My birthday was really nice and low key and filled with quality time with friends and family. I’m thinkin’ 32 will be a pretty good year!
This weekend is another travel-filled weekend (the last of our foreseeable travel adventures for a while) and I’m heading off for a girls’ weekend in Savannah with four of my closest girlfriends. We’re road tripping it to Georgia later today (so psyched!) and I’ll be flying from Savannah to Washington, DC on Sunday for a super-fast blog trip before returning to Charlotte on Monday morning. It will be a whirlwind weekend and I will miss my boys very much, that’s for sure!
I’ll be sure to recap the fun on the blog next week but for now, let’s keep things consistent and dive into your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post, featuring a short roundup of a few things that are making me smile this week. As always, I’d love for you to join in the fun in the comments section of this post!
Things I’m Loving Friday
I found this cleanser on Amazon after I did a bunch of research for a clean, organic and vitamin-C rich facial cleanser and have been LOVING it so far. I used Clean & Clear face wash for years and years, abandoning it when I was pregnant but using it again when my skin totally freaked out earlier this year since it always seemed to work well for me.
Though C&C face wash works for me from a get-rid-of-blemishes standpoint, I didn’t like using it based on the ratings it received on the Think Dirty app, an app that rates cosmetic and personal care products based on potentially toxic ingredients. I used Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser for a while and LOVED it (I still do, actually!) but wanted to try something with vitamin-C, following the advice my esthetician gave me during a facial back in March. I found Amara Organics Vitamin C Facial Cleanser after looking for a product that was free of many common harsh ingredients that also contained vitamin C. It’s been wonderful for my skin so far and I already feel like it has minimized the look of my pores and leaves my face feeling soft and clean.
- Our Previous Home Owners’ Love For Gardening
One thing is for certain: Neither Ryan nor I were blessed with a green thumb. I do not have a knack for gardening and seem to have no trouble killing plants that people assure me are “hard to kill” so it is a miracle that we have a small assortment of beautiful flowers blooming around our house. We deserve absolutely none of the credit, but I’m pretty darn grateful to the previous owners of our house who planted some beautiful (and apparently very low maintenance) flowers around our backyard. We absolutely loving watching them bloom every spring! We have aspirations to plant a vegetable garden one day but I should probably conquer the easy-yet-impossible-for-me task of keeping a basil plant alive first.
- Birthday Play Date
My girlfriends planned the sweetest birthday play date yesterday morning and I absolutely loved celebrating with my favorite girls and our kiddos! They had tons of my favorite foods on hand (I am such a sucker for Nothing Bundt Cakes mini bundtinis) and I left Lauren’s house with a very full heart (and stomach)! I sure did luck out when I met these women!
- Brookside Crunchy Clusters
Have you guys tried Brookside Crunchy Clusters? Oh my gosh they are so good. Crunchy, sweet and waaay too addicting. Truthfully when I saw the packaging at the grocery store a while back, they didn’t appeal to me at all. “Crispy multigrains and soft fruit pieces tumbled in smooth dark chocolate” sounded pretty darn meh to me, but when I tried them at my friend’s house a month or so ago, an obsession was born. The chocolaty clusters are a perfectly popable snack (or, let’s be real, candy) that I cannot get enough of lately! Purchase this stuff with caution, my fellow chocolate-loving friends.
- Best Mom Ever Spoon Birthday Gift
Chase gave me quite the special birthday gift yesterday! (I have a feeling he had a teeny bit of help from his dad on this one.) This “Best Mom Ever” spoon definitely made me smile! I love the way it combines my love for fun kitchenware in a sweet and meaningful way with my love for eating!
- Wednesday Night Cookout
On Wednesday night, Ryan and I had our new neighbors over for a casual cookout! After three rainy days in a row in Charlotte, it was wonderful to be able to gill outside and spent some time in our backyard. Plus, there’s not much I love more than digging into delicious BBQ food! Bring on the summertime cookouts!
- Friday Flashbacks
Since I’m off to Savannah today, I thought it might be fun to center today’s flashbacks around some of our prior trips to Savannah!
Question of the Day
What is one thing that is making you smile this week?