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A Last-Minute Christmas Wish List

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  1. “Be Dazzling” Scented Candle, $40, Kate Spade
  2. Buzzed Cocktail Napkin, $32, August Morgan
  3. Decorative Leopard Pillow Cover 18×18 (other sizes available), $42, MakingFabulous
  4. Osito 2 Jacket, $99, North Face
  5. Gilded Portable Charger, $40, Nasty Gal
  6. Dali Llama Mug, $12, Urban Outfitters
  7. Dry Gin,  $15 (200-milliliter bottle), Koval Distillery

(Images: 1. Kate Spade, 2. August Morgan, 3. Etsy, 4. North Face, 5. NastyGal, 6. Urban Outfitters, 7. Chicago magazine)

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I Want That Wednesday: Serial Notebook

You guys, please tell me you’ve all been listing to Serial. It’s. so. good.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s an NPR podcast, a spinoff of This American Life, where they tell one story over 12 weeks, with a new episode out each Thursday. (Only online, never actually broadcast on the radio.)

This “season,” Sarah Koenig, the reporter-turned-narrator, tells the story of Adnan Syed, a then-high school senior who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfiend, Hae Min Lee. Each episodes delves into a different topic surrounding the case, from Hae and Adnan’s breakup to inconsistencies in the investigation to Adnan’s alibi.

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It’s all kind of messed up really, but it makes for great storytelling. It absolutely appeals to the old-school reporter in me. Not only is it a type of long-form journalism, but it harkens back to the days when people used to crowd around the radio to listen to their favorite programs. In this world of instant gratification (think new shows being released all at once à la Netflix), it’s refreshing to me that people are excited for Thursday to come each week so they can listen to another part of this documentary.

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But tomorrow is the last episode! I’m so sad. (If you haven’t been listening but would like to start, you can catch up on all the episodes online.) Luckily, the podcast gained such popularity that enough donations came in to have a second season. Woohoo! I can’t wait to find out what the story will be.

If you would like to donate to Serial in a way – or just know a super fan that you still need to buy a Christmas gift for – NPR just released a Serial notebook in the This American Life Store! I want.

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Serial Notebook, $15, This American Life Store

(Images: SerialThis American Life)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

I Want That Wednesday: Colorful Wooden Dinnerware

You guys. It’s 82 degrees outside right now. FINALLY. After this winter, I honestly wouldn’t care if it was 115 degrees. All I want to do is get out there and play!

But alas, I’m stuck in the office daydreaming of alfresco dining with these…

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Goodbye, reds and purples—hello, turquoise and hot pink! Ah, how I’ve missing having color in my life. Not to mention eating outside. These fun wooden bowls and plates would go pretty perfectly with my summer bucket list item to grill more often.

For those of you who are crafty, I’m sure you could paint plain wooden bowls and plates (like the dipped wooden spoons) and save a few bucks, but I’m going to leave this one to the pros.

Wooden Bowl Set, Serving Bowls, Plate Set, $45/each, RedEnvelope

(Images: RedEnvelope)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

DIY: Dipped Wooden Spoons

OK, so yesterday I said I wanted those adorable neon-tipped wooden spoons. At $8 a pop, I think they’re perfectly reasonable. However, then I happened to run across an entry on HGTV’s website about handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas, and BAM!—why wouldn’t we just make the spoon-cessories ourselves? I imagine they’d be cheaper per spoon; plus, then they can be whatever style of wooden spoon you need and whatever color you want. Besides, a gift means more if you made it yourself, right? (Sorry ma, I already bought your present so there’s no spoiler alert here!)

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Click here for the step-by-step instructions.

(Image: HGTV)