A Few of My Favorite Things // August


The blogging world, or life in general, is full of wish lists, photos and visual collections of things we’d love to have. In my effort to simplify, get back to the basics and love what I have, I’m going to regularly be sharing a few of MY favorite things (and maybe some non-things). As in, things that I love that are already part of my life, rather than things that I’m lusting after.

Spotify is on all day, everyday around here. I cringe at paying $10/month for music, but the fact that I can look up basically any song that pops into my head on my computer and phone and instantly listen to it? Totally worth it. I have a running playlist of random music from Elton John to Nelly to Taylor Swift to Something Corporate to Disney songs.

Gardein Meatless Breaded Cutlets from Costco are SO good, Blaine and I are both obsessed. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 6 years now and I always tried to stay away from fake meat products. I feel like it’s almost cheating and they’re made of a lot of random ingredients that don’t go with my goal to keep my diet as whole food based as possible. But man oh man, we got these and I LOVE them. I certainly don’t have fake meat for every meal, but I love these chopped up with a salad or with some pasta. I couldn’t find them on the website, but they sell a large bag of 16 cutlets at costco for just under $10. (photo credit since I couldn’t find them online)

Getting dressed like a normal person. That can be a favorite thing right? Because I’m loving it. Over the last week or so I’ve done a lot better about getting dressed. It helps that I went on a mini shopping spree at Cotton On during a really good sale. I haven’t shopped like that in years and it’s nice to get some good basics to mix and match. Of course, I’ll be purging my closet of a few items to make up for the handful of stuff I brought home. Getting dressed for the day, doing my hair and just making myself look a little better than messy bun/yoga pants/tank top daily really helps me feel better and more productive throughout the day.

Blender Bottles are amazing. The weird thing is I don’t even use them for shakes which is what they’re made for. The bottle comes with a little wire ball to mix powders into liquid, but I just use mine for water. Blaine uses his for chocolate milk and water.  They travel well, snap shut tight and don’t leak like past water bottles. We had one for a while that Blaine and I would always fight over and for the last few months I haven’t been able to find it so I finally bought 2 more so we could each have one.

I’m thinking about making this feature a monthly link up! Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in linking up  and what a few of your current favorites are.


Weekly Wishes // No. 6

Woo, Monday! I had a busy, fun and tiring week last week. Monday through Friday I was on vacation with my family in Monterey which was so nice and a great escape from the heat of summer. Then when I got home Friday night at almost 10pm Blaine reminded me his 10 year high school reunion was the next day. So less than 24 hours after coming home I was back out on the road. The reunion was fun, he got to connect with old friends, but 10 year reunions are weird. It’s still a bit close to high school so things are very similar. Then we spent the night at my in-law’s, ran around our home town eating and thrifting and then got back home late last night.

I’m excited to hunker down, get a lot of work done and just be at home for a little while. Monterey photos coming soon!


  1. Drop off donations. Fail. Still have ever-growing boxes in my house. But we may be having a yard sale soon so I’m going to hold on to them while I add more items.
  2. Add opt in form. Check! Want to subscribe for tips to simplify & inspire your biz, blog & life? You can sign up up in my header area or right here!
  3. Email list incentive. Have not done this yet, but I have a few ideas that I need to develop.
  4. Start designing for secret project. Check! Definitely started and gave the secret project a facelift



  1. September editorial calendar. How is it possible that I’m already having to plan for September?
  2. Take Ralph to get groomed. I’m on a mission to get 1 dog groomed every two weeks (aka after B’s payday). It keeps them clean, helps with the hair floating around the house and keeps it budget since I’m not doing all 3 dogs at once. Ralph’s turn!
  3. Write ebook. I’m pretty excited about this! It’ll be my first ebook and I definitely think it’ll be helpful to a lot of people. It’ll be a detailed, step by step follow up to a very popular post of mine.
  4. Editorial calendar for DIY Wedding Blog. Secret project revealed! This has been a side project I’ve mostly had on the back burner for a while and it’s time to jump in and make it what I think it can be. More on this over the next few weeks/months!
  5. Follow cleaning schedule. I wrote up a mini cleaning schedule for Blaine and I last week before I left town. It’s an easy to follow schedule with just maybe 10-20 minutes of cleaning each day to maintain the house. My goal is to try it out this week and tweak as needed.

Happy Monday! What are your wishes this week?

The Nectar Collective

Do One Thing Everyday

do-one-thing-everyday With an ever-long to do list I often find it difficult to move forward, or at least feel like I’m moving towards my goals, when I’m focusing on just getting through the day. One thing I’ve learned is to just do one thing everyday. One action, one email, one brainstorming session towards a goal and you will always be moving forward. Today might not be the day it all comes together, but today does matter and if you just take action once each day you’ll get there.

P.S. Learn to ditch your daily to do list. It’ll make your days more productive and master lists will help you see your progress toward your goal(s).

Top 5 Photo Editing iPhone Apps


Am I the only one that has had a dozen iphone apps for photos? I would always hear about new apps, download them, use them once or twice and move on. I recently deleted all the apps I don’t really need and have pared down to my absolute favorites. Most people don’t need 15 photography apps, I promise!

Afterlight is by far my most used photo editing app. I use it on almost all of my photos before posting to Instagram to brighten, fix colors, etc. You can manually edit your photos or use their filters which are pretty good, but I usually opt to manually edit.

Over is my favorite for for adding text to photos. I don’t use it as much as I did when I was running my clothing store and overlaying text on photos more often, but I still use it now and then. There are some great fonts and you can play around with the opacity if you want the text to be a little transparent which is great.

Diptic is for collages. It’s one of the first apps I ever downloaded and I’ve found no reason to move to another collage app. There are a lot of basic collage layout and some more intricate ones, too.

Rhonda Designs is another one I use for putting text on photos. The fonts in this app are beautiful and there are also a lot of premade overlays with badges, banners and saying. I don’t use those that often, but every once in a while when I have to make a graphic and I’m away from the computer I’ll throw a graphic or two from this app on there.

Squaready is what I use when I have a photo that I want to post on instagram, but I don’t want to crop it into a square. Squaready allows you to fit the whole image in and you can fill in the background with white or any other color.

It’s crazy how much we rely on our photos for photography these days! More than half the time photos don’t even make it to my computer, I can do pretty much everything I need to do on my phone before sharing to social media. The apps above are my absolute favorite, go-to photo editing apps, but I’m always willing to try more. What are your favorite photography or photo editing apps?