Today's Friday Favorites is short and sweet! I've taken the week off from blogging, mainly because the lack of sleep associated with having a newborn has really hit me hard this week. Every time I sit down to work, I feel a strong urge to close my eyes and rest, so I've been listening to my body and getting sleep when I can! The good news is that Baby Lewis's sleeping patterns are improving - we're now getting 3-3 1/2 hour stretches in between feedings at night! There is hope!
We're gearing up for a visitor this weekend, and are celebrating the start of summer vacation! I foresee donuts, ice cream, and beach time in the near future!
And now it's time to share what's making me smile. What are you loving this week? Share in the comments!
1. Fresh Fruit
I'm part of a Flat Belly Challenge with a group of friends, and the extra accountability has me motivated to make healthier choices during the day to lose the "mummy tummy." We're been buying a ton of fresh fruit, and the pineapple and strawberries have been out of this world. They've been making a perfectly sweet afternoon snack! Along with healthier food choices, I've been chugging water, going for walks, doing diastasis recti exercises, and wearing my Belly Bandit. Progress, my friends!
2. Brotherly Love
Pippa went to her end of the school year party yesterday, so I had the afternoon with just the boys. It was strangely quiet without my little chatterbox at my side, but I enjoyed playing basketball and cars with Teddy, and stretching out on the floor with Lewis. Teddy lavished his attention on his baby brother, and I have a feeling the two of them are going to be thick as thieves one day!
3. Influenster VoxBox
Influenster is a product review site anyone can sign up for. You complete tasks to qualify to receive a VoxBox, which is a box full of full size samples. I just received one in the mail this week, and was really impressed by the products inside! I'm really looking forward to trying the baby soap and the chocolate cake mug! Once you receive your box, you receive a list of tasks to complete in order to qualify for more boxes, like sharing products on social media! It's pretty fun, if you like the idea of receiving free product to sample and share. You don't have to be a blogger to do this - anyone can participate!
4. Warm Weather + Cold Treats
The weather here in Florida is heating up, so naturally we'll be spending more weekends at the beach, and most likely stopping at our favorite little ice cream shop for some goodies. The kids are still small enough that we can get away with sharing one or two ice cream treats among the family. Reminds me of when I was a little kids, and my entire family of 2 adults and 6 kids would be able to eat at McDonalds for under $10 by sharing nuggets, fries, and one drink.
Anyway, during the week we opt for healthier treats around the house. One of my favorite summer recipes that the kids love is super simple: Water, a scoop of fruit supplement, and a scoop of all-natural orange electrolyte drink mix, and freeze in a popsicle mold. Voila! Healthy popsicles!
(Shoot me an email if you want to know more about the kid-friendly all-natural supplements we use):
5. Memorial Day Weekend
My sister is coming to visit this weekend, so we've got a lot of fun activities mapped out! It's also nice not having to worry about preparing for school next week, since we're out for the summer! Awesome!
Be sure to check out the awesome Memorial Day Weekend Sales, and don't forget to use Ebates if you're online shopping. Free cash back!
- 50% off your entire purchase at Crazy 8
- Everything is $12.99 and under at Gymboree
- Have you heard of Finn + Emma? It's a shop with the cutest baby clothes and accessories, and everything is made with 100% organic cotton, non-toxic materials, and eco-friendly dyes. Take 10% off with coupon code AFFILIATE10
- Old Navy has 50% off all tees, tanks, shorts, and swim, plus an extra 10% off your purchase! I just ordered this adorable tie front floral cami for Pippa!
- Gap has an extra 20% off using the code MORE. Loving this simple white flutter top for summer!
- 30% off J.Crew with code SWEET. This gingham romper even looks nursing-friendly!
As you enjoy the long weekend, the BBQs, and sales, don't forget to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice that we might enjoy these freedoms. Thank you to all who serve or have served in our nation's armed forces!