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Shopping Small: Pt. 2

Happy Small Business Saturday! This weekend is perhaps one of the busiest times to shop all year. I’ve always found it really wonderful that there was a special day to let small businesses shine in the midst of it all! Shopping small has become even more important to me and I plan to dive more into smaller shops in the future. Of course, it isn’t always affordable to shop small for everyone so there’s no shame in not participating or buying every gift from a small business. But it’s still great to boost your local artisans and the ones across the internet. Here’s a second roundup of some of the things I’ve bought from small businesses lately and a few things I have my eye on: 2021 Astrological Planner from Magic fo I: I had my eye on their planners last year but decided to wait. I just got mine and it’s so detailed and so incredible. I cannot wait to use it next year! Let’s Get Spooky Sweatshirt from MomShirt Upon opening, this became …

Gratitude

WHEW! I know the running joke all year long has been how awful 2020 is but this year has truly been such a bear. I’m glad it’s almost over if I’m being honest, but I’m also really glad that I’ve made it this far. When we think about Thanksgiving, we think about gratitude. What are we grateful for? Sometimes, though, it can be hard to recognize what we are thankful for daily. Especially for folks (like your’s truly) struggling with mental health issues — it can be hard to focus on anything else sometimes. But, I’ve reminded myself weekly since March of the handful of things that I am grateful for during this pandemic. So I wanted to share a few of them with you all. My husband Goes without saying, really. But I’m so glad we’re navigating this wild year together as always. I am elated that for the first time in five years we’ve been able to have dinner together every night and spend more than just the weekends seeing each other now …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: November 22

Hello! I know I haven’t been around much lately, things have been pretty busy. I spent the week with my sister and brother-in-law helping out with my baby nephews which was so special. The oldest is really into the 12 Days of Christmas book lately, and I think we all sang it to him no less than 10 times a day. Fine by me, whatever make him happy. Last night Tom and I carried out our annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition of watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Steve Martin and John Candy are two of my favorites and I just love that movies so much. The ending always makes me cry! I’m so behind, but I just started the first season of Schitt’s Creek and it is definitely the pick-me-up I’ve been looking for. I spent some time meal prepping last Sunday, and will again today. Meal prep Sundays were something Tom and I did every single week pre-Covid times, but we kind of stopped doing it once I started being home every single day. One thing …

Meal Subscription Review: Martha & Marley Spoon

There are SO many meal subscriptions out in the world right now. I can barely keep up! We’ve tried a few, mainly with coupons from friends who had been using the meal kits (Hello Fresh and Every Plate). The cost didn’t seem like something we wanted to spring for, so we never signed up for them after the promotions ended. But, it recently came to my attention that Martha Stewart had her own meal kit. I truly adore Martha Stewart, and have for years and years. I knew that no matter what, I was going to give this one a fair shake because c’mon, it’s Martha!!! I found a coupon for a deeply discounted months worth of boxes and went from there. Without the coupon, the cost is kind of steep for me. For two people, two meals a week it comes to $48.99 (that’s with shipping included). Meh. Kind of pricey, in my opinion. When we got our first box I realized WHY it was so expensive. We had ordered a salmon dinner, and …

My Chill Autumn Playlist

I love a good playlist. I liked to think I was a mixtape artiste back in the 90s, a CD car mix magician in the early aughts. I would meticulously map out my playlists and always had so much fun doing it, but I stopped for a long time. Back in January one of my ideas was to make myself a playlist each month. But once lockdowns started in March, I started just lumping the months together in one big playlist because, well… it felt like one long month. During this extremely intense time between the pandemic and the election, I’ve been turning to music that will relax me. A playlist can sometimes feel like a remedy for me. And the remedy I’ve needed is relaxation. I made this very chill, soothing playlist with the utmost autumnal vibes and I’m sharing it with you! I very recently started listening to Taylor Swift, haha! So, there’s a few of her songs on there. As well as Otis Redding, Radio Head, and Carole King. If you listen, …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: November 1

