Before we jump into my favorites from the month, I would be remiss not to talk about the events of the past week, which has been marked with tremendous heaviness as America witnessed the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. I feel drastically unqualified to speak on the issue, but I want it to be clear that I believe George Floyd’s murder speaks to a larger issue of racial inequality, police violence, and a broken and racist criminal justice system in America. I don’t know the answers, but I’m taking a close look at myself and the ways I can make an impact on this problem in my community, not just this week while it’s trending on Twitter, but every day for the rest of my life.
I loved this video from Trevor Noah, especially his thoughts on the riots. A few bloggers I follow have shared a link-up of some resources. One of the books that have made the most profound impact on my understanding of race in America is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me.
Alive- Even as some gyms in my area are opening, I have switched my workouts to my home for the foreseeable future. After following along with several of Whitney Simmons’s free workouts on instagram and youtube (and loving them!), I decided to give her app, Alive, a try. I’ve loved it so far (I’m on the last week of her Alive at home program)!
Ugg Slippers- After spending so many weeks mostly inside my house, I’m dreaming of upgrading my slipper game. These slippers are everything a girl could ask for and they are definitely on my birthday wish list!
Frozen Strawberry Margarita- This recipe has been a weekly treat in my house since we made these margaritas for Cinco De Mayo!
The Great- After a couple of people recommended The Great (Hulu’s new original series loosely based on Catherine the Great), I decided to give it a shot. I honestly didn’t think I would like it since period pieces typically aren’t my favorite, but I love it! I’m only about halfway through the series, but Catherine is such a strong, fierce lady and the level of absurdity and humor is just perfection.
Brownie Cookie- I made these earlier this week when I was craving something rich and chocolatey and these didn’t disappoint! I added white chocolate chips and sprinkles (both great additions). I think they may have even tasted better the next day, the sign of a truly great cookie.
Modern Love- I have been reading this book for months, but I finally finished it this past month. It’s a collection of essays from the Modern Love column in the New York Time and it had me laughing and crying more than I could count. I mentioned that I’ve been reading it for months, that’s because the I found the first section of essays overall boring and l rarely picked it up. Once I got past those initial essays, I loved the rest of the book; it was so beautiful! The rest of the book was do good, that I’d still give the book 5 stars, despite the 50 pages of stinkers.
Brené Brown's Podcast- I finally started listening to Brene Brown’s podcast this month. It’s so good, but like most things from Brené Brown, I have to listen to it slowly and take lots of breaks to absorb, so I’ve only finished a handful of episodes, but every single one has been amazing.
Wedding Impossible Video- I have to admit this video is a little bit of a hot mess, but I loved doing something a little more creative on my youtube channel. If you’re up for a little bit of a mess, check out my video on creating a social distancing friendly wedding for $3000. If video isn’t your style, I’ll be sharing it on the blog next week.