Happy Thanksgiving! – A Few Favorite Things

A Few Favorite Things

Now that everyone has had time to get their fill of turkey and other delicious foods, I wanted to quickly say Happy Thanksgiving to each one of you and tell you all that I’m so grateful for the support you show this little blog of mine. I appreciate each and every one of you and love reading your comments.

I wanted to show my appreciation by sharing a few good deals with you guys and a few things I’m grateful for and totally loving this Thanksgiving.

A few of my Favorite Things by Aduke Schulist

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Stretchy Pants

Seriously, insert food coma here. I definitely ate too much food. I’m glad I hosted such a small dinner (my sister and her hubby and my mom plus me and 1 of my kids) tonight that I really had no need to even get dressed. I stayed in my pajama pants literally the whole day. Excuse the awkward angle selfie.

Aduke Schulist on Thanksgiving

I’m not even joking. I didn’t get dressed… and it was glorious!

(Sidenote: I bought my phone because I wanted one with a better camera… Obviously the front-facing camera sucks and I am still on the hunt for a great phone with a great camera.)

Pumpkin Cream Pie Candle

My sister was in charge of dessert and didn’t bring a pumpkin pie.

Is it even Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie?!

Luckily, I had this Pumpkin Cream Pie candle on the ready.

Our Own Candle Company Pumpkin Cream Pie Candle

Our Own Candle Company has some amazing, and fun scents . I’m a sucker for seasonal scents. 

Amazon Prime

I LOVE Amazon Prime. How else am I going to be able to afford to order so many Christmas presents from online? You can try it for free right now – just in time for the holidays! P.S. Kindles are on sale right now. Mine follows me everywhere. It’s so convenient to look up a recipe, or watch a video on the go.

Kindle used for entertainment while cooking

Don’t like it? No problem! You can cancel your 30 day free trial anytime.

Day Designer 2018 Planner

Can you guys believe 2018 is almost here? I’m not even ready for Christmas, let alone a new year but my calendar is already filling up.

I’m embarrassed to admit that while I have designed my own planner in the past, I didn’t for 2017 (see pink planner below) and haven’t finished it yet for 2018.

But, I wanted to make sure that when January 1st got here, I wasn’t left hanging without a planner….

So I bought one! And I’m glad I did because as soon as I brought it home I already had more things to add to it.

Day Designer for Blue Sky 5x7 Navy Stripe Hardcover Planner with generic planner Day Designer for Blue Sky 5x7 Navy Stripe Hardcover Planner

I purchased the Whitney English Day Designer (for Blue Sky) Navy striped, weekly format planner. I will be doing a review of this planner over on my YouTube channel soon. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it.

I guess that’s it. Just a few of my favorite things.

How many of you have seen Oprah’s Favorite Things and wished to be in the audience?
I have!

Do you use a paper planner? If so, which one do you use? 
As mentioned, I normally make my own, but for whatever reason haven’t done so this past year. I think I will like the one I purchased because it is very similar to the layout of the one I created myself.

Finally, would you guys be interested in me posting my printable planner on the blog?

12 Favorite Blog Posts

12 Favorite Blog Posts

I recently celebrated 1 year of blogging here at Aduke Schulist, and while I sort of let the year slip by without doing as much as I wanted, I still marvel at the progress I made here. I am always so humbled that even 1 person finds interest in my writing, let alone all of you who faithfully read and comment – us bloggers live for comments – on Aduke Schulist.

In celebration of the past 12 months, I wanted to first share with you my 12 favorite blog posts from the past year.

12 Favorite Blog Posts by Aduke Schulist

1. Get Down Downtown 2016 – Outdoor Festival

One of my first posts on this new blog covered a yearly event called Get Down Downtown. Coincidentally that same event is coming up soon, so be on the lookout for this years coverage.
Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

2. Day Out at the Outlets of Little Rock

I enjoyed a girls day out with fellow blogging friend Tiffany while we shopped and learned about some of the great deals being offered by stores in the Outlets of Little Rock Shopping Mall (I still want those shoes! Why have I not bought them yet?!)

We had good food, good fun, and good memories. I can’t tell you how many times I have been back, but even the kids enjoy it.

Outlets of Little Rock

3. We are… ADOPTING! – Single Mom Adoption

We announced we are adopting. Since then, so much has changed, but not the desire to adopt. I have been putting off updating regarding the process, because there isn’t a whole lot to update at this time, but know that we are STILL planning on adopting! The time line has just been pushed back a bit while I hammer out some details.

