Happy Friday my friends, and happy birthday to me!
Unless you’re turning a first grader who simply cannot wait to share with the world that he’s turning another year older, it’s not really a common thing to announce that it’s almost your birthday.
Nowadays, we tend to keep our traps shut in hopes no one will try to organize that awkward birthday lunch at work or look at you with skepticism when they check your ID at the wine store and you JUST KNOW they’re judging the streaks of gray showing already.
Instead, we secretly stalk our Facebook page looking for well-wishes from people we haven’t seen in years and acquaintances we barely even know, or play the stoic birthday girl who tries to mask the not-so-secret disappointment when the birthday flowers don’t arrive at the door.
But at this stage in the game, you all probably know me better than most of them do anyway, so why not share in a little early celebrating together! :) and let’s just make sure it involves German Chocolate Cake.
This years festivities will be way lower key than last year’s turn of the half-century mark where I celebrated pretty much all year long by taking advantage of some amazing travel opps to some amazing places. Because hey…I’m healthy enough and mindful enough to enjoy it now, so why wait?
It’s Time to Live What You Love
Enjoying life is where I’m at right now, or at least trying to create the space and flow to do so. Last week I shared my goals for a morning routine along with my monthly intentions list.
So how’s it going? Well…My morning routine is coming along (journaling has been my FAVE thing to do each day and exercise is making a comeback) but let’s just say I need to create a little more time to make the things on my intentions list happen. But I’m determined to make it so.
This week’s challenge in my Nourished Planner is to create a frivolous happiness list: a list of ideas/projects/things that simply make you happy and add one or two to your day so the must-dos are balanced with the want-to-dos.
I created my list earlier this week and oddly, it started to look an awfully like a mixture of my to-do list and my intentions list. But what I realized is that striking things off my to-do list actually DOES make me happier and this is my strategy for making it happen.
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What Went Up This Week…
Last Sunday we reinstated Soup Sunday (my monthly intentions list is paying off!) and so soup week is what this week has been. If you missed them…
- Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup where it’s creamy without the calories or fat from cream
- How to Make the Best Minestrone from a recipe my grandma held on to for years
- Easy Homemade Beef Stock Broth is totally easy and worth making from scratch
- 6 Easy Ways to Make Weekly Meal Prep a Success tips that prove the method to our madness
But enough about all that, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves. :)
I shared this last week, but I keep referring to it so it bears repeating, this is some of the best advice I’ve read: This morning routine will save you 20 hours a week. I.AM.SO.IN!
A good case for making time for white space in your daily routine. And it’s okay to take a nap!
5 simple shifts to bring more positivity to your life. Spread your sparkle…I like that.
Sundance’s two week run began last night and the movie line-up is said to be better than ever.
but more importantly…
Your complete Sundance star-stalking guide. Now you’ll know where I’ll be as I find out, “Hey! ARE YOU FAMOUS??” (I may have to share my star-sightings on Instagram stories!) Look for Saturday’s Women’s March on Main Street to bring out the stars. And snow! More snow!!!
Smart move, Mark Wahlberg. #sideeye
If you need a dress for the red carpet, this is how you can have Reese’s.
6 books to read before you see the movies next winter.
Okay, this is clever, IKEA, very clever.
Such an inspiring weight loss story and refreshing approach to eating. Cheers to taking more risks in 2018.
Could this be the end of Saveur magazine?
This stunning cake is a work of art.
Two of my favorite comfort foods in one.
The most hated foods state by state…Neither Texas nor California are much of a surprise.
Instant Pot lovers…you may want to add these to your wish list.
This slow cooker soup is exactly what’s right with January eats.
Asian-style sloppy joe’s? YAAS please!
Okay, I need to make these meatballs. All my fave flavors!
A sheet pan salmon dish I really want to make.
These slow cooker bowls are exactly what I want to eat on a crazy weeknight.
Loving these plant trends for 2018. How cool is that aquatic plant?
I’m always looking for tips like this: 6 smart ideas for storing your cleaning products.
18 places you should be cleaning with vinegar in your kitchen plus, a DIY vinegar spray (who else loves tips like this?)
Lentil soup recipes are bombarding the Internet right now, and here are 5 I really want to make:
- Slow Cooker Curried Lentil Soup
- Lemony Lentil Soup
- One Pot Smoky Lentil Stew
- 1-Pot Everyday Lentil Soup
- Moroccan Lamb Lentil Stew
Everything she suggests, I want. (and I couldn’t agree more about packing cubes!)
Excited about this new denim-based clothing line from Target. I spy some great pieces!
This dress is giving me spring fever (and it’s on sale).
A loverly necklace with a sweet sentiment (hey, hey Valentine’s Day).
And a pretty in pink top to wear with it.
This tote is super cute and holy crap! such a good price (they were selling similar styles in Vietnam for 2X that!)
And finally, a little something feel good to lead you into your weekend: An amazing (and patient) act of kindness. Some people are truly incredible.
Okay foodiecrush friends, that’s all for now. Have a grand weekend and make a birthday wish for me for snow!
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