We’ve had quite a few fun family weeks in a row with my parents stopping through town on their way to and from visiting my sister (and her new baby!) in Atlanta and my brother and sister-in-law coming through town right after that. It’s such a delight to have my family spend time with Lola and watch her grow as she learns new things and gets bigger with every visit. If you have kids and live hours away from your family, then you know how precious those times can be. Here are a few other things that I’m loving right now:
1. Can I just say right off the bat that the thing I love most this week is that it’s finally daylight saving so we get an extra hour of light at the end of the day—YAY!!! The time change thing definitely messes with baby sleep schedules for a bit, but it’s worth it if it’s going to be lighter longer …
2. AGGGHHH! That unicorn basket is perfect for toy storage—definitely something I would love to look at everyday, so I think I’ll actually keep it in the den to hold our nightly toy cleanup. It’s always a big win for me when I can find functional baby things that are also beautiful to look at and this guy is adorable!
3. Todd made this brownie mix last weekend, and while I’m not even that much of a brownie person, it was delicious!! It’s also egg-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free, so it’s a good option if you are having a party where people have some food restrictions or if you avoid those things yourself.
4. This phone may be enough incentive to get a landline again at the house (or would at least be a perfect office/dorm phone for places that still need an old school connection).
5. Can I get a YES/NO poll on “flatforms”? I feel that seems like a good way to get a little height without a heel, but are they clumsy to walk in or just like a flat shoe? I’ve had my eye on these but I’ve been hesitant to try them.
6. I’ve been switching up my coffee routine to try out my stovetop espresso maker, and I have to say it’s now my favorite way to make coffee! I steam and warm some almond milk while it’s brewing to make more of a latte with it and I love the thick rich flavor that this brewing method creates. It took me a few tries of experimenting with the heat level and amount of coffee in the coffee basket to find what I like, but medium-high heat for six minutes (I have a glasstop stove) with two full scoops (I think it’s a 10 gram scoop like this) seems to be just right for me. I’ve found best results with buying pre-ground espresso power that they sell in tins at the grocery store with the coffee, but I want to try it with a better quality organic espresso and see how the taste compares.
7. I’ve been pinning a bunch of art lately because I’d like to switch out some prints in the house and simple but graphic prints like this always catch my eye.
8. This sandwich is my current lunch obsession. It’s healthy and easy to make but also soooo delicious. Sometimes eating healthy (and mostly plant-based for us) can feel a bit “less fun” than the junk food versions, so I’m trying to store up a collection of recipes that we genuinely love and really look forward to.
9. I’ve been dreaming of a bedroom refresh and I love a new set of sheets every so often to mix it up. I really like pattern mixing with a printed duvet, so these could be really fun!
10. Can’t wait to hang this from a tree in our backyard this summer! I’m already sure it’s going to be a big hit!
I’m currently debating whether or not to have a small or bigger first birthday party for Lola in May. First birthdays are so special in a lot of ways, but it’s also the season in her life when she has no idea what a birthday is so maybe I should save myself extra work where I can? The decorating part of me wants to go big with a fun theme (rainbow maybe?) and invite a bunch of people over, buuuut I’ve done that stuff enough to know what a big job it all really is, so I can’t decide which is best. What would you do?? xo. Laura