First and foremost, HAPPY DIWALI!

Diwali 2017

Diwali is one of my all time favorite holidays.  There’s something so special about celebrating the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.  Also, so many of my childhood memories are tied to this time of year – time with family, the phone ringing off the hook, delicious food, etc.

I can’t wait for Kaiden to experience (and remember) the fun that is Diwali!

To be honest, I always wish we were back in Atlanta with our parents during this time of year.  Obviously, that wasn’t possible this year, so my sister and her friend Ashley organized a Diwali dinner for us on Tuesday, and I volunteered to host it at our place.  It was so much fun hanging out with Aekta, Adarsh, and a few friends.  The food was delicious too!  Of course, Kaiden was the star of the show.  My mom sent an Indian outfit for him, so we dressed him up and took a few pics.  He looked beyond adorable!

Diwali Dinner 2017

Other than Diwali fun, this week included lunch with both current and former coworkers/friends, a coffee date with my friend Pankti, and a nighttime Target run (all sweaters were BOGO 50% off!).  My in laws get in tonight, and we’re so excited to spend time with them.  The weather looks promising and warm (at least on Saturday), so hopefully we’ll venture out.

With that, here are a few of my favorite links from the week…

An interesting and helpful way to frame a common parenting struggle.

LOVE this idea.  Would work even if you don’t have kids…an after work routine if you will!

I NEED to make these bars.  They have my name written all over them!

Our thoughts are very powerful.  Choose wisely.

Want to be healthier?  Get more sleep!

As a Biore nose strip user, this article was eye-opening!

think these tips and tricks these could actually work!

These muffins look irresistible!

Could not agree more about the importance of ‘both/and’ thinking.  I need to be better about this myself!

Love all of these lessons, but this one literally gave me goosebumps…If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors.

Our mind may very well be our most powerful tool.

Happy Friday (and weekend)!  And from our family to yours, we wish you lots of love, light, and joy. 🙂

By Parita

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