Happy Birthday Jill!

It’s Jill’s birthday today!

It’s fun to celebrate people, and this blog is going to do just that. I’m lucky that she’s my BFF and that we get to work together too. But I’ll tell you, you get to know someone REALLY well that way, and all I can say is that the longer I know her, the more I respect her. And we have been through A LOT together. 

We’ve literally traveled around the entire globe several times together, witnessed loss together, laughed until we’ve cried, yelled and screamed at each other, consoled each other after bad dating experiences (ummm hello, did you hear our podcast…haha), sat quietly in deep sadness together, cheered each other on…and the list could go on and on. 

We've even ziplined together--how fun was that?

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Jill is someone who will go out of her way to do something for someone else. She is selfless. Always thinking of other people before thinking of herself. 

She’s also such a good listener. She doesn’t fight her way to be heard in a crowd—she saves her words and makes them precise. I am a verbal processor, so I talk and talk and talk to figure out what I think/feel…she just quietly processes and then lays out these nuggets of wisdom.

She’s also really funny. Like, really funny. This points to my earlier statement...she doesn’t fight her way to be heard in a crowd, so generally when she’s saying something funny, it’s understated and quiet and you have to pay attention or you’ll miss it. It’s witty and smart, and laughter is the best. 

She also rocks the headband like non-other:

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We all know that she RULES in grammar. SO much so that yes, even this birthday blog, I had her proof-read because spelling and grammar are well, let’s say: NOT MY STRONG SUIT. She is a whiz at grammar, spelling, and writing and I’m hoping for a special birthday edition of “Grammar with Jill.” Aren’t you?

Jill also has a love for hoodies that has existed since we met. Here is proof. This pic is from many moons ago...again, I chose one that would be particularly flattering for me (just kidding) but look at that hoodie:

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She also has strong feels about coffee. Since she's loyal, she's Dunkin' Donuts all the way, but has been known to cheat with a purple straw named Coffee Bean whenever it's available to her. 

 Please also note that this is also another great picture of me. Haha...but I'm capturing two things: Jill's love for coffee and her humor. She's making me laugh. 

Please also note that this is also another great picture of me. Haha...but I'm capturing two things: Jill's love for coffee and her humor. She's making me laugh. 

Something you may not know about Jill is that she has this ability to access situations and people with a gut instinct that is RADICALLY right on. She can tell almost right away if someone is bad news or if a situation is shady. I’m like: everybody is trustworthy (haha) and she has this quiet way of discerning whether or not that’s true. Sometimes I think the loudest voice is right, but I’m learning that definitely is not the truth. 

Jill is someone that will show up for you and if you’re lucky enough to call her a friend, she is loyal AF. 

Oh yeah. And she has this way of playing and singing and writing…you guys. I feel like Jill hasn’t even scraped the surface with her creativity and I think this is her year. I still remember when we met in college and I heard her sing in our music school for the first time. Her voice has a way of guiding you to the feelings you didn’t know you had. It’s fresh, but also so familiar. I’m so grateful to do music with her. What a gift. 

This is a photo from our very first j&K photoshoot--we were really happy back then (HAHAAAA) OMG: (note to self kate--never have the hair person cut your bangs the day of a shoot. hello shbangs: short+bangs)

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I love this pic of her in Africa. Doing what she does best, on the ground with kids in Africa.

Alright Jill…this is your year. I am cheering you on…and so is the rest of the world. 

Thanks for proof-reading this. HA!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Man Weeps On A Plane

I am on a plane. I’m on Southwest, so I can’t reference my seat number like classy writers do, but I’m on the left hand side of the plane about 5 rows behind the exist row.

I am sitting next to a man. It’s crowded. I’m in the window seat and he’s the unlucky one who got the middle seat. It’s a 5 hour flight. Boston to Denver. The sun is reflecting the prettiest color of orange out my window. A thick layer of clouds beneath me and ahead on the horizon. But then, this fire orange and red—it’s thick. Above it, it’s a bit lighter, then breaking into yellow and a big expanse of blue.

I’ve been working on some ideas on my computer. Lots of work. Me: typing, typing, typing. Spreadsheets and to-do lists. Drinking my wine (thanks SWA drink coupon) and I notice my neighbor reading something. He’s reading something in a different language, so I can’t spy to see what the title is or the words on a page. But, about 10 minutes ago, I noticed something. He started wiping tears from his eyes. At first, I thought maybe he was sick or he was just tired and rubbing his eyes. But, I think he is legit crying. I think those are tears. He keeps wiping his tears. 

