happy Friday!

 

 

What are your weekend plans?

We don't have much going on for the first time in weeks, and it feels oh-so-good. Today is Penelope's last day of 'school' until August and I'm feeling simultaneously sad and celebratory. My plan is to pick her up from school today with a special treat and enjoy the evening with pizza and a movie. Shaun and I have a lot of Game of Thrones to watch, as well as True Detective, which I'm really itching to get to. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy some links to keep you busy on this Friday!

lemon pudding cake 4E

how to turn your digital photos into prints

this beautiful rainbow bombe

this goat cheese, honey + fruit crostini is on my menu for this weekend

a peanut butter banana pudding tart looks like the perfect treat for a summer picnic

is being nice at work a problem?

how to create pinnable images

kind of intrigued by this grilled cherry salsa

would you wear the same thing every day?

campfire cones = yes.

apparently working moms have more successful daughters

 

 

 

What I'm...

Reading on my Kindle:
Outlander book 4. I kind of put this away for a little while but am looking forward to picking it back up in Aruba.

Reading on the Internet:
Lots of blogs, as always. My favorites of late: hello giggles, Love Taza, The Life Styled, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

 

Listening to:
Nerdist podcast: favorite ep this week was the interview with Allison Janney (it actually aired a week or so ago but I'm behind)

WTF with Mark Maron's interview with President Obama. Nailed it, all around.

 

Wearing:
Shift dresses (at work, we call them bags), but I'm kind of obsessed with them! Perfect and comfy for summer.

Watching:
The Comedians
Game of Thrones (so far behind from this season)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Wanting to watch:
Jurassic World
Inside Out - we are thinking of taking P for her first movie!
True Detective (starting this weekend)

Needing to finish watching:
Orange is the New Black, season 2
The Walking Dead, last season

 

Eating:
A lot of salad and a lot of fruit. I'd love to drop a few lbs before Aruba but there's no way I cannot enjoy summer fruit this time of year. Grapes, cherries, berries...one is better than the next!

Drinking:
Iced coffee, iced tea and rosé

Working on:
A blog redesign! I've been thinking about it for quite some time now and I'm finally ready to bite the bullet. I feel a little daunted by the process because I'm doing it solo, but here's hoping we will be live within the next couple of weeks.


Looking forward to:
Our trip to Aruba over July 4th! I can't wait for our vacation. I'm feeling a little burnt out these days and I know this is just what I need.

Dreaming of:
Sitting on a float in a pool with a glass of rosé, a cheese board and other unhealthy snacks nearby.
Also coffee with evaporated milk stirred in during the early morning sunrise hours on the beach in Aruba.

Your turn! What are you...this week?

eats lately

Admittedly, my eating as of late has been a bit of a free for all. Between 3 weeks of sickness, a week in Las Vegas (plus long hours leading up to it), a long camping weekend, and just the thrill of summer has led me down a path of pretty delicious though not all together healthy eats. This week I'm trying to get myself back on track and since I haven't done a What I Ate in a while, I thought it would be fun to recap lots of fun eats I've been enjoying over the last month.

What have you been eating lately?

toddler camping essentials

 

1. canopy camping chair 2. glow bracelets 3. bubble hurricane 4. mysuperfoods blueberry vanilla heroes 5. led hand-powered flashlight 6. inflatable toddler bed 7. water bottle

 

This past weekend we went camping!

I'd like to call it glamping but we slept in a tent so I'm not sure that really counts as glamping. Tent and all, we had a great weekend camping at my aunt and uncle's summer/winter home in Pennsylvania. They host an annual campout for family and friends each June and it's always a wonderful time with my cousins. I love getting extended time with people - not just a dinner or a holiday. We had a whole weekend and I'll plan to do a full recap soon but I wanted to talk specifically about camping with a toddler in tow. I put together a few of the items we brought on our camping trip to keep Penelope comfy and happy.

When I saw this inflatable mattress on Daily Garnish, I bookmarked the post so that I could order the same one for all of our summer travels. I absolutely loved this item! It fits a standard crib sheet, was really nice quality and Penelope was excited to sleep on it once it was set up with her own blanket, pillow and dollies from home (another tip: bring your child's own blankets and pillows! It's nice for them to have some familiar items in their new 'bed'). It also has little arms on the sides to keep your tot from falling off (and if she does, it's only about 6 inches from the floor).

I made sure to bring lots of activities for her, but especially the bubble hurricane (our favorite item this summer) and some evening goodies to make the trip seem extra special. I brought her a small flashlight (not the exact one here but this one is on my list to pick up!) and glow stick bracelets. These were a huge hit! It was fun to crack them to light and P had a blast putting them together and watching them glow in the evening dusky hours (not going to lie, the adults also enjoyed these!).

Special snacks are also a great addition, and really one of the best parts of camping in my opinion. My mom brought these awesomely wholesome organic cookies for Penelope to enjoy, and I had plenty of cheese, crackers, fruit and other goodies for her. Oh and also a solid water bottle is clutch for keeping those kiddos hydrated.

So that's just a few of the items that we loved on our recent camping trip.

Do you camp?

Have you ever camped with your kids? If so, what are some of your favorite items to bring along?