Friday Five: Verrier Tuckernuck


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. 6B1783B3-320A-42EB-9DA9-CA7AFB61F1BF

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.

Two: 13th

Whew, this documentary was necessary to watch, but it was a tough hang. C565381C-941D-4ACE-880F-9C41051A24FB

“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. IMG_2214

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!0255FC97-E4ED-43B2-86D2-D3FF3999BAC3

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.

Kiss Hug,

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My Week in Podcasts

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

Until next time…

Kiss Hug,

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Best of 2016: Podcasts

Thanks to my lovely cousin Kimberly, I have been introduced to the world of podcasts.  I’m totally late to the game, but I’m now fully obsessed.  I thought I would compile a list of my favorite podcasts from this past year, just in case you’re not already listening to them. 🙂

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The Popcast with Knox & Jamie

This is the podcast that got me hooked on all podcasts in general; it’s my cocaine if you will.  My cousin insisted that I listen to at least one episode, as she thought Jamie & I were soul sisters.  The first episode I listened to they deciphered what emojis actually mean.  This is a hilarious podcast – I am Jamie Golden on most levels (except I love Tom Hanks & she does not – blasphemy, I know!) & I love Knox’s weezy laugh, newsletters, & the cold opens that he sneaks in for us.  They both really engage with their listeners on social media as well, so I feel like I know them & that we are friends IRL.

Reality TV Podcasts: 

Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown

If you’re not listening to this podcast – what are you doing with your life?  For real?  For. Real.  Casey (great name & correct spelling) & Danielle are hilarious!  Like, my face hurts after each episode from laughing so much.  They’ve introduced me to some great wines, although we are all now boycotting Whispering Angel.  They’ve also introduced me to some lifestyle choices that I may adopt for 2017 (bullet journaling, meditation, etc.).  They have contributed to my hatred for some housewives (& house husbands) & have changed my mind for the better towards some.  I died laughing when Danielle had the audacity to compare Kenya Moore to Alex McCord – I personally think Danielle was on the right track, but Casey’s reaction was gut busting!

Here To Make Friends – A Bachelor Recap Show

If you love The Bachelor, then you need to listen to this podcast.  They recap each episode of Bachelor franchise shows.  Emma & Claire work for the Huffington Post; they dissect all the contestants (their flaws & good qualities).  I love that they call out the contestants, the actual Bachelor, & ABC when something doesn’t sit right with them/America (looking at you diversity).

The Bitch Bible

This podcast is hosted by Jackie Schimmel.  She is hilarious & unapologetic.  She recaps all the trash TV that I watch.  All the Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, Southern Charm, The Bachelor, etc.

Will You Accept This Rose?

This podcast is hosted by comedians Arden Myrin & Erin Foley.  They frequently have other comedians, actors, & past Bachelor contests guest host with them to recap each episode of The Bachelor.  This show is a little chaotic, only because there is so much laughing going on.

Lifestyle Podcasts:

Ladies Who Lunch

This is a kind of mellow podcast, hosted by YouTubers Ingrid Nilsen & Cat Valdes.  They basically discuss real life issues over lunch.  These gals talk about anything from the election to online dating and everything in between.


I love this podcast, & they just won Podcast of the Year!  Congrats to Becca Tobin, Keltie Knight, & Jac Vanek!  They basically talk about their lives, interview accomplished women (or supporters of women), & answer listeners questions.  Keltie is Type A (loves rules – me too!), Jac is a CEO, but also kinda hippie/hipster/dreamer-ish in my opinion, & Becca is no-nonsense & straight to the point (also me).  They hold nothing back & tell it like it is – good, bad, & ugly.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast

I adore Lauryn & Michael.  They talk about business, hustling, life, etc.  If you’re looking to start a side hustle or turn your side hustle into a full-time gig, this is the podcast for you.  They also travel a lot, so I live vicariously through them.  Lauryn’s blog, by the same name, is awesome.

Political Podcasts:

Congressional Dish

This is my newest podcast that I subscribe to; it’s hosted by Jen Briney.  So, this podcast is only posted twice a month, which I’m glad for as her podcasts are kinda long.  The reason for such long podcasts is because our Congress is messed up AF & Jen deciphers all the laws & bills trying to be passed, & she exposes all their shady doings.

Throwing Shade

I’m fairly new to this show, but I love it!  This podcast is hosted by Bryan & Erin.  They are both huge advocates for LGBTQ, human rights, & just being a decent person – all while be snarky as hell.  Every week, they bring us political topics, pop culture topics, & an interview.  I really love the humor & shade (get it?) they bring to serious issues happening in our country.

So That Happened

This is a weekly podcast brought to us by the HuffPost Politics team.  They basically deep-dive into the weekly happenings going on in Washington DC.  They tend to lean left, but really obliterate all political parties & the douche bags trying to pull one over on us.

Healthy Living Podcasts:

Beauty Inside Out with Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Snyder is an nutritional expert that believes in super clean living.  She hosts two episodes per week – one that is an interview with someone from the industry & one that answers listener questions.  I have read the Beauty Detox Solution, but I am easing my way into this lifestyle – VERY slowly.  I’m just not ready to give up cheese.  But, I have incorporated some of Kimberly’s advice into my lifestyle.  I haven’t given up meat completely – I have a protein absorption issue, but I have cut WAY back to about only 5 meals a week with meat.  I’ll get there eventually, & she has a ton of great recipes & advice on her website.

PaleOMG Uncensored

I’m actually listening to Juli’s latest podcast now from last weekend.  I’m pretty new to this podcast…so is Julie, as she only has 14 podcasts under her belt!  She’s really into the Paleo lifestyle – hello its her source of income.  She’s also a personal trainer & into Crossfit.  I love her the recipes that I’ve tried.  Seriously run to your kitchen & make her Paleo strawberry pineapple margaritas!  Juli has a couple cookbooks under her belt, which are great for those that are Paleo &/or gluten free.

Financial Podcasts:

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

Okay, so I fist learned about Farnoosh Torabi on the GirlBoss podcast.  I immediately subscribed to So Money & it has become one of my favorite.  She posts 2 episodes per week – one interview & one listener question/answer.  This sounds weird, but I love Farnoosh’s voice.  She also gives great, real life advice because she hasn’t always been smart with her money, & I’m trying to get better.

Profit Boss Radio

This is also one of my top favorite podcasts, hosted by Hilary Hendershott.  This is specific to women & money, financial planning, investing, money psychology, personal finances, & so much more.  Hilary interviews successful entrepreneurs & gives advice about everything related to the personal finance world.  She has struggled financially in her day, & is very candid when people are wrong in their money plans/theories.

I hope you all listen to some of these & let me know what you think.  What should I be adding to my rotation in 2017?

Tomorrow I’ll post a blog of my favorite blogs of 2016.

Kiss Hug,

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