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Follow my blog with Bloglovin

It isn’t as sketchy as it sounds! I’ve been a user of Bloglovin’ for awhile now and I wanted to share it with you! The best way I can describe it is a blog showcase, but it’s so much more than that! After I told the site what I liked, it provided me with links and previews to blog posts that fit my interests. And, every day I receive an email with 20 posts that are must reads. Most of them are also must SHARE!

I love sharing great tips, tricks, ideas, and fun with the visitors to my Facebook page and this service totally helps me find the gems of the internet.

There is even an app to use, so you can discover new blogs & read great posts anywhere anytime.

Check it out & let me know what you think!

 

Lab Mom Confessional

I have a gorgeous 17-month old black lab puppy.

If I were one of those parents who had wild human children that I had never successfully tamed, I would call my lab girl “precocious.”

But, I have been a pretty tremendous mom to humans. I have set clear limits, maintained consistency at a well over 90% rate, and have two teenagers that I can trust in any social setting to be polite, well behaved, and appropriate.

Why my human raising skills have not successfully been translated into puppy raising skills is beyond me, but I am willing to admit it: I am squishy when it comes to puppy dogs.

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Three Things I Am Adding To My Life

After having been on this planet for four-and-a-half decades, it now seems that my body is teaching me lessons I was loathed to learn in my 20’s or even 30’s. Being a hard-charger who rarely says “No” to a task and saw resting as weakness, it has been difficult to realize that my body is no longer willing to stay quiet when I abuse its many delicate systems. I’ve decided to make some changes, and keep other recent changes going, so that I can make sure my body doesn’t call it quits before I am ready to go.

Maybe you can benefit from adding some things too?

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What Are You Reading?

I stumbled upon a great podcast that asks and answers the quintessential question of all readers–What Should I Read Next? By listening to some episodes, I easily added several titles I had never heard of to the list of books I plan to read in 2017. I’m keeping the list in my bullet journal (something else I’m trying for 2017) and so far, I’ve managed to read three books so far!

I challenged myself on GoodReads to 25 books this year. I’m off to a good start!

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My Word for 2017

Everyone seems to have a word for 2017. I’m sort of still trying to dig myself out from the mess that was 2016. I feel like that year steamrolled me worse than any other in a very long time. And, if you knew me at all, that is certainly saying something.

I think, though, that I have landed on a word that would make life in 2017 more enjoyable and productive. That word is STREAMLINE.

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All Hail the Men’s Section

I lived through Black Friday–although I am pretty sure I folded more clothes during the 12 hours I worked between Thursday and Friday than I have in my entire life. For some reason, the men’s department falls victim to neglect and extra messy shelves and racks. I spent a considerable amount of time returning it to some semblance of order and making it look more like a store display rather than the floor of a teen boy’s closet.

I also realized something while I worked–men’s clothes are all the same. How can this be?

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Black Friday Cometh

I have been an online shopper since before online shopping was convenient and mainstream. I shy away from crowds and those times of year when shopping is just too peopley. So, how I find myself working in the belly of the beast by choice this holiday season is beyond me.

I took the plunge. I’m a seasonal sales associate at an extremely popular department store and I will be working on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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Good Deals Are Sweet Like Honey

bitstripiconI love to use coupon codes, search for best deals, and never pay full price. Technology has helped in that so much! Today, I stumbled on something that looks kind of new (maybe I’m late to the party?!) and I wanted to share it with you.

The service called “Honey” is a browser extension and I became interested when I saw how it will help me find the lowest price on Amazon taking into consideration all parts of a price and also recognizes my Prime membership. I’ve used plenty of coupon code finding sites, but never one that works in my browser with Amazon. So, that’s new to me!

For the Amazon part alone, I was sold enough to try it. It not only identifies the best deal on the item I’m interested it, but will also apply any and all site-wide coupons/deals with the easy click of a button.

If you want to check it out, you’re welcome to use my referral link–then refer your friends with your own link and make $5!

An Easy But Gorgeous Rustic Fruit Tart

When the calendar moves into November, you start to think about fall food. When the Green Bean Bin brings you lots of yummy fruit, you think about the awesome fruit crisps, cobblers and tarts you could make. This week, I stumbled upon a recipe that was as easy as the result was impressive. The only problem? The dessert did not last.

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Adding to My Bookshelf

I received an email last week that still has me super stoked. I have been a big fan of Melissa Joulwan since stumbling upon her blog when I first heard of Paleo. Her mayo recipe rocked my universe and the Sunshine Sauce still ranks as one of the best things I ever took to a lunch with friends.

I own both her Well Fed and Well Fed 2 cookbooks and this email not only shared a recipe for Fried Chicken Meatballs, but also dropped the knowledge that the recipe is one of 128 in her new cookbook coming soon. Well Fed Weeknights features Paleo meals in 45-minutes or less. THAT is super exciting because everyone in this house loves to eat and hates to wait. And, frankly, I need more Paleo options at my fingertips and I am looking for something to reignite my kitchen interest.

I love that the email contained 70 pages of the new cookbook and 16 recipes. Who doesn’t love a sneak peek?! If you are more of a live action person, there is a sneak peek video as well. Can’t wait to have this in my hot little hands!