Winding Down

I’m three days into finals week and only a few more days away from wrapping up this fall semester! We’re making it, y’all! We. are. MAKING IT!

Hope everyone has been enjoying the December month so far! I’m totally behind on Christmas presents, what I have isn’t wrapped, no baking has happened yet and only half of my decorations are up but I’m 100% fine with that. That’s life, right? Things get a little hectic and you just roll with the punches. Honestly, I’m keeping my eyes on next Monday evening when I can crash a little bit before all the Christmas traveling beings.

We’ve got dear friends coming in this weekend to visit and I can’t wait to hang out! To top that off, we’ll all be watching another sweet friend marry her man this Saturday—can’t wait for all the fun celebrations we’ll have going on this weekend! It’ll be so great to let go of work for a couple days (we’re going on day 18 at work here, straight…) and even though I’m ready for little down time at home, I know these are the moments that mean the most.

During busy times like this I always feel exhausted just around the time I should be enjoying all the fun of the season and in someways that seems so unfair. Rather than sitting in that sulking moment, I’m choosing to remember what this time of year is for and what really is important. Now I’m not saying I don’t still need a nap or 9 pm bed time for the next week to help get me there, but I am saying that I’m actively choosing not to be a Scrooge with my time this year. Or at the very least, being present with the time I can give.

In other news, Miss Penny Pup is doing so much better. Last week she got very sick and after seeing three different vets, having three different x-rays, and two ultrasounds to be sure, they found something was lodged in her small intestines as it connects to her stomach. One surgery later and a week out of recovery, she’s doing very well and almost back to her Penny self! She still can’t understand the no jumping thing or why she has to wear a cone of shame. Another week and she should be released to return to her natural routine, sans squeaker toys though!

Well, folks, it’s time to get back to grading and doing a little house cleaning! Gotta get those grades in so I can get to all the fun stuff of the season including a holiday nap!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

In the spirit of the season, my favorite holiday, five grateful thoughts for today:

  1. I’m thankful for the sweet people in my life. From husband to sister, mother and mother-in-laws, precious friends, nieces, nephews, brothers, fathers and all, I’ve got good folks in my life and I’m so very grateful to have them!

  2. I’m thankful for my job. I have the best students in the world, a team of faculty and staff to lean on when needed and encourage whenever possible and days filled with dance. Sure, some days I might feel like my hair’s on fire, we all have stressful times, but most days, most days it’s just about pouring into students the passion for dance, teaching, and choreography.

  3. I’m thankful for my fur creatures! Yes, truly! Without my shadow, Penny Pup, I’d be a little lost. She gives me so much love and I can’t imagine a day without her by my heels. Those kitties, while they may be persnickety at times, they are without a doubt the best fuzzy motors anyone could ask for, especially my Honey.

  4. I’m thankful for all the great experiences I’ve had this year. Choreographing new works, meeting new performers in new venues, teaching, teaching and more teaching—it all fuels my life. It’s easy to forget in the trenches of work that all the time and efforts comes back ten fold to me, but I remember when those magic moments happen and I’m always grateful for those moments of pure bliss.

  5. I’m thankful for you, dear reader! Whether you’re a friend, family, someone just reading, each time you click on to my site, you help to build my little passion project up and I appreciate those clicks and those comments. Small though it may be, this blog has been a small dream I keep coming back to, way too stubborn to quit even when it feels indescribably frustrating at times. You’re engagement helps and I thank you for that!

Alright y’all, go dive into that turkey, enjoy the game, watch the parade, but most importantly, take a moment to say “thank you!” for the life you have, the blessings around you, and the people you’ve got your in life!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Life Lately - Episode 9: Turkey Time

Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK! Yay! Let the festivities begin! Oh wait, first a couple days of work and then we can get to it!

We went to a friendsgiving this past weekend and had a lovely time hanging out with friends we know and visiting with newer ones. I had a hankering for Pioneer Woman’s Cranberry Sauce, which I highly recommend! I might try to whip another batch up for the real turkey day. Very easy and really delicious nestled next to that golden bird.

