A Planner Round-Up

I recently found my perfect planner. If you’re still on the hunt for yours, I have a few ideas…

Erin Condren Lifeplanner
$55

Classic never goes out of style. This bestseller is a coiled book and allows for a completely customizable look! Build your book just how you want it and find the style that fits your life. Choose between weekly planning layouts, embrace a color scheme, and customize your cover and the coil.

The Simple Elephant
$20

Use exclusive sections to craft positive affirmations, goals, and gratitude statements to renew your commitment, feel inspired, and live happier every calendar day, month, and year. Use the mindmap and vision board to drill in goals and fully engage with both sides of your mind.

Brit + Co Planner
$15

Use the Brit + Co Spiral Bound Planner to stay on schedule. It comes with monthly and weekly calendars, lined and grid paper, to-do lists, activity pages, and blank pages for doodling the day away.

Lemome Bullet Journal
$15

Timeless style and a simple versatile design make this a perfect choice for bullet journaling. The dotted grid pattern helps guide your writing, while staying out of the way of your drawings and doodles. The dots, spaced 5 mm apart, are light enough to blend in once the page is filled. 

$18
A hardcover notebook that’s small enough to go everywhere you go and big enough to work with all day long, whether at home, work, or in transit. The Confidant hardcover notebook comes in Light Gray & Charcoal. It’s available in 3 sizes: Pocket, Flagship, & Plus—AKA Small, Medium, & Large. But every version opens flat and features quality lasting paper.
 
$34
What’s on the agenda for 2018? This classic covered spiral planner, features gold foil and an elastic closure. The agenda holds 17-months of weekly and monthly calendar pages. There’s also a pocket folder with ruler, as well as sections for notes, celebrations, and contacts.
Which one suits your style best? Do you have a tried-and-true planner you love? Comment below and share! ❤ 

In this multi-week series, #PlannerPorn, I’m delving in and discussing all things planning-related. Here’s what you can expect from the series:

  1. Found: My Perfect Planner
  2. A Planner Round-Up
  3. Revealed: People Give Us a Peek Inside Their Planner
  4. 10 Ways to Up Your Planner Game (+ a FREE printable to get your planner juices flowing)

 

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Wines to Enjoy This Thanksgiving

Are you drawing a blank about what wine to pair with your upcoming Thanksgiving feast?  As I’ve mentioned before, I work a few nights a week at a local wine store, and I love passing along the nuggets of knowledge I pick up along the way. Let’s chat!

Light bodied reds pair exceptionally well with turkey and heartier vegetable sides. So a Pinot Noir is a lovely addition to any Thanksgiving table. Look for bottles from California with flavors of cherry or strawberry and hints of spice or woodsy notes.

If you’re looking for something a little heavier, but don’t want to overwhelm all those classic Thanksgiving flavors, grab a Malbec. There are tons of great bottles in that perfect under-$15 sweet spot. Pick one up from the Mendoza region and enjoy!

Of course, not everyone is a red drinker, so it’s nice to have alternative options. Chardonnay is a classic for Thanksgiving. A hearty, fruit forward flavor profile is best. Keep your eye out for flavors and aromas to complement the ingredients on your table. Apple, Vanilla, and Nutty profiles create a beautiful bridge between beverage and meal.

If you’re looking to create a fun and festive ambiance, you’ll want to include a Sparkling White. Not only do sparkling wines signify celebration, but the nutty-fruity flavor profile of most bottles works great with Thanksgiving foods. Go for something with a softer style, like a Prosecco or a bottle labeled “demi sec” or “dry”.

Looking for something a little more unexpected? Try a Pinot Gris. This Alsatian style wine has a rich and spicy character but maintains a beautiful sweetness in finish. The flavors and mouth feel are a bit more complex than other options, making each glass a fun experience for guests.

