All is Well with My Soul: A Lesson in Why You Need to take that Girls Trip

Near the end of June I was afforded the fantastic opportunity to visit my best friend A in her home of Hilton Head Island, SC.

A and I have been friends since college. We got to be really close several years ago, but then life took her to HHI. She seems to love it there, and being able to visit such a neat place is great – but I think we would both agree it has gotten harder to make time for each other now that true adulting has really set in (she & her husband travel all the time for work and Husband & I have our Boo).

I finally decided in the late spring that I wasn’t going to let our distance get in the way of seeing each other anymore (& let’s face it – over time, she’s done a much better job of visiting us then we have or visiting her). I bought a plane ticket and started planning my outfits.

I flew into the HHI airport, which is teeny for those who have not ever arrived there. I spent the entire flight talking to the girl sitting next to me, a 20-something chef from Denver who was brilliant & had lots to say. I’m usually the “headphones in, don’t talk to me” type on airplanes, but she was so friendly & interesting I couldn’t miss the opportunity. We definitely got some side eye from other passengers due to the noisy plane & the necessity to talk to each other pretty loudly…but I don’t think either one of us cared.

I arrived on Friday afternoon. A picked me up and we immediately made a bee line for the closest Target, as I realized I had forgotten my precious charger at home. Leave it to me to make my first stop on my anxiously-awaited weekend island getaway be Target!

Later on, we met her husband for some fresh seafood at Bluffton Seafood House, based on the recommendation of their friend. Turns out neither one of them had been before, but it was delightful! After dinner, A was thoughtful enough to drive me around in search of some local craft beer. I didn’t end up finding any, but I followed the recommendation of the guys at the shop we found and picked up this bourbon barrel-aged Tangerine Quad by Avery Brewing. It was amazing! If that sounds like your sort of thing – definitely try to find some.

We stayed up “late” (maybe midnight by this always-tired Momma’s  memory) on Friday  night talking about the big stuff…our current life paths, our futures, how we’re going to keep our friendship strong. It was much-needed and much enjoyed.

On Saturday morning, we ventured back over to Bluffton to have breakfast at the cutest little place called The Cottage. It was delicious. A’s tea was served in a kettle wrapped in a handmade coozie! I can’t recommend this place enough if you’re up  & around early (they’re quite small, so you could face a wait). And you know me, I can’t leave a quaint shop that sells coffee mugs without bringing one home. It was my first official (non-Target) purchase of the trip!

Next up we ventured to the Spartina 449 flagship store. I had been lusting after these linen and leather accessories for what seemed like forever, but I just couldn’t make the decision to purchase. Being in the store changed all of that. I left with 2 beautiful bags (summer and fall, of course) and coordinating wallets…one was even on sale! Since coming home, they’ve become by favorite bags and I can’t wait for the next season to start so I can carry another new one.

On Saturday afternoon we found ourselves on Hilton Head Island to do some touristy shopping. I had to visit Salty Dog Cafe as Husband & Boo needed some trinkets from my trip, too! We wandered around for a while, but then found ourselves hot, tired, parched, & hungry. I bellied up to the bar and ordered a new-to-me beer, Bell’s Oberon.  You know me, I fell in love with it immediately. If you like wheat ale with a little hop and a little fruit, give this one a try. It’s an easy summer sipper, for sure.

The rest of the weekend was devoted to rest, relaxation, and of course more eating. I had local seafood at every opportunity and my time spent with A and her husband could not have been better.

I will definitely try to make this trip an annual, or at least more often, occurrence. If you’re on the fence about going on that much needed getaway, I can’t recommend it highly enough. You will enjoy it. Your friend(s) will enjoy it. What have you got to lose?

Until next time,

LHB

The Bible According To Rob Bell

I recently saw a post on Instagram from my beloved Glennon Doyle about fellow author Rob Bell‘s latest book and the profound impact it had on her. It’s called What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.

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The title of the book intrigued me, so I chose to use 1 book credit on my new Audible account (thanks, Amazon Prime Day) to purchase it. The audiobook is around 6.5 hours long. I began listening to it in the car last week, and now I refuse to listen to anything else until I’ve completed it. I love Rob’s narration and his interpretation of the Bible.

I will let you look into him on your own and come to your own conclusions about what he believes, his interpretation of the Bible, and his theological background. I will say that what this New York Times best-selling author and former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church is saying really resonates with me and I am definitely interested in checking out more of his books.

In my initial Google searches, I realized Rob would be coming to speak at our fantastic Bijou Theatre this week. I jumped at the chance to go, and after confirming that Husband was not traveling for work this week, started scoping out ticket options. I convinced him to join me for a week-night date and we were off.

