TBB ASKS: March 2018


1. Eyelash curler? Yes or No?

Yes. I curl both before mascara, and after my mascara has dried. However, I do not heat my lash curler – it freaks me out!

2. Favorite Nail Shade?

I love light pinks, like OPI’s Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. that I wore on our wedding day. I love a true red like OPI’s Big Apple Red. I also really like OPI’s Onyx in the cold months.

3. Favorite Lipstick Shade?

MAC’s Russian Red and Relentlessly Red.

4. Blow Dry or Air Dry Your Hair?

I wash my hair 2-3 times a week, and try to blow dry it when I do. However, when I blow dry it, I always air dry it a bit first.

5. Artificial Nails? Yes or No?

No. I used to get my nails done in high school for prom and senior pictures, or in college for recruitment. I much prefer keeping my nails short and polishing them at home though. Its a nice, relaxing activity to do at home.

6. Foundation? Yes or No?

Yes. Lately I’ve been loving BB Cream best, and plan to go back to my favorite tinted moisturizer when I’m out.

7.  Hair Up or Down?

Down unless I’m working out or cleaning the house.

8. Bar Soap or Body Wash?

I prefer bar soap in the winter and body wash in the summer. Classic Dove bar soap is my favorite!

9. Bath or Shower?

I like showers for actually getting clean, but love a relaxing bath when I’m cold or wanting to unwind.

10. Favorite Body Lotion?

I am loving this fir and grapefruit one lately!

11. Do You Wear Perfume? What Scent?

I wear perfume almost every day, even when I don’t wear makeup. I love the way it stays on me throughout the day, and reminds me of middle and high school when every day I’d wear perfume, even if my face was bare and my hair was pulled back in a wet bun.

My favorite scent is Miss Dior, but I also have the Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet that is really nice. In high school I used to love the Ralph Lauren range of scents, and in college I was a Burberry devotee.

12. Do You Shave Your Legs Everyday?

No. During the summer I try to, but in the winter I tend to only shave once or twice a week. This is to take shorter showers, but also because I find that my legs are warmer shoveling snow if they’re not freshly shaven.

13. Favorite Lip Balm?

I love the Smith’s Rosebud Salve in both the pot and tube, and lately I’ve really enjoyed Burt’s Bee original and honey flavors.

14. How old were you when you first started wearing makeup?

I was always allowed fun lip balms, and in middle school could start wearing light lip glosses. The summer before high school my mama took me with a friend and her mom to have makeovers done at the local Merle Norman, and I was allowed to wear my makeup from there to school if I wanted to. Throughout most of freshman year I didn’t wear makeup to school though because of marching band in the fall where I’d have sweat it all off in the Alabama humidity, and just not really caring about wearing a full face of product. Junior year of high school is the first year I remember really doing my makeup for school each day and not just on special occasions. I got really into makeup when I graduated college and moved back home, it was a fun creative outlet to play with new colors and products. These days, I would say I do my makeup when I leave the house, but not if I’m just staying home – I like to give my skin the chance to breathe.


February Reads

I love these prompts for a monthly theme to read from Rachel and Kristin! My February love & romance theme was throughout each book I read this month! I tried to focus on books about love, loving yourself, and loving your world.

Prosecco and Promises by A.L. Michael


This was a sweet story about the importance of family, finding who you want to be and how you want to live, while also sharing a fun love story or two! The characters were enjoyable, the plot moved quickly, and this was a feel good read perfect for a summer day at the beach!

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Domestic Goddess by Deborah Schneider


This book was an easy read and a good palette cleanser between other reads in that it was fun, but forgettable. The characters felt like caricatures and while I enjoyed the setting and the plot, it was not the most endearing or engaging read – it was simply okay.

The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth by Christopher L Heuertz


I enjoy personality psychology and learning about the different ways people have of understanding themselves in the midst of humanity. Enneagrams are still new to me in that I don’t feel I fully understand them, but this book definitely helped me solidify that I am a TWO, but my wings and stuff still don’t quite make sense to me.

I read this as a digital ARC, so the formatting was wonky which made graphics , charts and tables distorted and unclear. I enjoyed the Catholic perspective and the continual tie in to faith throughout the book. This is definitely a subject I want to continue learning about and I’m glad to have this book as a stepping stone on my enneagram journey.

I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for my review from the publisher and NetGalley.

