October 5, 2016

October-ish Photo Challenge

Happy Hump Day everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.

Do you like doing Photo-a-Day Challenges on Instagram? I know I do! I started one on my birthday (#Es33rdyear), but I keep forgetting to post!  I've had a couple of 'catch up' days on Instagram. I thought a daily list of what I'm 'supposed' to be posting would help me remember to post. So, I came up with the photo-a-day challenge below and I hope you'll join me. 

I'm calling it the October-ish Photo-A-Day Challenge since it starts on October 5th.  Join me on Instagram with the hashtag #octoberishphoto and tag, @1hotredhd, me so I can see all your awesome posts.

Have fun posting!

October 4, 2016

The Wonder of the Ordinary

Happy Tuesday! You've made it past Monday :) I hope your week is off to a great start so far.  I received another Daily Reflection that I wanted to share with you today.  It really rings true for me about how we tend to overlook the ordinary in our lives.  I hope this helps you to thing of the ordinary in your ever day.

The extraordinary, the amazing, the phenomenon are daily glorified in the movies, the news, and on television. Our senses become bombarded. We become addicted to drama. The only things that get our attention are the big, catastrophic, knee-jerking events.

Take a closer look at your life, your everyday world, and the people and activities in it. If it were all taken from you in one moment, what would you miss? What sights, what sounds, what smells? Would you miss the view from your kitchen window? If you were never to see that scene again, would you nostalgically reminisce about it, wishing you could see it one more time, remembering how beautiful it was, and how much that familiar sight comforted you in your daily life?

What about those toys strewn about or the baby crying because he's hungry or wet? What about the sounds of the city you live in as it comes to life each morning? Or how about how your child smells after her bath? Or when she comes in cold from playing in the snow?

What about the way your friend smiles, or that little thing he says all the time that's not funny but he thinks it is, so you laugh?

Look closely at the ordinary in your life. While you're being grateful, don't forget to express pure, sheer gratitude for how beautiful the ordinary really is. We can easily overlook the ordinary, take it for granted. The sun rises and sets, the seasons come and go, and we forget how beautiful and sensational the familiar really is.

God thank you for every detail of my ordinary, everyday world.

- From More Language of Letting Go, by Melody Beattie

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September 30, 2016

High Five For Friday - Weddings Galore!

Happy Friday everyone! Did you have a good week? I hope so!  I wasn't feeling my best this week, but I managed to hang in there.  Work was quiet, so I was able to get a lot done. I went to the doctor to find out that I definitely had a virus. He suggested I pick up some Zinc lozenges. I did and I feel like a whole new woman!  There were some pretty great things going on this week, even when I was feeling icky.  Here's a peak...

Saturday evening I was lucky enough to see my mentor, M, get married to her soulmate! It was a beautiful wedding and we all had a great time. I balled like a baby when M read her vows. It was so wonderful!

Saturday night I ended up at another wedding! Earlier that day my friend, V, asked if I'd like to attend her impromptu wedding! Of course!!!!  V and her (now) husband are in a show right now and they were planning on getting hitched at their cast party that night around 11pm.  It was beautifully done! The lighting, the flowers, the spread was all fantastic at a moments notice!

On Sunday I went to see The BFG - Big Friendly Giant. My 'Star-Daughter' was in it and she was absolutely fabulous. She had a super cute scene where we were seeing her dream and she got to sing/dance to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off. MK totally rocked it!

Monday night was the Carrie Underwood concert and it was fantastic! I plan on doing a full post next week (I took so many pictures), but here is a little collage for you :) The Swon Brothers and Easton Corbin opened for her. It was a great show!

My friend, C, and I have started going to Elevation Church. We are loving it! C found out about a study group that some single women are doing along with the book Becoming Myself, Embracing God's Dream of You, by Stasi Eldredge.  C and I have decided to read the book together and work on the 8-session workbook that accompanies it. We are easing ourselves into involvement with Elevation and thought this was a good way to start.  We are really looking forward to starting the journey together!  I've already read the first chapter and am LOVING it! It's perfect for where I am at in my life.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxoxo

I'm linking up with Bright on a Budget, Della Devoted, and Cup of Tea for High Five For Friday.


September 28, 2016

Binge-Worthy Fall TV

This is my favorite season...the season of Fall Television Premiers! Some of my favorite shows are back and there are some great new ones just getting started.  I've been able to watch the first week's worth of premiers and I am loving what I'm seeing.  Here's a recap of the new shows I'm loving and my returning favorites.


This Is Us
If you were a fan of Parenthood, then you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!  Me and my girlfriends totally freaked out about it.  It is about a group of people that are all born on the same day and how they are connected. It stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, and Justin Hartley.
NBC - Tuesday 10pm

Minnie Driver stars as the mother of a special-needs son.  The family is great at dealing with the challenges life throws at them as well as the ones they create.  Driver is really fantastic!
ABC - Wednesday 8:30pm

Designated Survivor
Kiefer is baaaaaaaaack! For all you 24 fans out there, you're going to love this! Kiefer Sutherland plays a White House Cabinet member who becomes the President of the United States when everyone else has been catastrophically killed!  Sutherland slips into this role with such ease!
ABC - Wednesday 9pm

The Exorcist
Okay, you're really only going to like this one if you like scary movies. I happen to love scary movies, so this is right up my alley. The show is based on the 1971 novel about a priest who performs exorcisms on demonic spirits.  The first episode has me hooked!
FOX - Friday


Grey's Anatomy
The season 13 premier picks up right where the finale left off.  Alex has beaten the crap out of DeLuca...Meredith and Riggs are playing coy...and Kepner and Avery have named their baby! It was a great start to the season. Let's hope they can keep up the memento.
ABC - Thursday 8pm

Law & Order: SVU
In it's 18th Season they keep you on your toes just as much as ever!
NBC - Wednesday 9pm

Secrets and Lies
Juliette Lewis is not a cop I would want to cross paths with.  She is one tough cookie and if she thinks you committed the crime, she will stop at nothing!  This season we are dealing with a murdered woman and of course, her husband is the first suspect. We find out she was pregnant and was keeping secrets (shocker)! Michael Ealy stars as the grieving husband. I'm totally on his side and everyone else us super suspicious!
ABC - Sunday 9pm

Some other new shows I watched are The Good Place (just okay) and Notorious (somewhat like Scandal).  I am really interested in Kevin Can Wait and Man With A Plan.  There are some shows that will be premiering mid-season that look really interesting - Time After Time and Making History. Some more returning favorites are How To Get Away With Murder (this show drives me crazy, but I can't not watch), Vampire Diaries comes back October 7th and Jane the Virgin comes back October 17th.

What shows are you watching this fall?

September 27, 2016

Exercise Your Mind

Each day I receive emails entitled - Today's Gift. They contain different motivational and sometimes inspirational messages.  I really liked the one I got this morning and wanted to share it with you. 

After a long day of working or doing errands, we may want to sit and not do a thing. But although our bodies may be physically tired, our minds may be just the opposite.

If we're plagued by tired, cranky thoughts after a day's activity, we might discover our minds are too hooked into our feelings. We can separate the mind from the body and learn to chase away stinking thinking. We might treat our tired bodies to a bath while we treat our minds to a good book. While we're soaking our feet or resting in an easy chair, we can put on some music. Or we can put aside the hectic pace of the day and throw our creative energies into preparing a new recipe.

There are countless ways to wake up our minds even if our bodies are tired. Instead of collapsing in front of the television or eating junk food, we can change our focus. We can tune out the signals of the day and turn on our minds.

Did you exercise your mind today?

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