A Day in the Life: April 7, 2020

Hi friends!  I thought I’d write a post all about what my day looks like.  So, I’m going to list out everything I did today.

6:25am: alarm goes off -> hit snooze

6:32am: 2nd alarm goes off -> hit snooze

6:34am: snooze alarm goes off -> turn it off

6:43am: 2nd snooze alarm goes off -> turn it off -> turn on lamp, turn up the lights on clock, glance at emails

Get up & put YL CBD muscle rub on shoulders & neck -> turn on my news podcasts -> make bed -> head into the bathroom.

Routine in the Bathroom:
1. Clean face with Thayer’s Witch Hazel
2. Used Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel.
3. Put on my Glow Serum on my face & neck: I make this with Young Living essential oils – Lavender, Frankincense, Copaiba, Blue Tansy, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Manuka, & jojoba oil.
4. Under my eyes I swipe on Tula Glow & Get It.34BA9490-3056-4A1A-82E7-DD4983AB7103_1_201_a

While that soaks in, I do the following:
1. Take my Biotin. I use Nature’s Bounty 10,000 mcg.  I have only been able to find this exact one at Target & it is the highest dosage I have found.  They taste good (strawberry) & dissolve quickly.
2. I roll YL Progessence Plus on my forearms.  I use this to help balance & normalize my hormone levels.
3. Then I roll on YL Endoflex over my thyroid for thyroid & metabolism support.
4. Next I roll YL Juvaflex over my liver to help with liver & lymphatic detoxification.
5. Last of the morning oils, I roll YL Joy over my heart because it is uplifting & calming.  Joy also promotes general attitude & emotional well-being; we can all use that right now.  Am I right?

Then I gather all my Juice Plus vitamins (4 berry, 4 veggie, & 4 fruit) & put those aside.  I prefer the gummy vitamins, they taste so good, & eat them while I’m getting ready. 217FC6CC-9DE4-4766-BA49-549224FD5E38_4_5005_c

Okay, so by 7:00am I was in the kitchen making my coffee.  I like this coffee from Amazon, & use any caramel flavored creamer.  Right now I’m using a coconut milk caramel flavored creamer.  While the coffee was brewing, I grabbed a Chobani peach yogurt & filled a small bowl (think salad dressing size in a lunch box) with mini dark chocolate chips & roasted pistachios.  I put the yogurt & toppings in my office & turn on a lamp.  I like for my yogurt to sit out for a little bit to take the cold edge off.  With my coffee in hand, I head back into the bathroom to get ready.

So first up, I put on “weekend” makeup, which consists of concealer, blush, mascara.  I’ve taken all my vitamins by the time I’m done with makeup.

7:30am: still sipping coffee, I start on my hair.  My hair is growing out from a bob & is at a real weird length, so I do have to fix it so that it makes some semblance of order.

7:45am: hair done, coffee done, brush teeth.

7:50am: got dressed – yes, I wear jeans to work from home.  I am much more productive if I am at least dressed “Friday casual” style.

8:00am: got to my desk to start my work day.
Office Diffuser blend today is Peppermint (stimulating), Orange (uplifting), Valor (balancing energies), & Lime (immune support).  It smells so good!

Adjusted thermostat every 10 minutes, trying to get warm.

8:45am: threw a load of laundry in the washer & off to my boss’s house to pickup some equipment to deliver to a client.

9:00am: met my boss & also picked up a face mask my friend Jessica left for me.

9:15am: drove through Starbucks – I know this is so bad, but it was drive through.

9:45 – 10:15am: met client – I’m not going to lie, it felt great to drive my car.  Don’t worry, we maintained social distance.

While I was waiting, I finalized my life insurance policy with my broker over the phone.  Now is a great time to make sure all your paperwork is in order in case something were to happen to you.

10:45am: stopped at Walgreens, totally forgot to get what I went in there for.  Instead, it looked like I gave a 10yo $40 to pick out snacks for a road trip.

11:00am: picked up lunch from Herb & Beet (pickup only).  I was really worried about this small business closing permanently, so I was really excited to see that they were doing pickups.

11:15am: unloaded my Walgreens “groceries,” switched over the laundry to the dryer, & washed the dishes from last night.

11:30am: back at my desk, working with my Texas Brisket salad and mac & cheese. 664E90DA-ECDE-40AF-8405-C689597FB1A0_1_201_a

Made a mess of my shirt, & promptly changed into yoga pants & a sweatshirt.  Back to work.  Ugh, there is a fly in my house.

3:00pm: took a 10 minute break to do an arm workout with Obé Fitness.  My arms are going to fall off after that one.

4:09pm: I hear the ducks have returned to my yard to hold me hostage once again.

5:00pm: virtual HH with Amy & Maureen!  Y’all, I have perfected my Coconut Mojito recipe & will share it on my Friday Five!

6:00pm: made dinner – Trader Joe’s Carnitas with Salsa Verde burrito & guacamole with Elote chips.

7:00pm: watched Watch What Happens Live & Hometown that I fell asleep during on Monday.

8:00pm: watched Vanderpump Rules
Living Room Diffuser Blend: Anthropologie Volcano candle blend – YL Orange, Grapefruit, Lime, Idaho Blue Spruce, & Geranium.

