Factor I am Loving Friday #468

Friday is right here and we’re simply that a lot nearer to summer season break! We’ve got slightly style of no college life right this moment as a result of Chase is out of faculty for a instructor work day (Rhett and Ryder by no means have college on Fridays) and we’re planning to make our option to the neighborhood pool. It’s opening for the season right this moment and we’re able to spend hours splashing round collectively!

Chase and Ryder additionally started swim group this week and it’s been so cute to observe. We initially solely signed Chase as much as take part as a result of we thought Ryder would possibly nonetheless be slightly too younger for the group. After watching Chase swim within the first follow of the season, Ryder mentioned he actually wished in and because the solely requirement for taking part within the “junior” swim group in our neighborhood is for teenagers to have the ability to swim one pool size unassisted, Ryder certified and is psyched to be a part of it, too! I used to be really a diver and water polo participant in highschool so something pool-related makes me really feel nostalgic and I like watching the boys as they follow and be taught new abilities within the water. Give me alllll the pool time this summer season!

Aside from swimming and hopefully spending time on the lake this weekend, our plans are fairly vast open which was very intentional after a busy week. I hope to share extra with you guys on Monday however till then, I hope you take pleasure in this week’s roundup of favorites, Issues I’m Loving Friday fashion!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

How attractive is that this console desk!? The desk was created from begin to end by an extremely gifted local craftsman and I’m completely thrilled with the way it turned out! Some time again, our boys did Soccer Photographs with a household we all know from the boys’ preschool. Throughout one of many soccer practices, I realized that the dad of two of the boys on the group is unimaginable at customized woodworking and carpentry. I beforehand ordered a pair of lovable wood jack-o’-lanterns from a number of years in the past for Halloween however all the time had him behind my thoughts ought to we’ve got any particular tasks come up.

Quick ahead to this yr and I spent a number of months searching for an ideal console desk to put behind our sofa. Our sofa is sort of lengthy as a result of we wished it to seat a bunch of individuals and discovering a protracted console desk that appeared distinctive and match the size we would have liked felt not possible. Then I considered Mike! I despatched Mike an inspiration picture I discovered from McGee & Co. and hoped he would possibly be capable of create one thing comparable however in a measurement that might work for us. He completely nailed it and his turnaround time was unimaginable. He sourced native wooden from Hickory, North Carolina and made us a console desk that’s actually one of many highest high quality items of furnishings we’ve ever owned. I like the feel the fluted wooden provides to the desk and am already brainstorming the subsequent venture we’re going to ship Mike’s manner as a result of his consideration to element, professionalism and the standard of his product really blew us away. For any native associates chances are you’ll discover his web site on-line at Munchwerks Design. I actually can’t suggest him sufficient!

I’ve all the time mentioned my brother-in-law is the king of analysis. He genuinely appears to benefit from the technique of discovering high merchandise throughout a variety of classes whereas all the time protecting price range in thoughts. I belief his suggestions implicitly and his suggestions haven’t allow us to down but! (He’s the rationale Ryan chosen the Cuisinart ice cream maker for me for my birthday a number of years in the past and it’s been a slam dunk for our household.) Ross’ newest discover is Lavazza organic coffee. Every time we go to my sister and her household in Florida, if we arrive at their dwelling earlier than midday, it’s a assure Ross will supply to make me a cup of espresso. (Sure, he’s the very best!) I’ve realized to by no means flip him down as a result of the espresso they’ve of their house is all the time good however, most lately, it was nice.

As I sipped my espresso, I stored saying how scrumptious it tasted which prompted Ross and Leslie to rave concerning the new natural espresso beans they’ve been including to their espresso machine from Lavazza. (They arrive in each whole bean and ground varieties.) It’s nothing new or fancy — it’s one of many high espresso manufacturers in Italy and has been round for greater than 100 years — however the easiest way I can describe it’s to say it’s scrumptious in its simplicity. I’ve been utilizing the entire beans to make my morning latte for a number of months now and all the time stay up for starting my day with a cup of this espresso!

