Our Favorite T’s

Target and Trader Joe’s that is! After a quick breakfast of avocado toast for me, and blueberry applesauce, avocado, and banana pancakes for James we headed out the door for some early morning errands. Our errand run included two of our favorite stores so neither one of us were complaining about the morning to-do list.

We stopped at Target first because I knew that we would be picking up a few freezer items from Trader Joe’s and I didn’t want them to melt. Below is a before and after picture of our trip to Target. James has discovered “cart surfing” AKA he prefers to stand in the shopping cart now because hello, “it’s way more fun that way mom!” Of course we went into Target for one item and came out with four. But when is that not the case? We didn’t splurge on anything crazy, I just decided to pick up some sunscreen for all of us, along with some clear duct tape for the air conditioner in James’s room.

Next stop was Trader Joe’s! I never used to be a Trader Joe’s shopper up until a few months ago and now we seem to have our staple TJ’s items. Of course whenever we’re in there I’m always eyeing new products, particularly in the ice cream cooler, so not only did we buy some more of the brownie crisp coffee ice cream sandwiches (Josiah is obsessed), but also a box of their mini cones which I am very excited to try.

Trader Joe’s makes one particular yogurt that is so good! It’s a little high in sugar, so if I’m going to give it to James I will mix it with plain yogurt. It’s their strawberry vanilla whole milk yogurt and I haven’t been able to find a greek yogurt flavor similar to this in any other store. While it doesn’t sound like anything out of this world, it really does have a unique and wonderful taste.

While we were on vacation last weekend our friends Brian and Sam introduced us to the Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning. They made scrambled eggs for us one morning and used the seasoning in them. I didn’t even see them add the seasoning, but as I was eating the eggs for breakfast I was surprised by how much flavor they had. I later found out about the seasoning and knew we needed some in our pantry. I can’t wait to use this versatile seasoning in all kinds of dishes to see how it can enhance the flavors.

As I’ve mentioned before, James is a bread lover. I’m all in support of bread, but I feel better feeding him bread rich in nutrients whenever I can. Nutritionally speaking, sprouted grain bread is top of the line. The sprouting process enhances the nutrient content of the bread making it extra rich in protein, fiber, B vitamins, and vitamin C. It is not always easy to find sprouted grain bread, and tends to be more expensive than other loaves of bread. I was so happy to discover Trader Joe’s sprouted grain bread, it is reasonably priced, and James eats it with no complaints. A win all around!

Last but not least, TJ’s dried mango. A grocery shopping lifesaver. James gets very antsy when we are at the grocery store, hence the Target photos above. But when we are doing our real deal grocery shopping for the week I can’t let him stand up in the cart. That’s where the dried mango comes in. When James starts to lose it at the grocery store, I pull out a piece or two of dried mango and it keeps him occupied for a good amount of time without making a total mess. His hands and face get a little sticky, but anything to keep him seated and occupied is worth it in my mind. I enjoy snacking on this dried mango as well πŸ™‚

So there you have it! Totally unsponsored praise for Trader Joe’s (and Target). I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!

Question of the Day: Are you a Trader Joe’s shopper? If so, what are your favorite products?

Friday Favorites #12

Hello and happy Friday party people! What’s everyone got on the agenda for the weekend? Any fun fall fests happening in your neck of the woods? Is it still sunny and warm, or are the cooler temperatures starting to creep in? I’ve noticed nights and mornings are much chillier even when the temperatures are high during the day. Fall is upon us! And without further delay, let’s take a look at some (fall themed) favorites from the week!

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

There are certain moments that feel exactly what I envisioned stay at home mom life would look like, and as I was peeling and chopping apples to make homemade applesauce one afternoon this week while James napped, I thought to myself, “yes, this is everything I thought mom life would look like and I absolutely love it”. While peeling apples and making applesauce seems to have little connection to motherhood, to me it represents the traditional role of a wife and mom. I think of my Nana and how she always made everything homemade and how I aspire to do the same, even though laziness and convenience get the best of me sometimes. Cooking is a true labor of love. But homemade applesauce is worth it in the end.

