling the forged or seeing what else they’ve been in or the place they’re from. That’s at all times enjoyable. Yeah, it’s fascinating.

Elsie: Yeah, you get the little mind tingle once you discover out that Tom from Succession is British. 

Emma: It’s Mr. Darcy. Haven’t you seen Delight and Prejudice?

Elsie: No, cuz, you recognize, I’ve a Jane Austen factor. 

Emma: Oh, you’re going to be into it someday.

Elsie: I desperately wish to be into it.

Emma: She’s coming for you.

Elsie: Each time I attempted to look at one of many Jane Austen films, I fell asleep. I hold making an attempt once more sooner or later. 

Emma: Yeah, he’s Mr. Darcy. So I sort of can’t unsee that once I watch Succession and I’m like, this doesn’t actually add up.

Elsie: Okay, so that is my factor I wished to speak about, I believe that lots of people are gonna write with this. I really feel like regardless that it’s March, the New 12 months remains to be sort of beginning as a result of it’s sort of had a tough begin. I do know that we will’t be the one ones. But it surely’s like our Christmas break, sort of like by no means actually ended as a result of we had so many childcare lapses and simply issues arising. For instance, yesterday, whereas we had been having dinner, I used to be crying and saying,

Emma: Sorry. It’s not humorous. 

Elsie: It’s humorous as a result of I’m laughing too. It’s okay. I cry so much. However I used to be crying and saying, you possibly can’t be inventive once you’re at all times doing an overdue challenge. 

Emma: Yeah, that’s true.

Elsie: Like the sensation such as you’re at all times ending one thing that’s overdue. That feeling is rather like, the final two months for me. So anyway, I believed we’d discuss it slightly bit as a result of I simply really feel like this season has been significantly bizarre and overwhelming. Possibly not for everybody. Like possibly you had a terrific January and February however we didn’t.

Emma: Yeah, I imply, in case you did that’s great and I hope you probably did. I actually hope folks did too. 

Elsie: Somebody went to Hawaii. 

Emma: Yeah, like somebody like had the most efficient work time of their life and that’s nice for you, man as a result of I didn’t so. Properly, so I counted up for January a minimum of and we solely had 5 daycare days, all of January. Which for the document, we often have 5 daycare days every week. So only a completely different stage of like making an attempt to get issues performed in between nap instances and switching off together with your husband and all of that stuff.

Elsie: There’s been a ton of snowstorms. 

Emma: Sure, there been snow days. All of us obtained COVID. Oscar has been teething in order that comes with its personal issues that like a number of instances he can’t go to daycare as a result of he may need slightly fever or have slightly little bit of diarrhea. Certain everybody needs to find out about this. I obtained meals poisoning, which I do periodically, a minimum of annually I get it.

Elsie: Emma has this meals poisoning factor the place she will get it yearly. It’s actually bizarre. Like she will get meals poisoning greater than anybody I’ve ever met in my life. It feels to me prefer it’s each six months. It’s each six months since you had it final September and now you simply had it this week.

Emma: I had it proper earlier than we did the vacation particular. After which I simply had it in February, mid-February. I had it for Valentine’s Day, simply so everybody can image that. In order that was nice. It’s simply been a tough first quarter. That being stated, I used to be feeling slightly down about it. I sort of like checked out my work targets for the quarter and I nonetheless am going to hit 80% So yeah, I used to be like that’s superior. Possibly I didn’t have to really feel so responsible the entire time as a result of I’m doing okay. Have a been the most effective communicator? No. Have I gotten all the things performed? No. Have I been as thorough as I want to be on all the things? Undoubtedly not. However I’ve nonetheless gotten fairly a little bit of the targets performed that I wished to for this quarter. I can inform that they’re, we nonetheless have a month left, however I can inform it’s like, okay, it’s okay. It wasn’t the most effective ever, clearly. It’s not as dangerous because it felt, I assume. That made me really feel slightly bit higher.

Elsie: Yeah, however I believe that that’s additionally like what folks say about bloggers is like that our outward going through work is so a lot better than our actual lives as a result of we’re all like faux, which, on this case, is true. Seems higher for the skin so much higher than it actually was.

Emma: Yeah, I’ve at all times discovered that such an odd criticism, as a result of it’s like when somebody comes over to my home, I’ve invited them over. I do know they’re coming over. I often choose up. I often clear and by no means as soon as have I had somebody present up and be like, oh, you cleaned you’re so faux. It’s simply unusual. I don’t actually perceive that criticism, to be sincere. Clearly, you at all times put your smartest thing ahead. Why would you not? That doesn’t make any sense. I don’t know. It’s not a actuality TV present. I don’t know who thought that however it’s not. By the way in which, these aren’t actual both.

Elsie: Our weblog is extra actual than a actuality TV present. Our podcast undoubtedly is I imply, I simply instructed everybody that was crying at dinner final night time.

Emma: Yeah, I imply, I don’t know. I’ve by no means been on a actuality present. So I actually couldn’t communicate to that. How actual it’s.

