Monday, October 17, 2011

(The Registry Post) What Do You Want in YOUR Crappy Day Package?

Updated on 1-13-16 to add a new question below
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So, I was thinking:  you just never know when someone would LOVE to send you a Crappy Day Package, but they are discouraged because they don't know where to start.  And it isn't NEARLY as much fun to send a package if you've just had to ASK the person what sorts of things they'd like, so I thought we could get a list going in the comments section of this post!  Then, when somebody wants to send you a CDP, they can come check the comments and see if you've left any helpful information =)!

Now, you are welcome to mention specific things that you like, without feeling like you are obligating anyone to give you those things, because all sorts of information could prove to be helpful. 

For instance, I could tell you that my VERY! FAVORITE! coping mechanism ice cream right now is Ben and Jerry's Red Velvet Cake or Mint Chocolate Cookie.  That doesn't mean that you should feel obligated to give me that ice cream especially if you would have to mail it from far away, but perhaps you might come across a cute Ben and Jerry's ice cream Christmas ornament, or ice cream-themed stationary, or ice cream flavored lip gloss (I think I've seen that somewhere), and, knowing that I like ice cream, you decide that any of those things could be a fun present. 

Another example:  Swistle had mentioned that she liked See's Candies, so when I saw a very delicious looking shopping bag with mouthwatering pictures of See's chocolates on it, I thought that it might be something she would enjoy or else it was going to torture her by reminding her that there is NO See's Candies' store near her; it was a gamble.

And:  I know a dear, sweet person who likes owls.  A few weeks ago I came across a cute set of owls that were actually a salt and pepper shaker, a sugar holder (I think) and cream holder (I think).  I sent them to her, and it sounds like they were a nice surprise =). 

Final example:  Knowing that impossible challenging times were coming, I took matters into my own hands a couple of months ago and ordered MYSELF a Crappy Day Package to have on hand in case things got as bad as I suspected they would hard.  It can be a tricky thing to get YOURSELF a Crappy Day Present, if you are going for the element of surprise, but, this particular time, it worked out for me.  I have an unhealthy relationship with enjoy and use a lot of yarn.  I get a certain craft-themed catalog, and I had previously noticed that they offered a "grab bag" assortment of yarn.  I had never ordered it before because I have yarn in nearly every room in the house already it seemed frivolous, and I usually buy specific yarn for a specific project, but after hearing the news about Husband's deployment, I thought it might be a good idea to be prepared..."desperate times" and all of that...I did eventually open my box, and look what I found!
Beautiful blues!  I LOVE blue!!

This isn't quite so blinding in person.  TEN skeins of Christmas red with a silver sparkly running through it!  I LOVE sparklies!!
There are two things I enjoy about yarn:  softness and color.  This yarn is not at all soft, but I think the colors are beautiful, and, I should have remembered to add someone-to-watch-the-kids to my order so that I could USE all of this beautiful yarn, but, all in all, I'd call this a success!
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Hmmm, I think I will list some questions you can answer, in case you are feeling shy about this or uncertain about how to start:
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite season?
  • What is your favorite treat?
  • What is your favorite scent?
  • What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
  • What do you like to do in your free time moments?
  • What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
  • If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
  • Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
  • Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?  (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
  • What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?  (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors?
There!  That should get us off to a good start!  Feel free to answer none, or any, or all of the questions, and elaborate as much as you'd like on your answers!  Add any additional information that you'd like that I am too tired to think of at the moment =).  Go, go, go!

146 comments:

Swistle said...

What a good idea! And what great questions! It's like a Crappy Day Present Registry! (I LOVE registries: even if I don't buy something off the registry, it gives me such a good idea of what they might like.) I'm not adding myself to the registry because I have already received way more than my fair share of Crappy Day Presents from a variety of sources, and it is definitely someone else's turn!

That See's bag was SUCH a huge success. It's one of my favorite things. And I get to see it all the time, because I'm getting better and better at remembering to bring my reusable bags with me, and I also use it for "things I want to remember to bring to my parents' house the next time we go over."

Favorite part of this post: "It can be a tricky thing to get YOURSELF a Crappy Day Present, if you are going for the element of surprise." I just bought myself the Bloopers box from Russell Stover for a similar effect: I know what it is, but I don't know WHAT IT IS.

Swistle said...

I know another thing that might fix the commenting: switch from embedded comment form to pop-up. I had the embedded on my site and had TONS of problems with it (even though other people have it and I can use THEIRS just fine---WHY??), and tons of my readers said THEY were having problems with it, so I switched to pop-up and now it's rare that I hear that someone's having trouble.

Misty said...

I feel kind of shy answering this, but here goes...

• What is your favorite color? I love teal. Like a light beachy teal. But I am also a big fan of all things green. To wear, I like pink/purple/red/magenta colors.
• What is your favorite season? Oh, I love fall the best. But I have affection for Spring flowers and growing and gardening and Winter holiday celebrating as well.
• What is your favorite treat? Cake. Mmmm, Cake. All kinds. My weakness is baked goods.
• What is your favorite scent? Vanilla. I think of it as my signature.
• What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Books. If I am really stressed out, I can relax into a story. If I DON’T have a story, I get irritable. I think this might classify as more “addiction” than “coping mechanism”.
• What do you like to do in your free time moments? I like to read. I take dance classes. I like to garden and I like to do crafts, but I don’t have a lot of time for the last one.
• What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning house, but I do it anyway lest we live in squalor. Data entry…because it is tedious and boring, but hey, that’s why they call it “work” and not “play”, right?
• If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Depends on the amount of money. Probably something beachy for my bedroom I am decorating (currently just in my head, but I do hope my dreams will come to fruition someday.)
• Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I have a living/dining area that is New Orleans, with a lot of Fleur de Lis and I am doing a beach chic bedroom.
• What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? One birthday my husband picked out a pearl ring for me. It was the best because he a) listened to me when I had told him the story of how my grandmother had bought me a pearl ring at Sea World when I was very young and how I lost it and always felt sad about it. AND he picked out a ring that I did genuinely like. AND he did it all by himself, with no prodding from me. I love pearls. :)

Saly said...

I love this! Here are my answers:

What is your favorite color? Pink! In almost any shade.
What is your favorite season? Autumn, by far.
What is your favorite treat? I love sweets. Love love love them. I think my favorite is a gooey brownie.
What is your favorite scent? I like tropical smelling stuff--like coconut lime, or fresh smelling things, like apple or melon.
What is your favorite coping mechanism? Baking and crafting always get my mind off of things. I can get lost in Michaels for HOURS.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Play games on my phone, read, take the dog on long walks.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Laundry. Ugh.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? I like to splurge on fancy coffee beverages.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? We have kind of a hodgepodge of themes. My office has a dark berry paint and a mahogany desk, and it is somewhat soothing to me. This is also the only room in my house with plants.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? I love interesting mugs...even not so interesting ones if they are large, but not too large, and heavy--those are the ones good for drinking.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? My Kitchenaid Mixer. Hub told me he was never going to buy me one because it was expensive and I would never use it. Ever. And one black friday, he went out to "lok for a computer" but came home with nothing. Later that day I opened my baking cupboard to find the mixer...I promply burst in to tears. (I didn't know it at the time, but I was newly pregnant)Best gift ever, and I use it all the time.

Reading (and chickens) said...

The answer to almost all of these questions for me is: brownies. Including decorating theme and scent. And season.

Doing My Best said...

Swistle--I'm so glad you like it! I thought it was very pretty, along with being so tormenting =).
And thank you for the tip! I think this is going to work now!

Misty and Saly--This is EXCELLENT! That is exactly the kind of information that I find to be so helpful =)!

Reading (and Chickens)--Hee, hee! What a great answer =)!

d e v a n said...

This is a great idea!
My favorite color is orange. or red. Or purple. I love both Fall and Spring, but Fall wins because Spring is full of nasty storms.
Favorite treat... coffee out. Or fancy coffee creamer.
Favorite scents... vanilla, citrus, baking cookies, caramel...
Favorite ice cream is anything with chunks of chocolate or candy bars. lol
I love to read, walk, watch TV and craft.
I do not enjoy exercise but I keep doing it.
Free money? A new bag or shoes probably. Maybe a Starbucks card because I may have mentioned I love my coffee. lol
decorating themes... orange and red, no real themes although we have a lot of tree decor.
REALLY REALLY LIKE ... coffee. books.
Very best present? This is hard. I really like anything that shows a person "gets" me and/or cares about me and was thinking of me. :)

d e v a n said...

Or maybe my favorite color is turquoise. I can't decide. lol

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Doing My Best said...

Cayt--I tried taking a picture of my stash once, but it was just too much work to drag all of the containers out of the various places they are stored to get them all in one place for a picture =). And JUST when I start to work through some of the stash, something stressful happens and I turn into a yarn magnet! I stand my belief that you can never have enough yarn if you are making things for charity(ies) =)!

Mama Bub said...

Is it too late to play?

What is your favorite color? I used to always say blue, and I almost said blue right now, but I think it's pink. Anything other than green and red, really.

What is your favorite season? Winter, with fall coming in a close second.

What is your favorite treat? Something sweet. Cookies, cupcakes, candy, chocolate. Hot tamales, M&M's, milk duds, frozen yogurt.

What is your favorite scent? Fruity things, but not anything that smells like food. I like apple, but not apple pie and especially not anything like cake batter or caramel corn.


What is your favorite coping mechanism? A nap. Getting out of the house alone. Reading.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, play on the computer, go shopping.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? LAUNDRY.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? A pedicure, or shoes, or a new shirt, or a box of Sally Hansen nail strips.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? It's a pretty traditionally decorated house. We are themeless.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? I'm currently addicted to iced coffee. ADDICTED.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? I for sure can't name the very best, but a present I got recently had three boxes of candy that I like, plus a gift card for frozen yogurt and a McDonald's gift card (for getting iced coffee) and a magazine. So it cost less than $20, but the goodies spread out over a period of several days worth of usefulness.

Doing My Best said...

Mama Bub--It's NEVER too late to play this fun game =)!

Emily said...

I'm way behind on my blog reading, so I'm a bit late to the party, but here are my answers:

Favorite color: Purple! I love me some purple.

Favorite season: Fall

Favorite treat: cupcakes or sugar cookies

Favorite scent: anything baked good-ish or fruity. Nothing musky or floral
Favorite ice cream/coping mechanism: ice cream is some B&J's caramel cashew thing they don't make any more, so I've changed to butter pecan (boring!)/spa treatments of any type

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, cross stitch or sew, watch mindless TV

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning, getting out of my pajamas

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? New shoes, clothes, a massage, a pedicure

Decorating themes: Ha! No. My "style" is along the lines of "old lady who lived here before us chic." And it can't clash too badly with the pink carpet throughout the house.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Burt's Bees regular chapstick, Diet Coke, warm socks, pajama pants

The CDP you sent has been awesome! I've loved everything so far. I never would have thought of the Burt's Bees, even though I love the stuff. I'm trying to build my accessory collection now, so fun little accessories would be nice. I love surprise packages, so pretty much anything anyone sends me would be awesome. :-)

andreaunplugged said...

What is your favorite color? Purple or Turquoise

What is your favorite season? Fall or spring, when it's cool enough to turn the air off and open the windows

What is your favorite treat? Fancy Chocolate, salted caramels, coffee, trying new bath and body products

What is your favorite scent? anything fresh or rain scented, coconut

What is your favorite coping mechanism? cooking new recipes, time with my friends, reading a good book or a magazine

What do you like to do in your free time moments? read, blog, paint my nails

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? general household cleaning, and working ;)

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? a personal stylist to help me pick out a new wardrobe. And weekly massages.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Our apartment is "rented, don't put too many holes in the walls chic". At work, I have a shelf dedicated to trinkets from places I've traveled, and a few travel related decorative items.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Burts Bees regular lip balm, and trying almost any other lip products, I also like buying new music on Amazon or Itunes.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Getting my husband to agree to let me go to Italy with friends. And my DSL camera.

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Tara said...

What is your favorite color? PINK
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? Dark chocolate
What is your favorite scent? Clean Cotton (fresh laundry, etc.)
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? B&J Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, Phish Food.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Watch TV, Read, Go on Walks with Eriana
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning my House!
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Shoes or Purses or Sunglasses!
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really. There are a lot of pictures everywhere (family photos, photos taken by friends and family, artwork by family members).
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Burt's Bees chapstick, Diet DP (we have a SodaStream Machine and my fave flavor is the Diet DP copycat), soda enhancers (vanilla, cherry), flavored coffee/coffee creamers, Mexican food.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Diamonds from my husband. Probably not something someone wants to send. :)

deProfundis said...

easy: a puppy.

Laura Diniwilk said...

What is your favorite color? - Hard to narrow it down! Black, grays, mustard yellow, apple green, pink...
What is your favorite season? - Fall
What is your favorite treat? - Anything chocolate, starburst jellybeans
What is your favorite scent? - I'm a citrus girl - satsuma stuff from the body shop, orange ginger from bath & body works. I also like honeysuckle.
What is your favorite coping mechanism? - Losing myself in a book (bonus points if I'm doing this in a bubble bath)
What do you like to do in your free time moments? - Reading (blogs or books), drinking wine, making lists, working out, cooking, traveling, watching DIY and style shows or reality tv (the crappier, the better). I'm trying to carve out more time for photography and photoshop.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? - Cleaning! I have to be in the exact right mood.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Um, anything at Target :) Probably yoga pants and Burts bees.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? - I am just now figuring out my style. I think I like modern eclectic? I like owls and birds and white ceramic and dark wood things (who doesn't??)
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? - Diet Coke, peanut M&Ms, and the target trail mix
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Oh gosh, I don't know. Probably photoshop art from my brother, he just gets me.

Lacey said...

What is your favorite color? Pink, Turquoise, Black

What is your favorite season? Fall

What is your favorite treat? Anything chocolate or cinnamon. I loved baked things!

What is your favorite scent? Eh, not a scent kinda girl, but usually go with vanilla for my home.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Junk food!

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Definitely waste time on the internet, Go for walks, craft

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? cleaning! My husband is always cleaning though so I don't have to do it as often as most people. :P

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Clothes most likely. I do love some costume jewelry too though.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? No themes except in the nursery...where birds are the theme.


Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Carmex, birds, Dr. Pepper

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
I don't know...My husband and I don't exchange gifts, and my mom lets me pick out my own Christmas presents so I rarely get any surprises. I do secretly wish that my husband would get me a gift one day that is something he just knew I would like.

Nowheymama said...

What is your favorite color? I like to wear bright pink, and my house has a lot of red.
What is your favorite season? fall
What is your favorite treat? salty/sweet treats, like kettle corn
What is your favorite scent? vanilla
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? going out of the house alone, reading
What do you like to do in your free time moments? read, write, bake
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? clean, exercise
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Probably a purse because I tend to use the same one until it wears out.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? My kitchen has Mary Englebreit decorations. (I know.) I like snow pictures, and our house has lots of red.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) fun socks, coffee creamers/syrups, BOOKS
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
A few years ago my husband gave me a charm bracelet with initial charms for the three of us. He gave me additional charms after our second and third children were born. The company he bought it from doesn't make the charms anymore, so I don't have one for our baby, which makes me sad.

Mrs. Commoner said...

I put my answers in a post because it was getting way too long for a comment. Here's the link:

http://thepopularcommoners.blogspot.com/2011/11/crappy-day-present-personality-profile.html

clueless but hopeful mama said...

My favorite color is robin's egg blue. Or teal. Or turqoise. I get them all confused and LOVE THEM ALL.
Favorite season: tie between spring and fall.
Favorite treat: dark chocolates. good mint tea. new lip gloss.
Favorite scents: ginger and anything citrusy.
Favorite ice cream: eh. It gives me gas.
Favorite activities: reading memoirs/blogs/novels. writing. exercising. walking the dog. reading with my girls. baking cookies. eating cookies. dancing.
Free money: I would get a massage.
Decorating themes: we have a lot of neutral furnishings with leaf green, robin's egg blue and dark orange accents.
REALLY REALLY LIKE: cookies. chocolates. books.
Very best present? A surprise, out of no-where sweater, hand-knit by an old friend.

Joanne said...

What is your favorite color? Green. All kinds of green from kelly to sea foam.
What is your favorite season?
Summer, but not the unbearable heat summer, the nice and sunny and long day and pleasant weather summer.
What is your favorite treat?
Ice cream
What is your favorite scent?
Linen
What is your favorite ice cream?
Coffee
What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Getting out, getting some coffee, going to Target, going for a walk outside
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, sleep, exercise, watch movies, go for a walk
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Digital books
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Sigh. No. I have a lot of pictures framed.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
I really like coffee.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
My husband bought me a nook last year and I loved it. It was the best because I really could have used it, and he bought a glare screen and a sweet holder.

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Superjules said...

