Eating – This week I’m purging all the tempting stuff from our household in preparation for another round of the 21 Day Fix. Since I can’t let it go to waste, I must eat it. I’m not complaining about the ice cream and brownies.
Drinking – Coffee with almond milk and stevia! After my first round of the 21 day fix, I can’t stomach those sugary creamers anymore. Otherwise, I’ve virtually given up soda so it’s mostly water!
Listening – to the Someone Knows Something podcast. I’ve been on a huge podcast kick lately and with all the driving I do for work, it’s been perfect!
Reading – Just finished Thirteen Reasons Why in time for book club tonight. I listened to the audio version which I think impacted my imagination of the story playing out but the book ended better than I expected, what with all the crazy articles about the show. I’m glad our book club chose this one because I likely would not have read it otherwise and I’m glad that I did.
Elliott – Is still just as awesome as ever! I’m pretty sure Chris and I tell each other how awesome she is every single day at least twice. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a great kid but I’m so thankful! I love being her mama! Oh and Chris taught her my name so randomly she’ll just start saying “Hi Kristyn” with a huge smile (insert eye rolling emoji here!)
Watching – Pretty Little Liars. How did I not know this show was so good?? I’m almost through season 1. At what point do we find out who A is???
Loving – PURGING! I recently read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I am slowly carrying out my own spin on the suggestions. Chris has wanted to declutter for a long time and even though I’ve had the desire, I haven’t known how to carry it out! Now that I’ve started, I’m hooked! I’ll do a full post on how I put my spin on the book’s suggestions soon!
Wishing – It was August 29th and Chris and I were getting on a plane to our honeymoon in the Maldives! I’ve never been one to wish time away but I am so excited I can hardly help it!
Thinking – About all the posts I need and want to write. Does anyone have any tips for turning off my brain and actually focusing on one post at a time??
As a working mama, I try to make the most of the little bit of time I get with EG before and after day care each day! Most days I am exhausted after work so sometimes we just snuggle on the couch watching cartoons. Other days, I try to plan some fun activities that we can fit in the time between day care pick up and the dinner/bath/bedtime routine that is crucial to our survival. The weather was so nice the other day so I thought it would be great to have a little picnic in the front yard. The other day I had picked up these new Kemps Yo2 Frozen Yogurt pints and thought we could break the rules a bit and have our dessert before our dinner with a little ice cream.
These new Kemps Yo2 caught my eye in the grocery store first because of the see-through packaging. Looking a little further I saw that they are made with no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors and no artificial growth hormones. I was a little skeptical thinking that these were possibly too good to be true and wouldn’t taste good but oh. my. stars. y’all these are FANTASTIC! I got the salted caramel cookie crunch and the mudslide. EG’s favorite was the mudslide though she loved feeding me the salted caramel. These did not skimp on the filings and when I say they are decadent, I mean it. The fact that there are also no artificial ingredients makes these the perfect guilt-free treat!
Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the adorable video I made of our mama & me ice cream picnic!
I definitely think we will have more ice cream picnics in our future this summer! What are some other fun bonding activities you working mamas do with your kids on weeknights?
A few weekends ago, we took a family trip to a local strawberry farm to pick strawberries. With the unusually warm temperatures came an early strawberry season! But none of us are complaining!
When I was a kid, my mom would take us strawberry picking every year. We would drive around Plant City, Florida looking for the U-pick signs and taste testing one or two until we found a field with strawberries that were naturally sweet. We would pick coolers full of strawberries and taste-test them while we picked. Afterwards, we would take them home where my mom would clean and cut every single strawberry. Some would be frozen for ice cream toppings, some would be made into pie or cobbler, some would be saved for snack time, and the rest were made into strawberry jam. We made so much strawberry jam! These little jars of strawberry jam were used as teacher and neighbor gifts throughout the year. These days are stained with sweet strawberry juice in my mind and some of my favorite childhood memories.
I was so excited to take Elliott strawberry picking this year and start some of those same traditions with my own child. She wasn’t too keen on the actual picking but she loved the taste-testing part! I lost count on how many she ate! She would eat the whole thing, leaves and all, haha! The best part was her sweet little chin stained red with strawberry juice and her huge smile! Now I’ve just gotta get to making all that jam!