Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favs: Friends, Blue Cars and Selfies

I know I've said it before... that I'm eager for it to be Friday but this time, I truly mean it. Today is "Papa comes home day!". James has been on a 14 days business trip and this Momma is ready to have her Mister home. Parenting solo is exhausting. I'm just tired thinking of all we've done in the last 2 weeks. But instead of focusing on that, I'm focusing on the fact that it's the weekend! Here are some random thoughts and weekly highlights!

ONE | TRAVELING FRIENDS


My dear friend Nili is a military spouse/family. She just moved to Germany, as in Monday was here first day in her new home (country!). Nili and I have only been friends for a short 18 months but our bond is one that will last regardless of location. While I miss her so, I am excited to see her adventures as a resident of Germany. I am can truly say that my friendships as an adult are some of my most treasured. Nili Sunshine... miss you, love you. Just not enough for a hug!

TWO | FASHION SENSE(LESS)


I haw came to the conclusion that I spend 85% of my life in outfits that consist of workout pants/shorts, a comfy top and either tennis shoes or sandals. I should stop shopping all together because when given the chance I pick comfort over style. Between play dates, VBS, swim lessons and Mom life, I don't have much need for anything than what's shown here. Am I the only one? I will say I am working on a fashion post inspired by my last Stitch Fix box. So maybe there's hope yet.

THREE | SELFIE... #NAILEDIT


While cleaning out Connor's iPad photo album, I discovered this photo of him and I am pretty sure I laughed so hard I was crying. He is full of such big expressions and this photos captures just that. This just may be on of my all-time favorite photos of CJ.

FOUR | MY BLUE CAR


A friend is moving and is purging her kids things and when she offered this blue car for free I snagged it for Connor. He will probably only be able to use it this Summer before he is far too big for it but it's perfect for short strolls around the neighborhood. Connor has started referring to it as his blue car which matches my blue car. He took his first ride around the block in it very serious.

FIVE | OUR GIRL


We were able to spend a few hours this week with our best girl, Macie. I love love love seeing these kids together. Macie has been a huge part of my life for nearly 7 years so it brings me joy to see her and Connor's relationship. They often fight like siblings but since they are each other's built in sister and brother, it's bound to happen. I am going to soak up every bit of the time we have together this Summer before she heads off to 1st grade.

Here is a recap of this week's post in case you've been just as busy as me and missed a few. Somehow I blogged a full 5 days this week. I haven't been able to pull that off in quiet some time. 

Thursday: 10 Daily Habits

Our weekend is full of plans which is par for the course this time of year for our family. But I can promise you one thing... this Momma is getting a well-deserved nap! Happy Friday, friends!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

10 Daily Habits

I should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me personally that I consider myself a creature of habit. My OCD tendencies have caused me to keep the same habits and routines since becoming a stay at home Mom in 2012. It doesn't hurt that Connor responses best when he knows what to expect from our day. Because I know we aren't the only ones who like things a certain way, here is a look at 10 of our daily habits.


HABIT #1
I start every week day with a bit of Jesus. I am either always taking part in a Bible study or I am reading a book with biblical teachings. I can tell when I slip away from this habit. I often feel restless. For me, starting my day in scripture allows me to begin our day feeling grounded and confident. 

HABIT #2
I check the weather no less than 5 times a day.  At any given point I can tell you what the weather is going to be like for the next 5 days. I blame this on having a Dad who's work was weather dependent. However, Connor is just as interested as I am in the daily/weekly forecast. 

HABIT #3
I love having a clutter free e-mail box. Twice a day I check my mail and delete anything that I don't need in my inbox. Same goes for any iPhone apps. I check any app that has the red bubble. My goal is to never have notification alerts present on my phone (e-mail included). 

HABIT #4
In regards to my blog, each morning I add my blog post to my Facebook page. I get the bulk of my blog traffic from Facebook so I try to keep my blog's Facebook page active. 

