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!

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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 –

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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!

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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!

Five for Friday #43

Hello and happy Friday, friends!!! I’m sitting here trying to plan out my weekend and I’m ready for a lot of productivity, but also a lot of fun. I was CRAZY busy last week/weekend and got basically zero personal things done (and like no cleaning done either) so this weekend will be full of errands, cleaning, and listening to ALL the podcasts while doing those things.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and I’ve got some good stuff I wanted to share with you today!

ONE || I used this hair mask I got from Target a few weeks ago and it was life changing. I’ve gone back an purchased the full size version because it just worked THAT well. My hair was SO soft after using it in my hotel, and we all know that hotel showers are the worst!

TWO || If you have any goals that you’re working toward in any area of life (so that means every single person), then here are 11 words to remove from your vocabulary this weekend.

THREE || I am officially in love with this sailor knot ring!! And not just because it looks like a soft pretzel in my mind. That’s only like, 62% of it. I’m planning a trip to the east coast this fall and might have to make sure a trip to the KJP store makes it on the to-do list!

FOUR || Have you forgotten how different Facebook used to look? Did you know that Netflix used to have a purple logo?!? Check out this museum of websites – it’s pretty fun looking back at our favorite brands over the years!

FIVE || I’ve been incorporating this Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil (man that’s a mouthful!!) into my daily skincare routine and I am loving it! I will use it on my bare face before my night moisturizer, or sometimes I’ll mix it with Julep’s Restorative Facial Milk and use them together in the morning. Slowly most of my skincare products are becoming Julep and I’m not mad about it – this stuff is all wonderful and I highly recommend all of it!

Well that’s it for me today – I’m off to go take a walk around the neighborhood! I’ve been trying to listen to all of the Harry Potter audiobooks but I’ve been letting myself listen ONLY while I walk, so it’s been a good motivator to get myself outside (even though it’s so hot!!) Have a great weekend!!

Recent Reads – Crazy Rich Asians

This has turned out to be a slower reading month for me… which seems odd because I feel like I’ve been reading a TON! I’ve only *finished* one book this month… BUT I read a lot more! I read a bit more of a huge biography I’m slowly working through, I started a new audiobook, I started a new library book, and I’ve been busy reading the book for my summer bible study! So while June is kinda skimpy, I have a feeling that July’s recent read post will be EPIC.

Earlier in June, I read Crazy Rich Asians and I really liked it a lot!! I wanted to read the book before the movie comes out this summer, and I’m so glad I did. The story was fun, the characters were likable (even all the minor ones!), and the plot moved along at a nice pace. Here’s the summary from Amazon:

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. 

I didn’t really know anything about the plot (beyond what I saw on the movie trailer) when I picked it up, and I really enjoyed the story line! I’m so curious about if that’s what it’s really like for the ultra rich in Singapore or how much was fictionalized, and now I can’t wait to read the other two books in the trilogy!! The characters were all seriously so fun, and I can’t wait to hang out with them some more for two more books!

Have you read the book yet? Let me know what you thought! If you haven’t read it yet, do you plan on reading it before you see the movie?

Sweet Tooth Hotel

Do you ever see things that people have done on Facebook or Instagram and you think to yourself “Man, I can’t believe people paid money to do that…” Well, I just did one of those things, and it was 100% fun and 100% worth it!

There was an art pop-up near downtown Dallas called the Sweet Tooth Hotel that was 1,200 sq. feet of neon, candy-themed rooms and it was crazy and super random and so awesome! If I’m being honest, there was really no point to going except for seeing something fun and getting fun pictures for Instagram. Which I definitely did. And the pictures don’t even do it justice!

My favorite room was the first one, with tons of mirrors, neon cacti, and ringpop-inspired lights. It was so trippy to see 18 of you at once in all the mirrors (and it was hard to find an angle for a picture where my friend and I weren’t seen!)

The next room was a crazy candy bathroom, complete with a donut mirror, glittery foam in the sink, and candy at the bottom of the bathtub!

Next on the tour was a neon and candy bedroom (this is *technically* a hotel, after all!) The bed was made out of recycled Nike shoe soles, which they wanted to make sure everybody knew, and there were macaron-shaped bedstands and lights that I fell in love with!

The last official room in the Sweet Tooth Hotel was a little kitchen, which made it feel more like a Sweet Tooth Apartment, but whatever it’s fine let’s just go with it. There were so many props you could pose with, a fun phone that didn’t work, and lots of surprises inside the cabinets!

That must be it, right? WRONG! There is a secret room that you get to by going THROUGH THE FRIDGE!!!

This was the CRAZIEST room of all! All neon, all stuffed animals, all crazy! Like, who thought of this?!?!?

While those were all of the rooms at the Sweet Tooth Hotel, there was plenty to see in the hallways, too! There was a neon sign that said something that might have been “sweet dreams” (I don’t remember!!), there were more props to pose with, a cotton candy-esque rainbow wall, and a cloud that glowed brighter and brighter the louder you spoke!

What a fun, random place, right?!?! I still kind of can’t believe that I paid money to go see this for 45 minutes (they say you get an hour time slot for your ticket, but it was really 45 minutes…) but at the same time, it was fun and I had fun with my friend, and so that makes it worth it in my mind.