9:00pm: watched Shahs of Sunset from last Friday.

10:00pm: Bedtime Routine:
1. Turn on diffuser: blend is Thieves & Lemon for immune support.
2. Used Bliss Makeup Melt to remove mascara.
3. Wash face with YL Orange Blossom face wash.
4. Used Thayer’s Witch Hazel for toner.
5. Used Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel (I’d like to do this every other day, but only remember about once a week).
6. Used prescription acne gel.
7. NeuLASH lash enhancing serum. 5DA4AED0-2560-4D17-8019-701DF39E1231

10:15pm: In Bed Routine:
1. Spray Thieves on the bottom of my feet.
2. Roll YL Tranquil from shoulder, across my clavicle, to the other shoulder (sleep support).
3. Roll YL Soothe CBD oil on the back of my neck (for chronic neck & shoulder pain).
4. Put on chapstick.
5. Put on Olive & June cuticle oil.
6. Read Only You until 11:00pm.  Lights out.

One thing I left off this list is every time I washed my hands.  If I touched something, then I washed my hands.

Was this interesting?

I’ll be back Friday for my Friday Five & the RHONY Recap.

Kiss Hug,

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RHONY: Kindergarten

Y’all, I am so happy!  RHONY is back baby!  Those of us that love Bravo really need and deserve this in these trying times.

As most season premiers go, it was fairly tame for the NY ladies.  However. we. have. got. a. season.

We open on the ladies finding out that Bethenny left the show.  Everyone’s reactions were predictable for each gal – Dorinda & Sonja were sad, Tinsley was indifferent, Ramona & Luann were all too happy to say good riddance.  Okay, now that’s out of the way…

Luann emerges from the court house, as the Countess has wrapped up her rap sheet by completing probation.  Sonja, her emotional support housewife, was in tow with a fun flask for moral support.AA96E43B-D3FA-4AE8-A466-50024043E4E6Anyone else find it weird that the coffee cart guy knew Luann?  The ladies sit on a bench and immediately start b*tching about old stuff.  They quickly hugged it out while Sonja ate a sandwich over Lu’s shoulder.  Oh Sonja!

Down the road Tinsley meets up with new housewife Leah.  They do a boxing workout with someone that looks like the guy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that had the lobotomy.  So, it sounds like Tinz is dating a new guy named Bruce that has kids, which she talks to like dogs.  Y’all, is Tinsley going to be like the stepmom from The Parent Trap? B1B7B3B5-74BE-4105-8115-4A92CBA87671_4_5005_c
Meanwhile across town, Johns stops by Dorinda’s for date night in.  I thought Dorinda & John broke up?  We learned that Carson Kressley broke Dorinda’s rib, but she is on the mend!  This scene made me cringe so much.  Dorinda clearly hates John, but doesn’t want to give up that dry cleaning discount…  To let your man burn his hand on a hot pan is sure fire sign this relationship isn’t gonna work out.

Do we like Dorinda’s new haircut?  I kinda think she looks like Lance Bass…

Across town Ramona meets up with some of her old friends, that look younger each time we seem them.  As always, Mo orders a simple cocktail, but asks for it to be made as complicated as possible.  She basically asked for a mojito with the mint & limes on the side.  Your cocktail shouldn’t need a tray!  Ramona starts crying, no actual tears, to her friends because she sold her apartment & hates her new one – get this, because she’s alone there too.  Must be so tough to live on the Upper East Side…  How often do you think bartenders spit in Ramona’s drinks?

Seemingly the next day, we meet Leah’s 12yo daughter, Kier.  They stroll to coffee where Leah committed one of the biggest housewives sins – telling a the server “I’m going to have…”  Always, always treat waitstaff with the utmost respect.  “May I please have…”

Anyway, Leah informs us that she & Kier are soul mates, life partners, best friends, and also mother/daughter.  This smells like a Kelly Dodd/Jolie situation in the making.

Meanwhile, at the townhouse Stuart Little’s House Sonja’s apartment looks like an episode of Hoarders.  Her place is my nightmare.  She opened the door to Ramona, and immediately started rambling about having a concussion, falling off platform sneakers, & shock that Ramona’s dog is still alive.  Ramona cut her to the quick, & pointed out that Sonja was sad & deflecting about her daughter going off to college.  Call me crazy, but how is this any different from when she was at boarding school?

Dorinda is getting her makeup done by Caroline Stanbury’s (oh, how I miss Ladies of London) sycophant, Luke, for an End of Summer party.  Dorinda is still peeved at Tinsley for not opening up to her.  Y’all, I just don’t think Tinsley is that deep.  Every city needs a housewife like Tinsley, she’s there to support, hangout, & have a good time.  Dorinda’s feud is super weird.

Sonja, Leah, & Tinsley arrive at the party & do a pre-drink, except Sonja isn’t drinking yet & Leah doesn’t drink?  I don’t think Leah even knows if she is sober or not.  Did anyone else see Ramona walk right past the women?  Cold.

