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Galentine's Day is all about sharing the love, and what better way to show your love than with a McNugget bouquet?! Keya Wingfield of Candy Valley Cake Company worked with us to design these custom Galentine's Day bouquets made with real McNuggets.  We also worked with local illustrator Hayden Ireland to create a card with the likenesses of some of our favorite RVA gals in celebration of Galentine's Day. Learn more about Hayden and her work here. See more photos from our McNugget campaign here
 
We've been having the best time with The Tooth Brigade. From our influencer preview event to our launch at BBGB books to our segments on CBS6 and NBC12, our photoshoot at Whim Wonderland and our popup at clover, we couldn't be more thankful for the community support! 
After being inspired by storefronts on my trip to New York during the holidays, I made a faux flower wall display for my office. Here's how we made our DIY flower wall and links to everything you need to make your own! 
 
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BOOKSHOP.ORG Open Book by Jessica Simpson My business book club friend Amy sent out this article to our group about keeping a balanced bookshelf and reading diet. I replied with a laugh that I was balancing reading about stoicism with Jessica Simpson's memoir. That was before I finished the book... One of my favorite lines is toward the end, where she says  "If you do not have that stable presence in your life, take the time to become that stable presence for yourself - to find that stillness within you no matter what storm you're in." This was such a wonderful book and I'd recommend it to anyone. It feels like you're having a conversation with her. 

BOOKSHOP.ORG Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday Wowowow I loved this book. I took so many pages of notes on this one. Some of my favorite nuggets: "Routine, done long enough ad sincerely enough, becomes more than routine. It becomes ritual - sanctified and holy." "This is what the best journals look like. They aren't for the reader; they're for the writer - to slow the mind down, to wage peace with oneself." I'm huge on journaling and love the bullet journal method, because it mixes to-dos with reflection. 

BOOKSHOP.ORG Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss I'm worried to share this book because you'll all know my negotiating secrets. haha. This was a really interesting book. The author is an FBI international kidnapping negotiator. He also has a masterclass.

BOOKSHOP.ORG Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison I love Christy's podcast, Food Psych. I felt like I was having revelations while I was reading it, but there was so much to take in  I can tell I'm going to want to read this book over and over. I think it's the type of message you need to hear a few times. 

@MATTNAVARA  Some hardcore instagram grid work by @hbomax.  I've been trying to think of creative ways to use the "grid" on Instagram and this is definitely an inspiration. Someone in the thread pointed out that @aldiuk also has a good one. and I agree - it's a beaut.

@RVACOFFEESTAIN Spoilers alert. A free 6 hours or a free weekend doesn’t exist. BUT a free 30 minutes does. So if you just carve out 30 minutes to do hyper-focused work on it then by the end of the week you’ve spent 3.5 hrs working on it! That’s 14 hours a month you’ve dedicated to working on it. I love this little message of encouragement from Doug Orleski

MEDIUM 64 Things While People Can Do For Racial Justice Watch these videos to hear first-hand accounts of what our black brothers and sisters live. Then read everyday people’s experiences through the hashtag #realizediwasblack. Share with others.

PHILO Binge your favorite shows at a guilt-free price. After reading a few articles/reviews, I signed up for Philo so that I can watch the Hallmark Channel. It's $20/month and I can also 


RICHMOND, VA CITY COUNCIL Boards and Commissions Vacancies Here's a list of city council committee seats that are up for grabs. 

FORBES Local Bookstores Have A New Weapon In The Fight With Amazon Profit from books sold through Bookshop will be split three ways, with 10% of the sale price going into a pool that will be divided among participating bookstores, 10% going to the publication that triggered the sale by linking to Bookshop.org, and 10% going to Bookshop.org to support its operations. Bookshop.com’s 10% commission and Amazon’s is 4.5%.

TWITTER Owls can sit criss-cross applesauce. They can also run.

CNN An 8-year-old boy paid off the lunch debt for his entire school by selling key chains 

WRIC Hollywood couple continues push to boost filmmaking in Virginia Daphne Maxwell Reid, commonly known as “Aunt Viv” from the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Tim Reid, known for playing ‘Ray Campbell’ on “Sister, Sister.” 

 
NOWTHIS Teachers are amazing

THEHILL Clothing company M.M. LaFleur will lend free clothing to women who are candidates in races up and down the ballot “We never purport that clothes help move the needle on female representation, but we want to do our part to make things a tiny bit easier,” CEO and founder Sarah LeFleur said in an email to the “M.M. community” Tuesday. Women running in any race can email the brand for more information on the offer.

POSITIVE OUTLOOKS BLOG 
Blind engineer invents a SMART cane that guides the vision impaired using Google maps and sensors
 

BUSINESS INSIDER An artist created a giant mural across 50 buildings in Cairo without the government noticing Amid Cairo's brick buildings and heaping piles of trash is a sprawling work of art, which, at first, looks messy and incoherent. But when you stand on the nearby hillside and read the spray-painted Arabic "calligraffiti," as its creator Tunisian-French artist eL Seed calls it, the message reads loud and clear: "If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes."

ELLEN Ellen Gives Perfect Attendance Student a Pencil Her Classmates Can’t Take This little girl went viral on Twitter and it was SO cute when Ellen welcomed her on her show.  


DEMILKED  Dirty Car Owners Find Their Cars “Vandalized” With Amazing Drawings

 
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