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Let’s talk Podcasts

If you are so bored of your playlists, and at this point you know every song in your playlist at the top of your head. Then, this is is the blog post for YOU.

There is literally a podcast about everything, and anything!

From motivational/inspirational/feel-good to creepy/eerie/suspenseful. I jump from one type of podcast to another, but lately I’ve been on this true crime podcast binge. If you could tell from the picture above most of them are in that category. Sometimes they can be a little too much, and I’ll switch it up to a lighter themed podcast. Just to have that break, or “comic relief” in between. If you haven’t listened to any podcasts, but you want to without knowing where to start I’ll list some of my favorite ones down below by category.

True Crime

This has been my favorite, and go to category. Not because I like serial killers, but because it seems interesting/crazy how the mind of other people work. Also, it teaches you a lot about the justice system and how it differentiates between people. I’ll let you come up with your own conclusions, and ideas (please share your thoughts with me). One of the main reasons I love these podcasts is that I’ve shared them with friends, coworkers, and family to the point it’s become like a book club.

Here is how I would describe them:

  • Casefile– a podcast that talks about various crimes and serial killers with a glimpse of their upbringing.
  • Over My Dead Body– a divorce gone bad. This case proves that fact is stranger than fiction.
  • Serial Killers– the title says it all. These are stories of serial killers, their victims, and how everything led to that point.
  • Up and Vanished– This one was the one that started my binging on true crime podcasts. Listen to the story of Tara Grinstead, so that we can talk about it. The host of the podcast is amazing, and it will make you feel like you are part of the mission to solve this case.

Entertainment

These ladies make me feel like I’m talking to my girls while I’m at work. They honest, hilarious, and some a little raunchy (like myself 😂).

Here is how I would describe them:

  • WHOA That’s Good ft. Sadie Robertson– I love this podcast, because she is so sweet, has inspirational guests, she talks about Jesus, and I love when she calls her mom to share advice she’s been given.
  • Why won’t you date me? With Nicole Byer– In this podcast Nicole Byer (from the show Girl Code) asks guys she’s been with/and or messed with, why they haven’t dated her. She also asks her close friends why they think she is undateable. Pretty much she has the balls to ask the question most single girls would like to ask those in their life.
  • Anna Farris is Unqualified– Anna Farris has her friends come over to her podcast, and talks about all kind of topics. Makes you feel like your having drinks with friends, and having genuine conversation. Listen to the one with Chelsea Handler and Tiffany Haddish.

Educational

If you like to multitask, this is the category for you.

Here is how I would describe them:

    • StarTalk Radio with Neil Degrasse Tyson– NDT talks science and astrophysics has special guests like Bill Nye.
    • CoffeeBreak (Italian)– I used this podcast to learn Italian phrases before going on my euro trip. It was perfect because while I worked I would put my headphones on, and repeat after them. Which totally made me look crazy at work speaking to myself in Italian, but I learned a lot.
    • TED Radio Hour– Have you watched TED Talks? This is the podcast version. They have guest speakers on all topics. You’re bound to learn something new.
    • LORE– Is a podcast about the origin of Folklore from different countries, and even tells you about how different sayings came about. They even made a show about it on Amazon Prime. Completely recommend to those of you that are curious about things, and ask things like “I wonder who came up with this saying?”
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Well, I hope you find some podcasts you might be interested in checking out. If you listen to any of the ones that I’ve listed, let me know! Comment here or any of my social media to let me know what you thought of them.

Side note: All of the pictures above are the covers to the podcasts. They are not my own art work they were found on Spotify, and are on here for the sole purpose to help you find the podcasts.

Till next time,

Jenny

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Spring Cleaning Life

Spring is known for the season for blooming flowers, and cleaning (hence the term “spring cleaning”). If you are Catholic, it’s also around/during lent. Forget starting New Years resolutions, this is the perfect time to bloom your ideas and projects. Usually, people give up something for lent that is hard for them to give up for the next 40 days leading up to Easter. Last year, I gave up meat for the full 40 days. It was tough, and decided not to do that one again. If you don’t do lent, that’s fine you can still use spring as a way to get rid of the negative, and bring out the positive vibes.