Elsie: I can, extra actual. I used to be joking. Okay. So yeah, sufficient about that however everybody will get a hug. Everybody will get a gold star. Everybody will get a cocktail if you need it, no matter else factor, some Jenny’s ice cream. 

Emma: No matter you want, you made it. 

Elsie: I imply, I’m happy with myself for staying up with the ebook membership and similar to stepping into this new yr when issues simply are, like right this moment I needed to choose up our three-year-old from faculty means, means early. She was solely in class for 2 hours as a result of there was like a possible twister, and it was like, gotta come now or else you may get caught later. So anyway, it’s like that each day and in case you’re going via that as properly, we see you and we offer you this large thumbs up and this large hug.

Emma: Cheers. You’re doing it.

Elsie: Okay, so this week, I believed it might be enjoyable to do an episode like a fantasy episode about spring and summer time. As a result of I do know some persons are like, I do know that it’s nonetheless winter, okay, it’s undoubtedly nonetheless winter, we get it. The place we stay remains to be going to be chilly for a short while however I might say that March seventh is a time once you’re allowed to start out planning the crops that you simply’re going to place in your patio and the furnishings and the pillows and no matter factor and the ability washing you can’t wait to do in case you’re me, you recognize what I imply? It simply brings me pleasure this time of yr. So yeah, I believed we’d similar to do an indulgent dreaming episode about spring and summer time decor and what we wish to do for our areas and even a tiny little bit of vogue as a result of why not. Then we’ve got some humorous listener questions on the finish that may accomplish that. 

Emma: Sure. All proper. First up, let’s discuss out of doors decor or plans or fantasies, possibly it’s not even going to occur, no matter so okay, what do you might have deliberate?

Elsie: So we get one fantasy too, good.

Emma: Yeah, why not? Why not? We’re making an attempt to recover from winter right here so let’s simply go large or go residence. 

Elsie: I like it. 

Emma: So what are your out of doors decor concepts or plans, the actual ones, fantasies?

Elsie: Alright, so my actual ones are, so each spring we’re undoubtedly going to refresh our out of doors area. It simply will get sort of gross throughout winter. Our terrace is light-colored it must be powerwash. Our canine simply randomly pees on the porch generally, issues like that, little spots from dust, leaves. So I’m very happy with the blower and the ability washer. These are like joyful issues for me that I like. 

Emma: I agree. 

Elsie: I like getting the panorama refreshed, getting the recent mulch. We often solely do it annually. Our mulch seems to be horrible now. I don’t know the way it seems to be so dangerous however it seems to be horrible.  I assume it simply doesn’t final. Do it’s a must to try this yearly?

Emma: I don’t know. As you’re saying it I’m nodding and I’m like, you get mulch yearly? Wow.

Elsie: Final yr, we obtained our landscaping performed and we actually did it. Most of our bushes survived. A few them died which may be changed however a lot of the crops we planted are perennials they usually’re all doing nice however just like the mulch for positive recent for spring like 100%. Anyway, it’s very wet right here although possibly it’s worse right here. It’s most likely what it’s. So yeah, getting the out of doors area refreshed. I like that half. For this yr, like final yr, we had been sort of like setting it up for the primary time so I like purchased some stuff. I obtained this like stunning hanging chair and issues like that. This yr, I don’t assume I actually need something new. However I’ll nonetheless refresh it. I’ll most likely get like a few pillows and a few like recent crops.  I introduced in a considerable amount of our out of doors crops and like, they’re type of like hanging by a thread via the winter in my home. So after they lastly return out, they are going to like be thriving once more and I at all times liked that. We’re actually into making pizza proper now. So Jeremy similar to determined that he’s prepared for his deep dive of few weeks in the past, and he’s been making home made pizza dough on a regular basis. We’re at all times doing that and that’s tremendous enjoyable. It’s undoubtedly like an ideal sit on the porch. I can’t wait to have dinners on the porch. Then that is my thrilling concept that I simply obtained so you understand how we’ve got slightly balcony off of our bed room? 

Emma: Sure. 

Elsie: Okay, so I do know that like after we first moved in, I confirmed it so much. And it was a factor that I used to be actually enthusiastic about. However to this point, it has not been an area like I haven’t adorned it. We haven’t used it so much. For like the primary yr or so we had our fireplace pit up there so we used it slightly bit extra. However then we moved downstairs as a result of it made extra sense downstairs, type of like close to a kitchen as a result of our children are actually into s’mores. Ever for the reason that fireplace pits have been gone, we similar to use it by no means. We simply don’t actually go on the market. So I really feel prefer it’s simply this underused however actually cool area in my residence and I like hate the concept sometime if we moved away, and I felt like I by no means used it. If we moved away now, which we’re not transferring, by the way in which, to not scare anybody. however like if we moved away, now I might have main regrets not utilizing that porch sufficient. So that is my thought. I used to be pondering the spring, I might give it slightly spruce. It already has slightly double bench like a chair the place two folks can sit, possibly just a few extra crops. Then I believe I’m going to maneuver my easel my large portray easel which is at present within the storage up there on that patio and put a type of collect mats below it and make it like slightly portray spot through the heat months. I believe it’ll simply be like essentially the most like, world’s most romantic factor like from The Pocket book. Additionally one thing enjoyable I can do with the children. Additionally, it’ll make me really feel like, give me a motive to go on the market and use that particular area. 

