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Hola! How’s everyone doing this week? We booked an Airbnb for our friends’ wedding next month. It’s in Savannah, GA and I’m getting increasingly excited about returning to that charming, southern city. Have you ever been? Any recommendations? Have a wonderful rest of your day, and enjoy a few links on me…

16 weird forgotten English words we should bring back.

Related: Are you a word nerd?

Amanda Knox shares what romance in prison actually looks like.
“Prison is an isolating place. You’re forcibly removed from your homes and support network. You’re deprived freedom of movement, of social interaction, and of time. You’re forced to submit to total surveillance and control by strangers, alongside strangers. But relationships help keep us sane, even if they’re forbidden or not ideal.”

5 tips for capturing magical everyday moments.

50 everyday acts of rebellion.

A book to help you kick the plastic habit.

Photographer Claude Cahun resisted the Nazis, escaped death, and created great art.

Martha Washington’s diamond ring. (It has a secret locket!)

To listen to NPR today — and really for most of its 47 years — is to listen to the voices of women.
“The centrality of women’s voices in establishing NPR’s distinctive sound serves as important context for thinking about the cultural and political significance of the network today. Given the unprecedented role that gender politics played in the last election, it might be worthwhile to reflect on the role of women’s voices in making public radio so threatened and, perhaps, threatening.”

How to bathe like an 18th-century queen.

Related: The 5 things that turned me into a shower lover.

Thank you (Yes you!) cards.

I planned my wedding in 5 days. You could, too.

A brief history of men getting credit for women’s accomplishments.

P.S. I’d like to start sharing a few links throughout the week, too. Follow Finding Delight on Facebook so you won’t miss out! 

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mid-week round-up

Good morning my delightful friends! How are you today? We started watching Big Little Lies last night. What an all-star cast! The characters are super compelling but I’m not sure if I’m in love with the format just yet. I’m certainly hooked enough to keep watching though! Tomorrow we’re headed to the aquarium and I CAN’T WAIT! Hope you all have beautiful days, and here are a few things you may enjoy reading…

The politics of conspicuous displays of self-care.

50 things you need to eat in Miami before you die.

I NEED this In Omnia Paratus poster in my life!

The true story of the American work force as told by nine folks in the trenches.

How to become an adult. 
“Suddenly realize that you are now older than your parents when they got married, older than your parents when they had a kid, maybe older than your parents when they had you, even. Notice the ages come and go at which you had always told yourself you would have various little boxes checked, see them fading behind you like road signs, and feel a mix of disappointment and empowerment: “No, I am not the person I promised myself. Yes, I actually like this person better.”

French cartoonist Pénélope Bagieu has taken a unique opportunity to correct public misperceptions about the life of Mama Cass.

Related: Adding California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before The Mamas and The Papas by Pénélope Bagieu to my Amazon Wishlist.

Also Related: Five Great Graphic Novels!

To the women of America — A warning and a rallying cry from Poland.

Betsy DeVos and the history of homeschooling. 

Never been to Tokyo? Here’s a crib sheet of stuff that is useful for your first trip. #goals

The baby in the plastic bag. #longform

A call to travel abroad…in your own country.
“I was a foreign correspondent for many years, work that involves the shedding of assumptions and absorption in place. To see what’s over here, you have to let go of what’s over there. Scott County, for coastal metropolitan Americans, is a foreign land. In a fissured nation, there are fewer and fewer moments of genuine encounter between rival tribes, each confined in its ideological canyon. So what could bring the country together, usher Brooklyn closer to Scottsburg?”

Working while female. 

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Carol Rossetti’s Colorful Illustrations of Female Empowerment and Winter Wardrobe Pieces.

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Hello my beautiful friends! Today marks my THIRD day in a row of waking up at 5 am. (How do you every-day early-risers DO IT?) These early rise times have been to facilitate a pretty mind-numbing project so maybe it’s less about 5 am and more about all the work in the hours that follow. But either way, I’m totally zonked. Wednesday tho, amirite!? WE GOT THIS! Here are some links to help keep your eyes pried open ’til the weekend…

The surprisingly interesting story behind the filet-o-fish sandwich. (<–You know it is Lent when…)

Here’s what a food blogger actually eats in a day.

Photographer Omar Robles’ portraits capture dancers en pointe in San Juan.

This Kentucky Forecast t-shirt made me laugh.

SOOOO relateable re: small(er) town living has perks and big cities can be a sorta nightmare.
“i can’t deal with traffic anymore. or people. or pretty much anything that takes longer than five minutes and doesn’t move its mindlessly texting ass out of the way. i thought i was committed to being a city person but i’ve been in both new york and los angeles for work (LOL) over the past few months and rather than being like “hooray! look at all of the expensive juice options laid before me!” i’ve instead found myself thinking “shit, have there always been this many people on earth?”

