Penny's Passion: 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Five on Friday - January 18, 2019

Happy Friday guys!  I'm so glad we have a weekend ahead of us.  They are calling for more snow, but I'm almost excited about that because I have a few projects around the house I would love to get finished and if it's snowing there's a greater likelihood I'll stay put in the house and get them done!

Check out my five for this week ~

1.  Grace and Frankie
The above mentioned projects around my house may have to be put on hold because there's a strong possibility I'll be binge watching the new season of Grace and Frankie that is being dropped today by Netflix.  Are you a fan?  Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie) are perfect for their roles in this comedy and I can't wait to see what kind of trouble they get into this season.  This is the fifth season for the show.  Good news was also announced earlier this week - Netflix has already renewed the show for a sixth season in 2020!

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2.  National Popcorn Day
One of my favorite foods is being celebrated tomorrow - Popcorn!  I love almost any variety you put in front of me.  Several years ago I got into the habit of making it at home with my Whirly Pop popcorn maker and getting kind of fancy with it.  You can add a little sugar with the oil and popcorn kernels to make the best kettle corn you'll ever taste!  Think I'll whip up a batch tomorrow to celebrate National Popcorn Day!

NATIONAL POPCORN DAY - January 19

3.  Reese's Bouquet
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, this might be something you are very interested in.  Walmart is selling a Reese's bouquet that consists of 36 packs of peanut butter cups.  36 packs!!  If you want to make the candy lover on your list overjoyed this Valentine's Day, click HERE at get this baby delivered!

4.  Bottle Lights
Every year for Christmas, my friend Tracy gives us a bag of her favorite things.  Remember when Oprah used to do the shows where she gave away her favorite things?  This is very similar!  The goodies in her package are always so cool!  Well this year was no different and I'm so in love with one of the items I can't help but share it with you.  These super cool bottles lights are to die for!  I'm so excited she gave us some and can't wait to use them.  My current goal is to drink more wine so I'll have some empty bottles to use them in!  Click here to get a set for yourself!

5.  New year...
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Have a safe and warm weekend!  

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Friday Favorites Linky Party - January 18, 2019

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - January 17, 2019

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  So glad you popped in to see what I'm thinking out loud about today.  Be sure to link up below and share what's on your mind.

If you read my Thinking Out Loud post from last week, you knowing the topic for today is physical environment.  I have been on a real Rachel Hollis streak lately and truly enjoyed not only reading her Girl, Wash Your Face book but also went to see her limited release movie called Made for More.  At the end of the movie, she did a little coaching session and hit on the topic of how your physical environment can enhance your overall happiness.  The more I thought about it (and the more honest I was with myself), the more I realized how true that statement was for me!  Is it true for you too?


Rachel is a say-it-like-it-is kind of gal and talked about how if your physical environment is cluttered and unorganized, there's a real chance your overall well being is going to be cluttered and unorganized too.  As much as I would like to believe that's not the case for me, I know deep in my heart it is.  Sadly, I'm such a clutter bug.  Keeping an area tidy just doesn't come naturally to me.  Marie Kondo, Ms. Tidying Up, I am not! 

In an effort to make 2019 the best year yet, I'm going out on a limb to get the clutter bug in me to hit the road and be gone.  I'd also like to drag you along with me.  A few months ago, I did a deep dive into my closet and have worked super hard at keeping the area free of clothes and shoes being tossed everywhere.  Now when I enter the space to get dressed for the day, it's a much calmer environment.  This is proof positive that the hard work in keeping this physical environment tidy really does make me feel better. 


I think one of the most important things is to identify spaces in your world that makes you feel calm and relaxed.  I have intentionally carved out a few spaces in our home where I can take solace from a stressful day.  Do you have areas in your home that serve as your special spot?  By no means do I want to come across like the areas I've set aside are always perfect!  Lord knows sometimes my special reading spot in the corner of our bedroom looks like this ~


And other times sitting there reading would be impossible because the space is looking like this ~


It's all a work in process, right?!?  I think the important thing is to identify spaces and objects that put a smile on your face, brings your blood pressure down and adds joy to your life.  We all have them - it's just a matter of identifying what and where they are. 

