Friday Finds

This post is going up a little later than usual because well… I got sick. Or well, I am currently sick.

And I hate that any time I start to slightly feel unwell or sick I panic and think it’s covid despite I only leave the house once a week and that’s to run errands and I never take my mask off outside of the house. Although I’m sure it’s not covid since I don’t have a fever or trouble breathing, I’m just drained and achy. My meds increase was also making me dizzy the last few days so there’s that too. But still, achy muscles are the worst. I just wanna lay in bed all day and not be bothered! But I got up to write this post. And to start laundry. And to clean since people in this house like to not.

Thanksgiving is coming up fast and I still have a few things I need to get. Here’s some related links I found this week!

Whole Foods is “insuring” your Thanksgiving meal; this is a cool idea!

Food52 shares a trick for the most flavorful roasted veggies; My sister recently had issues in her gut and it turned out it was because she had “too much raw veggies” idk the exact details but I tend to like my veggies cooked anyway (she doesn’t, and I really need to introduce her to new eats lol).

PureWow (why have I never heard of these sites before) shares 43 mini Thanksgiving desserts; I’m a sucker for mini foods!

I posted 5 books that changed my life on hazearella this week! I really need to start pre-planning my posts.

Succulent Pumpkin centerpieces are a thing and they’re adorable!

CountryLiving is out here spreading good news! Cinnabon is selling it’s Cream Cheese Frosting in PINTS this year! Don’t act like it’s not the best part of a Cinnabon cinnamon roll lol.

If you’re like me and you like cranberry but wish you could do MORE with it, Epicurious has 63 idea’s for you to try out!

And with that, I’m going back to bed lol. Hope you all have an awesome day and a great weekend!

Friday Finds

I feel like I haven’t done one of these in forever. I honestly feel like I haven’t blogged in forever either! I’m feeling a little bit more mental stability and the stress has eased off a bit. So yay for good news! My cat Sophie however is mad about something because she’s been pooping all over the floor again. Cat’s man, who even knows sometimes. The apartment isn’t any closer to my goal of getting it tidy but I have slight hopes for this weekend that it’ll be a little bit better than it is today. I also need to store away all the pumpkins, despite how much I love seeing them around.

I’ve bookmarked a ton of interesting reads this week and ironically I’ve been skipping anything political cause man, a president can’t like not leave if he’s voted out, can he?! Like man you lost the popular vote TWICE. Get over it and go. Thanksgiving is coming up and we’re spending it at home. I mean I was anyway but the husband and the kiddo aren’t going to his moms like they usually do. I’m also in the middle of getting Christmas shopping done which I’m almost done with? I just have to get the other half of the husband’s gift, the kiddo’s gift and the other half of my mom’s gift and maybe something else for my sister and my brother.

On to the links;

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Friday Blogtober Finds

This week has been weird. I’ve been without Sage for almost two weeks now. I ordered some from the Etsy store I usually get them from but for some reason they haven’t shipped yet. So that bit of my nightly routine has been missing and I’m super feeling it at this point. A super good friend of mine has been struggling with a nonstop migraine for almost 3 weeks now and I’m worried as hell. I wish there was a way I could help her. Through it all she’s still managed to be warm and sarcastic as always. I’m sending you so many good vibes Kay.

I’ve also been planning Christmas gifts for people in my life since I don’t want to be caught doing alla that last minute like I have been the last few years. Since we assume Tums is going to get a crap ton of toys from her grandparents on her dad’s side I’m trying to think of toys that will spark her imagination or books. But I’m seriously considering getting her a camera; she’s been fussing with my dSLR the last week. Including right now. As I type this.

I’m horrible at unpacking, seriously. Idk if it’s an OCD thing or what but just know, I’m absolutely horrible at unpacking! I still have to set up Tum’s side of the room and finish unpacking clothes and other things. Not much I can do about books right now until I settle on bookshelves. As well as a real computer chair so I can start filming book videos again. At least, I’m hoping to!

I’ve also got a ton of fun projects I’m excited to start on. Whenever I get done unpacking, cleaning and setting this place up. I’m aiming for before Thanksgiving.

