Obsessions: 03.23.18

Well, friends, we made it through another week. Do you have any fun weekend plans? Hannah and Michelle spent some of this week tracking down gifts for a bridal shower this weekend, and they’re ready for the ladies-only party. Other than visiting every nearby Bed, Bath & Beyond, here’s what we’re loving in this week’s And Then We Tried Obsessions.


Pallet Animals

A few years ago I made sister-of-the-blog Jennifer a DIY pallet cow for Christmas. We have it hanging in the kitchen and I always get comments on it so, I’ve decided to make a bunch more. This week I started gathering up some pallets, thanks to friends-of-the-blog Stacey and Phil for hooking it up, and am pumped to start prepping all the wood. I’ll be making cows, pigs, and roosters in a few sizes for kitchens and might make some other animals, too. Anyone in Cleveland looking to buy a handmade wooden animal? Hit me up.


Wedding Earrings

wedding earrings obsession

There is something about intense planning that forces me to hone in on one super specific thing and somehow if I can just figure this one thing out, the rest of planning must magically fall in place, right?

First it was shoes, then it was flowers, and now I’m onto obsessing over possible earring choices. I’m going for a casual, “oh, I’m getting married today?” effortless vibe. Which ones do you guys think?

  1. Cairn Drop Earrings– Very traditionally pretty and probably can’t really go wrong. High probability of being pretty expected and boring.

  2. Duara Stud Earrings– Love that they are more architectural and unexpected. Worried they may look out of place or not “enough”.
  3. Lizzie Threaders– Hoping these are kind of the middle ground. The simplicity of #2 but a touch of glam from #1.

Trader Joes Live Blooming Tulips

trader joes tulips

Full disclosure: my tulips do not look like this yet. But these little bulbs just stand in the water and they promise if I keep giving them water and put them in sunlight they will eventually bloom and look like this. I’m loving that once they bloom they should last for a few weeks and I won’t have to replace for a while. Love how easy this is sounding already!

I may have been so into my tulips this week that I watched a movie on Netflix called Tulip Fever. Amazing cast (Judi DenchAlicia Vikander, Zach Galifianakis, Christoph Waltz, just to name a few, there are many more) PLUS a period piece which I’m always a sucker for PLUS five stars on Netflix. All in all, it was just ok. And I feel like I missed some parts? Anyone else watch it? What did you think?


Schitt’s Creek

schitts creek obsessions

I started watching Schitt’s Creek this week and it’s pretty funny! It’s definitely a good show to have on in the background instead of constant Law and Order: SVU. I’m only a few episodes in but I’m enjoying it so far.

Finding a First Dance Song

So I know that I said making a playlist for our wedding was one of the first things I did when Zac and I got engaged, but so far the first dance song has eluded me. The all-night dance party songs? We’re good. A few sentimental slow dances thrown in for fun? Got ’em. But an actual first dance song that’s personal to us? I’ve got nothing. If you’re married, how did you pick your first dance song? Don’t tell me you’re one of those couples who had “a song” because that’s not helpful. K, thanks.

This has been another week of And Then We Tried Obsessions, where we share whatever we’re obsessed with each week. Let us know what you’re obsessed with this week in the comments and if you see anything in the wild that you think we’d be obsessed with, be sure to tag us @andthenwetried or use #ATWTobsessions

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