Instead of giving up something this year, I decided to add good habits to my life for the next 40 days. Good habits that are hard for me to keep up with, and would require some kind of time sacrifice. I don’t know about y’all, but me personally the hardest thing for me to give is my time (even giving myself time). I’m considering that starting these good habits will be a type of “spring cleaning” of my life. Also, one lent two years ago I gave up social media, and came back 40 days later with this blog.

This spring means business for me. I’m going all in. Like I said, instead of giving up something to eat I’m going to add these positive habits in to my routine for the next 40 days and hopefully build a habit enough to keep it for the rest of the year.

Here is my list of good habits I’m adding:

  • Workout 5x a week (something that does my body good, but requires me to make time for it. Usually after work I’m exhausted, and all I want to do is sleep.)
  • Read 10 pages on a book everyday
  • Do a blog post once a week.
    Work on my new project everyday to make it available to all of you by the end of this month (top secret right now, but super excited to tell y’all when it gets closer to launching 😉)
  • I’m looking forward to adding these few positive habits to my everyday life. I know in the long run will become long term positive outcomes.
  • Here are some ideas of things you can add to your spring:
    • Surround yourself with positive people
      Do random acts of kindness
      Tell people you care about you love them more often (life is short)
  • What positive habits are you adding to your life this spring? Let me know comment below.
  • I hope to hear from y’all soon,

    Jenny

    P.S- let me know of anything you would like for me to post about.


    These photographers would not be this beautiful without the following people feel free to follow them on social media:

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    Florals- @rootedranchflorist

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    Photographer- @jexsestudios

    Thank you

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    Travel Thursday: Part V- New Orleans⚜️

    There is one place that steals a bit of my heart every time that I go, it’s like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. You go following the white rabbit, because you want to know where it’s going. Eventually you start finding one interesting thing after the other, that you forget what you were chasing and enjoy the journey.

    Let’s start from the beginning, the first meal I had when getting to New Orleans was right in the middle of the street. When you see a BBQ pit and a line of people, you don’t question it. You just go. I wish I could remember the name of their business, but I could tell it is family owned. Look for the Jamaican flags and a BBQ pit. You can’t miss it. If you love food with a kick (like I do) order the Jamaican Sausage with Crack n’ Cheese.

    PO Boys are a must when in New Orleans the Shrimp PO Boy is from Daisy Dukes express, and if you want to try the Pork Belly PO Boy you’ll really have to go down the rabbit hole. This place is hidden behind a bar that doesn’t have a sign of the restaurant outside. I could tell you where it is, but what would be the fun of that? The point of going somewhere new is getting lost, and discovering new places as you make it to your destination.

    The Camellia Grill is the definition of southern hospitality. You feel it as soon as your welcomed in, and smell their delicious food.

    What gets more southern than a buttered pecan pie with blue bell ice cream on top? Nothing. If you don’t go on your next visit to New Orleans, you’ll really be missing out. I loved the place so much I decided to buy the shirt, and do a photoshoot with it on.

    Not in the mood for a full meal, but more like a good coffee and some good conversation? Maybe even a donut?

    District Donuts is the place. I haven’t had any donuts like theirs. I know what y’all are thinking, how can you say that when we have Shipley’s?

    That’s why! Look at these donuts! They have flavors that are so delicious they’ll make you want to drive hours to get to them. My absolute favorite is the blueberry cheesecake donut. I can’t promise you they’ll have that flavor when you go, because they change their flavors daily. Makes it even more exciting to try.

    Want to feel luxurious while drinking champagne, or a white lady (cocktail)? Then, head over to The Monteleone. This beautiful hotel is home to a carousel bar. It’s something you must experience, and although seating is limited on the carousel bar it is worth the wait. Also, if you are looking for some paranormal experiences while in New Orleans make sure to ask your bartender for some personal experiences while working there. I’m sure they’ll have some good ones.

    Walk around the French Quarter to look at window displays that show you inside Art and Fashion studios, or for the ultimate bad ass girl gang feel step into a boutique named Miette on Magazine St. (near district donuts). You will find items I haven’t seen anywhere else, and to be honest it’s awesome to just be in there. They have awesome home decor, and accessories. A lot of locally made jewelry, so if you’re looking for a meaningful and unique souvenir stop here.