Fave color: Bright ones! Orange, purple, turquoise, yellow. Jewel tones.
Fave season: I like summer and I also like the holiday season (that counts as a season, right?)
Fave scent: vanilla. I also like things like plumeria or cucumber melon.
Fave ice cream: chocolate malted crunch from Thrifty ice cream. Or world class chocolate from 31 Flavors.
Free time: I like to read, go for walks, watch bad reality TV, hang out with friends/fam, bars, flea markets, organize my stuff.
Don't enjoy: studying, blarg!
Frivolous money: I would buy a vacation. Or maybe some treasures at the flea market- pyrex bowls, a dish set, pretty colorful canisters, unique jewelry, a teapot.
I really like: unicorns, body wash, scented candles, sharpies, yummy things, Pepsi in glass bottles, matryoshka dolls, earrings, plain old Chapstick (the blue one). Also, all my CDs were stolen so burned CDs would be awesome :)

Very best present: my mom gave me my grandmother's charm bracelet. LOVE.

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Di said...

What is your favorite color?
Red
What is your favorite season?
Fall
What is your favorite treat?
Brownies, or York Peppermint Patties
What is your favorite scent?
lemon
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
I'm lactose intolerant, so coconut sorbet with chocolate chips
What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Besides spending too much time on my computer, I love watching Dr. Who, and other geeky TV and knitting, and reading.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Driving, and washing dishes. I hate washing dishes!
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Hats. Cute cozy winter hats.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
No, we rent, and I have two young kids and two cats. Right now our decor is limited to maintaining cleanliness and eliminating cat hair
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Diet Coke and pretzels..celebrity magazines and hair clips
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
a custom necklace with all of our birthstones, a small digital camera, and a trip to Texas to visit my BFF who was in the hospital on bed rest.

-R- said...

What is your favorite color? yellow

What is your favorite season? summer

What is your favorite treat? nice chocolates or a coffee from Starbucks or Caribou Cofee

What is your favorite scent? I like clean, fresh scents. I am not big on strong scented stuff. I have sensitive skin and can't use a lot of lotions.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? You know, I don't have ice cream very often!

What do you like to do in your free time moments? read, write, call friends, shop, take photos

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? anything chore-related around the house

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? my first thought is a necklace

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I love colored-glass vases. My family room has yellow accents, and my living room has cornflower blue accents.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? stationery, taking photos, Diet Dr Pepper

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Tickets to a Dolly Parton concert this past summer. I love Dolly Parton, and it was a really fun and different thing for me to do.

Random FYI: I don't really like candles.

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TULLYBIRD said...

What is your favorite color? Kermit the fro green
What is your favorite season? Spring
What is your favorite treat? Chips
What is your favorite scent? Philosophy Summer
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Exercise
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Make jewelery
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Clean hosue
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Beads
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Eclectic
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Burt's bees, Lush, Sue Grafton A-T books, crazy color nail polish, fuzzy socks, scented candles
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) Spices. I love to cook. Recently recived a sample box of Penzys Spics. I have been cooking up a storm.

Laura G. said...

What is your favorite color? Blue or Green
What is your favorite season? Fall, with spring a close second.
What is your favorite treat? A good cup of coffee and 15 minutes of quiet while I drink it.
What is your favorite scent? clean, fresh scents. Nothing too floral or fruity.
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Anything chocolate
What do you like to do in your free time moments? I like to knit, but haven't finished anything in a very long time. I also love to read (being a librarian and all)
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I hate folding and putting away laundry, so I don't do it anymore (clean clothes in the basket, dirty in the hamper). I also hate making the grocery list each week. I used to just wing it, but now that I'm part-time I really need to clip the coupons, find the sales, etc and it just takes so much time and concentration.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Frames for the pictures of the kids that I want to hang.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? That would require that I have decorated something in my house, but generally I like simple things--nothing too ornate, girly, etc.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) I'm trying to live more simply, more evironmentally friendly (and also cheaply!), and my goal this spring is to start a garden.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) For our first anniversary, my husband got the florist who did our wedding to make a replica of my bouquet. We got married 3/20 and I loved the bright spring flowers we had everywhere, especially my bouquet. But then we left for our honeymoon the next day and I was so disappointed that I didn't get to enjoy them for longer.

Lippy said...

I am all in on this, a bit nervous but excited.

What is your favorite color? Purple!!
What is your favorite season? Here in the desert there is only blazing hot summer but I love fall.
What is your favorite treat? Ice cream or popcorn
What is your favorite scent? candle type scent cinnamon, lotion people smell subtle flowery
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Never met a bad flavor, but pralines and cream is my weakness.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? read, and shop online
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? put together puzzles with a toddler. So boring
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? I have a serious love for make-up. I don't wear a ton, but love it, especially lip gloss.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Ha ha ha
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) I love pepsi so so much, those recipe booklets at the checkout are irresistable to me.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
Opposite ends of the spectrum, but one was a nice lip gloss from my SIL the other was the Le Crueset dutch oven from my husband. I am all over the board on this one.

vanessa said...

yay! I am so excited about this!

What is your favorite color? Um. I love most colors! I really like red, and purple, and green, and blue, and yellow, and I also like black and white.
What is your favorite season? Autumn and spring.
What is your favorite treat? I love chocolate but I try not to keep too much of it in the house or I will eat alllll of it ;)
What is your favorite scent? I love everything the body shop sells--also vanilla, lemon, and the smell of cleaning fluids, especially windex. I know, its weird.
What is your favorite coping mechanism? Reading, long hot baths, walking my dog.
What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Read, take my dog (who I ADORE) for long walks, listen to music, write, watch tv
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? cleaning generally, driving.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? oh, massage, obvioiusly.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
not really...well, I love Nicki McClure woodprints and have a lot of those, and photography.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
Ummm....really good books? Photography books? stuff that has to do with Harry Potter, stuff for my dog...

Gina said...

I just signed up to do the exchange (my first time!). So excited.

What is your favorite color?
I really like red, emerald green, navy blue, pink, and chocolate brown. I have brown hair, brown eyes, and fair skin and look best in jewel tones, dark brown, and black.

What is your favorite season? Fall. Not even a contest, I love fall so much. Love the cool weather. Love the changing leaves. And love all the holiday prep.

What is your favorite treat?
Ice cream.

What is your favorite scent? That's a tough one. I am not all that into scents (don't wear perfume and usually choose unscented products) but I do like the smell of lemons and cherries/almonds.

What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Organizing, getting away from the kids and husband and reading without interruption, gardening, baking, and exercise.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Write (blog), organize things, exercise, take a super hot bath, bake, edit photos on iphoto.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Dishes. Hate dishes. Getting up in the morning (I am a night-owl). Driving.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
I don't know if clothes/shoes/accessories count as frivolous but I could use some new ones. I am into light scarves lately and I wear earrings every day.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Lots of themes from nature with vintage pieces. Typically like antique bronze type finishes as opposed to silver (although my kitchen, bath, and dining room have chrome).

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
See's chocolates (milk, with nuts and/or caramels). Any beauty product with shea butter. Love vintage stuff.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) That's a tough one. The best present was probably for my 21st birthday my husband (then boyfriend) took me on a shopping spree. He was moving away for grad school (we lived together) and he had all the kitchen stuff so he took me out and bought me new dishes, pots and pans, silverware, plus took me to a bookstore to get whatever books interested me. I was rather poor in college and could have never afforded all that new stuff myself. It was so much fun.

Julie said...

What is your favorite color? Crimson Red & Purple
What is your favorite season? Football season
What is your favorite treat? Chocolate covered pretzels
What is your favorite scent? Honeysuckle
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Any ice cream with pecans and chocolate or rainbow sherbet
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Anything laundry related and cleaning such as dusting, sweeping (we have a dog) and dishes
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Probably makeup or a new purse
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? infant chic? No, really most of my stuff is traditional and functional.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Dr Pepper, Broadway, and Alabama Crimson Tide Football
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? I would have to go with the necklace I was given with Jackson's name & birthstone right after he was born.

Jessica said...

What is your favorite color? Blue, I think. I’m also a fan of green, purple, and brown. I love pink-and-brown color schemes, but am not so much of a fan of pink on its own.

What is your favorite season? Fall

What is your favorite treat? Decaf coffee and dark chocolate (the darker the better)

What is your favorite scent? This is the most important thing about me: I am allergic to ALL things scented. (Gives me migraines) I can’t use scented lotion, dish soap, shower gel, laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Food. Usually cookies.

What do you do in your free time? Read books or blogs, do Sudoku puzzles

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Going to work (I don’t so much mind being there, but I hate getting out of bed, showering, driving, etc). Getting up with the baby during the night.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? I’m not sure. I suppose accessories. I’m pretty cheap, so I’ve never bought scarves, belts, necklaces, etc, but I’ve gotten really into it lately and wish I had more.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I have red accessories in my kitchen.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Starbucks. My Keurig.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Trips. Either my honeymoon (which I suppose was a gift from my husband) or when my parents took us to Ireland 4 years ago. As far as material gifts go, the best was my iPad.

Dr. Maureen said...

Shamefully late to add my comment.

What is your favorite color?
Red and purple, I guess. I do really like a pop of red, but I also think I might have too many red shirts at this point.

What is your favorite season?
Hmm. Fall, I think.

What is your favorite treat?
Candy. I love candy and cookies and sweet things. Chocolate candy, specifically.

What is your favorite scent?
I like plumeria and lilac, but I don't really like scented lotions and things.

What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Food, exercise. I like to take walks, that's probably my favorite exercise. I'm going to start running again soon, too. But also food.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
I like TV, the internet, books, and the Sunday crossword and Sudoku. I don't usually finish them, though. I also like to cook. This is a new thing for me.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Cleaning, then re-cleaning, then re-cleaning the same things I just cleaned ten minutes ago. Also folding laundry.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
That is tough to answer, because it depends on how much money. I would love some designer shoes, but I think $500 shoes are a bit out the "it's still fun" price range for CDPs. So maybe... fancy food? Oh, and nice, pretty stationery. And jewelry maybe, but no bracelets, they bug me.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
I wish. My house is sort of "traditional/was free." Modern things would definitely look out of place here though.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Ice cream. Tea. Chocolate. The Muppets. Cake.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
Ummmm. I am drawing a complete blank here. A cashmere cardigan? Cashmere is just so warm without being bulky, and I'm cold all the time in the winter. My best gifts are always the ones that prove the giver knows and listens to me, but that is no help whatsoever for someone in this exchange who doesn't know me!

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Erin said...

1) What is your favorite color? Purple, teal, pink, orange
2) What is your favorite season? Fall
3) What is your favorite treat? Coffee. Also, LUSH bath products are a new obsession.
4) What is your favorite scent? If we're talking candles and things, I like baked goods scents. For lotions and things, I like berry scents. Anything floral is hit-or-miss as to whether it'll give me a migraine, so it's best to avoid scents that don't smell like you'd eat them.
5) What is your favorite ice cream? Mint chocolate chip normally, but there's one ice cream place near me that has a toasted coconut that is the best ice cream EVER. But only from that one place, any other place it's gonna be mint chocolate chip.
6) What do you like to do in your free time moments? Not that I get many with a now-mobile baby, but I like to read, do crossword puzzles, and sew. Also enjoying playing with the new dog, who is very, very good at destroying stuffed toys but loves them anyway.
7) What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Working out. I HATE to exercise but am trying to force myself (Am failing.). Also, housework. Namely vacuuming and emptying the dishwasher.
8) If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Probably spa treatments. Mani/pedi and/or massage. And maybe I'd go spend some at LUSH.
9) Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really, but we are a Virginia Tech family so there are a lot of splashes of Hokie stuff.
10) Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Wine. Bath bombs/bubble baths. Cupcakes (or anything with frosting, really).
11) What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? I honestly can't think of one, unless I say something like my engagement ring, or the diamond necklace Kevin gave me after Lorelai was born, or the birthstone pendant my brother had made for my first mother's day because he never, ever does that sort of thing (he's more of a gift card guy). But those are all sort of obvious answers, and the funny thing is, I don't usually wear jewelry except for my wedding/engagement rings and stud earrings (hoops/dangles and necklaces get yanked on by the kiddo).

Stephanie said...

This will be my first time participating in the CDP exchange, so here goes...

My favorite color is blue or green, or just about any color in a rich, saturated "jeweltone". I really enjoyed spring when I lived on the East coast...now that I'm in So Cal I'm somewhat ambivalent about them all.

I'm really not into heavily scented lotions, etc, especially florals. When I buy something scented, I tend to buy things like vanilla or citrus.

I work in a bank, so I like cute little things for my desk, and I love pretty or unique office supplies. I'm a sucker for organizational things.

I like to do crafty things, even though I don't really have much time to. That being said, I'm not overly creative or artsy -- I can take somebody else's idea and follow through with it, not come up with my own. My favorites are cross-stitch and crochet, but I'm way better at cross-stitch.

I consider myself a bit of a dork or geek. (Not that I would consider you a dork or geek for liking the things I like, just myself). I like video games, fantasy things, books, board games, etc. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EVERYDAY ITEMS WITH A GEEKY TWIST! I've got jewelry with Harry Potter quotes, assorted dnd dice in a decorative vase in my office at home, and I've recently done a cross-stitch from Hunger Games and one from WoW. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I like things like Mario, Zelda, and World of Warcraft -- not things like shooting games, Star Wars, sports, etc.

Okay, I think this is a start...I'll try to do a blog post later.

kakaty said...

What is your favorite color? teal/blue-green

What is your favorite season? autumn. I love the colors and the cool temps

What is your favorite treat? Hands-down favorite candy is Cadbury Mini-Eggs, but since those are seasonal I'll go for any chocolate.

What is your favorite scent? I DO NOT like perfume or scented lotions. However, I love candles and other good smelling things…just as long as I don't have to apply it to my person. I like scents like lavender, lemongrass or cut-grass - fresh but not overpowering.

What is your favorite ice cream? I love this local ice cream company that makes a roasted-cherry-goat-cheese ice cream. Sounds totally food-snob but it's so, so good. But, in reality if I'm having ice cream I prefer it in milkshake form - preferably a peanut butter milkshake.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? I like to sew and love playing around with fabric and notions. I feel both zen and accomplished when I'm sewing.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Housecleaning. I hate it so much.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Simple, but artful silver earrings.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? No themes but I LOVE ME some cute office supplies. I'm at my desk a lot so I like it to be fun.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?  I love me some diet coke. But I also like things with birds (as cliched as that has become), especially Magpies. Elephant things are also fun. My style tends to run to the mid-century modern.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?  I love stuff that is unique to the givers location - a small art piece, cool notecards, jeweley from a local artist…stuff that has a story and is rooted in it's place of origin.

kakaty said...

Just re-read my comment on scent above and realized that while I don't like scented lotions I love scented bath stuff (salts, oils, bubbles, etc...). What can I say? I'm weird.

twisterfish said...

Updating my responses (can you delete the earlier one?... thanks!)


What is your favorite color? gray

What is your favorite season? fall

What is your favorite treat? chocolate covered almonds

What is your favorite scent? freshly baked apple pie or brownies! or christmas trees

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? eating pie (just kidding.... I can say no to ice cream pretty easily, but salty snacks ... and pie ... are hard to say no to).

What do you like to do in your free time moments? read, write, sleep (not all at once)

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? mopping the kitchen floor

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? jewelry or a new purse

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? black and white photos of my family (great-grandparents, etc.) and maps from where we've lived

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? reusable bags (I'm a "bag lady") and books/journals/good pens

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Things that touch my heart, like a framed photo of my oldest son who hates to have his picture taken, but he did it (with a smile!) for me.

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Craftwhack said...

I'm reading these comments and mine are similar to Twisterfish's and so now I think she's living in my brain.

Anyway, here goes. And I think I may pee and shriek with excitement at this whole CDP thing.


What is your favorite color?
GRAY! Lovely.

What is your favorite season? Summer. It used to be Fall, but I think the horrible allergies I get in the Fall have had an impact on how I feel about it.

What is your favorite treat?
Reese's peanut butter cups, gooey, chocolatey brownies, dark chocolate covered almonds from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, um. Chocolate?

What is your favorite scent?
Moth balls. I mean, peppermint/orange/lime/grapefruit/sandalwood

What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Napping is my passion.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Knitting, Kindle-ing, running, squishing ants.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Washing. Stupid. Dishes. Every time I do them I want to hurl them onto the floor and stomp away in a huff.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Definitely clothes.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
We live in a pit of doom currently, but my totally awesome style is clean, simple, white, bright, with touches of handmade loveliness.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?
Starbucks iced green tea, notebooks and pens, natural skin care products, fancy yarn, Ellen Degeneres

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? When we were dating, my husband gave me an iron baby head mold from and Industrial antique store. It's cool.

Susie said...

What is your favorite color?
Green. All shades, but especially BRIGHT greens.

What is your favorite season?
Umm, I suppose late summer/early fall. That’s alpine summer here in the PacNW, and the wildflowers are gorgeous!

What is your favorite treat?
Lately, ice cream with yummy stuff on top. Or fruit cobblers. Or most sugary things.

What is your favorite scent?
Not a big fan of scented stuff, but I love actual natural smells – pine, flowers, fresh cut grass, citrus.

What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Exercise is the most effective, but depending on what I’m coping with I have trouble making myself go to practice or the gym. After that, knitting and eating.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Knit, read, cook/bake.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Cleaning. I hate cleaning. It’s such a Sisyphean task, and I end up getting passive aggressive and martyring myself and then I pick fights with people. I’m really a delight.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Possibly jewelry – I’ve spent a lot of time convincing myself I don’t like jewelry, but I think I secretly do. I’d probably talk myself out of that, though, and into yarn or knitting needles.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Green. Every wall in our house is painted green or teal, except my daughter’s room (purple). Most of our stuff (art, small kitchen appliances, towels, etc) are green or have green accents. It might be a little weird but I like it.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Green things, DIET COKE, dinosaurs.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
My mom sent me a squishy bathrobe and a pair of really comfy slippers for my birthday when I was pregnant last year. It was well timed and really sweet.

