TOTALLY SMITTEN WITH: Brown Sugar Bears! MANY years ago, my husband’s grandma gave us a little terracotta bear. At the time, I didn’t fully appreciate the wonder of the gift. A couple weeks ago on Instagram, someone saw my pantry labels and asked how the heck I keep brown sugar soft in the container. I had forgotten hard brown sugar was a super annoying problem and realized that not everyone knew about these little gems. And they are only $5 on Amazon!
To use them, you soak them in water for 20 minutes and then pop the cute bear in your brown sugar container. They magically keep it soft, and will even soften it if it’s already hard. I haven’t tried them yet for crackers and chips, but the packaging says you can use them dry and they’ll keep dry goods from getting stale. I suspect I’ll be ordering more bears very soon.
READING: Essentialism by Greg McKeown – I just started this one after seeing it recommended pretty much everywhere. So far, so good and seems like it’s a must read for anyone trying to juggle a million “priorities,” but feeling like they don’t have time to be great at any of them.
The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life Into a Work of Art by Edwin McManus – I just finished this one and found it super-interesting. It’s beautifully written encouragement that we were all made to create and dream and then WORK to achieve those dreams. Here’s a quote that stuck out to me “We hope that discovering our talents, and even our calling or purpose will lead us to effortless success. I propose that the exact opposite is true. If God created us to be successful at something, then he has called us to work hard at it.”
CELEBRATING: The Broncos are headed back to the Super Bowl. The only thing better would be if my Vikings were going (fun fact: I was born in Minnesota). I actually have TWO Bronco’s related posts from their last trip!
If you need something to wear, here’s a fun idea:
And this host gift COULD work for any team if you change out the colors. I don’t know WHY you would want to do that, but I guess it would be boring if everyone was cheering for the same team.
MILESTONES: This has been a crazy month of milestones for the blog. This blows my mind, but I passed 20,000 followers on Pinterest.
Somehow, in the same month, I’ve also passed 5,000 Facebook followers, reached a new high number of visitors to the blog (over 100,000 different users!), and my ETSY shop had its’ best month ever. Hooray!
Taking a moment to recognize and celebrate milestones like these sure helps me move forward when things aren’t growing or I need a little extra motivation to finish a task. I’ve got a lot of work to do and a ways to go before I’m fully replacing my income from before my jump to entrepreneurship, but tracking milestones keeps me focused on the successes instead of dwelling on the things that I haven’t achieved yet.