HABIT #5
I wash my hair daily. I know that there are some people who brag about having 3, 4, or 5 day hair but that doesn't work for me. I wish it did but my hair is used to being washed daily because it tends to get oily quickly. I wash my hair daily but that doesn't mean I actually style it. 

HABIT #6
My love of reading has trickled down to Connor, making me one proud Momma. We read 3-4 books a day. That's one a lazy day! Connor loves being read to and has recently shown a huge interested in knowing what each printed word says. I also make sure to give myself 15-45 minutes a day of reading time. 

HABIT #7
I ask James how he day was. James can and does work long hours some days. I make sure to ask him how he does was and listen to his response, giving him my full attention. He works so hard for our family and loves his career so I support him every way I can. Asking about his day shows him that I am invested in his health and wellness from day to day. 

HABIT #8
I try and usually meet my daily step goal of 7,800 steps. I've been killing it lately, averaging over 11,000 steps. I focus most of my steps Monday thru Friday and allow myself a bit of grace on the weekends. 

HABIT #9
I text my best friend BreAnn every single day. She and I meet in Texas and we both now live in our home states; she is in California and I'm in Ohio. I haven't seen her (other than FaceTime) in over 2 years yet talking every single day via text and the weekly phone call as kept our friendship just as strong. If anything, we are closer now than ever. 

HABIT #10
Once a day I indulge in a bit of caffeine. I've given up soda and only drink coffee or tea. Both give me enough of a morning pick me up that I can function like a normal human being. I'm both a morning and night person so I need all the caffeine I can get. I limit my intake and don't drink anything caffeinated past 3. If I do, I'll be up all night. 


Speaking of caffeine, I have been loving drinking my morning cup of tea from my new Sweese Infuser Mug before starting my day. The tea mug with lid and an extra-find hold infuser helps brew tea simply and quickly. I often make Connor's breakfast while my tea brews. I love using loose teas and this infuser allows me to do that without fuss. Sweese is offering one lucky WMM reader a infuser mug of their own. To enter, complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter below. And be sure to visit Sweese and enter their giveaway as well, giving you double the chances of winning. Good luck!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

10 Must Read Books for the Summer

Going into this month, I've read 20 books in 2017. My goal was to read 25 so it's safe to say that's a goal I'll have no problem achieving. Summer is here and with it comes afternoons lounging by the pool with a book in hand. While I tend to love darker novels filled with death and war stories (WW II is my go to topic more often than not), I wanted to lighten up the novels I'll be reading this season. With that in mind, here are 10 must read book for Summer 2017; each with a healthy dose of sunshine, water and adventure.


Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter


The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand


48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.

But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she's made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it's too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most. The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking story about losing and finding love, even as you're running out of time.

The Lake House by Kate Morton


Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.


Sunshine Beach by Wendy Wax


After losing their life savings in a Ponzi scheme, Maddie, Avery, and Nikki have banded together to make the most of what they have left, using their determination, ingenuity, guts, and a large dose of elbow grease. It’s Maddie’s daughter Kyra who stumbles across a once glorious beachfront hotel that has fallen into disrepair. The opportunity to renovate this seaside jewel is too good to pass up—especially when they come up with the idea of shooting their own independent television show about the restoration. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything. With the cameras rolling, Maddie’s second-chance romance with her all-too-famous new boyfriend gets complicated, Avery struggles with grief over the loss of her mother, and Nikki’s reluctance to commit to the man who loves her could leave her to face the biggest challenge of her life. Even the hotel seems to be against them, when their renovation uncovers a decades-old unsolved murder which just might bring their lives tumbling down all over again. 

The Island House by Nancy Thayer


Every summer since college, twenty-nine-year-old Jenny has traded the familiarity of the Midwest for the allure of Nantucket. Now an established university professor in Kansas City, she finds herself caught between two lifestyles and two very different men. She chooses Nantucket and the glamorous life she associates with it, unaware that the summer will take an unexpected turn, and she will have to let her heart decide what it truly wants. 

