Hi friends! How are you? How was the weekend?
Ours was packed with fun events, and in between the activities and parties, we managed to get a lot of things done around the house.
I FINALLY finished Livi’s little photo collage I’d been working on, and think it came out pretty well.
(She gasped and said, “I love it” when she saw it, so I’ll call it a win.)
This may have been a simple project, but some serious logistics went into the frames. First, I found this gorgeous Rapunzel mandala last summer on Etsy, but haven’t been able to find a frame for its unique dimensions. Finally, we took it to Michael’s to get framed, and picked out plastic instead of glass and a super light wood border. For the other pics, I found this cute “O” print (also on Etsy) and some family photos.
In my brain, the photos were going to go above the headboard part of her bed. After thinking about it, the thought of hanging them above her headboard freaked me out, especially since she has a tendency to do gymnastics and prop her feet against the walls. We decided to hang them to the side of the bed, and opted for incredibly light plastic frames. This way, if weather or tiny hands manage to knock them off, no glass will be shattering.
I painted the Ikea frames,
the Pilot secured said frames,
and it was good to go! I was excited to add something new to Livi’s room since we’ve been working so much on finishing the baby’s room.
Friday night, we had dinner at Jess’ house, which included fondue. It made me realize how much fondue has been missing from my life. Melting Post used to be our classic anniversary spot, and we haven’t been back in way too long.
(Dessert fondue with pound cake, strawberries, and mini Oreos. I know, right?)
I made a fall salad to take over to her house with arugula, pear (with a squeeze of lemon on the slices so they wouldn’t brown), feta,
(butter, maple syrup, sea salt, pepper, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne)
and this delightful homemade fig balsamic vinaigrette.
In the container (my fave dressing shaker from Pampered Chef):
1/4 cup fig balsamic vinegar (any fruity or balsamic vinegar would work; I found this one at home goods)
3/4 cup olive oil
2 minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
We had the salad along with cheesy fondue + dippers, chicken, and the above [insanely delicious] chocolate fondue. The girls ran around and played while the adults hung out; it was a great night.
Saturday morning was Livi’s ballet class, an interview, errands, and Winston’s 2nd bday party! Little man is obsessed with tractors, so I’m sure he was pretty stoked to have one in his driveway.
We hung out with friends, enjoyed amazing food,
and the kiddos jumped like crazy in the jump house.
Love this little lady so much. <3
Sunday was packed with the usual to-do rotation, and ended up with a date night in Little Italy.
Workout-wise, I got in a 21dayfix workout and a barre class. Motivation has been lacking with the heat -I’m ready to be complaining that I’m cold haha- and just feeling slow/lethargic in general. I just remind myself how amazing I feel when it’s over, and it’s usually enough to get me going. (The group motivation in our 21dayfix group has been so helpful, too!)
Going to get in a quick sweat session before it heats up and head into the day’s adventures. 🙂
Hope you have a very happy Monday!
Workout of the day: this standing core workout! Get in a total core workout without having to get on the floor.