Happy Friday, friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week. This is our last lazy week before we start our new activities schedule at school. It’s a flurry of paperwork and purchasing trying to get our kiddos ready for their first day back at school.
I’m also contemplating what I’m going to be doing while they are off including brewing some new business adventures for myself. I don’t know if I mentioned it yet here, but I’m working on my first product with Hazel & Ruby that will be part of a new line-up of Crafternoon kits that you will be able to find in JoAnn Fabrics nationwide for the holiday season. These kits are crafts that you can put together in an afternoon and my kit will be for the Christmas Crafternoon series, just in time for the holiday season for gift-giving. I can’t say much, but knitters YOU WILL LOVE IT! You can peek at a video of what Crafternoon is all about over here.
I’m also working on developing my contribution to the LIVE course on the topic of making room for creativity in a busy life and I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching about how I can encourage women to make space for that. There is so much I have to say about that and honoring our creative time so be sure to sign up for the course and learn from some of my incredible idols in this business (and maybe a little from me too) over the year.
Oh, and this book is making me happy this week- it’s just got these laugh-out-loud funny parts and mimic so much of my feelings about the mom-juggle that I can’t seem to put it down! I scored a sneak peek copy on NetGalley. If you are on the hunt for books though, I hope you caught my month of reading last month.
And I’m counting down the days until this trip with my family because we have never been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and this was their selection for their Choose Your Own Adventure Christmas. Have you gone? Any tips?
PHEW! In the meantime, here are three things that are making me happy this week!
Speedy Podcast Listening
I work on my notebooks a couple of weeks ahead of schedule and this week I shared I wanted to get back to podcasts (although it was a time warp since I said that awhile ago). There are certain things I struggled with though. I would search for podcasts and then forget to go back and check for updates, I prefer things to move at a swift speed since I don’t have a lot of time to listen, and I like knowing when new shows have been added.
I added the Overcast app to my phone ($4.99 for premium features) for podcast listening and I can’t rave about it enough. Not only does it have Smart Speed, where it eliminates any long pauses without altering the speed of the show, but it also offers the chance to speed up the podcast (which I love), reducing an hour-long podcast down into a 45-minute session without it being weird or distorted.
The other feature I love is the Voice Boost feature, equalizing and creating optimal sound throughout the podcast, which can be tricky when listening to less polished podcasts.
I made a playlist with all my shows (I am really loving Elise Gets Crafty right now!) and it sends me notifications with the titles when a new episode comes out. Between that and audiobooks, I have been really enjoying making the most of the time I spend doing household chores and getting ready for my day.
Lingerie That Fits
I am a petite girl and I struggle finding lingerie that fits. I was browsing around on Pinterest one night, searching for Petite Fashion, and an image popped up that the girl had subtitled, “Bahaha! This is the kind of lingerie I pin.” It was the Lula Lu company geared towards women who are petite (in stature and in cup size- they even have AAA bras). I immediately went to the site and purchased this bra (after reading the reviews) and it has been a game-changer. I don’t have to wear a camisole to camouflage the gap and I chose one that didn’t have a underwire for maximum comfort. I finally have bras that fit perfectly. It has been one of the best investments I have made.
It sounds silly to say that this changes how I feel about myself, but it really does. It’s been so wonderful and I feel better than I have had in many years! Check it out if you are struggling with the same issues!
Epic Date Night
I met my husband 20 years ago in a high school production of Fiddler On The Roof. If you were wondering about our parts in this, I was Grandmother Tzeitel and he was Man With Fish #2. I saw that guy trying out for a role (intended to boost his resume for college), and I was head over heels in love. It seemed fitting to catch the South Bend Civic Theater’s production of the show to celebrate.
The night was beautiful, the cast amazing, and I sat holding this guy’s hand under the stars all these years later. The show is happening again this weekend so if you are local, I can’t recommend checking it out enough! If that isn’t enough, Fiddler’s Hearth was there serving up beverages and you can pack a picnic to enjoy together on the beautiful lawn of St. Patrick’s County Park.
It was a perfect date night and we were both a little more emotional than we expected, seeing it for the first time since that high school production.
Anyone else meet the love of their life in a theater production? That’s some sweet stuff.
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Now it’s your turn! What’s making you happy this week?