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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends.

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1.    These life lessons penned by a 27-year-old woman dying of cancer will make you stop and think.

2.    How to end the opioid crisis.

3.    The movies to look forward to this year.

4.    Male nurses explain why nursing is the job of the future for men.

5.    The geographic areas where people live the longest and clues to why.

6.    A 3 step natural prescription for menopause and perimenopause that works for most women.

7.    This double chocolate bundt cake with chocolate glaze is great for a Valentine’s Day dessert.

8.    The strange brands in your Instagram feed.

9.    Will facial exercises make you look three years younger?

10.  Americans are pretty ugly when parking their cars.

11.  Harvard links chemicals in clothing to flight attendant health complaints.

12.  14 ways to survive 14 hours flying in coach.

13.  How the elderly lose their rights.

14.  90% of workers likely to see more money in pay check next month.

15.   How about a blood test instead of a colonoscopy?

16.  Tonya Harding is no hero.

17.  How to avoid theft when traveling.

18.  These are the cars people keep for 15 years.

19.  Is your ID approved for travel?

20.  Why does Alzheimer’s affect more women than men?

21.  A great guide for buying traditional foods on a budget.

22.  I love this simple and satisfying avocado salad.

23.  How to read a skin care label.

24.  Executive Pastry Chef Maggie Scales of La Boulangerie and Cochon Butcher in New Orleans, Louisiana shares her king cake recipe.

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MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE: The Museum of the Bible recently opened in Washington, DC. It was named one of the top 10 attractions in the U.S. for 2017. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s incredible. Tickets are free and can be reserved online. The museum also features a restaurant called Manna and a coffee shop named Milk & Honey.

The museum is close to the National Mall and within walking distance to the Smithsonian museums and the U.S. Capitol.

DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION: If you are a fan of the hit television show Downton Abbey, you may want to plan a trip to NYC soon.  Some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run are on display. Visit the exhibit in New York City now through April 2, 2018.


BETH BIUNDO SWEETS: I could not recommend a good bakery in New Orleans until now. Beth sells a variety of sweets and baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and ice cream at her beautifully designed store. The shop is located on Baronne St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

LITTLE PEARL DC: The cute café is a coffee shop during the day and a wine bar at night. My favorite drink is the coconut nutmeg latte. The menu also includes breakfast pastries, salads, and a Japanese chicken sandwich. The evening menu includes an organic orange wine from Italy. There’s even a gluten-free menu. The new hot spot is the latest opening for James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Aaron Silverman. Aaron’s other restaurants are Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls.


SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT: MASTERING THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD COOKING: Chef, teacher, and author Samin Nosrat believes anyone can cook great food as long as they have an understanding of salt, fat, acid, and heat.

Check out Samin’s interview on the Bon Appetite Podcast Episode 124.

TREATING PEOPLE WELL: THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF CIVILITY AT WORK AND IN LIFE: A guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills, written by former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked for George and Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked for Michelle and Barack Obama.


HOME TOWN HGTV: I am so excited about the premier of season 2 of Home Town on Monday, January 8 at 9 p.m.|8c. This is my favorite show on HGTV. The show focuses on Ben and Erin Napier, a woodworker and artist living in Laurel, Mississippi, who are passionate about restoring local homes and restoring their charming small town back to its heyday. During each episode, Ben and Erin help newcomers to town find and renovate their historic turn-of-the-century dream home.

I recently visited Laurel with my mom. We stopped at The Laurel Mercantile co-owned by Erin and Ben. Everything sold in the shop is made in America. If you live in the South, I recommend a road trip to Laurel.

I also fell in love with Erin’s blog, where she documents the good things that happen every single day of her life.


I, TONYA: Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.


THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SOUNDTRACK: The soundtrack from the original motion picture movie is a celebration of imagination. “This Is Me” is one of my favorite songs on the album. The soundtrack is currently no. 1 on the billboard charts.

