Hello hello and what a happy Friday it is!
We’re here. We’re alive. We have money for food on the table and an internet to scan for the links we love. There’s so much big, heart wrenching stuff going on out there that focusing on the little things that matter are a real source of joy.
We’re nearly two weeks into the new year and I’m still committed to my NY resolve and eating more plants (this avo toast has been breakfast every.single.day), getting more sleep, and keeping my inner and outer critic in check.
Life is a work in progress. Last week I talked about how I’ve always believed I was a good multi-tasker until I was called out as simply being a procrastinator.
Well, yesterday I read this article that is 100% how I feel 99% of the time. Decision fatigue, where “people’s brains get worn out by the necessity of being decisive and exercising restraint, usually at work.”
Is decision fatigue a real thing? I 100% think so, because I live it, and too often I feel just like Gloria who is quoted about completing personal chores, “Instead of doing it, I’m thinking about all the times I should have been. So I end up kind of catatonic over not doing stuff instead of doing that stuff.” Hand to heart, that’s me.
It’s another supporting reason why I chose my word of 2019: DO IT.
So today I’m setting a timer to get my Friday Faves post done in a record amount of time, with focus and my head down to get.the.job.done. For you readers, it’s a quick read to breeze through these Friday Faves links and maybe click on one or two. For me to compile the post, it typically takes 1-2 hours of research during the week, then another 4-6 hours to write, discover more faves, add links, proofread, edit and re-write, and then wonder if I missed something awesome.
Today I’m giving myself 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the post, and when the time is up, that’s going to be it.
Let’s see how far I get, shall we? But enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves. YAY!
This story absolutely warmed my heart and broke it at the same time. I love dogs.
7 tips to actually keep your NY resolutions.
And of course, this.
Need a little Insta-inspiration? Here’s a list of 19 you should be following now.
My favorite Spotify play list for theweek.
The closest we might get to a The Office reboot: Angela has a cooking show!
The 10 kitchen trends you’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of. Ugh, apparently open shelving is still a thing (but not in my kitchen!)
I love a good kitchen remodel.
So this is claimed to be the single best way to reduce clutter around the house, but is it just adding more plastic to the trash heap? Thoughts? I mean, I do decant some, but not to this extreme (for all my condiments too?)
But I am liking these glass canisters — a little spendy so I need to shop around.
This week, eat more plants:
- These lettuce wraps are going to the TOP of my #eatmoreplants list.
- A veggie bowl that goes south of the border.
- I love my butter chicken recipe but this vegetarian version is one to give a try.
- This vegetable shepherd’s pie for the one pot win.
50 slow cooker recipes for fast dinner from some of your fave bloggers.
This chicken salad that is evvvvverything.
Here’s a slurper to add to your smoothie train.
One pan, 5 ingredients, and the best comfort food mashup of the year so far.
Instant Pot recipe alert: Pho me baby.
Air fryer recipe alert: These fried ravioli are pure wow factor.
- Lamb meatballs gone wild!
- Good gravy! Salisbury steak meatballs
- Break out the crockpot, these Swedish meatballs have arrived.
The buttercream frosting of my dreams.
If you love cheesecake you’re gonna love these. OMG.
Tips for saving the big bucks on groceries (so you can buy more shoes!).
7 easy ways to save more money every week.
I got a set of AirPods for Xmas and you better believe I turned this feature on. My inner Nancy Drew can’t wait to try it out.
I can’t work/cook/exercise with my bob length hair in my face so I’m loving these short hair ideas that go beyond the basic pony.
I replaced my expensive Kerastase spray with this one from Target and haven’t looked back. I really like her whole line.
Why your feet are always cold. (Mine is #2)
And that’s why you need a pair of these (at 40% off!)
Say yes to joggers! Total comfort.
Ah, but this sweater...it would be like wearing your bath robe all day. How would I get any work done? I’d just want to lounge.
My daughter made a crystal candle over the holidays with real crystals. This one turns the candle into a crystal. Kind of fun.
For all of you plant lovers, this can’s for you.
14 of the best places in the U.S. to travel in 2019. Let’s go!
This couple and their cute trailer are giving me serious wanderlust.
If you’re going to Paris, here’s your one-day walking tour to cross all the best sites off your list.
Okay! The alarm went off 20 minutes ago. TIME TO STOP. I’m out! Have a fantastic weekend everyone!
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Thanks so much for including my meatballs, Heidi! Always love your Friday Faves and so appreciate the work you put into them (I know it isn’t easy!). xo
I Loved Your Friday Faves. Keeps Inspiring Your Emailers.
I love your motto for the year…Do it! Can I borrow that? I’m pretty sure it’s exactly what I need. :) I love your Friday Faves and beyond thrilled to be a part of it…thanks so much Heidi! Happy, healthy new year! xo
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Please do borrow that, Caroline! Thank you for reading.
Show Me the Yummy
Thanks for including our air fryer ravioli!!!!! I might just have to borrow Trevor’s air pods and try out that listen feature ;) Also, that RV is #goals. So darn cute!
well thank you for putting all of this together each week, there are always links to great recipes and other interesting stuff, so time well spent and much appreciated
ughhh ughhh ugh! i hate not knowing where your links are going to take me! and worse, you showed me a photo of egg-avocado toast that i want… and i can’t find it! and THAT is why i have stopped clicking on your emails. geeze. just want the damned recipe
Seriously? Here’s the recipe. Toast and butter a piece of bread. Slice some avocado on it. Poach an egg and put it on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and back/white sesame seeds.
I agreeeeeee where’s the recipe!?
I can totally relate to decision fatigue and am convinced it is a thing. I’ve noticed it particularly in friends that are going through a remodel. One of the things I’ve found that helps me with the chore overwhelm is choosing one to do on a day when I’m not exercising (priorities) and if any others get done it’s a bonus!
Whoa! The live listen feature on the AirPods?!? Blowing my mind!
Also love this: “We’re here. We’re alive. We have money for food on the table and an internet to scan for the links we love. There’s so much big, heart wrenching stuff going on out there that focusing on the little things that matter are a real source of joy.”
We were driving to the allergist yesterday for the kids annual appointment, and E was saying how she wished she didn’t have food allergies, and wished she didn’t have to see the allergist, and wished she could eat the birthday treats at school (that last one pulled at my momma heart strings!). We acknowledged that yeah…it stinks…but then focused on what we can eat, what we can do, and how much good we have in our lives. I encouraged her to focus on those things, that life could be far worse, and that we’ll be happier if we focus on the positive…and I love your reminder to do the same.
Longest comment ever! Thanks for the pizza chicken link love! xoxo
Your Friday Faves inspires me! I love it! You’re witty, pithy, insightful, and playfully opinionated :). Your blog was the first one I ever subscribed to and it’s still the first one I look forward to reading every week. Know that for every minute you put into it, I’m joyfully spending time reading and cooking from it!