It looks like a book he’s reading—a kindle edition on his phone…but something is moving him to tears. And as I sit here, dying to intrude and ask him a million questions, I’m reminded that words and stories move us. They change us. He is probably in his 40s, of some sort of Asian descent (also the writing is in some sort of Asian) and he has been staring at his phone for the last 2 hours...and now he is weeping. 

He keeps wiping his tears. 

As I sit here, I wonder who wrote the story he’s reading? What part of the story is so moving to him? What part of his own story is resonating so much with him that tears stream from his face? Why is he moved to tears? I’m sure he doesn’t want to cry in the middle seat of SWA flight 6387, but he clearly can’t stop. I want to cry with him and hug him…which don’t worry…I know is inappropriate, but still. What is moving him to tears?

I am reminded that our stories matter. Your story matters. No matter how we share them…'cause we all share them in different ways. Some with your kids over meal time, some in songs and on a guitar, some with a neighbor over happy hour, some with millions on a talk show, some with your BFF in high school. It doesn’t matter how, but we need you and your story. 

If you’re writing and think that your story isn’t going to move someone to tears one day, I’d encourage you to rethink that. Or if you’re an artist and you don’t think your art is going to move people, I want to tell you to reconsider. 

I wonder if the person who wrote whatever he’s reading knew it would move a man on a plane to tears. And that by his tears, a (somewhat intrusive neighbor passenger) stranger would also be moved and reminded that words matter. Our perspectives and creativity and lives matter.

Oh gosh, I hope he’s not reading my screen. That would be awkward. Ah heck, what do I know…maybe he’s just got really bad allergies and is reading an email. Haha.

Already in the time it took to write this, the magical shade of fire orange has faded. I’m glad I stopped to study it while it was there. 

I am trying not to miss as much these days.

-Kate

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Getting It Done

Hello!

Is anyone else tired of procrastinating? This kid. ME! Right here. I've got so many things on my to-do list, and I do get a few crossed off here and there...but really, it's the easy ones that I cross off first. Things I don't really mind doing.

Then there's always those lingering items...for instance, here are some worth mentioning:

  • Tax preparation. Receipts, emails with our business managers, personal taxes. the whole shabang. 
  • Returning items to Kohls and American Eagle and TJMaxx. Why God, why?
  • Returning a gift my sister sent to me from Amazon. (I already had it. Bless her.)
  • Cleaning out my makeup bag. This should be fun, but I need to do a major declutter and throw a lot out and I just don't throw out old makeup well. I want to hang on and think of all the wonderful places we could go together...but it's old and smells funky and I should just throw it out. While I'm at it...I should clean all my makeup brushes. Add it to the freakin' list!
  • Clean makeup brushes.
  • Call the NY Tollway and beg forgiveness for a $5 toll that has a $100 penalty on it because they mailed it to our Nash address and we've been traveling for the last 3 months so we didn't get it. WAHHHHHHHHHH. Please be kind NY Toll person that I talk to. 
  • Write a paragraph for a work thing.
  • Reply to unread emails x 100000000000000 (infinity.)

But, I've decided that these things are eating up my brain space with a constant feeling of always having to cross something off my list. SO I AM DOING IT ALL THIS WEEK. Please keep me accountable. I want to use my free time to write, create, and dream...and right now my brain is on LOCK-FREAKIN'-DOWN. You know when people say: set some goals! And you're like, YEAH RIGHT. I can't even think about goals because I have so many things on my perpetual to-do list! It's eating up our brains. Hahaha. Or at least mine. I am crossing those nagging items off this. DOING IT. 

Anyone with me? It's GSD week. (get s%*t done)

What are you getting done this week?

Kate

PS: One thing we DID NOT procrastinate on this week was recording our podcast, and this one is a doozie! THE DATING DIARIES! Just like it sounds. Listen to all of our Girls Just Pod To Have Fun episodes here!

New Year Wishes

Guys, if you’re reading this, you’ve made it through another year! You have most likely faced peaks and valleys, joy and sorrow, ease and difficulty, love and loss...all since December 31, 2016. Isn’t it amazing what can take place in one year?

As we all look forward to starting a new year together, we want to send you these well wishes.

