Episode #183: Summer time Bucket Listing & Ebook Membership Alternatives

This week, we’re going over our summer season bucket listing and letting you in on all our summer season plans. Plus, we’re revealing our Q2 ebook membership picks and what has been sparking pleasure for us these days.

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Present Notes:

Obtain your Summer time Bucket Listing

What’s on Your Summer time Bucket Listing:

Emma – Household journey to Costa Rica, begin engaged on novel #3, and set up vacation decor.

Elsie – Bond with Springfield, nesting, and extra meals running a blog.

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Q2 Ebook Membership Alternatives:

Beach Read by Emily Henry

The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

Sparks Pleasure:

Elsie – Vinyl star decals and espresso machine

Emma – Brief-style underwear

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Episode 183 Transcript:

Emma: You’re listening to The Lovely Mess Podcast, your cozy consolation pay attention. This week we’re going over our summer season bucket listing and letting you in on all our summer season plans. Plus we’re revealing our quarter-two ebook picks and what has been sparking pleasure for us these days. This ought to be a enjoyable one. Preparing for summer season. Received summer season studying. We obtained summer season plans. Oh yeah. 

Elsie: Sure. So earlier than we leap in, I simply wanna speak about how we’re so shut. That is our second to final recording day the place we’re aside, the place we dwell in numerous states nonetheless. And we’re so near dwelling in the identical city and going to the pool all summer season, and it’s gonna be superb. I’m so glad. I’m so, so glad. It’s lastly nearly right here. 

Emma: I’m so glad. Yeah. Yay. We’re within the pool on a regular basis. Continuously. 

Elsie: Sure, we’re gonna have a lot enjoyable. Yeah, cuz once we first determined to maneuver, it was final summer season, so it’s been nearly a complete yr since we’ve simply been planning it and it began to really feel prefer it was by no means going to occur or prefer it was type of like an imaginary factor and now it’s actually taking place in a number of weeks, so it feels actually good. So we’re gonna undergo our summer season bucket listing. Did you put together three? I ready three.

Emma: Sure. So we will simply commute. Okay. So the very first thing on my summer season bucket listing is a reasonably large one. We obtained Oscar, who’s two a passport. Who has the tiny child passport. I didn’t have a passport till I used to be like 18. So to me, this can be a huge deal. Some persons are in all probability like, effectively, yeah, you bought your coat on the passport, however like I by no means had one till I used to be like 18. So anyway, yeah, we obtained Oscar’s passport and on our summer season bucket listing is someday this summer season, we’re gonna go on a household journey to Costa Rica, and that would be the first time he makes use of his passport and will get just a little stamp. And he’s additionally, by no means flown earlier than, so it’s gonna be simply gonna be an enormous journey for us as a household. And I’m actually enthusiastic about it. I’m additionally just a little nervous. I believe he’s gonna do nice. He loves to only observe and stare at individuals. So I really feel just like the aircraft will probably be enjoyable for him, and he’s fairly good about having the ability to sleep in other places. So I believe he’ll nonetheless if it’s like nap time, I believe he’ll nonetheless be capable of take just a little nap. So I believe it’s gonna work out. However perhaps we’ll have a large meltdown and that’ll not be essentially the most enjoyable a part of the journey. However that’s okay. 

Elsie: Yay. Yeah, it’s positively among the hardest moments of my parenting journey have been on planes with individuals gazing us whereas our children cried. However total, I believe it’s often simpler than you assume it’s gonna be. 

Emma: And you realize, you get by it even when it’s horrible time passes and also you get by it. So no matter. 

Elsie: Do you wanna know my random tip? Should you deliver just a little field of band-aids, similar to common band-aids, if you really want one thing, you’ll be able to similar to let him undo and play with Band-Aids as a result of it’s one thing thrilling that they don’t often get limitless entry to. I believe it really works very well, it’s a toddler age they simply love band-aids. 

Emma: Yeah. No, that’s an amazing tip. I’m 100% going to try this. The emergency bandaids. 

Elsie: Sure, precisely. So my first bucket listing merchandise is, so we’re having our first season in our new residence, in our new metropolis. It’s probably not new to us, but it surely’s gonna be model new to our children.

