Hello there! Let’s close out the week with some Friday faves. It has been awhile since I did one of these posts! As per usual with these posts, this one is very all over the place in terms of topics – I hope it gives you some fun stuff to check out!
Feel free to share what you’re loving lately in the comments, I’d love to hear. 🙂
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1) Gorgeous spring-like weather.
I know, I know, I always talk about the weather on the blog – but it makes a big difference in my mood! After many weeks of snow, ice, and gray, we were thrilled to have some lovely warmer weather and sunshine this week.
Matt, Riese, and I (and our friend Shane!) took advantage one day after work and went and kicked the soccer ball around in a nearby field.
We walked to a restaurant after and sat outside for dinner, which we haven’t been able to do in ages. It was such a nice treat and felt like normal life!
2) I’m featured over on the Blue Apron blog!
I’ve loved partnering with Blue Apron over the past year and recently had the opportunity to be interviewed for their blog on the topic of intuitive eating.
During the interview, we talked about what exactly intuitive eating is, a good place to get started with intuitive eating if you’re new to it, what I make sure my meals always contain, why a weight loss specific approach is much less sustainable long term than intuitive eating, and more.
I really enjoyed speaking with their team for the interview, and I hope that you enjoy the resulting blog post! You can read it on their blog at the following link: “Eating Well, Not to Lose Weight.”
And if you haven’t tried Blue Apron yet after all my raving about it, now might be a good time because they have a flash sale going through February 28! Click here to get $100 off over your first 5 boxes.
We are still loving their wellness-specific meal offerings – lots of easy sheet pan meals, which I’m always a big fan of!
3) This shower spray.
This is random but worth sharing because I think we could all use everything we can get to add little moments of zen into our current reality, right?!
I would love to go to a spa right now, but since that’s not an option, this Eucalyptus oil shower mist spray that was recommended to me by a friend has been the next best thing. It’s heavenly!
For awhile there I got out of the habit of listening to podcasts, but I’m back into it and have been really into listening to podcasts on my walks lately!
I mostly listen to work-related podcasts because it’s a nice way for me to do something to keep up my knowledge/passion for work, but while also getting some fresh air and pregnancy-friendly movement.
The Food Blogger Pro Podcast is my absolute favorite work podcast, it’s incredibly helpful and relevant for all bloggers not just food bloggers. I really loved episode #292 (released earlier this week) on “Life Profitability – Building a Business that Can Serve Your Life.”
Usually they talk a lot on the podcast about technical stuff and business growth tips, which I really enjoy, but this was a fascinating discussion about how important it is to also create a healthy balance in your life in terms of productivity and life.
It was especially relevant for me as I get closer to baby #2’s arrival and am working to plan out a legit maternity leave this time (vs. last time where I basically took 3 days off – I’ll share more on my plans soon)!
I actually ended up buying the Life Profitability book that the interviewee wrote and am excited to dive into it!
5) The Preschool Box!
One of my mom friends recommended The Preschool Box to our group text of friends early on in the pandemic, and I signed up right away because I needed all the toddler entertainment help I could get. 😉
Every month (for 1 year) you receive a box in the mail that includes a ton of fun crafts and learning activities for children ages 3 to 6.
If your child is older, they’ll be able to do more of the advanced activities and to do the stuff on their own – for younger kids like Riese we just help her with the activities. It’s easy to modify based on age and I’m sure we will revisit everything in a couple years when Riese is able to do some of the more advanced stuff.
I’m not a super crafty person, so this has been really helpful to have to jump start ideas for us to do at home, and they include all the materials you need to do all the activities.
Matt has had fun helping Riese with the alphabet crafts – each month includes a craft for a few letters of the alphabet, and by the end of the year you will do them all. We’re almost to the end of the year long subscription so our alphabet craft wall is nearly complete – cute, right? 🙂
Anyway, just wanted to share in case you have a 3 to 6 year old kid at home right now and are looking for things to do that don’t involve you going to the craft store and figuring them out yourself. 😉 Each box also includes a new book which is nice!
And now, I will leave you with some recent faves from around the web:
- Favorite Baby Items for Baby #3 (That I Didn’t Use For Babies 1 & 2) — this was a useful post for me to see what new stuff is out there that I might want to consider for baby #2, since we had such a big gap between kids (3.5 years), and there are a lot of different products on the market these days! We aren’t going to get much new for #2 but there are a few items we may upgrade. 🙂
- Unnecessary Baby Registry Items — totally agree with all of these except the diaper genie, because once your kid starts eating solids OMG their poop gets so smelly
- How to Start Running Again After a Hiatus — bookmarking this for post-baby! Great reminders and helpful tips.
- 25+ Favorite Free At-Home Workouts — great round up from my friend Elle!
Zara says: have a nice weekend, and remember that even a paper bag can be really fun if you use your imagination. 🙂