This has been quite a full week and I’m so glad it’s pizza and movie Friday! We don’t have anything major going on this weekend and I’m looking forward to some R&R as the cold rain moves in for what I’m hoping is winter’s last hurrah. I was feeling a good catch up session, so here’s a little update on life plus some links I’ve bookmarked lately that I really feel are really worth sharing…
I have really been enjoying Chloe Flavor, the most recent cookbook I’ve checked out from the library (which is a great way to try before you buy). Three recipes I’ve made from it have been big hits- the curry last night, though, was the only one I wouldn’t make again. The thing I like most is that the dishes seem to be husband-friendly. Maybe it’s the use of seitan, tempeh, etc, but the dishes are flavorful and hearty. I mean, just look at these vegan nachos:
In less homemade news: the Papa Murphy’s near us shut down. Again. This leaves my Friday nights in disarray. Yes, I love making homemade pizza dough but sometimes I just want Friday night completely OFF from any kind of kitchen business. What’s a mom to do? What is your go-to pizza place?
I owe a full journal-style homeschool update because we’ve switched things up a little and I’m also figuring out what our summer will look like. We plan on homeschooling both girls year-round with a relaxed summer schedule. Since I’ll be integrating Kaitlyn into our routine come May, I’ve been looking for things we can all do together, in addition to the more personalized studies (math and reading). I bought the Around the World pack from Beautiful Feet and I am truly giddy at diving into different countries and cultures with the girls!
Though it’s still been pretty chilly here in North Carolina, I’ve been told that warmer temperatures are coming soon. The girls and I are really excited about our garden (surely one of us can develop a green thumb right?!) and to hold us over until we can plant, we snagged some succulents and cacti to have inside. We called it science class and Hailey is watching the Venus Fly Trap (AKA: Fred) like a hawk, anxious to see it capture its first prey.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
I’ve been pretty consistent getting my three days (four if I’m really feeling it) of Burn Boot Camp in each week and it’s a good, sustainable rhythm for me. 5:00 AM is still my most reliable time (anything a mom wants to make sure she gets done has to be done in the wee hours before the kids wake up, amiright?!). However, David signed up for a free two week trial (the 5:30 PM camp at our location in co-ed!) and it’s been so much fun to do a couple camps together!
As far as more general health, I have a couple items on my list I’d like to work on. One, I really need to drink more water. Why is that so hard?! Also, I want to educate myself of how to better balance my hormones. Without going into too much detail, I am one of the lucky ones that experiences pain/bloating/fatigue when I start my cycle AND during ovulation. Joy. I want to dig more into natural ways to minimize these discomforts so if you have any tips/books/resources I should check out, please leave them in the comments!
I have been bit hard by the travel bug. I don’t know if it’s because we are past the baby phase and car trips are a breeze or what, but I’m ready to GO. Where? Anywhere! We have Bald Head Island and Annapolis on the books for this year, plus we want to take the family camping, and we hope to add in a few more getaways as well. The girls have been asking to go on a plane, and though we have no plans for that at the moment, it’s definitely on my radar.
Falling into the travel category, last weekend we drove down to Georgia to visit my folks. David built their new Sunlighten Infrared Sauna, the girls built fairy houses, and we kicked off Mom’s birthday week! She’s such a beautiful person, inside and out. I don’t just say that as her daughter; anyone who knows her can testify to how loving she is. She deserves to be celebrated and today is her REAL birthday, so happy birthday, Mama! <3
ON THE INTERNET
When You Get Type 1 Diabetes as an Adult – Lindsay just experienced a huge life change with her husband being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 33. This post is a great peek into the diagnosis itself, as well as how it is changing her family’s lifestyle.
5 Things Children Learn in Preschool That Are a Waste of Time and Not Developmentally Appropriate– I found this interesting. I’m not sure I’d call some of these a “waste of time,” but some of the logic made sense and I am firmly on team “education is a lighting of a fire, not a filling of a bucket.”
Shower Steamers with Essential Oils– I have been hooked on bath bombs and Epsom salt baths lately so now these adorable DIY shower steamers are on my list of things I want to make!
The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right– I saw this article spread like wildfire across the internet this past week, and with good reason. It’s a logical approach to what healthy eating really is. Spoiler alert: whole foods, mostly plants, plain water.
Fit with Five Ebook– Brittany from Eating Bird Food just released her highly anticipated ebook that features 35 healthy recipes, all made with 5 or less ingredients. 6 breakfast, 21 lunch/dinner, 4 sauces/dressings and 4 snacks. All the recipes are gluten-free, most are dairy-free (or dairy optional) and many are vegan or vegetarian-friendly. Sounds amazing!
Dinner on the Fly Ebook– Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean just released her Dinner on the Fly ebook! She is the queen of being able to throw together a simple, healthy dinner quickly, and her ebook is full of great tips, including no-recipe meal ideas and grocery store shortcuts.
21 Movies to Watch as a Family– I saved this in the spirit of Friday Family movie night! We aren’t at the right ages for all of these yet, but we’ve watched Hook! I’m excited to grab Enchanted and Jumanji next.
How Stage IV Cancer Taught Me to Live– Worth the click through. “How to spend the years is the great challenge we all get faced with; mine is just more acute. If we’re fragile, if we’re finite, then what do we love? How do we be brave?” YES.
Thanks for having me on your podcasts ladies; It was so much fun to chat all things Baby-Led Weaning and what it looks like 6 years later and how meal planning keeps me sane during busy weeks!
Favorite pizza place for family pizza nights?
Any recommendations for hormone balancing books?
What trips do you have planned for this year?
Any links worth sharing? I love reading what y’all are reading!