Using my Instant Pot for the First Time

Using my Instant Pot for the First Time

True confession: I bought an a few years ago. But, I was terrified of it blowing up so I returned it.

Then last year my daughters and each bought an Instant Pot and they love theirs! They started posting Instagram stories about making the most delicious healthy meals, so I got re-inspired to buy another one.

But once again, mine sat in its box for months. Ha! I was still terrified. Plus, it’s hard to get motivated to change your ways, you know?

Using my Instant Pot for the First Time

Anyway, I finally asked my daughter Kylee to help me learn how. I documented her showing me how to use it on my Instagram stories (if you follow me there you already may have seen it)! If you missed it, I saved the videos in my story highlights so you can She had lots of helpful tips!

All in all, my Instant Pot lesson was a SUCCESS! I made black beans, so nothing fancy, but nothing blew up. (And they were delicious, and so much better for you than canned beans!).

Next up, maybe I’ll try rice! Or a one pot meal … or WHO KNOWS! THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! Well, I’m still afraid of it, to be honest (haha), but I’ll be rewatching our and definitely will give it another try. Or at least ask for another lesson. :)

This is the closest to the one I have.

Two questions I’d love to have you chime in on in the comments.

Do you use an Instant Pot?

What do you make in yours (and why do you love it)?

Would you want to see more of my Instant Pot adventures/recipes … haha?

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Create Your Happy Place at Home

Create Your Happy Place at Home

Do you have a happy place to go to within your home? Maybe it’s the chair you go to soak in a moment of peace, or a room you sit in to bring a little more joy, or the spot in your home where you go when you need to reenergize yourself or to feel more inspired?

In my “homebody manifesto” post, I talked about how often we are told to offer ourselves self-care by heading off somewhere other than our home.

Of course, a “happy place” can be somewhere else in the world. Maybe on a beach. Or in the mountains. Or at a boutique hotel with room service. Those can be very happy places because we feel like we can leave our cares behind.

Create Your Happy Place at Home

But I have found I feel my best overall when I create restorative spaces in my home where I feel happier, too.

Home is where a lot of our life is lived, so I’ve observed that there are lots of little decisions we make there every day that can greatly impact how we feel. My new book is all about feeling well where you dwell (it’s not just about our home but in how we take care of ourselves there, too).

While a perfectly designed room or new furniture could offer a very happy place, a happy spot is not always about having all of the perfect “things” we want in a room.

Create Your Happy Place at Home
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Sometimes a happy place means you will claim one clutter-free corner for yourself.

Maybe it means arranging one shelf to bring joy in an imperfect place.

Maybe it’s about cultivating the “happy mindset” we need to see the gifts in a space right in front of us.

Of course, people or pets can bring happy to a home, too! Wherever and however you find more joy in your home, I think having at least one spot where you know you can go to soak in some happiness can be a gift to yourself!

Create Your Happy Place at Home


In my house I’d probably say I feel my happiest when I’m curled up on my living room sofa. Besides being where my people and pups are, I think it’s a happy spot because during the day or sunset hours I can enjoy the light and view through our windows. Being there brings more joy to my day.

We intentionally positioned our sofa in the living room and a bench in our dining room so that we can sit in either spot and look outside. We could have arranged our rooms differently, but that decision (among many!) has had a positive impact on my well-being.

Whether or not we have the perfect rooms or make ideal choices from a design standpoint, the decisions we make to improve how we feel in our home matters most of all.

Where’s your happy place in your home? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

If you aren’t sure where your happy spot would be, maybe it’s time to create a little nook for more joy this week!

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