Some Non-Running Related Faves

Happy Monday.  Hopefully you were all able to enjoy some great fall weather like we had in Michigan this weekend.  The air has become cool and crisp.  It was fantastic and I even enjoyed a easy paced 11 miler on Saturday.

We have been in our new place for a little over a month and a lot has changed in that time.  First, we managed to paint just about every single space inside.  Let me be the first to say that painting is no easy task.  Beyond just the physical labor, picking a color can be very difficult.  Heck, we knew we wanted to go with a gray.  But I pondered which gray for weeks before finally picking one (and then questioning it the entire time we painted).


Did you know that grays can appear blue, green, or white?  Every room looks a bit different.



Two things really helped me with this process.  The HGTV magazine is one of my favorite subscriptions.  I get awesome ideas from their pages and had fun chalk painting furniture and trying out decorating inspiration all summer.


The other thing that really helped was a suggestion by my sister-in-law to check out  If you haven’t visited this website, go there immediately (after you finish reading this, of course).  Not only can you purchase great furniture and other products from this site, but you can search photos of decorating ideas.  For example you can type in: “dining room in Gray Mist by Benjamin Moore” and dozens of pictures will show up.  You can save pictures to an idea book and come back later to continue with your decorating inspiration.

Although I have yet to make a purchase, I have zeroed in on several great furniture pieces on  The prices are amazing, most items ship for free, and arrive within days.  Reviews of products are pretty great, but if you see something you like, you often have to act quickly.  Every time I ponder a piece of furniture, it is gone by the time I go to grab it!  You seriously can’t beat a couch for under $400!!

Another site that is similar to is  The prices are fantastic and they have a little bit of everything.  I’m seriously contemplating a gym grade treadmill that is for sale at 60% off.  (Don’t you go and buy that up from underneath me!)


We are loving hanging outdoors.  My brother showed up yesterday with a delivery of fresh pumpkins from a farm.  What a treat!

One final site that I recently found is The Skimm.  Sign up and receive a newsletter each day that is a quick sampling of the news.  Ever hear about something that is going on and think, “I have no idea what they are talking about?!”  This daily e-mail leaves you informed from both sides of an issue.  A quick skim of the news and you are good to go for the day.

These are just a few of my favorite spots to read, shop,and dream about future purchases.  I love that they offer so many options and ideas and it is fun to plan and scheme while you wait and contemplate.  Disclosure:  I have not been compensated or contacted by any of these sites.  These are my own opinions (but I would of course love a little love from them….wink, wink).


This was the magical view Mary and I found on our long run together last weekend.  

What are your favorite home/decorating sites?  Have you ever had so much difficulty with one shade of a color?

12 thoughts on “Some Non-Running Related Faves

  1. Cool – a couple of new sites to check out! Have heard of Wayfair, but not Houzz or Hayneedle. We’re really not shopping for stuff right – thinking more about downsizing, but who knows what we might need!

    We also use the Home Depot app to visualize paint colors in different rooms. It isn’t always perfect, but gives a decent idea of what to expect. We are in the process of starting to re-do the boys rooms, and after 8 years since the house was new, many areas need a fresh coat of paint and some touch-ups 🙂

    • Painting is quite the undertaking. I’m going to check out Home Depot’s app. It’s always fun to play around with ideas. Houzz is a fun one. I’ve been contemplating a patio outside instead of a porch and it is fun to look at different ideas. If I can just convince Rock….. 😉

  2. I would be really careful about purchasing from Wayfair. I purchased a couple of items from them and was not completely happy about the process. One, shipping always takes much longer than they say because they’re “out of stock.” When you finally do get it a couple of months later, if you’re not happy with it, you can’t fight the charges on your credit card because it’s been too long since they had charged your card. They’re not supposed to charge the card until they ship, but they do anyway.

    If you do some careful googling, most of what Wayfair has, you can actually buy cheaper elsewhere.

  3. Houzz is another great one. I love the HGTV magazine–it always makes me want to redecorate! And there was one more site that I used to adore… I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me, though.

  4. Ooooh, I’m actually in a re-decorating phase right now so I’m all about reading anything renovating related 😀

    Omg, choosing paint color can seriously test a marriage. I wanted a beige color for our walls and holy cow–my husband had to paint over TWICE before he told me to hire someone for the third time and that the third was going to be IT. Thank the Lord that I liked the paint color the third time around, lol! It’s true that they can appear different once it’s on the wall. What I thought was a plain beige turned pink!

  5. You guys rock- we still haven’t finished painting and we moved in over 2 years ago lol. Lol and I did the same thing when we’d were putting up the grey in my living room- I was like omg I hope this looks better when it’s finished cause I just bought 4 gallons of it!!

  6. Committing to paint is no joke. Maybe scarier than my wedding day! I was determined to get it done and get it done now. I can’t stand procrastinating. I’m just a TINY bit Type A!

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