I really wanted to bake a pie of some sort so I grabbed my Waitress cookbook and whipped up her “Thanks for Taking Me to the Moon” Pie and y'all. It is totally worth it especially if you are a peanut butter lover. Lucky for you, I found a copy of the recipe on Taste of Home so click that link I set and surprise your family with one heck of a delicious pie!

 I ran out of time to stop and get the moon pies, but honestly, not a necessity for this pie!

I ran out of time to stop and get the moon pies, but honestly, not a necessity for this pie!

Tonight Pyro Man and I are having a date night—we’ll see if I can kick his behind in bowling! It’ll be nice to get out and doing something out of the ordinary for us especially before holiday week starts. It’s funny to me how sometimes during trips, even though we travel together, he’s actually the person I end up spending the least amount of time with. The whole point is to visit with family we don’t get to see much so it does make sense. Still, a night out together will be a nice change up.

We’ve got a couple more days of work and school before we head to Texas and I’m more than ready! Just a few grading assignments and costume runs are standing between me and a worry free break. We’re really lucky that our families are all so close, we can usually see everyone on one trip.

Aside from Thanksgiving, I’m trying to find another read for the next little bit. I wrapped up a great book a couple weeks ago, The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, which apparently was a TV series at one point. Overall, I was totally wrapped in the book and fascinated with each character and their journey in the desert of Masada in 70 CE. There are so many strong female characters and their stories are just heart wrenching, each one different from the next and yet, they all have the common tie of following their truth. If you’re wanting some historic fiction, I highly recommend trying this one.
Alright y’all. Time to start the week and get that turkey timer started! Only three more sleeps until Macy’s Day Parade and a full day of giving thanks!

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Working Towards, What, Exactly?

I forget, quite often actually, that this little space is all my own to be me and post what I want without any expectation. There’s no need to share perfectly posed pictures except that I like the aesthetic of that and it makes me feel like I’ve got something put together in my life the way I want. Reality says otherwise and yet I can snooker myself a bit into believing things are as organized and beautified on my Instagram.

Is it wrong to see a beautifully curated setup? I didn’t think so until the last few weeks. Sometimes you start a project with a fuzzy idea and then you get a little lost in what the point of it was much like telling a long story. You start down one road and somehow end up somewhere else completely thinking, “now, what was the point of this story again?”

This blog restart, for example, I restarted this summer because my brain opened up a vein of creativity that I followed happily and hungrily. I was writing like crazy, posting consistently with tons of ideas in my head. I grabbed my wonderful husband any time I had an idea and we would go shoot some photos for the heck it, him figuring out my camera, me trying to figure out how to stand, pose, use my hands, etc.

I felt like I was gaining ground, but on what, I wasn’t too sure. I figured it would come to me as we kept on going. When I started to focus on work (Hello, love my job—and my paycheck—so of course that deserves attention!) Lately in trying to jump back in, it’s felt off. My writing ideas dried up, everything felt forced (Hello, Julie! Probably because it was!) and I had a particular disappointing shoot that really shot my confidence. I had to ask myself, “what the heck are you working towards, exactly, and who the heck are you trying to be?”

In my deepest of hearts, I want this site to be a curated site, a perfect presentation of what life is for me. The reality is anything but that. Yet, I crave having that perfection because the outward appearance is so appealing because it feels like my life is lacking something sometimes. In essence, I starting deviating from being me and starting trying to perfect things because I thought that’s what things needed to look like or its what I craved for things to feel and look like.

And in saying that, I’m reminded of this wonderful quote,

Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

- Judy Garland

It looks like I sort of forgot that in my pursuit for what I thought things should look like. No wonder I wasn’t feeling like myself. Being influenced by others in style, be it in fashion, art, work, whatever, happens all the time and isn’t necessarily a bad thing…so long as you don’t forget yourself. How easy it is to do that at, apparently, any age.

