Friday Four: Holiday Treats

Hi friends! I have a few holiday treats for you this week that I think you will enjoy over the Thanksgiving holidays. Let’s get straight to it!

One: Holidate

I watched a new Christmas movie on Netflix called Holidate. Do not go into this movie thinking it will be like a Hallmark movie; think of it more like a little naughty comedy & you will like it so much more. I laughed out loud multiple times.

Emma Roberts’ character is tired of being setup by her mother, sister, & everyone else so she makes a deal with a random dude for a holidate – a date for every holiday. This movie was hilarious, charming, & not for kids. There are a lot of actors you’d know in it as well.

Two: I read another book

Y’all, I am out of my reading rut. Last weekend I read a book in 2 days – The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller. I loved this book! The whole time I kept thinking the main character was like if Sookie & Lorelai from Gilmore Girls were the same person. If you like GG, or Hart of Dixie, or Virgin River then you will love this book.

I laughed. I cried. I fell in love with these characters.

Three: Dash & Lily

I have another Netflix find for you, Dash & Lily. This is such a cute little show – it is very YA but I still loved it.

This show is 1 season, 8 30-minute episodes. Dash hates Christmas, but he grows to love it through a scavenger hunt, of sorts, left in a journal by Lily. It’s so cute!

Four: Black Owned Small Businesses

Check out this great list of Black owned small business to for your Christmas shopping this year! This list was curated by @paulapromotesstuff on IG.

That’s it for this week; I don’t have a fifth thing. I hope you all have a great, but small & local Thanksgiving. Have fun, wash your hands, & wear a mask.

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: I Did a Thing.

Hi friends! I have five great things to share with you this week…three of which would make great Christmas presents.

One: New Booties

I got some new booties (Joselyne Booties) from ABLE recently that I am in love with! I got them in Blue Grey Suede…cue the Elvis song!

What I especially love about ABLE is that they are a small, female owned ethical business that focuses on sustainable clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. They also focus on employing women & empowering out of poverty.

*Great gift idea

Two: Mascara

Okay, so lashes are my thing when I do my makeup. I’m always on the hunt for a mascara that will do all the things – lengthen, lift, volume, winged, etc. etc. My lashes are long-ish and blonde-ish, so without mascara I look like I have no eyelashes. In this pandemic mask world, mascara is really the staple of my makeup routine as you can only see my eyes.

So, with that said, I have found a new gluten free & cruelty free mascara that is so so so inexpensive. It has a horrible name – Lash Princess, but it is so good! I bought the multi-pack so I could try them all (4 for $18), but one is about $5.

Here is a before, one eye, & after pictures.

Three: Love Lettering

I started this book two weeks ago or so – I have been in such a reading rut during this Pandemic, which has really surprised me. Ashley Spivey (my book guru) recommended this book about a year ago; I bought it then but just got around to reading it. Love Lettering took me about 50 pages to get into it, the lead has a lot of internal dialogue which kinda frustrated me at first. If you love romance, NYC, & nerdy leads you will love this book. I have only been to NYC once (for less than 24 hours), & when I go back I know I will see the city in a whole new way.

The main character, Meg, has a hand-lettering business that basically goes viral. She falls for Reid, who is the ex-fiance of a client & she designed their wedding invitations – cue awkwardness. This book is a heart-warming love story as they navigate the city through signs (literal signs).

Four: Christmas

I did a thing… In a very #2020 fashion, I have already put out my Christmas decor. My house is currently Fall on the outside (business in the front), & Christmas on the inside (party in the back).

As you might guess, I’m very particular about my Christmas decor. For example, the main colors in any given item must be traditional Christmas colors (red, green, white, silver, or gold). I have a very particular order in which I decorate my tree. I also have a love/hate relationship with tree skirts & tree toppers.

First I add garland to the tree – I have faux popcorn garland & red, green, & silver beaded garland. Then I add reflective pieces; years ago I bought these ugly disco ball tree ornaments that I hang in the interior of my tree near the trunk – they reflect light like crazy & make my tree extra sparkly.

They’re ugly, but effective.

