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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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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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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Friday Five: Kind Collective

Happy Friday!  I hope you’re ready for another round of my favorites from the week.

One: Copper Corners

A few months ago I was introduced to Copper Corners Art from Katie (@WhatKateFinds) and Deema (@prettyonfridays) through Instagram.  I finally bought two prints from Mary Catheryn’s floral collection to add to the gallery wall in my office. C9F0FD2E-4BE8-44F9-A29F-F6C47BFE1583

I’m still waiting on the picture frames I ordered before adding these beauties to my gallery wall.

Two: Art Gallery Wall

Speaking of my gallery wall, I am obsessed with it.

You may recognize art from Melissa Remmers, Andrew Johnson, Erin Hanson, & Clare Elsaesser.

Three: My New Glasses

Y’all, I found some new glasses that I love.  They are made from recycled glass, which I found at a cute little boutique, Kind Collective (@kindcollectivehou on IG), down in the Heights in Houston.

Aren’t they pretty?

Cost: $26 for a set of 6

Four: Eye Patches

If you are into beauty, you are probably already following Kathleen Jennings on IG.  However, if you’ve never heard of her, she is a beauty blogger that does a face mask everyday.  Every.  Single.  Day.

Kathleen has been singing the praises of the Pixi eye patches, granted I’ve only been following her for two weeks.  She sleeps in her eye patches, so naturally I had to try it as well.

I’m currently using the BeautifEYE patches to target my dark circles.  It has only been a week, so too soon to tell if they’re helping.  I will keep you posted.  Side note, the patches have a lot of gel on them, & I scrape some of it off so they stay put better.

Cost: $24 at Target

Five: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Have you seen the new show on NBC, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist?  I LOVE it! BF67081C-4DA4-4CEF-892C-C687D68A36AA

It stars Jane Levy (loved her in Suburbia), Skylar Astin (from Pitch Perfect), Peter Gallagher (Sandy Cohen!), and Mary Steenburgen, & Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore!).

This show kinda seems like a more adult version of Glee.  I have yet to make it through an episode without crying thanks to Peter Gallagher’s character.

Dear Lord, please don’t let this show get cancelled anytime soon.  Amen.

What are y’all obsessed with this week?

Until next week…

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Watermelon Sugar High

Hi friends!  I’ve set a new goal for myself…  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have posted three new posts in the last 3 weeks.  Yea me!  So, to keep that momentum going I have decided to do a new post every Friday of my five favorite things from the week.  They can range from products, clothing, podcasts, recipes, etc.

So without further ado, here are my favorite things from February 22 – 28.

One: Cuticle Serum

I was introduced to Olive & June a few months ago by Katie from @WhateKateFinds (a must follow on IG).  Y’all, I am in LOVE with the Cuticle Serum!7DC442A4-2863-4D8E-B1A6-A6AC38BA026D_1_201_aI use it at least twice a day (morning & night); my hang nails are virtually gone & my manicures seem to last so much longer.2C6299A0-0CE9-4955-B058-96A09602F726This Manicure is going strong on day 11, and I am hard on my nails.  I pretty much keep a serum on my nightstand, one on my desk, & one in my purse.  I’ve lost one, so I plan to buy a new one today & a couple of the new Spring nail polishes, which I also love.

Cost: $30 – I know it is a little pricey, but totally worth it.

Two: Sea Marie Designs

I recently discovered a new accessories online boutique, Sea Marie Designs.  Casey (great name!) from @Case.Rutherford on IG posted one of Chelsea’s headbands and I was hooked.  It took me a while to get on board with this trend, but I’m here!  Chelsea has been a dream to work with, her customer service & timeliness is amazing.  The price point for everything I’ve purchased has been under $20 each – 3 headbands, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, & a necklace…so far. :).

She came out with Spring headbands this week…looks like I’ll be placing another order soon. 

Three: HBH Pasta Recipe

So, my New Year’s resolution for 2020 is to make recipes out of my cookbooks instead of printing them from Pinterest, blogs, etc.  I’ve been making two recipes a week out of a cookbook.  That said, I did cheat & make one recipe I got in an email from Half Baked Harvest, but I have both of Tieghan’s cookbooks so I don’t feel too bad about it.

On Monday I made her Roaster Red Pepper Alla Vodka Pasta with Cheesy Oregano Breadcrumbs.  Y’all, do not sleep on this recipe!9C95A46B-CA30-4316-AF57-7E6512031865  It was so good & can feed a small crowd; I froze some of the leftovers.  If you do “Meatless Mondays” or are trying to cut down on your meat in take, this could be a great option for you.  VanderPump Rules lied to us, it is about the pasta. 😉355F86DE-EE26-42DF-8C77-599A13E9BA8E

Four: Harry Styles

Y’all, I’m unexpectedly in love with Harry Styles’ newest album, Fine Line.  I bought the album after I saw Harry on SNL.  The first time I listened to it I thought that he was hungry because Harry mentions food in just about every song.  My favorite song on the album is “Adore You” but “Watermelon Sugar” is an instant dance party for me.

Five: Schitt’s Creek ADA5364D-8418-4363-BB7B-0317665420D0

Ew, David.  Y’all, I realize that I may be the last one on the Schitt’s Creek train, but I am OBSESSED.  I have perfected my Alexis impression, ummm you’re welcome.  When I tried to explain this show to Mama J, I told her that it is the opposite of the Beverly Hillbillies.  Instead of poor folks becoming rich, it is rich people becoming poor & the chaos that ensues is this magical show. She started the season this week!  I’m currently on Season 5, and still have Season 6 to go but I think I’m trying to prolong my love affair.

On a totally different note, Real Housewives of NY is coming back April 2.  Should I start recapping episodes again?

Until next Friday…

Kiss Hug,

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