I Heart Laundry Smells

August 16, 2010

Heaven on earth, this little house is. It was one of those days where I woke up smiling :)

And cool – because we turned the AC on last night!

While I attacked the task of unpacking my swag bags (x2 conferences!!), Matt made us some oatmeal.

Long time, no see!!

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We have no bananas or milk, but I did manage to convince my dad to give us some of his fruit :)

The Mix

  • 1/3 cup oats, 2/3 cup water
  • Chia seeds
  • Blueberries, stirred in at end
  • Half a peach, stirred in at end
  • Crunchy Buckwheat Granola (still pretty good after 2 weeks!)
  • TJ’s Sunflower Butter

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I don’t like iced coffee. But I love cooled coffee!! And black wasn’t too bad.

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Our basil is still thriving! I see pesto in the future :)

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Can I just say that I am OBSESSED with my home computer? After 12 days blogging from a netbook, I cannot believe how unbelievably fast and wonderful my desktop is!!

Blogging MACHINE!!!


Today is all about LAUNDRY (which I love doing when I have a whole day to do it), unpacking, cleaning and sorting. I couldn’t think of a better way to relax :mrgreen:

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1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

Ahhh, I LOVE the smell of laundry! It just can’t be beat.

Sounds like you’ve had a great welcome home morning!


2 Jessica @ How Sweet August 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

I love the smell of laundry too! It is so comforting.


3 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday August 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

Ah who doesn’t love the smell of laundry??


4 Amber K August 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

Me! Because then it means I have a ton of work to do. =P


5 Wei-Wei August 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

Oh, gosh. I haaaaate using netbooks. The keyboard and screen are just way too tiny, and sitting hunched on a tiny notebook isn’t too good for the fingers. Back. Or eyes. 😛 Welcome home!!



6 Katryn August 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds doing laundry relaxing and therapeutic!


7 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

Totally with you on the laundry smell – it’s amazing. I think they’ve actually got it bottled up as a fragrance to wear. : )


8 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 16, 2010 at 8:58 am

There is nothing like a clean house with all the laundry done :) Such a great feeling. Enjoy your day!


9 tanyasdaily August 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

Cute bowls!


10 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

Notebooks can definitely strain the eyes and hands! I look forward to the day I can buy a big iMAC. That will seem like such a luxury!!

I noticed this morning that my body soap smelled like dryer sheets. Not sure if that’s good or bad. At least I’ll smell fresh!!


11 JL Goes Vegan August 16, 2010 at 9:05 am

I love coming home as much as I love going away. Both are good! Welcome home!


12 Hannah August 16, 2010 at 9:09 am

Yoru breakfast puts me in mind of an icecream sundae – I’ll take that over pesto anyday 😛


13 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

I love coming home from a trip and doing laundry all day — I find it very relaxing!

Will you share with us what was in the swag bags?


14 Kath August 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

I can’t even remember and didn’t get a whole one for myself – but I’m SURE someone took a photo of theirs – we gotta find one!


15 Daniel August 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

Our laundry vent is right outside my window, so on nights when it’s cool enough to keep them open, and my Mom gets up and does laundry, I can wake up to the fresh scent of clean clothes.

I really like the idea of sizing the Windows Live Writer window so that it fits with the Photo Gallery as well… never thought of that, thanks for the idea. 😀


16 Kim August 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

I thought I was the only one who actually loved spending a day doing laundry!! Enjoy 😀

Also, I love those bowls!


17 Laura August 16, 2010 at 9:21 am

In college, my freshman dorm room was right next to the laundry room…nothing quite like weekend afternoons filled with the lovely smell of six washing machines and dryers! It was one of my favorite things about that dorm room… :)


18 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life August 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

ahhh… lazy laundry days rule!

Enjoy :)


19 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

Haha I kinda like laundry too. I love when you put the clothes in your closet and everything just smells so good.


20 sweetersalt August 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

Your basil is so lovely! Mine has dried out and gone to seed – booo!


21 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

hurray for being home…there’s really no better feeling in the world :)


22 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

I love the smell of laundry too, but I can’t say that I’ve ever thought of it as relaxing! I do love AFTER the laundry is done and everything is organized, that’s relaxing to me!


23 Tina August 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

You’re so funny that unpacking and organizing relaxes you. That is always the worst part for me after coming home from a trip. Although I do admit I love the feeling when its done.

Your blogging setup looks awesome. I love the dual screen option.


24 wishful nals August 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

going home is so nice! do you like the netbook? i’ve been in the market for a computer that’s easy to travel with for awhile. what’s your take on it? worth it?


25 Kath August 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

LOVE it – but only for short trips!


26 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies August 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

Mmmm homemade pesto!! One of the best things in the whole world!


27 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 16, 2010 at 10:05 am

I heart laundry smells too! My laundry from the weekend is still begging to be done though… I need to catch up on all these HLS posts first! Looks like you had an awesome time! :)


28 Camille August 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

Oooh, I love laundry smell :)
It is nice when you don’t feel rushed to get it done!


29 Heather August 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

I hate having a full laundry basket. Clean laundry is very calming for me too!

Good luck with your unpacking – I’m sure you will have it done in no time.


30 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

Glad you are back home Kath. I attacked a major amount of laundry myself yesterday. Good luck with yours! Enjoy your day at home!


