Friday Favorites [7.19.13]

Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites at The Lambent Life. Hosted by yours truly, the crazy mother of two crazy children who are mastering the arts of nitpicking and tattle-telling as the summer chugs along. Ah, don’t let my complaints fool you. It’s fun. It’s not like I naive to life with a house full of females – my parents had four daughters, after all. Raising these two girls has become more enjoyable than it is soul crushing, so I’ll call our current situation a win.

Here are some of my most recent favorites, in no particular order:

Silver and Blue Threaded Necklace

What? You don't take selfies in your 4-year-old's bed room?

What? You don’t take selfies in your 4-year-old’s bed room?

I love, love World Market. I stopped in last week after a Pure Barre class to find something new to hang in our front room but was easily distracted by their jewelry selection. I’ve recently found some really gorgeous and affordable pieces that come from all over the world. I can’t stomach spending loads of cash on bold pieces of clothing so I like to dress up simple outfits with beautiful jewelry. Aside from this necklace, I’m liking these, this and this, too.

Double Spice Chai Tea

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I haven’t been digging coffee much, lately. And no, I’m definitely not pregnant. There’s enough crazy up in here. Anyway. I’ve upped my vitamin D and B12 intake but Momma is still dragging in the afternoon. So I was stoked to find Stash Double Spice Chai Tea on clearance at Target for less than $2. Add a dash of sugar and half and half… mmm. I may never go back to drinking coffee.

Back to School

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Em goes back to school in less than a month – whoa. Every weekend between now and then are filled with vacations, birthday parties and lots of time at the beach. So I’ve been trying to get a head start on back to school shopping and it’s really sinking in that my little girl is heading to real school for a full day with teachers and kids I don’t know. In uniforms! Impossibly small uniforms. And her very own nap mat that I’m certain will not be long enough for my long-legged girl. I’m also realizing that entering a school system is an entirely different world than the one I currently reside and they speak another language filled with learning philosophies and specific notebook standards. It’s full of PTO, board meetings, supply lists, bell times and doctor’s excuses. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated. But I’m confidant that this school is where God has Em for the time being. So, there’s that.

Homemade Popsicles

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In case you forgot, it’s miserably hot and humid in these parts. Paired with my newest form of bribery – nay, parenting excellence – we’re eating a lot of frozen treats in the Lambent Household. I found some cheap popsicle molds at Target and threw together some melon, peach, full-fat coconut milk and fresh honey from Urbanna Farm in our well-loved magic bullet. Easy peasy. Dairy-free, clean-eating right here.

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That’s it, folks. I’m insisting Josh take us out to dinner since he flaked out on lunch today and is leaving work late today. I mean, what is he doing that’s more interesting and important than listening to my incessant whining? Seriously.

Lastly, my dear friend Jessica from My Front Porch is having a giveaway over at Willamette Valley Wonder Woman for a free set of homemade recipe cards – it ends soon so check it out!

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Friday Favorites [4.26.13]

I really love Friday Favorites. There are about 15 things each week that I think, “oh! I should write a post about that.” but never do because a.) each post would be consist of about 5 sentences and b.) who wants to read an entire post dedicated to my love of yogurt? and c.) I lately have the attention span of a 3-year-old child (probably caused by raising a 3-year-old child).

But a weekly thought dump? Completely acceptable and passable as a “real” blog post.

Favorite news: Vacation! Vacation!
There aren’t a ton of perks that come with Josh’s job. Except, like, a paycheck. For which I’m grateful, don’t get me wrong. But I found out yesterday that he’s being sent to a training in Bend, Oregon this summer and yours truly gets to tag along. And the best part? THE CHILDREN AREN’T COMING! Yes, five whole glorious days by myself. My incredible in-laws are coming to party with the girls while take a cross-country flight to the PNW to enjoy some R&R, shopping, spa treatments, and sight seeing. Well, Josh will be working so really I’ll just be enjoying those things. My myself. Squeeee!

Favorite read: Born to Run
Admittedly, I’ve just started this book but it’s so good. The author, Christopher McDougall is quite humorous and the story of the Tarahumara is legendary and fascinating. The Tarahumara live in the mountainous region of northwest Mexico and can run amazingly long distances without fatigue or injury. So McDougall, a reporter by trade, sets out on a journey to find the Tarahumara and learn the secrets to life and running.

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My friend Amie and I are toying with the idea of running the Savannah Rock ‘N Roll 1/2 marathon in November so I’ve been trying to be more consistent with my running and increase mileage without burning out. While I love to run, I’m not a fan of racing so I need to get my mind right before making a ($$) decision.

But I’ll tell you, reading this book has put me back in the right mentality.

Now if only I could figure out a way to run when it’s not 80 degrees.
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shades of pink. for real.

Favorite fix: Snap, crackle, pop.
I finally scheduled a very overdue appointment with a chiropractor and had my first visit this morning. Before children, I used to visit the chiro for weekly adjustments but I haven’t been since I was pregnant with Emery. Between pregnancy, having a newborn, moving, and repeating steps 1 and 2, I stopped going.  Big mistake. The physical and mental health benefits of regular adjustments is undeniable and heaven knows I need all the help I can get. Because I’m so tall, I tend to slouch which affects the curvature of my neck which, in turn, causes strain on my shoulders and stresses the muscles across the top of my back. I need to have better posture (as I slouch over my keyboard to type this…) and keep up with regular adjustments to alleviate the tension on my shoulders.

I agitated my neck and shoulder a few weeks ago during a workout and it’s been tender ever since. I swear, as soon as I laid on the table and he adjusted between my shoulder blades – ahhhh. Sweet, sweet relief. I can even breathe easier.

