Five Things #FiveThings

Life’s moving pretty fast these days, in an attempt to keep up it’s always a good idea to pause and think about your “Five Things” for the week.  Of course there are things that I am always thankful for, every week, even every day.  Before the next week starts, take second to think about your own “Five Things”, as a simple and easy reminder that even if it can get overwhelming, life is pretty great.

Here are my things for the week, some little, some big…but five things I’m currently digging.


Earlier this week, I got to see Erika, one of my great college friends when she was in town for work.  She’s the assistant coach for the Marshall women’s soccer team, and they played UNCC on Friday night.  We got to meet up and hang out once I got off work on Thursday, and my brother and I went to their game the following evening.  It was sooooo good to see her, I miss my friends.  Like, crazy miss them. We all live in different places now, and I wish more than anything that we could be in the same area again.  We’re about to see each other very soon, so Thursday was like a nice warm up for what’s to come.  To top it all off- Marshall rounded out their trip with a well deserved win!  We Are….

More ‘Maters!

After caring for my single, overly shaded tomato plant this summer, if you told me I was going to get one tomato from it, I would have been hesitant.  The poor thing didn’t have a chance, I didn’t realize how shaded my porch, and only growing area was until I moved in.  If you told me I was going to get two tomatoes from it, I would have rolled my eyes.  If you told me I was going to get three tomatoes from it, I would have laughed in your face.  Well, look who’s laughing now because out of no where, two more tomatoes appeared!  They’re some late bloomers, but I still love them anyway.  Welcome to the family {and soon my belly} little tomatoes.

Sunday Brunch

I love breakfast.  I love Sunday brunch.  After a few brunch mishaps around CLT, Ryan, Jimmy, and I have learned our lesson and will never stray from NODA for brunch again {Heist + Jackbeagles = Love}.  While going somewhere for brunch is always fun, it’s nice to stay home every now and again to make your own.  On this chilly and sunny Sunday morning, I whipped up the same Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes Jimmy and I made from PaleOMG last weekend {note…technically these are for “waffles”, but who’s checking?} along with some bacon and eggs.  I got cozy as I sat on our back porch wrapped up in a blanket, reading Creative Loafing’s most recent “Best of Charlotte” edition, while sipping on some coffee with a Spotify playlist in the background.  It was the perfect morning.  I did this until the Panthers game came on at one {I’m soo Charlotte}.  What a freakin’ game, right?

It’s a little dark, but you get the point.  Remember, I have a shaded porch.

I also need a better camera….working with an iPhone 4s over here, people.  Please, keep your comments to yourself.

As seen on insta.

This Bacon

When bacon comes in a box, you know it’s going to be good.

I stumbled upon this bacon last week at HT when it was on special.  This is hands down the best bacon I have ever had/cooked/purchased in my life.  Jimmy and I both agree- it’s what bacon is supposed to taste like.

On a sad note, when it isn’t on sale, it’s about 8 bucks {that’s right, I said EIGHT}.  I probably won’t consistently purchase it, but I’m enjoying it while I can get it for three dollars and change…would it be crazy if I bought twenty packages and frozen some?  Probably, right?  Jimmy would most definitely leave me {and take some of the bacon with him}.

TJ’s canned Organic Pumpkin

So I just realized three of my five things are all directly related.  Trader Joe’s knows what’s up and has everything pumpkin in stock for us white girls out there.  I walked in last week and there was a whole stand of canned pumpkin, to be used for baking, smoothies, etc. I grabbed three cans and never looked back.

And there you have it- Five Things.  I’ve got to mentally prepare myself because this is going to be a long week.  I’ve got some stuff to take care of on Friday so I’m working four 10 hour shifts Monday-Thursday, but good things are on the horizon so I can’t complain!

Happy Sunday everyone!  It’s the start of a new week, get out there and make it great!

What are your #FiveThings?

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