The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships


This book focuses on how different Enneagram types behave in relation to others. It was interesting and I enjoyed the stories used to illustrate the variety of characteristics the author wanted to convey.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum


What a fun idea for a book. I loved the setting in Savannah at a summer cooking completion for scholarship funding to be able to attend the cooking school after high school graduation. The stakes felt real and relatable. I enjoyed the characters, their different backgrounds, and their different culinary strengths. The drama at the end felt like a bit much, but overall this was a fun read that also made me ready to jump into the kitchen to cook.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Rush by Lisa Patton


I loved this book so much! Each character felt real and well-developed, the setting was easy to immerse yourself in, and the realities of Greek life were presented in a true and nuanced way. I enjoyed the perspective of reading about events from a couple different characters points of view, and my heart fell in love with this story.

I am a sorority woman, though not an SEC school. My parents and siblings were members of Greek organizations. My in-laws and sister-in-law were members of Greek organizations in the SEC. I have served as an advisor after graduation, recruitment chair while an active, and as a rho gamma (our recruitment counselors), so I am intimately aware of the recruitment process and could deeply relate to so much of that component of the book.

I love that this book addresses the inadvertent racism that is still very much a reality in this country, and shows strong characters willing to fight against it, and stand up for what is right and just. This book addresses some hard conversations occuring in our country in a respectful and nuanced way that was relatable and engaging and has stayed with me after finishing the book, challenging me to use my voice in a louder and more active way.

I truly enjoyed this book and recommend reading it. I think it would be great for a book club, and I look forward to reading other works by this author.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti


I really enjoyed this book, and think the comparison to a cross between Sex and the City and West Wing is accurate. I like that the “campaign widows” become friends, and I enjoyed the variety of careers and roles in the campaign cycle each character had. I also have a deep love for Washington D.C., so I loved the setting of the book and could easily picture the scenes being described.

I first heard this book recommended by Annie B. Jones on either her Instagram stories or the podcast for her bookstore and knew right away that I needed to read this. I was not disappointed!

This fictionalized version of the 2016 election cycle felt endearing and humorous and tame compared to the way that election actually played out. Even the outrageous characterizations and claims made by candidates felt small by comparison! There were however some similarities that made it feel a little too close to how things actually played out.

I loved that some of the characters felt based on real people, and others just felt like friends I’ve known or acquaintances I have that live and work in the beltway. Cady is endearing and I want to be her friend. Birdie is a force to reckoned with. Reagan felt like so many of my friends and I loved her sharp sense of humor; add to that her role of speechwriter and she had the job I thought I wanted in college! Jay was willing to fight for what he believed in at work and Madison came across as a sincere and true friend, someone who unconventional, would make an amazing first lady, even if she didn’t want the job. These characters were one of my favorite ensembles I’ve read about recently, and I genuinely enjoyed all of them!

If you enjoy books about friendship, complicated relationships, and that read like a great scripted show on HBO or the CW, then this is the book for you. Yes, politics is it’s own character, but while it is the backdrop for this book, it isn’t divisive or distracting.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Longing for Motherhood: Holding on to Hope in the Midst of Childlessness by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik


I am a member of Chelsea’s launch team for this book which releases March 6, and have to graciously thank her and Moody Publishing for the two copies of this book I received. I am planning to give both copies to our local library.

I was so touched by Chelsea’s personal story and the journey she has walked in her own adoption and barrenness. I enjoyed the way she pointed to the women of the Bible who experience childlessness and what she learned through their stories. I agree that childlessness needs to be a topic of greater conversation and brought out of the shame and shadows that can surround our desires to become mothers and the struggles that road can hold. Overall I found Chelsea’s words encouraging and enjoyed what she had to say.

I do wish there was more concrete actionable items. Some chapters are filled with this, and others just leave you with a few Bible verses or Biblical illustrations without the necessary grounding. I feel this book could be richer if some areas were fleshed out deeper.

I do recommend this book to women longing for motherhood or struggling with their childlessness. In addition, I recommend this book to their families and friends, to pastors and counselors, and others who are walking alongside women on this journey.

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifee Palmieri


This book is empowering and encouraging. It is thoughtful and interesting. It speaks to the ways we as a country, but especially as women, can learn from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and uses those experiences to encourage and guide our future female president.

one of my favorite lines says, “a woman can be bothering strong and emotional.” To which I say AMEN!

I highly recommend everyone read this short book. it will encourage and uplift you.

What was the best book you read this month?

What’s Up Wednesday: February 2018

It’s the last day of February and I feel like I blinked and my birthday month has come and gone!