Then I add Christmas ball ornaments, dispersing them throughout the tree (don’t neglect the interior of the tree).

Next, I add ornaments that I’ve collected over the years from travels, ones that Mama J gave to me, & all of my Charlie Brown ornaments. Then I finish it off with the “jewelry” & snowflakes.

Lastly, I’ve made a beautiful table scape, & decorated around the house.

Five: Dishwasher

This one isn’t fun or fancy, but I got a new dishwasher! Over Labor Day weekend my washer, dryer, & dishwasher all went out. Yes, at the same time. Luckily, my washer & dryer got fixed quickly as they only needed belts replaced. However, the dishwasher needed to be completely replaced, and because of the pandemic, production has slowed & many people chose this time to renovate – so my new dishwasher just got installed yesterday. In the last two months, I have learned that I suck at hand washing anything other than pots & pans. Whomp, whomp.

That’s it for this week. Are y’all putting out your Christmas decor? Are you traveling for the holiday season? I am personally quarantining right now, so I can go to my mom’s for Thanksgiving. We also are only having four people for dinner, instead of our normal 20 or so people. Please think about the safety of yourself & others during this time, as COVID is quickly catapulting back to Spring numbers.

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: The Purge

Hi friends! Long time, no see. Sorry for my absence, I’ve been a bit busy & haven’t really spent a spare minute to gather five things. Anyway, let’s get to the five things I have for you today!

One: Closet Revamp

Part of the reason for my lack of 5 things is that I have been spending the last few weeks purging stuff from my house & donating. My closet had a big overhaul. First, I went through my clothes & got rid of stuff I don’t wear, doesn’t fit, & things I don’t think I’ll wear again. Second, I got rid of shoes, purses, jewelry, & hats. It ended up being 9 bags of stuff to donate!

Then, I turned all the hangers around backwards & color-coded everything. As I wear the item & wash it, when I hang it back up the hanger goes back correctly & to the back of that color’s section. At the end of the season, what ever is left backwards will get donated.

So, I didn’t color organize my clothes by ROY G BIV (sorry The Home Edit), but I did order it according to the Peggy Lee song “Sing a Rainbow.” The lyrics are, “Red, and yellow, and pink, and green. Purple, and orange, and blue. I can see sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too. Listen with your eyes…”

Two: Documentary

Have y’all seen The Way I See It? It is a documentary about the White House photographer, Pete Souza, during Raegan & Obama’s administrations. This documentary was so good! I laughed. I cried. I can’t say enough good things about it. Kids can watch this too.

Three: Christmas Decor

Y’all, I’m having a daily battle with myself not to put up my Christmas decor. I did, however, buy one little Christmas tree from Target last week & I left it out among my pumpkins.

I have already decided that my tree is going up on Sunday, the 1st. I’m not going to decorate it, but I can no longer be denied pretty, twinkling lights! It’s 2020, all bets are off at this point. Am I right?

Four: New Hat

I was influenced by Carly to get this hat from J. Crew. I’m in love with it! Normally, I’m more of a baseball cap kinda girl, but I was drawn to this one. I got it at 50% off, but it is still 40% off now.

Okay, so I lied – I only have four things this week. But I will be back next week! Hold me to it! Hope you all have a safe & COVID-free Halloween. Tag me (IG @AnaologyofReality) if you put up your Christmas tree this weekend too!

Kiss Hug,

Sunday Favorites: Falltopia

Hi friends! I’ve been a little MIA. The last two weeks have been so busy that I didn’t have time to suss out my favorite things, so here we are today! Better late than never.

One: Pumpkin Muffins

If you’re into all things Fall, you must try these muffins. They are so simple to make & super delicious. These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are incredibly easy to make, & only require four ingredients; they are what I call semi-homemade. It’s the perfect thing to eat for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.

Two: Trader Joe’s Coffee

I am a devout consumer, of Barrie House Kona coffee; however, get thyself to Trader Joe’s & try the pumpkin spice coffee and maple coffee. Both are delicious – the maple smells more like maple than it tastes like maple. The pumpkin spice is heavy on the spice for me, it has a rather strong cinnamon taste & took me a couple cups to really like it. It is not at all fake tasting like other PSLs.

