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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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mid-week round-up

Hello Delight-Seekers! And welcome to the first mid-week round-up of 2019… How is your January faring? After all the holiday travel in December, I’m happy to be returning to a slower pace. The past few days have been filled with work and good amount of CHILL-TIME…and I’m just fine with that. The weather is beautiful and sunny today (I had an hour long work call this morning that I was all too happy to take outside) and we’re hoping it holds to accommodate some outdoor projects we need to tackle this weekend. Hope your new year is off to a magnificent start, and here are a few fun things you might want to check out before you go…

A charming neighborhood library made from a rotting tree.

What podcasts do you think people should listen to in 2019?

How cities make money by fining the poor.

Gotta try this oatless oatmeal. (Yes, I’m on a Whole 30.)

Moving to New Orleans from New York City.

9 things that we haven’t updated since they were invented.

22 musicals in 12 minutes.

A freelancer and a full-timer debate whether the grass is actually greener.

An oral history of the greatest ‘Office’ episode ever.

A cookbook to consider when my Whole 30 is over but I still want to stay off the sugar.

Physical flip-flops made from Trump’s contradictory tweets.

Why can’t we tip Amazon warehouse workers?

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Ballin’ on a Budget Mini Tips and Making a Beach Kit.

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? We kicked off Monday night with a documentary screening about the opioid crisis and heard from the director a drug rehabilitation program in nearby Decatur. It was an enlightening evening. The weather has been very cold and rainy so I think I’ll just hibernate until we hit the road for our Thanksgiving festivities! If you’d like to click around on some links I’ve been enjoying, go right ahead…

The 10 most popular beer brands in the world.

A roller skating girl gang? Sign me up.

Doctors respond to NRA with gruesome photos of treating shooting victims.

Turkey and stuffing meatballs sounds way more delish than plain ol’ turkey for T-giving.

Genius travel hack.

How a woman becomes a lake.

Meet the Progressive Liberal, who’s body-slamming his way through Trump country.

The 2018 midterms were huge for women candidates. Here’s how they could change policies.

The name of this podcast made me LOL.

A Harvest Punch cocktail for November.

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P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 10 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Wedding and A Birthday Trip to the Tennessee Aquarium.

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What is everyone up to this Wednesday? It is dark & gloomy here…and has been the last few days! Cold front — YAHOO! Katie and I are still having a blast with our podcast. It’s been nice to have something productive to do in the evenings as it gets darker sooner. Keeps me from watching TOO much TV, lol! I’m headed to Kentucky this weekend to help my mom with some things. And then the weekend after that is a huge festival at the university Chet works at. Isn’t Fall just the best?? Anywho, links for you…

The 13 people you meet in Refinery 29’s Money Diaries comment section.

The rise of busybody journalism.

A professional photographer’s take on generational nostalgia.

The power of snails.

Introverts and overthinking.

Bra and girdle technology was integral to NASA’s first spacesuits.

Why is it such a big deal to see a woman sweat?

Magic instant pot curry rice.

Farmhouse style hanging kitchen towel tutorial.

The secret to love is just kindness.

In Sweden’s preschools, boys learn to dance and girls learn to yell.

30% off the 30 best selling markers and pen sets on Blitsy!

and Episode 3 of Uncovered the Podcast.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — A Pocket Letter Inspired by Children’s Book Illustrations and In Defense of “Go Set a Watchman.”

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How’s it going this week, loves? My mother-in-law is in town visiting, and I just returned from a trip to Lexington to see my mom! (It’s so nice to be closer to family now that we’re in Alabama!) Do you have any out of town visitors on the horizon? What about vacations? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to know what you’re up to this summer. But before you head on down to the comment section, see if any of these links strike your fancy…

The big business of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Ready to take your Instant Pot to the next level?

Photos of people having really rubbish holidays.

Do you think you have an accent?

The most comfortable bra in all the land.

“What I learned writing 750 words a day for 100 days.”

Related: One dish a day.

Are your friendships bringing you a boost or bringing you down?

What Netflix can teach us about life.

Will you see this movie?

A necessity for all purses and backpacks (if you love the environment but also iced coffee).

2 amazing poems by my pal, Maggie.

BD Wong doesn’t want fame. He wants success.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Everything You Need to Know to Find Your Blogging Niche and Two Poems.

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What are you up to this week? Tomorrow we’re hittin’ the road for our big move to Alabama! I’m so excited that moving day is finally so close. Getting ready for a move (especially one you’re super stoked about) just seems to drag on and on. We’ve been slowly packing and cleaning and tying up loose ends ever since we found out about the new job so I am READY. Next time I post we’ll be in the new place! Wish us luck. xoxo

Michelle Obama released the cover of her upcoming memoir.

The Great British Bake Off is secretly a show about time management.

This fully functional 140 square foot London studio is micro-living at it’s dreamiest!

Super cute bathing suit cover up, if you’re in the need.

Serious bedroom goals. (I can’t wait to decorate our room in the new place!)

These sweet potato wedges would make the perfect side dish to summer BBQ mains.

Why do American women refuse to give up tampons?

In trying to read up about politics in my soon-to-be home state, I stumbled upon these 18 candidates.

Family and community are the only things left in Adams County, Ohio.

Justine Kurland’s timeless photos of runaway girls.

I love the antique americana look of these 4th of July decor pieces.

One woman’s journey from coma to consciousness.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Bloggers Share Letters to Their Younger Selves and Picturesque Fruit Plates.

