Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Favorites






Happy Fri-yay!  Why is it that four day work weeks seem sooooo long?

I'm linking up with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!

Although I love starting my day with coffee, I have been drinking tea every night.  My current favorite...

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I buy mine at Fresh Market, but you can also find it on Amazon HERE.  It is so good!

I also did a little retail therapy this week and shopped the sale at Loft.  I bought these pants...

Primary Image of Sateen Five Pocket Leggings in Marisa Fit

Primary Image of Curvy Skinny Corduroy Pants

and this sweater...

Primary Image of Stripe Banded Sweater

Love!

I've been listening to podcasts while driving to work.  Check out which one's I'm currently listening to HERE.

I hope you have all had a fabulous week.  Enjoy your time with family and friends this weekend!




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Favorite Podcasts

I began listening to podcasts a few years ago, even before my husband started his.  Truth be told, I don't listen to his, but thousands of other people do.  Oops. :)  If you like Star Wars, you can listen to Coffee with Kenobi HERE.

I thought it would be fun to share my current favorite podcasts that I listen to while driving, getting ready in the morning and exercising.  If you've never listened to a podcast before, you just go to iTunes and search for topics that interest you.  Last year, I got hooked on the podcast Serial, which was a real-life crime story put out by NPR.  Most of the podcasts I listen to are either motivational, wellness related or purely for entertainment.  There is literally a podcast for everything!

The Simple Sophisticate

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(Image from Stitcher.com)

This blogger, teacher, and Francophile records a weekly show that includes top ten lists about various topics and focuses on simple luxuries.  I like her enthusiasm and advice for living the "simply luxurious life".

Heather Dubrow's World

Heather Dubrow's World
(Image from Podcast One)

As we've discussed, I love me some Real Housewives.  Heather Dubrow is one of my favorites and while I do admit to listening to other housewives' podcasts in the past (Brandi Glanville, anyone?), hers is by far the best.  Her rapport with her assistant Natalie is on point and the topics are relevant to mom life; even if you don't live in a mansion and have your own reality show.

Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig with Heather and Terry Dubrow

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(Image from heatherdubrow.com)

Do you see a pattern here?  This podcast is very well done with excellent advice every episode.  I love the chemistry between these two and the episode on Sunday anxiety sparked a future blog post idea for me.  I strangely find these two very relatable.  

The School of Greatness

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This podcast is put out by Lewis Howes,"former pro athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur."  He has excellent guests and is extremely motivational.  He has built a million dollar business based upon motivating others to live their best lives.  Not bad for a guy who was flat broke living on his sister's couch.  Lewis Howes has great energy and it definitely comes through in his podcast.

The Big Boo Cast

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I could listen to these two southern women read me the phone book (do phone books even still exist?)  Anyway, they talk about absolutely nothing but it cracks me up every time I listen.  They are both bloggers and authors and I found them after reading Giddy Up Eunice, which is a great Christian book about the power of female friendships.  Current podcast topics include their kitchen remodels, college football and their favorite spoon.  I can't make this up, or describe it, apparently, but it's worth your time to listen!

I also occasionally also listen to Dave Ramsey, Jillian Michaels and Joel Osteen.  If you have any recommendations for other podcasts I should check out, comment below.  Happy listening!

Monday, January 16, 2017

How Does She Do It? {My Morning Routine}


(image from "Single Dad Laughing" via Facebook)

I am a reluctant morning person.  When I was younger, I loved staying up late and sleeping in.  Now I stay up late and get up early.  I'm a mom...I'm tired...it's kind of like having no money when you're in college; everyone expects it and it's acceptable.  ;)

In the past few years, I have developed a love of getting up early.  I don't actually love getting out of bed, but once I do, I love it.  My ideal morning begins with getting out of bed at 5:30 AM...even on weekends.  Crazy talk, I know!!  During the week, I leave for work at 7:00 AM, but truly don't need to get up until 6:00 to make that happen.  The extra half hour has made a drastic change in my overall day.  And on the weekends, it gives me at least an hour and a half before anyone else wakes up.

During that 30 minutes of morning time during the week, I do the things that will set my day on the right track.  I love to drink hot lemon water first thing in the morning and I stretch while I heat that up.  As I drink the hot lemon water, I read a devotional (HERE) and my daily reading in my One Year Bible (HERE).  After I read, I pray for about five to ten minutes or so.  I pray for my husband, my kids, family members, friends, and spend time in gratitude for my blessings.  In the summer, I like to do this part of the morning on my front porch swing.  In the cooler months, I'm curled up on the couch or at the table.  

After this, I brew a cup of coffee in my Keurig and, during the week, begin getting ready for school.  On the weekends, I use the next hour to blog, read, watch Real Housewives or anything else that is just for me.  Pure bliss.

The best part of this new habit is that by the time anyone else wakes up, I am completely at peace and full of joy.  I can greet all my people with a full heart, which is my "why" for getting up early. 

I truly admire people who wake up and exercise.  I've tried it, but I do better exercising in the afternoon and easing into my mornings instead.   

