(Flashback pic to my parents’ Kentucky Derby party when Chase was so teeny!)
Several of my girlfriends were incredibly thoughtful and teamed up to plan a baby sprinkle to celebrate our little one this weekend so it will be a very full but hopefully a very fun weekend. I’ll be sure to recap everything on the blog next week!
For now let’s dive right into the usual Friday shenanigans with my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday-themed blog post! Below you will find a short roundup of a few things that are making me smile this week. I’d love to hear a little bit about what you’re loving right now in the comments section.
Have a fantastic weekend!!
Things I’m Loving Friday
I briefly mentioned these slippers in this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide that I shared on the blog on Tuesday, but I have to highlight them in today’s post as well because I love them so darn much. I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve never loved walking around our house barefoot and generally prefer having something on my feet at all times. I’m a slipper girl through and through but now that temperatures are warming up outside, some of my wintery slippers aren’t calling to me like they usually do.
My mom clearly understands my love for slippers and gave me a pair of fuzzy pink open toe slippers for my birthday last Friday that I quickly dubbed my favorite springtime slipper. They’re still fluffy and comfy but my feet don’t overheat in them since my toes can breathe a bit. I’ve actually seen a nearly identical pair of slippers sell for $84 but this pair is a steal at $24 on Amazon! Woop! Unfortunately the slippers are quickly selling out of most sizes, but these are the same brand and very, very similar! I love the violet and gray colors and they’re only $22. (I also love these with the little poof ball on them!)
P.S. Kindly ignore my orange legs + incredibly pale feet. I experimented with a new all-natural sunless tanner when I ran out of my favorite one and the new one was a big fat fail and completely rubbed off of my feet when I wore sneakers! Ha! Let’s just say I’ve already ordered a replacement bottle of NKD SKN Gradual Glow sunless tanner and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.
- Bird Feeder Toddler Fun
Chase is becoming increasingly interested in birds and squirrels since all of the animals around our yard seem to be extra zippy now that spring is in full swing. We’ve had a bird feeder for ages and only fill it sporadically but now that Chase is super into the birds that come to eat our birdseed, we’re filling it up several times a week. They’re clearly a hungry bunch! I love spotting different kinds of birds with Chase and seeing his intense interest, excitement and curiosity over different kinds of birds is a lot of fun for me, too. Cardinals and robins are his favorite!
When my doctor recommended high-potassium foods and magnesium supplements for the intense cramping I’ve been experiencing in my calves and feet, I knew I needed to finally buy Natural Calm. So many of you have raved about this natural magnesium supplement and also said how much it helped with your sleep and since I’ve experienced my fair share of sleepless nights during this pregnancy, it seemed worth a shot for a myriad of reasons. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with Natural Calm and I honestly look forward to drinking a glass of it before bed almost every night.
I opted for the raspberry lemon flavor mainly because that’s what I found at my local Whole Foods and initially worried it would be too sweet or medicinal-tasting. (There are many flavors and options available.) The flavor is only slightly sweet and a bit tangy and I love it! I find it quite refreshing and have noticed a decrease in the number of foot and calf cramps I experience since I began using it. (They’re not completely gone, but I do think this has helped.) I cannot say it’s drastically improved my insomnia, but I do seem to sleep deeper and dream harder when I take it, so you better believe I’m going to continue regularly using Natural Calm!
- Around the Web
Fitness: Fitnessista Fit Guides are here!! Gina created customized workouts catered to your personal fitness goals and personality and they look amazing! You can take a quick quiz on her site to see what workouts will work best for you from home workouts to fit mom workouts and more. // Carrots ‘n’ Cake + Four Athletics Leggings are available for one more day! My blogging friend Tina created a functional but flattering pair of leggings that will withstand super sweaty and intense workouts. Congrats on this amazing collab, Tina!
Weekend Sales: 30% off everything at Old Navy with code THANKYOU (I just stocked up on some simple spring and summer staples for Chase this morning!) / Extra 25% off sale at Anthropologie / 25% Off $40+ Sitewide + $10 In Fun Cash for Every $25 You Spend at Carter’s with code CART4612
- Friday Flashbacks
Sharing a few party-friendly recipe favorites just in case you guys are doing something fun with friends and family for Cinco de Mayo or The Kentucky Derby this weekend:
Black Bean and Brown Rice Salad: A cold and tasty dish bursting with color, texture, flavor, healthy veggies and whole grains.
Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars: Made with coconut oil, oats and honey, these bars come together quickly and disappear even faster once you take them out of the oven.
Simple Shrimp Dip: A crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make and one of my most popular blog recipes ever!
Cold Quinoa Salad: Light, refreshing and easy to prep ahead.
Paleo Lemon Cupcakes: A citrusy sweet treat that’s Paleo-friendly.
Easy Cilantro Shrimp Appetizer: A one-dish recipe bursting with flavor thanks to cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Question of the Day
What is one thing that is making you smile this week?