Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Favorites: A Little Bit of Everything

Hey all, happy Friday!  It has been a WEEK!  And, if you are reading this Friday morning, we still have one more work day to get through.  Let's hope it is a good one!  

1.  Lindsay (from Lindsay's Sweet World)'s Guide to Organizing and Backing Up Digital and Non-Digital Photos, Videos, Music, and Other Files - Part One and Part Two.  If you have been following for awhile, you know that it has been a goal to get my pictures organized on my computer.  Like a goal multiple times a year, for multiple years, because it is one I never seem to fully accomplished.  Lindsay posted about how she got ALL her files organized, and how she keeps them that way.  I really struggle with this and feel like her posts were just what I needed to help motivate me to get to organizing!  

2.  My reading rut is no more!  I mentioned a last week that I was in a bit of a reading rut.  I just wasn't in the mood to read and what I was reading was slow going.  I snapped out of that this week and have been getting in a little bit of reading each night!  One of my favorite ways to relax after a long day.  Currently I am reading Beartown, and I have a stack of books just waiting to be dug into.  Next month's book review will definitely be more than 2 books!

3.  Sticking to my meal / workout plan!  As I mentioned on Monday, I signed up for a 6 week transformation challenge through the workout app I use, Femme Fit.  One of the guidelines is no carbs, like bread, pasta and potatoes, all of which are some of my favorite things.  Other than having a chip and one small bite of a sandwich (with bread), I have stuck to it.  And I feel like those things are minuscule, so I am saying it is a win.  I will be honest with you all and say it hasn't been fun - I am dreaming of Olive Garden breadsticks - but even with some big work / life stressers this week (apparently stressers is not a word, but you know what I mean, those things that stress you our and make you carve comfort meals), I have stuck to it.  Granted, as I write this it has only been 3.5 days since I started on Monday, but I have no intentions of getting off track now, so I am saying good job to myself.  I don't know what as of yet I see any big changes - it has only been 3.5 days - but I do feel better, so that is a win.  

4.  Provident Gala!  You guys were super nice on Wednesday's post, offering your congrats when I shared about attending the gala this year, and some potential dress options - thank you!  Everyone had differing opinions on which dresses they liked, so I am curious if I am going to end up with a 'favorite' or something completely different.  I just really hope I find something that works!  Another great thing about the gala, is having this event really is giving me something to work towards in terms of fitness.  I want to feel good at the gala, so any time I start dreaming about those breadsticks, or thinking about having 'just one' sweet, I remember what I am working towards and I stay strong.  If you are like me and sometimes have trouble consistently eating healthy, then I would suggest setting an end point.  Whether it be a specific event, or just a night out with friends where you want to wear a particular outfit, a vacation - just something to work towards, I really think having that 'thing', whatever it may be, can do wonders in keeping you on track.  

5.  My mom is coming!  I mentioned that my mom and I are going dress shopping together this weekend.  Originally, I was going to go home and we were going to go shopping up north to our normal spots, but she suggested coming down to me since there is a slight chance I might have to do a little work this weekend.  I was kind of against it when she suggested it at first, because I won't get to see my dad or my grandma, and I think some of the stores up there have a better selection, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was for the best.  I can work remotely, but sometimes it is easier just to come into work if something needs to be done, not to mention that is about 7 hours I get back since I won't be driving.  That means more time to get ready for the week ahead, and do some relaxing.  Moral of the story - mom knows least most of the time. ☺

And before I go, a little recap of what was on the blog this week:

Weekend Recap: Low Key Weekend - as the title says, it was a low key weekend!

Easy & Delicious Make Ahead Lasagna - if you love lasagna, this is my go to recipe!

Gala Dress Shopping + A Taste of Spring - I shared some exciting news, gala dress options, and one super cute spring dress.

Recipe Round Up - my thoughts on recent recipes I have tired.   

Hope you all have a great weekend!       
Linking up with AndreaErikaApril, and Katie.   


  1. I think you definitely deserve a goood job for sticking to your meal plan so far!! Keep it up!!

  2. have so much fun shopping with your mom!! It's nice that ya'll are close enough that she can come down for a weekend and y'all can do cute girly things together! Can't wait to see what dress you pick out :) Have a great weekend!

  3. 6 weeks of no carbs?!!? I don't think I could do it! Go you for being so disciplined!! Have so much fun shopping!

  4. You're doing great on your meal plan! It is SO hard changing bad (or just not-so-good) habits around, but doing so is so worthwhile! I'm glad to hear your mom is visiting. Enjoy the time! :)

  5. I'm definitely going to check out Lindsay's posts, because I need to do a better job staying more digitally organized, so thank you for sharing! I hope you have so much fun with your mom this weekend and have good luck finding a dress- I can't wait to see what you end up picking, but know it will look amazing!

  6. Hope you and your mom have a great time this weekend! Text me a picture of the dress you choose!! You are rocking your new meal plan!! Carbs are so hard to avoid and they are our favorite :( I do feel better when I don't eat them but they taste so good. Feeling better and slimmer is worth not eating them though!

  7. Thanks for the shout out, girl!! And have so much fun with your mom this weekend! I can't wait to see which dress you choose!

  8. I agree with you, the gala is good inspiration! And you'll have a fun time with your mom! Enjoy your weekend!

  9. I love that second lace dress for your gala!! Hope you find something you LOVE and feel confident in when you're shopping.

  10. Good job sticking to your meal and workout plan! I do whole 30 every now and then and cutting out carbs is HARD!

  11. That's awesome that you've stuck with it so far! 3.5 days is something and you haven't given up! Can't wait to see what dress you choose!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts