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.

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.


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 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.


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.

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.


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 


Give Away Alert: Keep Collective Joy bracelet

Since I am taking entries until this Saturday at midnight, today I wanted to share more details about the Joy bracelet give awayTo kick off the beginning of summer and spread a little Joy with my readers, I am giving away the Joy bracelet above that I designed using Keep Collective. The bracelet has a reversible leather band with palm tree, Joy and flip flop charms pictured above and below.


Friday Favorites: Keep Collective Bracelet Give Away, Macarons, Whiskey Shirt, Man Rompers

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) Keep Collective Bracelet Giveaway

Recently I learned about a new totally customizable jewelry line from the company that brought us Stella and Dot called Keep Collective. It's a modern twist on the classic charm bracelet and one of the Best gift ideas I have seen lately. First, you choose your Keeper which comes in the form of a bracelet, necklace, key fob, bag or even dog collar. Now comes the Best part, the charms. They have everything from wine glasses, to faith symbols to engraved items for your initials or favorite inspirational quote. Monograms? Yup you can monogram and if it's not moving I monogram it. What could be Better during wedding and graduation season?  

Now comes the Best part. To celebrate the beginning of summer and spread a little Joy, I am giving away the Joy bracelet above that I designed for my Good Better Best readers using Keep Collective. All you have to do is who tell me your story about who or what brings you Joy

Simply leave me a message in the comments or if you want to share something more privately feel free to send me an email at about your Joy.  Running Daddy and Hockey Guy will then choose the winners. I must have all entries by midnight on Saturday, May 27.


Ladies Who Link: Memorial Day Plans/Kicking Off Summer

Today, I am linking up with A Gal Named Al, Mom's Coffee dateCoast to CoastMommy In A Nutshell and Pink Lady to talk about kicking off summer and Memorial Day.

Around the Good Better Best household Memorial Day weekend is all about the pool. We belong to the Best neighborhood pool. It's in a wooded setting, has two big pools, a baby pool, tennis courts, a fishing pond and a big park. It is pretty much the social nucleus of our summer. We try to have pizza there every Friday night and there is always someone to hangout with both for the kids and adults.

Friday Favorites May 12-Corkcicles, Track Meets, Cute Skirts, Buffalo Dip, Mother's Day and Birthday

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) Loft Eyelet Skirt:

I needed some spring skirts and picked up this beautiful eyelet skirt recently. It's a cheery watermelon color and I got many complements on it when I wore it this week. Best news, it's 30% off right now.


Workin' It Wednesday: Planning for Summer Vacation

Today I am linking up with Shay & Erika for their Workin' It series. May's topic is planning for your Summer Vacation. What? What! Summer vacation is almost here! That is the Best news.


Black Bean and Corn Baked Chicken Tacos

Getting back to Good Better Best Food basics today with a recipe for baked chicken tacos. I have now made twice in the last two weeks. Just writing about them here makes me totally crave these tacos. This recipe is easy, versatile, and makes a lot of food. With this recipe, depending on how many people you have, you might be able to cook once and eat twice. What could be Better?


Friday Five-Cinco de Mayo edition

Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci  AndreaAmandaBright on a BudgetDella DevotedCup of Tea , By BMGA Smidge of This, Hello! Happiness and Carolina Charm for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week. Whew!

1) The Hayden Dress

It was crazy hot here last weekend. When I got home after hitting Barre and the grocery store all I wanted to do was put on something cool and comfortable. I grabbed my pink and green Hayden dress that I picked up from the Best little shop around the corner called Top It Off. They have fantastic jewelry, clothing and accessories. They are based in both Boston and wonder I like them so much and their outlet is in our neighborhood. 

The Hayden dress is the Best for when you just want to throw something on but still look cute. It is a Good option for running errands too.
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Home Renovation Part Two: I Know a Sweet Little Breakfast Spot

Today in Part Two of our home renovation, I am talking about breakfast, as in the breakfast bar we put in as part of our renovation this year. This was one of the lower budget items but one of the Best decisions we made.


Friday Favorites: April 28

Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci ,  AndreaAmanda, Bright on a Budget, Della Devoted, Cup of Tea and By BMG for Friday favorites and sharing with you the things that I am finding Joy in this week.

1) J. Crew Factory Jackie Cardigan: Coming home from our Easter Break trip we made a quick stop at the outlets, basically just to Vineyard Vines and J Crew. I picked up two of the Jackie cardigans as they were on major sale and I need a couple of classic cardigans to round out my spring wardrobe. I chose the bright green and also the pink. I wrote the bright green over a sleeveless dress for work yesterday and it was the perfect pop of color.


What's Up Wednesday April 2017

Linking with MelShaeffer, and Shay to share What's Up Wednesday! Let's do this.


