Five Things Friday #272
This week had some ups and downs - not because of anything in particular, but just emotionally. Around the middle of the week, I decided to change up some things and that seemed to make me feel better. In the past weeks, I had planned out adventures to do with Miles and ways for us to be outside in nature. I hadn't done any of that this week and most of last, and I think it was starting to get to me. I decided to get up the next day, shower, dry my hair, put on makeup, and do something fun with Miles in the afternoon and it was a much better day. Sometimes, you just need to change things up.
This is the last weekend we will be at the house for at least a month. Our kitchen/bathroom/shed renovations start next week and will take around 4-5 weeks to wrap up. We will be staying with Neil's cousin again and heading to the beach in the middle of it, so I'm looking forward to that. It's kind of a bummer to be leaving our house for so long, but I know it will be worth it in the end and I'm glad that everything is getting finished before the holidays!
How are you guys holding up? How's life? Kind of a stupid question, but I hope you're able to make the most of things these days. Check in, let me know how you're doing. You've got this.
1. All things taro
I LOVE taro flavored frozen yogurt, but after we moved to Chicago, I could never find it. Just this week, I went on an impromptu froyo trip with Miles and lo and behold - they had taro! It was an amazing day. Then, I met a friend for lunch yesterday and we stopped at a place called MILKLAB where they have bubble tea and rolled ice cream. Imagine my joy when I was able to order a taro milk tea and have it twice in one week!
I'm under no illusions that these taro flavors taste like actual taro, a starchy root vegetable similar to a potato, but man, I will eat and drink this mysterious purple flavor all day. If you haven't tried it, you must!
2. Turf backyard
I did not expect to love our new turf backyard as much as I do. I'm really obsessed with it. Previously, the backyard was a mix of rocks, stepping stones, and a WHOLE LOT of pine straw which is just a fancy name for dead pine needles everywhere. It was always moist, buggy, and there were some parts where we didn't even like to walk.
We decided to redo the lawn with turf because it's low maintenance, helps keep moisture down, and would give both Miles and Donut a better place to play. It took two days to get done and it is AMAZING. It feels great, is always dry even in the early mornings, and Miles will even walk on it despite his hatred of grass. We can now walk around and use our entire backyard and it feels completely different. We all love going outside now, and I can't wait for Miles to be able to run around and play with so much more space!
3. Once Upon A Child consignment stores
I stumbled upon this store on accident when I was shopping in the same shopping center. I noticed it was a kid's consignment store and everything looked so neat and organized when I peeked in, so naturally I had to go.
Guys, if you have kids or want to shop for clothes for kids, you need to see if there's one near you. I had no idea it was a franchise until people started messaging me about it on IG. I left with 9 shirts/sweaters, a pair of jeans, and a pair of shoes for Miles for $41. Everything was great quality and I'm so excited to put him in this little grown up outfit when it gets a little colder.
Another thing I liked about it was that all the clothes were grouped according to size, and within that, color. I was able to easily zero in on colors I normally buy him and it made shopping a breeze.
There are also things besides clothes like strollers (need to do some research on those soon), toys, and high chairs, so it's really a one-stop shop!
4. Butter and jelly on white toast
After I delivered Miles, all I wanted was butter and jelly on white toast. I made Neil order my breakfasts because I didn't want to talk to anyone and I made sure that he ordered me extra toast with my scrambled eggs -- which meant 4 slices of bread (8 triangles of toast). I always inhaled it. It was SO GOOD.
This whole pregnancy I've been eating toast like it's going out of style. I eat it for breakfast, I eat it before bed, and I eat it on the nights I wake up at 2 am and can't go back to bed. I can't get enough. I found this picture on my phone and needed to share that my love for toast is real and it's not going anywhere.
5. Weed Trimmer/Blower Combo
Ugh, I feel so adult with this one. Although our backyard is now turf, our front yard is grass and still needs some maintenance. It's not very big and getting an actual lawnmower didn't make sense, so we got this trimmer/blower combo at Lowe's this week.
I was really pumped to see that they offered this combo (and on sale!), because we also needed to get a blower for the turf. The way to maintain turf is basically just to blow off any leaves/sticks that fall onto it. Pretty simple!
I used the trimmer to cut down a large part of the yard that was really overgrown and it was SO FUN. Needless to say, I'll be the one power washing and doing lawn maintenance and I have no problem with that. It's also battery powered, so I just need to make sure that the battery is charged up and I'm good to go. If you're in the market for fun adult things like this, this one is great!
That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!