Not long ago, I started being a tea drinker.  My friend, Linda, gave me my first pretty cup.  Just holding it, letting the warmth from the hot liquid soak into my hands, brings a smile to my face. More tea drinking with this cup needs to happen!  What brings you this kind of joy?  Shouldn't we all be identifying the items that bring us joy and using the heck out of them!


One of the hardest areas in our roost for me to keep clean is my craft room.  I have layers of projects taking up every crook and cranny of space.  There's going to be a true focus in that room this year!  I want the area to be magazine beautiful, but that has only happened like three times in the last 10 years.  The me I want to be, the best me possible, is going to whip this space into shape!  The saying over the closet sums it up pretty well ~ Nobody can be exactly like me.  Sometimes even I have trouble doing it. 


What's going on with your physical environment?  What's your goals for that space in 2019?  Looking forward to hearing from you!  Link up and share your thoughts!

Get ready -- next week the topic for Thinking Out Loud Thursday is going to be Personal Environment - how is your health and what can be done to get on track health-wise. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - January 16, 2019

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Five on Friday - January 11, 2019

Hello there!  We are bracing ourselves for snow palooza over here.  The forecasters are saying we should begin seeing the flakes start to fall around 2:00 pm and there's 100% chance of snow by 5:00 pm.  Great - rush hour drive home should be a joy today!!  Before it's all over we could have  up to 11 inches of snow!  Looks like there's a strong likelihood that my exercise this weekend could consist of shoveling the driveway.

Before I start staring out the windows looking for the flakes to begin, let me share my five for today ~

1.  Love, Oreo
A new Oreo flavor hit the shelves this week just in time for Valentine's Day.  The cookies not only have hearts printed on them, they also are stamped with a message like "XOXO Oreo", "Dear Cupid, Send Oreo" and "Dunk in Love".  The pink filling is supposed to have a sweet and tangy flavor.  Rumor is from some that have tried them that it tastes similar to Fruity Pebbles.  I would say they are worth a try!  Have you seen them on your Target shelves yet?
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2.  Suede Brush and Eraser
For years I have stayed away from suede shoes because I'm just hard on shoes.  Suede just didn't stand a chance in my wardrobe.  Recently, though, I've not been able to pass up the purchase of a few adorable pairs of suede booties.  My daughter-in-law introduced me to the art of using a suede brush and I now believe my cute little boots stand a chance.  Have suede in your closet?  You might need one of these kits too!
Premium Suede Brush & Nubuck Cleaner Crepe Brush and Suede Eraser Set - Shoe Cleaning Bristle Brushes Leather Care Kit


3.  The Upside
Since the first time we saw the trailer for this movie, I've been looking forward to it's release.  Hopefully we'll be able to make our way to the theater to see it this weekend.  Here's the synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:
Inspired by a true story, The Upside is a heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). Directed by Neil Burger and written by Jon Hartmere, The Upside is based on the hit 2011 French film The Intouchables.


4.  Nora Fleming Collection
One of my favorite Christmas gifts was a Nora Fleming platter and I'm so darn excited to finally have one!  Have you heard about these?  The platter has a small hole in the corner and you can drop in a charm.  The charms are absolutely adorable and come in all kinds of designs.  I received the cutest Christmas tree to start my collection!  Now I'm ordering the heart for Valentine's Day. This one platter will serve every occasion by just changing out the mini charm!




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Okay guys -- have a great weekend!  We are going to try to stay safe and warm under all our snow.  I did remember that my mom got me one of the windshield blankets and I'm going to put it on my car this morning when I get to work.  I'll let you know how it works!  See you next week!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Friday Favorites Linky Party - January 11, 2019

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - January 10, 2019

Hey there!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Thursdays are for thinking out loud and I invite you to link up below and share what you are thinking out loud about today.

