I hope 2018 is treating you well – so far its been very busy for me! But in the midst of the busyness I wanted to stop for just a minute and share five things that I’ve been loving lately, things that are bringing a little happy into my life and keeping me sane. Ish. Sane-ish. It’s all relative.
Following hashtags on Instagram
When I heard about this new feature I thought ‘what’s the big deal?’ But I decided to try it just for fun, and I love it! It makes it so easy to see things you are interested in because they pop right up in your feed without having to search for them. Right now I’m following #christianfiction (because I mostly review Christian fiction), #cakestagram (because I love cake), and #readeatrepeat (to see when someone else uses ‘my’ hashtag). I’ll probably add more, but that’s where I’m at so far.
Long cozy sweater
A few weeks ago I was cruising through Walmart and as I strolled past the women’s clothing I saw cardigans on sale for $11. I bought a cream one and I wish I’d gotten it in at least one more color because I’ve been living in it. It’s cozy and long with pockets on the front and much better quality than you would expect from an $11 Wally-world sweater. I was planning to share a link so you guys could grab one for yourself but apparently this particular cardigan vanished into oblivion after I bought it because it is nowhere to be found online. Here’s a picture of me wearing it instead:
Here’s a good view of the sleeve in this back-to-school selfie, though the sweater is not the main focus of this picture 😉
Chai Latte + hot drinks in general
Because it’s winter and I’m perpetually cold. But hot drinks have a lot of calories, so I’ve been skinny-ing things up where I can and I posted about my favorite Skinny Vanilla Chai Latte last week ’cause it’s so yummy.
Skipping ads in podcasts
Y’all are going to think I’m stupid, but I’m going to share this anyway. It occurred to me for the first time recently that nobody is forcing me to listen to the advertisements in the middle of my favorite podcasts. I mean, there is a handy skip button that will launch you 15 seconds into the future at any given instant and I never thought to use it for that. So now I skip through probably about 2-3 minutes of ads per podcast which saves me about 20-30 minutes of boring listening a week, which is another whole podcast! (If you produce a podcast, please don’t hate me. I just don’t need any bras, snack boxes, or picture frames right now.)
Planning a yellow birthday party
My youngest daughter turns three in March and she is obsessed with the color yellow. So when I asked her what kind of birthday party she wanted she unsurprisingly said a yellow party. Since that’s pretty much the easiest request ever (Barney was the hardest request ever and I had to tell that daughter no because when I looked for Barney party supplies I realized that all that stuff is $1k a pack because it’s ‘vintage’ or whatever), I said ‘Sure thing, sweetie pie’ and created a Pinterest board to facilitate the planning process. And cruising Pinterest is fun.