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mid-week round-up

What have you been up to, loves? Chet and I saw this movie on Saturday — highly recommend! And tomorrow is Valentine’s Day…squee!! Any plans? (Ours involve margaritas.) Hope you have a love-filled rest of your week, and here are some entertaining links I’ve gathered from my favorite corners of the internet…

Slopeside shenanigans, gallons of sprayed champagne…all in a day’s work at Aspen.

Academy unveils the 4 Oscar categories to be presented during commercial breaks. ūüė¶

Pret a Manger is opening a hostel for homeless people in London.

How to spend 48 hours in Cusco.

I weirdly love these sneakers (in camel). Yes or no?

These women want the right to compete in big-wave contests – and get paid as much as men do.

Do you have a Ko-fi page? Here’s mine.

13 date night dinner ideas for Valentine’s Day and beyond!

Germany’s real-life “Swing Kids.”

Many of the most enduring 20th century children’s book titles share a secret language of queer compassion.

The top trends for 2019 according to Pinterest.

[Related: Follow me on Pinterest!]

Next book club book is this one. Get the whole list HERE.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — A Pocket Letter Inspired by Children’s Book Illustrations and 50 Facts About Me.

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What are you up to this week? I’m feeling a little under the weather. The freezing temps followed by a few days of weird-ass balmy climate has everyone battling the ookies it seems. Are you in the same boat? BLECH! Here’s to a fast recovery. I’ll be taking it easy over the next few days and hopefully be right as rain by the weekend. I’d love to hit up a few thrift stores, DIY some coconut body scrub (#WinterSelfCare), and attend a film screening at my husband’s university. Sending you healing vibes if you need ’em, and here’s a little reading material if you need an excuse to curl up on the couch with your laptop…

A vegan meatloaf recipe.

The revolution will not be “serifised.”¬†

The one thing Marie Kondo regrets giving away.

Oregon bottle deposit system hits 90% redemption rate!

Where was Gisele Bundchen at the Super Bowl?

[Related: My favorite Super Bowl moment.]

A photographer’s Trans-Siberian World Cup journey.

[Related: Great YouTube channel for travel inspo!]

Protecting your online privacy is tough–but here’s a start.

I definitely don’t need this, but it’s very cute.

Saudi Arabia runs a sinister database of women.

What we don’t talk about when we talk about serial killers.

[Related: Review of Lost Girls by Robert Kolker.]

How Cherokee teenagers prepare for a financial windfall.

Throughout the week of February 10th – 16th, all orders placed on Blume¬†will receive a mirror decal that reads ‚ÄúSelf Care & Self Love First‚ÄĚ.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — My Weekly Ritual and The 5 Part Money-Hustle.

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What’s new in your lives, loves? Are you in the POLAR VORTEX? I was secretly very excited to get snow yesterday (all the businesses and schools closed the night before!) but it was a false alarm and we only got the cold. My Whole30 and 30 days of Yoga with Adriene are winding down and I’ll be sad to see these January routines go. Any ideas for fun challenges to undertake in February? Also, I finished this book (book club posts coming SOON) and am diving head first into Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. Have you ever read anything by Kingsolver? She’s my absolute favorite. Stay warm out there today, and enjoy a little reading material on me…

BuzzFeed’s top traffic came from a teen making quizzes for free.

6 storage solutions for small spaces.

[Related: Tips & tricks for tiny kitchens.]

Endangered animals sing “I Dreamed a Dream” in this powerful animation.

Who do you really want at your wedding?

How the Silicon Valley set fell in love with sourdough.

Perfect Valentine’s Day gift. *wink, wink*

[Related: The Wine Lover’s Apprentice by Kathleen Bershad]

Tina Sharkey on unbranding your pantry.

A fun indoor activity for the doldrums of winter.

5 lessons about how and why people push buttons.

Think science proves men take more risks than women? Think again.

How restaurants got so loud!

An East Berlin meets West Berlin love story (currently FREE on Kindle Unlimited!).

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Restaurants are not Food Culture and Girl Crush: Amy Poehler.

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What are you up to these days? My husband is presenting at a conference in Florida this weekend and I’m lucky enough to be able to tag along. We booked a tiny home(!) through Airbnb which I am ridiculously excited about. Would you guys be interested in a post with pics when I get back? Not sure what else we’ll get into while we’re down there, but I’m looking forward to a little change of pace for a few days. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week, and here are some links to peruse…

How organizational guru Marie Kondo gets it done.

In lieu of a cocktail hour, this couple arranged for wedding guests to play with kittens.