SARAH R. BAGLEY PODCAST EP. 232 REBEKAH GREGORY ON TAKING HER LIFE BACK AFTER THE BOSTON BOMBING:  On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her 5-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of the bombs went off just three feet away from her, Gregory’s legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. 18 surgeries and 65 procedures later, Rebekah’s left leg was amputated.

In her book, Taking My Life Back, Rebekah vividly recounts her horrifying experience on the day of the bombing, her desperate desire to locate her son, and her extensive injuries, recovery and eventual amputation.

In this podcast episode, Rebekah talks about her faith and how it has sustained her through various challenges in her life, her experience during the bombing and the details of her injuries and recovery, surviving the aftermath and her eventual marriage to her college sweetheart and miracle baby, and what it’s like to live with a prosthetic leg.

If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Link Love

link love

Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

1.    Ways to save on travel in 2018.

2.    This decadent but easy-to-make dessert combines two Southern classics.

3.     You’ve heard of Oxycontin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxycontin and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?

4.    Chef Thomas Boemer elevates comfort food to something more elegant, but just as comforting, in this mashup of chicken and dumplings and chicken pot pie.

5.    How the spouses of two late memoirists who wrote about dying fell in love

6.    12 incredible useful things you didn’t know google maps could do.

7.    Tyler Haire was locked up at 16. A Mississippi judge ordered that he undergo a mental exam. What happened next is a statewide scandal.

8.    Is this why Chip and Joanna Gaines left HGTV?

9.    Everything to know about controversial Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk.

10.  Apple watch finds a medical purpose.

11.  A better kind of nursing home.

12.  When cancer strikes twice.

13.  Inside the high drama world of youth dance competitions.

14.  A broad review rules out drugs, exercise, and brain-training stops Dementia.

15.  17 time wasting apps to delete.

16.  How to have hard conversations without conflict.

17.  A tour of Instant Pot’s company headquarters in Canada.

18.  Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” included a note at the start that casts significant doubt on the reliability of the specifics contained in the rest of its pages. Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.

19.  What does it take to overcome life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods.

20.  Sheryl Sandberg on how to get to gender equality.

21.  Are we all awake during anesthesia?

22.  The number of companies offering employee bonuses, pay hikes, and increases in benefits in reaction to the tax reform victory is now over 100, with thousands of workers impacted and charities too.

23.  The instant pot is here to stay.

24.  The best cheese at Trader Joe’s.

Question of the Day: 

Alabama or Georgia? Who will win the College Football Playoff national championship?

Have a great weekend!





Link Love

link loveHere are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

1.    ‘The Crown’ season 2 syllabus. ‘The Crown’: what to remember before watching Season 2. ‘The Crown’: a look back at Season 1 and the history behind it.

2.    Why do we fall in love with one person and not another? A brain-based personality test helps people understand themselves better and why they are attracted to certain other personality types

3.    10 ways to keep kids entertained during travel.

4.    Nicole Davidge of Southern Shutter, out of Hammond, LA shares her LSU birthday party bash.

5.    Where all the grandparenting books?

6.    A new kind of tech job emphasizes skills not a college degree.

7.    Find out what tech tools frequent travelers should pack.

8.    Inside the new world of funeral styling.

9.    The best travel security apps.

10.  The case for trying really hard to make friends as an adult.

11.  Skin cancers are rising and so are questionable treatments.

12.  Another study suggests women using birth control pills and I.U.D.s that release hormones face a higher risk for breast cancer.

13.  The future of online shopping is finally here and it’s not Amazon.

14.  The best online password managers to lock down accounts.

15.  All of the terms of service agreements that you didn’t read.

16.  Everything you ever wanted to know about at home microneedling.

17.  Love these baking tips.

18.  What to do when a personal crisis is hurting your professional life.

19.  Veteran food blogger David Lebovitz on his new book and Bay Area beginnings.

20.  These Italian hazelnut cookies are delicious.

21.  Why trying new things is so hard to do.

22.  This fantasy fudge recipe is perfect for holiday parties.

And I’d love to know what are you baking this holiday season?

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