I’ve been bookmarking things on MSN and Food52 like crazy without realizing just HOW CLOSE TO HALLOWEEN we already are. Where the heck did October go?! Moving in the beginning of the Fall season really throws my end-of-the-year routines off! I mean should I just put away the Fall decor now and start setting up for Christmas?! That being said I have a few links to share that’ll hopefully help you get in the Halloween mood; if you’re like me and it hasn’t exactly hit you yet.

Fall to me is cold dark rainy days, bowls of hot soup, fuzzy socks, pumpkin scents and movie marathons.

I’m sharing mostly food posts but hey, Halloween is also about food so there’s that;

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Friday Blogtober Finds

Fall is my favorite season. I wait all year for it. But this year… I’m not as excited as I thought I would be. I wouldn’t say SAD has made an appearance but other things in my life have been getting me down. And I know I should be super excited right now. I moved into a new place that I love everything about (except for the lack of elevator). I’m working towards making my apartment as zen as possible. There’s a freakin Starbucks across the street and I can see a 711 from my window (you know what that means? SNACKS FOR DAYS). But I just feel like there’s something holding me back from being me. And I’ve felt this for awhile but it seems like right now it feels so much more heavier than usual. And I don’t know how to ease it or make this feeling go away. I just… suddenly feel like I can’t relax or be myself in my own home almost. Or that who I am isn’t “acceptable”.

This week I’ve been spending more time on Mozilla Pocket. I don’t know if this was always a thing but I just now stumbled on it. So if you like bookmarking interesting articles I’d suggest you check it out! I’ve also been spending a lot of time scrolling through Food52. I hope you all are having an amazing week and that it’s cooling down wherever you are!

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Friday Blogtober Finds

It’s Friday. I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a Friday as much as I have this week. I mentioned yesterday we are fully moved in. Have we fully unpacked? Kinda. Have we fully found a home for all of our stuff? Fuckin no. Do I want to throw away half my shit and just start over? Fuck. Yes. Speaking of, I need to go burn 3 Leaves candles this weekend. Nonstop. And go through my clothes and Tums clothes cause apparently I’m really bad at getting rid of her stuff as well.

And plus my husband said no ordering things until everything is done and has a home. And oh hell no he didn’t just say that shit to me. In October. Homeboi must had forgot who he married.

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Friday Finds

It’s moving week. Which means the last few days in the apartment I’m currently at. Of all the apartments in Texas I’ve lived in, this one has been my favorite so far. Despite you know, being way too close to my in law’s house. The location (other than that) is so cute. When we moved in it was up and coming with a ton of fun small businesses. But since COVID hit, some of those small businesses have had to close down and it’s so so sad to see. There was also a coffee shop downstairs (that’s now closed) that got me addicted to Cold Brew. But so far, no one has made it like this place does! And I’m so sad they’re gone! A few new small businesses have also moved in; I can’t wait to see what this place will be like in a year or two.

Our new place is clear across town; somewhere I can reset and start over. It’s also another up and coming area and things are getting completed super fast. There’s a lot around us and there’s only going to be more. I absolutely can not wait to see what businesses move in around us! And also, for the first time I don’t have a pool view. As much as I loved it in my last place, I’ve also hated it. People aren’t the best at following pool curfews or you know, not blasting music.

This week… I’m not sure what I’ve been doing besides stressing. And reading various articles on sites like The Every Girl and Food52. I’ve been trying to read more since it’s almost time for my annual October Reading Challenge and because I went a little crazy on NetGalley after 3 years of not even logging in.

On to the links;

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Friday Finds

The weeks are just zipping by, but I say that every Friday, don’t I?

This week was filled with making tons of phone calls, sorting moving stuff and trying to sort my stuff before we have to start packing. I’m so awful at getting rid of things and I really need to start slimming down on the stuff I have and the stuff I buy in the future. I’m a stress shopper and I really need to start being a stress SAVER. I invested a bit in some Pinterest/Instagram templates and now that I have I’m like what can I post next… while I have a TON of content pending, I tend to feel like ehh, maybe now isn’t the best time then I miss the seasonal window.

