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mid-week round-up

What are you up to today? I’m looking forward to the leftover broccoli soup we have stowed away in the fridge, and taking FULL advantage of the fact that every season of E.R. is on Hulu. (Chet’s never seen it!) Oh those lazy, winter weeknights in. Have a great day, and here are some links I think you might enjoy…

Sharon Stone laughed for literally 10 seconds after being asked if she’s ever dealt with sexual harassment.

Thousands once spoke his language in the Amazon. Now he’s the only one.

What would you do if you thought you had 15 minutes to live?

The best apps to fuel your blogging business.

Weirdly want to buy a pair of pajama jeans. Has anyone ever tried them?

52 places to go in 2018.

The story behind Little Golden Books.

These would be nice to keep tucked under your kitchen sink.

How Old West theme parks lie about America’s pioneer past.

This productivity notepad set is super adorbz!

The lives nurses lived outside of hospitals during WWI.

The island where Washington State sends its sex offenders.

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My Weekly Ritual: Mask Mondays (+why I think you should set & forget self-care)

Every Monday evening I hole up in my bathroom and do a face mask. It’s something to look forward to at the end of a long day of not wanting to be back at work. Mondays, am I right?

My current favorites are this honey facial mask from Bee Friendly and this mermaid mask from Leahlani. And my mom tucked this spirulina mask from The Granola Goat in my stocking this year and I’m excited to give it a try.

If there are things you like doing for yourself – whether it be painting your nails, taking bubble baths, zoning out while you roll around on your foam roller, WHATEVER – I encourage you try out this set it and forget it approach.

It’s really easy to love the idea of self-care but actually doing it…like on the regs…is a little more difficult. There’s never a time when you couldn’t be doing “something else.” So we set those moments for our self aside and relegate them to next weekend or when the to-do list gets done or we’re on vacation. But y’all. All told my Mask Mondays take me about 20 minutes. 20 minutes a week of a lil luxurious me-time. I can spare it. And so can you.

But you don’t have to waste the brain space figuring out when to take that 20 minutes each week. Pick a day, pick a time. Repeat. Every week.

…And then if you’re feeling really wild, maybe you can try a monthly ritual too. Think: trips to your gym where you don’t work out but instead hit up the hot tub and sauna. Getting a massage or a blow out. Hikes in a state park. Taking yourself out to eat or to a movie.

When I turned 28 I decided on the 28th of every month for the whole year I would buy myself a new magazine. Whatever looked interesting and appealing. It was such an amazing birthday gift to myself because I love magazines but I always talk myself out of them. Essentially I gifted myself with the reassurance that it was ok to spend money on something that brought me joy. And setting a date that was easy to remember meant I actually followed through.

If you want to up your self-care game and do more that brings you joy — set it and forget it, sistah!

Anyways, what self care rituals are you into lately? 

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? I’ve been focusing on healthy routines (morning, nighttime, and SLEEP). After the Golden Globes results, I’m really hoping we can make time to see I, Tonya this weekend. Have you seen it? Oh, and today is Day 9 of TRUE – a 30 Day Yoga Journey. Happy to say I’m still going strong and LOVING this challenge. Hope you have a relaxing week, and here are a few amusing and thought-provoking links from around the ol’ internet…

The perfect antidote to dreary winter days.

How does food affect your emotions?

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks on the #MeToo campaign and “The Post.”

Why you only need 10 minutes for a better morning routine.

Perfect for prepping overnight oats.

Apple Watch finds a medical purpose.

Loving this new pair of specs from Warby Parker’s Spring collection.

A 20-minute fitness routine for even the busiest days.

Check out Abbi Jacobson’s new mid-century home.

Ann Patchett’s year of no shopping.

An ode to the home office.

In 2017, the world asked “how.”

P.S. From the Finding Delight Archives — Photo Diary: Everglades Adventure and Showing off my new home workspace! and Shopping my closet!

mid-week round-up

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and brought in 2018 with a bang. As exciting as the holiday season has been (the presents! the food! the christmas movies! the decor!), I’m feeling ready to return to routines … AND start new ones. How ’bout you? Hope you all have a wonderful day, and now let’s get back to one of my FAVORITE routines…my mid-week round-up!!!

This is what it’s like to have your period in a refugee camp.

How blackboards transformed American education.

After reading this book I now want to binge watch this and this.

The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal.

The mystery of who stole one of the world’s finest champagnes — and where it ended up.

Pilots reveal 16 nuances that keep your flight safe.

Related: Air Travel Tips & Tricks

Vinny was always my favorite.

50 questions to help you reflect, appreciate, and get excited for 2018.

The Habit Calendar features monthly themes to help you unlock your passions and form positive habits.

