Issues I am Loving Friday #465

Hey pals. How are you? How is your week going? I’d actually actually, actually like to know. Listening to about how different persons are doing or what’s going on exterior of our residence looks like a breath of normalcy so in the event you’re up for sharing, I’d like to study just a little bit extra about how life is treating you recently. Something thrilling taking place? Any enjoyable plans on the horizon for the summer season? Please share!

Our week was okay, all issues thought of. I really celebrated my thirty eighth birthday yesterday (see extra on that beneath) and felt a whole lot of love. Ryan was touring (he returns at the moment) however we chatted a number of occasions a day and I crammed my week with ordinary child commitments and in addition managed to get in some high quality time with pals within the type of lengthy walks (my favourite strategy to catch up!) and my girlfriends additionally came visiting and stunned me with items and playing cards and treats after the boys had been in mattress on Tuesday night time.

I’m prepared for the weekend forward (plans embody a fishing derby and two soccer video games) and hope to search out my means again into extra common running a blog subsequent week. Thanks for being right here.

Issues I’m Loving Friday

As I discussed above, my birthday was Thursday and it’s type of loopy to assume I’m 38 years previous. In a single breath, I undoubtedly don’t really feel 22 anymore however in one other breath 38 looks like a real grownup, a real grown up. After I take a step again and take into consideration how I’m feeling at 38, the previous 2 weeks of grief not withstanding, I’d say I’m feeling extra advanced but extra snug with myself. I really feel extra advanced in that there’s a lot extra I take into consideration that weighs on my coronary heart each day however I’m extra snug with who I’m, what I would like out of life, who I encompass myself with and the household Ryan and I’ve created collectively. That is actually one thing I’ll write a weblog put up about as a result of I’ve a whole lot of ideas about “rising up” after you’re “grown up” however I’ll save these ideas for one more day.

As for my birthday, I spent it with our boys. (Ryan was really out of city on a piece journey however despatched flowers and labored on playing cards and surprises for me with the boys that he hid earlier than he left which made me smile.) I used to be imagined to make my strategy to Patterson Farms with the boys’ preschool for a day of strawberry choosing yesterday however the climate derailed our plans so we pivoted and crammed the remainder of our day with wet day enjoyable: Board video games, home made ice cream, early pajama time and tales. It was a relaxed, uneventful day nevertheless it was additionally a great day.

It’s been a sizzling second since I’ve discovered myself as obsessive about a sequence as I’ve grow to be with the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) sequence. It’s an outstanding mix of fantasy, drama, humor and romance (it’s steamyyy) and even though the second and third books within the sequence are dictionary-size novels, I flew by way of them and didn’t discover one single web page or chapter tedious or mundane. I beloved each web page and really chapter and am attempting to tug out the fourth guide within the sequence as a result of I don’t need the expertise of studying these books to be over. I do know I discussed the primary guide on this weblog just a few weeks in the past however I can solely say the sequence explodes and will get SO MUCH BETTER as you retain going. In the event you’re on the fence about this sequence, give it a shot and by the second guide, I’ve a sense you’ll be all-in on this one, too. I don’t need to share plot summaries concerning the second and third books within the sequence as a result of it could give away an excessive amount of however know my rankings for each the second and third books could be a strong A. Love, love, love them. These books have actually been a present for me particularly throughout a time once I’ve wanted an escape and just a little spark of pleasure in my life on the finish of the day.

It’s been 4 months since we moved into our new residence and I’m so, so comfortable to report we lastly have grass. I can’t inform you how thrilled we’re to have grass in our yard as a substitute of messy crimson clay, particularly with three very outdoorsy boys who virtually dwell exterior. We anticipated to have grass a very long time in the past however an unseasonably moist winter saved delaying issues. The timing of our grass appeared to coincide with hotter temperatures and sunny spring climate so we’re past thrilled to have a yard with tender, lush grass the place our boys can play for hours and hours.

Our earlier residence had a small yard on a major slope so it wasn’t superb, although our boys 100% thrived in our earlier yard and spent hours searching for slugs and worms underneath all the rocks.  An enormous a part of the rationale we bought the lot we did was for the flat yard and lake entry. House is the place we’re all happiest and Ryan and I mentioned having grass down and the flexibility to truly take pleasure in our yard and land is pushing us into “Section 2” of our transfer into our new residence: The surface period! We’re prepared for it!

