Friday Things

Einstein in the new house

1. Einstein is slowly getting acclimated to the new house and finding lots of new sun spots. He’s also loved running around after tennis balls in his new fenced-in yard. Now we just need to get him to sleep in a little bit!

2. Now that most of the boxes have been unpacked, I’ve moved into organization mode. One of my favorite things that I’ve got so far is this Large Acrylic Makeup Organizer from The Container Store. Having all of my makeup organized and not having to dig through a bag has been awesome. I love it!

3. We have been knee-deep in flooring samples this week. House fun! We’re planning to pull up the carpet in our family room, dining room and den, and replace it with hardwood floors. The entryway, kitchen and breakfast nook have ceramic tile, which we’re keeping. Who knew there were so many different shades of the same type of wood?!

Hardwood floor samples

4. If you use Google Reader to keep up with your favorite blogs, you may have heard that Google is discontinuing it, effective July 1st. If you’ve been searching for an alternative, there is a great comparison of Bloglovin’ vs Feedly on Nosh On It. Based on your personal preferences, you might be able to figure out which will work best for you. I have jumped on over to Feedly; I like the customization of the interface, as well as the iPhone and iPad apps. Have you found an option you like?

5. If you watch Game of Thrones, how insane was that last episode?! Not only was I totally shocked by what happened, but wow was it graphic!

6. Last Friday afternoon, the UPS man dropped off the best Friday afternoon treat ever – a cooler full of ice cream! Graeter’s, which is out of Cincinnati, OH, just released new flavors to be stocked in Giant Eagle stores in the Pittsburgh area. They sent me some of the samples to try out and I’ve been enjoying the Black Cherry Chocolate Chip, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and Salted Caramel for the last week. If they’re sold near you, definitely pick some up (and if it’s not sold near you, you can order online) – some of the best ice cream I’ve had in a long time!

Graeters Ice Cream

7. Speaking of ice cream, don’t forget to enter the Ice Cream Extravaganza Giveaway – I’m giving away an ice cream maker, my favorite ice cream cookbooks and a fabulous ice cream scoop. You have until midnight tonight to enter… Good Luck!

8. On Tuesday, my best friend and I are going to “The Package Tour” – New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees all in one show! Our pre-teen selves are insanely excited! (Well, 98 Degrees got popular when we were in college, but the other two really take me back!)

9. We were originally worried that the concert would conflict with a potential Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, which we would both not want to miss. However, it looks as though the Penguins are going to make it a conflict-free night for us… such a bummer!

10. TGIF! Enjoy the ride!

Einstein in the car


43 Responses to “Friday Things”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on June 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

    People rave about Grater’s and I’ve never even had it. Have to try it someday.
    The makeup organizer is like a dept store counter. Nice! I could use that!
    And I llooooveeee Mac’s Reeder as a replacement. It used to be a 4.99 app on itunes but I believe it’s now free. It’s the best RSS feed organizer I’ve ever used. I have tried the biggest 10 or so and it’s by far and away, my fave. Love it. Been using it for about 4 mos now and wish I would have switched ages ago!


  2. Holiday Baker Man on June 7, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Looks like one happy puppy!


  3. Rachel on June 7, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Graeter’s is awesome, especially their Buckeye ice cream. Yum! You can order it, but it will cost you an arm and a leg. I have looked into it a few times and I just can’t bring myself to pay for the shipping, it’s insane. I wish they sold all over the US!


  4. Jamie @lifelovelemons on June 7, 2013 at 7:14 am

    LOVE that organizer! The container store is addictive… beware ;)!


  5. Anita at Hungry Couple on June 7, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Yesterday, when I was walking my dog, we passed a baby Golden that was just 8 weeks old. I couldn’t resist and scooped him right up in my arms. Such a friendly, happy little fur ball. I wouldn’t trade my King Charles Spaniel for anything but I can see how I’d have trouble resisting this little guy if we were dog shopping and how easily I’d overlook the fact that he’d grow to be too large for apartment living. 🙂


  6. Danielle on June 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Oh, Graeter’s! We literally lived next door to a Graeter’s when we lived in Cincinnati. Whenever we’re back in Ohio we make sure to get our fix. I do wish they’d bring back Amaretto Chip…that was always my flavor!


  7. Kristina on June 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Game of Thrones! I’ve read the books so I knew what was coming but it was still hard to watch. So sad the season is almost over already!


  8. Christine on June 7, 2013 at 8:21 am

    So nice seeing the shout out for Graeter’s, a Cincinnati based company. Living in Cincinnati I pretty much have access to this ice cream All. The. Time. I try to limit it to the months of July and August, the only months that they have Peach (my absolute favorite), but with one of the actual ice cream parlors being only a block from my office it is quite the year round temptation.