    Other places to visit in New Orleans…

    • Tabasco Store
    • Cafe Du Monde
    • Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Shop (If you’re into that)
    • The Ruby Slipper Café

    The best thing you can do is walk around and get lost. If you get lost while hungry, a good tip to go by is to check the crowd at the restaurant. 9 times out of 10 if a place is empty during peak hours like lunch and dinner it is not good (walk away), but if it is full and you notice more locals than tourists (this is where you want to be) stop there. I hope next time you’re in New Orleans you think of this blog post, and let me know if you visit any of these spots. As always a pleasure talking to y’all, feel free to comment, share, and/or like!

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    Travel Thursday: Part IV- Lucerne

    Lucerne, Switzerland

    My last stop, on this year’s Europe trip was Lucerne. Although my time there was short (one day), but saw so much. Everything I saw, and did that day in Switzerland will be memories that will last me a lifetime.

    To be honest, my first few hours in Lucerne all I wanted to sight see was a pharmacy. I don’t know if it was what I ate the night before or motion sickness from the altitude, but after trying to use my Spanish as Italian and acting out my symptoms to locals, I got what I needed. European medicine works fast! Once I was feeling better, I was ready to get to see everything Switzerland had to offer. Which is a lot, and I really wish I would have had more time. Also, more chocolate. 

    Läderach  Chocolate

    The best chocolate I have EVER had. I will order this chocolate to be delivered to me no matter how far it is, because you can do that. You can order the best chocolate in the world to come to you, thanks internet 😉 It might cost you, but it’s so worth it.

    Nothing beats being on a boat, enjoying a piece of the best chocolate in the world (to me), and taking in the beautiful sceneries. Especially, when that boat is taking you to a train that will change everything.

    Welcome to Rigi a breath taking place that will make you stop, and stare at this beautiful masterpiece called, the alps. I don’t know your beliefs (and no judgement), but to me I was in awe at the natural beauty God has created. Nothing has made me feel like a tiny piece to a giant puzzle, like I did here staring straight out at the clouds, and feeling them on my face. Seeing these giant mountains across from me made me feel like I was in a Bob Ross painting. It was and still (as I have a vivid memory of it) is one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. No words can describe. You just look out in silence. You don’t try to figure out life, you just savor the moment as you breathe in the fresh air. It feels like a dream.

    The night life in Switzerland is so much fun! Especially, when chicken nuggets and fries cost $18 USD, but shots only cost $3 USD. Thats how you know, it’s going to be a great night. Next thing you know you’re on the floor in front of a flower shop trying to get a good picture of you and their flower pots for the gram. Just to realize the next day that they weren’t that pretty, and it was most likely not a flower shop. I wish I could tell you the name of the bars, but I don’t remember. As far as music goes, they had all of my early 2000 jams with new reggaeton jams. I would hear Ozuna songs and a lot of other Latin American artists.


    I did not spend much time in Switzerland, but my time there was fun. I also had to say bye to a lot of great people I met along the way. Tonight I will be having a Q&A on my Instagram account in my stories at 9 PM central time. Feel free to ask me anything you want about my trips, and I will answer them. I might have some wine before then to get me ready. I can also share some more behind the scenes pics with y’all, on there. IG: @jenstylehou

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    Travel Thursday: Part III- München

    Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

    Guten morgen! If you have been following my Travel Thursday series, you have made it to the land of beer with me. Not just any beer, but THE best beer. Anyone who knows me, will tell you I used to not be a big beer person. I was always in the search for the one I would like the most. In Houston, I found that I love going to breweries for beer because they have a big selection and has helped me find what I like. After you drink so many though, does it really matter? In Germany, yes! Yes, it does! Augustiner-Bräu is all you need to know about beer. It was founded by monks. Those monks knew good beer! We will talk more about this later…

    The Food

    Oh man, the food was so delicious. Pictures cannot do it justice. To be honest, the food at the Hofbrau house was not my favorite (top left pic) but the experience of being in a place where JFK had drinks was worth it. Hofbräu has it dark history too, but I tried to not focus on that negativity. My sixth sense made it kind of uneasy for me to drink there for long, so I went to my new favorite drinking spot right after to ward of evil spirits with beer blessed by ancient monks. My top favorite eating spot in Munich hands down goes to the Schneider Brähaus, and their pilsner is also very good. I had their seasonal pumpkin soup with a Bayern Ox burger. I wish I had that right now. Now, you see that delicious looking steak at the bottom? Best steak I have ever had technically it’s not in Munich, but it’s still in Bavaria. I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant, but all I know is that it’s in a hotel at the bottom of hill where the Neuschwanstein Castle stands.