Final weekend, throughout our Mom’s Day journey to a neighborhood backyard store, we loaded up on chicken seed and some new chicken feeders. Our complete household acquired actually into chicken watching in our outdated home and I attribute our curiosity to 2 issues: 1. After I was nursing the boys, I’d typically sit on the sofa in our lounge and watch the birds out the window. I rapidly started noticing the number of birds we had in our yard and my curiosity piqued. 2. My mother, father-in-law and Ryan’s Aunt Diane gifted our boys varied North Carolina “chicken maps” — aka posters and quick reference laminated pamphlets with details about birds native to North Carolina — and The Backyard Birdwatchers Bible e book and Chase and Ryder genuinely love making an attempt to determine varied birds they see flying round outdoors. Now that our chicken feeders are up and stocked with chicken seed, we’ve liked seeing cardinals, blue jays, finches, bluebirds and extra visiting us in our yard. (We’re crossing our fingers for goldfinches and hummingbirds however haven’t seen them but.)

Anyway, once I shared a fast image of the boys chicken watching whereas they ate breakfast one morning on Instagram Tales, I adopted it up with an image of an intruder on our “squirrel proof” birdfeeders. Yep, it was a squirrel! This prompted two folks to ship me hyperlinks to this Ninja Warrior Squirrel Maze Video on YouTube. Oh my gosh this video had our complete household cracking up! A former NASA engineer arrange a Ninja Warrior-inspired impediment course to see if the squirrels in his yard may make it by to say the highest prize: An countless provide of walnuts. The video is humorous, artistic and family-friendly and we ended up watching and totally having fun with all three movies on this mini collection.

I believe the final time I shared a Thrive Market haul was again in 2021 once I highlighted five Thrive Market hauls in a single weblog submit. I’ve been a member of the web market for years and by no means query whether or not or to not renew my membership annually as a result of I make the most of the web site so typically to order top quality, wholesome and infrequently natural meals. I additionally love the location for introducing me to wash magnificence merchandise, yummy snacks for the boys and not-so-popular wholesome dwelling merchandise. My most up-to-date haul was a “restock the pantry with child snacks haul” and I figured I’d spotlight it right here for anybody who may additionally be a member and searching for kid-approved snacks. (I additionally wrote this weblog submit prior to now which can be of curiosity as effectively: Thrive Market Healthy Kid Snacks.) Right here’s a peek into my most up-to-date haul:

  • Mavuno Natural Dried Mango
  • The New Primal Turkey Sticks x 6 (one in every of my favourite methods to get some protein within the boys on the go)
  • The New Primal Rooster & Apple Sticks
  • The New Primal Pizza Sticks
  • Bobo’s Chocolate Chip Oat Bites x 5 (Chase and Rhett adore these and Chase takes one to high school daily to eat with an apple throughout snack time)
  • Brami Italian Snacking Beans x 4
  • Easy Mills Almond Flour Crackers x 3
  • This Saves Lives Rockin’ Straw-Beary Bars x 3
  • Kevin’s Thai Coconut Sauce x 2
  • SeaSnax Natural Seaweed Snacks
  • Thrive Market Natural Raisins (16 oz)
  • Crown Prince Smoked Oysters x 2
  • GoodPop Natural Freezer Popsicles
  • The Good Crisp Authentic Crisps (they style like Pringles!)
  • Late July Natural Tortilla Chips
  • Neptune Snacks Candy Citrus Ginger Fish Jerky
  • Jovial Natural Sourdough Crackers
  • Annie’s Natural Honey Graham Crackers
  • Chica’s Lime Corn Tortilla Chips (my obsession)

And all of these snacks ought to final us a few week. Simply kidding… sort of. In case you are keen on Thrive Market, my affiliate link will prevent 40% off your first order! I hope you find it irresistible as a lot as we’ve got over the previous few years!

Incredibly Easy Black Bean Dip (For any upcoming cookouts you will have in your radar!)

Easy Black Bean Dip

Total Body Workout (For a day if you’re craving slightly little bit of every little thing.)

Query of the Day

What’s one factor making you smile this week?