Dorinda started the evening by surprising the guests with a drag queen performing Luann’s song, “Feelin’ Jovani.”  I kinda thought it was a dig, but Lu took it as “let bygones be bygones.”  Who am I to argue with the Countess.  Ramona & Luann interrogated got to know Leah.  Leah & Lu compared probation sentences as our new friend is no stranger to the 5-0-5-0. 79B11CDE-7F8A-44DF-89A1-A24B46C13C51

Y’all, I think Leah might be the right amount of crazy we need this season.

For some god awful reason, Tinsley thought it would be wise to pull Dorinda aside to tell her that they would talk later about their issue.  This of course set Dorinda off.   I just don’t get it.  What does it matter if Tinsley dates Scott?  Why is the source of Tinsley’s money anyone’s business? Who cares if Scott buys her sh*t?  She’s on TV show, I assume a large portion of her income comes from Bravo?  We also know that she is a wealthy socialite from Virginia.  Why is any of it Dorinda’s business?  By going after Tinsley, Dorinda is punching down.  Not a good look.

Meanwhile, Sonja is either trying to hook Leah up with Ramona’s sloppy seconds, William.  Or, she’s trying to somehow use Leah to hook up with William herself.  Oh, Sonja – please never change.

We end the episode with Tinsley & Dorinda still arguing about nothing.  Dorinda goes too far, telling Tinsley that she got her shoes on her back & that she needs to go back to kindergarten.  Like Leah, we were all appalled.

What did you think of the premier?  Do we have a good season ahead of us?  Do we like Leah, or is the jury still out?

I also posted my Friday Five this morning, so please check that out.  I hope you all have great weekend six feet away from everyone else.

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Live from Snack Time

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Hi friends!  Thankfully March is over with!  Didn’t it feel like March had 11, 374, 922 days?  This week has been a doosy, but let’s get into the good things from this week.

One: Tiger King

Okay, like anyone else all I can talk about is Tiger King.  Y’all, this show is so bad, so so bad.  It’s wild! 2E5B6AB3-27FD-4E8F-AB44-8A02888DD7F2

Here is my recap of each episode:

  1. I don’t get the hype.
  2. Weird, but okay.
  3. Say what?
  4. WTF!
  5. Oh, this got dark.
  6. Huh.
  7. Justice for Joe?
  8. Egos ruin the world.

A few lingering thoughts…  I’m absolutely terrified of Doc Antle.  Joe, Doc, & Carole were are three cults leaders.  Also, Carole was no better than Joe, in terms of wanting big cats, she was just “smart enough” to call it a sanctuary instead of a zoo.

Two: Pandemic Pants

I was influenced by Becca Freeman to get Pandemic Pants from Old Navy.04992437-29F9-48F4-8F1F-CFE315EF536EI’m not sure if mine are the exact same as hers, but they a mighty comfy.  Definitely not flattering, but did I mention they were C O M F O R T A B L E.

Three: The Shop Forward

Y’all, I got these new t-shirts that go perfectly with my pandemic pants…pandemic tees?

Not only are they super soft, but all the proceeds go to charity.  You can get them here.

Four: Zucchini Pizza

Ashley Spivey has a recipe highlight saved on her Instagram with several versions of zucchini pizzas or “boats.”  I made a classic pepperoni pizza.  This recipe could not be easier, and I really like that you can make this one zucchini at a time if you’re cooking for one & can change up your toppings.

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Zucchini (I suggest one per person)

  • Rinse & dry your veggies
  • Slice zucchini length wise
  • Scoop out some of the fleshy part to create a trench
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, & olive oil
  • Roast in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes
  • Pull out of the oven, & fill the trenches with pizza sauce (or marinara sauce)
  • Top with mozzarella (or cheese of your choice)
  • Then layer with pepperoni (or your favorite pizza toppings)
  • Pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so to melt the cheese
  • Enjoy!

Five: My New Favorite IG Accounts

@philip_or_flop – I could watch Philip do DIYs all day.  It is oddly soothing.

@pleasehatethesethings – this account is so hilarious.  It’s basically pictures of awful design decisions.

@livefromsnacktime – If you liked the show Kids Say the Darnedest Things, then this is the IG account for you.

My recap of RHONY will be up later today.

Until next time, be well.

Kiss Hug (from 6ft. away),

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Friday Five: A Daisy or Two

E69E6C8C-FE02-48C9-9B30-10EAA1E1DDBF_4_5005_cHey y’all!  Hope you have survived another week of Social Distancing.  I’ve been trying recall if I’m on week 2 or week 3 of quarantine.  I think the first week was unofficial…

Anyway, I have five fun things, saving my sanity, to share with you for the week!

One: Quarantunes

Y’all, my playlist for the quarantine is so good!  If you are wanting 4+ hours of music to fill the silence, take a listen here.  I have a good mix of upbeat, mellow, new-ish, oldies.

Two: Fresh Flowers

So, the least practical thing I bought for my quarantine was fresh flowers.IMG_1543Even I am shaking my head at this.  I’m an Enneagram 1 (wing 9), but in times of stress E1’s go to Enneagram 4.  There is a lot of staring out the window, which normally would be very unlike me.

