Favorite Finds

Sharing is caring so today I bring to you a few of my favorite finds!

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Another daily email I love receiving comes from MindBodyGreen. From smoothie recipes and exercise routines to inspirational quotes and spotlighting the latest superfood, this site is full of good-for-you goodies.

Tired of paying for overpriced hummus filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce? Try making this buffalo hummus. SO SO GOOD! (Pro trip, go easy on the garlic. Or not. It all depends on how close you want your husband that night!)

Looking for a good read? Consider Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey. I absolutely love her writing.


Need a quick pick-me-up? Meet Fit Crunch protein bars. The peanut butter ones tastes like snickers! You can find them at GNC, Amazon, and Walmart.

Got the travel bug but lack the funds? Check out “The Cheapest Places to Travel for Each Month of the Year“. Honolulu in February? Yes, please!

These oven roasted brussel sprouts(with bacon!) are addicting.

I have at least three cups of tea a day, easily. These sips will not steer you wrong.

Cinderella’s momma said it right: Have Courage and Be Kind.



I unashamedly love birthdays. I don’t hide the fact that I celebrate my half birthday too (just like last year). You may say, “Grow up Shea” to which I reply, “Duh, obviously I am with each birthday and half birthday!”

On that note, the first half of 27 has been a whirlwind. I feel like I’ve lived out of a suitcase between trips to Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, Richmond, Winston-Salem, Kiawah, and Chester (SC).


IMG_3942There have been bachelorette parties, weddings, and two maid of honor speeches given to some pretty special ladies in my life.

Between seeing Michael (in person or nightly FaceTime sessions), I’ve been busy at work playing more Bingo games than you know, frequenting Pure Barre and weight-lifting, creating new recipes around the kitchen, and enjoying home life with roommate Kate and Eleanor.



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What can I say? Life is sweet and I am blessed. Getting older doesn’t scare me one bit. I foresee new adventures, creative endeavors, and more wear-n-tear on the suitcase! Cheers to the rest of 27!

Bali, Baby!

Today is “tbt”… (throw back Thursday). That’s why our news feed is flooded with pictures of the poofed hair, bell-bottom jeans, and “that time I went to…”

Me? A throwback picture today? Nope. But I can guarantee in a few Thursdays (and years to come), I’ll be throwing back to this very day.

I met Stephanie on the very first day of college. I had no clue we would be traveling to the other side of the world together 8 years later! 272 days ago, we announced the next bucket list destination was to Bali, Indonesia! Guess whaaaaaaat?!

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That’s right. The journey starts tonight with a 20+ hour plane ride!

I’ve dreamed of Bali as my top “bucket-list” destination for years (since reading Eat, Pray, Love) and today I get to satisfy my wanderlust parched soul and go go go.


There’s something so surreal standing on the edge of a dream about to come true. I suppose it’s a similar feeling people have when they’re about to walk down the isle or give birth and meet their baby for the first time. (Or eat frozen yogurt for the first time after lent…)

Anyways, I’ll be blogging our adventures in between massages, yoga classes, and market shopping. Perhaps one of my favorite subjects to write about (other than Eleanor) is traveling. Like that time I started Bird’s Next with a backing packing trip!

Sorry girlfriend, not this trip!

Sorry girlfriend, not this trip!

So come along with me to explore rice paddies, trying questionable foods, getting purposefully (and safely) lost, and more.

Ah…more. The unexpected. The surprises. The unbelievable discoveries.

“Certainly, travel is more than seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

-Miriam Beard

Let’s go!