Hi friends; happy FRIDAY! How was your week? Ours was fine, but I felt like I was dragging, mentally at least. I did tackle cleaning out my closet and drawers which felt like a big win. I even followed through with dropping off my donated items. Now it feels sparse, but I’m trying to resist the urge to add things just for adding sake, but this super cute pullover is tempting.
Still, I’m very glad to be here, welcoming the weekend. And it should be a good weekend; it’s David’s birthday! We don’t have anything wild planned, but a dinner with friends, a couple kids basketball game, and a relaxed family night at home (birthday boy’s request) should make it an enjoyable one. But before we jump into all that, I’m excited to share with you my five Friday favorites for the week.
Science with Friends
My friend Janna is also doing The Gather Round Chemistry Unit with her kids right now, so we got together yesterday for some experimenting. It was such a blast! Hailey got to show off her new favorite pour carbon dioxide on a candle trick, Kaitlyn showed off water tension, and Janna had several awesome experiments set up- making rock candy, testing pH with purple cabbage, and so many more. It was such a fun afternoon for kids and adults alike.
On Monday I applied my Nutrisense CGM (AHS25 for $25 off) and it’s been such a fascinating week watching my blood sugar. Some things have been right in line with my understanding- a veggie and egg breakfast scramble with avocado keeps my blood sugars nice and steady. And other times I feel so confused- why did my blood sugar spike high randomly in the afternoon? Because of this, I am really grateful for Mia’s input and support. All Nutrisense subscriptions come with RD support, and I see why; it’s incredibly helpful.
I’ve learned the order you eat your food in makes a difference, but that can differ slightly per person. For me, veggies/fiber first, then protein and fat, then carbs seems to help keep things steady. Also, I have a Jimmy John sandwich for lunch yesterday and saw my highest spike of the week. I know, processed white carb, but with avocado and turkey and cheese with it, I didn’t expect it to shoot up like that. So interesting!
I had been buying organic tampons at Costco, but they weren’t there anymore on my last trip. I saw it as the nudge I needed to reorder with LOLA. Lola offers a variety of products for women’s health, but I was focused mostly on two items- tampons for me and a first period kit. This refer a friend link will get you $5 off your order.
We haven’t hit the milestone yet, but with other signs, I imagine it could be within the next year. We’ve started those discussions, but I want her to be prepared with supplies as well. I set myself up a subscription and ordered the first period kit to have on hand. I’m also looking at ordering some Thinx or Knix to have on hand. Anyone have advice or feedback on either of these for tweens/teens?
Mini Crockpot and Souper Cubes
I was inspired by Paige to pull out my mini crockpot and I’m so glad I was. I’ve been using it in two ways that have been really helpful for lunches. Way number one: freezing homemade soup in souper cubes then popping one into the crockpot at breakfast and having warm, homemade soup ready and waiting at lunch. Way number two: Throwing a chicken breast or two in at breakfast with a splash of broth and having an easier protein ready to go on a salad, wrap, or bowl at lunch time. Such a handy little appliance!
Ok, this is self-indulgent, but because David and the kids are sick of me wavering back and forth and talking through the pros and cons then not making a decision… please help me. My hair is getting pretty long. Some days I love it and other days I want to chop it to shoulder length for ease. My hair is thick and wavy so it needs a little length to help weigh it down, but it’s a lot to deal with so some days it feels like too much to try and style at its current length.
I’ve never felt my hair is a security blanket, but now it kind of feels like one. I also know how long it takes me to grow my hair out, so that makes me hesitate, too. I know it’s just hair and it’s not a big deal, but I’d love your two cents… chop it? Trim it? Let it stay long? I don’t know what to do!
Happy weekend, friends; I hope it’s a good one for you! <3