A full week home and we are back in our routine. We had such a great week with friends, checking several things off our Summer Bucket List! Justin celebrated a birthday on Monday which means we’ve been celebrating all week. The older you get, the longer we celebrate at our house 🙂
Do you have a birthday tradition? Share it in the comments!
Enjoy my most fantastic finds from the web and be sure to click the blue “Fantastic” link to go directly to the source page.
Fantastic Dream: Some of the images in this link make my mouth drop 10 inches. A fridge enveloping pantry? I think I’d take all the waterfalls, too. And the loft hammock. No brainer.
Fantastic Pops: I broke our popsicle molds last week. Broke in half. Let me tell you, this was devastating for a 4 year old to watch. Oops! They will be replaced soon and I suspect this recipe will help break them in and ease Finn’s pain. (Devastated = white face, gasping, open mouth, and lots of weeping.)
Fantastic Fresh: I think is dish is literally screaming EAT ME through the screen! Doesn’t this look off the charts amazing? Seriously. I want to jump through the screen. So fresh, yummy, and clean!
Fantastic White: Our friends Eric and Kelsey are painting their entire house white, affectionately name the Rockstar Ranch. When I see pictures like this, I almost want to jump on board. How incredible to have such a clean slate. Taupe walls are boring. White is where it’s at!
Fantastic Tips: Every week I feel like prices at the grocery store go up by 10 cents here, 10 cents there. Our bill has steadily increased although the amount of food hasn’t changed. It makes my eyeballs pop some weeks. I really start to panic when I realize the bottomless pit that is Finn’s tummy! EEK! I love this post on how to get the most from your whole chicken. I bought my first whole chicken recently and cannot wait to dig in. Get ready for my chicken, family 🙂
Fantastic Chest: I’ve been on the hunt for Evie’s big girl bedding. I bought an old dresser straight out of 1972 that I’m going to redo. Lord, HELP ME! Don’t worry, I’ll give you the before and after when it’s complete (in 6 months, and that’s generous). What did I get myself into? Well, I know what I got myself into. I got myself into a $106 “project” ($75 for the dresser and $31 for the supplies) instead of this amazing dresser with an added ‘0’ to the price. I know Evie and the thing will be covered in Minnie Mouse stickers by her 3rd birthday. That said, I’ll save this amazing ABC chest for your child who will assuredly take care of it. It’s amazing, right?!?
Fantastic YUM: The kids and I made these last week with homemade almond butter for their Friday night “Special Treat.” Can I just tell you: dreamy! These are dreamy! And they are the best to have your kids help you create. It’s a mess, they will look wretched, but it won’t matter 🙂 Go ahead and double the bananas, perhaps use 3. The chocolate will be more than enough. You’ll thank me!
Fantastic Workout Pant: Who knew Old Navy of all places would have such amazing workout clothes? Upon the recommendation of some of my workout pals, I picked these up from Old Navy at a super sale earlier this month. I am used to spending aLOT more on workout tights, not because I like it but because they hold it what needs holding! I am so impressed with Old Navy. They have stepped up to the plate and hit a home run. Worth every penny. (I also have the Black Jack 3.) Find some of my other favorite workout attire on Pinterest.
Fantastic Snack: SuperEats sent me a pack of their kale+chia chips. I will admit, I was a skeptic. Justin actually dug in first and LOVED them. Evie ran by and (naturally) demanded a bite. Then, she asked for more! By this time, I grabbed the bag and had to see what the hype was about. They were delicious! Justin (and Evie) liked the Chili Lime and I liked the Tomato Basil. These chips are made of kale, whole chia seeds and beans. They are gluten-free and verified GMO-free.
Fantastic Family Read: We received this book a few weeks ago and I must say, it’s a fan-favorite among the kids because of the Mickey characters. Evie is obsessed with Minnie and Daisy! While the book is not a quick read or meant for small children to read themselves, it’s a great conversation-starter for families who value sustainability. Go Green! is a family-friendly guide to take steps toward living healthier, greener and more sustainable lifestyles. It explains sustainability in a simple and fun way. The book is jam-packed with fun facts, tips and unique green activities. Go Green! topics include: understanding your ecological footprints; the three R’s of sustainability (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle); creating seasonal crafts; the importance of eating locally; how to grow your own organic garden; and so much more.
Fantastic Stars: I can’t stop singing this song. While looking at a book the other day with the moon and stars, Evie said, “mama’s song,” while pointing to the stars. I couldn’t figure out what she was saying until it hit me an hour later! THE SONG! So beautiful.
I hope you have an amazing weekend! What’s on tap?