What morning routine do you follow?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's the Friday before a three day weekend and it's got me all like...


We are worn out!!  We are expected to get some winter weather this weekend and we wouldn't be a bit sad if it kept us in for a few days.

I'm linking up with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!

The One Year Bible



One of my faith goals this year is to read the bible in its entirety.  I have never done this and really want to.  I started this book last year and am continuing to work my way through it.  It is broken down into 365 daily readings that take about 10-15 minutes to read.  I read it and my devotion while I'm making my coffee. 

Estee Lauder 'Advanced Night Repair' Serum


I recently added this serum to my nightly routine and I am a fan!  I had read a lot about serums, but this is the first one I've tried.  I think it makes my skin brighter.

The Couple Next Door by: Shari Lapena


I am so excited about my January Book Review...and it's only week two!  This book drew me in from the first page and I could not put it down. If you love suspense novels, get your copy here!

This Is Us on NBC

This show.  Watch it.

This Is Us
(Image from : www.nbc.com)

Happy weekend, everyone!  I am loving this consistent blogging schedule and connecting with all of you.  Comment below and let me know what you would like to see more of on the blog.  Make sure to like my Facebook page here and follow me on Instagram here!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Link-Up!~Workin' It Wednesday~New Year's Goals

I'm joining Mix & Match Mama and A Little Bit of Everything today as they kick off their new series, Workin' It Wednesday!  I'm super excited about this series and cannot wait to read everyone's ideas.  


I love to set goals in all areas of my life.  I helps me to review where I am and where I want to be.  Since I work in education, I feel like I have two "New Years"; one in January and one in August! 

Every Christmas break, in the week between Christmas and New Year's, Dan and I have a goal setting date.  We either go to a coffee shop or cozy up at home with a glass of wine.  We use this time to review the past year's blessings and challenges, talk about our work, kids, marriage, etc.  We then dream up all of the goals that we would like to meet in the new year and write everything down.  To keep it organized, we use the following categories:

Faith
Family
Finance
Fitness
Forever (our marriage)
Friends
(...and because we ran our of "F" words...)
Work
Travel
Projects
Things to Buy

Some of these areas are practical and some are where we cut loose and dream big.  Each year, we choose a theme that we want to incorporate into the new year.  For 2017, our theme is BE INTENTIONAL.  We will try to carry this theme into all aspects of our lives from spending time with our kids, blessing others, work and spending.  One of the best parts of this goal date is reviewing the prior year's list and seeing where we crushed it and where we still need work.  We also talk about and record our personal goals for the year and discuss how we can hold each other accountable.  I love this time with my husband and being intentional about the life we are building together.

Happy 2017, everyone!





Monday, January 9, 2017

Home Plate {BBQ Pork Tacos}

I am so excited to blog about this recipe because it is one of my family's favorites, it's super easy, and it cooks in the Crock Pot.  That's a home run in my book!

I know I have mentioned this cookbook in previous posts, but it's worth mentioning again.  This recipe comes from my Mix and Match Mama Eats cookbook.  There are so many recipes that my family loves in this book.  Get your own copy HERE

INGREDIENTS:

4-5 lb. Pork Roast
1 medium sized onion roughly chopped
1-2 cans Dr. Pepper or Coke (no diet soda)
BBQ Sauce (our family loves Sweet Baby Rays original flavor)


Taco Shells (of course we buy the Aldi brand)

GARNISH:

Shredded Cheese (our family likes pepper jack, but white cheddar works well too)
Green Onions 

DIRECTIONS:


Roughly chop the onion and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Place the roast on top of the onion.  Pour in the Dr. Pepper and cover the top of the meat with BBQ sauce (approximately half of the bottle, reserving the rest for later).  


Cook on high for 6-8 hours.

Remove the meat from the slow cooker, add more BBQ sauce and separate meat with two forks or kitchen scissors like mine from Pampered Chef.  I use these all the time!


  Serve on taco shells.  Garnish with cheese and green onion.  



YUM!!



Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Favorites


It's Friday!!!  I'm linking up again with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix

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(image from www.imbd.com)
If you haven't yet watched this, please do so...mostly so I can talk to you about it!

Shopping with Ebates



Ebates is definitely one of my favorite things.  I did most of my Christmas shopping online, so I am looking forward to a Big Fat Check in February!  Check out Ebates here.

Gibson Sweater from Nordstrom

Main Image - Gibson Cozy Fleece Ballet Neck High/Low Pullover

I am obsessed with this sweater and may be guilty of wearing it more than was acceptable over Christmas break.  I need to buy one in every color.  Soft, cozy, and comfy!

It Ends With Us by: Colleen Hoover



My favorite book of 2016!  Check out all the books I read last year here.

Heather's Closet on YouTube

Heather's Closet
(Image from YouTube)

Another guilty pleasure.  Real Housewife of Orange County, Heather Dubrow films video shorts from inside her closet, which is the size of my living room.  Whatever...it's addicting.

That's what I'm currently crushing on.  Let me know some of your favorites too!