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL

Do I sound like every pillow/sign you’ve seen in stores recently? Sorry for the cheesiness, but fall arrived this week both literally and physically! The moment I’ve been dreading and anxiously waiting for all at the same time. It was sad to say goodbye to summer because we had so much fun, but I’m also looking forward to this new season and the adventures and memories it will bring. James and I have been crunching away in the leaves that have fallen in our parking lot, and I got around to some fall decorating this week too! James has totally misplaced (and broken) many (all) of our fall decorations, but it looked pretty while it lasted (for all of 5 minutes).

WAGON RIDES

Something about riding a wagon down the sidewalk is the BEST! Especially when you’ve got your favorite dog walking alongside of you. Just look at that day! I love beautiful fall days where you can enjoy the pretty colors of the season in the comfort of your light summer clothes and sunshine beaming down! Although, I’m just noticing in this photo how green everything is. I guess you can’t expect full blown fall foliage only two days into the season.

AROUND THE WEB

These pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso cream cheese frosting look absolutely to die for! Like we all need more pumpkin recipes this time of year. I actually shared my most favorite pumpkin cupcakes a few posts back, and I don’t know if I have it in me to deviate from a trusted and loved recipe. In the meantime I’ll dream about this new recipe, and maybe it will magically appear on my dessert plate tonight πŸ˜‰

While I’m not gluten free, these almond flour chocolate chip cookies caught my eye earlier this week. The recipe sounds really quick and easy (win-win), and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by my previous almond flour baking endeavors. If I give these a try, I’ll be sure to report back with a full review.

I mentioned that I’ve been doing more yoga lately, mostly relaxing yoga but once in a while I’m craving a higher intensity and faster paced session. My go-to video when I want to feel the burn, get a little out of breath, but also feel like I’m getting a good stretch is this 30-minute yoga sculpt workout. I usually use really light weights, and always end up with sore triceps afterwards. It’s a really fun and challenging yoga session!

Alrighty folks! I’m signing off for the weekend. I hope that you all get out and enjoy some fun activities this weekend with friends and family. Or just kick back and relax if that’s what your body is craving. I’m feeling a little bit of both right now. Have a great one friends!

It’s Been A While

Hello everyone! How are you all doing? It has been a while, hasn’t it. I didn’t blog at all last week and it was really just what I needed. I have been taking a major break from social media, so I’m trying to figure out how my blog fits into that. I really enjoy blogging but I’ve also enjoyed just living life in the present moment detached from all things screen related. Don’t get me wrong, I still use my phone and computer quite regularly, I’m just not spending as much time mindlessly scrolling. When I do that, I find myself sinking into comparison traps that just aren’t a healthy mindset for me. I’ve been struggling to take photos recently too and I find that blogs are way more fun with photos.

Before I get carried away with that ramble, it’s almost officially FALL!! I know a lot of us are already in the full swing of it, but I’ve been procrastinating pulling out our fall decorations and my current excuse is “it’s not fall until September 21st”. We did go on a quick apple picking trip this weekend and then I made apple crisp with the fresh apples! Here is the recipe I used, and really liked! Oh my gosh does anyone else feel overwhelmed by the amount of apple crisp recipes out there. I know there are a lot of dishes like this where it just feels like you can find a hundred variations of the recipe and it can be incredibly stressful to weed through the slight differences to pick the best one. I’m not going to claim this is the best recipe on the planet, it’s one that my friend/cousin Katy shared with me a few years ago. I have tried many of apple crisp recipes, and this one is very good!

I would LOVE to get really crafty in the kitchen and make my own fritters (dream!), but I just don’t have the time or energy these days. So for now, simple apple crisp it is. And hopefully a batch of applesauce later in the week because I think James would be a fan. Speaking of James, he had a lot of fun apple picking this year. I think he’s always amazed when we’re out in nature picking sweet fruit off of trees or bushes. Similar to our blueberry picking experience this summer which consisted of lots of “nom nom” as I handed him endless blueberries, he happily ate away at the small apples we picked off the tree for him. He might have scared us with a few coughing fits and I’m not sure we’re quite at the age of eating whole apples yet, but he did well overall.

