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Friday Favs: 3.11

by Andrea Cooley

spring daffodilsWhat a beautiful week in Des Moines! I am so thankful for an early spring. The winter months are hard and long with two small kids. It makes such a difference when we can get outside and play in the yard and visit with neighbors.

I can’t wait to see what blooms in our yard this spring since it’s our first year here! It looks like we will have lots of tulips and daffodils coming up!

Here are some of my favorite links from this week:

Find joy in knowing there is exactly enough time every day to accomplish God’s will. Truth!

It’s so easy to let your marriage take a backseat when you have small kids, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Unfortunately, I am a terrible sleeper. And now studies show that women need more sleep than men! So even though we’re losing an hour this weekend, I give you permission to take a nap!

Help your kids adjust to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. Hooray for it being light later in the day, but it’s always rough on sleep schedules!

A to Z Guide to Things to Do in Des Moines.

Just another reason to love The Bull’s Eye Boutique. Pillowfort, their latest kid’s collection, and it’s all 20% off this week!

summer sunsetI know most kids are back at school, but summer is still in full-swing at our house. After cool weather last week, we broke out the wading pool again this week and are going to squeeze as much fun into the last weeks of hot weather and hopefully enjoy a few more sunsets.

I think I started this post almost a month ago, but like most things in my life, it's a work in progress! Emerson's on the move these days, crawling everywhere and discovering all kinds of things that he thinks would make great toys like shoes, cords, power outlets, and cabinet doors. So I'm busy! I also feel like after 9 months, I'm finally starting to settle into the routine of not knowing what every day will bring and being OK with that. I'd love to say that I am going to commit to blogging more in the next weeks, but I'm giving myself permission to let it take a backseat to other things, like stroller walks, play dates, and family time.

When Laura and I had our babes, we said we wanted to keep the blog focused mostly on decorating and marriage, and I still think that's our goal, but now we just have to figure out how much time we want to commit to it.

I love reading other blogs and finding inspiration and encouragement from other women, but I haven't made posting a priority. Honestly, I've had to give myself permission to NOT post regularly. I feel like blogging is still always on my "to-do" list, but it keeps getting pushed farther and farther down. I know that's OK, and maybe this is a season and in 6 months, I'll be back posting regularly. I need to sort out what my goals are for posting, if it's something I just want to do for fun, or if this is a space I want to invest in to build relationships and even earn a little money. It's so easy to read bigger blogs and compare and think, "I could/should be doing that." I get bogged down in the comparison game and don't end up doing anything. Am I the only one who feels this way?

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post! Here are some of my favorite recipes, books, and finds from the summer:

I can't count how many times I've made these no-bake homemade cliff bars or no-bake energy bites. I try to keep some in the refrigerator at all times. They are relatively healthy and great to grab and eat on the go. I'm still nursing and even 9 months in, there are still times I wake up in the middle of the night and have to eat something! They also make a great gift for new moms! 

Laura and I both have these linen-blend shorts from Kohl's. I don't think they look like mom shorts, they're super comfortable and the price is right!

Coffee ice cubes. I haven't been making cold-brew coffee this summer (who has time for that!?) but there are still days when I crave iced coffee. I'll pour a cup, let it sit out on the counter to cool off (while I change a diaper, feed a babe, and throw in a load of laundry) and then instead of zapping it in the microwave, I drop in a couple coffee ice cubes (I have an ice cube tray dedicated to coffee cubes. Adam thinks it's gross, I think it's genius!) and pretend I'm drinking a fancy Starbucks drink. Anytime I have a little coffee left in the pot, I pour it in the ice cube tray for next time.

persnickety printsI finally printed some of my favorite instagram photos! (You can follow me here) I ordered them from Persnickety Prints, but I know you can have them printed at Walgreen's too. It was 45 cents per 4"x4" print from Persnickety Prints, and I had to pay shipping, but I think the quality is really good. It's so fun to see how much Emerson has grown! I need to start planning his birthday party.

summer booksIt's not summer without a few good books! I highly recommend Gold by Chris Cleave and Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I've loved Chris Cleave's other two books Incendiary and Little Bee and Gold lived up to my expectations. It is about Olympic cycling and the sacrifices one mother makes. Where'd You Go Bernadette is just hilarious. It's another story about a mother/daughter relationship, and it's told mostly through email exchanges.

Even if the kids are back to school, hopefully you can still savor the last few weekends of summer before the temperatures drop and football season starts!

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