Three: Entryway Revamp

My friend Maureen recently moved to Park City, & she gave me a few pieces of furniture including a really nice wine cabinet. So, I replaced my tiny little entry table, that I bought in college from Bed Bath & Beyond, with my new wine cabinet! Of course, I totally forgot to take before pictures.

Four: Emily in Paris

Okay, so I know a lot of people are criticizing Emily in Paris, but they are wrong. Ha! If you want to watch a fun little romp, then Emily in Paris is for you.

Is is cheesy? Yes, but I also love Hallmark movies. Much of the criticism is that there is no way Emily could afford her Paris lifestyle, but you could easily say the same for most tv shows – FRIENDS, Sex & the City, etc. If you like Younger, then you will like Emily. It’s 10 episodes, about 25 minutes each. I watched it in one sitting.

Now, if you want to watch something French, with subtitles, beautiful scenery, & a really great love story – watch Amelie. I saw this move countless times in high school; it is still one of my all time favorite movies.

Five: Voting

Tuesday was the first day of early voting in Texas, & I happily waited an hour in line to cast my vote. Texas has often been called a non-voting state, not red nor blue. It was great to see so many people out and doing their civic duty. Please make your own plan to vote!

I hope you all had a great weekend! I just got done with a Zoom baby shower. Aww! Now I’m off to check on my chili in the crockpot.

Until next time…

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: Soup Weather

Hi friends! Y’all, the weather in Houston has been so good this last week! I’m a total cliche, but the weather has dropped to the low 80s & my sweaters are out! Haha! I will never complain about cooler weather; September through December is my favorite time of year!

Shall we get to my favorite things from the week?

One: Ombre Manicure

Okay, by now y’all know how much I love Olive & June nail polish. Well, I have given myself a Fall inspired ombre manicure to celebrate the first day of Fall. I call this my berry crisp manicure (formerly known as my apple picking mani). 🙂

The O&J colors I used (from pinky to thumb) were: CN, SC, JG, LD, HZ.

Two: New Art Piece

I did it. I finally ordered a piece from Maren Devine Art on Etsy. I had a really hard time choosing which pice to get, but ultimately chose “Sara.” I’m so in love with it!

Three: It’s Soup Time!

I love, love, love soup! It is my favorite food group. This week I made a big pot of minestrone soup, & put store bought broccoli cheese soup atop a bake potato. Don’t mind if I do.

I make a version of Jeff Mauro’s Veggie-Packed Autumn Minestrone. Here’s what I do with his recipe:

  • In a large pot, brown 1 pound of Italian sausage in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 5-8 minutes. (I buy the kind already out of the casings).
  • Add celery, carrots, & onions (I buy this pre-chopped from my grocery store) & sauté for 15 minutes until translucent.
  • Add 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary, & 1 tablespoon of tomato paste – cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in 8 cups of chicken or veggie stock, 1 28oz. can of diced tomatoes, 1 15.5oz. can of cannelloni beans (drained & rinsed), & 1 bay leaf.
  • Simmer for 40 minutes.
  • While that simmers, dice & peel your sweet potatoes equaling 2 cups. I like to buy cubed sweet potato from the grocery store. Also, dice 2 zucchini. I use this time to also cook my pasta.
  • After 40 minutes, add the sweet potato & zucchini & cook for about 10 minutes.
  • I put pasta in the bottom of my bowl & serve the soup on top, then sprinkle parmesan cheese liberally over the top.

Substitutions:

  • I like to use either mild or spicy sausage, the recipe calls for sweet Italian sausage.
  • I also like to use butternut squash in place of the sweet potato sometimes.
  • I salt & pepper just about ever layer of soup, – S&P the meat, S&P the mirepoix, S&P the broth.
  • I specifically like small pasta shapes that will hold the broth.
  • Jeff Mauro used spinach instead of pasta, so if you are low carb do that.
  • Store the leftover pasta & soup separately, as the pasta will absorb all the broth.

