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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you seen the new USPS stamps? They are gorgeous! @grossypelosi shared these on IG, & I was influenced to buy my own stamps.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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:
Will you eat fish? No, that would be pescatarian (can you feel me rolling my eyes?).
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Hi friends! I’m sorry I didn’t post last week; I started the post, but couldn’t come up with five things I liked from the week. Full disclosure, I spent all week applying for jobs – I got laid-off the week before last. So, needless to say I wasn’t in a great head space…but I’m better now…ish.
One: New Shoes
I ordered these handmade Margarita Huarache shoes back in May, & just got them in! They are so beautiful & so comfortable. They have a pretty strong smell (leather) when you first take them out of the box, so I suggest letting them air out a bit.
Two: Patio Chips
Y’all, I’m so excited that Trader Joe’s finally brought back my favorite summer seasonal chips – Patio Chips! At first glance they sound terrible, especially ketchup flavored chips, but I promise I have yet to eat a chip that tastes like ketchup.
The Babysitters Club: oh, so nostalgic. I LOVED the original BSC tv show in the 90s. I watched this show with a 13 year old & she approved. Although, she did say, “they are so dramatic. No one my age has this much drama.” Hahaha. The only thing I couldn’t get over was that Dawn wasn’t a blonde. Otherwise, beautifully done.
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia: watch this if you are missing Girl Meets World or Baby Daddy. Fun fact: it is totally the same house as the one in 2 1/2 Men. I also watched this show while babysitting a 13yo.
Never Have I Ever: This has been on my list since it came out; y’all know how I love Mindy Kaling (she created the show). This show is so, so, so good & has already been renewed for Season 2! The soundtrack is also amazing.
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich: whew! This one was a doozy. Let’s just say Jeffrey Epstein is a disgusting pedophile & I’m glad he’s dead. If Ghislaine Maxwell dies in jail too, then it is definitely a cover up.
Taste The Nation: Padma Lakshmi visits different cities all over the US learning about the food that makes that city special. She dives deeper by delving into race, culture, etc. This show is so beautifully done.
The Great: this is a satirical dramedy about Catherine the Great, the longest running female ruler of Russia. Elle Fanning is perfect. This show is a little more gross than I’d like in terms of blood, but is so fun. This show highlights a theory that I’ve been working on – Egos ruin the world.
Five: Amazon Prime
Modern Love: I loved this show! There is 8 episodes, & each episode focuses on a different person or couple & their journey with romance. The last episode ties them all together. It was just so well done, I cannot recommend it enough.
Hi friends. If I’m being honest, and I am, this week sucked. A lot. I’m not ready to share the nitty gritty of it all on here just yet, but it sucked.
So, I only have two things this week to share & as per usual I am probably last to the party on both of these.
One: Brittany Runs a Marathon
I finally watched this movie on Amazon Prime, & it was so heart warming. I laughed. I cried. I had a hard time with the love interest because it’s Mindy’s little brother Rishi from The Mindy Project. The movie chronicle’s Brittany’s life for a year or so, while she tries to get her sh*t together. This movie is so, so worth the watch.
After seeing 87,000 ads for this show while finishing The Mindy Project, I finally caved & watched. Season 1 has about 10 quick 30-ish minute episodes. Guys, we are screwed if this is what 2033 will look like.
Okay, so it’s the year 2033 & we live in a Jetson’s like society. Basically, you can decide to go to Heaven or you can upload to Lakeview when you are on the brink of death. If you choose to upload they freeze your body & you live in an in-between kind of state in Lakeview until your loved ones either pass or upload as well. I’m not describing this well, so you just need to watch it. But, there is intrigue, love, murder (maybe?), & the people are HOT.
Now, who has a Disney+ login I can borrow to watch Hamilton this weekend?
Hi friends! How has your week been? It has been rainy & cool(ish) here; I am loving it! I love rainy weather so much. It makes me grab a coffee or glass of wine, a blanket, a book, the TSF radio station on Alexa, & the fireplace app on my TV. The wing 9, of my enneagram 1 self, loves all things cozy.
Anyway, shall we move along to my favorite things from the week?
One: New Foundation
Based on the recommendation of Kathleen Jennings, I bought a new foundation. The Kevyn Aucoin foundation balm is so awesome! A very little bit goes a long way, and you can layer more on for fuller coverage. I wear Light FB 02 – but I might try 03 next time. It covers my blemishes & malasma so well!
Two: Get A Life Chloe Brown
Y’all, I started reading Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I love this book so much! Chloe has fibromyalgia & the book chronicles how it has affected her life and love life. We follow Chloe as she takes back control of her life & falls in love along the way.
The second book dropped this week following Chloe’s sister Dani – Take A Hint Dani Brown. I can’t wait to start that this weekend!
