Friday Favorites

Friday, April 24, 2015

Last weekend was a bit tumultuous for my liking, hence, I am hoping for a calm, but fun-filled weekend with my little family. 

Our Friday nights are being spent at our local swim school because we signed Luna up for her first swim class. It is the cutest thing seeing her in the water (even when she makes her foochie face). She loves Finding Nemo, so I can't help but sing Just Keep Swimmin' a al Dori style the whole time we are there. Its actually a great lesson on life!

Here are some of my faves this week and a little music to start your weekend right.

Favorite Quote: Be Happy...It drives people crazy. 

Favorite Accessory: A simple cross-body purse. The strap on my old cross-body purse broke and I needed something fast and this is perfect. 

Favorite Design Book: The New Bohemians. I follow Justina Blakeney on Instagram and her style is beautiful. I cannot wait to receive her book. 

Favorite Beauty product: Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner.  I am always in search of alcohol free toners. This had been on my shopping list for awhile and it gets a thumbs up. 

Favorite Home find: Dip-Dyed Stool. I found a dip-dyed stool at Home Goods similar to the one linked.  I love little stools because they are multi-functional. Luna takes over ours, but you can also use it for extra seating or as a plant stand. 

I give you the green light to have a fantastic weekend!

Top 8 Podcasts

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

One of the ways I relax or stay in tune as a stay at home mom is by listening to podcasts. I listen to at least one or two episodes during Luna's nap and while I am taking care of stuff around the house.  Also, as I have mentioned before we do not watch television during the week, therefore, listening to interesting stuff keeps me entertained and informed instead of sitting on the couch. 

Below you will find my top 8 podcasts (in no particular order):

Undisclosed is a follow-up to the infamous Serial podcast. Slate's Parenting Podcast is self-explanatory and offers real parenting stories. Happier with Gretchen Rubin caught my eye because I have read her books, and I like the idea of being happier. The Productivity Show provides tips on how to be more productive in all aspects of your life. 

Sleep with Me is a podcast to help you sleep, and I have listed it on my Friday Favorites as well as mentioned it several times. I am not a Game of Thrones fan, but surprisingly it still puts me to sleep. I use these at night and they help.  Invisibilia as indicated on the podcast is about the invisible forces that control human behavior. They tell real stories interwoven with scientific research. It is super interesting.  Dr. Laura is an old school lady with some honest talk. I was almost afraid of adding her podcast to this list but, I like her so there. Latino USA is geared towards learning about the latin culture, but even if you are not a Latino, they have some great episodes (music & history) you may still want to check it out. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, April 17, 2015

It was a great week, and the weekend is going to be even better because we do not have any big plans. The past three weekends we have been busy so I am looking forward to lounging around with my people and taking a trip to the library. 

Here are this week's favorites and a little Love on Top.

Favorite App: Calm app. Great for a little escape mid-day. I am currently on Day 3 of the 7 Days of Calm. 

Favorite Indoor Greenery: Dwarf Lemon Tree. I am obsessed with adding more greenery to our home. Can you imagine the smell of an indoor lemon tree?!

Favorite Quote: Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good

Favorite Manicure: white nail polish. I was inspired by this photo

Favorite Beauty Product: The Body Shop - Drop of Youth Eye Concentrate. I seriously think this stuff works! 

Favorite Reads: Night Road by Kristin Hannah. I read this in two days because I could not put it down. 

I love this song--I can't help it! I am a sucker for love...enjoy!

Have a great weekend. 

Mindful Monday: Coloring Books for Adults

Monday, April 13, 2015

If you are a parent, you quickly rediscover the art of coloring. Every time Luna says "Mama color," I turn into Picasso or so I think.  I find coloring very therapeutic.  After my daughter's attention has moved on to something else, I often times find myself coloring on my own. This is why I looked into coloring books for adults, and I am happy to report that coloring books for adults are good for your health as indicated here

In this NPR interview with Basford the illustrator of the "Secret Garden,"  which sold nearly one and a half million copies worldwide spoke about her books and thoughts on adults coloring. 

