Monday, January 10, 2021
Today I’m linking up with both Hello Monday and Not Just a Mom link ups! This month, the topic for Not Just a Mom is favorite bloggers. I have done this blog topic before, but it was a long time ago and many have changed. I am also excited to do this topic because I got a blog comment recently asking me what blogs I read.
I want my blog to be a blog I personally would want to read. My favorite topics to write and to read about are fashion, food, books, lifestyle, hacks and tips, and product recommendations.
I like a blog that posts on a regular schedule and that posts early. I read most of my regular blogs in the morning. I do sometimes come back to check out blogs in the evening but I mainly read in the morning, because it is my ME time before my day starts.
Moms of young kids, it took me a long time to get this ME time in the mornings, so don’t give up hope! I also decided when they were preschool age maybe that it made my day so much better if I got up before they did. I was just in a better mood and ready to be my best mom self. So, if your kids are your alarm clock and it’s making you feel like a frazzled mess, try to get up even 15 minutes before they do?
These are in no particular order…and I really hope I don’t leave any off my list!
Big Mama Blog – but only on Fridays. I also listen to her podcast with another lady called The Big Boo Cast. I am not interested in everything they talk about but I do like their fashion and product recommendations sometimes.
This Blonde’s Shopping Bag – Kellyann has become a big supporter and a friend. She is a sweetheart.
Susan After 60 – I do not know Susan, but I really admire her. She teaches women about dressing for their body type. She is truly a classy and elegant lady.
Home Decor, Recipes, Product Recs:
The House on Silverado – Nikki does not know who I am, but I really like her home decor, her product recommendations, and her recipes. Her blog is really pretty, too.
Show Me and Sweet Tea – Jen is a fellow mom of twins. Twin moms unite! She writes mainly about her life as a mom but has great home style, great recommendations, recipes, and more. She is also a teacher.
My Glittery Heart – Heather provides our Hello Monday link-up and she has the most awesome bar carts!
Sunshine and Books – Sarah is so sweet and gives great book recommendations.
Carolina Charm – I think Christina’s post about blogging is what made me finally take the plunge. She has great style, great recipes, and I just enjoy the beautiful aesthetic of her blog.
Lindsay’s Sweet World – I only wish I could be as organized as Lindsay. She has great ideas!
Honey We’re Home – great recipes, great product and fashion recommendations, and more!
Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stillettos – a fellow Kentucky blogger. I really like her recommendations and her writing style is very professional.
Preppy Empter Nester – Katie is hilarious and is living a great empty nester life!
Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers – great style, great recipes, and some good product recommendations. She is on a champagne and caviar budget, though, and I am on a Boone’s Farm and pickle relish budget.
Momfessionals – Andrea has great recipes, style, and more. She provides the Friday Favorites link up.
Mix and Match Mama – recipes, trip information, and more.
Stuff, Things, Etc. – Kristin does not hold back and tells it like it is. She has given me some great recommendations on some products.
My Slices of LIfe – Joanne has great recipes, book reviews, and shows her nice life living on a lake and hiking in the woods.
I have left off the blogs that simply seem to be selling, selling, selling or that are so inconsistent that I just don’t even bother checking anymore. I follow some of them on Instagram, but I just don’t like Instastories as much as traditional blogs. There are some blogs that I used to love that I can barely read anymore. I am not saying this to be mean; it is just a fact. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. Many think blogs have changed and many also think they are going to become obsolete. I understand that the money as an influencer might be too hard to pass up. I hate it when I feel duped and think a blog post is a true blog post but it becomes clear that it is an ad. Example: “My Tips for Organizing” is the title and then it starts with, “I know I’m not alone that keeping things organized is a constant struggle…I use this from Amazon, and this from Amazon, and this from Amazon. Click here!”
What blogs should I read? Leave them in the comments! I really do need some new ones!
Let’s start with Thursday night! Will we have a snow day Friday? Yes! We found out around 7:30 p.m., which was really nice. While I waited I polished my nails with Essie Bahama Breeze which is very old.
It is so nice to know the night before. I stayed up about 30 minutes past my normal bedtime!
Look who else must have had a really tiring day!
Friday morning and no school! I lit up the living room to enjoy my morning quiet time!
I weigh on Friday mornings after coffee, but before eating any food. I really hope this is right. I weighed 4 times.
After not losing anything since before Thanksgiving, the scale showed a 6 pound loss! Now, I had gone up a bit temporarily and hadn’t weighed during the holidays so it wasn’t quite that dramatic! And, remember I lost 10 pounds before officially joining…So I have officially lost 50 pounds! Finally! I really wanted to lose 50 by 50, but it’s o.k.
I never really went off the rails during the holidays. I had the things I wanted on Eve, Day, and NYE, but I ate normally the rest of the time. I think the key for me was consistency and patience. I still can hardly believe that I have been able to do this. I’m also sad at myself that I let myself have 50 lbs. to lose, but that is not a productive way to think.
I feel like snow days call for soup, so I had been wanting to make this mushroom, onion, and kale soup with beef broth. I made chicken sausage to add to it the next day.
I had a Kroger pick up, but didn’t leave the house other than that. Our roads were really bad and it was soooo cold.
A better view of my snowman mantle:
For dinner, we had burrito bowls.
Saturday morning I made the chicken sausage and
my faux-tisserie chicken in the crockpot.
Ewww…apologies for this photo! I use chicken tenders, a bit of seasonings, and a bit of water, and a whole jug of chicken broth. It shreds beautifully for your recipes and tastes just as flavorful as a rotisserie chicken from the grocery; you don’t have to get all messy!
The snow remnants on Saturday morning:
I did a bit of reading in the morning. This is really good but it is serious…
So, I took a little break and started this…
It is so cute! It reminds me of Kim’s Convenience (the show). I highly recommend if you need a cute show that the whole family could watch.
I had a bit of cabin fever so I was ready to get out of the house late Saturday morning.
I went to the library because they had a hold ready for me.
I may not get to all of them, but I like to have back ups.
I stopped in at our little Walmart Neighborhood grocery. My Kroger order said there were no green peppers or zucchini available. Well, the produce shelves were bare there, too. Apparently the snow kept some trucks from delivery. Oh well.
These are 3 points each and really good. They are the French steak rolls from the bakery section.
I found a replacement for Thin Mints!
I went home and had a Boca chicken on one of the buns with some wedge fries I made and a little dipping sauce.
I was super lazy the rest of the day and read and watched tv. I needed to clean and organize but just wasn’t feeling it.
For dinner, I talked Tom into going out early.
I had a salad with roasted vegetables and a goat cheese fritter – yum! I also had some jerk chicken but didn’t get a photo. It was so nice to not cook after many, many consecutive nights of making dinner.
And, I am writing this on Sunday morning so I am going to leave it right here.
That was long!
What was the highlight of your weekend? Did you get snow?
Don’t forget to leave me blog recommendations in the comments!