Show and Tell Tuesdays: Guilty Pleasures

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Today I am linking up again with Andrea from MomFessionals who hosts a link up where we show and tell you something. This week the topic is Guilty Pleasures.

Reality TV


I watch a lot of reality television, well I watch a lot of Bravo and the Bachelor and Bachelorette. I can tell you almost every thing about Bravo and the Bachelor. 

Bravo

Let's start with Bravo as that is where I spend most of my viewing time. My relationship with Bravo goes back over ten years with a really Good show called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. That show was the Best and I think really helped make Bravo what it is today. I was also a big fan of Blowout, that show was just too much.



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Friday Favorites August 11: Sharknado, Fall Fashion Preview, More Nordstrom Sale, Easy Healthy Dinners and Renovation Complete

This week week kind flew by. Friday is here so that means today I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Sharknado 5: 

We are Sharknado fans in the Good Better Best household. It's campy and cleaver all at the same time. Our friends have a Sharknado party every year and have a really cool blow up screen and all the kids watch the movie in the pool.  We were invited again this year and there is always even shark mocktails for the kids. Hockey Guy was so excited about the party he could just about contain himself. It's the Best summer night and we are so blessed to have so many fun people in our lives.


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Workin' It Wednesday-Gearing Up for School


Today I am linking up with Shay & Erika for their Workin' It series. August's topic is Getting Geared Up for Back to School. How can they be going back? Didn't they just get out for the summer?

We go back the last week of August but I have already crossed a lot off my back to school to do list but I still have many things to do. I do have a plan and that is always a Good thing.


Tax Free Weekend


Tax free weekend is a little like Back to School Black Friday. The idea of saving 4.5% in sales tax for clothing and school supplies really helps me get my act together and get things ready for back to school. Our tax free weekend was last weekend so we got many things crossed off the list and saved some money at the same time.

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Fast and Healthy Cooking with T'Lish Dressings and Marinades

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Today I am reviewing some really Good and healthy salad dressings and marinades from T'Lish. T'Lish was born in the kitchen of Tiffany Denson as Christmas gifts for family and friends. Several years later, Tiffany began selling her dressings in a local pants store in Alabama and now we are all lucky enough to be able to enjoy them too. This is a really Good product made without any of the bad stuff--I am looking at you GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial ingredients.  Four out of five of her products are also gluten free. 

Tiffany was kind enough to send me all five of her products to sample and here is how I tested them.

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Link Up: The Blended Blog Asks August 2017



Today I am jumping into a new link up with the Blended Blog with The Blended Blog Asks and I think this will be a really Good way to start a Monday. Let's jump into these Summertime questions.

1) Pool, Lake or Ocean?

Pool every day, Ocean as our standard vacation in Delaware, and we just went to Deep Creek Lake late last fall, where I think we need to explore more.

2) Camping, Cottage or Hotel? 

Hotel with room service. I am indoorsy not outdoorsy. Although we did really love the house we stayed at in Deep Creek and I would call that a cottage.

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Friday Favorites: Nordstrom Sale, Summer Movies, More Shopping and World of Dance


Can you believe it is August already? Friday is finally here so that means today I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Cars 3:

We love the Cars movies in the Good Better Best household. With both Running Daddy and Hockey Guy being big gear heads these movies are totally for them. Hockey Guy basically grew up with Cars. 


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Living a Better Life with Dog Ownership

Stormy looking all innocent

One of the Best ways to enhance your life is through dog ownership. Stormy, our lab mix, came into our lives about two years ago and he has been such a Good addition to our family. Stormy is a workout partner, lacrosse player (as long as there are two balls in the game), watch dog (such a baritone bark), super snuggler and homework helper.
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Dressing for Adventure with Cove and Creek

Our little fishing pond is the Best

Cove and Creek Outfitters is a new apparel and accessories company on the scene born out of one family's love of being on the water. Their growing apparel and accessories line, with a logo that I just love, is classically preppy and makes you want to get out on the water right now. Cove and Creek has everything from signature pocket t-shirts (pocket t-shirts are so hard to find these days) to hats, to can holders and just introduced needlepoint belts and dog items. Cove and Creek will get you Good to go to the beach or set you up for dreaming of being at the lake. Here's how we styled Cove and Creek in the Good Better Best household.