Emma: Good. I prefer it. 

Elsie: Okay, after which my final one, this listing is actually good, I believe. I’m actually excited for spring. The final one is okay, so simply to complete adorning the pottery studio. So I discussed it slightly bit within the final episode. However the entire final yr, we had been beginning to get this pottery studio ready. First I needed to get a brand new roof. Then we painted it. I needed to wait greater than six months for the kelm that I needed to wait most likely one other six months to seek out an electrician who was keen to put in it after which get it really put in. There’s a number of steps to it, I needed to get like a brand new energy, I don’t know. It was a complete factor. Now it’s lastly performed so I wish to actually spend a while there this yr and actually get pleasure from it and bond with it and discover ways to use all the things and make stuff. That’s most likely considered one of my largest issues I’m trying ahead to love the nice and cozy climate months. So my fantasy that I do know I’m not doing this yr, however I sort of wished to however it’s simply not on the listing is I sort of wished to place like, so in our facet yard. Okay, so behind the place our pool is. Have you ever seen how there’s a giant magnolia tree there? 

Emma: Sure. 

Elsie: There’s a facet yard again there that’s simply sort of not very handsome. It has patchy grass. It doesn’t get a number of gentle. You might by no means make a backyard there as a result of it’s very shaded. However I believe it might be a terrific spot, I really assume it might have means much less grass-like possibly a number of stones and stuff as a result of it doesn’t actually like develop grass anyway, and I used to be pondering that it might be actually cool to place like a playset there. 

Emma: Oh, I like it. 

Elsie: It’s one thing I’ve been eager to do for a number of years, however I don’t assume it’s going to occur this yr so it’s a fantasy. Possibly subsequent yr it’ll be one thing we will actually get on the listing. 

Emma: I like that. I like playsets. that’d be actually cute.

Elsie: It’s so candy. It’s the most important factor for positive that I miss from our outdated home is like we had these two actually cute playsets that Cullen constructed. Yeah, I actually miss them. Okay, now inform me yours. 

Emma: So identical on the outdated blowing the leaves, blowing the particles, energy washing all the things. I even made an influence washing video final yr the place I used to be washing off the duvet to our fireplace pit or fireplace desk. I didn’t find yourself ending it. I used to be like, what if this was reel, however truthfully, it was fairly gross as a result of it will get so moldy. 

Elsie: Energy washing is gross that’s why it’s good. 

Emma: Sure. satisfying. Yeah, it’s so satisfying. So anyway, identical on that, that’s enjoyable. That’ll be like a factor and Trey does it with being it’s actually sort of enjoyable. That is the enjoyable you might have in your 30s I assume and I like it. So then one other little factor is, I’ve this little white picnic desk. It’s like a child’s picnic desk. It was on high of the roof for a very long time as a result of I take advantage of it with the skeletons for Halloween after which for Christmas, I simply put Christmas hats on the skeletons as an alternative of taking them down. So I like actually simply obtained them taken down this previous week. So yeah, however I’ve my stuff collectively. However anyway, that desk was on the roof for a very long time and it held up properly so it’s weatherproof. That’s what I discovered from that. I used to be like possibly I might put this little picnic desk outdoors as a result of I’m picturing by the summer time, Oscar may be at a spot the place he might sort of sit on the desk slightly bit or pull himself up. He’s not going to sit down there and like eat a complete meal or something, he’s nonetheless going to be in his highchair however possibly like slightly bit sort of a deal. It could possibly be sort of a similar to a factor to do within the evenings like early evenings to sit down on the market and have like slightly snack or just a bit second. As a result of I similar to being outdoors. It’s like only a blissful factor. So anyway, I sort of wish to determine how that would match on the again deck. We have already got this different eating desk and like I stated, we’ve got a hearth desk. So I don’t really need it to only look junky again there like, right here’s simply one other little desk I threw again there. Are you aware what I imply? So I sort of wish to assume that via slightly bit extra.

Elsie: You may make that work for positive.

Emma: I believe so. Then my fantasy, which I cannot do. That is only a fantasy. Okay, so it begins with one thing actual, which is within the entrance of the home, there’s these three pillars and two of the pillars are stucco they usually look completed they usually’re regular. It’s a bungalow home, you possibly can see it on our weblog, we’ll hyperlink one thing within the present notes. Then the center pillar is only a thick metallic pole and it doesn’t look superb. It seems to be very unfinished and it’s at all times been that means. It was that means after we purchased the home when Elsie and I purchased the home years in the past. 

Elsie: It’s like they added a assist after they noticed slightly sag, proper?

Emma: One thing like that and it simply must be like constructed round it in order that it both matches the opposite two or its personal factor or one thing

Elsie: Would you get all of them constructed round or would you simply make it stucco to match the opposite two?

