my week in objects (mostly).

July 14, 2017

five little things that made my week:

1. this little utensil
{and accompanying napkin. for helping lunchtime stay zero-waste.}

2. these peas.

3. this oil.

{it’s been the perfect thing for putting on my feet and toes at night so they’re sandal ready by morning.} 

4. the tiny machine (in this felt sleeve).
{for helping me devour this book this week. so good.}

5. this chilled plum.
{can’t *always* leave the fruit out.}

other things:

the case for skinny dipping.

summer reading for your woke kid.

who is wilderness for?


please, immediately.

home delivery!

you had me at snack cakes.

there’s a hole in the bucket.



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  • Reply Erin July 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Loved the articles this week. So well written and thought provoking.

    I spent almost 6 months lusting over a similar hair pink as “tuck” on Etsy (handmade right here in the Philadelphia area) before chopping off all my hair and now not needing it!

  • Reply Jennifer July 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Love the article about home delivery. We had a milk (and eggs, butter, cheese, ice cream!) delivery for a few months and some folks said I was being lazy. But at the time I was 9 months pregnant with an 18-month-old and not having to buckle her in and out of the car and through the store just to make sure we had milk in the morning was a godsend. Thanks for posting this, just reminded me to start that back up.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Lazy? Genius!

      • Reply Doe July 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm

        god bless all the angels who refuse to villainize the “lazy” mothers…for heaven’s sake!

  • Reply Erin S July 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Speaking of snack cakes, this buttermilk quick bread is so simple and wonderful: I make it at least every few weeks. It’s good for breakfast with jam or warmed up for an after-work nibble. It’s super adaptable, but I like the original version the best (made with real buttermilk and real butter!). Last night, I added 1 lemon’s worth of zest which is tasty. xo!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm


  • Reply Lauren Hodges July 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you so much for supporting the journalists at NPR, Erin! Big fan of the blog.

  • Reply Ana Mo Shoshin July 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Reminds me of one of my favorite poems:

    I have eaten
    the plums
    that were in
    the icebox

    and which
    you were probably
    for breakfast

    Forgive me
    they were delicious
    so sweet
    and so cold

    -William Carlos Williams

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 14, 2017 at 9:24 pm


      • Reply MissEm July 15, 2017 at 11:23 pm

        Oh Erin, speaking of that poem, you should check out HBO’s DVD Classical Baby Poetry – different people (John Lithgow, Susan Sarandon, etc) read poems paired with little cartoon representations. There are two sets, and they’re wonderful. I’m guessing your Faye would love them.

  • Reply Joanne July 15, 2017 at 7:50 am

    You know what, I always ADORE your “my week in objects” post. It’s a really creative and interesting concept, so nice and enjoyable to read through as well! Reminds us weekly of life’s smallest joys. That utensil looks like something I’d totally buy myself; too cute!
    And I’m very much enjoying these links.
    Thanks for writing this! Have a lovely weekend x

  • Reply Susanna July 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the Outside article! I never would have stumbled upon that on my own and I absolutely loved it: beautifully written, so thought provoking. What an amazing woman. I just shared it with a bunch of people. THANK YOU.

    • Reply MissEm July 15, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      Same. I’m so glad to hear other’s bravely shared perspectives. I’ve never understood that side of the “wilderness experience”

      • Reply Grace Kim July 18, 2017 at 8:54 am

        Me too…so eye-opening, and such lovely writing. Thank you so much, Erin!

        On another note…I’m curious as to how you find all of these amazing earth-friendly, well-made-products and small businesses. You always share such amazing things, and usually from companies I’ve never heard of…do you just search certain words on Google? Word of mouth referrals? Please teach us your ways! 😉

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

          Hi Grace! That’s one of the most gratifying parts of this job—getting to research and look into folks doing great work! Lots of folks reach out to me but I also do a lot of research to find them and I’m always taking notes and snapping pictures when I see something out and about that I admire!

  • Reply Amanda July 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    The Modern Love article is so powerful and well-written. There were so many sentences that jumped out at me, that made me feel, “Yes, this is exactly how it is.” Thank you for sharing it!

  • Reply Rachel July 17, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I’ve just started reading Not Working and it’s so brilliantly written. The little bitesize paragraph style is so wonderfully insightful and I’m finding myself genuinely laughing out loud constantly. Thanks for this post <3

  • Reply Nicole Brant July 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    My library has Not Working. Just checked it out. Thanks!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      That’s what I did, too!

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