Hello again, hello. And happy Friday!
Hey, hey, it was my birthday! Thanks those of you who sent big wishes for my big day. It was a busy one, but so good because I got to spend it with the ones I love: Skiing with my man for my birthday tradition; watching the flame of red hair and long arms of my AliSmudge fly up and down the basketball court for the win; then dinner and a Broadway play with my mama.
Seriously. Does it get any better than that?
The only thing better than being spoiled by those I love is that I still have that new year gumption flowing through my veins. And that ‘get-er-done’ spirit is actually kicking in.
This week I cracked down and made some decisions that have been languishing in my to do list. Some of them regarded things I’m adding and some I’m letting go. Working together, they affect my business, personal life, and financial stability.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself it’s that having financial freedom from debt is the most gloriously freeing feeling there is. I’ve seen my paycheck cut, my health care cancelled by my employer, my 401K matching eliminated. That’s when I knew if I was working only for a paycheck, I could create that pay check myself. And so I have.
It brings me a great deal of comfort to save for the rainy day, and know there is money in the bank to buy my umbrella when I need it. I have my dad to thank for that gene, and his wisdom even when I didn’t want to listen to it.
If you’re someone who needs some help stabilizing your finances, start with these simple hacks, or take a deeper action dive with this from one of my favorite bloggers. And make that appointment to get your taxes done now, instead of waiting ’til the week before April 15.
A penny saved is a penny earned. Am I right?
But enough about that, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
This is probably as close as any of us will ever get to working out to the jams with Michelle Obama.
How to eat after a workout—says the nutritionist.
5 ways to make less food waste when cooking solo.
A few simple ideas to help make the most of winter.
These turkey taco stuffed peppers is where healthy meets happy.
Ground turkey enchiladas, you know, for balance.
Eat more beans! (thank you Instant Pot!)
Not to be left behind, these air fryer chicken nuggets put the other trendy appliance to work.
More Mediterranean Diet eats: One pot tuscan soup.
Asian food forever:
- These bahn mi bowls make Whole30 bearable.
- Korean beef bowls make meal prep a whiz.
- Instant Pot ramen to wrap your noodle around.
- Dip into these easy Vietnamese egg rolls.
- One of my FAVORITE Asian soups (I like it best with ramen noodles added in).
Hey keto people, you’re going to want this meal prep meal.
Weeknight chicken lovers, try this chicken curry in a hurry.
So smart! A healthy 3-ingredient chocolate snack.
The big game dip alert: White queso!
Winging it with a twist:
- These Korean style chicken wings sing.
- Pile spicy wing style chicken in a wrap.
- This comfort food wing mash up is a football game watcher’s dreams.
I LOVE a good remodel, and this one is giving me all the itchy feelings to buy another place and start another one of my own.
I love the looks of this water pitcher that goes from fridge to table with minimalist style.
You may be arranging your furniture all wrong, and how to fix it.
I’m developing a new chili recipe and will be trying this tip to make it even more excellent.
If you have dry skin, this moisturizer is your cure.
My sister told me to try this eye cream that she loves. So far, I like it too.
The 10 best tips gleaned from every one of Vogue’s beauty videos.
How to style the best trends of 2020. I literally should go back to my closet from 1987 because it is right here again, right now, and it looks like pleated pants are too.
Airbnb or the hotel. Which is better?
Okay! That’s it for this week. Have a good one.
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