Five on Friday – Life Outside of this Lifestyle Blog

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Hey Everyone! I’ve spent a lot of time lately telling you about my debt payoff progress and new house, but not much about what is going on behind the scenes of the blog! I figured today, since it’s Friday aaaannnndddddd (spoiler alert) there’s a giveaway at the end of this post, that I’d take this opportunity to dive into the life outside of this lifestyle blog.


We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’m not really into it, and J, like most men, wouldn’t even know it was coming if there wasn’t candy piled everywhere in every store. Last year I had to go out of town to see my Great Grandma who was pretty sick. I came home to a washed car and chocolate covered strawberries. Perfect! I’m hoping that this weekend we will get to go for a hike, but that’s more about having a three day weekend, and less about the holiday. I don’t know if it’s all of the years of being single or what, but a holiday that tells you that you have to be nice to the person you love simply doesn’t jive with either one of us. What do you think?


I know my February goal was to use my Beth Moore Bible Study book every morning, but then I felt really called to buy the Naptime Diaries Lent Devotional. I splurged on the $28 (including shipping) book and it arrived on Monday. I can’t even tell you how glad I am that I did. It’s STUNNING.

I’m not giving anything up for Lent. I’m sure I could find something, but I’ve really struggled with quiet time consistency so my focus will be coming closer to God. If you’re wishing you would have purchased the devotional, you can still buy the e-copy and print it yourself or use it electronically for only $12! If you bought it today you could do two days each one of these holiday weekend days and you’d be all caught up! Easy peasy. (Or you could just start on day 1 and it’s not like Jesus is going to complain.)


I’ve been cooking breakfast for myself in the mornings. I’m not a fan of eggs, but they are so good for you and J makes them for himself every morning. If I cover them up with something more flavorful like a ton of pepper or salsa, I can eat them. I’m trying to be more healthy and less hangry at 11:30 every morning, so this week I’ve cooked myself breakfast. I have noticed a real difference. I’ve been cooking a couple pieces of sausage and two scrambled eggs. It doesn’t sound like a lot of food, but it’s more than enough. Also, sausage does take a bit of time, so I can put it in the pan and get other things done while they cook and I can do dishes, work on the blog, or pick out my clothes as long as I shake the pan around every so often.

One day I even had leftovers. I’m going to try to keep this up since it has made a difference, and feels better than a breakfast sandwich in the Starbucks drive-thru.


I paid $1.78 for gas last night. WHAT?! I’m so excited! When I started driving at 17, I paid $1.60 for gas. In law school, when I drove my Jeep that got 14 MPG, I was paying $4.25 a gallon. OUCH! So to fill up my tank, including the reserve tank because the gas light came on (oops!) was about $19.50! I can’t even believe it! I know that the super wealthy people get nervous about their investments when this happens, but I’m excited to have $20 more for my debt snowball, or maybe a tiny splurge at Target this weekend.


$500 Target Gift Card Giveaway
Wanna go on a $500 Target shopping spree? I do! But since I can’t win this, I want to live vicariously through you! Sign up using the Gleam widget below!


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$500 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Giveaway details: Starts: 2/12/16 at 12am; Ends: 2/17/16 at 11:59pm
1 winner of a $500 gift card to Target. Once the giveaway closes a winner will be selected at random. The winner has 48 hours respond or else a new winner will be chosen.

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  • Reply
    February 12, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Eggs used to be my go-to protein for the morning. Then, well, something weird happened to me when I was held hostage in Mexico recently and I can’t go near eggs anymore. Which sucks, because they’re a great source of protein for vegetarians. Sigh.

    Also, you’re making me feel old with that gas comment. When I did my cross-country roadtrip (ended at Woodstock!) in ’99 before college, gas was under $1.00!

    Thanks for this contest, and I’ll be stopping back by the blog.


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    February 12, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I don’t care much for whole eggs at all and eat mostly egg whites, i think there is a huge difference in taste! I do a weekly egg, spinach, sausage casserole that reheats well so I still get in a good breakfast without cooking it each morning!

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    Karin Rambo
    February 15, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Your comment about gas prices when you were 17 made me a chuckle a little because I feel old now. :) When I was a senior in high school gas prices were in the $.80 range. ;)

    Karin |

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    February 15, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Yana lebedeva
    February 15, 2016 at 8:55 am

    If I won I would definitely go and buy the cutest finishing touches for my baby boys nursery!

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    Lauryn R
    February 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I would buy myself and my 3 children some new clothes! We are all desperately in need the little agree like weeds over the winter! I would also buy my son a much needed new car seat. :)

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      Lauryn R
      February 15, 2016 at 9:43 am

      *the little ones grew* lol

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    Kudzai M
    February 16, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Is the PDF still worth it now that we are almost a week into lent? I really like your idea of not giving something up but instead taking time to really reflect about the importance of this period. Love your blog!

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      February 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      It’s absolutely worth downloading the PDF! You can start on day one or day 7 with everyone else :)

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    Kudzai M
    February 16, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I love the idea of taking time out and focusing fully on Devotion. Would you say the PDF is still worth getting almost one week into Lent? I like the idea of not necessarily giving something up but taking time out to reflect on what this period means. Love your blog! X
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    February 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Really hoping I win this giveaway!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal
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    February 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I don’t know what would be bought with my Target gift card, but would take my kids and me on a shopping spree. ;)
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