Today I’m sharing some of my favorite things from the past week. They include a couple really good TV shows and something that helps me fall asleep at night.

Happy Friday! I know for many of you in the US, you have a long weekend coming up. Up here in Canada, we had a long weekend last weekend. If you have Monday off I hope you enjoy yourself and stay safe.

I don’t have much on the agenda for the weekend. We’re still practicing social distancing and only going out for essential errands. In short, I’m still not leaving the house much other than to go for a walk in the neighborhood or pick up my grocery order. I am looking forward to finishing Between Sisters (affiliate link) in the next few days though. I actually included it in my Friday Favorites post last week.

Outer Banks on Netflix

I started watching Outer Banks earlier this week while I was working on some fabric masks. I wanted to watch something that would hold my attention but didn’t require 100% of my focus.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s about a group of four treasure hunting teens in North Carolina. Think of it as The Goonies meets The OC – all the best parts of the two shows combined. It’s really fun to watch. I just finished episode 4 and there’s 10 in total. I’m really hoping that they make another season of it. My fingers are crossed!

Insight Timer

I know I’ve written about Insight Timer before on the blog, but I wanted to share how much it’s helped me to sleep lately. I honestly don’t know what I would do without it right now.

Previously I would to listen to podcasts to fall sleep. I would usually make it through part of it and then fall asleep. With everything that’s been going on lately and the added stress and anxiety that’s been causing, sleep hasn’t been as easy to come by. I’ve found that I end up staying awake until the podcast is over and then get frustrated that I’m still awake. That only makes it harder to fall asleep.

I’ve been using Insight Timer to listen to yoga nidra practices. My favorites are by Jennifer Piercy and Tanis Fishman. Just search for either of their names on Insight Timer. If you enjoy yoga nidra I really think you’ll like their meditations. Jennifer’s are shorter (30 minutes or less) while Tanis’ are longer. I think her shortest one is 50 minutes.

If you struggle to fall asleep give meditation a try to see if it’ll help. I never would have thought that I would be someone who meditates. Now I can’t imagine going without it. So much can change!

Canva Pro

If you do anything online that involves photos and graphics, then this Friday Favorite is just for you. I recently upgraded from the free version of Canva (affiliate link) to the paid one. I’m really liking it so far. And I’m wondering why it took me so long to upgrade. It’s saving me a ton of time and I’ve only been using it for a week or two so far.

I can now save my brand fonts and colors. They’re super easy to pick when I’m designing. I don’t have to go through and search for them every time now. Thanks to Canva Pro (affiliate link) I have access to all kinds of photos, shapes, and images that I didn’t before. I can resize graphics that I make so it’s super easy to share them on all of the social media channels I use. There are a ton of social media templates that I can use. Being able to create folders to keep all of my uploads and designs organized has been a game changer too.

The Looming Tower on Amazon Prime

I’ve recently been on a spy/espionage kick lately with watching so much Homeland. I came across The Looming Tower on Netflix and when I saw Jeff Daniels in the trailer I knew that I wanted to watch it. I loved him in The Newsroom.

The Looming Tower follows how the FBI and CIA worked together (or didn’t) before the September 11th attacks. There are lots of subtitles throughout when characters are speaking something other than English. If you’re not a fan of them then this probably isn’t the show for you. I didn’t mind them though.

What’s one of your Friday Favorites today? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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