Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Faves: Decor, Homework and Soup Season

It's official... Friday is my new favorite day of the week. Not because the weekend is right around the corner and we have two entire days we can fill with whatever we want but because I get to sleep in past 6AM. Five day a week Pre-K is no joke! This was our first week of 5 days and my gosh, we are one tired crew. Hopefully we get plenty of rest this weekend in between a morning out with friends from MomsNext and the OSU game (Lord help them, they need a win). Here are this week's highlights, random thoughts and a question I need your help with!


Our home is 100% Fall ready. I have a mix of Halloween and Thanksgiving up. I know that sounds silly but it works. I get to decorate once (Labor Day evening no less) and enjoy my decorations till Black Friday, in which my Christmas decor goes up. Odds are, I'll have every inch of our home decked for Christmas by 6PM on Friday, November 24th. That's just how I roll. I may pick up a few new pieces this Fall, maybe new Thanksgiving decorations as I don't have many of those.


CJ brought up is first homework assignment this week. He had to practice his 2's. I allowed him to have lunch and play for a bit but then made him sit at the table and do his worksheet. He wasn't digging it at first but once he was reminded that he gets to pick a prize from the prize box once he turns it in, he was all about it. #motivatedbygifts Since he is just in Pre-K he doesn't really have homework, just activities to help reinforce what they are working on in class but I made a point to call it homework and required him to have it finished and turned in the next day.


Our weather this past weekend was perfection. We decided to check out a local sunflower field and visit a local dairy farm. At the farm, we took a wagon ride, conquered a corn maze, played in a kid-friendly playground and topped it off with dinner out. I've said it time and time again that this season as parents has been fantastic. We go, we explore, we laugh, we make far too much noise, we eat too many sweets and we make the best dang memories. This weekend we plan to do much of the same.


Remember when we went to Florida in February and it took 24+ hours to get to our final destination? In between the rainstorms and pit stops, poor Connor J got sick in Atlanta. We don't know if it was from being in the car for so long, watching too much iPad, eating one too many handfuls of Lucky Charms or what but he straight barfed in the lobby of our hotel at about 3AM. It was a mess. But James is very much the same way (minus the throwing up). They both have sensitive stomachs when traveling by car. When MomsMeet offered us a chance to try Sea-Band* I was more than eager.

Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. The bands can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. The trick is acupressure. Pressing on the right spot in your body can do a world of good and there is a pressure point just above your wrist that helps to control nausea. The stretchable fabric Sea Bands simply press on that specific point on both wrists to be effective. 

Not only is there wrist bands, there are ginger lozenges that James can use when traveling. Natural ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to counteract the pain associated with stomach upsets. By stimulating the production of digestive juices, it acts quickly to neutralize stomach acids and soothe tender tummies.

We have another long trip planned and I'm happy to have this product on hand for both James and Connor. I love the bracelets come in a small plastic container, perfect for my my purse, your pocket or little one's bag. Sea-Band is available to purchase at CVS pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and many other drug stores and pharmacies. To find Sea-Band in your area, visit: Where to Buy in the USA for the full list of locations.


I recently discovered this recipe on Skinnytaste's website and can't sing it's praises enough; it's so tasty. I love that she has recipes that are WeightWatchers friendly and provides the SmartPoint values. This turkey taco chili is so good, you don't even know it's "healthy". James approved and it's low on points, just 5SP for almost a cup and a half. It's filling, perfect for Fall and pairs well with grilled cheese which is hands down my favorite soup side. Here is my question for you: what are some of your favorite soups for Fall and Winter? I'm looking for ones that are broth based, no creams because those tend to be high in points, and maybe even full of veggies. You can share them in the comments below or shot me an email:

This weekend is full of plans per the usual. But really, it's been such a fun couple of months and I love knowing that week after week our family of 3 is making new fresh memories. Connor is so much fun lately, James and I are often amazed by his big personality.

Happy weekend, friends! 
*Disclosure: our family may have received products and services for free in return for our full, honest review. WMMblog only promotes companies we know and love. As always, contact us with any questions on products and services mentioned if you have questions or concerns. Thank you MomsMeet for providing the Mister and CJ natural comfort for their travel needs. 

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