A purse with TWO pom-poms so it can be your personal cheerleader.

Related: Gift ideas for  sisters, girlfriends, best friends, wives and any other lady loves!

The next scientific breakthrough could come from the history books.

Researchers uncover a regional distinction in American Sign Language, and seek to preserve it.

Once hunted to near extinction, Europe’s great egrets take refuge along the Danube.

101 small ways you can improve your city.

I always end up sleeping in gym shorts and t-shirts but I’m considering an upgrade.

Pumping iron with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer is no joke.
“Asked earlier this month about the most important person in her life, Ginsburg, who was widowed in 2010 and lost a close friend with the 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, responded, “My personal trainer.” That would be Bryant Johnson, 52. You could think of Johnson’s sturdy limbs as a fourth branch of government, grafted onto the judiciary, keeping it aloft.”

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Found! The Greatest Exercise Video Ever and Must-Haves for Sleeping in the Heat.

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Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe it is already March. Did the month come in like a lion where you’re at? I hope you have a great day, whatever you’re up to, and here are a few links to explore (or bookmark for later)…

Rachel Dolezal was exposed as a white woman who had deceived almost everyone she knew. Why did she do it?

15 beautiful illustrations perfectly capture how it feels to be in love.

As automation reduces the need for human labor, some Silicon Valley executives think
a universal income will be the answer — and the beta test is happening in Kenya.

Tucking this podcast away for a rainy day.

A go-to meal for any time of day — but especially yummy at breakfast.

Everyday carry with the Tom Bihn Side Effect. (I totally want one now!)

Related: 3 Ways to Pack Your Tom Bihn Synapse 19

A shirt for those who dream big and hustle hard.

Related: Don’t Hide Your Hustle: Katie KelseyLatasha

10 days along the border.

I’m considering starting a Whole 30 this month and this cookbook came highly recommended.

The enduring portrait of Myspace Tom, the Mona Lisa of profile pictures.

When a woman deletes a man’s comments online.
“It is no surprise to me that online debate has become the international sport of cis white men. Those who are least likely to be negatively impacted by the outcomes of discussions regarding the rights of marginalized people, who are driven by little more than ego and the risk of slight discomfort if society is made more equal, can gleefully jump from post to post, forum to forum, challenging the heartfelt pleas of those most at risk. “Well actuallys” are flung at those working for justice and equality like drive-bys of apathy. And those who are fighting for their lives are then forced to battle each challenger bearing advanced degrees in Google and entitlement in order to prevent the outright dismissal of their lived experience.”

Long-distance Uber & Lyft drivers’ crazy commutes, marathon days, and big paychecks.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 10 Ways to Take a Time Out and Practice Self Care and I Stopped Paying Women Compliments On Their Appearance and Here’s What Happened.

February Unboxed: Beauty Box 5

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As you may remember from this post, receiving something exciting or unexpected in my mailbox brings me so much joy. And if you follow me on Instagram, you know my mailbox has been straight up killing it. I was especially excited to receive this box of goodies from Beauty Box 5 — a subscription service that sends 5 new beauty products straight to your doorstep each month.

The boxes are $12/month ($10 if you order quarterly and $9 if you pay for the whole year!) and are guaranteed to include at least $35 of product. The brands are a mix of drugstore tried & trues, innovative indie, and deluxe…and from what I’ve seen of past boxes (yes, I’m low-key obsessed with unboxing videos on YouTube, lol) the majority of products included are full size. Oh, and did I mention FREE SHIPPING on U.S. subscriptions? Ka-ching!

Now, I don’t know much about makeup, you guys. I tend to stick with the few products I love and just call it a day. But I’m eager to branch out! That’s why I figured Beauty Box 5 would be something fun to try out. Instead of standing clueless in the drug-store, wondering what products to nab, they can do the thinking for me. Then, I can add their finds to my current collection and VOILA! I have a “capsule wardrobe” of makeup for the month. Genius, right?

Here’s everything that was included in the February box! 4 out of 5 of the products were full size for a total retail value of $38.50. Let’s take a look…

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A mask for your lips? I’ve never heard of such things! But what a fun way to prep your pout — and take bathroom mirror selfies while you do. (Just me?) #treatyoself

 

Lip Glow from Style Essentials

Lip Glow in NUDE from Style Essentials (Retail: $4.00)

This lip glow is moisturizing and comfortable to wear with just the right tint of nude for everyday wear. Bonus: It smells like strawberries! I can already tell it’s going to be a new fave.