Emma: Properly, that is the place the fantasy begins. As a result of right here’s one thing that I actually do have to do, as a result of it doesn’t look nice. I simply have to do one thing with it and actually, what I ought to do is simply sort of match it to the opposite two poles.

Elsie: I believe I’m guessing what you’re gonna say however everybody simply guess what she’s gonna say. Okay, go.

Emma: In order that’s what I ought to do, and doubtless will do sooner or later. However I gained’t lie, I’m not very motivated to do it. However right here’s what I’d love to do, right here’s the fantasy is I’d like to really take away that and as an alternative have two facet by facet and alter the entrance railings in order that it has a gap within the entrance. So that you simply see straight as much as the entrance door as an alternative of it being sort of hidden behind that pole. Then it has stairs that go up the facet so like from the driveway that’s together with our home, you possibly can enter that’s already there that we’ve got these. However then this is able to be added stairs within the entrance in order that you could possibly stroll up from the entrance yard to the entrance door. 

Elsie: I like this. That’s not what I believed you had been gonna say so you could possibly have a pumpkin stairway, proper?

Emma: Wait, there’s extra, there’s extra. The decor of that, at present, the porch has tile on it, which is actually cute and appears actually cute with the home however we’d need to do one thing completely different if I really did this fantasy. So I’d do one thing extra leaning in the direction of craftsman or a brick porch as a result of I believe it might go extra with the neighborhood usually. So anyway, in order that however then right here’s the tremendous, tremendous fantasy half. So my neighbor throughout the road, she’s so cute. Her children each time it snows, not each time but when there’s sufficient snow on their entrance steps, they’ll sort of construct like on one facet steps so you will get into the home. However then there’s like slightly piece that’s like a snowy slide they usually simply slide down it after which stroll up the steps and slide down all day lengthy. I believed wouldn’t or not it’s cool if we had been going so as to add stairs main as much as the entrance porch what if there was simply in-built slightly cement flat space that’s like a ramp principally. It’s a ramp, a small ramp. When it’s chilly sufficient I might put water on it and it might freeze in a single day after which it might be a slide in winter. It will be like slightly lovable shoot that you recognize Oscar and I might use and prefer it’d be similar to a enjoyable little factor in order that’s the fantasy and that is not sensible.  It’s like such a like including a fireman’s pole within your home sort of factor, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, however I believe it’d be enjoyable.

Elsie: I believe it’s enjoyable to place one thing extremely private and bizarre in your home reworking. 

Emma: I really feel prefer it might take a look at it like folks would see it and they’d assume like, oh possibly that’s for like a wheelchair prefer it’s handicap accessible. Possibly it might be large enough for that. I don’t know. However I used to be pondering extra simply it might have ice on it and it might be a slide.

Elsie: It will most likely be too steep to be handicapped. 

Emma: Yeah, I believe it might be too steep. Yeah, it wouldn’t be regulation. I simply imply, I believe folks would take a look at it and doubtless assume that was what it was. They wouldn’t assume oh, candy slide. Anyway, in order that’s my fancy.

Elsie: That’s lovable.

Emma: However actually, I ought to simply match that pillar to the opposite two.

Elsie: I imply, I believe that including stairs to the entrance, in case you’re already redoing your porch, I believe that’s a extremely sensible thought. I believe that might add a number of appeal to your home, like a number of curb attraction. As a result of proper now the place your porches to the facet once you put pumpkins on it nobody can see it. I hadn’t actually thought of that earlier than. 

Emma: No, I believe the design of it might possibly not be the slide half, though I might need that. However it might add so much to the home. It’s similar to, is that this a $1,000 challenge or a $10,000 challenge? Which one is it as a result of it might require taking down that pole, including two new assist beams, opening up the railing that’s already there, altering the porch most likely to partial brick. It’d be sort of a number of, constructing stairs that aren’t there at present. Prefer it’s sort of a number of issues.

Elsie: In the event you’re already redoing the porch tile it won’t be that loopy.

Emma: Yeah. Properly, in the mean time, we’re not planning to try this but when we did try this, then we’d. Properly, anyway.

Elsie: I like that you’ve got a giant plan to your porch and that could be a means higher fantasy than mine. So good job. You win that spherical. Okay. Oh, the subsequent one is out of doors actions that you’re trying ahead to. So I do know you’re keen on your walks. 

Emma: Oh, sure I like walks. That’s like a every day factor. I try this within the winter although, too. That’s principally my health and psychological well being factor. So yeah, love walks, they get higher when it will get hotter in order that’s good. You simply have extra time to do them as a result of it’s not like so darkish outdoors at like 5pm. However my large factor that I actually stay up for in the summertime right here in southwest Missouri, the place I stay is boat days. Yeah, we’re into the boat and simply be on the lake. We don’t personal a ship, we lease a ship, and also you simply get a cooler of no matter you need stacks and issues. I at all times make this factor referred to as love dip. I’ve a model of it on the weblog. Yeah, I don’t know. I like each days. It’s very chill. Final yr, I discovered how you can drive the boat so now I can drive the boat. I don’t have my license however in a pinch, I might drive it if I wanted to.