What we’re eating this week:

Monday: Steak & Cesar salad

Tuesday: Chicken & broccoli alfredo

Wednesday: Steak & Cesar salad

Thursday: Salsa chicken tacos

Friday: Grilled cheese & tomato soup

Saturday: Breakfast bowls

Sunday: Lasagna

What I’m reminiscing about:

What a fun basketball season it has been at the university my husband works at. Their winning streak, points scored, and other records are being set in university history and they feel like they’re hitting their groove at the right point in the season. One regular season game left before the conference tournament, and hopefully they continue to churn out games that get them a bid to the NCAA tournament.

What I’m loving:

Red lipstick! Particularly MAC’s Russian Red.

My new watch that was a birthday gift from my husband and in-laws.

My new boots and clothes I received for my birthday.

The new table runner & napkins my parents gave me for my birthday.

The flowers my Grammy sent for my birthday.

Basically all the birthday gifts! 😉

What we’ve been up to:

February was full of home basketball games, celebrating our engagement anniversary, Valentine’s Day, the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday, celebrating my birthday, and a trip up to Buffalo.

What I’m excited about:

I’m excited by the taste of spring we had towards the end of the month. I’m excited about what my twenty-ninth year will bring. I’m excited by the books I’m reading and the healthy strides William and I are making together. How well the men’s basketball team is playing at this point in the season. I’m excited for the NCAA tournament this month. I’m excited for what March will bring!

What I’m watching:

My favorite television show this month was the reboot of Queer Eye on Netflix. I wholeheartedly believe this new Fab Five is better than the original and I love every episode so much! William and I have rewatched it, and are just in love.

The best movie I saw this month was Black Panther. It was incredible in every detail. I loved the cast, I loved the scenery, I loved the costumes, I loved the story. I just loved it. Period.

What I’m reading:

I have my February book reviews publishing tomorrow, but my top three from this month were Rush by Lisa Patton, Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti and Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri.

What I’m listening to:

My new favorite podcast is The Bible Binge hosted by Knox and Jamie of The Popcast. They recap Bible stories like they do pop culture and it is laugh out loud funny. They’ve released two episodes so far – one on Adam & Eve, and one on Noah and the Great Flood. It’s irreverent in the best way.

What I’m looking forward to this month:

At the end of the month we’re going to Toronto for a Maple Leafs game and a couple days away in our new favorite city!

How was your February?

Ash Wednesday is always a humbling and powerful mass. Celebrating yesterday was especially humbling as we contemplated the words “you were made from dust, and to dust you shall return,” as minutes later during the prayers of the faithful we were crying out to Our Father and asking the saints to intercede on behalf of the shooting that occurred in Florida just before mass began.

Ash Wednesday is a day of accepting and embracing the truth that we all will die one day. It’s such a morbid thought, but a really beautiful and peaceful one too, when looked at in communion with your brothers and sisters in the church, now and throughout the ages. But, contemplating this thought alongside another school shooting in America shook me this year.

I can’t quite put into words the emotion that I felt within my soul during mass and that I’ve felt all night as I wrestle with the realities of today. We are told to “share the good news” through our ashes, that through death our sins have been redeemed. We’re honoring and respecting the death that happens to us all, and yet, we’re questioning simultaneously why another school shooting has occurred and what we can do in the midst of the doubt and the unknown. It’s an uncomfortable place to be, but then the readings today call us out to be uncomfortable.

Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and reflection. It’s a day of communion and heartbreak and healing. But yesterday, the heartbreak took a larger role.

I don’t have any answers. In fact I have far too many questions to even begin piecing together an idea of how to generate action out of my complicated emotions and processing of the duality of Ash Wednesday 2018.

Father David said his Lenten challenge to us would be to “trust the smudge,” meaning to trust in the reflection of what Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season mean. He was reflecting on the fact that today the Lenten season began on St. Valentine’s Day, and that this year, you couldn’t spell VaLENTine without LENT. That this season of Lenten repentance, reflection and preparation concludes with the celebration of the manifestation of the greatest love the world has ever known – the gift of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross to take the wrath of God away from us sinners and wipe us as fresh and clean as a new fallen snow.

I am obviously wrestling with reconciling the various events of yesterday and praying that our country finally takes action on gun control legislation to prevent more school shootings from occuring. I don’t know what event has to happen to wake our legislators up to the reality that current gun legislation is flawed and needs to be addressed.

In all of this wrestling, I’m trying to heed Father David’s challenge for Lent and “trust the smudge.”

