This post has been sponsored by #MCDMiamiValleyAngryBirds but our love of ice cream and family movie dates is all our own.
LOVINGThe community events that are taking place now that it's Summer. The weather has finally turned, giving us hot days and warm evenings to spend outdoors. Festivals and free classes with our metro-park have been a ton of fun. I am trying to put my dislike of hot weather to the side and get outdoors with Connor more.
READINGI have about 100 pages left in The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. This book is good but for whatever reason, I'm struggling getting through. I've been reading 30-50 pages a day for the last 2 weeks so I'm eager to finish it and move on. I shared my reading list in last week's Reading Wednesday post and will be moving on to Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker.
EATINGMore ice cream than I should be. I mentioned the warm weather and with that brings the need to indulge with some cold, tasty ice cream. I'm trying to balance it with healthier food decisions and have done a pretty good job so far. I've made zucchini boats, Mississippi beef and chicken fried cauliflower rice; all which have been so so so good.
DRINKINGAll the water. Plus an occasional lemonade. I try to up my water intake in the warmer months. I'd love to be able to drink closer to a gallon a day but after a while, I get so tired of just plain water so I add in a glass of lemonade at lunch or dinner. I have backed off the coffee because I can not for the life of me make a good iced coffee at home. Someone give me some tips.
LISTENING TOBlake Shelton's new CD "If I'm Honest". I am a huge fan of Blake's and have been since his first hit "Austin". I remember working the Summer after graduation and hearing that song on the radio every morning when we were opening up the store. But this CD is awesome and gives a lot of insight into this failed marriage to Miranda. Or at least, that's how I'm taking many of the songs on this album.
MAKINGPlans for our Summer. I'm all about spending time with Connor but will openly admit that we still need to have some scheduled time apart. I've got signed up for swim lessons, VBS and soccer. The only time I will be away from him is during VBS but the other lessons will at least give me a bit of a break each day, even if it is just 45 minutes.
WATCHINGAngry Birds. We took Connor, my baby brother and the Underwood's to the movie on Saturday for a movie date night. I am amazed that a cell phone app was made into a movie but it was and I loved seeing it. It's really good and I love the adult humor that's thrown in. The kids did, too! Jason Sudeikis is the voice of Red and I'm a huge fan of his so it was fun hearing him in bird form. Oh and Blake Shelton has a song in the movie so double win. Afterwards we splurged on ice cream from McDonald's. I love their vanilla cones.
VISITINGFriends an hour away. We've made friends with a family that relocated an hour north so we try to see them once a month if not more and we have plans to see them in June and July. Connor loves both of their kids so it's important to me for us to keep that friendship intact. It doesn't hurt that their parents are some of my favorite people. Hi Stephanie! Hi Levi!
WEARINGMy new FitBit Blaze that was a gift for our anniversary. I've been using my FitBit Flex for a little over 2.5 years but it doesn't give me all the information I want so I sometimes ditch it to wear my Garmin but then I lose steps on my FitBit. To remedy that, James upgraded my Flex to the Blaze and I am in love with it. I am joining a walking/jogging/running challenge in June so I'll be putting it to use for sure.
WANTINGFor the heat to come and go without taking the break from school from us. Impossible for sure but that's what I'd love to have. I hate being hot and sweating unless I'm running and now you can't be outdoors for more than 15 minutes without dripping sweat. I've said that if I make it through this Summer with long hair, I'll shocked. Momma don't do hot.
OBSESSED WITHMaking homemade ice cream. I was dying for a sweet treat and decided to make my own. I went to my go to search engine Pinterest for inspiration. We had a ton of fresh fruit on-hand so I whipped up a batch of Very Berry Banana ice cream. It's simple to make, too. Blend 2 bananas, 1 1/2 cup of strawberries, 1 cup raspberries and 1/3 cup of almond milk. Pour into a container with a lid and freeze for 3 hours and enjoy. It's the perfect amount of sweet that you'll soon forget your ice cream cravings.
PLAYINGAngry Birds 2. After seeing the movie on Saturday, Connor asked to download the app and I totally forgot how much fun the Angry Birds games are, almost therapeutic. I love that it's a game C and I both can play together, taking turns on each level. I used to play so many games on my phone but the novelty of them wore off so it was fun to discover a new app to enjoy with Connor.
And as an added bonus, I have a gift card for McDonald's up for grabs this morning courtesy of McDonald's and Angry Birds. Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter below and the winner will be announced later this week.