Category Archives: Personal

September Playlist

Do you want to take a peek at what I’ve been listening to lately? I’ve shared my SEPTEMBER playlist  below!

Admittedly, I usually turn to podcasts when looking to fill moments of silence. But lately I’ve been trying to be a bit more balanced with what I pop into my earholes! It’s not that I don’t like music, it just takes so much work to find music I LOVE. Whereas listening to a podcast or NPR just feels like a sure thing. (Hello, yes…classic enneagram 9 here. Nice to meet ya!) 

So that’s all to say, I took a lot of care to select songs that resonated with me and I plan to jam to them all month! Maybe you’ll like ’em too! Give it a listen and let me know what you think. xoxo 

 

P.S. Pop any suggestions for my October playlist in the comments below. I’m slowly but surely expanding my repertoire beyond FM radio and old mix CD’s from a decade ago. Please and thanks!!

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The Best Souvenirs

Now that summer is coming to an end, and all the travel that goes along with it, I’d love to know…Did you pick up any fun souvenirs on vacations this year? 

When I was a kid, souvenirs felt like SUCH a necessity. Visiting kitschy shops at beaches, amusement parks, and roadside attractions felt like a cruel joke if I didn’t at least get to select ONE item to come home with me. The allure of some magnet with my name on it or a toy representative of the past day’s adventure too difficult to resist whining about.

Nowadays, souvenirs fall into that careful balance of knowing I don’t need any additional tchochkes cluttering my home, but also wanting to take out an insurance policy on fleeting travel memories. With that in mind, I’ve developed a few categories of purchases I employ when looking to commemorate a trip…

Little things to tuck in a memory box, like a postcard or patch, are a go-to of mine. Not a huge investment, so I feel ok that it’s only going to be admired in those days I’m feeling extra nostalgic and pull down the box to sift through my collection of random ephemera.

But I don’t mind splurging on a high-quality consumable. A bottle of wine local to the area that can be uncorked months later. A lotion with a scent to transport me back to our travels. A candle from a sweet seaside shop or a box of local chocolate from the corner store.

And speaking of chocolate, let’s go ahead and put cooking ingredients in a category all their own. Something like a beautiful bottle of local olive oil, whole bean coffee from a cafe you fell in love with, or a couple teeny tiny jars of spices that easily tuck in your backpack. I also love this as an option if you’re tasked with bringing back a goodie for a co-worker or family member. A friend of mine gifted me a little tin of paprika she bought on a trip to Hungary and I thought about her and her adventure every time I sprinkled it in a dish for months to come.

Finally, there’s what I consider the daily item. These I reserve for truly special trips. I want to be transported to those memories frequently, so something like a piece of jewelry or a scarf fits the bill. For a lower budget option, I would go for something like a coffee mug or a small print I can transport carefully home and frame. Basically an item that I can seamlessly incorporate into my daily life…not one that is emblazoned with the city or attraction I visited. Those seem like a good idea in the moment, but then get shoved to the back of a closet.

Which of these categories do you normally go for? Have your own strategy when it comes to souvenirs? Let me know in the comments below! xoxo

P.S. This would be a fun way to commemorate your trip once you’ve returned home!

The Purchase that Saved the Summer (+ a cocktail recipe)

When we moved to Alabama, I was so excited that we’d have a backyard. Coming from a big city, where it was starting to feel like we were living on top of our neighbors, I was excited for the extra space. Our first summer here, we hung out in the backyard a bit. Did some grilling, sat outside chatting with friends, even planted a few things. But the mosquitoes were pretty horrendous. In a true case of “the grass is always greener,” I started to miss our screened-in balcony in Miami.

But this summer we showed up with an action plan! We splurged on a pop-up tent (more like a pop-up gazebo…this thing is pretty huge) that offers a bit of protection from all the bugs. It’s proven to be the perfect place for eating dinner, reading a book on a lazy afternoon, and just CHILLING. We’ve even run an extension cord from our kitchen on a few occasions so we could hook up a box fan. Hello, GLAMPING!

Do you hang out outside in the summer? Do you have a porch, a stoop, or do you just head to the park? Let me know in the comments below.