Nic (NotPerfect) said...

What is your favorite color?
Green. Navy blue. Yellows.
What is your favorite season?
That point of spring where the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and you don't need to wear a jacket and you feel like skipping down the street. However, I also love fall where I finally need a jacket and can start cooking heartier meals and the leaves are changing.
What is your favorite treat?
Well, I like all treats, or I seem to. I will admit, nothing can cure a bad day like a really good, dense, chewy chocolate chip cookie. My other favorite treat to myself is a mani-pedi. They make me feel so put together and they completely disguise the fact that I threw my wet hair up in a ponytail. Or I like to pretend they do. This glee only lasts 24 hours as that's the maximum amount of time it takes to chip my fingernails. And then we high tail it back to hoboville until I decide to do it again (months and months later.)
What is your favorite scent?
I like citrus-y scents and seasonal scents, but I'm not a fan of floral or overly sweet ones. I tend not to have anything scent producing items in my house because said items are typically candles and I'm way too clumsy to be left responsible of an open flame. And other scented items are typically lotion or skin related and mine is just too sensitive for heavy perfumes.
What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Eating and achieving a near catatonic state in front of the television.
What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Read, knit, bake, watch TV, do word puzzles, do something crafty/creative. I just started graduate school so my free time will be severely limited in the next couple of years.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Laundry as city living requires a trip to the laundromat. Cleaning.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
These days, probably shoes and fun statement necklaces (a new love of mine). Some ridiculous stationery supplies I probably won't use but will love a lot anyway. A mani/pedi.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
My home theme could basically be described as "I wish I lived in the Pottery Barn catalog" with personalized touches.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Hmmm... I like handmade. I like geeky, quirky. I like vintage-y. That's not very specific...

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)

Really thoughtful gifts are my favorite. The meaning trumps whatever it is. My aunt gave me a mirror when I graduated from college. It's similar to this one http://www.sticksart.com/Merchant2/graphics/products/OH/onhmir76_298.jpg. She wrote on the back of the mirror about her wishes and hopes for me and how she wanted me to look into it and be reminded of it each day as I set out on my new life. LOVE. It's in my bedroom now and I love love love love it.

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Lynnette said...

I am a mid-thirties SAHM with a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old. I'm a blond, green-eyed homebody.

What is your favorite color?
PURPLE! I also love red and all colors of green.

What is your favorite season?
Spring/Early Summer

What is your favorite treat?
Brownies and ice cream. Hands down.

What is your favorite scent?
I don't wear much scent because I have sensitive skin, but I gravitate toward heady, summery flowers like orange blossom, jasmine and magnolia.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Um. A lot of it? I do believe milkshakes can cure minor headaches.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
I love to read and cook.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
DISHES. HATE. AND WE HAVE NO DISHWASHER. I also hate dragging myself to bed because it takes me so long to go through my nighttime routine. I do not have the inclination or patience to craft, but I like handmade things.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Probably costume jewelry or fancy skin care.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Not really. But I do have several bright red dishes and small appliances that make me happy.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?  (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)

Robots, space, Terry Pratchett books, fantasy books in general, walking for exercise, COMEDY TV and movies because I have almost no patience for drama, pedicures, soft socks, dinosaurs, CHOCOLATE, vegetarian cooking (but not really baking), coffee (Keurig), Cardinals baseball!

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?  (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
A pretty handmade silk scarf in bright colors that my friend made just for me.

Wendy said...

What is your favorite color?
purple

What is your favorite season?
spring and summer!

What is your favorite treat?
coffee, wine, chocolates

What is your favorite scent?
for myself: anything fresh and clean, almost like baby powder. my favorite everyday fragrance to wear is Pure Grace by Philosophy.
for my house: lemon, or coconut. I also like the smell of fresh cut grass too - odd, right?

What is your favorite coping mechanism?
I like to have some genuine "ME" time to deal with any sort of issue happening in my life. Either a massage or pedicure. Alone time without obligation.
I also like to clean my house when I'm feeling stressed or angry. I love "pretty" cleaning supplies. Mrs Meyers, etc.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love TV. I watch a crap load of ridiculous reality shows. I LOVE reading magazines. Anything from US Weekly to Vanity Fair to Martha Stewart Living.
I love to shop. For anything. Clothes for myself or my kid, household stuff, decorating stuff. garden supplies. I love books - anything that has a current buzz (50 Shades, Hunger Games, Gone Girl, etc.)

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I hate exercising. And I hate making dinner. I need ideas, menu plans, for everyday dinners and prepping before hand to accommodate for after school activities.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Fall boots. I live in So California. Fall boots are really necessary until Jan or Feb and for a very short time but I really want a pair of leather riding boots.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
We're very Pottery Barn around these parts.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Lip gloss, cookbooks, aprons, cake stands, baking supplies, kitchen supplies, hand creams, beauty supplies, hair products, soaps, lotions, stationary, note cards, post it notes, nail polish, jewelry, bobby pins, anything and everything.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
Hard question! I like when people get what I ask for, honestly. I want a vacuum for Christmas and I got it. Made me very happy.

Amanda said...

What is your favorite color? Blues and Greens
What is your favorite season? Autumn, followed closely by Spring.
What is your favorite treat? Vegan cheesecake because that is the treat that I always hope someone makes me for my birthday. Taco Bell or Chinese take-out are my other favorite ways to treat myself with food.
What is your favorite scent? Mint, Freshly cut grass/hay, flowery scents that aren't too perfumed.
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Giving myself "time off" if possible, window shopping (online window shopping counts too), and sometimes 'comfort food.'
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, craft, spend "leisurely" moments with family and animals.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Clean anything that is never really done, because I sometimes find it frustrating to never really be finished with that sort of task.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? The items that immediately jump to mind are: a book or movie that I haven't justified yet because I'll probably only read/watch it once or twice. Also, I can see myself going somewhere like Target, TJ Maxx, or Micheal's/Hobby Lobby and buying some clearance item(s) that I ordinarily wouldn't indulge in on a whim. I would probably be more likely to do the second.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really, but if time/space/money were no object, I would decorate my home office in a steam punk theme.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? I like animals (partial to horses, dogs, cats because those are the pets that I own or have owned), natural products, silk flowers (I use them for crafting), plants/gardening, items/gadgets that make my life easier or everyday items that are pretty/pleasing in a way that makes daily tasks more bright. Tea.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Anything that shows the giver thoughtfully considered my interests and/or needs. My VitaMix, Kindle, and horse probably top this list. I also really enjoy surprises.

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april said...

What is your favorite color? I love jewel tones - magenta, dark purple, Kelly or emerald green. Colors with heavy saturation that are likely to dye everything in the washing machine.

What is your favorite season? I like spring when it starts warming up into summer but it's still reasonable, and autumn when it's still summer enough to enjoy the outdoors. But not the sweltering oppressive heat of actual summer.

What is your favorite treat? I love fruit flavored candies, and things that have just a little chocolate in them. Coconut yumminess, peanut butter ... Okay, I'm not picky I love all the foods.

What is your favorite scent? Cranberry and pomegranate.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Anything fruit flavored (dairy queen chocolate cherry love, for example) or peanut butter and chocolate.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, read, read. Savor the quiet and then wonder what my kids are doing.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I hate to drive. With passion.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Earrings or long necklaces. Or books.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Comfortable earth tones. I'd love to be more adventurous but that involves more painting so we have green and tan walls, and complementary colors.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?  I'm a bit obsessed with Dr. Pepper, wine, they might be giants, and sitting on the couch doing nothing.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?  (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) my cousin got me an "I am a runner" necklace which really meant a lot.

readncook said...

Having a hard time cutting and pasting. A little bit about me: my favorite colors are blue/greens. I love coffee and chocolate and French fries. I am a high school English teacher who also loves American history and art history-- particularly the Impressionists. I love reading-- but not chick lit. I wish I liked scented stuff, but it gives me a headache, Coping? Mini Reese's peanut butter cups. The best gift I ever received? A toss up between my hubs flying out my BFF for my bridal shower and one of my friends getting me four large ripe Fuji appples from the foothills. In my spare time you can find me napping, reading, walking, writing or hanging out with friends. My MIL says I have the "get me the hell out of here" syndrome, because I love to travel. I love Mr. Darcy and would move to England if given the chance. Serious addiction to sticky notes. What do I hate but have to do anyway? Grade and clean. My favorite season is fall, I have a fantasy football league, but no favorite team, and my slow cooker is a staple in my house. Decorations? My home is pretty simple with modern touches-- mostly light blues and greens. I think this about covers it!

Miranda said...

What is your favorite color?
Black, pink, red

What is your favorite season?
Fall, for sure

What is your favorite treat?
Hmm, Cadbury milk chocolate, brownies, cheese. Honestly? All the snacks.

What is your favorite scent?
Lavender, peppermint, gardenia

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Mocha Almond Fudge hot fudge sundae from Baskin Robbins

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
I seemingly never have free moments these days. I enjoy reading (usually something light. Or, uh, off Jonna's reading list.) but have to sneak that in. I LOVE to bake.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Honestly? Showering. I like being clean after, but actual shower time seems like such a waste. (And I refuse to bathe.)

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Jewelry or purses. Or a massage/pedicure. Or sunglasses.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
My kitchen is red, black and white. The rest of my home is....toddler chic?

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?
Lip balms, stains and glosses. Sunglasses. Office supplies. Starbucks/coffee. Cost Plus/World Market. Wrapping paper. Stationary.


What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
Toss up. My old boss gives me her airline miles to attend The Blathering every year. I love to travel and see new places, and hanging out with amazing people so this is such a huge, huge gift she gives me.
Second, also from an old boss, was a gift certificate for a local jeweler that makes custom imprint jewelry. I did a toe imprint of my daughter when she turned two that I hold very dear. I love personalized items, jewelry and my daughter (and son!) so this was just perfect.

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Sarah Lena said...

What is your favorite color?
Fuschia (which is spelled wrong, and I'm sorry for that), tangerine, and houndstooth.

What is your favorite season?
I'm a transition person. Fall and spring rule my world. (But more fall - FOOTBALL SEASON!)

What is your favorite treat?
I am totally the person who loves nothing more to wander through Target ALONE. Maybe with a nice hot autumn drink in my hand.

What is your favorite scent?
I tend to wander toward florals - gardenia and rose are my favorites.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Sadly, I don't think it's in existence anymore. Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby (ice cream with chocolate and pretzels) was my fave. Their Red Velvet is a close second, though.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Since I've started school full-time (along with working full-time and mothering.. part-time), free time moments are non-existent.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Schoolwork is HIGH on that list. As an efficiency person, busy work just for the sake of busy works STRANGLES MY SOUL.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
A nice bottle of rum. Dark, spiced rum to be exact. It's my favorite, but no one else in my house drinks, so it's a waste to keep here.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
At home, we love vintage french advertisements. Not sure why, but I've got a collection of about a dozen up and throughout the home. At work - it's usually Alabama football and/or space.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?
Houndstooth is a quick and easy favorite. I own more than should be allowed. I also love nail polish - my four year old boy and I do pedicures weekly. I have a soft spot of giraffes and fleur de lis.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
I am an old school theatre geek, and my BIL and Sister gave me a framed, autographed poster of Mandy Patinkin & Patti Lupone's tour. That was so personal and so AMAZING to me that it's centerstage in our living room.

Cara aka thinkc said...

What is your favorite color? Hmmm. I like dark green and dark blue, but sometimes something bright is fun. Wow, that wasn't helpful at all. Let's say that for something worn on me, I like vibrant jewel tones. In the house, I like bright colors like red and orange.

What is your favorite season? Fall! I love fall.

What is your favorite treat? Probably Moose Much (chocolate caramel corn) from Harry and David. Or anything mint chocolate.

What is your favorite scent? I really like eucalyptus, but once I also got this candle from tommy bahama or someplace dumb that was like lime-something and it smelled tropical and lovely.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Ben and Jerry's chocolate fudge brownie or Blue Bell mint chocolate chip.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? I like to read (mostly fantasy, sci fi, and young adult- ie Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Sookie Stackhouse, Ready Player One, etc) and watch sci fi (especially Dr Who and Star Trek, because I'm a giant geek like that). I also like to be outdoor and hike.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Hmm, I don't enjoy going to big parties or overwhelming social situations because I'm an introvert. But I often have to because of my job.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Massages, many many massages.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Geeky sci fi stuff in my office, and no real theme in my home.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Hmmm, I have a baby and I like her a lot! But not really otherwise. I am a Christian (a pretty liberal one) so I like things that uplift me in my faith. Oh! Tea! I love tea. I drink a ton of iced tea and iced green tea. I also like loose leaf tea but I need an infuser so I can drink it at my office.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) Oh gosh, the best present I ever got was either a trip (my hubby took my on a long weekend to Paris once to propose) or something sweet and sentimental, like when my friends made this book full of photos and quotes and such.

Ashley // Our Little Apartment said...

What is your favorite color?
Jewel tones. I don't have specific colors I love best, but I am a sucker for wine or teal colored clothes!

What is your favorite season?
Anything without snow.

What is your favorite treat?
COFFEE. And baked goods. And sugary cereal like Lucky Charms and Reeses Puffs. I am more of a sweet tooth than salty tooth.

What is your favorite scent?
Pumpkin, vanilla, stuff like that.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Lots of junk ON my ice cream is my coping mechanism, which is why those self-serve frozen yogurt places are my mothership. At home, I put PB, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, etc etc on my ice cream. :)

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Check the various internetty places. Blog. Go for a walk. Plan out my week in Erin Condren planner. Work on my design work.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Drive my husband to school because we only have one car.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Fancy drinks at Starbucks. I'm a huge sucker for delicious coffee. Maybe a pair of shoes or a bag or something. I do need a fall jacket, so maybe that?

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Ikea...free stuff...Haha. Lots of airy, light things. Sort of the opposite of cluttered country theme. You can see my apartment here. (STALKER)

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Patriotic stuff made me laugh. Okay, but for real. Burts Bees IS the bomb - I love their lip balm, their hand stuff, etc etc. I also love coffee, being green (vegetarian, using my own bags, being a hippie in general), cooking and baking, and blogging.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
I had just started dating husband and went to Hawaii for a semester. Mike sent me a care package with lots of sweet gifts including CD of songs he WROTE AND PERFORMED for me and a track of all my friends saying hi and how much they missed me. It was so thoughtful.

Maura said...

What is your favorite color? turquoise and purple and pink. Totally girly.

What is your favorite season? Summer! also fall.

What is your favorite treat? coffee! wine! Massages! Want to come rub my shoulders? I'll love you forever.

What is your favorite scent? I like to wear citrus scents. I like lavender, lemongrass and sandalwood scents for my home. I do NOT like vanilla or flowery scents. Blech.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? I like coffee ice cream. My favorite coping mechanism is to relax with a book. And dark chocolate. Yum. Or kit kats. No shame in my Halloween candy game.

What do you like to do in your free time? I read a lot. I also listen to music, pamper myself with home-spa nonsense and take naps. I love writing letters and buying stationary (primarily cute note cards). I also love picture frames in cool patterns, textures and colors.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I hate cleaning. I also hate figuring out what to make for dinner. I'd love a handwritten recipe of the best easy, healthy dinner you make!

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?

I love frivolous stuff. I'd probably buy beauty products, note cards and funky boot socks. Maybe a scented eye mask for sleeping or makeup brushes.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? COLOR. I have a Paris/Eiffel Tower theme (gray, purple) in my bedroom, a spa theme (robin's egg blue, brown, sage green) in my bathroom. My living room is kind of shabby chic.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
I am a sucker for sample products of beauty stuff. Birchbox is my favorite package each month. I hoard my Bliss spa's Lemon Sage body butter. It smells SO GOOD I could eat it, but that would be wasting it. I love thick, warm socks and funky knee-high socks to hide under boots.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) I think my favorite gifts are things that are thoughtful and remind me of people. I have a pair of silver earrings that my brother gave me and a silver necklace my sister gave me. I think of them every time I put them on. They aren't expensive or fancy, but they are so meaningful to me. I am VERY sentimental, but also practical. I don't keep cards or letters, but I would keep a poem someone wrote out by hand. I might even frame it! I have books that people gave me, like my dad's copy of Catcher in the Rye. I like things that make me think of the person that gave it to me, I guess is what it boils down to!

Diane said...

What is your favorite color? Red and Pink. And rainbow colored.
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? chocolate, red wine, brownies, cinnamon buns,cheese, cupcakes.
What is your favorite scent? cinnamon and citrusy scents.
What is your favorite coping mechanism? hugging and reading to my boys, reading, watching dvr'd shows.Eating yummy food.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read. Sleep would be nice.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?cleaning up after two toddlers. It is just endless and never looks clean.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? a great pair of jeans that made me feel good and/or lululemon workout gear. and books.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Bright, fun and happy is what I love.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Rubber duckies, anything ducky, I am a sucker for "cute" things, baby animals, Care bears themed, snoopy clothes for my boys. Sesame street stuff. Apparently I have toddler brain.I love trying out new products at Sephora. oooh and Lush products. Different types of lip balm and hand lotions.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Oh, I know this answer is so cheesy...but my boys are. They lift me up on bad days...even when they are the ones driving me nuts ;-) Having twin boys was such an unexpected blessing I just get all sentimental. But I have also loved surprise gifts to Ann Taylor Loft and Sephora so I do like the material surprises too apparently!

strangeHeather said...