 

Unicorn Lippie from Tint Beauty

Unicorn Lippie in MAKE BELIEVE from Tint Beauty (Retail: $9.00)

The color of this lipstick is STUNNING. Luckily the ultra-pigmented, matte finish is long-lasting for extended fancy-times wear. Application is a bit messy for not-so-savvy makeup wearers like yours truly.

 

img_2504Unicorn Liner in MAKE BELIEVE from Tint Beauty (Retail: $7.00)

I’ve never really dappled in liners. But I gotta say, this little guy keeps your lipstick where it belongs and since the color is a perfect match it doesn’t look like you’re channeling a 90210 character.

 

Colour Hybrid from So SusanColour Hybrid in MARSALA from So Susan (Retail: $17.50)

The little card accompanying this month’s box boasts that this color looks great on every skin tone but I was hesitant. Could my skin pull off a bright berry, flushed look? Survey says: I love it!

 

P.S. I just watched Titanic last night (RIP Bill Paxton) and the Unicorn Lippie/Liner duo in Make Believe is SPOT ON the lip color Kate Winslet wears through most of the movie. Do with that information what you will. 🙂

Swatches from the Feb. '17 Beauty Box 5

*Note – I received this box free for review but I loved it so much I signed up for a subscription. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Finding Delight. 

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What have you been up to, my dears? This past weekend my dear friend Adam came to town! We enjoyed delicious food, lounged by the pool, and spent a day at the beach. It was so nice to have him here, and it makes me wish we lived in the same city…or at least a little closer. I finished this book while we were at the beach. I’m feeling compelled to learn more about circus before the final Ringling shows draw to a close this year. But enough about going to the beach in February (!), here are some links from around the web…

The forgotten history of “The Oregon Trail,” as told by its creators.
“I remember watching 7th and 8th grade kids improve in reading. Their “lives” depended on it.”

My husband sent me this link and said, “You’re denying the reality.” #TeamRinse

Stop apologizing for the pop culture you love.

The hidden history of the laundry chute.

How racism harms pregnant women — and what can help.
“And so we come back to the path from discrimination to stress to poor health, and it begins to paint a picture that many people of color know to be true: racism is actually making us sick. Still sound like a stretch? Consider this: immigrants, particularly black and Latina immigrants, actually have better health when they first arrive in the United States. But the longer they stay in this country, the worse their health becomes.”

My favorite way to take my vitamins.

“Arthur said he was a 23-year-old Belgian orphan. He wasn’t, but he was a good companion.” 

RuPaul’s Drag Empire is built on a foundation of humor.

Genius.

Inside the case that could protect homeless people against unwarranted police searches.

Immigrant mother in Denver takes refuge as threat of deportation looms.

Wouldn’t dinners at home feel extra special if you set out a bread basket with a few warm slices?

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Recipe: Cheesy Cauliflower and Book Review: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger.

Cents of Style: Fashion Friday – Floral Skirts for just $19.95 shipped

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Great news, you guys! Cents of Style is offering a full collection of floral skirts for just $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING with coupon code FLORALSTORY at checkout.

Floral patterns are all the rage right now! Find a print that fits your personal look and let the skirt take you all over town from errands to meetings, date night to Sunday brunch. From ultra-soft and flowy to the perfect pencil, and sizes S – 3X, there are a ton of options in a variety of colors.

Stacked floral skirts from Cents of Style

I love how the pencil skirts look when dressed down with a graphic tee and ankle boots —

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But I’m a bit more of an a-line girl, myself! I recently picked up the Kambree Ultra-Soft Floral Skirt in black. The material is ridiculously soft and I love that it can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Here’s how I recently rocked it with a black cardi, Fair Trade scarf, wedge ankle booties, and my trusty Daniel Wellington watch

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Shop all floral skirts HERE.  

How would you style YOURS?

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What are you up to this week? My very favorite guilty pleasure, MTV’s The Challenge, started up again with a new season! I don’t have cable but I’m super stoked to watch it online today. I’m probably the last person in the world of my advanced age who still watches this show. (BUT I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE!) This weekend we have plans to check out a new brunch spot and maybe take the drone out for a flight. Hope you have a great day, and here’s some reading material…

I’ll be making these chocolate crescent rolls as soon as humanly possible. (Although I may cheat and use this.)

A checklist for staying in vs. going out on Valentine’s Day.

Would you wear navy pants with tiny dinosaurs on them?