    The History

    Germany is rich in history. Not just by what we’ve learned in history class about WWII, but in general. It’s sad that only some of their monuments are authentic, and the rest is still until THIS day being replicated. There was so damage after the war that they are still trying to recover their original identity. You can see that Germany is turning negatives in to positives. They don’t want people to forget what happened, but as a warning to not let that happen anywhere, ever again. A lot of their recunstruction is based only on pictures they have recovered. It is bitter sweet in a beautiful way, to see how they are conserving their historic architectural art in a modern way. 

    “To honor the dead, and warn the living.”  Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

    A good way to get educated on what really happened during that time is to visit the Dachau concentration camp (the first one). I would suggest a tour guide while you are there, I believe our tour guide’s name is Gordon. He will tell you things that were told to him first hand by survivors, and I loved how real he was while telling their stories. I learned so much. I learned that Coco Chanel was a Nazi, and that day I decided to not wear Chanel ever again (which is why I’m looking for a new signature scent if you follow my ig stories). Not saying that everyone has to stop wearing Chanel, or that if you do you’re a racist. I’m just saying it’s my personal choice to not wear or represent the name of someone who was a Nazi.  If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I would have never thought of the day I said no to Chanel. That day, I decided to not turn back. The Concentration camp is now a memorial site that helps those who lost loved ones there to pay their respects, and honor their memory.

    The Culture

    Germans are fun, kind, and genuine people. I felt at home there. Who wouldn’t love a place that you can drink beer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without being judged. It’s actually encouraged, and you are protected by law to be able to go have a liter of beer during lunch. You can come back to work, and not get fired. It is beautiful, and has all types of public transportation. Also, don’t ask a German to choose your drink for you if you aren’t really about that life. They are my kind of people.

    As I mentioned earlier, I found my favorite beer. It is my favorite one in the world so far. It’s name is Augustiner. I was lucky enough to drink it in Salzburg, and in Munich. As it turns out, it was created by monks. Later, it would become a privately owned and a lot of the money they make is donated to charity. Technically, by drinking there you are doing it for a good cause.

    The Castles

    The Castles are not in Munich, but they are in the the same state, Bavaria. Bavaria is a state in Germany (which Munich is in), and some say it’s the Texas of Germany. Which I will make them honorary Texans. Super bad ass people, and they have awesome beer. Oh, and they have castles! Their most famous castle you might recognize as the castle you see in Disney world. It has inspired the Sleeping Beauty castle. It’s name is the Neuschwanstein Castle. The more yellow castle is a castle not a lot of people go to see, but I took a picture of it. I like the underdog. I would live in the sleeping beauty castle, if it didn’t have so many spiral stairs. Anyways, the yellow castle is called the Hohenschwangau Castle.


    Well y’all those are some of my highlights from my trip. I will be doing a Q&A after part four on my IG. You can always comment below, and I’ll try to answer you ASAP.

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    Travel Thursday: Part II- Salzburg

    Salzburg, Austria

    Welcome to Part Dos of Travel Thursday! I hope everyone is having a great holiday so far. Today, I will be sharing my highlights on my time in Austria. Salzburg is a beautiful city with a lot to do. It honestly caught me by surprise, and stole my heart by doing so. It was unexpectedly what I was looking for.

    Should have known it would be love at first sight.

    Salzburg has it all. It is surrounded by the beautiful landscape of mountains, architecture, and  modern art. Yes, that’s right. After all, it is the birth place to the most known conductor in the world. Don’t know who I’m talking about?

    Mozart’s childhood home

    Mozart is to Salzburg what Beyonce is to Houston. Well, now more like what Travis Scott is to Houston. Not to say Bey isn’t anymore, but Astroworld. Any-who, Mozart is the shit and you can’t tell a person from Salzburg otherwise. Shiieet, you can’t tell ME otherwise. I’ve had his balls, after-all. Hey! Get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about chocolate.

