Things I Love: Lemon Recipes, Free Yoga, Savory Spices, Library Perks
At the beginning of January, I started a gratitude journal along with my daily to-do list. The act of writing out a few things I’m thankful for feels good. It reorients my mind to start the day in a positive mindset before jumping into all my obligations. The effect doesn’t always last much longer than my morning coffee, but I’m working on that.
These blog posts about things I love accomplish a similar result. And hopefully introduce you to something new and awesome, too.
This podcast by the two female founders of Of A Kind is funny, easy listening, and feels refreshingly human. I love their banter and interview style. Check the recent episode with Ban.do founder Jen Gotch. Their online shop, curating cool goods from emerging designers, is also worth a look.
Editing photos is one of my all-time favorite things to do. Photoshop is wonderful, but I like Snapseed for the ease of use and ability to do everything from my phone. Also, no in-app purchases for the good stuff. It’s all free. I’ve saved my favorite photo treatment (removing some shadows and highlights, and upping the saturation, brightness, and ambiance) as a custom filter. The perspective tool works wonders at straightening out lines.
Wonky little ceramic cones I made around the holidays. Top photo retouched using Snapseed.
Our realtors gifted us a personalized, self-inking address stamp from this Etsy shop as a housewarming present. I love the modern design, and the self-inking bit makes it convenient to use. Maybe this will encourage me to send Christmas cards this year…
Adriene’s channel has been on my YouTube subscription list for a few years now. Her relaxed and spiritual-but-not-too-cheesy approach is right up my alley. This series has been a good challenge to get on my mat every day. I haven’t been perfect about it, but something is better than nothing, right? Bonus points for her adorable dog that joins in on sessions.
At home yoga = yoga with Penny Lane.
Thanks to a seriously fertile lemon tree in our front yard, I’ve been on a lemon recipe kick. Lemon cheesecake bars were first, then lemon pound cake, and a cocktail with whiskey, lemon, rosemary, and maple syrup. Up next: classic lemon bars by Ina Garten. Pretty sure they’re going to be amazing, but I’m not stopping there. We have at least 47 lemons to go.
Library perks: Hoopla
My mom used to take us kids to the library during hot summer months. She would let us loose with a tote bag each, giving complete freedom to pick as many books as could fit inside. I felt like such an adult choosing my books and checking them out with my own library card. There’s definitely a sentimental bent to my love, but the libraries of today also have tons of amazing perks. Case in point: Hoopla, a free service for digital rentals of books, audio books, movies, and TV shows.
My most recent library haul.
Once you make tuna or chicken salad with a sprinkle of this dill dip blend from Savory Spice shop, you won’t be able to go back to life pre-dill. Their Spice Club sends three spice samples along with recipes each month, which is how I discovered this one. Hat tip to my brother for giving us the subscription, aka the best gift ever.
Have a wonderful weekend!