The Husband Tag

I’ve watched a couple of my favorite YouTubers answer these questions and thought it would make a fun Valentine’s Day post. I decided to have William answer the questions about us as a couple and the ones about me, and then I answered ones that could be about him too.

How and where did we meet?

William: We met in spring of 2004 doing a high school production of Godspell. I was an actor playing John the Baptist/Judas and Sarah was the help running the lights.

What was your first impression?

William: That she was a wee little freshman that I shot the shit with for an hour before the show began. But I noticed your little gap tooth smile.

Sarah: My first impression was when I was a freshman in high school and I remember finding him handsome and being awed by listening to him sing. Then when we started flirting over social media 10 years later, I remember finding him charming, intelligent and funny. When I saw him in person for the first time again over Labor Day weekend in 2014 I remember finding him handsome and intimidating, while also incredibly charming.

How and where was our first date?

William: Hiking Spruce Mountain in Monument, Colorado over Labor Day weekend 2014.

Sarah: I consider all of Labor Day weekend 2014 a long date. But our first proper date was the hike William mentioned followed by delicious Mexican food and a margarita for me at my favorite Mexican restaurant in Colorado Springs.

Where was our first kiss and how was it?

William: Our first kiss was during the Alabama v West Virginia game and it was kind of mediocre because you were acting super weird.

Sarah: It was during the opening football game of 2014 when Alabama and West Virginia were playing. We were on my parent’s couch and cuddling, but I was so nervous to kiss him and that he’d think I was an awful kisser. The first kiss was a bit awkward as I got over my nerves, but the kisses after that were pretty great!

When did you meet my family?

William: Watching the Alabama West Virginia game at her parents house since I was staying there that weekend.

Sarah: When I flew to Alabama for your sister’s wedding in December of 2014. I’m really glad they welcomed me so so openly and warmly!

How did you know I was “The One”?

William: I honestly don’t know how to answer that question. When you know, you know. I knew I was going to ask you to marry me after our first trip to Jackson Hole.

Sarah: I knew you were “the one” when I was choosing to spend every weekend possible traveling to be with you. When I was more relaxed and comfortable with you in a couple weeks than I had been in years. When I embarrassed myself and you stood beside me in spite of it. When we shared dreams of the future and they aligned so well. There are so many moments combined that made me know you were the person I wanted by my side through life.

When and why did you fall in love me?

William: I loved you after Jackson Hole, but I knew you were my wife when you turtled and made my dad laugh.

Sarah: I knew I loved you deeply on that first trip to Jackson Hole. There was something magic in the air that weekend.

How long have we been together? Relationship & marriage.

We started talking in May 2014, had our first date in September 2014, got engaged in February 2015, and got married in October 2015.

How do you resolve problems?

William: We don’t have problems. I’m always right.

Sarah: We talk through things. We try to resolve any issues the same day they come up and deal with things head on.

What do you two do for a living and are you using your college degree?

William is a professor of marketing and I’m a home maker at the moment.

What key elements make a successful relationship & marriage?

William: All the cliches. Communication, cooperation, compromise.

Sarah: I think knowing how to show your love well. Quality time, acts of service, laughter, words of affirmation, physical touch, gifts, communication – it’s all so important!

What do you love about me?

William: I love all of you.

Sarah: I love your laugh and sense of humor. I love your intelligence and wit. I love your passion and thirst for new knowledge and experiences. I love listening to you sing and the way I feel cuddled in your arms. I love your smile. There is so much to love about you!

How do you keep a relationship healthy in life?

William: Laughter.

Sarah: Remembering why you fell in love. Laughter and creating new experiences together are so important!

Places you want to travel?

William: Everywhere. I love traveling with you. Wherever you want to fucking go baby.

Sarah: I really would love to travel so many different places with you! Top of the list are Ireland, Great Britain, Wales, Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, Croatia, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. I really want to do the Camino de Santiago with you!

Children? How many do you want?

William: Whatever Sarah says.

Sarah: If we have children, William wants two.

What is my favorite color?

William: Rellow. Red and yellow. If you wanted to get pedantic it would be cardinal and mustard.

Sarah: His favorite color is purple, but he wears a lot of green and blue.

What is my favorite food?

William: Hamburger. It’s always what you’re craving.

Sarah: I would guess hamburgers or burritos.

What is my favorite sports team?

William: Pittsburgh (Steelers, Penguins and Pirates), the University of Alabama and the University of Montana.

Sarah: William loves the University of Alabama, the Tottenham Hotspur, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and St. Bonaventure of course!

