I must be honest, I’m feeling a bit bummed going into the weekend because I was supposed to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friends’ weddings tomorrow.
(Throwback pic to shopping for Carrie’s wedding dress in October!)
A while back, I spoke with my doctor about flying out west for Carrie’s wedding at nearly 36 weeks pregnant. My doctor ultimately left the decision up to me but said it “wouldn’t be her preference” for me for a myriad of reasons, including my early delivery with Chase. I struggled with this one so much but ultimately wanted to make the best decision for the health of our baby and my pregnancy and while I feel confident I made the right one, I still hate missing such a special day in Carrie and Aaron’s lives. I’ll be thinking of them all weekend, that’s for sure!
As for our weekend plans, we don’t have anything too crazy on the agenda. It’s supposed to be a rainy one but I’m crossing my fingers for some sunshine in Charlotte, too. If it rains, a trip to a local children’s museum or aquarium is on our radar but if the weather improves, I’d love to visit the zoo with Chase and Ryan. We’ll see! For now, let’s dive into your usual Things I’m Loving Friday post and chat about what we’re loving most this week, shall we!?
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Thank You Cards via Amazon Prime
I was in desperate need of a big box of thank you cards after my aunt and friends hosted two wonderful sprinkles for our baby-on-the-way. I turned to Amazon (where else!?) to help fulfill this need and realized Amazon is a great resource for some super cute and affordable stationary! Who knew!? I ordered a box of 48 floral thank you cards for less than $15 and love the pretty design and the brown craft envelopes included in the box.
I first bookmarked Dr. Greger’s book, How Not To Die, when I saw Brittany blog about it last fall. The book highlights a whole food, plant-based diet as the one diet universally proven to reverse many of the most common diseases. The book is fascinating and packed with scientific evidence and seems to fall in line with the article I previously shared in a TILF roundup: The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right. Dr. Greger’s book quickly led me to check out both the How Not To Die Cookbook and Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen app. Both are fantastic resources for anyone interested in adhering to a more plant-based diet.
While I don’t ever see myself completely eliminating anything from my diet (I don’t have the desire nor do I think this is my healthiest way to live), I am ALL about adding certain foods to my diet and love looking for healthier recipes to make to feed my family, especially if they’re packed with disease-fighting nutrients and help our family take a proactive approach to our health. Since reading How Not To Die, the corresponding cookbook and downloading the free Daily Dozen app, I’ve found myself feeling more aware of the foods I’m choosing to eat. The app, in particular, is so darn handy and offers a checklist of foods to try to eat every day, including cruciferous vegetables, berries, nuts, spices and more. There’s no calorie counting involved at all, just a focus on choosing whole foods to nourish your body in the healthiest way possible.
Also, if any of these resources interest you, I’d check out the How Not To Die Cookbook first, as it concisely highlights important information from the original How Not To Die book and breaks down the “whys” of the Daily Dozen foods Dr. Greger says we should try to eat as often as possible for optimal health.
- Borrowed Maternity Clothes
I feel like I hit the maternity clothing jackpot on Wednesday! I brought dinner over to my friend Danielle’s house because she recently gave birth to the sweetest little baby girl and she sent me home with a ton of maternity clothes she wore during her pregnancy. Now that I’m in the final weeks of pregnancy, I really don’t want to spend a ton of money on maternity clothing so this felt like the biggest gift! I paired my new Birkenstock waterproof slides with Danielle’s under-the-belly maternity joggers, a v-neck tee and a denim jacket when I was out and about in yesterday’s rainy weather and they felt like glorified pajamas. Heaven!
Oh what a delightfully springy scent! I bought this candle on sale at the end of the summer last year and have been saving it for spring/summertime. It’s so bright and fresh and I’ve been loving the happy citrus scent!
- Friday Flashbacks
Favorite Beauty Shortcuts (I wrote this post when Chase was 7 weeks old to share the beauty shortcuts I used and continue to use to make my routine easier and faster!)
Easy No Bake Recipes (A collection of simple, healthy no bake recipes to keep in your back pocket as the temperatures warm up and the thought of turning your oven on makes you break out into an instant sweat!)
Question of the Day
What is one thing that is making you smile this week?