How I've Been Keeping Busy

Thursday, April 9, 2020

NEEDLEPOINT:


Needlepointing has been so much fun! I started this hobby last year because I was looking for something for stress relief. I purchased this key-chain kit back in November and never started it, so this was the perfect opportunity to start. Below is the pillow kit I just purchased which I cannot wait to finish. I highly recommend checking out Etsy for kits or seeing if any local places have an online shop.


I purchased the pillow kit to go on my couch in the living room. It came with all of the supplies to completely finish it, so I will share an update when it is done!

WORKING OUT:

I love working out because it makes a huge difference with some health issues that I have and not being able to go to my studio has been really hard. My studio though has been absolutely amazing and created a Facebook group to stream classes live every day.  They have been absolutely phenomenal workouts and even if you do not have some sort of workout studio, there are tons of YouTube videos for free! I am doing a mix of my classes and walking/walking my dog every day.

COOKING:


I actually love cooking and meal prepping, so I have used this time to try some new recipes! This is probably the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had and it came out of a box. After following the directions on the box, I added a little cream cheese, shredded cheese, and parmisean. We topped with gluten free bread crumbs and put it in the oven on broil for between 5-10 minutes. It was SO SO good!

BLOGGING:

Some of you may have noticed the new logo (I love the new design!) it is simple and clean. I have been trying to use this time to blog more because I truly love it. It feels like I am writing in a diary or sharing my outfits with my girlfriends and I feel so thankful to have this time to spend on it.

READING MY FAVORITE BLOGS:

Here's a list of the blogs I have been reading lately. Everyone has been so awesome at sharing cool things like ways to help people or better yourself during this time, and fun things like outfits etc. I have also been watching fun hair and makeup videos ha!

Southern Curls and Pearls
Carly the Prepster
Bows and Sequins
Fran Acciardo
Lonestar Southern

If you write a blog, or just have a favorite blog to read, drop a link in the comments and I'll check it out!

Business Casual

Monday, April 6, 2020

Jeans | Similar Top, on sale! (mine is old H&M) | Shoes 
Similar Bracelet (mine is discontinued, but is old DW) | Earrings
 
I don't know about you, but I don't enjoy reading the news. Even before this mess, I didn't enjoy it and instead I would spend mornings drinking coffee and reading my favorite blogs or listening to a podcast (love Chicks in the Office!). Now more than ever, I am reading my favorite blogs for some relief from the constant stream of bad news we are currently surrounded by. I hope my blog can be this outlet for you too.

With everything happening in the world, I have been trying to do any small thing I can to help. I have been staying at home, occasionally going out for a run or to walk my dog. I have been ordering to-go from local restaurants which has been so much fun to try new foods and help out. My favorite source of inspiration with everything has been https://www.carlytheprepster.com/. She has talked about at-home workouts, crafts, and has even made masks for hospitals! Later this week I will share some of what I have been doing to stay busy at home.

On a fun note, I have been expanding my work appropriate wardrobe and this is one of my favorite looks! I have worn these shoes NON-STOP and have even considered ordering a second pair because I know I will wear them out too soon 😅. If you are looking for any of the items worn, I have linked them above!

 

Random Stuff I've Purchased

Monday, March 30, 2020

Now that I have some time to blog, I would love for this to be a little break from the news for everyone. I thought I'd share with you guys some of the random stuff I've purchased the last few ~months!

1) These Jeans: To be honest I've never been a huge jeans person, but Madewell is slowly changing my opinion.

2) Earrings: I had a very similar pair of earrings that I lost months ago and this is their replacement! They are the perfect size and super lightweight.

3) Sweater: I am trying to expand my big-girl wardrobe for my big-girl job and love how bright this sweater is!

4) Pants: The big-girl pants to go with the sweater - so far, very comfy.

5) Sneakers: I wore ASICS every day at my last job and could literally stand all day in them without getting sore legs or feet. I finally busted a hole through mine, so this is their replacement.

6) Face Serum: Have not tried this yet, I will let you guys know how it goes.

7) Pouch:  I wanted some simple pouches for cosmetics etc. when traveling.

8) Mules:  My FAVORITE work shoes.

9) And a few other random purchases:
I purchased this dress in back and this dress in white and both are so cute! With social distancing I have also purchased some needlepoint projects, but that will be for another post!

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy and I wish you all the best!


Happy 2020!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Shouting happy 2020 to all of you! I typically don't do much for New Years Eve, but this year I went out to dinner with a group of friends and had so much fun! For New Years Day I am spending it with family: going out for a nice lunch and then a big family dinner.

Not everyone loves setting New Years resolutions (we actually talked about this at work this week) because they can be hard to stick to, but I love the idea of setting a larger goal and working to stick to it all year. Every year I try to do something attainable that will better me or better someone else. So I'll start by explaining mine for 2020.

Last year I realized that I had a seriously bad relationship with food ordering apps and was constantly buying food out. It was bad for me and my bank account, so that kicked off a learning to cook spree. I enjoyed it so much, so I started meal prepping for both school and work and had so much fun doing it (surprisingly). This blogger has posted some of my favorite recipes that are both vegetarian and super healthy, plus she even talks about meal prepping sometimes. So my goal for the year will be to continue the meal prepping through the end of 2020 and to try more adventurous and difficult recipes.

A huge thank you to all of you who read Pretty as a Peony. I hope you all have a fantastic 2020 and if you have any resolutions, let me know in the comments!


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