How was your weekend!? I hope it was a great one!
You know what a new week means–a new edition of On a High Note: our weekly roundup series highlighting things we found inspiring, interesting, fun and/or helpful snippets and ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, shop, and so on! Let’s jump in.
On a High Note Vol 50
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“I’ve been so fortunate now that we’re all vaccinated to have non-stop visitors over the past month. I’ve been having fun testing new recipes that are great for dinners on the patio. This artichoke pasta was a hit, it’s really easy to whip up, plus it gave me an excuse to use a bunch of parsley and mint from my herb garden! Highly recommend if you’re looking for fresh summer recipes!” — Kendall
“A silly little feel-good video for you to break up your Monday monotony. I have watched this 100 times since Neal sent it to me. You can’t not smile. I also love the crowd enthusiastically rooting for the parrot on the sidewalk. So cute!!” — Jess
“I really enjoyed this WSJ piece about the importance of talking about money. Once a taboo topic, more and more millennials think it’s important to talk openly about finances. There are endless reasons to do so: more options, power, control, and confidence — making fewer financial mistakes, etc. Compared to other generations, millennials enjoy more financial transparency which leads to better financial management — from salary negotiations to budgeting, borrowing and saving. Check out the piece!” — Kendall
Trader Joe’s Hashbrown “toast”
“I can’t take credit for this idea, I first saw Nicole doing this and many of you shared that you love to eat your TJ’s hashbrowns this way too!
First of all, I have NO idea how this is possible, but I had never tried the famous TJ’s hashbrowns before last week. I think this is probably because before I had an air fryer I didn’t have a way to make them that wasn’t frying them in oil, making them unhealthy. BUT, now that I have Agatha, I can air fry them and they are SO DELICIOUS. (I just spritz them super lightly with olive oil spray on both sides and air fry at 400 until they’re crispy–flipping them midway through).
They’re delicious all on their own, but topping them with avocado, tomato, and ETBTB seasoning and a drizzle of good olive oil really takes them to another level. Like avocado toast, but avocado hashbrowns. YOU MUST TRY!” – Jess
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“This article made me think of our Am I Doing This Right?! posts! I love stuff like this — seemingly simple, but not upon further inspection. Check out this quick read to discover how often you should be changing out your bath and hand towels — and why!” — Kendall
“If you need to stock up on some summer staples but don’t want to break the bank, Old Navy is having a huge sale and I have been SO impressed with Old Navy’s stuff lately! They make my favorite budget-friendly bike shorts. (I LOVE these new ones they have that start at just $10! They’re jersey and not athletic-looking so you can wear them with normal tops and not look funny–it’s one of my pet peeves to wear athletic bottoms with regular tops) They also have so many cute tie dyed sweatshirts and jogger sets! For fellow expectant moms, they also have super cute maternity items! Not to mention, I think they’ve got the CUTEST affordable baby clothes around!” –Jess
image via The Atlantic
“This read from The Atlantic reminded me of this GG pandemic reflections post all about the things we hope to hold on to. Only this article talks about the things we don’t want to go back to as life begins to open up again. It’s a good one!
As the author puts it: ‘If your relationships, work, and life have been disrupted by the pandemic, the weeks and months before you fully reenter the world should not be wasted. They are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come clean with yourself—to admit that all was not perfectly well before. Here’s how you can make a plan not to return to normal.'” — Kendall