I do take a very quick daily sanity walk to my mailbox everyday, but if you follow me on IG then you know I have two really ugly ducks that have taken up residence in my front yard.  I’m terrified of birds (long story), and I feel like they are holding me hostage.IMG_1542Anyway, the fresh flowers are allowing me to be with nature, but not in nature.  Just how I like it.

Three: Obé Fitness

I’ve finally gotten so stir crazy that I’ve started using Obé Fitness, an at home workout app.  There is a free 7 day trial, & you can use code Ashley30 for 30% off your first month.  This is Ashley Spivey’s discount code for her followers, but I’m one of them so I’m sharing the love!

I started with a 10 minute arm workout, which I only did half of.  Y’all, I did not pick a beginner sesh.  As soon as the instructor went to planks I tapped out.  I’m just not at a place in my life where I’m ready to plank for 3.5 minutes…or at all.  Ever.

I do really like that you can select workouts from 10 minutes to an hour, you can target certain areas, and they have dance & yoga.  Think I’ll try dance cardio next, sounds fun!

Four: Staying above the Wellness Line

In the midst of all the Coronavirus stuff going on, I’m doing some extra things to stay above the wellness line.  To be fair, if anyone is already sick then medicine is obviously the way to go to get back to health.

Here are some things I’m doing:

  1. Diffusing Thieves essential oil in every room in my house while I’m in that room.  Thieves is excellent for your immune system.  Side bonus – Thieves + Lemon helps fight my allergies as the pollen is thick around here.D581DC2D-276F-4E17-BA38-ADD1DC3CCCD4
  2. Drinking at least 2 ounces of NingXia Red for added antioxidants.BFE51B72-2D55-4560-8578-34F3A49C46DB
  3. Vitamin C – all day, every day.
  4. CBD muscle rub; I have chronic neck and shoulder issues & frequent the chiropractor.  Well, I can’t do that right now, so I use CBD muscle rub to help release my neck.
  5. If things get especially stressful, I use my CBD calm &/or soothe roller.
  6. All. The. Face. Masks.  This is more of staying above the mental wellness line.

Full disclosure, items 1 – 5 are all from Young Living Essential Oils.

Five: Jessica Yellin

If you are not following @JessicaYellin on Instagram you should be.  Jessica brings her followers up-to-date, neutral information.  I often get info from her 2 – 3 days before it makes it to mainstream media.  Her signature format is #newsnotnoise.

Hope you all are well.

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: March 2020

Hi friends!  It has been ages since I have done one of these. D4181699-7DFE-49CC-9185-B7985BF653C3

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

What I’m eating this week?

So, this past weekend I took inventory of what was in my freezer, fridge, & pantry.  I’m crossing things off as I eat them, and then adding them to the leftovers list to ensure I eat those too.  Not a huge leftovers fan… IMG_1524

I’ve been using what I have on hand to make recipes from The Defined Dish cookbook & Half Baked Harvest cookbook.  Also, Ina Garten is posting simple pantry staple recipes on IG while we are staying home in due to this pandemic.

This week I plan to try TDD Curried Beef Turkey Acorn Squash, and HBH chocolate banana coconut muffins.

What I’m reminiscing about?

Remember like 2 weeks ago when we could leave our house?  Yeah, me neither.

What I’m loving?

So, the last couple of weeks I was “stress buying,” but I’ve since cut myself off.  Oddly enough, I bought art, which is super useful in a pandemic (I’m rolling my eyes so hard). IMG_1526

Both of these artists I found on Instagram.  Top two are from @melremmers, and the bottom two are from @verrier_handcrafted_.  I have another small piece coming from @laureldawn.cornerstudio.  I just need to get these babies framed!

What I’ve been up to?

Luckily for me, I work from home, even before the world fell apart, so it is pretty much business as usual.  If you’re having any network or VPN issues now that you are working from home, reach out to me! 🙂

What I’m dreading?

Aren’t we all dreading the same thing?  The unknowns of COVID-19.  Based on multiple interviews I’ve seen, medical experts are predicting that we are still in the very early stages of this in the US.  We are expected to peak late April.

What I’m working on?

Outside of actual work, I’m working on a hard jigsaw puzzle.  Why I thought it would be a good idea to order impressionist art puzzles is beyond me.

What I’m excited about?

I’m wearing my Nantucket J. Crew sweatshirt today, & I’m excited to get to plan a trip again.  May still be a while yet, but here’s hoping…

You can read about my Nantucket trip here.

What I’m watching & reading?

I’m watching so much Bravo right now.  I’m really into the new show, Family Karma.  I’ll start Tiger King tonight, although I usually don’t love shows that get this much hype.  Still loving Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist too.  I’m also really wanting to rewatch The Mindy Project.  Anyone else rewatching old favorites?

I’m having such a hard time getting motivated to read.  The first two days of social distancing, I read one book.  Since March 15, I’ve only gotten half way through another book.  It’s not that I don’t like it, but I’m just not motivated.  Am I the only one?

What I’m listening to?

Have you listened to my Quarantunes playlist?  You should, it’s pretty good if I do say so myself.

What I’m wearing?

I bought these two shirts from The Shop Forward, all the proceeds go to charity.  Love that!

