How are you guys doing!? All is well over here in the land of toddler tantrums (because wearing anything other than jammies these days = DISASTER). I’m not sure what it was about returning to our normal weekday routine on Wednesday morning, but something flipped in Chase and I felt like I had my butt kicked by a two-year-old before 9 a.m. The meltdowns have continued but thankfully Wednesday morning seemed to be the worst of it. TGIF, right!?
I am ready for this weekend, that’s for sure. We don’t have a single thing on the agenda and that was very intentional. I’m sure we’ll fill the next few days with something fun but if our days include curling up at home in our pajamas, I’m totally okay with that as well.
Now it’s time to move onto my usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post and, as always, I’d love for you guys to join in the fun and tell me a little bit about something that is making you smile this week in the comments section. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Things I’m Loving Friday
I first became aware of blue light protection glasses when I saw Kate mention them on her Instagram Stories. My interest was immediately piqued since I spend my fair share of time staring at my computer screen. I did a little research since I didn’t want to drop major dollahs on something I thought might admittedly be a bit of an unnecessary impulse buy and found a $20 pair on Amazon Prime with good reviews. They claim to reduce eye strain and headaches, cut 90 percent of blue light and help with better sleep. (Some reviewer said they like to keep them bedside to use when they scroll through their phone at night to help with better sleep.) I am just keeping my glasses on my desk and slip them on before working every day and so far I really like them. They’re comfortable enough that I forget I’m wearing them after a minute or two and if they can help protect my eyes, I’m all for it. I actually texted one of my best friends who is an optometrist in Denver to ask if they really do work and she said, “They can definitely reduce eye fatigue related to computers and screens! It’s kind of over-hyped right now but they certainly don’t hurt!” Worth a shot to me!
- Holiday Cards
I realized earlier this week that I never shared our holiday cards on the blog this year! Truth be told, I found myself mailing them out the Saturday before Christmas so our friends and family likely received them after Christmas but hopefully they served as some kind of a hybrid Happy Holidays / Happy New Year card from our family. Once again, I opted to order our cards from Minted and used a picture that my second cousin’s wife took for our family when we were on vacation in the Outer Banks earlier this year. (Amy is a professional photographer living in the Raleigh, NC area if you happen to need one!) I also couldn’t resist putting together a mini collage of photos from 2017 on the back of the card and I think the picture of Sadie in the bottom left corner may be one of my all-time favorites. It just makes me want to cuddle her right up!
In Tuesday’s blog post, I mentioned my love for Kristin’s Thai Crunch Salad. It’s truly one of the BEST blogger recipes I’ve ever made and you MUST try it ASAP if you typically enjoy Thai flavors. I actually ended up making the recipe twice this week (it keeps fairly well as leftovers since it uses coleslaw mix rather than lettuce) and I realized there were two things I used to make the salad that might be worth mentioning into today’s post!
If you make a lot of salads, I highly recommend a salad dressing mixer. I love mine and since I often make my own salad dressings, I really appreciate the way it has a handful of go-to dressing recipes on the side of the container. I’ve made all of them and think they’re fantastic! (I actually also have this salad dressing bottle which is a cheaper $7 option!) And I know I’ve mentioned this handy lil’ salad chopper + bowl on the blog before, but it’s worth highlighting again if you love chopped salads. The double pizza cutter-like blade is incredibly sharp and finely dices up veggies in the giant mixing bowl so you get a bazillion more flavors from your various ingredients in every bite of your salad. The best!
- The Great British Baking Show
I think Ryan and I are on a roll with random Netflix food shows because this one just popped up on our radar and is proving to be another wonderful find. (I owe my friend Carrie a thank you for recommending this one!) It’s oddly funny, drool-inducing and somehow calming to watch at the end of a long day. Plus, I get such a kick out of deciphering certain words that mean one thing in America but something rather different in the United Kingdom… like pudding.
- Homemade French Onion Soup
I’ve never made French Onion Soup at home before and after my friend Chelsea highly recommended this recipe to me, it found its way onto my weekly meal plan. I completely spaced on picking up a baguette when I was shopping for ingredients but a piece of Ezekiel toast worked well in a pinch (though it looks rather comical). Ryan and I both gave this recipe rave reviews. It was such a tasty cold weather dinner. Cozy, savory and satisfying!
- $250 VISA Gift Card Giveaway Winner
Congrats to Danielle, the winner of the RetailMeNot $250 VISA gift card giveaway! Danielle said, “I would love to go shopping at Victoria’s Secret during their semi annual sale! They have a great line of workout clothes and sleepwear.” Danielle was emailed first thing this morning. Thank you so much to all who entered!
- Friday Flashbacks
Sheet Pan Paleo Salmon (This recipe for Sheet Pan Paleo Salmon with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans answers the question “What’s for dinner?” with a simple one-pan meal. A combination of flaky salmon, crispy roasted potatoes and fresh green beans make this a satisfyingly flavorful recipe.)
Exercise Ball Ab Workout (A 9-minute workout that will challenge your core through a series of three rounds of six stability ball core exercises.)
Question of the Day
What is one thing you are loving this week?