Thursday, October 3, 2019

Things I Love Thursday // 10.3.19

  • Celebrating 17 - On a lovely fall evening in 2002, I married my best friend. I was barefoot in a simple, perfect, borrowed dress among family and friends seated and standing with us in a public rose garden. Post-reception, we drove ourselves to our wedding-night hotel room (Embassy Suites) in the red Volkswagen Jetta he was forced to finance at 19% interest straight out of college. We laughed about how he struggled to locate the gear shift under the billowing layers of my dress which overflowed across part of his lap as we traveled those very first miles as husband and wife. At the time, I had little idea of what our life would look like this many miles into our journey but I felt confident that we would always be on each other's team and doing our best to enjoy the ride. Our adventure has lead us to different places we've called "home" and into so many more friendships, experiences, and opportunities. Today and (nearly) everyday, I am grateful for our partnership and feel so so lucky to have found "the one." Cheers to the next 17, the 17 after that, and all of the 17s to follow!

  • Keychain - {abrupt change of tempo} What I would really love is a variegated monstera plant... but since I probably will never find one --and even if I do, monsteras and I don't get along all that well so it will probably die --I found this super cute keychain version from Helema to bring a smile to my face daily. In addition to keychains, they make adorable pins, himmeli and sell air plants too. Check them out on Instagram or visit their online store.

  • Truvani Protein Powder - Realtalk y'all: I am not someone who has ever felt it necessary to regularly drink smoothies, juices, protein shakes, etcetera. I have no problem filling myself with "real" and chewable food. In fact, I excel in that department. *It's not bragging if it's true.* However, when my friend Annie (badass spin instructor and supermom) introduced me to this product earlier this year, my whole family fell a little bit in love. The Truvani company is special because of what they leave out of their products (you can read more about that here) but what we found most impressive was how great smoothies made from both the vanilla and chocolate (our fav) powders tasted and made us feel. The "stats per serving" are incredible (if you're into that sort of thing): 20g protein, 3g fat, 5g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugar... For our busy family, we regularly enjoy a smoothie for breakfast, after school and before soccer practice, before a soccer game, or after a workout. The recipe is usually some version of this (which I share between the girls at 10g protein each --or serve to Greg as listed): 1 scoop powder, 1/2 avocado, 1 banana, 2 cups fresh spinach, 1 heaping tablespoon peanut or almond butter, 1 tablespoon flax, and 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It IS pricey at between $50-$60/20-serving bag, depending on if you subscribe for delivery or order one at a time (on the website or on Amazon) --BUT... our bag, when split "kid servings" are factored in, makes about 30 smoothies and even at the higher price, is only $2 each. And they LIKE it... which for your family might be priceless? {I blogged about frozen avocados a few weeks ago and if you haven't already, DO give them a shot!}

  • Gap Cords - Wide-legged, cropped, fall pants alert! I just discovered these new cords from Gap last week and they are super comfortable and flattering. The colors are perfect for fall (even if the weather is not). I found them to be true to size: I ordered the tan and the navy in an 8 (I'm 5'6", 140ish, with a smallish waist and generous hips). The cropped style is only available online but they come full-length and "flared" as well which might be your jam. 

  • Paper-Source Calendar - I've mentioned my favorite calendar before but it's worth mentioning again. I absolutely love the "Wall Art Calendar" by Paper Source. The 2020 version is available now in case you want to get a jump on your holiday shopping. Just look at October of this year! The other bonus with this calendar is that the back side of every page has a template for repurposing the vibrant and colorful designs into file folders, pillow boxes, book markers, or post cards.

  • Creative/Bullet Journaling - This is a creative and completely adjustable way to create a place to organize and catalogue my schedule for the week and/or month, plan and track projects, and articulate goals and thoughts. I've been playing with and utilizing this process off and on for the past three years. As someone who enjoys hand lettering, doodling, lists, and crafts, creative journaling is right up my alley. There's a simple explanation of the format offered here in video form a multitude of ideas and examples if you search through Pinterest, and hundreds of delightful Instagram accounts and hashtags to follow if you want to learn more (like this one, this one, or this one). 

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