Friday Five: Summer Staples

Hey y’all! It’s Friday! Even though it’s summer, Friday’s still have that feeling of freedom to it, don’t they? We’re headed into the weekend with some down time on the horizon and I can’t wait! It’s been a busy three weeks and I’m ready to relax a bit. These have been my saving graces for the last couple of week!

  1. Watermelon Flavored Sparkling Water - It’s fresh and tastes like summer to me!

  2. Krysten Ritter’s Bonfire - It just happened to be listed on Book Bub as a deal a couple of Sunday’s ago and lucky me, I was able to get it on the library. Little mystery quick read, perfect for nighttime story before bed.

  3. LOFT swing dresses - These dresses are my favorite in this hot weather! Easy to throw up, dress up or down and lightweight for these sweltering days. I own this cute pink V neck one and this blue one with the pretty back. I’m seriously thinking about picking up another just because they’ll go for those hot fall days and spring season.

  4. Kelly LeVeque’s Fab Four Green Smoothie - I love a good green drink, but I started changing what I put in my smoothie according to Be Well by Kelly and it has done a wonder to my busy mornings. I can teach for three hours straight and still feel full and satisfied. I’m not even close to starving and that feels like a huge win!

  5. Ingrid Michaelson’s “Young and In Love” - It’s on in the car nearly every day and I’m still not tired of it!

Alright, that’s it for this week! Hope y’all have a fabulous start to your weekend!

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Hello, Hello, September!

Do you remember the (twenty) first day of September?

It's September, ya'll! Last month of the summer season but inevitably the time where everyone starts dreaming of fall. It's hard not to start thinking of cooler temperatures, baked apples, cinnamon smells and of course, pumpkin spice everything this month. We've still got 21 days until the actual fall season drops! Plenty of time to prep! 

School is up and going, we're definitely getting into the thick of it now. I've already got grading to do, a show in the works, and to-do lists like you've never seen. That's fall, folks. I like getting back into the groove of work and I've got a new focus to help me stay accountable with everything there is do. Sometimes you just got to look through a new lens! 

Looking ahead, I can already tell you this month is going to be dominated by work--it always happens that way and I'm 100% fine with that, but girl's got some goals over here for this month, too! 

Friday Five: September Goals

1. Little More Reading: It's easy to hop on your phone each night before you go to bed and scroll and scroll and scroll....and scroll. I feel like a zombie and yet my hand instinctually reaches for the phone. Best way I can think to break this habit it pick up an an old favorite one, reading.

Got some books you love? Send them my way! I got a library card burning a whole in my wallet! 

2. Gardening: It's surprisingly cooler here in Oklahoma these days so I might as well take advantage! We've got pumpkins coming up and our summer crops are on their way out. I'm looking forward to planting some mums in the front again and finding fall florals for our pots! 

3. Little More Time in the Kitchen: I've been enjoying flipping through my cookbooks and trying new recipes the last two weeks. I truly love meal planning and dreaming up delicious things to whip up for dinner.  What's even better is when I get to actually make each recipe up.

There's some baking about to go down. Expect food pictures. It's totally happening. 

4. Rearrangements: I've had an idea to rearrange parts of our house for a while now. I'm in the mood for a shake up, some organization and a little shopping. I'm thinking there's going to be some serious internet retail research for area rugs going on, maybe even house plant info to flip through, too (When Succulents Die--title to my future book on gardening. I dream of a house with more natural light. So do my plants). 

5. More Blogging: I think back on my first little blog often. I wrote almost daily about adventures and dreams, funny stories and thoughts I wanted to share. I've censored myself a lot lately or tried to fit a mold I'd like to be in--in reality, it just isn't fitting and I guess that's why I haven't been as active. Much like clothes, I've tried on a style and now I need to make it my own. 

Best way to find out my own? Just be me. So we're going to try that for a while. Some things might work and somethings might not. I might have to get out of my comfort zone a bit, follow what my gut is telling me, and we'll see what happens. Either way, I want to be on here more so that's exactly what I'm going to do! 

Happy Friday, ya'll!

Enjoy the long weekend, hug your family members, kiss your sweetie and love on those pets. With all the Hurricane Harvey craziness, this is a good time to take the time to be with those you love!  

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Friday Five: Five Meatless Recipes

No meat on Friday's at this time of year and it never fails that I scramble for dinner ideas. SO, here are five ideas I'm mulling over for dinner the next few weeks! 