A judicial pact to cut court costs for the poor.

Where are all the nannies on Instagram?

Can surgical patients feel pain under anesthesia?

P.S. From the Finding Delight archives — Shirley and Ogling on Instagram and Irresistible Me Review.

mid-week round-up

Yay Wednesday! I forgot how exhausting the week after Thanksgiving is. Can’t it just be Christmas already? I want more festivities and less work, lol! After spending Thanksgiving day at home in Miami (complete with a traditional feast), Chet and I headed to St. Petersburg for a long weekend with my mom and sister (and ANOTHER meal, #gimmeallthestuffing). We ate, shopped, enjoyed some vino, and even checked out a rad exhibit at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts that featured hundreds of costumes from the Star Wars movies! Now it’s on to decorating for Christmas, yahoo!!! Hope you’re having a great week, and here are some links for your reading pleasure…

Katie Couric in 2012: Matt Lauer pinches me on the ass a lot.

DIY Christmas gifts that people will ACTUALLY want.

Related: More Christmas DIY’s

This would be fun for game nights!

Build a custom, foodie gift box to send to family far away.

From 1960 until her death in 2011 at the age of 82, Christa Wolf dutifully recorded every September 27.

Related: One Day A Year (1960-2000) and One Day a Year (2001-2011)

Unrealistic optimism makes people think bad things are less likely to happen to them than to others.

Money Diaries, where Millennial women go to judge each other’s spending habits.

Why working women with migraines suffer in silence.

The tension between creativity and productivity.

For a snuggly New Year’s Eve celebration in your living room.

Little House on the Prairie and the truth about the American West.

Ain’t coming back again.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 5 Reasons I Can’t Get Enough Dolly and TV Recommendation: Westworld.

A Planner Round-Up

I recently found my perfect planner. If you’re still on the hunt for yours, I have a few ideas…

Erin Condren Lifeplanner
$55

Classic never goes out of style. This bestseller is a coiled book and allows for a completely customizable look! Build your book just how you want it and find the style that fits your life. Choose between weekly planning layouts, embrace a color scheme, and customize your cover and the coil.

The Simple Elephant
$20

Use exclusive sections to craft positive affirmations, goals, and gratitude statements to renew your commitment, feel inspired, and live happier every calendar day, month, and year. Use the mindmap and vision board to drill in goals and fully engage with both sides of your mind.

Brit + Co Planner
$15

Use the Brit + Co Spiral Bound Planner to stay on schedule. It comes with monthly and weekly calendars, lined and grid paper, to-do lists, activity pages, and blank pages for doodling the day away.

Lemome Bullet Journal
$15

Timeless style and a simple versatile design make this a perfect choice for bullet journaling. The dotted grid pattern helps guide your writing, while staying out of the way of your drawings and doodles. The dots, spaced 5 mm apart, are light enough to blend in once the page is filled. 

$18
A hardcover notebook that’s small enough to go everywhere you go and big enough to work with all day long, whether at home, work, or in transit. The Confidant hardcover notebook comes in Light Gray & Charcoal. It’s available in 3 sizes: Pocket, Flagship, & Plus—AKA Small, Medium, & Large. But every version opens flat and features quality lasting paper.
 
$34
What’s on the agenda for 2018? This classic covered spiral planner, features gold foil and an elastic closure. The agenda holds 17-months of weekly and monthly calendar pages. There’s also a pocket folder with ruler, as well as sections for notes, celebrations, and contacts.
Which one suits your style best? Do you have a tried-and-true planner you love? Comment below and share! ❤ 

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? As you might notice from the links below, I’m starting to get in the holiday spirit! I love schemin’ and dreamin’ about Thanksgiving foods, gift shopping, decor, Christmas cards, and blog posts for y’all. 😉 What are YOU excited about for the upcoming season? Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, and here are a few links to explore…

A bright spot in Bowling Green! This woman was one of the nicest people I met during my time at WKU. #TeamCharita

It’s holiday gift guide season on the interwebz and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s a gift guide for him and one with a “cozy at home” theme. (<-I’ll take one of each, plz!)

Related: All the Finding Delight gift guides of the past!

How flippin’ cute are the holiday cards from Hello!Lucky?

She took on Colombia’s soda industry. Then she was silenced.

A round-up of cute & unique stocking stuffers from ModCloth.

These DIY kits would make great hostess gifts!

I’m loving the meal prep series over on Budget Bytes. Check out this tuna & white bean salad prep. Yum!

Related: Here are the divided glass containers she uses.

A big impact, no-bake dessert board, just in time for the holidays.

Frustration sets in after a coal mine health study is suspended.

Sammy Sosa’s brown skin no longer exists.