May you laugh more often and uncontrollably.

May you live in each moment and recognize the magic of the present.

May you find great strength during difficulties, and conquer fear and anxiety with immeasurable peace.

May you sing and dance more.

May you check things off your bucket lists.

May you spend more time with the people you love.

May you never give up on the deep desires of your soul.

May life be kind to you, and may you be kind to others.

May you see beauty in a way you have never seen it before.

May God bless you and your loved ones.
 

Thank you for sticking with us for another year. We can’t wait for 2018, when we will bring you some new music, new podcast episodes, new blogs, and we will all learn about life together.

Your support means everything to us.

Much love,

J&K

PS. One more: May you drive immediately to the ocean whenever possible :)

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Paint Mines

Today I went on an adventure with my fam to a place called Paint Mines. It's about 35 minutes away from my parents place and is in the middle of nowhere. You are arrive and pretty much see nothing but flat-ish lands and windmills off in the distance (see pic below). But, you walk about a mile down a path and get to these cool, giant clay sculptures. We'd heard that they truly look "painted with different colors" but that might have been an exaggeration because we saw no such "colors." Haha. Either way, it was a fun adventure that got us outside and gave us some good exercise. See the pics below of my fam & I frolicking in the clay :) PS. Look at the last picture and see how my teenage brother really felt about being dragged along on this family adventure. HAhaha! #teenagers. 

Love,

Kate

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Brain Freeze

Hey hey.

Jill here. The countdown is ON…31 Days of Blogging is winding down. Oh yeah, and 2017 is too.

I’ve been in New Hampshire for the past couple weeks, and I just want to say, IT IS SO COLD. Like, record breaking cold, you guys. Is it cold where you are too? Apparently the temps are breaking records, both near and far.

I don’t mean to sound like a wimp, but the cold is legitimately paralyzing me. I can’t even think straight. I know a brain freeze is supposed to be something you get when you eat ice cream too fast, but I’m pretty sure I’m actually experiencing it in a new way. My brain does not function well in these temps. I think my IQ is actually going down as I type this right now. I apologize in advance for anything I say going forward.

Anyway, I’ll stop complaining now. Onto other random items of information.

My brother got my dad this game called GOLO for Christmas, which is basically like golf with dice. Since this weather won't allow hit the course anytime soon, we’ve been playing a lot of GOLO. I might be getting addicted. It’s kind of like Yahtzee, but for golf. Make sense? Probably not. But, either way, it’s fun...and you know how I love games. Here is a gigantic picture for you.

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I went to Trader Joe’s today and bought things I didn’t need, as I always do there. Why are you so amazing, TJ’s? The checkout guy didn’t comment on my items, which was much appreciated, I must say. Don’t get me wrong, they are extremely nice people, but the cashiers there do this thing that drives me crazy. They comment on your items and say things like, “Ooooh, you went with the goat cheese. Have you tried this? It’s amazing…” or “Ahhhh….Plantain Chips, I could eat about a million bags of these.”

Seems innocent enough, but ALAS. They all do it, and I’ve come to realize it’s something they are required to do….they like, congratulate you on your choices. I used to think it was so nice, but now I know it’s insincere. They are simply following the company rules. No, no, no, TJ’s cashiers. I am on to you, and I am no longer flattered by your comments about my amazing item choices. I still love you though...mostly for your peanut butter filled pretzels.

I drove down the street to the ocean today, and it was STEAMING. Yes, I’m back to talking about the weather. It’s so cold.

Speaking of that, I went to Starbucks yesterday and tried to go through the drive-thru, but ALAS (I’m using that word a lot and I don’t know why)...ALAS, my window was frozen shut. It wouldn’t roll down. I had to go inside. Do you believe me now that it’s really cold?


Okay, well, like I said, I really can’t even think straight right now because of my brain freeze situation, (is this a thing?)...so I think I’ll just go to bed. OH…Also, I have been sleeping in sweatpants, a sweatshirt, and socks. SOCKS, you guys. I am a strong anti-sock sleeping person. I don’t think I’ve ever worn socks to bed in my whole life. They usually make me crazy and I kick them off. But, ALAS, (there it is again)...I’m going to put on my extra warm fleece socks right now and get in bed. How fancy is that?

Until tomorrow, stay warm.

