Five for Friday #44

Happy Friday, friends!! I hope you’re ready to have the best day, because I am ready to have the best day! And what makes today the best kind of Friday, you ask? Well 1- I took the day off work so not going into the office will be a great change and 2- I’m going on a little mini girls trip this weekend! We’re leaving sometime this morning and heading down to Waco, TX (yes, for the Magnolia pilgrimage) and I’m so excited! I have been to Waco before a few years ago with some friends, and we did go to the Magnolia Silos, but we were there before the restaurant or the bakery were open, so I’m VERY excited to check out all the new and old things and explore Waco a little more!

I’ve got 5 great things I wanted to share today, so let’s get started!!

ONE || I started drinking this Glowing Green Smoothie at the beginning of 2018 and drank it every day for probably a month straight! Then I started traveling and forgot to buy the ingredients and I kind of forgot about it… until recently! I started drinking it again in the mornings and have fallen in love with it once again! It doesn’t taste like a delicious sugary smoothie, but it actually tastes pretty good! I’ve tailored the recipe to just make one serving at a time and that works out really well for me!

TWO || I loved this post from Carly about how social media is kind of at a ‘tipping point’ and I’m all for it. I don’t make much money from blogging and just do it for fun, but I can imagine that doing this FOR YOUR JOB comes with so much pressure to seem perfect from the outside. Some of my favorite people to follow are the ones who are real and share all aspects of life, even if it includes imperfect photos or being real about having a bad day.

THREE || Did anybody buy anything fun in this year’s Lilly Pulitzer after party sale?!? I look at the sale every year, but never really find anything that I just HAVE to have (even if something is on sale, you’re not SAVING money, you’re SPENDING money, right?) But then this year… I found THE PERFECT WORK PANTS! I saw them and immediately fell in love with the pattern (they’re very “me”) and the price was AMAZING. I was debating whether or not to bite the bullet and purchase but then I saw that they were called “the KELLY pant” and ummm yeah, you better believe I got them! They’re definitely more spring-y, but I will be wearing them year-round with pride. They’re no longer available on their website, so now I’m extra glad I snagged them while they were on major sale!

FOUR || I. Love. This. It. Is. So. True.

FIVE || I don’t know if I’ve ever actually made biscuits but ummmmm I REALLY want to make all the biscuits now…

Southern Biscuits


That’s it for today, friends! I can’t wait to share about our Waco weekend – I’m sure I’ll be documenting the whole thing on Instagram stories, so follow along with me at @kellymullican if you want to travel vicariously with us! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Recent Reads

Do you ever go through genre moods when you’re reading? I sure do! There was a stretch of a few months where all I wanted to read was historical fiction. There was another spurt where I couldn’t get enough of thrillers (it was when we all got caught up in the Gone Girl madness, nobody seemed to be immune!) I even went through a few months where I was searching out SAD BOOKS because I am a crazy person and wanted to torture myself apparently? (Those are still some of my favorites, tho!) And remember a few years ago when funny celebrity memoirs were coming out left and right? Yeah me too, and I did my best to read all of them in a 3 month period.

But I asked my original question because it seems right now that I don’t have a current genre mood and I don’t know how to feel about it! On the one hand, I really like the variety of the books I’ve been reading over the last few months… but on the other hand it makes it seem SO HARD to pick out the next book I want to read! Should I go for that biography, or grab the latest murder mystery, or finally start that rom-com beach read that’s been in my library queue for years? First world problems, am I right? Here are some of the books I’ve read over the last few months- all in different genres!

When Life Gives You Lululemons

In the genre of “fun beach read” I give you When Life Gives You Lululemons – it is a follow-up story to The Devil Wears Prada (which I read in high school and really really really enjoyed!) and it follows Emily (the Emily Blunt character from the movie) 10 years later. Here’s the summary:

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. After leaving Miranda Priestly, she’s been working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now. When Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous former supermodel, is arrested for a DUI, her fall from grace is merciless. Her senator-husband leaves her, her Beltway friends disappear, and the tabloids pounce. In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity. But she quickly learns Greenwich is a world apart and that this comeback needs a team approach. So it is that Emily, the scorned Karolina, and their mutual friend Miriam, a powerful attorney turned stay-at-home suburban mom, band together to not only navigate the social land mines of suburban Greenwich but win back the hearts of the American public.

