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: December Edition

WUWYou guys, I’m so excited because I’m finally at my computer for a WUW!  The last two months I haven’t been near a computer (yea!) during WUW weeks.

So without further ado, I’ll be answering the following questions.  Questions

What I’m eating this week…

Oh my goodness!  I’ve been eating all the treats!  My birthday was on the 14th, so I’ve been eating sweets to celebrate. 🙂

I made some Christmas Crunch, which is a childhood recipe from my BFF’s mom (and promptly forgot to take a picture before it was gone).

Christmas Crunch:
3 Cups of Cap’n Crunch cereal
2 Cups of unsalted peanuts
2 Cups of Pretzel sticks (broken in half)
1 Pkg. of Almond Bark or White Chocolate
Red Hots are optional (Mama J added this to the recipe)
Mix dry ingredients.  Melt Almond Bark & pour over dry ingredients & mix well.  Spoon onto wax paper & let set until hard.  If you choose to add Red Hots, sprinkle them on top while the mixture is still wet.

What I’m reminiscing about…

Our work Holiday party was last week & the theme was Ugly Sweater.  I’m so proud of mine!  I made it from a plain, black sweatshirt, although I did not win the contest.  Y’all, I learned how to sew buttons; it lit up too!Ugly Sweater

What I’m loving…

I’m loving this season of Vanderpump Rules…it’s so bad, but so good!  VPR

What I’ve been up to…

I have been so busy this holiday season that I don’t feel like I’ve really gotten to enjoy it.  I’ve been extremely busy working, babysitting, traveling to & from my cousin’s wedding & associated events, birthday festivities, etc.  Here, there, & everywhere!

What I’m dreading…

I’m dreading taking down my Christmas decorations, but mostly because I’m lazy.

What I’m watching & reading…

I’m watching all Hallmark all the time, plus a little Bravo here & there.  Hallmark

I’m currently reading The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan, so far so good.  You know I love my romance novels!The Hot SHot

What I’m listening to…

I’m listening to a mixture of Christmas music, checkout my playlists.

Holly Jolly Holiday

Merry & Bright

Christmas Vacation

Bells Are Ringing

Snow Globe Season

Fa La La La-lidays

Warm & Cozy

Under the Mistletoe

Also, I’m obsessed with all the Crooked Media podcasts!

What I’m wearing…

I just ordered these super cute, super soft sweaters.  I love them!

What I’m doing this weekend…

This weekend I’m driving to my mom’s house for the holidays.  Georgetown or bust!

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to making my New Year’s Resolution & sticking to it.  I’m hoping to finally kick my Dr Pepper habit.

What else is new…

Not much else is going on.

Playlist: Under the Mistletoe

This is the final playlist of the Holiday season…tear.  You may recognize some of the songs as repeats, which I tried really hard to avoid, but these are different versions.  christmas-6

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Listen here: Under the Mistletoe

The Only Gift – *NSYNC

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

Snow – Seth MacFarlane

White Christmas – The Drifters

Run Run Rudolph – Kelly Clarkson

Mistletoe & Wine – Cliff Richard

Let It Be Christmas – Alan Jackson

Happy Holiday – She & Him

Jingle Bells – Alvin & The Chipmunks

(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

Caroling, Caroling – Nat King Cole

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5

Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Carol Of The Bells – US Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants

Santa Claus Got Stuck (In My Chimney) – Ella Fitzgerald

Please Come Home For Christmas – Eagles

We Need A Little Christmas – Angela Lansbury

What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder

Silent Night, Holy Night – Julie Andrews

Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Let’s Start the New Year Right – Bing Crosby

I hope y’all enjoyed these playlists as much as I have.  Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy lives to check out my blog each week!

Have a safe & happy New Year.

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Warm & Cozy

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For this next playlist, I want you to imagine that you are on a winter vacation.  It’s cold & snowing outside, so you decide to stay in.  Warm, & snuggled in by the fire.  Perhaps you’re sipping on mulled wine or hot chocolate, whatever your pleasure.  Then you click on this playlist.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll also be reading a book or doing a jigsaw puzzle.

