Hi, friends! Happy FRIDAY to you!
I landed in Boston, safe and sound, early this morning. We ended up sitting on the plane for a solid 30 minutes before we were allowed off, which meant I didn't get home until nearly 2:00 AM. Blah. Quinn was up and at 'em just after 5:00 AM, so, needless to say, I'm ALL about the CAFFEINATED iced coffee today. Pour me another already! 🙂 But, honestly, I'm just happy to be home. I missed my family so much.
Since it's Friday and all, I wanted to bring you the next edition of What I'm Loving Lately, which, I have to admit, I enjoy writing even more now that you guys have shared so much positive feedback about it. I'll definitely keep this blog feature alive for ya! 🙂 Ok, here we go!
Our 2017 Chatbook - You guys might remember be professing my love for Chatbooks on CNC in the past, and I'm even more in love with them after receiving this hardcover book of our family's 2017 memories. Chatbooks has an option to load all of your Instagram photos right into their system, so it took me maybe 15 minutes to make the entire book. I just went through and "deselected" the videos in my feed (because the quality isn't great as a photo), picked a cover, and it was done. Easy as that! (I have no affiliation with the brand at all - just really love their product - but I do get credit if you end up signing up.)
The One Thing - On my way to Austin, I stumbled upon this book at the airport and remembered Kerrie had mentioned it in passing, so I bought a copy for myself. As you guys know, I've been a hot mess for the past several months, so I thought this book might help. It's all about focusing on what matters most in your personal and work lives, so you can be more present, productive, and happy. I absolutely loved it and blew through the entire book in just a few hours - and now I can't recommend it enough. There are some serious gems for living a fulfilling, rewarding, and balanced life. Definitely check it out if you're feeling overwhelmed, unproductive, or just pulled in 8,000 directions at once. Random fun fact: The author lives in Austin! 🙂
My winter coat - I actually bought this coat back in the fall when we were down in Newport for our annual trip, and I can't believe I haven't told you guys about it yet. It's seriously THE BEST coat, and I spent months - actually years - shopping for the ultimate winter coat before finding this one. Prior to this coat, I had worn the same jacket for a solid 3 winters, and it just needed to be upgraded. Let's just say it was really well-loved. At the end of last winter, I looked for winter coats, hoping I could score a deal on an end-of-season sale, but didn't have any luck. When the cold weather hit in the fall, I was determined to find the best winter coat because I knew I'd wear it for at least another 3 years. Long story short, the second that I saw this one at the Helly Hanson store, I knew I needed it in my life - and I'm so glad that I bought it. It's so warm and cozy, and I get compliments on it all the time!
Home brewed half-caf coffee - The struggle is REAL when it comes to finding a GOOD, FLAVORED coffee to brew at home. There aren't a lot of flavors to choose from on the decaf front (typically French vanilla or hazelnut) and the majority of the ones I've found are kind of weak. Recently, I've started mixing and brewing flavored ground coffee with regular ground decaf for the best of both worlds. It really makes a difference!
Nike Dri-FIT Knit Women's Long Sleeve Top - I mentioned this top the other day, but it definitely needs another shout-out. It's just the perfect workout and athleisure top. I want it in gray and blue now! 🙂
Question of the Day
What book are you loving lately? Any favorites for work-life balance?
Tell me about your winter coat... Love it? Need a new one? Live somewhere warm, so you don't need one at all?