Wow, what a week! It’s been full and fun, but I am pretty tired and my kitchen looks like this:
It’s funny that in real life this messy scene drives me absolutely crazy! However, looking at in in a picture makes me smile. It completely reflects this creative and full phase of life, right down to the overflowing trashcan.
My mom came in town for a quick visit this week, which was ideal timing as I really needed helping hands as I bounced between a few meetings and kid commitments. I’m checking out a lot of school open houses in our area. I find it fascinating to hear how many different options there are and how passionate people are about different styles of learning. We live in a pretty cool spot to have so many options. At the moment we still are leaning towards starting with homeschool, but I want to ensure I’m making a completely informed decision.
I loved having mom here and we prioritized carving out an hour to chit chat over a pedicure.
The color I chose was missing its sticker. I liked it so much it would be one I would buy, but I’m terrible at the guessing game. Any guesses as to what this color is?
Apparently Kaitlyn was feeling left out and decided to give herself a green marker pedicure yesterday.
I couldn’t stop laughing until I also saw the “map” she drew all over our new rug. Luckily between the fact it was washable marker and a hand-me-down rug from a friend, the crisis was averted. But that will teach me to get too sucked into my kitchen projects, like organizing the pantry, while my mischievous two year old runs amuck.
Dried beans and grains are so pretty aren’t they? Every time I see red lentils I think of this soup, so now it’s on my short list to make again. I made my first soup of the season yesterday while it was 85 degrees because today’s high is only supposed to be 68 and I wanted to be ready.
Ready I am!
I didn’t follow any recipe because I love making my own soups by just throwing things in. Following these 5 simple secrets to homemade soup usually ensures it’s delicious no matter the combo.
This weekend should be a fun one and includes a trip to the Hot Air Balloon Festival and family pictures. I’m so ready to have the family pictures behind me because I can’t stress one more minute over what we all should wear. I’ve combed over our outfits a million times and have no idea why I find this so stressful. First world problems at their finest I suppose. This post on how to make the most of your family photos though helped though and am committed to chilling out and laughing with whatever happens.
But first, one last question– I’m wearing this dress and want to add a shawl/wrap/scarf to it- any suggestions on how to make it feel more fallish?!
Ok, let’s cut the rambling short and let me share a few good links I’ve found lately…
4 Steps to Becoming a More Positive Person – I really agree with all of these and consider myself to a pretty positive person, so I suppose they work quite well!
Since I’m fairly nosy and like to see how people grocery shop and eat, I enjoyed reading Molly’s post on the foods she buys and eats on the regular.
I took a month off from being a stay at home mom and here is what I learned – A good refresher on perspective for those tough days.
3 Curling Iron Mistakes you May Be Making – guilty of #1 for sure.
These Healthy Fall Salads to Make Right Now all look delicious!
11 Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Marriage – this is a topic I am passionate about and feel like this is a solid list.
Link me to any great things you’ve read lately!
And I hope you have a wonderful weekend!