As for the week ahead, we have a few exciting plans on the agenda. My friend Kelly (heyy!!) is going to be in town at the beginning of the week. She is currently living out of a beautifully renovated van exploring the country (jealous) and I can’t wait to catch up with her and her parents in person! I also have another friend visiting from Colorado at the end of the week, so lots of fun visits to look forward to. I’m sure James and I will be enjoying plenty of playground time as well, our favorite hangout these days.

I hope that your week is off to a good start! I hope to be back soon πŸ™‚

Friday Favorites #11

Happy Friday everyone! How are you all doing? I hope that there are lots of things making you smile this week, I’ll be sharing the things I’m loving most this week below. Any fun plans for the weekend? I know it’s not technically fall yet so are you holding onto all of those fun summer activities for as long as possible or diving head first into the fall festivities. I am so tempted to take James apple picking this weekend! I have a feeling it will be a lot more fun for him than last year when he couldn’t even sit up on his own. My how a year can change things! We also have a fun afternoon planned for Sunday celebrating our friend Lauren’s birthday with a mini road trip to get fish fry!

YOGA

I’m not a total yogi yet, but I have found myself enjoying relaxing yoga sessions a few times a week. James and I are gym members again, and looking forward to starting another session of swim lessons next week. I’ve also been dropping him off at childcare a few days a week so that I can enjoy some yoga! I hate to say it but I just don’t have the energy to do a hard-core workout followed by a long day of play with James so rather than burn myself out at the gym I’ve been tuning into Yoga with Adrienne. Shoutout to Sam (woohoo!), for introducing me to this great yoga channel. Adrienne has the most soothing voice and offers such a wide variety of yoga practices on her channel. I did a Detox and Reset practice the other day and it was the perfect amount of stretching with a little bit of burn mixed in. I can’t wait to explore more of her videos!

THE STATE FAIR

Last weekend I was joined by two friends for a trip to The Great New York State Fair! I’ve been going to the fair for as long as I can remember and I have so many fun fair memories from all of the visits I’ve made. After last year’s cancellation due to Covid I was thrilled that a few friends were equally as excited about going this year! We had a jam packed afternoon covering the entire fair grounds and all of it’s buildings. I had heard mixed reviews from people about the status of the fair this year, but I think we were all pleasantly surprised, and it met all of our expectations. We each had certain items (mostly food) that we had our sights on, and the fair delivered! For me it’s all about the chocolate milk (cold, creamy, deliciousness) and fried dough (soft, doughy, sweetness). But I also really enjoyed my lunch of “walking tacos” eaten straight out of a Doritos bag. YUM. Aside from the delicious treats, we soaked up lots of time with animals, saw a horse show, diving show, sand sculpture, butter sculpture, and so much more! I wish that Josiah was a fair goer, his presence was missed. I’m not giving up hope, between me and James we will have him converted in no time πŸ˜‰

THEY’RE HOME!

My parents and their friends arrived home safe late Wednesday night after a two week trip to Croatia. After dealing with multiple flight complications on the plane ride over, we were all hoping and praying for a smooth trip home. As it turns out, their initial flight home got cancelled, which they found out upon arriving to the airport to go home. After an extra night in Croatia, and a long trip home I am so happy and relieved that they’ve made it! It sounds like they had a great trip too, minus the complicated travel. They did a boat and bike tour for most of their time there and I can’t wait to hear more about it. When James saw them yesterday he was beside himself with excitement, it was so cute!

MY LITTLE FAMILY

That doesn’t look so little when I look at current pictures of all of us and realize that I am quickly being outgrown by James! Yikes. I’m used to being the short one, but I have a feeling that James is following right in Josiah’s footsteps with his height. We met up with my sister and her friends who were in town last weekend and took a quick hike down to see Chittenango Falls. It was a beautiful afternoon to visit the falls, the sun was trying to peak through the clouds and it made the water sparkle. Admittedly we are bad about capturing family photos, so I cherish the ones we do have.

