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Social Media Return

Well, Lent is almost over and my return to social media looms on the horizon. But I’m going to be honest…I’m not that excited about it. I’m not not excited…I’m just kind of indifferent at this point. It’s been nice to have one less thing to think about and waste time on. I know social media isn’t all bad – I love seeing the fun things people are doing and seeing my adorable nephew (on my sis-in-law’s witty posts). I also love posting things – I love pictures and being able to look back at pictures and Timehop. I am a recovering scrapbooker – ok not really, I haven’t done any actual scrapbooks in years (like the print out pictures, cut them out, cut out letters, design a page). But I have transitioned to the world of digital photobooks for specific trips. And social media is kind of my digital scrapbook now, especially since I (like most people) don’t or can’t keep every photo I take on my phone. I still took plenty of pics sans being able to post them anywhere…

Very timely with this decision was my small group starting Sandra Stanley’s Comparison Trap devo. We’re halfway through and I love it. Although it’s not necessarily brand new stuff we’ve never heard, it’s a great reminder of who we are as women and the pitfalls of constantly comparing ourselves, which is especially easy through social media. It’s a 4-week series with a quick daily devotion (literally 5 minutes a day) and a weekly video. There’s an app so you can watch the videos without having to buy the DVD – great to do on your own or with a group! And my group talks a lot about comparison through social media – look at the photos above, or at my Facebook or Instagram feed, and my life may seem fun or interesting or busy. But those photos above are from 40 days. I didn’t take pictures of the 30 days of sitting at home alone, eating popcorn (for dinner), binge watching Fuller House (amazing, by the way). But actually, I’m perfectly content with that life. Most of the time. But you get what I’m saying.

Although social media is not the only way we compare ourselves to others, it plays a big role, and like I said in my last update, there comes a kind of freedom and self-contentment being off of social media. And when you think of what today, Good Friday, represents, you really can’t complain about sacrificing social media. My plan is to maybe not put all the apps back on my phone. I do actually need Facebook for communication and promos with some groups I’m a part of, but I don’t necessarily need it to be accessible 24/7. So we’ll see. This was a very good and rewarding challenge and I think everyone should do it at some point. Even for a month, which is shorter than Lent! At least think about it – I really don’t think you’ll regret it.

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Alan Rickman

It’s no secret that Jimmy Fallon brings out the best, even from the one and only Severus Snape.

Ok, I know it’s actually Alan Rickman. Amazing actor, especially as Snape. I love this Rickman-off with Benedict Cumberbatch (2013) and Rickman’s subsequent response (2015). He really did have the best and most memorable voice. The film world has lost a great man and actor.


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Christmas Card Wreath

I always feel crafty around the holidays but I like to make things that I’ll actually use or display for at least a few years. I’ve been in need of a way to display holiday cards and had seen these all over Pinterest the past few years. It seemed easy enough so I hit up Michaels and Amazon (because as much as I love Michaels, they just don’t always have everything; and because Amazon Prime….) and put it together over two evenings (maybe 2 hours total? 2.5 max). It honestly was SO easy that I wasn’t planning on posting it, but then I thought better. So sorry for process shots – but I think you can get it.



Christmas Card Wreath

What you need:

  • 1 wire wreath frame – I think I got the 18 inch but you can get whatever size works for you
  • clothespins – I ordered green and red from Amazon; they were different sizes and the larger red ones (3 5/16″) worked best; you could also buy regular clothespins and spray paint them
  • ribbon – I used 4 different 3/8″ Christmasy ribbon and a wider one to hang it with

What to do:

Paint the wreath and/or clothes pins if you want. I didn’t – the wreath is already green and I bought colored clothes pins.

Clip on clothes pins so that it opens toward the outside. I alternated colors leaving 2-3 fingers-width in between each.

Cut ribbons into pieces and tie onto middle two rings of the wreath. I started with one ribbon in between each clothespin. Then filled in with a second ribbon in between some clothes pins. I would have done 2 in between every clothes pin but the ribbon didn’t quit make it that far.

Hang it! I used a wider Christmasy ribbon to hang it with.


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Creamy Chicken Tomato Soup

As I said in my last weekly update, I’m relying on my crock pot a lot for the rest of my Whole30 – and luckily I had some friends share some recipes with me! This one was delicious but it makes a TON. My crock pot was filled to the brim and narrowly missed spilling over. So you could easily half it – unless you’re feeding an army – and still have plenty! Freezing is also a good option for this one, which I did to save for later! If you’re not doing the Whole30, this would be amazing with some shredded mozzarella and/or parmesan sprinkled on top of each serving.

I did do a little prep the night before to make it quicker to dump everything in before heading out the door the next morning. Chop the onion, mix the spices, and just gather everything you need.



Creamy Chicken Tomato Soup


  •  8 frozen (or thawed) boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 5 very large ones and it was plenty of chicken)
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 14 oz. cans of coconut milk (full fat; shake before opening)
  • 2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1/2 jar of your favorite tomato sauce (I used Publix Basil & Tomato pasta sauce – for Whole30 just read the labels for added sugar, cheese, etc! Or it may mean actual tomato sauce, but that doesn’t come in a jar, so that was confusing)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Non-Whole30 option: cheese!


Place chicken in bottom of crock pot and dump everything else on top. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

After cooked, stir/use two forks to break up the chicken.  I think it’s easier to season each serving with salt/pepper since the crock pot .

Option to sprinkle each serving with a little shredded mozzarella cheese if you’re not restricted 🙂

*This makes a ton. My crock pot was filled to the brim so you could easily half the recipe and still probably feed 4 people. Or make the whole recipe and freeze some!

[From River North Paleo Girl]

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I realize I was late to the Serial party, but there may still be some people living under a larger rock than me! And you can stop looking for the Cheerios. Serial is a podcast series from the creators of This American Life that debuted in October 2014. It is a true story told in parts and they kicked off the series with a doozie.

The gist: Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore in 1999. A family friend contacted Sarah Koenig (a journalist) asking her to review the case 15 years later. Just look at all the facts, see if there seems to be anything out of place or fishy. And so she did. And they did a 12 episode series talking about just that.

You get sucked in right away – I mean, it’s real life. And it’s definitely not a clear-cut case. Each podcast is 30-60 minutes and you want to be able to pay attention. I listened (with my parents) on the drive to my brother’s house for Christmas and it was perfect for the down and back. One friend listened during her runs.

Just remember that there is not ending, really. It’s not all wrapped up with a nice bow. I don’t fully believe anyone’s story who was involved, but everyone should decide on their own. And everyone across the nation has very strong opinions. But I highly recommend it. Enjoy!