Some Things I Really Loved This Week (#3)


Hope your week has been great! Welcome to the third edition of Some Things I Really Loved This Week, a blog post where I highlight things I saw, heard, and experienced that impacted me in a positive way! Feel free to let me know what YOU really loved about YOUR week in the comments!

Songs I Can’t Get Out of My Head

A Scary Time (for boys) by Lynzy Lab performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live (if you listen to only one song on this list I hope it’s this one. Super powerful. Go vote.)

Gun Song by The Lumineers

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. by Noah and The Whale

Hero by Family of the Year

Nobody Speak by DJ Shadow featuring Run the Jewels

Experiences That Made Me Happy

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Celebrating our two-year wedding anniversary at Chiesa in Montford. Jeff and I have lived in Asheville for three years now and I’d been wanting to go to Chiesa for just as long. I’m so happy we chose to go there for our anniversary dinner.  The atmosphere was the perfect combination of cozy and romantic. Our waiter was amazing and the food was incredible. I can’t wait to go back.

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Our fifth InstaMeet on Thursday morning at Odd’s Cafe! I can’t believe Holly and I have hosted five of these already. It’s so much fun to meet so many of our insta-friends in person.

While I was sitting at Odd’s waiting for people to show up for the InstaMeet, an older woman approached me and told me that she’s retired and her job now is to give people hugs to improve their day. I know with the recent news cycle it’s sometimes hard to remember that there are still awesome people around that just want to do good and spread joy, but there are. This woman is proof of that.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers

Local Products I Enjoyed

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OK- not really THIS week but I forgot to mention it last week: I drank my first pumpkin beer of the season at One World West and it was really delicious for a few reasons. One, it’s called Nectar of the Gourds so with a name like that you know it’s gotta be good. Two, it was super light and crisp, which I prefer to some of the heavier fall beers.  Three, the pumpkin flavor wasn’t overpowering, which is usually why I tend to stay away from pumpkin beers. This one is mixed with fresh pumpkin, ground nutmeg, organic clove, and Ceylon cinnamon. It was really refreshing!

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Asheville Tea Company’s Spiced Apple Roobios Tea. Blended with locally-sourced apples and cinnamon, cloves and orange peels, this probably my favorite tea to drink during the cooler months. Add and a little honey and you’re golden (literally). This tea reminds me of an old favorite: Harney & Son’s Hot Cinnamon Spice, except that it’s herbal (i.e. no caffeine) and it’s local. Ya can’t beat that with a stick!

Inspiring Things I Saw on the Internet

Photo by Laura Wilson.

Things That Made Me Laugh

The Paint Bug posted this hilarious representation of what it’s like to color in one of those meditation coloring books. I don’t know about you but the thing that really frustrates me about those books is that all the separate parts of the drawings are really tiny and it takes a lot of patience to color in each one. I guess that’s the point but I’m not patient. Give me a Disney Princess coloring book any day.elfin birds mug

I LOVE Effin Birds! Every one of their designs cracks me up. A lot of them are pretty vulgar but that’s kind of the point. It’s literally just pictures of birds printed alongside ridiculous phrases. I want everything from their website.

This fox being brushed is amazing.

And that’s all I’ve got for you today!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

As always, thanks for reading!!

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Some Things I Really Loved This Week (#2)

HAPPY FRIDAY! We made it! The weekend is ALMOST here!

So, I’m not making any promises but it’s looking like these Some Things I Really Loved This Week posts might become a Friday series! They’re fun to write. I get to share some really impactful and hilarious things from the week, and maybe, just maybe, you get something out of them too!

I’d love to know how you feel about these posts. so let me know in the comments. Also, feel free to share some things that YOU really loved this week too. Let’s spread the joy around!

Songs I Can’t Get Out of My Head

195lbs by Nightmares on Wax

Lean In by Rising Appalachia

West of 4th and Distant Lands by Kuinka

Speak Too Soon by Wild Rivers (I’m not ashamed at all to admit I’ve listened to this one on repeat for entire 30-minute car rides)

Activities That Made Me Happy

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Hickory Nut Gap Barn Yoga led by my good friend Mary Beth on Sunday morning. I look forward to Mary Beth’s barn yoga series every spring and fall! It’s the perfect setting for a yoga class. There is truly nothing better than driving out to the farm on a crisp, foggy mountain morning and practicing yoga surrounded by the sounds of farm animals and wind rustling through the trees.

Mary Beth teaches at Hickory Nut Gap Farm for three more Sundays this month. The classes begin at 9 a.m.  $10 donation recommended (cash or venmo accepted). RSVP on the Facebook event page if you’d like to attend. I’d love to see you there!

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Coffee Sodas at The Montford with my pal Holly on International Coffee Day. Yes, I said coffee soda. COFFEE. SODA. Did you hear me? Coffee soda. OK now that you definitely know that I drank a coffee soda (COFFEE SODA), I should probably explain what a coffee soda is, shouldn’t I?

Well, the truth is, I don’t know exactly what’s in this magical drink except that it’s awesome. The Montford posted about the ingredients in their insta-story, Holly sent it to me, and then it disappeared, as insta-stories do after 24 hours. BUT, what I can tell you is that it definitely had coffee in it (really, Rebecca?). Oh, and cardamom! And vanilla! And cinnamon! And it was fizzy! And you should probably just go drink one- no questions asked.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Great Things I Saw On The Internet


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Super powerful reminder from Erynn Brook that you are allowed to leave any situation that is not serving you.  Click through to the Facebook post to read the whole thread of tweets.

Things That Made Me Laugh

Get it!? Get it!? Just in case you don’t:

Stranger: I love your dress!

You: Thanks! It has pockets!

Every. Freaking. Time. Is it even really a dress if it doesn’t have pockets?


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I don’t think I’ll ever buy a greeting card from another company ever again. I am OBSESSED with Zeichen Press. I want to buy all of their cards and mail them to myself.  They’re all so ridiculous, just like me!

That’s all, folks!

As always, thanks for reading!

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