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Heart Full. Brain Chill.

It’s been a good weekend. My heart is full and my brain is chill. After some much needed acupuncture Saturday to address some recurring anxiety and insomnia, I had a delicious night sleep and an excellent mothers day to boot. Lots of time in nature, lots of good food, and sweet times spent with and without my family.

I’ve also been reading a lot this weekend.

In my quest to stop filling so much of my time with mindless scrolling through social media, I’ve stumbled upon several new blogs, a few podcasts and am finishing up a few books.

Blogs + Podcasts

These two seem to go hand in hand. Most authors these days are double or triple whammy-ing with their prolific blog+podcast+new book (wow guys). And I am not complaining, because when I discover someone new, it’s a triple bonus.

Shauna Niequist – Has a new podcast out this week, interviewing Tsh Oxenreider (who I had never heard of). Lovely first podcast, am definitely looking forward to future installations. Tsh talks a lot about an amazing trip that she went on with her family – a year long, around the world adventure. Which leads me to –

Tsh Oxenreider – Discovered she also has a podcast! Downloaded a few old episodes and spent some time on her site and amazon, trying to figure out which of her books I wanted to order first. Easy to listen to, interesting interviews with lots of familiar names. I listened to one of her old podcasts with Gretchen Rubin (one of the current books on my nightstand – Happier at Home). Which lead me to:

Gretchen Rubin – WOW. Her website is just a treasure trove of delights. Blogposts, quizzes, community. Very cool, Gretchen. I took her Four Tendencies quiz and I am a “questioner”. I just downloaded the informational guide to go with this discovery and I am excited to learn more (and find out what my partner is too!). Want to get to know yourself a little better so that you can form better habits? Check it out here. (PS. Gretchen also has a podcast. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet. There are only so many hours in the weekend :)) I’m looking forward to finishing up Happier at Home. It’s been an enjoyable slow read as I process all of the amazing offerings on life and happiness that Gretchen discusses. More on that soon!

Pod Save America – I have had so many friends recommend this podcast. I am not the biggest fan of podcasts, believe it or not. This weekend was the first time I listened to a complete podcast all the way through, and the lucky first was Pod Save America’s podcast this week re: James Comey. I laughed out loud and felt a little less crazy about the world by the time I finished listening (and appropriately cynical). These guys are fantastic. One of the reasons I dislike podcasts is that they lack a certain professionalism and finesse, and often times are just painful to soldier through. Not these guys. Hilarious and relevant, easy to listen to. Give them a listen if you enjoy politics (and are cynical about the current state of affairs in Washington).

A Cup of Jo – This is one of the only blogs that I religiously check. And I LOVE her Friday posts. This blog covers everything from travel to food to fashion to motherhood. Friday posts just hold so many rabbit trails ready to be discovered. My favorite trail this weekend was actually an earlier post that I had missed about aging where she mentions having a club that meets to discuss articles instead of books. I read most of the articles that she posted but my two favorites were:

How to be polite

Those Aren’t Fighting Words, My Dear

Finally, the last book on my nightstand.

Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

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I love this author. She is my go-to when I get hit with insomnia. Not because her reading puts me to sleep – not at all. Her books are like a comforting old friend. I reread her Sevenwaters series at least twice a year and absolutely love the strong women that dominate her books. If you love Irish folklore and YA fiction. Read these. And read all of her other series too. ❤

Happy Sunday, friends. Peace be with you.

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Picks of the Week

A few of my go to’s for the week. Happy Hump Day.

Song of the Week – White Flag by Joseph

Movie to make you smile and cry – The Intern

Old teen movie to make you laugh and shake your head – Easy A

Delicious Crockpot Recipe – Balsamic Beef

Current Fall Read – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Next Fall Read – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Current Favorite Blog – A Cup of Jo

New App on my Phone – Headspace (this app has been super helpful for my insomnia and my mental health <3)

Current Netflix Binge – Frasier

Favorite google search – Brené Brown – So lately when I need a piece of truth or encouragement I will google video search Brené Brown and have discovered so many wonderful researched talks on vulnerability, shame, setting boundaries… SO good for the soul, encouraging and thought provoking.

❤ Two more days til Friday…




You caught my eye...

You caught my eye…

Some articles, blogposts and videos I stumbled on this week that made me think (or laugh, or cry or say heck yes)

Maybe leisure time is a feminist issue? – Do women work so that men can have leisure time?

Motherhood Boredom – a typical toddlerish day.

Rachel Held Evans friday feature: Megan DeFranza – Megan discusses intersex persons and the Gospel. Very thought provoking and refreshing thoughts.

Physical vs. Cognitive Stages of Motherhood – two perspectives – Fascinating. I think I’m somewhere in the middle… But I’m really excited about the cognitive stage!

Let kids make mistakes when they help around the house (let them help around the house 🙂 I love this article. I know that the book/movie Matilda does not show the most ideal parents for a little girl *in fact quite the opposite* but I always love when she makes herself pancakes and takes care of herself. I also loved reading the book Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman for this very reason – one aspect of French parenting/the crèche is teaching children important skills and they are very high functioning members of the family by age 5-6!

Bob Dylan (Jimmy Fallon) sings Hotline Bling – need I say more?

I don’t know if you’re a Spotify user, but one of the cool things they do is create a playlist for you every week called Discover Weekly based on what you listen to throughout the week. This week was spot on for me. I’m a sucker for new and old music, but this is one by the Wings that I had never heard before! Check out Let ‘Em In for a chill weekend jam.

Peace –