P.S. Finding Delight posts from the archives — On Believing and Being Believed and My Top 4 Healthy Lifestyle Intentions. xoxo

Found: My Perfect Planner

I’ve finally found a planner that I’m totally obsessed with and can foresee using for months (maybe years!) to come. It’s the Bob’s Your Uncle 8 Days-A-Week Planner Journal.  Here’s what I love about it:

  • Features 52 week at-a-glance spreads.
  • Each week runs Monday-Sunday and includes a “Someday” column for other tasks you want to complete during the week that aren’t specific to a certain day.
  • Includes 30 minute interval time slots so you can map out your day super precisely.
  • Spiral-bounding allows it to lie flat and stay tucked in a drawer with the current day facing up.

This may sound a bit neurotic, but when I was contemplating the reasons why past planners just hadn’t cut it, it was the inability to create a detailed timeline for my day.

You see, my work schedule can be a bit of a puzzle. I do freelance work for a number of different clients, I work on this blog, and I side-hustle at a local wine store. The great thing about this set up is that I can create my own schedule by piecing together the three. The not so great thing? Doing so can be a little difficult to conceptualize. A traditional planner with a big empty box for each day almost felt over-whelming. Jotting down “work at 3pm” or “phone call w/ client at 10am” didn’t do my brain any favors when visualizing how I should schedule the rest of my To-do’s.

Then I had a *lightbulb* moment. What if I could find a planner that was more appointment book than daily calendar? I stumbled upon this 8 day-a-week version while searching on Amazon and the rest is history. It’s honestly one of the best things to happen to my productivity levels in YEARS.

 

Above you’ll see a little peek at my planner in action! Nothing too fancy. I throw in a few stickers here and there when I feel like it (like the devil emoji for a 7am meeting, LOL!) and use a few colors of highlighters to indicate different things. Sometimes I’ll mark off a certain time-frame for client work and then bullet point more specific to-do’s off to the side. And that’s about it. I love it!

What type of planner do YOU use? Tell me below! 

The new (to me) moisturizer I swear by…

I was recently sent a tube of Yu-Be moisturizing skin cream. I’d never heard of the brand before but because I had a few super dry patches of skin plaguing my hands I was eager to try it out. And now I’m totally in love!

I love that, unlike petroleum based skincare products, Yu-Be’s highly concentrated glycerin formula isn’t greasy. It just soaks right into the skin! It’s also enriched with Vitamin E and B2 to nourish and repair. The formula was thought up by Japanese pharmacist, Yoshikiyo Nowatari, in 1957 and according to Yu-Be’s website, has been Japan’s soft skin secret ever since!

Now that I know how well the skin cream works, I want to try their whole range.

Oh, and if you know me and my obsession with Himalayan mountaineering at all, you’ll know THIS little nugget sealed the deal to make me a life long fan…

“Mountain climber and explorer, Sumiyo Tsuzuki, became the first Japanese woman to ever summit Mt. Everest from the difficult Tibet side in 1998. Wearing a 1.25oz. tube, taped to a shoelace around her neck, she overcame the extreme winds and sub-zero temperatures with the help of her trusted, Yu-Be Skin Cream.” 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I’m obsessed. 

P.S. You can find this and a lot of other products I love on the…*wait for it*…Products I Love page.

mid-week round-up

Happy Wednesday, folks!! What are you up to this week? I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks. The type of busy where I’m relishing in that productive, crossing stuff off my To-Do list feeling and not the type where I’m feeling overwhelmed. Which is nice. Fingers crossed I keep it up! In the midst of it all, the (slightly) cooler temperatures have given me a touch of a sore throat (bleck!). But that’s all the more reason to live my best Hygge life and drink a ton of hot tea!! I’m sure I’ll be on the up and up in no time. Hope everyone is killin’ it on this mid-week day, and that you have a few moments to enjoy some links…

The things I shrugged off then horrify me now.

Lego’s “Women of Nasa” sale lifts off, lands as best-selling toy.

Climate gentrification in Miami.

A fast-food journey from Hamburger University to celebrity-filled Hollywood parties.

How cute would these rustic bees be on a gallery wall?

The story of two black midwives in Southern California.

Pearson issues an apology for publishing racist theories about treating pain in their nursing textbook.

Will you read the Bush twins’ new book?

Welcome to the DPRK.

Fictional President held to higher standard than actual President.

Every year in New Orleans, a group assembles to celebrate Lee Harvey Oswald’s birthday.

Related: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald by Judith Vary Baker

Donald Trump reveres his father but almost never talks about his mother. Why not?

P.S. A couple Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Christmas Gifts for the Moms in Your Life and The 5-4-3-2-1 Packing Formula.