January Top Ten

by Kim on January 25, 2013

Happy Friday!

In the spirit of Friday fun, I wanted to start by telling you about Young House Love’s Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge. If you’re not aware, Macklemore is a rapper who wrote a song about thrifting (you’d recognize it). YHL’s challenge is to take a $20 bill to a thrift shop in the next week, see what you treasures you can find (I’ll let you decide if I meant “treasures” sarcastically or not), and then share your spoils. You also have to take a pic of yourself with one of the items mentioned in the song (such as an all pink outfit, clothing with fringe, or perhaps a big a$$ coat).

Oh, and you aren’t obligated to throw in a bunch of extra doilies and chipped coffee mugs just to spend the whole $20. Which is good, because sometimes one man’s crap is another man’s…yeah, still crap.

So I think I might do it! Now that I’m a DIY Genius (*raucous laugh track*), maybe I can find a reno project for myself to work on.

Are you down?? If you have a blog, you can blog about it and add your post to YHL’s link-up next Friday. If you’re blogless, send me pics of your spoils (healthynestkim at gmail dot com) and I’ll include them in my write-up!

And now, back to business. Here’s this month’s highly anticipated Top Ten!

1) Top Mosquito-Gut-Free Beverage Maker

Looking for a simple, classy way to keep insect legs and innards out of your orange soda this summer? (And by orange soda, I mean “orange soda.”)


If you still insist on biking with your mouth open, there’s not much we can do about that. (Remember that fun fact about the average person consuming 4 kajillion bugs a year or something? That might have been found to be untrue for the average person, but not for you, my friend. Not for you.)

2) Top Anti-Childproofing Technique

The original pinner said: “Cute idea if you have little kids in the house!”


…The original pinner does not have kids.

Typically, the goal is not to FURTHER ATTRACT kids to outlets. Ooooh, a teeny tiny door with a teeny tiny heart on it!! (zap)

Trust me, those mysterious little holes in their mysterious white plastic casings are tantalizing enough.

3) Top DIY

The ladder shelf! Very cute.


However, it’s starting to ruffle my feathers a little bit that everyone on Pinterest acts like we all just have a pile of reclaimed items (of perfect vintage appearance) tucked away in our basements. Just grab a few antique chair backs, slap them onto an old barn door, add some crown molding, and BAM—a gorgeous new hutch!!!


4) Top Place to Go

Ok, it’s winter. I’m embracing it.

And if it’s going to be winter, it might as well look like THIS.



5) Top Cross-dressing Food

I don’t know. When I bite into a burger, I guess I just want it to taste like a burger.


How would you feel if you went to eat your morning oatmeal, and it randomly tasted like a Wendy’s frosty?

You’re right. That would be awesome.

6) Top Easterween Decor

Trick or treat! Wait, what holiday is it again?


Isn’t the idea to keep the dye on the SHELLS so you don’t have to EAT it? I can’t condone this.

7) Top Pregnancy Announcement



You’re 100% sure it’s not the sushi?

8) Top Meth Lab Tip-Off

I mean, spice rack.


9) Top Running Apparel

The DIY craze is getting a little out of control—now we’re repurposing chains as shoes.


Greatist (who described these shoes as being “made from medieval armor”) admitted that they didn’t actually try these out before writing about them. We understand, G.

I hate to be a downer, but the foot exfoliation product market is already pretty saturated. Just sayin.

10) Top Escape

The “Boat Hotel” on the Maldives Island.

The original pinner posted this to a board called “Funnies.” So I guess she thought it was a joke.


I’m sure the owners have thought this through, and precautions are in place, but I can’t help picturing people frantically rowing their hotel rooms away in the middle of the night.

“What’d you say the rate was again? $250 per boat? I mean, per night?”

If you’ve missed previous TTs, here’s a handful of the most recent ones:

December Top Ten

November Top Ten

October Top Ten

September Top Ten

August Top Ten

Have a great weekend! I’ve got some fun stuff ahead: working at a marathon expo all day tomorrow and then attending a red carpet movie premiere on Sunday! (Er, what? I’ll tell you about it next week!)

Which of the two travel spots shown here would you rather visit?


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Abby @ BackAtSquareZero January 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Those boats are gorgeous, but I sure hope I wouldn’t get sea sick.
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Julie January 27, 2013 at 7:57 am

I love your top 10 lists! #2 reminds me of a cartoon–a little mouse house! Not the way to deter children, though.

For #3, the old owners of our house actually did leave a lot of random things in our garage — all the old windows, two huge solid wood cabinets, a bunch of boards and miscellaneous furniture pieces. Our town also has an architectural salvage store. I realize that both of those things are weird, though ;)


Kim January 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm

#3: So jealous! :) I’ve heard rumors of things called salvage stores…so they DO exist!


Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy January 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

HAHAHA!!! Oh, those made my day – I was thinkin exactly the same thing when I saw the little cute door outlet covers – they look cute enough to distract an adult to open and close it..or at least me.

I’d like either, though it’s so cold right now, the boat hotel sounds intriguing to me :)


Kim January 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Agree–I also go for the warmer weather. :)


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