Friday Five: Meatless Meal Ideas

1. Pizza - Can't go wrong with a good veggie pizza or even go for a margarita pizza. Either one works for me especially if it's homemade or from my favorite pizza place, Hideaways! 

2. Pasta - I like a tortellini dish with tomato sauce and a side of salad. Of course there's an Asian noodle dish I like from the Barefoot Contessa, too. Dress some pasta up with sauce, veggies, lemons or fish, doesn't matter 'cause pasta is G-O-O-D! Did I mention mac'n cheese is a total option here? 'Cause it is and I think I will definitely put this on my menu plan.

3. Fish  - I enjoy a good salmon filet now and again. I like it baked with lemon and veggies, but if I'm feeling a little adventurous, a honey ginger sauce glaze can shake things up with a spicy kick. 

4. Shrimp - These little guys can be fixed up just about anyway but I sure do like 'em pan seared! Pioneer Woman has a Summer Stir Fry that's really nice and I just made a shrimp etouffee on Mardi Gras that hit the spot. You can't go wrong with shrimp. Unless you're allergic. Then it can go really wrong. So don't eat shrimp if you're allergic. 

5. Veggie night - This could be baked potatoes and salad or even just a big ol' salad with lots of fixin's. How about a zucchini quesadilla? Not everyone is a veggies fan but I think it's all about how you whip it up. Pick a fun new dressing for a salad or protein up your baked potato with cottage cheese. In fact, add some cheese and quinoa to your broccoli and you've got yourself a nice bowl of awesomeness. 

Alright folks, what are some of your favorite meatless meal ideas?

Homemade Shrimp Etouffee was a perfect! I have to remember more shrimp for Pyro Man! He tried to pick them all out for his own bowl! 

Homemade Shrimp Etouffee was a perfect! I have to remember more shrimp for Pyro Man! He tried to pick them all out for his own bowl! 

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Friday Five: Obsessions Lately

I've discovered a few new things that have made their way into my every day life. In short, they're my new favorites. 

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Obsessions Lately

1. #GirlBoss Radio - Found the podcast when they first aired, but I'm only now catching up with all the posts. Every interview is different and I really enjoy the stories from each girl boss they interview. It's really relaxed--i.e. they cut up a lot and you hear the occasional burp on air--and I feel inspired after I listen to the candid interviews. They don't mince words and they're pretty honest about getting to where they are now. I'm a little late to the game, but I TOTALLY have #girlboss the book waiting in my Amazon cart now! 

2. Make It Happen - This book by Lara Casey was recommended to me by a friend. I'd heard of it before, but I just hadn't take the moment to read it until now. It's so inspirational, makes you want to jump out of your fears and into excitement, take a chance on your own ideas! 

3. La Croix - In the last few months I've been trying some new bubbly options that weren't soda and I've really come to enjoy my La Croix. Favorites so far: lime (LOVE), mango, coconut, and cherry lime. Delicious! 

4. Passion Planner Paradise Blue - Passion Planner just released a new color for their cover and I'm IN LOVE! Don't get me wrong, I adore my GOAL-den cover, but that paradise blue is gorgeous! It's undated and I'm SUPER tempted to purchase to use for next year, but I'm going to hold out and wait to see if they release the cover with 2017 dates! 

5. Honey Mint Chocolate Patties - I found these gems a few weeks ago and I LOVE them! Just enough sweet to satisfy my tastebuds after a meal. Today I discovered they have Almond Chocolate, Pomegranate Chocolate, and Double Dark Chocolate, too! Yum! 

What are some of your inspirations lately? 

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Friday Five: Being Present

Being present in a moment is such a challenge for me. My little brain just doesn't whirring half the time. So being completely and fully present enough to enjoy every second of simple moments made this one week I really savored!

1. I kicked back in the front row of an awesome PBR show with a cold beer and a handsome guy next to me. What could be better? 

2. This week I finished one piece and started another. The process of creation can sometimes be frustrating but sometimes, like this week, it can be pretty awesome watching it all unfold. 

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3. I indulged in a perfectly made hot chocolate chip cookie and I didn't regret one bite. 

4. I went out with some girlfriends on a week night--pretty much an unheard of act for me! And between the queso, limes, laughs and fun, I lost track of time and to-do's which was perfect. Just what I needed!

-No pictures for this one. Why? Because I was TOTALLY present with the girls. Why else?-

5. I took some time to focus on prep for life next week. Aka: eating.  

How have you been present this week?

