Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Before you dive into your Monday to-do’s, fill up your cup of coffee (again, because, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS) and kick the week off On a High Note: Our weekly roundup series full of inspiring, interesting, fun and/or helpful snippets and ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, shop, and so on! Here are my and Kendall’s favorite highlights to check out this week!
On a High Note Vol 41
Your Own Floral Arrangement that Feels like Spring
Image via Wit & Delight
“I stumbled upon this Wit & Delight article that inspired me to try out my own floral arrangement this spring. I’ve always been a dunk the bunch of tulips/sunflowers/peonies in a vase and call it good kind of girl, but making art out of flowers sounds like the perfect level of luxury that I need in my life right now. Check out this pretty floral lesson if you’re feeling artsy and crafty too!” — Kendall
The Chimera Virtual Experience Show
“A reader DMed me about this virtual show over the weekend and said,
“My friend invited me to this today and it was honestly the best, most fun, most creative thing I have done this entire pandemic. It’s a group of local Chicago creatives associated with Second City–it’s so well put together, and the most engaging thing I’ve done in a year! Remember how great it was to go see other people be funny!? In real life!? They’ve found a way to capture that on zoom!”
I had to spread the word! Since it’s virtual, anyone can attend, laugh, have a great time, and support a group of talented creatives in the process! Tickets are only $6 and available for purchase via Eventbrite here. Thanks to this reader for sharing!” –Jess
@GoCleanCo on Instagram
“I might be late to the party here, but I just discovered this Instagram feed dedicated to cleaning hacks and tips. It has everything — how to clean shower doors, sinks, microwaves, glass cooktops, etc. Every spring, like clockwork, I get the uncontrollable push to open all the windows and clean every surface of my home — and this account will make it a lot more productive this year! 🤣 ” –Kendall
$50 off on the Cuisinart Air Fryer (AKA Agatha Crispy!)
“Thanks to the reader that DMed me this morning and alerted me that Amazon will auto-apply a $50 off coupon if you purchase the Cuisinart Air Fryer right now! With the coupon it comes out to $150!
You know how much I love this thing, and you can read my full [very] in-depth review on it right here, but since I know many of you have had your eye on scoring your own Agatha, I couldn’t not shout this from the rooftops!” –Jess
Colorism Lessons From the Meghan Markle Interview
Image via Zora
“If you watched Meghan & Harry’s Oprah interview last week, you know there was no shortage of jaw-dropping and heartbreaking issues presented. The most prevalent being racism. This Zora piece from a black writer delves into what Meghan’s journey can tell us about colorism. She says:
“This was not the first time I felt a connection to Markle, and it was also not the first time Black women took to the rafters to cheer on their proverbial sis. While numerous factors can explain this connection, it could be that the experiences Markle shared were far from that of royalty. It did not matter that she is a beautiful, biracial woman with slender facial features, long flowing tresses, and fair skin. She still was not White enough to be accepted by the royal family: plot twist. Markle expressed a familiar sting that many Black women have experienced time and time again — in particular, darker-skinned Black women.”
Check out the article to learn how the author’s experience with colorism parallel’s Meghan’s. — Kendall
Provençal Vegetable Soup
“This light and fresh soup from America’s Test Kitchen caught my eye this past week and I’m planning to whip up a batch for a light dinner and to have leftovers for lunches! It’s like a fresh, springy version of minestrone and the perfect thing to make on a chilly spring day! You have to sign up to see the recipe on America’s Test Kitchen, but I did find a version of their soup on the AP where you can view the recipe no strings attached.”–Jess
Brush up on…
How the Pandemic Has Changed Your Taxes
“OK I know this isn’t the most inspiring thing to share, BUT it is important! The pandemic did a number on a lot of our circumstances last year — and that affects how you’ll file for your taxes in the next month. From stimulus payments to unemployment insurance, see how your taxes can be cut — or generate extra refunds in this New York Times summary. With all the changes, it’s a good idea to get a head start on taxes this year, and hey you might just discover some really good news! — Kendall
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xo Kendall + Jess