Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had some time to relax with your family over the weekend. Last week was a little rough at our house. My almost two-year old finished up antibiotics after a month-long cold/possibly influenza leading to a sinus infection, I had a bout of upper respiratory symptoms (thankfully short-lived), and my husband was out two days with a high fever. However, it feels good to be on the other end of it all and be able to start a new week afresh. As much as I disliked having to slow down for a few days, experiencing a brief illness put my life into perspective. I am extremely fortunate and am blessed with good health the majority of the time. My patients, several acquaintances, and many loved ones go weeks and months (and possibly years) on end with no relief from symptoms and physical or mental ailments. This week was a good reminder to continue to thank God for my family's health and to continue to pray without ceasing for those who are afflicted in this way.
Anyway — I was able to do some light reading this week during the "extra" time I had from slowing down. Here are a few of my favourite blog posts, ideas, and links from the week:
Links About Food:
• The Best Way to Keep Cut Avocado Fresh: "As we all know, the cut surface of an avocado quickly turns brown and slimy, making it hard to store it in the refrigerator for very long. Read on for my best tip ever for keeping a cut avocado green, fresh and tasty."
• Should You Cut Nightshade Veggies from Your Diet?: "As with any major diet decision, the answer really depends on your body. If you have a chronic inflammatory condition (like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis), an autoimmune illness (such as lupus, celiac, MS, or psoriasis), or your body is just sensitive to nightshades, eliminating them may be right for you, but try it systematically...However, if you regularly eat nightshades and feel great, there’s really no reason to ditch these nutritious foods."
Links About Family:
• 5 Things Our Daughters Need to Hear About Their Bodies: "No matter where you are in your own journey of body acceptance, NOW is when your daughter needs you. She needs you to give words to the conversation already happening in her head, and here are five things she needs to hear you say."
• Speaking Love to Your Spouse: Affirmation or Gifts [Audio]: "Does it sometimes feel as if you and your spouse are speaking different languages? Well, perhaps that’s exactly what is happening! Dr. Gary Chapman helps you come up to speed as he unpacks two of the five love languages."
• Healthy Date Night Bucket List [To do with your spouse]: "It is a new year! Time to make some goals to get healthy and fit, right!? Everybody’s doing it. Plus, having this awesome bucket list of healthy date night ideas around makes it easy to brainstorm ideas for date night!"
• 20 No Mess Sensory Activities [For toddlers]: "These activities aren’t messy, and most of the materials are things you probably have around the house!"
Let me know what you think! Share some of your favourite articles from the week or check out the ones above, and let's continue the discussion below!
• What Defines My Worth? "I am worth being created with intricate detail, knit together to make me unique. I am worth being fearfully made. I am worth being known. I am worth having a purpose."
• How to Make a Bible Notebook: "Having easy access to lessons God has already taught us through his Word in past situations builds our confidence in his faithfulness in our current and future circumstances."
Links About Fun:
Links About Faith:
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, imperfect wife, mama of two, registered dietitian, and independent Beautycounter consultant. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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