Also loving this Lou & Grey sweater. C0280101-BF58-45C0-AE65-567FD0E10BDC

What I’m doing this weekend?

HAHAHAHAHAHA, drinking wine & doing jigsaw puzzles.  Obviously.

What I’m looking forward to next month?

I’m going to do a “no buy April,” which is where I can only spend money on food & utilities, but no extras.  Since I think we’ll still be in Quarantine, this should be easy.  Should being the operative word.

What else is new?

Have you seen the new nail polish colors from Olive & June?  They are so good!  Also, Sarah’s (the founder of O&J) IG Live with Katie from @WhatKateFinds is so fun!  Katie does an interview everyday at 3:00pm CST – it is really getting me through these long days.

Hope you enjoyed.  I’ll be back here on Friday for my Friday Five!

Kiss Hug,

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My Week in Podcasts

Hi friends!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  On Saturday, I inventoried my freezer, fridge, & pantry; I decided I did indeed have plenty of food & did not need to venture out to the grocery store.  Sunday I broke down & went to the farmer’s market & the grocery store.  What is wrong with me???  Everything I wanted to make was missing 1 or 2 ingredients.

Y’all, I went to H-E-B and it was the least busy I had ever seen it.  I have to say the grocery store was pretty well stocked aside from toilet paper, butter, and paper towels.  The employees were so incredibly nice, if not exhausted.  When I got to my car I cried.  I’m not exactly sure why other than I felt grateful for these hard workers, worried for the elderly gentleman I saw debating which can of beans to get, or grieving for what has happened thus far & what will come in a few weeks.  The scary thing is that COVID-19 is still in infancy in the US, & won’t peak until mid to late April.  That is scary.

Anyway, today’s post is about all the podcasts I listen to.  I’m a HUGE podcast fan & these are majorly helping me get through this! 61E70703-3AF0-4509-893B-477F5DF1B23BLet’s get to it…in day order & the order that I generally listen to them.  I know, I’m neurotic – just go with it.

Monday:

  1. Start Here – this is an ABC News podcast that is about 15 minutes long with all the news from the last 24 hours.  I would say it is politically neutral.
  2. What A Day – also a daily news podcast, but the hosts are my age (younger?) so it feels more relatable.  This one leans left politically.
  3. Pod Save America – Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, & Tommy Vietor host Monday’s episode of PSA.  This comes out at the end of the day (around 5pm), so I usually listen to this one while making dinner.  The Monday episodes basically cover what has happened in the US news over the weekend & Monday during the day.  This one is definitely left, but has so much good information regardless of your political affiliation.

Tuesday:

  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. Dumb, Gay Politics – I have no idea how I found this pod, but I loved the hosts Julie & Brandy on The People’s Couch on Bravo.  To be honest, I usually skip the first 10 – 20 minutes when they talk about the gifts people sent them.  However, they are funny & I like their take on world events.  Their deep dive into Mitch McConnell was shocking & fascinating (because I’m dumb – see what I did there?).
  4. Bad on Paper – I actually usually save this one for later in the week, but I love Becca & Grace.  They give such good recommendations from books (obviously) to beauty products to who to follow on IG.

Wednesday:

  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. The Popcast – this is my GOAT.  So funny!  Knox & Jamie, the hosts, also recap The Bachelor/ette on Patreon & it is absolutely worth the $7 a month to be a BFOT.
  4. Pod Save the World – the hosts, Ben & Tommy, used to work for President Obama.  They are how I keep up with stuff going on in the world, not just the US.

Thursday:

  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. Pod Save America – this one is hosted by Jon Favreau & Dan Pfeiffer.  PSA on Thursdays catches me up on everything that has happened since Monday’s pod.  It also usually includes an interview with someone in the political realm.
  4. Hysteria – the main host is Erin Ryan.  She has a short conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco who also worked for Obama.  I love that every week Erin speaks with 3-4 smart, capable women about things that matter to women.
  5. Bitch Sesh – I LOVE this podcast hosted by Casey Wilson & Danielle Schneider.  They breakdown my beloved Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, & Southern Charm.  They are hilarious!!!

Friday:

  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. So Money with Farnoosh Torabi – I really like this financial podcast.  Farnoosh puts out an episode on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays.  I only listen to the Friday episodes, as 3 days a week seems like a big commitment.  I prefer Friday because it is specific to listener questions & much shorter than the interviews; I find it really helpful to hear other people’s money questions.
  4. Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan – Mehdi is a very no nonsense interviewer about politics.  On one episode Mehdi was interviewing Tom Steyer; he flat out told Tom to drop out of the race & spend his money for Climate Change another way.  It was wild.

Saturday:

  1. Lovett or Leave It – hosted by Jon Lovett.  This show is a hilarious take on the events from the week.

Sunday: 

Sundays are catch up days if I missed any throughout the week.

Seasonal:

  1. America Dissected: Coronavirus – I’m new to this podcast, obviously because it is about COVID-19.  It is hosted by Abdul El-Sayed; he is an Epidemiologist & usually interviews another medical expert.
  2. Here to Make Friends – Emma & Claire host a Bachelor recap pod.  Both ladies write for the Huffington Post, & recap the Bachelor from a feminist perspective.

