I went to write my post for this week and I think because my brain is so foggy from the chaos of holidays, renovations and everything, I had a hard time figuring out what I really wanted to write about – so I’m going to stick to my favorite little “life lately” post to catch you all up to what we’re doing.
Watching: Thanks to your suggestions from my November Life Lately, I’m now watching Gilmore Girls for the FIRST TIME! I saw everyone loved the new A Year in the Life, but since I never watched it to begin with I figured now was a good time to start. I love the characters, the city of Stars Hollow, and the sweetness of the dialogue. It’s the perfect holiday binge-worthy show if you’re looking for something. Fuller House is next on my list!
Enjoying: Are you tired of me talking about Homechef yet? I honestly don’t know what I did without it, especially having two little kids. Here’s how it works: I get an email that outlines my meal options for the week. Normally I get about 10 options and I choose 3 meals for the week for 2 people. The fresh ingredients get delivered on Tuesdays packed in ice. Then, I save in my fridge and keep the recipe cards for each day I plan to make them. Most meals take anywhere from 20-40 minutes to prepare, and I really enjoy making them because I learn new cooking techniques and how to use different ingredients. It works great for our family because we typically eat a new meal on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then go out to eat on Friday. If you are interested, here’s a link for new subscribers!
Reading: The Nest – about three siblings who are set to inherit money and the complexities of their relationships and personal issues unfold. It’s a fascinating read, and I’m enjoying digging into something that’s just for fun. I always wondered how I’d make time for reading now that I’m working during naptimes and trying my best to keep our house from looking like a hurricane 24/7, and I found reading before going to sleep has been great because instead of staring at my phone, I’m reading and it helps me fall asleep. This helps me squeeze in about 30 minutes to read (or more) and I’m definitely not missing bad TV shows or flipping through Facebook for the 10th time that day.
Wanting: I feel guilty wanting anything – I feel really fortunate and thankful these days to just be here and getting settled in our new home. I was really wanting this Pottery Barn Mia Chandelier for our dining room, and saw Pottery Barn put it on a deep discount (less than $200), so I splurged! Looks like that sale is over, but they are running deals almost every day with shipping, etc., so if you are on the market for a universally beautiful chandelier, check this one out. Even at full price it’s under $500.
Looking: I am looking forward to our house full of family in the next couple of months. One night over the holidays both my family and Clint’s family will be together, and I’ll be cooking a big Christmas dinner. The last time we were all under the same roof it was for Shepard’s first birthday, and it was one of the best times! Shepard and Beau are going to be in heaven with all the love around him.
Loving: I’ve recently finished reading The Secret Sauce by my friend and mentor Dotty Bollinger. She has always given me the best, honest career advice, and I’m so excited to see her knowledge translated to this book. I read it in about one day, it was a quick and interesting read with personal stories and tangible advice. Whether you are in the traditional workplace or in a work-from-home, self-employed situation like me, it’s invaluable information to help you in your career journey.
Shep Is Loving: He is loving the library time at the New Albany branch of the Columbus Public Library! Their librarians go all out – music, dancing, rhyming, writing, etc. and it’s one of the best ways to beat the cold weather blues with Shep and Beau, plus it’s FREE! I go to the Baby Laptime on Tuesdays and the Family Storytime with Shep & Beau on either Wednesdays or Saturdays. Last week Shep learned to write the letter “M” and kept telling me “Monkeys start with M!” Also – if you need good toddler jeans, he’s wearing the Target brand, Cat&Jack, which I am loving ($12!). They are durable and good for future potty training needs with the easy drawstring.
Beau Is Loving: His new Gymboree class! Now that he has crawling (woop!) he has energy to burn. His face lights up whenever he goes down a swing or crawls on a new surface, and I love spending this one-on-one time with him. He’s also really social and loves smiling and touching other babies. His sweater is on sale at Gap if you want something cozy for your little guy (or gal), he’s been wearing this one about every other day this month. It’s on sale plus Gap is always running 30% or 40% off during the week.
What are you LOVING this month? Hope your holiday plans are coming together and you are savoring every moment of December!