Five for Friday #55

Hello and happy Friday!! How’s your week been? It FINALLY started feeling a tiny bit like fall here in Dallas (kind of… it was in the 90s yesterday but today the high is only supposed to be in the 60s – hallelujah) and it has been amazing!! I’m mentally ready for sweaters and boots and cozy overdosy and I’m very excited for the weather to finally get on board. I’ve already been burning fall-scented candles for weeks, which is a weird thing to do when you’re still wearing shorts and flip flops and sweating just from going outside to check the mail.

Here’s what has been on my radar lately!

one || This hot pink blazer. Do I need a hot pink velvet blazer? No. But actually DO I need a hot pink velvet blazer? Yes.

two || This mirror from World Market. I saw it in the store the other day and love the live edges on the wood! I’m making a bunch of mental notes of things I like for when I finally buy a place, and I think I would like something like this.

three || I saw this quote on Instagram this week and liked it.

four || These pumpkin Mexican wedding cookies. I have made Mexican wedding cookies (or polvorones) in the past, but this pumpkin version looks so perfect for fall!!

five || The Good Place is back! I just love this show so much, and it’s interesting to see what they’re doing for the very last season. Do you watch it? Do you listen to the podcast about it?!?! Seriously, listen to the podcast if you watch the show!! It’s so worth it! You hear from actors and writers and even the creator and the special effects people and it’s all fun facts and trivia and good conversation!

 

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73 Questions

Does anybody else love those Vogue YouTube videos where they go around asking celebrities 73 questions about themselves? I’ve loved them for years! Now they’re getting a little bit annoying with all the product placements/tie-ins, but it’s still fun to get to see where a celebrity lives and what their kitchens look like and get a little glimpse into the things that they like. (Some of my favorites have been Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Daniel Radcliffe, Olivia Wilde, and Blake Lively off the top of my head!)

I saw a while ago that Lindsay over at Bourbon & Lipstick posted her own version of the 73 questions, and it seemed so fun that I wanted to do one, too! So instead of forcing my roommate to follow me around the house with a camera and ask me the questions (which side note how hilarious would that be?!?) I’ll just answer the questions right here!

