After a couple of weekends of back-to-back visitors, this weekend will be a lot more low key which is never a bad thing! I love busy weekends but I also love weekends where we have absolutely nothing on the agenda. Without any real commitments on the calendar, I am simply looking forward to a few days at home with my boys and Sadie!
I don’t care if we do absolutely nothing other than venture out for a trip to the park and hang out around the house. That all sounds perfect to me! This week passed by in a bit of a blur with several particularly draining days (let’s just say I’m beginning to understand the term “threenager”) so I’m hoping to take advantage of the weekend to relax a bit.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share my usual Things I’m Loving Friday post with you guys! As always, I’d love for you to tell me about something that is making you smile in the comments section! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Things I’m Loving Friday
6-Week Postpartum Checkup
I had my 6-week postpartum checkup on Tuesday morning and was oddly looking forward to the appointment. Everything looked good from a healing standpoint which was wonderful to hear and I and received my doctor’s official “okay” to resume working out. I don’t plan to dive back into things full-force around here (nor do I think that’s the safe way to go!) and so far have kept to my daily walks as my primary form of exercise.
I did manage to sneak in one quick upper body strength training session as well which felt AMAZING. Despite using lighter weights and not pushing myself much, I was sore for days after my upper body workout! Returning to fitness after having a baby is NO JOKE and a humbling experience for sure. I’ve missed sweating and boot camp and I’ve definitely missed seeing my workout friends on an almost-daily basis so I cannot wait to slowly get back into it in the coming weeks.
Earlier this summer, in an effort to clean up more of my makeup and beauty products, I spent some time researching some of my favorite products on the EWG’s website. While I was browsing around, I stumbled upon their Sunscreen 101 Guide and ended up discovering Badger Active Clear Zinc Sunscreen, a new-to-me brand of safer sunscreen. The sunscreen received a “1” rating on the EWG’s website (the best/lowest rating for ingredient safety) and was significantly more affordable than other safer sunscreen brands currently on the market. I ordered a bottle for less than $13 on Amazon and we’ve been loving it!
The fragrance-free clear zinc formula blends into our skin much better than other natural sunscreens we’ve tried (I still wouldn’t call it completely clear but it’s barely noticeable) and while it’s a little on the sticky side, it seems to stay on well through sweaty summer activities and swimming. We’re loving this sunscreen in our house and I wanted to share it here as well in case you’re in the market for a safer sunscreen option that won’t break the bank!
I’ve been limiting my walks with Ryder and Sadie to the morning hours in an effort to beat the summer heat (and take advantage of the time when Chase is at camp) but despite our early walks, I still found myself looking for a way to keep Ryder cool while we meandered around our neighborhood. He is mostly sheltered from the cool morning breeze since he’s tucked in his car seat for our walks, so I began researching stroller-friendly fans and ended up returning a few until I settled on this one!
This fan is more powerful than others and I love that you can adjust the airflow and the direction of the fan. (I have it turned out for this picture but obviously flip it and turn it toward Ryder during our walks.) It’s powerful enough that I can feel a wonderful breeze myself if it’s clipped on the car seat handle and the clip is powerful enough to keep it firmly in place. I highly recommend this one for anyone looking for a way to cool down little ones during stroller walks or even beach or pool days in the summertime.
Ali on the Run Podcast
Thank you guys for leaving so many great podcast recommendations on my blog post last week. I’ve listened to a handful of them and wanted to share one of my new favorites here since I think it might appeal to many of you out there, especially those with an interest in running.
Ali on the Run is a podcast hosted by Ali Feller, an avid runner with a down-to-earth personality that makes you immediately feel like she’s your friend. She interviews everyone from professional runners (oh hey, Kara Goucher) to dietitians and more and after listening to three episodes, I find myself coming back to her podcast time and time again to catch up on all of the episodes I’ve missed!
My friend Elisabeth came by our house on Tuesday evening to meet Ryder and brought us dinner that was absolutely fantastic! She prepped this bruschetta chicken and brought it to us to bake along with garlic bread and we loved every bite. I asked her for the recipe and since I know a bunch of you guys are always on the lookout for easy and healthy weeknight meals, I knew I had to share it on the blog. The recipe is Paleo-friendly but we topped ours with a generous sprinkling of feta cheese before baking it and thought it was fabulous!
Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookies (I made a batch of these cookies with Chase’s help this week and we all loved them!)
Baby Registry Must Haves (A flashback peek at the baby registry we created when I was pregnant with Chase based on your advice!)
Question of the Day
What is one thing that is making you smile this week?