Occasional:

  1. Be There in Five – I’m new to this podcast, in fact I’m on my first episode.  Kate Kennedy is the host & I’ve heard her on other podcasts.  I have to listen to this in increments as her episodes are well over an hour.
  2. NPR: Fresh Air – I love NPR podcasts.  This particular one puts out multiple episodes a week, & I pick and choose which episodes to listen to.

As you can tell, I listen to hours worth of podcasts everyday.  What can I say?  I like to be informed about numerous topics.

What podcasts do y’all like?  Any that I should listen to?  I’m not a huge true crime person…obviously.

Until next time…

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: H-E-B is the Best!

Hi friends!  How are you all managing?  Are you slowly going insane, like me, or are you already there?  As most of you know, I work from home, so I thought I was prepared for a quarantine – in fact I thought I would thrive in a quarantine.  But, knowing that I can’t leave my house (only for necessities) is starting to get to me.  I’ve allowed myself to go out once a day on a walk to the mailbox. 🙂 All I want to do is go to the grocery store, but I’m trying to challenge myself to eat everything in my fridge, freezer, & pantry before I go to the grocery store.  Try is the operative word.

I find something everyday to make me laugh, and found this yesterday. CAFF1B07-B7E0-4A40-8C7A-6904387809FE_1_201_a

Despite all that is going on in the world, I have five favorite things from the week.

One: Ashley Spivey

So, most of you may not know who Ashley Spivey is.  She is my very favorite contestant ever from The Bachelor franchise.  We met her on Brad Womack’s second season as The Bachelor…you know the one where he only paid attention to Emily.

I started following Ashley on Twitter, then also followed her on IG.  I promise I’m not a stalker.  What I really enjoy about Ashley, is that she is not a traditional influencer.  She is constantly posting stories on politics & interesting articles, spot-on book reviews, clean beauty products, the occasional recipe, & so much more.

In this pandemic, Ashley is doing such a service by sharing any & all ways to help small businesses, people, etc. in these crazy times.  She is just a really good person.

Two: Bad on Paper

Every week I listen to the Bad on Paper podcast. AF9D33E2-FFF4-4AC9-BD5E-54C0EEF179AE_1_201_aI’m fairly new to this podcast; I’ve been listening for 6-ish months.  I started listening because Ashley Spivey was a guest, & stayed because I really like the hosts – Grace & Becca.

My favorite episodes are the ones that don’t have guests.  Is that bad, seeing as how I found the podcast because of a guest?  I really love their weekly recommendations, so much so that I tend to screenshot the show notes so I can refer back to them as needed.

This week I started the book Our Stop due to Becca’s recommendation – she’s my romcom girl.

Three: Clare Crawley’s Dudes

Earlier this week we learned that Clare Crawley’s season was halted due to Coronavirus.  You can read about it here.  Well, yesterday Mama J sent me an article that Clare’s season was being recasted.  This is unprecedented!  I think this is the right move.

So, this is what I think happened.  Last Friday was supposed to be Night One where Clare should have met all the guys.  At this point she would not have had access to the outside world, her phone, the internet, etc.

Now, if you read my post from Monday regarding Clare’s guys, then you know that I think ABC casted the vast majority of these guys without knowing who The Bachelorette would be; only 9 out of 32 were age appropriate.

That being said, I think that when they stopped production & sent everyone home, Clare regained access to her phone & the internet.  I think she started looking up her guys & told ABC to go back to the drawing board.  Smart move for all involved.  Clare has always maintained that she is looking for love, not Instagram followers.  She is one of the few contestants that has kept her job (a real job).  Clare knew that she wouldn’t find love with a 23yo.  At this point we do not know if all 32 men are being recasted, or if it will be a small number of new guys to mix in with a part of the original cast.

I fully co-sign this move.

Four: The Popcast

If you need a podcast to make you laugh, The Popcast is the one.  This is a pop culture podcast.  I have maintained that this is my GOAT for the last 2 or 3 years.  Come for Jamie’s sass & stay for Knox’s wheeze-y laugh. CE6A93A1-AD56-414A-8D4B-92A79CCE680B_1_201_a

This week’s episode was called “The No’s of Sickness.”  Y’all, I laughed out load for pretty much the whole hour.  I also uttered “Yikers” several times.  If you know, you know.

Five: H-E-B

In Texas we have a beloved grocery store chain called H-E-B.  I want to shout them out this week because they have been the backbone for Texans during this pandemic.  The workers have been tirelessly restocking the shelves.  They are currently hiring, so if any Texans that recently lost a job & are worried – please apply at H-E-B.  They have also given their employees a raise during this time.  H-E-B is now offering special delivery options for senior citizens in our communities. 8E860C46-D288-4DDA-B3D9-31CCCA83E3F6_1_201_aH-E-B has always come to the aid of Texans, Hurricane Harvey comes to mind for me.  They are good in the best of times, but they really shine a bright light in times of need.  H-E-B is a really good company & I’m proud to support them.

I will say that Trader Joe’s is also giving their employees bonuses.  Target & Whole Foods are giving special hours for senior citizens only so they can shop with less fear.  Lots of companies are doing right by their people & the collective “us” as well.

