Category: Five on Fridays

Five on Fridays [5]

Posted February 21, 2020 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 4 Comments
Five on Fridays [5]

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. I’ll generally be posting these biweekly and linking up with Friday Favorites (hosted by A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals). Previous posts can be found here! Health/Fitness – Gym and Apps I know I keep coming around and recommending random apps for ~healthy eating~ but yes I’m here to do it again. I go through these waves of “dieting” and I’m tired of that concept, honestly. I just want to be healthier overall and feel better. I got a gym membership recently, which I’ll get to, but want to get back to calorie counting on Lose It. While WW is a well-rounded system that helped me quite a bit, I found that I would not be eating enough calories each day and just feeling overall not great about my habits? I would drink a Diet Coke just because it was zero points, even though it’s not necessarily the healthier option. I would only have the plain nonfat Greek yogurt and never spend points on yogurt that I actually enjoy (even healthy ones!) with flavors. I always bought 99% fat free ground turkey for ALL recipes that required ground turkey or beef, even though it would compromise the flavor, because it was zero points. Same wit chicken breasts all the time (zero) even though thighs […]

Five on Fridays [4]

Posted January 24, 2020 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 5 Comments
Five on Fridays [4]

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. I’ll generally be posting these biweekly and linking up with Friday Favorites (hosted by A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals). Previous posts can be found here! Podcast: CounterClock It’s been 20 years since emergency responders found Denise Johnson inside of a burning home. An investigative journalist, Delia D’Ambra, revisits her small coastal hometown in North Carolina to dive deep into a 22-year-old cold case murder and arson that’s marred the image of where she grew up. This investigative series reveals new clues, never-before-heard interviews and tracks down potential suspects in the case. The only way to understand Denise Johnson’s story is to go move counterclockwise in time; to go backwards to the point her clock finally stopped. (CounterClock website) It’s no secret that I’m a true crime procast junkie and I’ve shared them randomly throughout the years. I actually have a roundup coming sometime soon to catch you up on all the ones I’ve enjoyed since my previous roundups back in 2017. Anyways, I heard CounterClock was coming because its produced by the Crime Junkie podcast group. The pod is hosted by someone else, who I enjoy, and the investigation into this cold case is essentially reopening in real time. It’s about a woman who was found dead (from stab wounds) in a burning […]

Five on Fridays [3]

Posted November 22, 2019 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 3 Comments
Five on Fridays [3]

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. I’ll generally be posting these biweekly and linking up with Friday Favorites (hosted by A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals). Previous posts can be found here! I did start my numbering over, since it’ll be a little different than my previous iterations… Podcasts: Motherhacker and Red Ball Motherhacker: This was one of those super unexpected podcast binges that happen to me (very rarely, lately)! I really enjoyed the Sandra podcast by Gimlet and had been wondering if any similar podcasts would be produced by them. Mission accomplished! I listened to the preview and first episode one morning before work, just out of curiosity, and then ended up listening to the entire show in one day. The episodes are short and super interesting. Basically, a mom starts getting robocalls and ends up getting scammed out of some money. Judging from the title, you might be able to guess what happens next. The final two episodes were wild and had unexpected twists, which was damn cool. Apple currently is putting the episodes out one-by-one, but you can listen to the entire season on Spotify right now. Red Ball: I’m a huge fan of the Crime Junkie podcast and, as a Patreon member, got access to the entire four-part Red Ball podcast this week! It was pretty intriguing and […]

Five on Fridays [2]

Posted November 8, 2019 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Five on Fridays [2]

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. I’ll generally be posting these biweekly and linking up with Friday Favorites (hosted by A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals). Previous posts can be found here! I did start my numbering over, since it’ll be a little different than my previous iterations… iTrackBites I’ve noticed that I’m not great at eating properly when I’m not tracking something. Yes, I am very tired of scanning foods or weighing things before I eat them, but I clearly need to do it for a while longer. I found that there’s a popular WW alternative called iTrackBites. The best part of this plan is that it costs a fraction of the price: it’s $35 for a year instead of over $20 per month for WW. There are multiple plans you can follow too – most of them are free! The two pro plans (Keto and Better Balance) are the only ones that require a subscription. The Better Balance plan is an EXACT dupe for the most recent WW Freestyle System. I think the Carb Conscious plan on there is reminiscent of the WW Points Plus program from a few years back. Anyways, this helps me understand why I’m hungry too – I realized I don’t have nearly enough protein in my life. You’ll see from the screenshots above […]

Five on Fridays [1]

Posted September 27, 2019 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 4 Comments
Five on Fridays [1]

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. I’ll generally be posting these biweekly and linking up with Friday Favorites (hosted by A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals). Previous posts can be found here! I did start my numbering over, since it’ll be a little different than my previous iterations… Engagement I spoke about this in my most recent Lauren Lately post, but I suppose it’s a big enough event to include here 😉 I won’t get into it too much since you may already know and I’m too lazy but basically picture the Monica/Chandler proposal from Friends (minus the Richard drama and the whole Monica-tried-to-propose-first thing of course), perfectly-timed Panthers-colored nails, and my favorite guy. Please don’t ask about wedding planning and dates and anything else because no thank you 🙃 Big E The Big E is a huuuuge fair – which I weirdly spoke about in my latest Five on Friday post years ago?? – that comes to Springfield, MA each year and is supposed to represent all of the New England states. It’s for the majority of September, the traffic is terrible (I will never go on a weekend anymore), and is chock-full of basically just food and infomercial products. It’s amazing. We decided to go this week on Wednesday night after work with Chris’s sister and her husband. My […]

Five Things Friday | Football

Posted October 12, 2018 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 1 Comment
Five Things Friday | Football

