I find myself unable to do a lot of new blog posts – it’s very overwhelming and saturated. Everyone’s pretty much posting the same things and I feel like doing traditional Christmas posts just adds to the clutter.
So I thought – why not go back to my weekly “favorites & links” post except this time call it: Weekly Musings. Every week I’ll tell you my favorite things, books, recipes, etc and share what I’m reading from the blogs! I thought it would be a great way to share and support my favorite bloggers.
So without further ado….
The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York – by Matthew Goodman
I’m re-reading this one and it’s so entertaining. The amount of hoaxes circulating in the 19th century was unbelievable. And most of these were done by rival newspapers – something that is incredibly familiar to us in this day and age with the term “fake news”. Some things never change in the hopes of getting reader attention. Learning more about the origin of hoaxes and dueling newspapers is not only entertaining but extremely informative.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – by Marie Kondō
This amazing resource was shared by Devine Stevens – a good friend and blogger bestie! A few weeks ago I was telling her how messy my whole apartment felt and how it was negatively impacting my productivity. She suggested this book to help me get rid of clutter and focus on only keeping the most important items in my place. I’ve since followed the advice of the book and it’s been really great! I highly recommend this book.
Brunch Is Hell: How to Save the World by Throwing a Dinner Party – by Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam
Brunch is overrated. At least I believe so anyways. What the world need is a gold old fashioned dinner party. One where candles are lit, guests dress up to the nines, and good age old traditions are practiced. There’s something quite special about hosting friends and family over for dinner compared to just a casual brunch. This book gives a whole list of ideas, traditions, and recipe for the host that wishes to embrace dinner parties. I highly suggest it for the foodie or host in your life.
WHAT TO WATCH
VICTORIA SEASON 2
One of the most riveting shows I have ever seen – Victoria is a wonderful story of one of Britain’s most memorable monarchs. The actress Jenna Coleman portrays the queen quite well and every episode is wonderfully written and acted out. I was hooked the first minute I watched it. As a history lover, I do so appreciate when new and exciting historical dramas and documentaries come out. I know where I’ll be when it premiers in January – right on my couch, popcorn in hand. If you live in the US, you can view Victoria on your local PBS station on January 14th, 2018. Click here for more information.
WHAT TO BUY
I recently purchased this because I’ve been feeling the effects of our harsh winter and my asthma medications aren’t working too well. BUT – it’s a great preventive and helpful measure during flue season. And it’s very good for you too with all the organic herbs and raw honey.
If this isn’t the comfiest pullover then I don’t know what is! This pullover is sure to keep you warm during the cold winter days ahead. It comes in 4 different colors too.
Just ordered these as I pursue a cleaner and tidier home in 2018. I’m sick of looking at my jewelry – it makes everything feel more crowded on my vanity. Following the Mari Kondo method above, I’m putting things in their right place and putting them out of sight to promote a more peaceful atmosphere.
So this is the last post for 2017. I won’t be blogging this week or the next so I can focus on getting prepared for 2018. Besides, many people won’t be online anyways – I’m sure you’ll be spending time with family! But stayed tuned because on January 1st, I’ll be publishing some amazing new blog posts about setting goals, building your classic style, personal branding, and living your best year ever.
I am so dedicated to not only making my life better, but helping you elevate yours. And I’ll also be launching my next blog for influencers and entrepreneurs who want to up level their blogs or businesses. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make this happen. From interviewing bloggers and business owners, to working after hours to build the site – this next blog will be dedicated and niched so that those who want all my communication and blogging tips can simply look for the information in one spot. Isn’t that just the best? I like keeping The Petite Bijou varied, but I think all the tips I have for communications & blogging should be on a different platform – after all, not all my readers are bloggers & I certainly don’t want to alienate anyone or deter them.
To prepare for my 2018 blog launch and new posts for The Petite Bijou, I use The Content Planner – a new and innovative planner from blogger and entrepreneur Kat Gaskin. She designed this planner with the needs of bloggers and business owners in mind. It features some great details like social media sticker, monthly goals, themes, and hashtag holidays. Basically, this planner will help you form a editorial strategy and calendar. If you’d like to check it out, click here.
BLOG POSTS TO CHECK OUT
Here are some blog posts you may have missed on The Petite Bijou & some others I’ve been really enjoying from other blogs. Check them out!
Butternut Squash Bruschetta Recipe by Hello Spoonful
The French Beauty Approach by Beauty Bliss
I hope you all enjoyed this weekly musing! And I hope you have a lovely holiday and see you in the New Year!