Most people from Knoxville, who have gotten the chance to attend a show at the Bijou, love it. The acoustics are amazing and the venue feels quaint and allows a more personal connection with the artist or performer, despite being able to accommodate 700 people when at full capacity.

Rob Bell was no exception. Despite sitting in the balcony, a few rows up, we could still see him perfectly. As I found out, he’s also REALLY tall, so that definitely helped. The rest of the audience seemed to enjoy him as well, with lots of “amens”, hoots, and affirmations shared loudly throughout the night. His speech was nearly 2 hours long and I hung on every word. I am so glad I didn’t miss this opportunity!

Rob’s book and subsequent speech has sparked in me a desire to work harder on my own spiritual path and I am forever grateful. If this has piqued your interest, I would encourage you to check him out. If not, please look forward to another installment of Lindsay Overshares soon!

Until next time,

LHB

That Time I Met Momastery

Many months ago my friend B and I discussed going to see one of our favorite authors, Glennon Doyle, speak at the keynote session of the 2017 Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare conference in Nashville, TN.

We had never been on a trip like this together and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to go through with it – inevitably Boo would get sick, or Husband would be traveling with work, or something would cause me to not be able to go. I reserved the hotel and registered for the conference with cautious, hopeful, excitement.

But nothing terrible happened. We got to go. On Father’s Day, B and I loaded up my Fiat and headed west. We arrived at the hotel and went around the corner to enjoy dinner at Merchants. I’d been able to snag us dinner reservations on the first floor, the bistro, and it was fabulous! I highly recommend checking this place out if you’re heading to the area. I will definitely be going back at my next opportunity.

The next morning, we were up bright and early to get ready for the day’s events. The conference provided an excellent breakfast, so we chowed down and B, a social worker, loaded up on literature to take back for co-workers.

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We headed upstairs to the event, as we were both anxious to get seats and I wanted to make sure to have all of the details surrounding the invitation only VIP meet and greet I had managed to get us both into.

Earlier in the week, I had reached out to the conference to request a copy of the agenda, and mentioned that a friend and I were coming in from out of town specifically to hear Glennon speak. Having heard that her meet and greets can last for hours and be completely spectacular, I asked the conference organizer if there would be a meet and greet at this event. It turns out there was, and I was extended an invitation. I asked if B could join as well, and they graciously agreed.

The meeting room was smaller than I anticipated, but turned out to be appropriately sized for the group. Glennon and her wife Abby Wambach sat 2 rows ahead of us while she was being introduced. Glennon came on stage with the interviewer, each seated in a plush chair, and began talking.

Glennon told her story of addiction and recovery, with content familiar to those who have read her books Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior. Despite knowing much of what she was going to say before she said it, hearing her speak was still amazing and enlightening. I took 7 pages of notes! A lot of her talk seemed to resonate with B in her work life as well, so I was very glad for that, too.

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IIBH gave Glennon a soccer jersey that read Doyle & had Abby’s number on it.

After their discussion concluded, we joined a small group of people in a different room for the meet and greet. I had brought hard-copies of both of her books with me, as I had originally read them on my Kindle.

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When it was my turn to meet her, I nearly started crying. I have followed her work for several years, and absolutely love her message. When she signed my books, she picked up on things I had mentioned that she’s famous for saying, that really resonated with me. She inscribed each copy – “first the pain, then the rising” and “we can do hard things.” I told her that some of her ideas have revolutionized my style of parenting, and we discussed my amazing daughter. It was a fabulous experience that I will not soon forget and I am so grateful to have gotten to enjoy it alongside one of my dearest friends.

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Until next time,

LHB

 

Sweet Summertime

Summertime is always the best of what might be. – Charles Bowden

I love summertime. I know it’s getting close when I book my first “blonde highlights” appointment with my hairdresser. The days are longer, there’s more sunlight, and a general feeling of contentment begins to fill my days.

A couple of weekends ago, was the perfect summer weekend for us. It was exhausting and will be hard to live up to, but we will do our best to try in the weeks we have left.

On Friday after work, I took Boo over to Oak Ridge for the Secret City Festival. I was specifically going to see one of my favorite bands, The Black Lillies, perform. I’d seen on the event schedule that there were some children’s activities so I knew we’d want to check those out, too.

This was our first visit to the festival, now in it’s 35th year. It’s my understanding that the programming was a little different than in previous years – but we still had a blast!

The Cattywampus Puppet Council kept us entertained after dinner followed by Dave Eggar and his friends.

