I feel like every second I tickle Rhett upside-down I notice a new tooth in his mouth. Little raptor baby!
Neither of the big kids had school yesterday and even though it was a rainy day, we made the most of it with lots of muddy outside playtime.
That picture doesn’t even begin to do the muddy madness justice. (Look at Ryder’s legs and imagine that all over their jackets, boots, hands and legs.) Let’s just say that before we came back inside, two naked boys were hosed off in our driveway and a load of laundry and a mid-morning bath followed shortly after.
As for the weekend ahead, our plans are wide open. We have a birthday party on the agenda for tomorrow morning and need to catch up on some organization and chores around the house. I’m hoping to have a recap to share with you on Monday but until then see below for my weekly roundup of favorites, Things I’m Loving Friday style!
Things I’m Loving Friday
Any other Reading Rainbow fans out there? A couple of weeks ago, I shared an IG Story featuring the theme song from Reading Rainbow and someone sent me a DM with a link to this Take A Look It’s In a Book t-shirt. I bought it the second I clicked the link! I love the look of graphic tees but always struggle with which one to buy because so many of the designs just don’t call to me. You better believe this one did and my book-loving heart had to have it. It’s also been a fun one to wear out and about because inevitably a stranger will comment on it, proving Reading Rainbow had an amazing reach back in the day! And yes, yes I did wear this t-shirt during a trip to the library earlier this week. While that wasn’t planned, let’s just call it a happy coincidence.
Leg Day Workout
Leg day has never been my favorite so I surprised myself by really feelin’ this one! I’m not sure if it was the music I was jammin’ or the fact that I created a workout that incorporated a decent number of deadlifts, hip thrusters and bridges (my fav leg strength exercises), but it was a good one that left me sore for three days after I completed it in our driveway. Bonus: You can easily do this one at home with only a set or two of heavy dumbbells since it doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment.
The decorations on the outside of my previous phone case have been peeling away little by little every day for the past month so when I saw this no-frills phone case in one of @bethereinfive‘s IG Stories, I swiped up! The case is a soft, ultra slim, silicone shock-proof case from Cordking on Amazon and I opted for the pinksand color. (I originally ordered the light brown color because it looked like a super-dark rose color but it was, in fact, light brown when it arrived so I swapped it for the pinksand and am much happier.) I paired the case with a rattan pop socket for a little bohemian flare and I’m loving it!
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Okay, let’s chat about Verity. I shared a snapshot of this book when I initially began reading it on IG Stories and received a handful of messages cautioning me about the content in the book, especially for mothers who may have experienced miscarriage or child loss. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into and admittedly got roped into the book right away. Having said that, I 100 percent echo those warnings, as the writing in Verity is graphic and intense, especially around those particular subjects. I found it hard to read and stomach-turning on multiple occasions and would have a very hard time recommending this book for that reason.
That being said, the storyline was interesting and the book is the kind of novel you fly through in a sitting or two. It’s a twisted page-turner that follows Lowen Ashleigh, a writer unsure where her next paycheck is coming from until she’s offered an opportunity she can’t refuse from Jeremy Crawford, husband of the hit novelist Verity Crawford. Jeremy wants Lowen to complete the best-selling series of novels his wife began before she was severely injured.
In order to immerse herself in Verity’s writing and mindset, Lowen is invited to stay at Verity’s home so she can make her way through Verity’s notes in her home office. Soon after Lowen begins her research, she unexpectedly discovers an unpublished, never-before-seen autobiography written by Verity. The book is filled with secrets, lies, deceit and revelations that could turn Jeremy Crawford’s life upside down. Distressed over whether or not to share the discovery with Jeremy, Lowen keeps her find hidden, but as her feelings for Jeremy grow, Lowen wonders whether or not she should reveal what she’s found, a feeling that intensifies as her suspicions over the severity of Verity’s injuries begin to deepen.
Our kids basically ruined our ability to be able to sleep in a completely quiet room and now Ryan and I are both addicted to sleeping with a noise machine. Having multiple babies who sleep with a noise machine spend 6 months in your room with you will do that to ya, I guess! During a past visit to my parents’ place, my mom had the Dohm Noise Machine set up in our room for Rhett that we ended up absolutely loving. It’s a fan-based white noise machine that provides continuous white noise without any digital looping or odd digital interruptions. You simply twist the outside of the noise machine to adjust the volume of the noise/how much of the fan you hear and it’s been a bedtime staple for us for months. One thing I will say is that this machine doesn’t get crazy loud so if you’re looking for a louder option for a child’s room, I wouldn’t opt for this one. For the boys’ rooms, we looove their Hatch Lights and I cannot recommend those enough for a quality noise machine with a bunch of awesome features.