It’s gonna be the primary time we’ve lived there in eight years. The primary time we’ve lived there since we had youngsters, and I grew up there, but it surely’s been some time. Issues have modified, so my purpose is to have a bonding season to attempt to actually bond with the town, be open to new issues, and check out new locations. There are a number of locations which have modified or opened that we haven’t tried but. We’ll have to seek out all new routines, all new, the whole lot. Like boring issues like an orthodontist, however like thrilling issues like a farmer’s market and new pals. I simply wanna have a really open-minded, open-hearted season and attempt to simply make the perfect of it. As a result of this summer season is form of like our time to settle.

Emma: Yep. And we will hyperlink one thing to indicate notes for anybody passing by Springfield or in the event you dwell right here, we lately put up a metropolis information so it has heaps and plenty of domestically owned companies like eating places, bars, desserts, ice cream, locations like Pineapple Whip, espresso retailers, locations to buy, no matter. Plenty of family-friendly stuff, plenty of stuff only for adults and yeah, we will hyperlink that. However yeah, I believe the truth that you’ve by no means lived right here with youngsters is gonna be a complete totally different degree as a result of I do assume it’s such an amazing metropolis for household life. So, Yeah, it’s gonna be nice. You’re gonna adore it. Don’t fear. 

Elsie: I’m so excited. I’m just a little nervous and it’s thrilling. Simply wanna make this summer season all about making an attempt the whole lot since there are such a lot of totally different locations. I’ll say the town information was excellent. She obtained all my favourite flea markets and I used to be impressed. And it has our favourite Chinese language meals place. 

Emma: Sure. So I used to be like, it’s a must to put my favourite as a result of Springfield cashew hen is form of a factor, and like everybody has their place as a result of there’s so many and so I used to be like, I actually wanna put my place in right here. The one which I like essentially the most. So anyway, yeah, I’m excited for the summer season too. We’re gonna make it a particular one. Oscar is so excited to play on the pool together with your women and simply do all kinds of issues. You’re gonna adore it. All proper, the second factor on my bucket listing is I’m going to start out engaged on novel quantity three. So my homicide novel, novel quantity two, I’m speaking to a couple individuals like brokers. Nothing to announce at the moment when I’ve information to announce that it’s extra official. I will probably be on our podcast when it’s time, however I’ve nothing to say in the meanwhile, simply speaking with some of us. We’ll see. However yeah, so within the meantime, I’m gonna begin engaged on novel three, and I believe I’ve talked about just a little bit up to now like what the concept was. So basically months and months in the past once I was ending my second novel, I stayed at this little fashionable tree home in Branson, Missouri, which is about 45 minutes from the place I dwell. And in the event you’ve by no means heard of Branson, Missouri, it’s a really huge vacationer vacation spot. They’ve plenty of reveals and so they have Silver Greenback Metropolis, which is like an old-timey-themed amusement.

Elsie: It’s the Las Vegas of Missouri. 

Emma: It really is, and it’s actually enjoyable and actually charming and really simply, I don’t know, a humorous place. So anyway, from the Airbnb I used to be staying at, you might see the lake and I might see the showboat Branson Bell, which is, I believe like a steamboat-style huge boat. Sort of like a cruise, in the event you’ve ever been on a cruise. It’s like that sort, it’s not that huge, but it surely’s that sort of an enormous boat and you may go on it. And so they have like a dinner theater, so you’ve got dinner and there’s like a present. I’ve really by no means achieved it, regardless that I solely dwell like 45 minutes. However I’ve heard about it so much. And anyway, I might see that from the window and I simply obtained it in my thoughts that I used to be like, I’m gonna do a ebook that’s like Homicide on the Showboat Branson Bell. Like characters are on the boat and a homicide occurs and so they must determine it out, and that’s principally the premise. I don’t have a lot else labored out. So it’s gonna be just a little extra like clue form of, a number of totally different characters. All people has a motive, who is aware of who did it, blah, blah, that form of factor. So I hope it will likely be enjoyable. I don’t know. I’m simply beginning it however that’s on my summer season bucket listing to essentially, I really feel prefer it takes me a very long time to determine the plot and the define and as soon as I’ve that, the writing is simply the manufacturing unit work. So long as I give myself time, that’s no huge deal. That’s similar to barreling by it. Nevertheless it takes me a very long time to form of marinate on how’s it gonna occur. And who’re the characters? Sure. And simply all these issues. So I’m engaged on that this summer season. 