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Friday Favorites-Rose, Best Lipstick, Shark Week and Odd Mom Out


Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Rose Petal

Do you ever buy a lipstick and leave it in a purse and then find it about three months later? Well that is what I did with Bobbi Brown's Rose Petal. I found this in one of my spring purses that I have not used in a while. The texture of the Creamy Lip Colors is the Best and this shade of pink is very soft and perfect for summer. I have been wearing it all week. Welcome back Rose Petal!




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What's Up Wednesday: July 2017


What We Are Eating This Week:

Sunday: It was ribs and rose' night as I am testing some products for an upcoming post.

Monday: Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, rice and cucumber fennel salad.

Tuesday: It was just Hockey Guy and me for dinner so we had turkey burgers and hot dogs. I had the turkey burger.

Wednesday: I have one of my treatments today, so what we have for dinner will really depend on how I feel. We seriously just might have sandwiches.

Thursday: Grilled chicken, not sure of my sides yet.

Friday: Pizza night...always!

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Friday Favorites: Better Beauty, Brownies, Halloween in July and Podcasts on a Sunday





Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , Andrea and Amanda for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

I am going to start with the fact that two of my Friday Favorites may actually lead you to think I have gone crazy. I have not, but this is a Good peek into my sometimes crazy personality and some of the funny people in my life.  I am going to ease you into this with things like desserts, beauty products and holiday movies first.

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Ladies Who Link: Travel Tips and Destinations

It's that time again to link up with A Gal Named AlMom's Coffee dateCoast to CoastMommy In A Nutshell and Pink Lady and this month's topic is travel tips and destinations.

Summer vacation: Bethany Beach, DE



This woody wagon and boat are the Best!

We always go to Bethany Beach, DE over the fourth of July. It is the Best little beach town about three hours from where we live and such a family friendly place. The boardwalk is only about two blocks long with a bandstand, fudge, ice cream and little preppy stores. I get such Joy when we are coming back from downtown at night, usually on our bikes, from all of the people just out and about and getting an ice cream. Most of the traffic is either on foot or on bike.

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Friday Favorites:Outfit Challenge, Cute Shorts, Wimbledon, Hallmark Channel, and Joy


Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , Andrea and Amanda for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Day to Night Outfit Challenge with AUrate New York:


This week I was part of AUrate New York's Day to Night Outfit challenge and put together a favorite outfit highlighting their beautiful gold jewelry. Check my fashion and jewelry picks here and find out why Marie Claire called AUrate "the Warby Parker of fine jewelry." Oh and the dress I chose for this challenge is on sale right now through this link.



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Day to Night Outfit Challenge with AUrate New York



I am excited to partner with AUrate New York, a fine jewelry company founded by two female Princeton Business School grads who were looking to bring superior gold jewelry to the market in a Better way. AUrate is high quality, ethically sourced (no conflict minerals), and made in New York. Since they sell directly to their fashionable consumers and not through third parties, you get Good jewelry at Better prices. It's no wonder that Marie Claire called AUrate "the Warby Parker of fine jewelry." 

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Show and Tell Tuesdays: Go to Recipes

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Today I am linking up again with Andrea from MomFessionals who hosts a link up where we show and tell you something. This week the topic is our go to recipes.

Since Good Better Best's roots were first as a food only blog this link up is right in my wheel house. For my go to recipes, I decided to choose an old favorite, a new favorite and one that doesn't even involve real cooking. What could be Better than that?


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Friday Favorites: Fireworks, 4th Fashion, Parades and Rib Night


Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , Andrea and Amanda for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Pink Skies:

Several nights this week we had the most beautiful pink skies at sundown. This is what vacation is all about, slowing down and stopping to see the beauty in life.



