Good morning and a happy Friday morning to you! The last few days have been beautiful, warm and sunny, it is hard to believe it is February. Yesterday it was 73, although I believe we are in for a temperature drop soon.
I have lots to share this Friday so lets get to it!
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Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting, this cake is so easy and delicious. You could make one to celebrate Valentine’s day!
I love baking and if I find a a cookbook or baking book that I LOVE I want you to know about it. Bravetart is my newest baking book and I think you will like it as well. It is filled with classic America recipes like cookies, cakes, brownies and more. I have already made the cinnamon rolls and a scrumptious chocolate cake and am looking forward to making the Pop Tarts, a white layer cake and my first batch of fudge!
When Mrs Pankhurst stormed the House of Commons with her crack squad of militant suffragettes in 1908, she wore on her hat a voluptuous purple feather. This is the intriguing story behind that feather.
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Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature—from sumptuous silks and floral patterns to the spectacular creations of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior—the two have always been entwined. Yet, in spite of this reverence for the natural world, fashion also seems destined to harm it. Spanning the 17th century to the present, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on nature for materials and the devastating impact of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, and exotic feathers.
Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have taken things to a new level and this book discusses the need for a more conscious fashion cycle. But which has greater environmental impact—a leather handbag or a white cotton T-shirt? Considering the effects of land clearance, insecticides, and water consumption—not to mention washing in hot water after every wear—the answer may not be as clear as it first appears. No fashion choice will ever be without impact, but this book will stimulate debate and empower readers to question their role as consumers.
A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh offers life lessons grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present in our lives moment by moment.
The benefits of mindfulness are well recognized: greater peace of mind, less stress, and the opportunity to work through and transform thoughts, memories, and worries. It also fosters equanimity, helping us accept the changes and challenges life brings.
In our frantic world, who better to guide readers through this transformative practice than a long-beloved bear who has perfected the art of simply being? “Just two things to do to truly be Pooh–just be present and kind,” he says.
And, not coincidentally, he lives in the woods. There is a growing acknowledgment of the benefits of deeply experiencing nature. The calming quality of sounds like running water and rustling leaves, the soothing properties of smells like lavender and chamomile, and the emotional comfort of beautiful natural vistas are well known.
A Walk in the Wood is both inspiring and instructive. Simple stories with clearly stated goals and easy-to-follow exercises provide all the tools you’ll need to take the first step, or continue on your journey, toward a quieter and calmer way of living.
At Home: A Short History if Private Life by Bill Bryson
In these pages, the beloved Bill Bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.
WE are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family’s story of becoming gardeners in Joanna’s first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family’s love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.
Beautiful Gatsby Loafers!
Love this Scarf.
I hope that you found something this week that you liked, if you have a recipe, book, movie, Podcast or more to share please do!
Have a great weekend.
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