It’s My Buti-Versary, Y’all!

For those I have not already attempted to convert, here’s a little background:

Buti (pronounced booty) is a “dynamic yoga practice, that includes cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement, and conditioning.” The practice was founded by Bizzie Gold. One of the many goals in Buti is to “sweat with intention.” It brings focus to the importance of listening to your body, challenging it, and healing yourself from the inside out. Not to mention gathering like-minded folks and bonding as part of the Buttisatva community, commonly known as the “tribe.”

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All of this in a yoga class, you say? YES. At least for me. I have been doing Buti (along with a few other types of yoga) at least weekly for the past year.

The studio I belong to is Barre Belle in Downtown Knoxville. I can walk there from work on my lunch break, so when I found out about Buti Yoga, and the fact that your first class at the studio is free, I knew I had to check it out. I’ve been hooked ever since. Part of it is due to the amazing instructors I’ve taken class from, Carrie & Gabriella. But I will also give credit to my dedication. Finding something I love to do, and sticking with it, has made a huge impact on my life.

After only a few days of doing Buti, I took myself down to our local REI and bought a Manduka yoga mat. I can’t stress enough the importance of a good mat for regular practice. It has made a huge difference for me, so even though spending $82 on a mat sounds ridiculous, the cost pays for itself in the long run.

After a year’s worth of work, I can tell how much stronger I’ve become. Whether it’s picking up a rapidly-growing 4 year old, or my ability to do poses and binds I would have previously never thought to try, my hard work is paying off. If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be doing yoga weekly, I would have laughed. Yoga is only for flexible people who don’t have back injuries. For the uninitiated, I’ve been dealing with a back injury since 2005. I thought I would never solve the puzzle, but have made great strides in the last 12-18 months in healing myself.

So, cheers to my Buti-versary! I look forward to celebrating many more in the years to come!

Have you discovered any new passions lately? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

Likes, Loves, & Needs: April

Now that I’m settling into my new role of blogger, I find myself thinking of possible content ideas all the time.

It occurred to me that now might be a good time to debut what I hope to become a monthly feature, Likes, Loves, & Needs.

I will use this space to talk about things I have found that I like and absolutely love, along with items I have decided I “need” and am likely already discussing with Husband. I hope we can get a fun discussion going about these products, and know that I am always open to recommendations and reviews. Away we go…

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LIKES

  • Teavana: I love having fresh tea at home to brew hot or cold, any time that I want. It’s expensive, but to me it’s a luxury I will definitely include in the budget! The mall nearest me has a Teavana store, and while I went a time having forgotten about it, I have rediscovered this store and it is now included often on my errands list.
  • This milk frother: I have a terrible habit of breaking milk frothers (don’t ask…), so I usually make myself wait before buying a new one. When I saw I could snatch this one up on Amazon for $26.99 with Prime delivery, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I use it at least once a day, if not more. If you’re someone who enjoys coffeehouse-style drinks at a fraction of the price, I would definitely recommend checking these out!
  • Passion Planner: a long-time friend turned me onto these planners. I had been using my iPhone exclusively since graduating college, but I secretly longed for the days when I could write all of my appointments down in a book again. Enter Passion Planner…it helps you hone in on your daily, weekly, and lifetime goals all while reminding you of current to-do’s and appointments. I should really move this into the love category, as I swear it has changed my life!

LOVES

  • My Apple Watch: I bought it right after Christmas, thanks to some money I was given. I had been resisting purchasing one, since I thought it was a waste of money. However, when Husband declared he would be visiting our local Apple Store with the intention of buying an Apple Watch, I couldn’t sit idly by. I ended up purchasing the Nike version (thanks to a dear friend’s recommendation), and I couldn’t be happier. I track exercise, water intake, receive text messages, and so much more with it. I am firmly entrenched in the club and am not embarrassed to admit it.
  • Alliance Brewing: As mentioned previously, we know how much I enjoy a good bourbon cocktail. The same can be said for a delicious craft beer. Alliance has become one of my favorite spots in town. It’s near my office, they offer discounts on crowler purchases (unsure about a crowler – find out more here), and I’m not ashamed to take Boo there on a sunny weekend afternoon. Not to mention, their ever-changing selection is fantastic and the staff is really nice as well. If you’re out and about near Downtown Knoxville sometime, check them out.

