Link Love, Vol. 16

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there and most importantly, my mother! None of us would be the people we are today without our mothers, and I am forever grateful for the strength, courage, grace and poise of the wonderful woman who raised me. It means more than I can express that through the last two weeks or so my mom has been unfaltering in giving me her unconditional support during this stressful time, as she always does for me. Mom, if you’re reading this (and I know you sometimes read this blog!) I love you and I hope you have a great, great day.

Luckily, a major stressor has been lifted (more on this to come!) and I can fully focus my energies where they need to be for the next week and a half in preparation for my first business trip! I’m taking off on Friday to go to San Francisco for a few days, which is very exciting. I know it will be a lot of work before, during and after the trip, but this is a great professional opportunity and I am determined to get all I can out of it. On a personal note, I’m also hoping that Cindy and I can coordinate our schedules so that we can meet up over dinner like we did when she was in DC in January!

Beauty is in the (critical) eye of the beholder, as Sarah reminds us.

Sarah shares words of wisdom from her mom and aunts.

Kathleen’s mom is awesome. Here’s seven reasons why.

I love using fruit in savory dishes, so this grilled chicken with blackberry sweet and sour sauce sounds amazing.

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes? Yes please!!

Marjorie’s take on living alone makes me all the more excited for a positive outlook towards my upcoming housing change.

I’m retooling my budget and reevaluating my approach to budgeting, so I appreciated Pear’s post about how she tricks her mind into thinking she has less as a motivator for better saving strategies. (As an aside, anyone got any budgeting tips they’d like to share?)

Girl Meets Debt explains why an emergency fund isn’t necessary for her right now.

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