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WOOHOO! Congratulations to Mandy Meyer, the winner of the Chewy Bars from Enjoy Life!
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Welcome to the beginning of your long weekend! Hoping you have some amazing things in store with family and friends. We will be absorbing our last weekend together as a family before we ship Finn off to pre-school next week a few morning a week. How is it possible this day has come?!?! We had orientation this week and I already got all silly choked up. Augh. Just stop time somehow PLEASE!
While you’re wiping your tears away for my ridiculous sappy self, enjoy some of the most fantastic online finds. Click the blue “Fantastic” link to go directly to the source page.
Fantastic Quiet Corner: We have an office that was turned into a toy room and it is taking.over.my.life! There is no more space to “put away” toys. Instead, there seems to be a heap of plastic spilling over the entire room. This is not a good thing for my Type A-ness. Someday, somehow, somewhere, a quiet space like this will be mine. Every woman needs something lovely and simple like this. Am I right?! Of course, by then I’m sure I’ll be longing for the days of dirty hands, toys galore and the pitter-patter of toddler feet…
Fantastic After-School Snack: Bananas? Check. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips? Check. Toothpicks? Check. Finn will love this as a special treat next week! Maybe a first day of school celebration afternoon snack!
Fantastic Carb-o-holic Crave: I love banana bread! And I’m getting a little out of control printing banana recipes after Finn requested “banana cupcakes” for his birthday party. Oye. This looks incredible if you’re in the market for gluten-free, dairy-free banana bread! EEEK!!
Fantastic Shrimp: We love shrimp but have started eating it less frequently because with 4 of us now eating, we need 2 pounds and that’s pricey for wild caught shrimp. However, we do love tacos, so maybe this could (somehow) pass for taco night instead of shrimp night? (Check out my DIY taco seasoning.) Can someone convince my bank account of this?
Fantastic Talking Points: One of the first questions I’m often asked when I share we don’t eat dairy is “how do you get your calcium?” When Finn was first diagnosed with a dairy allergy, I was a little uneasy about this, too. Then after research and reading, I realized we’d bought a pile of lies that dairy is the best (and sometimes only) source of calcium. Many vegetables, seeds and nuts put to shame the amount of calcium in cow’s milk. Check out this list for starters…
Fantastic Fall Fashion: School has started for many kids. As I mentioned, Finn starts next week. (Pass the wine.) I can’t help but think about what I’d be wearing if next week was my first day at school. Maybe something like this…
Fantastic Reminder: And you are…
Fantastic Jam: I think Justin Timberlake’s acceptance speech at the VMAs sums up why he is such a class act. I didn’t realize his song Mirrors was in honor of his grandparents, and that he lost his grandfather last year. Just perfection.
Have a fantastic weekend!