 2) Best Hometown Parade:

The little beach town we stay in has the Best hometown parade. Complete with bikes, bands, WWII veterans, old cars and elected officials. It's so low key that some of our kids even jumped in and walked in the parade for several blocks. It's just the Best time.

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Friday Favorites: Red Sox #34, Chik-Fil-A, School Family, Sound of Music


Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , Andrea and Amandafor Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) #34 Retired:

All you Yankee fans might just want to skip right over this first thing that brings me Joy...because it is #34 David Ortiz and the fact that the Red Sox retired his number late last week. I have been a Red Sox fan my entire life...like my entire life...long before 2004. I loved the Red Sox when I was little which was frustrating, I loved them in high school which brought us a heartbreak of a World Series. I loved them in the nineties which at times was just pathetic, and I even loved them in Game 7 of the playoffs in 2003 when I was sitting in Yankee Stadium when everything fell apart.

Then everything changed...and it changed a lot in part to this guy, David Ortiz #34.


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What's Up Wednesday: June 2017

Linking with MelShaeffer, and Shay to share What's Up Wednesday! Here's what's up in June.

What We're Eating This Week:

This is a busy week with Running Daddy at his marathon training, a lupus treatment, a meeting for our fall 5K race that we help chair for Hockey Guy's school and oh yeah...getting ready for vacation. Our dinners are going to be easy and I am also working on using things up in the fridge before we head out.

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Show and Tell Tuesday: Home (Renovation)Tour



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I have decided to link up again with Andrea from MomFessionals who hosts a link up where we show and tell you something. This week the topic is our home tour.

So our home tour...is a challenge because since mid-January we have been undergoing a major renovation with I would guess probably 60% of our house, if not more, getting an extreme home makeover. Seriously, while we are not putting on an addition, we went down to the studs in several rooms and moved walls in others. The contractors are putting the finishing touches on the basement this week and then they will be finished with the inside. We are also covering our and re-doing back patio and that project should start soon.

 So  here is the deal, while others in this link up will have lots of pretty photos of their houses, I will not be doing that as I do my Best to hide my crazy. Literally, everything is everywhere at the moment and seriously, you don't want to see what our home office, laundry room or garage looks like at the moment. It is not Good


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Friday Favorites:Good Hair, Better Breakfasts, 4th Outfits, Shoes and Swimsuits

Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , AndreaAmandaBright on a BudgetDella DevotedCup of Tea and By BMG for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Good Food Made Simple Egg White Patties:

So I have been trying to be Better about breakfast. I leave the house early and often eat in the car...I know...Usually I have a gluten free muffin that I made from scratch but lately I have been so hungry late in the morning and snacking a lot which is not Good.
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Good Better Best Home Renovation Part 3:Bathroom Disco Mirrors and The Avalanche



Today as the third installment in my home renovation series, I am sharing our Good Better Best bathroom renovation. 

When we moved into our house, I was seven and a half months pregnant and frankly the bathrooms were fine. The one that is actually in our basement was the nicer of the two but the one upstairs was in fine condition and had probably been updated a few years before that. The walls were white and there was an interesting wallpaper board that had a raised velvet texture that was not exactly my taste. The flooring was really never Good as the tile had many groves in it, which is perfect for allowing the dirt to settle and very hard to clean. There would some changes that should be made, but for the time being, things were Good.

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Friday Favorites-World of Dance, Perfect Outfit, My Girl, More Cute Shoes




Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , AndreaAmandaBright on a BudgetDella DevotedCup of Tea and By BMG for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

I am really lightening things up today on my Friday Favorites. I went pretty deep earlier in the week with my first Show & Tell piece on my struggle with lupus and with the shootings in the Washington, D.C. area this week, I need to keep things really light for this Friday Favorites.

1) World of Dance: 

If you are not watching World of Dance on NBC, you need to...like stop what  you are doing and go watch it on demand. It is one of the Best shows I have seen in a long time. The dancing, the fast pace, the judges and who just doesn't want to hang out with J-Lo and Jenna Dewan Tatum? 

