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Web Time Wasters

It’s been A Week, hasn’t it? I’ve been so distraught by our government, Kenny’s been forcing me to think of one positive geopolitical thing every day.

So far my answers have been “Cory Booker,” “Al Franken,” and “The fact that Obama was a two-term president.” “…(silent screaming followed by whispered expletives) …”

So now I’m self-medicating by visiting my parents and seeing my BFF of 20+ years.  She’s home for a week and it’s a pretty rare that we’re both in Aitkin at the same time. We’re celebrating by doing all our favorite things: eating at the diner, sitting in her mom’s hot tub, shopping at the local thrift store.

Links from some of my lovely sponsors

If you resolved to shop more ethically in 2017, MadeFAIR is for you. It’s beauuuutifully curated and right now everything is 30% (!!!) I particularly love this top, this necklace, and this tote.

And if you (like most people) resolved to be healthier this year, you need to know Valerie. She can help us undo the damage of an over-indulgent holiday season. She can  also help us treat ourselves and de-stress (without eating a giant bowl of carbs)!


Web Time Wasters

Ohhhh, it feels good to be back, friends! I had all sorts of high minded, impressive ideas about how I was going to spend my three weeks off and you know what I did instead?

I made lefse with my mom. I poked around in the woods and fell down a lot. I went to lots of parties and hosted a few. I finally hung that mirror in the living room. I accomplished nothing AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. I hope your holidays were glorious, too.

Links for you!


Web Time Wasters

What’d you get up to this week, guys? A friend hosted a wine-tasting party on Friday (so fun!) and yesterday I fiiiiinally took a self-defense class – something I’ve been meaning to do forever!

Awesome links from my lovely sponsors

Sometimes paring down your life and living more simply doesn’t feel that simple. The Simple Year course looks really interesting!

Sarah has loads of great DIYs: DIY natural deodorant, DIY honeyed mead, even DIY laundry detergent!

P.S. I’m taking sponsors for January! If you’d like your stuff in front of 13,000+ daily readers check out my rates here or drop me a line at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org and we’ll get you sorted!


Web Time Wasters

What’d you get up to this week, guys? Kenny had to get his tonsils out (!!!) so it’s been Gatorade popsicles and broth all day, every day over here. Other than that, I’m following my own Hygge advice with lots of new soup recipes, switching to the super cozy Jazz radio station, and burning approximately one million candles.

Also! I’m working through my 2017 editorial calendar and I have plenty of space for True Story interviews.

If you’ve got a story to share (and I haven’t already covered it) I’d love to talk to you! If you have an idea for an interview, I’d love to talk to you! You can always reach me at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org.

Stuff from my super lovely sponsors

Kat teaches super doable yoga. These yoga poses will help you wind down after work, practice, or a long day. And I love this no b.s. meditation for people who think they hate meditation!

Heidi writes with wisdom and wit about … writing. You’ll love her articles about what to do when you’re creatively stuck and creating rituals to support creativity. So good!

Christy wants to help us plan for an awesome 2017 in this free class! I really loved her piece of 5 lessons on resilience learned from her rescue cats.

Meghan’s art is beautiful and insanely affordable – it’d make a great holiday gift for anyone with excellent taste! I’ve got my eye on this print for the bedroom and this one for the kitchen. $17?!! How can you go wrong?


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How was your week, friends? We Thanksgiving-ed with my sister and her family and then pulled out our lone shoe box of holiday decorations and put them up. The weather is unnervingly warm and un-November-y, which is 15% awesome and 85% creepy. :/

Some awesome stuff from my lovely sponsors

Sarah is running a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in her store with the code: wintersale. Ecourses to help you get unstuck! Art prints! Mugs!

Amy is constantly publishing helpful, wonderful things. I love her posts on flipping your internal script and 4 quick steps to get where you want to be by year’s end 

Web Time Wasters

How was your week, friends? I spent it setting up monthly payments to organizations that do good work and hosting 20 friends for an event I called “Sad Feminists Eat Their Feelings.’ As you read this, Kenny and I are celebrating a huge project he just completed. We’re commemorating it in our very favorite way: dinner at a Wisconsin supper club, diner breakfasts, weird motel.

Awesome stuff from my lovely sponsors

It’s officially Dark Liquor Season. It’s time for Old Fashioneds sipped fireside. Did you know you can make your own bitters? I love BitterBlisses’s bitters kits – you can make two bottles of bitters from each kit. One for you and one for a friend!

I love a good listicle and Meg has heaps: 12 life lessons I learned from thrift shopping, 6 ways to be, 6 ways wearing an art t-shirt can make you happier and bolder.

A must-read if you’re heading to Thanksgiving with family members who put you on edge. (No. Seriously. Reading this is an investment in your life. )

Related: How to survive holiday travel and How to survive holiday dinner.

Two purchases that are already making my winter better:
These camisoles (they make everything warmer and better fitting)
This hydrating cleanser (it’s $7 and has 3,000 4.5 star reviews)

A great roundup of vegetarian Thanksgiving sides.

I loved this house tour. That green velvet couch!

Use this planner to design the holiday season you really want.

Eeesh. I’m sad to say my neighborhood has been experiencing a rash of break-ins in the last few months. A great (if slightly terrifying) read about what 86 convicted burglars looked for before they robbed a house.

This is great. Practical ways for writers and teachers to get involved in politics and community right now.

Grown up summer camp? For foodies? $600 for 3 days, lodging, drinks, and food included? Sounds amazing, right?!

I loved  Gala’s take on ‘finding your purpose
There is no such thing. Our purpose is whatever we say it is. The meaning of life is whatever we bring to it. It’s that simple. So many people are waiting to find out their purpose. That is just fear, dressed as  perfectionism, manifesting as procrastination. None of us have one true reason for being on the planet.

Songs for peace and protest

And a huge list of happy-making songs

You’ve already seen all the amazing Obama/Biden BFF memes, right? 

The Times asked 15 families from across the country to show us the holiday dishes they make that speak most eloquently about their heritage and traditions. The stories of these home cooks help tell the story of the nation, the story of who we are. So beautiful. 
On their farm in Junction City, Wis., they rub the turkey with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, and stuff it with bean-thread vermicelli and shredded carrots, cabbage and cilantro doused with fish sauce, as if it were an egg roll.
They were teenagers when Saigon fell. Because many Hmong had helped the Americans during the war, there was fear of reprisals, and they fled on foot from their villages on the Xieng Khouang Plateau, heading “where the sun sets,” as Ms. Yang, their oldest daughter, recalls her parents saying. In the Ban Vinai refugee camp in northeast Thailand, they fell in love and married.

An entire museum for rocks that look like faces! Into it.

A pretty DIY felted cushion.

And a few Yes & Yes posts you might have missed:
19 tiny ways to make the world a better place
How to be less judgmental + more empathetic
How to deal when people disappoint you