Five Things for Friday
1. We had a little weekend getaway to Carmel over the weekend with my sister and her husband Ken. So fun!
We drove up Saturday after Shawn was off work at 3. We went to the wine tasting rooms, had dinner at a rooftop restaurant, ate a delicious brunch the next morning, and spontaneously decided to spend the day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium before we headed home.
2. On Saturday morning I had brunch with one of my girlfriends. I got berry blintzes. Amazing!
3. I am *obsessed* with this weekly menu chalkboard I made for our kitchen! I already loved meal planning for the week, but now it’s even more fun since I get to write out our menu and display it in the kitchen. Makes me feel very organized. And! Now Shawn knows what’s for dinner so he isn’t asking me everyday on his way home from work, haha!
It is the craftiest project I have ever done. Shawn cut me a piece of wood to fit this space in our kitchen, then spray painted it with chalkboard spray paint. I wanted the Menu and days of the week to be permanent so I wouldn’t have to rewrite them every week, so I wrote those in with a Sharpie paint pen. I got the Menu graphic here. To trace it, I printed it out on a piece of paper and rubbed the back of that piece of paper with regular chalk. Then I taped it where I wanted it on the board and traced the outline of the graphic on the front of the piece of paper with a pencil. When I traced it, it transferred the little bit of chalk on the back of the piece of paper onto the chalkboard so I could easily trace it with the Sharpie paint pen. These are my favorite chalkboard pens to write in what’s for dinner that week. They write very easily, look great, and erase well. Last, Shawn just took a small piece of rope, stapled it to the back of the board, and put a little hook in the wall.
4. You may have noticed a few new posts topics I’ve been posting lately, and a little makeover to my header. Doesn’t it look great?! I love my little icon features to the right of my logo! (If my site still looks like the old one, hold down the “shift key” and click refresh. This will do a hard refresh and load the newest header.)
Recipe Index is where you can browse all of my recipes visually as well as by subcategory. I’ve always had that, but now it’s a lot easier to find.
Weekly Menus is a brand new feature that will be making it’s debut on Sunday! Every Sunday I will be sharing what my weeknight menu is with 5 dinner recipes that will feed a family of 4 (or family of 2 who likes leftovers!), as well as a beautiful grocery shopping list. I really like meal planning, and thought this would be a great feature for those of you who would rather poke your eyes out than meal plan. Be sure to check back this Sunday for my first post!
Lastly, I moved a few more of my menu navigation links above the logo. My Resources page is new. It is where I will occasionally be sharing blogging and photography tips, such as my post about my love of Tailwind and scheduling pins on Pinterest.
5. I just want to quickly say THANK YOU to all who went and liked my Facebook page after last weeks post asking you to help me get to 1,000 likes. I had a few of you share my page on your Facebook page to help me get more likes, and it made my day! By 10am I had already hit 1000! Made our trip to Carmel all the more special celebrating that little milestone. You are all the best, and made me feel very loved. Hugs!
14 Comments on “Five Things for Friday”
Aww your trip looks so fun!! Now I want oysters!! And I love that little menu board. Adorable! You make it sound easy ;)
I love the new header Natalie! It’s so you! Perfect :) Congrats on 1000 likes!!!!! You totally deserve it!
Congrats on reaching 1,000 like on FB! Way to go! I love your meal planning chalkboard, so cute and oh so crafty of you :)
Your new header is super cool! I can’t wait to see all of your updates! And yay for 1000 FB likes! You deserve it girl :)
I love all the updates to the site! I can’t wait for the weekly menus! I think its a GREAT idea!
It is 7am and I am feeding Stella and have not had breakfast…so that basically means I am drooling over your berry blintz dish and trying to get Nick to wake up so I can go find some. lol
Looks like you guys had fun in Carmel!
Enjoy your weekend pretty lady!
Carmel looked like a great time, and I love that chalkboard sign — it’s adorable! I need that so I’ll be organized, too. :) And I love the new setup on the header! Have a wonderful weekend, Natalie. :)
A weekend getaway to Carmel?! love it!! and LOVE your new header design!! love the “grows” lovely!!! and I am obsessed with your weekly menu chalkboard! you made that??! I want one! ok going to check out your chalkboard pens now! Happy weekend, Natalie!
Wow! You have been busy! I love everything about this post. The trip to Carmel looks amazing – I have always wanted to go there. That chalkboard is super cool. I love the new design and features – especially the little icons. I somehow missed the Facebook request, but that has been remedied and you are up to 1,159! I can’t wait to see your weekly menu on Sunday. Have a great weekend!
Your weekend sounded like so much fun and I love your new header! Yay, congrats on over 1000 likes, I shared your page on Monday too and hope it keeps climbing:) Your new chalkboard menu is so fun and pretty!
I love your menu sign! I might need to make myself one of those! Yet, that would involve me having to plan a menu for the week which rarely happens. Congrats on 1000 likes (though it looks like its already up to 1.1K!)! The new categories are great too, I noticed them right away earlier this week :)
I love the new header and I can’t want to hear all about yuor chickens and garden!
I noticed your new header the other day and I love it!! I love the weekly menu idea – I too love meal planning, I look forward to those posts to get some ideas of my own. Your trip to Carmel looks like it was amazing – the food has my mouth watering! Oh, and I just love that menu board. I think I’m going to have to make one! Have a great weekend :)
Oh my gosh I LOVE your menu board, Natalie! It’s so rustic and adorable! I need one of those sooo badly because I’m so bad about planning the dinner menu way in advance. Or whenever I do I always end up changing it at the last minute! LOL.
And Eeeeee! I saw that you’ve already gone way past 1k likes on FB so HUGE congrats, girlie! :)
I love your new header, Natalie! I actually noticed it the other day. It looks so fun and fresh! And congrats and hitting over 1000 fb likes! And I think I would be obsessed with that meal chalkboard, too! LOVE IT! Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend last week and hopefully you have a great one this weekend, too!