Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Well, we survived another week! Things continue to be hectic over here as we continue to work on the mudroom/bathroom/laundry/office re-model. Everything that is normally stored in these rooms is just circulating around the house which makes me feel a tad bit unorganized. I cannot wait until it’s finished. #forthelove #notenoughhoursintheday

Today I’m linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to tell you about my favorite things!

1. Being Mystery Reader at Parker’s School

Going to school this morning to read to Parker’s class as a Mystery Reader is definitely one of this week’s favorite things!  I really enjoyed starting my day with being Mystery Reader in Parker’s 1rst Grade classroom. I read the book “The Legend of Paper, Rock, Scissors” and it was a hit!  There was some usage of the word butt in the book that had me wondering if his teacher would ever ask me back. Haha!  #alwaysreadthebookfirst  I stayed for a little while longer and did some volunteer work for his teach. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of Parker and I, the teacher has one though!

2. Impromptu Lunch with Delaney

Today was filled with some of my most favorite things!!  After being at Parker’s school, I headed over to Delaney’s school to drop off a special birthday treat for her teacher.  The timing ended up being perfect, I was there at Delaney’s lunch time so I got to stay and enjoy lunch with her!  I love my sweet girl so much!img_7991

3.  Pumpkin Spice Lattes

The weather in Minnesota cannot decide if we’re heading towards fall or lingering in the summertime heat. It was in the 80s today but Pumpkin Spice Lattes are out in full force! They’re on the sugary side for me so I probably won’t be having too many of them but nothing says fall is coming like PSLs!

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4.  My Mom!

My mom is always a favorite of mine, of course, but I was able to spend this special time with Parker and Laney this morning because she was taking care of Camryn back at home. I couldn’t be more grateful for a mom who is always here for the kids and I and willing to lend a helping hand!img_7999

5. My Erin Condren Planner

My sister gifted me my first Erin Condren planner last year as a pre-baby gift (is there such a thing?!). Apparently she thought I was going to need some extra help organizing my schedule once #3 came along. #shecouldnthavebeenmoreright  I LOVE this planner. It’s great that the covers are interchangeable throughout the seasons and there’s plenty of room to add detail to the monthly or weekly pages.  It’s about time for me to get a new planner for the next year. If anyone else has a planner that they adore, I’d love to hear about it!  Erin’s planners are kind of expensive and I’d love a less expensive option!

6.Toasted Marshmallow and Pumpkin Latte Lotion and Spray

I almost exclusively use all Beautycounter makeup and skin care products because  I love that all of their ingredients are safe and not harmful to my body or the environment. However, I have a particular weakness to these scents as they remind me of fall and smell so cozy (is it possible for something to smell) cozy! I just love  this scent during the fall!  Do you have any favorite products that smell like fall?

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That’s a wrap for this week’s favorites!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy spending time with your friends and family!

XO,

FMM

Workin’ on My Fitness

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I searched for “fitness motivation” and this came into my feed, I had to laugh. I’m almost certain I won’t be turning into a “badass” anytime soon, but this made me chuckle. In an effort to “find my Mojo”, I’m going to start working hard at getting back into a regular fitness routine. I work professionally as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, so fitness is my jam and it’s what I preach all day long but at the end of the day I rarely make time to incorporate fitness into MY OWN life!  The days are so long sometimes when the baby is typically up around 6am and the day DOES. NOT. STOP! until well after 9pm.  A full night’s sleep is a luxury for me at this stage in my life but I wouldn’t trade those middle of the night snuggles for the world!

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This is typically how I start my day! Poor Camryn doesn’t look like she loves how I’m holding her while I try to MAKE SURE everyone can see the words on my shirt!
That being said I HAVE to make fitness a larger priority in my life. Being active makes me happy, energizes me and I want to model the benefits and importance of physical activity for my kids.

Before kids, I LOVED going the gym and would often be there at 5:30am before heading off to work. My favorite form of exercise is spinning but I also enjoy yoga and Pilates. I’ve never tried Pilates on a reformer but I would LOVE to!

I’m writing this post today because today is the first day of a fitness challenge group that I joined. It’s 3 weeks long and there are only a few of us in the group. I’m hoping that being a part of a smaller group will help to hold me accountable and I love to support others on their journey! I’ll try to check back in once a week to let you know how big of a badass, or how lazy, I’ve been! Ha!

I’d love to hear what your struggles are with getting yourself to workout or what your favorite types of exercise are! How do you get past the low energy slump and get yourself to the gym?

XO,

FMM

What’s Up Wednesday!

 

 

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It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Sheaffer, Shay, and Mel for their What’s up Wednesday Link-Up. Typically WUW occurs on the last Wednesday of the month, however last month’s was postponed until today! This is my first WUW link-up…so here goes!

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1.What We’re Eating This Week:

This is such a perfectly timed question for me! 3 weeks ago we started this new meal planning membership program called Take Back the Kitchen. A registered dietician comes up with a weekly menu, which is sent out to members on the Thursday before the menu is set to begin. The member’s group is on Facebook so people can engage with one another and ask questions or comment on how they’re doing. The goal is to do all of the grocery shopping and meal prep by Sunday so that when I press “GO” on Monday, we’re all set! This has truly been a lifesaver for my family. We typically eat pretty nutritious meals but as a busy family of 5, if I didn’t have a plan in place and at least some of the prep done, dinnertime was quickly becoming more about chaos than spending quality time together. Three weeks in and we’re still loving the program! 

