Feel Good Friday 15
Hello friends! We’re one week into February, and the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, which means spring is on its way. Our daffodils are already just about to bloom. All of that to say, things are looking pretty good to me right now. Last winter felt so long, so I welcome a nice short one this time around. If winter is sticking around where you are, among other things today I’ve got a great recipe to help you kick the winter blues and stay healthy. I’m also sharing an amazing sale from a sustainable clothing company, another sustainable company I just learned of, and some local love. These items are all collected to make you feel good!
I’ve been a fan of The Moth podcast for years now, and always love the raw, funny, vulnerable stories that people share. This podcast has been known to make me laugh, cry, and think. I recently heard an episode that I felt was so empowering, and the story teller, Otis Gray, had an amazingly humorous way with words. He had hit rock bottom, and was looking for a job and and took one writing rejection letters to high school students. His story accounts how good he was at it, and his humor throughout is pronounced. He took all of his rage from rejections of his own and crafted beautiful letters trying to encourage these kids while rejecting them from a summer arts program. He came across a girl he had to reject from an intensive ballet program because of her weight, and it moved him to realize he didn’t want to do this job anymore. He ends with, “You should never ever let someone tell you why you are not good enough. You go and you show them how f-ing wrong they were.” YES!!!
Sustainable Clothing Company Sale
I have wanted to shop at Everlane for a while because I love everything they stand for in ethics and sustainability. I was lucky enough to receive two sweaters from them for Christmas (my mother in law and husband bought me the same exact one!), and I didn’t love the color so I returned them. With my credit I was able to get so much more because they were having an awesome sale! I’ve been especially coveting a top from their Human line, and this tank was only $16! This line actually donates $5 from every sale to the ACLU to protect human rights. I also grabbed the sweatshirt version in maroon and pink, the original sweater I had received but in pink (on sale also!), and a pair of jeans that I love, but I think may be too short for me.
You know how ads pop up that suit your recent searches? It can be really annoying, but sometimes it can actually be really helpful! This shoe brand, Nothing New, keeps popping up in my ads, and I am here for it! These shoes are made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic, and they are stylish as well. I will take these, please! I love the pink and the army green. That photo is a screen shot from the ad that keeps showing its face, reminding me that next time I need shoes, these are the ones.
Favorite Sneaky Healthy Recipe
This deep dish chocolate chip cookie pie is a favorite of our family, and it’s made with chickpeas, applesauce, and other healthy ingredients. The worst thing it has is some turbinado sugar and chocolate chips. I used to make this frequently before we moved and it was a great way for me to sneak some plant protein into Sawyer, who had no idea it was healthy. Actually, he used to take it to school with him, and one day he came home and said, “I don’t know what my problem is, but I keep farting lately!” Chris and I exchanged looks and just shrugged, but were thinking, “you have no idea you are eating so many beans!” I made it last weekend and was reminded of how much we love it.
I’ve decided to share a little local love each Friday. Greensboro is such a great city with so much to offer, and I’ve been blown away by the supportive and creative community here. Recently, I was invited to an event at Cugino Forno, where we each got to make our own pizza using their ingredients, including fresh mozzarella they have flown in fresh from Campania. They are considering adding these kinds of events where people can go with a group to make their own pizzas, and wanted to get feedback. I brought my friend Amy as my date, and we had SO much fun! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.
There was a large group there including several local influencers and their guests. We started the night with wine, salads, and conversation. Everyone who attended was so much fun to be around, and the owners of the restaurant were such gracious hosts.
Dough was brought out for each of us, and ingredients were laid upon the table. We each created our individual pizzas, and they baked them in their brick oven, and then we all feasted! My pizza turned out so well, and I let myself indulge this evening and eat the darn thing. It was amazing! No regrets.
Of course, we had no idea we were going to be served dessert. First, gelato came out, and I haven’t met any form of gelato that I can turn down. Here I am enjoying mine with my friend Christi, who is an amazing source of positivity on instagram.We weren’t done yet! Next they brought out trays of their famous cannoli, which is by far the best cannoli I have ever had in my entire life. Would you just look at these?
All in all, the night was one of the most fun I’ve had in a while. We ate, we laughed until we cried, and we ate some more… all in great company, and in a fabulous venue with a warm and open atmosphere. If you’re in the Greensboro area, check out Cugino Forno! It’s a local treasure for sure.
That wraps up this week’s Feel Good Friday. If you have anything that you think I should feature here, email me at [email protected] I’d especially love to hear of more local treasures if you are in the area. Cheers to the weekend, friends!