Finally, Beaujolais Nouveau is released every year on the third Thursday of November (today!) and is a fun wine to include at Thanksgiving. The wine plays into the idea of a harvest celebration as its release signifies the first wine of the year. It’s an easy-to-drink wine with low tannins and a classic grape flavor.

Do you serve wine with your Thanksgiving feast? Which of these bottles sounds like the winner for your table this year? Let me know!! xoxo

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? As you might notice from the links below, I’m starting to get in the holiday spirit! I love schemin’ and dreamin’ about Thanksgiving foods, gift shopping, decor, Christmas cards, and blog posts for y’all. 😉 What are YOU excited about for the upcoming season? Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, and here are a few links to explore…

A bright spot in Bowling Green! This woman was one of the nicest people I met during my time at WKU. #TeamCharita

It’s holiday gift guide season on the interwebz and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s a gift guide for him and one with a “cozy at home” theme. (<-I’ll take one of each, plz!)

Related: All the Finding Delight gift guides of the past!

How flippin’ cute are the holiday cards from Hello!Lucky?

She took on Colombia’s soda industry. Then she was silenced.

A round-up of cute & unique stocking stuffers from ModCloth.

These DIY kits would make great hostess gifts!

I’m loving the meal prep series over on Budget Bytes. Check out this tuna & white bean salad prep. Yum!

Related: Here are the divided glass containers she uses.

A big impact, no-bake dessert board, just in time for the holidays.

Frustration sets in after a coal mine health study is suspended.

Sammy Sosa’s brown skin no longer exists.

P.S. Finding Delight posts from the archives — On Believing and Being Believed and My Top 4 Healthy Lifestyle Intentions. xoxo

Current Podcast Subscription List

Last night, as I cleaned up the kitchen and loaded the dishwasher, I did what I always do during chores these days. Popped in my earbuds and played a podcast. Do you do this? Ever since starting this ritual, I find myself looking forward to doing the dishes. *gasp* It’s almost like the doldrums of domesticity masquerading as pleasant self-care. Highly recommend!

Anyways! Here’s my current line-up, in case you’re curious:

And I just started Britney’s Instagram and Embedded (after finishing Dirty John).

What’s on YOUR subscription list? There are so many good podcasts out right now, I might have to start doing more daily chores! 😉 

P.S. I asked 9 friends, “What’s your favorite podcast?” and here’s what they had to say.

Found: My Perfect Planner

I’ve finally found a planner that I’m totally obsessed with and can foresee using for months (maybe years!) to come. It’s the Bob’s Your Uncle 8 Days-A-Week Planner Journal.  Here’s what I love about it:

  • Features 52 week at-a-glance spreads.
  • Each week runs Monday-Sunday and includes a “Someday” column for other tasks you want to complete during the week that aren’t specific to a certain day.
  • Includes 30 minute interval time slots so you can map out your day super precisely.
  • Spiral-bounding allows it to lie flat and stay tucked in a drawer with the current day facing up.

This may sound a bit neurotic, but when I was contemplating the reasons why past planners just hadn’t cut it, it was the inability to create a detailed timeline for my day.

You see, my work schedule can be a bit of a puzzle. I do freelance work for a number of different clients, I work on this blog, and I side-hustle at a local wine store. The great thing about this set up is that I can create my own schedule by piecing together the three. The not so great thing? Doing so can be a little difficult to conceptualize. A traditional planner with a big empty box for each day almost felt over-whelming. Jotting down “work at 3pm” or “phone call w/ client at 10am” didn’t do my brain any favors when visualizing how I should schedule the rest of my To-do’s.

Then I had a *lightbulb* moment. What if I could find a planner that was more appointment book than daily calendar? I stumbled upon this 8 day-a-week version while searching on Amazon and the rest is history. It’s honestly one of the best things to happen to my productivity levels in YEARS.