This show is so Good that even Hockey Guy is really into it. The dancers are such amazing athletes, you cannot take your eyes off of them. I can't wait to see how this show develops. The minute you finish reading this post, pour your favorite beverage and get caught up on this show if you are not already watching. You will thank me.

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Show & Tell Tuesday: The Struggle is Real--Lupus




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Twice a month, Andrea from MomFessionals hosts a link up where we show and tell you something. This is my first one and today's topic is The Struggle is Real.  


If you are new to Good Better Best, you might not know my struggle. The truth is I have Lupus and Sjogren's disease which are both autoimmune diseases. Most people have heard of Lupus, but probably couldn't tell you what it is...unless they watched House.

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Friday Favorites: This is Us, Loft Sale, Rose, Graduations, Work Different and Lax





Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , AndreaAmandaBright on a BudgetDella DevotedCup of Tea and By BMG for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Graduation photos:

Keep in mind that I do not have anyone graduating from anything at the moment, but I am finding great Joy in seeing all of my friends photos on Facebook, especially the kids heading on to high school from our school. How can the "big kids" who were in third grade when we started at our school be going to high school already? I love seeing the Joy that is overflowing from both the kids and the parents. So many of these families are so special in my heart. I have such Joy watching as as they get ready for their next adventure, some of which are even including college.

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What's Up Wednesday May 2017

Linking with MelShaeffer, and Shay to share What's Up Wednesday! Here's May.


What We're Eating this Week

We are having more than sparkling wine in a can!

Sunday-My friend Wine Gal K and I did a canned wine tasting during dinner at the pool that I reviewed earlier in the week. Some of them were actually Good, so be sure to check out the review so you can choose the Best right off the bat. 

We made way too much food for only seven people. We had chicken, ribs, flank steak and grilled vegetables. There was fruit, kale salad and appetizers a plenty.

Monday-Since my lupus was acting up, thankfully we had plenty of the steak and grilled vegetables left. I heated up the steak, veggies, black beans, some corn tortillas and we had make our own taco/fajita night.

Tuesday-Thursday-This is going to be a very busy week with lacrosse practice, book reports, infusions for me and middle school step up night. I am glad there is a lot of Good easy to prepare food in the house. I have plenty of lean lunch meats, turkey burgers, Amylu chicken burgers and fruit that can be made very quickly.

Friday-We will be going right from lacrosse practice to the year end sports banquet. Hockey Guy and Running Daddy should be able to grab some pizza then but there probably won't be any gluten free options there, so I will have to figure something out for myself.
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Good Better Best Canned Wine Pro/Am Review



To kick off summer, Wine Gal K and I decided to do a Pro/Am canned wine tasting as we had dinner at our pool. Wine Gal K has taken many fancy wine tasting courses and she is my go to friend when I need advice on wine. Therefore, she is the pro and well, I am the amateur. 

Canned wine is a new thing and great for summer as they are portable and stay cold due to the can. We tasted five of them and actually some of them were very Good. We tried to group them from lightest to heaviest but at one point Wine Gal K said we should have ordered a little differently. Is canned wine a fad? Is it a hipster thing?Are they any GoodWe tasted them first so you don't have to.

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Friday Favorites: Wine Festival, Cupcakes, Girlfriends and Jimmy Buffett



Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci , AndreaAmandaBright on a BudgetDella DevotedCup of Tea and By BMG for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Mount Vernon Wine Festival: Twice a year the Mount Vernon Estate, which is very close to our house, hosts a wine festival showcasing the Best Virginia wine. It's one of our favorite events and we try to go twice per year. Sometimes we go as a group but this time it was just Running Daddy and me. I told him as one of his birthday gifts to pick out a wine that he wanted to be the first wine he opened at our new bar after the renovation is finished.  He chose the Hiddencroft Winery Dutchman's Creek Blend which is a blend of Cab Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat. Stay tuned as I will be doing a full review of the wine festival in the near future.


 President Jefferson rocking it out at the Mount Vernon Wine Festival 



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