Friday Five: August 2020

I’ve skipped many a Friday Five in 2020. I mean, the world is on fire and everything is upside down. Plus, there are only so many things that can be a “favorite” when you spend day after day in your own house. Now, I’ve come to really love my home, but being in it so much makes me want to spend all the money on all the things. Since we’ve reached August, and this all appears to be our new normal, why not bring back the #FridayFive?

Beachbody On Demand

No, I am not a coach, and I’m certainly not here to sell you on anything. However, I’ve been wasting $25 on a gym membership every month for a gym I don’t feel comfortable going to. It was starting to add up both in my bank account and on the scale. Now, it is a small, local business, run by wonderful people and I was in a financial (and contractual) position to continue paying. Unfortunately, auto-withdrawal from my bank account doesn’t take off the pounds.

I have a couple of friends who do Beachbody who are in phenomenal shape. After looking it up, it is one of the more affordable options out there ($99/year). I’ve been doing it for a little over a week and I actually like it! It’s the first program I’ve stuck with (so far). My first workout was August 20, so we’ll see how the rest of it goes.

South Cherokee Veterinary Clinic

In case you missed it, Olivia had a run in with another dog while I was visiting my sister with my family. I’m already a neurotic dog owner (after she had some health weirdness when she was first adopted), so this sent me into a tailspin (pun intended).

The wonderful people at South Cherokee Veterinary Clinic helped so much! They were so kind both to me and to Olivia. Now, this vet has been our family vet since our family has lived in Woodstock for all of the dogs we’ve had. Olivia is a little skittish when she goes, but they were patient with her, and she is healing nicely (as far as I can tell). It got to the point where we would walk in, and the ladies at the front desk would say, “There’s our tail girl.”

Book Nook Cart

August was supposed to be a “no unnecessary spending” month. I set that intention back at the beginning of the year before everything blew up. It was planned intentionally as a “padding” before the holidays. Now, I did fairly well with it! However, I sent in my final car payment which meant that I deserved to treat myself a bit.

book nook

I’ve been in the market for an end table for my book nook. Nothing I found really spoke to me. If you’re on bookstagram or follow avid book readers, you’ve probably seen the carts they have. The space I have wouldn’t really work with a rectangular cart. However, Target happened to have a super cute round cart for $35!

book nook reading cart

It’s just perfect, and now I’m back in my book nook all the time. A place for my book jar, my water, and now I can actually use my essential oil diffuser without wanting to chuck it out the window because of the sound it makes (when it’s too quiet).

Note: The diffuser linked isn’t the one I have, but it’s a good option!


I seriously can’t stop talking about this book. In an effort to not be redundant, just go check out the review. If you’re looking for a nonfiction read, you should definitely pick this one up.

Word Searches

I’ve started making myself do a word search (at least one) every day. I have a few different books that I use. It just helps to keep my mind fresh and young. Plus, I’ve always found that word puzzles help keep my mind off of things when I’m overwhelmed.

Now, we say farewell to August. It’s been another long month in an absurdly long year, but we’ll all get through it together.

Title photo done by my daddy. How talented is he?!

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One Reply to “Friday Five: August 2020”

  1. Thanks you SO MUCH for your shout out of Brave(ish): A Memoir of a Recovering Perfectionist, and your wonderful review. I am so touched that YOU were touched by the book, and feel that it may inspire others. That’s why I wrote it! To entertain and inspire, so this means the world to me. All the very best, Margaret

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