What have you been up to? My birthday was over the weekend, and I had the perfect day! Chet made a bunch of envelopes for me to open throughout the day, each with a different activity for us to complete. We went to the bagel place up the road for breakfast, hit up the thrift stores, browsed the bookstore so I could pick out some book gifts, and even saw the Downton Abbey movie! Hope you all have a great rest of your week, and here are some internet treasures I thought I should pass along…
Schools should go back to teaching teens Adulting 101.
A pro athlete on what to pack for every type of hike.
Royal correspondents on what it’s like to write about Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
How living near a Trader Joe’s can affect home values.
Everything you need in a 72-hour emergency backpack.
36 hours in Milwaukee.
I wonder if this lint roller works.
Will you be listening to this podcast?
This map shows you what Indigenous lands you’re living on.
The most adorable jacket for fall.
Jojo Moyes has been accused of publishing a novel with crazy similarities to another book.
The ancient world was full of warrior women.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — A Decluttering Thought Exercise and How to Spruce Up Your Neutral Rental.
Guys! I am so obsessed with my new photo wall. I’ve been toying with the idea of putting one up for months now but it always just seemed like SOOO much work. Choosing the photos, getting them printed, then framed, and – MOST DAUNTING OF ALL – hung.
(Hung straight and without making the wall look like swiss cheese with all the nail holes, that is.)
Well, then I discovered Mixtiles and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally pull the trigger on the photo wall of my dreams! I still took great care to choose my photos, narrowing down a field of many to 12 of my favorites. I wanted them to all have a cohesive color palette (blue, red, green, and light maroon) so that the arrangement would look nice in our living room. This helped weed out some contenders. Also handy was the fact that the Mixtiles website will tell you if a picture is going to be lower quality when printed as soon as you upload it. So that eliminated a few more.
My 12 winners included:
- Chet at the aquarium
- Me on a trail with my trusty Tom Bihn
- Katie at the shuffleboard club
- A snap from a trip to the Everglades
- Andy, Mom, and I at Sunken Gardens
- Chet and his Mom at his doctoral graduation
- Chet and I on a trip to St. Pete
- The weekend we moved to Alabama
- Breaux Bridge
- My Mom in Miami
- Wink enjoying some outdoor time
- and the Berger siblings
All I had to do was upload the photos, select the type of frame I wanted, and the next thing I knew they were on my doorstep. And best of all? They hang WITHOUT nails and are removable, reusable, and leave no marks. Perfect for people (like me) who are indecisive and want to play around before they settle on the ideal placement.
I would highly, highly recommend Mixtiles if you’ve always wanted a photo wall but were too scared to take the plunge! I’m already itching to order more!! They are beautiful quality and the perfect addition to any home.
Do you have a photo wall?
When we moved to Alabama, I was so excited that we’d have a backyard. Coming from a big city, where it was starting to feel like we were living on top of our neighbors, I was excited for the extra space. Our first summer here, we hung out in the backyard a bit. Did some grilling, sat outside chatting with friends, even planted a few things. But the mosquitoes were pretty horrendous. In a true case of “the grass is always greener,” I started to miss our screened-in balcony in Miami.
But this summer we showed up with an action plan! We splurged on a pop-up tent (more like a pop-up gazebo…this thing is pretty huge) that offers a bit of protection from all the bugs. It’s proven to be the perfect place for eating dinner, reading a book on a lazy afternoon, and just CHILLING. We’ve even run an extension cord from our kitchen on a few occasions so we could hook up a box fan. Hello, GLAMPING!
Do you hang out outside in the summer? Do you have a porch, a stoop, or do you just head to the park? Let me know in the comments below.
Wherever you’re chilling, this drink would be the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing summer’s evening. Enjoy!
– 1 bottle of Prosecco
– 1 cup Limoncello
– 1 cup raspberries, muddled & for garnish
– 2 lemons, for garnish
At the bottom of a wine glass, muddle approximately 4-5 raspberries.
Fill each glass half way with Prosecco, then fill the remainder of the way with Limoncello.
Garnish with fresh sliced lemon and raspberries before serving.
P.S. Other summer faves are linked HERE.
What have you been up to loves? Last weekend, Chet and I saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…complete with a huge tub of popcorn. Have you seen it? Sometimes I just can’t get over how good an actor Leo is! Hope you have a fantastic week, do a few things for your own enjoyment, and here are some links you might want to check out…
The best street art in every state.
How to give constructive criticism without making it awkward.
Everyone knows about urine-detector dye, despite the fact that it has 100% never existed.
These cookies are my new favorite thing.
How to eat candy like a Swedish person.
24 books under 200 pages, recommended by TED speakers.
An ice cream truck owner who hates influencers so much he charges them double.
When should you tell a child their adopted?
A fish pie loaded with summer’s bounty.
Fall is right around the corner!
Sweet new merch from Call Your Girlfriend.
16 words people often mix up that can make you look foolish.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — My Favorite Words and The Truths We Hold — Continued Material.
What’s new this Wednesday? My husband was out of town last week and I’m so happy to have him back in my clutches! Can folks who live with one other person relate to this? The first night I have the house to myself I’m like “Wahooo, the TV remote is mine, ALL MINE!” and then by the third night it’s “Will someone…ANYONE pay attention TO ME!” Anywho, links for your reading pleasure are right this way…
What did you do before the internet?
The forgotten wolf children of World War II.
Great way to keep track of your keys.
How to rotate a six-week meal plan.
I need this shirt for the upcoming winter. #HyggeLife
Songbirds are being snatched from Miami’s forests.
