the National Park Service right now giving me something to cheer about, I'd be hiding under my bed. Moving on. So this Saturday is the Lunar New Year! Are you doing anything to celebrate the Year of the Rooster? That's my year! Fun fact - I spent most of life thinking I was born in the year of the Dog, because I was born in 1970. But then I found out that for Chinese astrological purposes, because my birthday in January occurred before the Lunar New Year that particular year, I'm actually considered to be born in 1969! Thus making me a Rooster. I got some treats for Julia and our neighbors' kids. Chocolate coins, plus some real coins, and orange jelly candies are going into some Hello Kitty and My Melody lucky money envelopes. They have holes in them because at one point I had them strung up on one of my holiday stick trees.
Online goodness this week:
Darcy's photos of the Women's March in Washington are FANTASTIC.
8 picture books to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
These granola bars look incredibly good and simple.
Winter white rooms.
What a cool decorating idea - DIY sun prints.
5 ideas for winter fun.
Have you heard of Raddish, a cooking project subscription box for kids?
This would be a perfect Valentine's Day gift.
Want to see Gwyneth Paltrow's pantry? I laughed. I could only look at it for 3 seconds before I had to click away.
This was a great read.
Cool Book of the Week: 'The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living' by Meik Wiking is finally out! Just published this January 17. I've been waiting! I'm off to see if I can find it. I know, you all are probably sick of hearing me drone on and on about hygge, the Scandinavian concept of X-treme Coziness, but it's basically the closest thing I have to a religion, and I've spent the better part of the past decade chasing down the concept and trying to incorporate it into my life, even before I knew there was a word associated with this lifestyle notion I was trying to pursue. YES THAT WAS A LONG SENTENCE. Every English professor I ever had is weeping right now. The author writes: "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience," Wiking explains. "It
is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling
that we are safe." Wow, we could all use some of that these days, no?