Good morning! Another week has come and gone and I’m left scratching my head and wondering where time is going… Into the tiny baby vortex, perhaps? Right when this blog post goes up, my mom, Chase and I are off to the airport to pick up my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law who are flying in town from Sarasota to spend the weekend with us. I cannot wait for them to meet Chase and am especially excited to have Ryan’s grandmother in Charlotte for her very first visit since we moved. It’s a big deal for her to travel all this way and we’re so grateful she wanted to make the trip to meet her great grandson.
Our plans for the weekend include grilling out and hanging around the house with the baby… The usual around here these days! I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend but before we all check out for a few days, I wanted to share your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday post with you! Below you will find a short list of things that are making me smile this week. Feel free to participate in the comments section and share something that you’re loving this week with me as well!
Let’s get to it!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Coconut Butter
This coconut butter (found on sale at HomeGoods!) is all kinds of delicious and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing because I can’t seem to stop eating it. Every time I walk by the pantry, I find myself grabbing a spoonful and also love it drizzled on top of a sliced banana with cacao nibs and shredded coconut as a healthier dessert. I can’t get enough!
- Chase’s First Mohawk
Can you tell Ryan was in charge of bath time earlier this week? He gave Chase his first mohawk and even though Chase’s face is sporting some serious baby stink eye in the above picture, I thought he looked adorable! His fluffy blonde mohawk melted this mama’s heart!
- Candy Cane Lane Iced Latte
For the past week or so, around 3 p.m. I’ve been making myself iced peppermint tea lattes. The cool mint flavor is incredibly refreshing and since the Candy Cane Lane tea I use is decaffeinated, I don’t feel like it interferes with my sleep at night… but then again, I am pretty sure Chase has a monopoly on my sleep disruption these days. To make my latte, I refrigerate a hot mug of tea made with two tea bags (for a more concentrated peppermint tea flavor) until it’s cold and then add almond milk and ice and enjoy! (If you want a sweeter latte, try adding a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia.)
- Lactation Cookies
Gina, one of my wonderful blogging BFFs, sent me the most thoughtful care package this week that was practically overflowing with delicious snacks and an adorable onesie and book for Chase. She’s the best! Gina also happens to make the tastiest lactation cookies! If you are breastfeeding right now or know a mom who is, I highly recommend baking a batch of these cookies as a special treat. They’re so good!
- Mystery Show Podcast
Thanks to your recommendations on Twitter, I downloaded a couple of episodes of the Mystery Show podcast to listen to on my walks with Chase and Sadie. The mysteries aren’t anything crazy – nothing like Serial – but they’re lighthearted and fun and producer Starlee Kine is quite entertaining!
- Peanut Butter Hemp Bars
Bless protein-packed bars! Since my breastfeeding hunger is raging these days, I need to have a constant supply of easy snacks on hand and these Peanut Butter & Peanuts Hemp Bars from CVS’ Gold Emblem Abound line boast 13 grams of filling protein and remind me of a peanut butter Rice Krispie treat! I first tried them as part of my Trail Makers partnership a few months ago and immediately fell in love the toasted coconut, crunchy peanuts and salty peanut butter flavor. I actually packed these in my hospital bag and recently restocked my supply. I’ve also been adding a smear of peanut butter on top before digging in because I am a peanut butter-loving machine.
- Giveaway Winners
Congratulations to Emily, the winner of the Celestial Seasonings giveaway and Natalie, the winner of the Sleep Number giveaway! Both winners were emailed first thing this morning. Thank you so much to all who entered!
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile this week?
Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the “Gold Emblem Abound Trail Makers” this year! I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my Trail Makers posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.