4. Stand Still. Stay Strong. Have a VOICE.

It’s hard for me to stand up for myself and to speak my mind, but for 2017 I chose VOICE as my word of the year. With every decision I make, I am reminded of this word and what it means to me to have a say in my life.

I have noticed that I am a much stronger person because of this. I am not as easily intimidated. It has taken a lot of work, and is still a work in progress, but the progress is what’s important.

5. Fertility Awareness Method Explained and Tracking for Health

I gotta admit, I cringed myself when writing this post about the Fertility Awareness Method. Not because I don’t believe in it, but I was nervous of the reactions I would get. It still baffles me that some women are so ignorant about their own bodies. I was once one of them! Learning about my body and it’s functions has empowered me.

Ovulatory Cycle using Kindara for Fertility Awareness Method - Natural Birth Control

6. Mommy Med Spa Day – A Day Of Pampering and Pedicures

I joined Tiffany again for a day of pampering provided by the Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa, Arkansas’s first med spa. That is a day I would love to re-live. Everything about the Spa was so relaxing, and my pedicure lasted for weeks!

Getting My Pedicure On At Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa in Little Rock

7. 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair

Things got a little hairy when I shared 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair.

Woman with Armpit Hair - Natural Body Hair

I was surprised at how supportive some of the comments were. I was really expecting to be bombarded with how gross it is.

8. Boy Scout Camp & Disabilities

Both of my boys are in Boy Scouts, and this Summer, they both attended their first week long Boy Scout camp. Because of Losh’s disabilities and his need for assistance, I had to attend with him.
Boy Scout Camp - Camp Rockefeller - 2017

We had so much fun. I had hesitations with going, but looking back, it was a blast. I even learned how to tie a few knots myself.

9. 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

My love of reading was shared when I posted about the 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge. Because of it, I found a few new favorite authors. This year, I did not participate in a reading challenge.

10. Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome

My kids mean everything to me, and while parenting them alone is a challenge, there is so much to love. I shared some of my favorite things in Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome.

11. Before You Get 4-H Chickens

My desire to raise chickens for eggs was somewhat fulfilled last year when we raised our first flock of baby chicks.

4-h-chickens-walking-in-food

Spoiler: most of them died, and we ultimately didn’t get a single egg, but learned a lot and are patiently awaiting an egg from our second flock of chickens.

12. Hashimoto’s and Dietary Changes

Sharing my health journey began when I learned that I had Hashimoto’s and started taking medication to treat it. I posted about how I am making dietary changes to help keep this in check…

Thyroid Medication for Hashimoto's Levothyroxine

It’s hard y’all! I’m still struggling with removing gluten from my diet, but have drastically reduced my intake. I don’t notice any difference yet.

So, there you have it.. my 12 favorite posts from the last 12 months. I hope you took the time to view a few of these as you were making your way down the list. Tell me below in the comments…

Which one of these was your favorite?

Main Street Searcy Farmers’ Market Favorites

Main Street Searcy Farmers’ Market Favorites

There’s something sweet about getting up early on a Saturday morning and heading to the local Farmers’ Market. Our local farmers’ market is pretty tiny (usually less than 20 vendors total), but the goodies make it worth it.

Farmers' Market Favorites - Main Street Searcy Certified

Home Baked Goodies

I gotta admit, I’m terrible when it comes to shopping at the farmers’ market. I think most of my money goes toward the home baked goodies. I just can’t resist!

Oatmeal Cream Pies - Wildflour Bakery Searcy

The vendors have the cutest booths set up and the home baked goodies all look delicious. It’s hard to decide which ones to get. These oatmeal cream pies from Wildflour Bakery were delicious. Aybra finished hers before we even finished shopping.

We ended up getting half a dozen macarons – one of my favorite treats ever – from Joyful Macarons. The pistachio was probably my favorite. Kaia liked the strawberry/blueberry cheesecake (blue and red one pictured) because it looked patriotic.

Macarons - Sunday Morning Breakfast

And you can’t forget the bread. Seriously, the first thing my kids said when I told them we were going to the Farmers’ Market was “Get bread!”

Willowbrook Farm - Homemade Bread Searcy

Willowbrook Farm is our go to for bread at the Farmers’ Market. Her recipe is very similar to mine, but with the added bonus of me not having to make it.