Jill

 

Clarity

So if you’ve been reading our blogs or listening to our podcast, you know we’ve been on a walkabout the last few months.  We’ve been traveling quite a bit on our walkabout and I’ve loved it. I love traveling. Selling almost all of my belongings and heading out to chase beauty and joy has been amazing. I can’t say enough good things about how valuable the time has been for me. It has been freeing in a way I can hardly describe.

One thing that has surprised me about the walkabout, is that this time of exploring has made me crystal clear on what I want.  I didn’t even know before that I didn’t know what I wanted before heading out on this adventure (haha that was sort of a tongue twister.) But, this time of wandering about has made very clear what I want. It’s been a great lead up to the new year and making goals and dreaming all the dreams--I know what I want.

Knowing what I want has been hard for me almost my whole life. I’m sort of a chameleon and can be happy in lots of environments. So, I can sort of get caught up in other people’s desires and dreams, and adopt them as my own. I think it’s why I’ve always had a hard time choosing “favorite things”...I like so many things that it’s hard for me to narrow down a favorite, which has also translated to it being hard to know what I actually want. For me. My own.

As I’ve gotten more clear on this, I’ve decided that knowing what you want is so important in life...but I also sort of hate it, because knowing what you want and not having what you want is hard. It’s like as soon as I know what I want: I WANT IT.  It’s the in between time that leaves you hanging in the balance. Knowing what you really, really want and not having it, sort of sucks. Also, when you want something that you don’t have, you are leaving yourself open to disappointment if you don’t get it. Anyone else avoid potential disappointment like the plague? Ummm me!

But, I think it’s worth it. I think it’s worth getting SUPER CLEAR on what you want. It’s your one and only life and I think if we’re not clear on what we want, we can float and drift and potentially wake up when we are 85 years old, realizing we never got what we wanted because we didn’t ever even know.

And I think the disappointment of not getting what you want is actually necessary in life. It shapes us. It’s a tool. It helps you get even clearer on the rest of what you want. Heartbreak, loss, and disappointment are all actually wonderful teachers if you let them teach you. They are also wonderful reasons to drown your cares in a bottle of booze (ha), which is helpful for a bit, but man, don’t run from those teachers. They will help you move forward and get clear on other things that you want, and maybe actually lead you to what you need.

I’ve got to admit, what we did was sort of radical, sort of insane to some people. But, I am so grateful to have done it/be doing it. Sometimes we only realize what we really want when we have freedom and clarity from our normal routine and step into something that we haven’t experienced before.

Part of me hates not having all the answers on how long we are doing this walkabout or what the next few months are going to look like.  I am a very clear-to-the-point-in-love-with-details-planner type person, so not having these sorts of answers is hard for me. But, I am learning to lean into the unknown. My goal for this walkabout was to be present in every moment. And when you don’t have a plan, it does make it easier to lean into the unknown and just stay present. No planning ahead, no regurgitating the past. No stressing about the future. Only now. Only present.

But man, I’m so grateful for the clarity of knowing what I really want. That is such a gift. I’d encourage you to get away--even if it’s just a one-day walkabout of your own to side-step from your normal routine and get clear on what you want. What you reallllllllly want. It’s scary admitting it, it’s hard not having it, but I think it’s worth knowing.

If you haven’t listened to our podcast yet, we talk about the walkabout in great detail, as well as laugh a lot, drink wine a lot, and have several ah-ha moments. Click here to listen.

Alright, I’m off. Hope you’ve had a magical day and know what day it is. We are totally lost in the in between of Christmas and New Year’s shuffle. Seriously, what day is it again? WHO KNOWS. We posted this on Instagram and it could not be more true:

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Sending love and clarity,

Kate


 

Bring It On

Are you starting to get pumped for 2018? There’s something about an even numbered year that feels promising. 2018!!!

We are starting to reflect a bit on 2017 as the days wind down...and WOW. What a year it has been. Here we are, walking about...we sold all our stuff, did a big life overhaul, recorded some new tunes, started a podcast, met some awesome new people, and have let go of a lot of stress that had been weighing us down for far too long.

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we each write letters to ourselves every New Year’s Eve. Writing them is fun, but what’s more fun is reading the one from the year before. It’s one of our favorite things ever. This year will be an especially fun one to read, as we had no idea the changes that would come in 2017 just one year ago. We say this every year, but DO IT! Write to yourself this New Year's Eve. Write your hopes and dreams for the upcoming year, write about what the last year was like, and seal it up to read to yourself next New Year's Eve. It's the best gift ever.