Question of the Day: What is one thing making you smile this week?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday Favorites #10

Happy Friday to YOU! How’s the week going? Yay for another summer weekend. Gotta soak up all things sun and summer while it lasts, am I right?! We have a few plans on the agenda including dinner with friends, a church picnic, and an afternoon playdate for James including games and snacks for us and some friends. I’m looking forward to having Josiah home the next couple of days because life is always more fun when he’s around πŸ™‚ Without further ado let’s take a look at what I’ve been loving this week! Feel free to join in in the comments section, I’d love to hear from you!

  • DATE NIGHTS

Speaking of my wonderful husband, let’s talk about how awesome date nights have been the past couple of weeks. I used to take for granted time spent with Josiah, but these days any uninterrupted time together is extra special, especially when it involves a meal that James is not throwing all over the floor. We have been trying to be more intentional about having regular date nights and Thursday’s have worked well with our schedule. It’s nice to have one night a week to look forward too, knowing that we’ll be getting a parenting break to recharge and connect.

  • GRANDPARENTS
My how James has grown in a year!

What a blessing it is for James to have both sets of grandparents right nearby! He has a very close relationship with all of his grandparents and it makes my heart so happy. I can’t wait to see these relationships grow over the years. Grandparent-grandchild connections are as special as it gets.

  • FAMILY TIME

We’ve got quite the theme going so might as well roll with it. Summer get togethers with family are definitely a favorite. Between nice weather, yummy food, and good company, you can’t beat it. As I mentioned in my food highlights yesterday, my sister was in town last week which called for a family dinner at my parent’s house. Despite how close we live to both of our parents, we actually don’t get together for meals too often. It’s a nice treat when we do πŸ™‚

  • MY CUDDLE BUG

Every afternoon this week James has woken up from his afternoon nap wanting to relax in my arms or fall back asleep, as you can see from the photo above. He has been a crib sleeper from the very beginning, I didn’t want him to get in the habit of sleeping on me or Josiah or anywhere else besides his crib, but I’m letting things slide this week because these moments feel fleeting, I want to soak up all of the baby cuddles while I can!

  • AROUND THE WEB

This post from Robyn on career and motherhood has provided me with a lot of reassurance and comfort and a new perspective in times when I’ve felt like the only mom out there who enjoys being a full-time mom. She hasn’t been blogging much these days because she’s busy being a full-time mom herself. But as a Registered Dietitian and Nurse Practitioner, her blog has a wide range of helpful resources when it comes to women’s health and nutrition. She’s a non-diet dietitian as well which I wholeheartedly support! I’ve actually been mentored by Robyn personally and through her “Heal Your Hormones and Get Your Period Back” online course. I love her so much!

I can’t wait to make this Burst Tomato and Burrata Pasta this week. Cherry tomatoes are so good right now! I’m going to sub fresh mozzarella for the burrata because we like mozzarella better (and it’s a whole lot cheaper). I like the taste of burrata, but it’s a little too soft for me.

If you’ve never made soft pretzels before, you’ve got to give it a try! Since we’re having friends over for games and snacks on Sunday, it’s the perfect excuse to make a batch of these tasty twists. The recipe yields 12 pretzels and I usually end up making 1/2 the batch classic salted pretzels and the other half dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar. My mouth is watering just thinking about these!

Question of the Day: What is one thing you’re loving this week?

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

Friday Favorites #9

Happy Friday to YOU! I hope that you’re week has been a good one! How’s the weather for you? It’s been a rainy week for us. Just when we were getting into the swing of lake life the weather decides to take a turn…oh well. We made the most of the rainy week and tried to fill it with some fun. Below you’ll find a list of things I’ve been loving this week, feel free to join in in the comments section!

  • THE MALL

You better believe we made our way to the mall on Wednesday when the weather forecast was 100% chance of rain all day. Fortunately a big mall is just 20 minutes away and provided the perfect “indoor playground” for the morning. By the end of our mall visit James was literally on his hands and knees begging to be put in the stroller so that he didn’t have to walk anymore. He proceeded to pass out on the car ride home and transfer easily to his crib for an afternoon nap. Mission successful!

