Weekend Links + Options

Weekend Links + Options // Frock Files

What a whirlwind of a week! Isn’t that always the way it is before a big trip, though? Since I only see my friends and family back home once each year, I make a special effort to get a little more groomed before going home. My resolution to schedule self care is in effect – at my haircut on Wednesday, I took Sarah’s advice and scheduled my next haircut exactly eight weeks down the road.

Now we just have some last minute errands to run, a family birthday party to throw, and a bit of packing to do — and we’re off! To ring in a festive weekend, I’ve rounded up five fascinating links just for you.

Weekend Links

The moment you realize your mom went through exactly the same things you’re going through right now.

Adorable kids learning about charity in such a fun way! (Think: lemonade stand for the wintertime.)

European flash mobs are classier.

More options = more happiness?

Bourbon! Chocolate! Pecans!

P.S. See you back here on Monday for one last post before we jet! What are you up to this weekend?

A Simple Meal

Andrew Montgomery Silver Spoon

Every day, around 4pm, I become ravenous. I start out trying to be good — I’ll have an apple, some tea, or a few almonds. But usually, I end up on a tear and out comes the cheese or the frozen dumplings we always have on hand. If I talk to anyone, I’ll say, “Oh my god, I’m starving.” But it’s not true; I’m not starving. I have lunch every day at noon and dinner every evening when James comes home, and even after our bellies are full there are plenty of things in the kitchen to tempt us.

Lately, though, I’ve been thinking a lot about people who don’t have the security of three meals a day. Although I’ve always been aware that hunger is a problem, recent changes to the food stamp program have put the issue of food insecurity in the spotlight, and I’ve heard several stories on NPR that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. Under the new restrictions, people are given a mere $1.40 for each meal. Panera CEO Ron Shaich spent a week on the same budget and discovered that it was painfully difficult to create meals — especially nutritious ones — for such a small amount of money. In the middle of the challenge, he found that all he could think about was what he would do for his next meal.

Contributing to the fight against hunger is about as simple doing good gets. Even when I was on my own and my workflow was limited, I wouldn’t think twice about spending $3 on a drink or buying a can of soup. Oftentimes, people are afraid of making contributions because they feel like they don’t have enough to give. But even a single can of food is going to help someone who needs a meal. It’s a small, simple gesture almost all of us can make.

And there’s a bonus too: helping other people always increases your own happiness. So even if you’re in a tough spot, and especially if you’re in a funk, give what you can and you may just find that what you receive is worth much more.

To learn more about what you can do to help end food insecurity, or to make a donation, visit the Feeding America website.

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Photo used with permission from Andrew Montgomery

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