Weekend Dispatch

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This weekend turned out to be a little less productive and a lot more relaxing than I intended. I woke up late Sunday morning after being awake for a few hours during the middle of the night, and then finally fell asleep at about 5 am. I finally woke at 9 am and reached for my iPad rather than getting out of bed. I got sucked into a movie on Amazon Prime Video and didn't get out of bed until 10:41. Yikes! Luckily, my family indulged me and no one clamored for breakfast or needed to be chaperoned anywhere. Anyway, it's good to take some time for yourself to recharge. Here's what I'll be up to this coming weekend.

Thursday is International Women's Daya global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In addition to finding the perfect Instagram pic for your feed, you'll also want to check out how to get involved in your area. There are marches being planned or you can take the pledge to take action.
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The gun control debate is a complicated one. With fierce advocates on both sides, both arguments are getting equal air time. I've listened to countless podcasts since the Parkland shooting. One episode featured a psychiatrist who explained how patients are classified when they are determined to be mentally ill and how difficult it is to classify a patient. Another episode (a tear jerker, for sure) spoke with a group of 6 female survivors who were in a room where the gunman opened fire. But this article from The Washington Post is a great read and helps put into perspective how this shooting has helped to identify how we as Americans are failing the next generation.

At the risk of sounding cliché and using an overused buzzword, let's talk about mindfulness for a moment. Everyone is talking about being more mindful...about everything from eating to sleeping. But how exactly does one go about adopting a mindful way of life? 10-Minute Mindfulness: 71 Habits for Living in the Present Moment offers a path to being more mindful and present in your everyday life.

One of the many things I love about Spotify is how easy it is to find new music and musicians. Spotify creates Daily Mix playlists based on the genre and musicians you listen to most frequently. Those playlists include songs that you currently have in playlists. But Spotify also matches you up with similar musicians in an effort to introduce you to new and upcoming artists. I recently discovered Corey Harper when his song California Sun was included on a Daily Mix. Hart's voice is eerily reminiscent of John Mayer, and you can't help but to get swept up in his fresh-faced, blonde look.

Since becoming a vegetarian, I have been obsessed with rice bowls. I make them all the time. They are my lunch standard, and are super simple to make and easy to customize to your liking. This rice bowl with black beans, avocado, and cilantro lime dressing is my absolute current fave. It would be delicious with rotisserie chicken if you are a meat eater and are looking to add another layer of protein to the bowl. But trust me, it is everything as it is!
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We are big fans of Lush bath bombs. They are the gold standard of bath bombs. However, they are pricey ($7/per bomb) if you plan to indulge a few times per week. I've been thinking about making my own to see if the DIY bombs are comparable to Lush. If nothing else, they will certainly be less expensive. I came across this recipe for green tea bath bombs. The whole process of making a bath bomb actually looks fun. I'm not gonna lie though...the ingredients list overwhelms me.
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So, tell me. What do you have planned this weekend?

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