Well, May certainly flew by. I felt that way about April too. And now it’s already the second day of June and I’m finally getting around to sharing my Five Firework Favorites with you for the month of May.
Why does it seem like time goes so much faster the older I get? I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I’m sure that comes with the nature of being a working mama, farm wife and just #adulting in general.
After realizing the months and years seem to get shorter the older I get and considering how the last few months have flown by, I’m being more intentional than ever to savor each moment, be present and appreciate all of the little things in life. Because who knows how much longer we’ll have to do so.
Once again, I’m linking up with Ashley over at The Big White Farmhouse and one of her favorites this month is pasta salad. Aww, a girl after my own heart.
On to the favorites…
FIVE FIREWORK FAVORITES: MAY 2018
#1 Homemade Vanilla Buttercream
Speaking of savoring each moment in life, we recently celebrated Little E’s birthday. In the midst of party planning, shopping lists and prep work, I kept my focus on her. Celebrating her growth and the joy she’s brought to our lives during the past year and looking forward to the years ahead.
That’s what a birthday is about. Not the decorations or the gifts or the party favors.
To keep things simple when it came to the birthday treats, I used this Homemade Vanilla Buttercream for her Elmo themed cupcakes and Cookie Monster inspired cake. It was not only delicious but super simple. With just four decadent ingredients, you’ll have yourself the best buttercream frosting for a simple cake design or festive cupcake decorations.
Get the recipe here along with six tips for working with buttercream AND take a look at our fun Sesame Street inspired sweet treats.
#2 Lunch Breaks
I use to feel guilty about taking lunch breaks. Silly, I know, but I would often find myself eating at my desk, pushing through the rest of the afternoon because there was always so much to do.
Lately, I’ve been much better about taking a break in the middle of the day. I still often eat at my desk because I usually bring #leftoversforlunch but afterwards, I spend my break time reading, running errands or blogging. My lunch break is a pocket of “me time” to focus on the things I need to get done or want to achieve. Plus, I’m often more productive when I arrive back at my office because I took the time to take a breather and give my mind something to focus on other than work. I recently wrote about my new relationship with lunch breaks on Instagram.
#3 The Magnolia Journal
I love reading before bed but it’s a bit counterproductive if I begin reading a fiction book I don’t want to put down or a personal development book that gets my wheels turning. Then I don’t want to fall asleep. Then I regret it in the morning.
That’s where magazines come in handy. The short sections and articles make for great stopping points when I just want to read for a few minutes before falling asleep.
Lately I’ve been enjoying The Magnolia Journal. I’ve never watched the show but I love the theme of the magazine. Chip and Jo’s articles are thoughtful and purposeful and I love how they feature inspiring insights from other people who are also living their life on purpose. I also love their Magnolia Manifesto they include at the end of each magazine, especially this part…
“We believe…that today is a gift and that every day miracles are scattered about if only we have eyes to see them.”
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#4 Love Does by Bob Goff
This is one of my new favorite books. I just LOVE it, so of course, I couldn’t help but tell you all about it and share the 24 Reminder from Love Does that filled my heart and soul. If you love short stories, learning about other peoples’ experiences and connecting life’s occurrences with deeper meaning, you’ll enjoy Love Does too!
#5 The School of Greatness Podcast
I use to be hesitant to listen to podcasts. I thought if I listened to them at work, they would be distracting because I’m the type that wants to write everything down that inspires me or that I want to remember. I thought if I listened to them at home, I wouldn’t be present with my family.
But several months ago, I gave podcasts a try. And I’m so glad I did.
I got over the notion that I had to take notes and capture everything on paper. I realized that simply being surrounding by the voices, stories and wisdom from podcasts reinforces the mindset and state I want to live in.
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is my current favorite. It’s full of genuine authenticity, new ideas and fresh perspectives. I listen to it on Spotify but you can also watch the video interviews on his website.
What have been some of your May favorites?