All this to say that maybe another social media break would be good. Shut down insta for a few days—and by that I mean no checking or scrolling ‘cause to be honest, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve really posted. I think I need to actually do some hands on projects that don’t require anything but pure interest. There’s a half-way made afghan calling my name and a pair of pj pants I’d like to make. Oh, and my guest room is in serious need of finishing. That room has been in lacking some decoration for 5 years now. It’s way past time to finish that room.

Let me see if I can right this train: Essentially, I’m forcing something here and in doing so completely losing track of me and maybe that’s because I’m judging myself a bit in what I think people want. Who am I doing this for? Well, me. Or at the very least I should be posting what interests me and if it pulls people, awesome.

So, maybe I don’t know what I’m working towards or am trying to figure that out right now. Can I still post prettily posed pictures? You betcha and I probably still will, but I’m not going to let a lack of perfection stop me from writing or posting because I don’t want to mess up “a look.” I’m also not going to second guess what I want post any more. Just take a leap of faith and be you, baby. Er, be me. Whatever. You get it.

Alright folks, too much musing for a Saturday and yet, all good things I just needed to work through out loud. If you made it through all this, I thank you, and if you’re trying to find your voice in social media, too, I feel you. We just need to get back to our roots of just being ourselves and drop the idea it has to be perfectly posed something of what someone else wants or needs.

Happy Saturday, y’all!

You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?"

- Dr. Seuss

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Planner Party

All my planners raise their hands! Whoop whoop! I see you, I recognize you and I appreciate you! We planner folk area a tribe in and of itself, lover's of all things organized and visual people who need to see and write the word of our schedule down in order for it to happen. I get you. 

I am that lady that loves shopping for organizational tools, it just makes me feel like I've got my world together! But I actually do use these tools on a daily basis. My schedule is color coded, there's a calendar on the wall for family life, alarms on my Google calendar for major appointments and meal planning lists on the fridge. I cannot function in an online calendar world alone. Pen to paper helps me process what's happening as does seeing what's coming up and writing out the to-do's for the week, month, etc. 

We’ve got 55 days until January 1st hits which, wow, that’s really not that far away! That’s 55 days to hunt down a new planner for the next year and maybe you’re wanting to switch it up a bit. With so many planners out there, you have an infinite amount to choose from ranging from the grocery store finds to the customized exquisite design. I assume people have heard of all the more niche products but in case you haven't, here ya go:

Top Five Planners for a Planner Lover

1. There's the Erin Condren, a beautiful custom designed option, made to your specifications for her Life Planner. There are many, many designs to choose from and you can adjust the layout to fit your hourly or weekly desires. She has so many additional doodads to choose from, it feels like scrapbooking for your life. I wouldn't mind trying one, but I worry the bulkiness of the planner would frustrate me after a time. She does offer petite journals for meal planning, baby information and more as well as wedding planners, teacher planners, academic calendars and just monthly calendars plus so much more! In short, I'd give it a whirl someday and I always go back and look at it each year as an option.  

2. Emily Ley is another one that I like and one I'd be interested in switching to when there is a bigger shift in my life set-up. The Simplified Planner is refined, elegant and chic with a few pops of fun here are there. Where Erin Condren is bright and colorful, this one tends to fall under a more mature feel and color scheme. Bound or spiral, you can find a daily or weekly set-up that fits your style. Her daily only goes to 9 pm which is a bummer for me as so many things go past that time like rehearsals or shows or auditions. Emily is very much into simply tracking and keeping up with your life and to me, it seems like a great fit for mom's who need to coordinate so much. It's definitely a planner to look at someday, but maybe just not yet for me. 

3. May Designs is one I found through a podcast series. I heard an interview with Mica May on the Jess Lively show a couple years back and I was so fascinated by her story I went to check out her products. They are fantastic! May Designs has journals and planners that are all customizable and pretty to boot! She has a ton of options to pick from and there are several designs to choose for setting up the calendar that you want. I personally am interested in just getting one of her journals to have on hand, but my journal collection is currently out of control. She also offers leather folios for the journals and tumblers, screen designs and more. I still shop frequently through her merchandise though! 