Then the doctor swore he didn’t believe that I am 6 feet tall and weigh 160 pounds.

“No way! You’re kidding. Wow. No, I wouldn’t have put you more than 130 pounds.”

And then I hugged him and promised I’d never, ever stray and he’ll be my forever chiropractor until the day I die. Or leave Savannah, anyway.

But really, that’s muscle for ya, folks. I’d rather have my strong, muscular legs that can carry me on runs than see a lower number on the scale. I don’t do this to lose weight. I do this to be physically and mentally strong.

And that ends that tangent.

Favorite moment: First soccer game of the season
We’re giving soccer another go and last night was Em’s first game of the season. Her team is the Yellow Dragons and despite this league being more organized than the last, it’s still a bit like herding cats.

IMG_5937Her coach wasn’t there so the assistant coach filled in and he continuously called her Emma. She would stop and look at him when he shouted directions but she would then turn and ignore him as she thought he was talking to this imaginary Emma. Since, you know, that’s not her name. So, that was interesting.

She spent the majority of the second half running circles on the sideline chanting, “I’m bored! I’m bored! I’m bored!”

At least she ran out some of her energy that way?

I think we’ll try ballet.

Least Favorite News: Goodbye, goodbye, Mariah
My kindred spirit is leaving me for a great (small) land yonder north called New Hampshire. I’m so sad. We’re meeting at the beach tomorrow to say farewell and I don’t know how that little girl of mine will do saying goodbye to her favorite little man.

Wee babes in 2012.

Wee babes in 2012.

Savannah has a lot of families that are just passing through. Sometimes it feels like we’re stuck in waiting while we watch friends who become dear to us journey on. Before moving to Georgia, we were always the ones who left and I’ve learned how much harder it is to be on the other side of leaving. And it’s hard to teach your kids.

But it’s nice to know that with all the friends we’ve made on this journey, it’s likely we’ll cross paths again with at least some of them when it’s our turn to move on to new pastures.

Happy Friday, y’all.

Fun weekend plans? Do you go to a chiropractor? Anyone have tips on where to visit in Bend?

 

Friday Favorites.

I realize I’ve been a bit boo-hooey-poor-me this week but it’s finally Friday and THANK GOODNESS the pink eye of death has officially left our house. Hopefully. I haven’t bleached the door knobs yet so maybe I should knock on wood.

Since I’ve been a Debbie Downer this week and everyone tolerated and commiserated while I threw my pity party/ies, I thought perhaps I should share some of my favorite things from the week past. Because there’s always a silver lining, right?

Favorite News: Blair’s RAST test
We got word this week that Blair’s RAST test (the blood test to determine food allergies) came back negative to all dairy. This is awesome and confirms last week’s skin test. Next week brings the four-hour food challenge. Hopefully the girl will cooperate and actually drink the milk so, send good vibes our way.

We’ll probably always keep her mostly dairy-free since it’s not great for her eczema. But I’m so, so excited for her to be able to enjoy the wonderful foods she’s had to miss out on. It’s going to be like her 21st birthday but with milk-based treats instead of alcohol. Ice cream! Pizza! Yogurt! Cheese! I’m trying to reign in it but oh, all the possibilities for deliciousness that have been unavailable for so long.

Speaking of…

Favorite Treat: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

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Unknown to a lot of folks, Columbus has a great restaurant scene. One of these great little places is an ice cream shop called Jeni’s, where they have these amazing pairings of flavors like lemon and lavender and chili pepper and chocolate. In fact, Jeni’s was ahead of their time and had a salted caramel flavor years before it became vogue. So, I was ecstatic to find out they carry this heavenly stuff at Fresh Market and spent a pretty penny bringing home a pint of my own. I’m eating it one spoonful at a time.

Favorite Food: Dreaming Cow Yogurt – vanilla agave

IMG_5624I found this at Fresh Market while spending a small fortune on Jeni’s and I’m addicted. I used to eat a lot of yogurt but had to stop when Blair was diagnosed with a milk allergy. When she stopped nursing, I never got back into the habit of eating much dairy. I guess my tastes changed. But I was intrigued by Dreaming Cow yogurt because it’s made locally in Georgia from a small farm with pastured cows. I tried two other flavors and the vanilla agave is by far my favorite. Since I grew up on a dairy farm, I’d love to see their farm and how they make these little cups of joy.

Favorite Find: pink magnolia candle
I dropped the girls at mom’s morning out so I could get some long overdue chores accomplished and inevitably found myself at Target. Big surprise, I know. I worked my way around the store and ended up in the candle aisle. I spent the next 15 minutes picking up and sniffing every.single.candle. Some people are moved by melodies and memories are brought on by certain songs. Apparently my wires were crossed in utero because that’s what smells do for me. They make me feel things.The scent of jasmine and hibiscus reminds of one of the only family vacations we ever took to visit family in Arizona. As a teenager, my mother would simmer cinnamon and orange rinds in our kitchen. Mint will forever remind me of my father.

I finally decided on pink magnolia – not because it reminded me of a memory – but because it made me feel happy. And I liked the crock.

IMG_5692Favorite Blog: Our Freaking Budget
I can’t remember which rabbit hole I traveled to find Our Freaking Budget but I’m digging it. It’s a young husband/wife blogging team sharing their journey about becoming (and staying) debt-free. The writing is witty and personal and the advice is solid. Josh and I are thiiiiiiiis close to being free from a boat load student loan debt (mostly mine, for a degree I’m not using, weee!) and I enjoy seeing how others strategize and prioritize to save a dime.

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Is anyone else chanting, “TGIF! TGIF!”? What’s on your “favorites” list this week? Big weekend plans?