What's Up Wednesday {August}

Hey y'all,

I am in disbelief that it is almost September! I am ready for the routine that happens as we transition to Fall and my bible studies are back on the calendar. However, I know I have a very hectic September ahead so I am trying to savor my slow weekend this weekend before all the events. I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer to share What's Up Wednesday:

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What I'm Eating This Week:

M- hot dogs and macaroni
T- leftovers before a birthday party
W-ChickFilA
T-Lasagna from the freezer
F-Out with friends

What I'm Reminiscing About:

Back to School. It's crazy to think I started at UNC 11 years ago and I haven't been in school for 7 years!
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My last Bid Day with my littles.

What I'm Loving:

The temperatures this week have been fantastic. Sunday morning I enjoyed some hot tea and reading on my porch and I can't wait for the Fall weather to happen so this can be a regular thing.

What I've Been Up To:

This week I went to Rachel G's last class as an instructor at B3CH.
Last night I went to my friend's birthday gathering at Hi-Wire in Durham.

What I'm Dreading:

Hurricane Season. Although Hurricane season starts in July, in NC we always prepare for hurricanes through October.

What I'm Working On:

My Poshmark closet since I am in the mood to sell anything I haven't worn recently like my more business casual pieces or pieces that I love but do not fit currently.

I'm also working on a consistent morning and evening routine.

What I'm Excited About:

A busy September with lots of friend and family time.

What I'm Watching/Reading:

Watching:
Poldark
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Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
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Hollywood Game Night
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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
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Reading:
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What I'm Listening To:

I haven't been listening to my usual podcasts but I have listened to Work and Play with Nancy Ray and Kendra Hennessy's Mother Like a Boss.

What I'm Wearing:

I have been keeping it easy recently with jeans and tops for work.

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

Watching the Great British Baking Show's new season on Netflix.
Book Club.
Teaching my Pre-K class at Church.
Barre3 classes.
Laundry.
Meal Prep.

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:

My high school best friend is in town for 4.5 days.
My little sister is in town for 10 days.
Fall temperatures
Carolina Football

What Else is New:

I think that is about it for August! I can't believe we only have four more months until 2020!

Best,

Ten on Tuesday {10 Non-Fiction Books On My To Read List this Fall}

Hey y'all,

Now that school is back in session here I am craving some routine. I actually wrote out a morning an evening routine last week and while it has not been perfect, I am working towards that routine as a form of preparing well for the day.

One thing in my evening routine is at least 30 minutes of reading without any distractions - TV off, phone plugged in across the room, etc. So since I always had reading lists in school here are 10 non-fiction books on my to read list before 2020.

Cozy Minimalist Home

In His Image

Chasing Slow

Looking for Lovely

Come Matter Here

When Less Becomes More

The Nesting Place

Rhythms of Renewal

Becoming

Educated

If you notice, most of these books are about thinking about rhythms, less stuff, simplicity and making time to reflect on my purpose. 

I would love to hear more suggestions of non-fiction reads to add to my list.

Best,


Five on Friday {August 16}

Hey y'all,

It's the weekend! While a pretty quiet week over here, we are only four weeks away from my calendar changing to be filled with events after school. As always, I am sharing five things this Friday that have made my week.

one. Chick-Fil-A macaroni and cheese.

On Wednesday night I tried the new menu item at CFA of macaroni and cheese. I was pleasantly surprised. It's a great macaroni and cheese. That said, I love CFA waffle fries so I will probably stick to fries when grabbing my grilled chicken sandwhich but it's a great option for kids who love macaroni and chicken nuggets.
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two. McQueen.

Last night I watched the documentary, McQueen, about Alexander McQueen's life. I love a documentary especially about the fashion industry. It is on the darker side as it captures McQueen's shows, life, and interviews with friends and family. Other great fasion documentaries include The September Issue, The First Monday in May, The True Cost, and Dior & I.
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three. Intuitive Eating.

I am currently reading Intuitive Eating which I picked up at the library. I am working with my dietitian to help resolve my relationship with food without any dieting and journaling through the book. It has been really helpful in honing in on some of my food issues and I am really seeing a difference in how I view food as that food - no assigning value as "good food," "bad food," "cheat foods," etc.
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four. Closet Purge.

This weekend I decided to really look at my closet and identify only pieces that I love and use currently. While I love some of my skirts, I never reach for them especially since I now work in a casual environment. I sorted everything out and I feel really good about the pieces that I have approved to stay. Everything else is either going on Poshmark or being donated depending on it's condition. #capsulewardrobe

five. Saranoni blanket.

