Happy Weekend – A few fun birthday finds (all the books!), parenting tips I’m loving, a quick favor to ask, and more!
It was my birthday this week! I’m not a stickler for celebrating on my actual day, so we’re doing most of our celebrating this weekend. I’m baking this cake (AMAZING) and giving myself a fresh pedicure and hopefully watching a fun movie with everyone.
Ordering a few books. The other thing I was excited about was a few new books. On my list:
- The Lazy Genius Way – All about simple ways to streamline your life. (The driving theory is to be a genius about the things that really matter to YOU, feel free to get “lazy” by streamlining the other stuff.)
- The Home Edit Life. I loved Clea and Joanna’s first book, and their new one sounds even more up my alley!
- Beautiful Boards. I’ve been making snack boards for years, but this book makes me want to take my game to the next level! Plus, she has cute ideas for holidays and special occasions, too.
- Didn’t See That Coming. Doesn’t this seem like the perfect year for a book with this title?
- Solutions and Other Problems. I’ve never laugh-cried as hard at any other book in my life as I did reading Allie Brosh’s first book. Her hilarious simplistic drawings and excellent writing are my favorite.
I haven’t seen the new Mulan yet, but the trailers all made me cry. Have you seen it? Did you love it? (What I feel like I know is this one’s not for kids and was made with a lot more care and consultation than the cartoon.)
Loving these unexpected parenting tips from Cup of Jo. (The comments section has even more good ideas!) I swear by several of them myself. If I had to add one, it would be to make books and reading a prize whenever you can. We put our kids to bed 20-30 minutes earlier than we really need them to get sleepy and let them “stay up” to read for a while before falling asleep. It helps them wind down from the day so they sleep better AND they feel like reading is a special prize. Win-win!
If (like me) you’ve been looking for what your next steps could be on the path of anti-racism, Monique Melton is launching an amazing 21-day challenge. They’re starting September 21st, though you can still sign up after that. (You’ll start your 21 days whenever you sign up.) Give her a follow on Instagram to see what her content is like. She provides incredible resources.
On nights I don’t want to cook, I usually make something we call “snackfest” (pronounced like “snack” + “breakfast”). It’s basically a (dairy-free) charcuterie board with fruits, veggies, bread, meats or proteins, almonds, olives, etc. In case you want some ideas, try this How to Build The Perfect Cheese Board post from The Kitchn. (Dairy-free, like us? There are still so many good ideas!)
Before I sign off for the weekend, I’d love to ask a quick favor. If you have just 2-3 minutes, I’d LOVE to get to know you better with my super-quick 8-question survey. It’ll help me know your needs better and create better resources in the future! I’d SUPER appreciate it if you have a few minutes.