Happy (almost) Birthday to Sadie!! I’m hoping the weather cooperates so we can treat the birthday girl to some of her favorite outdoor activities and spoil her with our annual birthday food challenge. I’m not sure what two foods we will pit against each other this year but it’s always so fun to see which one she runs to first! Chase also wants to make her a cake (99 percent sure this gesture is motivated by his love for icing), so that’s on the agenda as well.
Before signing off for the weekend, I wanted to take a minute to dive into my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday roundup of favorites! As always, I’d love for you to chime in and tell me about something that is making you smile this week. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Things I’m Loving Friday
Leg Day Workout
I am still waiting for the day I finally fall in love with leg day workouts but for some reason they just seem to kill me every time! On Wednesday afternoon, I made it to Burn Boot Camp for a leg workout I almost enjoyed, so I’ll consider that a victory. The fact that the workout included jumping lunges and I didn’t completely hate it is saying something! I felt this one in my quads, hamstrings and glutes and left the gym feeling like I got a great lower body workout so I knew I had to share it here with you guys. It’s hard but effective and I was definitely sore after this one!
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
It’s been a long time — years, probably — since I’ve started and finished a book in one night but it happened with Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I read this book until 2 a.m. and couldn’t stop thinking about this novel for days after I finished reading. (And yes, it was a book that made it worth sacrificing precious sleep!) Where the Crawdads Sing was recommended to me by one of my best friends and a handful of you and it was an absolutely wonderful read with beautiful writing, an intriguing plot and interesting characters.
The book follows the life of Kya Clark, an intelligent and resilient girl knows to locals as the “Marsh Girl,” a young woman as mysterious and intriguing as she is elusive. Kya grew up in the marshland of North Carolina with an abusive family and eventually survives on her own at an incredibly young age thanks to her knowledge of the marsh she calls home and her resourcefulness. Used to living on her own, Kya is surprised when she finds herself intrigued by two local men as she grows up and opens herself up to love and heartache, despite her natural inclination to remain isolated from others. After one of the men, Chase Andrews, is found dead, locals immediately begin to suspect the “Marsh Girl.”
(Side note: While we’re on the topic of great books, I want to say a quick thank you to those of you who recommended various memoirs to me on last Friday’s post. I started reading Educated by Tara Westover two days ago and it’s fantastic so far.)
My mother-in-law sent this star night light to the boys for Christmas and to say it has been a huge hit would be a severe understatement. Ryder is captivated by the lights and Chase calls it his “light show” and loves for our family to lie on the floor in his bedroom together to “relax and look at the stars.” It can be a night light and has a timer you can set to have it turn off automatically but we’ve been most enjoying it for family time before bed when we’ll talk and point out our favorite stars, look for the biggest stars, etc. Since Chase is still very much into space, it’s been an awesome find for him so I wanted to share it here for any of you out there who might have space-loving little ones!
(I spy Ryder! And a bathroom mirror I desperately need to clean.)
I get asked all the time about my favorite nursing-friendly apparel and I feel bad because I rarely have great recommendations since I typically opt for just lifting up my shirt and feeding Ryder BUT I finally have something to share! I recently received this nursing sweatshirt from a fellow Charlotte-area mom of two who recently launched her new company with the hope of giving nursing moms stylish but functional apparel options. It’s perfect for discreet nursing and is comfortable and doesn’t look at all like traditional nursing apparel which, admittedly, usually turns me off. I actually had three different women ask me where I got it when I wore it to the gym this week and all of them were shocked when I said it was a nursing sweatshirt and showed them the hidden zippers.
The sweatshirt is not only crazy comfy but it features discreet zippers on either side of each breast making it easy to feed your little one on the go without lifting up or taking off your top. I love the slouchy cowl neck and kangaroo pocket in the front of the sweatshirt and have been wearing this one all over the place! If you want to try it out, you may use the code PBFINGERS for 15% off your purchase on Amazon through the end of January. And for sizing reference, I have the medium which fits great and while I think it fits true to size, I would recommend sizing up if you want a cozier/looser fit.
- Phone Downtime
My fellow iPhone users, have you seen the Downtime feature!? You can schedule downtime on your phone (Settings -> Screen Time -> Downtime) and your phone will lock you out of everything other than calls and texts. I love this for keeping evenings family-only and ensuring I don’t begin my day scrolling through my phone in bed. You can also set specific time limits on various apps under the Screen Time setting. I had to pass this along because I remember a bunch of you sharing my love/hate feelings for your phones and these little tricks to help keep us off our phones and more engaged in real life are always worth sharing to me!)
Southwest Shrimp Soup (A chunky, flavorful soup perfect for cold winter nights!)
20 Minute Treadmill Workout (Perfect when you’re craving a quick and sweaty treadmill run!)
Question of the Day
What is one thing you are loving this week?