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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!

I Have 5 Internal Monologue Responses to Every Social Media Post

Do you ever mindlessly scroll through social media at the end of a long day? It’s a habit I’m desperately trying to break (that’s a post for another day), yet a black hole I fall into far too often.

While I flick my phone upwards on my cell screen, all the posts I pause long enough to really consider seem to illicit one of five responses…

what?

As in, I don’t get it. 

lol whut?

As in, this is ridiculous. 

ok…

As in, why did this need to be put on the internet? 

same

As in, deeply relateable content. 

YAS!!!

As in, this post deserves a round of applause!

I’ve really been considering deleting my Facebook. I never post on that platform anymore and there is just so. much. nonsense. But now I’m thinking maybe I’ll unfollow everybody but the “same” and YAS!!!” posters? (Maybe the lol whut’s can stay too…)

Perhaps this will become my rule of thumb across ALL my social media platforms! 

How do you find your brain engages with social media? Does your internal response to certain posts govern how you choose to interact with certain platforms or accounts? Have you deleted social media and lived to tell the tale? What about a massive social media decluttering? I’d love to hear!

Let’s Talk About My Dry Scalp

You guys. I am so ready for Spring. But for sort of a weird (and embarrassing) reason…

My disgustingly dry scalp!

Now, I have a pretty dry scalp year-round but I find that it’s a bit more manageable in the warmer seasons. Which was great in Miami! Warm year-round. But moving up to Alabama? This minor (major to me, but PERSPECTIVE lol) annoyance came back with a vengeance as soon as temperatures started to dip below 65.

I feel like I’ve tried lots of remedies to no avail. It seems ridiculous to spend a bunch of money on every possibility under the sun when I know the tides will turn come May. (But I did cut my own hair this winter because I didn’t want to hear another hairdresser tell me, “Your scalp is so dry!” Oh REALLY?! Wow, I hadn’t noticed.)

I promise this post isn’t just me complaining. Ok, it mostly is. But I’d love to know if this is something you’ve dealt with. Do you have any remedies? What works for you? Any hair care routines or products you swear by (dry scalp or not)? Below are some of the things I’ve tried or still use regularly because they keep things in check in warmer months, as well as things I’ve been recommended before that I still need to try.

Over the years, I’ve tried:

T/Sal and T/Gel

Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner

Tea Tree Oil

Coconut Leave-In Conditioner

Biolage Shampoo

and these are on my list:

Argan Oil

Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment

Shampoo Brush (like this one or this one)

JASON Normalizing Shampoo

Davines Purifying Shampoo

This book, which is up next in the Finding Delight book club (!!!) says dry scalp can be a symptom of hormone imbalance so I’ll be exploring that further. I’ll keep y’all updated…not that you NEED to remain abreast on the sordid detail of my dry scalp saga, but maybe you want to! 😉

P.S. My favorite hairbrush and that time I wore extensions.

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List 11: Date Night Ideas

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…

❤ Happy Valentine’s Day, loves! In honor of the holiday — 

A few ideas for date night…

Walking paths or hiking trails
Bookstore adventure

Visit a botanical garden
Read together

Volunteer together
Farmers market
Pancake supper
Live music

Play a game
Free movies at local parks or libraries

Cocktail hour
Thrift for treasures
Bake your favorite sweet treats
Picnic by the water

Stroll through a museum

Tell me what you do on date nights in the comments below! ❤

P.S. A General Tso’s chicken themed date night?!
P.P.S. At-home date ideas that aren’t Netflix and chill.

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My 15 Whole 30 Must-Haves

I successfully completed my third (!) Whole 30 *thunderous applause* and thought, my not talk about it a bit on the interwebz. You can read everything I ate during my very first round HERE. But today, I wanna talk about the foods that I have to have in order to make it through. If you’re wanting to undertake your own Whole 30 (read up on it, first and foremost), give these foods a shot! However, I think what’s super great about the Whole 30 process is you really learn what foods feel best for you personally. So experiment and have fun!

