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Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipes for the Whole Family

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of apple cider vinegar aka ACV and all the conditions it can help, but in case you haven’t, I’ll share what I’ve found via The Hearty Soul:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Digestion and Acid Reflux
  • Skin Irritations
  • Warts
  • Energy Boost

Seriously! Why not have some daily?? Thankfully I’ve been on the path of healthy living due to eating JP daily, which has made a huge difference, but I also believe in helping our bodies as much as possible. These are the two recipes I use for our family, and when I say family, my husband and daughter have both enjoyed these.

ACV Cold Drink | Tidbits for Today
ACV Cold Drink | Tidbits for Today

 

Let me know how you like these after you give them a go! 🙂

Sacred Fridays

I’ve become very sacred about Fridays, and it’s pretty much my favorite day now (along with quiet Saturday mornings).

Our routine is probably pretty ordinary, but I just love it, so here it is:

8-5-ish: Work work work!

5-ish: Home and immediately change into comfortable house clothes (e.g. yoga pants, tank top, light cotton jacket)

5:15-6pm: bring pizza dough to room temp & make pizza! & pour a glass of wine.

6 – rest of night: eat pizza, drink wine, cuddle with the husband on the couch  and watch latest Netflix movie, chat, go to bed at a reasonable hour of 11-ish.

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Homemade pizza… every Friday

Do you have any special ways you kickoff your weekend?

September Blogging Challenge + Proud Accomplishments

Long time, no blog! I miss it, honestly. Blogging helps me get my creative juices flowing… so figured joining a blog every day for September would help (via Girl Meets Life). Today’s post is about Something I’m Proud of Accomplishing Lately:

There are 2 things that happened this past weekend:

1) Painting: Last weekend my husband was out of town on a man trip, so being home, I figured I would paint our master bedroom & bathroom! I went with a Behr color called Burnished Metal, which let me tell you, was nearly impossible to pick. It is no joke when they say that there are 50 Shades of Grey… I had four colors on the wall for 2 days, and asked about 10 people, and ended up picking the color I liked the most originally. Grey is much trickier than I anticipated since each grey has a hidden hue associated with it. Anyway, upon picking a color, I wrangled up my mom, dad, and sister to torture help me paint (thanks family!). It ended up turning out fantastic, and I love it! Paint is such a great way to transform a room cheaply. Now all that is left for the bedroom is a headboard, bench, and some other minor stuff.

Painted Bedroom

2) Being trusting: Trusting can be hard for me, but I’ve been working on it a lot this year. This past weekend with my husband gone, and it was the first weekend in a long time where I felt fine, calm, and all that jazz. I used to get anxious, not sleep, and let my mind go crazy when he is away. The past 9 months, I’ve spent lots of time in prayer, and really focusing on my thoughts and how I let them shape my actions.  It didn’t hurt that while he was gone, he let me know he was thinking about me in lots of  little ways (he’s winning husband of the year 😉 ).  This marriage thing is a lot of give and take, and I’m thankful for a partner that gives a lot. Anywho — yay for learning to be calm, trusting, respectful, and loving (most of all). I kept thinking of a phrase I read out of the book Carry On, Warrior that says: What would love do? It makes a big difference in our thoughts and actions!

What is something you are proud of accomplishing lately? Let’s hear it! 

Favorite Wedding Registry Items: Duvet

Missed my list of my favorite wedding registry items? Check this post out. This post describes one of my favorite items with more detail, and why we love it.

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One of my favorite things about staying at hotels are the super comfy beds. One of the best beds I remember was from a Kimpton hotel that we stayed in, and it was sooooo comfortable (and it was all white, which reminds me that our honeymoon bed was also all white, including the duvet, and all linens). It was hard to peel yourself out of it! I knew that when we got married, I wanted to ask for items that recreated this type of experience. Thankfully, with the items we got for our bed, I am absolutely in love with our bed and it accomplishes everything I wanted it to!