Elsie: Magical. I’m so excited to learn this one. I’ve your new novel printed out and sitting on my bedside desk, so I’m so excited to learn that as effectively. 

Emma: Oh, and I’ve to go to the present about Branson Bell. I discussed that. I haven’t ever been, in order that’s like the 1st step. Yeah. As I’m making a complete bunch of my pals go along with me. I haven’t booked it fairly but, however we’re gonna go fairly quickly. So in all probability by the point you take heed to this, hopefully, I’ll have already gone, we’ll see. Gotta go. Gotta get impressed. 

Elsie: Okay, so my second purpose for this summer season is to do nesting degree 10 out of 10, like no matter, I don’t know what to name it, code purple alert. So I wish to be loopy about nesting. I simply wanna absolutely settle into our home and I wanna make it excellent and excellent is a relative time period. I wanna make it excellent to me like I wanna make it really feel like residence. So a few episodes again, we talked about how we offered our home furnished and yesterday I obtained plenty of questions on my Instagram about it and I used to be considering perhaps in a future episode we might do one about furnishing a home from scratch as a result of that’s the subsequent step and that’s what I’m doing now. Yeah. There’s a lot to it. However I’m very impressed. I’m actually having fun with it up to now, and I’m simply form of wanting ahead to spending the summer season establishing the rooms and filling issues out with antiques and plenty of flea market searching and issues like that. Manage these cupboards, all these issues. After which principally set the scene in order that we will have essentially the most epic Halloween and Christmas ever. In order that’s my dream and yeah, it’s positively nesting season. 

Emma: I adore it. I like establishing a home. It’s additionally that second the place you realize in the event you go on a trip and it’s such as you needed to take a few flights after which an Uber otherwise you needed to get to your rental automobile and also you waited in line, all of the issues, and then you definately lastly get to wherever you’re lodging and also you sit down on the mattress and also you set your stuff down. You’re simply kinda like, Ah, you realize, that second. I really feel like while you’re first in your own home after you’ve moved and also you’ve set sufficient up that you would be able to dwell such as you’re not achieved. You haven’t opened each field, however you’re like, arrange sufficient. I really feel like that’s the second of ah, you realize, and shifting is so tense. So I’m excited for that second for you. 

Elsie: Thanks. I’m wanting ahead to that second as effectively. All proper, okay, what’s your third one? 

Emma: Third factor on my summer season bucket listing is I’m gonna set up all my vacation decor, and I do know what you may be considering. Emma, why are you organizing all of your Christmas and Halloween stuff in the summertime? Nicely, one, it provides me an amazing excuse to be messing round with all my Christmas and Halloween stuff in the summertime. However two primarily I would like it to be achieved earlier than the season begins as a result of I really feel like as soon as I’m able to get out all my Halloween stuff, I don’t need that day as I’m adorning for Halloween, since that’s earlier than Christmas, identical factor for Christmas although. I don’t need that day to only be like, oh, I’m so disillusioned that every one my shit’s simply shoved in a closet and I can’t even discover stuff and I’m similar to coping with that. I really assume pulling out all of the stuff is just like the glad half. It’s so thrilling and so I believe it’ll really feel higher if I have already got all of it organized and simple to entry, in order that’s a purpose for this summer season. Plus, I really feel just like the summer season for us tends to be just a little bit slower. So far as like weblog world. So I really feel prefer it’s a superb time to try this as a result of This fall and the vacation season are usually fairly busy. So, I don’t wish to make it a purpose in that season to arrange it. I simply don’t assume it’ll occur.

