Archive for April, 2016

Worth Noting

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

worth-notingI’m saying goodbye to an old favorite today–Friday Favorites, in fact.

Let’s face it: I’m not the most regular at blogging. So, posting my favorite things every Friday was a little more than the pea-sized organizational part of my brain could handle.

But, I’m excited about starting a new series called: Worth Noting. (Ahem, notice the title is not Worth NOTHING…that would be a very different series.) Each month, I’ll pass along to you the things that are Worth Noting in my world.








Here’s what’s been Worth Noting lately:

Worth Eating // This Chocolate Nutella Cake. I made it for Abby’s 12th birthday. It’s the best homemade cake I’ve ever made and I’ve been making them for birthday parties for 13 years now. You must try it.

Worth Reading // Lila by Marilynne Robinson. You have to be prepared to do some *pushing through* whenever you read her books (think: Charles Dickens), and Lila is no exception. But it’s worth it. There are gems everywhere, like this one:

“But Lila had seen plenty of times how a bird will hatch or a calf will be born, and pretty soon they know things they couldn’t be taught, they’re up on their legs, all scratching or suckling, and their eyes are all bright with it. The world is so fine. That’s when children can play with them because their eyes are bright, too, and they’re finding out how clever they are. Then pretty soon, the critters are just critters, livestock. And the children are just folks trying to get by.”

Breaks my heart every time.

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Worth Listening // The Oh Hellos. Check them out here on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. You won’t be disappointed.

Worth Quoting //  Accepting Grace in Life’s Worst Moments by Alison Hodgson. The complicated spiritual journey of a family after their house burns down.

 “Time and maturity had taught me the only thing I can do is open my arms to lay down my shame and keep them open to receive forgiveness.”

Worth Playing // Water Wow by Melissa + Doug. Oh my word, these are so fun. Jonathan loves them, and he definitely isn’t into coloring.  They are mess-free and the perfect on-the-go toy for long car rides.




Worth Instagramming // @nothingisordinary_

If you’re on IG, you should follow them (you can follow me, too, @onneutralgrnd).

The moderators curate really great photos for carefully crafted photography grids based on a particular #hashtag for the day.  Last week, they were letting their regular users create their own grids with any photo tagged #nothingisordinary for a chance to be featured as Moderator of the Day. They didn’t pick any of my grids, but I had a blast doing it.





What’s been Worth Noting where you are? I’d love to know about it. Let me know in the comments below.

Have a good week.