4. Day Designer is another popular brand of planners designed by Whitney English. If you are wanting something similar to the Simplified Planner, this is your stop! Day designs runs January to December and she also offers academic planners as well. Unlike some of the others, there is an option to have a leather planner with refills, a la Franklin Covey if you were a fan of that back in the day. I still have my grapefruit pink planner case from Covey--it's too pretty to pass on! It's a daily planner to really help you get your life on track with intentional planning and if you're someone who is trying to hit big goals or make daily habits, this may be the planner for you! 

5. Over the last four years I've been a faithful Passion Planner consumer. A good friend showed me the website when she stumbled upon it the very first year it opened and just… wow. It's truly built around following your passion. The road maps to making your goals was very helpful in starting a year out right. In truth, I've used them less in the last couple years as life has been a bit of rollercoaster but I found that the format really gave me what I desired. A weekly layout with a monthly insert and each week offered a way to divvy up personal and work to-do's nicely. I set an intention every day and thank goodness, the hours go past 9 pm! I am in love with the set-up and how it keeps me accountable. 

BONUS: Last summer I tried out a six month run of the Cultivate What Matters  Goal Planner. This is not so much a planner for weekly and daily life but a planner that helps you set intentions with how you want to spend your time. In short, it's what helps assist your planner.  I loved using it so much that I bought a yearly one last November and have loved using it each month! It's taught how to break down my bigger goals for the year, for the month, the week, and the day. I've learned a ton about what is attainable and what is not. Turns out you can't save the world and cook dinner all in one day, but I can make a step towards my goals and have a date night with my husband if I prioritize well.

 Far left is a 6 months one I started with first back in 2017 then did the full year for 2018 and my 2019 just came in!

Far left is a 6 months one I started with first back in 2017 then did the full year for 2018 and my 2019 just came in!

The Cultivate What Matters Goal Planner focuses on finding the balance in what you need in relationships like family and friends, work, health, finances, spiritual and recreational needs. I'm not going to lie, I have a hard time balancing all of these things and this book really helped me figure out how to do that better without stressing. At the beginning of each month, it's listing out everything you want to accomplish and then there is a heart and brain dump essentially. I write out all that's on my mind or weighing heavy on my heart and its very cathartic. I can clear away the clutter and get focused on what can be done and break it down in bits that I can handle. From there, it's a matter of passing that information on to my every day planner and it's helped me immensely! 

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I know, two life planners seems like a lot especially with my love for the Passion Planner. For me it's been the best to help me balance all the things I want to do and all the worries I have about time being split. Since I love journaling so much, this is a joy to spend some quiet time doing that in addition to planning out the month. 

What is your favorite planner to use? 

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Happy November!

Welcome to one of the best months around! I adore the fall season and if that sounds basic, I don’t even care! Halloween is officially over and we can roll right in to one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving!

I love it all, the family, the food, the continuance of fall color schemes across tables with beautiful dish ware. And y’all, I love me some gorgeous dishes! Bring it all on, I’m ready!

I don’t think anyone would disagree that dessert is always the best part of the meal and at my mom’s house, it’s truly pie-palooza! I’m already dreaming which slices I’ll be serving up this time around!

 Contemplating which pie to try this year…

Contemplating which pie to try this year…

There’s usually apple, a mock-mince meat, pumpkin, pecan, and several others. I’m not kidding y’all. One time we had nine pies. Nine!

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I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to baking! Thanksgiving is with my folks this year. If I know my mom, I know she’s already prepping the menu and planning the cooking breakdown so it’s not an overwhelming day of non-stop chopping, baking, and whipping. We’ll get to work when we get there!