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Husband was in the process of flying home after a week of work travel, so we were thrilled that he ended up being able to join us for the fun.

After some playtime at their amazing area park, I tore Boo away from the fun to check out the reason I’d come to the festival – The Black Lillies performance. It was fabulous. We can’t wait for the 2018 schedule of events to be released, and hopefully will be able to attend at least one day.

On Saturday, we visited Dollywood with friends. We recently bought our first-ever family season passes and were anxious to put them to use. We had a wonderful day playing, eating, and enjoying great company. We are already planning our return trip!

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On Sunday, we ventured over to the pool near our new house where I’ve purchased a summer membership. Our first visit was on Memorial Day and it was just a bit too chilly in the water for my liking. At this visit, with temps over 80 degrees, the weather was just right, perfect for an afternoon of swimming.

We left hot, tired, and hungry so we called it quits early. All 3 of us love spending time together at the pool, and Boo is getting more adventurous and confident. We look forward to a summer spent snacking and swimming as much as possible!

What have you been up to this summer? What’s your favorite way to enjoy this time of year? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

The Big Move

Now that we’ve been in our new house for about 2 months, I think I’m finally at a place where I can share the story of The Big Move.

As mentioned in this post, we closed on our house on April 7. Due to a scheduling conflict, our movers had to change our scheduled move out date to Sunday, April 9 instead of Monday. I was initially quite upset about this, but it turned out to be the biggest blessing. At 9:00 pm when the last box was unloaded from the truck on Sunday night, we were able to head to bed and get an early start on Monday, instead of losing the whole day.

We are about 90% complete on moving in and have been since Wednesday, April 12. All that’s left are Husband’s office, the garage, and our storage unit. As we are hoping to live in this house “forever”, there’s not a lot of pressure to complete the last 3 tasks – but we know we need to get them done sooner rather than later (or else I will REALLY get grumpy!)

Settling in has proved harder than any of us thought. Our dogs, Oliver and Jillian, had a lot of trouble adjusting to the new space. Oliver’s separation anxiety ramped up and Jillian let her frustration be known multiple times on my new wool rug in the living room.

Our 4 year old Boo has the entire upstairs to herself, since the master bedroom is on the main floor. We thought this would be a perfect plan, until she expressed nervousness about it 2 weeks before we moved in. She has now begun waking up every night, usually in the middle of the night, with any number of concerns. Boo has always been an excellent sleeper, so this new habit has been a surprise for us all. When I take time to really think about it – I don’t blame her. I think it would be tough to move out of the only house you’ve ever known, into a new house where you are now sleeping upstairs by yourself. We are working on helping her with the transition, little by little. We know it will all resolve itself in time.

All that to say we are madly in love with the location of our new home, and we know that it was the best decision for our family. We are now only a 10 minute drive from her preschool (it used to be 25 minutes in good traffic) and a half mile’s walk from her future elementary school. We are much closer to many of the friends she’s made in preschool and also love being in a space we are proud to invite friends and family to see.

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We are so excited to learn more about our new neighborhood and hope to make at least half as many wonderful memories here, as we did in our first home.

Until next time,

LHB

Likes, Loves, & Needs: May

We are nearly through with the month of May already…looks like it’s time to publish my Likes, Loves, & Needs for the month!

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LIKES

  • Anyone who knows me knows about my coffee and travel mug addiction. I have an entire cabinet in the kitchen of our new house devoted to my collection. After a second stop at my new favorite coffeehouse Honeybee, I had to pick up one of their logo KeepCup mugs. It has now become my go-to for taking small hot or iced drinks with me. I had been reading about KeepCups for a while, as they are a favorite of one of my favorite bloggers, Lindsay Ingalls a.k.a. Running with Tongs. The shape of the lid is perfect, it feels great in your hand, and the glass version that I have really ups the “coffee drinking experience” that I like to have. Check them out!

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  • Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is an event that makes it on our family’s calendar every year. The festival is a great showcase of regional artisans, makers, local food, and other treats.  I got a custom bronze “namaste” bangle made by an amazing jewelry maker from Savannah! Bring some cash and take the whole family downtown for a day of fun.

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LOVES

  • I get to move the previously mentioned Tieks into this category. Right after I wrote last month’s Likes, Loves, & Needs post I decided to take the plunge. I bought 2 pairs, matte black & taupe. I am in love with these incredibly well-made ballet flats. I wear them with everything – work clothes, shorts, dresses. I can’t recommend them enough!

