Mavis

Currently: August 2018

Somehow we are in the double digits of August! I feel like this month is just flying by. I keep seeing fall decorations in stores and it’s making me realize a new season is just around the corner. Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month.

Current book Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth. Just started this yesterday, but it seems great so far. I think I have a fascination with books about the Amish way of life because I always find myself picking them up!

Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth book

Current song Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective. Love jammin’ out to this one.

Current beauty product This body wash and shampoo combo. It smells like a Creamsicle!

Current blessing Jimmy. He’s just all around amazing, supportive, helpful, and loving. I am so blessed to call him my husband.

Black and white picture of smiling couple

Current confession I don’t know if it’s being in my third trimester, the heat of summer, or a combo of both, but I officially have cankles. Does anyone have any remedies?!

Current baked good Malted milk chocolate chip cookies. I am on the quest to make the perfect one. I tried a recipe in May, but wasn’t impressed with it. I just made a batch last night using milk chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate chips and they’re much better!

Current drink Coffee, as always! Jimmy and I have been enjoying our Angel’s Cup subscription that I gifted him for Father’s Day, along with Starbucks and Sheetz lattes and frappes as a treat here and there. Jimmy likes anything caramel, and I’m a vanilla gal through and through.

Angel's Cup coffee subscription in Catfinated coffee mug and Starbucks coffee mug

Current fun Scrapbooking. I’ve really been enjoying it lately. Still using the Project Life kits/method, which makes it super easy and relaxed.

Current fact As of August 12th, Mavis has been a part of our family for a year! It feels like just yesterday we brought her home and officially made the Zottola house a complete zoo 😉

Current obsession These pens. I have been a Pilot G2 fan for a few years now, but these are quickly becoming a favorite writing utensil of mine.

Paper Mate InkJoy Pens

Current excitement Welcoming our daughter next month, Lord Willing. It’s surreal to think about! We’re praying for a safe delivery and healthy baby and mama.

Current procrastination Blogging. I haven’t been very great at keeping up lately! I am hoping to post more this week. This space is my favorite!

Current food Black bean soup. I just made a big pot on Saturday and actually took a few photos. Would anyone be interested in the recipe? It’s one of my absolute favorite soups!

Black bean soup with cilantro

Current goal Cleaning and organizing our house. I’m pretty sure this is my goal each month, lol.

Current need I’d love a day spent with my sister. We’re both so busy, but I just love when we get an uninterrupted day to hang out and have fun together.

Current app I’ve been loving using Ibotta for a few months now. Definitely check it out if you’re into saving money!

Tell me something current in your life!

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A Few Favorites

Hey hey! It’s currently Thursday morning as I type up this post and I think I have the pets all settled in and relaxing (for now…). Does anyone else have animals that are just straight. up. hyper. first thing in the morning?

Black cat sitting in laundry basket

I have to take my fasting blood sugar right when I wake up and every day, without fail, Malcolm tries to knock my lancets, test strips, or glucose monitor off the table while I’m pricking my finger, haha. Then I’m also trying to wrangle Mavis and Lola… one of which is barking, whining, wanting to go outside, trying to jump on the couch, chasing Malcolm, or begging for food. Our little zoo is a wild place to be in the morning!

Something I’ve been trying to remind myself when I get overwhelmed with the animals is that I can choose joy and contentment, even when things are crazy. Would I like our house to be quiet and clean? Yes. Would I like to start the day without chasing after animals the second I get out of bed? You bet.

Black lab mix and cocker spaniel puppy with bandanas

These animals are mine and Jimmy’s fur babies and we love them, even when they’re crazy. Instead of getting frustrated when they’re acting up, I remind myself what our pets mean to me, and give thanks for the joy they’ve brought to our lives. Am I perfect at this? Nope, definitely not. It’s a work in progress, and I’m okay with that. It’s a blessing to live with our little fur balls, and I never want to forget that, even during the hard moments.

Alright, off of that tangent and onto a few favorites from lately!

1. Walmart grocery pickup.

Walmart Grocery Pickup

I’m still going strong with ordering our groceries online from Walmart and picking them up. I’ve found the whole process to be super easy, simple, and convenient. I really like that I can see exactly what the bill will be while I’m shopping. It definitely helps me stay within our budget!

2. Full Circle Detail Brush. 

Full Circle detail brush for cleaning

Is anyone else a cleaning nerd like me? I don’t know what it is, but cleaning makes me so happy. There’s nothing like giving the sink a good scrub and getting it all shiny or mopping the floors until they gleam. I just love it.

I bought this detail brush for cleaning the kitchen and immediately ordered another one for the bathroom once I used it. The top part is a scrubber and the bottom is a scraper-type tool that’s amazing at cleaning crevices.

3. Homemade laundry booster. 

Borax, arm & hammer washing soda, and felts naptha soapHomemade laundry booster made from borax, washing soda, and fels naptha soap

Okay, one more cleaning related favorite! I made homemade laundry booster last weekend and it’s making our clothes smell amazing. It was pretty simple to put together, and I don’t think I spent more than $10 on all the ingredients. Is anyone interested in the recipe?!

3. Shark Week and Battle Bots. It’s Shark Week this week!! Enough said, right? Jimmy and I have also been enjoying watching Battle Bots on the Discovery Network each Friday night. Do you have any favorite TV shows?

4. Mavis is feeling better! 

Cocker spaniel puppy with cone

Little May May has been recovering so well from her surgery. She has been such a good girl with keeping her cone on and definitely has her energy and spunk back. I’m taking her to have her stitches removed on Monday morning, so hopefully all goes well with that!

5. Grace, Not Perfection. Remember how I said I picked up a few new books and Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley was one of them? It’s such a great book! I’m really enjoying the fact that it’s so interactive, with spaces to write and reflect on the author’s writing and prompts. I definitely recommend it!

I feel like I could share a million other favorites and updates, but this post is long enough! I’m off to start my day, which is probably going to include real estate work and wrangling animals 🙂

What’s a favorite of yours lately?