Wednesday Weekly Wish List #56

Your weekly dose of new ideas, helpful hints, favorite items, and tidbits of wisdomfrom a trio of lifestyle bloggers who love to share! 

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Yvonne | StoneGable

1. I’ve been busy at home adding and editing some things in our house. I added a faux tree to the living room and replaced the coffee table with a lovely square upholstered one. See How To Style An Artificial Indoor Tree and get lots of sources for faux trees. I think the tree made a huge difference in the living room! And our foyer has gone through lots of adding and editing too! You can see how the foyer changed at The Evolution Of A Foyer!

2. Here are three “why didn’t I think of that” kitchen tips- To keep food from splashing in your microwave by putting a paper coffee filter over your food. No more splashes! Did you know you can cut defrosting time by 30 percent if you defrost food on an aluminum tray? Save your Parmesan Cheese rinds in the freezer and drop them in soups, sauces, and stews for more flavor.

3. I like this YouTube channel for women over 50. This video shows us what clothes are making us look older! Great tips. And I like this video for sage fashion advice.

4. FABULOUS FINDS: It’s Amazon Prime Day and Target Deal Days todayJuly 13th and there are so many great deals. Make sure to check them out. Last day of the sale.

Under $50- Tile Mate Blue Tooth Tracker (Prime Day), Amazon Echo Dot with AlexaImmersion Blender, 6 qt Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Electric Air Fryer, and this beautiful Turkish Bath towel I use as a tablecloth or throw.

Under $100- Shark handheld vacuum (just got this), Kindle Paperwhite, Ring Wireless Doorbell, Rowenta Stainless Steel Steam Iron, and a woven Storage Ottoman.

Under $200- Raised Bed Garden, beautiful outdoor bench, pretty accent chair in dove gray stripe, and this gorgeous Bench (LOVE).

Worth The Splurge- Vitamix 5200 blender (I have this, $170 off), Kitchen Aid 5 qt Professional Mixer, 8×10 Safavieh Sisal Rug, and beautiful glass sliding door Cabinet/TV Stand.

5. I eat a lot of salads, especially in the summer. They have to be interesting and absolutely scrumptious! Here are some of my favorites. My go-to salad is this delicious Arugula Salad. And make sure to see this Asian Ramen Noodle Salad, this company worthy Rolled Zucchini Ribbon Salad, and I made a few Salads In A Jar for an easy grab-and-go lunch.

6. Reader’s Favorites From Last Week: these capsule wardrobe pants, this capsule wardrobe denim jacket, this porcelain vase, this natural wood tray, these stylish mules, and this beautiful coffee table.

7. Here are some wonderful homes: Here’s a fabulous video of the famous Patina Farms, and here is the guest house at Patina Farms.

8. Fun And Interesting Facts: What does the M and M stand for on the candy with the same name? According to one scientific finding, what two scents are women most attracted to?

9. Learning about interior design concepts will make you a better decorator. I have a whole design concept course within StoneGable. Check out these posts: What You Should Know About TextureWhy Rhythm Is So ImportantUsing The Concept Of Balance When You Decorate.

10. I’m part of a book club and LOVE being with my book club friends! And I have read books I would have never picked up! Are you part of a book club? If not, here is a link that will help you if you want to start one. Here are a few books I hope we will read: Sea Of TranquilityThe Red Tent, and A Thousand Pleasant Suns.

Answers to #8- M and M stands for Mars and Murrie, the two businessmen who created the candy. Women are most attracted to the smell of Good and Plenty licorice candy and cucumbers. 

Lory | Designthusiasm

flowers in small pitchers on kitchen counter designthusiasm

1. With our kitchen and master bathroom renovations out of the way over the past few years, and the big entry hall floor project complete, next on my list is a builder-grade guest bathroom upstairs. I shared the plans for the bathroom makeover in this post and I hope to be able to complete the project by the end of the year. It’s a straightforward refacing done on a budget.

2. This is the time of year for amazing sales and deals! There’s Amazon Prime day and there are several other big sales going on at various retailers. Before I get to my Amazon Prime picks, be sure to check out these sales, as well:

TARGET DEAL DAYS: Ending today with featured sales in many categories.

WAYFAIR: Summer sale on furniture and wall decor and patio sets.

WALMART Rollback Savings: Summer savings, back-to-school and so much more.