This is my most requested dish that I make. 🙂

Four: Are you registered?

Last Tuesday, Sept. 22nd was National Register to Vote day. It’s not too late to make sure you’re registered to VOTE. Deadlines for registering start as early as next weekend, so double & triple check! Especially after this past week…

Check your Registration here:

Five: Figs

Okay, this is silly & super random, but I’m kinda obsessed with figs right now. If you have any good recipes for them let me know.

Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend, and remember to make sure you are registered to VOTE. This weekend I will be planting my fall garden in my tower!

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: Six This Week!

Hi friends! Sorry I didn’t post last week, but I only had 2 favorite things. This week I have six, so let’s get right to it.

One: Ottoman

So, I sold my my coffee table & finally got the leather ottoman of my dreams! I ordered this during a Memorial Day sale & it came last week!

This ottoman is from Pottery Barn, & I got the larger size; the color is Statesville Molasses.

Two: Knives Out

As per ushe, I’m late to the party on this but I finally saw Knives Out. If you loved the game Clue, or love a who-done-it kind of thing this movie is for you. It is cheeky & so fun!

Three: Fall Decor

I am slowly putting out my Fall decor, as I believe the first day of autumn isn’t actually until Tuesday, the 22nd. I had to basically clean & reorganize my garage to find my Fall decor, but that was a good thing to do anyway. I will be tackling my outdoor decor this weekend. This time of year makes me so happy! I love September through January the most.

This is my dining table.

Four: Wraps

My friend Amy introduced me to some new tortilla/pita/wrap things. Y’all, they are so good! We haven’t quite mastered actually wrapping up the insides so that it all stays nice & snug, but for healthy wraps these are really great! They have a really good flavor to them & are very pliable.

Five: New Shirt

I ordered a new shirt last night on the recommendation from Ailsa (IG: @_happygocurly_).

How cute is this shirt? It’s from Alice & Wonder, & 10% of the proceeds from this shirt will be donated to Vote Save America’s Every Last Vote fund to support on-the-ground efforts to mobilize Black, brown, indigenous, and other marginalized communities that are routinely victims of targeted voter disenfranchisement efforts. 

I don’t even have the shirt yet, but I could not love it more! I think I’ll wear it when I do a shift as a poll worker.

Six: Target

Y’all, Target is doing something so cool. They are now indicating which brands are Black-owned on their website with the icon below. I could not love this more!!!

Well, that’s all for this week. I hope you all have a great weekend! You can find me putting out my outdoor Fall Decor & meeting Mama J for lunch tomorrow.

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: Do I Feel a Nip in the Air?

Hi friends! How has your week been? I started a new job this week, still working from home, so needless to say it has been a busy week. I’m so glad it’s September…it means cooler weather is hopefully on its way! Tuesday morning I thought I felt a little nip in the air while I was turning on the sprinkler…by the time I got back in my house I was sweating. I digress.

My five favorite things from this week are pretty good…if I do say so myself.

One: Melissa Wood Health

So, as of September 1st I started eating meat again. I’m keeping meat to 1 or less meals a day. For my first meal, I went to Whataburger for lunch & got a cheeseburger (the one thing I craved in August).

I think I mentioned last week that my September Challenge was going to be to do a Melissa Wood Health workout everyday for the month. I’m only a few days in & really enjoying it so far. I’ve been sticking to beginner classes just to ease into things.

Two: Essential Oil Face Mask

As most of you know I love my essential oils. One of my favorite oils is Blue Tansy – it smells like fruit roll-ups. Blue Tansy is anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal; it’s also fantastic for your skin. I use it in my glow serum that I make.

Well, I recently found out that straight, undiluted Blue Tansy makes an amazing overnight face mask. Yes, you will look like a smurf and I covered my pillows with a towel just to make sure I didn’t stain my pillow cases. The premise is that the oil will soak into your skin & you will wake up glowing the next morning.

I’d say it works!

Three: Meal Planning

Y’all, I just got a meal planning magnet for my fridge. I got this one and I’m loving it already. Isn’t it cute?

