Feel Good Friday 40
Hey, friend! Can you believe the first week of August is winding down? Time seems to be both flying and standing still at the same time these days, but one thing that reminds me of its passing is that my oldest child will turn 15 this weekend… He will be driving soon. Send help! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that Sawyer was born on my 27th birthday, so that means I will be hitting 4-2 this Sunday as well. We are making the best of it and plan to start the day with bagels, followed by a challenging hike to earn our day’s ending, cake from our local favorite place. Obviously birthdays are all about carbs and exercise… balance. Today in our Feel Good Friday, I’ve got some great things I’ve listened to or read lately, but also some birthday influenced shares of some great products I found that I requested for my birthday. Let’s check it out! (This post contains affiliate links, and I also want to note that I am an Amazon associate. I thank you for your support as it means so much to me to be able to keep bringing fresh content to you.)
Local Science Center
OK, this is a local one to me, but I imagine your area has something similar. I decided to share our Greensboro Science Center for a couple of reasons. First of all, we are members so we get to go any time (after making reservations) and we have been taking full advantage of that and take Wilder frequently. He loves everything, is learning so much about the animals there, and especially loves the aquarium section filled with sharks, fish, and penguins. I do want to say that I realize these are animals in captivity, but I support this center as their mission is conservation and you can read all about their efforts here. Secondly, I wanted to share because in these times, organizations like this could really use your support. They currently have ticket sales with reservations only, so the number of people allowed in at once is highly limited and regulated, meaning the sales of their tickets (which go towards upkeep and conservation) are definitely way down this year. Organizations like this could use your ticket purchase or, if you aren’t comfortable with that, your donation. I also want to point out that they are taking every possible precaution here. You can see from the “X” in the photo about they have spots to stand and watch the penguins so that you remain safely distanced, and they also require masks, which we wear, minus Wilder.
Inspirational Book for Young Adults
I’ve heard Trent Shelton speak a couple of times on podcasts, and was thrilled to hear about his new book while listening to him on a recent episode of Rise. Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It Advice for Life’s Biggest Challenges is the new book, and I purchased it to give to Sawyer for his birthday. It’s filled with bite-sized chunks of raw honestly, vulnerability, and advice from this amazing speaker and former NFL player. I know that as Sawyer grows there are going to be plenty of times that he will need advice, but won’t want to talk to me or his dad. My hope is that this book is filled with wisdom he can take with him into adulthood. I plan to read it as well, and I am hoping we can even do a little section a week together and maybe open up more conversations.
Candles with a Message
Curious Candles gifted me one of their Beargrass candles to share on instagram, but it’s so flipping good that I had to share it here! This particular candle smells of mint, lemongrass, and eucalyptus, and to be honest, it’s the combination I would love to be in men’s soap. Just saying. It smells fresh, clean, and clears my head. You simply cannot feel bad with this candle burning! In addition to the incredible scent, these candles have secret hidden positive messages behind the labels that are revealed as they burn, and they are soy wax, and the jars are beautiful enough to be reused. The company is also Black-owned which is important to note. I’ve been enjoying this candle, and even Emmy and Chris noted how nice it smelled (since, naturally, we are the only ones able to enjoy our candles at home right now!).
Eco-friendly Yoga mat
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve started a mid-day yoga practice. My old mat was so gross and started falling apart, so I’ve just been using our living room rug, but sometimes my feet and hands slide around. It’s time for a new mat! I put this eco-friendly mat on my birthday list because I’ve heard great things about it from reviews as well as all of the “best yoga mats” lists it landed on, and I love that it is environmentally friendly. It’s a bit pricier, but since yoga practice has now become a regular part of my day, it’s a worthwhile investment.
As I’ve spent the last months at home, I have been living in my sports bras because they are more comfortable, but it is time to invest in some real bras that are just as comfortable. I came across True which creates underwear in every skin tone, and they are made of comfortable, breathable material. I put this lace bralette and this bra that just looks super comfortable on my birthday list. A package arrived from True just today (Thursday), but I will have to wait until Sunday!
I have been wanting to watch Harriet ever since I heard its star, Cynthia Erivo, on a podcast and was stoked when it finally came to HBO. No one in my family was interested in watching it with me, so I chose a night last week when Chris was going to be home later to hunker down on the couch alone. Chris ended up coming home just as it was beginning and watched it with me. We both agreed it was an excellent and moving film, filled with great music, and told the story of Harriet Tubman well, although of course some liberties are taken to make it more of an entertaining film. Check out the trailer below, but if you have HBO, definitely watch it!
I’ve spent the last month reading SOOOO much and making my way through the piles of books my mom passed down to me. The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve was one of those books, and while it took me a little while to get into and to get used to the author’s writing style, I absolutely loved the book in the end. This book takes place in post war late 1940s, and truly had me think about the things we do to survive, and how much more it took to get through before we were all so connected. I will share more when I review all of the books I read this past month, but it’s worth noting her as well because it’s so good!
We can all agree that times are strange. I thought, as many of us did, by now life would be back to normal, and clearly it’s not. However challenging and long the days may be, I am constantly reminded to find the magic in the small moments, like a cement mixer working in our road as seen through the eyes of a toddler, the walks that Chris and I take together more regularly, the times when Emmy decides to bake and play music, and overhearing Sawyer talking to his friends via X-box. Just as one of my favorite movies says, “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love is actually all around.”
Wishing you a weekend filled with looking for and finding goodness in those little moments.