Who are the Golden Girls of Prospect Cemetery?

“I know a colonizer when I see one.”

A round-up of yummy Whole30 recipes.

[Related: What I ate during my first Whole30.]

How do you draw an X? (I’m #7.)

A seriously glow-y day/night skincare set, if you’re looking for some pampering.

Eight homes of a 13-year-old former foster kid.

Everything around him burned. He stayed put.

Excited to read this book when it comes out.

[Related: The author’s YouTube channel is all about being in an interabled relationship.]

Lee Friedlander’s intimate portraits of his wife, through 60 years of marriage.

Finally, Mary Oliver (RIP) reading Wild Geese.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Five Great Poetry Books and¬†3 Tips for Brides-To-Be.

A Tour of My New Pocket Letter Box

For Christmas this year, my mom gave me the sweetest gift… My grandma‚Äôs old sewing box!! She left some of the bits and bobs that had been inside for sewing, but also filled it to the brim with new pocket letter materials. Am I spoiled or what?!

Wanna take a look inside?

Here’s the tray on top…

and below that, MORE GOODIES!

Washi…

Embellishments…

Stickers…

Ephemera…

Plus, 2 collections (and 1 bonus kit!) from my favorite Etsy shop, Peachy Skeen

I could spend hours scrolling through all the vintage collections in this shop. Highly recommend checking it out if you like pocket letters, planning, pen pals, etc. I got a collection with a purple theme and one that was farm-themed!

Here’s the shop’s card if you want more info…

My mom is the absolute best for putting together such a lovely gift. I love that it is a treasured heirloom, but updated in such a fun way! I know that making things with the supplies inside will bring me so much joy. ‚̧

Now then, who wants a pocket letter???

Did you get anything fun and unexpected for Christmas? 

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? I’m feeling a bit of food fatigue on this round of Whole 30. Have you ever done one and felt this way. I’ve been eating the same things for two weeks and it is time to switch it up. Excited to try deconstructed egg rolls tonight! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday, and here’s a little afternoon diversion for your reading pleasure…

Life online in China, Cuba, India, and Russia.

Hari and Tommy are living the rom-com of our dreams.

25 new year’s resolutions you can actually keep.

So much cute decor if you’re going for a farmhouse vibe.

The iPhone app Notes has become the medium of choice for celebrity mea culpas.

Ellen DeGeneres and the limits of relatability.

What’s up next for the lunar surface?

For all your upcoming Valentine’s pocket letters or planner spreads. (WHAT?!)

Your life choices aren’t just about what you want to do; they’re about who you want to be.

The 20 best TV dramas since “The Sopranos.”

Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past.

Finally…WOW. I have so many questions.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed —¬†Podcast Recommendation¬†and Photos From the Edge of the World.

mid-week round-up

What’s going on this week? The countdown to Christmas is truly ON!! We had a wonderful long weekend in Louisiana visiting with Chet’s family. (We also ate all our favorite local specialties, saw the lights at the local zoo, and went to the movie theater to watch the new Spiderman movie — highly recommend.) We’re off for round 2 of holiday travels this weekend so for the next few days I’ll be running around like a mad woman trying to get everything done. Hope your week is a bit calmer than mine, and here are some links I’ve been reading this week…

RIP Penny Marshall, the first woman to direct a $100 million dollar grossing film.

How old are all the characters on Seinfeld?

The race to find the most precious religious relics.

The top 10 books of 2018, according to everyone.

The only small-talk worth having.

Devon Sawa, the original Stan, on who he stans.

Where Americans find meaning in life.

Is it time to nix the two-week pay cycle?

A cozy sweater to wear with leggings.

Your future grandchildren’s responses to how dating worked before apps.

Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama’s book and the Great Migration.

[Related: The Warmth of Other Suns and Becoming.]

Made me laugh.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Books to Read if You’re in Search of a History Lesson and 3 At-Home Date Night Ideas.

Some of My Favorite Life-Changing Products (in case you need more gift ideas…)

December is a popular time for bloggers to share favorites from the year. Today, I thought I’d get in on the action and gush about a few products I’ve found to be especially life-changing. I think any of these would make a fantastic gift, if you’re still looking for ideas, but they also get the Beth Berger stamp of approval as a doodad that has added value to my life in some way. Here we go…

1. Tom Bihn Synapse 19
I’ve talked about this backpack a lot on this blog, and for good reason. The design is absolutely genius and will keep everything you need to carry organized. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying somewhere for a weekend away or just heading to class, this bag is super fun to pack!

2. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens
Fine-tipped marker pens are my key to writing neat and fast. Plus, with all the colors these pens come in, it is super easy to create color-coded systems in my notebooks and planners.

3. Tangle Teezer hairbrush 
Ok, seeing is believing with this bad boy. And I certainly didn’t trust the fuss before trying this hairbrush out for myself. I have long, fairly tangle-prone hair and with just a few swipes of the Tangle Teezer all my knots are taken care of. Witchcraft? Probably.

4. Instant Pot
I thought the crock-pot was a thing of beauty and convenience until I cooked beans…FROM DRY…in a matter of minutes with the instant pot.

  • and steaming basket and silicone cover, too
    If you really want to up your IP game, this steaming basket is how we make a protein and a veggie side in one fell swoop, and the cover is great for saving leftovers to reheat the next day!

5. 8-days-a-week planner
A to-do list is only half the battle for me. Once I’ve planned out everything I need to do for the day, I like to take it one step further and plug those to-do’s into a schedule. This planner has the whole day laid out in half hour increments which allows me to see where things can go. I love this puzzle approach.

6. Nomatic compression cube
I’ve tried a ton of packing cubes and this one is by far my favorite! Not only does it slot perfectly down into my Tom Bihn backpack, but the fact that it is two-sided gives me an extra level of organization.

7. Whirly board
This has been SUCH A FUN addition to my workouts over the last couple months. Not to mention a really fun way to get in an active break in the midst of my work day. I just peel myself away from my desk, hop on the board for a few minutes, and PLAY. Bonus: Makes me feel like a badass skater/snowboarder chick.

8. Mask brushes
I try to do a mask every Monday evening. (Set it and forget it self-care FTW!) When I started this ritual, I was just using my fingers to gloop on the masks…which is fine. But then I discovered mask brushes and it was a total game changer!

9. Minimalist wallet
Sometimes I just don’t have a need for a huge billfold and I want to slap a few cards together, throw them in my back pocket and GO. This is the wallet I use for those times. Plus, it even comes with a little spot to tuck a key! Love it.

Do you have any life-changing products you think I should check out? Leave ’em below!¬†

P.S. The entire 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!!!

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We’re headed out on our first of two holiday road trips later this week, and I’m super excited to bundle up in the car and head out. (Hope Chet is down to listen to Christmas music and true crime podcasts the whole way!) We’re seeing family, and I’m looking forward to eating some favorite foods and stopping by for a stroll through a holiday lights display. Also, I hope you’ll check out this year’s holiday gift guides; I always love putting them together for you guys. Hope you have a great rest of your week, and here are some links for your Wednesday enjoyment…

If someone surprised me with one of these (filled with childhood photos), I might burst into tears.

The Confederacy was built on slavery. How can so many Southern whites still believe otherwise?

Great inspo for delighting customers.

Only after she was shot did the author of this article begin to understand America’s complicated relationship with guns.

Hidden in L.A. suburbia, wrenching poverty preys on children and destroys dreams.

Reliving my childhood aka talking about Saved by the Bell.

The lady hero’s journey.

[Related: In Pursuit of Female Road Narratives]

The inventor of iPhone autocorrect says, “Sorry about that, and you’re welcome.”

The best movies of 2018 according to The New Yorker.

4 women get a haircut they never thought they’d get.

Don’t know if I love or hate this, lol.

Take 40% Off Your First Month with code HOLIDAY40 at ScentBox.com! Valid 12/10-12/14

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts¬† you may have missed — My Favorite Websites and Blogs and Book Review: The Binding Chair.

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week, loves? Chet and I did our Christmas shopping early on Saturday, when stores were less crowded, and celebrated our success with lunch at a favorite Mexican restaurant. Do you still have gifts to gather? Here are my gift guides so far, if you need some ideas! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and here are some links…

Four ways to create healthy habits for 2019.

Getting Hygge with it gifts.

How brothers and sisters shape who we are.

The comfiest slipper. (That bow!)

We love the 90s gift guide.

Living on foot.

Some new Trader Joe’s items to add to your holiday pantry.

A t-shirt celebration of female voices in film. Which would you choose? This is my pick.

A brief encounter that changed the lives of two young refugees.

30 most disappointing under 30. LOL!

Toning down Asian stereotypes in Balanchine’s Nutcracker.

[Related: Ballet nerds like me (I’ve danced Chinese Tea before!), might find this¬†information re: choreography interesting.]

There’s only one good way to email your boss! (Freelancers: Totally works for clients, too!)

P.S. Here’s the link to my¬†2018 GIFT GUIDES¬†one more time, just in case you wanna keep browsing.