L-l-l-l-l-adies! It’s Friday!
This week has had quite a few rough patches, so this mama is looking forward to the weekend. I know there won’t be any sleeping-in thanks to a very cute little baby, but there is a slower pace and no lunches to pack. So I plan on soaking up every minute of that.
Courtney’s oldest caught the wonderful back-to-school stomach virus, so today you’re just hearing from me! And because I know you’ve just been dying to know what I’m currently loving (right?!), today I’m bringing you Hannah’s Friday Favs!
Stay-at-home mom here! So that means I basically live in comfy clothes. BUT I also want to look cute while being comfy. Enter the boyfriend tee from Old Navy. I have this shirt in black and gray along with this super cute rose striped one. They’re perfect to throw on with some denim cut-offs, or with skinny jeans. You can layer a chambray, plaid, or sweater on top, or add a long necklace and half tuck for date night. I’m obsessed. And you can’t beat the price. And they sell their shirts in tall sizes (5’11” here!) so they end up getting a lot of my clothing budget money.
This is my #1 favorite moisturizer. My skin is so temperamental. I get breakouts, but I also have super dry skin that will get flaky if I don’t get the moisture just right. Countermatch naturally adapts to your skin’s hydration needs throughout the entire day, so I don’t end up with oily or flaky skin at the end of the day. Seriously. My skin still feels so soft at night. It’s kind of mind-blowing to me because I spent years dealing with crappy skin. Beautycounter has absolutely changed that for me. And bonus points for being free of harmful chemicals.
I may be late to this train, but my available time for watching TV is sorely lacking. But I finally got caught up on Orange is The New Black a few weeks ago, so I needed to find a new show. I have loved Hilary Duff since her Lizzie McGuire days.
I’ve seen the previews and ads for Younger for quite a while, so I finally decided to give it a try. Not so surprisingly, I love it. If you’re unfamiliar with the plot, it follows the story of 40 year old Liza (played by the amazing Sutton Foster) who has passed herself off as a 26 year old in order to get a job in publishing. The characters are fantastic and hilarious. Hillary Duff plays Kelsey, the girlfriend we all want to have. I watch it on Hulu if you want to check it out! I will say that if you’re on the modest/super-duper-conservative side you may not like it.
Image cred: @msrachelhollis
If you’ve hung out with me more than once, chances are you’ve heard me talk about Rachel Hollis. She is hands down one of my most favorite people (that I’ve never actually met). She is a mom of four and CEO of a lifestyle and media company. And she kicks so much ass (can I say that here?). Seriously, she is so insanely encouraging and inspiring, while also being so genuine and REAL. She starts off every single weekday with a live stream full of encouragement and motivation (you can watch it on both her Facebook and Instagram). Her website The Chic Site has great recipes, style and life tips. Her social media feeds are filled with major truth bombs and LOL moments. And her podcast Dais is crazy inspiring for women in business (whatever business that may be for you). Go follow her (just search @msrachelhollis) in all the online places. You won’t be sorry. And go pre-order her book Girl, Wash Your Face* that comes out in February! With the subtitle “Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be”, I know it’s going to be life-changing.
Parenting. Is. So. Hard. Like…so hard. Hopefully I’m not the only one who thinks that. This book has been so encouraging for me to read. It talks about how we are raising our kids to be free-thinking adults who can make good and wise decisions. We aren’t trying to raise kids who know how to follow a long list of rules. Because if we are just teaching our kids to follow rules their entire lives at home with us, once they get out of our homes they may just lose their minds. Because there won’t be mom and dad’s rules anymore, and they’ve never learned how to think for themselves. So this book is helping parents understand what it looks like to get to your kids’ hearts – for them to learn to trust you. It talks about how rules are good when your kids are very little (like the ages mine are now), but those rules will eventually turn into guidelines, and then hopefully your kids will grow wise enough to make good decisions on their own…because they WANT to make those decisions, not because they HAVE to. I hope that explanation made sense. Basically we want to get our kids’ hearts, not just modify their behavior. This book applies more to older elementary and teenaged kids, but it’s been helpful to have now so I can be prepared for our next steps in parenting. Although I would definitely love to have a “cure” for my three year old’s epic meltdowns (anyone?? please??).
That’s it for this week, friends. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. Make sure to follow us along over on Instagram so you can keep up with what we are doing. And stay tuned for another new post from me on Monday! xoxo
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