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 seems like a breath of normalcy so when you’re up for sharing, I’d like to be taught somewhat bit extra about how life is treating you recently. Something thrilling taking place? Any enjoyable plans on the horizon for the summer time? Please share!

Our week was okay, all issues thought of. I truly celebrated my thirty eighth birthday yesterday (see extra on that beneath) and felt a number of love. Ryan was touring (he returns as we speak) however we chatted a number of instances a day and I stuffed my week with common child commitments and in addition managed to get in some high quality time with pals within the type of lengthy walks (my favourite solution to catch up!) and my girlfriends additionally came visiting and stunned me with presents and playing cards and treats after the boys had been in mattress on Tuesday evening.

I’m prepared for the weekend forward (plans embrace 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 form of loopy to suppose I’m 38 years previous. In a single breath, I positively don’t really feel 22 anymore however in one other breath 38 seems 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 complicated but extra comfy with myself. I really feel extra complicated in that there’s a lot extra I take into consideration that weighs on my coronary heart daily however I’m extra comfy with who I’m, what I need 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 publish about as a result of I’ve a number of ideas about “rising up” after you’re “grown up” however I’ll save these ideas for an additional day.

As for my birthday, I spent it with our boys. (Ryan was truly 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 purported to make my solution to Patterson Farms with the boys’ preschool for a day of strawberry selecting yesterday however the climate derailed our plans so we pivoted and stuffed the remainder of our day with wet day enjoyable: Board video games, home made ice cream, early pajama time and tales. It was a peaceful, uneventful day but it surely was additionally a great day.

It’s been a scorching second since I’ve discovered myself as obsessive about a sequence as I’ve change into 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 them and didn’t discover one single web page or chapter tedious or mundane. I cherished each web page and really chapter and am making an attempt to tug out the fourth e-book 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 e-book on this weblog a couple of weeks in the past however I can solely say the sequence explodes and will get SO MUCH BETTER as you retain going. When you’re on the fence about this sequence, give it a shot and by the second e-book, I’ve a sense you’ll be all-in on this one, too. I don’t need to share plot summaries in regards to the second and third books within the sequence as a result of it might give away an excessive amount of however know my scores for each the second and third books can be a stable 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 somewhat 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 pleased to report we lastly have grass. I can’t inform you how thrilled we’re to have grass in our yard as an alternative of messy crimson clay, particularly with three very outdoorsy boys who virtually stay 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 mushy, lush grass the place our boys can play for hours and hours.

Our earlier residence had a small yard on a big slope so it wasn’t ultimate, although our boys 100% thrived in our earlier yard and spent hours searching for slugs and worms beneath all the rocks.  An enormous a part of the explanation 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 stated having grass down and the flexibility to really take pleasure in our yard and land is pushing us into “Part 2” of our transfer into our new residence: The skin 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 in life? Elton John is my man proper now. I grew up listening to his music because of my mother and father 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 pleased. It’s additionally not too miserable or unhappy. It’s only a excellent 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 visiting. I truly needed it to have numbers on it however the little boutique I visited didn’t have any numbers out there. (My thought 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 finally Google to see if I might discover adhesive numbers which then led me to discovering a mega-pack of those adhesive letter stickers. I rapidly realized I might purchase a bunch of them to make use of for future presents and initiatives. I can see these being excellent for birthday presents (a mini backpack or purse for somewhat woman), make-up luggage, trainer presents, mini tote luggage, pool luggage and extra. This discovery had me somewhat too giddy (I’ve already made two makeup bags for girlfriends you might even see above) and am excited to proceed to place them to make use of for enjoyable customized gifting!

Under you can see a recap of the highest 10 hottest weblog posts and your prime 10 favourite gadgets from April 2023. Hopefully it will make it easier to uncover some weblog posts you’ll have missed or make it easier to simply find an merchandise I’ve talked about previously 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 in every of solely two gadgets I had on my birthday “want listing” when my mother and sister requested me what I needed for my birthday. These pens have formally claimed the “finest pen ever” spot on my semi-ridiculous listing of pens I really like.)
  • Beauty By Earth Sunless Tanning Lotion (Clear elements, applies like lotion, appears pure and doesn’t scent. My fav!)
  • Diamond Painting Stickers (These had been within the huge youngsters’ Easter baskets this 12 months and so they’ve been successful.)
  • Amazon Free People Dupe Jumpsuit (The crazy-comfy jumpsuit that appears similar to Free Folks’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 coloration 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 rather 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 instances per week.)
  • Dr. Brand Liquid Sun Shield (The sunscreen I put on on my face each single day. I swear it capabilities virtually like a primer, too, and makes my make-up look higher once I apply make-up on prime of it. Additionally price noting: It additionally has zero white forged!)
  • AGOLDE Parker Jean Shorts (I do not know why these popped up as a finest vendor since I blogged about them so way back however possibly an previous weblog publish gained traction someplace on the web and so they acquired some consideration? Regardless of the motive, I stand by these as the very best jean shorts, particularly if in case you have a booty and hips.)

Easy BBQ Meatloaf (This recipe will ceaselessly 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 time plans on the horizon?