Welcome to the end of the week my fine friends!
Monday was mine and Neil’s four year wedding anniversary and yesterday was my birthday, so I’d say it was a pretty good week! We didn’t do anything for our anniversary since we decided that Donut was our gift to each other, so that was pretty low key. I worked yesterday, but was surprised by a dozen donuts and an awesome tank from my friends at the gym in the morning, which was a nice treat. Neil got me the new camera I wanted, but I told him the wrong lens, so it’ll probably make an appearance on next week’s Five Things Friday. 🙂
To kick off the weekend, here are some of the things I’ve loved this week!
1. Left Coast Food + Juice
If you’re not in Chicago, you may need to skip down the list, but a second location of Left Coast opened up this week in River North. This one is much closer to me than its counterpart, which means I will likely be making more trips here in the future.
The ambiance is beautiful and the meal options are overwhelming, so I can’t wait to see what I have next. If you’re local, check out their menu here.
2. Blogger to Author
My friend Beth just came out with her SECOND book — Blogger to Author — detailing how to turn your blog content into a book. I’m amazed at how she has been able to do this with a new(ish) baby when I’m having trouble getting things done with just a puppy. 🙂
The book goes into detail about everything from creating a reader avatar to the specifics of designing and publishing your book (if you are self-publishing). This is the avenue I plan to go down after putting my nose to the grindstone in September, so it’s good to see tips from someone who has already been there. If you’ve ever thought about writing a book or even if you haven’t, this book is a great resource for getting started and following through on the process!
Sidenote: She also has a website and podcast by the same name, which you can find here for helpful advice and tips!
3. Scratch Goods Charcoal + Lemon Scrub
I’ve shared about Scratch Goods numerous times and tout the majesty of their coffee scrub, but when I went to the opening of their new location last week, I decided to switch things up a bit. I left with their charcoal and lemon scrub because it smelled so fresh and would be perfect for waking me up in the morning (same with the coffee, btw).
All of their products are made with food-grade ingredients, meaning that if you accidentally get this in your mouth like I did, it’s completely safe. This one contains activated charcoal, tea tree oil, and fine sugar for a gentle scrub you can use every day. If you’re not local, you can still order online!
4. Planet Earth II
I was OBSESSED with the first Planet Earth when it came out. I was really impressed that it took five years to film and the video was gorgeous.
Now, ten years later, technology and videography have improved even further for the second version of the series. Neil and I have only watched three or four episodes so far, but I love it just as much as the first one. Neil even sits down to watch it and doesn’t play on his phone which is saying something. 🙂
If learning about nature and animals in different biospheres is interesting to you, you have to watch this.
5. Flash Fiction for Flash Memory
My aunt and uncle were in town at the beginning of the month, and as soon as she told me the most recent project she was working on, I knew I wanted to share it on here.
My aunt does a ton of writing and is working on a project that is really unique. Her mother, my grandmother, was an avid reader her whole life, until she started experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. As it progressed, she transitioned to short stories and finally to what is termed “flash fiction” — even shorter stories of about 500 words. This way, she said, she was able to remember plots and still enjoy reading.
In her memory, my aunt is working to compile a collection of flash fiction stories to be used by older adults or those who suffer from memory-impairment (I suggested it could also be marketed to millennials 🙂 ). I thought the idea was so great and I wanted to share it on here in case anyone else might find it useful for someone they know.
If you’re interested in contributing, writing submissions open on August 1st and need to be received by September 30th, 2017. Once the book is available for purchase, I will be sure to let you guys know, but I wanted to share it in case anyone wanted to submit any short pieces.
More details about the project and information about submissions can be found on the website here.
That’s it for this week guys — have a great weekend!