Here’s what I need for a successful Whole 30…

 

  • Lara bars – great in a pinch if you get HANGRY
  • Guacamole pods – an easy (read: lazy) way to add some healthy fats to your lunchbox
  • Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage – my favorite sheet pan dinner to cook up on busy nights = these sausages + baby red potatoes + broccoli
  • GT’s Kombucha – afternoon pick-me-up
  • Flavored seltzer water – not married to La Croix, the store brands work just fine for me
  • Almond butter – gotta pair my fruit with protein
  • Applesauce pouches – just make sure there’s no added sugar (my husband calls these baby food but *shrugs*)
  • Carrot and red bell pepper sticks – when you’re off sugar, raw veggies like these taste AMAZING
  • Chicken burgers – TJ’s has a pre-made, compliant option but we just get ground chicken and make ’em ourselves
  • Potato and sweet potato latkes/home fries/hash browns – honestly do you even NEED bread when you can have a latke??
  • Bananas – I just can’t be bothered to cook eggs every single morning so these are my go-to brekky fuel
  • Banana pepper rings – the best way to top a salad imho
  • Salami – what can I say? I love my Italian meats
  • Ghee – when I DO cook eggs, this is the business
  • Plantain chips – for crunch

Have you ever completed a round of Whole 30? What would you consider your must-haves? Share below! ❤ 

Our Weekend Stay in a St. Petersburg, FL Tiny Home

As promised, below are some photos from a recent weekend trip to St. Petersburg.

Unfortunately, our stay in the tiny home we rented from Airbnb wasn’t as pleasant as we had hoped. Because this is my first bad experience with an Airbnb rental, I thought I’d go ahead and share about it, too.

As you can see from the pictures, the tiny home was super cute. It was decorated in a “Little Havana” style and there were lots of little touches throughout — vintage books, tropical throw pillows, stenciled floors…you get the idea. And it was small…which of course, is the point (and the appeal) of booking a tiny home.

However, of all the Airbnbs I’ve stayed at, this one was by far the dirtiest. The coffee pot was covered with a film of gunk. The window sills all had a layer of dust. There was a wad of dirty/wet paper towels the size of a house-cat in the tub. Not cute!

Because it was nearing bedtime by the time we started to notice all of this, we decided to tough it out. (Upon arrival, we’d tossed our bags inside and headed out to explore, get food, etc. As ya do!) And honestly, I thought it was still livable…just not getting a good review.

Oh but then dear readers, I climbed into the bed. And it STUNK. The mattress was putting off an odor that was part cat pee, part body odor. Also…NOT CUTE! Yet, and I hate to admit this here…I slept in it. Well, sleep is a strong word for the situation. I laid in it for a night.

Not wanting to go for round 2 on sleepless nights, Airbnb was contacted and we were able to cancel // get a refund for the rest of our trip! Praise be for good customer service on Airbnb’s end. Not so much on the end of our hosts, though. They were out of town… Something I think I’ll be more aware of prior to making any future bookings through Airbnb.

So, while I was super excited about experiencing tiny home living…by the end of my trip I was shacking up in a Doubletree king size bed. C’est la vie! *shrug emoji*

And the happy ending for the story? Once the hosts were back on site and saw the tiny home, they realized their cleaning service had def been doing them dirty (har har!), apologized profusely, and issued us a FULL refund. Thanks dudes! Can’t say I’ll be back (or link to any of your properties here, sozz!) but I won’t slam your review section with ALL the sordid details.

Onto the pics…

The Takeaway…

If we hadn’t been paying a pretty decent cleaning fee… and had there not been any available/comparably priced accommodations nearby, we probably would have just made it work. But we were and there were.

If your Airbnb isn’t up to snuff or you feel like it isn’t quite what was advertised, communicate with your hosts and get Airbnb involved if needed. They may have a solution that works for you but you’ll never know unless you ask! Airbnb requires photo documentation and gives the host 2hrs to come up with a plan. (If the host has multiple properties, sometimes they’ll move you into another one of their own.) However, if they can’t come up with a satisfying solution, Airbnb will cancel your booking and issue you a refund. The more you know!

Some St. Pete places I CAN endorse…

Karma Juice Bar & Eatery
The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge
BellaBrava
St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club
Museum of Fine Arts
Savory Spice Shop

Ok, thanks for making it to the end of this somewhat ridiculous post. Here’s a picture of us enjoying golden hour in downtown St. Pete before you go. 🙂 (…just to prove we actually had a good time and aren’t just fussy lunatics lol)

Have you ever been to St. Petersburg? Have you ever stayed in a tiny home (or do you LIVE in one full-time!)? Do you have any Airbnb HORROR stories? I’d love to hear about any and all of the above! xoxo 

List 10: On My Wishlist

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 few things I’m coveting…

Household –

A stash of fabric gift bags
Essential oils
Collapsible bucket
Memory foam bed pillows
Air purifier
Textured throw blanket 

Organization –

Expandable file folders
A habit calendar
Weekly to-do list notepad
Medicine cabinet organizer
Fair Trade baskets
Weck .5 liter jars 

