Hey friends! How was your week? We had a rather relaxed Valentine’s Day on Wednesday filled with some small surprises and sweet treats including Nothing Bundt Cakes and white chocolate-covered Oreos. My sweet tooth is RAGING right now – holy cow – so it’s safe to say I was in heaven. Also, after so much Valentine’s Day build up in our house, I was all excited to hear about Chase’s first Valentine’s Day at school but all he could talk about when I picked him up from preschool on Wednesday was a biting incident that happened between two of his classmates that clearly upset him. So much for a day of love, right!?
As for our furry Valentine, Sadie ensured we didn’t forget about her by planting herself on our mattress as we tried to put our freshly cleaned sheets on our bed at night and refused to move even when Ryan began to pull the fitted sheet up over her head. What a goof.
That little lady makes me smile every single day… especially on days when I feel like it need it.
On Valentine’s Day this year, there was a huge part of my heart that spent the day feeling sad, scared, helpless, frustrated and horrified after another school shooting claimed the lives of 17 people in Florida. Now that I am a mother, I find myself feeling a different sense of terror and despair when I learn about yet another act of violence. I hope with all of my heart that something changes and that we can all better educate ourselves on what steps we need to make to foster change and the action we need to take to keep our children, our country and its citizens safe.
And now, while there is no way to transition from such a serious topic to the normal lighthearted ramblings I share on this blog on Fridays, I do still want to continue on with Things I’m Loving Friday today because it is a series I share to remind myself to smile about the little things in life. I truly hope that it (and this blog!) encourages you to do the same. Below you will find a small roundup of things that are making me smile this week and, as always, I’d love to hear a little bit about something you’re loving right now in the comments section of this post. Enjoy your weekend, my beautiful friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Unexpected Warmth and Sunshine
Seventy-degree temperatures and sunny skies in Charlotte in February!? What!? I think everyone in the Charlotte area tried their best to find their way outside to soak up the unexpected warmth and sunshine yesterday. The little glimpse into spring left me feeling all too ready for warmer temperatures and I am way too excited for the feeling of the sun on my shoulders and afternoon walks that don’t involve tons of layers. Spring, I’m ready for you!
I had a bit of a treat yo’ self moment two weeks ago when I impulsively ordered these fluffy and semi-ridiculous slippers from Nordstrom. Okay, it wasn’t a total impulse… I’ve been eyeing a similar pair of fluffy Ugg slippers for several months now but when this alternative pair popped up on my radar for a third of the price, I jumped on it! You know the kind of silly purchase that just makes you smile? That is these slippers for me. They’re warm, comfy, a beautiful blush pink color and just crazy and fluffy enough to make me smile every time I slip them on my feet. (Also, it looks like the pink color is sold out on Nordstrom already, but I found them on Jet.com, though they don’t appear to be on sale.)
A couple of months ago, as I was coaxing Chase into brushing his teeth, I let him brush mine to make a bit of a game out of it. He said, “Oooh! Mom’s teeth yellow!” The joys of parenting a toddler, right!? His comment, while completely innocent and admittedly funny, sat in the back of my mind especially since I was already feeling like my teeth were looking a little less than their best. A couple of weeks later I stumbled upon a totally click-baity article on the internet that talked about 10 products with thousands of five star reviews that people love on Amazon, and Tuxedo Natural and Organic Teeth Whitening Powder was one of them.
One look at the before/after pictures in the reviews section and a glimpse at the totally recognizable (and pregnancy safe!) ingredient list and I was SOLD. I began noticing a difference in the whiteness of my teeth after using this product for only four days. It also strengthens the enamel of my teeth and doesn’t cause ANY sensitivity which was probably my biggest complaint with other whitening products I’ve tried in the past. I just brush it on my teeth with my toothbrush before I go back and brush my teeth as normal so it’s also incredibly easy to use. I’m a fan!
- Strawberry Perrier
I swear I could drink my bodyweight in sparkling water every single day if it came out of the tap. Until that happens I’ll continue enjoying some of my favorite flavored sparkling waters, the newest of which is Perrier’s strawberry sparkling natural mineral water. I grabbed a case of the slim cans when I was at Target earlier this week and the flavor is refreshing without tasting like bubblegum or strawberry candy. Plus, the level of carbonation in Perrier is spot-on for my personal preferences… not TOO bubbly but with the perfect amount of fizz. As I typed out that last sentence, I realize it that probably sounds crazy to you guys unless you happen to drink a ton of sparkling water in which case hopefully you know what I mean about the perfect carbonation level!
- Friday Flashbacks
Banana Bread Protein Pancakes (After all these years, this recipe is still a staple in our house! ?No protein powder is required and it’s perfect for Sunday mornings.)
Jump Rope Upper Body Workout (A great way to get your heart rate up while you work your upper body.)
Questions of the Day
What was your last “treat yo’ self” purchase?
What is one thing you are loving this week?