My mind is admittedly a little bit all over the place this morning so I’m just going to roll with it and share a rather random post with you today. Think of this as more or less a “thinking out loud” post filled with a bunch of random musings. Heeere we go!
Five Random Things on a Wednesday
Mom Hack Snack Bag
Hooray for random mom hacks that make life easier! I recently began putting an assortment of (mostly) healthy snacks into a baggie that I can easily transfer from one bag or backpack to the next and it’s the best! (Truth talk: This idea began when I put a ton of snacks in a freezer-size bag for a day at the pool and never took them out.)
I love this random mom hack for a myriad of reasons — one being the fact that I now no longer have a random granola bar or box of raisins floating around in my bag — but I also love it because Chase (our notoriously finicky eater) seems to enjoy picking out a snack for himself and is way more excited about eating a healthy snack when he has some say in his snack choice. But the BEST part is that I love whatever snack he chooses because I’ve pre-selected healthy options so it feels like a mom win all around.
Get Out of My Brain Gloria Estefan
The other morning, I was driving Chase to preschool and the song “1, 2, 3” by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine came on the radio. I found myself singing every single word to this song — “1, 2, 3, 4, come on baby say you love me… 5, 6, 7 times!” — and I had one of those moments when I realized just how ridiculous it is that my brain chooses to commit lyrics to music from the late 1980s to memory but cannot remember where I put my grocery list or my phone or my water bottle. I’d like to free up some of this random song lyric brain space for some day-to-day brain space that seems to have gone missing since I became a mother.
Go-To Impulse Buy
Is it just me or do you guys have a go-to impulse buy at the grocery store checkout counter, too? I’d love to say I’m completely immune and never tempted by the candy or chips at the checkout but that would be a blatant lie. Sometimes they simply call to me and on those days, nine times out of ten I find myself reaching for a trio of Ferrero Rocher chocolate hazelnut truffles. It’s definitely my go-to impulse buy if I’m going to snag some kind of candy at checkout. (Honorable mentions go to peanut putter M&Ms and white cheddar popcorn.)
Marriage Pet Peeves
Please tell me I am not the only person who is married to someone who will move right along to a new jar of peanut butter before the old jar is completely used up? It drives me bananas. File this under one of my biggest marriage pet peeves. Oh and if you happen to be the person who does this in a relationship, stop the madness!!!
For what it’s worth, I’ve been bothered by this type of behavior my whole life. I remember eating cereal at a friend’s house growing up and they’d often have two to three boxes of the same cereal open in their pantry and it just blew my mind and made me want to consolidate everything into one box on the spot. As I typed out that last sentence, I’m beginning to think maybe I’m actually the one with issues here…
Softened Edges of Ice Cream
I’m probably letting my ice cream obsession shine through on a new level by sharing this but there’s no way I’m the only one who practically melts (pun intended) for the softened edges of ice cream around the edges of the container. You know when you leave ice cream out on the counter and the edges begin to slightly melt? Or when you bring ice cream home from the grocery store and it softened a bit in the car? Ughhh it’s just the best. When I know I’m the only one who will be eating a particular pint of ice cream, I have no shame in grabbing a spoon and eating all those beautifully softened edges straight out of the carton. It’s ice cream heaven, I’m tellin’ ya.
Questions of the Day
What song do you know ALL of the lyrics to that you’d happily remove from your memory to free up some brain space?
What is your go-to impulse buy if you’re going to snag a treat for yourself at the grocery store checkout counter?