Remember my gigantic food inventory from the beginning the pandemic? I feel like this could kinda replace my inventory list because this is magnetized to my fridge, so I can open it to meal plan.

Four: Work the Polls

Did you know Tuesday was National Poll Worker Recruitment Day? Now, I signed up a few weeks ago to work the polls on Election Day, and I have to tell you – I. Am. So. Excited. I signed up specifically so someone in our vulnerable age groups or someone with a compromised immune system could stay home. I signed up thinking it was a volunteer position, but it’s actually paid.

You can sign up here:

Vote Save America

We All Vote

Five: Wreaths

Something you may not know about me, is that I love seasonal wreaths. Especially as we move into Fall & Winter. I bought this double sided wreath hanger, so I can enjoy all the season has to offer! It’s under $10!

That’s it for this week! Hope y’all have a great weekend and end to the summer.

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: What a Week

Hi friends! Whew! What a week it has been. Since last week I have stocked up on bottled water & groceries in prep for Hurricane Laura. Monday & Tuesday I was at my mom’s house about 3.5 hours away to trade vehicles. She is having knee replacement surgery at the end of October, & has to layoff all pain management injections (aka bandaids) until the surgery. Needless to say, she is in a LOT of pain. So, I traded my Ford Escape with her Expedition so she wouldn’t have to climb in & out of a vehicle. On Wednesday, I accepted a new job which starts on Monday. Yesterday my power was out for 7.5 hours due to Hurricane Laura. Luckily it didn’t hit near me…we didn’t even get rain. My thoughts are with all the people in Orange, TX & Lake Charles, LA & everyone who has been impacted by the storm.

So, shall we get into my favorite things from the week?

One: Productive Conversations

I want to tell y’all about a very productive conversation I had with my mom about racism. Mama J lives in a large neighborhood with lots of military families (her husband is a Vietnam Vet). So, as you can imagine many of the houses are very patriotic, lots of flags, etc. There is also a lot of racial diversity.

Mama J told me that the neighborhood’s FB page had started a thread encouraging residents to change their outside lights to blue lightbulbs to show support for police, aka Blue Lives. I asked my mom if she had any Black neighbors, & she listed off half a dozen or so that she personally knows & regularly chats with.

I asked her what her Black neighbors thought of the blue lightbulbs. She gave me an odd look & said she had no idea. About 20 minutes later Mama J brought the subject back up very perplexed.

Nicely, I explained that I thought the blue lights were offensive & racist, & that perhaps she should check if it is offensive to her Black & Brown neighbors. Rightfully, Mama J was appalled that she had done anything that might be considered racist. I want to clarify – my mom is not racist.

I politely pointed out that by outwardly supporting Blue Lives, & not Black Lives it implied that 1) she didn’t think Black Lives Matter, or 2) that Black Lives didn’t as much as Blue Lives. She was horrified by the thought of offending her lovely neighbors.

I also explained that a person can choose to be a “Blue Life,” but that Black & Brown folks cannot choose nor change their skin color. I also pointed out that Black people are killed by the police at least twice the rate as white people.

Mama J texted my on Wednesday to let me know that they had taken out their blue lights. She even went a step further to message the original poster on FB to share our conversation with her. That person was equally horrified & shared it with the FB group.

Now, I don’t know if all her neighbors have switched their lights back – I’m sure some have not, but this is how you affect real change. I spoke to my mom from a place of calm, kindness, knowledge, & perspective…and it worked! I’m so proud of Mama J! You can support the police, and support Black Lives, but you cannot ignore that we have a real problem and we all play a part making change happen.

Two: Stamps

Have you seen the new USPS stamps? They are gorgeous! @grossypelosi shared these on IG, & I was influenced to buy my own stamps.

These stamps would be excellent for your mail in ballots.

Three: Fall Blends

Okay, if you are an essential oiler, like me, then you are probably ready for Fall diffuser blends. I couldn’t wait and I’m already enjoying a few new blends.