My Recipe for Self-Love

What you’ll need:

  1. SOLITUDE – Spending quality time alone is one of the number one ways we get to know ourselves. And you gotta know yourself before you can even think about loving yourself. When you’re away from the “busy” of everyday life and the external influences that shape you, you can express yourself however you like. So get creative!
  2. AFFIRMATION – When we repeat positive, encouraging messages to ourselves it can change the way that we feel. Toxic thoughts are bound to crop up — no matter who you are! So why not actively try to negate some of that negativity?
  3. INTENTION SETTING – If we never set a target, who is to blame when we miss the mark? Write down your intention for tomorrow, speak your intentions out loud, share your goals with loved ones. Clarifying what we want to achieve not only sets us up for success, but honors our path as something that is important and achievable.

 

And how it all comes together:

-Schedule some time for SOLITUDE. Spend this time getting to know yourself by brainstorming what you love about yourself in the present and what you’d like to improve on or accomplish in the future. You may want to write in a journal or meditate during this process.

-Begin a regular AFFIRMATION practice. Need help getting in the swing of things? Try a daily mirror affirmation for the next 7 days or check out my 30 day mantra challenge. Remember those things you love about yourself in the present? Start telling yourself.

-Now set yourself up for future successes, and new areas to affirm, by SETTING INTENTIONS. Start writing out a daily intention for the following day before you go to sleep at night. Not only will you sleep better, but you’ll start prioritizing based on your own needs and dreams. Self-love (with a dash of productivity) at it’s finest!

Want to go even bigger? Identify 3 intentions for the year to come. Write them out and post somewhere you’ll see every day. A constant reminder that your goals matter and are possible.

Do you utilize SOLITUDE, AFFIRMATIONS, or INTENTIONS to facilitate self-love? What does YOUR self-love recipe look like? Share the ingredients below! 

P.S. Interested in learning more about the power of positive affirmations? Check out my 4-part series on MANTRAS! 

 

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Hello from Louisiana! Chet and I are spending the next few days in his hometown. We were happy to escape Miami for a few days (Spring Break is pretty lit for those traveling in but not so much for those who always reside there, if ya catch my drift!) Today, we’ve already eaten here and seen some art by an acclaimed animator. But I wanted to pop on and say “Hi!” and post a few links for your Wednesday. Hope y’all are having a great week, now get to clickin’…

The last conversation you’ll need to have about eating right.

This French Instagram profile is not what you think it is.

15 things every woman should own.

The tuberculosis hospital that treated America’s Vaudeville stars.

A whole lotta Whole 30 meal inspiration.

OOGA BOO

My cat needs this 2-story home.

These pineapple coconut muffins look delicious (and so tropical!).

70 movies you have to watch by the time you’re 30.

Who was she? A DNA test only opened new mysteries.

Back when Pizza Hut was an experience.

5 tips for a budget-friendly bathroom revamp.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 30 Boredom Buster When You’re Ballin’ on a Budget and Testing the Amazing, Multi-Purpose Powers of Witch Hazel.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope you all are having a love-filled day! How are you celebrating the holiday? Of course today is the middle of the week so must of us are spending the day working. But do you have anything special planned? Chet and I are having a nice dinner at home and will exchange a few surprises. (Eeee!) But for now, here are some links you may want to peruse…

How much an out gay Olympian could mean to a kid now—or to a 34-year-old who’s been waiting for it his whole life.

Related: Winter Olympics Netflix Marathon

A glimpse at Appalachia’s feminist protest music.

This bedroom wall is so magical!

The easiest crusty bread recipe ever. Yum!

My trusty (and super cheap) mini backpack has about had it. Should I upgrade?

Related: Backpacks make for happy backs. ❤

A new report finds that slavery is mistaught and often sentimentalized—and students are alarmingly misinformed as a result.

Small wonder that films about female friendships have traditionally fared so poorly with critics. Look who’s writing the reviews.

Related: Rules for Female Friendship

More and more Americans experience eviction, and gentrification is partly to blame.

Related: Slum Lords aka The Hell of Renting

A brief history of how women got tricked into shaving.

Should I do 100 squats every day for 30 days?

Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge

Are Busy Phillip’s IG stories making anyone else want to get a rebounder?

Finally, if you have Le Tote, they are having an AMAZING end of season sale. (And if you don’t have Le Tote, you should sign up. <-use that link and get your first tote on me. Seriously!)

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Weekend Uniforms and The Reading Habits Tag.

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What are you up to this week, darlings? While January seemed to drag on forever, February is already flying by. #ShortMonthProblems It will be Valentine’s Day before we know it! Are you planning anything special? I’m trying to do little Valentine’s-inspired things throughout the month to make each day feel special (with some Mardi Gras themed things, too!). Fresh flowers, photo projects, baking treats, and sending out cards have all found their way onto my February calendar. 🙂 Hope your week is extra sweet, and here are some links I scouted just for you…

12 months of self-care in a helpful month-to-month guide.

Related: 10 Ways to Take a Time Out and Practice Self Care

Here’s how Ed Sheeran made 2017’s biggest track.

Iranians asked #Where_Is_She? Suddenly, it seems she’s everywhere.

Jaclyn Friedman sparks a culture-wide rethink about sex, power and what we accept.

How to not die in America.

Wouldn’t it be a delight to grow up in this colorful Dutch farmhouse?

Anatomy of a wild & crazy Saturday night aka breakfast burritos for two.

Related: Breakfast for Dinner

DIY: Wool ball diffuser for the car.

Have you ever tried a yoga wheel? I’m obsessed with mine.

Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge

Who invented the microwave oven?

A real “very stable genius” doesn’t call himself one.

Packing for 10 days away at a meditation retreat in a Tom Bihn backpack.

Related: What’s in my Tom Bihn Synapse 19 + Side Effect

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — The 5-4-3-2-1 Packing Method and 5 Blogs I Love.