I first heard about Saranoni blankets from Andrea and thought they were very expensive for a blanket, however, during Prime day, I picked up one on sale and fell in love. It also worked out that a few days later, they had a mystery bundle sale where you could grab two blankets for a steal of a price. Max and I have been enjoying lots of snuggles with these blankets.



I'm linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea

Also linking up with Tif, Becky, Della, Whitney, and Whitney.


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Favorite Binge Worthy Shows

Hey y'all,

I love a good writing prompt -- can you tell English was my favorite subject in school -- so I am joining Shay and Erika a day late with sharing some of my favorite shows to binge. I love a good variety of shows, from detective/solve the mystery, baking, feel good, and British dramas so these are a little all over the map. Feel free to share show recommendations in the comments!

Gilmore Girls
A classic that I have the DVDs to and watch whenever I need some feel-good background show. You can catch up on all the family drama of Lorelei and Rory on Netflix.

Queer Eye
Take out your tissues and watch how five men enter into the hero's lives for a week and transform not just their appearance and homes but outlook. This reboot is a Netflix original and has four seasons out already in the last two years.

The Great British Baking Show
If you are not a GBBO fan, I am not sure we can be friends. I love this feel good competition and I have even watched the American holiday spin off and some of the Canadian episodes as well. It originally aired in the states on PBS but you can catch up on Netflix.

Rizzoli and Isles
One of my favorite detective shows, set in Boston, Rizzoli is a detective and Isles is the medical examiner. They are best friends, solve crimes, and have hysterical personal lives. Originally on TNT but all seven seasons are on Hulu.

Lucifer
The Devil has decided to come to earth permanently and is living life in LA. He meets with a detective and begins assisting in her cases. It was originally on Fox but has been picked up by Netflix and just aired a new season.

Downton Abbey
British drama - count me in. The Crawley family are transitioning to life after the tragedy of the Titanic. It's a family drama that spans many years and historical events and shows how an aristocratic family deals with the change in British society. I love both the "upstairs" and "downstairs" characters. Originally ITV/PBS now on Amazon Prime and the movie will release later this year!

Schitt's Creek
A rich family loses everything due to a terrible financial advisor but are able to keep the town they bought as a joke. Moving into the town's motel, Moira, Johnny, and their two kids, David and Alexis, learn to be a real family with their newfound poverty. Its a wonderful comedy and Moira's wigs are the best. I am patiently waiting for Netflix to have season 5 as season 6 is the final season.

Poldark
A British drama based off the book series, the show follows Captain Ross Poldark as he returns to Cronwall after the American Revolutionary War to find his father is dead and his love married someone else. It's final 5th season is currently airing in Britain but you can catch up on the first 4 seasons on Amazon Prime and season 5 will air on PBS beginning September 29th!

Other shows to watch: Elementary, The In-Between, The Royals, Leah Remini Scientology and the Aftermanth, Eureka, and Hart of Dixie.

Link up with Shay and Erika.

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Best,

Work Wear Wednesday {August 14}

Hey y'all,

Is anyone else ready for sweaters, jeans, and flats and Fall weather? It is still warm here in NC and will be until October but my office A/C has been blasting this week and I forgot a cardigan one day so I had to wrap up in my office blanket. 

As always, I am sharing what I wore to work this Wednesday. While I currently work in a very casual office I did work in a business casual setting for over five years. For most of my outfits, swap the jeans for a pixie pant, sandals for flats, and you are all set for a stricter office environment.You can check out my other work wear posts here and I added a tab at the top of my blog as well.

top: LOFT (old, exactexact on Poshmarksimilar)/ jeans: Old Navy/ earrings: N&S

Top: BP from Nordstrom (old, similar)/ kimono: LOFT/ necklace: BP from Nordstrom (old, similar)/ jeans: Old Navy
dress: LOFT (old, similarsimilar tank style)/ cardigan: Barefoot Dreams/ earrings: pearls/ shoes: Sam Edelman. I ended up adding a necklace to this look - J.Crew (exact, similar)
top: LOFT (old, similar)/ cardigan: LOFT (old, similar)/ jeans: Old Navy/ sanadals: Sam Edelman/ earrings: Laura Cox Collection
top: LuLaRoe (old, similar)/ jeans: Old Navy/ sandals: Sam Edelman/ earrings: Kendra Scott/ necklace: J.Crew (old, similar)

Best,