How are you doing? What has made you feel good this week? I wanted to share 10 things that made me smile, laugh and/or feel inspired. In case you missed past week’s Positivity Chain blog posts, you can check them out here and here!
The Power of a Handwritten Note
Never underestimate the power of a handwritten note. Maybe it’s a little love note you leave on your partner’s bathroom mirror, or a cute card you send your bestie, or even a note you send to a complete stranger who is feeling lonely in a nursing home. The other day, I was down about something and I happened to check my mail, and noticed that a reader had sent me a beautiful handwritten note thanking me for a beauty giveaway I sent her. It was such a thoughtful, unexpected gesture and it made me tear up!
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
I have tried so many brownies over the years and let me tell you, nothing beats the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix. Even Bon Appetit agrees and wrote an entire article on it!!!!! A ton of you have been saying you buy it in bulk at Costco which is great if you live near a store. I get my Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix at our local market, but there are a few sellers on Amazon who have them in stock. They’re ADDICTING…I’m on my 4th box in a month! This is the brownie pan I use – and it’s on sale.
My sister and her husband have been ordering produce boxes from Misfits Market for over a year and love what they’ve gotten. It’s such a wonderful concept and something I’m looking to try! Basically this company eliminates food waste by saving any misshapen fruits + veggies from being thrown out by farmers! These are all perfectly good fruits + veggies, but because of their slightly odd shape, most markets won’t take them. The boxes are SO reasonably priced (well below market prices) which makes it even better.
My girlfriend who lives in LA sent me this text and I thought it was so profound.
“California schools have been out for four weeks. Now that they’ve cancelled school for the rest of the year, students will miss 2.5 months of education. Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education… But what if… What if instead of falling “behind” this group of kids are advanced because of this? Hear me out. What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing. What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet. What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?
What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well run home? What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less? What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of everyday? What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants? The previously under appreciated essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and healthcare workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?!
What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life? What if they are ahead?”
$15 feeds 55 Children in Need
One of my favorite charities; City Harvest set up an incredibly easy + fast way to donate to those in need (it legit took me 10 seconds.) Simply text LUNCH to 20222 and YES to confirm, to donate $15 to City Harvest which feeds 55 children. The charge instantly comes from your cell phone provider bill, so you don’t have to input any payment info.
Misery Loves Company Podcast
I just ordered this exfoliating foot mask and CANNOT begin to express the joy it brought me LOL. My feet are scary right now and this is SO NECESSARY!
Everyday on my Instagram @katjamieson_ I do a gift card giveaway. It’s been so fun seeing who enters and how you each use the gift cards!
A New Martini Recipe
Last weekend for Easter, T and I experimented with a few new martini recipes and made up this yummy one which tastes like a Bellini. All you need is: 1 shot peach juice, 2 shots vodka, splash of lemon juice. Shake over ice and enjoy. You can’t taste the vodka at all!