  • ALL THE MESS

Please tell me that I will miss the messiness of toddlerhood. Or will it just get worse as James gets older? How do you raise children to be clean? Am I asking too much?! This is how I get through the mess, I try to laugh through the pain. It seriously causes me stress to watch James eat because it results in this^^or worse at every meal time. I just hope this is normal? There is so much to learn as a first time parent.

  • MORE ZUCCHINI MADDNESS

Aka hiding shredded zucchini in baked goods and pancakes. YUM! We love zucchini season over here, it’s the best addiction to any meal or baked good. This week featured whole wheat zucchini pancakes and chocolate chip zucchini cookies! The pancakes are hands down amazing, but the cookies were a little bit of a let down. They are very good, just a little soft and oaty for me.

  • AROUND THE WEB

This Peach Puff Pastry. I’ve had my eyes on it all week. I’m just trying to figure out how and where to fit it into the meal plan. We’ve been getting the most amazing Pennsylvania peaches recenty, so I really want to make this before peach season is over.

Coconut Rice forever. I’ve despised rice for as long as I can remember. I’m beginning to think it’s because I haven’t had coconut rice in my life up until recently. It is the MOST AMAZING rice you will ever eat. It takes no extra effort, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat plain rice again. It’s rich and creamy and almost buttery in flavor. I could eat a whole bowl of it straight up.

These S’mores Cookie Bars. Who else is all about the s’mores this summer? I’ve been craving a good campfire s’more and stumbled upon these bars the other day. I think they have to be next on the dessert lineup. I’m hoping they satisfy my s’mores loving tastebuds!

Question of the Day: What’s one thing making you smile this week?

Have a great weekend friends!

Friday Favorites #8

It’s still Friday, so that’s a win! Hello everyone! How was your week? We had a good one over here full of all things SUMMER. Let’s dive into my favorites from the week before the day totally escapes me, haha.

  • Breakfast Sandwiches

We had breakfast sandwiches while camping last weekend and I’ve been craving more of them ever since! Luckily we had leftover bagels and cheese, which made for the perfect excuse to keep the train rolling with breakfast sandwiches quite a few mornings this week. Topped with Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning of course πŸ™‚

  • Couch Cuddles

Yes, James has a tear rolling down his cheek, but shortly after this photo was taken he warmed up to a little cuddle session on the couch yesterday after dinner. He was hyper-charged and I thought for sure that some relaxation on the couch would be the last thing he would want, and it was at first. But then he settled down next to me and we just sat there for a good 20 minutes before his bath. It was easily the best part of the day and so shocking! I love these moments with James <3.

I made this recipe for a blueberry avocado quinoa salad the other day and it reminded me how nice it is to put a little effort into lunch sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, easy lunches are where it’s at…PB&J, leftovers, random snacks from the pantry, yes to all of that and more. Once in a while I get the desire for something more fancy, and this was an awesome lunch bowl! It did require some prep work, but offers a fantastic lunch and leftovers for the rest of the week.

I got around to making one of the breakfast items I mentioned earlier this week, a batch of whole wheat greek yogurt muffins. The baked oatmeal hasn’t happened yet, but there’s always next week! These muffins come together quick, and they are bland, but not to the point where they are inedible. In fact, James has been enjoying them more than I thought (and so have I)! They have been a great on-the-go snack option for him and they don’t make too much of a mess, well one that can’t be easily cleaned up at least. As you can see, he left behind quite the crumb collection in his stroller.

Don’t mind my sandy hands. Who else loves silicone rings? They are so much fun! I love that you can easily match the ring color to your outfit, and I often find myself unconsciously playing with these rings throughout the day. Plus, they are cheap so if to lose it in the sand or water, it’s not a big deal.

  • Summer!

We’re loving summer this year especially since the whole family can enjoy it! I’m pretty sure I spent most of last summer still navigating the newborn and early baby stages of life. To be able to get outside again feels great!

Question of the Day: What’s one thing you’re loving this week?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday Favorites #7

TGIF! Am I right?! How has your week been? Ours started on a rough note, when James had a pretty bad fall on Monday morning which sent us to urgent care followed by the hospital followed by the dentist. It was a really stressful start to the week and I have found myself in an emotionally fragile state ever since. This morning Josiah and I are on our way to the Adirondacks to spend the night camping with friends. I am hoping some time away to recharge and connect with friends will be just the cure for this slump that I’ve been in all week.

