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 / / Thirty-Eight Weeks

Weekend Reading I'm sitting here watching an early season two episode of Gilmore Girls lacking any sort of motivation to empty the dishwasher and make our bed. People ask me daily if I'm over it, especially at thirty-eight weeks pregnant, and ready for this baby to arrive, but honestly I'm not. I'm already feeling nostalgic for his kicks.

In other news...

This week has been filled with a little more reading, a lot of Wimbledon tennis watching and a hair color refresh as all women who are about to go into labor should do something that'll make them feel more like themselves.

This week has also been extremely heartbreaking and infuriating and as a white female I often don't really know how to respond. I will leave you with one of Leslie Odom Jr.'s tweets, "I will live. I will work. I will make art. A life with love at its center is radical protest in the face of evil." I'm praying for all those families who have lost loved ones this week in senseless shootings. We need heart change.

Onto the links!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Smoothie / / I made this smoothie for breakfast yesterday (with the addition of spinach) and it tasted like I was indulging in a chocolate shake! I almost made another for dinner.

Why Finland's Newborns Sleep in Cardboard Boxes / / My sister-in-law sent me this article about the care packages Finland offers to all mothers. The initiative began in the 1930s when the countries infant mortality rate was extremely high. The only requirement is for the mother to see a doctor within the first four months of pregnancy. The cardboard box resembles a bassinet and for the many without the funds or knowledge to know where to properly place a sleeping baby, these boxes have helped to lower the infant mortality rate significantly.

10 Go-To Hats for Summer / / I would really like to increase my hat collection. It's the perfect way to stay cool and keep the sun rays at bay.

3 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home in a Tense Season / / There isn't really a way to properly plan for potentially tense seasons: moves, weddings, graduations and of course bringing a new baby home. Brittany's simple and reasonable reminders will be helpful as I transition into a new role.

Spinach, Tomato and Avocado Salad / / I made this salad for a 4th of July BBQ and it was so easy to throw together. I rarely bring salads to parties as the thought of chopping a ton of vegetables is rarely appealing but this will now be my go-to! The dressing is delicious too. Slightly tangy.

Happy Weekend, all!

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Linking with KatieErika, Sept. Farm and Amanda

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