Friday, January 15, 2016

five on friday

five on friday
(So happy I was able to get this Messy Box on a sale a couple of weeks ago. Give me all the black and white paper craft supplies).

Happy Friday. :) I'm looking forward to the weekend. We don't have any major plans- just our regular activities: church, good eating, Saturday night movie, Sunday clean-up (prepping for the week). That kind of thing. I enjoy our "routine weekends" especially after the busy holidays.

I have 5+ links to share with you.

1. Though I wanted both stamp sets, I decided to only order one set; I had my eye on Kelly Purkey's Reading Planner and Bookworm. I decided to go with Bookworm because I think I'll get more use out of that one. That one is currently sold out (but I think if there's enough interest she'll do preorders... not sure how that works). I'm considering ordering her 12 Mo. Kit Membership. I love her kits every month!

2.  I tried this No Fuss Faux Fishtail Tutorial by Rebecca Stice on Evie's hair today. She is my sweet, willing participant. I need more practice (and better rubber bands), but it was still adorable. I don't really like trying new things with my hair because it's so time-consuming and I have very little practice, but I should really branch out.

3. I came across a new site this week: My Morning Routine. I subscribed to the site obviously. ;) "My Morning Routine is an independent online magazine that brings you a brand new, inspiring morning routine every Wednesday to help set you up for a more productive and enjoyable day" as it says in the "About" page. I'm an advocate of time management, which is why I push routines to an obnoxious degree. ha.

Here's another helpful article I read this week: 10 Time Management Hacks Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know by Dunja Lazic. You may not be an entrepreneur. (I don't consider myself an entrepreneur- though I do run a small etsy shop). The tips in the article are still relevant to those who want to be productive in their everyday lives. I especially believe in Tip #1 "Track your Time" now that I'm using the Pomodoro Technique on a regular basis. (Even before I got the app, I used to work for a block of time and then take a break. I think it's an effective method).

4. I read The Difference Between Messy, Disorganized, and Cluttered by Emma Thorne-Christy this week. It's a good idea to categorize the state of your space, so you can come to a solution if need be. I'm glad I read this article after having read that one: Rules for Getting Organized & Decluttered by Leo Babauta.

5. Jesse doesn't know it, but we're answering these questions this weekend: Want to Be Close to Someone? Ask These 36 Questions by John M. Grohol. I love random questionnaires. He also doesn't know it, but someday we're going to Montauk, New York. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my absolute favorite movies. Elsie Larson mentioned Montauk in her Five Places I want to Go in 2016 list.

P.S. As I've mentioned before, Tracy Benjamin has changed my cooking for the better. She's the inspiration behind my wanting to meal prep on Sundays. She shared her first week of meal prep this week here. This week she also shared the recipe: Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. Taking my favorite spaghetti recipe, adding extra cheese, and throwing it all in the oven so the cheese melts sounds like the exact thing I want to do for our weekly spaghetti night. GENIUS! I might even throw it in the broiler for a minute or two to brown the cheese slightly- which Tracy inspired with this picture on Instagram!) I couldn't live with myself if I didn't share that with you. ;)

Have a great weekend!

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