Friday is right here and it’s an excellent one as a result of my mother and pop are on the town for the weekend! They arrived yesterday afternoon and we’re so completely satisfied to have Mae and Pop right here with us! Whereas our weekend plans are just a little up within the air, we’ve got a babysitter booked for tonight for an adults-only dinner with my mother and father which will probably be such a deal with, as I can’t keep in mind the final time we’ve gone out to dinner with them with out the children within the combine. Hooray for cocktails, good meals and grownup dialog!

However earlier than dinner this night, my feelings are going to be everywhere as a result of Ryder has his kindergarten readiness screening at his future elementary faculty this morning. Sending Chase off to kindergarten three years in the past actually received me and I by some means thought I’d be extra ready this time round however NOPE. I’m feeling simply as intensely emotional about Ryder rising up though I do know he’s so prepared. It’s a swirl of happy-sad inside my coronary heart proper now. Heaven assist me at Ryder’s preschool commencement subsequent month!

And on that sappy notice, I’m off to get this Friday rolling however first needed to share this week’s roundup of favorites with you guys! Carry on scrolling in the event you’d wish to examine a number of small issues which are making me smile this week. Have an exquisite weekend, my associates!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

  • $3 Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream (that tastes like Haagen-Dazs!)

For somebody who loves peanut butter, I don’t love peanut butter ice cream. Maybe I ought to rephrase that: I don’t love most peanut butter ice cream flavors which have peanut butter ice cream as the bottom. It by no means appears to style fairly proper and has a bizarre faux peanut butter taste that falls flat. The identical could be stated for many chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Aside from Haagen-Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream. That specific taste has been my holy grail of chocolate peanut butter ice cream for years as a result of the peanut butter tastes like actual peanut butter. It’s salty and thick and just a little crunchy as a result of it’s not some pseudo-peanut butter.

Effectively, I took a raffle this week, my associates, after I noticed this little pint of chocolate peanut butter ice cream at ALDI. At lower than $3, I figured it was value a shot. The decision? Daaaang it was GOOD. (And the ingredient checklist isn’t too dangerous both!) Haagen-Dazs remains to be my primary however this chocolate peanut butter ice cream is correct up there. They nailed the peanut butter ribbon and the chocolate ice cream base is wealthy and creamy and tasted so, a lot like Haagen-Dazs. It will likely be a particular *add to cart* sooner or later, although I feel it might be a restricted time providing at ALDI? Hopefully not as a result of I want extra of this ice cream in my life!

(Overalls: Free Folks / Prime: Free Folks / Sandals: Amazon / Bracelets: Anthropologie + Madewell / Necklaces: Gorjana + Amazon

I’ve been an total lover for years for 2 predominant causes: I feel they’re cute however, extra importantly, they’re snug. My tolerance for sporting something has plummeted ever since I left my 20s behind (nearly 9 years in the past!) and anytime I can placed on an outfit that feels cozy on my physique however nonetheless works effectively as a mother to a few children who’ve me operating everywhere, I’m all about it. I’ve been eyeing Free Folks’s ziggy overalls for some time now and eventually took the plunge and I’m glad I did as a result of they match effectively, really feel good and are just a little extra flattering than most overalls (particularly within the butt space — aka no “droopy butt”). I learn critiques and opted for a medium within the powder blue colour and assume they are going to be so cute with every little thing from fundamental tanks and long-sleeve tops to tees and bodysuits.

For years, Ryan has integrated electrolyte powders into his post-workout restoration. He’s within the midst of coaching for one more Half Ironman (Chattanooga in Could) and with a lot distance coaching on his coaching schedule, his physique clearly advantages from further electrolytes. (I even included Ultima, his favourite electrolyte powder, in my 2023 Present Information for Him due to Ryan’s love for the stuff!) I’ve by no means actually felt like my exercises or my day-to-day life actually warrants the necessity for extra electrolytes (exterior of half marathon coaching years in the past), however I just lately started taking a scoop out of Ryan’s stash of Ultima after significantly sweaty exercises (I’m taking a look at you Burn Boot Camp MetCon!) and have discovered myself shortly swayed in favor of electrolytes. A bit of scoop of Ultima makes me really feel extra hydrated after a exercise and appears to maintain my vitality ranges extra degree, particularly hours later. Plus, the flavors of Ultima I’ve tried are scrumptious (I like watermelon and pink lemonade finest whereas Ryan loves grape and orange), although I like them extra watered-down as a result of don’t like my dinks too flavorful. I simply mix one scoop with twice the quantity of water and plenty of ice and it appears like just a little deal with!

The place to purchase: Ryan shares up on Ultima when it goes on sale by means of Thrive Market but in addition orders it commonly by means of Amazon. (For any fellow Thrive followers, it’s presently 20% off!) I’d extremely advise shopping for a single serving of any electrolyte powders you might want to attempt to be sure to like them, as they’re not low cost and everybody’s taste preferences differ. Amazon sells a handful of the single-servings of Ultima and I’ve seen then at Entire Meals as effectively.

Style: Fantasy

My score: A

After loving the ACOTAR sequence by Sarah J. Mass, I’ve had further sequence written by the writer on my radar for some time. I lastly took the plunge and started studying Throne of Glass and completely flew by means of the primary ebook. (I truthfully preferred the primary ebook on this sequence greater than the primary ebook in ACOTAR, although books 2 and three in ACOTAR the place the place I actually fell in love with that sequence.) The ebook is crammed with motion, relationship intrigue, twists, assassins, warriors, secrets and techniques and a contest to develop into the King’s Champion that saved me flying by means of the pages. I’ve already began studying ebook two within the Throne of Glass sequence and I feel it’s secure to say it’s shortly roping me in!

The ebook follows murderer Celaena Sardothien after she’s captured and spends a yr in a jail demise camp. She’s launched upon the orders of the Crown Prince who wishes her to compete as his champion in a contest organized by his father, an evil king who wishes a “King’s Champion” to serve him and kill anybody he needs. Celaena agrees to compete, realizing it’s her solely probability at ever leaving jail and regaining freedom, and embarks on a sequence of challenges meant to check her and the opposite 23 champions to their limits. As a few of her opponents are discovered useless earlier than the assorted competitions, Celaena begins to surprise if the actual hazard she faces may be lurking contained in the fortress. With the Crown Prince insisting she win and rooting fiercely for her and the Captain of the Guard assigned to guard her, Celaena ought to really feel secure, however her work as the highest murderer has taught her to by no means let her guard down, one thing that turns into more and more difficult as she grows nearer to the 2 males and the princess she befriends who’s as intriguing as she is mysterious.

Teriyaki Salmon Bowls (Sharing this one as a result of it’s the dinner I made for our entire gang when my mother and father arrived final evening although I used the marinade from my salmon bites recipe as an alternative of teriyaki sauce for the salmon. We beloved it!)

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Chocolate Chip Corn Flake Cookies (In case your candy tooth has been raging currently like mine!)

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Query of the Day

What’s one factor making you smile this week?