3. Ok, so, you’re probably hearing about Amazon Prime day everywhere. It’s actually 2 days and today is the final day, so there’s no time to waste (but you do have until 11:59pm Pacific Coast time!) If you’re not already a Prime member, this is a great time to sign up. You can get a free trial HERE and see all the benefits that come along with membership.

4. AMAZON PRIME PICKS: If you’d like some guidance on where to start with the sale, I have 3 places I’m sharing my picks. First there’s my Amazon Shop which includes all my favorites year round, broken down by category. My personal fave is the Rustic Chic Accessories list, but I’ve also added 3 lists for Prime Day: Deals for the Home and Deals for Women’s Fashion and Deals in Tech & Small Appliances. You can also access all of my curated categories in the shop.

5. I’ve also created a page with my PRIME PICKS which you can see in collage form for the the above 3 categories. You can visit that page to see my selections from Prime Day all in one place.

6. And finally, if you prefer to see just a few of my highlights, I’ll link them here. There’s this spindle chair, this hammered drum coffee table, this wonderful Nantucket pantry cabinet, this sweet little rustic stool, this super slim console table, these woven chairs, this lovely neutral area rug, this hand carved wood tray, and this delightful beaded ceiling light.

7. WHAT’S INSPIRING ME: One of my all time favorite homes can be viewed in this exquisite rustic chic house tour.

8. THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG I shared how to use flea market finds to add French style to the home, this pretty kitchen coffee station (and other premium kitchen comforts), and the second part of our kitchen renovation (which was done a few years after the first part).

9. CHEEKY FAVORITE QUOTE (in honor of all the sales this week…;-)): “Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.” – Anonymous

10. UP NEXT: Paint, paint and more paint. A dresser, a cupboard, and anything else that crosses my path while I have the brush in hand!

Ann | On Sutton Place

dough bowl with eucalyptus on coffee table

1.) In celebration of Amazon Prime Day, I’m sharing all of my favorite must-have products, along with some amazing Prime Day deals. Let’s start with the kitchen. This generously sized Tramontina cast iron dutch oven is a delight to cook with, and an amazing price. It comes in six colors. If your Crockpot has seen better days, replace it with this one. We love this colorful set of bowls, and this set of food storage containers will get your kitchen organized in no time!

2.) Moving on to my favorite Amazon decor finds…this set of white trays will make your layering a cinch, this eucalyptus garland (pictured above) is perfect anywhere and any time of year. I have two of these lamps in my entry and I paid twice this price! If you prefer something neutral, check out this beautiful Quatrefoil pierced ginger jar lamp. I also love this rustic round wood tray with the ball trim. It’s in my cart so I need to decide!

3.) To make things as easy as possible, I’ve put together a page with all the information you will need. Click HERE to check it out. I’ve also gathered over 60 products and featured them in a special section of my Amazon storefront. Just click HERE to see everything!

4.) THIS WEEK’S INSPIRATION: this summertime decor from Whitetail Farmhouse is lovely, these DIY marble shelves are stunning, take a tour of this new but old-looking farmhouse in Kansas, and this porch swing from Plank & Pillow is cozy yet so classic.

5.) The Home Edit has added some new items to their collection at Walmart. I just ordered these large clear drawers and I can’t wait to get them. They also have this hair tool bin which looks like the perfect size, and I ordered a couple of these narrow bins with slider trays. Their products are so functional and well-made. I have quite a few pieces and love them all.

6.) FAVORITE QUOTE: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~Dolly Parton

7.) If you missed it, I shared the reveal of our foyer renovation. We installed board and batten, and it truly transformed the room. I also showed you how to make a chocolate zucchini cake that is super easy and uses basic pantry ingredients. Here’s what one of my readers said: “This cake is delicious. Very easy to make. I’m taking this cake to a meeting today, but of course I had to sample it. It has a deep chocolate flavor and a nice texture. This recipe is a keeper.

8.) DON’T FORGET TO ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY! We are each giving away a $75 gift card every week. Click HERE for all the details.

9.) These recent summer days have been enjoyable…and I confess that I’ve slowed down a bit. I’ve been eating salads for lunch, and tons of watermelon! I love hanging out in our little backyard with Millie, and soon my family will be here. I hope you slow down a little too, and savor these special summer days. Have a good week!

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83 Comments

  1. Pamela J. Brittain says:

    i love all the tips and tricks for dressing over 50!

  2. Your recommendations are always so lovely to look at.

  3. Nancy Johnson says:

    I so enjoy the wish list

  4. I look forward to Wednesday posts. Thank you so much!

  5. Micaela Brundage says:

    Such a joy to read this! I laughed and laughed over the Cinderella quote!