Christmas Makes Me Cry – Kacey musgraves

Moonlight In Vermont – Seth MacFarlane

2000 Miles – Pretenders

Petit Papa Noel – Josh Groban

Trains And Winter Rains – Enya

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

Old Time Christmas – Randy Travis

You’re All I Want For Christmas – Caro Emerald & Brook Benton

Never Do a Tango With an Eskimo – Alma Cogan

Hard Candy Christmas – Cyndi Lauper

25th December – Everything But The Girl

Father Christmas – The Kinks

When A Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis

Honky Tonk Christmas – Alan Jackson

Ding Dong! Merrily on High – Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Dear Mister Santa Claus – Hank Jones

Wish You a Merry Christmas – Kim Weston

Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are) – George Strait

Poppa Santa Claus – Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters

Ole Santa – Dinah Washington

Christmas Here With You – Four Tops & Aretha Franklin

Next week will be the last Christmas playlist; I’ll post it earlier than the norm so you can it enjoy all week long before NYE.

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best the holiday has to offer.
May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year.

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Fa La La La-lidays

Y’all this week has been so busy, but in the best way!  Tuesday, I played BINGO at my local Whole Foods with my friend Brigitte.  The BINGO is free, but you have to pay for any food or booze.  img_4017

Wednesday was my birthday – the big 33; I met Mama J half-way between Georgetown (where she lives) & The Woodlands (where I live), in a cute little town called Brenham.  That’s where Bluebell Ice Cream is made!  They have a super cute historic downtown square with cafes, shops, & the works.  We had lunch at a cafe called the Funky Art Cafe.  I had a very funky club sandwich – it had grated cheddar cheese, y’all.  Tell me how this makes sense?!?!  On my way back home, I stopped in Chappell Hill at a store called True Blue Home – I love this store so much & one of my favorite designers, Holly Mathis, helped setup this shop.

Once back in The Woodlands, I had dinner with my sweet friends Amy & Maureen – they spoiled me majorly!  We went to a local staple – Republic Grille.  I had an awesome meal of  chicken with goat cheese & sun dried tomatoes with a  lemon cream sauce.   Good company, good food, & good wine!img_4028

As per usual, I dug into the mashed potatoes before taking a picture.  It was so, so good – I couldn’t wait!

Yesterday (Thursday), we had our work holiday party at Texas de Brazil in City Centre.  The Cabernet was awesome!!!  However, I cannot eat this way easily.  This is the type of place where you get your sides form a buffet, & they bring meat to you & cut your piece table side.  The food is fantastic, but it is so rushed.  I can’t eat like that.  I take my time, & graze more often than not.  Never the less, the party was fun – Ugly Sweater is always an easy theme.  The after party, at Yard House, was more casual.  I tried my first Snake Bite – so delicious!  Guinness & Angry Orchard Cider! IMG_4033.JPG

This weekend I’ll be babysitting, house, sitting, & dog sitting – with a couple brunches thrown into the mix. 🙂

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Anyways – on to the real reason you’re reading this blog post, my 6th playlist of the season!  Listen here: Fa La La La-lidays

Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen

Deck the Halls Boogie! – Asleep At The Wheel

White Winter Hymnal – Kina Grannis

It Must Be Christmas – Chris Young

I Never Knew The Meaning Of Christmas – *NSYNC

Present Without A Bow – Kacey Musgraves & Leon Bridges

The Holly and the Ivy – Little Elves Choir

Feels Like Christmas – Straight No Chaser with Jana Kramer

Song for a Winter’s Night – Sarah McLachlan

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

Lonely This Christmas – Mud

At Christmas – Kylie Minogue

Deck The Halls – R.E.M.

I Only Want You for Christmas – Alan Jackson

The Secret of Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald

Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Past Three O’Clock – Steve Wariner

I Wanna Kiss You So – Girls Aloud

Little Christmas Tree – Michael Jackson

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Alvin & The Chipmunks

I hope you all have a marvelous weekend!

