Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. 

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week the Carolina coast, like much of the eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, experienced a forced slowdown in the form of an unusually wicked storm. We woke up Thursday morning to a gorgeous, glittering blanket of white stretching out to the ICW. As we struggle to regain control of our sinuses, Mother Nature reminded us that sometimes it’s okay, even warranted, to power down + relax. A few snowflakes on our paws + ice ornaments can’t hurt either.

Feeling more energized today, hopeful the untouched roads are improving, we may venture out to try a new local brewery. In the meantime, let’s stoke the fire, grab a mug of something hot + put up your feet to peruse my latest updates + favorite links below. Stay safe!

Cheers, Heather

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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:

  • January is Birth Defects Awareness Month. One in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect, from cleft lip + cleft palate to spina bifida + phenylketonuria (PKU) to Fragile X + clubfoot. Help promote awareness + prevention with more info from the CDC, and consider signing up for the Thunderclap #Prevent2Protect campaign.
  • A British dietitian is debunking “diet culture,” one IG post at a time.
  • Inspire a love of food, agriculture + sustainability with this list of children’s books.
  • And how cool is this kids’ cookbook?!
  • What do birds do to survive in the bitter cold?
  • There’s talk about making the French language gender-neutral. S’il vous plaît!
  • This week’s pinned words of wisdom.

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  1. Deb Hansen says:

    So you at least got a white post-Christmas! Beautiful photos and interesting reads. Good luck to the French in making their language gender-neutral; it’s a very difficult thing to do. I like the kids’ cookbooks, especially any book having to do with bees. Another great post, Heather! Enjoy your winter while it lasts- it’s even supposed to get to the low 40s here this week. Winter one moment, and then it’s gone!

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