What do you do as you approach a new year? Anything special? We’d love to hear what you’re excited about for the new year. Will you try something new? Will you try to reconcile a relationship? Find a new job? Stick to what’s been working? 

Whatever the case, change is inevitable, so let’s all welcome it as best we can. Bring it on, 2018!

Much love,

J&K

Cinnamon Roll Squad

You guys.

I started a new holiday tradition with one of my brothers last year and we did it again this year! Isn’t it fun that you can just start traditions? HA! It’s amazing.

On Christmas Eve, my brother and I make these overnight cinnamon rolls together and then we bake them first thing Christmas morning. I actually asked people on our Facebook page last year what their favorite cinnamon roll recipe was, and this was one of them. I should honestly send a thank you note and a million dollars to whoever sent this recipe along...haha...it’s THAT good.

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Ok, here’s the link: Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

If you need a yummy recipe...look no further. And don’t be intimidated. If my 18 year old brother and I can pull these off...you can too. They are easyyyyy.

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Christmas onesie and bed-head :)

What are some of your favorite traditions?

Love,

Kate

The Eve

Hey guys!

Merry Christmas Eve! This is the 24th day in a row that we’ve been blogging for #31DaysofBlogging and we’ve got to say...we’re pretty proud of ourselves. HA!

So it’s Christmas Eve and if you’re like us...anticipation is high, some family dynamics are starting to really shine (haha) and well, you’re likely looking for an escape.

As I (Kate) was looking through Instagram yesterday (as an escape) I had to literally say to myself: I will not compare my Christmas to anyone else’s. I will not compare my Christmas to anyone else’s. I find that’s what we do when we we’re looking for an escape sometimes. And, I am all about an escape when you need a minute alone, just don’t let that escape put you in the mindset that someone else has it better or someone else’s life is shinier/happier or more perfect than yours. Don’t miss what’s right in front of you. You are in that exact spot for a reason. You can easily miss it if you’re on your phone wishing you were someplace else.

I know for me, if I can focus on the present moment that I’m in and really look for the right-now-good-stuff, I enjoy my time so much more. When I get sucked into looking at my phone I get caught up thinking about what other people have or what other people are doing or what I’m missing or how perfect people are looking in their holiday card photos, etc.

The trick is: stay present and don’t be afraid to put some effort into it. Sometimes you have to create the fun,  sometimes you have to be the bigger person and forgive quickly, sometimes you have to be the one to start the conversation or tell the joke to lighten the mood. We have control over ourselves, no one else, so don’t wait for everyone else to make the magic for you. You are magic, you make the magic.

So, Merry Christmas Eve you wonderous humans We hope all of you have received our Christmas card if you wanted one and that you spend the next couple of days immersed in magic, love, light and the spirit of Christmas.

Love,

Jill and Kate

 

The Giving Spirit

Something wonderful about the Christmas season is the giving spirit. Hopefully generosity is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and if you’re anything like us, giving gifts to loved ones is a highlight throughout the year.

Along with giving gifts to loved ones, we also love supporting organizations and companies who are doing amazing work helping others in our own country and around the world. We thought we would highlight a few of our favorites in case you are looking to do some year-end giving and need help deciding where your dollars should go. :)

 

Rescue: Freedom

Our friend Jeremy runs this non-profit and he and his team are doing amazing work rescuing children from sexual slavery all over the world. Click here to read more and donate.

 

Houses of Hope Africa

Near and dear to us, because Kate’s dad is the founder. HOHA cares for orphaned children in Southern Africa. They provide housing, education, access to healthcare, and emotional and spiritual guidance. Click here to read more and donate.

 

The Giving Keys

This is a for-profit jewelry company, but each purchase helps employ a person transitioning out of homelessness. We wear our Giving Keys necklaces all the time and love the conversation starters that they are. Click here to read more and to purchase.

 

J/P Hro

THis is a relief organization helping the people of Haiti in a major way. They are doing everything from medical care to building projects, to providing education. Haiti is the closest country to the US and the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Click here to read more and to donate.

 

Generous Coffee

This is a for profit coffee company that provides an income for local people all over the world. By drinking their coffee, you are helping people in impoverished areas have work to be able to provide for their families. Life changing coffee. Click here to read more and to purchase.