Isn’t it bizarre how you end up gravitating towards sure music relying in your temper or what you’re going by way of in life? Elton John is my man proper now. I grew up listening to his music due to my dad and mom however one thing about his music is touchdown completely for me proper now. It’s not too loopy or intense. It’s not too upbeat or comfortable. It’s additionally not too miserable or unhappy. It’s only a good mix of nostalgic, comforting, lovely and peaceable.

A couple of weeks in the past I bought a make-up bag with adhesive letters on it for my buddy Laurel when she came around. I really needed it to have numbers on it however the little boutique I visited didn’t have any numbers obtainable. (My concept was for her bag to have the room variety of the room we shared in our sorority home — Room 12 foreverrr!) Anyway, all of this lead me to ultimately Google to see if I might discover adhesive numbers which then led me to discovering a mega-pack of those adhesive letter stickers. I shortly realized I might purchase a bunch of them to make use of for future items and initiatives. I can see these being good for birthday items (a mini backpack or purse for just a little woman), make-up baggage, trainer items, mini tote baggage, pool baggage and extra. This discovery had me just a little too giddy (I’ve already made two makeup bags for girlfriends you may even see above) and am excited to proceed to place them to make use of for enjoyable customized gifting!

Under you will see a recap of the highest 10 hottest weblog posts and your high 10 favourite objects from April 2023. Hopefully it will show you how to uncover some weblog posts you’ll have missed or show you how to simply find an merchandise I’ve talked about up to now that acquired buried in weblog/social media mayhem.

Prime 10 Weblog Posts:

Your Prime 10 Favorites:

  • TUL Pens (No lie, one other pack of those pens was one among solely two objects I had on my birthday “want record” when my mother and sister requested me what I needed for my birthday. These pens have formally claimed the “greatest pen ever” spot on my semi-ridiculous record of pens I really like.)
  • Beauty By Earth Sunless Tanning Lotion (Clear components, applies like lotion, appears to be like pure and doesn’t odor. My fav!)
  • Diamond Painting Stickers (These had been within the massive children’ Easter baskets this yr they usually’ve been successful.)
  • Amazon Free People Dupe Jumpsuit (The crazy-comfy jumpsuit that appears similar to Free Individuals’s Sizzling Shot Jumpsuit!)
  • Biggie Beads (I really like what number of of our youngsters are obsessive about these items now! Our boys ask to do them on a regular basis.)
  • Elk & Friends Glass Cups with Silicone Sleeves (The cups we acquired the boys for Easter. Dishwasher protected and the blue/grey/inexperienced colour set we acquired was lastly restocked once more.)
  • Amber Glass Soap Dispensers (The dish and hand cleaning soap dispensers now we have in our kitchen. They’re lovely and have held up very well — no corrosion! — within the 4+ months we’ve had them.)
  • Instant Pot Air Fryer (Our countertop air fryer! We actually use this a number of occasions per week.)
  • Dr. Brand Liquid Sun Shield (The sunscreen I put on on my face each single day. I swear it features nearly like a primer, too, and makes my make-up look higher once I apply make-up on high of it. Additionally value noting: It additionally has zero white forged!)
  • AGOLDE Parker Jean Shorts (I don’t know why these popped up as a greatest vendor since I blogged about them so way back however possibly an previous weblog put up gained traction someplace on the web they usually acquired some consideration? Regardless of the cause, I stand by these as one of the best jean shorts, particularly in case you have a booty and hips.)

Easy BBQ Meatloaf (This recipe will perpetually remind me of our engagement/early marriage days as a result of it was a recipe I made on repeat 10+ years in the past. It continues to be a fav in our home!)

Easy BBQ Meatloaf

Chocolate Chia Seed Protein Pudding (Aka what I had for breakfast 3x this week!)

Chocolate Chia Seed Protein Pudding

Query of the Day

How are you doing? I’d like to know. Something thrilling taking place in your life? Any enjoyable summer season plans on the horizon?