What I’m Loving Lately 58

Hi, friends! Happy Friday!

It’s that time again! Time for another edition of What I’m Loving Lately! Here we go…

“Flights & Bites” at The Quarry – Mal and I were recently invited to enjoy one of the restaurant’s weekly specials, where you can try a trio beverages paired with appetizers that compliment each glass. Every Wednesday night, a new spirit is featured (scotch, whiskey, rum, and tequila are on the current calendar) and each one has a special theme (i.e. distillery, blend, region) that brings them together. Such a neat idea, right?

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The past week’s Flights & Bites featured Eldorado Rum, each paired with an appetizer of complimentary flavors: Shrimp-Cilantro Fritter, Molasses-Braised Short Rib in a Puff Pasty, and Pineapple Pulled Pork on a Sweet Potato Chip. Truthfully, I’m not much of a rum drinker, so Mal and I shared, but I really enjoyed tasting the pairings. The flavors worked so well together! You can check out The Quarry’s Facebook page for announcements about upcoming Flights & Bites beverage themes.

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Mars to remove artificial colors from M&M’s and other candy – YESS! You guys know how much I love Peanut M&Ms, so now there’s even more reason to eat them!

Cross-back Bralette Bikini Top – Oh my gosh, I love this bikini top so much. I definitely want to buy another one in a different color. (I’m debating black + white or black + purple.) This particular top caught my attention because it matches some bottoms that I already own from Target. I just bought the top to match the bottoms, so I basically got a “new” bathing suit for just $17.99!

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What I love best about this top is that the whole thing is adjustable, which means it’s both comfy and supportive. It’s easily my favorite bathing suit top in my collection now. I can’t wait for summer!!

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Read What Chris Pratt Wrote On Instagram At 3AM After Being Up For Nearly 80 Hours – Loved this so much!

Twelfth Night Sauvignon Blanc – Love, love, love! It reminds me of a smooth Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc or a “step-up” from it. So tasty!

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Speaking of wine”¦ Top 6 Wines That Pair Best With Your Child’s Crappy Behavior – This made me laugh!

Carrington Farms Organic Flax Hemp Blend – Flax and hemp together! Lots of omega-3s and super easy to add to oatmeal, smoothies, salads, soups, yogurt, and more! I add it to my morning bowl of oatmeal everyday.


Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3 – This was really interesting!

Should Everyone Go Gluten Free? – Great post from my friend Anne!

Our new CrossFit – It’s so nice to be part of a CrossFit community again, especially Salt Shack because it’s so family-friendly. I feel like we fit right in because a ton of members have kids too. And everyone is really nice and the coaching is excellent. Seriously. The coaches are so willing and excited to help their members improve. And, of course, Quinn enjoys playtime there as well!

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31 People Who Are Really Nailing This Whole Marriage Thing – So funny!

7 Glute Exercises to Help Your Running – This is super important for us runners!

Cooking with Quinn – Our new favorite activity! I used to ask Mal to keep an eye on Quinn while I cooked, but now I look forward to our time together in the kitchen. Q-Man is a good little helper!

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I’ve also read that letting your kids play with food is a great way to get them more comfortable and interested to try new foods, so, hopefully, it works for Quinn!

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20 Healthy, On-the-Go Breakfasts – So many great ideas!

The 5 Best Oils for Your Kitchen – Loved this!

20 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re Slightly Obsessed With Meal Prep – Yep!

Question of the Day

Yay or nay:



Meal prep?


  1. Oyster Bay is one of my go-to grocery store Sauv Blancs, so I’m going to look out for this Twelfth Night business! Rum isn’t my first choice either, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some during tasting flights. It needs to be used artfully — so easy to wind up with a tooth-achingly saccharine beverage using rum.

  2. Mommy question – what do you put Quinn on to help you cook/prep at the counter? A step-stool? I get nervous my 2 year old is going to fall off of one, but I’m wondering if I’m just being overly paranoid.

    1. @Laura P: If you haven’t checked one out, and they are spendy and not totally fool-proof, my favorite-ist (that’s not a word, it’s ok) mom friend has this thing called a discovery tower. It pulls right up to counters, is more of a tall “box” for the child so they can lean back a bit and not fall, and I’ve even seen her put bungees on it to keep a smaller child more “safe”. Obviously, you still can’t walk away too far from a kiddo on it, but I’ve just seen it be so great at her house at getting the kids up to closer to your vantage point. Not trying to promote her blog, I don’t think she’s an affiliate or anything, but I know she loves and it and I have loved interacting with her boys with it; this post has some pictures of it in action http://www.dandelioninherhair.com/2013/07/july-day-14-picasso-cubism.html. Just a thought!

  3. I just picked up that bathing suit for a trip to Jamaica a couple of weeks ago (and I got the black/white too!) Love it…so supportive (I’m a D cup)…did lots of water sports in it and it held up great! Get another one for sure 🙂

  4. Rum – Nay. I get in trouble every time I drink it (not legal, haha. Just acting ridiculous).

    Bikinis – Yay! I used to never wear them. But now I find it’s what’s most comfortable for me.

    Meal Prep – YAY TIMES A MILLION. My life goes so much more smoothly when I have tons of healthy food prepped and ready to go. Lunch and dinner take 5 minutes to throw together, and I’m not scrambling for what to make.

  5. Rum – YES! In a mixed drink please! Also Rumchata tastes like the milk from a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch, I recommend it for a party!
    Bikini – YES! I feel like one pieces outline my pudge more
    Meal Prep – YES! The only way I can stay on track with my eating during the week!

    To do list this weekend:
    Go to Target and buy bikini top!
    Go to liquor store and buy twelfth night wine!

  6. As an SLP who does a lot of pediatric feeding therapy I 100% get behind the involving kids in food prep! Exposure and getting them comfortable touching different foods is a huge step! I do a lot of “painting” with applesauce, yogurt with different food “paintbrushes”

  7. Love your favorites…I cannot agree more with how much fun (and important) it is to cook with kids. I cooked and gardened with my son when he was growing up. Today, at 26, he is an awesome good and loves to garden!

  8. The flights and bites reminds me of “Flights and Fladbreads” at Seasons 52. Have you ever been?? It’s my absolute favorite! You get a flight of three wines (red or white), a choice of several delicious flatbreads, and then a pour of your favorite wine all for $15! I always leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed! I highly recommend it!

      1. @Tina:

        We love it, too. The one in Chestnut Hill has a really great singer/piano player that my kids (4 & 6) really enjoyed. Great value and totally agree that you feel satisfied, but not stuffed!

  9. I love the cooking with Quinn! I am 32 weeks now with our first little and I find myself thinking about what our little guy will like when cooking. I was not raised in a house that thought much of nutrition so I really want to change that with our littles!

  10. that bikini top looks so comfortable! i have never been able to find one with enough support (i’m a D cup), but was wondering what size you got yours in? i’ve bought both medium and large size target tops before but am afraid that the large size will be too loose on me since my waist is fairly small.

  11. No rum. No bikinis (not a confidence thing… a fear of sunburn thing). And YES YES YES to meal prep!!! I feel I have really mastered the art over the past few years. I love it! My fiance was pretty shocked by the intensity of it when we first moved in together (he sort of knew… but not really knew before we moved in togeter!) but now he loves it too since there’s always fresh food in the fridge for him 🙂

    I loved that link… I cracked up at a few. Thanks for sharing!

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