A Better Way to Say “No,” and Notes from the Weekend

Keep the coffee flowing.

By Camille Styles
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Happy weekend, friends. We’re celebrating our first family birthday in self-quarantine today: our baby, Henry, turns 5! Thankfully we’ve been spending time with our parents and my sister’s family, so he’ll get a little family party complete with backyard swimming, presents, and his number one request: a cookies and cream ice cream cake from H-E-B. 😉 It’s only 7:30 a.m., and here are a few nuggets I’ve already gotten from my birthday boy:


Henry, right when he woke up: “Bad news. This is like the worst day ever to be 5. (Me: why?). Because my belly kind of hurts.

H, looking into a mirror: That’s weird. (Me: what?) I still kind of look 4!

H: Measure me on the wall. (Me: why?) to check if I’m really 5.


I’m so thankful I get to be this guy’s mama – he brings so much sweetness and color to our lives every day. Now off to make waffles and celebrate him! Scroll on for my favorite reads from around the web this week, and I’d love to hear any articles / podcasts / shows you’ve been loving in the comments.

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Favorite reads from the week:

We must remember this, during COVID-19 and always.

How to read a book in one sitting.

Get outside and enjoy the cosmic nature of trees this weekend.

What happens when we’re not busy?

There’s a better way to say “no” (I’m saving this.)

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: If the United States were my patient…

You’ll be ready sooner than you think (this spoke to me big time.)

And a podcast: how Samin Nosrat is cooking her way through quarantine.

Also this documentary on athletes surprised me: Creativity is found in unlikely places…

A few fun things you may have missed this week!

New on my IGTV! The 5 new beauty products I’m obsessed with right now.

How to DIY the perfect self-tan at home.

The big green immunity-boosting soup I’ve been making every Sunday.

3 tools I use to clarify my vision and goals.