I got back on FFXIV, kinda. There’s so much to catch up on and honestly all I did was change my gear cause even then, the upgrade from the last time I was on in insane in terms of the ilvl (the item level; the higher the item level the less squishy you are). I’m told in order to keep leveling my crafters (I’m a total crafter in any game I’m on) I’m going to have to do Main Story Quests and more dungeons. Sigh. Weird ass Shadowbringers requirements. I also hopping back on Animal Crossing and HOLYYY WEEDS.

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Friday Finds

The weeks are just zooming by I feel like. We’re already in the ninth month of 2020. But it feels like 2020 has been going on for like 20 years itself. I’m not stressing about “the new normal” as much now as I was in the beginning, but I am still paranoid and stressing over how to keep myself and the kiddo safe and healthy. The problem is we can take every precaution and a 3rd party member can just ruin everything for us.

This week Tums as been watching someone named Blippi over Daniel Tiger so I guess I can’t be that mad. He’s less annoying that Daniel. She also WALKED ON HER OWN this week!! I’m so proud of her!! She takes small steps by herself on the bed when she’s watching her cartoons but if you ask her to do it she’ll definitely act like she has no idea what you’re talking about. We settled on an apartment to move to, thank goodness. Heard my mother in law has been asking my husband where we’re moving to and it’s seriously making me uncomfortable.

Maybe I should just start weekly recap posts cause this is already way too long lmao.

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Friday Finds

This week has been a bit of a blur and emotions; I’ve been waiting for my clarity to come back and now that it has slowly started creeping in, so have other thoughts and memories and emotions. My dad’s birthday was also this week. Adult things are stressing me out from when I somehow just didn’t adult.

I’ve also spent most of this week focusing on SEO, social media marketing, especially with Pinterest. Although I have 10+ years of experience in blogging and social media and even though I graduated in social media from Full Sail University (in Dec of 2015, it’s been awhile), social media and the world of blogging is always changing and with everything that’s happened in the last few years… I’m trying not to beat myself up about falling behind. The important part is that I’m back to wanting to LEARN the new systems.

〉I invested in some of Ell’s courses and I’m only 60% into the Pinterest one, it’s full of so much information it’s making my head spin. In a good way! She offers 3 free courses if you’re looking to update yourself as well!

〉I’ve also been slightly slowly prepping for NaNoWriMo this year; I had the urge to start a story a few nights ago on a whim. Which literally hasn’t happened in about 6 years. So I’m pretty excited about that. I signed up for Swoon Reads and I’m hoping to craft a manuscript before they open up for submissions again.

〉ICYMI I posted a book review, I’m pretty psyched about this as well.

I also got back into YouTube… well slightly. I’m getting there. I don’t have a set schedule for posting since I don’t have all the time to make videos like I use to, but I’ll figure something out.

〉I’ve been reading up on blogging and niches from Twins Mommy, a blog I stumbled on through Pinterest.

This week has been a bunch of reading, researching and learning. Hopefully next week I’ll have some fun links to stumble on that I can share!

Did you stumble on any interesting reads this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday Finds (5)

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This week has been pretty slow; I’ve been invested in working on my food blog and on me and my BFF’s travel blog (which still needs A LOTTT or work). So I haven’t really been bookmarking a ton of things or on Twitter as much as I should  or I guess feel like I should be! I hate the new WP editor btw, it definitely lags my laptop and it’s just so frustrating!

〉 I’m sharing Joy the Baker’s Let it Be Sunday post; she shares a bunch of great podcasts I’d like to give a try!

〉 I’m a sucker for Coconut Agua Fresca so when I stumbled on Pinch of Yum’s post about Cucumber Agua Fresca I immediately saved it hopes I could replace the Cucumber with Coconut!

〉 ICYMI I shared my story about my history with The Haunted Mansion attraction in honor of their 51st Anniversary of Happy Haunts.

I also shared my Fall TBR for 2020 on hazearella this week. I’ll be posting the reviews here though!

I definitely have a thing about reading other people’s lists of things that made them happy! Check out May’s list

Definitely had planned on linking most posts but this editor is really working my nerves lol sorry guys, I’m gonna figure out how to fix it or at least get my laptop to stop lagging.

Is anyone else having this problem with the new WP editor?