Hi friends!! How are you doing this morning? I hope your week is going well so far! I’m popping in today with a throwback 2013 fav — a “Currently” themed blog post! It’s a blog post I enjoy sporadically sharing on PBF to highlight some things I’m currently enjoying, reading, wearing, doing, etc. If you feel like playing along, I’d love to read about some of your current interests, awesome finds, reads, eats and more in the comments section of this post!
Let’s dive right in!
Currently (May 2021)
Currently Reading: The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Kate Quinn has officially claimed a spot as one of my favorite authors. I devoured The Alice Network and The Rose Code and am currently reading The Huntress and loving it. I’m sure I’ll go into more detail about this book in an upcoming Friday post but let’s just say if you’re a fan of well-researched historical fiction, it’s absolutely worth a read.
Currently Anticipating: My Hair Appointment! And an Eyebrow Appointment! And a Pedicure!
I haven’t had my hair done in 1.5 years and I am readyyy. I have an appointment for the first week of June and I am counting down the days! My hair needs some serious help and I cannot wait. @ChristieBrennBeauty, I’m coming for YOU!
I also have a much-needed eyebrow appointment on the books for next week and my Mother’s Day pedicure scheduled and after seriously neglecting some of these beauty indulgences over the past year and a half, it feels incredibly nice to be able to look forward to them again.
Currently Pondering: Summer Plans
Last summer we loved every second of the two weeks we spent at my parents’ place in Florida over the Fourth of July and we are planning to return again for another two weeks this summer, too! We’re planning our visit over the Fourth of July and again and also hope to be there to celebrate my sister’s birthday with her at the end of June. I know this trip will be a highlight of our summer and I already cannot wait! Beach + Pool + Repeat = The BEST! Factor in lots of family time and I’m in heaven!
Annnd speaking of summer… I am also trying to figure out summer camp schedules for Chase and Ryder. I’d ideally like them in camps on the same days/same times so I can free up some work time for myself which is tricky given their three year age gap. (A lot more camps are open for Chase’s age in our area than for Ryder.) I only have two weeks booked for the boys for the entire summer so far. I’m sweatin’ it a little bit because I need the work time but another part of me just wants to lean into a more laidback summer and not worry about scheduling much. If something fun pops up, we’ll jump on it but for now, I’m trying to go with the flow. That’s what summer is all about, right!?
Currently Watching: Nothing (… And Looking for Suggestions)
It’s been months since we’ve had a good show to watch and, if I’m being honest, I’m still a little sad we’re done with Schitt’s Creek. I haven’t found a show I’ve liked that much in YEARS so it’s definitely a tough act to follow. I’ve heard great things about Ted Lasso from my friends Merri and Leah so that show is on our radar. Also, a documentary that intrigues me is My Octopus Teacher and I’m wondering if that one might be a good one to watch as a family during Family Moving Night since our boys are animal-obsessed. If you’ve seen it, is it interesting/appropriate for kids? Any other must-watch shows out there?
Currently Relishing: One Morning When Every Kid Slept In Past 7 a.m.
Yes, it really happened! On Tuesday! This has not happened since Rhett joined our family and likely won’t happen again anytime soon but it was so wonderful.
Currently Ordering: Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops
Consider me influenced. After seeing so many people share these tanning drops on Instagram, I bit the bullet and ordered them from Sephora. They seem super low maintenance (you add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer) and received Sephora’s “clean beauty” designation so I figured they were worth a try. My drops arrived yesterday and I haven’t tried them yet but my fingers are crossed that they will live up to the hype.
Currently Feeling Emotional About: Chase’s Preschool Graduation
Oh my gosh. It’s really happening! Chase is graduating from preschool at the end of the month and the general sentiment from me and the other moms in his class is that we’re all just a bundle of emotions. Chase has been at the same preschool for four years and I could not love it any more. I am so appreciative of his amazing teachers who pour so much time, effort and love into our kids every year. During his time at his preschool, he has made some amazing friends and I’ve grown to love so many of the families we’ve met through his school. Most of our kids have been together since the 2s class and knowing that most of them will be separated and heading off to different schools in the area has me feeling extra emotional. They’ve been such a wonderful group of friends for four years and I will miss hearing all about this special gang. Thankfully Chase seems incredibly excited about kindergarten which is a huge blessing so while I think I’ll be crying my eyes out at his graduation, I think he’ll be juuuust fine.
Currently Making: Lots of Pancakes
We are on a big-time pancake kick in our house for one glaring reason: Rhett LOVES them! When I make pancakes for the boys, I try to make them more nutrient-dense and we have a few recipes on rotation lately! My banana bread protein pancakes are always a hit with our crew (Rhett even eats them cold right out of the fridge) and these almond flour pancakes from Love and Lemons are so simple that I’ve found myself making them over and over again.
