Happy Labor Day Weekend to my US and Canada friends! We originally planned to host a shindig, but changed our tired minds and opted that after tonight’s luau at a friends’ house to stay low key, watch some football (GO DAWGS!), grill some chicken, and unofficially send off summer in a more relaxed fashion.
I’ve really enjoyed summer this year and am looking forward to a fabulous fall as well. We have a lot of fun ahead of us in September, like Hailey turning six (hold me) and the return of fall-scented candles (I blame our highs in the 70’s lately for all the fall feels). But before I get ahead of myself, here are some things I’ve been loving lately in August!
Adventurous Girls Nights
I love tapas and wine, but when friend organized a GNO on Lake Norman, complete with wake-surfing instructors, I found a new appreciation for activity-based friend time.
We had a ball cheering each other on and laughing at our tumbles and falls. The two Amys rocked it and looked like pros as they hopped right up on the board and dropped the rope with ease. The rest of us? We managed varying degrees of success.
But all of us had an incredible time. Now we’ve tossed out the idea of rock climbing, escape rooms, or a shooting range… followed by a glass of wine. Now that’s my kind of combo!
I’m officially hooked on ThriftBooks. The deals are unreal! I’ve snagged our first two months of BraveWriter (The Wand) books and most of the titles listed on my kindergarten homeschool library wish list for a mere fraction of retail.
Oh and that Oh She Glows cookbook? I plan on diving into it and working some new plant-based meals into our weekly meal plans this fall. I have been referencing my archive of healthy dinner ideas and trying some new recipes in preparation for a fierce return to meal planning (after a lax summer). I tried Angela’s 10-Spice Vegetable soup for lunches this week, and no surprise, it’s a keeper!
Kaitlyn helped me make it, from chopping to blending the cashews to stirring, and excitedly ate a bowl for lunch (usually not a food that would be her favorite) because she was so proud. I’m looking forward to getting the girls in the kitchen with me more as the weather starts to cool too.
Early Morning Workouts
I think it’s a safe time to report back that early morning workouts are officially a thing for me now. I’ve been setting my alarm (actually the bedtime feature on the iphone) for 4:42 AM. I literally roll out of bed, throw on my gear, and am at Burn, semi-awake, ready for the 5:00 AM class. It’s the only Burn class that is 30 minutes long and I was thrilled that yes, it still feels like a great workout.
I’m usually asleep by 9:30 PM, but here’s the thing I’m loving about working out in the early morning: NOTHING GETS IN THE WAY! I’m not rushing kids, I’m not weighing a library trip against a sweat session. I’ve checked the box and showered by 6:00 AM which means I actually look somewhat put together for the day ahead.
Girl Time with Hailey and Kaitlyn
Gosh we’re at fun ages right now. Sure there are some sibling squabbles here and there (usually dealing with who is getting more perceived attention; how do you moms of more than two do it?!), but for the most part, we have had a lot of fun spending our days together. In an effort to switch things up we went into Charlotte to South Park Mall. The girls darted, wide-eyed, around the American Girl store and we all loved playing dress up in the changing rooms.
Ruffle One-Shoulder Dress (currently 40% off!)
I’ve mostly been focused on fall transitional items and have this super cute casual dress (that will go great with boots!) on its way to me now. FYI: Nordstrom is having an end of summer sale right now too! There are certainly some items worth checking out like the world’s most incredible leggings (40% off!), some cute and comfortable (block heel) booties (33% off), and 7 For All Mankind denim shorts (45% off),
As for the girls, I’ve put myself on a spending freeze. I’ve been sucked into the world of Eleanor Rose (below) and Matilda Jane (especially when I’ve been able to find it on Zulily). I’m waiting for a bag I sent to ThredUp to process (takes such a long time) and then I’ll fill out Hailey’s closet with that credit.
The girls in Eleanor Rose dresses with Terri, my skin guru, who decked them out with samples, including lipstick!
Getting Ready for Fall Decor
Fall doesn’t officially begin until Friday, September 22, but in my mind, after Labor Day, all bets are off and I find it perfectly acceptable to decorate for fall. I’ve been pinning some inspiration and am really digging the soft, subtle autumn look, like this:
Now I just need to go find me a cotton field! Or Hobby Lobby.
Hailey will be doing the homeschool science classes at Discovery Place starting in October, which will give us a great excuse to visit more often. We really love this place! Yesterday I took the girls and one of their friends to the media tour of a new initiative, The Year of the Engineer.
Only I found out upon arrival that the event was last week. Oops. The kids didn’t seem to mind and we spent 4 hours running around, watching science shows (which were incredible and the kids LOVED them!), and enjoying everything the museum has to offer.
From Around the Web
Articles Worth Sharing
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Update & Good News: Megan has some great insider info and tips for donations that will help the most.
- Mixed Messages to Millennial Moms: But seriously! I lol’ed at this.
- What to Do When Your Friend Loses a Baby: So helpful but praying none of us ever need this information.
- Living in Charlotte: The Good, Some Considerations, & Additional Resources: I enjoyed Jen’s insight into Charlotte and since I get so many emails asking about it too, it’s great resource to share!
- Our 6 Year Old Has a Fun, Comfortable Life; Why Isn’t She Grateful?: Yes yes yes, something that was a good reminder to me.
- I’ll Bloom Soon, Dammit: We all have ups and downs and Katie always seems to verbalize both so well.
Recipes I Bookmarked
- Easy Crockpot Lemon Thyme Chicken: Sounds like a good one to test out for my fall food list!
- Cucumber Dill Rotisserie Chicken Salad: I’m getting back into Sunday food prep and this would make delicious lunches for the week.
- Eggroll in a Bowl: Have you guys made this? I’ve heard so many people rave about.
- Cheater’s Power Salad: With fall’s full weeks comes the need to cheat every now and then!
I hope you all are gearing up (or down?) for a fun weekend! Hailey has a countdown on to the first day of kindergarten and we are starting on TUESDAY. I can’t wait to report back with how it all goes, but until then, it’s time to cruise into weekend mode.
What are your plans for the weekend?
Is your family transitioning into a new schedule right now too?