31 Marina August 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

I love the smell of fresh laundry, but I really don’t like doing it 😀
Enjoy your time at home 😉


32 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) August 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

Your basil plant is looking great Kath! I have a HUGE laundry basket full of clothes that I would love to just be miraculously done!! 😉 I love when I throw a load in the dryer and leave to run an errand… come back, and the whole house smells like clean laundry. Love that.


33 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

Kudos to you for actually enjoying the cumbersome task of laundry, it’s definitely on my list of “chores I loathe.” It is nice to have it done, though!

Your oatmeal looks heavenly, as per usual. Don’t you just love how melty sunflower seed butter gets?

Also, how do you keep your basil plant thriving? Mine is seriously ill. Do they require direct sunlight? I currently have it in a kitchen window that gets only indirect light.


34 Kath August 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Leave it alone for 8 days!? :) Seriously, I have a black thumb. Matt is tending to it and I don’t even know what he’s doing to it. Perhaps feeding it bread?


35 faith @ gracefulfitness August 16, 2010 at 10:57 am

My dad made some EXCELLENT pesto with walnuts in place of pinenuts last week, I highly recommend it if you are a fan of walnuts (and it’s a bit more economical, pinenuts are pricey!).


36 Kath August 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I always use walnuts!!!


37 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

I hate doing laundry. I can’t imagine loving it, though the smell is nice. My hubby does it – yes, I’m lucky.


38 Heather August 16, 2010 at 11:02 am

i love the smell of fresh laundry! makes me want to take a nap.


39 Mama Pea August 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

I love laundry smells too! Especially the steam that comes out on the side of the house that smells like Snuggle. Mmm!!!


40 Angela August 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

I stopped drinking coffee a while ago, but when I was still drinking it I always wanted it cool. People thought this was so weird, but it was definitely the way I preferred it. Glad I’m not alone!


41 Lindsey August 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

Hey Kath! I’m a LONGTIME reader of your blog and I commented maybe on only once! During the time when I wasn’t reading your blog, I was in the hospital recovering from anorexia. I was down to 50 pounds, unable to walk, or speak, recognize my family. I was taken in by an ambulance. It’s been 7 months since I have been FULLY recovered and almost a year since I was in the hospital. I am at a very healthy weight and Im living life for the first time! isThe eating disorder thoughts are gone and I’m at peace.
I just wanted to let you know that your blog and you, are amazing examples of healthy living. You’re a wonderful inspirtation to many people. By the way, your photos are beautiful too!
And I can’t wait to attend the Healthy Living Summit next year!




42 Kath August 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Thanks so much Lindsey. SO glad to hear you’re feeling great again. All the best!


43 Lindsey August 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

Oops I signed my name twice…haha


44 Mary Frances August 16, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Lindsey, Thank you for sharing–nice to learn you are healthy and now living life and at peace :) Kath really does seem to be an inspiration to many. Wishing you all the best life has to offer!


45 Penny August 16, 2010 at 11:45 am

Not only do I love the smell of fresh laundry, but I love DOING laundry. It is the only household chore that I really enjoy. I have always thought that I would like to work in a laundromat. :-)
Yeah. I’m strange. :-)


46 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear August 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

Doing laundry is so much fun, I love when my closet is full of fresh clothes!

Your bowls are cute!


47 Ma Fea August 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

Hi, Kath. Welcome home. Thanks for the great pics and updates. Sorry to hear about your grandfather.
I was wondering if there’s a reason you prefer rolled oats vs. steel cut. It looks like your morning oatmeal fixes are primarily rolled. I’m hooked on steel cut and just wondered why (or if) you have a preference.


48 Kath August 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I prefer creamy to chewy and think rolled oats give more plump and volume. I dont’ dislike steel cut, but I just like rolled better.


49 Tia August 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

Sorry to hear about your grandfather kath, never easy, I bet her lived an amazingly full life though : ) I love the smell of laundry too, definetly very picky when it comes to my laundry soap hah!


50 Tracey August 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I really wish I could grow basil at home but we have no sunlight to put it in. It would be amazing to use really fresh stuff for pesto! Guess I will have to wait until I move to the suburbs and can have an entire garden full of good fresh herbs and veggies!


51 lauren August 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I made pesto last night because I have an overwhelming supply of basil! I ate it with the little box of Eden Organic Veggie Pasta from the HLS swag bag. Pretty tasty!


52 [email protected]'s Going The Distance August 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm

you don’t like iced coffee?!?! All this time I thought you did :)


53 R @ Learning As I Chop August 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

That basil looks terrific!


54 Meagan August 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Wow Kath, that basil is doing well. It looks like it is about to flower, make sure you trim it before it does!


55 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

i do love the smell of laundry, and folding it, but for some reason i HATE putting it away!


56 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I love doing laundry too! unless i’m rushed :)


57 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

The granola looks perfect on top. It looks like such a good bowl of comforting oats.


58 Dee August 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Ooh girl… I love your oatmeals! You inspire me. :)

You are a much better woman than I am. I absolutely hate laundry. Maybe if I had my own washer and dryer at home I’d enjoy it more, but laundromats around here really suck the happiness out everything. =/


59 Cati @ crave and create August 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

Is that the WordPress interface on your desktop shots?


60 Kath August 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

Windows Live Writer


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