What I’m Loving Lately 68

Hey, hey! Happy Friday, friends!!

It’s that’s time again! Time for another edition of What I’m Loving Lately… and it’s quite the round-up this week. Enjoy!!

Quinn’s Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike – We bought it for his birthday and he cannot get enough of it. We take it out for walks at least once a day and, more often than not, 2-3 times a day, everyday. He seriously loves it so much and wants to ride it allllll the time!

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I actually wish we bought it sooner for him since it converts from an infant trike right up to a “big kid” one and he’s already starting to peddle on his own. Q-man is going to be riding it solo before we know it!

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Another birthday present that Quinn is really loving lately…

Paw Patrol Air Patroller Plane – Oh my gosh, our boy loves this thing so much! And he takes it with him everywhere!

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He loves playing with all of the different Paw Patrol figurines and putting them in and taking them out. Even a couple of weeks after getting it for his birthday, it’s still his favorite toy!

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Speaking of our sweet boy and his recent birthday, I’m loving…

This side-by-side photo of Quinn at one year and then two years old – He’s growing up so fast!

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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint with SPF 30 – I was in the market for a quality tinted moisturizer with SPF, and I lovvveee this one from NARS Cosmetics. (It was recommended to me by a sales associate at Sephora.) It’s light-weight, but it has great, natural-looking coverage at the same time. I’m not super into makeup (and even less so in the summertime), so this tinted moisturizer with SPF is perfect for a quick, fuss-free application. Just blend and go! Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about it! FYI: The woman at Sephora used a special machine to figure out what shade I should buy, but, if you’re curious and have a similar skin tone, it’s the Groenland, Light 3.

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Mediterranean Chicken Bake – This looks delicious and easy to make. Sign me up!

Peanut Butter Protein Balls – I made a big batch of these on Sunday, and they’ve helped me tame my sweet tooth all week. Pro tip: Store them in the refrigerator = SO GOOD!

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Homemade Citrus Energy Drink – Love this idea! Need to try it.

My new Nanos – Have I mentioned how much I love my new Nano 6.0!?! I’m obsessed. They are SO GREAT for CrossFit workouts, and I’ve worn them non-stop lately. FYI: The official release date of the Nano 6.0 is July 7th, but you can buy them custom online right now. I highly recommend them! Love, love, love!

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An Open Letter To Perfect Parents: Put Down Your Pitchforks – Seriously. I am so over the perfect parents and keyboard warriors. Enough already.

ENJOYING summer – Last summer was absolutely insane (with moving, traveling, etc.), so I am really loving the chance to enjoy the warm weather and all things related to summer fun, especially our backyard… playing with Quinn, entertaining friends, relaxing with a cocktail… hooray for summer!

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Masa Harina “English muffins” – Another awesome idea from Nicole! She actually sent me a recipe for Masa Pancakes, but I’ve been playing around with it to create English muffins for my beloved egg sandwiches. Masa Harina is the traditional flour used to make tortillas, tamales, and other Mexican dishes, but it’s processed in a way that makes it really easy on the digestive system. I’ll share my English muffin recipe on CNC soon! FYI: I buy Masa Harina from Amazon (super affordable), but I believe some Whole Foods sell it too.

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Renewing my license at my local AAA – I wasn’t able to renew my license online, and I really didn’t want to wait in line at the DMV, but I heard a rumor you could renew at your local AAA if you are a member. Well, I made a quick call to confirm, drove to AAA, waited for, oh, 60 seconds, and then just like that, my license was valid for another 5 years. Yay! It was seriously so quick and easy!

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Strength + Plyometic Workout – Looks like a good one!

To the Man Diagnosed With Ulcerative Colitis, Who No Longer Has Control of His Body – This part particularly resonated with me: “As the stoic Epictetus wrote, ‘Disease is an impediment to the body, but not the will, unless the will itself chooses.’ So when things get hard, I want you to realize you have a choice in how the next 10 years will go. You can use this disease as an excuse to pull back from life and blame everyone and everything around you including yourself for what is happening to you. Or you can realize that having this disease is an opportunity and a blessing. With everything you will go through, you will gain experience in understanding how much the mind matters through difficult times. This will force you to become mentally stronger and more resilient after a few hang-ups. And having this disease will lead you to your life’s work: inspiring and educating others on how to get through difficult times.”

Almond Croissants from Trader Joe’s – We love buying these croissants for special/celebratory breakfasts. So yum. FYI: You can find them in the freezer section with the other breakfast items. We’ve also tried the chocolate flavor, but we like the almond better.

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12 Things You’ll Only Know If You Have Ulcerative Colitis – Some of these made me smile.

Question of the Day

Parents: What is your kid loving lately? 

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being really bad), how bad is the picture on your license? 

19 Comments

  1. The side by side of Quinn is crazy, kids need a pause button! Mitch loves trains and his toy lawnmower. He ‘mows’ the lawn every night- haha!

  2. My little guy is loving his soccer ball lately. He also has a trike similar to the one that Quinn has. We got it for him for his first birthday. He is 20 months now and loves it too.

    Your picture is really good especially for a driver’s license pic. I would give it a solid 8. Have a great weekend!

  3. I am so curious about that AAA renewal. I renewed mine last year and the line was insane! I showed up 30 minutes before they opened and there were already a 100 people or more lined up. Once they opened it seemed to move quickly, but still it wasn’t fun.

  4. I actually really like the picture on my license this time for the most part…the only bad thing is that it was raining outside and I forgot to check my hair before getting the picture so it looks like I have two horns in my head sticking out!! I tried to get my license at AAA but they wouldn’t let me in PA. Such a bummer!

  5. I actually had a really good drivers license photo, then I got married and had to do my name change and I ended up with this weird bump in my hair that looks like a growth from my head. It was terrible! Fortunately it doesn’t last much longer, fingers crossed the new photo will be better! I can’t believe the side by side photos of Quinn! He’s grown so much!!

  6. We were just talking recently about getting Ellie a tricycle at some point! It’s crazy how fast they grow. I’m in total denial about it actually. And I’ve never heard about renewing your license at AAA! I wonder if it’s also true in California?!

  7. These posts make my Friday! 🙂 I love the side by side pictures of Quinn…so cute!

    Are the almond croissants sweet at all? They sound amazing but I was just wondering if it’s a savory or sweet pastry.

  8. I love the side by side of Quinn! Please keep the turtle and do the same photo when he’s 18 years old, haha.
    My 19 month old LOVES going for walks right now. After we get home from daycare he says “walk, walk, walk!” So we end up walking our dog in a near by neighborhood, which makes us all happy 🙂 And with the amazing weather we’ve been having in Massachusetts, how can I say no.

    I would say my license photo is a 1 – I really like it. I’m 34 now and I’m pretty sure I am 27 in my photo, bahahaha. I haven’t had to get a new photo and I’m not going to ask for one unless they ask, ha!

  9. We also just got the Steer and Stroll Trike! The one you linked to is a more expensive version for younger kids. The Steer and Stroll seems great for 2 and up (my son is 2.5), since it does not have the seat belt, etc. Ours was $50 at Target in case anyone is looking.

    Anyway, we also love it and have been taking walks around the neighborhood in search of lemonade stands. Yay summer!

    1. @Jessica: Hey! Ok, so I bought the one and target too- for for 43! they had 20 % off outdoor toys. QUESTION though- do you find it odd that there is no seat belt!??!

  10. I don’t drive and so I don’t have a license! But I’ll take a bad picture any day just so I can drive. Commuting sucks a lot especially when there’s construction everywhere.

    On a side note, those look like the best golden scrambled eggs I’ve ever seen.

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