Hey hey and happy Friday.
My tomato plants are in the ground and I am ready for the BLT railroad! Who’s coming with me?
As we skip through this thing called life, there are tricks we learn along the way that make it just that much easier. Raising a teenager, you see real quick these things aren’t just inherently born in us. You’ve gotta go through the routines, make good choices, and then bad ones, and learn from them all.
Habits can be good and bad. I like the good ones. And they don’t all have to be big life changes. It’s usually the smaller ones that build into longer lasting goals. And similar to #7 in this list of 10 micro-habits that will transform your life, it’s the baby habits that add up to make big changes.
When I was trained as a server, one of the teachings that has stuck with me still to this day is to only touch things once. Back then it meant that if you went to a table, take a water pitcher to fill the glasses and when you left take the empty plate along too. Today, I still follow that teaching in clearing clutter in my home (if you touch it once, put it away), answering emails when I open them, and writing down the appointment I just made instead of doing it later—which undoubtedly means I’ll forget. Basically, Instead of going back to things time and again, do it just once and be done. Or at least be closer to your goal.
I’m teaching my AliSmudge this same thing, and a whole lot more. Hopefully, she’ll take a few of them along with her on this life ride too.
What’s your secret life lesson? I’d love to know, so share it in the comments below.
But first, this week’s Friday Faves…Enjoy.
These Photoshop fixes are SO funny.
Oh, what Tom Hanks could have been: 10 celebrities who were almost cast on Friends.
83 ways to rest and recharge whether you have 5 minutes or an hour.
Don’t be a noob: 5 things you shouldn’t do at the farmers market.
Not tomatoes! Which foods to keep in the fridge to extend their shelf life.
How to organize your spices. I keep mine in a drawer and love it!
This Mediterranean-inspired salad works as both a side or as a filling for your lunchtime sandwich. Yum.
This strawberry salad is a classic spring into summer flavor bomb. Love the nuts, avo, and creamy cheese!
This recipe takes the sourdough craze one step beyond –> Sourdough pasta.
Chicken winner dinner is what these pretzeled nugget bites are made for.
If you’re a fan of Disneyland’s Dole whips, you’re gonna LOVE these adulted mimosas. Break out the Mickey ears.
These stuffed shells will win over #tacotuesday.
Give me shrimp with pasta, or give me nothing at all.
This rice treat makes me want to go back to Hawaii in a big way.
Air fryer recipe alert: Caesar salad with crispy chickpeas.
Fruit desserts are everything right now:
Eat this blackberry crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
These Chinese spareribs look finger licking divine.
Bake much? How to make self-rising flour.
This curry chicken is a full dinner in one bowl.
A quinoa salad that’s the picture of healthy but totally flavor-filled.
The absolute best way to cook a hot dog according to so many tests.
How these rituals can help with anxiety.
Science says this is the key to living longer and aging well.
Love these summer cruisers—made right in my old hood of Venice, CA.
Very cute slides, especially in rainbow.
I’m not really into modern farmhouse, but this celebrity abode is one home I could totally embrace.
I’ve seen the cookie cutter homes in this Utah neighborhood, and this one blows those out of the water.
If you’re into unique RVs, this one’s for you.
This guy has too much time on his hands, but as a bird lover, I totally get it.
Looking for free images to use on the internet? This is a nicely curated collection.
And that is it for this week. Have a happy weekend.
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