    This is the Louboutin of chocolates. If the wrapper is not blue and silver, it’s not the real deal. There are actually imitation versions of it! It pairs well with Glühwein. For those of you that have not tried Glühwein, it is also called Mulled Wine . It is so delicious! Especially, in fall/winter weather. You have to give it a try.

    Salzburg has a romantic feel to it. It has a bridge where people leave locks behind with their and their S.O’s names on it. It has a market with fresh beautiful flowers. Did I mention the beautiful architecture, and landscape views? They have modern stores that are all over the world mixed in with their traditional gems.

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Really, all of the time. You think your Christmas game is strong? You have not been to Salzburg they have a market, and entire stores dedicated to Christmas. I am all here for it! Christmas is my favorite holiday. It’s Jesus’s birthday, people decorate their homes to look festive , and homes are filled with warmth. That is exact type of feelings and thoughts that comes to my mind as I remember my trip in Austria. It was a high on chocolate, glühwein, Augustiner (you will learn about this in my next post), bratwurst, and Christmas. How could you not fall in love?? I wasn’t sure what place I would choose as my favorite out of all the ones I went during my Europe trip, but I can honestly say that Austria is at the top of that list.

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    Travel Thursday: Part I- Venezia

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    Ciao, and Welcome to Travel Thursday! Is that a thing already? If not, it is now. As some of you may now know I went on my first trip to Europe, and my first stop (if you haven’t guessed by now) was Venezia (also known as Venice, Italy). Since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, but never imagined I would ever really be THERE. My first day in Venice I was just taking everything in. Trying to absorb everything I saw, heard, and use all my senses to record the moments in my memory (also into my camera). Now, let me tell you about some of the highlights of the trip through my eyes.

     

    Il Cibo– The Food

    The most important sense to use in Venice is TASTE. Oh, the fun I had using that one! This is not the time, or place for a low carb diet. To quote Drake, “YOLO”. I rather leave this earth knowing that I have tasted amazing (and some interesting) food than to be dwelling in my afterlife about the food I didn’t get to eat, or the wine I didn’t drink. Did I mention there was gelato, and cannoli’s? If you try gelato in Italy, the one back home will just taste like melted ice cream in comparison. I was fortunate enough to have a tour guide to give good suggestions on where to eat, and at times when those places were closed you just have to go based on instinct. A tip on knowing if the place is good to eat, see how many people are sitting down to eat there. Also, try to spot locals in the crowd of people. The reason being, any good restaurant always has customers. Also, if there are locals they know what’s up on food in their town. You don’t want a stomach situation on a trip, because you want to enjoy the trip.

    L’arte– The Art

    The art of Venetian glass, this takes me back again to my childhood. When Mr.Rogers would put a video on of how things are made, and the trolly would pass by. Anyways, It was awesome to see this in person. To see someone create art like second nature, just shows you it is in their blood. In this case, at the Murano Glass Factory in the Galleria San Marco beautiful glass work is made out of Venetian glass. The certified kind, because believe it or not they have certificates and logos to show the real from the fake. They make anything from chandeliers to cute earrings out of glass.

    “People rarely tell the truth but give them a mask and…they will”, is what it says on their business card. I love it! At Schegge Art & Crafts, the owner of the store was greeting us and welcoming us in. She was very passionate in telling us about how painting masks is something that is passed down generations in her family. She painted all of the paper masks you see in the pictures above. Each one is unique, and a work of art. If you are ever in Venice, you have to go see for yourself.

    Il Luogo– The Place

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    Walking around Venice was even more beautiful than I would have imagined it to be. It looked like straight out of a story book. The architecture is amazing. I have been to many places that I have seen on TV, just to get to the actual place and be disappointed. They were just illusions created on sets or by green screens. Not Venice though, Venice looked more beautiful than I imagined. The second day there it was not dry, and it might have been a little unexpected for me. There were high tides which caused it to flood in Venice. As someone who lives in a city that floods, it amazed me with how relaxed and calm everyone in Venice is when this happens.

    They just put on their rain boots, and keep moving forward. It also helps that their way of transportation are boats. Which reminds me of one more highlight I have to show you before I end this post…

    The Gondolas

    When in Venice, get on the boat. Enjoy the ride, and the good views. I am 100% sure that this is not even close to summing up my trip, but as always…if you want to know more or have any questions you can ask below on the comments. Ciao Ciao!!