 

People Loving Nashville

A friend of ours started this in Nashville. Every Monday, they hit the streets of downtown Nashville to feed the homeless. It’s simple and it’s making a huge difference in the lives of those in need. Click here to read more and to donate.

 

Alright, those are some of our faves. There are so many organizations and companies doing good work. We’d like to encourage you to give this season. Find some work that is helping others and jump on board...whether financially or volunteering in person. We 100% believe that when you serve the needs of others, it makes you rich.

Sending you love,

Jill and Kate



 

Twelve Twenty-One.

12/21. This date holds some significance for us.

One, because one of our besties had her precious little daughter on this day. Heyyyyy Annie.

Two, because two years ago today an article came out in the Washington Post about us. During our #31DaysofBlogging two years ago, we told the story of our year and shed light on things we had previously not made public. If you haven’t read it, you can read it here. After we posted the blog, some news outlets reached out to us and the Washington Post was one of them.

The story is of us being promptly fired from a male country artist’s tour after we blogged about an experience we had with another male co-worker on the tour. We didn’t use names. We weren’t putting anyone down. We were sharing our story in hopes that it would help other people who had been in similar situations.

Because that’s what’s helpful about hard times or tough situations. If we share them and speak our truth, we are allowing others to say--me too.

We bring this up today because in the last few months a lot has come to light for a lot of people with the #metoo movement. The blinders have been taken off and truth is coming to light. We hope and pray that by enough people speaking and sharing their truth, that the stigmas will change.

The thing that we still find so disheartening is that when women speak up or out about issues, i.e., being harassed, not being paid fairly, etc. they are automatically labeled “troublemakers.” And we are sick of it. Hopefully enough women speaking up and out will make people realize that we are not troublemakers. We are women who are being treated unfairly and have a mouth to voice that. 

Thank you Catt Sadler for standing up for your value and worth. Thank you for having the courage to walk away. To not only speak about your value, but to put action behind it. We need more women with fiery courage like you to pave the way.

We love that the #metoo movement is bringing people together. That’s one of our biggest goals through our music and a value that we build our business on: We’re all in this together.

If you are needing to share a truth, but have been afraid to, we’ve been there too. All we can tell you is that if you can find the courage to speak the truth, there is freedom in that. But, sharing your truth and holding to your truth often will cost you something.

There is no fun way to package that sentence.

For us, we spoke our truth and it cost us our jobs.

Catt Sadler took a stand, told her truth, and she left her job.

For so many other women, it has cost them even more.

But we believe that we are fighting for each other. Every time a woman shares her truth, she’s moving the needle forward for other women everywhere. Let’s keep that needle moving.

Sending you love and courage,

J&K
 

PS. We wrote this song in the midst of all of our getting fired drama. Read the lyrics and let the words empower you.

There will be times you’re mistreated for being a girl

For having two X chromosomes in an XY world

And people will say you can never take them on

Boys will be boys and they’re just too strong

 

But I got two feet and I got one big mouth

I’m not too weak to stand and I’m not afraid to shout

And you can call me what you want, but you can’t shut me down

 

Cause I am a girl

Standing up for every other girl in the world

Who’s been living this underground

I am a girl

Singing this for every other girl in the world

Sing it together now

I am a girl

I am a girl

 

They didn’t like it when I called them out

Telling the story of how they pushed me around

And they’re beating their chests somewhere in this town

So I’m telling my fellow girls to watch out

Watch out

 

But I got two feet and I got one big mouth

I’m not too weak to stand and I’m not afraid to shout

And you can call me what you want, but you can’t shut me down

 

Cause I am a girl

Standing up for every other girl in the world

Who’s been living this underground

I am a girl

Singing this for every other girl in the world

Sing it together now

I am a girl

I am a girl

 

Stand together

Walk together

Make a better world

Stand together

Sing together

Make a better world

Stand together

Rise together

Make a better world

Stand together

 

Cause I am a girl

Standing up for every other girl in the world

Who’s been living this underground

I am a girl

Singing this for every other girl in the world

Sing it together now

I am a girl

I am a girl


 

Siri Hates Me

Tonight I was out driving around doing a little Christmas shopping and I thought of a great blog idea. BUT…I’m very anti-texting and driving, so I will often use Siri to help me write down my ideas while I’m behind the wheel. See, I’d really like Siri to be my friend, but alas, Siri does not feel the same way. I think Siri hates me.