Elsie: In an emergency? 

Emma: Yeah.

Elsie: That’s enjoyable. Okay, I’m trying ahead to undoubtedly swimming. So our children do swimming classes and we’ll begin them once more as quickly because it’s heat sufficient to satisfy within the center with the pool heater. So most likely this month, or if not on the very starting of April. In order that’s one thing I’m actually trying ahead to as a result of Nova is a good swimmer now. However final yr, Goldie obtained to the place she might like type of swim. It was like on the road like she was swimming technically, however this yr I’m anticipating that by the tip of her classes this yr, she’ll have the ability to swim by herself throughout independently. For her age that might be like it might be a consolation to us and it might additionally simply be like much more enjoyable for her. As a result of she will spend a number of time on the steps when Nova is ready to do all the things already.  

Emma: So some other out of doors actions you’re enthusiastic about this yr? 

Elsie: Sure. Okay. So I believe that Julie Blanner modified my life final summer time after we had that little retreat as a result of she made these elaborate out of doors dinners they usually had been similar to a fantasy. It was like being in a film. 

Emma: It was such as you’re on The Bachelor or one thing. 

Elsie: Yeah, it was higher than that however okay, right here’s what I noticed. I noticed that I’ve all of the stuff to try this. It’s similar to taking all of it and placing it outdoors and transferring it round. She had an enormous quantity of fake candles and like I’ve fake candles and tablecloths. I’ve tablecloths and similar to all of the issues after which only a ton of hydrangeas, which guess who has hydrangea bushes within the entrance of our home. So anyway, I simply thought it was wonderful and actually inspiring. Particularly like, throughout a time in our life after we don’t have a dependable babysitter. This is sort of a factor like a strategy to have a elaborate, stunning date night time at residence in order that was actually inspiring.

Emma: Sure, I like that. Any date concept that’s like, not simply sitting in entrance of the TV, which nothing improper watching your reveals collectively. I’m all for that. However I simply want one thing once in a while, that’s slightly completely different. So I like that a lot. You must undoubtedly try this. 

Elsie: Then my different factor is that simply since we moved as a result of we moved proper earlier than the pandemic or throughout and we haven’t actually gotten to farmers markets. There’s so many issues in my life the place we similar to didn’t get again into the behavior and at this level, there’s actually no motive why we will’t go to a farmers market each week if we wish to. It’s only a behavior that we obtained out of. So yeah, once I realized that it’s one thing I actually wish to do. We used to go like each Saturday morning and it was actually enjoyable. It doesn’t even matter what greens you purchase. For me, it’s simply the expertise of doing it. I like to purchase like, you recognize, generally they’ve just like the little doughnuts, and generally they’ve fairly flowers. I similar to going and my children have these little tiny curler baskets. So I believe it’ll be like a joyful factor that we will begin doing once more when it’s even similar to the tiniest bit heat, which there are days. It’s spotty now, it’s like a chilly day a heat day. 

Emma: I forgot this one too. So this one was sort of one thing Trey introduced up. He confirmed me, so our buddies Brandon and Morgan, I assume Brandon was texting him footage. Their daughter Nona is nearly the identical age as Oscar. She’s slightly bit youthful. They’re very comparable ages. They go on hikes now the place she’s like within the little backpack behind you and she or he’s simply sort of like her heads poking out. She has slightly hat on and all that. Trey was like possibly we must always get considered one of these for Oscar and I used to be like, oh my gosh, I might love that and I might like to go on hikes. Three of us and it additionally could be so enjoyable to go along with the Goodwins.  I do know Morgan listens so now we actually need to do it as a result of I’ve put it out into the Universe Yeah, so I like being outdoors. I like occurring walks so the concept of climbing along with her son sounds so enjoyable.

Elsie: Yeah, that’s magical. That’s great. Oh, yeah,  a hike sounds actually enjoyable to me too. I’ve like potty panic with the children. Yeah, I don’t know if I’m prepared for like an extended one however I assume you do what it’s a must to do it. 

Emma: You might do any quantity and it doesn’t need to be a four-hour hike. That’s not needed. That isn’t needed. You are able to do something that matches.

Elsie: That’s true. It may be half-hour. Okay. Yeah.

Emma: What about spring and summer time clothes?

Elsie: That is so enjoyable. The previous few years I really feel like I simply put on yoga pants, yoga pants, yoga pants you recognize what I imply? It was very repetitive. I do really feel like sort of it doesn’t matter what I simply wish to gown up for enjoyable now. It’s similar to so enjoyable. I’m bored of being informal. I made a decision to provide hats one other strive. Have you ever heard of the spring referred to as Gigi and Pip I obtained a type of hats. 

Emma: No, I haven’t. 

Elsie: So I’ll hyperlink it within the present notes. It’s actually cute and I believe that’ll be enjoyable. Then I’m nonetheless actually into lengthy clothes so I believe that these are simply enjoyable to put on and it simply appears like spring and summer time. I imply brief clothes are cute too however I believe lengthy ones are, it’s similar to extra like a complete outfit.