I love these Friday Favorite posts because they are a great way for me to reflect on the bright moments of the week and express gratitude even when the week felt like a hard one. Let’s take a look…

  • James Dancing

Despite an epic fall at the beginning of the week, James’s spirits have been high and no matter how I’m feeling, watching him bust out some dance moves never fails to bring laughter and joy into the moment. James absolutely loves music of any kind, especially when he can “hold” the music and dance right along with it. His dance move collection is growing and what used to be a simple bopping up and down now involves claps, twirls, and stomping his right foot to the beat. I hope he never loses his love for music and dancing, it’s just too darn cute!

  • Mom and Dad

On Wednesday night when our oven was still out of order, James and I packed up dinner supplies and I made stromboli at my parents house. Thank goodness Mom and Dad live just 15 minutes away and were willing to accept two last minute dinner guests! A girl that loves to cook can only go so long without using an oven. Fortunately I won’t be needing our oven for the next couple of days, I’m just hoping the replacement part comes in soon!

  • Chocolate Nutty Cone Ice Cream

I’m usually raving about Trader Joe’s over here, but Wegmans you’re onto something with this one. I discovered this ice cream when we went to Rochester for a family birthday party a few weekends ago, and finally caved to purchasing a quart for us. If you’re a Wegmans shopper, do yourself a favor and give this flavor a try!

  • Our Second Wedding Anniversary

This week Josiah and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and considering the fact that we barely did anything for each other just about sums up our whirlwind 2 years together. While we aren’t big gift givers, I would love to find the time to write out my thoughts on our first two years of marriage and share it with Josiah AND we did celebrate in the form of an extra special date night this week to Texas de Brazil which I had never been to before. PLUS wait for the next Friday favorite to find out another way in which we are “sort of” celebrating our marriage this weekend!

  • Weekend Getaway

We’re going away with our favorite people and I CANNOT wait! I guess I gave this one away by mentioning our camping trip at the beginning of the post, but we are super excited to be with the same group we travelled with a few months ago when we rented an air BnB just outside of Lake Placid. This time we’re heading back up to the Adirondacks and going full blown camping. Josiah and I will only be joining for one night of the trip, but I’m feeling very fortunate to spend even a short amount of time with our friends thanks to Grammy and Pappy who are spending the next couple of days with James.

Question of the Day: What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?

Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be back next week with all the details on our camping trip and James’s adventures with Grammy and Pappy. Stay tuned!

Friday Favorites #6

It’s Fri-YAY! Who else is excited for the weekend ahead? Josiah’s got a fairly busy weekend with church commitments, but I’m hoping we can soak up a good amount of family time in between, as well as a date night on Saturday, woohoo! We are so fortunate to have both of our families nearby and willing to watch James to give us a time to spend as a couple. I hope that you’ve got a weekend planned with fun activities!

Let’s take a look at some weekly favorites, shall we?

Plastic Storage Bins

Who needs a pool? When you’ve got plastic storage tubs and limited space, that’s all you need to have some bubbly water fun. For us at least. Our go-to summer activity has been exactly this. A storage bin filled with soapy water, alongside a few other bowls and toys filled with water. Instant entertainment, for a little while at least πŸ™‚ Side note: I also use these storage bins for all things storage related too. James’s clothes, seasonal decorations, etc.. A Target purchase you definitely won’t regret.

Blueberry Picking

James and I went blueberry picking on Berry Road yesterday morning and it was an awesome experience. It’s been forever since I’ve picked berries of any kind and I forgot how much fun it is! I love feeling connected to the food that I’m eating and picking fresh berries is a perfect way to feel that connection. James seemed to enjoy it as well. Every time I handed him a couple of berries fresh off the branch, he starred at me, eyes wide in amazement as he quickly snatched the berries out of my hand and into his mouth. I kept trying to get him to pick the berries off of the bush, but he didn’t quite get the concept. Next year!