Elsie: No, that is sensible. I believe it’s good to present a delegated time to do the organizing and never having to try this while you’re simply making an attempt to place stuff away actual fast. Okay, my third purpose is, so I formally am getting into my meals blogger period and Emma is aware of this, however I wanna inform our podcast listeners as effectively, I’m like meals running a blog so loopy and it’s a lot enjoyable. I’m so enthusiastic about it. I’ve meals blogged the entire time, like each occasionally. Not persistently as my foremost factor, however this can be a good season for me to do that as a result of I’ve already shared all my home excursions and I’m not gonna have new completed rooms, I wanna settle and revel in it. It’s not a superb time for me to be like a house weblog or girl as a result of I simply wanna l take pleasure in it. I’ll positively share overshare my residence on my Instagram, don’t fear. However on the weblog, I’m largely doing recipes proper now and it’s so enjoyable. I really feel like I’ve a brand new love for running a blog from beginning it as a result of it’s simply actually totally different and I’m actually having fun with the pictures. I’m actually having fun with the analysis, similar to making an attempt. I really feel like I’m studying on a regular basis, which is one thing that works very well for my persona. Simply be always studying tips on how to do one thing new that I didn’t know. So yeah, please go away me a five-star recipe assessment and that’s how I’ll know that you just love me. 

Emma: Should you don’t, you don’t love us. 

Elsie: Emma leaves me one on each recipe. 

Emma: Yeah, as a result of I like you and I suppose nobody else does. No, I’m simply kidding everybody. However yeah, I believe for therefore lengthy we felt like individuals wouldn’t be serious about like fundamentals and now we’re form of realizing, and this isn’t tremendous new like this has been like a yr or two within the coming, however we’re like, no, individuals wish to know actually good all the data, tips on how to do one thing that’s perhaps form of primary, however that’s what they’re really making. They don’t essentially all the time wanna make the wacky, bizarre, tremendous laborious, tremendous tough stuff. Which, that’s not even like what I’m good at cooking and I believe for you at instances you all the time felt intimidated, like that’s what you have been alleged to be. And also you have been like, no, I make like actually good smoothies and actually good espresso, and may I speak about utilizing my air fryer or is that like boring to individuals? And it’s like, no, individuals like wanna hear about it. So yeah, I believe it’s a superb period. 

Elsie: Me too. I’m having a lot enjoyable. I’m engaged on my cocktails archive this summer season. So in the event you like cocktails or smoothies, it’s popping. It’s popping off. 

Emma: I’ve been engaged on, some espresso stuff, so I’ve been extremely caffeinated these days.

Elsie: Good. Oh yeah, I simply ordered, Emma offered me on her espresso machine and I simply ordered one. So I’m so excited. I’ll put it within the present notes as a result of in the event you’re in search of an espresso machine, that is medium-priced, not too costly. It’s not low cost but it surely’s not too costly.

Emma: Yeah, it’s an espresso machine. They are usually fairly expensive.

Elsie: It’s round like $500 I believe, which is within the center. I simply need one which works effectively, that’s constant, that doesn’t break on a regular basis. And that’s the issue I had with my previous one. I’m actually excited to attempt one thing totally different as a result of for a minute I assumed we simply weren’t gonna get a brand new espresso machine as a result of we have been so fed up with the braking.

Emma: Yeah. And I’ll say I additionally, in the event you’re in search of one thing even cheaper, one, you are able to do range high espresso, and that’s the most affordable factor you are able to do. However yeah, two, it is a bit more concerned, you’d must have your individual grinder and a few various things, however you are able to do it and that’s the most affordable means. Additionally, I sincerely do like espresso. Some individuals don’t like pods, they don’t need any espresso maker that has pods, I get that. So if that’s not for you, I get it. However in the event you’re getting one, I do assume they’re fairly top quality and I like them. However this espresso machine I’ve, it’s you utilize entire beans so you should purchase any beans you need, which I believe makes the espresso higher as a result of I simply purchase native beans from Espresso Epic or Kingdom, that are two espresso retailers on the town that like roast throw beans and also you don’t must do the factor the place you wish to press it into, the little cup, like a barista. You simply put the beans in and also you press the buttons. You’ll have to add water and it’ll immediate you when you’ll want to clear out the grounds and issues like that. Nevertheless it’s really the simplest to make use of, however nonetheless actually high-quality residence espresso and it’s cute. It’s a cute machine so it may be sitting out and it’s fairly. In order that’s my fast comfortable promote in order for you an espresso machine. That is how I offered Elsie, I used to be like, pay attention, that is the perfect one.

Elsie: Yeah, we’ll blink it within the present notes. I’m actually excited to attempt it. 

