I didn’t have the chance to put a blog post together yesterday but wanted to pop in today because my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post is always my favorite to write. Below is a short roundup of things I am loving this week and, as always, I’d love to hear a little bit about something that is making you smile right now in the comments section.
Happy Holidays, my friends! And Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating this weekend!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- BoomChickaPop Sugar Cookie Kettle Corn
I know myself enough by now to know that whenever I buy a bag of BoomChickaPop Holidrizzle flavored kettle corn it will be completely gone in less than 48 hours. Well, my latest defeat over this kettle corn occurred when I polished off a bag of the Sugar Cookie Kettle Corn in one sitting. Guys, it wasn’t even kind of challenging. I can’t be trusted around this sweet and salty magical treat, I’m tellin’ ya!
- Return of Afternoon Play Dates
For a few weeks there it felt like Chase’s naps were all over the place and many of my girlfriends’ kids were going through the same unpredictable sleep schedules. We can almost always count on a decent morning play date but the afternoons were a bit more challenging for a while and I’m not sure about anyone else out there, but the afternoons are usually a little harder in toddler land. Chase generally wakes up from his nap FULL of energy and ready to cause a ruckus so I am very glad naps are coordinating again and we’ve been able to get together with friends for a bunch of afternoon play dates over the past two weeks. Woo! My sanity has returned!
- Holiday Cards
Checking the mail is so fun this time of year! I absolutely love tearing into holiday cards from our friends and family and flipping through them with Ryan at the end of a long day. Also, is it just me or are more and more people using professional photos for their holiday cards? Holy gorgeous! I always just use a hodgepodge of pictures from the year (the picture on the front of our Christmas card this year was actually from our visit to The Biltmore in October) but I’ve seen some photographers in the area offer amazing deals for “mini sessions” so maybe it’s something to consider for next year?
- Painted Dog Ornament
On my Tuesday blog post, a few of you asked about the painted ornament of Sadie that my Aunt Laurie gave to me and Ryan for Christmas last year. I followed up with her and wanted to share the artist’s information here for those who requested it! She ordered it from Shawn Hart of Earth Muffin Studio in Raleigh, North Carolina and it looks like they also take orders online. (I’m also pretty sure you can see Sadie’s exact ornament and the painted ornament my aunt ordered for Leslie and Ross of their chocolate lab Kona on the website, too!) We absolutely love our ornament and thought it was such a thoughtful gift!
The slippers have been a TILF feature before and were a Christmas gift from Ryan last year (kind of… I pretty much ruined the surprise) but they deserve another mention because I’ve been wearing them non-stop this month and cannot tell you how much I adore them, especially when it is FREEZING outside. They are just the coziest slippers ever and I also love that they have a hard sole that works well (and keeps my feet warm and dry) if I need to quickly step outside to let Sadie out or something. It’s probably way too late to snag these as a Christmas gift for someone but maybe they’ll go on sale after the holidays? (I actually found them for nearly 50 percent off on Zulily last year.) So soft and so, so warm!
Oh, and I will probably highlight the pajamas you see peeking out of my slippers in another post when I have a chance to fully photograph them but holy cow how have I never tried Gap’s Pure Body line before? The fabric feels heavenly and I am LOVING my joggers and long-sleeve tee pajama set!
- Friday Flashbacks
Cardio HIIT Workout (I shared this one nearly four months ago but wanted to feature it again in case you’re looking for a no-equipment-needed workout during this long holiday weekend! P.S. I also fully support taking a bunch of rest days and soaking up quality time with family instead.)
Coconut French Toast Casserole (A recipe worthy of a holiday brunch!)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile right now?