9.19.2014

friday five.

ONE: My father-in-law is visiting this weekend! It's his first time in Charleston and I am so excited to show him around our new neighborhood. We're planning on visiting a few new (to us) restaurants and making some homemade Persian food! Follow along on instagram :)
TWO: Earlier this week H and I went to Jim 'N Nick's BBQ for a little date night dinner. My burger totally hit the spot and cheddar biscuit and seasoned fries were delicious. H's bbq pork plate was really good (minus the fried green tomatoes-- they were disappointing). I can't wait to go back for some bbq pork tacos. 
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THREE: The other week we watched the TED Talk: The happy secret to better work. During his presentation, Shawn Achor challenges the audience to train your brain to focus on the positives -- which will allow your brain to work more optimistically and successfully. He suggests doing the following for 21 days: write down three things that you are thankful for, journal about one positive thing you experienced that day, meditate, perform a random acts of kindness (example: write a positive email of support). These things done over and over again will train your braid to scan the world for the positive instead of the negatives. Before we go to bed, H and I have gotten into the habit of saying three (or more) things positive things that happened that day. It's such a nice way for us to end the day and take a little time to be thankful.
FOUR: I finished One Plus One this week. It was a quick read and a great story (not that I am surprised -- I'm a huge Jojo Moyes fan). Next up: Suite Francaise, Dragonfly in Amber (the second book in the Outlander series), and All Fall Down. Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read first?
FIVE: There are a few days left to enter my Tieks giveaway -- don't miss it!

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian
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24 comments

  1. I wish I could find more time to read, how do you do it?! That's such a great idea about you and H sharing things you're thankful for at night, so sweet! Have a great weekend with your family!!

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  2. Ugh, dissapointing fried green tomatoes are the worst, bummer!

    Those books look good. I need some new reads, thanks for the suggestions!

    have fun this weekend with your FIL!

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  3. Suite franchise sounds really interesting!!! Have fun with your FIL this weekend and enjoy all the food!

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  4. Your food pics are killing me! Yum. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Enjoy your weekend with your FIL! Fun!

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  6. Yes Jim and Nicks is so good!! I've watched the TED talk a few times and it's always interesting! You should watch the one with Dr. Wahls who had MS and was wheelchair bound and changed her diet and lifestyle and is now pretty much normal. Have fun with your FIL!

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  7. Sounds like a great week. Still dying to get into that book! Love her too!

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  8. Your pictures of Charleston are always so pretty. My in-laws actually moved to SC in between Hilton Head and Savannah, GA. I really want to go to Charleston some day though! Anyways.. Love # 3!! Such a great idea. That food looks delicious too. Have a great day and enjoy your time with your father-in-law! :-)

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  9. I haven't read any of those - One plus one is on my list, as is Suite Francaise, and all fall down.. ok and the outlander series. I'm so behind on my reading!

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  10. Omg, yum, that food looks good! So sad that the fried green tomatoes weren't good, they can be delicious if done right! Have a great weekend!

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  11. I had to look away from that food! It made me want to run out to Chipotle! LMFAO! I read All Fall Down and I thought it was really good. You should try that one! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  12. I've read all the Outlander books multiple times and I LOVE them! I think you should definitely read that book first!

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  13. I've been trying to re-create Beef Koobideh, so far no luck. Recipes if everything comes out good! Have fun with your FIL and showing him around!

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  14. ahh i want homemade persian food! can he stop in boston on his way back? haha. have a great weekend!

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  15. Hope you have a fabulous weekend showing your father-in-law around town! Enjoy!

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  16. So much to love here. Can't get over how cute Charleston is through your photos, and must put that TED talk on my list! Have a great weekend ladyfriend!
    xx, Emily
    shell chic'd

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  17. I need to go #3. That TED sounds really great. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great weekend with your father in law! Can I get that cheese biscuit too please?? YUM.

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  18. That food looks amazing! And I love your book recommendations -- I'll need to grab one of those!

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  19. have so much fun with your father in law this weekend! charleston is such a fun city!

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  20. Have so much fun with your father-in-law! It is always fun to have family in town!!

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  21. Your Charleston photos make me desperately want to move there.

    http://bedknobsandbaubles.com/

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  22. Sounds like it's going to be one delicious weekend!

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  23. You can never go wrong with Jennifer Weiner books! Jim N Nick's looks amaaazing... now I'm craving burgers! Hope you're having a good weekend!

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  24. You have been posting the more amazing pictures of food, especially burgers! Haha Love listening to TED - so inspiring!
    Linh
    http://abeautifulrawr.com

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