Currently Sweating: 3-4 times A Week in Our Driveway
If 1.5 years ago you would’ve told me I’d find myself working out at home often times in the early afternoon, I would’ve thought you were crazy. I distinctly remember myself saying that if a workout doesn’t happen before noon around here, it doesn’t happen and, well, let’s just say I’m eating my words at the moment. Planning my workouts around three kids’ schedules and trying to maximize nighttime/early morning sleep has me often working out during one of Rhett’s naps which means that more often than not my workouts happen at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. To be honest, I really enjoy my outdoor workouts when things run smoothly which, um, isn’t always the case if I don’t plan things well and too many kids are awake and needing me. My return to Burn Boot Camp is still very much on my radar but I’m making things work the best I can right now and feel grateful for a decent home workout setup.
I’m mostly doing Burn Boot Camp workouts online (they stream them for members working out at home) and also love YouTube workouts from Nourish Move Love.
Currently Craving: ALLLL the Homemade Ice Cream
Making a batch of homemade strawberry ice cream two weeks ago unearthed my love for homemade ice cream. If you follow me on Instagram, get ready for waaay too many pics of various ice cream recipes in my Stories! Also, if you have an ice cream recipe you think is a “must make” please let me know!
Question of the Day
Pick a few “Currently” prompts to share with me!
- Currently Reading:
- Currently Anticipating:
- Currently Ordering:
- Currently Watching:
- Currently Feeling Emotional About:
- Currently Craving:
My octopus teacher is definitely not kid friendly. Super interesting for sure.
Good to know!! Thank you!
I was gonna say the same thing. Not kid friendly but really touching and beautiful cinematography, so I highly recommend it.
Ted Lasso is hilarious!! I highly recommend that too!
I wouldn’t recommend My Octopus Teacher for children. It’s interesting but has a sad ending.
Love those tanning drops! Just make sure you wash your hands afterward.
Currently obsessed with Jane the Virgin on Netflix. It’s a sitcom/telenovela and it’s entertaining and cute and just perfect to pop in and out of for this busy mama.
Love these posts!
Currently Anticipating: Heading to FL for much needed beach time!
Currently Ordering: Waiting for this Vitamin C serum from Sephora –
Currently Watching: Found this show while searching for something to watch when my hubby was working late. It’s really cute, not sure if Ryan would be into it!
Currently Feeling Emotional About: My oldest finishing kindergarten! Ah! Time is going by too fast. 😢
Currently Craving: Chocolate chip banana bread, will have to see if you have a recipe!
Queen’s Gambit was amazing. Also, we love the show Catastrophe on Amazon Prime. Very cheeky, but hilarious.
Forgot to add Money Heist if you haven’t seen it. Obsessed with it!
Agree with Money Heist, so good!
I’ve never even heard of this show — will definitely look into it!!
It’s actually a show from Spain, but Netflix bought it and dubbed over in English. The characters are SO good. You will love it…my favorite show of 2020 for sure.
Remembered 2 more:
Jack Ryan, which I think you mentioned you watched, but not sure?
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I LOVED queens gambit!!! Watched it after Rhett was born and it was so so good!!
I’m currently reading Layla by Colleen Hoover. Started out loooving it, not entirely sure how I feel halfway through. Hoping to finish it up soon – I took a long weekend for a little mountain getaway!
Lisa Vickers says
Check out Atlantic Crossing (on Amazon Prime/Masterpiece Theatre). Historical drama about WW2, FDR, and the crown princess of Norway. I barely watch tv, and this has me hooked. Have you tried any frozen yogurt recipes? I bought the ice cream maker you have on sale last week and have already made two batches of ice cream!
Currently Reading: American Royals
Whenever I need a new book I always go straight to your Amazon book list so please don’t ever stop giving book recommendations!
I highly recommend The Good Doctor for your next show!
my mom likes that show a lot!! and american royals was so good!! such a great “escape” read.
Currently Anticipating: Our movie theatre just reopened and they’re doing an anniversary screening of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe tomorrow (loved that book–SO excited!)
Currently Reading: Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe (Non-fiction is real hit or miss for me, but this is verrrryyy interesting–its about the family that created and marketed the medication OxyContin and how it/they contributed to the opioid epidemic)
Currently Watching: I have been all about Modern Family! I had watched an episode here or there, but now that they’re all streaming on Peacock, i’m watching from the beginning and find myself laughing out loud!
modern family is SO good! we watched it a lot pre-kids and i feel like i’d probably laugh even harder now!
Ted Lasso is an amazing combo of funny + feel good. Note that it has A LOT of language in it though 😉
Thanks for the book recommendations as always! Have a great week!