  9. Kim in RI on June 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Enjoy the concert! I went last week when they were in CT and they were awesome! A little too much boy band for the hubs, but still lots of fun! (and ahem, I am a Boston fan and my son is a Pens fan – has made for some interesting evenings in my house!)


  10. Barbara H on June 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I’ve been using Feedly ever since they announced the discontinuation. I did a lot of research and I’ve been very pleased. I like the features and the interface. I use it on my IPad and it’s a breeze.


  11. Tieghan on June 7, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I need to try that ice cream! I have heard so much about it. Wish I was getting it shipped to my dour step!
    Have a great weekend!


  12. Jean S. on June 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I was really bummed about the Google Reader news but I’ve transitioned over to Feedly quite painlessly. Thank goodness! I don’t know what I’d do without my daily blog reading! And, re: the Red Wedding…I was speechless! The icing on the cake was Grey Wind. 🙁


  13. Shundara@SavyNaturalista on June 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I guess I will half to try feedlyI heard it is a pain in the neck. I had Google reader but never really go into… He seems to really be enjoying the new house…


  14. Heather on June 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Glad you got to try Graeter’s! We live in Northern Ky and have been enjoying their ice cream for years!! You must try the Black Raspberry Chip!!!It is wonderful!!


  15. Danielle on June 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for the feedly vs bloglovin comparison. Now that I”m done with school, my mission is to find something to replace google reader. I’m sad it’s going away because it’s worked perfectly for me!


  16. Jodi Pavlik on June 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I think that make-up organizer is the solution to my make-up disaster!
    Feedly – I downloaded it, but I haven’t gotten acclimated to it yet!! I need to get on the ball.


  17. brittany @ brittany cooks on June 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I live about a block away from Graeter’s here in Cinci! I tried the black cherry chip a few weeks ago. I haven’t heard about salted caramel! Their regular caramel ice cream is already a favorite. MUST TRY!


  18. Christy Cummins on June 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

    When I entered your ice cream maker giveaway, I listed Black Raspberry Chip from Graeter’s as my favorite. So glad you got to try it! I love the huge chunks of chocolate that you sometimes get but that aren’t hard like some chocolate chips are in ice cream. I also love the creamy smoothness of the ice cream itself, it’s almost silky. By the way, 3 of 4 of the members of 98 Degrees are from Cincinnati. Nick and Drew Lachey are frequently seen here in Cincinnati.


  19. Maria on June 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I love Graeter’s!!! My boyfriend is from Cincinnati 🙂 He claims he likes UDF better, another Ohio thing, and I would agree to get cheaper ice cream for the normal flavors, but you cannot beat Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. 😀 We just got it out in Maryland, and we are moving back to Indiana where they’ve had it for a while now. Score! (Indiana also has a place called Ritter’s, though, which is what I grew up with and I think it’s THE BEST, so someday you will need to try it too!)


  20. Desi on June 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I live in Cincinnati and lOVE Graeter’s!! It’s some of the best ice cream!! My bf actually helps package those ice cream packages to send out… he just may have packed that one for you 🙂


  21. Steph in Lex on June 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

    It was a sad day in Lexington when they announced that they were closing all of the Graeter’s stores–but then they quietly came back and it was a year before I even realized it! I actually always choose their caramel sundaes–complete with the best kind of caramel topping, where you can feel the sugar granules, and whipped cream that they use an ice cream scoop for. 🙂 My husband was always a fan of their mint chocolate chip. Graeter’s is awesome!!!


  22. Susan LP on June 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

    We ,unfortunately, don’t have a Graeter’s store here, but when we get the urge for ice cream we go to the Soda Shop in Pittsboro. It’s wonderful and because of them my favorite ice cream right now is coconut with hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. So good. I recommend trying that combination.
    Thanks for sharing Einstein’s smiling face. What a love.


  23. Kim on June 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Photos of Einstein always make my Fridays! Hope you are all getting settled well in your new home 🙂


  24. Edie Moore on June 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

    There’s a beautiful golden doodle on So Carolina poodle rescue….would make Einstein a wonderful companion!


  25. Molly @Bakelette on June 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Glad to hear Einstein is adjusting! My dogs would not! That ice cream sounds incredible!
    I have never seen Game of Thrones, but I want to watch it! Just got HBO! Woohoo!


  26. Crystal Barnes on June 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I went to the Package Tour with a friend last week, and I was so amazingly excited. Seriously, it was one of the best shows I’ve been to. Prepare to be delighted beyond your wildest dreams. it’s also a really long concert, so be prepared for that, too.


  27. nessa on June 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Love the pics!


  28. Kathy on June 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Ooh! I am originally from Cincinnati and Graeter’s is my favorite! I was so happy when our local Kroger in Virginia started carrying it a few years ago. Black Raspberry Chip is my favorite!


  29. cde on June 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Have I told you how much I love your Friday things posts and the Weekend Dish!