Speaking of prepping, I’ve been prepping my closet for a the switch over now that we’re really into the fall season in Oklahoma. Sure, we’ve had a few cool fronts come through but now it’s a consistent under 80 degrees each day. That’s cool here, folks. I did a little shopping and starting messing around with old pieces and new, finding ways to spice up pieces I wear regularly.

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I’m digging all these pink shades creeping into the fall fashion this season. I paired a cranberry pair of slacks with a cream cami overlaid with my favorite pink sweater and voila! A great fall getup for those warmer fall days.

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Between dreams of delicious pies and new fall outfits, I think I’ve got a lot to look forward to this month!

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

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Life Lately - Episode 8: And A Busy Month It Was

Whoa, just like that it’s almost Halloween! People, can you believe it?!

Well, to tell you the truth, I certainly can’t, but there you have it. The Great Pumpkin will rise here in a few days and trick-o-treaters will be knocking on the door and I need to think of some Halloween costume or something or other that I can wear to work come Wednesday. Much to do, folks, much to do!

What all can a gal accomplish in a month? Quite a bit, actually, so lets get right down to it and update you on all that’s been going on!


My best friend and college roomie, Karley, came to visit in September and we boogied a night away celebrating a sorority sister’s wedding (Congrats, Vicky!)! It was a perfect weekend full of reunions with beautiful friends!

Karley has this incredible talent for braiding hair and did an awesome braid crown for me and I was thus inspired to finally learn how to do double dutch braids. *See photo below.

I wrapped up three massive pieces for our Christmas show—whew! Now to clean and rehearse for December. Still some work to be done, but everything is on it’s feet for the most part.

We wrapped up and opened the student choreography show which turned out to be a huge knock outta the park this year! Always proud to work on that show and see our students grow so much in the process.

I took a quick trip to Colorado to see my dear, dear friend, Megan, her husband and their brand new sweet baby boy! I flew into a perfect fall day and woke up to a snowy covered world, a perfect first visit to Denver! By the way, the science museum there is way cool and has an awesome dinosaur exhibit!

The last couple weeks has been spent focusing jumping ahead into the midterm to-do’s at work. Pyro Man has been keeping his nose the grindstone studying, I can somewhat remember what his face looks like, but a date night tonight might refresh my memory.


Life feels sometimes like a runaway train and when I get a chance to hop off for a bit, I still feel like I should be spinning my wheels just a go-go-going to keep moving when what I really need to do is relax. I knew back at the very beginning of the year that from July on, life would be one long runaway train until...about Christmas time.

When I saw that, it was easy to get a little bummed knowing that free time would be a rare occurrence. On the flip side though, my schedule would be packed with things that light me up. So free time was light—at least my time would be spent doing things that I found to be fun and with people I really enjoyed being with. Best of all, I got lucky that my free weekends filled up with visits with friends I hadn’t seen in quite literally years.

Yeah, life’s busy, but it always is and that’s just life! In fact, I feel weird when there’s too much downtime and yet, that down time is so necessary to recharge your batteries. You can bet, though, that after a few days off, I’ll find a project of sorts to fill whatever time off I have! The question is whether I really get the chance to finish it or not.

Eh, c’est la vie!

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Welcome, Autumn!

Happy first day of fall, y’all!

Here’s to a new season full of good changes, hot cups of cider, many spiced donuts and lots of great boots! Bring on the flannel, crisp morning air, and all the fall leaves we can stand. Welcome, fall! Stick around for a bit and be sure to bring those great fall temps!

 I spy with my little eye, a perfect pup…

I spy with my little eye, a perfect pup…

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Long Distance Friendships

There is nothing new about long distance friendships. They've been happening for quite literally centuries with folks keeping up by letter until that grand ol' invention of the telephone. Since then we've moved on to e-mail, webcams and nowadays, Facetime and of course, social media. Thank goodness for internet! 

I've been very lucky to gain some beautiful friends over the years and it really took me a little bit to realize how difficult it can be to keep up with those wonderful friendships even with all the modern technology at hand. I'm not perfect but I have found some ways that have helped me keep those friends close even miles apart! 