I really liked reading this one!! It was quick and easy and FUN! The characters (both new and old) were a hoot to hang out with for a few days and the plot was woven together very well. It’s one of those stories that makes you crazy because as the reader you know ALL THE THINGS but the characters don’t know all the things and you’re just yelling at the book COME ON NOW! So it’s a tiny bit infuriating in the moment, but the payoff at the end of the book is SO incredibly worth it!

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

Here’s my choice for the “fun celebrity memoir” genre. Ok so first little warning about this book – there is ALL THE LANGUAGE in pretty much every sentence. She’s not being rude or mean, that’s just the way Retta talks. But a few f-bombs aside, this book was truly hilarious and I loved getting to learn more about Donna from Parks & Rec, how Retta got into show comedy and business, and hearing her talk about our mutual obsession that is Hamilton.

I read a physical copy of this one, but Retta also reads the audiobook and I bet that she adds so much flair to her words! I definitely recommend either!

My Oxford Year

In the genre of “book that I thought was going to be one thing and then oops it made me cry a whole lot but I still really liked it” I chose My Oxford Year. This was on my list of books I wanted to read this summer and I honestly didn’t know much about it except for an American goes to study for a year at Oxford and falls in love!! What a fun story, right?!?! Here’s the full summary:

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day. When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret. Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for.

So I would recommend this book, however… I don’t think it was written super well. It was still fun to read, but there were a lot of times where it got a little confusing and I had to re-read entire pages to figure out who was actually talking or what had actually happened or how much time had actually passed. (There was one part where I was reading thinking this part was taking place the next day, when MUCH later I realized it was taking place like a fully month later and I had to go back and read it again so it made more sense.)

Truly Madly Guilty

In the genre of “I thought this was going to be a thriller but was ultimately a huge letdown” I chose Truly Madly Guilty. Ugh this book. I got it as a book on CD to listen to in my car and guys. It was just SO hard to get into. Even toward the end when things started coming together and it was supposed to be the riveting, exciting, dramatic part, I just honestly didn’t care. At all. Here’s the summary because I don’t even want to talk about this plot myself:

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit busy, life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other. Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last-minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger-than-life personalities there will be a welcome respite. Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone? In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

I read Big Little Lies a year ago and LOVED it and thought oh, it’s the same author so I bet I’ll like this book, too! False. Didn’t care. Don’t want to waste my time talking about it anymore. Don’t bother reading it. Just trust me.

(I do have a friend who has read most of Liane Moriarty’s books and she said that all her other ones are actually good and I should give them a try. She tried to start this book and couldn’t get into it, so I’m hopeful that I’ll like her other books better!)


Have you read any of these books yet? What do you think about them? Is there a certain genre that you’re drawn to right now? I think I’m going to try to keep my randomness going! I’m currently reading a “self-help-ish” book, a book on management, and a thriller… variety is the spice of (book) life!

How I’ve Been Studying the Bible

A few months ago, I went to a little event at my church where the women were getting together to watch a Priscilla Shirer simulcast – she was teaching “live” but we were watching a recorded session of that live teaching a few weeks later. If you’ve ever heard Priscilla speak or done one of her studies, you know that she ALWAYS has REALLY GOOD stuff to say.

One of the things she did while speaking this time was outline the way she studies her bible. Having a “quiet time” in general is not a hard thing to do, right? It’s your time to be still and read the bible and connect with God, but that can look SO drastically different for every person! My personal quiet times have been really varied over the years, and I’m always looking for something new to try out. So when Priscilla outlined how she likes to read the bible, I decided to give it a try. And I’ve been loving it! It’s very simple – you just go through the 5 P’s outlined below!

That seems simple enough, right? Sure! But it’s always nice to have an example to go on, so I’ll go through the 5 P’s right now with you, so you can see how I use it.

