Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope you all are having a love-filled day! How are you celebrating the holiday? Of course today is the middle of the week so must of us are spending the day working. But do you have anything special planned? Chet and I are having a nice dinner at home and will exchange a few surprises. (Eeee!) But for now, here are some links you may want to peruse…
How much an out gay Olympian could mean to a kid now—or to a 34-year-old who’s been waiting for it his whole life.
Related: Winter Olympics Netflix Marathon
A glimpse at Appalachia’s feminist protest music.
This bedroom wall is so magical!
The easiest crusty bread recipe ever. Yum!
My trusty (and super cheap) mini backpack has about had it. Should I upgrade?
Related: Backpacks make for happy backs. ❤
A new report finds that slavery is mistaught and often sentimentalized—and students are alarmingly misinformed as a result.
Small wonder that films about female friendships have traditionally fared so poorly with critics. Look who’s writing the reviews.
Related: Rules for Female Friendship
More and more Americans experience eviction, and gentrification is partly to blame.
Related: Slum Lords aka The Hell of Renting
A brief history of how women got tricked into shaving.
Should I do 100 squats every day for 30 days?
Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge
Are Busy Phillip’s IG stories making anyone else want to get a rebounder?
Finally, if you have Le Tote, they are having an AMAZING end of season sale. (And if you don’t have Le Tote, you should sign up. <-use that link and get your first tote on me. Seriously!)
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Weekend Uniforms and The Reading Habits Tag.
What are you up to this week, darlings? While January seemed to drag on forever, February is already flying by. #ShortMonthProblems It will be Valentine’s Day before we know it! Are you planning anything special? I’m trying to do little Valentine’s-inspired things throughout the month to make each day feel special (with some Mardi Gras themed things, too!). Fresh flowers, photo projects, baking treats, and sending out cards have all found their way onto my February calendar. 🙂 Hope your week is extra sweet, and here are some links I scouted just for you…
12 months of self-care in a helpful month-to-month guide.
Related: 10 Ways to Take a Time Out and Practice Self Care
Here’s how Ed Sheeran made 2017’s biggest track.
Iranians asked #Where_Is_She? Suddenly, it seems she’s everywhere.
Jaclyn Friedman sparks a culture-wide rethink about sex, power and what we accept.
How to not die in America.
Wouldn’t it be a delight to grow up in this colorful Dutch farmhouse?
Anatomy of a wild & crazy Saturday night aka breakfast burritos for two.
Related: Breakfast for Dinner
DIY: Wool ball diffuser for the car.
Have you ever tried a yoga wheel? I’m obsessed with mine.
Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge
Who invented the microwave oven?
A real “very stable genius” doesn’t call himself one.
Packing for 10 days away at a meditation retreat in a Tom Bihn backpack.
Related: What’s in my Tom Bihn Synapse 19 + Side Effect
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — The 5-4-3-2-1 Packing Method and 5 Blogs I Love.
My current fitness line-up involves a healthy mix of yoga, body-weight strength and flexibility training, ballet, and pilates. But my favorite way to get in a little movement has, and will always be, a good ol’ fashioned walk.
Lately, I’ve been thinking of my walks as EMPOWERMENT sessions. Here’s how:
For about the first two-thirds of my outing I listen to a podcast that gets me fired up. It could be about politics, business, or holistic health. (Call Your Girlfriend is one of my faves and I totally recommend it as an empowering walking companion!) Then, for the last third, I pump up the jams and my pace and just STRUT. IT. OUT. Think: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Fergie feat. Nicki Minaj. (Go wild, do you, etc.)
What streams through your earbuds when you go for a walk (or jog)? Do you like to get in a little learning with a podcast or do you prefer carefully curated playlists? Leave some recommendations of favorites below!!
P.S. How to ditch your gym membership and how to make your own fitness challenge (for totally free).
What’s up, buttercups? I haven’t been feeling too well the last couple of days. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m sick, (I NEVER get sick..so THERE!) but allergies and hormones are kicking my ass. Hopefully on the mend soon! Also, we finished the second season of Master of None. Have you seen it yet? SO. GOOD. (I loved the Thanksgiving episode especially.) I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and here are a few links to celebrate the mid-week…
How 3 fan favorites from The Real World are nailing the actual real world.
How the Swachh Bharat Mission is heading for failure.
I can’t wait to see this movie! (Have you read the book? It’s one of my favorite memoirs ever!!)
Related: 6 Beach Read Recommendations
How communal singing disappeared from American life (and why we should bring it back!).
Pregnant at 18. Hailed by abortion foes. Punished by christian school.
Forget adult coloring. What about adult PERLER BEADS?
Getting to know a father who has spent the past 30 years behind bars.
Donald Trump allegedly believes that exercise is bad because the body has a finite store of energy (exactly the logic used to warn 19th century women off education).
Made me laugh…because #FACT.
How a true-crime podcast became a mental-health support group.
Related: 6 True-Crime Documentaries For Your Inner Detective
My first shipment from Le Tote is scheduled to arrive today!! So pumped.
Hoarder? Splasher? Understanding your financial psychology could save you money.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may love — How to Eliminate Decision Fatigue and Get More Done and Corita Kent: In the Beginning was the Word.
What are you up to today? I have some errands to run (including getting my hair cut which I’ve been putting off for ages) but I’m feeling a little mid-week lazy. Can’t I just drink coffee and read books every day??? I hope everyone had a fun Halloween however you chose to celebrate. I was pretty pleased with my last-minute farmer costume. (Overalls!) Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, and here are a few links I’ve gathered for your reading pleasure…
The Dakota Access Pipeline protest is unprecedented and 150 years in the making.
