Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / Tennessee Ten

portlandbrew I experienced the most intense caffeine high last weekend from Portland Brew's iced coffee. It was amazing. You'd think that wouldn't happen to someone who is surrounded by coffee all day long, but you would be mistaken!

Last Friday night we went to the Ten out of Tenn 10th anniversary show at the Ryman Auditorium. This was my first visit to The Mother Church and I really enjoyed it. The sound was incredible and it has me even more excited to see TV on the Radio later this month. If you haven't heard of Ten out of Tenn, it is a collective of artists from Nashville who join forces and tour. The artists are constantly rotating instruments while playing on one another's songs. Both Jordan and I have had the opportunity to see them multiple times -- it truly is a unique concert experience.

I'm still listening to Erin McCarley's (one of the artist on the tour) song, Let Me Love You on repeat. During the show, K.S. Rhoads played an interlude of Clair De Lune (possibly my favorite piece of music), right in the middle of Let me Love You --  that was a beautiful moment.

/ / I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Every book I dive into leaves me wanting and I haven't actually finished a book since reading Yes, Please. I do enjoy Marla's monthly reading suggestions and have saved a few to check out and hopefully I find a winner!

Chelsea's monthly book reviews are also extremely helpful.

/ / If you follow Joanna from A Cup of Jo, you're aware that sadly, this winter, her family experienced the loss of two dear family members. A Cup of Jo is always full of fun and useful information, I really appreciated the practical tips Joanna shared on talking to your children about death.

/ / I read two different post on haters, criticism and how not to become hardened and bitter this week. Natalie shared about her ongoing battle with extremely critical and hurtful blog readers (she's actually had people email her sponsors to ask them to drop her? I mean come on people, it's just an ad!).

This quote from Erin's post really stuck out to me.

"We can harden ourselves to the choir and don thicker robes, or we can use our thin skin to feel something different. We can allow ourselves to feel scratched, and we can let it heal in time. We can gain a new perspective. We can agree, or disagree, and we can continue working within our limitations, just as before."

/ / Keeping our grocery budget in order become more difficult after I went gluten-free. We drink a lot of almond milk and if I bake, gluten-free flour is far more expensive than traditional all-purpose. I recognize certain areas where I could improve (better planning, etc), but I still need guidance.  I'm in love with BreAnna's entire blog as she shares real numbers, tips, and recipes centered around feeding two people on $70 a week!

/ / Did you know you can make sweeten condensed milk from coconut cream? Yes, please! This vegan Vietnamese iced coffee recipe sounds absolutely divine.

Happy Weekend, all!

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