My last post was about my 2019 word of the year, Aligned, and how I came to it. We’re now one-sixth of the way through the year and I am mostly happy with my progress. One thing I’ve noticed is that when I’m thinking about other people, comparing myself to others, or getting frustrated by things that don’t affect me, I’m more conscious of it. It’s a work in progress, but I’m telling myself to let it go more quickly than in the most. Comparison and dwelling on negative things do not align with my values, so I’m working on it! How’s it going over there on your end?
Anyway, I’m back with a fun post of more things I’m loving lately. Feel free to chime in with other things you’re enjoying so we can send each other some brightness!
1. Burning a candle
If you’re at all following the whole KonMari trend, Marie Kondo says to changing the air with scent before cleaning. She understands that tidying up can be stressful and overwhelming and to help motivate you she suggests a few different options, including opening a window to let in some fresh air, lighting a candle, and spritzing an aromatic room spray. I have never really liked candles or thought they made a difference, but I randomly got a few and started to light them on our kitchen counter. I realized that they disperse their scent way more than my oil diffuser, so the house smelled fresher when you walked in. I still like my diffuser, but this has been a nice change. I do feel like it warms up the home a bit, and I like the ambience.
Where do you get your candles? Admittedly, mine are from Walmart while I decided if I liked candles or not, and now I’m ready to invest in candles from local shops.
2. True Crime Podcasts
When John started working further away I taught him how to listen to Podcasts, and it’s been an unexpected source of bonding for us. We both enjoy the true crime genre, and some of our/my favorites are:
- Sword and Scale
Got any suggestions??
3. Milk Frother and Torani chocolate syrup
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen my Instastory where I talked about the new milk frother I bought from Target (find it HERE). Buying this and Torani Chocolate Syrup (or whatever flavor you prefer) has saved me so much money! It’s not quite like a coffee shop, but it’s healthier and SO MUCH CHEAPER. It’s easy to forget how expensive one coffee is a day, but the frother/warmer paid for itself in like 5 coffees, so that’s a huge win!
4. Kids Show - Wallykazam
My kids watch TV, and in moderation I think it’s just fine. There are some shows I like more than others, and one that I’ve really enjoyed is Wallykazam. I don’t even know if it still airs; we found it on our Amazon Stick. The songs are SO catchy (seriously), and Emerson has picked up a lot of blended letter sounds and stuff from it. It’s oddly cute, and not painful to have on for them.
5. A new way to cook chicken
I ordered a Home Chef meal kit (similar to HelloFresh, etc) and wasn’t super impressed by the selection or anything and don’t plan on getting more, BUT! I owe them for giving me what is now my favorite way to cook chicken breast. I’m not a great chef, but we try to eat mostly at home (workin’ that budget life y’all!). It’s super simple and you probably already do this, but you sear the breast on both sides in olive oil on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes/side, then put in the oven at 400 degrees and cook for about 10 minutes. We’ve had good luck grilling chicken and keeping it moist, but I’ve always overcooked it in the oven. This is perfect!
6. Our updated bathroom
Two years ago the vanity light in our guest bathroom fell off the wall in the middle of the night and left a huge hole (and also taught me that my husband is 0% reliable when awaking from a dead sleep). We could've just repaired the wall and replaced it, but it was a slippery slope - if we needed to repaint over the patched hole we should change the wall color. If we were going to patch the wall we should trade out the mirror, etc. So, I finally made a plan and mustered the motivation to do some DIYing and fix it all up. My dad helped wire the new lights, but I did everything else! Patched and painted the walls, painted the cabinetry, changed out fixtures, put in new mirrors, tiled a new backsplash, painted the trim and stenciled the floor! I learned a lot, and the space looks 1000% better. The counters and cabinets are identical to our kitchen, and I'm SUPER tempted to paint those now, too....