Peg’s Good Things (July edition)

Sharing All My Good Things Right Here with You

I started this blog because I love to write, but also because I am naturally hell-bent on sharing all the good things I find with anyone who cares to listen. I simply can’t keep a good recipe or read to myself, so I’ll be creating a “Peg’s Good Things” blog post each month with a round-up of my current favorite things. This could turn into a weekly blog post or spill over into my email list (sign up here if you’re not getting my emails and want in)…time will tell, but either way, this is going to be fun!

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Read on for my current list of Good Things:

Good Thing #1 – Bulletproof Coffee:

I probably cannot overstate how much I am absolutely loving my new morning ritual of bulletproof coffee. Since Nick and I are following the ketogenic diet, bulletproof coffee is a quick and easy breakfast for this style of eating.

I have been making it nearly everyday and I’ve started to miss my bulletproof coffee if I don’t start my morning with it. In fact, I even packed up all my ingredients and Vitamix for our family camping reunion this past weekend, so you know I’m committed.

There are lots of variations to this recipe, but at its simplest form you combine unsalted butter + coconut oil with coffee in a blender. I’ve souped up my recipe a bit and have bit the bullet on buying this MCT oil and Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Creamer to add protein and collagen peptides into my breakfast. You can get it on Amazon or at Fresh Thyme.

After playing with different recipes, here is my favorite way to make bulletproof coffee:

Good Thing #2 – The Color Run:

Remember when I ran in a 10K earlier this year? Actually, I don’t know if I shared about that on my blog or only on Instagram, but it was one of my non-weight-related goals at the start of my healthy lifestyle change in February. Nick and I, along with our friend Erin, ran in a 10K in April and it was a lot of fun. Training for 10Ks is more time consuming than I’d prefer on a regular basis (especially because I jog quite slowly), so I thought registering for a few more 5Ks in 2018 would be a good way to keep me motivated with jogging. Nick and I just registered for The Color Run in Grand Rapids, which is coming right up on July 28th.

image via thecolorun.com

I’ve wanted to do The Color Run for years now and I always seem to forget to register in time. Well, just the other day I won an Instagram giveaway via @britelford_fitness. and as the winner Bri is covering the registration for my 5K! What a fun giveaway to win, right?! Bri is a runner; she shares healthy lifestyle tips and even offers a great free 5K training plan (get it here).

If you are local, sign up for The Color Run (you can even select to join our “team” – just select “Not Fast, Just Furious Team” and we can run together! You can sign up here.

Good Thing #3 – Two-Year Bible Reading Plan:

Honestly, I’ve never been extremely consistent with reading the Bible. I’ve always admired friends and family who seem to consistently spend time in God’s Word each day and wondered how they developed that discipline. This spring when I was studying two different books of the Bible–one with a women’s Bible study and the other with my small group–I found that I was in the Word much more consistently. It really helped for me to have a plan.

Fast forward to this summer and I realized I had not been reading the Bible consistently. I wanted to find a plan to guide my Scripture reading and I also thought about my desire to read the entire Bible, something I have attempted to do but not yet completed.  I’ve only ever heard about a one-year Bible reading plan, but the volume of reading has always been too much for me to keep up with, so I thought I wonder if anyone has made a two-year Bible reading plan? 

After a short online search, I found a two-year Bible reading plan via The Gospel Coalition. I was so excited to find this and you can access the plan pdf here if you’d like to consider this reading plan for yourself. I also decided to do my reading in The Message version of the Bible. I’ve always done most of my Scripture reading in the ESV or NIV versions, but WOW reading the Bible in The Message has helped make God’s Word come alive so much more for me.

Good Thing #4 – Podcasts:

The Ultimate Health Podcast

The Purpose Show

The Lucky Few Podcast

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Good Thing #5 – Camping Life:

Late last summer, we brought our fifth family member home–our 1970s Corsair camper, Minnie the Brave. Since we live in Michigan, there is a short window of time that we can use our camper, so we are camping every weekend we can this summer. The boys cannot get enough of the camper, although they were happy that we ditched the camper for a night in a hotel during our early July camping trip to Brown County Indiana. We were stuck in a heat wave and it was unbearably hot, so one night in A/C was a delightful respite.

For our next camping trip, we are heading to Traverse City, one of our favorite northern Michigan cities. Our campground is right across the road from Lake Michigan, so we’ll be spending a lot of time on the beach. We will also hit up some of our favorite shops and restaurants around the TC area.

Good Thing #6 – Unreal/Amazing/Fun Couples Photos with Amy Paulson

A couple weeks ago, Nick and I had the delightful opportunity to have a “Just Us” photo session with Amy Paulson. When Amy first reached out to me, she included in her introduction that she had taken photos for some people I might recognize like Jen Hatmaker, Nichole Nordeman and Glennon Doyle. I was a bit starstruck and figured Amy must be a fantastic photographer. My assumptions were proved correct!

Amy fostered a photo session like nothing I have ever before experienced. She made us feel completely at ease and never posed us in a traditional sense. Instead, Amy would ask us to think of things like how it felt when we first held hands or to recall the moment I walked down the aisle on our wedding day toward Nick. She fostered a photo session that was extremely unique and intimate and I would HIGHLY recommend booking a session with Amy. You can take a peek at some of the photos we’ve gotten back and I plan to share a full blog post with more photos soon!

Good Thing #7 – Current Reads/Audio Books:

I’m currently listening to The Power of Vulnerability, which is technically not an audio book, but an audio learning course by Brené Brown. This audio course is excellent and I highly recommend it! You can download it for free via the Hoopla Digital app.

I’m also currently listening to an audio book by Dr. Aviva Romm (who I discovered via The Ultimate Health Podcast) titled The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution. I’m hoping this book will help me unlock and address my issues with fatigue. Stay tuned!

d3b0f8e5-66eb-4633-a9ed-b0ce28314752I just finished two (non-audio) fiction books. The first was The Power by Naomi Alderman and On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah. The Power was a really incredible dystopian fiction that really delves deep into our social structures of gender and power dynamics. It’s a great read, but is dark (not for the faint of heart). I picked up On Mystic Lake because last year I read Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and it was one of the most phenomenal fiction novels I’ve ever read. On Mystic River was a story about a 40-year-old woman facing divorce and realizing she had spent her life pleasing others and taking care of everyone around her, instead of ever wondering what would bring her joy and fulfillment. It was an okay read–definitely not nearly as good as The Nightingale.

Also, I thought since this is my first “Good Things” post that I’d share the books I’ve read so far in 2018 and I’ll list (recommend) next to the books that I think are worth reading.

2018 Book List:

  • Gentle Discipline by Sarah Ockwell-Smith (recommend)
  • Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker (recommend)
  • Girl on a Train by A.J. Waines
  • Still Waiting: When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want by Ann Swindell (recommend)
  • Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (recommend)
  • The Power (recommend) by Naomi Alderman
  • On Mystic River by Kristin Hannah

Next on my To-Read List:

Ok, that’s a wrap for the July edition of Peg’s Good Things. I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave me a comment if you try any of my “good things”! And, in the meantime, drop me a comment with some of your current good things below.

Cheering you on,





Photo credit: Header images via Aly May Photo, couple photos via Amy Paulson Photography.

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