Good morning and Happy Fall, y’all!
How are you today? All is well over here as we approach a weekend that will be pretty full thanks to our plans to attend a birthday party and a local festival amid plenty of time outside and around the house. I hope your weekend is the perfect combination of fun and relaxing!
Since it is Friday, it’s time to focus on some of the little things that make us smile on the blog today in your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday roundup! Below you will find a few things that I am loving this week and, as always, I would love for you to join in and share something wonderful from your life in the comments section of this post.
Have a great weekend!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Chase Saying “I Love You”
File this one under baby babble only a mother can understand, but my heart absolutely melts every time Chase says his version of “I love you.” It probably sounds more like “ay yi yi” to everyone other than me but I’ll take it! He is such a little chatterbox and it’s so fun to see him using his voice more and more, even if his current favorite noise to make is “ehhhh” when he wants me to bring him whatever it is I’m eating/doing/touching at the moment. What’s mine is Chase’s these days!
- Upcoming Trip to Asheville
I am so, so excited because two weeks ago, Ryan and I booked a house just outside of Asheville for a 7-day mountain vacation with my family. We had such a wonderful time d uring our mountain getaway in Boone and Banner Elk last year (<—Chase was so tiny!!!) that we had to make it happen again this fall. I am really looking forward to exploring Asheville during our stay and, as always, I welcome any recommendations you guys may have for things to do, restaurants to try, trails to hike and more! (I already have a solid list going thanks to your recs on my Facebook page!) The countdown to our vacation is officially ON and I cannot wait!
I’m sharing this one here for my fellow Hamilton-loving friends! Hamilton’s America, the documentary film that brings history to life through the lens of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, debuts on PBS on October 21 at 9 p.m. (EST) and you better believe I will be watching! I’ve been playing the Hamilton soundtrack in our house non-stop for weeks now and simply cannot get enough.
- A New Email List (Finally!)
So it has only taken me 7+ years, but I am finally getting around to creating a newsletter! Subscribers will receive blog posts and other fun updates right to your inbox for free! Never miss a recipe, workout or Peanut Butter Fingers update! You’ll also receive updates about the Dinner Made Easy ebook that will be launching NEXT week! I will share more information next week but the Dinner Made Easy ebook is an affordable (and healthy!) monthly meal plan that contains recipes, grocery lists and food prep tips. I can’t wait to share it with you guys soon!
Anyway, if you’d like to subscribe to my email list, simply enter your email address in the box below. I’d love to have you along for the ride!
- StitchFix for Men
Did you guys hear the news!? StitchFix just launched the styling service for men! I’ve been ordering regular fixes for years and am so excited to have Ryan try out the service, too. Last night he created a style profile and I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted to let you know what he thinks of his first delivery! (Also, if you are a current StitchFix client, be sure to use your referral link to invite the man in your life to try the service so you can receive a $25 credit to your account!) Now if only we could get them to do children’s fixes…
- Joyful Eating, Nourished Life (October 10 Program Registration Open!)
Round two of the Joyful Eating, Nourished Life program that focuses on intuitive and mindful eating begins October 10 and registration is open now! My good friend Anne from Fannetastic Food teamed up with two fellow dietitians, Alex from Delish Knowledge and Rachael from Avocado A Day Nutrition, to create a 6-week program designed to teach you how to get healthy without deprivation, calorie counting or stress about food or exercise. The program will not introduce restrictions into your life, but focuses on changing the way you interact with food and exercise and create awareness of the emotions behind those decisions.
According to the program’s website, Joyful Eating might be right for you if you:
Feel extreme guilt when eating certain foods
Struggle with lack of energy despite trying to eat healthy and exercise
Experience periods of uncontrolled or binge eating
Feel uncomfortable in your own body
Turn to food in times of stress or sadness
Are out of touch with your body’s hunger and fullness cues
Are sick and tired of calorie counting and following rigid diets that leave you feeling exhausted, depleted and like a failure
Registration for the October 10 program is now open and you may find out more information and read testimonials from those who participated in the first round of the program here.
- Friday Flashbacks
Tips for Packing Everything in a Carryon Suitcase (I hate checking a bag when I travel and this post includes a handful of tips and tricks I use to ensure I can carry-on nearly every time I fly!)
Extra Chunky Homemade Chicken Soup (An easy and filling gluten-free soup recipe that is absolutely packed with vegetables and chicken. A wonderful Sunday food prep meal that you can reheat throughout the week!)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile today?
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