A Few Things

Hello, Friends! How are you? Did you have a good week? Any fun plans? I’ve heard from several friends who have winter break next week and are headed to Lake Tahoe for skiing. You too?

We don’t have the whole week off, but we do get a Monday break, and I’m delighted to have a 3-day weekend in front of me. We don’t have any big plans, but I’m really excited to work on some house projects. How about you?

I’m going to jump right into links today. Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

– On millennials and religion — “The truth is, church, it’s your move.”

– Have you seen the new show, Abstract? I’m hearing good things.

– Good news for those of us who can’t resist late night visits to the drive thru.

– Your criticism might be valid, it might also be sexist.

– This is interesting. Twitter is responding to ‘Potentially Abusive Behavior’ with 12-hour time-outs. Think it will improve things? What’s your take?

– Why I miss old people in the workplace.

– What’s killing America’s black infants?

– What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name.

– Love! Babies in flight in the 1950’s.

– Did you know carrots were originally purple?

– Five countries dump more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined.

The Gates Annual Letter. So much hope here! Start with this video.

– Fun new finds here.

I hope you have a really terrific weekend. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.


Painted Plate DIY with Mismatched Dishes

Oh my goodness. I think I’m obsessed with this painted plate DIY. Quick: Get to your favorite secondhand shop (Goodwill, Salvation Army, D.I.) and grab all the mis-matched white dinnerware you can find. Then use this super easy tutorial to create a brand new set of service for four. Or six. Or eight!

You can make as many place settings as you like, in whatever color scheme you like! The options are endless. Come see how easy it is.

Full instructions when you click through!

Facebook LIVE Broadcast

Just wrapped up this week’s Facebook Live broadcast and I’m sharing it here for anyone who missed it (and for those who don’t use Facebook).

In the video, I talk about the super short workouts Ben Blair and I do each morning, the idea of taking nude middle age photos (weird? or awesome?), some cool new books, and new style finds too.

Here are some helpful links to things I refer to in the video:

– Mott & Bow Jeans – I wear the hi rise skinny orchard in medium gray.
Loeffler Randall Rainbooties. Pricey, but I wear them so much!- Tuxe Bodysuits — I’m wearing Maven (which is on super sale). I have 5 different bodysuits from Tuxe and wear them all constantly.
Antifragile. Where Ben read about the super short workouts.
There Is No Good Card For This. With illustrations by Emily McDowell.
Chasing Slow. A new book by the wonderful Erin Loechner.
Juice Manifesto (Only $4.58!).

I hope you enjoy the video! And I’d love to hear your thoughts on super short workouts, getting over a sugar addiction, and taking nude photos (naked, but not sexy). If you have any topics you’d like me to cover in future broadcasts, please let me know in the comments.


Juice Manifesto

Can we talk juicing today? Are you into it? Like daily into it or just once in awhile? Do you have a serious juicing machine? Or do you make due with a blender? And have you ever done a juice cleanse?

Juicing is on my mind for 3 reasons. 1) I read this article about the benefits of a juice cleanse. 2) Then I read this article which disagreed with the first one. And 3) I was given a copy of this new book, Juice Manifesto by Andrew Cooper (also known as the Juiceman), and it’s tempting me to the world of juicing. (Note: I just noticed when I grabbed the book link, the hardcover is on sale for under $5!)

The book is divided into the following sections: Juices, Smoothies, Shots & Tonics, Teas & Warm Drinks, Nut Milks, Food, Cocktails, and Waste Not Want Not. I was instantly intrigued by this because it’s a whole world I know so little about — I would not have guessed a juice recipe book could possibly cover so much. Hah! Also, the photos are gorgeous. And yes, the family looks so dang healthy and happy that you’ll want to say, “Sign me up! I want to eat all the things they are eating.”

If you’ve done a juice cleanse, or have strong opinions on juicing, please chime in. I am fully prepared to be convinced juicing is amazing and I need to get on board. I’m also fully open to the idea that juicing is not for me. What’s your take?

And while you’re thinking, I’ve got 4 recipes straight from the book to share (there are over 120 recipes total). Recipe #1 features beets. I’ve never been a fan of beets and I’m wondering if this recipe will change my mind. I love how simple recipe #2 is. I think I would really like it. Recipe #3 is intended to get you going in the morning. Since I’m not a coffee drinker, maybe this would be a good fit for me. And recipe #4 is not even juice, but it looks so yummy! It’s in the Food section of the book.

Perhaps I should try them all before I decide whether or not I’m a juice person. : )

Hot & Sweet Beets

Sweet and spicy, this recipe has a gorgeous mix of ingredients. Don’t underestimate the power of chile (literally!) – it is packed with vitamin C, helps to boost metabolism and aids digestion. It also balances the sweetness of the fruit.

Serves 1

a large handful of strawberries
1 slice of red or green chile
1 lime, peeled
1 beet, scrubbed
2 pears

Juice all your ingredients one by one in the order they are listed. Serve chilled or enjoy over ice.

If using organic strawberries, I like to leave the green tops on for added nutrients.

Chiles and strawberries both have a higher vitamin C content than oranges.

Three more recipes straight ahead!

Living With Kids: Lauren Dahl

It’s so fitting that I share Lauren with you on Valentine’s Day because she is absolutely filled with love for her life. Plus, I have a real soft spot in my heart for public school art teachers, don’t you?

And if I needed another reason to adore her, I found this on her blog’s About Me page: “If you are here looking for design services or home portrait watercolors, I no longer offer those things. Don’t worry; you’re not missing out! I truly couldn’t quite figure it out. I may have a designer’s mind, but there were parts of business running where I failed. My heart just isn’t there anymore, and someone else will certainly suit you better. I now only commit to projects that I’m passionate about, and let me tell you what a wonderful headspace to be in!” What a genuine statement. I love it.

Come and meet her. This is a super cute tour!

Just ahead: Kid-made art that looks professional. Come see!



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