Wednesday was Valentine’s Day and all across the nation hearts were breaking, not because they weren’t delivered a floral bouquet at their door, but because 17 people lost their lives because of a senseless tragedy.
Friends, did you know this fact: NBC News’ Lester Holt reported that rom January 1 to February 14, there have been 18 school shootings in the U.S…. EIGHTEEN shooting in just FORTY days. I had no idea there have been that many. How is it even imagineable that once again, AGAIN, the nation is talking about another mass shooting? And at a school! Where we tell our children they are safe, cared for, and loved.
I realize this isn’t the type of content you come to for Friday Faves, it’s fun, links, recipes and more! But this situations isn’t something any of us can pretend isn’t happening, because it’s affecting us all.
My head is spinning. My heart hurts. I’m scared for my daughter, her friends and teachers, and for our country. This article sums up my feelings in much better I ever could.
But as these tragedies continue to occur, we cannot allow ourselves to become numb to the fact that they are happening. To become immune. This isn’t normal. And we can’t let it become the new normal.
Because there are only so many televised condolences and candlelight vigils and flags set to half staff that we all witness on TV and online before the day comes when we’re participating in them and mourning one of our own.
Sending all the love and prayers to the Florida families and to anyone who has been a victim of gun violence before.
What Went Up This Week…
This week had a lot of recipe testing going down in the FC test kitchen aka my kitchen plus the recipes below going up on the blog. If you have any recipe requests, I’m happy to serve…just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 20 Chicken Dinner Ideas You Can Make on the Sheet Pan because can we ever really have too many chicken recipes? Also, long live sheet pan dinners forever and ever, amen.
How to Make an Easy Asian Hot Pot because it’s a crave worthy classic you can totally make at home. Plus, cooking at the table is ridiculously fun!
- 30-Minute Turkey and Spinach Penne Pasta with Video! and a little bit of a Mexican kick :)
And now onto this week’s list of Friday Faves…
My friend Kristin started this video series and it just.makes.me.happy. And I could use a dose of happy this week. Would something like this would be fun for me to do here on the Friday Faves? Not that I want to be a copycat…but…she’s inspired me :)
Attention parents: My friend Lori shared this and it is really worth a read.
I want to live my life like these kids.
A really important article on smartphone addiction.
5 wellness trends to try this year.
I’ve been seeing these eucalyptus showers in everyone’s IG story feeds but these eucalyptus shower melts would be good too because Smudge could turn them into a DIY project and I wouldn’t have to lift a finger!
Are you following this IG yet? Lauren’s pies will blow your mind.
Speaking of IG, you might want to read this. You’ve been warned!
Love, love, LOVE. Also, I would like a copy of each, thank you.
Does your resumé need a revamp? Make sure you’re including this one thing.
4 books to read this month. What are you currently reading?
Have you and your partner ever asked yourself these 36 questions?
This mini origami art is totally clever. How’d they do that???
The best winter beauty foods to add to your diet. I’ll have a kale salad with roasted butternut squash, pears, and radishes, and a mug of matcha, please!
We’ve had a round of sicko around here…another reason I’m using my essential oils.
Taking heed of this homemade cough remedy.
Thinking these sore throat popsicles would be the ultimate soother.
This grilled cheese is the cheese-pull winner.
Instant Pot recipe alert because SOUP IS ON!
This sweet dinner for two would be perfect for a cozy date night in.
Dying to make this one-skillet pasta.
Also, pasta + rosé? YAAAS, please.
If you’re a fan of pancakes, you need to try these.
I keep seeing stuff about oat milk…Have you tried it?
Here are 5 chocolate treats I want to devour in the name of love this week:
- Ultimate Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting
- A Big Amaretto Brownie Heart
- The Most Amazing Salted Dark Chocolate Tart
- Easy Chocolate Mousse
- Mini Chocolate Sheet Cake for Two with Raspberry Frosting
This is so totally my dream home!!!. That landscaping! The openness! The windows! Those views! And I already have the rocker in slide 11 that my mom used to rock me in as a baby!
Ah, but this cabin!! Now I want to buy and decorate a frigging cabin!
I’m in the market for a new coffee table for our family room. We have a lot like this but since getting the new couch last year, it’s just too bulky to get around. I’m thinking we need one that is round like this one. What say you? (btw, the couch is the comfiest EVER!)
This is such a cute top. Love those sleeves.
And really liking this dress (also great sleeves).
I need to get this jacket for my Smudge so she’ll quit stealing mine.
These weekend mugs are fun. They remind me of Pantone swatches.
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