• Jessica Guercio

Friday Five - October 5, 2018

Well, its officially fall and you know what that means... Floridians get to sweat just thinking about going outside in fall clothing. All of my favorite bloggers and insta followers are posting about great transitional pieces for fall, boots for fall, etc. The best we get here in Florida is a switch in our color pallet. Less pastels, more jewel tones. Well no matter, we are pretending its chilly and fall like over here. I'm sharing my current read, how I stay in loop with the all of the current events happening, my weekend plans in Westchase, your new podcast addiction, and favorite turkey chili recipe that goes great with pumpkin pie.

1. READ: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I didn't have a clue who Rachel Hollis was until just recently. I stumbled across her book, Girl Wash Your Face after seeing it come up on several reading lists and posts from bloggers I follow. I resisted for a while because honestly, a lot of these lifestyle bloggers are just too much. The more they try to tell me how "real" they are, the more I realize that they are just making up content to show me their "realness." I tend to take their "advice" with a grain of salt because it all feels like one big sales pitch of their life. I tend to be a bit pessimistic in this sense.

But... I downloaded Rachel's book on Audible thanks to a friends recommendation and I gotta tell ya... I am hooked. She offers funny and relatable anecdotes from her life along with tangible advice that I find helpful to a positive inner voice. I will mention that Rachel is a Christian and she discusses her faith throughout the book. However, I didn't find the book to be overly preachy. This book happened to find me at a time when I have really been focusing on myself and her theme of “You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are” has spoken to me in such a positive way recently. Is this book life changing? Of course not... but its full of positive talk and ways to help us all live our best lives. Pick up yours here!

2. FOLLOW: The Skimm

Y'all, I'll be the first to tell you my main news source is E! News. I don't normally watch the "regular" news because a) its super depressing, b) its hard to explain the term "sexual assault" to a preschooler, and c) there is so much news ALL THE TIME. Thats why The Skimm is so great. Its a quick, unbiased, an entertaining way to get the news every morning so I have some idea of what's happening in the world. I read it every morning while I'm making my coffee and know you will love it! Sign up to get the Skimm delivered to your inbox here!

3. GO: First Friday in Westchase

Got plans tonight? The fam and I will be heading to First Friday to meet up with some friends and the best part is, we don't have to go far! Live music, games for kiddos, food, and maybe even a pumpkin beer or two. The street is blocked off and this weekend, WOBtoberfest is taking over the block for Friday and Saturday. The weather is slightly cooler in the evenings so bring the family out and support this local fun event! Prost!

4. LISTEN: Dirty John

If you haven't listened to the Dirty John,get on it! Dirty John is a true-crime podcast that takes place in California. It centers on John Meehan, a handsome and romantic charmer who sweeps a women, Debra Newell, off her feet. There are twists and turns... its fascinating and so good. So good in fact, Bravo is producing a show that comes out next month!! Plenty of time to catch up on the podcast before it comes to the screen with Eric Bana and Connie Britton playing the lead roles.

5. MAKE: Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

This turkey chili recipe has been in heavy rotation in my house for a few years now. I haven't made it recently because its been 127 degrees outside but now that it's technically fall, it back! Its easy, healthy, makes a ton, and my 4 year-old will eat anything that comes with chips and shredded cheese. ;-) (I usually ease up on the red pepper flakes for the little guy)

Here's the recipe:

Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans low sodium tomato soup

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch ground allspice

  • salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey in the skillet, and cook until evenly brown; drain.

  2. Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray, and mix in turkey, tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans and onion. Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, allspice and salt.

  3. Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High.

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