Coffee Talk Tuesday | Currently…

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Hello! How is your week going? I always feel like the week after school break feels like a constant cycle of catch up. We are also heading into our busy season with work which means we have a lot of things coming up to plan for which is exciting and also a little nervewracking. I find the anticipation of something always much with stressful than the actual events so I just need to remember that. 🙂

We are teaching our intermediate photography class this weekend which is always so much fun and I can’t wait to see everyone again! We are also teaching another Your Life Your Memories class in April since our last one was very successful!

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It also inspired me to get caught up on my photo printing and I can’t wait for my Chatbooks order to arrive in the mail!! If you haven’t taken advantage of the discount code yet you should before it expires this week! It is code BOOKWORM for $10 off your first Chatbooks order. You can find more info HERE.


Currently listening to…

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On a semi-controversial note… I used my March Audible credit to get Girl, Stop Apologizing. Now, in all honesty, I struggle a lot with some of the actions Hollis has taken during the last year since her first book was released. I understand the controversy and have really had a change of heart about my initial (more positive)feelings I had when I read her first book, Girl, Wash Your Face at the beginning of 2018.

I did find Girl, Wash Your Face to have some inspiring moments (and some that made me cringe) but it was also written before she had the social media empire she has today. I loved how her book talked about not caring so much about what other people think, setting and working hard for your goals and not canceling on your own self-care.

Unfortunately, once I started following her on social media, this all felt like a total scam. The idea that we can all have the “American Dream” if we just work hard, is so unbelievably out of touch if privileges are not accounted for first…

It is absolutely unfair to say that you can have her “lifestyle” by working “hard” when so so many people juggle so much and are barely making it by. Are they just not working hard enough? No. I think you can still share advice but I think having some perspective is necessary. She also sets up this idea that nothing is ever enough, and we should always be striving for more which I think is a very dark path to follow.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with setting big dreams for yourself, but I also disagree with some of the ways she is getting herself there…These articles summarize some of my feelings in a much more eloquent way than I could so check them out if you are interested…

Girl, Get Some Footnotes: Rachel Hollis, Hustle and Plagiarism Problems 

Influencer Rachel Hollis Is Facing Accusations She is Plagiarising On Her Instagram

I am going to listen to this out of curiosity and also to have my own impression of her book. I try very hard to review books with an open mind but I also will be looking at this book through a different lens now. I hope to report back soon with my thoughts on this book.


Currently drinking…

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So much green tea! I love having caffeine all day but I am really trying to limit my coffee drinking to just the morning time…which is a work in progress. 😉 I love drinking warm tea this time of year and it is just such a cozy routine, especially when I am working from home.

Currently eating…

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Every year I say I am not going to buy them and then they appear at our house at the end of February… I am a thin mints lover and they are even better when you eat them right from the freezer. What is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

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On a more healthy note…I recently became a subscriber of Care Of Vitamins. Yes, I have totally listened to way too many podcasts lately because their advertisements totally worked on me…and their $40 off your first order was a big incentive to try it out.

I am a huge vitamin lover but I also struggle with them always running out at different times and the number of bottles in my fridge is a little out of control! This is the perfect alternative for me and I loved that I was able to personalize the vitamins to my needs. I now have a monthly delivery that includes a multivitamin, probiotics, omegas and more. They will be perfect to travel with and although I love my AM/PM vitamin container but I won’t miss lugging it around in my carry on baggage. 😉

I will report back in a couple of months and share if I am still loving them!


 

Coffee Talk Tuesday on Wednesday | Currently…

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I always have the best of intentions on school vacation weeks, but the reality is, not a lot gets done…While I love sharing on this blog, it isn’t my first priority my work time is very limited…but I love sharing what I am currently loving, so here is Coffee Talk Tuesday Wednesday!


Currently listening to: 

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I listen to a lot of podcasts during my commute and work time, which I haven’t been doing alone this week like I normally do. This means I haven’t been listening to many true crime podcasts because you know, they probably aren’t the best things for kids… 😉

But I have been catching up on one of my favorite parenting podcasts, The Best of Both Worlds and the boys have really been enjoying it too. Normally we listen to But Why but we are all caught up. We usually have a 20-25 minute drive if we are going into town which means the ride is long enough that there is some whining and asking “when are we going to be there?!” which means podcasts are the perfect distraction. We can usually listen to a whole episode roundtrip because many episodes are around 50-55 minutes.

We listened to the episode about Life and Household management systems yesterday and the boys were intrigued. They especially liked hearing about their bedtime routines, especially when they heard some of their kids go to bed at 9! I assured them they are a lot older…which may not be the case but it worked. We have an 8pm bedtime around here and I want to really appreciate that while it lasts!

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I did start Over My Dead Body when I was folding laundry last weekend and I have enjoyed it so far.

Currently watching: 

This commercial, it makes the photographer in me laugh out loud every time!

We are also very into our backyard bird feeders. I never realized how entertaining they could be but it’s been pretty great. We have them outside the back of our house which we can see from our kitchen and dining room which makes them very easy to keep an eye on. We have had all kinds of visitors, even some wild turkeys which were quite exciting!

This guide has been great for identifying our avian visitors and the boys have been keeping a chart to track which ones come by. Winter is such a great time to watch birds because they are so easy to identify with so little color around this time of year. We also have started to see some robins which mean spring isn’t that far away!
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Currently shopping for:

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I don’t love shopping for swimsuits(does anyone?) but we are going to Florida in April and I figured I better find something. I checked out the Target BOGO swim sale online and I struck out with one but I did find a suit that I really love! I am a one-piece kind of person and this suit is super cute. I am definitely more pear shaped and this fits well and has good coverage without feeling like too much of “mom suit”… For reference, I am a size 8-10 and I ordered a size large. It seems really well made and I like that the bra cups are sewn into the suit (I really dislike when they are the ones that come out and get all scrunched up).


That is all I have time for now but I will be back next week for more things I am currently loving. <3

Coffee Talk Tuesday | Currently…

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Hello! How is your week going? We are preparing for a big snow storm tonight which means the kids are hoping for a snow day tomorrow. I love snow days but we are also in the midst of planning for our next photo class and I also have some other work deadlines so I have mixed feelings…Working with kids home always sounds like an okay idea in theory, but doesn’t usually work out very well!


What are you listening to? 

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I am still on quite the true crime podcast kick and am deep into The Teacher’s Pet. If you are looking for a comprehensive list of other true crime podcast recommendations this article from Buzzfeed was super helpful.

Currently Watching:

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I am not watching anything currently but I am excited for March when the new documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed comes out. Like many people, Serial was the first podcast I ever listened to and I think it is the ONLY podcast Lucas has ever listened to…so we are excited to watch this documentary together!

Currently making:

Chicken Tortilla Casserole! This was one of our go-to dinners when we first got married and we still love it! It is a great one pot meal and it just delicious.

Currently loving: 

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We are big fans of baths around here and this makes the best bubbles and smells amazing! I found it at Target but it is available online too.

Currently planning:

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We are adding another class to our workshop lineup and will be teaching our first photo organization class called Your Life, Your Memories, next week! We will be discussing, culling, organizing, storing and printing your images and I can’t wait. <3

Currently Excited About: 

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Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal to us as a couple…Now that we have kids that really understand it (and get way into it at school) we have a new appreciation for the holiday and it is a fun excuse to celebrate. We have plans to have take-out sushi for dinner and hopefully a delicious treat like these amazing cookies from Klinger’s Bakery.  I also like heart anything so it’s always another great reason to break those out…like my Pure Barre heart socks. <3 <3 <3

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I hope you have a great rest of your Tuesday! xo