facts and favorites

Facts & Favorites / Vol. 3

I have loved starting this little series. It is so fun to just touch base in the middle of the week with you all and let you into a little bit more about me and what I am loving right now. So here we go again...

FACTS

1. My absolute favorite afternoon would go something like this...I would have nothing pressing to do, so I would wander into a coffee shop. I would buy a gorgeous latte and sip on it in a corner booth or small table and read a great book. I would get to escape from reality and enjoy rocking coffee. The only thing that could top it off would be a light rain outside, and my husband sitting across from me. 

2. I have started baking bread. The homemade, old fashioned kind. And I am loving it!!! When I say I am baking bread, what I mean is, I am baking anywhere from 12-15 loaves of bread a week right now. Currently all I am making is sourdough bread...but I will let you in on a little secret...I am playing with challah, brioche, and other doughs, as well as cinnamon rolls. I have only been selling them to local folks around here in Starkville so far. BUT because so many have asked, I am now offering to ship loaves of bread!!! $5 a loaf plus shipping (I will quote you shipping costs based on your location). You can place an order by emailing me at rach.elizabeth.915@gmail.com with how many loaves you would like, your mailing address, and Paypal address! 

3. I got promoted at work to Assistant Manager! Whoop! This came with a pay raise (the first raise I have ever had) and more responsibilities. I am loving my job and so thankful for the ways the Lord is providing so richly in this new season of working part time! 

FAVORITES

1. Young Living Essential Oils! - I have ordered my starter kit and cannot wait to learn more about using these natural medicinal oils! I have tried samples of several oils and love them. I am eagerly anticipating my kit coming in the mail! YAY!

2. This post by my sweet blog friend Brittany could not have come at a better time. It is so important to stop and remember to care for ourselves and not run ourselves ragged. This is a must read on 15 ways to practice self care! I already have set aside time for several of these things on the list! 

3. LL Bean Boots and Camping Socks. Enough said...I want to go camping with my hubs, and I really want both of these to be on my feet when I go. Too bad they are a tad bit pricey...operation save all my pennies has begun.

What are some of your favorite things right now? 

Facts + Favorites.

I have written a few posts in the past like this. I really enjoyed writing them, you guys really seemed to enjoy reading them, and they are a great way for you to continue to get to know me better! So I am making these posts into a new mini series that will be on Tuesdays. 3 facts, 3 favorites every week. These could be facts about me, my husband, our pup, or anything else on my mind...and the favorites may range from anything from items on my wishlist to my favorite songs or blog posts! Enjoy! 

FACTS 

1. I am left handed, and always smear ink on the side of my hand because of the way I hold my pen. It is true, I almost always have an ink mark on the side of my left hand, and I am cursed with bumping elbows with Ben at the dinner table, and being the brunt of jokes because of my little lefty ways. Any other lefties out there?! Can ya relate?

2. I love to dance. I do not really get to do this much but you can ask my husband and my co workers...when I get the chance I bust a move. I always dreamed about moving to New York after high school and auditioning for Broadway musicals just so that I could sing and dance. 

3. I have been a self proclaimed organizational freak all my life but did not realize until marriage that I am actually the opposite. Let me explain...I like organizational things. i.e. folders, binders, drawers, baskets, tab dividers...etc. But I am the world's worst at keeping things organized. I like to plan but tend to not be consistent and therefore after being married to a true organizational guru for a year I have decided that alas, I am far from an organizational freak. 

FAVORITES

1. The one word that might be hurting your business. I so thoroughly enjoyed this post by my friend Lauren. She really got straight to the point and for all those small business owners out there, this is a must read. It is super insightful and so true. 

2. Shake If Off by Taylor Swift. Like hello wonderful jam song. We cranked this lovely number up loud at work on Saturday. I had to be there at 4 am, and there was just a lot of shaking things off that needed to happen for all of us at The Biscuit Shop. T Swift has not always been a favorite of mine but this song is just irresistible, and like I said...I love to dance!

3. Fall EVERYTHING! I am so ready for a new season, cold weather and hot chocolate. So here is my inspiration board for fall fashion, and all things that make me feel warm and cozy! Anyone else itching for colder weather?! 

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DON'T FORGET TOMORROW IS THE BREAD & WINE PROJECT LINK UP! JOIN US HERE TOMORROW WITH YOUR RECIPE, AND MEET SOME FUN NEW FRIENDS! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

10 Facts + 10 Favorites

Happy Wednesday! I wanted to take a minute to share a little bit about myself. I often post my thoughts, and things going on in our life here but most of you know very little about the girl behind the posts! So here is a fun little post-- 10 facts about me and 10 of my favorite things right now. 

