Friday Favorites: Fall Scents, Chesapeake Shores, J Crew Tee, and Trader Joe's Chilean Wine


It felt like Friday would never get there this week. This week wasn't bad, it was just a little slow. Now that Friday is finally here, I am linking up with ErikaAndreaNarci to share what is bringing me Joy this week. 

1) Mrs. Meyers Fall Scents

It was time for me to switch up my fall cleaning scents. In the summer I love the Lime and Sea Salt all purpose cleaner but I wanted something to help will fall here. I decided to try Grove and order some of the fall scents from Mrs. Meyers. I chose both the Acorn Spice and the Spiced Pumpkin scents for the kitchen and they just smell like fall. They have a warm scent but are not too overwhelming. Since I am trying to green up my cleaning, Grove and Mrs. Myers help keep it fun with fun scents that are not filled with chemicals.


Thankful Thursdays: Friendship

It's the last Thursday of the month so I am joining my blogger friend Holly for some thoughts on friendship. It seems like such an easy word, one that we know beginning in childhood. A word that can be so beautiful, bring us much Joy and at times conflict and hurt. The older I get, the more grateful I am for all of it. The Good, the fun, the deep and then also for the friendships that have drifted away.

Most of us can remember our first friends and some of you are still either in touch with them or maybe still even amazing friends to this day. Those were such innocent friendships often involving moments of Joy, play and fun. The conflicts at this age were usually over something silly but still hurt our feelings. Hopefully those moments passed quickly and we were able to pick back up where we left off.  I think the real friendships today should be the same in many ways.

I know a lot of people and am blessed to have a lot of people in my life. Hockey Guy always says to me that I "know everyone" and sometimes says that I always run into people and we get into a conversation. It's true and just who I am.

While I know a lot of people, over the last few years I have kept my circle of friends, way tighter. Last year I posted about my ladies the Magnificent Seven and for work stuff, they are my go tos. They will never gossip about me, we help each other with questions and we always have everyone's Best interest at heart.

I am so grateful for a wide group of friends who love me for who I am. They don't like me for what I can do for them, they just like me for me. It has taken me decades, but I am starting to see who is a true friend and that it is ok to just let some go. 

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I am also grateful for those that I had to let run its course. At times these relationships were fun, but often they run its course and sometimes you just have to realize that certain people are not the Best match for you. That doesn't mean that if I have not talked to someone in a while that they are not relationships that have fallen away. If they have fallen away, there is gratitude and lessons in these relationships too.

Mostly I am grateful for the kind of people I am going to list here. Luckily, there are several people who can fit into these categories for the most part.

-I am grateful for my long term friendships where we can go to brunch or coffee and nothing ever changes. I have several ladies like this. 

-I am grateful for our school family friends, male and female, who are among the kindest, warmest, most faithful and fun people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. These are people who pray for you and mean it...and they can make you laugh hard.

-My Magnificent Seven ladies who I can ask the stupidest question to without judgment or just enjoy a walk to a cab with on a beautiful fall day after a political briefing. I had this Joy last week with one of them, and any of the six would have brought me the same simple Joy

-My hockey mom friends who help keep things in perspective in the often nutty world of kid's athletics. 

-I am also grateful for my monthly gratitude blogging partner Holly. We connected through our blogs a few years ago and this gal is a force and she is always there with a "you've got this Mama" when she senses I need it. That coupled with her shared love of Lilly and our New England roots I am pretty sure if we lived in the same town, she would totally be one of my girls.

-Mostly I am so very grateful, every single day for Running Daddy as he is my Best bud. Funny, sweet, focused, hardworking and a person with fierce love for Hockey Guy and me.

My message to you is if you are struggling with your friendships or the people you hang with are not bringing out the Best in you, take some time and maybe change your inner circle. Make sure you are spending time with people who bring you as much Joy as you are spreading. 

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What's Up Wednesday: September 2019

Wow September, this was a month. Filled with a lot of Good things but whew, exhausting.  It is the last Wednesday of September, I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday! Let's dig into all things September Besties!

What We're Eating This Week

This is going to be a busy week and I didn't have a ton of time to food prep due to two hockey games about 70 miles away both on Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, we are keeping dinner pretty easy this week.

