We have reached Friday… YAY! I hope you all have had a lovely week and gearing up for a great summer with your little ones too. We are almost half way through our summer here in the states. I can’t believe how fast it’s flying by even though we have been living life slowly and hanging out with family. We really have made the most of our time here this year trying to see everyone but also just making great memories here at my parents house too. Now, that the kids are getting a little older they are bonding so much more with their grandparents. It’s very touching. I am grateful for this time with my family as it is so hard to go all year without them close to us. We still have a lot of family to see before we return to the UK too. I can’t wait.
I have been taking it slow on the blog, so apologies to everyone I will try to catch up on commenting when I get back. I think it’s important every once in a while to recharge your batteries and chill out. So this is what I am doing with my kiddos. I have been reading a lot, going for walks, eating a healthier meal plan, and even doing crafts with the kids. All the things I have been saying I want to do more of, we are doing.
Let’s share the little things I am loving this week.
I am still reading the Vacationers, a little every night. I am enjoying reading again on a regular basis. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book if you are looking for a good read. It’s very slow starting but good for an easy nightly, few chapters on holiday. I have ordered The Girl on the Train, so I am impatiently waiting for it’s arrival. I have seen it on a few #littleloves recommendations.
So sorry UK readers, but I am a huge country music fan as many of you know. I don’t share it as much as I used to but I am loving being home and listening to all my old country music radio stations. When you have to drive as much as I do living here, it’s great. My parents live 45 minutes to the nearest grocery store so when I run to the store for milk it’s a road trip, giving me plenty of time to listen to unlimited amounts of country music. Pure heaven. Love Thomas Rhett’s deep voice here.
I have been watching the show Chopped with my parents. While I am a huge foodie, I don’t know how people make up recipes on the spot with a timer going and come out with so many amazing dishes. It’s fantastic. I have whole list of recipes I want to create this summer and when I get back home. It’s a great show. There are so many food competition shows here which are great but hard to watch when you are on a healthy eating challenge.
I have been shopping in the states, a little here and there. It’s so cheap here it’s hard to refrain from a cute outfit for the kids or a bargain sale for myself. I am going to have to bring another suitcase home. Oops. I love these vibrant teal shorts on MM and matching top with chevrons. I have been using my new mini handbag everyday too. It’s the perfect size for my phone and wallet and car keys. It’s perfect for traveling and makes it easier than digging in the diaper bag for my stuff. I love the vibrant pink color of it too. I got it more than 60% off which is always a bonus.
I am back in the kitchen and while I am on a 30 day, no junk, challenge this was very hard to make this week but turned out fantastic according to my family, especially my Dad. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, while I hardly eat it in the morning I am a huge fan of it for lunch or dinner. This is going to be a frequent on our dining room table. Try my Egg & Bacon Breakfast Pizza or pin it for later. Would love to know what you think?
There are SO many reasons being home for the summer, each year is amazing. I have talked a lot the last two years of how bittersweet it is to watch my kids make childhood memories in the same places that I have childhood memories. You can peak at my Instagram to know how beautiful the country side is here. But a big one for me is a tradition that my friends that I have had my whole life come home to visit too and we catch up. Yesterday, we got some of us together and the kids played so hard all day together. I sat there chatting away with my friends while watching our kids jumping in and out of the pool and I thought to myself how amazing is this? Both of these girls I have known my entire life, we have always been friends. I have more memories with these two (and one other friend that I am seeing next week) than with any other people in my life. It’s not often you get to keep people in your life that long. Every summer, we get the kids together and I hope they are forever friends too. It felt so good to be surrounded by friends that knew everything about me and catching up with them was fantastic. I am grateful they come home to visit in the summer at the same time I do. I can’t wait to see my other life long friend next week. I am grateful my best friend is one of them and lives here so I spend the whole summer with her and her beautiful daughter. Home really does hold so much for me, not just family, not just friends, not just culture, but memories and happiness with them all.