june favorites

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Favorite Things16 Comments

As I was compiling this list, I realized I had a lot of favorites in June!  I ended up editing the list down a bit more because it was getting pretty long.  I think that’s a sign that it was a good month. That doesn’t mean everything went right or smooth, but it was full.  Full of learning and doing and finding new favorites and things that moved me.

Here is a smattering of those things…


If you’ve been with me for any amount of time, you know I love period dramas.  So, of course, I’m always excited to see what projects PBS/Masterpiece/ITV/BBC are working on that involve corsets.  A show I’ve enjoyed for a few seasons is Jamestown.  It’s the story of the Jamestown settlement told primarily through three women.  Now, this is not a show for those who want pure historical accuracy.  From what I’ve read on the subject, they pick and choose, guess and imagine.  But, I love the characters and seeing how life unfolds.  You can watch all three seasons on the Masterpiece channel on Amazon Prime.


This HBO miniseries received the highest IMDB’s rating of all time and there is good reason for it.  It is a very well-made miniseries on a difficult subject.  The writing, acting, and cinematography are all so well done and it is powerful to watch from a historical and an artistic standpoint.   I ended up texting my dad about it as I was watching, because we lived in Germany at that time and, in the miniseries, they mentioned that school children in Germany were limited from playing outside because of radiation levels.  I just didn’t remember it, but he said we were mostly kept inside during that time.

You can watch the series on the HBO channel on Amazon Prime.

atomic habits

I still have a few more chapters to read in Atomic Habits, but I had to include it as a favorite this month.  I’ve been listening to the audiobook as I walk in the mornings and I cannot express how impactful this book has been for both Jeff and I.  It has spoken into so many areas of life from health and weight loss, to setting goals and planning, to artistic endeavors, and more.  Unless it takes a nosedive in the last couple of chapters, I give this book an enthusiastic endorsement.

jjill linen shirts

I went to J Jill a couple of weeks ago when I was in the area running some other errands.  I’ve lost some weight recently and it was getting to the point where some of my shirts were hanging lifelessly on me, so I decided to stop in and see if they had any shirts I liked on sale.  I ended up trying on this linen tunic shirt with an asymmetrical hem and I loved it so much that I bought it in all three colors (natural, black, and white.)  It’s a very flattering shirt and I wear them a lot.  As a bonus, their linen is an additional 50% off right now, so these shirts are now $30/each.  (I actually just ordered linen hoodie and a dress because of the sale!)

cream of asparagus soup

It was odd, but I was craving a good cream of asparagus soup, so I decided to make some.  I made THIS RECIPE from Epicurious and it was simple and so delicious.  It satisfied the craving perfectly.

Mustard Seed Mentoring

I launched Mustard Seed Mentoring earlier this month, so I’ve been working on getting into a rhythm with it.  It has been fulfilling work, though, and I am just loving it!  It helps a lot that it’s a special group of people who are sharing and encouraging as well as learning and receiving.  I will be opening the group again this fall, so if you’re interested in joining, you can sign up to be on the waiting list for group or one-on-one mentoring HERE.

As a part of one-on-one mentoring, I work with my clients to help promote their brand.  I had a hunch I would want to do that anyway and I was right!  If you want to check out their business, you can find them in the sponsor sections on my blog…

I’ve also been sharing them in my Instagram Stories.

Oldfield Candles

One of the new products I was introduced to through my mentoring group is Oldfield candles.  I will admit, I’m not a big candle person.  I’ll use them here and there, but I just don’t think about lighting candles very often.  I think these candles might change that.

Amy, literature-lover and creator of this line, designed these complex scents based on literary greats.  Isn’t that such an interesting project?  I wonder what the essence of Edgar Allen Poe smells like?  I loved all of the scents, but Charlotte Bronte was my favorite.

If you’re a soy candle/essential oil/book lover, you’ll enjoy these.  I think they’re a great gift, too.

Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese Olive Spread

This stuff is, as they say, the bomb.  But, I enjoy olives.  And I like cheesy spreads to pair with crackers and veggies for my lunch every day.  This one is definitely a new favorite.

I spread it onto a cracker and then top it with red peppers…

So You Think You Can Dance Audition

I find most art forms moving in some way or another, but I find dance to be particularly captivating.  I love how people can tell a story through movement paired with music.  When that magic combination is struck, the result can be powerful.  Sometimes I like a dance and I can’t even articulate why.  I’ll just find that I’m emotional after watching it.  Such was the case with this hip-hop audition by Dezi Saenz in Season 16, episode 1…

I had more favorites, as I said, but I’ll save some of those for July.

What were your favorites in June?

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16 Comments on “june favorites”

  1. Thank you for the show recommendations! I’m going to check them out. I agree with you about dance. SYTYCD is my longtime favorite show! We are a dance family, and I would rather watch dance than anything in the world. Like you, I thought Dezi’s hip-hop dance was moving and spectacular! This is a show I NEVER miss! I’m glad to see you’re a fan!

  2. Did you post the finished gardening project by the utility boxes and I missed it? Love your blog!

  3. I have that same shirt from J Jill (in the natural) and I absolutely love it. I get tons of compliments every time I wear it 🙂 It’s the perfect summer piece for our sometimes (but maybe not today) cooler climate.

  4. I love these! Just about done at work for this morning and think my lunch hour will be a quick stop at JJill! Really appreciate the recommendations.

  5. I fell in love with the dining table you refinished that was published in the Country Living magazine recently. It’s inspired me to try painting my mom’s old oak table that we have had forever that is currently in my sister’s barn. It is exactly like yours. I am so hoping that you will someday offer classes here in Rochester. Your work is amazing.

  6. We too watched Chernobyl. The scene placements were so impactful, such as seeing the cement pouring onto the coffins in the mass grave. The details were so interesting as well as seeing the Russian mindset throughout the investigations. Hard to watch in so many ways but oh so well done.

  7. I live in Washington State near a farmers market that gets produce from all over the state. So far I’ve been through asparagus, strawberries and now raspberries! But the best is bi-color sweetcorn. I have a resolution to eat some every day, and I have. The seasonality of it makes it all the more deelish!

  8. Marian, something I do all the time….make my own cream cheese and olive spread for crackers or lower calorie count, spread in celery. Just chop up the olives fine and add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and onion powder or flakes, blend all together, so much cheaper by the batch…enjoy!

  9. I adore jjill as well. It was my go to place when I hit my WW goal wt and I have a ton of their clothes. And thx for the cream cheese recommendation, TJ is another all time fav! My biggest issue now is being 45 min away from those places😢😢 because we just moved to Arizona. In Columbus, I was 4 miles from all things fabulous shopping. But we are living our best life in Green Valley 😀😀👍👍🌵🌵

  10. I have started watching Alone on the History Channel. Where has this been? I love it! I will check out Jamestown.

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