Next week, we'll end by doing standardized tests. We've all worked so hard this year and it's really thrilling to have completed another year and to have finished strong! Now we're all so ready for summer vacation!
To celebrate, we are grilling out tonight and having a family movie night/party with popcorn and movie theater candy! We are also having a competition : who can do the best 'Charlie bit me' impersonation. Hazel is teething and has recently taken to biting, so we can relate to this video. :) Iris is particularly adept at sounding exactly like the older brother.
But first, I wanted to share a few things that I've really liked recently.
:: My friend, Sanae, recently published her first children's book called Little Kunoichi. When I saw her name on the front cover, I have to admit to getting a little teary - and I am not a crier. I am just so proud of her!
The illustrations are fabulous and my kids loved this book! Last night, after reading it twice to Iris, she asked me to read it "four more times." Then Jude got ahold of it and was laughing at all of the clever more subtle jokes that would likely be lost on a younger child. It kind of reminded me of a Jon Klassen book. Way to go, Sanae!
:: Have you guys heard of Barre3? It's a combination of ballet, yoga and pilates offered as online workout classes. (They have live studios, too.) As the mom of four girls, I want to model having a positive body image. I have had four babies and I want to love my body for the work that it's done rather than be hypercritical of it, because it's definitely not perfect (hello, push-up bra!).
I also want to model healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. I've wanted to get more toned and I have been loving these workouts to help me do that. The best part is you can choose how much time you have. I always pick 10 minutes, which was a big part of the reason I chose this program. Who doesn't have 10 minutes? You can also choose which part of your body you'd like to focus on. It's only $10-$15 per month and there are many, many workouts to choose from and lots of recipes, too. Love it.
:: I am a big fan of babywearing and adore my MobyGo. (I got mine for $40 on Zulilly.) I prefer it to my Ergo because the shoulder straps are thinner, more comfortable and they stay on my shoulders. I have a narrow frame and the Ergo straps never stayed on for me.
I wear Hazel in this every day and love the support it gives, especially for our longer morning walks.
:: We are still using She Plans Dinner and it has completely revolutionized our dinner hour. We love it! I had a small moment of panic when I felt for awhile, a longish while, that I no longer enjoyed cooking. In fact, I even amended my "About" page to say I enjoyed cooking 'sometimes' in order to be truthful. Prior to my pregnancy with Hazel, I loved cooking. Well, it turns out that I do love cooking, I just don't enjoy thinking of what to make... or cooking the same dishes over and over. I have loved trying so many new recipes and preparing a delicious meal for my family each night. It makes me feel so good!
Often the meal plan is not what I would consider to be a complete dinner, but it's easy enough for me to add a couple of sides or other dishes around the main dish. We use the Fit and Healthy plan which is great because we have a lot of food sensitivities in our family. Dan is gluten-free, Tia and I are dairy-free and Tia is also allergic to eggs, bananas and peanuts. The recipes are pretty much Paleo, so it works perfectly for us. And it's only $5 a month for a subscription!
:: I maybe shouldn't post this on a sewing blog, but Dan and I both love Everlane tshirts. Their mission is to make high end tshirts at an affordable price ($15) with complete transparency. The cotton is so soft and comfortable and they are US made. The entire process is transparent so you can be assured it's not made in subpar working conditions. So awesome.
:: We love family read alouds and I was super inspired by this article about how reading aloud just 5 minutes a day adds up to over 30 hours of reading per year! It encourages me to take those few minutes here and there to read aloud to my younger girls rather than to feel like I need to wait for a longer period of reading time at bedtime.
:: And finally, Instagram. I am really enjoying Instagram! Most of the photos from this post are from my Instagram feed. When I was on IG several year ago, I used it more like Facebook, which I didn't care for at all. Now, I use it as a way to stay connected with others in the sewing community and as a more personal form of Pinterest. There is so much inspiration there. Sewing! Photography! Homeschooling! I love to be inspired and so I am loving it for that! There is just so much beauty there.
Have a happy weekend!