Things I’m Loving Lately 36

///Things I’m Loving Lately 36

Things I’m Loving Lately 36

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is having  a good week!  I’m still in Kentucky but am heading home today.  The Hubs and I had such a nice time exploring over the weekend and even doing parts of the famous Bourbon trail.  I also had a lovely time exploring on my own yesterday while he was in his business meetings.  I’d be able to share more of the highlights with you later this week, but as soon as we get home my family starts coming into town for my Brother’s wedding this weekend.  I am head over heels excited for the big day.  But needless to say, this is going to be a hectic few days in my little world!

To bring some calm to the chaos, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Things I’m Loving Lately!  Did you know I’ve been doing this series for over three years now?  You can catch up on some of the older posts here.

Things I’m Loving Lately 36

Huge Eggplants

Since it hasn’t been very cold yet this season, my garden is still producing peppers and especially eggplants like crazy!  This is the first year I’ve grown eggplants and I’d say it’s a success.  I’ve got countless huge eggplants just like this.

I’ve made baked eggplant parmesan, grilled it and roasted it!

Running with Makena

Miss Makena loves running and I’ve been loving running with her.  I’m hoping at some point soon she stops freaking out around other dogs, but so far our little adventures have gone well.  It’s also been helping her “crazies” just a little bit.

Wedding Shoes

My soon to be SIL asked if I would wear flats with my bridesmaid dress since I’m a good deal taller than her and I agreed.  I ended up having all sorts of trouble finding cute dressy flats to match my dress though.  I finally ended up getting these, which are so much fun!  They were a little pricier than I had hoped, but I ran out of time to keep looking.  They are kind of like wearing disco balls on your feet!

OOFOS Flip Flops

The Hubs got me a pair of OOFOS flip flops for my birthday.  Some of our friends swore by them as running recovery shoes and he thought they might help my Plantar Fasciitis, which nags at times more than others.  I was a little skeptical, but they are really helping my feet.  On days I wear them, especially after a run, I don’t have that wake up with tender bottoms of my feet nearly as bad.  It’s almost like they stretch out my arches and massage my feet.

They are a little pricy, but I know some of you also suffer from lingering Plantar Fasciitis, so I thought I’d let you know that they have helped me some.  I’ll also warn you that they aren’t the cutest flip flops in the world, but it’s totally worth it.  You can buy them here. <— not sponsored in any way, but that is an affiliate link.

Now I just need socks with toes so I can walk around in them in the winter- haha!

Kale Pasta

I have just enough kale left in the fridge to make some Kale Pasta when we get home.  It’s one of my favorite fast, easy meals.  I use whole wheat pasta or the pasta with protein in it the make it a little healthier. 🙂  Try it yourself here.

Healthy & Easy Kale Pasta recipe / Running in a Skirt

Rhett’s Paw Print

I’ve been going to the same vet since I moved to Asheville 14 years ago, so they got to know Rhett really well.  Since we had to take him there at the end of his life, they secretly made a paw print for me to have.   They waited about a month to call me to let me know that they had it, which was just enough time for me to be able to talk about it without completely losing my cool.  It was such a sweet, sweet gesture and I know I will treasure it for the rest of my life.


Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I’m sharing my Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup!

Your turn!

What are you loving lately?

By | 2017-10-24T08:21:01-04:00 October 24th, 2017|Fun, Things I'm Loving Lately|18 Comments


  1. Farrah November 1, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I really hope I’ll get to grow my own vegetables someday!!

    Those flats are super cute!

    Sending lots of love and hugs. That’s so sweet of your vet though! <3!

  2. Angi October 27, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Oofos are fantastic! They really helped my feet with the myriad of issues I have including plantar fasciitis.

  3. Jaime October 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    The shoes are pretty! When my mom’s dog passed last year, the vet did a footprint for my mom. It’s a really sweet gesture, and I’m glad you have that for Rhett. I hope the wedding goes off seamlessly this weekend!

  4. Susie @ Suzlyfe October 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Awwww Rhettster. We used to keep pieces of our horses’ tails. I have a few bracelets from my babies.

  5. Lisa Ballantyne October 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    That paw print had to have touched your heart! How sweet of them to do it, and to give you time to grieve before giving it to you. I know you will treasure it always. I remember your posts about him before his passing and it was always so clear just how much you loved him!

    Love the flats for the wedding, btw! I have diabetic issues with my feet and a poor sense of balance so I can’t wear dress heels of any height–always have to wear flats, and those are absolutely stunning!

    Looking forward to your next blog! Have a great day!

  6. [email protected] October 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    How prcious to have the paw print as a sweet reminder of Rhett! Hope you enjoy the upcoming wedding week to the fullest. Love your shoes!

  7. Emily Swanson October 24, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    And that gift from your vet is so precious; wow.

  8. Emily Swanson October 24, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I’ve noticed that the more you take the dogs out to go running around other dogs, the less they start to notice the other dogs. That’s so wonderful that Makena loves to run with you; dogs make great running companions.

    I hope you have such a wonderful weekend celebrating your brother’s wedding; weddings are truly joyous events.

  9. Marina @ Happy Healing October 24, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

    I’m also LOVING puppies and eggplant! And now I’ve gotta try that kale pasta. Looks delicious.

  10. Dan Steadman October 24, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Loving…New Groove’s The Weisse is Right for Peaches…good drink

  11. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups October 24, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

    That is so incredibly sweet of your vet, definitely a treasured keepsake. I love your wedding shoes, they are very pretty.

  12. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real October 24, 2017 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Your wedding shoes are so fun! Definitely something you can wear again when you need a fun shoe. The paw print from your vet is so kind and sweet of them. It seems like you could tie a longer string to it and use it as a Christmas ornament which would be a great way to keep Rhett with you during the holidays 🙂

  13. Martha October 24, 2017 at 6:14 am - Reply

    What a kind and thoughtful thing for your Vet to do, love that. Happy you have the footprint.

  14. Kristy from Southern In Law October 24, 2017 at 5:52 am - Reply

    Those flats you got for the wedding are almost exactly the same as my actual wedding shoes!

    That ornament with Rhett’s paw print is so so sweet ❤️

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