June 17, 2015

Things That Are Happening

Hi friends!

It is hot in Charlotte. Anyone else sweating every second of every day with me? We have been literally breaking records in the high-nineties, and I feel like I haven't cooled down in about eight days.



But anyway.

The blog has been pretty sparse so far this summer, but I thought I would stop by and just catch you up on what's going on. That good with you? Great. So here's what's going on.

1. ALL THE BOOKS.


Did you know that you can borrow books from the library and download them on your Kindle? For Charlotte friends, here's how: 

1. Get a library card if you don't have one already.
2. Go to the Digital Downloads page of the library website (if you're not in Charlotte, I recommend googling "Digital Downloads" + your city, or just navigating around the library site a bit)
3. Click "eBooks & eMags", and then click Overdrive. You should end up here
4. Search for the books you want, or browse around! Once you find one you want, it will tell you if you need to place a hold or if it's available. If you place a hold, you'll get an email when it's available. 
5. Once your book is available, you should be able to either read it on that device or download it to you Kindle or other eReader. When I get the email, it takes me to Amazon and I download the book from there. 

See? Easy. So far I've borrowed Tina Fey's BossyPants and am currently reading Essentialism, and I borrowed one more that I didn't end up finishing. Free books are great because you don't feel pressure to finish them if they're not doing it for ya!

Anyway. Loving books right now. That's all.  

2. PREPDISH.

This is a major thing I've wanted to blog about recently. PrepDish is a service that does meal planning for you for $14/month, and so far I really love it. All meal plans are either gluten free or paleo, and are pretty much one-size-fits-all. They serve 4, so we either just cut the recipes in half or keep leftovers for the next day. 

And - note - we are neither gluten free nor paleo, but we do love fresh foods and know that avoiding processed food is good. So, it works.

On Friday, PrepDish owner Allison emails you the next week's plans: you get a grocery list (organized by store section!), instructions for how to prep your entire week of dinners in about 2 hours, and then instructions for just assembling a meal each night. So simple.

 It's worked really well for us so far, and I love not having to think about meal planning. I like grocery shopping, we both love cooking, but meal planning? I have just never been able to get into it. Sign up here if you're want to give it a shot!

3. THERE'S FOOD IN MY YARD.







Yes yes - we have produce! In the yard! I planted peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, green beans, carrots, zucchini, squash, and herbs back in April, and everything is starting to come out! This heat is killing me, but so far things have been going great. These are old pictures - all of the plants are getting huge!!

Anyway. Food in my yard. Love it.

Also since I've blogged, we've hit our first anniversary, celebrated my dear friend Laura's wedding, and made some slow but steady progress on the house.

Oh, and we spent our anniversary weekend in Beaufort, SC. And I ate the most amazing pimento cheese & bacon sandwich ever.







So tell me - what's new with you recently?

xo,
Haley

May 15, 2015

Loving Right Now

Well this has been a quick but very, very lovely month so far.

If you missed it, last week I said that I was slowing down on blogging and social media for a bit. So here I am, checking in, saying hello - but even just for the last two weeks ago, this "less online" thing has been lovely. Here's what I've been really enjoying for the last little bit.

1. Spring/Summer. Can we all agree that we're in the middle of the world's best season right now? Fantastic. We agree. This is the world's best season. We saw NeedtoBreathe and Ben Rector last weekend with some friends, and it was the perfect evening to be outside for a few hours.



2. Reading. 

Who knew - quitting my bedtime habit of scrolling through Instagram and Facebook has freed me up to read more. Crazy, right? Last week I finished Unbroken and read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (SO good), and this week I'm reading More or Less. Not a bad little list.


3. Spring Cleaning




That's right, Mom & Dad - check out that closest. I'm neat and tidy now! After reading a full book about decluttering and keeping your house in order, we did a major weekend spring cleaning. I took a few big loads of clothes to consignment stores and goodwill, and we worked through our garage & closets. Settling in and getting organized is a progress...but we're getting there!


4. Postmates. This new company just launched in Charlotte, and they're like the Uber of food delivery. As if I wasn't already a fan (helloooo, app that brings tacos to my house), they're delivering FREE ICE CREAM to every customer who wants it through the weekend. And ice cream is my love language.

Sign up here and use my code (wwcvw) for $10 in delivery credits!

5. The Lively Show. I've been getting into podcasts over the last few weeks, and The Lively Show is a favorite. Jess does interviews with different people from around the internet, and there are some really fantastic ones in the archives - Jessica from How Sweet Eats, Caroline from Un-Fancy, and Lara from Southern Weddings have been a few of my favorites.


What have you been enjoying this spring? If you have favorite books (I have a list that I'm adding to) or podcast recommendations, send them my way!

xo,
Haley

May 6, 2015

Taking a Break



Well hi, friends. Missed you last week! Honestly, I needed a blogging break - and also, I've been trying to be a little more intentional with my time.

Ick.

Doesn't "intentional" feel like such a buzzword these days?

Whatever - it's the right word for right now.  Over the past few weeks I've been feeling just a little too drained at the end of the day, while still feeling like I can't quitteee get everything done that I need to do. I've simultaneously been feeling like I need to be more productive, but like I also need to build in more time to recharge. So...yes. Being "intentional" with my time is probably the best way to describe it.

This week, that's meant taking a break from social media. I did this late last summer and it was really nice - I think it's nice and refreshing and necessary to just fully press pause sometimes. Last year this was sparked because I was changing jobs and I wanted that transition to have fewer distractions. This time, it's been sparked by my husband.

You see, I go through waves where I struggle with comparison. Can I get an "amen" from every other woman out there? It has waves - sometimes it's relentless, but sometimes I feel confident and like I'm not comparing with others at all. Recently, it's been the relentless kind.  I was talking to Steve on Sunday night about how comparing was impacting me negatively and how I was so tired of it; I said something along the lines of, "I know I struggle with comparing and I want it to stop, but it feels like no matter what I do...I just can't seem to shake it."

It was a hard conversation and we worked through some other things, but a little while later he came back and said, "You know, Haley, why it's hard for you to shake the comparison trap? You spend so much more time on social media than you do with God. Of course you compare your life with everyone else's. You're sitting there, day after day, scrolling through pictures of the rest of the world showing off."

It was not easy to hear, and it's not easy to share here either - but he was right. Your days can be so subtly impacted by the things that you fill your time with, and somehow I've gotten in the habit of spending barely any time reading the Bible on my way out the door (five minutes on a good day), but I have no problem checking my phone at least ten times before noon.  Checking social media just trickles into the empty crevices of life. It's addicting, and it takes over.

So this past Monday morning, I didn't log in to Facebook or Instagram.  I decided that it was time for another break.

Kind of on the same page, I just might slow down on blogging this month. It's one of the most gorgeous times of the year in North Carolina, we're still settling into our house, and work is busy as ever - so in the space of life that I can, I'd like to slow down. Instead of letting my time slip away by always being connected online, I'm intentionally choosing just a few priorities for the month outside of work:

Playing outside (example: the picture at the top is from an outdoor yoga class I went to. It was glorious.)
Re-learning what a prayer life looks like.
Settling into our house.
Reading more.
Spending quality time with Steve.

Anyway, all that to say - I'm taking a break this month to re-focus a bit. I'll still blog, but maybe just not as much.

Let's just say I'm spring cleaning.


xo,
Haley


Resources if you're struggling with comparison:
The Myth of Effortless Perfection, by Sharon Hodde Miller
There Will Always Be Someone Skinnier

Resources if you want to focus on faith:
SheReadsTruth - online (free!) devotionals; also available for purchase in their app (iOS, Android). This one is a great place to start.


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