What have been your favorite things this week?  Any bright lights in this time of uncertainty.  While writing this post, the place where I get monthly facials called to confirm my appointment for tomorrow.  They have sent several emails regarding their strict cleaning practices, etc.  However, I cancelled my facial but told them to go ahead & charge me so this small business & my aesthetician would still get paid.  It seemed like the right thing to do.

Everyone hang in there.  We are all in this together.

Kiss Hug,

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Quarantainment Ideas

Hi friends!  This week is business as usual for me, as I work from home.  However, I know many of you will start to go stir crazy (if you haven’t already) as you responsibly socially distance yourself from the world.

But, have no fear!  I have compiled a list of stuff for your quarantainment on your Coronacation.  See what I did there?

So, to me the most obvious thing to do is to read.  I’ve already finished two books since last Friday.  I just started Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams, recommended by Becca & Grace from the Bad on Paper podcast.  I have 24 books in my queue on my Nook.

Ideas:

  1. Make your bed & get dressed everyday.  This will help you keep your sanity.
  2. Form a new habit – the proverbial they says it takes 21 days to make a habit.
  3. It’s finally time to join that fitness app you were thinking about.  I’m thinking of Obe Fitness.  Have any of tried this?
  4. Do a puzzle.  You have so many types to choose from: jigsaw, word search, crossword, Hidden Pictures, etc.  Funny story, but a few weeks ago I got rid of some jigsaw puzzles.  Fast forward, I ordered 4 new ones last Saturday.  Oy vey.
  5. Make a playlist.  You can listen to mine, Quarantunes, here.
  6. You could finally binge watch all the shows in your Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime queue.  Mama J & my friend Maureen both just started Schitt’s Creek at my urging.  They are loving it.7E1F31E9-FF3E-4204-A0FF-8C127D3DB89C_4_5005_c
  7. Clean out your closet & donate stuff you don’t wear anymore.
  8. Now is a fantastic time to unsubscribe from all your junk emails.  I recently did this & it was so freeing!  I deleted all my junk mail, & then as the emails came in each day I unsubscribed.  I’ve gone from 1600 emails every week to about 20, & the ones left are bots.
  9. Lots of musicians are doing concerts online.  John Legend has one coming up soon.
  10. @whatkatefinds on IG is doing a live talk show everyday on IGTV with other influencers.  She has great people lined up so far!  They start today at 3pm CST; she’ll be talking to the founder of Olive & June.
  11. There are many museums doing live tours online…for free.  I think I’ll explore the Lueve in case I never make it to Paris.
  12. Now is a great time to learn how to give yourself an at home manicure.
  13. You could face mask a la Kathleen Jennings.
  14. Make a new recipe.  Tonight I’ll be making the King Ranch Casserole from The Defined Dish.
  15. Learn to make a new cocktail or take an online wine course.
  16. Learn a new language – that could be so fun!
  17. Spring cleaning Danny Tanner style. C5931B32-2C4D-4885-ACF9-1EEFC8FFC37F_4_5005_c
  18. Rearrange your furniture.
  19. Try a DIY project you’ve had your eye on.  @prettyonfridays is a great account to follow on IG.
  20. Rewatch your favorite TV series – Gilmore Girls, FRIENDS, Murphy Brown, My Two Dads, MASH…the sky is the limit!

Do y’all have anything you are doing to keep sane during these trying times?  I don’t have kiddos, so no school schedule to worry about; although I wonder if that makes somewhat easier schedule wise?

I hope you all hang in there.  Let me know if you do something fun!

Kiss Hug,

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The Bachelorette: Clare’s Dudes

Hi friends!  I hope y’all are practicing your social distancing. 🙂

Okay, so we now know who Clare Crawley’s men are.  It has been a few seasons since I have paid attention to the cast (thanks a lot Arie for ruining the franchise for years to come).  The show has stated that production is on hiatus due to CV-19, so we will see how that will affect the premiere date of May 18.  I wonder if The Bachelorette will still premiere on the 18th, but still be filming the season?

Let’s dive into the dudes.  I would like to preface this by saying – out of 32 guys, only 9 are over the age of 30.  As a reminder Clare is 38, & will turn 39 during her season.  Since we don’t have full bios, below is purely my first impression.

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Aaron is our first person over 30 (1).  He looks like a Hallmark movie lead & I’m not complaining.  Alex is from Dallas, the only Texas city represented this season.  He looks like he’d be friends with the guy from Dallas that met Tia in BIP.

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Anthony gives me Tom Schwartz vibes from Vanderpump Rules.  Austin gives me AC Slater vibes minus the dimples.

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Bennett also looks like a Hallmark lead, but hello sir.  So cute.  Blake Monar is cute too & 30 (2).  Hope Clare likes tattoos.

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Blake Moynes looks like a super nice lumberjack.  Bret’s name is spelled wrong, but he is age appropriate at 42 (3) – the only person already older than Clare.

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I feel like we all know a dude like Cameron.  Cameron apparently has a very problematic, misogynistic IG page.  Yea, Chad Johnson 2.0.  Chris looks like he could be a serial killer, or you know like totally normal.  He could go either way.

