Before it’s time to step away from the computer and soak up some quality family time, I wanted to be sure to take a moment to share my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday roundup of a few small things that are making me smile right now. Please feel free to join in the fun in the comments section of this post and tell me a little bit about something you are loving this week!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Mr. Independent
This is something I’m loving but also something that is pulling at my heartstrings! As you guys know, Chase started walking only a few weeks ago and I swear it feels like it was yesterday when he would only walk when he had a death-grip on my finger. Now he’s all about doing everything by himself and runs around laughing and saying, “No, no, no” if I try to hold his hand. Where did my little baby go!?
Chase has always been a pretty independent little guy but since he’s been a little slower to find his mobility, I feel like I lucked into a few extra months of “babyhood” with our little man. Now that he can walk – um, excuse me, RUN – he is all about exploring and following his curiosity all over the place. It’s so fun to watch, even if I do miss his sweet little hand wrapped around my finger.
- Homemade Soup on a Chilly Day
Is there anything more satisfying than a warm bowl of homemade soup on a chilly day? I pre-chopped a bunch of veggies earlier in the week so on Thursday afternoon, all I had to do was throw them into a big pot with some sliced chicken and spices for a deliciously chunky chicken soup that totally hit the spot for my lunchtime meal.
- A Decorated Bathroom
Growing up, my mom always decorated the bathroom everyone would use on the first floor of our house for Christmas and I loved the unexpected festive touch of holiday towels and trinkets. Last year I bought a few things on super-sale at Kohl’s and HomeGoods after the holidays, determined to give our downstairs bathroom a little Christmas cheer this year.
The addition of a small holly rug and hand towel, a balsam and cedar candle, mini-wreath and two holiday prints makes me smile and brings me a little burst of joy every time I use our Christmasy bathroom! (Also, random story about the mini wreath… I ordered it on final sale through RueLaLa and totally thought it was a large wreath so when it arrived, Ryan and I had quite the laugh. What is this a wreath for ants!? What was meant for a wreath for our front door quickly became bathroom décor!)
- Cat & Jack Pants
A while back, I was commiserating with some of my fellow boy mamas about the lack of cute clothing for boys at Target. I always saw so many adorable girl items but all the boys stuff was awful! Well, lately it seems like the tides have turned! The Cat & Jack clothing line at Target almost always has something adorable that catches my eye and about a month ago, I picked up a pair of $7 maroon jogger pants for Chase that have quickly become my all-time favorite. They’re a little more stylish than sweatpants but are incredibly soft and cozy and actually fit our tiny dude around the waist! Woop! You better believe I picked up two pairs of the pants at Target in the next size up when they were on sale for buy one, get one 50% off yesterday. That’s two brand new pairs of pants for $10.50! I just had to share this here today for any other mamas out there who might have little ones who are actually quite little and struggle to find pants that don’t fall down or look too baggy and ridiculous on their kiddos!
I’m sharing this one here for any bloggers out there who might be looking for a little guidance, inspiration and knowledge about anything and everything related to blogging, social media and entrepreneurship. I participated in the last summit and thought it was incredibly informative and worthwhile and ended up with so many takeaways. (I seriously think listening to Katy Widrick’s session alone was worth my registration fee!)
The Food Entrepreneur Summit registration officially opens at 10 a.m. TODAY and will run from January 4 – 12! (It is a virtual summit and you can access all the sessions on your own time which is what I did! I would just download the audio sessions after they were released and listened to them on walks with Chase and SAdie.) Nicole Culver organized a lineup of incredible speakers and topics again and I have a feeling this summit will be even better than the last!
- Friday Flashbacks
Coconut Oil Peppermint Bark (A simple dairy-free recipe that only requires five ingredients to make!)
Mimi’s Sugar Cookies (My grandmother’s recipe and a family favorite! Dust with red and green sugar for a festive Christmas cookie!)
- Minted Giveaway Winners
Congratulations to Julia, Amanda and Hannah, the three winners of last Friday’s Minted giveaway. All winners were emailed earlier this week. Thank you so much to all who entered!
- Around the Web
Stellar Sales: 20% off all regular-priced items at Nieman Marcus with code FRIENDME / Mizuno Shoes + Activewear sale on Zulily / 20% off at Williams-Sonoma + Free fast shipping with code FRIENDS (ends tonight!) (We love their peppermint hot chocolate and their gold monogram mugs are beautiful!)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?