Three: Gua Sha
Back in February, I bought these Gua Sha (pronounced Gwah-Sah) tools…and promptly put them in a drawer & forgot about them. Earlier this week Kathleen Jennings did an IG Live with Jennifer Adell; Jennifer did a demonstration on how to use the Gua Sha tools. I’m now such a fan. It helps with lymphatic drainage, puffiness, acne, & wrinkles! Yes please!
Four: Flowerbed Updates
In Quarantine, I was not one of those people that made bread or worked out a ton. I focused on my garden/flowerbed. My flowerbed is huge & is the only part of my yard that gets full sun. My front yard & back yard have about 12 trees each. So, I dug up old rose bushes (that had trees/weeds growing amongst them too), a sago palm tree, & a bunch of weeds. Y’all already know about my tower garden, which is doing so well (!!!), but have now also planted oleanders (very drought tolerant), & Bradford pear tree (looks good each season), a bougainvillea (that has ombre pink flowers) & training it to go up a trellis, a slew of flowers, and all the mulch.
The first photo is right after I planted some of the oleanders. The middle picture is what it currently looks like, & the last photo is a close up of the flowers.
Five: New Podcast
I’m listening to another new podcast – you know I love them so much.
So, y’all know I’ve listened to podcasts to educate myself on the atrocities that Black people have endured from 1619, etc. Well, Higher Learning discusses current events & Black culture, and so much more. I come away from each episode having learned something new. Also, Rachel Lindsay was one of my Top 3 favorite Bachelorettes.
Okay, that’s it for the day. With COVID cases ticking back up, I hope y’all stay home if you can, wear a mask, & wash your hands. Have a good weekend.
Hi friends! It has been a quiet week around here, & I’m not mad about it. I’ve been doing lots of early morning work in my flower bed; it gets too hot so early, but once I finish I’ll show the before & after pictures.
Let’s get to my favs from the week, shall we?
Okay, as part of my continued education I’ve been listening to the podcast 1619. It is six episodes, & each episode delves into different parts of systemic racism – everything from Capitalism to music. It is truly fascinating.
This week we were encouraged to purchase two books by Black writers.
This week I bought Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. All three books were recommended by Ashley Spivey, whom you should absolutely follow on IG.
I discovered a new jewelry shop from @WhatKateFinds. Soko is sustainable, woman owned, & Black owned. This new ring is on its way to me & I am so excited!
Four: Another Podcast
I’ve written before about my affinity for the Bad on Paper podcast. Well, one of the hosts, Becca & her friend Rachael, wrote, directed, & produced a new podcast – RomCom Pods! It’s basically a Hallmark movie in podcast form & I love it! Go support them now!
Five: New (to me) Music
As usual, I’m late to the party, but I have recently discovered new music – MisterWives. I’m currently listening to the Our Own House album on repeat, yes it is from 2015. Like I said – new to me.
A reminder – today is Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery. I follow Anna Groves on IG (@annamaegroves) & she posted great info on Juneteenth.
Hi friends! How was your week? It was a “big” week over here – I did a Zoom call with a couple of friends for Brigitte’s birthday, after 8 years of living in my house I finally learned my neighbors names (I talk to them all the time), & I dug a sago palm tree out of my yard! Y’all, I’m still quarantining, for the most part, so this constitutes as a big week. Haha!
Let’s get to my five favorite things! ***Side Note: last week I shared about the show Dear White People – Season 4 (final season) should come to Netflix this fall.
One: I tried a new recipe
This week I tried a new recipe, & y’all it was the best thing I’ve made so far in 2020. The recipe for Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken is from Half Baked Harvest – you can find it here.
I was so eager to eat this that I didn’t even take a real picture, only IG’d it. I’m not a huge fan of chicken, & honestly this would be just as good without the chicken. I cut the recipe in half as I am terrible about eating leftovers.
Whew, this documentary was necessary to watch, but it was a tough hang.
“An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.” This doc is about the 13th Amendment & how we (white people) basically found a loophole to legally use “slave labor” by using prisoners. This is part of the reason why we are where we are today in terms of being poor, mentally ill, black, or an addict lands you in jail. It is very eye opening.
Three: Verrier Handcrafted
Okay, @verrier_handcrafted_ is one of my favorite follows on Instagram. Ashleigh is a beautiful artist that creates such whimsy & beauty in her art. You can purchase here – I have two pieces & want more.
Isn’t her IG feed amazing? Ashleigh likes to take her girls, right now it is Coco, on “trips” in IG Stories. Right now, Coco is in Paris. Follow her & be delighted!
Four: NPR podcast
I listened to this podcast recently, specifically this episode. Y’all, I learned more in this hour than I did in any History class I took in school.
Five: New earrings
As my obsession with Nantucket grows…I bought a new pair of earrings from Tuckernuck; I had been eyeing them for a while & finally bit the bullet. I’m obsessed!
What was your favorite thing from the week? I hope you have a great weekend! It will be very hot in Texas this weekend – yea (written with a huge eye roll).
As we go forward, I will continue to sprinkle in at least one weekly favorite from a BIPOC business/podcast/movie/book. This will be done as my education continues to grow.