Good morning! As soon as this blog post goes up, we’re heading to the airport! Ryan, Chase and I will be spending the weekend at my mother-in-law’s house in Sarasota and I cannot wait to see Chase with is grandparents and great grandparents! It’s been waaay too long since our last visit and we’ve been counting down the days.
Earlier this week I received a text from my mother-in-law with a picture of the room she has set up for Chase and it looks like a new nursery/perfect play space with lots of toys and I’m kind of worried Chase may never want to leave!
I’ll be sure to recap all the Florida fun on the blog next week but until then, let’s stick with the usual routine around here and dive into your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post where we all chat about the little things that are making us smile every week.
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Fresh Figs from Our Fig Tree
Leave it to us to live in a house for almost two years and not realize we have a fig tree! It wasn’t until our neighbor pointed it out that Ryan and I noticed a rather large tree in our front yard was practically overflowing with fresh figs. What!? Considering the fact that I can’t seem to keep even the most basic plants alive, I was pretty psyched the former home owners of our house did the grunt work on this one and planted and maintained such a beautiful and fruitful tree. We’ve been enjoying fresh figs for two weeks now and I am loving it! The experience of eating fruit from our own yard has been pretty darn cool and I’d love to explore planting a garden but know I have a LOT to learn before that happens…
- Stranger Things
During my trip to Winnipeg last month, some of my blogging friends strongly encouraged me to watch Stranger Things on Netflix when I returned home. It sounded way too sci-fi for me but Ryan and I decided to give it a shot last weekend. I almost dipped out after the first two episodes (I am SUCH a baby and felt like the show stressed me out too much to be enjoyable), but I am glad I stuck with it because Ryan and I ended up loving it! The show is definitely different than the kind of shows we usually watch together but reminded me a lot of the dystopian books we both really enjoy. (Plus, the fact that it takes place in the 1980s is way too entertaining.) We’re almost done with season one (there are only 8 episodes) and I’m psyched to hear that a second season is in the making!
Whenever I share pictures or videos of Chase drinking his smoothies or water from this cup on Snapchat, I inevitably receive a handful of questions from you guys about it. I’ve briefly mentioned it on the blog before, but now that we’re using this cup all day every day, I supposed it deserves to be highlighted a bit more!
The Lollacup is, without a doubt, the best sippy cup we’ve found for Chase for a myriad of reasons, the number one being the fact that the bottom of the straw is weighted, so it follows the liquid at the bottom of the cup around. This means that whenever Chase takes a sip, he gets some liquid which helped him learn to use the cup with relative ease. (I say “relative” because I still had to offer it to him a number of times before it really clicked and now he chugs liquids from it!) The cup is easy to clean and we now own two because I always like to have one ready to go with water and another with a smoothie for Chase. The handles on the side of the cup also click on and off which makes it cup-holder friendly (and Chase usually prefers it without the handles anyway). We LOVE this cup and I have a bunch of my girlfriends hooked on it for their little ones, too!
- Pineapple Paradise Tea from Waterbean Coffee
I’m sharing this one here for any locals! Last night, I met up with a handful of my girlfriends to kick off a fall small group/Bible study at Waterbean Coffee. We sat outside and since it was quite warm and muggy, I wanted a cold, refreshing drink to sip on while we chatted away. The sweet barista recommended her favorite Pineapple Paradise tea to me and it was so ridiculously tasty that I knew I had to mention it here! The tea is bursting with flavor thanks to apple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, rose hip peel, pineapple and coconut and tastes like summer in a cup. I plan to go back to buy some of this tea to have on hand at home for an afternoon pick-me-up because it was so incredibly refreshing. A must-try if you live in the area!
- Country Boy’s Mustard Spice Num Num Sauce
A free sample of chicken dipped in this sauce when I was shopping at Whole Foods prompted this purchase a few months ago and I’ve been meaning to share it with you guys ever since. It’s so delicious and the ingredient list is a breath of fresh air compared to other grilling and dipping barbeque-style sauces out there. We’ve used it on chicken, burgers and pork chops and think it tastes great mixed with my favorite Bone Suckin’ BBQ sauce as well. Love this stuff!
- Friday Flashbacks
Oven Baked Rutabaga Fries (A healthy alternative to greasy French fries! They taste delicious dipped in ketchup and served alongside everything from hamburgers and grilled chicken to salmon and veggie burgers.)
Traveling with a Baby for the First Time (My takeaways after flying solo with Chase for the first time – What worked well and what I would change moving forward)
- Around the Web
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?