Around the Internet
Food: Marinated White Bean Salad / Air Fryer Sausage Peppers and Onions / Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes / Kale Pesto Pasta Salad
Fitness: 10 Gym-Free Cardio Options / 30 Minute Dumbbell HIIT Workout
Sales: 15% off all activewear at H&M (They have some great kid’s athleticwear if you have any little ones playing sports this fall) / 20% off Madewell for Madewell Insiders (Sale includes my favorite white sneakers — I pair these with everything and they’re comfy enough to wear to walk for miles!)
10 Preschool Lunches (A peek into two weeks’ worth of preschool lunches + What was actually eaten from each lunch)
Edamame Black Bean Salad (With football season in full swing, keep this simple recipe on your radar as a delicious side dish or dip for any Sunday football gatherings!)
Excited it is almost fall!!!
Here is a recipe I just tried and my kids and I loved it wanted to share with you!!! Let me know what you think if you try it please.
Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!!!
That sounds so good and so perfectly FALL! Yum!
where is your cute little heart necklace from?!?!?
It’s from Gorjana but it’s been sold out for months unfortunately! I found this one on Etsy that’s similar though!! –> https://bit.ly/3zeHxEp
I bet your boys had a blast playing in the rain and mud! Such great memories all of you are creating.
I am excited that our son is turning 18 tomorrow and we will go visit his sister at college on Sunday. It is hard to believe that our baby is 18!!! Our son has special needs and at times our journey has been quite difficult and scary (he had meningitis at 1 week of age and was on life support). I am really trying to focus on all the amazing moments we have had over the past 18 years and the incredible bond he has with his 19 year old sister. Life certainly threw us many curveballs but the 4 of us persevered, never gave up hope and continue to push through so many hurdles and have learned not to take anything for granted.
I am also allowing myself grace to also feel all the feelings of grief that accompany this milestone. We sadly have to file for guardianship on Monday to protect him and to be able to continue to make medical and financial decisions for him. If we do not do this, we could be denied that ability at any point as he technically will be a legal adult. The sadness overcomes me at moments as we are watching friends with sons the same age searching for colleges and planning their next steps. Our next steps are very different than we ever imagined and yet we will make sure his life is filled with amazing opportunities for him. So many unknowns right now as funding for young adults with disabilities is severely limited in the state of Illinois. I have cried more this past month than I have in a long time. So I am really trying to balance allowing myself to feel all these feelings but not getting “stuck” in these feelings for too long and missing out on enjoying who my son is and celebrating his life and what he is able to do and enjoy.
Sorry if my post is hard to read/sad. I guess I just needed to share where I am at right now – all part of life’s journey.
Oh Becca, I felt so many things as I read your comment. It’s so, so clear to me that you are an incredible mother — someone who loves her children deeply and wants the very, very best things for your son and daughter. Your feelings are so understandable and valid. I think anyone would feel a mix of emotions going through something so huge, especially when it pertains to a beloved child. Sending you love and hoping you can hold space for everything you’re feeling right now. Praying your son’s birthday is full of joy and wonderful memories. And I hope your daughter is loving college! <3
Thank you for your kind words Julie. I really appreciate you taking the time to reply.
Also, if you have Venmo, can you send me your Venmo name? I’d love to send you a little something for coffee or a sweet treat or something as a little “pick-me-up” today. <3
Honestly, reading your supportive words is truly a pick me up but thank you for the kind offer. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Omg…this is so so kind, Julie.
And big hugs to you, Becca <3
Happy birthday to your son! I am a special needs mom, too, and i know those feelings all too well. Hang in there and hugs to you
Thank you so much Tracy. I really appreciate your message :+)
I completely agree about Verity! It’s hard to say I enjoyed it, because at times it turned by stomach, but I am glad I read it. I also can’t recommend it, but then, I love to talk about the book with people who have read it. It’s a very strange mix of emotions with that book!
Happy Friday! I love your blog. Where is your family room rug from? I feel like you’ve mentioned before, but I can’t find. I really like it.
Donna Ouellette says
“It Ends With Us” by the same author is very good also. While also a bit disturbing, I couldn’t put it down.
What size did you get on the tshirt? Also, we just stayed in a hotel with the same noise machine and it was great!
I got a medium! I wanted a slouchy fit and it was the perfect size!
Anne @ fANNEtastic food says
We are also addicted to white noise now, LOL! Also, thank you for the link love to my pumpkin pancake <3 xo
The author of Verity, Colleen Hoover, is an amazing writer! I suggest you read Ugly Love next. 🙂
Definitely read It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover next! I also loved her book Reminders of Him.
Oops, meant to put this on your 12/9/22 post! It Starts With Us is the second book after It Ends With Us.