The First Monthly Media Mashup!

Welcome to the first Monthly Media Mashup! This is where I will talk about all things music, movies, tv, books, apps, social and new in my life. I have a deep love for music and so my goal is to create a new playlist for you each month. This month the weather has been all over the place in Denver but I am ready for more sunny days. My playlist is a mixtape of some of my favorite songs to drive down the highway to with all the windows and the sunroof open. You know those relaxing drives when you bust out the sunglasses and let your hair get all tangled because its getting whipped around and you don’t even care? Yeah, one of those awesome days in early summer and so… behold the Sunny Days playlist:

P.S. you can follow me on Spotify @sunshinetickles

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So if you are like me and totally obsessed with the show This Is Us, your week was left a bit empty when the first season ended. Luckily season 3 of Grace and Frankie came out shortly after. A lot of people have very strong feelings about Jane Fonda because lets be real she did some awful things back in the day… but if there is one reason to forgive her this show is it because it is so funny! Lilly Tomlin will have you laughing your ass off and there is the perfect mix of dry and witty humor throughout the show. If you don’t have Netflix that is a whole other issue so spend the $8 a month and watch this show!!  Seriously though, please tell me you have netflix?

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Let’s talk about Easter! The kids will be big enough this year to look for eggs and I am so excited. Easter has also become the blanket excuse to buy every cute tiny thing I see and say “well it’s for their Easter basket”. I found the cutest little glitter eggs at the grocery store so Miss Olivia’s basket is going to be full of sparkle!  Hopefully I can keep their Daddy out of all the candy before then ?What are some of your favorite Easter basket items?

I just finished Jen Hatmaker’s book For the Love, and she is so funny and real. She has some awesome advice and her writing is very relatable.  This book is a perfect mix of gaining perspective, advice and humor.  I didn’t really know much about Jen before this book but I am definitely a fan now.

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Ok can I also just tell you about one of my favorite photo editing apps??  A Color Story is a really easy app to navigate and gives you lots of options on how to edit.  If you are a photo lover like me you should check it out.  This app was developed by the awesome ladies over at A Beautiful Mess.  Their blog is amazing and packed with so many awesome ideas!

To wrap up this months M.M.M, let’s discuss the INSTANT POT!!! Ok, I know you’re thinking I am crazy but it is literally the best invention ever. I think every mom should have one because you can cook insanely delicious meals in a matter of minutes with very minimal effort. Instant pot where have you been all my life?? To put it in perspective I made quinoa the other night and it cooked in 1 minute…. 1 MINUTE… yes you read that right, 1 minute!! Normally this would require 15-20 minutes on the stove. I was getting heavily into my crockpot because with two little kids I was trying anything I could to simplify my life. Well the instant pot just blew that out of the water. What would take 8-10 hours in a crockpot takes 20-40 minutes in the instant pot. If you are looking for recipe inspiration the blog This Old Gal has some awesome starter tips and a variety of recipes.  Check it out and let me know what you think!  I would love for you to share your favorite instant pot recipes in the comments below because I am always looking for something new to try.

Thanks for tuning in and I’ll be back with another M.M.M in a few weeks!

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