A young Wikipedia editor withstood a decade of online abuse. Now she’s fighting back. “When people get forced off the web, their voices disappear from the internet’s public squares. The ideas and memes that dominate skew even further toward a white male perspective. The web becomes less interesting, less representative, less valuable. We all lose.

A shortage of incubators and a hunch about marsupials inspired a Colombian doctor to try something radical to save premature babies’ lives.

Mysteriously, a large number of Americans believe that the inventor of the cotton gin, Eli Whitney, was black. (Could this be an example of the Mandela effect?)

Mystery of deadly outbreaks in India is solved.

The real Bowling Green Massacre wasn’t even in Kentucky.

I can’t get over how cute these classroom valentines are. Which would you choose?

Modern Etiquette: Handling difficult conversations online.

What is Steve Bannon reading?
“Mr. Bannon was carrying a book, and when an incoming president’s guru is reading a book, you should find out what it is. I walked by and peeked. It was “The Best and the Brightest,” David Halberstam’s 1972 history of the strategic errors and human foibles that birthed the disastrous American involvement in the Vietnam War. It begins with John F. Kennedy’s transition to the White House, in December 1960. Now I really knew it was him.”

How to avoid being psychologically destroyed by your newsfeed.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 6 Ways to Find More Free Time and Reading Nostalgia.

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What’s new with y’all on this lovely Wednesday evening? Personally, I’m pretty excited that my dinner is cooking away in a crock-pot (#setit #forgetit) and that there are old seasons of Hell’s Kitchen on Hulu. If you’re in the mood, here are some links for you to EXPLORE!

Obamacare repeal threatens health benefit to Black Lung survivors.

So you want to be an ally? Check out Safety Pin Box.

Audiences of the final Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows are being treated to this quintessential circus song (which has been missing from the bands repertoire for years).

Related: 50 circus animals need new homes! 

This lamp would make a cool, dramatic statement in a living room. I love the marble base!

Who killed Julian Pierce?

Quiz: What’s your email patronus?

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world.

Abducted at birth and found 18 years later.

The scam that fooled Arthur Conan Doyle.

How a grad student found spyware that could control anybody’s iPhone from anywhere in the world.

Alternatives to Resting Bitch Face.

Now this is an idea I FULLY endorse!

P.S. A few posts from yours truly — A Book Wish-List and Strike a (Power) Pose!

Testing the Amazing, Multi-Purpose Powers of Witch Hazel

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Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with Witch Hazel. It just feels so nice as a toner on a freshly cleaned face. I had tried it before but never really worked it into my daily routine. But now I’m feeling like a true convert. Have you ever used Witch Hazel as a toner? 

Intrigued by the notion that there might be other uses for this magic elixir, I decided to do a little research. Turns out folks on the internet are claiming there’s not much Witch Hazel can’t do. And I’m super down to try out these ten…

  1. Facial Cleansing – Cleans skin pores and dries up excessive oil without totally drying out the skin. The ability to dry out blemish areas while still moisturizing sounds like a dream come true for my combination skin.
  2. Acne Treatment – Similar to how I use Witch Hazel as a toner, apply to problem areas with a cotton ball. How does it help? Witch Hazel has strong astringent and antioxidant properties because of a high tannin content.
  3. Under-eye Bag Relief – You know the ol’ beauty hack of hemorrhoid cream to tighten up the bagginess below your eyes? Know what’s an ingredient in stuff like Preparation H? Yep, Witch Hazel.
  4. Heal Bruises Faster – This one I gotta try since my legs are pretty much perpetually banged up.
  5. Treat Cuts or Scrapes – Witch Hazel can be used as a substitute for rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide when cleaning a wound.
  6. Soothe Sunburn – Thanks to anti-inflammatory properties, applying a washcloth soaked in Witch Hazel to a sunburn is a great way to lessen healing time. Plus, it can reduce peel-y, flaky skin down the road.
  7. Natural Deodorant – I’ve noticed Witch Hazel as a main ingredient in some of my favorite store-bought natural brands of deodorant but it never occurred to me to use it to make my own.
  8. Relieve Itchy Bug Bites – Again, Witch Hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties come to the rescue! Just apply a soaked cotton ball to the bite.
  9. Household Cleaner – I found a ton of recipes that incorporate Witch Hazel into cleaning solutions. Seems it’s great for bathrooms, chrome fixtures, mirrors, and even mopping floors!
  10. Jewelry Cleaner – And on it’s own, it can be used to gently clean jewelry.

Alright peeps…which of the ten are you itching to try? 

P.S. Baking soda is similarly amazing with a million uses. Here’s how to use it as a face mask!