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Dale is another one over 30 (4), he gives me personal trainer vibes.  Demar gives me Wills vibes.

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Ed is age appropriate (5), & looks like Joey Tribiany & Aimes (and his red pants) had a love child.  Ellis is going home night 1; he just looks like such a twerp.

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Both of these guys are too young for Clare.  Grant looks like the football player from Becca’s season that kept getting hurt.  Greg looks like an accountant that still likes to party.

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Ivan looks like a nice guy; he may be the guy that will be around for awhile but you can’t remember him.  Jake – just no.  Does he live in Dean’s van too?

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Okay, so James is 23, his brain is not fully developed.  Clare would have been a freshman in high school when he was born.  Hopefully he’ll be gone night 1.  Jay is cute, but weird hair or hairline or both?

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I think Jordan is so cute!  Anyone else think he looks like Nick Viall.  Josh is over 30 (6), not sure Clare will be into him.

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Does anyone else think JP looks like Kenny Chesney with hair?  All he needs is the pooka shell necklace.  Karl looks nice & is age appropriate (7).  I may get him & Ivan confused if they both make it past night 1 – they have the same hairline & face shape.

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Matt G. looks like he was looking down & then looked up on the count of three.  Ha!  He’s too young.  Matt J. is Tyler C’s (Hannah B’s season) friend I believe.  Also looks like a personal trainer.

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Mike better be in the Final Four!  He is so pretty and the same age (8) as Clare, & we know she likes Canadians.  Miles is from Shreveport, but looks like a WASP from Connecticut.

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Do both of these guys look the same age to you?  They are.  Both are 25, & both are too young for Clare.  Nick looks like Dean, if Dean was raised in the suburbs.  I wonder if he is in IT?  Noah is from Long Beach & totally fits that vibe.  Get rid of the mustache.

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Tyler gives me a very Richie Cunningham vibe.  Yosef is our last guy over the age of 30 (9).  He looks like he might go by the nickname Brosef.

Like I said above, these are my first impressions based on looks alone.  I may (hopefully) change my mind about some of these guys if/when ABC releases actual bios.

What do you think of Clare’s guys?  Anyone else feel like ABC casted some of these guys with no lead in mind?  I guess they have to do that to a certain degree based time constraints.

Anyway, I hope everyone is staying safe out there & being responsible.

Until next time…

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Easy Target

Hi Friends!  I’m back for another Friday Five…my favorite things from the week.

One: Mandy Moore

Have y’all heard Mandy Moore’s new album, Silver Landings?  I am loving it!2B645EF4-E833-4ED2-8484-A3840C7C9293

I have been a fan of hers since she released her album, Coverage in 2003, covering songs that I loved growing up.  She covered James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Blondie, Elton John, etc.

Anyway, Silver Landings is Mandy’s first album since 2009.  2009!  This album has 10 songs, and selfishly I could have used 2 – 5 more songs…it just goes by too fast!  The song “Easy Target” gets stuck in my head & I’m not mad about it.  “If That’s What It Takes” is a beautiful song, gives me all the feels.

Two: Elote Corn Chips

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Have you ever had Corn Dip, you know with “Mexi-corn,” mayo, & cheese, that you eat with Frito Scoops?  That is exactly what these Elote chips taste like.  I also bought Everything But the Elote seasoning from Trader Joe’s.  I’m so excited to add that to guacamole.  I think I’m going to crush up some of these chips to use as breadcrumbs for Mac & Cheese or chicken or bacon (say what?).  Hmmm…

Three: Loverly Grey

I started following @loverlygrey on Instagram when I was looking for work wear inspiration about a year ago.  She is a fashion blogger near Atlanta, and can be found here.  Brittany seems like the sweetest person! 0DE51625-9DCB-43E5-97D1-95BBC0BE1CF9She’s expecting baby number 2, so alllllllll the pregnant women I know should check her out.  Brittany also inspired my bob haircut!

Four: Glotion

So, lately I have gotten quite a few comments on how good my skin looks.  I personally don’t think it looks all that special – I have an blemish situation that I am trying to get control of…  The biggest lie teenage girls are ever told by their mothers is that acne will disappear when they become adults.  LIES!!!!

Anyway, I think what people are actually noticing is the glow on my face when wearing makeup.  I owe it all to L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion!  Thank you @whatkatefinds for this coveted recommendation. 0454B29A-49AA-4566-A972-D0EF19CD04B9

I’m so pale, I basically glow in the dark, so I use the lightest shade, but I think it comes in at least three shades.  I like to wear this as a primer for my makeup, but I know some people call pull off wearing it as a tinted moisturizer – lucky them!

Cost: under $12 at any retailer (Target, CVS, my grocery store)

Five: Focaccia Bread

Y’all, you need to replace your garlic bread with Trader Joe’s Raosted Tomato & Parmesan Bread.  First, it looks so fancy.  Second, it is delicious!

Okay, that’s all she wrote folks!  Are y’all liking my Friday Five?  I was thinking every once in awhile of doing a post of five things I don’t like or one thing I don’t like.  Would that be interesting?

Hope you all have a great, germ free weekend!

Kiss Hug,

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