  6. Kinda wondering why we are supposed to leave comments on the WWW of the week BEFORE or actually any of the older posts because I enjoy the new ones so much it seems more in step to comment on your NEW WWW post! However, I am happy to comment on your foyer reno. It is amazing. You were very smart to add height to the doors etc. Being a blue/white freako I absolutely LOVED your decor choices. But mostly, for myself, THANKS SO MUCH for the info on the rechargeable light bulbs! This is a game changer for so many of us who need lighting where there is no outlet,

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I’m so sorry…I forgot to change the dates! I will make sure to update that page every week from now on. Thank you!

  7. I can’t wait to try the chocolate zucchini cake. It sounds like the perfect cake to use up all the extra zucchini we get from our garden. Thank you for that recipe.

  8. Maxine Thomas says:

    I find your blog always full of inspiring ideas.

  9. Look forward to Wednesdays and all the great info from you gals !!

  10. I always love your Wednesday weekly ideas.

  11. Beverly S says:

    Wow!!! Sooo much inspiration! Salad ideas, Chocolate Zucchini Cake… Kitchen coffee station… Over-50 YouTubers… Turkish towels and eucalyptus garland in my Amazon cart… Whew! Thank you so much, ladies, for putting all of this together!

  12. The quotes are great…Loved the one where I can’t fix everyone so stop trying…so true! Nope also can’t stop the rain. just wait for that rainbow….Lol!! Sangria recipe had a great tip..make the ice cubes from the juice, that’s a light bulb moment for me..thank you!! Eucalyptus garland is a favorite. Thanks Ann!

  13. Love all the ideas – the highlight of the week!

  14. Summer ideas…so fresh and exciting!

  15. I enjoy your Wednesday posts. Thank you for sharing so many great ideas each week.

  16. Eileen Sumner says:

    Such great ideas! Love Wednesdays!

  17. Another Wednesday filled with great ideas! Thanks for taking the time to put this post together……and a weekly giveaway is such a nice perk!

  18. Addie Ferguson says:

    I look forward to your Wednesday post, each and every week!

    Thank You!
    Addie Ferguson

  19. So many ideas and thoughts, always an inspiration…

  20. So many great ideas and finds! Keep ‘em comin’!

  21. Looking forward to OSP’s 2023 monthly calendar! The floral designs are exquisite and the daily calendar blocks provide space to write my “to do” list. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Every day I gaze upon your talents!!

  22. I am so enthusiastically looking at your ideas to inspire my own home. Thank you,

  23. Cheryl Mikesell says:

    Such great ideas on everything. Thanks for sharing.

  24. GingerLimbocker says:

    I love how you use so much white in all the decorations.

  25. Debbie Smith says:

    I look forward to the links you post each week
    Fir great deals or favorite things

  26. I was looking for something to fill a really long basket and that garland is a perfect choice.

  27. Debbie Sanders says:

    Always enjoy reading your post and so helpful to learn little ideas that make life easier. Who knew? Coffee filter another good example to cover in microwave. Always have a good supply stacked & ready to go. Similar to cup cake liners to hold nuts & small candies if having a few gals over for coffee.
    Thank you ~

  28. Love the coffee filter over food in the microwave, Yvonne. I have lots left from an old style pot so this is a great way to use them. Thanks!

  29. Ann, I love the mix of home decor and organizational tips you share each Wednesday. Thanks for doing the scouting for us.

  30. Susie kolle says:

    Lovely items and ideas.
    I LOVE the ramen salad.

  31. You always have such inspiring, fun items listed in this weekly post! Love them all!!

  32. Another good day of “reading with my cup of coffee!” Thanks!!

  33. SANDRA Richmond says:

    You are fabulous

  34. Janice Poole says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. I never knew that thawing out meat would be quicker on an aluminum tray! I am going to do that next time. I love your stuff!

  35. Thanks for all the help. Your ideas elevate my shopping!

  36. Love the milk vases! So pretty.

  37. So many great ideas. Keep them coming!

  38. Wednesdays are my virtual shopping days thanks to you clever gals. Thank you for the wonderful ideas and tips.

  39. Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. So many great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration 🙌🏼

  41. Always look forward to Wednesday’s to see all the interesting suggestions!!

  42. Thanks for all the great tips..

  43. This is my favorite newsletter of the week!

  44. Cheryl D Foley says:

    This is the best thinģ about Wednesdays.