Emma: I adore it. We use it like day by day. We’ve used it day by day since Christmas. 

Elsie: Oh, wow. Okay. Nicely, that’s a shining assessment. 

Emma: Yeah. We adore it. 

Elsie: Cool. Okay, so subsequent we’re going to share our Q2 or Summer time Ebook Membership picks. So this may take us all the best way until August, after which in August we’ll announce how we’re gonna do a Halloween ebook membership theme this yr, and it’s gonna be spooky. Okay, so for summer season, Emma did one thing tremendous beneficiant. She despatched me all of the books and so they have been largely books I had learn, which I used to be so glad about due to shifting. So we’re gonna do two books for the summer season and so they’re each books that I’ve already learn. 

Emma: Elsie’s forward. 

Elsie: Yeah, I get just a little little bit of like simpler time. So yeah, since I’ve already learn these books, I assumed I might do the suggestions. Okay, so the primary one is Beere by Emily Henry. Should you’ve by no means learn an Emily Henry ebook, you’ve in all probability seen them. They’re like actually cute, colourful colours. I believe that she may need a factor the place finally she’s making an attempt to do the entire rainbow as a result of they appear like each is a special coloration and so they’re actually fairly. I’ve learn, I believe two of her books, and so they’re positively like a romantic comedy in ebook kind and I like them. I believe they’re actually enjoyable. They’re positively temper meals for me. I’ve to be within the temper for only a mild, straightforward, romantic ebook. And the tales are good and it’s enjoyable, they’re every totally different. Yeah, so Seashore Learn is a summer season romance, I believe the title is cute, the duvet’s cute, and I may even say that Julia Whelan performs all of Emily Henry’s audiobooks and in the event you’re an audiobook individual, you in all probability are like everybody who likes audio books loves Julia Whelan, I hear this on a regular basis. She’s simply actually gifted at doing a lot of these books. And he or she does a number of widespread books as a result of she’s achieved I believe a lot of the Taylor Jenkins learn books additionally and all the Emily Henry books after which another actually widespread books. So anyway, in the event you haven’t tried an audiobook I believe this can be a good one to attempt. I might positively suggest it. 

Emma: Yep. And I will probably be studying this on the pool this summer season. 

Elsie: Sure, positively, I believe the truth that the duvet says Seashore actual huge, makes it cute for a trip.

Emma: Yeah, I do too.

Elsie: It’s candy. The subsequent ebook is The Inventive Act by Rick Rubin, and I listened to this ebook additionally. I listened to it on a drive. It’s fairly quick, I believe it’s round 5 hours lengthy. And Rick Rubin is a well-known music producer. I don’t actually know what’s what with that type of factor, however I positively know that he’s one of the vital well-known music producers on the planet, and that’s in all probability all you really want to know. The ebook isn’t about music, he’s not speaking about his profession hardly in any respect. So in the event you don’t care about that, don’t fear the ebook is Large Magic adjoining. It Vibes good, very well for Large Magic followers, which I believe most of us are. That’s one in every of my favourite non-fiction books of my entire life and this ebook, has a number of that, but it surely’s just a little totally different and it was very good. He has, I don’t know in the event that they’re referred to as gongs or chimes, however there’s like sound results, very continuously all through the ebook, which I loved and I simply thought his efficiency was very entertaining. So I positively suggest this ebook in the event you like, a artistic, any form of ebook that encourages creativity, that is going to be your jam. Should you like an audiobook, his efficiency is cute. Should you don’t prefer it, learn it, it’s not lengthy in any respect. So, yeah, that’s my laborious promote on each of our summer season books, and I hope you all will learn together with us. 

Emma: Yeah, I’m very excited for each of them. They have been each ones that I recommended to Elsie. I haven’t learn both, however I’m very enthusiastic about each of them. All proper let’s do a sparks pleasure. What has been sparking pleasure for you recently? 