10 Tips for

Maintaining Long Distance Friendships

1. Make the call/text/email  - If someone is on your heart, make the connection. Don't wait for a spare moment, just do it when you think about it. Even if you miss them, leave a message and get back with them when they call again. I reached out to my little sis from my sorority to say I think of her every time I use a blanket she gave me. One quick text and we were able to reconnect years after we graduated! I'm so glad I just sent the text and honestly, every time I reach out, I'm glad. Those people are on your mind and in your heart for a reason and you may never know how much that note can mean. Heck, that works for family all the time! Don't worry so much about the time that's past, just connect. 

2. Schedule your calls - Yup, I schedule my phone dates with friends. We're all busy and sometimes it's not the most convenient time to talk right that second, but offer up times to visit and schedule the date. Then make sure you put it in the calendar! If you're worried you'll forget, set an alarm and if you're concerned your friend my forget, just a send a sweet text to remind them, "hey! Are we still on for tomorrow?" 

3. Set a time limit (if you need it!) - When we schedule dinner dates with our girlfriends or plan a for day out together, it could take a couple hours and it's always delightful! Somehow changing the amount of distance between two folks and a couple hours on the phone can be difficult. There's not shame in keeping it short. When you call a pal, check the time, note how much time you've got and try to stick to what you need. If it's a short call, let them know you have a few minutes but you wanted to drop them a line. My sister is really good about calling any time she has the car to herself. When she's driving from client to client, she'll give me a call just to talk for a minute before the next meeting. It's not an in-depth convo, but it's a moment we get to share a quick "hello" and "I love you!" 

4. Be understanding if plans fall through - Like I said, life happens and sometimes things get busy. Don't get your knees in a knot if someone has to cancel. Trust that your friendship will be able to weather a cancelation and reschedule. Sometimes you have to give each other grace and a call comes maybe a month later than originally planned. It's okay! 

5. Text - I think this one is pretty obvious but in case you forgot, text messages can be a great easy way to keep in touch! Send a joke, a gif, some picture that reminds you of something or just a steady stream of a conversation throughout the day.  

6. Make that gal pal group text - One of my favorite group texts I have on my messages is with a great group of gals from work. Three out of six of us are in other states, two of us still work together and one is just minutes away in the city at a different job. Even far from each other, we seem to be able to share the funny moments in life, celebrate the high notes, lift each other when we need the support and just reach out for that friendly connection. We don't text all the time but we text and connect nonetheless! 

7. Get comfy - I have one friend I always Facetime. I'm not sure how we got started on Facetiming only but I can't image calling her any other way! When I see her on the screen, it's like she's right next to me and that is the best when you're long distance! We schedule our Facetime dates pretty far out and I make it a point to treat those calls like a friend date with favorite drink in hand, a comfy chair to sit in and total focus on my friend.

8. Don't be afraid to be honest - With my college roomie--yes, we're still best friends!--we call each other probably about every six to twelve weeks and when we talk, it's usually for a good amount of time! There's so much to catch up on but we're both pretty good about saying, "hey, I'm throwing in some laundry while we talk" or "ooh, don't mind the sweeping, I've got company coming later tonight!" I appreciate that ability for us to take care of little things while we visit. The hardest thing is making time to talk and catch up and if you and your friend are close enough, let them know you're listening while you stir sauce or wipe down counters. If it's a big task, it can wait, but if it's something mindless and it needs to get done, fold that laundry, lady! 

 Real life after work look, messy kitchen and all, but who cares! I've got a friend on the other end of the line!

Real life after work look, messy kitchen and all, but who cares! I've got a friend on the other end of the line!

