Five on Friday!

Happy Friday!

one // I recently ran out of my self-tanner and picked up a bottle of Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil (also available on Amazon), a new Josie Maran product, at the recommendation of my perfectly tanned friend Lisa. I’m on week 3 of this tan (applying it once a week) and I love that it’s 100% pure argan oil, coconut water and aloe, smells amazing (which I didn’t know was possible for a tanner) and lasts all week. So yeah, it definitely lives up to it’s “liquid gold” name for sure! Oh, and it only comes in one color that develops into a medium tan so you can’t get the wrong color for your skin!

two // Earlier this week I grabbed dinner with my bestie Brynn in Atlanta! We went to the cutest place — Murphy’s. I had the best lobster cobb salad ever and we polished off dinner with an amazing pound cake dessert. It’s always so wonderful catching up with her.

three // For awhile now Caroline has been picking out her outfit each night for the following day to streamline our morning routine. She loves clothes and over the past few weeks has been laying out outfits “for 2 days” and then “for 3 days” and then “for the week.” And one morning this week Matt entered her room to find, well, her entire closet laid out for the indefinite future. Each outfit included a dress, shorts, underwear, socks and a bow.

four // Y’all came through big time on my request for new Spotify playlists to listen to. I received SO many amazing recommendations and am still sorting through them, but these are some of my favorites so far…


Share your favorite playlist in the comments so I can add to my library! I listen to spotify alllll day long and am always looking to mix it up.

five // So I also need recommendations on PODCASTS! I spend a LOT of time in my car traveling for work and listen to lots of podcasts DAILY. They range from sermons to serial killers. Most recently I powered through The Sandra Podcast by Gimlet Media. I binged through all 7 episodes on my commute down to Atlanta this week. I was so entertained and could not stop listening.

Here’s the summary from Gimlet: “Helen’s always dreamed of ditching her hometown, so when she lands a job at the company that makes Sandra, everyone’s favorite A.I., she figures it’s the next-best thing. But working behind the curtain isn’t quite the escape from reality that Helen expected.”

I’ll share my favorite podcasts if you promise to share your faves too, mmmk?! I have listened to EVERY single episode of the below podcasts and am always impatiently waiting for the next episode to download…

  • The Life Coach School: If you haven’t already downloaded this from my prior recommendations, WHY!?! Do it. Now. It will change your life and you’ll want to be BFFs with Brooke.
  • Sword & Scale: **warning: super duper dark. Matt won’t listen to these with me they freak him out so much.
  • Better Than Happy (previously Bold New Mom): If you love The Life Coach School, you’ll love Jodi Moore. She is Brooke Castillo’s mentee and works for The Life Coach School)
  • Stuff You Should Know: Matt and I listen to this one together a lot

Honorable Mentions: Passion City Church, LadyGang, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Something You Should Know (different from #4 above), This American Life and many, many more…


Happy Father’s Day weekend, friends!



  1. June 15, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I get stuck in such a rut with my Spotify lists! I’m going to have to check some of those out!! Caroline laying out her clothes like that is adorable. And super efficient, ha!!

  2. Hannah
    June 15, 2018 / 7:14 am

    Some of my favorite podcasts are 1) Death, Sex and Money 2) Young House Love Has A Podcast and 3) Modern Love. I’m interested in checking out your recommendations, so thanks for passing them along. 🙂

  3. Aleigha
    June 15, 2018 / 7:56 am

    I’m always on the hunt for a podcast as well! I’m loving Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love. She does a series for a weeks at a time. Themes have been for the love of food, for the love of friendship, and most recently a series on faith journeys. She hits a great note of each episode being fun, engaging, interesting, informative, and thought provoking. On a different, am loving Conspiracy Theories. The hosts are NOT conspiracy theorists, but they delve into historic and iconic events, exploring the various explanations and points of view that are believed.

  4. Shelby McKenzie
    June 15, 2018 / 8:22 am

    I love investigative podcasts. I am currently listening to In the Dark Season 2. It’s about a murder that happened when I was a kid 30 minutes from where I grew up. I always assumed the guy that was put on trial was guilty, but now I have my doubts!! Other favorites that I have listened to: Heaven’s Gate (about the Heaven’s Gate cult…so interesting!), Missing Richard Simmons, Blue Babies Pink (can’t recommend this one enough!!!), You Must Remember This (there are several seasons of this, but the one she did about Charles Manson and Hollywood is excellent).

    • June 18, 2018 / 9:45 am

      On episode 3 of BBP! It’s SOOOO interesting and isn’t a podcast I would think to subscribe to! Thanks for recommending! I downloaded your other recs too (I think we have very similar taste!) and can’t wait to get to them too!

  5. June 15, 2018 / 8:27 am

    My family is going on a road trip next week, so these recommendations are perfect timing! Thank you! If you watch Bravo shows, Bitch Sesh is hilarious. Young House Love it my other favorite!

  6. June 15, 2018 / 8:35 am

    I’m a podcast junky too! I impatiently wait for Criminal and Ear Hustle to come out each week. I just started The RFK Tapes which is also from Gimlet and Crimetown was amazing.

  7. June 15, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Where Should We Begin with Ester Perel is a great podcast! It records various couples first session in couples therapy. For me it’s kind of like reality TV but while also learning about relationship dynamics on a more scientific level- fascinating!

