I Am Currently…..
I caved. I gave into the high-waisted trend and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
LISTEN UP LADIES. High-waisted jeans aren’t just for the people who pair them with a crop top. They hold in any extra “stuff” (shall we say) in the mid-section. Hallelujah!
These particular jeans have an 8″ rise, which is great. But if you’re looking for a little more coverage, I also have a 9″ rise, which is what I wear with any tops that are more fitted in the mid-section.
I don’t remember the last time that I felt this good about how I looked in a pair of jeans. They’re that good.
Sizing note: I have found that I can wear one size smaller in high-rise jeans than I do in “regular” jeans because my belly button – where they hit – is the thinnest part of my waist.
The One & Only by Emily Giffin
One my annual goals for 2019 is to read one book a month. This is a STREEEEEETCH for me. I’m not a good, fast or frequent reader. But I want to be, so this is how I’ve decided to try to achieve that goal.
I decided to start off the year with an easy, guilty pleasure read to grease the skids, so to speak.
I’ve read most of Emily Giffin’s other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. They’re cheesy and slightly trashy (one might say), but she tells a good story and develops characters well. And this particular story has college football as it’s background, so I was an easy sell.
Every.Single.Day for breakfast.
This has been true for a while, but until this weekend, it was missing one key ingredient. Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning.
We live where there is no civilization. At least it feels like it with the nearest Trader Joe’s being 3 hours away.
So I’ve happily eaten this toast sans the seasoning for breakfast every day for the last few months.
DON’T SKIP THE SEASONING!
The toast is good without it. It is delicious with it.
I’ll tell you what I’m NOT watching.
The Marie Kondo show on Netflix.
And not because I don’t want to or don’t think I’d enjoy it. Just because I am thisclose to finishing season 5 of The Blacklist and I cannot be interrupted.
But for all of those who have asked, yes, I will definitely watch it.
I will say that I get a little leary watching those kinds of shows because a lot of them show the most extreme cases which 1) makes my chest tight to see and 2) can give people a false hope of what’s realistic in the end.
But once Elizabeth Keen figures out who killed Tom, I will be all over watching Marie work her magic.
My sister-in-law bought this for me for Christmas and only three weeks in, I love it.
After reading Grace Not Perfection for the first time, I wanted to go back through and read it a second time to really think through and process so much of what the author teaches.
But see my aforementioned habits regarding reading above.
This journal is fantastic because it takes the teaching points from Grace Not Perfection and breaks them up into 52 “sections” – one for each week.
So, each week, there is a thought nugget & scripture. Then, she asks two related questions that help you think through where you’re at with that specific issue and apply it to where you are.
I’ve never kept a journal in my life. But now, I have come to look forward to my Tuesday morning “journaling”.
NOTE: You do not have to have read Grace Not Perfection to enjoy or get something out of the journal. But if you have read it, the journal helps you put her thoughts into action.
That there is a LOT to be said for making your house your home.
We recently made a small design change in our Dining Room. It was something that we had talked about doing since we moved in over two years ago, but the urgent crowded out the pretty, and we are just now getting to it.
When I stand at my kitchen island – which, let’s be honest, is where I spend a LOT of my time – this is my view. And it fills my heart.
Who knew that little shiplap, some corbels and Ikea photo frames could make such a difference? Not me.
I’m still trying to figure out how to decorate it. That will take me longer than it should.
Any tips on what to put on the ledge? Should I keep the frames layered? Or space them out a little bit? I want to put more than just photos in the frames (because that’s kind of a lot of just our faces), but am not good at picking out art.
Any input on what should go in the frames would be much appreciated. Thank in advance.