Snapshot is a periodic series about what’s going on in my life right now—what I’m eating, reading, doing, loving, and my favorite links from around the web.
Homemade popsicles! Blend a cup of coconut milk (from the can) with 1-1/2 to 3 cups of your favorite fruit, then pour into popsicle molds. Hellooooo, summer.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The new (and amazingly well done) series on Hulu has inspired me to re-read this feminist classic. Have you read it and/or seen the show? What did you think?
Polishing my new website. Which launches Thursday! Watch your inbox for an extra special email unveiling my new brand, new website, and even some new products and services!
My garden. My plants are off to a roaring start this summer. I had more perennial plants come back than ever before—which means that starting the garden this year was EASIER than ever before. I’ve had so much fun transplanting, starting seeds and weeding around my precious plants. And I’ve already harvested strawberries, chives, thyme, oregano and armfuls of peonies.
- My husband emailed me this video with the subject line “you need this.” He’s not wrong. Also: the lesson about snails made me lol.
- This poem moves me. “I did not mean to write about death / rather how when something dies / we remember who we love, and we / die a little too, we who are still breathing, / we who still have the energy to survive.” **sigh**
- LIVE STREAM OF KITTENS IN A DOLLHOUSE! You are welcome.
- This video articulates why I much prefer to watch comedy news lately than actual news.
- PSA! A hot bath burns as many calories as a 30 minute walk! It’s science, so…
- Anne Lamont, author of Bird by Bird which is a book about writing that is absolutely wonderful, shared some other absolutely wonderful thoughts in this interview. Including the fact that “everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared.” This has also been my experience. It’s refreshing to hear it spoken in public.
- Nobody wants your parent’s stuff. This is a really interesting conversation about the changing attitudes toward material possessions, how each generation tends to accumulate (or not) and what to do with an aging parent’s belongings after they are no longer useful. I wish you and I could discuss this one over a cup of tea!
- The Harvard Business Review published an infographic on the Elements of Value—why we buy what we buy, and more specifically, what needs it’s fulfilling.
- I loved this Vogue article about being single versus being alone. When our lives don’t line up to the “conventional ideals”, the stories we tell ourselves can literally be the difference between happiness and depression. I love reading stories that allow us to be who we are with joy, whether it’s conventional or not.
- We need to learn how to take better care of each other. This Q and A with Sheryl Sandberg offers some great advice for connecting with grieving loved ones, and also for handling grief yourself. (I also found it interesting/reassuring that she’d write Lean In differently, with this experience.)
- My favorite game of all time just released a sequel! Monument Valley (and now, Monument Valley 2) are the absolute loveliest thing you will ever do with your smartphone. Worth every penny, if you ask me.
- My sister sent me this Guardian article with 10 ways to feel less busy when you’re overwhelmed. I particularly love the advice to do nothing for ten minutes (which is one of my own practices). As the author points out, the harder it is…the more you may need it.
- As a lover of decorating with vintage myself, I pretty fully stand behind these tips for decorating with vintage. Also, as a person who can’t commit to paint colors for the life of me, I’m super intrigued by this talk of non-color color.
- One year ago – Care, love and keeping of peonies
- Two years ago – What “homemaker” means to me
- Three years ago – 3 ways to grow food in your kitchen
- Four years ago – The 3 worst decisions I ever made about body care products
- Five years ago – Wedding week! Pictures from when me and Jonny got hitched. (Our 7-year anniversary is coming up!)
‘Til next time, friends! Sending you love and cool breezes.