Friday Finds #164

Christmas and Valentines

Here we are, three weeks already into the new year.

Tomorrow I have a two-hour drive to Indianapolis for our state’s tri-annual board meeting at Butler University (my first one as Immediate Past President! wahoo!).

Are you part of a professional organization? If not, I can tell you that one of the things I love the most is simply the colleagues that develop into friends. Not only do you get opportunities for your own enrichment and student events, but you get groupies with it! 🙂

It’s never too late to join!

Are you ready for some goodies to end your week?



We’re halfway to Valentine’s Day. Holiday weeks are always a good chance to take a break from your regular lesson time routine and either hold group classes or at least play some games or do different activities in your private lessons. Lauren just published a Valentine’s activity round-up for us! (Lauren Lewandowski | Piano with Lauren)



Here’s a Valentine’s Playlist I created on Spotify to enjoy for the next few weeks. (Amy Chaplin | Spotify)



Two years ago: Football and Valentine’s (Amy Chaplin | Piano Pantry)

Don’t miss the sweet photo at the end of the post my husband (a former photographer) did for me in our early years.



We may be halfway to valentine’s but Christmas is always in our hearts, right?

Photos: Christmas Around the World (Alan Taylor | The Atlantic) 30 pictures of holiday festivities, featuring images of both secular and holy celebrations from China, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, England, India, Japan, the U.S., and many other places.

2019 Christmas Gifts for Students (Joy Morin | Color In My Piano)

It may be January, but clip it to Evernote and tag it “Christmas”. Your November self will thank you.



My new Christmas cardholder. It was out of stock and didn’t arrive until early January so needless to say, I’m now displaying all my Christmas cards

Available on Amazon or Hayneedle.

Personal pictures in Friday Finds? Why not?! 🙂



The Journey of Becoming a Business-Loving Independent Music Educator (Sara Campbell | Saras Music Studio)



One of our profession’s big techie gurus, Hugh Sung, shared a fun post showing the progression of his website since the ’90s. (Hugh Sung)



Art at it’s most raw, human state. Love it. How 17 Outsize Portraits Rattled a Small Southern Town. (Audra D.S. Burch | The New York Times)



How Many Towels Do You Need? (Rose Lounsbury | Becoming Minimalist)

Yes! For me, four of each for our master bath – bath towels, hand towels, and wash rags and for a guest bath, two of each.



A simple and healthy soup: Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup (Paty Katalano | The Kitchn)



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