Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week has been another blur for me work-wise. I feel like I am just moving on from one assignment to another without even remember what I just worked on. Anyone else crazy right now? You know who isn’t in a hurry…this guy.

He always lays down and lets me know when he has had enough outside. Cracks me up.

Other than working, there hasn’t been a ton going on over here. Zoe and I ran and got groceries this week. The weather has been amazing, and I wish we had more time to get outside and enjoy it. Next week it is going to be in the 90s here everyday. Ugh! Summer is here my friends.

Favorite Purchase: I ordered some art from a small artist for my office, and ordered this frame (which is on major sale right now if you need a larger frame) for it separate. It all came in this week and I hung it up. I am obsessed!!! I had never ordered from Juniper before and I loved the selection they have from many different artists I wouldn’t have find anyways. You can see it up on the wall behind Zoe. The lighting in my office is bright during the day, so I couldn’t get the best photo hanging. I will share a photo of my whole office when it is finished. I am still working on a few things.

I grabbed this No 7 mask on my last Target order after Lindsay talked about it. I used it this week and really liked it!!! Even if I did freak out Zoe and had Chris tell me he couldn’t look at me when I had it on haha. My skin has been weird the last month or two. I think some stress is the cause, but I was also not the best with foods. It definitely shows on my face.

Favorite Aldi Purchase: My favorite Aldi purchase this week was not food, but a book for Zoe! This one was $4.99 and is such a sweet story about a girl who loves Unicorns. The pictures were so colorful and beautiful. We have read it every night for bed since we got it. Here it is on Amazon if you do not have an Aldi. Would make a great present.

I didn’t get these from Aldi, but the nacho Hippeas are so good! A better alternative to some other snacks out there when you are on the go. Or your kid wants cheeseballs.

Favorite Workout: I really enjoyed this one earlier this week. Paired with a walk, this was the perfect workout. I have been having some knee pain, so this one was gentle on that.

Favorite Recipe: I made a version of this chicken the other night, and it was really good. I say a version, because I cooked it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes but I followed this marinade recipe.

This graphic describes provisional U.S. 2020 deaths and leading causes of death.

Favorite Public Health Message: I want to share the graphic above that I pulled from the CDC website because I think it is important to remember that Covid19, while real and awful, has been the worry of everyone this last year….it wasn’t the leading cause of death in our country. Or the second leading cause of death. Heart disease and cancer are always our biggest issues in this country. The FDA allows total shit into most of our food, beverages, products, etc. Many ingredients that other countries have banned. I am not sure why our government hasn’t taken the opportunity this last year to educate the general public on ways to stay healthy, besides staying at home and avoiding everyone. I mean…sure that works for awhile, but life has to go on eventually.

The fact that they aren’t out there telling people that the things that we do in our every day lives is what is in fact killing us, and that maybe if we all moved a little more, got better sleep, and fought for better ingredients in the foods that we eat…we would all be in a better place right now. I know I am guilty of letting stress and depression over the last year push me a few steps back in my health journey. But I am back on the train now with a new outlook. Our government wants us sick and dependent on them. Everyone makes money when our country is unhealthy. Look at the pharmaceutical companies after this last year!!! I believe in science, and modern medicine and all that. There is a time and place for it. But let’s also use common sense and biology. Why are we giving away free donuts and fries with a vaccine? I saw someone who had Covid get a care box from their city, and it was filled with Doritos and those packages of peanut butter crackers. While it is a nice sentiment, how is that going to make them better from Covid?

I have a family member right now who is going through some major health things. She said to me something along the lines of “I just didn’t realize that the stuff I was eating was going to do this to me. I know what is considered “healthy and unhealthy” but I never really thought about all the processed stuff and all the different things we have been told over the years to avoid or get more of.”

I am not here to debate Covid, the vaccine, or anything like that. I am here to tell you that you have to take your health into your own hands. You are responsible for it. The government does not care about you, and they aren’t always going to do what is in the best interests for you with their messaging, policy, etc. And that goes for both sides of the aisle.

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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer May 21, 2021 at 11:12 am

    I love that print and need to order it! I agree with what you said in the last bit, as you know!

  • Reply Danielle Butler May 21, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Your memes are great this week. That seems like such a cute book. Yes to everything going on in life and how we should be focusing on getting people moving, getting people outside, having our regular check-ups to make sure we are healthy, drinking more water, etc. There is a lot of bad side effects from this pandemic. It is really sad.

  • Reply laura May 21, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    LOL – Mac is my spirit animal. I too just want to lay on the ground and not move. That print is so pretty – and looks really good in your office. I hope you guys have a great and relaxing weekend!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent May 21, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    You are 1000% right – our government really does want us sick – which is scary. So scary & we are so responsible for our health – I needed that reminder too.
    Love your new art piece – its beautiful!!!!
    My Bruno used to lay down when I took him to the park – flat REFUSED to walk – I’d have to carry him back to the car – so extra workout for me. People would laugh at me carrying him. My poor boy – I miss him so much

  • Reply Jilly May 21, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I have enjoyed your blog for several years. The last two weeks have turned me off and I am unfollowing. Maybe you say don’t let the door hit you on your way out— which is fine and maybe even the best response. Maybe I am the jerk for telling you I am unfollowing. But I want to tell you why, as your blog has made me feel a sort of kinship in the past. Your references last week to politics and this week to Covid and the government conspiracy to make us sick are just too much and frankly border on irrational in the case of the conspiracy. I wish you nothing but the best but also caution you against fanaticism.
    Best wishes to you and best wishes to your ill family member.

    • Reply Nadine May 22, 2021 at 9:49 am

      I find it sad that sharing a fact from the CDC website and talking about general health is upsetting to you. I am not sure how facts is considered a conspiracy theory? I didn’t say the government is making us sick. I just said that you have to look out for your own health. It shouldn’t be news to anyone that there are many items that are sold in our country that are banned in other countries due to crappy ingredients.

  • Reply Emily May 22, 2021 at 10:01 am

    You’re right: you ARE a jerk for coming to her site with this unnecessary lecture. As the saying goes: “This isn’t an airport – there’s no need to announce your departure.” Not everything is a conspiracy theory, despite this attempt at trying to quiet her opinion. And what exactly is fanatical about her post? Had Trump sent out the tweet about the vaccines, the left would be quick to cry “fascism!” If you don’t believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. As a liberal, the people I see being the most fanatical are fellow Dems. It’s frightening. I’d caution you to quit gaslighting.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag May 24, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Ooh that’s some beautiful artwork. I do like the Hippeas Nacho snacks. I need to try their other flavors.


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