73 Questions

  1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this month? My friend Jen came to visit and we had the most delicious queso I’ve found in Dallas so far!
  2. What’s your favorite game? Buzzword. 
  3. When are you most inspired? When I’m content and there isn’t anything stressful clouding my ability to appreciate what’s going on around me.
  4. If you could teach one subject in school, what would it be? Probably English/grammar. Gotta teach people about the Oxford comma!
  5. What’s your favorite beverage? Root beer. Water is a close second tho (how lame does that sound?!?)
  6. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? That if I were a baked good, I would be one of those pink frosted animal cookies with the sprinkles. 
  7. What is your favorite birthday cake? Funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting.
  8. What is one thing you still have from your childhood? So many things – stuffed animals, school projects, souvenirs from trips… most of them are in tubs in my parent’s attic at the moment.
  9. What is your favorite movie? That Thing You Do.
  10. What is something you can’t do? Dive off a diving board. 
  11. Window or aisle seat? Window.
  12. What is something that makes you laugh no matter what? Saturday Night Live. There is always at least one sketch a week that I’m sending to all my friends because I died laughing.
  13. What does creativity mean to you? Feeling free and confident enough to put what is in my head out into the real world.
  14. What are your favorite lyrics of all time? Probably something by Jimmy Eat World.
  15. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas (specifically the snack extravaganza we have as a family the night before!)
  16. What’s heavily played on your music playlist right now? Smallpools! Perfect for a road trip, a jog, or to energize you while cleaning the house.
  17. If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be? Carly Heitlinger. It’s the perfect combo of young, fun, classic, and always well put together.
  18. Must have purse item? Chapstick.
  19. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 12? At that time, probably a teacher.
  20. What is something you will not be doing in ten years? Worrying as much?
  21. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn? Financial responsibility and budgeting.
  22. How do you start your day? Making my bed.
  23. Would you ever live anywhere besides where you live now? Hundo p I would. I love Dallas but could see myself being happy just about anywhere. 
  24. What is your favorite dessert? Funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting.
  25. Is there a dessert you don’t like? Most lemon treats.
  26. It’s brunch! What do you eat? The standard combo that comes with eggs, bacon, hash browns, and a pancake! 
  27. Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken? England in 2017.
  28. Favorite Disney animal? Dancing penguins in Mary Poppins.
  29. What is a book you’re planning on reading? American Royals.
  30. What did you read most recently? No More Holding Back by Kat Armstrong.
  31. Favorite solo artist? Sleeping at Last.
  32. What is something you’re tired of? People on their phone while doing something else. Like if you put on a TV show and then immediately grab for your phone “just to check Facebook.” Nope. Just pay attention. 
  33. What’s a city you wish to visit? Charleston, SC.
  34. Heels or flats? Flats.
  35. Where does one go on a perfect road trip? Leaf peeping around New England
  36. What do you do on a rainy day? Listen to music, read a book, crochet.
  37. What’s your favorite exercise? The Les Mills Body Combat class.
  38. What was your worst subject in school? PHYSICS wow I was so bad.
  39. What is your spirit animal? An alpaca I guess?
  40. What do you usually eat for breakfast? Scrambled eggs or a protein smoothie or a Larabar.
  41. What do you usually eat for dinner? Often it’s chicken and veggies and sometimes a potato of some sort!
  42. Cooking or baking? Baking always.
  43. Favorite baked good? A good soft peanut butter cookie.
  44. What is something you wish you could be good at? Singing.
  45. Skiing or surfing? Couch surfing lol I’ve never actually REALLY done either.
  46. First celebrity crush? Literally have no idea! We’ll say Zack Morris.
  47. Most recent celebrity crush? Aaron Tveit.
  48. What color was your prom dress? Peachy and cream junior year; sea foam green senior year.
  49. How do you manage stress? Walking, music, praying.
  50. What do you do to relax? Walking, music, praying.
  51. Age when you were first kissed? 16.
  52. Favorite fashion trend of all time? A cardigan (not really a trend, but there’s different trendy variations each season.)
  53. Best fashion advice you ever received? “Yes you DO need more cardigans!!!” 
  54. What is your current favorite piece of clothing you own? A berry red trench coat that I can’t wait to wear once the temps get a little cooler.
  55. Shoes or bags? Shoes.
  56. How do you know if you’re in love? You put their needs first and want to hear every mundane thing they have to say.
  57. Television show you binged recently? Schitt’s Creek (it’s seriously so hilarious.)
  58. Who do you turn to when you’re sad? Jesus and also my friend Allison.
  59. Leather or lace? Lace.
  60. Vintage or new? I want to say vintage but I’m not that cool. New.
  61. What is your kryptonite? Getting distracted on the internet.
  62. What are you most enchanted by? Stillness during sunrise.
  63. What is your biggest strength? Listening and giving advice people might not want to hear in a loving way.
  64. What is your biggest weakness? Thinking I know what’s best for others and giving them advice when they don’t ask for it.
  65. What are 3 words to describe living in your city? Active, culinary, pretentious. 
  66. Cutest thing on planet earth? When I knock at the door of my sister’s house every week and I hear my niece and nephews yelling “YAYA!!! YAYA IS HERE!!!” from inside.
  67. Favorite color? Navy (to wear), pink (for everything else)
  68. Best first date idea? Coffee somewhere where you can walk to a second location if the date is going really well.
  69. Favorite time of day? 10am when you’ve already had a really productive morning.
  70. What do you first notice about someone when you meet them? Their manner of greeting (hug, handshake, intimidating look up and down).
  71. What’s your guilty pleasure? Listening to all. the. podcasts.
  72. Favorite band? Literally too many to name. 
  73. Favorite season? Autumn.

Oh man, that was a lot! If you made it through that, you deserve a medal and a slice of funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting. I mentioned it so many times that now I feel like I need to find a slice of funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting!! Can you even find that somewhere in Dallas? Should I do some research? I don’t need cake… but also… I might have to look that up real quick…

Life Lately

Hey hey and happy Friday!! Can you believe that it’s already SEPTEMBER?!?!? I don’t actually know where the year is going. I’ve been busy with work and life and doing another Whole30 (more on that to come!!) and the days just keep flying by. Geez. I feel like we need a little update on what’s been going on lately (which really isn’t much, but why not, right?!?) Here’s a little photo diary of what I’ve been up to…

I took my nephew to see a movie and of course we had to play a few arcade games on the way out of the theater! (Fun days with Aunt Kelly include ALL the fun things!)