What is your favorite color? Why, yes! Every shade of blue IS my favorite color! Except when I'm also loving green and red. Or purple. But never pink. There is no such thing as a good shade of pink.

What is your favorite season? I love summer with all my heart. And I live in Texas, so I get a lot of summer. I love the hot, hot, hotness of summer. You know when you walk out into the hot day and you practically get knocked over by the heat wave that hits you? I love that. I go running in that. And to the pool. And I eat ice cream.

What is your favorite treat? Cheetos. I love salty things, and Cheetos are my biggest weakness. So much so that I try not to buy them, because I just will likely eat the whole bag in one sitting.

What is your favorite scent? I love unsweet smells -- rain and baby powder and cucumber and mint and mild flowers like freesia and lavender.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Mint chocolate chip. Mmmmmmmmm.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? What is free time? I like to cook and scrapbook and crochet and journal. I also run and hike and swim. Who am I kidding -- I try to stay on top of baby laundry and keep the baby puke in my hair to a minimum.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I really hate cleaning. I have to break cleaning tasks into 15-minute chores and give myself a treat at the end of them in order to ever make progress on the house.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? I would probably get a massage or a pedicure.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I don't know how to decorate, and had never considered themes. Go figure.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Sushi!

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? My parents gave me a leather computer bag when I first became a manager. I could just imagine my mother standing in the store putting them each over her shoulder and trying to pick JUST the right one. It was awesome to have them celebrate an achievement of mine with me.

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Erin (@stateiamin) said...

What is your favorite color? Purple. I also love teal.
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? Chocolate! Or a cup of tea.
What is your favorite scent? I do not like scented things. They give me headaches
What is your favorite coping mechanism? Take a bath, read a book, drink a cup of tea.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, do crafty things, play on twitter, read.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning. I hate it. I just hate it.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Clothes or shoes, books, Harry Potter stuff.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Our kitchen has sort of a London theme. The rest of the house...not so much.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
I love owls. Love them. I'm also a HUGE Harry Potter fan. If it's HP related in any way, I will adore it. You also can't go wrong with nail polish, in my opinion.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
My sister bought me a Marauder's Map when she went to HP world in Florida. It's my favorite thing.

Michelle // With Dignity said...

What is your favorite color? Lately it's shades of robin's egg and teal, and pale lemon yellow.
What is your favorite season? Early fall.
What is your favorite treat? Baked goods, like fresh bread or rolls.
What is your favorite scent? Vanilla things, but most scented things give me headaches. Sad.
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Crafting things, and cookies. And flavored sparkling water.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Watch good TV, embroider or crochet, bake.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I don't enjoy doing the laundry because it is endless and boring.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Probably some fancy yarn. Or something shiny.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Maps, and I collect owls and cute/fun/interesting salt and pepper shakers.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Coffee.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) The best present was a print of a favorite quote from a favorite book my best friend and I share. It was thoughtful and meaningful and touching.

Kate said...

What is your favorite color?
Lately? I'm loving both the cobalt blue and emerald green that seem to be everywhere.

What is your favorite season?
Spring! Convenient, then, that it's coming up soon.

What is your favorite treat?
Anything sweet and salty. Salted caramel? Yes! Chocolate peanut butter Chex mix? Yes! Apples with good, sharp cheddar? Yes!

What is your favorite scent?
I like fresh, green scented things. Nothing musky or vanilla-y or overpoweringly sweet.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Publix's Chocolate pretzel sensation -- chocolate ice cream, peanut butter swirl, chocolate covered pretzels. SO GOOD.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Nap, because I have a baby who hates sleep. Otherwise, dork around on the internet, cook, eat, run so I can cook and eat

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Laundry, because it NEVER ENDS. Same with cleaning. As soon as something is clean, it just gets dirty again and you have to do it all over. Such BS.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Makeup or nail polish. Or shoes. Or earrings. (Which really would be frivolous, because the baby just pulls them right off these days.)

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I like to call my decorating style "making do with what we have for now because this is a rental." It's a lovely blend of Ikea/Target/Storehouse (Man, I miss Storehouse)/West Elm/other people's castoffs/my husband's ugly couches from before we were married.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Sparkling water, peanut butter, salty things, stationery, pens, those awesome insulated tumblers with straws, striped things, monogrammed things, Starbucks


What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) The year my now-husband proposed, he gave me the complete Calvin & Hobbes collection -- the one in 3 volumes, with the fancy binding and box. I was so excited that he not only gave it to me, but thought of it himself that I didn't even notice he was kneeling in front of me with a ring at first. (Also, I am oblivious some of the time. Obviously.)

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Heth said...

• What is your favorite color? Teal/turquoise
• What is your favorite season? Fall
• What is your favorite treat? Red velvet cake or cheesecake, chocolate covered almonds, Jordan almonds, white chocolate hazelnut Ritter Sport
• What is your favorite scent? For the house: Fall scents – caramel, pumpkin spice, etc. For me to wear: Passionberry Vanilla scent from Ulta, and Coconut/Lime and Mango scents. So, FALL and TROPICAL.
• What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Holding my baby (okay, fine, my TODDLER), letting my husband rub my feet, daydreaming about vacations
• What do you like to do in your free time moments? I have 4 kids and work full-time, there’s no such thing. 
• What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Clean
• If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Probably jewelry or a fancy bra, or save it towards a nice purse or iPad or my dream vacation (Italy! Or Costa Rica!)
• Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? The theme is that I need one. I am not a good decorator, and need major inspiration, and probably a paint-by-numbers guide!
• Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Wow. I am not sure that I have a good answer for that.
• What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? I think that the very best present I ever received was when my mom gave me a charm bracelet for my Confirmation, and had all of my aunts buy me a charm. I have added to it over the years, and it’s very treasured. I have gotten plenty of amazing things, but that is the one “TAKE IN CASE OF FIRE” present.

Tara said...

I am so excited to participate this time around!

What is your favorite color? - All of them? I honestly don't know. I love kelly green, all yellows, all blues, gray, even reds and pinks from time to time.

What is your favorite season? - Again, is all of them an ok answer? The only one I don't like is the non-Christmas portion of winter.

What is your favorite treat? - Ice cream. Chocolate. Coffees and teas. Taffy.

What is your favorite scent? - Anything Christmas related. Lilacs.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? - I love to read, listen to upbeat music, and pretend I'm on the beach.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? - Read. Watch the cheesiest of cheesy movies.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? - Folding laundry. I don't mind sorting or washing the laundry. But folding it makes me want to live in dirty clothes for the rest of my life.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? - Jewelry. Colorful, sparkly jewelry. Or lipgloss. Or eyeshadow.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? - No themes. Reds, yellows, and greens, mostly.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) – flowers, anything beach related. (the beach is my happy place…)

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) – It’s a tie between my 1st anniversary present from my husband (paper – he printed out the sheet music for our wedding song on pretty paper to give to me) and my 5th anniversary present from my husband (wood – he had a wooden music box made that plays our wedding song). I love the thought that went into these. I’m just a big sentimental fool at heart. (Although, the purse he bought me for the leather anniversary was pretty great, too…)

melissity said...

What is your favorite color? White! After that, probably aqua, and other blues and greens.

What is your favorite season? Fall. The only time I love living in Ohio!

What is your favorite treat? There is a restaurant about an hour away called Springfield Grille that has my favorite hummus ever as a fairly large appetizer with lots of rosemary flatbread. I get it maybe twice a year and eat the entire thing myself as a meal. (Probably not what most people would consider treat but I love it! lol :) If I had to pick something less healthy, it would be homemade (chewy!) chocolate chip or sugar cookies.

What is your favorite scent? Anything clean and light, maybe some fruit scents. Not into anything musky, vanilla-y, or strong florals.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Time alone to recharge--whether it's working out, taking a long hot bath, etc.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, exercise, edit photos, hang out with my husband. As a mom of three I also use free time just to take a shower or eat or go to the bathroom! heh

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I don't enjoy eating a semi-restrictive diet (I try to avoid sugar except natural sugars in fruits/veggies), but in the big picture I know it's a small sacrifice to stay healthy.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? I think I'd take my husband out on a dinner date. Not really a frivolous thing, I guess, but we don't often get time alone (maybe 2-3 dates per year) so it's a luxury to us! If I'm thinking bigger, I'd follow up our dinner with a night at a hotel (no kids to battle at bedtime or wake us up at 7am the next morning!). Haven't done that in 5 years!

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? No real themes... Right now we're trying to keep things fairly neutral since we plan to sell our house in the near future. What I have up is simple decor (I like things that are classic, light, pretty but functional), photos, prints from Etsy.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? My husband and our three boys. And COFFEE! Also: reading, baking, delicate earrings/necklaces, football (go Buckeyes!), photography, traveling, massages, the beach/ocean, sunny days.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? My three boys. (Really.) Also my camera and lenses.

What are you passionate about? Taking photos, mostly of my kids. I use my camera almost every day and I enjoy learning how to improve my photography and editing skills.

I know my answers may not be very straight-forward for gift purposes, but I'm super easy to please and thankful just to be part of this. I'm really more in it because I love surprising other people with gifts! :)

Lisa (@steadyaswego) said...

What is your favorite color? Purple

What is your favorite season? Fall. Spring is second.

What is your favorite treat? Beer, wine, chocolate chip cookies.

What is your favorite scent? Anything "clean". Like fresh laundry. I also like food smells. And not just the cookie/cake/vanilla kind, though I like those too. Also a fan of bacon smell. Or bread. Or bread AND bacon.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Bath time! Bubbles, booze, and a book.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, surf the internet, go on walks.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning my house. Uggggh.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Probably nail polish. Or makeup. Or both.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I don't know how to describe it. Kind of a comfortable, shabby thing?

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) I have this weird thing for bees. My dad keeps bees, my daughter was obsessed with them and they remind me of her, and I just generally find them kind of fascinating.


What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) It actually wasn't something that I received (technically), but something my daughter got for her first birthday. My mom took a bunch of her preemie clothes and sewed them into a stuffed bear for her. I am a sucker for all things handmade and sentimental.

What are you passionate about? Science, geeky things, computer stuff.

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velocibadgergirl said...

What is your favorite color? green

What is your favorite season? fall

What is your favorite treat? chai lattes from Starbucks, but I'm off them right now due to nursing a caffeine-intolerant baby…woe! (Good thing he's cute)

What is your favorite scent? - I love the spiced vanilla candle that Michaels sells. Some vanillas are too sweet, but I like that one.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Haaa…eating things that I shouldn't, like Ben & Jerry's, Nutty Bars, peanut butter Twix bars, Twizzlers…I could go on

What do you like to do in your free time moments? read, blog, fiddle around online

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? housework, of course

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? a book, probably…either paper or Kindle

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? not really

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? I don't really have one FAVORITE thing, but here are some things I like very much:

books - if you want an idea of the types of books I like, I have posted my last several years' reading lists in the sidebar here: http://badgerbooks.blogspot.com/ -- I'm not terribly picky
nature, especially leaves / trees / owls
stars - the shape and the kind in the sky
Happy Hippy body wash from Lush - probably too $$, though
baking (but not cooking, generally)
taking pictures
games (card, party, board)
hiking / camping / being outdoorsy
nature activities or little crafty things to do with my three-year-old
animal skulls (weird, I know…sorry)
I do wear bobby pins in my hair every day now…I wouldn't wear anything big like a flower, but something small and cute could be fun.
I like hot cocoa, especially peppermint cocoa.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? I'm drawing a blank on VERY! BEST! but a friend sent me a raccoon skull for my birthday this year that she bought on Etsy, and that was pretty rad. She included a note that said "For most people, this would be akin to receiving a warning from Al Pacino…but you are not most people."

What are you passionate about? I love hanging out with my little boys (cheesy, gah), I love being outside, I love teaching kids about nature


I don't know if it's polite to include a "do not send" list, but I don't drink tea or coffee…I don't like sour candy or floral scents…I'm not very girly and don't wear makeup or scented lotions.

T said...

What is your favorite color? Every shade of green, probably Kelly green is my ultimate fav. I also like red or orange. I dislike yellow or pink.

What is your favorite season? Fall and winter. I love snow!

What is your favorite treat? Caramel. Ice cream. cupcake, frosted cookie.

What is your favorite scent? Vanilla.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Anything with frosting. Especially buttercream frosting.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Blog.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Taxes. Don't ask why. And filing.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Cowboy boots!!! Love 'em.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Nothing girly or pink.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?  Chai latte, chapstick or lipgloss with SPF, Bacon (I will try anything with bacon in it), any flavor of ice cream (except chocolate, not crazy about chocolate), running, spinning, NASCAR (#99 Carl Edwards), gardening, and dogs!

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?  (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.). Kitchen appliances of various kinds. Love to cook/eat at home.

What are you passionate about? My golden retriever dogs. They are my kids!

I can't drink coffee anymore (thanks acid reflux). Every tooth in my head is a sweet tooth.

Mrs. Irritation said...

What is your favorite color? Green and Purple

What is your favorite season? Fall, I may be slightly obsessed with Halloween

What is your favorite treat? Not good for me food-wise: cupcakes, rice crispy treats, chips/dip. I am the only person I know who doesn't like wine, coffee or chocolate.
Relaxation-wise, I love to find a quiet moment to curl up with a good book


What is your favorite scent? Earthy scents, coconut, no florals

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Coconut

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, what tv


What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cooking, but my family demands sustenance daily. Huh! I also do not enjoy mopping, esp with 2 dogs and 2 cats.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Smallish amount would be a book, large amount would be a vacation to somewhere beachy (to read my book with a fruity adult beverage)

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Clutter and Disney World, it's a winning combination

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Owls, Halloween, pumpkins, lip balm, pens, stationery, Dave Matthews Band, money (hahaha!)

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) The best gift I've ever received was homemade and a complete surprise.

What are you passionate about? My fave TV shows (Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Mad Men, Buffy, Supernatural, just to name a few), DMB, NASCAR (Jimmie Johnson specifically - what can I say, I'm well rounded?), reading, vodka , living life with sarcasm

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Erin said...

What is your favorite color? Green. Or, wait. Blue. Actually, anything between green and blue. Let's just go with cool tones.

What is your favorite season? Fall. I HATE the heat. And the cold. (Delicate flower, over here.)

What is your favorite treat? Oh, this is embarrassing. McDonald's french fries. Or cashews. (I'm a salty girl. Don't really care for chocolate, except for rare occasions. Don't like ice cream at all. (I know!) Though I do love a good cheesecake or cherry pie.)

What is your favorite scent? Hmmm probably lavender. Vanilla. Apple pie. Dove soap.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Bubble bath. Wine. Getting lost in a good book. (Or put all those together.) A good cry.

What do you like to do in your free moments? Read. Play on my phone (twitter, mainly.) Crossword puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles. Take photos.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Paperwork type stuff. (I put off preparing for our tax filing for like, three months...) Checkbook. Paying bills.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Probably shoes. Maybe makeup. A new dress.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Pictures of my kid, mainly. I'm pretty obnoxious about plastering his face everywhere. (but just photos, I don't like, embroider his face on pillows or anything.)

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Harry Potter, Coke Zero (I don't do coffee), traveling (I am a girl who NEEDS her vacations,) books, wine, buying clothes for my toddler (um, I am a tidge obsessed with cute PJs.), painting my nails, my dog, the beach

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? I think all of my favorite presents have been more experiences: a trip, a date night, fancy meal, etc.

What are you passionate about? traveling, photography, experiencing new things with my kid

humble servant said...


What is your favorite color? Purple or Green
What is your favorite season? Spring or Fall
What is your favorite treat? Chick fil A diet lemonade
What is your favorite scent? Lavendar, Lemon, oh and Lavendar
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Lemon Ginger
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, do crafty things, cook
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? put away laundry, hold my kids accountable for choices
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? pedicure, makeup, I really want a heart rate monitor that will sync with my iphone for working out
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? 100 year old house: warm, historic colors, cozy, but traditional
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? coffee, wine,
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? My children (10 miscarriages mean that 2 live children are miraculous gifts). Materially? I'd say my in-laws give the most generous and useful gifts - DSLR camera, iPad, iPhone. BUT my husband surprised me once with a Mother/Daughter Willow Tree plaque for Mother's Day one year right after we lost a daughter at 20 weeks - it was very sentimental.

What are you passionate about? Dignity of the Human Person, my faith

humble servant said...

Maybe I need to change the name on my google account? My daughter has a blog that is registered under there and I didn't want her name to be public, so.... huh, that "humble servant" is her, but it's really Holly/seekingwoman

Alexa said...

-What is your favorite color?
Yellow. But I like lots of colors! Bright reddish orange, light blue, all kinds of green...

-What is your favorite season?
Spring. I hear it is lovely. We seem to have skipped it this year in Minnesota.