9. Book the trip - OK, travel can be expensive. I still don't know how all these college grads are traipsing around Europe after school or how people are able to live like nomads, but somehow they're able to purchase some plane tickets. Surely you can find a way to get to see your friends, too! I just booked a flight to Denver to see a dear friend and I'm hoping I can add Florida on the 2019 list for my college roomie although, she's coming to town this week! Someday I'm going to make it the Nashville for an MFA buddy and I always love staying with friends in NYC. Maryland, I've got to come soon soon because I miss the heck out of not one, but TWO friends up there! I try really, really hard to make visits happen with friends when I'm back in Dallas and I'm usually successful. There are so many more places to add and many wonderful people to see. 

10. The point is make it happen. There's nothing like spending time with those people who mean so much. Family is a wonderful gift as is the family that you choose in friendships. If you have ten minutes to scroll, you have ten minutes to call. If you have a second to send a text, just do it. The only way to keep friendships up long distance is to make them a priority as you do all the other things in your life. That doesn't mean all day every day communication, but it means making time for those people even if it's five minutes to send them good thoughts or share a funny memory. Just do it. 

Where are some of your besties and how do you keep up with them? 

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Meal Prep Help

I always feel really accomplished when I set myself up for a successful and less stressful week. Meal prepping has been all the rage for a while and there's tons of articles out there to help you, sometimes it gets overwhelming.

The past four weeks have been whirlwind crazy and I’m still four weeks away from having a “normal” week, i.e. nights where I’m home before 8:00 something at night. I’ve definitely been relying on my Sunday’s to prepare my food needs for work and for home, not unsurprisingly since a lot of people do it! While it can take a bit of time and elbow grease, I have to say, it’s been an absolute lifesaver!

Five Favorite All Week Meals

  1. Soup’s Up! I’m a huge fan of soup when I’m in the throws of a busy week like a show week. I’ll make a huge pot and fill up several containers for lunches and boom! I’ve got lunch for every day that week. Just a sleeve of crackers or some fresh french bread and I’m good. Throw a side salad with it or a half a sandwich and the meals seems fresh and new on day four.

    My personal favorite soup recipe is the Spicy Chicken Soup from Real Girl’s Kitchen and yes, that is Haylie Duff’s cookbook. No judgement, she’s got some pretty good ones!

  2. BBQ Pulled Pork Take 2. OK, so it’s easy to throw some pulled pork together, 1 can of soda and a bottle of BBQ sauce, large crockpot on low for 8 hours and ta-da! A great meal is ready for you! You can put it on a bun or on a baked potato or just eat on it’s own with a salad or delicious sautéed veggies.

    Here’s a new one though, slap some of that BBQ between to tortillas, add some cheese, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice and you’ve got yourself some delicious BBQ quesadillas.

  3. White Chicken Chili for days! I wish I could take credit for this, but good ol’ Pinterest to the rescue. Here is THE best white chicken chili and I promise you won’t get sick of this one! Add tortilla chips or pair with a light green salad to stretch it out and shake it up.

  4. Tray Bakes for the win! Roast up a few chicken breasts in the oven with a separate tray of your favorite veggies and that’s an easy full meal with tons of nutrition packed in. I like to use brussel sprouts, asparagus or zucchini with sweet potatoes or purple potatoes and a bit of chopped onion. A little olive oil and some sea salt and you’re good to go. Other spices are fine, but I like the simple flavor come out through the roasting.

  5. Muffins, man. I know, bad pun, but still funny. I whipped up a batch of Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Muffins since I was hankering something delicious warm and fall flavored. Definite success although this particular recipe calls for a pretty good amount of sugar. I’m wondering if I could pair that down or trade out with a different type of sugar. Either way, I’ve got delicious breakfast muffins to pair with scrambled eggs and some fresh fruit.

The trick is to make it all at once and divvy everything up, a plate or bowl for each day of the week. I cart all these bowls to work and leave them in my office fridge prepped and ready to heat up. I’m a leftovers fan so this type of eating isn’t too tricky for me and if you’re looking for something other than a frozen meal for lunch or another sandwich, these might perk up your meals for the week!

Happy meal prepping, y’all!

 The Real Girls Spicy Chicken Soup.

The Real Girls Spicy Chicken Soup.

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