So, I’m driving and here’s how our conversation goes:

Me: “Hey Siri.”

Siri: “I’m listening.” (RUDE)

Me: “Text myself.”

Siri: “What do you want to say to Jill Pickering?”

Me: “This is my blog idea…”

Siri: “Your text to Jill Pickering says, ‘This is my blog idea.’ Ready to send?”

Me: “No, Siri. You cut me off before I was done.”

Siri: “Okay. I won’t send it.”

Me: “HEY SIRI.”

Siri: “I’m listening.” (AGAIN, RUDE.)

Me: “Text myself.”

Siri: “Your text to Jill Pickering says, ‘This is my blog idea.’ Ready to send?”

This went on about three more times before I got VERY irate and became aggressive towards a freaking robot. At this point, I screamed NOOOOO into the phone and also forgot what my blog idea actually was. So, there you have it. Thank you, Siri, for this amazing blog on the 20th of December. May it go down in history.

Jill

Home Remedies

So, it’s the time of year for colds, coughs and flu’s. Woohoo! Just kidding. But seriously, it seems like everyone is fighting the sniffles and we’ve both had little bout of the stuff going around--luckily it hasn't lasted long and we are both in good health now.  

We thought we’d mention some of our cold fighting remedies and the odd things people swear by to help healing faster.

  • Hot Toddy

This is a pre-bedtime drink that consists of tea, honey, whiskey and lemon. If you want to get fancy you can add cinnamon and cloves but when we make ours it’s pretty simple. The whiskey & honey both fight germs and it’s warm so it just makes you feel awesome before you get some zzzzzz’s.

  • Vick’s Vapor Rub

Now you might be thinking the conventional way...but no, here’s the funny part. Apparently when you put it on YOUR FEET, it helps your breathing. Say what? We’ve never tried it but people swear by this. Next time we get a cold, we’re trying it.

  • Vitamin C & D

These guys are like our best friends all year round but especially when cold and flu season starts. Vitamin C is the real rockstar of the vitamin gang, but vitamin D is the hidden gem. It boosts your immunity and helps fight off those colds before they start.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Shots

It tastes so gross and disgusting, pretty much just horrid BUT, we do these when we feel sickness coming on...and sometimes just when we’re feeling laggy. It's all sorts of good for your Ph levels and is good for us...we don't really know why but we just know. Haha.

  • Steam Shower

So basic, but sometimes when you aren’t feeling well, even a shower seems like too much work. Yet, standing in a steaming hot shower and letting the moisture fill your lungs is almost guaranteed to make you feel better.

What are you go-to remedies and tricks for when you’re feeling sick?

Sharing is caring :)

Love,

J&K


 

Cheese Plate Hall Of Fame

Today's blog is dedicated to your friend and ours, cheese. This year we have really stepped up the cheese plate game, both in quantity and quality...and so we thought we'd share a few pictures of some of the best cheese plates we've had this year. Enjoy! 

 Basic, but delicious. We'll call this the  Beginner's Cheese Plate.

Basic, but delicious. We'll call this the Beginner's Cheese Plate.

 This was at Murray's Cheese in NYC. It's all the fixings for a raclette. We'll call this the  N-Y-Cheese Plate.

This was at Murray's Cheese in NYC. It's all the fixings for a raclette. We'll call this the N-Y-Cheese Plate.

 This one is from a restaurant in Killington, Vermont. We'll call this one the  Killing-It Cheese Plate.  It was AMAZING.

This one is from a restaurant in Killington, Vermont. We'll call this one the Killing-It Cheese Plate. It was AMAZING.

 Kate made this one for her family on Thanksgiving. We'll call this one  The Kate Plate.

Kate made this one for her family on Thanksgiving. We'll call this one The Kate Plate.

 Last, but not least, we made this one in Florida for Kate's birthday. We'll call this one the  Nothing Can Beach This Cheese Plate. 

Last, but not least, we made this one in Florida for Kate's birthday. We'll call this one the Nothing Can Beach This Cheese Plate. 

 Clean, simple, delicious. We'll call this the  Just Do It Cheese Plate.

Clean, simple, delicious. We'll call this the Just Do It Cheese Plate.

 Casual. We'll call this one the  Saturday Afternoon Cheese Plate. 

Casual. We'll call this one the Saturday Afternoon Cheese Plate. 

