Five on Friday 015

Here’s what I’m loving this week (besides Harry learning to wink)…

A wellness resource

A few weeks back, an online friend posted about The Balanced Life, a wellness website, and its extended membership, called the Sisterhood. Normally, it’s closed to the public, but I got an email invite this week to join! I now have access to a monthly workout plan (mainly Pilates-type workouts), loads of recipes that fit my dietary restrictions, and a really great community of ladies. Yay! If that interests you too, you can join through my invite here.

A path to contentment

With the end of 2018 in sight (two weeks away?!), I’m beginning to make plans for 2019. At the start of the year, I’ll be participating in Nancy Ray’s Contentment Challenge — which is like a 3-month spending fast with a few other elements mixed in. The point isn’t what I’ll be missing, but what I’ll gain. I’ve looked up to Nancy for years and I’m really excited for all I’ll learn through this process. I’ll post more about this in the coming weeks.

A fun new project with Zach

Snow days are rare in Charlotte, but with this one came a bit of inspiration. After watching the trailer for Avengers: Endgame, Zach and I decided we wanted to go back through the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a refresher before we see the last Avengers film (or is it?). With that came the idea to share it with all our friends, and a podcast was born.  You can find us on Twitter or Instagram to learn more.

A 20 minute splurge

Lately, I’ve been using Little Barn Apothecary’s Coconut Ash + Earth mask once or twice a week. It makes my skin feel so good and it’s a great quick way to practice self care.

An easy marinade

I couldn’t help but share this quick marinade we made this week for pork chops (it’s also good on chicken). Are you ready? It’s so simple.

Ingredients: 1 T soy sauce, 2 T vegetable oil, 1 T Worcestershire, 1 t lemon juice, 2 T brown sugar, 2 T ketchup.


  • Marinade your meat for at least an hour before serving if you can. If not, no biggie.
  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Spread half the sauce on your meat. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Turn and spread remaining sauce. Bake uncovered for another 15-20 minutes.

I served our pork chops with these easy, dairy-free mashed potatoes and frozen green beans from Trader Joe’s.

What are you loving this week? I’d love to hear about it! 

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