weekend link fest – 08.13.17

morning coffee mugs

If you’ve already watched Game of Thrones tonight, no spoilers!

Now that we got that out of the way. Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope your weekend has been relaxing and you’re all excited for Monday! Lol jk of course, I know you’re not excited for Monday, no one is. But have no fear, we’re back with another round of weekend link love, gathering the best from around the web to distract you from the drudgery of the week before you, probably.

diy marbled phone case

First up, a DIY marbled phone case from the talented gals at Lovely Indeed. Who among us couldn’t use a phone cover refresh now and again? This one is made from swirling nail polish in a dish with water and dipping a clear phone cover into the mixture. The color possibilities dazzle the mind.

blackberry thyme prosecco cocktail

Some of us don’t need an excuse to buy a bottle of Prosecco, but for those who do, today is your lucky day. It turns out August 13th is National Prosecco Day (I don’t know who comes up with these days, but bless them). So get out there and pick up a bottle, then give it a summery twist like the Love Potion Cocktail, a blackberry & thyme Prosecco mixed drink from Jacquelyn at lark & linen.

This morning I stumbled across this post on 5 ways to prevent burnout in motherhood. If you’re a parent of small children, chances are good you’re familiar with the feeling of being burned out. I remember my mom more than once referring to motherhood as “the hardest job you’ll ever love,” and those words ring truer to me every year that I’m a mother. It is a hard job, mentally and emotionally as much (or more so) than physically. I appreciated how grace-filled the tone of the post was, with the emphasis on self-nourishment. But what truly stood out to me about the article was the fifth point, “Give yourself permission and a ‘budget’ for being unproductive.” This really piqued my interest because it’s something I’ve thought a lot about, and never (or rarely) heard others say. I think people are afraid they’ll be misunderstood as saying parents of small children are best served giving up their own interests — which is of course not the point. But I think there is a (welcome) measure of sanity, a relief, to hearing someone say, hey, it’s ok to acknowledge you might not be in your most world-killer stage of life right now. It is a stage, and maybe that time will come again…but if you’re someone who struggles with burnout, give yourself permission to expect less from yourself. Head over to The Grace Tales and check it out.

herbivore moon fruit skincare

A few posts back I mentioned Elsie Larson’s roundup of her beauty routine on A Beautiful Mess. Since then she has put up a post on her favorite skin care products. Like the first post, this one also skews toward clean, natural products. I’ve been increasingly concerned about the toxic ingredients in the skin care and beauty products I use, so a lot of these items are going straight onto the ol’ shopping list (especially the ones with the prettiest packaging [naturally]). Have you tried Herbivore’s skin care products? If so, tell me about it. Their Moon Fruit Night Treatment is at the top of my to-try list.

geometric watercolor line art

My absolute BFF Bethany Riggs is the genius behind the new art shop indigo.and.absinthe. Lately she’s been working on these mind-blowing watercolor paintings overlaid with geometric line work. How gorgeous is that?! I find her pieces so evocative. She’s also been doing the coolest watercolor portraits of animals. She’s currently accepting commissions, so hurry over to Instagram and check her out.

That’s all for today. Enjoy Game of Thrones tonight everyone — I know I will.

 

weekend link fest – 07.29.17

bgdpaintedtile

Jess’s painted tile from Bright Green Door — isn’t it amazing?

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m just chilling over here, getting stuff done and taking a breath before next week hits hard.

Here are some of the things I’ve been loving this week:

Best drink: The frosé is *the* drink of the moment. It’s popping up everywhere right now. I have yet to try one but I’m pretty sure that’s going to have to change, and fast. Watch out for a featured recipe here on Napkin Soup soon. Until then, give this one from Kate La Vie a try.

Best DIY: Ever since I saw this project I can’t get it out of my head. Jess’s painted tile at Bright Green Door has to be the coolest diy project I have seen in awhile. It looks like it must have been a ton of work, but what a transformation. It changes her entryway completely. Great work Jess!

Best room makeover: Heidi’s new bedroom for her boys. I’m totally digging how she created a monochrome palette that still feels very kid-friendly. I know my boys would be thrilled with a space like that. It’s all good — the board and batten trim, the brick wallpaper, the chalkboard wall with the moon. But my favorite might be the sweet little details like decorating with Legos and Star Wars Tsum-Tsums. Also — I might have to copy those book racks on the sides of the dresser — what a great idea! Head on over to Honeybear Lane and check it out.

Best makeup review: I don’t know about you, but my makeup routine could use a serious reinvention. I’ve slipped into full Mom Mode and really phoned it in for years a long time now. But I’m over it, and feeling completely ready for renewal in that area. Elsie’s shakedown of her makeup routine at A Beautiful Mess might be just the inspiration I need to change things up. I hate thinking about the toxic stuff I paint my face with (so usually I just try not to think about it, haha). Her reviews are so thorough, and I love how she emphasizes trying to find cleaner products. I might just work through her list one item at a time.

Best dessert inspiration: This Boozy Mudslide Icebox Cake over at Sugar & Cloth. I’m seeing heavy cream, cream cheese, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Trader Joe’s Mocha Jo-Jo’s…I mean what is not to love here?? My birthday is on Monday…I’m just saying.

And that’s it for today. What are you drinking/eating/watching/reading/inspired by right now? Comment below to share! Until then, stay safe, stay hydrated, and use sunscreen.

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