Weekly Rundown

the Weekly Rundown: a Less Curated Home Tour + the Career of ‘Mom’

February 4, 2018

Seasons and salt blog


Do you guys follow The Moptop? She is one of my favorites on Instagram, and I like perusing her blog too. Tonya’s style is the perfect mix of polished/unpolished, and it constantly inspires me. And she’s super nice too! Our paths crossed once in Portland and I had the chance to fangirl meet her.


It’s career day in your kindergarten class, and the usual suspects (fireman, teacher, nurse, etc) come in to share about their respective positions. But what about the career of being a mom? If I had seen this progressive mindset as a five year old, perhaps it would have lessened some of the struggles I’ve wrestled with as an adult.


In the age of picture-perfect everything, it’s nice to see a real-life home tour that’s less curated and more lovely.

You may remember the washable sponges I touted a few weeks ago in my post about sustainable household choices (still love them!). Marley’s Monsters, the small business out of Oregon that makes them, is having an anniversary sale! Their entire stock is 20% off through the end of today, February 4th. Use the code HAPPYBIRTHDAY at checkout.


I made this West African-style soup for dinner last week, and the easy + delicious factor kind of knocked my socks off.

This post makes me seriously consider eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch each week.

I really want to make these peanut butter cup cookies. Just need to acquire some self-control first.

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  • Reply Lindsey February 4, 2018 at 9:48 am

    We also made a delicious peanut soup this week from Love Real Food (blogger Cookie and Kate) for the first time this week and I could not get enough!!

    • Reply Andrea February 4, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Ooo! I have actually made that one too. I love that cookbook! I found Kate’s recipe to be a little too heavy on the PB for me (but I tend to be an over-measurer). Do you have her cookbook? I recently made the kale slaw (pg. 188) and it was soooo good!

      • Reply Lindsey February 7, 2018 at 7:19 pm

        We got the book from the library and then liked it so much we bought it. We use it at least once a week. I think I loved her soup because it was so peanut buttery. I made her sweet potato poblano enchiladas tonight and they were a huge hit!

        • Reply Andrea February 8, 2018 at 9:07 pm

          It is such a great cookbook, isn’t it?! I love anything with sweet potatoes, I swear!

  • Reply Katie February 5, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Haha, we made those cookies and they are dangerous..
    How cool about meeting Tonya! She was one of the first blogs I followed, her style has stayed very “her” over the years.

    • Reply Andrea February 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      That’s awesome that you have followed her for so long! I think that’s why I like her so much, she truly has a good handle on her own personal style. (And it’s so good!)

  • Reply Julia February 6, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I bought the sponges, but I’m not sure the best way to wash them, the mesh part especially stays dingy even after washing, but I don’t want to use a bunch of laundry additives, any hints?

    • Reply Andrea February 6, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Hi Julia! I run mine through the washer and dryer with my towels, on warm, and I use Kirkland Ultra Clean, free and clear detergent. Mine come out pretty darn clean. But I tend to wash towels every other day, so they don’t sit too long.

      • Reply Andrea February 6, 2018 at 8:58 am

        I also change out my sponge every day or every other (I have 3). Hope this helps!

  • Reply Whitney February 12, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I just read the β€œI am Mom” link and started crying. Sitting here nursing my third child in between school pick-ups, folding four loads of laundry after a weekend away, and thinking about what to make for dinner. Being a mom is hard. But when I strip away the extras (housework, carpool, tantrums) I am reminded how important my job is even though I don’t contribute to our bank account. Thank you for sharing this. I ran across it right when I needed it.

    • Reply Andrea February 12, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Hi Whitney, I am so glad Natalie’s post resonated with you! I FEEL you! I wish we affirmed this role more in our society. You are doing an amazing job! And there is no price tag on what you are providing for your family, and the peace you are bringing to your household with your presence. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and a little glimpse into your world!

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