Summer has arrived and, for so many reasons, it truly is a season to remember this year. Hello and welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party! I hope this finds you and yours well, and that everyone who celebrated had a lovely Canada Day and/or 4th of July.
Blog posts about anything that feeds the soul are welcome here at The Hearth and Soul Link Party. Things that feed the soul may include (but are not limited to) recipes, decorating, crafts, family, home, DIY, organization, travel, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.
What Has Been Happening
We celebrated Canada Day with our son and his partner last week. It was so good to see them. ❤️ My husband designed our t-shirts and did all the decorations. As we live in the South of England, we were one of the only houses with decorations. We even had two big flags. I’m very proud of both our countries (I’m British as well as Canadian) and I was so touched by all my husband’s hard work. It really made the day part of a season to remember.
Some of the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, but we are all still being very careful, as the virus is a real threat. My husband and I always wear masks when we go out, except on our walks in the countryside. Hairdressers opened Saturday and we have an appointment on Tuesday (yay!). The camera was quite kind here, but I’ve got some serious roots going on!
During lockdown, my husband and I found we were eating more meat again. We have been reducing our intake for some time now, but we somehow slipped back into our old habits. Last week I cooked a lot more vegetarian meals.
This Vegetable and Cashew Stir Fry has a really delicious homemade sauce. You can vary the ingredients depending on what you have on hand – a real boon these days when I’m being even more careful than ever not to waste food. The recipe has vegan and gluten free options too.
A couple of weeks ago I did another online speaking engagement, talking round the issue of how important it is to Be Kind To Yourself in Difficult Times. It got me thinking, so this week I updated a post I wrote a number of years ago on a subject that is very close to my heart.
In You Are Beautiful Just As You Are, I discuss how accepting you are beautiful right this minute, regardless of your circumstances, can transform how you look at yourself and the world, as well as supercharge your motivation. It’s life changing stuff.
Thank you all for sharing your content with Hearth and Soul. I’m so grateful for the community we have created together.
A Season To Remember Featured Posts
This week’s featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):-
This is definitely a season to remember for many reasons – not least of all the pandemic. If you need to make a mask, this 3-D Face Mask DIY pattern and tutorial from Hello Sewing will be a great help.
It’s also a season to remember for summer celebrations like 4th of July. These delicious Patriotic M&M’s Cookie Bars from Nancy C could be adapted for any country’s celebrations. I love the red, white and blue as it would work for England too – and Canadians could just leave out the blue M&Ms for Canada Day.
Cherryl from Born Again Farm Girl shared 10 Summer Activities For Teens to help make this most unusual of summers a season to remember.
And Jennifer of The Everyday Farmhouse offers step by step directions to help you make beautiful frugal Simple Shirred Sundresses so this can be a fashionable season to remember too.
On with the party!
The Hearth and Soul Link Party – A Season To Remember
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