-What is your favorite treat?
Spicy Thai Kettle Chips. I could eat those all day long. I like the other flavors, too, though. I like salty things, and salt in general (on margaritas, in chocolate, in caramel), Haagen Daz Coconut Pineapple ice cream, dark chocolate, wine (though red wine gives me migraines)...I am sensing that I could go on for a while here.

-What is your favorite scent?
In general, I like things that smell like scents that exist in nature. I like fresh scents, like lemon and verbena and orange. I also like nature scents, like ocean and pine and grass, and and calming scents, like lavender and ginger, and cozy scents, like wood (cedar, sandal, etc.) and such. I do not like fruity scents, or most florals except rose and gardenia, or anything so perfume-y/synthetic smelling that it gives a person a headache. I already wear a pretty heavy/masculine perfume (Chergui), so I tend to go for plain things like lavender and lemon for lotion.

-What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Bubble baths. Face masks/beauty rituals (i.e. painting nails) that make me feel put together. Reading, preferably with a glass of wine. Eating obscene quantities of pasta. Shopping. Going for a walk.

-What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Read, Internet, watch television in bed on my laptop, do crossword puzzles/sudoku, make lists. I like to paint and do little art projects, especially with Simone.

-What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
I hate cleaning, because I am cursed with a love of cleanliness and neatness and zero ability to bring this about to my satisfaction (I have ADD, and trust me when I say that it takes me 3x longer to do what should be a simple thing, like picking up the living room, than it would take almost anyone else).

-If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Hmmm...makeup, probably? Or maybe a fancy personalized piece of jewelry? Or a massage and mani/pedi? Or a set of champagne coupes? It depends upon how much money we're talking about. A tiny amount, maybe a scented candle. A big amount, maybe a trip somewhere, or a vintage card catalog from a library. It is so much more fun to shop for the kids that I am realizing I never really buy things for myself anymore.

-Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
No. We like bright colors and modern-ish things. Think Land of Nod catalog (if we could afford to shop in the Land of Nod catalog). We are probably FINALLY buying a house this year (after a decade of apartment living), and I am so excited to decorate and make it all nice and permanent and home-y feeling.

-Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? 
Goats, robins, anything Shinzi Katoh, office supplies (post-it notes, very very fine tip--like .38--pens, narrow-rule legal pads), Switzerland, white burgundy, kitschy little things from antique stores.

-What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? 
When we were first dating, my husband gave me a first edition of a long out of print book that I really wanted--that I'd mentioned to him ONCE. And then there was another time that I was sort of obsessed with this one song, but hadn't had the money to buy the CD yet, and not only did Scott buy it for me, he cued it up in my car's CD player so that when I went to leave for work in the morning the song started playing. They were the best because they showed he'd noticed little things. He is pretty great at that stuff.

-What are you passionate about?
Writing, reading, books in general, my children, home.

nerdmommathfun said...

What is your favorite color? blue
What is your favorite season? summer
What is your favorite treat? fruit and chocolate (not necessarily in that order...)
What is your favorite scent? citrus, spices
What is your favorite coping mechanism? the quantity and scope of my music buying habits are BEYOND embarrassing.
What do you like to do in your free time? watch sports / plan lessons / blog / silly toddler crafts
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? LAUNDRY - its the chore that is NEVER DONE.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? ummm... music. And all kinds of beauty products I have no idea how to use *grin*. and geeky tee shirts.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? I'm the worlds biggest geek - math, science nerdery at its finest.
What are you passionate about? math & math education - little kids, big kids, adult learners - all of them

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auntie said...

So excited to start participating in the CDP Exchange!!

Favorite color? Purple
Favorite season? That's tough! I really love the start of every season...the feelings I get when the weather starts to change and you can smell the change in the air just make me happy.
Favorite treat? Chocolate. Duh.
Favorite scent? I love fall-ish scents (apple, spice, etc.)
Favorite coping mechanism? Unfortunately, it's eating! But what I'd like it to be is sewing. I love to sew but don't seem to do it very often.
What do you like to do in your free moments? I watch a TON of tv, but again, I'd like to use my free time to sew and create things.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? The things that are required of me as a grown-up! Cleaning, grocery shopping, paying bills, cleaning. Did I mention cleaning??
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? SHOES!!!
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not especially, although I really love the shabby chic/eclectic farmhouse sort of decorating that’s coming around.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Going to the movies. And eating the popcorn, obvs.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? For my birthday one year my best friend gave me tickets to see Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. It was the first concert I’d been to in a long time and we had so much fun singing along and just being crazy – it was a perfect night!
What are you passionate about? My family and paying off my debts.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Breaking up with my fianc√© and calling off a wedding.
What was the first thing you bought with your own money? I remember having birthday money as a kid and we’d go to the Hallmark store to shop for Hello Kitty stuff. I loved all the tiny notepads and pencils!
The best part of waking up is…? Going back to sleep!
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Jennifer Aniston. Or George Clooney. Or Michael Buble.
If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be? Sanding, painting, and finishing all of my Craigslist furniture “project” purchases that I’ve been saying I’ll sand, paint, and finish for several years.
Who was your favorite celebrity as a child? Donny Osmond and Bing Crosby. I was a complex child.
What traits in others are you attracted to? Generosity, honesty, integrity.
Where do you want to retire? Jackson Hole, WY.

EmilysHollow said...

What is your favorite color? I kind of love all colors, but right now I'm liking teals and purples and pinks and bright things like that. I think it's the fear of Winter.

What is your favorite season? For looks: fall. For enjoying life: summer.

What is your favorite treat? Chocolate (especially See's chocolate!) (But really, any and all)

What is your favorite scent? Um, I don't usually wear a lot of scent. I love the smell of vanilla when baking, and I love jasmine when it's the actual flower, and citrus is always nice.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? I DO like ice cream, and most desserty type foods. I also read a lot, especially when stressed, and I like to collect journals or stationary that I then hardly ever use. Also wine. I love wine.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? I don't have a ton of free moments right now - I've bitten off a bit more than I can chew, commitment wise, but I love to read, take pictures, write, watch TV marathons, and cook/bake. I'm not so fond of the cleaning up part of cooking/baking, but I do love the process.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I'm not very organized, with belongings or my time. Unfortunately, this means that my house is a mess and I'm always forgetting to do something.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Hmmm. Apps, music, makeup, cute clothes or some fun accessories to make my boring wardrobe more fun. If it were a lot of money I'd get a vacation or a massage or BOTH.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Nature, Eastern.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Harry Potter. Chocolate. Books. Pretty things.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) Framed pictures of my kids. Also my parents once gave us a B&B gift card and it was lovely to DO something. I got some really nice photoshop actions, once, and I loved that.

What are you passionate about? Reading. Writing. Cooking/baking. Eating. Family. Harry Potter (what).

Miriel said...

This is my first time participating in the CDP exchange and I am so excited!!

What is your favorite color?
I love all different shades of blue, and any kind of jewel tone (like these!: http://bit.ly/141FEq3). And I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my life!

What is your favorite season?
This depends on the region I’m in, but I love Michigan summers and falls. (In Texas, summers are HORRIBLE and fall doesn’t exist.) I am so excited to experience autumn again now that we’ve moved from TX to MN!

What is your favorite treat?
Hmmm. I love anything fruity and tangy, like sour popsicles or Sour Patch Kids or Starbursts!

What is your favorite scent?
I don’t usually wear perfume but I love pomegranate mango hand soap, and I once had a eucalyptus spearmint bubble bath that was amazing. And grapefruit! I LOVE grapefruit scented things.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Turtle sundaes. Every time.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
I love to read novels (and FINALLY have the time, thank you leave of absence from graduate school). And I like going for walks with John, and watching movies and TV shows I’ve already seen, and baking, and drinking wine or gin & tonics or homemade margaritas (okay any kind of booze). And writing letters.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
I haaaaate cleaning the bathroom. There is really no reason for this – it doesn’t take that long, and I like having the bathroom clean – but I just hate it. Which is why I very rarely do it.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Unnecessarily cute/colorful office supplies. Pretty stationery. A(nother) pretty pashmina. Colored tights. Scented candles. Fruit snacks. Warm fuzzy socks so my toesies will survive the MN winter (does that count?).

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
My current decorating theme for our new house is: we should put this stuff up on the walls. My current decorating theme for my office is: I really, really need to get some stuff to put on the walls. I love religious art and photographs of nature

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?
Mugs. I love pretty mugs. And pretty much anything for my kitchen.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
For our first Christmas together, John gave me a BEAUTIFUL blue rosary that I had been coveting for months but would never have bought for myself (it was crazy expensive for a rosary – handmade and with gorgeous stone beads) and I had mentioned it to him one time and he remembered it. Basically: pretty blue things.

What are you passionate about?
My Catholic faith. Grapefruit. Language. Coffee. Pie.

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Great idea!

What is your favorite color?
Pink! And I love black & white patterned things, except zebra print. Is that weird? Oh well! I also like teal quite a bit. And red.

What is your favorite season?
Love summer for drinking outside, sun, gardening, the beach, relaxing, but I just as much love fall for the smells of fall, pumpkins, cute Halloween decorations, scarves and cool weather!

What is your favorite treat?
For food? Dark chocolate. Yum. And cheese. Always cheese. For things I buy at the store? Nail polish or scarves! And I love office supplies.

What is your favorite scent?
Nothing sweet like "sugar cookies" or pumpkin pie or anything flowery. I do love fall scents like spiced things and apple pie. I love cotton/clean scents.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Mint Meltaway is heaven on earth. But other than that I love cookies and cream or vanilla. Mmmm...oreo blizzard!

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Reading (love YA lately, but also love every other genre too!), crafting (I am always trying a new pinterest project, love cute fabrics and threads, and ribbons!), internet-ing (the internet is a great place to be!), gardening.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Cleaning. I hate to clean. I LOVE it to be clean. But I hate cleaning.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Clothes, more craft stuff, more books!

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Black/white/red in my dining room, neutral colors in living room, red and neutrals in my kitchen. I like red apparently. B&white in our guest bathroom. Our bedroom and bathroom aren't completed yet. We have a wine theme in the room off our kitchen! Love wine!

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Not ONE thing. Well I guess my one thing would be that I love Harry Potter!

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
Oh! That's hard! Probably my Silhouette cutter or sewing machine because I can do so many projects with them! I also got a Harry Potter basket from friends this year and everything was so thoughtful and awesome!

What are you passionate about?
Teaching, using technology, my Catholic faith

kristin said...

So! I'm finally doing this!

Um, things about me....

Fave colors: Yellows, blues, teals

Fave season: Fall! No, summer. No, fall!

Fave treat: This is tough, because I'm gluten intolerant and the baby I am breastfeeding is dairy intolerant. I do like pastries and candies, but probably given my dietary constraints salty snacks are easier (potato chips are ALWAYS welcome). Herbal teas are good, wine is great, and I'm crazy about jams & marmalades.

Fave scent: My husband is SCENT INTOLERANT. Yes. So depressing. I use Aveda products which don't seem to bug him AS much, but mostly go unscented. Sadly.

Free time: Knitting, reading (love YA, sci-fi, thriller) trying to walk & yoga more, internetting.

I hate cooking. (Well, I like cooking grown-up interesting things when I don't have kids whining and stressing me out.) I hate dishes, and stripping/making beds.

If I had to frivolously spend money on myself it might be a cute scarf or bag, or eye makeup, or books. Oh! Or cute stationery. Or table linens. Or little candle votives.

Decorating thing is modernism - clean lines, uncluttered, minimalist.

My ONE THING I really really like is probably books.

Very best present? Probably gift certificates for a massage. Or my kindle, that's been pretty awesome.

I'm passionate about language, living a life I'll be proud of at the end of it, raising my kids to be smart and kind.

LE Bean said...

What is your favorite color? Purple, though I'm partial to most cool tones, peacocky colors, cool greys, and bold pink

What is your favorite season? Fall, though I don't much care for the smell of pumpkin/cinnamon

What is your favorite treat? Chocolate. Always chocolate. Acceptable things to put in chocolate are: mint, caramel, nuts, salt, rice crispies, chili powder/pepper. Unacceptable things are: fruit & anything else not listed above. I'm... picky

What is your favorite scent? Vanilla or fresh, clean, watery scents. Like the "clean linen" Yankee candle or cut grass

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Honestly, food, but I'm trying to be better about turning to music & books. iTunes & Amazon make this much easier

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, SLEEP, snuggle my cats & watch silly movies

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Dishes, laundry, grocery shopping.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? probably makeup. or socks

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? We have black scroll-work style stuff in the kitchen, but mostly things are hodge-podgy. The living room is robin's egg blue & sage with brown accents. The bedroom is grey. The kitchen is lavender.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? I'm sort of stupid about giraffes. I have mugs, bowls, dish towels, hair towels, an ice cream scoop, a shower poof, pillow, hat, headbands... all giraffe print and I LOVE THEM ALL. I also love hippos. And Burt's Bees. And all things from Sephora/Ulta. Doctor Who. The Wheel of Time books.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Recently, I got an apron with my grandmother's cookie recipe printed on it, along with ingredients to make those cookies. It was sentimental & thoughtful & wonderful because cooking is a tangible way for me to keep her memory alive by sharing things that she shared with me.

What are you passionate about? My family, music, going the dorky distance (being unapologetically excited about the things I like/unafraid of embarrassment in the pursuit of happiness/cheering up a friend)

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Lois Chamberlain said...

What is your favorite color? turquoiuse/teal
What is your favorite season? fall
What is your favorite treat? Sweet frogs (frozen yogurt)
What is your favorite scent?no florals. fruit scents, vanilla
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? vanilla, mint chocolate chip, Sweet Frogs (anything!)
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, play on the ipad, play with my kid and our dog, exercise
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Exercising, getting up early
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? pedicure, manicure
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? beach in bathroom, bedroom. fall colors elsewhere.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? chocolate, smutty books, vanilla tootsie rolls, comfy clothes
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? a vacation I did plan or pay for
What are you passionate about? my kids, my mom, my students, my friends, my school, my work, MYSELF. (Taking time for myself has been a hard learned lesson.)

Sarah Anne said...

What is your favorite color? I LOVE bright colors. Orange, aqua, pink and green especially!
What is your favorite season? Spring and Fall. Others are too hot/too cold.
What is your favorite treat? Chocolate. Marshmallow.
What is your favorite scent? I love sandalwood, lilac, lily of the valley, grapefruit, satsuma/orange and rose.
What is your favorite coping mechanism? Sleep. Reading. Ice cream.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? I like to walk, putter in shops, read (cookbooks and fiction!), run and bake.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I strongly dislike doing dishes and taking out the trash.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? A vitamix.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Kitchen is Orange/Green. Livingroom is browns/orange/tan. Bedroom is gray/aqua and Bathroom is Gray/White/Yellow
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)I love owls, gemstones, aromatherapy, Pacifica lotions/products, Goddesses
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) My dad sent me a cast iron frying pan from his own kitchen for my 30th birthday. It was such a sentimental gift from him, and smelled like him when I first heated it up. I value that sort of thing so much and I cried.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about natural health, animal rights, vegetarianism, health/fitness, Kindness and books.

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Becca Sanborn said...

What is your favorite color? blue-green
What is your favorite season? fall
What is your favorite treat? kit-kats
What is your favorite scent? Peppermint
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? mint chocolate chip
What do you like to do in your free time moments? read (I'm a bibliophile), watch television, chat on twitter, play The Sims 3
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? getting up before noon
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Pedicure, a good haircut, high end makeup.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really, although I love to seasonally decorate.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? chocolate, Owls (I am obsessed!), coffee mugs (I love unqiue ones), birds, my kindle.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? My kindle. I love to read and my kindle makes it so much easier!
What are you passionate about? Women's health/nursing (I just graduated from nursing school).

Shelby said...

What is your favorite color? Greens and teals
What is your favorite season? Fall. I love pumpkins, fall leaves, sweaters, mittens, all of it! Unfortunately I don't get really get to experience it much now that I live in Southern California.
What is your favorite treat? Cookies.
What is your favorite scent? Hmmm. It's sounds really weird, but when I worked at Burger King in high school, I loved the smell of the fresh bins of iceberg lettuce. But every day, I like the smell of fall leaves, fruity smells, nothing too heavy.
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Favorite ice cream is chocolate with stuff mixed in. Or vanilla with stuff mixed in. But it needs to have chocolate in it.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? I love to knit!
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I have always hated washing the dishes because it makes my back hurt.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? How much money? :) I'd get a pedicure, a coffee drink, and go shopping for makeup. If there was any left over, I'd buy kitchen gadgets. Or most anything from Paper Source.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Does kid smudge count? No, we have no themes. I like bold colors...?
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) I like chocolate (not Hershey's) (bonus points for Canandian KitKats); owls/squirrels/hedgehogs, that whole look; scarves; knitting;
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) Two occasions come to mind. I turned 21 my junior year of college, during the semester when ALL of my friends were studying abroad and I was stuck on campus alone. The following semester, I woke up one morning to find my dorm-room door decorated as though it was my birthday. My friends had chosen a random day to celebrate my 21st birthday once they were all back on campus. It was amazing! The second occasion was the December that my husband and I got engaged. I was leaving for Christmas with my family back in Michigan. Darren took me to the airport for my red-eye flight home and surprised me during check-in that he was flying home with me. Again, amazing!
What are you passionate about? My family (I'm married with two kids, ages three and one); being Catholic; knitting.

momof3 said...