Manifest

I know we aren’t the only ones hooked on this show right now, but man did we get sucked in! We stumbled across it one night in a desperate search of something new and exciting to watch on TV, and while we often make fun of certain aspects of the show, it certainly has us coming back night after night. If you’re looking for a little suspense, thrill, mystery, family drama, etc. this is the show for you!

What to Bake?

I’m not sure if this really counts as a favorite but it’s going on the list. Now that we’ve devoured the entire batch of chocolate zucchini muffins, I’m craving all of the baked goods! It doesn’t help that the weather has been a bit cool and cloudy, the perfect baking weather in my opinion. But what to bake next, that is the question I’m pondering at the moment. We’ve got the ingredients to make rice crispy treats (<–my go-to rice crispy recipe), but I’m craving something chocolatey again. Is is too early to start baking season? Maybe I’m just in a mid-summer slump of sorts and seeking the coziness of the fall season ahead. Does anyone else jump back in the kitchen when the weather cools down? What are you baking these days?

The Jesus Storybook Bible

This was the first gift we received for James when we found out I was pregnant. While he absolutely does not have the patience to sit through story time these days, at home or at the library, we still read to James before naps and bed. He has a decent collection of children’s books and there are so many that I enjoy reading to him, but this is by far mine and Josiah’s favorite. Reading to James looks like one of us sitting in his cozy rocking chair with a blanket while he runs in circles around his room looking for ways to get into trouble. Fortunately “The Jesus Storybook Bible” is a great read regardless of whether James is paying attention and I learn more about Jesus from it every day.

Have a great weekend everyone! We’ll chat soon πŸ™‚

Friday Favorites #5

Welcome back, and happy Friday! I hope that your week has been a good one, and that you’re looking forward to a relaxing weekend ahead. I used to never see the value in relaxation, but as I get older and learn from wise people, it is for our bodies to rest and recharge. If you are feeling a bit run down as we approach the end of the week, I hope that you get a chance to participate in any activity that helps bring restoration to you this weekend, even if it’s just a good night of sleep!

At this point, I’m a blank slate with favorites from the week, so let’s dive in and see what we can come up with!

  • Homemade Root Beer Floats

This was a random idea that came to me the other night when Josiah was drinking a can of root beer at the church. I want to be more of a root beer float person, and I’m trying! I like ice cream and I like root beer, I’m just not crazy about the two mixed together. It was a fun dessert though!

  • Outgrowing Nana’s Lap

Nana can’t resist scooping James up into her lap at some point when we are over for a visit. As you can tell he is getting a little big for her lap these days… His routine at Nana’s consists of turning on the radio, dancing, locating the bag of goldfish that’s always sitting on the coffee table, bringing the bag over to Nana, and waiting for her to hand him a goldfish. The cycle repeats itself over and over! I love it.

  • Love-Hate Latte

I’m calling this the love-hate latte because this latte tasted out of this world amazing! I’m not even a big coffee drinker, but wow. Way to go cafe Kubal! What I hate about this latte was that it cost just shy of $6. Yikes! It was a small, and my hand is practically bigger than the cup. When did coffee drinks become so expensive? And why the pressure to leave a tip on top of that?!

  • Playground vs. Destroy the Apartment

And we choose…playground! I would be lying if I didn’t admit that one of the reasons we try to fill our mornings with lots of activities, including trips to the playground, is because the alternative to that is James wreaking havoc at home. And if the apartment is a total disaster, then I end up spending his entire nap cleaning. Only to have him tear it apart two seconds later…yes we have reached that stage of life.

  • Adidas Sneakers

For my birthday this year, I was gifted a pair of Adidas Cloudfoam Sneakers, and then I gave Josiah and my mom each a pair for Christmas (they were super on sale during the holiday season). We all really like our cloudfoams and I would totally get another pair when mine wear out. They are the perfect every day shoe. But then I saw one of my favorite bloggers sporting these sneakers from Adidas, and I think they are super cute! I love how white they are, with a subtle pop of rainbow on the sides. Based on my shoe experience, I would never be able to keep them white, so I should probably stay in the cloudfoam family.

Question of the Day: What are you loving this week?

Have a great weekend everyone!