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Snow Globe Season

Okay y’all, I’m sure you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the fifth installment of one of my Christmas Playlists. 😉

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Without further ado…

You can listen here: Snow Globe Season

Miracles – Coldplay

Merry Christmas Darling – Christina Perri

Must Be Christmas – Band of Merrymakers

It’s Christmas Time Again – Backstreet Boys

All My Christmases – Jillian Edwards

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

A New York Christmas – Rob Thomas

Ribbons and Bows – Kacey Musgraves

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

Come Thou Fount – Penny and Sparrow

Man With The Bag – Jessie J

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Dan + Shay

Under the Weather – Chris Young

I Like A Sleighride – Peggy Lee

Merry Texas Christmas Y’all – Asleep At The Wheel

Under My Tree – *NSYNC

Huron Carol – Sarah McLachlan

Mele Kalikimaka – Jake Owen

Warm In December – Seth MacFarlane

Cool Yule – Bette Midler

I hope you all enjoy listening to these lists as much as I enjoy making them.

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Holly Jolly Holiday

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You guys, I’m obsessed with this time of year.  I love it!  The weather turns cooler, I get to wear boots with the fur (not really, but kinda), people get nicer, at least before the election results…I could go on & on.  Did I mention scarves?

I made this playlist back a few years ago & it remains at the top of my rotation.  I actually made CDs of this playlist for family & friends’ gifts.  So, here is a gift for your ears from me to you.  Enjoy!

Listen here: Holly Jolly Holiday

Carol of the Bells – Deana Carter

Last Christmas – Wham!

O Holy Night – Martina McBride

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Carly Simon

Silent Night – Nashville Cast

Jingle Bell Rock – Billy Gilman

Winter Wonderland – Connie Francis

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Jewel

Go Tell It on the Mountain – Big Daddy Weave

River – Sarah McLachlan

Little Town – Amy Grant

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Buble

A Holly Jolly Christmas – Alan Jackson

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Glee Cast

What Christmas Means to Me – Hanson

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – She & Him

All I Want for Christmas Is You – Lady Antebellum

Warm & Fuzzy – Billy Gilman

White Christmas – Sheryl Crow

Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas – Justin Bieber

Christmas Time Is Here – Diana Krall

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Idina Menzel

Kiss Me at Midnight – *NSYNC

Hope you enjoy this playlist.  I’ll post another next week. 🙂

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: A Thanksgiving Pilgrimage

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Hey y’all!  I hope you are all getting cooler weather where you live…no such luck here in Houston, though I’m still holding out hope for a cold holiday season.  I’ve created an eclectic playlist for Thanksgiving so those of you can ease into the holiday season.

However, next week will be Christmas playlists until January! 🙂 And, I know you were all wondering – I did start listening to Christmas music on Tuesday, November 1st.

Listen here: A Thanksgiving Pilgrimage

Quiet Town – Josh Rouse

Hallelujah – Jodi, Alana, & Morgan

Poems, Prayers, & Promises – John Denver

Stay Awhile – She & Him

His Gorgeousness – The Shoe

Mona Lisa & Mad Hatters – Mandy Moore

A Little Bit of Everything – Dawes

Sweater Weather – Kina Grannis

Magnolia Mountain – Ryan Adams

Tell Me A Tale – Michael Kiwanuka

Smoky Mountain Rain – Ronnie Milsap

Golden Boy – Couer De Pirate

The Man on the Ferry – Highasakite

Moon River – Audrey Hepburn

40 Days (Like Romeo & Juliet) – Bob Schneider

I Got The Moves – Habibi

Song In My Heart – Jeremy Fisher

Sunflower – The Weepies

Higher – Lia Ices

Southside of Heaven – Ryan Bingham

You Matter To Me – Sara Bareilles & Jason Mraz

I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For – Bing Crosby

I hope y’all enjoyed this little playlist.  Do you have anything in particular you like to listen to in November?  Anything that makes you nostalgic?

Until next week’s playlist…

Kiss Hug,

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Rainy Day Playlist

It has been raining for a few days here in Texas, which I’m not complaining about as my yard needed it.  In fact, I have a special place in my heart for rainy days.  Who doesn’t love a day spent on the couch reading a book while listening to melancholy music?  And, sometimes we just need a good cry to reset our minds.

