Monthly Musings January 2022 Love & Valentine's Day


Welcome to the first Monthly Musings of 2022 with my co-host Holly. Every month we post a fun list of questions and are blessed to have other writers join us for a link up. 

Are you ready to talk about love and Valentine's Day? Let's jump into Monthly Musings.

1. Favorite Valentine's Memory?

This would probably be the Valentine's Day when Hockey Guy was in first or second grade and we surprised him that morning with a trip to Disney at breakfast. I had a work trip at Disney (I know...right!) and we knew it was going to snow so we didn't tell him until right before we needed to leave for the airport. The runways cleared and we were able to make it out to the Happiest Place on Earth on Valentine's Day. 


What's Up Wednesday-January 2022


Hey there Besties. Is it me or has January been a really weird month? Not super bad, just weird. While I am pondering the weirdness of January I am also linking up today with Shay and Sheaffer to chat about what has been up in January. Are you ready? Let's go!

What We're Eating This Week

Because we have a busy schedule, I don't really have a set meal plan for the week. I made sure that I have easy, healthy food on hand for whenever we are home.

The exception to this was Monday when we unexpectedly had a hockey game cancelled because the chiller at the rink was frozen. Yes, a chiller is actually a thing and no, it doesn't involve wine or beer. Because the game was cancelled, I had tortellini and gluten free ravioli on hand and made those at the last minute with salad.


Monthly Musings January 22 Topics: Love and Valentine's Day


Hey there Besties,  I hope you had a Good weekend. My weekend was filled with hockey. 

Holly and I are kicking off Monthly Musings 2022 this Thursday and we hope that you will join us and answer the questions for January. Since we are so close to Valentine's Day we are talking all things love and Valentine's. Join us for our link up and check out the other writers who join us every month.


Friday Favorites January 21, 2022: Joy for Christmas, Morning Routine, Trader Joe's Olive & Herb Nuts, Even the Rich-Patty Hearst


Happy Friday Besties! I hope you had a Good week. We had a four day week around these parts that started with the end of a hockey tournament, had some winter weather thrown in and will also end with hockey tonight. As we head into the end of this week I am linking up with  Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites to share what is bringing me Joy this January week.

1. Joy for Christmas on GAC/Prime

If you have been on this site for even a few posts you probably know that I am a Hallmarkie. Lately there has been a lot of chatter and I would also say angst because some of the Hallmark stars aka Hallstars have made some movies for GAC...gasp. We actually don't have GAC but I was able to find a few of the GAC Christmas movies on Prime last week.


Smoky Turkey Sausage Chili


Hey Besties! Happy Monday. I know for some of us this is a holiday, so enjoy your time off if it is. If you have to work today, I hope your day is quiet and productive.

Today, I have a really Good recipe for you that is so easy, so comforting and really healthy. My lovely friends Sara and Holly from the blogging community are now hosting the Hello Monday link up and I decided to publish this recipe as part of their Monday Morning edition. If you have some time, try to visit this fun link up.

As for this recipe, one thing that I decided to do over Christmas break was to make a soup, stew or chili along with a breakfast casserole or frittata every weekend. This has been especially helpful while we are working from home and most importantly during hockey season. There is something very calming about knowing you have Good, healthy food at home that you can just heat up during a busy week. 


Friday Favorites January 7, 2021: Yummy and Healthy Oatmeal, Easy Soup, MDL Josh & Josh and a Fun Wine Glass


Hey there Besties, I hope your first week of 2022 was a Good one. My week was busy but there were moments of quiet time as well. That is a combo I really like. Now that we are at the end of the week I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for my Friday Favorites and all of the things that I are bringing me Joy in the New Year. 

1. Simple Truth Probiotic Oatmeal

I bought this when I wasn't feeling well a few weeks ago and was on an antibiotic. Yogurt doesn't really agree with me so I took a probiotic in a capsule but then also added in this oatmeal. It's organic, it's gluten free and it's so yummy it's part of my new breakfast routine. I purchased this oatmeal at Harris Teeter.


Word for 2022: Less (and a Little More Too)


For the last couple of years, I have jumped into the word of the year craze instead of doing New Year's Resolutions. For me it is a Better way to focus on making changes throughout the year. It's super trendy but I do think it works.

In 2021, my word was "boundaries" and was really something that I needed to implement in my life. I am an enneagram three also known as the "achiever". One thing I learned this past year is that "threes" are the easiest to take advantage of because people know you will always just take care of things. This is spot on in my life and the focus on boundaries really helped me in 2021.

Hello Monday January 3, 2022-Your Favorite Posts of 2021


Happy New Year Besties! I for one am tiptoeing into 2022 and trying not to cause any trouble. I had intended for this post as a Friday Favorites last week but we made a little u-turn with our plans and went up to see my mom for the day on Friday. Today I am sharing the most popular posts of 2021. I mentioned last week that Good Better Best hit a big milestone in page reads in December that was a little mind blowing. This post is for everyone that stopped by Good Better Best in 2021 and I always think it is fun to look back at what people like to read. Shall we get to the list? Let's go!

5. Charcuterie Cups and Rose' Water Review


Remember in April when some people were vaxxed, others were not yet and we were all trying to still find ways to safely socialize? I came up with these individualized charcuterie cups and then also did a review on rose' water. These are still a Good way to entertain pandemic or not.

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