Happy Saturday! Welcome to our weekly ‘Three Things” post where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy that I think you may like, too. Three things is just how I start, though – I throw in bonuses and links to some fun recipes, diy projects, and garden ideas that I find inspirational or helpful. So, yeah – you’ll want to read to the end! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
Hello, friends! How are you all doing? Since I missed last week’s Three Things because of the Handmade Gift Challenge ending giveaway (what a fun, inspiring challenge that turned out to be!), I’m sharing two travels with you this week! Isn’t it funny how weeks will go by with nothing on the calendar and then, bam! – two things in two weeks?
The last full weekend in October was my family’s annual ‘girls weekend’ and we spent it at Depoe Bay (those of you who’ve been reading awhile will know it’s one of our favorite little towns on the coast). I always look forward to this time with just us girls – it’s sweet to get extended time with them outside our normal lives and it’s always very relaxing. The weather was so nice (4 years in a row for us – October in Oregon is one of the most beautiful times here) and while there were clouds in the morning, they quickly cleared up for sunny skies. The hotel we stayed at has a small pool with a spa overlooking the ocean and since it’s October, we’re usually the only ones using it. Just glorious to be in the water outside with the sun shining & ocean before you in October. Love.
Then just a week later Brian and I flew to southern Arizona to spend some time with my folks who have a house there. What a blessing! We love getting time with them in their winter ‘casa’ with a wonderful view of the Santa Rita Mountains.
And while I don’t decorate in a southwestern style, I sure can appreciate it when I’m there. Like the cool rustic wood, arched shutters they have – don’t they add a lot of character? And they’re so functional, blocking out the harsh sun when needed. I love it when beauty and function come together so perfectly, don’t you?
We also visited two sites that were new to us (we’ve been there twice before) – a copper mine that gave a fascinating tour and the amazing Kartchner Caverns. I wasn’t sure what to expect in the caverns – especially since I don’t like enclosed spaces much, but the caverns are huge and they have made the trails wheelchair accessible so they are wide and easy to navigate. And the formations are truly some of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. If you ever have a chance to go, I highly recommend it!
I was able to review the new book by Crystal Paine, Money Making Mom, before it was released this last Tuesday and my overall impression was INSPIRING. This is not a blogging book by any means, it is a book for any woman who is working in any field and has a ton of examples from women who are doing all kinds of businesses. But it’s Crystal’s honesty and real-life examples that bring this book to life.
I have always found her to be so relatable and with this book’s balance of inspiration and practical steps, there were many things I could relate to. Here are just a few of the areas I highlighted in the book:
Sharing that she sometimes feels like quitting:
“feeling overwhelmed, wanting to throw in the towel, and getting frustrated when it seems hard work isn’t paying off are all parts of the process. And they don’t necessarily all go away once you reach a certain level of success.”
On giving practical advice on working from home:
“keep set hours…don’t mindlessly browse the web, decide your baseboards need a deep cleaning, or read and respond to every single e-mail that comes in…focus on your most important work priorities during your work hours.”
These obviously spoke to me since they are areas I struggle with on a constant basis, but I also really loved the book’s emphasis on living and working with a purpose – and that’s not just to have the biggest business or best car, etc. To be grateful for what we do have and realize that if we’re succeeding with the goals for our family and able to give to others (time or money), then that’s enough and worth celebrating.
If you are working at all to help support your family, I highly recommend reading this book – it’s an easy read and there are so many nuggets, I know you will get something out of it!
Links To Check Out:
(Two weeks worth – so many good things out there I want to share with you!)
Tips to create simple seasonal vignettes.
Got Kale? Here are some kale recipes for you to try.
10 cooking tips that may change the way you cook – have you tried any of these?
Tips to make scratch cooking manageable.
Healthy make-ahead sides for Thanksgiving.
Alternatives to the ‘proper’ place setting – thoughts? Do you always set the table the same way?
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