I am currently a stay at home mom (working a very pt job) of 3 girls aged 5, 15, 17. I have a husband and dog and am also raising a guide dog (my 4th). My favorite colors are pink and red, I have a gluten sensitivity, Love chocolate and coffee (the more the better), my home is decorated in traditional/comfortable with a formal dining/living area, very laid back kitchen/family room. I love blues, browns, burgundy, grey, yellow themes. My biggest surprise was when my husband proposed to me at an awards dinner in front of 100 people. Another big surprise was my 40th birthday party and my pregnancy and birth of my third daughter. In my "down time" I volunteer at the schools and advocate for brain injury. Both my 15 year old and I had brain injuries in 2001 due to a car accident. Hers was much more severe and continues to provide its challenges. I have a very small circle of friends that I would trust implicitly. I enjoy yoga, exercise, reading, writing and defiintely need my "chill" time.

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Austin said...

What is your favorite color? green or dark/plum purple

What is your favorite season? Spring, when everything is green after a long grey/brown season and it's warm enough to turn off the heat and open all the windows. It's, um, a specific window of time I suppose!

What is your favorite treat? Soy chai tea lattes from Starbucks, any type of sugary baked good, chocolate

What is your favorite scent? Fresh scents - nothing flowery or too rich (like baked goods candles are a bit much for me)

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Baths, mostly. They are an excellent way for me to relax and be by myself for a bit. Baked goods are never long for this house. A nice red wine or cold beer.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Take a bath, meet a friend for coffee or an adult beverage, read

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Dishes, folding laundry, exercise (still working on doing that last one)

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? A pedicure, a massage, treat my sister to hibachi & sushi, clothes

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Loooots of family photos, heirlooms, and travel souvenirs and photos. Our house looks like a log cabin, if that helps. We are in a constant state of repair/updating.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Elephants! They are my favorite animal. (Did you know that if you blow in an elephant's trunk he or she will recognize you for the rest of his or her life?) I also very much enjoy coffee, red wine, baths and books. I'm a product junkie and love trying new hair and body products. Not much into makeup though!

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Oooh, tough! My husband surprised me with a trip to see my sister, to whom I'm very close, for my birthday a few years ago when she lived in San Diego and we lived in Chicago. He also adopted an elephant in Africa for me, meaning he donated money to that specific elephant's care at a rescue habitat and I got updates on her for an entire year. So cool!

What are you passionate about? My daughter, my family and friends, animal rescue

MomQueenBee said...

Favorite color? Probably red. No, I mean green. Or earth tones. (This quiz is too hard.)

Favorite season? Fall. And my absolute favorite month is November because how could it not be?

Favorite treat? Anything I don't cook myself, but especially chocolate.Or coffee. Or a downloaded e-book.Or a real book.

Favorite scent? Citrus-y for the body, cinnamon-y for the house.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Solitude with a book and a good TV series to binge-watch. Coffee. Hot bath and two ibuprofen.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Knit. Read and knit. Watch television and knit. Nap. If I have to be upright, junk/antique stores. Play the piano. Bake bread.I am an enthusiastic but terrible gardener.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Clean the house. Work out every day.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Probably a kitchen gadget, preferably one that plugs in. I am a total sucker for choppers, graters, whisks, garlic presses, etc. Also vacuum cleaners and coffeemakers are my catnip.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really. I love junk store finds and antiques, but I'm appalled by the current trend of shabby-ing up old wooden furniture. I collect old and/or odd cream pitchers.

Is there something that you REALLY REALLY like? Uh, my husband, my four grown sons and my BRAND-NEW daughter-in-law?

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received, and why was it the best? My husband gave me a necklace to wear to our son's wedding in November, and I tear up thinking about it. It is so lovely, and so out of character for both of us. Sentiment plus beauty. I'm at the age where I'm trying to get rid of stuff rather than accumulate, though.

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Kate W. (ravelingout) said...

I answered this before, but under my old name & old blog address, so I'm reposting with the updated info for whoever gets my name this time around :)

(Note to DMB - the old comment was posted as "Kate O." on March 14, 2013 -- you can feel free to delete it!)

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What is your favorite color?

I love all types of blue and green, especially the aqua and teal family. Also navy, and pear green, and grass green. I wear a lot of grey, too. Blue with orange accents is also really nice, as my school colors (where I teach) are orange and blue.

What is your favorite season?

I love something about every season, but I think my favorites are winter (snow!) and fall.

What is your favorite treat?

I have … a lot. I love bourbon and french fries and cupcakes and champagne probably the most. Also candy: those Lindt dark chocolate/sea salt/caramel bars, the Lindor balls (any variety), Girardhelli squares, anything Reese's, caramel, Swedish Fish, Skittles.

What is your favorite scent?

I love anything vanilla, citrus, or ginger. In terms of, like, lotions and candles and stuff, anything that smells like baked goods is a safe bet. I also really like fresh/green scents -- remember Gap Grass? -- anything herbal. I'm not too into florals, except lavender.

What is your favorite coping mechanism?

Running and biking (alone time + endorphins!), reading, blogging, snacking, drinking, cooking.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?

Reading (fiction), working on photography, learning the ukulele (new hobby!), hanging out with my dachshund Egon.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?

I'm a college English lecturer, so I have come to dread grading papers. It's the most tedious and often frustrating part of my job, but it's also completely necessary.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?

A new dress, earrings, bag, scarf, or shoes. Or nail polish. I never spend money on these things without feeling guilty! Or possibly a membership to my local, pricey-but-wonderful yoga studio.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?

No real themes, but I try to keep things pretty clean and modern. I like simple designs and nothing too fussy. My "design aesthetic" is mostly…Ikea. I'm not fancy.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)

Bicycles, dachshunds, coffee, scarves, anything Oregon-related (I lived there while in school and miss it terribly)

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)

This is a hard one -- Maybe my DSLR, which I picked out myself and my family gave me money toward buying it. This was a great one because I'd been wanting a nice camera forever, and it's something I use all the time, it feeds my creativity, and it's just plain fun. Maybe the fancy perfume my husband gave me for Christmas (Arquiste L'Etrog), because it's sort of indulgent and romantic and I'd never spend that much money on something for myself. Both of these are way out of CDP range, of course, but hopefully this gives some impression of what I'm into?

What are you passionate about?

Reading and writing, photography, running.

Erin G said...

I am the last person on the internet to join this registry, I think! Okay, some answers:
1- What is your favorite color? I love all jewel tones but especially teal/purple, and I adore yellow. Also, neon is still having a moment!

2- What is your favorite season? summer or fall, maybe summer?

3- What is your favorite treat? fancy coffee or anything chocolate

4- What is your favorite scent? ummm? more fruity than floral, more spicy than sweet (read: I have no idea)

5- What is your favorite ice cream? chocolate, cookies & cream, strawberry or blackberry sometimes. Nothing with marshmallows

6- coping mechanism? well, hiding in my shower and crying. :) okay but really - reading, hot showers with fancy face masks, sitting outside in the sun, jumping in the pool, dinners out with my best friend, glass of wine with my husband, trashy tv

7- What do you like to do in your free time moments? pedicures, fun baking projects, shopping, lying by the pool, reading by myself at starbucks

8- What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? getting up early, stuffing diapers, CLEANING, figuring out a dinner plan every. single. night.

9- If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? a massage gift card, a day of professional housecleaning, a cute new jacket, fun shoes, and lots of starbucks treats.

10- Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? besides just... a mess? no. :)

11- Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? well I DO like diet coke. I also love Harry Potter, english/language stuff, wine, diet coke, coffee, nerdy classical music stuff.

12- What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) right now I would have to say... the fireplace my husband got up and working for me for christmas! it makes our living room warm and cozy and he pulled it off as a christmas morning surprise which was ADORABLE and so fun. Thoughtful and very me.

13- What are you passionate about? being a good friend/listener, being generous, my children, good music, good writing.

Becky said...

Erin G, nuh uh! ;) haha

•What is your favorite color?
All of them! But especially partial to green and purple.

•What is your favorite season?
Fall

•What is your favorite treat?
All of them! Just kidding. Chocolate/caramel, salted carmel, that kind of stuff.

•What is your favorite scent?
Not a huge fan of overly floral things, but I love stuff that is vanilla-y.

•What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Eat it? With caramel sauce?

•What do you like to do in your free time moments?
I'm kind of addicted to ipad games like Words With Friends, Fruit Ninja, Stampede Run. But I'm TRYING to get more into reading, because, you know. I'm a grown up. I also enjoy scrapbooking and watching crappy TV.

•What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Laundry. Actually, that's not true. It's more like putting AWAY the laundry that steals my soul one t-shirt at a time.

•If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Probably something at Sephora or Ulta! I may have a slight problem.

•Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Not really. I'm trying to bring a more modern flavor into our old-fashioned house.

•Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Starbucks, Twitter (haha), chocolate, lipgloss, scarves. I don't know? Is that what you're looking for? :)

•What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
I feel super lame because I don't really have an answer to this. I think the best ones are usually surprises.

•What are you passionate about?
I'm a pretty laid-back person. I'm passionate about not being a jerk! But I'm also pretty passionate about family, relaxation, preserving memories and family history, good music, and my dog. I like him an awful lot.

Jenna said...

What is your favorite color? Purple or red
What is your favorite season? Fall, although it basically doesn't exist in AZ.
What is your favorite treat? Sugar cookies
What is your favorite scent? Probably vanilla or coconut, though I don't like things with super strong scents.
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Chocolate chip
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, nap, hang out with husband/kids, watch movies (especially if I get to go to the theater)
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning bathrooms, because boys are so gross. Exercising, because I'm kinda lazy and would rather nap. :)
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? A spa day or a weekend getaway to the ocean
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really...I like pretty simple things, nothing too ornate, and I like color.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Hmmm...diet coke, Paradise Bakery sugar cookies
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? My husband gave me a day at a spa for my birthday and it was just lovely--so relaxing and luxurious, made me feel pampered.
What are you passionate about? Putting my family first, taking care of animals, reading, trying to maintain an organized/peaceful home

Kimberly said...

What is your favorite color?
Purple

What is your favorite season?
Autumn

What is your favorite treat?
Brownies

What is your favorite scent?
Newborns' heads

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
It must include chocolate, but NO NUTS! Nuts do not belong in baked goods. They belong in a bowl.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Read, binge watch TV on Netflix, puzzles, spend time with my husband and kiddos.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Waking up early. I'm a night owl with children and an 8-5 job. I can't remember the last time I slept past 8am!

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Shoes. Clothes. Books. A massage. Beach vacation.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
No, though I "rescued" a really cool historic map from the junk room at my office. I'm not much of an accesorizer/decorator.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Starbucks. Lip balm. Chocolate. My husband. My children. A comfy bra. Sweatpants. Proper grammar.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
A massage that my mom scheduled for me the day after I completed my law school final exams. I was exhausted.

What are you passionate about?
My family. Education. Pregnancy and childbirth.

idena said...

What is your favorite color? gray or blue ... grayish-blue?

What is your favorite season? fall!

What is your favorite treat? chocolate and coffee, or just chocolate

What is your favorite scent? cinnamon

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Hmmmm.... a cup of orange tea and a few graham crackers. Or a nap.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Put on my most comfy sweatpants and old t-shirt and watch House Hunters.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? cleaning

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? a new purse

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I don't like knick knacks, but am a fan of framed photos and maps and art my children have made over the years

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? I have a thing for office supplies (pens, notebooks, etc.). My kids. Kitchen goodies (gadgets, bowls, etc.).

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Surprises. Because in my house I'm the one who buys all the presents -- even the ones for me at Christmas and my birthday (husband agrees it's easier if I just get something I'll like rather than anything he'd pick out). So a surprise -- big or small -- is very special.

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Mel said...


What is your favorite color?
Teal/Turquoise

What is your favorite season?
Spring and summer are neck and neck

What is your favorite treat?
Peanut M&Ms, popcorn, salt n vinegar chips! :)

What is your favorite scent?
Coffee and vanilla, nothing super fruity or floral

What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Mexican Coca Cola :) And yoga

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Knit, yoga, do my nails/toenails, Project Life scrapbooking, photography

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Doing the dishes. I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous, because everyone hates cleaning....But dishes are the one thing I dread. Er....and laundry. Heh.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Makeup. Without question. I'd head to Sephora and buy everything up.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
My office is in shades of greens, my living room is in whites, blues, greens.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Dachshunds, Mexican Coca Cola,

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
A Pandora bracelet from my husband. I used to think the idea was stupid. But he created the idea of making the bracelet full of charms that represented our story. :) And I fell for it.

What are you passionate about?
Kids. I'm a pediatric OT and I love my work. And I LOVE MY BABY. I am also passionate about cooking, photography (mostly just of personal stuff), knitting, and yoga.

Amelia Sprout said...

What is your favorite color? Purple, pink or green. Or rainbows.
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? Chocolate. Mostly dark, never white. For a non sweet, sushi.
What is your favorite scent? Ginger or spicy things, like all of the Aveda stuff
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Sleep. Though that isn't a good one. Making stuff is my other way to deal. I sew, knit, crochet, embroider...
What do you like to do in your free time moments? What is free time? I tend to watch funny things, or sew/knit.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Dishes, cleaning. Folding laundry.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? A custom Timbuk2 bag and camera bag insert. And a treadmill. And maybe a really fancy sewing machine, like a coverstitch machine.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Pretty simple. I work in a metal cube, so I decorate with fun magnets. I like bright colors, this winter has been HARD so I have been gravitating to bright fun colors. My tablecloth is bright orange and floral.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Not exactly, other than sleep. (there is a theme here thanks to a toddler that doesn't sleep well) I really like earrings, fun dangly ones, since I have short hair I get to show them off. My favorite ones are the ones someone else picked out, interestingly enough.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? My DSLR camera. I wasn't expecting it, and it was exactly what I wanted. I use it a lot (more when its warm) and it makes me happy. I want to do more nature photos this summer. I also use my iPhone (5c) for photography a lot.
What are you passionate about? My kids, women/diversity in technology (I work in IT for a larger international company) , and taking better care of myself. I am not good at that last one, but I know it needs to happen and I am trying.

Blair Petrillo said...

Hi I'm @39Candles on twitter/instagram and Blair Petrillo in real life.

My favorite color is green. Like kelly green. I'm a preppy girl at heart.

My favorite season is Fall, but let's face it: at this point, anything that's not winter would be bliss.

My favorite treat? Cookies. Of any variety.

Favorite scent. Lavender. Or coconut.

Coping mechanism: Besides wine? Social media, reading and fashion magazines/websites.

In my free time I watch hockey (Washington Capitals), read, cook and listen to music.

Thing I have to do but don't enjoy. Hmmm. Emptying the dishwasher? Fighting traffic? I don't know. There's not much I dread about my life. Talking on the phone to strangers maybe.

A frivolous thing just for me: earrings or make-up for sure.

No themes in my house or life. Unless hodge-podge counts as a theme. My personal style is classic and preppy. Lots of pearls and monograms.

Things I REALLY REALLY like: Diet Coke, music, anything with a monogram.

Best present ever: A Kate Spade bracelet that has "London Calling" on it. Combines my love of all things preppy with my love of music.

Passions: my kids (obviously), husband (one would hope), the needs of working families.

Gaby @gabzoots said...


What is your favorite color? Blues and greens, usually darker rather than pastels
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? Cookies, Brownies, Cakes…just about any baked good! Chocolate-covered pretzels.
What is your favorite scent? A lot of scents give me a headache, but I like peppermint for house stuff like candles or diffusers and beachy-scented stuff for myself (I guess beachy-scented = anything that combines the smell of sunscreen, water, tanning oil, etc).
What is your favorite coping mechanism? Eating? Ha. Write in notebooks or journals, veg out online, binge watch tv shows like Downton Abbey, Revenge, Lost.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? I like to read (YA lit/dystopian lit have been favorites of mine for a long time), nap, drink coffee
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning my house?!
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? I’m the worst at this. Probably a comfy shirt or lounge-y pants, because I like to be comfortable. A massage, possibly, or pedicure.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really, but I’m always drawn to pretty typography or letter press designs, fun frames for pictures of my family, quotes (literary or funny or poignant), art work, pictures of unique perspectives, city skylines, trees—I’m a fan of the visual, I guess, for someone who doesn’t have much hanging on her walls!
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? I like bird designs, letter press/typography stuff, nice pillows, kitchen towels ,and dish towels (I never seem to buy these, but I like them), music of virtually all kinds (with the exception of thrash metal or anything that screams at me).
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? Hmm. Split answer: my college boyfriend drove to a town 30 minutes away to get me a cherry pie for my birthday because he knew I used to have one every year when I was younger. Other best: my husband bought me a necklace with our son’s birth stone on it for my first Mother’s Day. I keep meaning to get one of those necklaces with my boys’ names on it to represent both kids, but I haven’t done that yet.
What are you passionate about? People. My family. Fairness and kindness

Salome Ellen said...