The first P is POSITION. Really for this, I get myself into a good space, both physically and mentally, where I’ll be ready to really pay attention to what I’m about to do and focus on spending some time with God. This can look different depending on how I’m feeling that day – sometimes I sit up in my bed, sometimes I sit at my dining room table, sometimes I’m on the couch – as long as I’ve got my bible and my notebook and a pen, I’m good to go. I do, however, make sure that I don’t have any distractions. No phone nearby. No TV on. It’s focus time! And then before I actually start digging into the bible, I write down a few things I’m thankful for and a few things I want to pray specifically for during the rest of the day.

Next it’s time to PORE over the passage and then summarize the major points. Right now I’m going through Philippians (it’s one of my favorites!) This also looks a little different depending on the day. Some days I’ll read through a few verses at a time, but other days I might just read one verse and really focus on it alone. The point of this is to really dig in and understand what God is saying through his word, so just see what feels right for you that day.

Once you’ve read through your passage, it’s time to PULL out the spiritual principles and truths from what you just read. It’s kind of like summarizing above, but this is where you can look a little deeper and see what God is actually trying to say. Is that passage a metaphor for something? Is it literal? What does it mean? Is there a command to follow?

Building off the previous step, it’s now time to POSE questions and make them personal and practical for your life and current situations. If there are directions to be followed, are you following them? If there was a promise given, do you believe it? I usually end up kind of journaling this out (I mentioned before that I have a notebook with me because I like to think things through as I’m writing).

And here we are at the final P! This is where you look over what you just read, learned, and thought about, and PLAN obedience if there was something that convicted you. We are strategic about so many things in our lives, so why not be strategic about following God’s word, too? This can look as simple as praying for guidance on a situation going on it your life, it could look like planning to have a hard conversation with a friend, it could look like apologizing to someone in your life – the possibilities are endless! This plan phase is really what I try to get to stick with me through the rest of my day (which I’m a human so sometimes I fail) but my hope is that it helps me go through my day in a way that will encourage my faith, show love to myself and to others, and reflect God’s kindness to other people around me!


So there you have it – that’s how I’ve been studying my bible lately! It can definitely seem like a more “academic” approach since I’m going a lot slower through scripture than I have in the past (and I have a GREAT study bible where there’s a lot of explanation text for each passage) but I’m loving this approach. Going slower to REALLY make sure I’m understanding the truths and promises that are in my bible has revealed a lot of great things in the last few months, and I can’t wait to keep going. Depending on how much time I have, I’ll often go and read a few chapters of another book of the bible to finish out my quiet time, just for fun. Right now I’m reading through 1 Samuel, and I just read the story about David and Goliath!

I hope this method of bible study seems interesting to you, and if so why don’t you go ahead and give it a try! If you aren’t a believer and don’t read the bible and somehow made it to the end of this post (hi you fantastic reader, you!) I hope it gives a little insight into what reading the bible can look like and maybe even why it’s done in the first place.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Five Podcasts I’m Loving Now!

You guys… I might have a podcast problem… THERE ARE JUST SO MANY AND THEY ARE SO GOOD!!! I keep finding more that I want to listen to, and so then I give them a listen! Sometimes I stop after a few episodes if I’m not really feeling it, sometimes I keep going and listen to new episodes as they come out if I think it’s a fine podcast, and sometimes I love one SO MUCH that I will go back through the backlog and listen to the old episodes!

Since I keep finding new podcasts that are amazing, I’ve got five more to share with y’all! Give them a listen and let me know what you think!!!

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Girls Night with Stephanie May Wilson || This is a newer one for me but I’m really liking it a lot! I first learned about Stephanie when I read her little book The Lipstick Gospel, and she has a fresh, faith-based look at topics that women deal with, like faith and friendships and relationships and working out and having it all! She has her friends come on as guests to talk with her and they’ve all been great so far! Start with: the first episode! There aren’t that many, and it will give you a good intro to herself and the podcast.

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What Should I Read Next || Book lovers rejoice – Anne Bogel (from the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy) talks to guests about books they’ve loved, books they hated, and then gives them some recommendations on what they should read next! I love when they talk about a book that I’ve already read so I can compare our opinions! Start with: Episode 105 where she talks to Rider Strong from Boy Meets World! It’ll be a good intro and a fun bit of nostalgia for you!

