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mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? Yesterday was Mardi Gras and I celebrated with a plate of blueberry pancakes for breakfast and an evening out at our local parade. Even though by the end of the festivities I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes (BRR!), it was the sweetest small town event and I’m so happy we decided to take part. Did you do anything to mark the day? Hope the rest of your work week flies by, and now take a look at the links…

The race to build the world’s best bourbon barrel.

[Related: Take your hot toddy up a notch.]

Teen tells senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated.

An added bonus to buying books used.

Thinking of picking up this hairbrush. (Thanks to a reader recommendation on this post.)

Could small doses of hallucinogenic drugs have therapeutic benefits?

At the crossroads of comfort tv and comfort food.

[Related: My Comfort Movies]

How DARLING is this pillow?

Alex Honnold breaks down iconic rock climbing scenes.

A study suggests that exposure to large home libraries may have a long-term impact on the mind.

The differences between Britney and Kim K’s houses.

[Related: Britney! Come back to Instagram. I miss you so much!]

Street style from Paris Fashion Week.

Sounds about right.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — In Search of the Comfiest Bra and The Celebrity Instagram Accounts You Should Totally Follow.

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Let’s Talk About My Dry Scalp

You guys. I am so ready for Spring. But for sort of a weird (and embarrassing) reason…

My disgustingly dry scalp!

Now, I have a pretty dry scalp year-round but I find that it’s a bit more manageable in the warmer seasons. Which was great in Miami! Warm year-round. But moving up to Alabama? This minor (major to me, but PERSPECTIVE lol) annoyance came back with a vengeance as soon as temperatures started to dip below 65.

I feel like I’ve tried lots of remedies to no avail. It seems ridiculous to spend a bunch of money on every possibility under the sun when I know the tides will turn come May. (But I did cut my own hair this winter because I didn’t want to hear another hairdresser tell me, “Your scalp is so dry!” Oh REALLY?! Wow, I hadn’t noticed.)

I promise this post isn’t just me complaining. Ok, it mostly is. But I’d love to know if this is something you’ve dealt with. Do you have any remedies? What works for you? Any hair care routines or products you swear by (dry scalp or not)? Below are some of the things I’ve tried or still use regularly because they keep things in check in warmer months, as well as things I’ve been recommended before that I still need to try.

Over the years, I’ve tried:

T/Sal and T/Gel

Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner

Tea Tree Oil

Coconut Leave-In Conditioner

Biolage Shampoo

and these are on my list:

Argan Oil

Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment

Shampoo Brush (like this one or this one)

JASON Normalizing Shampoo

Davines Purifying Shampoo

This book, which is up next in the Finding Delight book club (!!!) says dry scalp can be a symptom of hormone imbalance so I’ll be exploring that further. I’ll keep y’all updated…not that you NEED to remain abreast on the sordid detail of my dry scalp saga, but maybe you want to! 😉

P.S. My favorite hairbrush and that time I wore extensions.

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mid-week round-up

What’s everyone up to? Last week was my grandma’s funeral in Ohio. While the occasion was certainly not a happy one, it was nice to spend some time with my family for a few days. As soon as I arrived back in Alabama, Chet had to leave for a work conference. Now we’re settling back in to routines after a hectic stretch of days, and welcoming the little glimpses of Spring. The sun has finally returned after what felt like weeks of rain (seriously, our yard looked like a little lake!) and Mardi Gras is right around the corner. Have a great Wednesday, and for your reading pleasure, a dozen links…

Beautiful bohemian interiors that are perfect inspo for a spring home decor refresh.

How a recipe goes viral on Instagram.

Students are going on strike to demand action on climate change, in a movement led almost entirely by teenage girls.

This llama tote makes me smile.

The Art of Leaving sounds like an amazing memoir.

Show them what crazy dreams can do.

Great advice: no more zero days.

How people spent sudden financial windfalls.

Living and working in 350 square feet. Love how light and feminine this space is!

Raffi is singing new songs and fighting new fascists. (Remember ‘Baby Beluga’?!)

Have you tried the 20/20/20?

How an internet obsession resurrected a long-lost Sesame Street cartoon.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Five Great Graphic Novels and 6 Reasons You Should Be Sleeping More.

If you enjoy my blog content, please consider supporting what I do (and keeping me caffeinated). Thank you! xoxo ☕

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. 😦

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.

mid-week round-up

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 “Self Care & Self Love First”.

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.

mid-week round-up

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’s 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.