1. I love to crochet. It is a hobby I picked up while I was in college and have really started pouring a lot of my time and efforts into now that I am married. I love making things for others, and have a dream of one day opening an Etsy shop to share my creations with others.

2. I get tons of joy from cooking. I posted my kitchen wish list from Etsy a few posts back and talked about how my time in the kitchen was my "me" time. It helps me to clear my head and to bless others with yummy food and treats. And I adore Food Network. I learn so much about cooking, technique and food from those cooking shows.


3. I have never been stung by anything. EVER. now I am knocking on my wooden desk in hopes that I wont walk out of my house and get stung now that I have said this.

4. I have the exact same name as my husband's younger sister...Rachel Cox. Our dads have the same name...David Earl...and our moms have the same birthday...December 26th. Weird huh? But it is all true.



5. I never go anywhere without my Erin Condren planner. I keep it updated weekly and it is completely color coded with stickers to help me keep up with my appointments, to do lists, and meetings. I am kinda an organization freak...okay maybe not kinda, I am. 

6. I love lipstick. Anyone who is around me often knows I hardly ever go out in public without a bold shade of color on my lips. It makes me feel girly, and pretty...and my mom always made me wear it growing up so I would not "look washed out"...its a habit that stuck and now I love all my lipstick, it has become my thing I guess.


7. I love old things. Old items such as antiques, records and my record player (it was my mom's in high school that Ben got back in working shape before we got married) Pyrex dishes, needlepoint or cross stitch pieces, crochet blankets. But I also love old habits, like handwritten letters, sewing, baking completely from scratch, and walking around town instead of driving. I think I have a very old soul. 

8. I have just recently discovered the miracle of dry shampoo. I have very thin hair and feel like I have to wash it every day, but now that I have started using dry shampoo my hair is healthier and thicker...I am in love with the stuff.


9. I love dancing, and singing. I always was very involved in musicals in high school. I was Maria in Sound of Music...probably my favorite musical of all time, and my favorite part I have ever played. I don't get to dance much anymore now that I am out of college but I do love it. And I sometimes secretly dance around our house when I am cleaning, just to let out all my dancing energy. 

10. I love country music. I used to hate it, then I married my very own small town country man, and then I began to love it. Ben plays the guitar, banjo and piano so we love music around here. He loves bluegrass and country and both genres have grown on me. I love the stories that the songs tell, and I love being from the south and the way of life that is represented in old country songs. Tales of simplicity, hard work, family, and hospitality...all the things that make me proud to be a southern belle.

So there ya have it...that is a little bit more about me. What else would you like to know? I would love to answer any question you might have!


Now for my 10 favorites right now...



I will just go in order...

1. I am all about some coffee mug cozies right now. I love my crochet ones I have made and am going to try to tackle one like this mustard one soon.

2. My Frye boots. They are my new favorite item in my closet. I saved up money for them and was so excited and proud to finally be able to purchase them! They are adorable...and go with everything! I just cannot say enough about how much I love them. 

3. Fancy coffee mugs. They make my morning coffee time happy, and I am all for happy. Aren't you?

4. Cockapoo puppies. Ben and I are on several waiting lists for one of these precious little pups. It is only a matter of time before we get an email saying a litter is available and we get to go bring home our little Piper girl (yes we have already picked out her name).

5.  Pretty flowers. They have been inspirational to me lately and stir my affections for the Lord. I mean hello?! he makes these flowers so beautiful, he clothes them with pretty colors and shades, if he notices and cares about the details of flowers how much more will he care for the details of our lives...it just blows me away. 

6. This crochet blanket is a project I started in January. It is my goal to finish it over the course of this year. I am in love with the whimsical flowers...is it not just so lovely? swoon. 

7. This color combo. It was the inspiration for my blog colors and it just makes me so happy. I am such a sucker for a good shade of coral. 

8. Coffee time with my hubby. I love drinking coffee with Ben. It usually only happens on the weekends that we have the time to sit down together and enjoy a cup side by side, but I love those times. They are always full of sweet conversation.

9. Pyrex. I love Pyrex, especially these adorable pastel scalloped bowls. I want them so bad. I am starting to collect Pyrex dishes slowly but surely...this goes back to my whole old soul thing...I love old things.

10. Not pictured but I am all about blogging right now. It has brought such joy to my life to be able to share, encourage, and inspire others through something as simple as writing. It is so neat to me that so many of you take the time to read my thoughts...you are all so wonderful and mean so much to me. 

What are you into right now? I would love to hear from you! 

XOXO,

Rachel