Friday Things #327
1. On Wednesday, I feel like I had one of the most perfect days with the kids. Everyone was happy and played nicely in the morning… after Isabelle’s morning nap, I took all three of them to do a little surprise project for Father’s Day during which everyone cooperated, then we picked up lunch… the boys spent all afternoon outside riding their bikes, “helping” me pull weeds (they’ve been asking to help so often my husband got them little kid gardening gloves – they have Batman and Hot Wheels!), eating popsicles on the deck, and blowing bubbles. The weather was gorgeous and as the day came to a close, I felt so full and happy.
Afternoon fun made possible by this sweet, sleeping babe who took an epic nap :)
(And just so you don’t think these idyllic days are normal – if they were I wouldn’t be so taken with them! – yesterday was a 180 where we were all struggling a bit from not enough sleep, there was a lot of not listening and meltdowns… because of course, balance, ha!)
2. We have joined a CSA for the first time! I’m super excited for local, fresh produce every single week, plus I think it’ll get the boys excited about eating more vegetables (fingers crossed), although Joseph has been getting much better about this lately.
3. What are your favorite sites for online clothes shopping? I get the bulk of my stuff from Jcrew, Gap, and Nordstrom, but I would like to add a little variety!
4. I don’t consider myself very gifted when it comes to artistic ventures, but I stumbled upon Let’s Make Art through Facebook, and oh my… I so want to try the watercolor and lettering! Perhaps not at the same time, though ;-)
5. This gave me a seriously good laugh:
6. Love Oreos and love cheesecake, but don’t feel like making a full-blown cheesecake? This Oreo cheesecake icebox cake is the answer to your summer oreo-and-cheesecake-loving dreams.
7. If you’re looking for new places to visit, check out this list of the cutest town in every U.S. state. I would love to see so many of these!
8. I could stare at the inside of this fridge all day!
9. We started binging a new show! Well, it’s actually not new at all… we started watching Hill Street Blues on Hulu. My husband remembers seeing some of it when he was younger, but I never watched it at all (it aired during the 80’s). We’re a few episodes in and are enjoying it!
10. TGIF! Judith wishes you a wonderfully cozy weekend :)
Smart girl you’re : already knows that naps rock!
2. I had never heard of a CSA before but it sounds like a good idea. I hope the prices are good.
8. Seriously, whose fridge looks like that😂?
9. I loved Hill Street Blues when it was first on.
Agree with Boden! Especially for work clothes or something a little different.
Also been ordering mainly from Athleta lately. Easy pieces for work, play and for the gym. Also love that it is a B Corp so ethical and sustainable! A little more expensive but I have a Gap Visa so I use all my points there!
Try Boden for online shopping. Free shipping and returns.
Don’t you just love a day like you had..just enjoying your family and home. The best things dont have to cost a lot of money. P.s. Judith looks lovely..she has her supermodel fur😊 and her doggie smiley face.
Happy Friday Michelle!
I have so enjoyed watching your children grow. It is just going way to fast,,,stop the merry go round and let me off!
I love The Loft for clothes. Check them out.
My favorite online clothing is from Chico’s (especially for pants), Coldwater Creek and Travel Smith. I am considerably older than you so the choices on these sites may not appeal to you.
Keep the photos, recipes, etc. coming.
A sleeping child….so precious & beautiful…a true blessing!!
Aloha from Paia, Maui! What was written in the article about best small cities is true about this place. My daughter and I are 3 minutes from the beach. There are so many stores- I saw a purse that will be mine by the end of our stay. I live in Minnesota where are plenty (+10,000) lakes, but ocean breezes with palm trees – bliss!
Thank you for your friday posts, I so enjoy them. Re: fridge, who has a fridge that organized, not me!!
Hill Street Blues, that was my era, such an epic show. I wish they’d show it on netflix, I’d rewatch all the episodes.
Your children are growing up so fast, Isabelle was just born, and look at her, she’s a toddler. Enjoy them., they’re precious.
Gosh, I forgot about Hill Street Blues being a great series…definitely worth watching. Another id ER…I loved that show and still have a tape(ha) of the final episode for Julianne Margolis (nurse Carol) in which she and finally moves to CA to re-unite with George Clooney(Dr. Doug)…who had left the show two yeas prior. The series is so worth watching.
Speaking if things worth checking out, I came across a couple of picture books I purchased during my years teaching kindergarten . I was cleaning out some boxes in the basement and there they were. The titles are “Cookies, Bite Size Life Lessons” and “Sugar Cookies, Sweet Little lessons on Love”. The author is Amy Krouse Rosenthal with Beautiful illustrations by Jane & Brooke Dyer. The books are “story dictionaries”, tackling words and abstract concepts that are challenging for young children…compassion, gratitude, fairness, sympathy. Not only did I have some wonderful, insightful conversations with many classes about these books , we also had great fun baking the cookie recipe at the end of the story. I checked on Amazon and the books are still in print along with two others…”One Smart Cookie” and “Christmas Cookies”. You have mentioned your boys love to help you bake. These books might be fun for them as well.
Enjoy you weekend!
My favorite shopping sites for myself are Revolve Clothing & Shopbop . They both offer free shipping both directions and the turnaround is fairly quick , especially with Revolve. I think once I had an issue where it took longer than it normally does.
Zulily for Italian linen tops and dresses, Old
Navy for super casual clothes to bum around in and Nordstrom Rack/HauteLook for name brand women’s clothes like Free People and Johnny Was. Have fun shopping!
The Let’s Make Art looks super cute but with 2 little kids I may have to wait awhile to have time for it :) Have your ever looked at Jane.com? I buy so many clothes on there and overall have had really good luck with them fitting!
Interesting fact. Steven Bochco, who was the producer for Hill Street Blues, went to CMU and the show was named for the “Hill” district in Pittsburgh.
I had to scroll all the way down to see what little town in TN was listed. I had to tell you about Lynnville, TN. It never makes any list and it really should. It’s like stepping out of Mayberry, USA. They have a train museum and a little restaurant that brags to have the best burgers in TN and they do! They are very near the Mars Farm (as in Mars candy bars). The town is so picturesque. Every home is photo quality and everyone is so friendly!
Wow, Hill Street Blues was a weekly gathering in our common area in college (no in-room TVs then). Actually the whole Thursday night line-up was spent in the TV room! So good!
Sweet, sweet kids! Judith is lovely, I just love her, ha! Always loved Hill Street Blues, one of our favorites, hope you enjoy it.
I just wanted to say, I’ve followed your blog for some time now and enjoy it SOO much!! I’ve watched your children grow and must say, you have a beautiful family. Hugs to you all — and keep up the great work with the blog!!!! Mimi
I am dying laughing!! Yesterday, I texted one of my besties who is pregnant with her first that I needed her to know that some days, she’s going to kill it at parenting, and other days, she’s going to feel like it’s a complete you-know-what show. Because we had a similarly perfect Wednesday and crappy Thursday! Gotta love the balance. Thank you for your transparency!