It’s been a great summer (post child’s tonsillectomy and big vacation to Italy!) But, like many of you, we’re in the season of life where it’s just busy…all the time. These are the things that have kept me sane or have sparked happiness in the past few weeks!
Things that Keep Us Healthy
When I came back from my trip, I desperately needed a little detox in my life. I’ve also been working to be stronger in general, aka more time spent exercising and strengthening my bones and muscles. Fond Bone Broth Tonics are surprisingly tasty and do a body good. With a bad back, I’ve been reading up on the benefits of bone broth—and this is the first one I’ve tried that’s been helpful and delicious! Veggies Made Great Fritattas have been my go to breakfast as of late. I can make them in the microwave in 45 seconds and take them with me to work! I have a hard time getting enough vegetables because I just don’t love them, but sneaking them into breakfast has been amazing. And fun fact: my whole family will eat these, which makes them a food staple in my house!
I’m always nervous about pesticides when I buy fresh produce. Since shopping at Farmer’s Markets isn’t always in the cards with a busy work schedule and active kid, I was thrilled to test out Teal Trunk silicone scrubbers on my fruits and veggies. What I love MOST about this product is it’s something my 4 year old can use and it keeps her involved in her own health and safety.
Of course, I’m also about my dog, Hunter’s, health and happiness, which is why I can’t stop talking about Olvi Pet. These are all natural dog treats and the dentabars are hands down one of the most effective treats for stinky dog breath and he gobbles them right up!
Things that are Nostalgic
The 80s and 90s are back and I, for one, am loving every minute of it. I heard a lot of complaints about the new season of Stranger Things, but I, for one, LOVED IT. You may have been mad about the product placement, but I was so happy to remember my own time in the 80s thanks to this and I loved it. (Also, I want EVERYTHING from the Target Stranger Things Line).
Also, the summers of my youth were filled with trips to the library and a lot of reading outside. Our local library had a summer reading program for not just kids and teens, but adults as well! It was so fun to challenge myself to get pages in to earn prizes. My daughter filled her entire summer reading page, and I was able to read 5,500 pages this summer! I LOVE sharing my love of reading with her and seeing a library so dedicated to motivating its community to read!
Things that Matter
My daughter and I are always working on a charity project. Whether it’s donating art supplies to our favorite art supply studio, Spoonful of Imagination, to sending packages to active duty military, we are always doing our best to give back. I’m so proud of my daughter’s latest venture to give back: Brooklyn’s Blessings Box! Her favorite part of her adoption story is that we had a baby and didn’t have any clothes for her other than the outfit she came home in (and some onesies that made everyone ask how old HE was). She wanted to start to gift boxes to families who had recently adopted. I love this and it’s been a blast buying baby and kids stuff to start building boxes!
What things are you loving right now? I want to hear from you! Tweet them to me at @juliakayporter!