  30. Pam in Cincinnati on June 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    graeter’s is the yummiest! they’re all over the place here – including right down the hill from my apartment. fortunately i didn’t inherit my dad’s insatiable craving for ice cream. 🙂 for anyone who hasn’t had graeter’s chip flavors – graeter’s ‘chips’ are more like chunks off of a solid chocolate bar. not like the chocolate chunks you buy for cookie making, i’m talking chunks like they took a solid bar of really good quality chocolate and broke it into chunks by hand. their peanut butter chip is my favorite chip flavor, followed by their caramel ice cream. so good.


  31. Valerie S. on June 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    My husband told me about Graeter’s when we got married inthe 80’s. I
    couldn’t imagine an ice cream that is that good…..that is until I had it in RI this year. The chunks of chocolate are like eating candy bars in your ice cream!


  32. basketpam on June 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    It’s a good thing you don’t have my golden retriever Lucy there with you with all those flooring samples over the floor. She would definitely by now have tried to steal most of them. Lucy’s favorite activity in which she does I’m SURE just to tease and irritate me is to go after sticks or any piece of wood and chew or them. The wood chewing danger was the very first thing I was told about when I took Lucy to Puppy Kindergarten when she was about 3 or 4 months old. Just as with chicken bones, one of the worst things you can allow your dog to chew or eat is sticks or pieces of wood. It can splinter and cause punctures or problems in their digestive system. Now Lucy is an extremely intelligent dog and she KNOWS she’s not to be going after sticks. You know this by the sneaky way she grabs the sticks and how she runs and teases me while I’m trying to snatch this forbidden item from her – ALL THE TIME! This is one reason I carry health insurance on her. I wouldn’t know what I would do if something like a digestive crisis would happen and I wouldn’t have the funds to pay for her surgery to correct the problem. I can’t think of much worse in life than having someone like Lucy or an Einstein in your life and having to make the decision to “put them down” because of the cost of the medical treatment. People who don’t have dogs and in particular, don’t have a golden just will NEVER understand how these dogs work their way into your lives and your hearts. Lucy is as dear to me as any child, how could I treat her any other way?


  33. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on June 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Einstein is beautiful, look at that fly fellow!
    The Container Store is a super dangerous place for me!


  34. Laurie on June 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Love the pics of Einstein and the ice cream sounds sooo good!
    You’ll love your new wood floors. While you’re deciding on color and style, do some durability tests too. Some hardwoods are much more durable than others. My dog didn’t leave a mark on my last hard woods, but we moved and the hardwoods are much softer. The samples are great for testing. Try scratching it with your high heels, bang it with a coffee mug, rake it with a a plastic fork or knife, rake it with a coin, and don’t forget the tiny rocks you’ll track in. Of course youcan always have your floors redone, but it’s not something you want to do very often. Good luck with your move!


  35. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on June 8, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Awwww, Einstein is too cute! And ups bringing ice cream – doesn’t get better than that!


  36. Kimberly Jones on June 8, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I live in Dayton, Ohio and we have Graeter’s here. The toffe chip is my favorite sometimes you can get pieces as big as a candy bar!! To die for!!!


  37. Allyson on June 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Never heard of Graeter’s… Wish we had it here in the south!
    Good luck with your floor decision. We are building a house right now, so I know how daunting those decisions can be! Our current house has beautiful dark hardwoods. Everyone comments on how pretty they are, but I will tell you they show everything! Sweeping up pet hair is a daily task


  38. Erin F. on June 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for the info! I honestly didn’t even know that “Google Reader” existed until I started hearing everyone complain about it ending. I just started “Feedly” and I love it, makes my blog surfing so much more time efficient! 🙂


  39. Laura Dembowski on June 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Graeter’s Ice Cream is amazing! My aunt lives in Cincinnati and brings some whenever she visits. It might be my favorite part of her visit 😉 Their sorbet is delicious too.


  40. Kim L on June 10, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been seriously fretting about the demise of my beloved Google Reader. I signed up with Bloglovin as I’m still low tech enough to use internet explorer. Just so happy to have this problem handled!


  41. Elizabeth on June 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip is incredible!


  42. Charlene-O on June 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    When I moved into my new place last year I went through the whole wood floor ordeal. I ended up settling on Teragren Bamboo. It’s stronger than wood and of courses sustainable.

    The one thing you want to do *for sure* when you are looking at samples is press a nickel into them HARD. If it leaves a dent then move on. Many hardwood types these days are pretty thin and can’t stand up to real wear –especially if you have kids or pets.


  43. Kerri on June 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I LOVE dark hardwood floors and chose them for 2 levels of our house. As a fellow golden retriever owner (I have two of the hairy beasts!) my best recommendation to you would be to go with a lighter (read golden retriever coloured) floor. The yellow hair on my dark floors!!!!


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