My favorite color is blue; anything from turquoise to navy. I am also partial to pink, leaning more toward candy pink than coral.
My favorite season is spring, when the new leaves are just out.
My favorite treat is a sausage McMuffin. I even buy precooked sausage patties so that I can make them at home.
I love light floral scants (lilac, rose, lily-of-the-valley) but I have a very sensitive nose and rarely do artificial ones.
Ice cream coping mechanism: a Dairy Queen twist cone dipped in chocolate, eaten in the car in the little parking area in the woods behind our Dairy Queen.
What do I like to do in my free time moments? Read, read, read!
I'm not a fan of any sort of cleaning -- you would know this if you could see the dust in my house -- but I make an effort at intervals. I DO tend to keep things relatively tidy.
If I had frivolous money to spend it would be either at the fabric/craft store or a bookstore. Small amounts would probably be fast food ;-/
It's fairly safe to say that the closest I come to a decorating scheme is "book cases." There's one in every room except the bathrooms.
I REALLY, REALLY like my family!
The best present I've ever gotten was my floating (real) pearl necklace. I saw it in a jeweler's window when Roger and I were out walking, and he saved up and got it for me that Christmas. I've worn it to all my children's weddings, and lots of other special occasions.
I'm passionate about my faith, my family, and (to a lesser extent) reading, food, and knitting.

Audrey said...

Favorite color: Purple
Favorite season: Summer -- I would live in flip flops all summer long if I didn't have to look somewhat professional at work.
Favorite treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Favorite scent: Anything citrus-y
Favorite coping mechanism: A good cardio workout, preferably tap dancing or jogging. A glass or two of wine also has great healing powers.
Free moments: Reading novels, tap dancing, enjoying a glass of chardonnay, spending time outside in the sun
Don't enjoy, but have to do: Folding and putting away laundry, deciding what to eat for breakfast every day
Frivolous spending money would go toward: A pedicure, lattes, a spa day, new shoes, jewelry
Decorating themes: Not really. We have lots of family photos everywhere; I don't like trinkets whose sole purpose is to collect dust (I hate dusting)
Something I REALLY REALLY like: Wine. And pedicures. And fancy coffee. And cooking.
Very! Best! Present: All of my best presents are things my husband has built for me. The best examples that come to mind are my tap floor and my ping pong table. The tap floor is a wood section of floor he built so I could tap dance at home without ruining our nice hardwood floors or ruining my nice tap shoes on our concrete basement floor. He built the ping pong table because he knew I grew up playing ping pong with my dad and would love to be able to play more often at home, both with him and with my dad when my parents come to visit (and with my kids when they're old enough). What I love about these gifts is that my husband took things he knew I loved doing and created ways for me to do them as often as I wanted now that I could do them at home. With a full time job and two kids, it's tough to get out of the house; it's nice that I can bring the hobbies I love home without having to sacrifice time with my family.
I am passionate about: Spending time with my husband and two adorable kids (I have a 2.5-year-old son and a 7-week old daughter). Tap dancing (though I have very little time for it anymore, sadly).

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Anonymous said...

What is your favorite color? Blues of all shades.
What is your favorite season? It used to be summer, and then I moved to Phoenix, so now it's whatever's between Halloween & Christmas. I guess that's probably fall but it feels like summer in North Dakota, so...
What is your favorite treat? I love milk chocolate with stuff in it (but not fruit, ugh), coconutty things, and fancy coffee.
What is your favorite scent? I get migraines from a lot of scents (boo) but for some reason, clean citrus scents have are ok with the tyrant that lives in my head. I hate the taste of grapefruit but I love the scent of it.
What is your favorite coping mechanism? It might actually be ice cream. Or cheesecake. Or Chinese food. Whatever it is, it isn't healthy for me.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? I love to nap, watch Doctor Who, read books on my nook, and play with my little dog. My husband and I are adopting (hopefully soon!) so I imagine that soon I won't have time to do any of that!
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning the floors. Worst.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Maybe Starbucks? pedicure? nook books? I'm not very good at spending money on myself most of the time.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I share a desk with my husband so not too much room to decorate, but I like pretty pushpins & post-its.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Chocolate. Work is stressful, liberal application of chocolate is what gets me through the day.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) My husband had a painting made for me this Christmas of our dogs (one alive, one not), dressed in royal garb and holding paws on their thrones. It was so funny and sweet and thoughtful (and BRAVE) that my heart just melted.

Ashley said...

What is your favorite color? Purple. And yellow. And pink.
What is your favorite season?
I live in Florida. We don't have seasons. I guess fall?
What is your favorite treat?
Anything involving dark chocolate.
What is your favorite scent?
Tea olive tree.
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Cold Stone banana caramel crunch.
What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Read or Twitter.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
I'd probably just go to Target and throw things in the cart indiscriminately. The time spent wandering around Target (by myself!) would be the best part.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Haaaa, no. But I have red accents in the kitchen.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?
Yankee Candle Company scented candles, fun socks, Christmas music, Starbucks, musicals/show tunes.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
Tickets to a Broadway show. Best experience ever.
What are you passionate about?
I...I wish I knew.


zuva24 said...

What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? chocolate (white, dark, milk, mint, caramel - no nuts though)
What is your favorite scent? vanilla
What is your favorite coping mechanism? reading, drinking wine, eating chocolate, crafting
What do you like to do in your free time moments? What free time?! I love to read, scrapbook, paint my nails and do art projects with my daughter.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Dishes!!!
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Books, scrapbooking/craft supplies, shoes or nail polish
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? My craft room is light gray and decorated with turquoise and lime green frames/accents, etc.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) I love office supplies or things to help me get organized. I especially love fine point pens in colorful colors. I also love owls, coffee and fun paper/stationary.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) Best gift ever - a box of crayons & coloring books when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe. It just flat out made me happy. Who doesn't love to color?
What are you passionate about? Reading, baseball (love the Cubs!), taking pictures and crafting

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Curly Girl said...

What is your favorite color?
Blues and greens and deep plum purple. I like more muted earth tone colors. The only colors I DON’T like are neons and pastels.

What is your favorite season?
Fall (see longer answer below) and a hypothetically perfect winter-snow, cold but not frigid temps, no ice, roaring fireplaces.

What is your favorite treat?
Oh man. I drink an INSANE amount of coffee, I enjoy many adult beverages (BEER!!! GIN!! WINE!!), chocolate, cookie butter, chips…I’m also a carb addict. I’ve been trying to make healthier food and portion choices, so not too many delectable treats.

What is your favorite scent?
I like fresh, clean scents: Lemon verbena is a good one. I also enjoy some flowery scents as long as they aren’t too heavy. There’s this scent I think is to die for, Pink-Pepperpod by Moulton Brown.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Anything chocolate. Brownie based, caramel swirls, PB pieces or swirls…all GOOD. I still need to check out some of the Ben & Jerry’s Core flavors.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Read, nap, organize things (please note this is different than cleaning for me) running, cooking (which again is different than the food prep slog I do all.damn.day. with the children in the house). I got a sewing machine for Christmas and I’d like to find some fun projects to work on, and I’d love to start knitting again and learning more than just the knit and purl stitches. I like chatting with my friends, drinking coffee, admiring others’ crafty ventures.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Unloading the dishwasher, especially the silverware drawer. Getting up in the morning, as I’m not a morning person.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Makeup? Jewelry? Shoes? It depends on how much the amount was. I hit 30 and it’s like my body decided to start the aging process in full force, so I’m suddenly taking an interest in things like anti-aging creams and makeup so I don’t look so haggard. I’d say books, but I have a pile of over 100 to work through, so I’m trying to be on a book-buying hiatus. Pens! I love pens! Home decor stuff, craft supplies, clothes. I’ve bought one of those Fab Fit Fun boxes recently (similar idea as the CDP, really) and was super pleased with the items. I’m thinking next time I have extra money I might do the PopSugar Must Have box.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Not really. I’m actually making an effort this year to work on some decor. Our office has sort of a nature theme. I’m partial to MCM design styles. I love clean lines and the uncluttered look.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt’s Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc….)
Beer and gin and wine. Penguins. Books. Spill-proof coffee mugs. My close friends. Tote bags and pouches and notebooks and washi tape and organizing things (really. Can I organize your closets?).

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
A book light. I love to read late into the night, but the light bothers my husband. I’d sometimes get up to go read elsewhere, so the light wouldn’t bother him. He randomly got a book light for me one time so I could read amid the comfort of my bed (one of my favorite places).

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Sarah (@wellthenagain) said...

What is your favorite color? Purple, red, jewel tones.

What is your favorite season? Fall

What is your favorite treat? Dark chocolate, peanut butter, ice cream, cereal, popcorn, KIND bars, Kettle brand chips, Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Milk Duds, cake, cheese, LaCroix water

What is your favorite scent? Cinnamon, citrus, fall, newborns

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Listening to music.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Watch TV, read, go for a walk.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Laundry. There's so much of it!

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Makeup, jewelry, massage, mani/pedi.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really. We're pretty minimal in regards to "stuff" and don't like knickknacks.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Ice cream, makeup, music, a quiet moment to myself.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? 1) My MIL found a note my husband had written me in first grade (homework assignment). She framed it and gave it to me as a gift. 2) My husband recorded himself saying "I love you" and 3D printed the audio into earrings.

What are you passionate about? My family, philanthropy, music.

Sarah Anne said...


What is your favorite color? I love bright colors. Aqua, orange, green (and leopard!) especially!

What is your favorite season? I love Fall & Spring. The others are too extreme!

What is your favorite treat? Chocolate. Marshmallow. PEANUT BUTTER. Fancy tea/drinks.

What is your favorite scent? I love sandalwood, Patchouli, lilac, lily of the valley, grapefruit, satsuma/orange and rose. I love spicy/earthy stuff. Nothing really fruity except citrus.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Sleep. Reading. Netflix. Painting my nails. Exercise. Walking in nature. Talking with friends.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? I love disappearing into really good fictional worlds in books (Mostly kindle!) I like walking, puttering in shops, exercising. I tend to watch lots of TV/Netflix and wandering the city. I like treating myself to small things - fancy drinks, new foods, tea, etc.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I STRONGLY dislike dishes and taking the trash out. I also dislike dealing with cockroaches. :( Worst enemy.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? I'd buy a vitamix! (Or lots of fancy makeup, tea and audiobooks (memoirs/bios)) Or some fun expensive cheese!

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? My Kitchen is bright orange/green. My Livingroom is currently Orange/brown/tan. Bedroom is shades of gray/aqua and white. Bathroom is yellow/white/gray.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) I love Owls, Gemstones, aromatherapy, goddesses. Anything having to do with birth!

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) My dad sent me a cast iron frying pan from his own kitchen for my 30th birthday. It was such a sentimental gift from him, and smelled like him when I first heated it up. I value that sort of thing so much and I cried.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about natural health, health/fitness, kindness & compassion, Chiropractic, books, food and BIRTH!

Sarah PSMomReviews said...

What is your favorite color? Green (I also like blue & pink)
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? Chocolate (I like all sweets)
What is your favorite scent? Lilac or vanilla (I don't care for strong scented things, though)
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? I like ice cream once in a while. Not a huge ice cream eater.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Craft! I crochet, knit & sew. And adult coloring books are great!
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Dishes, laundry, dusting. Chores, ugh.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Craft supplies. Dreaming big I'm saving for a serger & always a new baby carrier.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Mt. Dew, whales (for my youngest son- Jonah), chocolate, pens, craft supplies
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) I'm not sure I can pinpoint a favorite, but I adore practical things that I can use every day. Craft things are always great too! Fabric, yarn, thread, etc.
What are you passionate about? Family, friends, religion, crafting, babywearing, cloth diapering

Manda said...

What is your favorite color? Green, but my favorite color to wear is red.

What is your favorite season? Fall. But I live in Southern California! So? Not-summer.

What is your favorite treat? Starbucks.

What is your favorite scent? Anything clean, like dryer sheets.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Talent milk chocolate gelato.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, watch HGTV, zone out on the elliptical at the YMCA.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? OMG the dishes. Cleaning my house. That kind of noise.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? (More) Frye boots or a really cool leather tote bag.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? No. We have a color pallet of greys and whites and browns going on right now that I love.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Coffee, bacon, chocolate, black nail polish (I also like odd colors like white, grey, different shades of pastel blue and purple, classic red, fun colors!), wildly patterned running tights, lip balm, pajamas, bacon hot sauce, tacos ... food is my love language. I love cooking for people and gathering people in my home.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) Gosh man, it's hard to top my parents giving me a car for my college graduation, or my husband giving me a diamond eternity band for my golden birthday.

What are you passionate about? Understanding Jesus, addressing poverty at home and abroad, social justice, marathon running, raising kids who feel confident and loved and can also be considered "good citizens" ha ha, making people laugh, staying married, writing.

Bethany said...

What is your favorite color?
Blue, all shades but light. Secondary favorites are what I call "muted primaries" - green (like a grass green), purple (not as dark as eggplant, but close), deep red (but not burgundy)...

What is your favorite season?
My favorite season is whatever is cool in Houston! So mid-fall through until March/April. (My husband and I honeymooned in Iceland, if that tells you anything.)

What is your favorite treat?
Ice cream! And sweets with these combinations - chocolate/peanut butter, chocolate/caramel, chocolate/raspberry (or other tart fruit) ... ooh and add something salty to those combos!

What is your favorite scent?
CLEAN! And fall smells (though not pumpkin spice!). I don't care for food or fruit smells, but flowers are decent (and I do like citrus). For example, my manicurist used to use chocolate lotion that everyone else raved about, and I couldn't STAND it - if that gives you any clue! Vanilla is OUT!

What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Eating what I crave instead of what I *should* eat. This usually involves carbs. Also, making my husband lay in bed with me while I pout and snuggle.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
I confess that I enter sweepstakes in my free time! I'm a little lucky! :-) I spend my time watching Hulu and Netflix while I surf the internet, or reading. Both books and way too many websites. (I need new hobbies.)

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Cleaning the bathroom! I think I hate it because there's always hair, even right after you clean. Like it's NEVER good enough.
Also, cleaning the cat litter, because it's gross.
And I gave my husband the duty of trash because I *could* get rid of that one.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
$$ for iTunes so I can buy books, music or apps whenever I want. Starbucks! Some cosmetic or grooming thing I've been trying to talk myself out of wanting! Some special ingredient for that recipe I never make because of said ingredient.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
We stick with very modern - black with my muted primaries. I prefer to think of our style as minimalist, but really, we haven't decorated. Currently in search for the statement pieces (like a crazy chair) to match all the pieces that we bought to match *with* something.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?
Pepsi (though Coke is also very very good), animals, baby animals, babies under 1 (no, don't have any of my own yet!), celebrities (only ones who are talented - no reality stars/Kardashians)...

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best?
This one is difficult! I can't think of THE gift, but the ones I treasure are the sentimental ones, something that highlights a private joke, a shared memory. Gifts that I can't tell you I want/need because I didn't know until I got it!

What are you passionate about?
My husband (sorry, we're newlyweds - I have to), friends, strong bonds with family, spreading the idea that saving money can bring happiness (says the post-debt woman)...

edbteach said...

What is your favorite color? Blue/teal/turquoise
What is your favorite season? Winter
What is your favorite treat? I lost 30 pounds last year but did some damage over Christmas break so while I love all kinds of candy, I'm really trying to keep it healthy now. I love most fruits and veggies.
What is your favorite scent? Cinnamon, citrus
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Playing Bubble Shooter/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram on my phone however, I've "coped" so much lately my hands hurt!!
What do you like to do in your free time moments? I like to read, do crafts, play games with family/friends, watch TV and just hang out on my couch.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Laundry! It never ends!
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Fancy make-up at Ulta or Sephora, books/music on iTunes, James Avery jewelry, scrapbook/paper crafts
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? I have the fat chefs in my kitchen but I'm trying to change that over to red, teal, orange, yellow etc. and phase out the chefs. My master bathroom is blues and grays but I don't have anything on the walls yet.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Regular cokes, playing on my phone, WASHI tape-it's my new obsession!!
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) Anything with thought in it-it's truly the thought that counts.
What are you passionate about? I don't know. Feeling very blah lately. I'm trying to work on this.
What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors? I like to read fluffy romance books and chick lit - Jennifer Weiner, etc.

Bethany West said...

What is your favorite color? Dark pink
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? Anything chocolate. Or freshly baked.
What is your favorite scent? Lemon. Mmm. Anything citrus really
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Chocolate: drinking, chewing, melting in mouth
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Crochet, color, read, cook, bake
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Putting away laundry. I can fold or sort anything. Just don't make me carry it down the hall and open a thousand drawers!
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Hot/cold bidet, temp setting electric kettle, biweekly flower delivery, chocolates, a pretty dress
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Gray and green or blue with white trim
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Drinking chocolate, lemon anything
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? My favorite silicone scraper, my spring loaded tongs, my fiestaware, my mixer... Are you sending a theme?
What are you passionate about? Justice, depression awareness, the 10th Doctor
What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors? Tamora Pierce, David Eddings, Harry Potter, KJ Watters (she's only written one book), CS Lewis, Dahl

I don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol and most body products make me itch, especially scented products.

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Ellen said...

What is your favorite color?
All shades of blue and turquoise, and pale pink

What is your favorite season?
I can never decide between spring and fall.

What is your favorite treat?
Pretty much any kind of baked good, especially if there is chocolate involved.