Emma: Sure. It’s like a jumpsuit however in the summertime as a result of it’s only one factor.

Elsie: You may put on them with no footwear after which similar to it’s a vibe. Then the opposite factor I’m out there for thus inform me if anybody has an thought for this I’ve been searching for this for some time however I would like cute swimsuit coverup clothes the place it’s sort of like free however most likely brief. I don’t know, possibly lengthy however similar to simple clothes you can put on over your swimsuit as a result of generally it’s like we go straight from swimming to consuming with the children or issues like that. There’s like hours in there and also you don’t wish to put on a bathrobe for that many hours. So I wish to have one thing that additionally if you find yourself like sitting by the pool speaking similar to that kind of gown, So I’m out there for that. What about you?

Emma: Properly, so I purchased two pairs of sandals on the very finish of summer time this final yr. They had been similar to on sale and so I’ve been trying ahead to sporting them. I sort of knew once I purchased them I used to be like oh these will likely be so enjoyable subsequent summer time. it’s like a factor to stay up for in order that they’ve been sitting within the closet. One is that this like yellow pair that’s like strappy it’s similar to a pink pair that I have already got. However I simply wore it on a regular basis and I like them they usually can go on a ship.

Elsie: What do you imply by it could go on a ship? Can’t any footwear go on a ship? 

Emma: Sure, however they’re similar to utterly waterproof. The bottoms are made of froth and the straps are like cloth and Velcro. In order that they’re sort of like, they’re not flip flops, however they’re water footwear in a means.

Elsie: Are they kinda like outdoorsy school child footwear?

Emma: I suppose so however they’re very brightly coloured. In order that they’re enjoyable to put on with any outfit. Then I obtained a brand new pair of Birkenstocks as a result of my outdated ones are getting slightly smelly, getting slightly worn out as a result of I simply wore them to hell so I purchased some new ones. I had silver earlier than and I had white souls, and I didn’t love the white souls. I liked them proper at first after which they only get sort of soiled. So this time, I went with a black soul and it’s like a coppery gold strap. I do the two-strap one. Final yr, I obtained like a complete Birkenstock tan.  I put on them means an excessive amount of however so I’m blissful to have a brand new pair. Final yr, summer time and like early fall, I used to be very a lot within the throes of breastfeeding. So I really feel like I don’t even have to purchase something new this yr and I’ve a complete new wardrobe as a result of I’ve issues that I can put on that I don’t need to take off shortly. As a result of that’s principally the entire thing once you’re breastfeeding is like I have to undress shortly. What can I put on that’s like, buttons all the way in which down so I’ve a complete bunch of clothes that I simply actually didn’t put on very a lot final yr as a result of I must take all of them the way in which off and simply sit round bare.

Elsie: Issues that zipped up within the again and issues like that? 

Emma: Yeah, precisely. So I really feel like I’ve this entire new wardrobe that’s simply been ready for me as a result of it’s been like a complete like, principally two years so anyway, yep.

Elsie: Good. Yeah, that’s cool. So what’s one thing that you simply didn’t get to do final yr that you simply’re trying ahead to doing this yr?

Emma: Final yr, we did take Oscar to a pool someday, the group pool someday, and it went good. He was little or no as a result of he was born in early June. He was tiny, tiny so it was the cutest factor ever. It was like good, it was a very good day. However I’m actually trying ahead to taking him to the pool this summer time.

Elsie: It will likely be far more enjoyable for his age now. 

Emma: Yeah, he’ll like perceive the place we’re however clearly you possibly can’t swim but and issues like that. But it surely’s going to be actually enjoyable. So I’m trying ahead to that. Final yr, I put this little inflatable pool on my again porch simply so I might have like a summertime skinny however at residence as a result of that was once I had my maternity depart final yr. I’m occupied with placing that out once more this yr however I’m undecided as a result of I really feel like Oscar and I’ll undoubtedly play with it. But it surely additionally both has to go within the yard, which sort of takes up a number of grass. 

Elsie: Kills your grass.

Emma: Kills your grass and like Steve can get in, it’s simply variety of a complete factor or it takes up a lot of the again porch. So I simply need to resolve which is the lesser evil in that if I’m going to do it, and it’s simply variety of a complete factor. It takes like half a day to set it up and fill it up. I put like a fitted mattress sheet over it, which I believe you stated was Carson’s trick. It’s a terrific resolution. I try this as a result of then I don’t have to wash it each day. However generally I take advantage of my little strainer simply to pressure out little useless bugs and issues like that. Anyway, so I’m occupied with setting that up however it’s variety of a complete factor. So I’m similar to will Oscar wish to try this with me or will this be a number of work for nothing? I don’t know. So I’m pondering it via.