I’m loving Cozy Sweater: 4 drops of Nutmeg, 4 drops of Clove, 4 drops of Bergamot, & 3 drops of Cinnamon Bark

Also, Into The Woods: 2 drops of Nutmeg, 6 drops of Northern Lights Black Spruce, & 2 drops of Orange

Four: New Girl

I don’t know about you, but lately I have needed a laugh. So, I decided to rewatch New Girl on Netflix. Y’all, I belly laugh in every episode…some of it is secondhand embarrassment laughing. Haha!

Five: New Cookbook

As you know, I challenged myself in August to go Vegetarian. I have not cheated once, & for the most part I haven’t missed meat. The only change I really noticed is that my skin seems better, definitely less hormonal acne! I call that a win for sure!

For September, I think my new challenge will be to do a Melissa Wood Health workout every day. However, I also plan to make a ton of recipes from Charlotte’s new cookbook!

As you can see I already have some recipes flagged to try. I’m very excited to try the sheet pan jambalaya & the skillet enchiladas.

Okay, that’s all for this week! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: Fall Colors!

Hi friends! Clearly I didn’t post last week; once again I didn’t have five things to tell you about. But, I’m back! I don’t know about where you live, but the sun has been very intense in Texas the last few weeks, and it basically feels like I live on the surface of the sun. Yea…

Anyway, enough about that. Let’s get to my favorite things from the week.

One: Beautiful Lilac Nail Polish

I found this Olive & June nail polish, TT, on clearance at Target, & y’all it is such a pretty lilac color. It is basically white with a pin drop of purple in it.

I’ve had this polish on for a solid 12 days & it is just now starting to chip. I like to challenge myself and see how long I can keep a manicure looking nice. This particular color has probably lasted the longest.

Two: New Recipe

Okay, I have a new side dish you must try! Katie Lee from The Kitchen first made this corn on Instagram, and then made it on an episode of The Kitchen.

This recipe includes fresh corn, basil, toasted sesame seeds, & butter. How can this be bad? Trust me, this is a crowd pleaser!

Three: Nicholas Palmquist

Y’all, I’m a little embarrassed to admit how obsessed I am with Nicholas Palmquist, a dancer & choreographer that I found on Instagram thanks to Erin Moon. Now, I have zero rhythm unless the instructions are explicitly in the song – think the Hokey Pokey, the Macarena, & Cupid Shuffle. HA!

Nicholas Palmquist makes me wish I could dance. I have gone on a deep dive watching his dances on Instagram & YouTube. Hey, what can I say? Jennifer Garner is a fan too! My favorite thing is how he interprets the music – he celebrates the most subtle nuances of the music, which makes each dance for me. Watch the video below & pay close attention to the hands and how they relate to the music, not the words.

Four: Virgin River

My friend Maureen kept telling me to watch this show, & I’m so glad I finally did. If you like Hart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls, or even Men in Trees then you will like Virgin River. The show has a lot of similarities to Hart of Dixie, but is not cutesy at all. The town of Virgin River is place where most of the characters have gone to start over & start a new life. The characters all have a dark past or tragedy they are trying to move on from.

There are 10 episodes in Season 1, & it has been renewed for Season 2. You can watch on Netflix.

Five: Olive & June’s Fall Line

Two Olive & June things this week! They just released their fall colors & I am so excited because two of the colors are inspired by my “Instagram friends” @WhatKateFinds & @_happygocurly_! The mossy green if for Katie, & the toasted coconut color is for Ailsa. The terracotta color is also for @maddy_gutierrez_.

Okay, that’s it for this week. I’ll be dog sitting this weekend & snuggling with 3 cute pups! I hope y’all have fun plans this weekend too. See you back here next Friday!

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: Super Sized!

Hi friends! I’ve missed you! Sorry that I’ve been MIA the last two weeks…I have no good reason. I was lazy, this platform changed everything (so I’m re-learning how to use it), & I didn’t have five things to tell you about until this week. Now I have 10 things! Haha!

One: Down East

Okay, let’s chat about my new favorite online store, Down East. It’s women’s clothing, shoes, & accessories. They also have home furnishings. So, what I really love about Down East is that it is family owned, size inclusive, & sustainable. I’ve ordered a couple of interview ready tops, & a pair of mules (I love a good mule).