Wherever you’re chilling, this drink would be the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing summer’s evening. Enjoy!

Cocktail Recipe:

Ingredients –
– 1 bottle of Prosecco 
– 1 cup Limoncello
– 1 cup raspberries, muddled & for garnish
– 2 lemons, for garnish

Instructions – 

At the bottom of a wine glass, muddle approximately 4-5 raspberries.

Fill each glass half way with Prosecco, then fill the remainder of the way with Limoncello.

Garnish with fresh sliced lemon and raspberries before serving.

P.S. Other summer faves are linked HERE.

For Your Enjoyment

What are the things you do purely for your own enjoyment? Not the things you are supposed to do, or should, but things you do just because you can?

Here are a few of mine — 

1. Reading fiction

I’m currently reading The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.

2. Taking walks in my neighborhood

I walk to the library to pick up and return books. I walk whenever I’m on the phone. I walk when I want to listen to podcasts or music or my thoughts.

3. Doing face masks

Do you have a favorite I should check out? Always looking for new ones to try!

4. Photographing my cat

My camera roll is literally 98% pictures of Wink. (Only a fraction end up on Instagram.)

5. Watching YouTube videos

Here are a few channels I’ve written about (and still love!): Latasha James, Kara and Nate, and SuperHolly.

Share yours below! xoxo

P.S. If listening to podcasts is something you do for enjoyment, I’d love if you’d check out mine! RIGHT THIS WAY. 🙂

List 15: Recipes to Try

I started a LIST SERIES in Summer 2018 and decided to keep adding to it here and there. These posts are kinda like an introduction (or a reintroduction for those who’ve been with me since the jump!). A nice to meet ya, so glad you stopped by, now STAY AWHILE! Why lists? Because I love making ’em! Enjoy…

Things I’d love to cook/bake/eat…

Simple Sesame Noodles…for a different take on noodle-y comfort food.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa…reminds me of those $1 rice packets I used to live on in college.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread…I have a slight rosemary obsession.

Chocolate Almond Breeze Smoothie…super simple sweet treat.

Slow Cooker Veggie Pot Pie Stew…so I can set it and forget it.

Brown Butter Rosemary Orange Cornbread…I mentioned the rosemary thing, right?

Honey Peach Frozen Yogurt…a great use for all those Farmers Market peaches.

Honey Banana Smoothie…honey again? Yes. Local honey keeps the allergies at bay!

Broccoli-Cheddar Grilled Cheese…are you sensing another pattern? I like what I like.

Avocado-Bacon Breakfast Wrap…for making brunch at home.

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Cakes…love this as a meat alternative idea.

Chicken Schnitzel…always down for a schnitzel!

Tell me what recipes you’ve been yearning to try in the comments below! xoxo

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List 14: My Favorite Posts

I started a LIST SERIES in Summer 2018 and decided to keep adding to it here and there. These posts are kinda like an introduction (or a reintroduction for those who’ve been with me since the jump!). A nice to meet ya, so glad you stopped by, now STAY AWHILE! Why lists? Because I love making ’em! Enjoy…

A collection of posts I love on FindingDelight.com…

Apple Pie Oatmeal
Gift Guide for Brothers/Boyfriends
Cycle Syncing Meal Ideas
Date Night in a Box
Easy Ways to Personalize Your Wedding
In Pursuit of Female Road Narratives
Grief, Facebook and Ambient Awareness
My Healthy Lifestyle Intentions
I Have a Podcast!!!
My Julie/Julia Theory
Life Skills Every Adult Should Know
Why I Love the Library
9 People Share Their Favorite Mantras
Delightful New Orleans Wedding
On the Rooftop of the World
A Pocket Letter Inspired by Children’s Book Illustrations
Quick and Easy Meal Plan for One
How I Track My Reading
My Top 10 Skin Care Staples

Do you have a blog? Link a few of your favorite posts below. I’d love to check them out! xoxo

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List 13: DIYs I Want to Try

I started a LIST SERIES in Summer 2018 and decided to keep adding to it here and there. These posts are kinda like an introduction (or a reintroduction for those who’ve been with me since the jump!). A nice to meet ya, so glad you stopped by, now STAY AWHILE! Why lists? Because I love making ’em! Enjoy…

A list of DIYs that strike my fancy…

Multi-Use Kitchen Towels…seem like a great paper towel swap.

