Friday Faves #1

About six months ago, I started listening to The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast (you can find it on iTunes). It’s pretty much changed my life, and is my gospel on the way to and from work. Literally, I don’t even know what the radio is anymore.

Aside from HIGHLY recommending the show, which is like an actual happy hour with your girlfriends, I’m stealing something from Jamie that she does with each of her guests. Jamie asks about three things they’re loving right now. And I’m obsessed with this portion. I’ve found books, makeup, scripture, you name it from this.

So–I’m taking it! Each Friday I’ll post five things I’m loving right now (you know…fiveFridayfaves…) and links to where you can get them.

Let’s get started: Winter Edition!

1. The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Podcast (duh)

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We’re engaged!

I don’t think I could be happier to share this post!

Matt asked me to marry him on Friday, April 17th, 2015. I thought about writing a whole new post, but I’m going to include what each of us wrote for our wedding website. It’s so cute. He’s so cute. I cannot wait to become Mrs. Redinger.

From Amanda:

Matt and I met through a mutual friend (hi, Ed!) back in July of 2012 when Ed brought Matt to our company picnic. I remember meeting Matt and learning he was from Asheville and thinking to myself “I could marry a guy from Asheville!” Little did I know that almost three years later I’d be saying YES to doing just that!

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Thrifting Finds

One of my favorite things in the whole, entire world is thrifting. I love antiques, I love finding new uses for old things, and I love not paying full price for things. Win, win, win.

Here are some of my more recent thrifting finds. The best part about these treasures is that it’s relatively easy to find things like these items at almost any thrift store. Happy thrifting!

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Acupuncture: My Story

This is a post that walks alongside the Q+A post with my acupuncturist Stephanie Ray that you can find here. It helps answer some basic questions about the practice. I hope you’ll give it a try! But, as always, this is not intended to be medical advice. You should use not this information to treat or diagnosis any illness or health issue without consulting your doctor first!


My very first appointment with Stephanie was May 9th, 2013. I had gone to high school with her, but we were never really friends (she was 2 years older than me). We both ended up in Gainesville for school, but still were not connected until a chance meet-up in early 2012. She was working at an acupuncture office that was across the street from where I lived (literally, we were probably 20 yards apart) and we ran into each other. Continue reading

Interview Series : Acupuncture

My first acupuncture appointment with Stephanie was on May 9th, 2013. I can’t even begin to tell you how acupuncture has changed me (for the BEST), but that’s a story for a later post. To get you primed for that blog, here are some Q&As about acupuncture that might help you better understand the practice, encourage you to try it, and calm some trepidations about letting someone stick needles in your body (it isn’t painful!).

Stephanie Ray is a licensed and board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) practicing in Ocala, FL.


B+B: What is acupuncture?
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