When we started looking at bedding, I knew I wanted a duvet. I’ve had one before and they are just so warm and comfy! I also like that the duvet filler feels heavy, or somewhat weighted. So once I knew I wanted a white duvet, I went and looked on Macy’s, and really liked the striped look they offered from Charter Club. We ended up selecting the Charter Club “Damask Stripe” 500 count duvet cover, in white. I chose this specific duvet because a. i liked the look (color & style) b. the fabric was nice, which I felt one day when we were in Macy’s picking up something else and c. it goes on sale often!

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Once we received the duvet, washed it, and put it on the bed, I loved the look! It really fits exactly what I was going for, and once the whole master bedroom is painted and decorated, I think it’ll look even better!

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QA: Are you as particular about bedding as I am? What are your requirements for a comfy bed?

Favorite Wedding Registry Items

This post describes our method for building our wedding registry and what our favorite items thus far have been. I’ll be writing a post for each of our favorite items to give more detail as to why we selected it and love it. 

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A friend of mine posted about her favorite wedding registry items which prompted me to post this (thanks for the tips, Ais!). When starting to plan out the registry, it can be overwhelming, and you can be unsure of what to add to your list. I felt that same way, and spent a few hours scouring over what Macy’s and Martha Stewart told me were the ‘musts’ for registries. I selected stores to build registry’s from that I knew had good after the wedding discounts (Macy’s gives you 20% off anything on your registry, Bed Bath & Beyond (BBB) was 10% off, and William Sonoma was 10% off) and that I knew fit our style. Another benefit was that Macy’s often has sales, as does BBB, so I thought that was nice for those buying gifts. I’ll be honest and say that I did 100% of our registry online… I didn’t step foot in a store to make any decisions, which I think made the whole process a lot less stressful. When it came down to selecting items, I read reviews, asked others what their favorite things were, and if all else fails, you can always make a return if the item isn’t quite what you wanted. Long story short, this was how I built our registry:

1. Review registry guides and decide what is important to you… like this & this. If you never envision using china (insert: stemware, linen napkins, etc.), don’t register for it! There will be items people tell you are musts… but base your registry off your needs and what you’ll use! We did register for china because it was something I wanted, but I know many others who haven’t and don’t regret it. Choose what matters to you.

2. Choose which stores to register with… I chose the stores based off of places I already shopped, ones that had coupons, and that had ‘after the wedding’ discounts. The three stores  we selected (Macy’s, BBB, William Sonoma) had everything we could have possibly wanted/needed.

3. Adjust your registry as often as needed… I recall starting out with items, such as a large vacuum, but removing it and replacing it with a smaller wood vacuum because we moved into an all hardwood condo. The large expensive vacuum wouldn’t have been used often, and it seemed more practical to get a vacuum that would work in our new condo.

4. Wait until after the wedding to open and use gifts… I know this one is hard to do, and I did end up using one or two things before the wedding day, but about 95% gifts remained unopened/used until the wedding was over and we returned from our honeymoon. Reason being, once you receive all your gifts, you may want to return items to get something you really needed but didn’t receive or you might realize that you don’t really need an item you thought you did. For example, we ended up making some returns to Macy’s in order to get the pots & pans we really needed vs. the barware accessories that probably wouldn’t be used often.

At the end of the day, I’m pretty thrilled with the wonderful gifts we received from our registries, but there are are a few items that really stick out as my favorites thus far (I’ll continue to add to this list as gifts are used):

1. Towels

2. Duvet

3. Cast Iron Skillet

4. Silverware

5. Nespresso

6. Pots & Pans

7. Egg Pan

8. Knives

9. Kitchen Aid Mixer

10. Shelves

11. 8 Cup Food Processor

12. 2 & 4 Cup Pyrex

13. Wood Vacuum

14. Le Creuset Stoneware

QA: If you’ve done a gift registry before, what have been your favorite gifts? Or what would you recommend others put onto their registries?