I got THE BEST sno cone flavor on the planet (root beer and watermelon mixed DON’T GIVE ME THAT FACE you haven’t even tried it yet it’s so good!) from a place SO close to my house – and it has a drive thru window which is fun but also dangerous because now I want to get a sno cone every day on my way home from the train.

One of my favorite people that I somehow get the privilege of knowing in real life WROTE A STINKING BOOK and y’all it’s SO GOOD! She had a book launch party in July and it was so great to go and support her!

I had what seemed like the perfect hair day a few weeks ago! The braid! The bun! And it stayed ALL DAY which was a miracle!

I won some Airpods at work and I love them! I love getting to walk outside and not have to deal with the cords from my headphones, and the sound quality is better than expected for most things! I also bought some teeny studs to go in my 2nd and 3rd ear piercing and I’m clearly very excited about those, too.

I went to a rooftop hip hop cardio fitness class on the terrace of the Joule Hotel downtown and it was so much fun! My friend Beth and I didn’t make fools of ourselves like we thought we would and had a blast sweating and dancing along to Lizzo. Plus I got to see my favorite eyeball from an elevated height which was fun!

This is totally random but I’ve started parting my hair in the middle from time to time and tbh I’m kind of loving it!!

My company reserved a section at the minor league baseball game and my friend Merideth came with me! There was tons of free food and be proud of us – we didn’t eat ANY of it. Which is incredibly sad. BUT I’m doing Whole30 and Mer is eating super healthy, too, so we were very strong and you know what, I bet the hot dogs and cookies weren’t even that good. The cookies looked super dry. #lies

You guys I saw my first armadillo and it was slightly terrifying!!!!!! It was IN THE FRONT YARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! What? Gross! Go away!! I didn’t know that they could be so huge and I was kind of terrified to walk along the sidewalk to get to my car. But I did it. I survived.

When people ask me what I’ve been up to lately, I always answer with “oh not much… same ol’ same ol’, just like church and bible study and stuff…” but now it’s nice to see and be reminded that I’ve actually been doing things and I’m not as boring as I thought! Thanks for following along – I’ve got some fun posts planned in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share them with you! Talk to you later!

 

New Week – New Background (Add some Pep to Your Tech)

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that every Monday I start my week by changing my desktop background at work. These “new week new background” moments are pretty much the only thing getting me to work on a Monday morning – not gunna lie!!

I’ve had a few people ask me where I find all the images that I use for my backgrounds and the answer I usually give is “ummmm, the internet? I can’t remember!!” which is just not very helpful at all! I usually take an hour or so on a weekend and gather a TON of background images and save them in a folder so I can go for a few months choosing from images that I already have saved… so by the time I get to the end of my pictures I’ve genuinely forgotten where they’re all from. So now that it’s time for me to refresh my background picture folder, I thought I’d share some of my favorites and links so you can find and use them, too!

I definitely gravitate toward the brighter images for my desktop background (because let’s be honest I need something to make me happy since I’m staring at a computer all day) but I also like to switch it up and get some more subtle ones in there, too. I’ve definitely used some of these before (like the white with black dots and pink corner and the bright blue with ice cream cones filled with flowers) but they’re just so fun that I wanted to use them again! I can’t wait until the fall (aka December in Texas) so I can use the one that says Sweater Weather!

So here are some of the ones I collected last weekend to use over the next few months! Which one is your favorite? Have I convinced you to join the New Week New Background movement yet?!?!

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10 Things Do on Sunday to Have a Successful Week

Does anybody else get hit with the “Sunday scaries” every single week? Well maybe not every week… but it happens quite a lot! That dread of *oh no I don’t want to go to work tomorrow* or *no I’m not ready for the weekend to be over yet* or *oh no I watched Netflix all day and didn’t get anything productive done and now I’m out of time!* It doesn’t feel great and it honestly doesn’t set you up for a good start to the week. I mean, starting out a brand new week feeling defeated and sad? No, thank you!!