Here we are - already 10 days into a brand new year.  I have to admit, my year was off to a lackluster start.  I got sick over New Year's, so I spent the first couple days just trying to recover.  Just because the calendar had turned over a new month, my motivation hadn't really picked up any momentum.  Things I had hoped to organize and clean between Christmas and New Year's didn't happen and my poor bedroom became the dumping ground for all kinds of clutter.

Last night proved to be the jump start to making 2019 the great year I had hoped it would be.  I attended the encore performance of Rachel Hollis's movie Made for More.


Rachel is the author is the best seller book Girl, Wash Your Face.  I read it last fall and fell in love with Rachel, the book and her witty sense of humor.  She tells it like it is and I have completely drank her Kool-Aid.  She would be my gal if I could invite one person to dinner.  

                                 

Made for More is a 90-minute documentary which takes a close look inside the two-day RISE event Rachel created and a bonus 30 minute coaching session.  Yes, it might be said that the movie is just one big advertisement for the RISE conference -- but regardless, I found it to be as motivating as the book and left me wanting more.  So much more that the minute I got home, I visited the website to see where and when the next RISE event was being held.  One's coming to Minneapolis in June!  Paging down I realized that every ticket from the $1800 VIP tickets to the $200 Terrace tickets were sold.  Now I'm just on a mission to attend one of these events.  Rachel -- if you're read this please come to St. Louis!  

She also did a fantastic sales job on her new book that will be coming out in March, Girl Stop Apologizing.  (Yes, I'm pre-ordered!)  Here's Amazon's summary ~
Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.
In Girl, Stop Apologizing, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.
                           Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by [Hollis, Rachel]

One of the things I love about reading or listening to Rachel is her drive to have women be more accepting of ourselves and of each other.  She pushes you to be your best self AND support others who are trying to do the same.  Her no excuse attitude drives me to reach higher and dream bigger.  Just the boost I needed to start 2019!

The coaching session alone at the end of the movie was worth the price of admission.  Rachel covered five areas to becoming the best you and you better believe I'm going to be working on all five things!  Her five were ~

                                       * Physical Environment
                                       * Personal Environment
                                       * Community
                                       * Morning Routine
                                       * Habits

Over the course of the next five weeks, I'm going to do a deeper dive into each one during my Thursday Thinking Out Loud post.  So next Thursday will be physical environment.  Rachel spoke to how your physical environment can help motivate you and if your physical space is a mess, you might have a hard time not being a mess right along with it.  

Hope you join along and add your thoughts each week.  Let's all work together to make 2019 our best year yet!


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Blop Hop - January 9, 2019

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Let's Make an Emergency Office Box

My friend's daughter graduated from college this year and got a fabulous job working for an accounting firm.  For Christmas, I wanted to give her something she could use at the office.  What I created was an Office Emergency Box that is stuffed full of items for those unusual circumstances that could arise during her workday.  Let's look inside ~


Here's What You Need
Box (I used one from Michael's that measured 9-1/4" x 9-3/4" x 3-1/4")
2 Birthday Cards
Box of Birthday Candles
Pack of Matches
Screw Driver Set
Eye Glass Repair Kit
First Aid Kit
Cotton Swabs
Alcohol Swabs
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Gum
Dental Floss
Dental Picks
Bobby Pins
Hair Elastics
Deodorant
Pantliners
Safety Pins
Sewing Kit
Lint Roller
Shout Wipes
Manicure Kit (Scissors, Nail Clippers, Tweezers)
Mirror
Nail File


Here's What You Do
Before I started gather items, I thought long and hard about things I've needed at work or people have asked me if I had at my desk.  Here's some examples ~
Have you ever gotten to work and then realized it was someone's birthday and you forgot the card.  No worries -- grab one out of your emergency box.  
The boss wants to see you right after you just had the most garlicy Caesar salad for lunch.  You got this -- brush your teeth using the toothbrush and toothpaste out of your box.  
Your supervisor looses a button off the front of her shirt.  Save the day and make all kinds of brownie points by whipping out your sewing kit.
Hang nail driving you crazy.  Clip it off with the nail clippers.
Loose the screw out of your reading glasses.  No sweat - you've got an eye glass repair kit inside your magic emergency box.