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan


For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.

As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.

By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.
 


Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch


Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank


Dorothea Benton Frank’s magical stories take us deep into the heart of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry. In her novels, this lush landscape comes alive in all its vibrancy and color. She ignites all of our senses with her vivid descriptions of landscape and atmosphere. In her novels you hear the ocean washing the shore on different islands so profoundly that you can nearly hear the sea gulls squawking, too.

This is a story of people whose lives are changing—a southern gentleman returning home to lead a more peaceful life and his talented New York wife who is not quite sure she is ready to make the transition. They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, downsizing. And while they are doing this, they are getting glimpses into other people’s lives over the course of a summer, holidays that will amuse, shock and transform them.

This irresistible story is home to captivating characters as funny, complicated, and real as our best friends—husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, friends and family who wrestle with the complexities, pain, and joys familiar to us all.

Finally, we’ll come to recognize the face of love, the kind that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. That leap changes them all.


This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets


Blanca is forty years old and motherless. Shaken by the unexpected death of the most important person in her life, she suddenly realizes that she has no idea what her future will look like.

To ease her dizzying grief and confusion, Blanca turns to her dearest friends, her closest family, and a change of scenery. Leaving Barcelona behind, she returns to CadaquƩs on the coast, accompanied by her two sons, two ex-husbands, and two best friends, and makes a plan to meet her married lover for a few stolen moments as well. Surrounded by those she loves most, she spends the summer in an impossibly beautiful place, finding ways to reconnect and understand what it means to truly, happily live on her own terms, just as her mother would have wanted.


Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen


On a dreary spring day in Brooklyn, Lottie Wilkes and Rose Arbuthnot spot an ad on their children’s preschool bulletin board:  
Hopewell Cottage
Little Lost Island, Maine.
Old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island.
Springwater, blueberries, sea glass.
August.
 
Neither can afford it, but they are smitten—Lottie could use a break from her overbearing husband and Rose from her relentless twins. On impulse, they decide to take the place and attract two others to share the steep rent: Caroline Dester, an indie movie star who’s getting over a very public humiliation, and elderly Beverly Fisher, who’s recovering from heartbreaking loss. If it’s not a perfect quartet, surely it will be fine for a month in the country. 

When they arrive on the island, they are transformed by the salt air; the breathtaking views; the long, lazy days; and the happy routine of lobster, corn, and cocktails on the wraparound porch. By the time of the late-August blue moon, real life and its complications have finally fallen far, far away. For on this idyllic island they gradually begin to open up: to one another and to the possibilities of lives quite different from the ones they’ve been leading. Change can’t be that hard, can it?




I have already requested, checked out or downloaded many of these to keep me company this Summer. Many of these authors are new to me which always leads to fun discovers and a whole list of books I want to read. For those of who you are bookworms, you'll noticed many of these titles are older. I wanted to share a list of books that would be budget friendly - either priced low or available at the library without long waits. I'm currently hold number 78 of 102 for Paula Hawkin's new novel "Into the Water"; she wrote "Gone Girl".

Looking for more Summer inspiration? I've joined a handful of my favorite bloggers to put together a Summer Lovin' Blog Hop. Just click on each link below to discover new ideas. We are sharing ways to entertain the little ones this season, Summer wardrobe ideas, DIY projects, tasty recipes perfect for the grill and so much more! 



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hand-print Fish Craft

If there is one craft I will claim as a keepsake, it's one that includes a hand-print. I try to create a craft once a year with Connor's hands so that we have a his sweet little hands documented. When we picked "The Pout-Pout Fish" for this month's children's book I wasn't sure what we would do craft wise. But when Connor was playing shark in the pool this weekend the idea of using his hands to make fish was born. I love the outcome of our craft and as always, Connor made reading and craft time fun.