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  • Honeybee Coffee is my new hangout. They serve gourmet coffee, craft beer, and yummy snacks. I often visit the West location during the work week, and the South location is great during weekend visits downtown. I highly recommend a stop at this shop – it’s sure to be a real treat!

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NEEDS

  • I’m beginning to clue into the fact that my beloved cell phone is GROSS. I take it with me everywhere…Boo loves to put her sticky fingers all over it… so I am going to investigate Wireless Wipes. Who has used them? What’s the story? Are they the best thing ever, or a complete waste?
  • This was my first year to watch the Kentucky Derby. Feel free to reference this post for a brief review of my newest after work enjoyment, bourbon. I even impressed myself by making my first ever Mint Julep. It was delightful. What else do I need to throw an amazing Derby Party for 144 next year? C’mon horse race loving friends…let me know!

I hope you enjoyed this 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

Not Simply Passenger(s): Our Weekend in Nashville

After we signed the contract on our new house around Labor Day 2016, I found out that my favorite performer, Passenger, would be coming to Nashville to do a show at The Ryman in April.

Having seen Passenger perform in Nashville previously (Summer 2014 at Marathon Music Works) I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see him again live, especially at such a famous venue that I had never gotten to see before. Husband and I don’t exactly agree on music, but he’s always up for a kid-free weekend away. So I feverishly hopped online to buy tickets.

Conveniently, April is the month of our wedding anniversary (the 18th, to be exact), so I’m always looking for something fun and special to do during the month.

Fast forward to April… we closed on the new house on April 7, packed our bags, and headed to Nashville for the night of April 8.

Our first stop was my absolute favorite brewery, Black Abbey. We split a flight of their delicious beers and then headed to our hotel to check-in.

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We wandered around downtown for a while, then headed over to The Ryman for the show. I had heard about the cutest cafe right next door that I had to check out. Cafe Lula did not disappoint. They have a kitchen with a pretty impressive menu for such a small space, a full cocktail bar that includes craft beer, and a good wine selection. We each enjoyed a cocktail and a cookie, then headed inside.

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Our seats were in the balcony. I had been nervous that they might not be that good, since it was hard to find tickets, even when purchasing the morning they went on sale. I ended up being really happy with our seats. What a beautiful space!

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The concert was absolutely amazing! Unfortunately I missed the opening act since I spent the whole time in the merchandise line (couldn’t pass up that feathers shirt in the pic below!) But the rest of the night was fabulous. Passenger was hilarious, thoughtful, and perfect.

The following morning we found our way to Frothy Monkey. A yummy coffee shop I had found on a previous trip. Turns out they make a killer breakfast, too!

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All in all, it was a wonderful whirlwind weekend getaway and we can’t wait to go back. We may even bring Boo along next time.

What kind of fun vacation/stay-cation spots have you found? Leave me some tips in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

Meet Fiona the Fiat

After we closed on our new house, but before The Big Move (photos to come soon), I drove my beloved Nissan Murano over to wait on furniture delivery. After attempting to pull into the garage on the left bay (my agreed-upon side since Husband’s Nissan Pathfinder would occupy the larger right bay), I realized my car wouldn’t fit. Per new construction inspection code, a pole has been placed in front of the water heater to ensure folks don’t drive into it. The pole is about 3 inches shy of allowing my Murano to fit into the garage. After a bit of frantic hysterics, I calmed down and called Husband to explain the situation. Then the Builder. Then my Dad.

After discussing the predicament with the Builder, we determined Husband & I could either:

(A) attempt to remove/move the pole ourselves and possibly do damage to the floor, or

(B) I might need to look into getting a smaller vehicle (my idea).

Husband thought I shouldn’t rush to call my Dad to discuss. But I did, because who listens to older, wiser Husband? Not this gal!

I had been looking at Fiats for fun, because my dear friend H has one and absolutely loves it. Fast forward to Saturday, when I found myself at the dealership about to go on a short test drive with H’s preferred salesman, Nick. Needless to say, I fell in love instantly.

Nick immediately got to work finding the exact vehicle I wanted (500x), since it wasn’t available on their lot  – the perfect interior and exterior colors, trim level, and features. He quickly found it and proceeded to have it brought in from a dealer in New Jersey.

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I’m so excited!

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Husband trying to squeeze Boo’s carseat into the new tiny car!

With a bit of sadness, we traded in Husband’s Pathfinder and I am now the proud owner of a Fiat (Husband kept my Murano.) I can’t wait to see where the road takes me with Fiona.

What impulse buy have you made lately? Are you happy with your decision or did you have buyer’s remorse? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

 

 

 

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!

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  • 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