Monday, May 21, 2018

Loving Lately

Happy Monday, friends! I wanted to start this little series to round up, from time to time, things I’m really digging. From recipes to podcasts to small shops to books, I thought this could be a good catch-all to share all things I’m loving lately. Here we go!
 Plant ladder and plants from Ikea
                             PA Trolley Museum // Daniel Tiger Trolley weekend


  • This olive oil dispenser and these salt and pepper bowls are perfect for leaving right next to the stove, making it so easy to drizzle just the right amount of EVOO in a pan, or to quickly reach for and pinch salt and pepper to season what you’re cooking.  
  • I’m sure you’re all already aware, but I’m late to the game. Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning is so, so good. I like it on salads or on breakfast food, but here’s an article to give you even more ideas on how to use it. 

  • I’ve started bullet journaling, and love this notebook. This organizes my thoughts, and it’s especially helpful to get all of my to-dos for the next day (or coming week) written out on paper before I go to bed. This way, my head is clear and I have a list to look at when I get up in order to start tackling my day. I also read in a book, and I’m trying my best to implement, slower, more mindful starts to our mornings. This means writing out 3 things you’re grateful for in this same journal and having breakfast together prior to picking up any technology. It doesn’t always go this way, but sometimes is better than never.
  • I love the SWORKIT (free!) app for working out your core. You can set it for any amount of time between 5 mins and 1hr, and the app prompts you and shows you the circuit exercises to perform during that time. It’s such a convenient, easy, quick, and FREE way to work out at home.
  • I love diffusing oils as I start my day, and 3 drops of Orange, 3 drops of Lemongrass, and 1 drop of Peppermint has been my favorite summery combo. I use this diffuser (though I’ve had my eye on this one) and this set of oils, but any will work!
  • You all know that I’ve been listening to the My Favorite Murder podcast (so good!), but I also recently discovered Heavyweight and it’s quickly become another favorite. Here’s a little excerpt on what it’s about: Heavyweight is a podcast all about emotional time travel, and the attempt to pull something stuck in the past into the present. It possesses unquantifiable magic created by the host Jonathan Goldstein. He manages to bring charm and humor to unexpected moments: while helping a woman find out why she was kicked out of her sorority years ago, or locating the person who wrote the letters that fill a suitcase someone has inexplicably been carrying around for years, or assisting a man in finding the driver who hit him so that he can say thank you. Heavyweight doesn’t make you better informed—but it might make you better.
  • And last but not least, I ordered these Gingham pajamas marked down to $31!
 

Hope some of these bring you some inspiration as you start your week! Hope you all have as happy of a Monday as Monday can be! XO.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Best Outdoor Toys for Kids


It's nice outside, and that's exactly where you'll find us until November! I had a few requests for our favorite outdoor toys, and I put together this little list to keep your kiddos entertained while you get to soak up the sunshine. A win for everybody involved! Our current favorites are water painting, bug catching, and walkie-talkie missions, and there is just nothing sweeter than watching the boys playing together now that August is running and talking right along side of his big brother. And stopping for popsicle breaks in-between, of course.

So first, a summer-ey, sunshiney, picture of these two little frenemies.


And now, a round-up of what we're loving, or what's on our summer wish-list!
Kiddie Pool: OK, this thing looks amazing for babes under 3. Even I want to get in it. Slides, sprinklers, and a DINOSAUR? Count me in.  
 
Water Table: If I had a do-over, this is the one I’d get. It’s the #1 best seller for a reason. And trust me on this—for kids 2 and under, a water table will quickly become your most-loved toy.

No Slip Water Shoes: Lots of color options for these little shoes, but they look to be the very best non-slip option for a super reasonable price. Perfect for pool side or playing in the creek. 

Bug Catching Kit: My boys’ love for catching bugs is what keeps them busiest outside these days, and a little kit like this ups the excitement.

Go Find It Game: This is the cutest game that prompts the players to go find things outside based on the card they draw: something furry, round, thin, huge, rough, etc. A perfect scavenger hunt activity to play in the yard or neighborhood.

Picnic Basket: I’m all about eating outside when it’s nice (no clean-up!). Even more requested by the kids is making a picnic outside or taking this basket to a park to eat. This basket is insulated and easy to wipe down on the inside. It’s also roomy enough to pack a blanket along to spread out and sit together. One of the boys' current favorites is “Teddy Bear Picnics”, which involves all things bear-shaped. These cookie cutters get you bear shaped sandwiches, pancakes, slices of watermelon, cucumber, etc.

Gonge Riverstones: We got these as a Christmas gift and they’re even more fun outside. The boys like to draw a monster or fire with chalk on the patio and jump over him from stone to stone. I’m planning on adding the hilltops for a birthday present coming up.

Walkie Talkies: the boys love going on “missions” and now that August is talking, watching them run around the house with their walkie talkies is my favorite thing. 

Paintbrush and Bucket: Who else remembers “painting” the patio with water? We fill this bucket with water and the boys use these brushes to draw designs or just cover the whole area, paintbrush stroke by paintbrush stroke. We love these buckets because they are sturdy enough to be flipped over and stood on top of, which happens 100% of the time in a house with boys.