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Friday Five: Christmas Shows of Old

We opened our Christmas show last night and the students did amazingly well! I've always enjoyed seeing the Christmas show, but this year was especially exciting because I had a piece in it! Choreographing a giant snowball fight on stage has been the most fun I've had setting a piece probably ever! 

Just being in the audience last night made me reminisce about Christmas shows gone past and some of my favorite memories: 

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Christmas Show Memories of Old

1. Best Nutcracker Role - Sure, I was a Peppermint Princess soloist my senior year of high school, a Russian Doll before that, a beautiful snowflake and even a flower in the Waltz of the Flowers (TOTALLY bit it on stage one night, too). But all those pale in comparison with my favorite role in the history of roles, a rat. I loved the costume and I loved the drama. 'Nough said.

There I am, offering the Rat King a giant piece of cheese! 

There I am, offering the Rat King a giant piece of cheese! 

2. Soldiers - When I was a student at OCU, I had the awesome opportunity to be in our traditional "March of the Toy Soldiers" piece and I loved it. I felt like a miniature Rockette marching my heart out, flapping like no tomorrow, holding the perfect doll face, and pinwheeling to beat the band. It truly is a legacy piece that I'm so thankful I had the chance to perform it!

3.  Timber! - You always hope that things go well for a show, but sometimes things happen...and it can be hilarious. Like that one time Frosty fell over just before exiting the wings...and had to be dragged off...because you cannot get up in that snowball costume--totally there for it and it was as funny as it sounds. 

*If I had a picture or video, I would insert here...but I don't so you'll just have to imagine and giggle without it.* 

4. Best Audience with the Biggest Fans - Sometimes it's not the show you remember, but the people in the audience. I remember this particular Christmas show well, Grandma came up to see the show and I'm so glad we were able to make that happen for her and for me! 

The last show Grandma got to see at OCU and I'm so glad she did!

The last show Grandma got to see at OCU and I'm so glad she did!

5. My Very First Performance - Here it is, where it all started. My first performance as a dancer was at a little Christmas show in a mall. I stepped on my friends tu-tu and ripped it, but by golly I was a professional! Kept right on dancing and tried to drag my friend along with me. After all, he show must go on! 

Baby's first dance costume...with many more to follow. 

Baby's first dance costume...with many more to follow. 

Started my performance career in gold and white and ended my last Christmas show in gold and white. Pretty fitting if you ask me. 

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Friday Five: Five Thankful Thoughts

For the last week I've had several moments of "I'm so grateful" and "Thank goodness for this." Having a hard time just picking a single Thankful Thought, I'm doing five right here, right now! 

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Five Thankful Thoughts for the Week

1. So thankful for girlfriends! Text messages, sorority songs, pizza dates, shopping sales, sangria cheers, and comedy clubs--I'm glad for the moments I've had this last couple weeks with women who lift me up, make me laugh, and encourage me. I've been lucky to find great friends in life and I'm really grateful for the time spent with each one. 

2. I may be getting older, but I can still move! I grumble when I plie and hear my knees crunch and crackle--yes, you read that right and yes, I'm still in my 20's. When I go on a walk, lift weights, stretch it out in yoga or flap across the floor, I'm reminded my body is awesome and can do so much. Instead of fussing over what I can't do or the loss in flexibility, it's time to focus on what I can and how I can maintain and improve. After all, you only get one body! 

3. Amy Phoeler's Yes, Please! read by Amy Poehler is the absolute best thing ever done ever. Y'all. I  just used "ever" twice in one sentence meaning it really is that good. I downloaded a free trial of Audible and started with Yes, Please! and it's amazing. Not only that, but hearing the author read it how they wrote it makes the book all the more awesome.  Go listen now, you won't be sorry. 

4. I am grateful for the existence of coffee! For without this glorious caffeinated brew, my mornings would be less productive, my speed more of a slow trudge, my eyes without light, and my enthusiasm under the sunshiny norm. Thank you, Coffee, for pulling the best and most optimistic version of myself out of the darkness every 6:30 am! 

5. I got such a good guy.  I could never be grateful enough for the man who is my husband. He can handle my weirdness, my tears, my crazy moments and the loving ones, too. I could share all the moments I'm reminded that he's the one for me and all the reasons why, but I'll keep my endorsement for my man short: He's awesome and I'm glad he's mine!

What's on your grateful list this week?

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Friday Five: Food Obsessions

Happy Friday, y'all!

I've got a few things that have been on my mind, and plate, a lot the last couple of weeks and I think it's past time to share these current food obsessions! 