What is your favorite scent?
Almond, coconut, citrus, bergamot.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Vanilla with chocolate, caramel, or butterscotch sauce.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
These days, SLEEP. But when I'm a little less sleep deprived, I love to read, write, have one-on-one conversations with close friends, or go for walks.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Cleaning/tidying, because it's just endless. And exercise, because even though I don't enjoy it I've found it's really helpful for my mental health.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
I'd probably go out to eat, or get a fun drink at a coffee shop (I don't like coffee, but I love tea and hot chocolate), or buy a new book, or maybe get a Lush bath bomb (love them, but think they're overpriced)

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Right now it's pretty much dominated by my almost 5 year old's artwork. :)

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
Earl Grey tea, chocolate, candles, newborns

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
Oh, hard to pick just one! I think anything that shows someone was really paying attention to what I might like. My most recent favorite gifts are an "L" charm from my husband for a necklace I have with my other kids' initials and a "coupon" from my parents for them to take my kids for a weekend so that my husband and I can have some time together.

What are you passionate about?
Writing, reading, inclusion of those with special needs (my son has Down syndrome), and keeping babies healthy and loved (I'm a NICU nurse)

What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors?
Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, Charlotte Bronte, Dorothy Sayers

Jenny Grace said...


What is your favorite color? Greens (various). I like jewel tones.
What is your favorite season? I like autumn and spring (pretty equally)
What is your favorite treat? Any peanut butter based candy.
What is your favorite scent? Natural/flower scents (gardenia, rose, etc)
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? haagen dazs.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? I play a lot of candy crush. I walk a lot. I enjoy online shopping for other people. I enjoy cocktails. Outdoors things. Activities that involve zero people talking to me. Reading.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I do not enjoy working out, but I persevere. I hate meetings. I hate talking on the phone.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Clothes, shoes, tiny things that look nice on a windowsill, makeup/beauty stuff. Oh maybe I'd go out to eat! Or treat myself to a fancy coffee.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really. My china pattern is blue willow (as purchased at various thrift stores)
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) I have been loving foxes and woodland creatures lately.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) I don't knoooooow this is so hard to answer. My sister always gets me great books. My favorite books are YA (but like, GOOD YA, y'know?). My mom once bought me a super overpriced fancy hairbrush (Mason Pearson) and it's amazing. And a great present because I would never buy it for myself.
What are you passionate about? I honestly don't know if I'm passionate about anything at all. I really like my kids/family. I love browsing (thrift stores, libraries, etc). I really like to eat?
What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors? I love YA books. Is this book actually geared towards a 16yo girl? Yes? I probably love it. I LOVE the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books. Hmm.

emiliy said...

What is your favorite color?
Purple! Like a deep eggplant purple.

What is your favorite season?
Summer for sure, but I do love fall too

What is your favorite treat?
I'm not a huge chocolate fan (I KNOW) but I am a HUGE fan of black licorice. I also love salt water taffy, fruity candies (starburst, laffy taffy, sour cherry balls), and snickerdoodle or peanut butter cookies.

What is your favorite scent?
Lavender

What is your favorite ice cream?
My favorite ice cream is pecan praline or anything fruity.

Coping Mechanism?
Getting outside, going to the beach or doing something active

What do you like to do in your free moments?
Going to the beach (I live across the street from one), reading, playing video games, going for a walk, going to Disneyland

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Laundry

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Usually a fun dress or a fun hat, or I'd take myself out on a nice date to dinner and a show

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?


Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like?
Harry Potter, Penguins, Turtles/Tortoises, Disneyland, Star Wars. Not necessarily in that order.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? The very best present I received was handmade penguin made from wood he found on the beach. I love handmade things because people put their heart in it.

What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors?
I am interested in Sci-Fi/Fantasy books.

Diane Stenglein said...

At some point, I'm sure I did this - but I've not done the CDP in a while...so here it is again <3 Diane (aka PainlessMama)

What is your favorite color? purple, fuschia and navy
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite treat? Brownies
What is your favorite scent? The beach
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? So Delicious Almond Crunch bars, popcicles
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Knitting, watching old movies
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Clean the bathroom. (???) Exercise
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Craft supplies.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Red/neutral
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) I collect Nativity Scenes.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) The last two birthdays my husband has given me art supplies. From an art store, and told me to try something that I've been talking about for a long time.
What are you passionate about? Books, knitting, crafting
What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors? Diana Gabaldon, Margaret Atwood, Robin Hobb

Anna said...

It was fun (and a little overwhelming) to read through so many of these! Such great stuff.

What is your favorite color? Yellow

What is your favorite season? Spring

What is your favorite treat? French fries or potato chips (I like savory over sweet.)

What is your favorite scent? Citrus

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? Mint Chocolate Chip or anything vanilla with stuff mixed in.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? Stare off into space? :) Social media, play Cookie Jam, read/listen to audiobooks, embroidery

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Clean. It just feels like a never ending cycle and I'm picky and slow when I do it.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Craft supplies. Makeup. Books. Manicure or Pedicure. Kitchen towels. Fancy cleaning supplies (they help with the above).

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? We're still wrapping up a big remodel/addition project so most of our rooms are a blank slate. Walls are all shades of grey/blue grey/navy. I like bright colors in small doses (we have the famous multi-color Twitter rug so maybe not such small doses). A friend described our style as "modern farmhouse" and I think that's fairly accurate.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Regular Coke, pretty stationery, stud earrings, fonts/colors (I love flipping through Pantone decks), my home state of Minnesota

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) When we were first married an American Girl Doll catalog landed in our mailbox. Before I recycled it I offhandedly mentioned to my husband that I'd always wanted one of the dolls when I was young but I knew they were expensive so I never asked for one. That Christmas, months after the conversation, he gave me Kit. When I asked him why he chose her he said he went with the one that looked the most like me. It was the best because it was an incredibly thoughtful surprise.

What are you passionate about? Outside of my family I'm still trying to figure this one out.

What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors? It's hard to narrow it down, but I love biographies. I'm really interested in people (i.e., nosy).

Anne - AnnabelleSpeaks said...

What is your favorite color? - Purple. Also blue and green.

What is your favorite season? - Fall or spring. Fall has my birthday and the return of baked goods, but after a long winter I am REALLY excited for spring.

What is your favorite treat? - Buttered popcorn, molassas cookies, those Brookside things that are basically chocolate covered fruit snacks, junior mints, milk duds.

What is your favorite scent? - Vanilla or lilac.

What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? - Ben and Jerry's Triple Caramel Chunk.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? - Read on my Kindle, bake or cook, nap, watch mindless TV, logic puzzles, or jigsaw puzzles, work on cross-stitch, and I'm learning to crochet.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? - Exercising. I am never going to be one of those people who feels energized and better after exercising, but I would also like to be one of those people who doesn't die at the age of 45, so I make myself exercise as much as I can. Currently I run at the gym while listening to podcasts a few mornings per week.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? - Kindle books where the wait list from the library is eons long. Silver colored pretty earrings or necklaces. Lunch out somewhere (even fast food) so I don't have to pack a lunch one day.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? No, I'm pretty much a disaster at decorating.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) - I have a lot of frog things. I like small fidgety crafts, like those random craft kits you might give to a ten year old, Barnes and Noble used to carry a lot of those. Time management iPhone games. In the winter I really enjoy candles.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) - A poster of my favorite obscure movie (Cinema Paradiso), a custom Green Bay Packers jersey with my name and my lucky number on it.

What are you passionate about? - My son. I don't know if anything else I love or do rises at all to the level of passion.

What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors? I had to look at my Goodreads account to figure this out, because I have the memory of a gnat sometimes. I read a lot of crime fiction or mystery series books, like Louise Penny or Kathy Reichs or Dorothy Sayers and such. I also read a fair amount of vampire series books, but generally ones with a fair amount of ass-kicking and not just schmoopy romance (Vampire Academy, Dead Witch Walking, Halfway to the Grave, etc.) The books I've rated the highest of all time look to be The Glass Castle, Bee Season, Devil in the White City, Time Traveler's Wife, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I like a lot of the general fiction stories that the Ladies Internet recommends: Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, Woman in Cabin 10, The Lake House, etc.

Faith said...

What is your favorite color? - Anything bright. Lately I tend towards teals and cooler colours, but really anything bright.

What is your favorite season? - Summer for sure.

What is your favorite treat? - chocolate chip cookies or brownies or frozen yogurt with popping boba and chocolate crackle.

What is your favorite scent? - Anything light and fresh and citrusy. I don't love warm, earthy, or strong floral stuff like vanilla or lavender.

What is your favorite coping mechanism? - Crocheting and cross-stitching, or driving with loud music.

What do you like to do in your free time moments? - See above.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? - Exercising and cleaning bathrooms.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? - Probably makeup.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Not really a theme, but I gravitate toward simple, basic decorating. The colours in my house run from neutral grey to blues and teals.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? Fun socks, crocheting, music.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? A huge family picture my husband had blown up and printed on a canvas in secret.

What are you passionate about? - Netflix. I mean, I kid a little, but lately it's hard to have the energy to be passionate about anything except sleep or TV. Or crocheting.

What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors? I like Margaret Atwood, John Irving, Ann Patchett, Barbara Kingsolver, CS Lewis... But I don't do as much reading as I wish I did.

Carmen said...

Favourite colour? Red or orange, for household things. I have a fair amount of blue & green in my closet though, and a bit of purple. Almost all my scarves are green, strangely. I need to branch out in the closet dept, I think. I prefer bright colours over pastels.

Favourite season? Autumn, hands down. It has Halloween, which I LOVE. But winter is great too - all the twinkly holiday lights, glittery decorations, and the sparkly snow, ahhhh. So pretty.

Favourite treat? Peanut M&Ms or ice cream. Or ice cream on apple crisp. Or anything caramel, toffee, or coconut flavoured. I like milk chocolate but not dark chocolate (I’m a super-taster, so anything that other perceive as slightly bitter registers as DEFCON LEVEL bitter to me and I want to spit it out. This includes brussels sprouts, coffee, gin, tonic, dark chocolate, hoppy beer, etc.)

Favourite scent? Anything citrusy or vanilla-based. Nothing floral - I often like men’s cologne more than women’s perfume because of that.

Favourite coping mechanism? Brownies. Ice cream. Books or crafts. Michaels is my downfall. I have recently acquired many nice pens/markers and several adult colouring books and that is a nice way to de-stress.

In my free time, I make greeting cards so card stock & pretty papers and such things are fun to play with (see Michaels comment above). I read blogs/Twitter - though not as much as I used to, now that my kids are older. I like books, cute kitchen trinkets, holiday decor for any/all holidays, cute stuff for my kids (girl born in 2008, boy born in 2006); baking - I looove baking. In the summer, we go camping/hiking a lot.

I do NOT enjoy cleaning, but have to do it anyway. I especially don't like cleaning up after my husband who is old enough to freaking do it himself!

If I had to spend money on some frivolous things for me, I'd likely spend it on makeup or scarves, stationery/pens, random stuff at Michael’s. I like things that help to organize other things - containers, tins, etc. If it were lots of money, I'd buy jewelry. Costume jewelry, real jewelry, doesn't matter. I love it all!

Decorating themes? Nope, I have none. Eclectic, I guess you could say? It’s funny, because in individual things, I am drawn to modern/sleek, but when I see a room decorated like that, it always seems sterile and uninviting, and that’s not what I want! But what I DO love is decorating for holidays: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, etc. LOVE IT.

Something that I really really like - other than Diet Coke and Earl Grey tea? I am a giant Harry Potter fan, a big Disney fan, Star Trek > Star Wars, Dr. Who. I’m basically a big giant nerd.

Favourite TV shows these days: Grey’s Anatomy, Bull, Pure Genius (cancelled - waaaah), Big Bang Theory. Favourite older shows: Friends, Buffy, Angel, We don’t get cable channels so no Showcase/HBO for me.

The VERY BEST present ever? Books about Richard Feynman & Albert Einstein, from my husband, just as we started dating. (Yes, I'm a science geek. I have a Ph.D. in molecular genetics & do cancer research at work.) It was the best present ever because Leo had obviously paid attention to what I like and was interested in. Presents now, after 17 years of marriage, are almost always practical things off a wish list. So good presents are surprise presents…much like a CDP!

What am I passionate about? Education (especially for girls), health care (especially women’s health issues), my kids

Favourite books/authors: That is a hard question because I read so much. Harry Potter, hands down. David Eddings. Sci-fi/fantasy are my usual favourites. Susan Mallery, for fluffy romances. :) I do like to read fun, chick-lit sorts of books. I just want something not too depressing or real - I read to escape my drudgery-filled life, so I am not interested in reading about a world/life that is WORSE than mine! I'm not a fan of family saga types of books, although I do LOVE Maeve Binchy which is odd as that's not my usual type of book.

Wendy said...

What is your favorite color?
Orange and pink. I love sunset colors.

What is your favorite season?
Fall, but I don't love pumpkin spice flavored things.

What is your favorite treat?
Candy is my weakness. Chocolate and mint or chocolate and caramel. Or sea salt caramels...yum!

What is your favorite scent?
I love clean or citrus scents. I don't like floral scents.

What is your favorite coping mechanism?
Reading a magazine at a coffee shop, going for a walk, or reading in my hammock.

What do you like to do in your free time moments?
I love to write, write, paint, and color. I also like to do Legos.

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
I don't love doing yard work.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Probably books, paper products, shoes, or comfy pants. If it was A LOT of money, it would be travel to go see Hamilton.

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
I love things related to water, swimming, and Harry Potter.

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....)
I love Harry Potter, I am addicted to Diet Coke, I love paper and good pens. I hoard art supplies.

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
Hmm, my friends gave me a piece of art that I love. I also loved getting a big discontinued Harry Potter Lego set.

What are you passionate about?
Reading, writing, my kids, living in Minnesota, higher education, and hating Donald Trump.

What are (some or all) of your favorite books and/or authors?
I read a lot. I love Bill Bryson, Barbara Kingsolver, JK Rowling (though I've only read the first book she wrote as Robert Galbraith and would still like to read the others), and really enjoyed recently reading Rainbow Rowell's stuff.

Beth said...

What is your favorite color? pink, purple, teal for personal stuff, red/white/blue for school stuff
What is your favorite season? I like them all but as a teacher, I adore my summers. (even if they are hot and humid in North Carolina.)
What is your favorite treat? chocolate, except for dark (ick) (Can't eat peanuts or tree nuts, please read labels.) Junior mints, York patties, Kit Kats, and original Twix are in a near constant rotation around here. ;)
What is your favorite scent? vanilla, baked goods. no florals.
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism? See chocolate preferences above. Also enjoy Chips Ahoy and Double Stuff Oreos frequently. Skittles and Starburst are great too.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read, play on the ipad, go to marching band stuff with my high school kids, play with or snuggle our guinea pigs, Crochet, Sew, Color
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Exercising. And getting up early. I hate getting changed and leaving a comfy spot to do *things* that are usually not enjoyable.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Maybe new pillows :) Or, as a teacher, fun sticky notes, clipboards, and folders. Organizational tools are fun! Maybe, YARN & gadgets for it. I've recently started using a paper planner and ohhhhh my. That's a Pandora's box for me.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Sadly, when we downsized in January 2017 I lost my office. I have a semi-theme going in our bedroom that involves butterflies though. At school I have a patriotic theme in my classroom. I love finding things that are red/white/blue or with stars, stripes, etc.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? chocolate, books, candy that isn't chocolate, Twitter, finding fun new ipad games, comfy clothes, crocheting, coloring, listening to podcasts.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? The "Desk Apprentice" from Staples many years ago. As a teacher, I am always desperate to stay organized. I use it daily and love it dearly. It never fails to make me smile.
What are you passionate about? my kids & husband, my parents, my students, my friends, my school, my work, MYSELF. (Taking time for myself has been a hard learned lesson.)

I am now the primary caretaker and chauffeur for both my parents and don't have the free time I once did. I am learning to appreciate audiobooks and podcasts on my drives. My newest hobby is calling doctor's offices and sitting in waiting/exam rooms. So portable and inexpensive have become new favorite words.

Erin said...

What is your favorite color? blue

What is your favorite season? Spring & Fall (and CHRISTMAS!)

What is your favorite treat? chocolate and ice cream

What is your favorite scent? The less scented the better

What is your favorite coping mechanism? Umpqua Vanilla, but I also like yoga/running and zoning out on the internet.
What do you like to do in your free time moments? Read (books & blogs), bake, hike, sit very still with no one touching me

What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? I resent emptying the coffee grounds out of the coffee maker and laundry is not my favorite either because it never ends.

If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Depending on the amount, a massage or coffee or pedicure

Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Nope, but we tend towards an Ikea look :-)

Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt's Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc....) Burt's Bees lip shimmer, wine, chocolate, books, public radio

What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) KitchenAid Mixer was so fun to get and so fun to use! My parents gave it to us as an engagement gift and we both really wanted one.

What are you passionate about? My family, especially my kids (ages 7 & almost 4), education, gun control, reading, cooking & eating, politics/social justice issues.

What are your favorite books/authors?: Bill Bryson, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Armistead Maupin & Anne Lamott are favorite authors. I loved Cutting for Stone, the Tales of the City series, Jane Austen- especially Pride & Prejudice and Harry Potter.