Happy Friday // 01

Happy Friday! We made it through the first week of 2017 and I hope the year is off to a great start for all of you.

I scheduled more into the last week of 2016 than I usually do at the end of a year and it was good, but it left me feeling a little unprepared for the new year. I spent most of the week trying to “catch up” and I feel like I did, for the most part. It’s been productive and that has felt so good! I don’t have much going on this weekend, so here’s hoping for lots of productivity and puppy cuddles. Is there anything better than puppy cuddles?

I’ve approached end of the week posts in so many different ways throughout the last year and as I started to work on my editorial calendar for January I decided that I wanted Friday’s post to be a mixture of good things from the week, as well as recommendations: articles to read, recipes to make, videos to watch… Those types of things. And it just so happens that today I have a little of everything that I just mentioned! 🙂

I also want it to be flexible. If a week is busy and I don’t have time to put a post up on Friday, I’ll let it go for the week. I want to make sure that I absolutely love everything that I recommend and am excited to share whatever I put up on Friday.

So, let’s take a look at the week! (Make sure you read all the way to the end if you want to see one of the big things I was working on this week!)

Happy Friday! A dose of inspiration to start your weekend. // dreams-etc.com


I participated in the Indiegogo campaign for WriteOnCon and bought a critique for the first five pages of my novel. I’ve had some concerns about the first few pages, so I thought this would be a great way to receive some feedback. I submitted the pages for the critique this week and received a very quick response with some really helpful feedback. Before I even opened the pages, the feedback she left in the email had me thinking about ways to improve the opening (and rest!) of my book. The best part of the critique, however, was the very encouraging note that she started the email with. I smiled for the rest of the day and took a screenshot to send to some friends and family.


Happy 2017! from Chelsea (aka The Girl Who Loved to Write). I’ve always been so inspired by Chelsea, from the positive way that she looks at the world to her enthusiastic pursuit to follow her dreams. No matter what’s  happening in her life (like having a baby and moving in 2016!) she always manages to get stuff done and I have so much respect for that! Her post about 2017 talks about things that have been on my mind in terms of goal-setting recently and it was nice to see someone else share the same thoughts.


I made this Zucchini Shrimp  Scampi from Damn Delicious the other night. I talked about it on Snapchat and a friend responded to say, “I’ve made that! And it was… well, it was damn delicious!” And she is so right. I really enjoyed it and will definitely make it again.

Happy Friday! A dose of inspiration to start your weekend. // dreams-etc.com


A friend of mine sent me a text last night and told me to look up There Will Be Time by Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal. I pulled it up on YouTube, watched it three times in a row and could have kept on going. Go watch it! It’s fantastic.

Creative Pursuit of the Week

I dusted off my YouTube channel again! You know… if my neglected video space on could become dusty. It always amazes how much time it takes for a little 1 minute long video…and this one definitely isn’t perfect in any way, shape or form. I’m still learning the ins and outs of this filming/editing thing. {Also, I posted the video  last night and shared it on Snapchat first. Be sure to follow me if you’d like to see sneak peaks of what I’m working on! dreamsetcblog)

Tell me about your week! What have you been reading, watching, cooking, creating? What were some of the highlights?

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  • Reply
    Emily Abernathy
    January 6, 2017 at 9:47 am

    This is a great series idea! That recipe looks amazing…. I’ll have to try it soon. I love finding recipes to use my spiralizer for!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 6, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Thank you Emily! This is the first time I’ve used a spiralizer, but I really liked it. I don’t see myself ever spiralizing veggies as a replacement for pasta–if I want pasta I’ll just eat the pasta–but it’s such a fun way to eat veggies. I’ll definitely use it more.

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    January 6, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I love Chelsea’s blog! That recipe sounds extremely yummy!!! Yah for you getting back to your Youtube channel!! That’s really exciting!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Her blog is the best! I highly recommend the shrimp scampi. It was so good! 🙂 And thank you! It was a lot of fun to work on a video again.

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    January 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    It looks like you had a great start to 2017! That shrimp scampi sounds delicious! I’ve never seen Chelsea’s blog! I just went there now and will check it out!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      It was a great week! I highly recommend the shrimp scampi! The sauce was amazing and I loved the zucchini in it too. I hope you enjoy Chelsea’s blog as much as I do! 🙂

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    January 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Awesome start you have for 2017. I have made it through the week with all of my goals and to do stuff accomplished. This is a good thing with 3 kids 🙂

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      That is! 🙂 Great job accomplishing everything you set out to do in the first week!

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    January 10, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Sounds like you had a great first week of the New Year! I have never been to Chelsea’s blog, thanks for introducing it because I think I am going to spend some time on there 🙂 And that Shrimp Scampi sounds amazing! I’ve made a few things from Damn Delicious and they are always great!

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