What is my favorite TV show?

William: You love American Housewife, Home Town, and Fixer Upper.

Sarah: Game of Thrones, Stranger Things or South Park. All time would be Eureka.

What food do I not like?

William: Gluten. Well, it doesn’t like you. You don’t like cooked, mushy tomatoes out of a can or stewed. You hate canned green beans.

Sarah: William doesn’t like raw onion or brussel sprouts.

What is my favorite type of sandwich?

William: Salami.

Sarah: One with meat.

If I could eat one thing everyday what would it be?

William: Apples, macaroni & cheese or potatoes.

Sarah: Grapes or burritos.

What is my eye color?

William: Yours are a chocolate brown.

Sarah: Hazel with a brown tint.

Who is my best friend?

William: Laura.

Sarah: William’s best friends growing up were Meaghan and Derrick, but we consider each other our best friend these days.

What is something I do that you wish I wouldn’t?

William: Your defense of your procrastination.

Sarah: Leave wet towels on the wood floors or furniture.

What is my heritage and where am I from?

William: You’re a mutt. We know your family comes from Ireland, Poland, Holland, Croatia, Austria, and Belgium. Who knows where else you’re from?

Sarah: William’s family has been in the same county in Alabama for generations on one side! His family came mostly from Great Britain and Ireland, and we suspect somewhere between Germany, Switzerland and France.

Did I play any sports?

William: I wouldn’t say you’ve ever played any sport. You’re too uncoordinated.

Sarah: Growing up William played baseball and football, and in high school he played football. These days he’s a big golfer.

If you baked me a cake what kind would I like?

William: I wouldn’t bake you a cake, I’d bake you a pie. Pecan, lemon, or key lime.

Sarah: William loves cheesecake!

What is one unique talent I have?

William: Your uncanny ability to see good in everything around you.

Sarah: His best talent is knowing every song ever. He recognizes them within the first beat and loves to play name the artis and song title. A unique talent of his is the voice impersonations he can do, particularly Elmo! It makes me laugh.

Weird habits of each other?

William: When she cleans, she moves things. Every time.

Sarah: Leaving clothes wherever they fall.

What is my favorite restaurant?

William: That sushi place in Colorado Springs or Cafe Northington – you’d rather have me cook for you.

Sarah: Taco Bell or Burgermeister in Berlin.

What can I spend hours doing?

William: Reading, Sudoku, hiking, or scrolling Instagram.

Sarah: Reading, hiking or playing video games.

What is your most repeated phrase or sentence?

William: I’m not sleeping, I’m just resting my eyes. I’m so cold.

Sarah: Don’t touch me. (My hands, feet and nose are always like ice!)

Potato Bean Soup Recipe

Today is a cold and snowy day around here. I shoveled for two hours and it’s still coming down! Knowing that, I thought it would be the perfect day to share one of my favorite soup recipes with y’all. I used to ask my mama to make this on my birthday I love it so much. It’s also great with some of her dill bread on the side.


  • 1/2 C chopped celery
  • 2 M carrots (shredded)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp butter, melted
  • 4 C chicken broth
  • 3 C potatoes (peeled & diced)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill or 2 tsp dillweed
  • 2 15oz cans of cannelloni beans, drained
  • 1/2 C sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

1. Cook celery, carrots and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in broth, potatoes and dill.

2. Heat to boiling, reduce heat and sinner, cover 25-30 minutes. Mash half of the potatoes in broth, add drained beans to pot.

3. In bowl, stir sour cream, flour and pepper. Add to pot. Cook and stir until thick.

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

Lauren from Lot48 posted this yesterday and I thought it would be fun to answer too!

Favorite boy band: I enjoy each of those choices! At Christmas I was loving 98* two Christmas albums, but growing up I’d say NSYNC took first place.

Favorite women’s magazine: Of those choices I’d go with Vanity Fair.

My ideal Valentine’s Day is: William cooking an amazing dinner, sharing a bottle of good wine, and curling up together with a fun romantic comedy.

The chore I hate most is: Of those choices I’d say cleaning, but mostly just bathrooms.

My favorite TV show to veg out to is: I just enjoy the ability to binge a series on Netflix or Amazon. My most recent favorite was The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Pedicure or manicure: Pedicure. I can do a manicure myself.

I wish I was more: Active. I really need to make working out a greater priority.

My favorite super hero is: Wonder Woman.

My favorite fantasy book is: The Harry Potter series hand down!

How would you answer these questions?