I hope you are all safe and looking forward to a good weekend ahead. Our weekend will be low key but springtime weather is in full swing over here and we’re starting to see flowers blooming and little buds popping up on the trees. Bring on the green and bring on the sunshine!
Now, without further ado, after an unintentional one week hiatus, I am back in action today with my weekly roundup of Friday favs! See below for a few things that are making me smile this week.
Enjoy the weekend, my friends, and I hope to see ya back here on Monday!
Things I’m Loving Friday
St. Patrick’s Day
We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day low-key style with green outfits, festive decorations, some new Dragon Masters books and a couple of sweet treats! (A little #MomHack I picked up from my mom — When the kids stop playing with the random holiday-themed goodies like little necklaces or headbands, stash them away and reuse them the next year. They never remember them and they always add to the fun!) We also did a little St. Patrick’s Day crafting thanks to my friend Lauren who accidentally ordered a dozen St. Paddy’s Day wreath crafts and shared her overflow with us. I’ve always loved little holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s Day and celebrating them in some small way with the boys is just so fun!
I am not a jeans person… at all. (#LeggingsForLife) I’m not sure if it’s my body type or what but I never find them that comfortable. I have hips and a booty and a slimmer waist and the fit of most jeans is all wrong. Right before I got pregnant with Rhett, I discovered AGOLDE denim and it’s been like a breath of fresh air in the denim department. The fabric is softer than most denim and the pocket placement on the booty is perfect. I have this pair of straight leg jeans (pictured above) and this pair of denim shorts and love them both! The denim shorts are the perfect length and look like cute cut-offs without showing any butt cheek. (File that under things I never thought I’d have to say but here we are.) Note: I think both the jeans and shorts fit true to size.
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Kindred is a novel that I’ve seen on numerous “must read” book lists when I’ve looked for books to read by Black authors. The premise immediately intrigued me as it seemed to blend sci-fi with historical fiction and the reviews were amazing.
Dana is a young Black woman living in the 1970s when she finds herself abruptly transported to the south by Rufus, the young son of a plantation owner who owns many enslaved people. Rufus is drowning and Dana rushes to save the boy and, despite saving his life, her skin color causes her to find herself at the other end of Rufus’ father’s rifle. When she fears for her life, she is transported back to her 1970s home in California. What follows is a series of time travel for Dana back and forth from her present life to the antebellum South whenever Rufus’ life is in danger.
When I began reading Kindred, I knew it would be a hard novel to read as it is a book that highlights the horrors of slavery, sexism and white supremacy. It was challenging to get though in parts when the atrocious behaviors of the plantation owner directly impacts Dana and the enslaved men, women and children on his plantation, and yet reading about slavery in this context felt important. While I wish racism wasn’t a thing we have to worry about anymore, it is and it’s awful. I am a white woman and reading about slavery in this novel made me cry and simultaneously check myself because I knew I was reading about something that I never would’ve experienced and it made me think deeply about how the Black men and women reading this book may have felt. It’s a book I would highly recommend to anyone, as it made me think, cry, question myself, reflect and, perhaps most importantly, listen and read poignant words about about slavery and racism from a Black author.
You guys, I am honestly shocked I haven’t mentioned this on a TILF post yet. How did this amazing hair towel slip under the radar when it’s something I’ve been using and loving for years!? Yesterday, after I showered and washed my hair, I got out of the shower and wrapped my hair up in my Hero microfiber hair towel and it finally occurred to me to tell you guys about it!
The VOLO Hero Microfiber Hair Towel was a Christmas gift from my mom to me and my sister a few years ago and we both fell in love! It’s incredibly soft and gentle on your hair and the plush microfiber material makes it incredibly absorbent. It dramatically reduces drying time (by 50 percent!) and reduced frizz and breakage. I wrap it around my hair while I do my makeup (it has a handy little loop built into it so it always stays securely on my head) and I truly believe it helps my hair dry a million times faster by ridding it of excess water when my hair is all wrapped up in it. My mom has also gifted this towel to her sister and cousins and we all sing its praises!
One Pot Chicken Cabbage Bowl with Sesame Ginger Broth (A great way to use up any leftover cabbage you might have on hand after St. Patrick’s Day!)
Strength + Plyo Leg Workout (This one is guaranteed to leave you with Jello legs!)
Question of the Day
What is one thing making you smile this week?