There are few things I love as much as waking up Friday morning and knowing the weekend is ahead. A weekend with fun, relaxing plans where Justin, the kids and I can just hang out and not rush around with our heads cut off. This is one of those weekends.
After Justin was traveling last weekend (and I attended a wedding solo), it’s extra fun to have the gang back together.
Plus, with fall officially in full swing, it means a morning walk with the kids, playing outside, and most importantly…. sweatshirts!
I hope your weekend will be as snuggly as I hope ours to be. As you head into your weekend, enjoy my most fantastic finds from the web. Click the blue “Fantastic” link to go directly to the source page.
Fantastic Blend: If you’re looking for new smoothie recipes, this is your spot. So many recipes to choose, so few days in the week!
Fantastic Composting Steps: Our garden this year was a MAJOR fail. In fact, the word failure doesn’t do the flop justice. I’m not sure what the gal before me had planted, but I just could NOT kill it, and it in turn, didn’t allow anything else to grow. I miss our composted soil from our last house! We have TWO incredible 4×16 raised garden beds at this house. Things WILL grow next year. I’m determined. I’m also recommitted to composting. (We now have a composting bin, but we started with a plastic bin.)
Fantastic Winter Save: Dry feet are awful! One of my favorite essential oils is tea tree, also knowns as Melaleuca. It is a miracle oil and has helped with a variety of concerns in our house. This recipe looks like a great option for winter months. I’ve never thought of using it for this concern. Really smart.
Fantastic Reminder: A few friends have lost grandparents lately. The thought of that makes me sick to my stomach. I still have both Grandma’s and they are so dear to me. I lost one Grandpa when I was very young and another just before I graduated college. He was the kindest man I’ve ever known. This article comes to mind when I think of life… and death. It’s beautiful.
Fantastic Lesson: We normally put gifted money in the kids savings accounts; however, as they get older I want them to learn how to both save and spend their money. My dad made my brother and I take “Personal Finance and Management” in high school as an elective. If we wanted to drive, we had to enroll. So I was #1 on the roster. I still remember the class. While I was certainly raised under the “save, save, save” mentality, my parents also weren’t scared to enjoy their hard work within reasonable limits. It was a great lesson in financial balance. This might be a great way to pass this along to the kids.
Fantastic Nautical: Navy. I just dig navy. Stripes. Boat shoes. Water. Bauble statement pieces. This is my kind of outfit.
Fantastic Flat: I’ve been lusting over these Tanya flats in Fennel for awhile now. What do you think? Pull the trigger?
Fantastic Visual: I’ve talked to so many people recently who have felt the benefits of cutting gluten, and in many cases, all grains from their diet. For some people, it’s a temporary cut until their bodies heal from any inflammation, and for others it’s a permanent elimination. Whether it’s full blown celiac, an intolerance or just discomfort after eating gluten, this graphic gives great information about a gluten-free lifestyle. Check out the full link for the complete graphic.
Fantastic Fast Burn: Justin was out of town last week. When he’s gone I’m not able to get into the gym so I crawl into our basement and do some quick workouts before the kids are up or while they are down for naps. (Once they are down for bed when he’s gone, this girl is firmly on the couch!) I did this workout last week and it’s a great quick workout that will work up a sweat. Just make sure you pick the correct weight that makes the workout difficult.
Fantastic Reminder: It’s so true. Whatever your goal, you have the power.
Fantastic Elmo: I’ve been borderline obsessed with Elmo since Finn fell in love when he was 1. Elmo has firmly lived in my heart ever since. This video reminds me why. Elmo and Lupita talk about all the great things about their skin. Is this woman not a goddess? So beautiful.
Did you learn anything from Elmo? I just love that weird, red monster!