Elsie: Properly, you gotta a minimum of strive. That’ll be enjoyable. Ah, I liked our child pool days. That was so particular. I killed so many patches of grass however it grows again. Yeah, it was so enjoyable. It’s actually, actually particular. So one thing that I didn’t get to do final yr I’m trying ahead to this yr is unquestionably the pottery factor as a result of final yr, I used to be like, I believe I delusionally thought it might get performed. It will have the ability to be performed sooner than it actually was. Then additionally having company over. So we actually simply haven’t performed that hardly in any respect but. I believe that that’s one thing I wish to do extra of this yr. I’m hoping possibly we will have just a few like weekend company and issues like that, I believe could be good. I wish to attempt to be slightly bit extra social this yr. Anyway, properly, I’m actually trying ahead to it. I really feel like I might speak ceaselessly about similar to, I similar to love. I believe that having a swimming pool did make me a summer time particular person as a result of now it’s so enjoyable if anybody ever needs to return over at like 10am on a Sunday morning and simply eat chips with me by the pool. I’m so into that. It’s similar to such a very good vibe simply to love, sit and speak and chill. It’s enjoyable.

Emma: Oh, I see that. Sure. 

Elsie: I’ll submit an image if I ever get my leveled up Julie Blanner impressed out of doors dinner that I actually wish to do.

Emma: Properly don’t examine your self an excessive amount of to Julie as a result of she’s sort of 100 out of 100. 

Elsie: I can and I’ll. I can obtain this. I do know I can. Anyway, yeah, it’s so enjoyable. Yeah, for people who find themselves like, winter remains to be like 18 extra years the place I stay. I’m sorry. I do get that. However hopefully, it’ll be right here when it will get right here. I believe the start of spring, that is one factor I’ve discovered from running a blog, by no means say Spring is right here as a result of we get so many imply feedback as a result of it’s so completely different in all places. In the event you’re nonetheless like sporting a coat and having snow the place you reside, in some elements of the nation, it’s already feeling like heat spring climate. Anyway, it’s simply wildly completely different, in our nation. The climate is so wildly completely different from state to state.

Emma: Yeah, it’s a big physique of land. 

Elsie: Okay, cool. Properly, let’s do some listener questions. I’ve fairly just a few enjoyable ones this time.

Emma: Sure. So the primary one is, what’s a development you used to have throughout your property, however now you hate?

Elsie: The very first thing I considered was black and white. Simply a number of like, strongly distinction black and white. I believe the phrase hate is just too robust as a result of you possibly can nonetheless like like it in another person’s residence. Like considered one of my buddies simply did a black and white kitchen ground and I believe it’s so cute. However I wouldn’t do it in my kitchen as a result of it’s like, you recognize, I don’t know. So anyway, I used to brighten actually colourful, like, actually colourful. Now I imply, I believe that truly a factor that individuals say, like when folks say like I appreciated you higher earlier than. That’s the factor that they are saying generally is that I was extra colourful, and I actually did. I actually did use to be like loopy with my colours. Belief me sometime sooner or later that facet of me will come again once more however proper now I just like the muted colours and the neutrals. I really feel like in case you can create a vibe in your house that makes you are feeling actually good, then why wouldn’t you try this?  It’s similar to what’s making me really feel good now. Okay, what are yours? 

Emma: So additionally black and white in order that’s humorous that you simply stated that. Identical, not towards black and white simply used to do a number of like excessive distinction and I’m simply not as into it in the mean time.

Elsie: I had a number of like black and white rugs. Did you might have that? And like wallpaper and stuff like that. 

Emma: Yeah, it was just like the rug from Ikea for some time. Are you aware what I imply? 

Elsie: Sure, sure.

Emma: In order that after which additionally orange. I had a number of like, sort of center like very kindergarten classroom orange, like vibrant pop orange.

Elsie: Assume I’m the identical I used to have orange chairs on my porch and it was like considered one of my fundamental colours in my residence. I most likely wouldn’t get orange chairs proper now. 

Emma: Yeah, I’m will not be towards orange in any respect. It was extra like a small kitchen equipment. I had this espresso maker and I purchased the orange one. Simply little issues like that extra. they’re not likely like little like a throw pillow however they’re not essentially like your fridge. It’s one thing that you could possibly possibly change out. Anyway, I might most likely wouldn’t purchase, so far as shopping for a brand new small equipment proper now, I most likely wouldn’t purchase it in orange, except I didn’t have another choice. 

Elsie: Yeah, that’s me too. I believe that in my 20s I at all times wished to choose essentially the most enjoyable colour of all the things that was obtainable. Now I believe forward much more about how, just like the feedback that used to bother me which are like, you’re gonna change your thoughts. I really like assume I do agree with that to some extent now. We’ve had a number of completely different kitchen aides. Most individuals don’t wish to have that many various kitchen aides. It’s good to choose the impartial one. It simply is.

Emma: It’s true. Subsequent listener query is, what’s the way in which your inside type has stayed the identical over time?

