There is something magical about the Friday before a special weekend. Who am I kidding. There is something special about every Friday ever! But we do have something out-of-the-norm going on this weekend, but I can’t share quite yet because it’s a surprise for David! Feel free to follow along on instagram because goodness knows I’ll flood it with pictures. #shameless
Giddiness aside, it’s been a good week around here. I’d love to share a little of it with you, as I’ve decided to make these frivolous and fun what I’m loving posts a monthly occurrence.
First up, I have to give a quick Koda update.
In October she came out of remission. We knew this was something that would happen at some point. We switched up her treatment to an oral chemo every three weeks and were told just to spoil and love her. So we did and we are. She had another check-up yesterday and our amazing vet said that she is holding steady and looking pretty good. We know her days are numbered and it’s been an emotional journey for me that I’ll get into at another time, but keeping in perspective that we’ve had this much extra time with her is pretty incredible.
She is currently one super happy, spoiled dog and most definitely the heaviest vizsla that there ever was – I blame it on all the extra peanut butter.
Ok, ok… where to start…
Wine is always a good choice! So let me tell you about this
Iter Wine. I wish I could tell you it’s an incredible bottle for cheap, but unfortunately it’s not the case. We splurged beyond our usual $9 bottle to try this Cabernet from Napa Valley. It’s just under $20 at Total Wine and is described as “concentrated and inky with robust blackberry, smoke and cedar weaving together beautifully.” Does anyone else read that and go huh???
To translate into my own terms, it’s gooooood. I guess a $20 bottle should be, but it is super smooth and savory. I love it and it would be a great option for an at-home date night or if you’re serving dinner to friends and want a slam dunk option.
Stitch Fix. If you’ve tried it before or never have, I encourage you to give the service a try. I can’t believe I spent so long being timid about my requests. Since I’ve started being super specific, my fixes have been amazing. (Please note, that is an affiliate link!)
I asked for a delicate necklace that could be worn on the regular and just love the simple option they sent me.
Clearly, so did Hailey. Speaking of my vivacious 4 year old…
Step Into Reading Books. We are hooked. There are a ton of story options to fit all preferences, but what I love most is their system at breaking down reading levels.
Hailey is right on the cusp of reading. She can read simple words like CAT and HAT and MAP (which I won’t lie is the coolest thing in the world to me to watch her do!) and these stories make it quick and easy to sound out words together on stories and characters that she loves. This Five Classic Tales version has 2 reading levels included and is one of her favorites.
Truthful signs. I feel like I need this for my kitchen, because it’s honestly, it’s my real secret to getting my kids to eat what I serve. (insert crying laughing emoji)
Revision Vitamin C Lotion. I mentioned in my 2016 aspirations that I am ready to get a more comprehensive skin care routine going. There are several recommendations my dermatologist gave me, but the majority of them I have to wait until I’m completely finished with nursing (which is proving to take longer than I anticipated, but that’s a story for another day).
However, this Revision Vitamin C lotion is one I can use now. I use it once a day in the morning and it’s supposed to help lighten and brighten your skin.
I won’t lie, I’m a marketer’s dream because I can drink the kool-aid with the best of them, but I do feel like I’ve already noticed a brighter appearance of my skin after only a week’s use.
Instagram is really one of my favorite social media platforms. One account I follow that always makes me giggle is
WomenIRL (Women in Real Life). It’s a fun account where women share little truthful tidbits about their days and it’s always refreshing. This particular post had me laughing and nodding along. The “k.” option that is slightly cut off in the picture says “FYI I hate you for real” and I totally LOL’d. Does anyone else feel like these are SPOT ON??
I’ll wrap things up with a couple links I’ve loved lately:
These spicy cauliflower burgers. They sound really weird but look delicious!
Homemade ranch chicken tenders because sometimes yo just want a meal you know everyone will love!
9 Food Trends for 2016 and where to find them in Charlotte. Charlotte Agenda is my new favorite daily read!
The Joys & Challenges of Being an (Almost) Single Parent. Brittany has 3 girls under 3 (including twins!) and lives on a boat in the BVIs. I love reading about her life and appreciate her candor.
Honest Thoughts on Having a Second Baby. I loved this post by Courtney because I can remember having many of the same feelings. I actually have a “from the other side” post topic brewing in my head in response… coming soon!
The Ins and Outs of Hot Yoga: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Started. I think hot yoga can be so intimidating to newbies and I love how Jen breaks it down. I would have loved to read this before my first class!
Now my favorite part- please join in!
What are you loving lately?