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Episode 183 Transcript:
Emma: You’re listening to The Stunning Mess Podcast, your cozy consolation hear. This week we’re going over our summer time bucket listing and letting you in on all our summer time plans. Plus we’re revealing our quarter-two guide picks and what has been sparking pleasure for us recently. This must be a enjoyable one. Preparing for summer time. Bought summer time studying. We bought summer time plans. Oh yeah.
Elsie: Sure. So earlier than we soar 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 reside in several states nonetheless. And we’re so near residing in the identical city and going to the pool all summer time, and it’s gonna be wonderful. I’m so completely satisfied. I’m so, so completely satisfied. It’s lastly virtually right here.
Emma: I’m so completely satisfied. Yeah. Yay. We’re within the pool on a regular basis. Always.
Elsie: Sure, we’re gonna have a lot enjoyable. Yeah, cuz once we first determined to maneuver, it was final summer time, so it’s been virtually a complete 12 months 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 form of like an imaginary factor and now it’s actually taking place in just a few weeks, so it feels actually good. So we’re gonna undergo our summer time bucket listing. Did you put together three? I ready three.
Emma: Sure. So we will simply trip. Okay. So the very first thing on my summer time bucket listing is a reasonably large one. We bought 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 large deal. Some individuals are in all probability like, properly, 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 bought Oscar’s passport and on our summer time bucket listing is someday this summer time, 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 a giant 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 folks. So I really feel just like the airplane might be enjoyable for him, and he’s fairly good about having the ability to sleep somewhere else. So I believe he’ll nonetheless if it’s like nap time, I believe he’ll nonetheless be capable to take just a little nap. So I believe it’s gonna work out. However possibly 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 undoubtedly a number of the hardest moments of my parenting journey have been on planes with folks looking at us whereas our youngsters cried. However general, I believe it’s often simpler than you assume it’s gonna be.
Emma: And you understand, you get by means of it even when it’s horrible time passes and also you get by means of it. So no matter.
Elsie: Do you wanna know my random tip? When you convey just a little field of band-aids, identical to common band-aids, if you really want one thing, you’ll be able to identical 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 excellent tip. I’m 100% going to do 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, nevertheless it’s gonna be model new to our youngsters.
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, nevertheless it’s been some time. Issues have modified, so my aim 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 loads of locations which have modified or opened that we haven’t tried but. We’ll have to seek out all new routines, all new, all the pieces. 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 very best of it. As a result of this summer time is sort of like our time to settle.
Emma: Yep. And we will hyperlink one thing to point out notes for anybody passing by means of Springfield or when you reside right here, we not too long ago put up a metropolis information so it has tons and plenty of regionally 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, numerous 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 completely different degree as a result of I do assume it’s such an excellent 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 time all about attempting all the pieces since there are such a lot of completely different locations. I’ll say the town information was excellent. She bought 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 important to put my favourite as a result of Springfield cashew rooster is sort 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 time too. We’re gonna make it a particular one. Oscar is so excited to play on the pool along with your ladies 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 begin engaged on novel quantity three. So my homicide novel, novel quantity two, I’m speaking to a couple folks like brokers. Nothing to announce at the moment when I’ve information to announce that it’s extra official. I might be on our podcast when it’s time, however I’ve nothing to say in the intervening time, simply speaking with some people. 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 prior 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 trendy tree home in Branson, Missouri, which is about 45 minutes from the place I reside. And when you’ve by no means heard of Branson, Missouri, it’s a really large vacationer vacation spot. They’ve numerous exhibits 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 actually 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 may see the showboat Branson Bell, which is, I believe like a steamboat-style large boat. Type of like a cruise, when you’ve ever been on a cruise. It’s like that sort, it’s not that large, nevertheless it’s that sort of a giant boat and you’ll go on it. And so they have like a dinner theater, so you’ve dinner and there’s like a present. I’ve truly by no means executed it, though I solely reside like 45 minutes. However I’ve heard about it so much. And anyway, I may see that from the window and I simply bought it in my thoughts that I used to be like, I’m gonna do a guide that’s like Homicide on the Showboat Branson Bell. Like characters are on the boat and a homicide occurs and so they should determine it out, and that’s mainly the premise. I don’t have a lot else labored out. So it’s gonna be just a little extra like clue sort of, loads of completely different characters. All people has a motive, who is aware of who did it, blah, blah, that sort 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 time 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 facility work. So long as I give myself time, that’s no large deal. That’s identical to barreling by means of it. But it surely takes me a very long time to sort 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 time.
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 properly.