  8. Brittany
    June 15, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Love love love Serial, Undisclosed, In The Dark, Dirty John, Young House Love has a Podcast, Brain Candy, and my fav fav fav Crime Junkie.

  9. June 15, 2018 / 9:31 am

    I just discovered The Lazy Genius and I am obsessed! You should definitely check her podcast out (& she has a blog!)

  10. Marisa
    June 15, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Podcast Recommendations include Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd, Oprah Super Soul Conversations, Serial and Accused.

  11. Brittney
    June 15, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Try Best of Both Worlds podcast. It’s for working moms and they are both bloggers. I work full time so I always find the episodes interesting. Also, I agree with the above on Serial and Death, Sex, and Money. Will have to check out your recs! 🙂

    • June 18, 2018 / 9:44 am

      I have been binging on Best of Both Worlds since you recommended it! I LOVE IT. Thank you for sharing! I’ve already sent it to a bunch of my working mama friends too.

  12. Mary
    June 15, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Podcast Recommendations:

    – Death, Sex, and Money – agreeing with the previous comments
    – The Popcast – Hilarious podcast about pop culture
    – What should I read next – a book podcast that where a guest gets three book recommendations based on their likes and dislikes
    – On Heir – all about the royal family, because I’m obsessed.

  13. June 15, 2018 / 10:58 am

    I LOVE the Birth Hour podcast as well as the WDW Prep podcast. I know these aren’t your genres, but these are my favs. Also, have you considered audio books? I commute to work, spend about 2 hours a day in my car, and our library has audio books we can get through them for free, either online, or on cd, and they make all the difference when I’m not in the mood to listen to birth stories or about Disney World vacations. 🙂

  14. June 15, 2018 / 11:14 am

    By the Book is a great podcast where 2 women live by the rules of self-help books and evaluate how effective they were. It’s super funny and sometimes really heartwarming.

  15. Shelby
    June 15, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I can’t recommend the podcast Caliphate enough! It’s in the same vein as some of the darker crime podcasts, but it’s one narrative and SO good. I was hooked after one episode.

  16. June 15, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    I’ll second the Popcast with Knox & Jamie and Dirty John – both are great! I just found the pod cast Lore and it’s fascinating! It’s history woven with spooky stories/urban legends and folklore (hence the name) and I am loving it! Not too scary, just a little spine-tingly!

  17. June 15, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    we play the bbq playlist at Boston Burger Company and it’s so good!!!

  18. June 15, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    I ate Murphy’s when I was in Atlanta to see a blog friend. It is so yummy! My E has been setting out her clothes for the past couple months, but man yours has it all down.

  19. June 15, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    I really need to jump on the podcast train — maybe I’ll do that by trying one of the ones you list! Have a great weekend!

  20. Sara
    June 15, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    Podcast: Making Oprah, Mom and Dad are Fighting (answers parenting questions), The Moth

    Spotify: RoseWave by NPR

  21. June 15, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey is my all-time favorite podcast!!

  22. Ashley Capehart
    June 15, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    I love Murphy’s! It was a block around the corner from my house in ATL. Next time, grab the brisket! TO DIE FOR!

  23. Crystal
    June 15, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    My Favorite Murder, True Crime Garage, Dax Shepard, Lets Not Meet, young house love, The Lio, Bob and Sheri, Ted Talk

    • Crystal
      June 15, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      The Lip*

    • Christina
      July 17, 2018 / 3:21 pm

      Thanks for these recs! I just started listening to My Favorite Murder and LOVE it!

  24. Natalie
    June 16, 2018 / 7:33 am

    I love How I Built This and The Happy Hour With Jamie Ivey!

  25. Ariane
    June 16, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    Podcasts: By the book, The mom hour, edit your life show

  26. Caitlin
    June 16, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Not sure how you feel about the true crime genre, but I’ve teally been able to get into those. I started with Serial and moved to Generation Why. One of the host of Generation Why has a new podcast, Framed, coming out later this summer that I’m really looking forward to!

  27. June 16, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    You always look so cute and put together even when casual. I’m definitely envious of your ability to put together outfits. I bet Caroline gets it from you. 😉

  28. Tara
    June 16, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    Serial season 1!
    Generation Why
    True Crime Garage
    Hidden Brain
    The Daily Boost

  29. TWC
    June 19, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    I am kind of a Podcast addict! Here are my faves:

    My Dad Wrote A Porno (must start w Season 1 Episode 1, it’s not safe for little ears, but it is SO DAMN FUNNY)
    Reply All
    The Popcast (the hosts now have a 2nd Podcast called The Bible Binge which is basically silly bible study – also very funny)

    Science/interesting factoids:
    Science Vs
    Every Little Thing

    True Crime:
    Dirty John
    In The Dark
    My Favorite Murder

    The Longest Shortest Time

    Human Interest:
    Death Sex & Money
    Modern Love
    Making Oprah
    This is Love


    Fiction (similar to Sandra):

    • Christina
      July 17, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      This list is gold!

  30. Gina
    June 22, 2018 / 8:46 am

    May I ask — what self tanner do you usually use? : )

    • Christina
      June 22, 2018 / 10:47 am

      I was using TanWise before!

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