Best Spring Fashion for Men with Bonobos

Photo courtesy of Bonobos

The top is down on the Jeep, the flowers are blooming and warmer temperatures are finally here. It's time for brighter colors, light layers and a great pair of shoes. Spring is a time for fashion and not just for us ladies, it's time for the guys to update their wardrobes. Today I am teaming up with Bonobos to point the guys towards the Best spring outfits for all of your warm weather fun, but don't worry ladies, I have some Good ideas for us too.


Friday Favorites My Joy for April 14: Easter prep, tea parties, and new looks

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


Workin' It: Spring Cleaning During a Home Remodel

Today I am linking up with Shay & Erika for their Workin' It series. This month the topic is Spring Cleaning Tips. I mentioned in in last month's link up that due to working full time and my health issues I do typically have help in the cleaning department. Since we are smack dab in the middle of our home remodel,I have not had our cleaning team come, because who can clean a construction zone? 


Good Better Best Holiday Flashback-Easter and Passover

With Easter one week away ( I can't wait) and Passover happening right now, I wanted to flashback to the recipes and wine reviews that I did a few years ago.  The rack of lamb is perfect if you are only having a few people over and the brisket is spot on for beginners like myself.

The wines paired in these posts are perfect whether you are hosting or lucky enough to be an invited guest.  Need some white wine ideas? Check out this this post from January on Budget Friendly White Wines

Enjoy the Best food and wine.  Happy Spring!

Chicken sausage with spinach and toasted polenta

This fast and easy weeknight recipe is budget friendly.  Light and packed with flavor it gets even yummier with Good Better Best!

Good Recipe
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 lb chicken sausage-hot or mild, I used mild
4 Roma tomatoes
1 roll of prepared polenta (you can find this in the Italian food section of most supermarkets)
2 Tbs grated Parmesan Romano cheese blend
Olive oil spray

Heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Heat a non-stick skillet and spray with olive oil from an oil mister.  If you don't have an oil mister you can use cooking spray.

Remove casings from sausage and add to skillet.  Brown sausage and break up sausage with a spatula until cooked through, about 4 minutes. 

Slice polenta into thin rounds about 1/8 inch thick.  Spray a baking sheet with olive oil from an oil mister or use cooking spray.  Add polenta rounds to the baking sheet.  Spray rounds with oil and top with Parmesan Roman cheese blend.  Bake polenta rounds for 15 minutes.

Slice Roma tomatoes lengthwise and then into small pieces.  After sausage is fully cooked add tomatoes to the pan and cook 2 minutes.

Add spinach to the pan and cook 2 more minutes.

Top 3-4 polenta rounds with sausage mixture and enjoy.

Better option-add one element of either organic sausage, organic spinach or garden/farmer's market tomatoes. 

Best option-add multiple elements of organic sausage, organic spinach and garden/farmer's market tomatoes. 

Tonight's Best dinner pictured above included organic sausage, organic baby spinach and Roma tomatoes grown in our backyard.  You can whip this up in about 25 minutes too!

Friday Favorites April 7: Joy in Birthdays, pedicures, clothing, accessories

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

1. Birthdays: My birthday was this week as was my mom's. Running Daddy loaded me up with Barre 3 classes and got me this super cute Barre 3 shirt.

Running Daddy picked me up the Trader Joe's gluten free mini cupcakes because he knows how much I like them.  They are really moist and don't have any after taste like a lot of gluten free baked goods.  Had to try both the vanilla and chocolate just to make sure....

2. Return of my favorite Bravo shows: This week Running Daddy and I were counting the days and hours until the return of Southern Charm 
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 and Real Housewives of New York.

Running Daddy and I love our Bravo, especially Southern Charm.

3. Spring Nail Color: Spring is here and it's time to lighten up on our fingers and toes.  I am wearing Bangle Jangle in this photo and I just love it.

Other great Essie options include: Lilacism and Ballet Slippers

4) Spring Pants: I am not sure why I stopped buying pants from Loft and Ann Taylor, but they do fit me so darn well.  This past week I picked up these cute pants from Loft and Ann Taylor.
Bi-Stretch Skinny pant in black Marisa, I took a size 6.

Grasaille ankle pants.  I found similar ones in a persimmon and mariner blue color.  Since the Kate style is a little curvy, I also took a size 6.

5. All things pink: Pink is my favorite color...period. While you can wear pink year round, I love this time of year because I can bust out my pink heavy wardrobe including lots of Lilly Pulitzer.  

This weekend I picked up these earrings  from my favorite little accessories store in my neighborhood.  It's all about fringe earrings this season and I needed something a little different and fun.

Pink seemed to be everywhere this week.  As I was meeting my sweet friend Miss K for coffee to talk work and life, I rounded the corner and saw this beautiful site:

It brought me such Joy.  

So these are my favorites for this week.  This weekend brings a lacrosse game, dinner for my birthday, Palm Sunday Mass, and then a beautiful tea in my friend's garden that I look forward to every year.

What did you love this week?  Hearing from you all brings me such Joy!

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