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 first step. Yeah. As I’m making a complete bunch of my pals go together 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 aim for this summer time is to do nesting degree 10 out of 10, like no matter, I don’t know what to name it, code pink alert. So I wish to be loopy about nesting. I simply wanna totally settle into our home and I wanna make it excellent and ideal 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 bought our home furnished and yesterday I bought numerous questions on my Instagram about it and I used to be considering possibly in a future episode we may do one about furnishing a home from scratch as a result of that’s the following 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 to date, and I’m simply sort of wanting ahead to spending the summer time 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 mainly 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 undoubtedly nesting season.
Emma: I adore it. I really like establishing a home. It’s additionally that second the place you understand when 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 definitely 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 understand, that second. I really feel like if you’re first in your home after you’ve moved and also you’ve set sufficient up you could reside such as you’re not executed. You haven’t opened each field, however you’re like, arrange sufficient. I really feel like that’s the second of ah, you understand, and shifting is so irritating. So I’m excited for that second for you.
Elsie: Thanks. I’m wanting ahead to that second as properly. All proper, okay, what’s your third one?
Emma: Third factor on my summer time bucket listing is I’m gonna manage all my vacation decor, and I do know what you could be considering. Emma, why are you organizing all of your Christmas and Halloween stuff in the summertime? Effectively, one, it provides me an excellent excuse to be messing round with all my Christmas and Halloween stuff in the summertime. However two primarily I need it to be executed 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, similar factor for Christmas although. I don’t need that day to only be like, oh, I’m so upset that every one my shit’s simply shoved in a closet and I can’t even discover stuff and I’m identical to coping with that. I truly assume pulling out all of the stuff is just like the completely satisfied 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 aim for this summer time. Plus, I really feel just like the summer time for us tends to be just a little bit slower. So far as like weblog world. So I really feel prefer it’s a great time to do this as a result of This fall and the vacation season are typically fairly busy. So, I don’t wish to make it a aim 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 provide a delegated time to do the organizing and never having to do this if you’re simply attempting to place stuff away actual fast. Okay, my third aim 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 properly, 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 every so often. 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 luxuriate in it. It’s not a great time for me to be like a house weblog or woman as a result of I simply wanna l take pleasure in it. I’ll undoubtedly 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 completely different and I’m actually having fun with the images. I’m actually having fun with the analysis, identical to attempting. I really feel like I’m studying on a regular basis, which is one thing that works very well for my character. Simply be consistently studying how you can do one thing new that I didn’t know. So yeah, please depart me a five-star recipe evaluate and that’s how I’ll know that you simply love me.
Emma: When you don’t, you don’t love us.
Elsie: Emma leaves me one on each recipe.
Emma: Yeah, as a result of I really like you and I assume nobody else does. No, I’m simply kidding everybody. However yeah, I believe for therefore lengthy we felt like folks wouldn’t be considering like fundamentals and now we’re sort of realizing, and this isn’t tremendous new like this has been like a 12 months or two within the coming, however we’re like, no, folks wish to know actually good all the knowledge, how you can do one thing that’s possibly sort of primary, however that’s what they’re truly 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 occasions you all the time felt intimidated, like that’s what you had been purported to be. And also you had been like, no, I make like actually good smoothies and actually good espresso, and will I speak about utilizing my air fryer or is that like boring to folks? And it’s like, no, folks like wanna hear about it. So yeah, I believe it’s a great period.
Elsie: Me too. I’m having a lot enjoyable. I’m engaged on my cocktails archive this summer time. So when 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 recently.
Elsie: Good. Oh yeah, I simply ordered, Emma bought 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 when you’re on the lookout for an espresso machine, that is medium-priced, not too costly. It’s not low-cost nevertheless it’s not too costly.
Emma: Yeah, it’s an espresso machine. They are typically fairly dear.
Elsie: It’s round like $500 I believe, which is within the center. I simply need one which works properly, 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 strive one thing completely 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 had been so fed up with the braking.
Emma: Yeah. And I’ll say I additionally, when you’re on the lookout for 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 should have your personal grinder and a few various things, however you are able to do it and that’s the most affordable approach. Additionally, I sincerely do like espresso. Some folks 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 when 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 buy 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 should 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 might want to clear out the grounds and issues like that. But it surely’s actually the best 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 bought Elsie, I used to be like, hear, that is the very best one.
Elsie: Yeah, we’ll blink it within the present notes. I’m actually excited to strive it.
Emma: I adore it. We use it like day-after-day. We’ve used it day-after-day since Christmas.
Elsie: Oh, wow. Okay. Effectively, that’s a shining evaluate.
Emma: Yeah. We adore it.
