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 / / Lemonade and Girl Bosses

California Palm Tree Jordan and I have entered the last leg of our California road trip. These past few weeks have been beautiful, relaxing, and tiring all neatly bundled together. Every night we crawl into bed, happily exhausted, and transfer photo after photo onto Jordan's computer, but without the time to really dive in and review everything we've captured. That'll have to wait until we get home. I'm very excited to relive this trip over and over again!

I haven't had a lot of time to read blogs, but thanks to Bloglovin' I have a nice collection saved for when we get home. I have managed to stay current with the most important news of the week...Beyoncé's Lemonade. Are you loving it?

Onto the links!

Five Trader Joe's Meals / / Even as someone who does the majority of their weekly grocery shopping at TJ's I still find myself missing out on some of their different offerings. I like hearing what others consider to be their essentials. Have you tried TJ's Peanut Butter? It's just peanuts and oil (salted or unsalted). I love it. 

What We Want You To Know About Infertility / / In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, Caroline asked several bloggers to share what they wanted people to know about infertility. I found myself nodding yes to everyone's comments. What I would add is "relaxing" and being diligent about finding good care/doctors are not separate entities.

Would You Call Someone a Girl Boss? / / While scrolling through my feed, this article from Cup of Jo immediately caught my eye. I read Sophia Amoruso's book, #GIRLBOSS and enjoyed it, though I never completely related. I don't fault Sophia and her editors for coming up with the term because it's extremely catchy and created an important conversation, but I also found myself questioning the implication behind calling your female boss, girl boss.

"But the more I think about it, the more I find the term “girl boss” grating. It seems fine until you try it with any number of women. Is Oprah a girl boss? Is Hillary a girl boss? Is Sheryl Sandberg a girl boss? Is Tina Fey a girl boss? Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg a girl boss? It sounds absurd."

The Postpartum Body / / Kristel recently gave birth for the third time, but this go around it was for a surrogate family. As someone who struggled with infertility, keeping up with her story was extremely moving. Growing a human is hard work but to do all of that for someone else, what a selfless act! Kristel shared her honest feelings about the postpartum body when you don't have a baby to explain the evidence.

DIY Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls / / Jordan and I usually save eating out for social gatherings, but every once in awhile when we have a hankering for Chipotle we give in. I'm excited to make Monique's version of their corn salsa.

Happy Weekend, all!

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