Hi friends! Three cheers for the weekend! What’s going on? Anything fun planned? The Pilot and I are enjoying a date night, and are excited to take the girls on some adventures. Maybe after reading all of your wonderful comments on this post, we need to make a little Trader Joe’s roadtrip. There are so many things I want to try! Other than that, we’re just looking forward to enjoying some time together. The past couple of weeks have been unusually busy, and I look forward to chillin’.
In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I always love hearing about your favorite eats, wears, reads, and random fun from the week if you’d like to join in the fun in the comments section below.
This Rachel Parcell top. I’ve been wanting to buy something from her line for quite a while now -I’m a huge fan of her blog– and figured I’d play it safe with a top to see how the sizing and quality were. I probably should have steamed it before snapping a pic, but here’s what it looks like! I love that the ruffles dress it up a bit and the peplum style isn’t too intense. It’s perfect with jeans and Tory Burch flats.
Love the zipper detail in the back!
(Pics by Lindsay Colson)
The Summer Shape Up energy and enthusiasm! Thank you so much to all of you who participated in this year’s challenge! I think it was a huge success, and I’m already looking forward to Winter Shape Up. If you’re sad SSU is ending, remember that you can always repeat the challenge to make it 8 weeks, and also join in our Barre Bootcamp (more details below). Congrats to the winners of the Naturally More prize packs: Bethany and Leah H.! (Please email me and I’ll get your goodies on the way!) Stay tuned for more fun giveaways coming up.
These coconut butter cups! YOU GUYYYYSSSS. I’ve had one of these every day this week. On a sweet tooth whim, I ordered some from Thrive Market, and am so glad I did. They’re coconut butter cups (coated in dark chocolate) and the perfect sweet treat without being too sugary. The caramel ones are ridiculous.
Face masks from Sephora. I picked these up a while ago and have had them in the fridge waiting to be used. Finally, while we were watching Handmaid’s Tale I decided to give one a whirl. It made my skin super smooth and bright; and the cooling effect from being stored in the fridge made it extra refreshing.
I could watch this video over and over again. Soooo beautiful, and makes me nostalgic for those good ol’ choir days.
If fitness class descriptions were honest. The insanity one made me lol.
Going to try this chicken recipe next week!
This kombucha smash looks amazing.
Not-so-fave: Livi is officially in kindergarten. We went to the assembly at her school this week, and we were both doing well until a quartet (girls from the high school) starting singing “You Raise Me Up.” It was gorgeous, and before I knew it, I could feel Liv’s little body shaking next to mine and her teardrops falling onto my hand. That’s when I put my sunglasses on because the tears came on fast. She’s so big, but so little at the same time.
From the time Liv was born until now, I’ve savored so many moments. I love to smell her hair, still go into her room each night to check on her while she’s sleeping. We enjoy playing dollies or make-believe, or I’ll just sit on the couch holding her, or snuggle up with Liv and P in our favorite blanket.
I’ve kind of been an emotional mess this week, just thinking about how quickly time goes by. One minute they’re a baby burrito, and the next, they’re skipping around, dancing, and singing their (and your) favorite songs. I think what’s breaking my heart is that I won’t see all of the moments anymore… and it will be like that from now on. She’ll have her own experiences and memories to tell me about, that I won’t get to see. And I’ve got to let it go. Brb gotta grab more tissue. To all of my fellow kindergarten mamas: we’ve got this. But yeah. It’s so bittersweet.
Friends’ brunch game. We’ve been going to Birdie’s for so long, we’ve forgotten to explore any other options. Finally, we remembered that Friends’ has breakfast, and decided to check it out.
Giant omelettes: check.
The girls enjoyed their meals and there were zero meltdowns -restaurant dining has been a little iffy lately with the small one haha- YESSSS. We’ll definitely be back.
In fitness news, Fall Barre Bootcamp is coming! This will be the last Barre Bootcamp of the year -we have something else up our sleeves for spring- and I’m so excited to share this challenge with 5 videos (+ a bonus video), full workout calendar, daily emails + a private Facebook group. If you want to be first on the list to get a spot -they filled up quickly last time!- just leave your email address in the comments section or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hope you have a very happy Friday and I’ll see ya soon!
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I was typing too fast. It should be email@example.com. Sorry!
HAVE A lovely weekend!! I have to try those coconut butter cups- like what? Genius idea! Also LOVE that top. I love tops with the ruffle style at the bottom!
you would love the coconut butter cups!
I would love the info about the barre boot camp! Juliafisher22@gmail.com
just added you to the list! 🙂
Cute top! What’s the fabric like? Looks like it wrinkles easily.
it wrinkles very easily which is the only bummer. i ironed it quickly before putting it on, but should have steamed it.