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The Bible Binge || This is my FAVORITE one of the list this go round!!! It’s brought to you by the same team from The Popcast (aka Knox and Jamie aka hilarious people that you need in your life ASAP) and they recap bible stories the same way you would recap a movie or TV show. It’s great. The best part is when they cast the bible characters with actors from today. Start with: Episode 1 Adam and Eve. And then prepare to listen to the rest of the episodes immediately. You’re welcome.

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The Sleeping At Last Podcast || I’ve mentioned this podcast before but you need to know about it again!! Each episode takes a deep dive behind a song and what went into making it, what is behind the lyrics, what instruments were used and why, etc. It’s FASCINATING! Start withOne and the Enneagram. It will really show how much care he puts into his songs and it’s just so interesting!

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Punch Up the Jam || Ok, I need to start by saying there is a major language warning with this one. And now that we’ve established that, I can get on to saying that if you like songs you love to hate and parody songs, then you’ll love this podcast! The hosts go line by line through “bad” songs and then “make it better” by creating their own version. Again, the language is not amazing, but it can be pretty darn funny. Start with: Mr. Brightside. Everybody loves this song so it’ll be a good first one to listen to!

If I had ALL the Time in the World…

…I would just make things NON-STOP! See, I have a little bit of a problem when it comes to being crafty… I’m a bit of a jack of all trades, but definitely a master of NONE. There are so many things that I love doing or want to learn to do so I can love doing it, but there just isn’t enough time to do all of it!!! (Which is kind of sad because I am currently single with no boyfriend and no children and no pets and minimal responsibilities so if not now, when?!?!)

But anyway, enough about me not knowing where my time goes. Back to the MAKING! I have so many fun things in my Pinterest boards that I’m dying to make, and I hope to do someday! So many projects that I know how to do but could use more practice. Do I just pick ONE thing and get really good at it? Does that seem like less fun? Who knows. I’m just rambling now. So here are some of the fun projects that I wish I could do if I had all the time in the world!

– Embroidery –

2018 finish embroidery piece

Look at those flowers!! As someone who not dramatically at all says UGH more often than I should (ok maybe a little dramatic…) this would be a lovely project.

This bicycle pattern is precious and I can think of a few people who I could make it for.

LOOK AT THIS LLAMA I NEED TO MAKE THIS IMMEDIATELY!

– Baking –

I’ve yet to really master making the perfect pie crust, but this funfetti pie crust really makes me want to make pies all. the. time.

I’ve really started enjoying to make macarons but I need more practice to get my technique juuuuuuuuuuuust right. These s’mores ones would be a fun recipe to try while I’m working on it!

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One of the big goals in my life is to make stunningly smooth cakes like this one and I just need to practice more. And have lots of occasions where sub-par cakes will be acceptable. Watch out, bible study ladies, you might be getting a lot of cake in your future!

– Lettering –

I have the sudden urge to write on all of my clutches and little purses now…

Bounce lettering is so fun and so cute and I need to do some more practice so I can use it to write ALL THE THINGS!

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I have some Tombow pens and I LOVE them but (can you sense a theme here?) I need more practice! There’s so much you can do with them!

– Sewing –

I remember my mom making me and my sister so many customized scrunchies – I’d love to give it a try!

I’ve made a quilt before but I had my mom help SO MUCH during the process – I’d love to try again and make one for real this time.

I would love to beef up my sewing skills and make a cute skirt like this one!

– Crocheting –

I’d love to learn this bobble stitch for the edges of baby blankets I make!

Like: aquieterstorm

I’m actually working on a blanket using this pattern RIGHT NOW!!! I just need to, you know, finish it.

These crochet cacti are so adorable – I do have some random green yarn I could use!

– General DIY –

I have no need to make my own giant rug, but also I REALLY want to make my own giant rug!

I’ve always wanted to make one of these string art crafts but I have not planned it out… so it might stay on the list for a while.

I’ve been learning more about Illustrator at work (thanks, Lynda.com!) and I am excited to start making projects of my own on my own personal time!


I think this post is just me daydreaming about all the fun things I want to make, but it’s also some motivation to see all the fun projects again and pick one and JUST GET STARTED!!! Which one do you think I should go with first? The ambitious side of me says make a rug, the practical side of me wants to start with the hand embroidery project, and the delicious side of me wants to make all the macarons!