What I’m Loving Lately 98

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? 



  1. We do the EXACT same thing with our half caf coffee! Same brand as well, which we order on amazon in bulk! Try their blueberry cobbler flavor mixed with the decaf hazelnut! Tastes like a blueberry muffin! 🙂

  2. OMG the decaf coffee struggle is real. The flavor is often weak and lacks in variety. I am checking out the recco above from Abby!
    I’m reading You Are a Badass and it is fantastic!

  3. I do the same thing with my flavored coffee. I love love a flavor (mocha cinnamon swirl) that isn’t sold on grocery stores (it’s also New England brand) so I buy bags of it directly from my favorite coffee shop (Heavenly Donuts, up in the Merrimack Valley area of MA-go if you are ever in the area, so many good flavors!). It’s more expensive than if I bought coffee grounds at the super market but less expensive than if I buy coffee every day so I feel ok about it.

  4. New England Coffee is my fav brand of coffee too! Have you been to Gourmet Donuts in Littleton or Townsend, MA (near the 119-128 exit)? They brew New England coffee and have all sorts of decaf flavors like Mocha cinnamon swirl. The flavors are brewed from the bean so they are not flavor shots!

  5. I highly recommend the success principles, nothing taught me more about that positivity and the power of positive thinking then that book! Just added the ONE thing to my audible playlist for long puppy walks!

  6. Gosh, work-life-balance! If anyone tells you that they have it figured out 100% they’re a liar. A manager I had once told me not to think of it as balance (because work/life is never 50/50) but instead try and think of it as harmony. There are going to be times when life things take bigger priority (your kid is sick so work takes a backseat), or when work has to go on the front burner (deadline, big project). But, strive to make time for both and compartmentalize as much as possible, i.e. don’t respond to emails when you should be giving your kid your attention, and don’t try to do some big crazy art project with a kid when you’re stressed with a deadline….I wish I could say I do any of this all the time, but I try to remind myself particularly when I am busy on all fronts. Also, multi-tasking is a myth. You’re more efficient when you dedicate your mind to a single thing at a time….I work full time and I totally empathize with you!!!

  7. When we moved to Tampa from NH I kept my dressy winter coat. It’s just from Target but pretty and relatively warm and my daughter got it for me for Christmas. Well, she remembered I pointed out I liked it when she and my husband were shopping for me, which is impressive ’cause she was about 7 at the time. Anyway, it’s been in the 30s here the past couple mornings so I’ve been really glad I kept it!

  8. I would recommend the book The Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. It is about being your authentic self and loving that authentic self. It’s a memoir and she discusses her struggle with addiction and marriage problems, but essentially it is about learning to love yourself.

    Question for you: what brand of coffee do you like for flavored coffee? I always want a hint of flavor but I’ve found many just taste too fake. I love the idea of half caff

  9. I’m trying to remember if I read The One Thing and I don’t think I have but I’m pretty sure it’s at least on my list to read! I’m in yoga teacher training right now which has meant a LOT of reading about yoga, yoga history, yoga ethics, etc…one of the books we had to read was The Yamas & Niyamas and it was REALLY good!! It talks all about the ethical principals of yoga but translates to life and was such a good read.

  10. Emily Ley’s books are amazing and really focus on what matters in life. I read “Grace, Not Perfection” and now that I’m having a baby I want to re-read it.

  11. My work day is about 30 minutes, so I find myself reading a ton to fill some of the rest of my day. I am really enjoying Tim Ferriss’s new book “Tribe of Mentors”. I also reread “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle is intense and extremely thought provoking (mentioned above).
    No winter coat for me living in Oahu now, although I have definitely gotten wimpy as I am thankful for the layered jackets and fun pieces I have been scooping up in Fabletics here for the early chilly mornings here we have had!

    1. Ok I’m sure I sound jealous and bitter but ummm can I please be you living in Hawaii with cute overpriced work out clothes and a wicked short work day? Lol

  12. I have the HARDEST TIME shopping for winter coats. When I lived in Washington (state), I definitely needed one and bought a good Columbia coat…in 2012. Because I was in the Army at the time, I was almost always in uniform and the jacket only saw some love on the weekends. Then when my husband got stationed in North Carolina, I figured I could survive the winters with lighter winter jackets, and again, had a nice Columbia jacket that served its purpose (it’s white and super dingy now). We’ve had two big (by NC standards) snow storms already this year and I’ve had to bust out the 2012 jacket, haha! Needless to say, I should probably get on to a real coat for next winter!

  13. That book sounds amazing! It reminds me of “The Best Yes”– another one you have to check out if you’re working on finding balance!

  14. I love my Patagonia Tres 3 in 1 Parka! I’ve had it for 5 years. It is long enough to cover my butt in the winter – a must for me.

    Book: A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted – a good personal challenge!

  15. Great coat! But what about mittens or gloves that actually keep your fingers warm? We live in GA and compared to New England our winters are very mild, but at least twice a season I need a glove/mitten that keeps my hands warm when temps drop below 20. Any recommendations?

  16. I recently got the North Face Transit II and I love it. It’s super warm, covers my booty + thighs a bit and has a removable hood. Being from New Orleans, I never needed a jacket of this caliber, but this DC winter sure has been cold! The pockets also keep my hands insanely warm. I actually start sweating in this jacket in 10 degree weather. Worth the price tag!

  17. The struggle is definitely real with decaf coffee options! I actually do the same exact thing (half flavored caf, half decaf) when I make coffee at home. I typically do the decaf Starbucks cafe verona (dark roast) and half of my new favorite find: caramel coconut crunch Kauai Coffee. It’s kona coffee from Hawaii and I get it on Amazon. It’s SO good!

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