Hello and happy Friday!
Who else is feeling a renewed sense of life and living? It’s spring! We’re vaccinated! I am BEYOND grateful my family is vaccinated and able to be around one another without fear. We can go to lunch, hug, plan vacations, and do the stuff we’ve always done. Things are moving into the semi-almost-someday-sooner-than-not-back-to-regular-life box. And I have a giant magic marker ready to place a big fat X and tick that box!
This week I spent several days doing yard work alongside my dear old dad. My dad is a fiend when it comes to yard clean up. I’m not nearly as meticulous, but I find it the monotony of raking and clearing so gratifying. Sure, there’s the symbolism of clearing away dead brush to make way for the new sprouts of spring, but this chore is therapeutic and cleansing for my headspace, and it feels so good to be outside with nature.
Instead of listening to a podcast or music, I raked the ground to the sound, stories, and thoughts spinning their little webs in my head. In the mountain quiet and solitude, I saw the same themes creep back into my brain even when I would tell myself to stop thinking about those things that out of my control. I could plainly see what I’ve been currently obsessing about. Change. Good change, bad change, unknown change…that’s what I’m obsessing over. But then, who doesn’t?
If there’s one thing I wish you all could do this week, it’s to take an hour or more and find solitude with your thoughts. Go for a hike, a walk, a bike ride, or do house work or yard work. Let your mind wander. Lose the distractions. Discover what moves you. You may even get some cleaning done, inside and out.
But first, let’s saddle up to this week’s Friday Faves. Enjoy!
11 texts to send when you need to cheer someone up.
With a sauna and a fireplace, Justin Bieber’s tour bus might be nicer than most homes.
These plant-based recipes from THE Jane Goodall aim to change the world one bite at a time.
10 mistakes you’re making that are creating food waste.
A classic caprese salad is always one of the first things I make come spring. I cannot WAIT for garden tomatoes!
Slurpy ramen goes salad in this fresh and crunchy recipe.
This pavlova will have eaters pawing for more.
This pan-roasted chicken puts dad’s recipe on a pedestal.
A fried chicken salad worthy of any colonel.
This sourdough starter gets the whole wheat treatment.
Talk about comfort food: Taco pie!
Roasted cauliflower PLUS chickpeas? Send me another serving please.
I’ll toast to that! Mexican shrimp cocktails!
Instant Pot pork tenderloin is easy peasy.
My favorite reading glasses now come with blue light lenses too.
I ordered this astrology book because I really do think there’s something in the stars.
I heard an interview with the author of this best-selling book about how to become an adult so of course I had to get it and hopefully my teenager will read it too. It’s not on TikTok or Instagram, so we shall see.
In my gardening research I found lots of recs for this tomato fertilizer. So yes, I’ll be using it.
Summer travels: These countries are welcoming international tourists.
Are you ready to download the new iOS for your iPhone?
24 hidden iPhone settings that feel like secrets.
If only I had somewhere to wear this flirty dress…
Heading back to 1989 with the sleeves on this sweet drapey dress. So cute.
This is the new jewelry trend of 2021 and my 16 yo daughter is right on it.
10+ DIY hacks from IKEA stylists to try now.
A double water slide is a MUST for the most summer fun.
And that’s it for this week. Be safe and have a great weekend everyone! XO
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