I used to post a Five on Friday every once in a while, but then my Lauren Lately wrap-ups (and more personal posts around here like On My List, Currently, lifestyle or makeup stuff, etc.) took over my need for a Five on Friday. They used to just share five things I was thinking about, doing, buying, loving, etc. Many of my bloggy friends have started similar themed posts on Fridays (Cristina has the wrap-up kind and Kay has more recommendations based on a weekly theme) and I decided to kind of bring it back a little in a different format. I’ll be sharing my thoughts or recommendations on a specific topic whenever I feel the need. This week I’m chatting about… football! The Panthers won last weekend by kicking a game-winning 63 YARD FIELD GOAL. The Panthers and the Giants somehow always find a way to make their games interesting, even though they have no real rivalry. The last time they played each other in 2015 was when this GIF of Cam Newton became popular: That year, OBJ and Josh Norman antagonized each other the entire game. The Panthers dominated most of it, then allowed the Giants to come back, and then squeaked by with a victory in the end. I’ll be honest, the Panthers love getting ahead, allowing a comeback, and then barely getting a win in the end… but it’s even more dramatized with the Giants for some reason. This game was no exception. There were terrible […]

Five on Fridays #23

Posted October 7, 2016 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Five on Fridays #23

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Previous posts can be found here!   Like everyone, I was obsessed with Serial recently and wish more than anything that Sarah Koenig could narrate everything with the Serial theme song in the background. Obsessed. Since then, I took a break from podcats (except for the occasional How Did This Get Made? or What Say You?). I started to get burned out of audiobooks so I began Criminal, which basically explores EVERY aspect of criminal behavior, trials, and unsolved or unresolved mysteries. Some episodes are fascinating and it offers a lot of diverse topics! I tend to like the legitimate criminal ones best, but some of the others are interesting too. I hope to also start Accused, which is about an unsolved murder like Serial was. We’ll see! Don’t worry, I have some non-murder/criminal-related ones coming up on the docket but I don’t want to get your hopes up without trying them first. I’ve been wanting to listen to more music since my audiobook burnout as well. When my friend visited last weekend, we listened to a throwback rap/hip-hop playlist I created based on music we loved in middle/high school and college. It was such a fun blast from the past! I had recently purchased Apple Music because I wanted to test out the new Frank Ocean CD and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. We’ll […]

Five on Fridays #22

Posted August 12, 2016 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 15 Comments
Five on Fridays #22

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Previous posts can be found here! Folks, this is a problem. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Lularoe, but they have the literal most comfortable leggings on THE PLANET. Most people start out with just a nice black pair of leggings just to “see what the fuss is about”… and then slowly buy EVERYTHING. I don’t even want to tell you how many LLR items I currently own. I’m afraid to count and do all the math, to be honest. If you’re not sure what it is, basically it’s like the same thing as Mary Kay consultants, where people sell the clothing. All of the patterns are limited edition and only printed on 1,500-2,000 items. So basically if you love something, you need to jump on it! Hence the addiction. You can usually just shop through Facebook groups, online pop-up parties, and in-home parties. That being said… I’m having a Lularoe party on September 13th from 8-10 PM EST where I get free clothes if people buy things! Please seriously contact me if you’re interested in getting involved and I’ll find a way to send the invite your way! It has to be on Facebook. In any case, I love all my clothes lately and have spent sooo much money. I’m officially not allowed to buy any more Lula […]

Five on Fridays #21

Posted July 8, 2016 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 9 Comments
Five on Fridays #21

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Previous posts can be found here! So I drafted up one of these back in April and highlighted some of the makeup I was using. Of the million things I was going to show off, I currently only use THREE of the same makeup items. Holy shit, my makeup life has changed. I’ve been generally interested in watching more makeup videos (mostly reviews) because I’m sick of my skin getting oily partway through the day. I finally found a mix of skincare and makeup that really works for me. If you have oily skin, I’d recommend checking some of these things out. Let me know if you have questions!! I’m listing them below in the order in which I apply them! I’ve had a lot of planner girl fails over the past year. I always become gung-ho about something and then lose interest quickly. It’s happened with just about every type of planner so far. I always enjoyed my Day Designer from Target but ended up using it at work because of the hourly format. It also was too big to fit in my purse. (It’s light and thin but very tall and wide.) When I saw a much smaller hourly version (with an adorable flower design!!) at Target, I had to pick it up ASAP. It fits perfectly in my […]

Five on Fridays #20

Posted April 8, 2016 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 14 Comments
Five on Fridays #20

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Previous posts can be found here! As you know, I’m a big Lego fan with my boyfriend. We build our own stuff (called “MOCs” = my own creations) as well as collect minifigures and sets. We had seen rumors lately about a new minifigure series involving Disney characters, but it wasn’t confirmed for a long time. Well, as of the end of March, here it is! IT’S COMING FOR REAL AND I’M SO EXCITED! We’re excited to announce new #LEGO Minifigures The #Disney Series! Available starting May 2016! #LEGOMinifigures A photo posted by LEGO (@lego) on Mar 29, 2016 at 7:01am PDT I can see a lot of non-Lego collectors wanting to get their hands on these, I’m sure. I figured they would be fun to share and see what you guys think! Even if you’re not a Lego fan, would you buy these guys? Chris and I overall have some mixed feelings on the design, but are very happy they’re coming around. The biggest problem is that some of the figures here already exist as mini-dolls instead of minifigures, so it’s not consistent. But whatever, beggars can’t be choosers! 😉 In other general Lego news, we’re working on some new builds for our Lego Club. We’re planning a movie build for a competition for this month’s meeting (the 16th). Chris and […]