Two: Panzanella Salad

I have recently reacquainted myself with panzanella salads (aka bread salad). You can make this a million different ways, and Mix & Match Mama has quite a few recipes to try. I fell in love with one from a local Italian restaurant (Avanti), it is so simple but so delicious. Avanti’s has heirloom cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled red onions, arugula, & croutons with a lemon basil vinegarette. I crave this on the daily.

Three: Enchiladas

At the end of July, I made Half Baked Harvest’s Sheet Pan Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chicken Enchiladas – what a mouthful. I really need Tieghan to work on shortening her recipe titles, but I digress. These enchiladas were delicious, & so EASY (recipe linked)!

I think they’d be equally delicious minus the chicken, which leads me to…

Four: Going Vegetarian

I have decided to go vegetarian for the month of August (maybe longer). I’m on Day 7 and I don’t miss the meat. My favorite foods are veggies & carbs, and I naturally ate meatless meals about 40% of the time anyway. So, I decided to challenge myself to go completely vegetarian for August. I want to see if I notice a difference in my health, my body, etc. Will I feel worse, better, & what not?

Questions I get asked:

  1. Will you eat fish? No, that would be pescatarian (can you feel me rolling my eyes?).
  2. Are you going vegan? No, at least not yet, I’m not ready to give up cheese & yogurt. I’m very particular about yogurt textures.
  3. What are you doing for protein? I’m getting creative, but also I’m probably not getting enough…not that I did before either. I made some power protein balls (I can share this recipe), & I eat a couple a day. Also, yogurt, beans, lentil pasta, etc.

Five: One to Watch

Y’all, this book is a must read ASAP! I completely ruined my sleep schedule this week to finish this book.

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London is about a plus size blogger, Bea, who is a vocal critic of Main Squeeze (a Bachelor type show). She writes a post about lack of diversity that goes viral, so they make Bea the next lead on Main Squeeze. It follows her journey through the process.

If you like The Bachelor or UnREAL, then you will love this book. Ashley Spivey did it again, by recommending another great read!

Six: Folklore

Okay, I know everyone is talking about Taylor Swift’s new album, but they are talking about it with good reason! Folklore is such a departure for Taylor, and clearly she has been the most productive of us all during Quarantine.

This album is the kind of album that you can (and should) listen to all the way through with no skips. My favorite tracks are: “The 1,” “Seven,” “This is Me Trying,” & “Invisible String.” I highly recommend watching the lyric videos on YouTube. So good!

Taylor’s voice gets better with each album she puts out, & her song writing is unparalleled. For me, this is the 2020 version of Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour album from 2018.

One caveat: I still don’t like the Reputation album.

Seven: Chapstick

I discovered this awhile ago, but Trader Joe’s has the BEST chapstick. It is called Trader Johann’s Lip Balm Virtuoso. It comes in a 3-pack & is found near the bath products. It’s a spearmint chapstick, which is probably why I love it so much – I much prefer spearmint to peppermint. If you like a tingly lip balm, this is your new best friend.

Eight: New Snack

Mix & Match Mama influenced me to buy these cashews from Amazon, and they do not disappoint!

Nine: Masks

Okay, I realize I may be the only one, but I like wearing masks. Are they annoying? Sometimes. Are they hot? In Texas, absolutely. Do they give me maskne? Occasionally. Most of this can be applied to seatbelts too, & I wear those with no qualms.

Old Navy has some super cute masks that come in a 5-pack for $12.50 or a 10-pack for $25.00. The colors & patterns are fantastic. Some have adjustable ear straps, & they come in adult & kids sizes.

I also bought 2 masks from Reuse Masks at the recommendation of The Defined Dish. They are the SOFTEST fabric I’ve ever felt…I wish they also made pajamas.

Y’all also know how much I love Sea Marie Designs, & they have really pretty masks.

Ten: To All the Boys

Last but not least, Part 2 of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy is out on Netflix. Might I suggest a double feature this weekend of Part 1 & 2?

Okay, that will do it for this week! I hope you all have a great weekend.

Kiss Hug,