Issues I am Loving Friday #465

Hey mates. How are you? How is your week going? I’d truthfully actually, actually like to know. Listening to about how different individuals are doing or what’s going on outdoors of our residence looks like a breath of normalcy so in the event you’re up for sharing, I’d like to be taught somewhat bit extra about how life is treating you recently. Something thrilling occurring? Any enjoyable plans on the horizon for the summer season? Please share!

Our week was okay, all issues thought of. I really celebrated my thirty eighth birthday yesterday (see extra on that under) and felt a number of love. Ryan was touring (he returns as we speak) however we chatted a number of occasions a day and I stuffed my week with common child commitments and likewise managed to get in some high quality time with mates 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 night time.

I’m prepared for the weekend forward (plans embody 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As I discussed above, my birthday was Thursday and it’s type of loopy to assume I’m 38 years outdated. In a single breath, I positively don’t really feel 22 anymore however in one other breath 38 looks like a real grownup, a real grown up. Once 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 snug with myself. I really feel extra complicated in that there’s a lot extra I take into consideration that weighs on my coronary heart every single day however I’m extra snug with who I’m, what I would like out of life, who I encompass myself with and the household Ryan and I’ve created collectively. That is truthfully one thing I could write a weblog submit 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 one more day.

As for my birthday, I spent it with our boys. (Ryan was really 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 relaxed, uneventful day nevertheless it was additionally a great day.

It’s been a sizzling second since I’ve discovered myself as obsessive about a collection as I’ve turn out to be with the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) collection. It’s an outstanding mix of fantasy, drama, humor and romance (it’s steamyyy) and even supposing the second and third books within the collection are dictionary-size novels, I flew via them and didn’t discover one single web page or chapter tedious or mundane. I beloved each web page and really chapter and am attempting to tug out the fourth ebook within the collection as a result of I don’t need the expertise of studying these books to be over. I do know I discussed the primary ebook on this weblog just a few weeks in the past however I can solely say the collection explodes and will get SO MUCH BETTER as you retain going. For those who’re on the fence about this collection, give it a shot and by the second ebook, I’ve a sense you’ll be all-in on this one, too. I don’t need to share plot summaries concerning the second and third books within the collection as a result of it might give away an excessive amount of however know my scores for each the second and third books could be a stable A. Love, love, love them. These books have actually been a present for me particularly throughout a time after 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 glad to report we lastly have grass. I can’t inform you how thrilled we’re to have grass in our yard as a substitute of messy crimson clay, particularly with three very outdoorsy boys who virtually dwell outdoors. We anticipated to have grass a very long time in the past however an unseasonably moist winter stored 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 delicate, 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 perfect, although our boys 100% thrived in our earlier yard and spent hours on the lookout 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 mentioned having grass down and the power to truly take pleasure in our yard and land is pushing us into “Part 2” of our transfer into our new residence: The surface 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 via in life? Elton John is my man proper now. I grew up listening to his music due to 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 glad. 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 really needed it to have numbers on it however the little boutique I visited didn’t have any numbers accessible. (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 ultimately Google to see if I may discover adhesive numbers which then led me to discovering a mega-pack of those adhesive letter stickers. I shortly realized I may 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, instructor 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 will see that a recap of the highest 10 hottest weblog posts and your prime 10 favourite gadgets from April 2023. Hopefully this can aid you uncover some weblog posts you’ll have missed or aid you simply find an merchandise I’ve talked about previously that bought 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 record” 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 record of pens I really like.)
  • Beauty By Earth Sunless Tanning Lotion (Clear substances, applies like lotion, appears to be like pure and doesn’t scent. My fav!)
  • Diamond Painting Stickers (These had been within the huge children’ Easter baskets this yr and so they’ve been successful.)
  • Amazon Free People Dupe Jumpsuit (The crazy-comfy jumpsuit that appears identical to Free Individuals’s Sizzling Shot Jumpsuit!)
  • Biggie Beads (I really like what number of of our children 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 bought the boys for Easter. Dishwasher secure and the blue/grey/inexperienced colour set we bought was lastly restocked once more.)
  • Amber Glass Soap Dispensers (The dish and hand cleaning soap dispensers we now 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 occasions 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 after I apply make-up on prime of it. Additionally value noting: It additionally has zero white solid!)
  • 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 outdated weblog submit gained traction someplace on the web and so they bought some consideration? Regardless of the purpose, I stand by these as the most effective jean shorts, particularly if in case you have a booty and hips.)

Easy BBQ Meatloaf (This recipe will eternally 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 occurring in your life? Any enjoyable summer season plans on the horizon?