"The Pout-Pout Fish" book is one that we own and were eager to read again. Connor has grown out of many of his board books and as he says "baby books" so we've been going through our Scholastic books finding ones that he approves of. You know... "big boy" books. This was one of them. He loves all the Pout-Pout books so this was a craft he was eager to tackle.


It's really up to you on how you tackle this craft. We used sand to create the bottom of the ocean. Connor's hands were used to make our striped pink fish and hairy spotted green fish. Both a CJ original. Connor loves using the hole punch so we used it to create air bubbles. You can use whatever craft supplies you have on-hand to personalize your fish. I asked Connor to give me his signature fish face and he said he would be silly fish, not a pouting one.


Looking for additional fish themed books?
Here are 4 books that are perfect for your littlest readers.



Next month we are picking a "big boy" book. Moms, do you remember "The Magic School Bus" from when you were little? In July, we will be reading and sharing fun indoor water activities based on the book "The Magic School Bus: At The Waterworks".


Grab your copy of July's book and join us for some Summer fun with books and water! An unlikely duo, right? I'm excited to sure with you what we have planned for this book.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer School {Book Edition}

In May, Connor wrapped up his second year of preschool. In the Fall, he will start Pre-K where he will go to school 5 days a week, 9:15-12:15. One thing James and I pride ourselves on is how much Connor loves to learn. He truly enjoys doing "homework" and being read to. I know that this won't always be the case so we make the very most of it while we can. One way I do that is to have daily "homework" time. On busy days, it's usually 30 minutes or less but when Connor is really in a good mood, we will work for an hour or more. Here are some of our favorite books to use to keep Connor's skills sharp.


There are 5 books total we will be working in this Summer. That doesn't include the numerous books we will be reading for fun this Summer as part of our local library's summer reading program. Here are each of our books, their themes, where you can get them and the cost.


First up is the Scholastic Pre-Kindergarten Jumbo Workbook - $9.99 at Target (here it is at Toys R Us for less than $8). I purchased mine in store at Target, online doesn't have it available. This book covers the alphabet, handwriting, world building, numbers and counting. A few of the other activities include spot the difference, list objects from smallest to biggest, what doesn't belong and so on. Connor loves this book because he gets a sticker for completing each page. When he completes the book, he will also get a certificate of completion.


Next is Usborne's Wipe-Clean 123 and Wipe-Clean First Words books - $7.99 each from Usborne Online. The First Word book allows children to trace over dotted letter-shapes again and again, helping develop pen-control and practice letter formation skills. Connor is slowly working through each letter. The 1-2-3 book is similar to the First Words book, allowing little ones the chance to learn how to write and form those tricky numbers. Connor has plenty of work to do on both and I like that these books wipe clean and we can use them over and over again. They are also perfect for on the go.



Finally, Connor has always been a fan of lift the flap books. Usborne had 2 fabulous ones that I picked up so that we can learn both about our world and basic words. Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Our World book ($14.99) has really answered so many "why?" questions from Connor. From will it snow to what's under the sidewalk to why the sky is blue, he has learned so much with this book. The other one we scored was Lift-the-Flap Word book ($13.99) which will allow Connor to start reading and recognizing common words. The book also prompts children to match pictures and words.



You know my love of reading runs deep and that's something I hope we can one day say for Connor as well. I know that boys aren't typically book lovers but I have to say that I feel Connor has what it takes. When I asked him which of the 5 books shared here was his favorite he quickly replied " My book of world facts!". He loves learning the how, why and what's about our world.

Now it's your turn. Share with us what you found this month at Target. Also, be sure to visit our new hosts. Our party has grown and we have a handful of new ladies sharing their Target love with us now!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favs: Pizza, Toy Tester and a Scientist

Dear week jammed pack full of plan -- I am beyond excited to see you come to an end. We have plans to visit friends and family this weekend and after the busyness of this week, I am eager to unwind a little with some of my favorite people. Here is a look at the highlights from this week along with some random thoughts.


