How are you guys doing today? I hope the rest of your week was a good one. I had my first parent-teacher conference at Chase’s preschool earlier this week and though it was all of 15 minutes long and super informal, I loved hearing more about how Chase is doing at preschool two mornings a week. (To quote his teacher, “We’ve never seen him tired. Ever.” Yeah, tell me about it!) The highlight of my week came on Wednesday at my 20-week prenatal appointment. We heard our baby’s heartbeat and our little one was crazy-active again. My doctor told me she truly believes I can relax a bit. Easier said than done, but you better believe we left the appointment feeling incredibly grateful and celebrated with a trip to Duck Donuts for sprinkle doughnuts at Chase’s request.
As for the weekend ahead, Chase is excited to celebrate his friend Cooper’s birthday on Saturday morning and then Ryan and I may try to squeeze in a date night on Saturday night if childcare works out in our favor. I will also be attending a baby shower on Sunday for my friend Macie who just adopted the sweetest baby boy before Christmas and is currently expecting a baby girl in April. Lots of fun stuff on the agenda!
Before our Fridays pass by in a flash and the weekend officially arrives, let’s dive right into my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post! Below you will find a small roundup of a few things that made me smile this week and, as always, I welcome you to share something you’re loving with me below in the comments section.
I hope you have the best weekend!!!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Thayers Witch Hazel Toner (Alcohol-Free)
This witch hazel toner was a recent (cheap!) Thrive Market purchase that I added to my cart after reading rave reviews. I’ve been on the lookout for a natural toner that doesn’t contain alcohol and after a few weeks of using this toner, I am addicted! I apply it to a soft cotton pad and use it on my face and neck every morning right when I wake up, immediately when I get out of the shower and then again after washing my face at night. It’s so incredibly refreshing and I love that it contains aloe vera which is naturally moisturizing so the toner doesn’t make my face feel tight or dry. It’s also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Vitamin A – great for natural skin brightening and anti-aging! While I cannot claim that this toner helped my skin since I know my hormones are all over the place right now, I have not had any break outs or cystic acne since I started using it which is awesome. Win!
- Mini Cleaning Projects
As I’m making my way through A Simplified Life, I’m feeling more and more motivated to donate and throw away the superfluous stuff we’ve accumulated in our house over the years. Sometimes I get majorly burnt out on deep cleaning, so I’m trying to tacking home organization and cleaning on a MUCH smaller and more manageable scale right now.
Since I typically use Chase’s nap time for work, I’ve been limiting my cleaning projects to the small windows of time during the day when Chase is really into solo play (typically with his trains) which usually occurs in the late morning when we arrive home from an activity and the 30 minutes or so before Ryan arrives home from work. This small window of time means I’m tackling VERY small areas of the house on any given day, such as a single cabinet in our kitchen, a couple of overflowing drawers, etc. (Above is a before/after photo of the pot holder/kitchen towel drawer that took me all of 5 minutes to sort through and organize.) I’m hoping this mini cleaning spree sticks because it’s so much less overwhelming than feeling like I need to deep clean the entire kitchen in one day. Plus, I feel an odd sense of joy when I open a drawer that used to be filled with junk and find something streamlined, organized and filled with only items we need and use on a regular basis.
- Bodyweight Total Body Workout
Earlier this week, I took myself through this at home total body workout and it was a fast one but still managed to make me feel like I did something good for my body! The workout is a bodyweight only workout but calls for mini bands. (I love these mini bands from Amazon.) If you don’t have any bands, you can easily omit them from the circuit. (My modifications in this workout included all push-ups on my knees and I also walked my feet in and out for my burpees.)
- Homemade Natural Household Cleaner
My sister whipped up a bottle of this natural household cleaner for me and my mom as a Christmas gift because she knows we’re both increasingly interested in switching the products in our homes to more natural options. Leslie followed this household cleaner recipe to make our sprays and I’ve really loved it! I use it to wipe off our kitchen counters every single day and think it does a great job. It has a slight vinegar smell, so if we’re having guests over I still opt for my Mrs. Meyer’s or The Honest Company cleaners because I prefer their scents, but for everyday use, it’s a cleaning solution I feel good about using in our home.
- Friday Flashbacks
In honor of Super Bowl Sunday this weekend, here’s a roundup of flashback recipes I think would make a tasty addition to any Super Bowl party spread! I’m planning to make a batch of Honey Sriracha Chex Mix even though we have zero plans to do anything for the big game.
Simple Shrimp Dip (A great recipe to feed a crowd!)
Honey Sriracha Chex Mix (So addicting.)
Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars (I make these for friends a lot and they’re always a hit!)
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Almonds (An easy-to-make healthy snack.)
Question of the Day
What is one thing you are loving this week?