I hope you guys all had a great week. It flew by over here since Chase only had preschool two days this week and we had a bunch of stuff on the agenda so I am ready for a little bit of downtime this weekend. Bring on pajamas all weekend! Okay, maybe not all weekend, but I’m hoping to be in my pajamas before sundown tonight. Big plans, my friends.
And now let’s move along into my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday post where I share a little bit about the things that are making me happy this week. If you care to join in, I’d love to hear about something that is making you smile this week in the comments section of this post as well!
Things I’m Loving Friday
Re-purposing Leftovers for Lunch
If last week was the week of meals in bowls in our house, this week was the week of semi-homemade soup lunches. I eat dinner leftovers for lunch quite frequently but twice this week I re-purposed my leftovers into various store-bought soups and loved the way this seemed to almost breathe new life into them.
On Tuesday afternoon, I added leftover salsa chicken and wheatberries to lentil soup from Whole Foods and then yesterday afternoon, I doctored up a box of creamy butternut squash soup with black beans, shredded chicken and cilantro (all leftovers from taco night) and it was fabulous! Hooray for leftovers!
A while back, my beloved Four Sigmatic decaf coffee was discontinued. I was so bummed and went on the hunt for a decent organic decaf to replace my favorite cup of coffee. I am still on the lookout for a good one (please let me know of any recommendations), but I recently ordered this decaf organic peppermint mocha coffee off Amazon because I looove peppermint flavored coffee and it had decent reviews. I’ve been making it in the morning and pouring frothy coconut milk on top and it honestly is one of the highlights of my day! I use my Keurig’s refillable k-cup to make my own version of half-caff coffee and think it’s great mixed with regular coffee as well.
Educated by Tara Westover
When I asked for memoir recommendations on the blog a couple of weeks ago, Tara Westover’s Educated was mentioned a few times and for good reason. The book is captivating, complicated and fascinating. I enjoyed reading her story very much and would absolutely recommend it for anyone looking to dive into a compelling memoir for their next read.
Tara Westover’s memoir documents her life as a child in the mountains of Idaho where she was raised by survivalist parents opposed to traditional education and follows her journey to receiving her PhD from Cambridge, despite having never set foot in a classroom until she was 17 years old. Tara’s story is one of complicated family ties, a young girl’s thirst for knowledge, abuse, loyalty, discovery and incredible resilience.
Thrive Market Deals & Gifts
I’m not sure if what I’m about to share is new or not but it’s definitely new to me! Did you know you can select freebies to be included with your Thrive Market orders when you spend more than $29? I’ve always loved that in the past Thrive Market would include a free sample of something new in my deliveries from time to time but now it’s even better because I’m able to choose the freebie that interests me most from a selection on their “DEALS” page. In my two most recent orders, I selected this box of Four Sigmatic Mushroom Matcha Drink Mix (a $33 value!) and a jar of New Chapter Fermented Maca Booster Powder (a $44 value — I mix it in with my smoothies) and they shipped with my Thrive Market deliveries free of charge! Since I know a bunch of you are Thrive Market fanatics like me, I just had to share this here so you can take advantage and get some great freebies in the future! And if you’re new to Thrive Market and want to give it a try, my affiliate link will give you 25% off your first order.
Incline Walking + The Bachelor
On Tuesday, my workout for the day looked like incline walking + catching up on this season of The Bachelor! It’s been ages since I watched TV during a workout but I’m not going to lie, I kind of loved zoning out on the treadmill and seeing what Colton is up to on his quest for love. I completed the above 30 minute incline walking workout so I didn’t have time to watch Monday night’s episode in its entirety, but this season seems like a good one so far! Are any of you guys watching? Thoughts? Any favorites?
Paleo Sheet Pan Salmon (This recipe answers the question “What’s for dinner?” with a simple one-pan meal.)
Exercise Ball Ab Workout (A killer core workout that incorporates a stability ball for an extra challenge. I love doing this one after a quick 20 minute HIIT treadmill HIIT session!)
Question of the Day
What is one thing you are loving this week?