Don’t you just love Spring? The colors are so vibrant it just makes me happy all over! For some reason, I keep hearing that song we used to sing in kindergarten – “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands…” Odd, I know, […]
Month: April 2015
This week we’re getting bees. My in-laws have had several beehives for the last few years, and the more I’ve learned about them, the more fascinating they seem. I still can’t quite believe that this girl, who was raised in suburban Florida, plants and keeps a garden every year, cans things from the garden, is getting bees, and wants chickens at some point in life. I’ve learned to make a lot of things that you can find in the grocery – homemade pastas, croissants, stocks and bouillon cubes, jams, almond milk – things when I was in college I’d never think would be exciting to me to learn to make. I don’t ever want to stop learning. Whether I read about something in a book or figure out how to do it in the real world, learning keeps us young. What’s interesting is that when we’re young and “forced” to learn in school, much of the time, we fight it (unless you’re kind of a nerd like me, although, I really didn’t care for learning about moles in chemistry…). But when we mature, we actually enjoy learning. It’s a challenge that we can rise to meet. And it’s kind of a fun thing, now that it’s not forced. What have you learned lately?
Not that these links make me feel like I’m still 20, but I did learn some interesting tidbits this week:
- I love this idea of providing free housing to college students – they just have to interact with the elderly residents in a retirement home
- Since peanut butter + bananas = a thing, this browned butter banana bread with peanut streusel looks like a good thing
- 5 ways to curb your sugar addiction
- Smiling really can change things
- If you’re addicted to cheese, here’s why….
- I love dinner recipes that come together quickly and taste delicious – I need to try this pan-roasted chicken with rosemary
- Some creative and thoughtful ways to say thank you
- 5 reasons marriages are struggling with younger generations
- Photos of actors behind the scenes from some classic movies
- Homemade chia pudding that you can tailor to your tastes
- If some famous paintings were gluten free
- When you need some kind of sign that God is there
- When you’re in the middle of a storm, hang on
- Are you deficient in magnesium? Or protein?
- Too much cuteness! Baby animal photos
- I am definitely a Type A – are you?
- Sometimes we can take our spouses for granted. Here are 5 things to make sure you’re still BFF’s
- These health(ier) magic cookie bars look amazing! Making these a.s.a.p.
- Gwyneth Paltrow is living off food stamps for a week
- Houzz readers decide their 20 “must-haves” for the kitchen
- 7 tips for better family photos
- Make sure your kids take your picture
- This 4 letter word can help you to be more productive
As much as I love Christmas, I almost think Easter is a more enjoyable holiday. Christmas is wonderful, but there’s just so much to do that really has nothing to do with the actual meaning of the holiday itself. Easter on the other hand, well, fill up a couple baskets with candy, hide a few plastic eggs, and it’s much easier to focus on the reason for the season. And while we wouldn’t have Easter without first having Christmas, to me, Easter is a miracle holiday. I stand in awe that Jesus rose from the grave, and because of that, there is really no such thing as time. And who wouldn’t like to be rid of time as a commodity?!?
My Easter was very quiet – lots of reading done, hooray! – and so I pass along to you some of the things I read… Have a terrific week!
- Who knew? Nice is making a comeback in corporate America
- Until the pollen shows up (and disappears) I can’t do deep spring cleaning, but here is a great guideline
- 5 things you can do to be more productive every day
- These make-at-home/take-to-work noodle pots look delicious and healthy – now, which to make first?
- Keeping your eyes open if you’re struggling to fall asleep may work!
- This guy used Post-It Notes to decorate his office in an AMAZING way
- Do you have a low maintenance fashion sense? I’m pretty sure I do
- This coconut milk custard looks good, and you’ll make your own coconut milk in the process
- Rainbow waffles! Why didn’t I do this when my kids were little?
- I don’t usually get political, but this article about Christians makes some valid points
- 20 of the coolest towns in the US -I’ve been to many and live close to one!
- I must be on a coconut binge – coconut cream pie!
- Companion flowers to plant in your vegetable garden to keep pests away
- Scientists have discovered how to make chocolate healthier and tastier! Huzzah!
- Easy cappucino meringues
- It’s not just the NSA, who else is spying on you? You’d be surprised
- 10 things to be wary of in “green” products
- 29 cheat sheets to a good hair day
- I love every single ingredient in this fresh-looking beet & feta salad
- Grown-up coloring books! We have some and they’re amazingly relaxing
- Stewed white beans might be a side dish, but I could eat it as a main dish
- I’ve been washing my face with oil for about 10 years, and it really works! In fact, it feels softer and cleaner
- We have a water pitcher with a fruit infuser inside…. definitely making this strawberry, lime, cucumber, mint water
- This baby ultrasound is truly fantastic!
- I couldn’t agree more with this article about being at home during the teenage years
- I know Easter’s over, but these are some of the most beautifully decorated Easter eggs I’ve ever seen