1. To Watch
In the last newsletter I mentioned that I love to look for lighter content in the summer and can I just say that this movie is PERFECT for that. Ben and I were cracking up the entire time. You can stream it on Starz if you have it!
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
This one is a little grizzly in parts but Ben and I are OG fans of this one and the third season is not disappointing. It’s heavy though, so proceed with caution.
New Girl (Netflix)
I’m sure you’re all already watching this. But if by some chance you aren’t and you need a 20 minute super light comedy to watch before bed, this is it.
The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
Have we talked about this yet? I’m sure we have. But just in case...I’m OBSESSED with this show. Totally family friendly and weirdly engrossing. You’ll love it.
Guest Recommendation from Ella: Wine Country (Netflix)
Ella (my sister) loves this one and said she would watch it on repeat. Which would be easy because it’s a Netflix original. I haven’t seen it yet, but we can watch it together this month.
HAPPY SUMMER! There is just about nothing sweeter than this time of year. Whenever this season rolls around, I immediately crave things that are just a little lighter. I’m swapping my thriller books for romances and dramas for rom-coms and hearty stews for fruit salads.
On the blog this summer, I want to provide you some content that is also just a little lighter. SO! For the next handful of months, I’ll be sending you a newsletter called The Little Things.
This newsletter will be your ten minute or less downlow on what is new and interesting and worth checking out over your summer break. I’ll be giving you links to click, articles to read, products to stock up, recipes to add to your rotation and whatever else I think you need to know as we jump into summer. Sign up along the side of this page on my blog, or at the tab at the top that says “The Little Things Summer Newsletter Sign-up” to make sure you don’t miss an addition.
You’ll get an emailed version of the newsletter dropped right into your inbox, but they’ll also be posted on the blog if you prefer to read there.
If you have enjoyed emailed devotionals in the past, please do me a big favor and share the sign up link with your people. Let’s get started!!!
Happy Summer! I honestly don’t care if today is officially summer or not. As far as I’m concerned, if school is out, it’s full on summer! Whether you’re a teacher/student or not, our yearly rhythms often begin to slow down as summer kicks off. This is a season devoted to recreation, so if you’re anything like me, you’re looking to catch up on those little things that have fallen to the wayside throughout the busy year, spend some time away, and maybe pamper yourself a little bit with a good read or a good facial, or whatever it is that means relaxation for you.
In the spirit of a summer of full of fun and more than a little downtime, but also in the spirit of not having to spend a ton of money to find some things that spark joy -- here are five perfect and budget summer picks and products. HAPPY START OF SUMMER!
Busyness -- in May, it’s quite a problem. Between graduations and wedding season and field trips and not to mention the general sense of burnout in the air, there is way too much going on. I can always identify an uptick in my overwhelm when I respond to the question, “How are you?” with some version of this: “I’m good! Staying busy.”
When I feel compelled to include my busyness in a description of my general wellbeing, it means it’s time to evaluate. Now, like I’ve said many times before, some overwhelm is a natural accompaniment of a hectic season. It’s when the hectic season starts to feel like a permanent state of being, that we have a problem on our hands. This particular season tends toward busyness, and that’s ok. But, we have a choice about whether we let our busyness control us or whether we take the reins through intentional and well organized productivity skill building.
Being productive boils down to having a firm grasp on our time and how to leverage it to its fullest potential. Freedom from busyness usually boils down to feeling as if you have several sections of free and restful time in your calendar every week. In a hectic season, this is achievable only if you are productive with your working hours and a fierce protector of your free hours.
Maintaining free hours has been a lifelong struggle for me, but the four tools and skills I’ll outline below have made a serious difference. Let’s jump in!
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