NEEDS

  • Tieks: These expensive ballet flats are supposed to have unbeatable comfort and quality. Who has some? Tell me how great they are, so I can convince Husband the price isn’t completely ridiculous.
  • I actually fulfilled this “need” yesterday afternoon. I just couldn’t wait! This Nespresso espresso machine has been on my brain since I visited a friend a few weeks ago. She made me a most wonderful espresso, and when I realized I could never afford a fancy  machine like hers, I set out to find one of my own. After some research and recommendations, I ended up selecting this one. I just ordered a variety of capsules as well, so I can’t wait to try it when it arrives after The Big Move. Not to mention, I was able to add 2 recycle bags to my order for free, so when they’re full of used capsules, I can drop them off at a local UPS location and they will be sent off for recycling. How neat is that?!

I hope you enjoyed the first edition of Likes, Loves, & Needs on Lindsay Overshares. Have an idea for a product I might love? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

The Final Countdown

Countdown to The Big Move… 7 Days

As previously promised, it’s time to discuss The Big Move. In September of last year, Husband and I signed a contract to build a new construction house in a one-street development. It was a dream come true. We had been looking at moving to help put Boo (our 4 year old) in a school district that was more desirable to us, but had gotten “sticker shock” when we saw the home prices on Zillow.

We took a step back, and decided to wait. For a little background – in August, Husband took a new position at his company. He’d worked at this place for years and we were beyond thrilled when he got this offer. The new job requires travel, often as much as 2-3 weeks out of the month. It’s definitely been an adjustment these past few months, and I’m sure there will be a lengthy blog post to discuss it at another time.

On a Sunday evening, when Husband had just left to travel to North Carolina, I was getting Boo ready to meet my Dad for dinner, when I couldn’t get out of the house. Literally. The door from the house to our garage, where my car was parked, was jammed and the battery in the keypad to open the garage door from the outside was dead. I called my Dad, frantic, and he came over to help. He couldn’t get the door to budge, either. I then called Husband, even more frantic, and he called his friend, J. J came over, worked steadily on the door for nearly an hour, and got it fixed. I thanked him profusely, and still consider his work monumental in the next phase of this story.

On my way out the door with Dad and Boo, Dad suggested we use this as a sign to start looking for a new house again. That week, the new construction opportunity became apparent. We jumped on it!

The house was due to be finished in around 7 months, which is about average for our area. We have been patiently waiting, and can’t wait to close next week.

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We hope this will be our Forever Home, but if not, we will love being in a bigger space, that is truly ours, down to every last detail. Husband spent many years of college in the Architecture program and has always wanted to build a house. Though he ultimately went down another career path, his love of design and creativity have always been at the forefront of his mind. I can’t say I was ecstatic about building a house, just from the logistical aspect (even in a development), but it has turned out to be so much fun!

I will admit however, as excited as we are, I think Boo is looking forward to this new house most of all. She chose to paint her room the most beautiful shade of purple, and recently we surprised her with a new playset.

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I can’t wait for us to start making memories here. I believe our new home will make for a most wonderful segue into the next chapter of our little family’s life.

Until next time,

LHB

I Found Love in an Instant

On a whim recently, after only a bit of discussion, Husband decided to purchase an Instant Pot. What is this contraption? In short, it’s a modern day combination pressure cooker/slow cooker. You can brown meats in it, cook meals in record time, and it’s the ultimate one-pot solution for short-on-time weeknights. For a more in-depth review, check out this article on Kitchn.

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I will admit, I was a bit apprehensive when the box was delivered. I’m not a very good cook, and new kitchen gadgets are usually left to Husband’s domain.

However, once I started looking up recipes on the beloved Pinterest, I got a little brave and wanted to try it out. There’s always Pizza Hut if it doesn’t work out, right?

We decided to tackle the first dinner as a team, on a Sunday night. We made pulled pork and macaroni and cheese. The pulled pork was good, but all 3 of us loved the macaroni!