Monday-Burger night and steamed broccoli

Tuesday- Sheet pan nachos with salad

Wednesday-Chicken stir fry with jasmine rice and lots of veggies

Thursday-Pesto chicken pasta with salad

Friday-not sure as we all might be going out, but not together


Friday Favorites: Fall Fashion, Fall Food, and Importance of Rest

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Oh hello Friday, so Good to see you. While I didn't travel like I did last week, this week was almost as busy with some looming September deadlines. Now that the work week is almost complete it is time to start focusing on a fun weekend. Today I have a quick and simple list of things that are bringing me Joy and linking up with ErikaAndreaNarci.

1) Trader Joe's Gluten Pumpkin Bread Mix

If you don't like pumpkin spice or think it is too early for pumpkin might just want to move along to the next Friday Favorite item. I stopped into Trader Joe's last weekend and was happy to find that all of the pumpkin Goodness was in stock. When the gluten free pumpkin bread mix is in stock, I buy it in bulk. Almost like a doomsday prepper.


Hello Monday: Friday Night Fun, Trader Joe's Wine, and Fall Fashion

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 Since I  was traveling last week and had a big work event, I missed Friday favorites. I decided to mix things up a bit and jump into Hello Monday and tell you a little bit about my weekend instead. I am linking up with HeatherJohannahTanya, and Linsdsay for their Hello Monday link party. Let's do this!


Friday Favorites: Dallas Housewives, Best Sunglasses, Allergy Free Cookies and Fall Cider

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Whew. This was a week, even though it was a short week, it was a week. I have felt a little behind all week so it is only appropriate that this post is going up so late today. Although it is late, it is still Friday, so today I am talking about things that bring me Joy this week and linking up with ErikaAndreaNarci

1) Peepers Sunglasses

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When we were in Hilton Head I lost my Peepers Aviators in the surf when I got slammed by a wave. I was totally bummed because I really liked them and they have held up well over the last year. The thing is, I wasn't totally heartbroken because one of the Best things about Peepers is that they are under $30.

The other thing that I totally love about Peepers is that they come in a bi-focal reader. They are are a regular sunglass at the top and then provide a little bit of a reader at the bottom.  Genius.

To replace my lost aviators, I decided I wanted something a little bigger, so I chose the Del Mar. They are perfect for heading into fall.
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2) Stop, Breathe, Think

I have been meditating every morning since late April. I have only missed a handful of days and it has been a really Good option for me. One app that I think has some Good options for me is the Stop, Breathe, Think app. It asks you how you are feeling physically and mentally and then makes recommendations on meditations for you depending on how you are feeling that day. I think I may stick with this one for a bit.

3) Bold Rock Harvest Haze

Since I have been gluten free for nearly ten years, that means that there are several things I used to enjoy that I have not had in nearly a decade.  One of the things that I do miss in the fall is a Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. I was definitely intrigued when I saw the Bold Rock Cider Harvest Haze in the grocery store a few weeks ago. I initially hesitated as it was still summer when I saw this, I know how militant some people are about no fall food before a certain date. I decided to buy it because I wasn't sure if I would be able to buy it again because I was not at my usual Harris Teeter when I saw it.

I cracked it open last night and it did not disappoint. While it is hard cider, it definitely had the take of an Octoberfest beer. I also love that it is a local Virginia product.

4) Free to Eat Cookies

When we were in Chicago last weekend, Dancing Granny put together a snack bag for us. She included a box of Free to Eat Cookies. They were surprisingly very good and had a lovely oatmeal raisin taste. These will be perfect this fall with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea.

The Best part about these cookies, they are free of the top 8 allergens and they do not taste like a hockey puck. Dancing Granny purchased these at Walmart and I think you can also get them at Amazon.

5) Dallas Housewives

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While I only caught the last 30 minutes, and I was actually doing things around the house when I was watching, I am so glad the Real Housewives of Dallas is back. In my opinion, this is a totally underrated Housewives. These ladies are so Good and always bring it! I cannot wait to get caught up on the full episode this weekend with Running Daddy!

That's a wrap for this week. I am totally looking forward to a little rest this weekend. I need to meal prep and get caught up on the laundry but rest is in order. 

Hope you have the Best weekend!

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