  45. I enjoyed the tips from the over 50 YouTube video.

  46. Regina Simpson says:

    Ann,
    As usual your post was great especially liked Dolly’s quote plan to make the chocolate zucchini cake today. Thanks Ann

  47. Kathryn Anthony says:

    So many great ideas and fun items to enhance my new home. We are definitely on the same wavelength when it comes to casual yet refined design.

  48. The plastic bins are so attractive, and I am sure great for dust control! Although the cost adds up, they will save time in the long run.

  49. gail w turner says:

    Look forward to Wednesdays. Love WWW. Thank you!!

  50. I just had to add the lamps as I noticed the Alexa capability! Thanks.

  51. So many great tips, love your home!

  52. Always look forward to reading your blog and seeing what you have been up to. Thanks for sharing!!

  53. I do love Wednesdays! You ladies are so talented and give such great decorating ideas. I enjoy clicking on all your wonderful finds! Thanks!

  54. Thanks for the inspiration.

  55. Anne Marie says:

    You are such an inspiration to me – love your ideas.

  56. Lots of good ideas and info–especially for Amazon Prime Days. I enjoy seeing your lists.

  57. Your post makes “hump day” much more bearable!! Thanks to you all.

  58. I have a big empty space in my living room and I wasn’t sure how to fill decorate it. I really love the idea of incorporating a faux tree.

  59. Thank you for your inspiring newsletter.

  60. Your advice about slowing down is so important. Even though we seem to have passed the peak of the pandemic we have all been affected by it and need to pamper,ourselves and our loved ones. This is a very stressful time in our country. I like to sit and rock on our front porch with a cold drink and just watch the hummingbirds and butterflies in our garden. Later in the heat of the day a nice nap then a easy to prepare supper. Blessings to you and your family.

    1. Chris Jackson says:

      Found a milk vase at the thrift store today! Can’t wait to use your inspiration!

  61. The coffee filter tip for the microwave is a good one. Thinking about the Ficus tree Yvonne…I have a fiddle leaf fig that is real I bought from Amazon 4 years ago and it’s doing well but a faux tree would be easier for sure.
    Lory thanks for reminding me of the Target deals. Hope I have time with family here to search for some things I need.
    Ann…I’m going back to look at the farmhouse…love:0)

  62. Another Wednesday Wish List packed with wonderful ideas! Thank you for taking the time to put this all together.

  63. I loved visiting Whitetail Farmhouse. I too am eating a lot of salads.

  64. Each week I look forward to seeing what will be in your Wednesday post. Thank you for taking your time and thinking of all of us

  65. The Whitetail Farmhouse is absolutely THE quintessential farm house.
    Dolly’s quote is so true and sooo Dolly!
    I’m right there with you about the watermelon eating. Can you ever eat too much watermelon in the summer??? Or actually, EVER! :)

  66. Great inspiration today.I especially like the old looking farm house.

  67. Sara Ross says:

    Love the Whitetail Farm things! Your foyer was so pretty earlier this week when you posted it and I made your zucchini bread last night. So moist and delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Love seeing your posts in your new house! Look forward to your blog every week!

  68. I watched the video on clothes making us look older that was made in 2019. I am glad that skinny jeans are out.

  69. Ann, thanks for the introduction to Whitetail Farmhouse. Their stuff looks wonderful.

  70. I’m gearing up for a mini makeover in my living room this winter. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  71. Judy Cline says:

    So much to look at and love. Thanks for allowing the inspirations.

  72. There are so many reasons to love summer, salads and watermelon are my two favs. We are not doing so well in getting a good watermelon. We have purchased two and they both were ok. Hoping three times will be the charm. Happy Wednesday to all.

  73. Rose Anne says:

    So many lovely ideas. Thank you!

  74. Cindy Petko says:

    Ann,I always love your Blog and I find your design ideas wonderful! Thank you!

  75. Tammy Reynolds says:

    Thank you so much for sharing

  76. Emily North says:

    I love salads as well, my go to has been arugula with watermelon and feta with balsamic glaze and a little lemon juice. Thanks so much for the ramen, I haven’t made that in a while.

  77. Wednesday is always my favorite day. I can’t wait for the great things you ladies come up with. So much fun.

  78. Kathleen Nelson says:

    I appreciate the Amazon Prime Day links, it made it easier to find a few things that I have been looking for, and recommendations are always nice. Thanks ladies!