 

Above you’ll see a little peek at my planner in action! Nothing too fancy. I throw in a few stickers here and there when I feel like it (like the devil emoji for a 7am meeting, LOL!) and use a few colors of highlighters to indicate different things. Sometimes I’ll mark off a certain time-frame for client work and then bullet point more specific to-do’s off to the side. And that’s about it. I love it!

What type of planner do YOU use? Tell me below! 


In this multi-week series, #PlannerPorn, I’m delving in and discussing all things planning-related. Here’s what you can expect from the series:

  1. Found: My Perfect Planner
  2. A Planner Round-Up
  3. Revealed: People Give Us a Peek Inside Their Planner
  4. 10 Ways to Up Your Planner Game (+ a FREE printable to get your planner juices flowing)

The new (to me) moisturizer I swear by…

I was recently sent a tube of Yu-Be moisturizing skin cream. I’d never heard of the brand before but because I had a few super dry patches of skin plaguing my hands I was eager to try it out. And now I’m totally in love!

I love that, unlike petroleum based skincare products, Yu-Be’s highly concentrated glycerin formula isn’t greasy. It just soaks right into the skin! It’s also enriched with Vitamin E and B2 to nourish and repair. The formula was thought up by Japanese pharmacist, Yoshikiyo Nowatari, in 1957 and according to Yu-Be’s website, has been Japan’s soft skin secret ever since!

Now that I know how well the skin cream works, I want to try their whole range.

Oh, and if you know me and my obsession with Himalayan mountaineering at all, you’ll know THIS little nugget sealed the deal to make me a life long fan…

“Mountain climber and explorer, Sumiyo Tsuzuki, became the first Japanese woman to ever summit Mt. Everest from the difficult Tibet side in 1998. Wearing a 1.25oz. tube, taped to a shoelace around her neck, she overcame the extreme winds and sub-zero temperatures with the help of her trusted, Yu-Be Skin Cream.” 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I’m obsessed. 

P.S. You can find this and a lot of other products I love on the…*wait for it*…Products I Love page.

mid-week round-up

Happy Wednesday, folks!! What are you up to this week? I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks. The type of busy where I’m relishing in that productive, crossing stuff off my To-Do list feeling and not the type where I’m feeling overwhelmed. Which is nice. Fingers crossed I keep it up! In the midst of it all, the (slightly) cooler temperatures have given me a touch of a sore throat (bleck!). But that’s all the more reason to live my best Hygge life and drink a ton of hot tea!! I’m sure I’ll be on the up and up in no time. Hope everyone is killin’ it on this mid-week day, and that you have a few moments to enjoy some links…

The things I shrugged off then horrify me now.

Lego’s “Women of Nasa” sale lifts off, lands as best-selling toy.

Climate gentrification in Miami.

A fast-food journey from Hamburger University to celebrity-filled Hollywood parties.

How cute would these rustic bees be on a gallery wall?

The story of two black midwives in Southern California.

Pearson issues an apology for publishing racist theories about treating pain in their nursing textbook.

Will you read the Bush twins’ new book?

Welcome to the DPRK.

Fictional President held to higher standard than actual President.

Every year in New Orleans, a group assembles to celebrate Lee Harvey Oswald’s birthday.

Related: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald by Judith Vary Baker

Donald Trump reveres his father but almost never talks about his mother. Why not?

P.S. A couple Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Christmas Gifts for the Moms in Your Life and The 5-4-3-2-1 Packing Formula.

A 30 Day Mantra Challenge (+ FREE activity guide)

Now that you know how to incorporate mantras in your daily life and have read up on the mantras folks love and use, let’s get action oriented! The benefits of mantras are no joke and committing to a 30 day practice is a wonderful first step to start reaping the rewards. So, I’ve created a 30 Day Mantra Challenge!