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I came up with a perfectly mellow playlist, in my humble opinion.

  1. Everblue by Mandy Moore – This is such a beautiful, moody song.  Mandy-Pants, that’s what I call her because I feel like we could be friends like that, was clearly going through a rough patch when she wrote this song.  It is my go to when I’m in a broody kind of place.
  2. Between the Lines by Sara Bareilles – So, y’all know I’m a huge fan of Sara.  I think she is an amazing songwriter.  I’d love to go see her in Waitress on Broadway in NYC.  This was one of my first favorites by the lovely Sara.
  3. Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez – I originally heard this song on an Anthropologie playlist & fell in love with it.
  4. Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy – This is the first song I ever heard by A Fine Frenzy.  I was hooked by the end of it.  Kind of OBSESSED.
  5. Forever & Always by Parachute – Okay, real talk.  I cannot listen to this song without crying, so be prepared.  It’s a beautifully tragic love song.
  6. Magnolia Mountain by Ryan Adams – My absolute favorite song by Ryan Adams.  If I’m being honest I tend to think the vast majority of his music is melancholy & moody.
  7. I Bruise Easily by Natasha Bedingfield – I can’t really put my finger on it, but this song gives me total Joni Mitchell vibes, & we already know I love her so this song was quickly loved as well.
  8. Lost Stars by Adam Levine – This song is from the movie Begin Again, which Adam Levine was in.  This is really the only song from this movie that I loved, preferably the slow version.
  9. Good Enough by Evanescence – Whew!  If ever you have a down in the dumps, feel sorry for yourself moment, this song will help you wallow in it.
  10. Mayday by Cam – I love Cam; who doesn’t?  The Bobby Bones Show helped bring her to the forefront of radio in the last year or so.  This song, off her debut album, is my favorite.
  11. Not An Addict by K’s Choice – This song brings me back to high school.  I used to be in a club called P.R.I.D.E. & we went around to the younger schools to talk about peer pressure, drug abuse, etc.  We did a skit to this song, & I always picture it when listening to this song.  It’s an oldie, but a goodie.
  12.  Can’t Tell You Why by The Eagles – So, we all know that The Eagles are my GOAT; however, my favorite song changes every so often.  For the last year this has been THE ONE.  It’s mellow, but the harmonies are amazing.  Plus, I sing this song really well during my Car Concerts.
  13. Maybe by Kelly Clarkson – I love Kelly Clarkson!  She’s a fellow Texan & she just gets it, you know?  This is kind of a girl anthem meets a moody break up song.  There’s chord changes from major to minor keys, it’s fast, it’s slow, it’s all over the place & I love it.
  14. Insensitive by Jann Arden – As most great songs are, this is one of the many about love & loss.  Total classic.  There is a great cover of this song by Leann Rimes.
  15. Can’t Stop A Heart by Aubrey Peeples – It took me quite some time to be able to listen to this song without crying.  If you watched the show Nashville then you probably know that Layla wrote this song about Jeff & performed it after his death.  It’s dark & sad & I love it.
  16. Losing My Religion by R.E.M. – Really?  Yes, this is one of the ultimate sad jams.  ‘Nough said.
  17. Dimming Light by Tennis – This is a somewhat new song to me.  I believe Tennis only has an EP out, but I heard this song randomly on Spotify & immediately gravitated to it.
  18. Lemon Parade by Tonic – Tonic is one of my favorite bands from the 90’s & most of their songs are fairly mellow.  This particular one really resonates with me.
  19. Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold) by Dan Seals – I love, love, love this song.  It’s a typical country love song – tragic.  This song is about a woman leaving her daughter & husband, & the song is written from his point-of-view.  I particularly love it because the little girl’s name is Casey & the horse’s name is Red (my dad’s name).  When I was little I thought this song was about us…it totally isn’t.  Ahh, to be young & naive  again.
  20. Up & Up by Coldplay – I love Coldplay.  I’d say that 90% of all Coldplay songs could be on this playlist, but I especially love this one off their newest album.  It’s actually a very uplifting song, but it’s so mellow thus how it landed here.

What are some of your favorite Rainy Day Tunes?

Kiss Hug,

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