1. Pumpkin--Need I say more? It is fall, after all. Just embrace it.  I've used it in smoothies, soup, and bread so far. No doubt I'll find other ways to sneak it in this fall season. 

2. So Delicious Creamer--I went to find a substitute for my coffee creamer that had less gunk in the ingredients. A splash of this in my morning cup of joe is plenty enough for me! 

3. Brussels Sprouts--Twice this week I've roasted brussels sprouts and just eaten them for a snack. I'm not sure what's wrong with me, but if you're a little suspect of these little suckers try this recipe and tell me you didn't change your mind! 

4. Graze--OK, really cool, this is a company that ships you a box of snacks every week, two weeks or month and they are awesome! I got a free trial and decided just to try it. You get a box with either 4 or 8 snacks packs for you to eat. It can be a trail mix, fruit leather or bites, tasty bars, popcorn, anything! You can even get gluten free options. Go to www.graze.com and see what you think--is it fun? Yeah! Is it my weekly snack plan? Nope. BUT I think it's fun to get a box of 8 new snacks to try and switch up my routine once in a while. 

5. Whole 30 Cook Book--My friend, Cass, told me about this cookbook and I was really intrigued so she let me borrow her copy. Looking through it, I started tabbing everything! The recipes are easy with simple ingredients. After trying a few meals, I was hooked. Just got my own copy in the mail yesterday and I can't wait to get it splattered with sauce and jot down my notes! 

What are some of your current food obsessions?

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Friday Five: Halloween Flash Back

Happy Halloween! 

Tomorrow I'll be in auditions all day and then I'll probably finish the day with pizza and a glass wine. SO I thought I'd get a jump on the holiday, remember all my favorite costumes! 

1. Most favoritest halloween costume EVER: Scarlet O'Hara

"Fiddle-dee-dee!" 

"Fiddle-dee-dee!" 

2. Favorite TV show as a kid, the original Addams Family. So of course, I had to go as Wednesday Addams one year. 

See Thing sitting close by?

See Thing sitting close by?

3. I went as a spooky giant spider one year, complete with legs and big green eyeballs! 

4. There was that time I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader...when I was four. 

Yes, my sister is a giant Hershey kiss. 

Yes, my sister is a giant Hershey kiss. 

5. The Great Pumpkin meets Bessie the Cow! This one's special--I got to celebrate Halloween with one of my best friends. We sat side by side in our costumes planning our weddings together. In short, it was awesome. 

Lots of fun memories over the years! I've been able to see our kiddos at the dance studio dress up this week. My favorite so far, the piece of bacon. 

What was your favorite Halloween costume? 

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Friday Five: Fall Fashion

I've always got a running list of things I want to get. Could be clothes, food, project items, knick-knacks, whatever. I've got some stuff I've been waiting to get for this season and I might not be able to wait any longer!

Friday Five:

Fall Fashion

Dreamy items I'm dying to get! 

1. A floppy hat. I love these hats, I have for a long time, and I really, really, really want one!

A  LOFT  find! Now if I can only find it in a cranberry or navy blue..

A LOFT find! Now if I can only find it in a cranberry or navy blue..

2. Cranberry pants. I've actually been stalking these pants for the last three months. Must have them! 

I love the Julie fit at  LOFT . Can't beat the way that cut works for me! 

I love the Julie fit at LOFT. Can't beat the way that cut works for me! 

3. New boots. I love my Borne Boots! I love the brand and how comfortable they are. The fact that they last forever makes me feel like my money is well spent. I am always on the look out for another pair! 

I found these books at  Dillards . 

I found these books at Dillards

I'm also a fan of these ankle boots to dress somethings up. I'd like to find something similar to this Lucky pair. 

Another  Dillards  find for me! 

Another Dillards find for me! 

4. A good flannel shirt. About two or three years ago I noticed that flannel shirts, crop tops, combat/prairie looking boots were coming back. Y'all. That was my childhood, the look of the 90's. It's weird seeing college kids running around in the same thing acting like it's hot off the press (still!)! But, I can't say that I'm not with them. I still like the look. 

Found this one from  LandsEnd --too cute!

Found this one from LandsEnd--too cute!

5. New camo. Say what? Well, I've talked to Pyro Man about going hunting this season. Shockingly enough, I don't have a lot of camo gear of my own so I think he's been on the look out for me. The other day he found this furry hooded camo jacket with a pink hood on the inside. Whoo-wee! I"ll be looking stylin' in the stand this season! 

Found this purty number on  Walmart.com.  

Found this purty number on Walmart.com. 

What are you hoping for this season? 

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