He’d been kept alive with tubes for nearly 17 years. Who is he?
Victims, families, and America’s thirst for true-crime stories.
The rich history and complicated future of pen spinning.
An amazing clay mask.
The story behind the ice cream sandwich.
That’s a lot of hot air balloons!
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Top 10 Yard Sale Advertising Tips and Our Mini Vacay to Delray Beach.
What’s new with y’all? We took an impromptu weekend trip to a nearby state park and stayed the night in a lodge there. We swam, watched boats go by, and enjoyed everything about the lodge that felt straight out of the 70’s. (It was built in ’73 and I’m truly obsessed with it’s time-capsule vibe!) It was a great way to recharge and dive headfirst back into work this week. Hope you have a great Wednesday, and here are a few links for your enjoyment…
7 exercises to uncover your purpose, passion, and path.
Why digital cultivation is so enduring.
Latest organizational obsession.
Who holds the power in your relationships? Check your emails.
Liv Tyler’s 25-step skincare routine.
Why are millennials so lonely? Social media mimics community but actually pushes us further apart.
Millions of middle-aged women struggle to care for ailing older relatives, and the crisis is only getting worse.
Can Silicon Valley get you pregnant?
How to get repeat sponsors as an influencer.
Keto diet may offer clues on how nutrition can treat disease.
A freelancer rate calculator.
Tees inspired by Stranger Things.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — One Dozen Super Rad Things I Think You Should Do and Do or Don’t: Out of Office.
What have you been up to this week? Monday was Chet‘s birthday and we celebrated by going out for sushi. (A peanut butter pie was waiting for us at home in lieu of cake :)) Here’s to a wonderful rest of your week — hope you have something stellar planned — and I hope you enjoy this round-up of links…
Do you sit too much?
“Black sounding” names and their surprising history.
LOL! As a child who was brought to a lot of museums, I deeply relate.
Epcot World Showcase.
Why do dogs look so sad?
My favorite podcast about the royals!
The cutest yellow blouse.
A movie critic’s July Netflix picks.
Why don’t people tip hotel maids?
Ancient fingerprints and forensic science challenge ideas about “women’s work.”
The making of a millennial woman.
Check out my July Favorites.
P.S. Read through the BOOK CLUB archives HERE.
Hello friends! Do you have big plans this weekend? We’re going on a day trip to a nearby state park, and we’ll also be stopping by a flea market. Who knows! Maybe I’ll find something I can’t live without. Either way, after a bunch of project deadlines this week, I’m ready for some weekend diversion! Hope the rest of your week is super sweet, and here’s a bit of reading material…
The story behind Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
[Related: 5 reasons I can’t get enough Dolly.]
Being a mother and a champion was a crazy dream.
How fairytales are told in other tongues.
[Related: Our storytelling minds.]
These millennials got new roommates.
Anytime young people get together, the pics start flowing.
The Japanese secret to a longer and happier life.
Russia is reopening an investigation into the world’s greatest mystery.
Cute kimono for lounging poolside.
Historians have largely discarded the lie that the “frontier” was an empty Eden waiting for American expansion—but not David McCullough.
[Related: The Pioneers by David McCullough]
As thousands of taxi drivers were trapped in loans, top officials counted the money.
Homeless mom’s letter to NIMBY supporters.
A Fab Five favorite writes a new memoir.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 9 Insights from Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky and How to Spend Your Time Helping Others.
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What have you been up to, sweet friends? Chet and I went to Mississippi over the weekend to visit with his mom and family friends at a lake. It was so serene! We ate a bunch of delicious food, caught some fish, and enjoyed good company. Hope you have a splendid week, and here are some links I thought you might want to check out…
12 performers show what it takes to make it in New York City.
There are two types of airport people.
[Related: Travel Tips for Airports and Planes]
Who is Cliff Wife? Everything you need to know about the wife who fell off a cliff.
In Venezuela, a glamorous career becomes a means of survival.
A subculture of teenage hobbyhorse enthusiasts now prance in public.
This perfect summertime adventure bag is on sale!
25 famous women on the moment they ‘made it.’
Measles for the one percent.
7 reasons why your online reputation is important.
Jeff Goldblum pivots to beauty influencer.
What did NXIVM want in Mexico?
[Related: Episode 2 of Uncovered the Podcast]
A reusable coffee cup that doesn’t take up much room in your bag!
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Thoughts on Woman Code by Alisa Vitti and 5 Ways to Float a River this Summer.
What are you up to this Wednesday? News about the royal baby (ARCHIE!!!) has definitely kept me good and distracted this morning, lol. Anyone else? So happy for Harry and Meghan…and for me, because I love those crazy royals! Haha. But now I’ve gotta snap out of it, buckle down, and get some dang work done! We’re off to Kentucky at week’s end. Hope your middle of the week is proving more productive than mine, but to distract you…
6 surprising things about the royal baby.
[Related: Purebred corgis or NOTHING.]
The magic of estate sales.
Why the world’s best mathematicians are hoarding chalk.
The snake-charming life and tragic death of Grace Olive Wiley.
Menstrual products in the Science Museum’s collection.
How a ‘Brady Bunch’ episode on measles is fueling campaigns against vaccines.
Springtime means I’m brainstorming ways to decorate the great outdoors!
[Related: A Rustic, Boho-Inspired Balcony]
Why women candidates are ruled unelectable so quickly.
Feeling called to purchase some warm weather jammies.
Mike Rosmann left seminary to become a clinical psychologist for farmers.
How to read more books in the golden age of content.
The ‘Baby Dolls’ of New Orleans.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Our Favorite Music Festival and For the Love of BOOKS!