Friday Faves #7

I bet you guys thought I fell off the earth! (Hah, kidding, I know you didn’t think that). But I am back with Friday Faves! Let’s jump in, since all I can think about is #1 (and #5)…

1. Naps

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Okay, so this isn’t something you can buy, but it’s something you can and should do. If I could nap every day, I would. This past weekend Matt and I were up WAY past our bedtime on Friday because we were having a spectacular time hanging out with friends. But we paid for it on Saturday when we woke up at 6am to leave to go see my parents. Thankfully, we scheduled a nap for later that afternoon, and IT WAS JOYOUS AND ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, a nap at like 2pm on a Saturday in a cool room is the stuff heaven is made of.

PS: I almost posted a picture of Matt sleeping (instead of our sweet niece Kennedy sleeping), but I figured he wouldn’t appreciate that too much. Bless his heart.

2. PackIt Freezable Picnic Bag with Zip Closure, Cali Stripes

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I try to be reaaaalllly good about bringing my lunch to work and not eating out. Having a lunchbox that is a) cute and b) FREEZES itself goes a long way in supporting that. The PackIt line of freezable lunchboxes is ah-mazing. It’s easy because I can just keep it in my office and my lunch stays cool. But do you know what the best part of this item is? IT FOLDS UP. So it doesn’t take up a crap ton of room in your freezer. Bless the lunchbox gods.

3. Lumosity App (the FREE version)

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A few months ago, I started noticing that my memory was totally failing me. I’d be pulling into the Target parking lot, think to myself, “I need toothpaste, a candle, and laundry detergent.” I’d park, walk into the store, and NOT REMEMBER A SINGLE THING from that list. When that became a frequent occurrence, I knew I needed to start working out my brain. So, I downloaded the free Lumosity app.

So here’s the thing: to get the full sha-bang, you’re encouraged to pay for a subscription. That way you can play all of the games. BUT–I use the free version and that’s plenty for me. It gives you three random games a day, tracks your brain stats, and usually takes no more than 6-10 minutes to finish all three games. Honestly, I don’t want more than that. So paying for a subscription just doesn’t make sense to me. There is also a website version, but I don’t know much about that since I use the app :)

4.  Buffalo Trace Bourbon

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Because, you know, Baubles + Bourbon. I’m a total bourbon fan (you’d probably hope that, considering the name). And Buffalo Trace is, hands down, the best bourbon I’ve ever had–both because it tastes incredible and because it has sentimental value. It’s the bourbon both Matt and I were drinking when we got engaged, and the bourbon we buried at our wedding and shared with our 80 guests (yum-o!). It’s smooth and delicious and warm. It’s a little hard to find, but if you see it, grab it! So delish.

My favorite Buffalo Trace drink is the one I was drinking when I got engaged: The Kentucky Mule from MOJO Hogtown BBQ + Whiskey Bar: MOJO Selected Buffalo Trace Bourbon (they have their own barrels of this stuff!), Lime Juice, Ginger-Lime Syrup, and Ginger Beer–served in a copper mug with ice like you get from Sonic.

Just remember two things: 1) All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon; and 2) drink responsibly, friends.

5. My sweet husband

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Everyone is told that marriage is hard. Duh, it is. But so is life. Life is hard, with or without marriage. And I can’t IMAGINE doing life without my husband by my side.

These past few weeks have been so tough. We are having to make hard decisions and he just LOVES all of the tears I cry (hello, CRIER here). This isn’t new stuff, since we tend to attract stressful situations. When we were preparing for our wedding, our pastor sent us a questionnaire about each other. This is one of the many things I had to say about Matt: “In the three and a half years we’ve been together, we’ve been through a high number of really stressful events (2 degrees, 4 job changes, almost losing dad, Matt owning his own company, a move), and there was never a point where I felt like our relationship was negatively affected by these stressors. When life was incredulously hard, our love was easy. Matt consistently showed up in the hard places, and made commitment after commitment to tackle life together, never apart, and never when it is just easy. His slow and steady strength and love is the most endearing quality. I know that entering marriage we will encounter even more difficulties, but I have no fear of them because of the type of love Matt shows. He showed me that to be strong, you could be tender. That to be my rock, he would point me TO my Rock. That romance is sometimes just showing up and being present, and is not necessarily all passion and fireworks–although we have that, too!”

I’m just so thankful for my husband. He’s my most favorite thing.

xo, A

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