A 7am morning sounds incredible!! As far as shows, I agree that Ted Lasso was awesome and would highly recommend it. I am currently reading Hillbilly Elegy and while I wouldn’t call it a “light read” by any means I’ve really been enjoying it!
We’ve been watching Succession. It’s definitely adult themed but the characters and storyline are great.
Ted Lasso is a must watch for sure. We finished it and started it right over again. I also cannot recommend Kim’s Convenience and Derry Girls enough (they are both on Netflix).
Watch Outlander! Soo good – the books are also incredible.
My husband and I stumbled onto Dead to Me and have been loving it! We love the short 30ish min episodes and it’s a great mix of drama, humor (usually dark humor), and suspense. Also Workin’ Moms is another great series with quick 30min episodes and is hilarious. I think you’d find it especially humorous given where you are in life and sometimes after a long day of mommin’ I can’t handle a long serious show. Workin’ Moms is great for something more light-hearted and is bound to make you laugh.
We are watching Life in Pieces, we watch it on Amazon. I LOVED Schitt’s Creeks. Life is Pieces is similar in that it is light hearted and funny!
Like in Pieces is seriously the best! I was going to suggest it, too! My husband and I literally laugh out loud at every episode!
We loved Ted Lasso and I watched My Octopus Teacher solo but absolutely adored it! There is a new David Attenborough documentary on Netflix called Life in Color which might appeal to your boys. For more adult viewing, we’ve been watching the latest Handmaid’s Tale season. The Mindy Project is also SOOO good! It’s not new but I frequently go back to it when I need a good laugh.
Cobra Kai on Netflix – just finished and it was so, so good! Lots of flashback scenes to the original Karate Kid movies, so you don’t need lots of Karate Kid knowledge to understand what’s going on.
And on the complete opposite end of the spectrum – Younger on Hulu (originally on TV Land) is a Sex and the City for a new generation. Super cute and funny.
Quick tip…check out commonsensemedia.org. They have in depth reviews of movies/books/shows and give details that can help you decide what’s appropriate for your kids. I use it all the time.
My boys are 7 and 4.5 and are animal/nature obsessed. We recently watched the new whale documentary series on Disney+ and it was amazing. There were a few parts where the whales were hunting that didn’t sit well with my sensitive oldest but besides that it was fabulous.
For shows: Who Killed Sara? (a Mexican show but dubbed in English), and I recently decided to go old-school and watched all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls for the first time and currently making my way through Dawson’s Creek!
Emily Ashton says
Currently Reading: Disoriental – Negar Djavadi, so good!! but I’m 8 months post partum and struggling to fit in time to read!
Currently Anticipating: throwing a baby shower for a friend this weekend who’s having a baby girl and then date night 🙂
Currently Ordering: board books!
Currently Watching: Schitts Creek, so behind the times and trying to savor the last season!!!
Currently Craving: icecream! i’ve been dairy free for a while breastfeeding and I miss icecream like WOAH
On Netflix: Workin’ Moms is great and, our personal fave, Nailed It (baking fails show) is the best and so funny. Also, that picture of 2 year old Chase and Sadie oh my gosh precious!!!!
Ashlee O. says
Currently Reading: Anne of the Island (I’m new to the Anne of Green Gables fan club, but I’m all in 😍)
Currently Anticipating: celebrating a belated Mother’s Day with my mom. Our tradition is wine and the fabulous Artichoke Crab dip at Stanley and Seaforts!
Currently Ordering: that anti-choking device 😆
Currently Watching: “Shadow and Bone”, and coincidentally but unrelatedly, “Bones”.
Currently Feeling Emotional About: getting to celebrate a friend’s birthday with some of my favorite ladies!
Currently Craving: pizza. I always pizza.
The Huntress is sooooo good and creepy…. such a great read! I recommend trying out Younger on Hulu. There are 7 seasons and the main character Liza is hilarious. She goes back into publishing in NYC disguised as a 20-something when she is really 40.
If you’re missing Schitt’s Creek, I’d give Kim’s Convenience a try. I’m not 100% certain but I’m pretty sure it’s available on American Netflix (it’s Canadian). Ted Lasso is also fantastic!
Kim’s convenience on Netflix is amazing! We loved it & they do a great job wrapping up the show on the last season.
Courtney Wilton says
Currently Reading: In case you missed it – Lindsey Kelk (easy to read girly book!)
Currently Anticipating: the start of winter here in Australia!
Currently Ordering: Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow freeze
Currently Watching: Handmaid’s tale and eagerly awaiting each new drop every week!
Currently Feeling Emotional About: my baby turning 2 in July 🙁
Currently Craving: cold weather and everything that goes with that!