Elsie: Cool. Okay, so subsequent we’re going to share our Q2 or Summer time Guide Membership picks. So this can take us all the best way until August, after which in August we’ll announce how we’re gonna do a Halloween guide membership theme this 12 months, and it’s gonna be spooky. Okay, so for summer time, Emma did one thing tremendous beneficiant. She despatched me all of the books and so they had been largely books I had learn, which I used to be so completely satisfied about due to shifting. So we’re gonna do two books for the summer time 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 may do the suggestions. Okay, so the primary one is Beere by Emily Henry. When you’ve by no means learn an Emily Henry guide, you’ve in all probability seen them. They’re like actually cute, colourful colours. I believe that she might need a factor the place finally she’s attempting to do the entire rainbow as a result of they appear like every one is a unique shade and so they’re actually fairly. I’ve learn, I believe two of her books, and so they’re undoubtedly like a romantic comedy in guide type and I really like them. I believe they’re actually enjoyable. They’re undoubtedly temper meals for me. I’ve to be within the temper for only a mild, simple, romantic guide. And the tales are good and it’s enjoyable, they’re every completely different. Yeah, so Seashore Learn is a summer time 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 when you’re an audiobook particular person, 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 proficient at doing a lot of these books. And he or she does loads of standard books as a result of she’s executed I believe a lot of the Taylor Jenkins learn books additionally and the entire Emily Henry books after which another actually standard books. So anyway, when you haven’t tried an audiobook I believe this can be a good one to strive. I might undoubtedly advocate it.
Emma: Yep. And I might be studying this on the pool this summer time.
Elsie: Sure, undoubtedly, I believe the truth that the duvet says Seashore actual large, makes it cute for a trip.
Emma: Yeah, I do too.
Elsie: It’s candy. The subsequent guide is The Inventive Act by Rick Rubin, and I listened to this guide additionally. I listened to it on a drive. It’s fairly brief, 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 form of factor, however I undoubtedly 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 guide isn’t about music, he’s not speaking about his profession hardly in any respect. So when you don’t care about that, don’t fear the guide is Large Magic adjoining. It Vibes good, very well for Large Magic followers, which I believe most of us are. That’s one among my favourite non-fiction books of my entire life and this guide, has loads of that, nevertheless it’s just a little completely different and it was very good. He has, I don’t know in the event that they’re known as gongs or chimes, however there’s like sound results, very ceaselessly all through the guide, which I loved and I simply thought his efficiency was very entertaining. So I undoubtedly advocate this guide when you like, a artistic, any sort of guide that encourages creativity, that is going to be your jam. When you like an audiobook, his efficiency is cute. When 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 time books, and I hope you all will learn together with us.
Emma: Yeah, I’m very excited for each of them. They had been each ones that I instructed 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 matches her completely. It’s what she’s been considering for a very long time, so I’m very excited. I believe subsequent 12 months when she turns 9, it’s doable she may go to area camp. I used to be studying about that and I believe it’s important 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 similar decals as Christmas decor, and I might simply stick them on the wall and sort of simply stick them throughout. It’s identical to little gold stars, identical 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 completely different sorts of gold star decals, they’re vinyl, they’re simply stickers to embellish 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 undoubtedly 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 temporary fashion underwear however for ladies. So mainly my factor is all my cute pajamas are very wintry. They’re like lengthy sleeves. They’re lengthy, they’re fairly heat, and I really 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 modify our comforter. So our mattress isn’t sweltering scorching, however I nonetheless don’t really feel like sporting these lengthy pajamas that I often put on all 12 months spherical. I’ve a few short-sleeved, however I simply don’t have as many units and I sort 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 loads of Halloween sorts.
Elsie: I’ve the identical drawback. Yeah. My fall and Christmas and winter pajama assortment is big and my summer time 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 can be like florals and so they’re high quality, however I don’t need tons extra of ’em. So anyway, so I used to be like, you understand what I’m gonna do? I’m simply gonna put on T-shirts and underwear to mattress, however I don’t actually like sporting my common underwear round the home. I put on loads 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 bought crumbs on the sofa. I can’t take care of 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 sort of cute. I really feel like I’m simply sporting gymnasium shorts sort of however they’re not like compression like gymnasium shorts. And so yeah, it simply feels very snug and good.
Elsie: That sounds cute, you’ll should hyperlink to them. I’m curious to see what they appear like. That sounds cute.
Emma: I’ll, I’ll hyperlink to ’em and then you definitely’ll know the sort of underwear I’m sporting round my home at evening. Sitting on my sofa.
Elsie: So good. I’m glad. Okay, it’s now time to go over a joke and a truth with Nova. All proper. I’ve Nova right here, Nova this week. Do you’ve a truth for us or a joke?
Elsie: A truth. Okay. I’m prepared.
Nova: Do you know that pugs are identified to be humorous, sensible and I believe cute. They wish to reside in folks’s homes and so they initially got here from China.
Elsie: Good truth. That was a great one. All proper. Have a great week.
Emma: All proper. Thanks a lot for listening and keep in mind you could submit your questions at podcast a wonderful mess.com, or you’ll be able to name and depart 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.