Well, hello November! I kind of love November, honestly. Really, I love all the fall and winter months, because I’m a fan of the cooler weather. I’m always sad when Halloween is over, though. Yesterday I took two of my nephews out trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. I brought a mask with me and the majority of the houses had candy in bowls to be socially distant. We still said trick-or-treat to all of the decorations, though haha. After we filled up their buckets, I went home to watch some scary movies. It was a fun little full-moon, quarantine Halloween for sure. Today I’ll be taking all of my Halloween decor down (RIP). But in a few weeks Christmas will be up. Or maybe sooner. Probably sooner. I just ordered this tree for our living room. I love the rose gold! Tom was now feeling the bubble gum pink one I wanted, so we compromised haha. We started a tradition last year of going out to a tree farm and cutting down our own tree. So …

Our Second Year

Today Tom and I are celebrating our second wedding anniversary. We got married just two days shy of our 15 year dating anniversary (which if you’re doing math, we’ve been together for almost two decades now). It’s still the most magical day of my life. The universe gave us the perfect, crisp autumn day, especially since the day prior was so humid and rainy. My heart was so full to be surrounded by the people we loved, celebrating and dancing to 80s music all night long (bless that DJ for being so down with that — he said he was excited about it haha). And we got married in such a beautiful place. The memories make me smile every time I think about it. We somehow fell into the tradition of following the year-based gifts. I’m not sure if it’s something we’ll do forever, but it’s fun and makes it really easy for making a small gift purchase. And THIS year, which I’m sure he’s going to be *thrilled* over, I got us matching Halloween …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: October 11

Hellooooo! I took a bit of a break from everything this week — social media and blogging, even answering texts. I needed a mental break and I feel so much better since taking one. Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and it’s imperative that we take care of our mental health — if you need help there is no shame in getting it. Here’s a few things I’ve been loving this week: I surprised Tom with an espresso machine for his birthday. We finally got around to trying it out this weekend and it was such a nice treat. Have you seen the new season of Fargo yet? Chris Rock is incredible in it so far! These sweatpants from J. Crew Factory are the coziest I’ve ever owned. I got them in Austin Sunset and Warm Rose. I’m not big on pumpkin spice everything in fall, though I do enjoy it. But this pumpkin spice matte lipstick from Too Faced is my favorite. I love the color! This Modcloth Halloween pajama set is back in …

In Your Own Backyard

This past weekend was so lovely. I got to visit my sister and her family yesterday — her newest addition was just born last week. He’s so snuggly! I love being an aunt so much and it meant the world to me to visit the kids and play with my nephew, who is such a busy toddler now. I wished we lived much closer than we do, but the drive isn’t terribly long and it is always worth it, of course. Also, thank goodness for FaceTime! On Saturday I was swamped with things to do around the house, but my sister-in-law invited me on a walk in a park close by so I put everything down to step outside. I tend to forget that we have a park right down the street from my house. It has really beautiful trails and this is my favorite season to hike around because the bugs are minimal and so is the sweat, haha! I’ve slowed down considerably since March. I actually had no idea how busy I always …

10 Podcasts to Get You Ready for Halloween

Ohh I love a good scary story. Spending half a decade taking the long long drive to and from New York City late at night into the wee hours of the morning I would scare the living hell out of myself on the regular listening to horror podcasts. There were many times (an embarrassing number of times, actually) where I would turn my interior light on or swipe my arms to the back seats to check for a serial killer mid-way through my drive home. As if some crazed murderer would be waiting the 20 minutes it took to get from Manhattan to I-95 to finally strike. Yeesh. I haven’t made my 90 minute commute in about 7 months now, so my podcast listening has dwindled a little bit. But, with Halloween around the corner I’ve been diving back in for some much-needed scary stories. I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite creepy podcasts to get you in the Halloween mood: The Last Podcast on the Left: True Crime, ghosts, UFOs, supernatural things, comedy. I …