Friday Feels

Hey! We made it through another week friends! For me, this week dragged a tiny bit, but I think that the darker nights and colder mornings are just getting to me. I’m craving that warmer weather, and hell, I’m not even a summer person.

I figured in light of me re-starting this blog, I would introduce some new series. Posts where it would become a weekly regular. And of course we’re going to start with Friday, because…FRIDAY. So with that being said, I’d like to add “Friday Feels” to that list. Basically jotting down quick snip-its from the week and sharing what I’m feeling. There could be five things, there could be twenty (highly unlikely, but you know what I mean).

Let’s get started, shall we?

Restarting “Sara’s Savory Style”

Quick backstory here: I originally started this blog about six years ago, with a notion that I was going to become this big-wig blogger and document all the things and be this influencer that could quit her day job. Um, Sara. WAKE THE F* UP. To give myself some credit, I was young(ish) and blogs were the cool thing then. For a while I was pretty good, but ultimately it just started to fizzle out. I felt myself becoming inauthentic and it just wasn’t fun. Fast forward to today, where I’ve been living in a new state for almost 3 years and I work full-time from home. But it wasn’t until recently that I was having dinner with my boyfriend, and we stumbled upon the topic of hobbies. You see, he’s a total video-gamer and I am not. Not one bit. The best I can do is kick your ass in Mario Kart, and then I’m calling it a night. But David on the other hand is a complete pro. Has the whole duel desktop setup and special chair kind of pro. So on top of him doing his video game thing, he also works a hell of a whole lot (CAD engineering) and goes to school. Which, when I see it in writing…damn, my guy is a go-getter. But for me, I like to do things, but I wouldn’t say I have a “passion”. Yeah I like to cook, read, and write, but where can I throw them all in one pot and stir them all together? Enter, this blog. So here we are! Revamping Sara’s Savory Style and giving it a good-all college try. Is that the expression? Lord knows I never finished college.

LIIFT4 (Beachbody Program)

Have ya’ll ever heard of Beachbody? I’m sure your first reaction is “of course! It’s that scam where people can become a coach and you get that nasty shake stuff”. And I’m here to tell you… you are not wrong. Is it complete bullshit that anyone can call themselves a “coach”? Yes. Is it annoying to see girls on Instagram posting their workouts every day and saying “if I have the time, so do you!” Yes KAREN, it is annoying. But… you can make Shakeology taste pretty darn good. Truth? I drink it. I add some almond milk, throw in a banana, and blend that shit up. I do not use water because I’m no monster. And I do not “shake it” because I have taste buds. If you make it like my little concoction, it ain’t half bad. It’s definitely on the healthier side as far as “protein shakes” but it can be annoying when you have to physically make it everyday. #firstworldproblems So, I’ve since cancelled it but have a supply for another two months to finish. Damn subscriptions.

With all that being said, I do love their workout programs. I’ve done a few of them and I’m currently doing the LIIFT 4 one. At first I was a little skeptical of how I’d like it. But just call me Arnold Schwarzenegger because turns out I love weightlifting. This program blends weight training (using dumbbells) with HIT cardio and it’s a total sweat session. So if you’re looking to skip the gym and try at-home workouts, I would recommend Beachbody On Demand. You can simply pay for just the workouts (not to mention, it’s one flat fee for TONS upon TONS of programs). In true transparency, it’s about $100 bucks for year. In comparison, Orangetheory is over a $100 a month.

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta (Recipe Fail)ย 

Sounds delicious right? It’s easy cause it’s in the crockpot, right? WRONG. It wasn’t until the step where I had to add the pasta, where things went wrong. So so wrong. It became thick, chunky, and heavy. Am I subconsciously describing myself? LOL. But yes, it was okay and you could eat it but it certainly didn’t come out the way I intended. I was picturing say, spaghetti with your basic tomato sauce, but switch it for a creamy buffalo sauce. Tasty right? I’m going to attempt it again, without cooking the noodles in the crockpot. Here’s my plan: make the chicken/sauce combo in the crockpot, cook the noodles (using macaroni instead of fettuccine) separate, and then combine the two. If it turns out the way I envision, I’ll share the recipe fo sho.

No set plans for this weekend for me. Tonight will consist of me eating gluten-free pizza (hey Udi’s) and watching Life After Lockup. If you know what show that is, then you’re my person! Let’s be friends. David mentioned making chili on Saturday night, which I won’t lie, is a major highlight for me. But in my defense, who doesn’t love chili?!

Hope you enjoyed this first edition of Friday Feels, which turns out, wasn’t quite as short as I intended. Oops. Anyway, have a lovely weekend and I hope you continue to check back in and see what other shenanigans I get into.

 

 

 

Book Review (Round 1)

I would say that I’ve always enjoyed reading, but it wasn’t until my twenties where I could really dive into a book and get lost. I figured since I read quite a bit, it would be fun to give a quick review of each. Of course everybody’s interests and likes differ, but I always find it helpful if someone recommends a book or not. So let’s get started with this round!

1. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

I honestly wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with this book! This suspenseful thriller had me ROOTING for the murderer. The plot of the novel is a pretty basic concept; is the perfect couple, Jack and Grace Angel really perfect? Not quite. I won’t spoil it or give anything away, but just know… you will feel all the emotions with this one. Sadness, frustration, anger, eagerness, disgust towards the two main characters in this book. Each chapter is either “present” tense or “past” but I had no issues following the narrative. This was a fairly quick read too. Highly recommend!

 

2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

This novel is about a 15 year old girl, Ellie Mack, who disappears out of nowhere. Ten years later, Laurel, Ellie’s mother, continues to have hope and not think the worst. One day Laurel meets a charming man, Lloyd and they hit it off right away. Soon after she meets his 9 year old daughter, Poppy, who is the splitting image of Ellie. Questions start to arise and you’ll be hooked from there. This was a little slow for me in the beginning, but after a couple of chapters, I couldn’t put it down.

 

3. The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

I honestly don’t know how I found this book, but I’m glad I did. This was a rather quick read, but that’s because I couldn’t put it down! One night, Tessa comes home and finds a little boy in her kitchen. However, she doesn’t have any children (anymore). I don’t want to reveal more because it’s just that good. It’s an intense thriller with a twist that you won’t see coming and will make you have trust issues.

I’ve already started a new book which I’m really excited about, so another round will come back in no-time!

XO,

Friday’s Five

It’s my intention to religiously post about five things every Friday. (Hence the name, DUH.) Originally I was thinking five things that made me smile or happy throughout the week, but then realized that “hell, maybe I won’t always have five things to list?” So I decided to keep it simple and easy and basically list whatever comes to mind. IT’S MY BLOG AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT TO, DO WHAT I WANT TO. (Did you read that in the tune of “it’s my party and I’ll cry ifย  I want to?” because that’s what I was shooting for.) In any case, here we go.

Five books I’m reading this month!

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My Favorite Podcasts

It seems no matter where you are, you always see people with headphones on. It could be walking down the street, at the gym, in the store, at the coffee shop. Ever wonder what they are listening to? Well if you’re a weirdo like me, then you do. Aside from Spotify and Amazon music, I’m usually listening to some sort of podcast. And with thousands and thousands of them, you can essentially find a podcast about anything.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to!

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