ONE | PRETEND PLAY


One of Connor's favorite things to do is play scientist while I prep for dinner. He pulls out spices, condiments, mixing bowls and utensils and creates potions and spells. It makes a bit of a mess but he loves this time of day. I have to admit, I'll gladly take the mess if it means he is learning and playing pretend. I love hearing and seeing his imagination at play. Maybe one day I'll let him share in the actual dinner prep.

TWO | CAULIFLOWER CRUST


Speaking of cooking, I finally got to Trader Joe's to pick up this cauliflower pizza crust. While I know it won't be anything like the pizza crust I know and love, this option saves me a ton of points when we splurge on pizza night, which is about once a week. The crust and cheese is the part of pizza that can be really tricky. I am not ready to give up the cheese yet so I figured we could start with the crust. I'll let you know what I think of it. Have you tried it before? I'd love to hear your opinion.

THREE | SIMPLE GIRLS


Instagram has allowed Weight Watchers to be such an easier transition. Just last week I discovered Simple Girls seasoning and sauces. I ordered their sample pack ($4.99 and free shipping) so that I could get an idea of what their products are like. The BBQ is zero points for a 1/4 of a cup. Yes please! I'll admit it's not like my favorite sweet BBQ sauce but it's something I could totally get used to.

FOUR | GIVE ME A HAND


When leaving the house yesterday, I asked Connor if he could carry something. He said "Momma, can't you see? My hands are like totally full." I mean... really! Not only was I wear my cross-body purse but I had my water bottle in one hand and then a bag of Connor things (swim clothing, goggles, towel water, snacks, etc.). I told him from now on he has to carry his own toys, snacks and drink and his reply was "I guess I'll just never have a snack again." The dram with this one is on a whole new level. Apparently toys trump food.

FIVE | TOY TESTER


Connor and his girl Mae were toy testers this week at a local toy store. Cairn's Toy Store is one of our favorite places to shop. The kids got to sample new Melissa and Doug toys and give feedback to the company. We were given a 20% off coupon for all M&D toys and Connor picked out a fun collection of goodies. I love Melissa and Doug items and would buy every single one if we had a reason for any more or even room for them all. 

Here is what we shared this week on the blog in case you missed a post...


Be sure to come by Monday for June's $10 at Target and then again on Tuesday. We have a super cute craft and Summer list all based on the Pout Pout Fish children's book! Happy weekend friends!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June's TKBTB Q&A with Connor

Welcome to May's The Kids Behind The Blog linkup. Each month the host and other mommas come together to share a quick Q&A with their little ones. Full details can be found HERE. As a host, I'll share the answers from this month's chat with Connor along with questions that we will be asking in July. Let's get started...



Do parents get a summer break? I think. When I get Summer break, you don't do anything.
If you could change your name what would you change it to? Ethan Gamer.
How much do you grow in the summertime? A hundred sunflowers.
Would you rather go to the beach or to Disney World? {Giggle Giggle} I don't know. Both of them are so fun.
What is your favorite kind of ice cream? Least favorite? Play-dough. That ice cream Chester made me try. Fronana.

Answers explained and my thoughts... if I don't do anything on Summer break, then why am I so tired, Mr. CJ? Last week we were so busy so I'm unsure of what he thinks we are doing that results in an answer of "you don't do anything". Ethan Gamer is a YouTube personality and while he drives me batty, Connor loves him and has asked to go to England on vacation to meet him. I think he answered sunflowers because he planted me some at school and we have been watching and waiting for them to bloom. He does love both Disney and the beach. When we were in Florida he had play-dough ice cream. It's yellow ice cream with chewy candy chocolate pieces. My brother had us try Fronana ice cream last Summer and Connor is right, it's awful. I think it tastes like cardboard.

Here are July's questions. Be sure to interview your little ones and join us back here on July 12 to share their answers.