Mimosa Sugar Scrub…would make a wonderful gift.

No-Sew Felt Scalloped Pillow…switch up the colors to go with your decor.

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays…truly instagrammable.

Turn a Canning Jar into a Lamp…oh how I love my antique mason jars.

Circle Zip Earbud Pouch…never lose track of your trusty listening device.

Tassel and Macrame Keychains…grown up friendship bracelets.

Planter Box…to dress up the front porch.

Rose, Lavender, & Oatmeal Bath Bombs…treat yourself to fancy bath time.

Lavender Laundry Sponges…reusable fabric softener goodness.

Tell me what DIYs YOU want to try in the comments below! xoxo

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List 12: Weekly Rituals

I started a LIST SERIES in Summer 2018 and decided to keep adding to it here and there. These posts are kinda like an introduction (or a reintroduction for those who’ve been with me since the jump!). A nice to meet ya, so glad you stopped by, now STAY AWHILE! Why lists? Because I love making ’em! Enjoy…

What I like to do once a week, every week…

Face mask
Breakfast for dinner
Power-hour cleaning routine
Review my bank accounts
Fill in my planner
Yoga (at least once!)
Check in with all my clients
Post a mid-week round-up
Record an episode of Uncovered

Tell me about your weekly rituals in the comments below! xoxo

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Kicking off SEASON TWO of Uncovered the Podcast

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Guess what, guys?! Season 2 of Uncovered the Podcast is hitting the airwaves this Sunday!

My co-host Katie and I started Season 1 last September and put out 17 episodes all about celebrity mysteries! You can catch up on those HERE. (We’re also on Castbox, iTunes, & Spotify.) During our hiatus we did a bonus episode for the Oscars and a LIVE episode.

Haven’t listened to us yet? If you love celebrity gossip, conspiracy theories, unsolved mysteries, or just listening in on a fun chat between two besties… This might be the podcast for you! Starting Sunday, we’re back with weekly uploads. Each week, we research the most curious situations involving famous folk…

  • Recent pop culture conundrums,
  • Solutions to the puzzles time (and fame) forgot. (We NEVER forget!), and
  • Celebrity conspiracy theories ranging from completely impossible to totally plausible.

…and then present our mystery to each other (and YOU!) along with theories, rumors, fun facts, and weird tidbits.

If that sounds like something you’d be into, then we’ll see you on Sunday!!! And pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top consider subscribing and leaving a review on iTunes. It would mean the world to Katie and I.

To kick off Season 2, Katie will be discussing the meaning behind a popular Phil Collins jam and I’ll be exploring the death of Natalie Wood. We hope you’ll tune in! 

P.S. As you might imagine, pictorial evidence is part of the fun when you’re covering celebrity mysteries. So we have an INSTAGRAM for all that jazz! Would love if you’d follow us there!!

We saw My Favorite Murder LIVE!!!

Do you guys listen to the podcast My Favorite Murder? It seems like everywhere I turn I meet new murderinos!

Well, a couple weeks ago (St. Patrick’s Day, to be exact!), I was in Indianapolis visiting my BFF Katie and we attended the MFM live show. It was a really cool experience. I would have never guessed a decade or so ago that a comedy podcast about murder would be selling out venues typically reserved for big-time bands. Yet, here we are! What a time to be alive, amirite?!

Since Katie and I have recently dipped our toes into the world of podcasting, it was also super inspiring to see 2 ladies who are straight up KILLING IT in this medium. They were, of course, hilarious and the crowd was lapping up every minute of it.

If you’re not already subscribed, you can listen to the episode from that night HERE. We had a blast, the hometown murder at the end was perfection, and Karen donned a green cape in honor of the holiday (see above! lol).

10/10 , would definitely recommend attending live podcast experiences!!!

Do you listen to My Favorite Murder? Have you ever been to one of their live shows? What podcasts are you loving these days? xoxo

P.S. Speaking of podcasts, I binged this one over the weekend and it is SO GOOD!