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Welcome to Craving Connection where our conversations each week bring the comfort of catching up with old friends and the delight of connecting with new ones.

Craving Connection Kelsey Aldinger and Kelsey Baty

    • Personal Journals

Welcome to Craving Connection where our conversations each week bring the comfort of catching up with old friends and the delight of connecting with new ones.

    Episode 152. A Discussion on Self Worth

    Episode 152. A Discussion on Self Worth

    We’d be lying if we said we didn’t struggle with self worth. There are lots of areas in our lives where we feel less than and we don’t think we’re alone. Rather than endure alone, we want to share the areas in which we struggle as a reminder that we’re all in this together and bring hope and encouragement to ourselves and others. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t measure up, this one’s for you.
    Raves + Faves:
    KA's Rave: Cheer on Netflix
    KB's Rave: Highlands by Hillsong

    • 56 min
    Episode 151. What's In Our Bag: The Nightstand Edition

    Episode 151. What's In Our Bag: The Nightstand Edition

    We’re back this week with a new spin on the “what’s in our bag” series. It’s no secret that we’re endlessly fascinated with the daily products and practices of our friends and this week, we’re taking that curiosity a step farther by delving into our nightstands. What started as a pretty straightforward list of the accoutrements of our bedside tables actually turned into a comical and sentimental conversation. Listen in if you love eavesdropping on other people’s lives or just want to know “am I the only one”? Because we assure you, the answer is no.
    Raves + Faves:
    KA's Rave: Nordic Ware Baking Sheets
    KB's Rave: Free People Scrunchies

    • 1 hr
    Episode 150. Love It or Bucket List It: Our Plans to Capitalize on All Winter Has to Offer

    Episode 150. Love It or Bucket List It: Our Plans to Capitalize on All Winter Has to Offer

    While the first week of January is for resolutions, the second week is for bucket lists. The time when we narrow in on the next few months and create action plans to go along with our words of the season. Tune in as we share the cookbooks we’ll be cooking through, the home repair projects we plan to accomplish, and the mindset shifts we’ll be implementing this winter. Our hope with this series is that you walk away inspired to make a seasonal bucket list of your own!
    Raves + Faves:
    KA's Rave: Bathroom Sink Organizer
    KB's Rave: Mexican Corn Dip and Italian Dipping Oil

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 149. 2020 Vision

    Episode 149. 2020 Vision

    It’s nearly impossible to believe that we’re on the cusp of 2020, and in just a few days, we’ll be waving goodbye to 2019. Per the usual, we spend some time reflecting on 2019 and casting vision for the new year. We’re sharing the ways our words of the year did or did not pan out and the ways we hope they shape the coming year. Cheers to a new decade and a fresh start!
    Podcast Recommendation (Java with Juli): Will you trade your comfort food for the comforter?
    Wendy Speake 40 Day Sugar Fast
    Seasonal Reflection Prompts:
    Best thing
    Most challenging
    Best way you spent your time
    Biggest time waster
    How have you worked toward your word of the year
    Unexpected joy
    Unexpected challenge
    Annual Reflection Prompts:
    3 words to describe the year
    Best books
    Most valuable relationships
    Biggest personal change
    How did you grow emotionally, spiritually, physically, and in relationship with others
    Most enjoyable part of work
    Most challenging part of work
    Biggest thing you learned
    Raves + Faves:
    KA's Rave: Schitt's Creek
    KB's Rave: Madewell Jeans

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Home is What You Make It

    Home is What You Make It

    Home means different things to different people. Maybe it's the house you grew up in, the home you made as an adult, certain items that bring comfort, or people who feel like coming home. This week, we're chatting about what it means to us, seasons when we've felt the most settled and unsettled in our dwelling places, and how we make a home.
    Raves + Faves:
    KA's Rave: Soma Lace Plunge Racerback Bralette
    KB's Rave: About Time Movie

    • 58 min
    Specialty Grocery Stores Deep Dive

    Specialty Grocery Stores Deep Dive

    You know we love a thoughtful discussion about grocery shopping, so this episode delights us to no end. This week we’re deep diving specialty stores- Aldi, Trader Joe’s, and Costco, to be exact. We’re outlining the role each store plays in our grocery shopping lives, the pros and cons of each, and our tried and true favorites to purchase each time we go. If you’ve ever felt intimidated by Aldi, not known where to start at Trader Joe’s, or have contemplated getting a Costco membership- this episode is for you.
    ALDI:
    Bang Bang Sauce
    Playdoh Shape and Color Sorter Mat
    Cage Free Organic Thinly Sliced Chicken
    COSTCO:
    Waterloo
    Rotisserie Chicken
    Toilet Paper and Paper Towels
    Frozen Pizzas
    Charcuterie Board Fixin's
    Special K Crustless Quiches
    Kielbasa Sausage
    Men’s Clothes
    Olive Oil
    Chicken Broth
    
Organic Diced Tomatoes
    Sarah Farms Heavy Whipping Cream
    Avocados
    Bananas
    Broccoli
    Florets
    Apple Sauce
    TRADER JOE'S
    Flowers
    Fig and Olive Crisps
    Mandarin Orange Chicken
    Cauliflower Rice
    Kung Pow Chicken/Anything Frozen
    Desserts- Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Pain Au Lait, Chocolate Chip and Nut Mix Bags
    Pre-Portioned Garlic, Ginger, Basil
    Individually Packaged Chicken Broth
    Raves + Faves:
    KA's Rave: City of Girls
    KB's Rave: Shoe Rack

    • 40 min

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