 The finished product of the raclette extravaganza. We'll dedicate this one to our friend JJ who introduced us to the wonder that is the raclette. This is:  The JJ.

The finished product of the raclette extravaganza. We'll dedicate this one to our friend JJ who introduced us to the wonder that is the raclette. This is: The JJ.

 The Charcuterie board at a cozy little restaurant in Denver. We'll call this one the  Mile-High Cheese Plate.

The Charcuterie board at a cozy little restaurant in Denver. We'll call this one the Mile-High Cheese Plate.

 Our friends, the Halberts made this one and it was EPIC. We'll call this one the  Hal-About-That-Cheese-Plate.

Our friends, the Halberts made this one and it was EPIC. We'll call this one the Hal-About-That-Cheese-Plate.

The Things I Like (December 2017)

We wrote this song back in the day called Things I Like. Then a few years later on our old blog, we would post some of the things we were liking at the time. Well, today, we're bringing it back! Imagine we are Oprah and we are telling you our favorite things. 

Here are some of the things we like for December 2017: 

Panera's new breakfast sandwiches: 

 Had one of these guys this morning. They have these new spreads you can put on them...try the sweet maple spread. YUM. Go with the brioche bun. You're welcome.

Had one of these guys this morning. They have these new spreads you can put on them...try the sweet maple spread. YUM. Go with the brioche bun. You're welcome.

Polar Seltzer:

 We pretty much quit soda this year and seltzer saved our lives. There are lots of good brands of seltzer...but Polar is delicious and they also have super cute cans. Beauty counts. :)

We pretty much quit soda this year and seltzer saved our lives. There are lots of good brands of seltzer...but Polar is delicious and they also have super cute cans. Beauty counts. :)

You Are A Badass

 This book will make you feel like you can take on the world...and you can! We loved this!

This book will make you feel like you can take on the world...and you can! We loved this!

Southwest Airlines

 We used to fly American pretty much exclusively. NEXT. Southwest has become our GO-TO Airline and we LOVE them. We change our plans a lot, so their no-change fee policy is everything to us. Also, can you say FREE DRINK COUPONS? And also, free bags. Done and done. We love you Southwest. 

We used to fly American pretty much exclusively. NEXT. Southwest has become our GO-TO Airline and we LOVE them. We change our plans a lot, so their no-change fee policy is everything to us. Also, can you say FREE DRINK COUPONS? And also, free bags. Done and done. We love you Southwest. 

L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner Pencil

 People ask us a lot about our eyeliner. Our friend told us recently it's our signature look....who knew?!! Okay...we DO love eyeliner and this is a great pencil for everyday makeup. We use some more high-tech stuff for on stage, but this guy right here is always in our purses. 

People ask us a lot about our eyeliner. Our friend told us recently it's our signature look....who knew?!! Okay...we DO love eyeliner and this is a great pencil for everyday makeup. We use some more high-tech stuff for on stage, but this guy right here is always in our purses. 

We'll do another Things I Like soon...until next time!

Much love, 

J&K

Whenever Possible, Drive Straight To The Ocean

We missed blogging yesterday because it was Kate's birthday and we kind of stayed as far away from computers as possible. No offense to computers, but we were near the beach and it always wins. 

A motto we are living by during this walkabout we are on is this:

Whenever possible, drive straight to the ocean. 

We did it right when we left Nashville. We did it in California when we landed in LA. And we did it Friday as we arrived in Florida to celebrate Kate's birthday. 

It's a place of endless freedom, movement, and possibility...and that's what we're after right now. 

If you have the chance....whenever possible....drive straight to the ocean. 

Much love-

J&K 

Rosemary & Roadtrips

Today we hopped in the car with some friends in Nashville and road-tripped to Rosemary Beach, Florida to spend Kate's birthday in this magical place.

So far, we've eaten tacos, walked on the beach, found where we are going to get donuts in the morning, played games, eaten a cheese plate, and solved most of the world's problems. 

Happy Birthday Eve, Kate....from one of her favorite places!

 Taken after our second coffee stop.

Taken after our second coffee stop.

 A few of us jumping. 

A few of us jumping. 

 The pre-jump...or mid-jump...it's so much better!

The pre-jump...or mid-jump...it's so much better!

 Look at that form.

Look at that form.

 Because Kate cannot be stopped with her handstands!

Because Kate cannot be stopped with her handstands!