Elsie: All proper. I’ve a really particular one, so, our daughter is popping eight in June. She has requested for an area and science-themed bed room, and nothing may very well be cuter to me it suits her completely. It’s what she’s been serious about for a very long time, so I’m very excited. I believe subsequent yr when she turns 9, it’s attainable she might go to area camp. I used to be studying about that and I believe it’s a must to be 9 on the youngest to do it. So anyway, very particular. So my sparks of pleasure this week are these vinyl star decals. So in our final home, we used these identical decals as Christmas decor, and I might simply stick them on the wall and form of simply stick them throughout. It’s similar to little gold stars, similar to including just a little magical flourish in rooms. However for her bed room, we did a black ceiling, after which we’re utilizing these, two totally different sorts of gold star decals, they’re vinyl, they’re simply stickers to brighten it as like a sky, an evening sky. After which she’ll have just a little cellular with all of the planets. And in addition an vintage chandelier. So I believe it’s gonna be like a really magical youngsters’ room. I’m actually enthusiastic about it and yeah, that’s what’s sparking pleasure for me this time. 

Emma: Yeah. It makes me consider, I really feel like within the nineties, so many youngsters, together with myself, had the like plastic glow-in-the-dark stars that you’d tape onto your ceiling. That was just like the nineties starter pack, and I positively had them in my center college bed room. Okay, my sparks pleasure is underwear. That’s proper, I’m gonna speak about underwear for a second. So I purchased a pack of like boxer transient fashion underwear however for ladies. So principally my factor is all my cute pajamas are very wintry. They’re like lengthy sleeves. They’re lengthy, they’re fairly heat, and I like them. I put on all of them winter lengthy. I’ve a complete bunch of them, a complete bunch of units. And I don’t ever actually know what to put on for pajamas in the summertime as a result of it’s hotter and we alter our comforter. So our mattress isn’t sweltering scorching, however I nonetheless don’t really feel like carrying these lengthy pajamas that I often put on all yr spherical. I’ve a few short-sleeved, however I simply don’t have as many units and I form of don’t really feel like shopping for as many units trigger I don’t love the patterns as a lot. All my winter ones it’s like I’ve a pair that’s like ghosty. I’ve a number of Halloween varieties. 

Elsie: I’ve the identical downside. Yeah. My fall and Christmas and winter pajama assortment is large and my summer season is simply a few units with shorts, with flowers. So inform me about this underwear. 

Emma: That’s what I’ve is like a few units which might be like florals and so they’re advantageous, however I don’t need tons extra of ’em. So anyway, so I used to be like, you realize what I’m gonna do? I’m simply gonna put on T-shirts and underwear to mattress, however I don’t actually like carrying my common underwear round the home. I put on a number of common bikini types, and I additionally put on thongs so much. And I’m not strolling round the home with a t-shirt and thong. there’s an excessive amount of canine hair in my home. I’ll be sincere, that’s why I’m not gonna do it. I’m not sitting on the sofa in simply my thong. No, it’s an excessive amount of canine hair, I can’t do it. So anyway, it’s not a modesty factor, it’s only a, we obtained crumbs on the sofa. I can’t cope with this. So anyway, I used to be like, my husband wears briefs and I used to be like, I believe I might put on that to mattress. And so anyway, I purchased a pack and that’s what I’m doing now and it’s a sparky pleasure for me trigger it’s good and breezy however I believe they’re form of cute. I really feel like I’m simply carrying health club shorts form of however they’re not like compression like health club shorts. And so yeah, it simply feels very comfy and good. 

Elsie: That sounds cute, you’ll must hyperlink to them. I’m curious to see what they appear to be. That sounds cute. 

Emma: I’ll, I’ll hyperlink to ’em and then you definately’ll know the form of underwear I’m carrying round my home at night time. Sitting on my sofa. 

Elsie: So good. I’m glad. Okay, it’s now time to go over a joke and a reality with Nova. All proper. I’ve Nova right here, Nova this week. Do you’ve got a reality for us or a joke? 

Nova: Reality. 

Elsie: A reality. Okay. I’m prepared. 

Nova: Do you know that pugs are identified to be humorous, good and I believe cute. They wish to dwell in individuals’s homes and so they initially got here from China.

Elsie: Good reality. That was a superb one. All proper. Have a superb week. 

Nova: Bye. 

Emma: All proper. Thanks a lot for listening and keep in mind that you would be able to submit your questions at podcast a gorgeous mess.com, or you’ll be able to name and go away us a voicemail at 417-893-0011. We’ll be again subsequent week. We’re gonna have suggestions for adorning the outside of your private home.