There’s a new mantra for every day of the 30 day challenge. Each day, focus your thoughts on the words. Repeat them to yourself as you get ready in the morning and during your work-outs. Let them wash over you as you take breaks, feel over-whelmed, or sit in traffic. Consider their power as you turn in for the night. Let’s get started…

Day 1. Today I let go of all that does not serve me.
Day 2. I choose to nourish my heart and mind.
Day 3. I choose compassion and kindness.
Day 4. I am loved.
Day 5. I feel abundance all around me.
Day 6. I feel abundance within me.
Day 7. Everything is working in my favor.
Day 8. The Universe is powerful and I exist within it.
Day 9. I trust in the power of the Universe.
Day 10. I am strong.
Day 11. I am grounded.
Day 12. I am connected.
Day 13. I send healing light to those in need.
Day 14. I align myself with my highest truth.
Day 15. I communicate with love and understanding.
Day 16. I open myself to the fullness of my power.
Day 17. I am enough.
Day 18. My mind is clear.
Day 19. This is my path towards a higher purpose.
Day 20. I connect and ask for guidance.
Day 21. I am grateful for this day.
Day 22. I am grateful for my body.
Day 23. I am grateful for my mind.
Day 24. I feel gratitude for the abundance all around me.
Day 25. I am graceful.
Day 26. I have the tools to overcome any obstacle.
Day 27. Practice and all is coming.
Day 28. I love and honor where I’m at today.
Day 29. Be brave.
Day 30. Find delight!

If you want to take your journey one step further, I’ve also prepared a FREE activity guide to augment each day’s mantra. Every day includes 3 action items – 1 to promote positivity, 1 to help with productivity, and 1 for focusing on self-care. If you’d like to nab a PDF of your very own activity guide – CLICK HERE.


In this multi-week series, #MantraMania, I’m laying the ground work for you to make mantras a part of your life. Here’s what we’ve covered:

  1. Do you use mantras?
  2. How to Incorporate Mantras in Your Daily Life
  3. Revealed: People Share Favorite Mantras
  4. A 30 Day Mantra Challenge to Welcome Positivity, Productivity, and Self-Care (+ FREE activity guide)

Formal Look: Polka Dots and Pants?!

I love the idea of wearing a flowy pair of pants to a black-tie affair. Wouldn’t they be so sophisticated, chic, and…unexpected?! And while we’re at it, let’s throw in a few polka dot patterns to boot!

To round out the palazzo pant extravaganza, I would pair with a sultry deep v-cut blouse, a pair of sky-blue kitten heels , and a little clutch. Then I’d go for a dramatic eye with this and this.

Note: I have absolutely nowhere fancy to go, just living my Thursday afternoon daydream-self truth!

What do you think? Would you rock this look? Or are pants (and double polka dots) a no-go for female formal-wear? 

P.S. 3 Weekend Uniforms.

mid-week round-up

Hope everyone had a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween! I didn’t dress up as anything this year OR hand out candy (we haven’t gotten any beggars the last 2 years)… I know, I know, I’m basically a Halloween Scrooge. Not to mention, I’m not doing sugar at the moment so scarfing a few fun-sized Snickers isn’t even in the cards! At least I did a little Halloween craftin’ and hung up fun decor. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week (Can you believe it’s November??), and here are some links for you to check out…

A perfect 30 piece, Fall capsule wardrobe. (Just clothes.)

Related: My Autumn 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

Anthony Rapp says women speaking out about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry has compelled him to come forward about an Oscar winner.

Finally, proof that Sister Act is a bi-racial lesbian rom-com!

Wouldn’t you love to tote this glitter bomb to the gym?

Related: Simple Cure – Drink More Water

Famous historical witch hunts.

Adding this show to my Netflix queue.

Forget sweater weather. What about hoodie weather!

An interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones about the persistence of segregation in American life.

Yale senior tells heartbreaking story of accidentally turning her dad in to ICE.

A catfishing story with a happy ending!

Perfect for all your Fall manis.

Here’s what a 1974 wedding would cost in 2017 dollars.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Our Wedding Reception and Budget-Friendly Ideas for Fall Free-Time.