Weekend Reading

Weekend reading
At Rainbow Row after some of the snow had melted

This week has been kind of crazy. We’ve gotten back into the swing of things, and it has been exhausting after not doing much for so long! I cooked several meals (including tacos), saw our life group in Church again after having to focus on my thesis all last fall, and my car succumbed to the salt of the ocean. Part of my brake system rusted and my breaks were stuck in the on position. I had to get the entire brake system replaced. Lesson learned: get my car washed every other week even if it’s going to rain.

  • I am often hungry after I eat a salad or other healthy things. I know it’s my body telling me it didn’t get enough nourishment, but I never knew what to eat instead. These suggestions from Camille Styles will really help!
  • I have found myself falling prey to trends as I am getting more involved in the blogging community, but I am a traditionalist at heart. Trends give me anxiety, I don’t like investing in something only to toss it 3 months later. It sounds like Sydney Carver with Summer Wind is a kindred spirit.
  • A lot of bloggers either don’t have a faith in God, don’t talk about it, or are all about it. I really enjoyed this post by Brighton Keller from Brighton the Day about contentment.
  • I am already getting back into juicing, but I may have to add this smoothy from Carolina with House of Harper to the mix as well!
  • I love seeing how other people utilize their Day Designer. I have really been struggling with getting things done, and then I get disheartened when I don’t check everything off the list (I need to work on time management). Dorothy from Prep in your Step has really inspired me to try color coding a bit more.
  • I am the worst at budgeting. My husband and I have been trying to do the Dave Ramsey course for a year but we always forget about it. I’m going to work extra hard this year to become better with money. This post from Katey from Chronicles of Frivolity has given me new ideas (but the envelope system will not work for me because I have to have freedom with food).
  • Does anyone remember the scenes from The Holiday surrounding music. I am not the singing and dancing around type, but I have always wanted a playlist to start my day. This one from Dorothy from Prep in your Step may be just the ticket.
  • Meal Planning is another struggle of mine. I usually find it easier to just purchase food for 2 or 3 meals and cook them when I feel up to it or when I have time. I know it’s something that will make life easier once we have a family though. This post from Megan with Honey We’re Home gives some really good tips.
  • Our fridge is tiny. It’s a side by side and I think it’s small for a side by side. I’ve seriously considered offering to buy the owner of the unit a new one of we get a break on the rent (and I would really love to completely redo the kitchen). Anyway, I’m going to tackle organizing our fridge (with labels to help my husband) thanks to inspiration from Caitlin from Southern Curls & Pearls.
  • My husband and I are at that stage where we’re talking about starting to try for a baby (still about a year off). I’ve been doing research on diet (turns out daddy’s diet is important even for his contribution). This blog post from Camille Styles has some great information in it if you’re in the same place as we are.
  • The KJP family and this post from Classy Girls Wear Pearls has really inspired me to want to reread the Harry Potter series. I remember basically nothing after the fourth book. It is definitely on the list for bedtime stories for our future children!
  • What was the first thing you did that made you realize you were an adult? Pay bills, buy your own toiletries, realize you have to clean all of the toilets? I think the thing for me was going grocery shopping. Even today, a decade out of college, and I still feel like a little kid pretending whenever I go to the grocery store. Meg Biram was hilarious when she described taking out a vacuum in the middle of a photo shoot as one of those moments for her.
  • Even without children it’s sometimes hard to make sure you make time for an actual date night. I can’t imagine with kids. Mitch, Kelly’s husband from Kelly in the City, describes the struggle and importance of prioritizing date night after children. In my opinion, especially with a new baby, pizza in the living room, with a movie on that you sleep through totally constitutes as date night. It’s the effort sometimes, not necessarily the time.
  • There are so many morning routine options, it’s difficult to figure out which one is right for you. The EveryGirl does an amazing job of describing a number of them and sharing who they would be right for.

There are still some incredibly posts about the new year trickling in that I have to share:

  • I have repeatedly read about people’s bad experiences at the start of 2018 and the frustrations about that. Mackenzie from Design Darling has a story for the books, but she is determined to get her 2018 back on track.
  • And as Lara Casey says, “There is nothing magical about January 1.” I ignored my resolutions the first week of January because there was snow in Charleston!!!! So I started my resolutions this week instead!
  • Carolina from House of Harper has tips on how to stick to your New Years Resolutions (which is really hard).
  • Carly from Carly the Prepster shares some ways to appreciate your life more in 2018.
  • And Dorothy from Prep in your Step has tips on starting your New Year on a clean slate.

This week I did a series on health. I had no idea how hard it would be to get 5 blog posts out in a single week. But it was a lot of fun. Be sure to check them out!

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