I just hate going to bed on a Sunday thinking of all the things I should have gotten done and stressing about how now I have to do all those things during the week when I don’t really have the time. (Which is hilarious because I’m a single gal with no pets and I’m the least busy person I know but I still feel busy!!) I try my best to do ALL the things I can on Sunday to make sure that I am setting myself up to have the best start to the week as possible! Here’s what I’ve found works for me, and maybe it might work for you!

Plan Out Your Week

This is a good chance to assess what you got done over the weekend, what you didn’t get done, what you need to do during the week ahead, what plans you have coming up, etc. I like to make sure I know what my evening plans are for the week (do I have small group this week or is it a week off?), plan my workouts (if I want to do yoga on Thursday, I’ll need to wake up early and do it before work), and make note of anything I’ll need to pay special attention to (like a friend’s birthday coming up, so I better mail her card at some point this week!)

Brain Dump

Sunday during the day or at night is also a good chance to just get everything out of your head that might be worrying you or keeping you preoccupied as you go into a new week. (Want some more info on how and why to do a brain dump? Check out Brighton’s post here!) Getting all the worries and thoughts and things out of your brain and onto a page can really help calm my brain and help me sleep a lot easier – which is exactly what you want before starting a new week!

Grocery Shop

You know you have to eat, so go and get your groceries when you have the time! I always dread going to the store before I go, I tolerate it while I’m there, but then on Tuesday when I’m using the groceries that I bought, I’m SO glad that I got it out of the way on the weekend and I didn’t have to go to the grocery store after work and shop while starving, because that is the worst. I try and get it done before going to church (if I’m going to the late service) or right after church (if I went to the early service) – really I just love avoiding crowds and try to get it done as early as possible in the day!

Meal Prep

And now that you’ve actually gone and shopped for groceries, you might as well get some meal prep done. This is something that takes up so much time, and so it’s nice to get as much of it done as possible before the week starts. Really I just try to avoid having to make meals at 10pm after I get back from bible study because I’m tired. And doing meal prep at the beginning of the week will help me stick to my budget by not spending money on groceries AND spending money on expensive lunches downtown because I just didn’t make anything!

Look at your Budget

And speaking of budgets… it’s probably a good idea to take a peek at yours on Sunday. Seeing where you went crazy over the past week and where you still have some wiggle room will help keep you in the mindset of sticking to the budget you have set. Knowing that I only have X amount of money left in my “fun money” budget really helps me NOT spend $40 on random junk at Target during the week!

Tidy Your Space

If you didn’t get deep cleaning done over the weekend – that’s ok by me! But I always try to do some tidying on Sunday just so I start out the week uncluttered. Uncluttered space = an uncluttered mind… right? Is that how that works? I think that’s how that works. We’ll just go with that. So tidy up.

Set Out Your Outfits for the Week

This one here is an ultimate time saver! Picking out my clothes for the week and doing any cleaning or ironing that needs to be done on Sunday just has to be done. If I don’t get it done on Sunday, I will tell myself “oh I’ll just wake up early to iron that shirt” but guess what – I WILL NOT WAKE UP EARLY TO IRON THAT SHIRT and then do I have to pick something else or so I show up all wrinkly?!?! We can’t have that!

Move Your Body

Are you somebody that thinks that Sunday is the first day of the week or that Monday is the first day of the week? It’s both for me – I think that’s allowed! So for this one let’s all think that Sunday is the first day of the week… and it’s good to start off the week moving your body to get yourself in an exercise mindset for the rest of the week. This is something I haven’t been super great at, but I’m trying to really make sure I go for a walk or at least do a yoga video before going to bed!

Relax

It’s still the weekend! You should make sure that you take at least a little time for yourself before having to start the work week! Read a little in bed, do a face mask, catch up on the last week’s episode of The Bachelorette, go get an ice cream cone – the options are endless! Just as long as it brings you joy and gets you to relax a little bit!

Go to Sleep Early

This one is really a no-brainer, right? You don’t want to start your week sleep deprived! Go to bed early and get lots of good rest so you can start your week energized and rested!!