On average, including prep time, meals in the Instant Pot are taking around 45 minutes to 1 hour to cook. That may seem like a while, but compared to an all-day slow cooker meal, or having to spend extra money (not to mention calories) eating dinner out when you hadn’t planned on it – it’s a great deal.

We’ve made several other meals in the past few weeks and I can highly recommend all of them. Check out my Under Pressure board to find a few favorites along with some inspiration. Last night I made my lunch for the week, unstuffed peppersin around an hour including browning 2 pounds of meat. I can’t wait to heat them up later today.

Have you tried out an Instant Pot? What are your favorite recipes? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

LHB

 

Hear Me Out

Music calms the chaos in my soul. -lindsayovershares

I love music, as many of my closest friends can attest. As a child, my preferred style was country music which later progressed to favorites like Nirvana and my newest obsession, Passenger.

When one of my favorite groups, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, released their newest album, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to discuss it here!

Drew Holcomb is a Memphis native and attended college at the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville. While attending UT, Drew met his future wife as well as the folks who would become his band mates. They began touring extensively and put out several albums, the most notable of which was 2013’s Good Light.

They saw another hit with Medicine in 2015. That brings us to today’s release of Souvenir.

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I love this band’s sound. It’s described as Americana, relying heavily on guitar, harmonica, and drums…not to mention the smooth and soulful vocals of Mr. Holcomb and occasionally his wife, Ellie.

Here’s the track list:

  1. The Morning Song
  2. California
  3. Fight for Love
  4. Rowdy Heart, Broken Wing
  5. New Year
  6. Sometimes
  7. Mama’s Sunshine, Daddy’s Rain
  8. Black and Blue
  9. Postcard Memories
  10. Yellow Rose of Santa Fe
  11. Wild World

Upon first listen, my favorite song is definitely “New Year.” Substream Magazine describes the song as a “lovely and upbeat mid-tempo song about the endless possibilities found in the arrival of a new year.”

Husband surprised me with a record player for Christmas. When I found out this album was available on vinyl, I made sure to snatch up a copy. I can’t wait to break the record player out after The Big Move (more on that later, I promise) and start spinning this one!

Do you have any recommendations for new music I should try? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

LHB

 

 

 

New Discoveries

As mentioned in the “about me” section… I live in East Tennessee, where my husband of (almost) 8 years and I are raising our 4 year old daughter. After discussing my current job, working in social media, he encouraged me to start this blog. So…here we go!

Let’s start by discussing this past weekend. Mine was fabulous.

Husband and I went on a date on Saturday night. We try to go out about once a month if we can find a babysitter. It really helps our relationship to spend time together, without our kid, every so often.

We started with dinner at 5 Bar. This is my favorite restaurant downtown. I love the atmosphere, the service is usually great, and it’s located next door to our favorite movie theater, where we spend most of our date nights.

At this particular meal, I decided to try bourbon for the first time. My beloved Husband is from Lynchburg, TN (where Jack Daniel’s is made). As I’m sure you’ve guessed, this idea didn’t sit well with him. He knows I’ve never liked Jack, why would I want to try bourbon?

Nevertheless, she persisted.

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I asked the waiter for a recommendation, and based on my desire for good quality at a reasonable price, he suggested Bulleit. After one sip, I was hooked! Much to the dismay of Husband, of course.

We finished dinner and made our way to the movie theater for the 7:00 show of Beauty and the Beast. Husband is a huge Disney fan, so of course he loved it. I like Disney too, but I love Emma Watson and Josh Gad. We both had a great time.

After dinner, we ventured over to The Mezz, the upstairs bar at a favorite local restaurant, Cafe 4. Having explained to the bartender my newfound (3 hours old) love of Bulleit bourbon, he recommended I try an Old Fashioned. It was amazing! I will definitely be adding this recipe to my repertoire, very soon.

Sunday was spent running errands and catching up on laundry…but even the simplest things can make for great family time for our little trio. One exciting bit was going to see the progress on the house we’re building…but I’ll save that for another post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

LHB