Health and Body Care

My next favorite item at the Farmers’ Market is the health and body care selections available from various vendors. You can find everything from shampoo bars to lip balm, and even soap.

Homemade Soap Bars - Ladybug Creations Searcy

Peppermint and Lavender are my favorite scents for soap, but I didn’t get any soap today. Instead, I got a jar of lemongrass body scrub from a local 4-H family. It smells amazing and I can’t wait to use it.

Produce

I think when most people think of Farmers’ Markets they think of the locally grown produce, right? While our market has a few vendors that sell meats and eggs, the fruits and veggies are where it’s at.

Arkansas Grown Okra

You can’t go to a store and get okra that was picked the previous day. I’ve heard of some people selling store bought produce at farmers’ market, but I can almost bet everything at my local one is genuinely locally grown and fresh. I ended up getting some green bell peppers. I planned on chopping and freezing any that we didn’t eat soon, but I’m not sure if they will last long.

Looks like we will be heading back for more produce next Saturday, especially since it helps me on my quest to being healthier.

What are some of your favorite things to get from the Farmers’ Market?  

Four Favorites

Four Favorites

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Happy Saturday! The last time I shared some of my favorite things was this Fall, and considering we are heading into Spring, it is time for some updated favorites.

Four of My Favorites by Aduke Schulist

Photography
This is my obsession right now! I must take ALL the photos! I’ve always loved photography, but as I am venturing into business mode with it, my love has ramped up. I finally feel like I am mastering things that took me years to begin learning. I’m slowly upgrading and adding to my equipment, so that makes it even more fun! One thing I’m doing is learning editing via Lightroom and it’s only $9.99 a month! Y’all I notice a HUGE difference in the quality of my edits using Lightroom. (Affiliate link below) (Check me out on Facebook at Aduke Schulist Photography)

Aduke Schulist Photography Favorites

YouTube Speed Cleaning
Seriously guys, this is just too much fun. I found speed cleaning videos and gotta admit my first thought was “Weird!” but now, I can’t get enough. I love watching other people clean their house. I love seeing the messes get turned into happiness, and it’s great motivation for me to clean my own house up.

Canadian Reality TV
I’m not even sure how this favorite started, but I have been binge watching Canadian Reality TV shows on Netflix lately. I imagine the obsession here started from a simple Netflix recommendation. (Side note: Why do people act surprised when they get caught trying to smuggle something across the border?)

Webinars & Workshops
My first experiences with these related to school, so I was never in a hurry to willingly sign myself up for some, but thanks to Facebook ads, I’ve been getting lots of opportunities to learn more about subjects that interest me, like blogging and photography.

What are some of your favorite things right now? 

Five Fall Favorites

Five Fall Favorites

We are in the midst of my favorite season. I probably say that about all seasons, but Fall is my most favorite. What is not to love about sweater weather, knee high boots, and preparing for a new year? Here are my Five Fall Favorites.

Five Fall Favorites

 

Family Movie Nights – We normally do a family movie night each Sunday night, but with the days ending in darkness sooner, we are finding ourselves having more family movie nights. I love being with my kids and enjoying that time together, sharing in laughter over funny scenes. We take turns picking out the movie so everybody has a say in what we watch.

Leaves – Seriously guys, I adore the changing season and love driving down my normal routes seeing the leaves changing on the trees. Even the fallen leaves on the ground make me happy. In a funny sort of way the leaves changing signal a passing of time and I often find myself thinking how quickly time is going by.

fall-leaves-on-the-ground-by-aduke-schulist

Bonfires – This is a favorite every year. It’s been a tradition to roast marshmallows, and tell stories around a cozy bonfire. Nothing beats hot chocolate and a warm fire. We are blessed to live in an area where it gets chilly enough to have a fire without being too cold.

Soups – I am the type of person who can eat soups all year long, but when the cooler weather rolls around, I gotta have them. My family’s favorite is taco soup. Yum, yum!

taco-soup-by-aduke-schulist

Planning – I don’t know when you guys start planning for the new year, but I always begin in the Fall. I have found it gives me the perfect amount of time to get everything ready for the upcoming year. It works in my favor that all of the brick and mortars have their planner things front and center and I can browse through them to get some ideas. My 2017 daily life planner is coming along nicely.

What are some of your fall favorites? 

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Can you believe it?! Check out the post I did on Life as a Convert about Living With Thanksgiving Daily.