Fantastic Friday to you!
It was my mom‘s birthday two days ago. Happy birthday Miss P! To celebrate, we went to lunch at her favorite Mexican restaurant with my Aunt Jill and cousin Erin. Over the past two years, the four of us have made an earnest effort at keeping better connected by going to lunch at least once every other month. While my Aunt Jill claims she pretty much raised me (even though my mom will likely dispute this claim) and my cousin Erin is my only girl cousin who has lived close, as the years went on we didn’t see one another very often. Everybody has lives to live, you know what I mean?
Now that we’re older and reconnecting, the time we spend together means the world to me. With them, It’s not like I’m at lunch with family. I’m at lunch with friends. Friends who are family, and that is exactly what we all need more of right now.
Making time for others is so important. Texting a friend you haven’t talked to in months. Showing up for your haircut with a pumpkin spice latte for your hair stylist. Leaving a loaf of pumpkin bread on the neighbors doorstep. These small gestures mean big things to others, and really don’t take much time out of your day. But man, do they ever add to it.
So, this weekend, what will you do to make someone else’s day? I’m not sure what I will do, but I’m going to make something happen.
But before you get busy doing your good-feeling deeds, check out this week’s list of Friday Faves.
From the department of Feel Good Friday Faves: The story of this dog’s final bucket list item being checked off before she passed was first reported on our local news, and is now going viral. People can be so awesome. When I first saw the story I was in tears. And now, here I go again.
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I cannot wait to see this! 1970s LA, this is my kinda movie for sure.
My daughter binged this Netflix phenomenon and said I better watch it too. It’s on the list.
The last Mercury retrograde is here, and it’s coming for your relationships. I’m also having all the fun technical glitches too.
17 insanely easy habits that will change your life. Esp #11 and #13. Actually, all of them.
I’m eating more plants as mains, and this is one of my fave recipes that’s dinner ready quick.
Two of my favorite comfort foods in one? Brilliant.
Simple, easy, fast. That’s what this pork tenderloin dinner is made of.
This kale salad is feeling very fall.
This Instant Pot soup puts healthy straight in the bowl—quick!
Bookmark this one: How to roast pumpkin seeds.
Gluten-free chicken nuggets for one and all!
When I don’t have time to make anything else, something like this is the dinner I make.
These muffins would be perfect on a crisp, fall morning.
Low and slow is the name of this Crock Pot chicken dinner.
Cozy up to this pumpkin sauced pasta and let the slurping begin.
And this apple cobbler is making my mouth water.
And to really lean into the hygee, it’s time to break out the fall-scented candles. Which one would you choose?
Project ready: DIY pumpkin candles.
The 10 best apps for planning a room design.
And if you’re taking Vitamin D, don’t forget to take this vitamin with it for the best effect. Or is that affect?
I’ve only done pilates on a reformer once. I should try again. But first I’ll start with these at-home pilates moves.
My winter prep:
- I ordered this hand and lip cream duo, making me combat-dry-winter-skin ready.
- Using this peel 2X per week is making my face feel as soft as a baby’s bum. And it’s so frigging cheap!
- My office is a room that is all windows, so in the winter, it can get chilly. I picked up this totally cozy plush jacket and am now ready for blogging my way thru the cold. I bought it at Costco but it’s HALF the price on Amazon.
These pants = a leg up from sweats.
Did you see Kate Middleton’s dress from the James Bond No Time to Die premiere? I think they just found their new Bond girl.
One of my recent goals: Read more. That’s why I’ve got a few of Oprah’s 30 of the best fall books of 2021 to curl up with in my shopping cart.
And finally, calm your mind with this “closing time” evening routine.
That’s it for this week. Have a very fall-ish weekend.
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