I completely agree on the coconut butter cups. I just ordered the mint and salted caramel and love both of those flavors too! Also, love the new side bar photo!
yum, i haven’t tried the mint yet!
I can totally relate on Kindergarten. My oldest daughter starts Kindergarten in a few weeks and even though she is so excited, I am not sure I am ready for it. And I am a full time work out of the house mama so mine have always been in daycare. I can’t imagine how much harder it would be if I had spent the last almost 6 years home with her. I imagine dropping them at Kindy on the first day would be similar to the first day I dropped mine off at daycare and I was a hot mess. Stay strong mama!
i cried so hard. it’s just crazy how quickly it happens! she’s loving it, which has made me feel a lot better
I need to try those coconut butter cups!
Omg, I can’t believe she is in kindergarten!
it happened way too fast!
I loooooooved the Disney choir video! So good! Happy Friday!
so glad you liked it, too! have a wonderful weekend <3
Ugh, is mercury in retrograde or something because I’ve been an emotional wreck this week too? I actually said to David “can we please have another baby?!” and he looked at me like I had 3 heads- ha! But time, man, it just flies. <3
i think it actually is in retrograde. something is in the air! i’ve been a hot mess. and i’ve found myself having baby fever lately too even though we agreed on two and through
time goes by way too quickly
Ahh so sweet about Liv! You almost made me cry and those coconut butter cups need to happen!
“You Raise Me Up.” ~ one of my fav songs. I would have lost it on that too!
it’s like they were trying to make us cry haha
I haven’t tried those coconut butter cups but I keep hearing great things! I’m going to have to give them a try, I think!
you would loooove them
If that top was less wrinkly I’d probably be into it! Just doesn’t look that sleek or stylish like that
Yeah it’s a bummer. I wish I would have steamed it!
that top is suuuuper cute!! and i’m dying to get my hands on some eating evolved coconut butter cups, i’ve heard such good things!!! have a wonderful weekend 🙂
thank you!! and yes! you would love them
just added you to the list! 🙂 since you did it with us this spring, you’ll be able to follow along again with the videos you have!
Sign me up for the barre boot camp! I may even try to get one of my xtend barre instructors to do it with me. 😉
Related to the Fitness Class Descriptions, I just finished reading Fitness Junkie by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes. Hilarious. It’s a satirical (and at times snarky) take on the current fitness industry — especially the craziness. As soon as I started reading it, I knew I needed to recommend the book to you. It’s a quick read, too.
got you on the list! and YES. i will download it now- thank you!
got you on there! 🙂
i loved the last Barre Bootcamp, and started seeing changes immediately! thank you so much for doing these!
so happy to hear! would love to have you join in again 🙂
so so happy you liked the last round!
I would love info on the barre boot camp this fall! firstname.lastname@example.org
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u could always homeschool;) i never have to miss any of my kids moments! but i know its not for everyone…i still personal train out of my home studio, then do group ex at the y at night! its possible!
i seriously debated it for a couple of months. i just think it would be a disservice to her since i’m not a teacher, and there are some subjects i wouldn’t feel fully confident teaching. she also thrives being around other kids. you are amazing for doing it!!
Gah, I can’t believe she is in Kinder already, stay strong momma!
OMG kindergarten GULP!!!!!! I can’t wait for barre I feel like that’s something I struggle to ass to my fitness routine! Low intensity is important but hard to prioritize working in!
I would love the info about the barre boot camp! email@example.com
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Barre boot camp info Mahinte@gmail.com 🙂
just got you on the list!
I would love info on the barre boot camp! firstname.lastname@example.org
just added you to the list!
I want in 🙂 email@example.com
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I would love to join. Frtinawagner@web.de
got you in there! 🙂
Would love to join the barre challenge! firstname.lastname@example.org
just added you to the list!! 🙂
We’re taking my baby girl to college tomorrow. Talk about an emotional mess!! Trying to keep it together over here but struggling for sure. I’m so proud of her and excited for her though! Trying to focus on the positive. Pray for me tomorrow!
sending you so many prayers and hugs. i can’t even imagine! i hope it goes well. i’m thinking of you
Aww, I can’t believe Livi is starting kindergarten! Also, I’ve never heard of coconut butter cups before, but I must admit they sound intriguing!
My oldest started kindergarten last year. That summer was really emotional for me. Now I have a big boy getting ready to start 1st grade! My youngest has one more year of pre-K before she starts kindergarten. Trying to memorize everything about them at the ages they are. How come time seems to go by so fast?!
it’s seriously crazy. i can’t believe how quickly the time goes
Please add me to the list.
just added you!