Books –

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Fade Into You by Nikki Darling
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath 

Beauty –

Scalp massaging shampoo brush
Mario Bedescu facial spray
Makeup remover cloths
3D fiber mascara
Wake Up Beautiful mask
Purifying shampoo 

Pack-along –

A fast drying camp towel
Cotton napkins in a cactus print
A personal water filter
Odor absorbers
Long johns
A calming scent 

Treat yourself –

A candle from the hygge collection
A year’s supply of Ghiradelli brownies
Girls Trip on DVD
ChocZero chocolates
Camomile, honey, & vanilla tea
A toilet upgrade 

Fashion –

Simple t-shirts
A cheeky slogan tee
No show socks
Light pink running shoes
Swimsuit coverup
A dress with pockets

Tell me what things you’ve been eyeing in the comments below! xoxo

P.S. I’m thinking of setting up a permanent page on this site with wishlist-y type items I’ve scouted online. Would you guys be interested in that? Maybe updated once a quarter or so? Let me know!

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How I Plan to Put My 2019 Goals into Action

Hello friends! Welcome back to my blog. My name is Beth, if you are new here. I recently shared my 2019 Resolutions and I wanted to expand on this topic in today’s post.

Today I’m going to discuss some specific strategies I’m planning to employ in order to meet my 2019 goals. The new year is such a wonderful time to reflect on the positive changes we’d love to make and the new habits we’d like to adopt. But without a plan for how to stick to these changes, implement new habits, and actually…ya know…FOLLOW THROUGH, we run the risk of setting the same resolutions year after year after year. Know what I mean?

I’m definitely guilty of getting hung up in that little no man’s land between conception and action. I love research and planning and thinking things through. Maybe you’re the same way?

Well then dear friends, let’s do this together! Let’s make a plan and get shit done! Shall we?

Here are some ideas about how to follow through on our 2019 resolutions…

Outline Steps to Success

For each of my resolutions, I’m coming up with a plan of attack that I need to complete in order to succeed.

Integral to this process has been establishing a 2019 GOALS NOTEBOOK. I wrote out each of my resolutions, with blank pages left in between so that I can outline my steps.

It would be really easy to list one of my resolutions as “eat healthier”…and leave it at that. Instead, after my Whole30 reintroduction process, I plan to sit down with my notebook and map out what foods my body best jives with.

For my resolutions about spending more time growing my business and creating materials for this blog, I’m working on defining a schedule and setting due dates.

This gives my brain something concrete to work with so I know what I need to do to reach the end goal.

Schedule for Success

I’ve mentioned before that I really love to approach my day like a puzzle. (It’s why I love planners like this one.) Figuring out how the various pieces fit together to maximize my day and productivity is something I enjoy.

So, with that in mind, I’m not only making it a point to schedule in time for planning out how to achieve my goals…but then using that time to stick those plans into my schedule! Still with me?

For example, today I had a few minutes to devote to my “2019 notebook” and I sketched out a workout plan for February.

THEN…I grabbed my planner and scheduled my workouts for the first week of that month.

I can do the same thing when I make plans for quality time with my husband or writing postcards to friends or deep cleaning once a week.

When I schedule something, I’m making a COMMITMENT. Like, that shit is engraved in my calendar IN PEN (and hell, might even be highlighted!). Commitments are exactly what I need in this, the year of COMMIT!

Connecting with Others

Sharing this process publicly is a nice, healthy dose of accountability! I really, really want to make these things work…because I’m talking about them openly. I definitely think there’s something to be said for our good ol’ internet-age//social media-riddled lives when it comes to this stuff.

However, I also think sharing my goals and the process privately, with trusted loved ones in my life, is also important. This is where I can seek out encouragement (or more realistically…a good kick in the butt when I get lazy) as well as fresh perspectives when and if I get stuck.

Connecting with Self

We’re only about 1/12th of the way through the year. And while I’m still feeling pretty fired up about making the most of 2019, I can’t guarantee I’m going to feel this same way every minute of the next 11 months. So staying inspired is equally important as making and talking about plans.

That’s why my notebook isn’t just for lists and steps and action plans. I also created sections for journaling and mantras and a vision board (!) and quotes.

I want to stay connected to the reasons I set these intentions. These reasons are what gives the process power and purpose.

I hope you found these ideas helpful for planning your own 2019 “follow through.” If you would like some encouragement, motivation, or just want to type your intentions out for someone/anyone to see; LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW!

Do you have any specific strategies that have helped you stick to goals? Leave those below, too.

Here’s to achieving our goals in 2019! xoxo