Elsie: Okay, I like this query as a result of I had to consider it for a very long time. I’ve a pair so I’ve at all times liked wicker, you possibly can look means again from the start, and I did use to color it so much. Now I often wouldn’t, however I nonetheless assume painted wicker is cute, too. I’ve at all times liked wicker. I’ve at all times appreciated a number of Etsy artwork, quirky artwork is simply it’s ceaselessly for me, I actually prefer it. I like a number of images in my artwork that I select to show. Then additionally like classic accumulating, that has remained the identical via the years. I simply purchased an enormous field of classic cameras from eBay and it made me really feel so nostalgic. I used to have some cameras like that in considered one of my first homes. We most likely bought them in our classic retailer. Then one other factor is I’ve at all times had a document participant, which is sort of a random one. Earlier than Crosby’s and City Outfitters and all that, earlier than that even I had like a document participant from a flea market that I obtained once I was like school age. So I’ve at all times had a document participant and liked to have one and use one. I simply assume they’re cool. Truthfully, like I’ll be sincere, we don’t play ours as a lot as we play just like the Google House is means simpler, as a result of you possibly can similar to say, clearly. It’s nonetheless like there’s a factor about it. It’s like vibey and enjoyable. it’s a enjoyable assortment. Then I like this about myself, however it’s sort of bizarre. I’ve at all times felt ever since I used to be like 20 that I needed to have my very own artwork room or my very own like some sort of, in virtually each home that I’ve ever lived in, you possibly can like think about all of them, there’s some sort of a studio area. In a number of homes, I made it like, out of like the lounge or I would really like not have like one other room. Identical to having a inventive area even when it’s like half of a room or a nook or I’ve to surrender my lounge is at all times a value it for me factor. Now I’ve like two rooms of my home to make artwork wherein is like the most effective factor ever. 

Emma: I like it. 

Elsie: So what about you what hasn’t modified?

Emma: Yeah, a few of the identical issues like quirky artwork, and actually simply sort of like a very good quantity of artwork and images on the partitions. However the different factor is I’ve at all times liked adorning with books. I’ve at all times had someplace in my residence like sort of a ebook assortment. So yeah, that’s by no means modified. The books have modified. However yeah, I at all times need to have some sort of area for some sort of, it doesn’t essentially be a library, however like some sort of ebook show.

Elsie: That’s true. I keep in mind in highschool, you had the whole assortment of sweet sixteen Vogues. Then you definitely had like all the Harry Potter’s as they had been popping out and that’s so cute.

Emma: Yeah, I’m into it. Final listener query is do you might have any bizarre superstar crushes? So this isn’t simply superstar crushes that is bizarre ones. That’s what they need.

Elsie: Okay, so I get it like not Robert Pattinson discuss another person. Bought the memo. Okay, so mine I’ve two. I believe it’s sort of saying bizarre means they’re unconventionally attracted. That’s sort of impolite. Name it what it’s like these are thoughts the place persons are like, I believe that they often assume I’m like making an attempt to be ironic, however it’s 100% honest. It’s primarily one. My fundamental one is John Oliver. I like him with all my coronary heart.  I at all times have and I at all times will since he was on The Day by day Present. Lately, I watched his episode of Comedians in Automobiles with Jerry Seinfield and he was so charming and great. Have you ever seen that episode? 

Emma: No, now I’m undoubtedly gonna go watch it. I like that present.

Elsie: It amplified my crush. In order that’s mine.

Emma: Yeah, mine could be and once more, I believe he’s extraordinarily enticing. However I additionally really feel like folks don’t consider him as a star crush in order that’s why I’m placing him within the bizarre class. However anyway, it’s William Dafoe. 

Elsie: Oh, yeah, I simply watched his SNL episode and I used to be occupied with you. She has had this crush since we had been in highschool. He’s been a film star since like, the times of like, very strolling via blockbuster. So yeah, she’s at all times, at all times had I factor for him.

Emma: Sure. I simply assume he’s so good-looking. Sure. I really feel like everybody simply is aware of him for Inexperienced Goblin, which is nice. However I consider all his like Wes Anderson films and he’s at all times one thing so completely different and bizarre. Anyway, he’s a really good-looking man.

Elsie: Yeah, that’s a very good one. Yeah, I hope everybody’s happy with our superstar crushes and we’d love to listen to yours too as a result of I believe that sort of stuff is like enjoyable. I simply assume celebrities are the most effective. Okay, we’ve got nonetheless a lot of episodes left in our spring season and we’ve obtained some holes in our schedule. So we’re nonetheless including new subjects always. So in case you have a request for a sure kind of episode and even like a query or a phase or something, electronic mail it to us this week at I might love to listen to them like I might love nothing greater than getting a ton of emails. I often solely get a pair every week. I might like to get a large quantity of requests that might be so useful. I may also ask this query on Instagram as a result of I believe that that’s the simple place to get a number of responses. However, I imply, we’re right here for you. We wish to make episodes which are gratifying for you and in case you don’t give us any concepts, we’ll simply hold biking between targets and my lounge ceaselessly and ceaselessly

Emma: Yep, that’s all we’re gonna discuss except you ship some concepts.

Elsie: Yeah, okay. Properly have an exquisite week and we will likely be again subsequent week.


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