Weekly Web Roundup: 7.14.17

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Happy Friday, all!

Here’s my roundup of my fave web finds this week!

  • Minimalist Bullet Journal:  If you haven’t heard of a bullet journal, please Google it!  It’s geared towards people obsessed with personal development/organization (like me!)  I’m slightly artistic, so it lends to the right side of my brain as well.  The best part of bullet journaling is the fact that it can be as intricate or as simple as you’d like.  I found some simple spreads in the link above.  (If you’re new to bullet journaling, you can get started here.)
  • Happy Palindrome Week!
  • My SO recently broke his phone and didn’t have alarm!  This online clock helped him out.
  • I love Jimmy Fallon.  I love Aziz Ansari.  This YouTube clip of them dramatically reading Yelp reviews made my week!
  • Finally, this article about Disney characters using sign language to communicate with a deaf child warmed my heart.

Have a great weekend!

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Gratitude: A Simple Practice

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In today’s times it’s tough to find reasons to be thankful.

I try to stay focused on the good by leaving a small notepad and pen by my nightstand. Every night, I jot down at least 3-5 things that I’m grateful for.  If you had an extremely bad day, perhaps making a list of what might have gone well, no matter how simple it might be, may help.  Some ideas are:

  • Had a good cup of coffee
  • Not too much traffic on the way to work
  • Didn’t work through lunch
  • No bills or junk mail today  (a rarity, but when it happens?  Yay!)
  • Made it home in time for ____ (insert TV show here)

Believe me, I felt so silly at first, but before I knew it, I become calmer, more aware and definitely more appreciative of the world around me!  I also noticed that I started adding happier things into my daily regimen.

What’s your gratitude practice?  Feel free to share in the comments below!

Easy Eats: Pho

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My quick and easy pho!

Pho is traditionally a Vietnamese noodle soup that consists of broth, meat, vegetables and yes – noodles!

Authentic pho takes time and patience, as it requires a bone-marrow broth, tons of spices and other flavorful ingredients.  Truthfully, I’ve found that both cooking and eating it can truly be a meditative experience.   But if you’re always on the go like I am, re-creating my favorite meals in a fraction of the usual time is a must!  The below recipe doesn’t give pho its poetic (pho-etic?) justice, but if you’re looking for a filling, healthy and simple meal, read on!

*Feel free to substitute or add your favorite vegetables or protein…

Serves: 1

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4  cup rice noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 vegetarian bouillon cube
  • 1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 pound of sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 lb. shrimp – washed, peeled and deveined
  • Handful of baby spinach, rinsed, dried and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 zucchini, washed, sliced and cut into halves
  • Sriracha (to taste)

What You’ll Do:

  1.  Cook rice noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  2.  Boil the water in a small pan over medium heat.
  3.  Add the vegetable bouillon cube and teriyaki sauce.  Simmer.
  4.  While the broth is simmering,  add the olive oil to a frying pan over medium heat.
  5.  Saute the mushrooms until soft.
  6.  Slowly add the vegetable broth to the mushrooms.
  7.  Add shrimp, zucchini baby spinach.  Simmer until shrimp is bright pink and  zucchini and shrimp are cooked through.
  8.  Place the rice noodles at the bottom of a large soup bowl.
  9.  Pour broth over the noodles.  Add sriracha and stir.
  10.  Enjoy!