Happy Monday! I’m trying a new series (again). The main intention is to round up a handful of things I’m loving at the moment – particularly from the week that just passed. Things that I enjoyed, recommend, made me smile, etc. In turn I hope it will inspire you to take action in the immediate term in some way to lift up your day like it did mine.
So this week…it was FREEZING here. Temperatures in the single digits is enough to make me count down the days to spring. In the dead of winter I feel like we’re just trying to get through one cold day at a time. However it made me realize how I much I love to take advantage of down time indoors, find ways to pick up my every day, and start making plans to get me excited. We ALL need a little pick me up to make ourselves feel good.
Without further ado here are a few random things I’ve been into lately and have been helping me survive these winter days…
Netflix Shows for Lazy Weeknights and Weekends
Since being in full hibernation mode I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix. About 2 weekends back it snowed in DC so we binge watched “You” all weekend long. It had a weird start and I almost stopped watching it but it gets interesting! I definitely recommend this if you like psychological thriller type shows. I also watched the Avicii documentary. Were any of you obsessed with his song Levels when it came out? It came out after I graduated college so I played it a ton getting ready to go out with friends. It is cool to see what a talent and hard worker he was despite his anxiety and addictions. Such a shame he ended his life but worth a watch to see one point of view on his story, how he made it big, and how fame ultimately ended his life.
Easy Weeknight Recipes
I think you all know that I love food. I made Liz’s meatball recipe this week which made delicious leftovers! I used beef instead of turkey. There is something about ground turkey that irks me but the beef was amazing. The pesto and Parmesan cheese makes a big difference in this recipe. There are only a few ingredients so it’s pretty easy to make and heat up. The hard part (for me at least) was keeping the meat together as balls when pan frying them. I recommend chopping up the baby spinach if you decide to make them. The meatballs have really good flavor though so I highly recommend trying this recipe if you’re into pasta. I’m a big fan of Rao’s tomato basil pasta sauce and we always have it in our fridge to throw over spaghetti. This simple sauce compliments the meatballs really well. I also made my aunt’s spicy sausage soup which makes for great weeknight leftovers too! Clearly I’m on a beef kick lately.
Refreshing New Candles in a Tidy Home
I have a feeling this “self-care” thing is going to carry into February but I don’t mind. I’m fully embracing being a lazy bum on the couch on the weeknights and weekends. There have been a few new to me candles I’ve been loving lately and I highly recommend picking up a few if you’re looking for some fresh new scents for your home right now. I’ve been loving Voluspa candles – specifically Gilt Pomander & Hinoki candle and Mokara candle. It’s a mix of woody and subtle floral notes. It’s the refreshing smell I need at the moment. I’ve also talked about this candle which escapes me to summer days at the beach (something I’ve been craving lately).
Booking and Planning Upcoming Vacations
We officially booked our vacation spots this year. We are going to Greece over my birthday this summer which is very exciting. I didn’t get much of a 30th birthday last year so I’m thinking this will make up for it. Greece has been on my bucket list for a while now and I’m excited to check this one off. We’ll be spending a couple days in London before we fly to Crete at the end of June. I would love any recommendations if you have any!
Playful Makeup for Nights You Work Up the Energy to Go Out
Some days ya just need a little pick me up in the makeup department to give you life. Lately I’ve been pulling out a few fun new and oldie but goody makeup products on those days and nights I want to look a little more put together. I love keeping my makeup simple but I also love to play with it every now and again! It gives me more confidence when I put in more effort. I bought this Tarte eyeshadow palette over the holidays because I wanted more warmer toned eyeshadow colors. I honestly LOVE the palette and the array of colors. So many options…I have also been pulling out this Mac lipstick in Taupe by just dabbing a little on my already balm-y lips to give a touch of romantic brownish red. A winter favorite!