Did you new shoes rub a huge blister on your heel and you can barely walk?  Fix it up with a bandaid!

Are you starting to see just how useful this emergency box can be?  This is the perfect gift for so many people!  Know someone who would love one?  Most of the items came from the Dollar Store.  I did snag the eye glass repair kit from Walgreen's and the first aid kit from Target. 

As much as I hope no one needs to dip in the box for supplies, it's great to know they are there just in case! 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Five on Friday - January 4, 2019

Oh my goodness -- can you believe it's Friday already?!?  I had to work from Wednesday to today and I'm still trying to figure out what day it is!  But it is Friday and that means it's time for the first Five on Friday of the year ~

1.  National Missouri Day
Being from the great state of Missouri, I think it's only fitting that I share today is National Missouri Day.  If you're starting to think about your family vacay for this summer, put Missouri - and more specifically St. Louis - on your list of places to consider.  In St. Louis, you could catch a baseball game at Busch Stadium, wonder around one of the best zoos in the world and spend a day at Six Days going on as many thrill rides as your heart desires.  And then there's the Gateway Arch!  Ride the tram to the top for a spectacular view of the entire city.  There's the City Museum, History Museum, Science Center, Planetarium -- the list goes on and on.  Seriously, check it out.  It's a great place to visit!

National Missouri Day - January 4

2.  Qwixx
So over New Year's my friend TW introduced us to a new game.  Immediately upon getting home I ordered it!  You can play this game with 2-8 players and it's for ages 8 and over.  What I particularly loved about this game is you can play your board on each person's turn.  It keeps you engaged, but it isn't so hard that you can't play and have a nice conversation at the same time.  If you're looking for a new game to play on these cold winter days, Qwixx would be a great addition to your game closet!  Click HERE to check it out.
3.  Made for More
How many of you have read Rachel Hollis's book Girl Wash Your Face?  (OK - if the answer was no, STOP EVERYTHING, order the book by clicking HERE, and start reading it!)  Rachel has such a positive message and after reading her book it truly inspired me.  Rachel's Made for More is running at a variety of theaters on Wednesday, January 9 only.  Here's the synoposis:
Returning to cinemas for a special encore presentation, Rachel Hollis presents: Made for More comes to cinemas nationwide January 2 and 9, featuring an all-new, exclusive coaching session. An uplifting mix of encouragement, community, laughs and kick-you-in-the-rear motivation that will have you ready to reach for more? Mama of four, CCO/founder of The Hollis Company and The Chic Site, Rachel Hollis has been called “Tina Fey meets Tony Robbins for women” and is taking audiences on an inside look at chasing the biggest of dreams. Rachel’s fierce spirit and bold belief that she’s here to change the world will inspire you to believe you can do the same – believing you’re enough and will reignite those dreams you’ve been carrying around in your heart for years. Whether you’ve been an OG since day one or this is your first time joining the tribe, this event will light a fire in your heart.
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Every time I get together with my friends I learn something new and excited.  On cookie day, I learned from my Kansas City friends that The Pioneer Woman has a magazine.  A MAGAZINE!!  Who knew!?!  I can't wait to get my hands on one of these and order my very own subscription.  Would you like to have a subscription also?  Click HERE to get one.  I can't wait to see what Ree has in her magazine pages.

                   

5.  Goals for this year....

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Have a fabulous weekend.  I'm hoping to start taking down our Christmas decorations.  We are also having dinner with friends tonight and I have girls night out tomorrow.  Should be a fun few days!  Pop in next week to see how it went down.  On Tuesday next week, I'll also be sharing a craft project that lots of people would love to have and anyone can make.  You won't want to miss it!

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