friday favorites #24

Happy first Friday in August! I can't believe school already starts next week for us! I'm kind of in disbelief, but also ready to get back to routine I guess? I'm already brainstorming ways to get out of the house with my kids during the week, since I'll be home with them a lot more. We used to have one of us (usually me) go grocery shopping on Saturdays while the other stayed home with the kids. However, I'm considering switching grocery shopping to Mondays and dragging all 3 kids with me, so that we can enjoy some family time on Saturdays. How does everyone else do it?

I'll be spending today doing laundry, making lists, and packing for my business trip to Vegas with Lewis, but in the meantime, here are some things I'm enjoying this week!


{one} lemon water

Justin and I have been starting each day with a mug of lemon water before we eat breakfast or have our coffee. It's supposed to help rehydrate you first thing in the morning, aid in digestion, and may even boost your metabolism. Since I'm working on losing the baby weight and changing my body composition, I figure adding this healthy habit into my daily routine can't hurt!

{two} camera accessories

I made a few quick Amazon purchases this week in preparation for my upcoming business trip to Vegas - an iPhone ring light and an SD card reader for my iPhone. The ring light will come in handy for taking pictures with my phone inside the house, since we don't get much natural light, and I can't wait to use it in the dark convention center rooms! 

Honestly, I'm even more excited about the iPhone SD card reader. It allows me to take pictures on my DSLR and immediately have them on my phone if I don't have my computer handy. That means if I'm out and about, I can immediate post my high quality photos. I won't be bringing my laptop to Vegas with me, so I'll definitely get a lot of use out of it!

{three} cordless vacuum

A few months ago, our large, cumbersome vacuum that we've owned for 6 years finally bit the dust. (Pun definitely intended). I'm not ready to make a huge financial commitment to a vacuum, but we must vacuum every day with 3 kids and a dog that sheds buckets of fur. We picked up a super lightweight cordless vacuum - I believe it's the Bissell Bolt. I've loved the ease and convenience of it - vacuuming no longer feels like an all-day project. (Seriously...maybe I'm just lazy, but having to plug in and unplug that cord going from room to room is such a pain). The only downside is that it needs to be charged for a good 8 hours to produce 15-20 minutes of vacuuming. We have come up with a schedule to handle a few rooms each night. It's been working out wonderfully! 

{four} footbed sandals

The best decision of my life this summer was picking up a pair of footbed slide-on sandals. They are so comfortable, and go with all of my casual outfits. Someday I'll invest in a pair of Birkenstocks, but until then, I'll stick with my Target sandals! I found a similar pair here

{five} MuTu System

I've written a little bit about the MuTu system in my post baby updates, but it's designed to heal my core from the abdominal separation from pregnancy. I'm on week three, and I've already noticed a huge difference! I've lost 8 pounds since starting, and my core is beginning to feel stronger. I'm waiting to test if the gap has gotten smaller until halfway through the program, but I'm feeling great about the results so far! 

{six} Jimmy Fallon Hashtag videos

One of these popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, and now I can't stop watching them while I'm doing the dishes or nursing the baby. Hilarious. 

That's it for this Friday! What's got you smiling this week? Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Carolina Charm and Hello Happiness for Five on Friday, and Andrea from Momfessionals for Friday Favorites!