Friday Fave: Google Photos

If you asked me what the most useful app on my phone is, I would say Google Photos. If you’re not using it, let me tell you why you should be. (And if you are brilliant and already using it, maybe some of the things I mention below will be new to you!)

I know there are hundreds of ways to back up photos out there, but I swear by Google Photos and feel the need to tell everyone I know (which is why I’m writing this now).

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Doing Derby: Six Tips

I grew up just a few miles from Churchill Downs, but I did not go to the races for the first time until 2007, to Oaks for the first time until 2011, and to the Kentucky Derby for the first time until 2012. Well, I quickly regretted all of that wasted time and have only missed going to the track during Derby weekend once since then.

I’ve had seats, I’ve done the infield and the paddock, and I’ve even been in the Stakes Room… with a brief appearance to Millionaires Row on Derby Day!! That was literally bucket list material, and I might have tears in my eyes just thinking about it.

That being said, leading up to Derby, I have seen a lot of lists of what to bring, what to do, where to park, etc. So, I decided I wanted to join in with a few tips of my own.

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Friday Fave: Podcasts -- Part 2

Last week, I told you some of my favorite ways to listen to podcasts. This week, I'm excited to share my favorite shows with you! Again, there are so many out there, but these are the ones to which I do (or did) consistently devote my precious ear time!

Cozy up, and let me tell you--in my words--why I love listening to each of these audio works of art!

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Friday Fave: Water

I'm writing this from my couch with a cat beside me, the TV on, and a big cup of... WATER. I know, I know. What a basic thing; it's part of the base of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. However, I just LOVE drinking water. Give me a glass of water--with or without ice--at any time, and I am ALL about it. As soon as I get to work. Throughout the day. After a workout (or during, honestly). With every meal. Just for fun. Before bed. ANYTIME, I love a refreshing glass of water. It's delicious. Ahhhhhh!

Here in Louisville, I KNOW we have absolutely amazing drinking water. I must thank Louisville pure tap® for that. Honestly, it makes me feel a bit snobbish when I travel, because no other water has yet to compare (though I'm certainly not picky).

That's all. I just love drinking water. (I also appreciate all of the other things water provides.)

Note: As much as I love water and, honestly, take advantage of the cleanliness of it, there are MANY people in this world--even here in Kentucky (this is worth a read!)--who do NOT have access to clean water. It is truly terrifying, sad, and a shame, and I couldn't post this without at least acknowledging this.

Friday Fave: College Football

I'm not one to pass up an opportunity, but when it's a Saturday during college football season, ALL I WANT TO DO IS WATCH. There's nothing like spending a Saturday at a game or going on a road trip to see one of my teams play.

I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan--to a Michigan football alumnus (my dad) and my mom. From birthday, I have been a fan of the Michigan Wolverines, and my family usually heads to at least one game in Ann Arbor per year. 

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky--listening to that same Michigan football alumnus do color commentary for the Louisville Cardinals football games on the radio (and later on TV). That was before many UofL games were on TV, but we sure listened on the radio. When I went to college at the University of Louisville, my mom bought me season tickets at orientation. I think I've missed just one or two home games at Papa John's Cardinal Season since then. 

There's something about it. The spirit, the tailgating, the rivalries, the fans, the athleticism, the school pride, the ties, the competition, the uncertainty, the home games, the away games, the bowl games, the fun, the family, the friends... the football. 

You know how I'll be spending my Saturdays for the next couple months. Go Blue! Go Cards!


Michigan football vs. Indiana in 2016 -- As you can (or can't) see, there was a little snow.

Michigan football vs. Indiana in 2016 -- As you can (or can't) see, there was a little snow.

Louisville football vs. Purdue in 2017 -- There's nothing like a football road trip. (Follow us on Twitter:  @UofLSugarMamas !)

Louisville football vs. Purdue in 2017 -- There's nothing like a football road trip. (Follow us on Twitter: @UofLSugarMamas!)

Friday Fave: 1 Second Everyday

Projects requiring extreme consistency can be difficult for me, because... I don't keep up with them. (Haha.) Just over six months ago, I heard about a project I have consistently done. It's using an app called 1 Second Everyday (1SE). As 1SE claims, "Life is made of seconds." This app has a few functions, but the one I use prompts me to take a one second video every day. 

My goal is to make it through a year of using this app before watching my compilation. Thankfully, I have the app set to give me reminders, and I make it a point to make a one second video (or crop one second from a longer video) every. single. day. Some days it's me with family and/or friends. Some days it's at work. Some days it's me laying on the couch with a pet. It just depends, but I have enjoyed compiling the videos thus far. In about six months, I'll share my year with you all. (I started on January 7, 2017, so I'll reach my goal on January 6, 2018.)

Interested in 1SE? You can download it on the App Story or Google Play Store through their website. There are actually some other options/features in the app, but I have yet to mess around with them. I'm anxious to see your videos--and mine!

Pack Up + Go: Pre-Trip

I love to travel. While I truly believe there is no place like home, I absolutely adore getting out and exploring other places--with friends, with family, or even alone! 

For the past two summers, my friend Daphne and I have embarked on new (to us) cities. In summer 2015, we booked a trip the day before we left to Asheville, NC. It was my first time in a hostel, and we made our way around the adorable small city. Last year, we road tripped to Buffalo, NY for a night before spending the next day and night in Niagara (USA then Canada). Finally, we spent the bulk of our trip in Toronto--followed by a quick stop in Detroit on the way home!

We planned on taking another trip this summer, and we tossed around some ideas. However, on March 20, Daphne e-mailed me about something I had never heard of: Pack Up + Go. She told me to do my own research... and that's how this all began!

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Friday Fave: Happy Birthday

I'm back for my second Friday Fave! This one is what I like to call a favorite "fun fact". Hopefully most of my Louisvillians know this. If you don't, that's upsetting, but at least you're here to learn.

Did you know the song "Happy Birthday to You" was written right here in Louisville, Kentucky?! Even more fun, it was written less than a mile from where I grew up in the 40214 ZIP code. (Shout out to The One Four!!)

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And she's off...

I truly could not tell you how many times I have started blogs (or journals or diaries before that), only for them to last just about one post. I think my LiveJournal account is the longest running thing I ever wrote in consistently, with my current Yelp reviews coming in second. (Yelp reviews are essentially my blog posts about restaurants and other businesses, after all!)

That being said, I have been told time and time again, "You should start a blog." However, blogging takes work. Work I am not sure I necessarily want to put forward. While I think Facebook and whatnot are a little easier, I did come up with a name I liked some months ago. A name I sort of fell in love with.

I was thinking about a Britney Spears classic, Lucky. You know--"This is a story about a girl named Lucky," and, "She's so lucky; she's a star." (You're singing it now, right?) Then I took my beloved hometown: Louisville, KY. Lou, KY. LouKY. I'm so LouKY.

Back to the song... She's so LouKY.

So, we'll see what happens here. Whatever it is, I am so lucky and sooooo LouKY, so you can expect some of that.