How a poster in a bar restroom cleverly combats sexual assault.
“I dressed like Rachel Green for a week and here’s what happened.”
What was the Princess Diana Beanie Baby?
House Tour: An art-filled Nashville home.
How to host a dinner party in a small space.
Our financial errors vary by age.
Lady Gaga does carpool karaoke.
Why American and European cities are dramatically different.
Why is Election Day on Tuesday, November 8?
Humans of New York and the cavalier consumption of others.
The feminist power of female ghosts.
Have any big plans for the holiday weekend? I recently nabbed an extra part-time job (no rest for the wicked!) and have opted to work for the majority of the time. However, I’ve been reading this book, which has inspired me to want to pick up a copy of Vogue and leaf through the pages by the pool. If only this tropical storm would get out the way!!! In the mean time, I’m excited to share more details of our wedding weekend. Back tomorrow with the rehearsal picnic! Stay tuned. Now onto some links…
Jessie Graff makes American Ninja Warrior history.
A glorious obsession with the melodic alternation between the fifth and the third.
Meet the meticulous artist behind those happy trees.
Hanging from the rafters of the Hurricane Hall of Fame.
Read this if you love courtroom dramas, midwifery, or both!
People you shouldn’t know.
Birth records at Old Blockley paint a picture of the institution beyond mere numbers.
The crew of a Mars simulation emerges after a full year.
How performing in theater can help build empathy in students.
Having “The Talk” in Sign Language.
What if women had never won the vote?
“I want to go back and rebuild Syria.”
How’s everyone enjoying their Thanksgiving week? We’ll be dining with one of Chet’s colleague’s family tomorrow, and the rest of the week I’m hoping to avoid the holiday shopping crazed crowds! We’re planning to get out of dodge completely on Black Friday and relax by Biscayne Bay. The weather in South Florida is perfect right now for just chilling outside for hours at a time. I can imagine the breeze by the water is going to be bliss. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of friends, family and food! And here are some links to celebrate this short week…
Don’t you just love this pair? #GirlPower
Cute gift ideas in case you’re gearing up for a weekend of Christmas shopping.
I used to love perusing video rental stores; sad to think of doing so as a thing of the past.
The only Adele is Adele. (Bonus: Graham Norton!)
Deciding to quit sobriety.
These undercover nuns pose as prostitutes to rescue victims of human trafficking.
Does this ring true of your family?
Brainstorming over brews has led to some pretty clutch ideas.
Gluten-Free versions of famous art.
Remember, not all media is created equal…The language used to describe terrorism.
12 inexpensive meal ideas for quick lunches or lazy-day dinners.
How’s your week faring so far? We got back from a lovely trip to New Orleans on Monday (you can read details HERE), and I’m already missing my sweet friends and the lovely Autumn breeze. It was so much fun! Now it’s back to the grind. I’ve got a hefty work assignment to conquer and I need to eat ALL of the vegetables to balance out the rich foods I indulged in. Haha! Enjoy your week, bundle up if it’s chilly where you are, and have a look at this week’s internet goodies…
Make your way to the nearest Trader Joe’s and cook up this easy, hearty soup.
Improve your well-being with positive affirmations.
Victims of domestic violence find healing from gardening.
You’ll never hear Reese Witherspoon uttering this question.
An updated version of Alanis Morisette’s Ironic.
Dinner this week?
Sometimes your couch neighbor is more entertaining than what’s on the TV screen.
The real reason for Windows games.
Would you dumpster dive?
Four families struggling to stay together.
A touching story about sisters.
This would look so pretty sprouting a lovely, green plant on my balcony.
What’s everyone up to this week? My birthday was Monday, and I was so happy to celebrate on Sunday with a trip to the beach, delicious seafood, and a Nutella birthday cake. As an October baby from a land-locked state, I never thought I’d be in the ocean on my birthday! It was crazy exciting! Thank you to all my friends and family for sending their love on my special day and of course to Chet for making my birthday, and every day, a wonderful adventure. It’s gonna be a good year! As always, I hope the rest of your week is full of fun and here are some links for today’s enjoyment…
Modern day witch-hunts are just as unnerving as their predecessors.
Wouldn’t you love gazing at this print in the dead of winter?
The 10 piece wardrobe.
Don’t be fooled by “healthy” packaging.
I rather enjoyed dissection lessons in science class but I still love the knitted approach!
Can’t stop listening to Yeezer — the Kanye / Weezer masterful mash-up.
A colorful D.I.Y. to dress up your front door.
A call for quotas on Pakistan’s female med students.
Kentucky farmers tries to bring back the pigs of yesteryear.
Time to stock up on Tiger Balm!
Another delicious way to get some pumpkin spice in your mug.
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What are you up to this week? Fall is here!!! Even in South Florida the weather has cooled a bit, the sunshine has that golden glow, and there’s a frequent lovely breeze blowing. This is my last week being in my twenties so I intend to eat autumnal desserts, plan a well-deserved beach trip, and make toasts over Gin & Ginger Ales that end in “R.I.P. 20’s!” Thanks to everyone who made this past year so wonderful. Now, bring on the big 3-0! Happy Wednesday to all of you lovely readers; please enjoy these links…
Lauren! Tom Hanks found your student ID in the park. #casual
Found: the perfect autumn breakfast.
4 happy rituals.
Have you ever ghosted?
A UCLA student takes her graduation photos in the strawberry field her parents have picked strawberries in for 22 years.
I’ve had Lianne La Havas on repeat this week.
An interactive guide to self care.
When it comes to technology and love…the teens get it.
Some seasonal iPhone wallpapers.
Will you stay or will you go?
Quite auspicious! Buddhism’s 8 symbols.
A campfire candle.