 The intricate outlines of adult colouring books. Photograph: Johanna Basford and Laurence King
Basford told NPR:
I think there's something quite charming and nostalgic about coloring. And chances are last time you picked up pens and pencils, you didn't have a mortgage or like a really horrible boss or anything. So yeah, it's just a really nice way to be creative. You don't have to sit down with a blank sheet of paper or, you know, have that scary moment of thinking what can I draw? The outlines are already there for you, so it's just something that you can do quietly for a couple of hours that, you know, is hand held and analog and quiet.
I agree with Basford, and we should all have hand held, analog and quiet outlets that do not include our electronic devices. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest both by Basford are my favorites.  These are also great choices, The Art of Nature and The Mindfulness Colouring Book. Lastly if you need a little laugh Coloring for Grown-Ups looks hilarious.  

Friday Favorites

Friday, April 10, 2015

This week must have been on turtle speed because I thought we would never make it to Friday. Tonight's plan is to relax, enjoy big bowls of spaghetti squash with chicken sausage, and catch up on some TV.  I am not sure what is on our DVR--hopefully something worth watching. Do you guys have any show recommendations? 

The remainder of the weekend we will be in search of patio furniture. I cannot wait to have another place to hang out with Luna.  I am totally late to the party in discovering that toddlers can live in the backyard. Duh! 

On Sunday we will be attending a Baptism and catching up with my husband's family. I am looking forward to having a nice weekend.   

Here are today's favorites:

Favorite Spring Dress: Old Navy Striped Tank Dress is perfect to dress up or down, and it is super comfy.   

Favorite Backyard inspo: Hot Tub!  I grew up with a hot tub in my backyard, and I have become obsessed with finding one on Craigslist, especially after reading this post. As a kid, our hot tub felt like a mini pool.  I would get to invite all my friends over for spa parties, and I have so many good memories. 

Favorite Quote: Cash is How I Roll-Dave Ramsey. We have become cash only budget nerds, and I think it is something to be proud of! So this quote is on point. 

Favorite Healthy trick: Broccoli Slaw has been part of my repertoire for awhile now, and these recipes are great. It is healthy, crunchy and yummy. Definitely worth a try!

Favorite Funny: Shoes Off  door mat made me laugh! I think I want it. 

Favorite Matchy-Matchy: Converse. I recently purchased white converse at Kohl's for Luna and I. I am certain she is going to go bonkers over us having the same shoes. 

Since I know you are as happy as I am that the weekend is here, lets make it outstanding!

Have a great weekend. 

Easter 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Sunday went so wonderful--it felt like a magical day! Which in essence it is a magical day. We did not have any fancy plans, and at first I did think maybe we should have planned something or gone somewhere special. I am slowly learning the best celebrations are always the simplest.

We began our day with 7:30 a.m. mass, and Luna did great.  She kept saying "shhhh he is sleeping." I guess she was calling out the man that kept nodding off.  After church, we went to breakfast at good ol' IHOP.  

Afterwards we went straight home so my husband could hide the eggs before the rain came. Luna was excited, but I think we were more excited watching her. 

I hope you all had a blessed Easter Sunday!

Mindful Monday: Moms Around the World

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ever since becoming a mother, I am fascinated with motherhood around the world. Overall, we all feel overwhelmed at one point or another and we all want our children to be happy. 

In the video Confessions of Moms Around the World featured on The Atlantic. The authors, Olga Khazana and Jackie Lay...
 "I’ve met mothers living in difficult circumstances whose hopes and dreams for their children align pretty closely with those of middle-class Americans. That made us curious about how geography and culture affect the experience of motherhood. We interviewed 10 moms living in various countries and asked them what it’s like to be them and what makes motherhood in their country unique."