What do you need to make s’mores? 
What is your favorite summertime treat? 
Would you rather fly in an airplane or ride on a ship? 
How would you change the world if you could? 
What comes after summer?

Grab our button and join us this month and next (July 12th) with the cute, sassiness that is life with a child. You never know what will come out of a little person's mouth. We would love it if you shared such gens with us.


August 9 | September 13
October 11 | November 8 | December 13


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Daily Dime {June 2017}

I started sharing day in the life post in the Summer of 2015. I've been doing these post quarterly as a way to document how quickly things change in our lives and how fast Connor grows and matures in a simple 3 months. Not to mention get 10-12 photos off my phone. Am I the only one who hoards photos on their phones?

When I read of a new monthly link-up titled Daily Dime shared by Sarah from Seeing All Sides, I knew I would be adding it to my blogging rotation. The Daily Dime has just 3 rules - snap 10 photos of a single day, put together a post and share. Easy peasy, right? Here is our first dose of the Daily Dime.


Before I move onto the photo dump, I am hoping these monthly photos will give me a chance to share the behind the scenes of our lives. I am horrible at doing weekend recaps (the last published one was over a year ago!) so this first Daily Dime came at the perfect time. I'm sharing this past weekend with you, Saturday to be exact. 


COFFEE
Coffee for me, tea for the Mister. With the help of you all on Instagram, I was able to figure out the perfect combination for my protein coffee. A double shot of espresso over ice in a venti cup then add my protein shake. Oh and it's so much cheaper than ordering an iced coffee. #doublewinning


SWIMMING
We have to miss a swim class this week so we chose to make it up on Saturday. James was able to attend, which he doesn't during the week because it's at 2:30 and he is working. Connor loved showing his Daddy is new swim skills. 


SHOPPING
James discovered this new to us shopping center about 40 minutes south of us. We really didn't have a need to go shopping but we wanted to check it out. We had lunch, enjoyed checking out new stores and found a way to get my Hanna Anderson fix filled without paying shipping. 


CANDY
Connor was over the moon to discover a candy shop that carries his beloved candy corn. We may have spent the rest of the day on a sugar high but it was well worth it. 


DRINKS
Did you know Saturday was National Iced Tea Day? Us either. We visited DAVIDsTEA for the first time at Liberty Center and was blown away by how many different teas are available. I ordered Lemons Pound Cake and the Mister picked Honey-crisp Apple.


WISHES
The shopping center has a fountain and Connor was given 4 pennies for making wishes. He was so sweet. He would bow his head, close his eyes and silently whisper his wishes. He hasn't told us any of them either; he has high hopes of them coming true. 


US
I have been actively taking more photos of James and I. We don't have many of us together so I set a goal for myself to take one a month. I have 2 so far in June so I'm doing pretty well, if I say so myself. 


CHALK
I had plans to meet friends for dinner and the open air mall I went to had an event earlier that day, leaving behind pretty sidewalk art. It leaves me in awe of how artistic people are. I can't draw a straight line with you a ruler. #notkidding


FRIENDS
In this picture, there are 2 Stephanie's and 2 Emily's. I've never had a Stephanie for a friend before but Steph (in light blue) is such a gem. Not only do we share a love for Elvis and have the same name, spelled the "right way", but she is such a real person and friend. Emily, the one with the baby belly, was in from Colorado so we made a point to get together. Bonus: it was her 30th birthday, too! 


READING
I ended the night reading a book while James watched "Sully". I watched a bit of it, too, and have to say that Tom Hanks is one fantastic actor. Is there nothing he can't do? My favorite Hanks movie is, and always will be, Forest Gump. PS: I finished "Necessary Lies" this weekend and it's a must read! 

Saturday was a pretty busy day leaving us taking it easy on Sunday. We slept in, visited the pool for a few hours and then hung out at home before prepping for another busy week!