Good morning! How are you guys doing on this lovely Friday? All is well over here! This Friday should be a fun one because Chase and I will be heading out for an afternoon play date before the weekend fun sets in… And then we’re off to New York on Sunday!
A very last-minute opportunity popped up for me on Wednesday and somehow everything ended up working out from a logistical standpoint, so Chase and I will be New York City bound on Sunday for a super-quick event on Monday. (I’ll be sure to share more details on the blog when I get back next week, but let’s just say I may be dying my hair for the first time ever.) I’m nervous and excited and also a little stressed out about flying with Chase again but I’m hoping our travels will be similar to our flight home from Denver last month and not too similar to our flight away from Charlotte. I’m crossing my fingers for lots of baby sleep! At least the flight from Charlotte to NYC will be a lot shorter than our flight to Denver, right!?
But before I get too sidetracked and wrapped up in the stress that comes along with traveling with a baby, let’s stick to the Friday protocol around here… It’s time for your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday post where we all chat about what we’re loving most each week. As always, feel free to join in the fun in the comments section.
Have a great weekend!!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Sadie After Chase’s Bedtime
I’m pretty sure that the moment I place Chase in his crib for the night, Sadie celebrates internally and feels like her world is finally back to normal. We’re still working on cultivating a loving bond between Sadie and Chase but there’s no denying she loves it when it’s just her and her two original humans. She soaks up all the love she can during this time and relishes all the loving cuddles and kisses! Her face in the above picture cracked me up because she looks like she’s in heaven in Ryan’s lap!
- A Returned Wallet
Bless the kind and trustworthy people of the world! I apparently left my wallet at Whole Foods Lake Norman on Wednesday and didn’t realize my blunder until late Thursday afternoon when I went to mail a package at the post office and my wallet was nowhere to be found. I quickly retraced my steps, figured out where I must have left it and called Whole Foods. I spoke to someone who had me identify my wallet (one benefit of having a yellow wallet!) and told me that it was securely waiting for me at Customer Service. What a blessing! Though I won’t get to personally thank the person who turned my wallet in, I was super grateful for the many headaches they saved me had my wallet fallen into the wrong hands. Hooray for good people!
- Espresso Cheese
I love coffee. I love cheese. But coffee and cheese together? I was skeptical but couldn’t resist buying a wedge of Sartori Espresso BellaVitano and it was freaking fantastic. I cannot seem to stop slicing off a little wedge of this cheese every time I walk by the refrigerator and it tastes wonderful when paired with crisp apple slices and a handful of cashews as an afternoon snack. Coffee and cheese lovers, you gotta try this one!
This Fabletics Europa Pullover is comfy and cozy but I love the way the hi-lo hem makes it look a little more polished than a basic sweatshirt. I now own it in two colors (gray and black) and also gave my mom the same pullover for Christmas after she complimented mine during a past visit. It’s a great go-to casual item I find myself reaching for in my closet again and again!
Apparently I missed the memo that Tuesday was National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, but rest assured, I was celebrating without even knowing it! I made a big ol’ batch of cinnamon peanut butter popcorn after dinner and Ryan and I destroyed it in 2.5 seconds. Love that stuff.
I had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth, the talented artist behind the beautiful March calendar you see above, during a blogger trip to Connecticut back in 2012. Elizabeth regularly shares some of her beautiful work on her blog and on Tuesday published a post with this gorgeous printable calendar for the month of March. I just had to share it here because it’s so pretty and I thought it might be a nice way to brighten up your office or home in a festive way!
- Baby Led Weaning Ideas Instagram
I recently discovered Bethany’s Instagram page @BLWIdeas which has been so interesting to me as a mom who is dabbling in baby led weaning. (We are currently doing a mix of purees and real food for Chase.) Bethany’s page has lots of ideas and every time I’ve asked her a question on Instagram, she’s responded with very helpful answers. She also gives helpful tips underneath her photos, like recommending that moms of little ones squish blueberries and watch for reactions to strawberries since they’re becoming a more common allergen, etc. I just wanted to recommend this one out there to any of you who may be interested in baby led weaning as well.
Note: I have no idea if BLW is an all or nothing thing… Perhaps giving Chase purees means I’m not technically doing BLW at all? I don’t know. We’re taking a blended approach and going back and forth between the two right now and the only way I’ve heard people refer to giving babies bites of real food is to call it baby led weaning. So that’s that!
- Around the Web
- Giveaway Winners
Congratulations to Salome D., the winner of the Blue Apron giveaway! Congratulations to Christi, the winner of the Grokker giveaway! And congratulations to Carolyn S., the winner of The Honest Company bundle giveaway! All giveaway winners were emailed first thing this morning. Thank you so much to all who entered!
- Friday Flashbacks
Healthy Banana Bread (We love this recipe and it also works well as banana muffins!)
60 Minute Boot Camp Workout (Complete each station in the below workout for three minutes before moving onto the next. You will likely finish all of the exercises in each station before three minutes are up, so simply repeat the exercises over and over again until three minutes are over. Rest as needed, but try to keep things moving!)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?