2.  What I’m Reminiscing About:

I’m totally reminiscing about summer already! Today, I spent part of the afternoon going through Camryn’s closet clearing out summer clothes to make room for fall/winter clothing. Things are cooling off really quickly here in MN!  My kids are at an age that when things get packed away for a season, they are gone for good…as they continue to grow so much from one year to the next physically, socially, mentally. No summer will be the same as the last and I’m just cherishing the wonderful memories we made this past summer.

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3. What I’m Loving:

I don’t know about anyone else, but I NEVER get to finish my coffee while it’s hot in the morning. I’m constantly having to reheat it and then after drinking only half of it, I have to pour it into another mug before I dash off to work.  Well, last weekend I’d had enough and I bought myself (and one of my besties, Amy) a YETI travel mug and let me tell you, my coffee was hot to the last drop. I may or may not have also tested it’s ability to keep a cocktail cold. #priorities #multitaskingmug

4. What We’ve Been Up To:

Like many of my friends, we’ve been in the process of getting our kids back to school and back into a routine over the last couple of weeks.  While I’m sad to have them be off to school, lord knows they need some structure back in their lives!

5. What I’m Dreading:

I mentioned in my  Weekend Recap! earlier this week that we are in the process of a major overhaul in our mudroom area right now. The house is a total disaster, as we have lost our office, laundry room, and main floor bathroom so everything is getting pushed into the kitchen and living room areas. Did I mention I have NO LAUNDRY ROOM and we’re a family of 5 with a BABY!  I am totally dreading all of the laundry that I have to catch up on. This is just 1 of the 4 humungous loads I have to wash! FOR THE LOVE!! #feelbadforme #thencomehelpmedolaundryimg_7785-1

6. What I’m Working On:

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I feel like all 3 of these things are a constant work in progress for me (otherwise know as WIP), although I’d better always be doing something to make money. Mama’s gotta bring home the bacon.  I need to get a lot better about doing something to get in shape and I’m working on developing a creative outlet. For me, starting this blog is my outlet. I’d love to hear what your 3 hobbies are, feel free to comment below!

7. What I’m Excited About:

I’m getting SUPER EXCITED for this home project to be done and can’t wait to post the final product pics.  Don’t hold your breath though, I have a feeling it’ll be a few weeks!

8. What I’m Watching/Reading

To be honest, I have watched almost NO T.V. in the last month or two. I did, however, recently start watching the last season of Grey’s on Netflix. I love me some Grey’s and I’m so sad this is the final season!  I’m currently reading a book by Melanie Shankle called Sparkly Green Earrings, I’ll post my review later this month.

9. What I’m Wearing:

Right now?! Sweats. Ha! Like I said earlier, it’s really getting chilly here in MN. I purchase a couple of lighter jackets a few weeks ago that I think I’m going to break out soon. Looking forward to skinny jeans and cozy sweaters!

10. What I’m Doing This Weekend:

Is it Friday yet?!  On Friday night, the elementary school my oldest goes to is hosting an outdoor movie night. We went last year and the kids really enjoyed running around on the playground, eating popcorn and ice cream, and oh catching maybe a second or two of the movie!  It’s my weekend to work on my rotation as a physical therapist so that means Mr. Mojo will be manning the fort. Other than Friday night plans, no big plans for the weekend and that’s fine by me!

11. What We’re Looking Forward to Next Month:

We’re so excited to celebrate Camryn’s first birthday next month!  This past year has gone by in the blink of an eye. She is perfection and we couldn’t be more blessed to have this sweet, sweet girl. She is loved so much by her big sister and brother! We’re looking forward to having a lot of friends and family in town to celebrate with us!

Thanks for stopping by to see what’s up on this fabulous Wednesday!

XO,

FMM

Weekend Recap!

I don’t know about you but we tried to cram as much FUN! into this past weekend as we possibly could before summer is officially over and our oldest is back to school.  My husband, maybe I should refer to him as Mr. Mojo 🤣,  played hooky on Friday so we had a nice 4 day weekend.

Friday started with Mr. Mojo getting embarked on a home project that was set in motion by my desire to have some hooks to hang the kids backpacks that THEY could actually reach. Here’s a pic of before, during and….you’ll have to just wait in suspense for the finished product. Let’s just pray it’s not too long!


We took a break midday and headed to Como Town, which is in St. Paul. It was our version of a Fair day.  Typically, Mr. Mojo and I go to the fair with other couples and this year we just didn’t get it on the books. With 3 littles, we opted for a less chaotic option and  chose Como Town.   Como Town shares it’s home with Como Zoo and the Como Park Conservatory. I would say the rides are geared towards children 10 and under and there is an outdoor park for the kids to play in as well. Parker and Laney enjoyed the “race cars” and even got a driver’s license when they were all through.  Anyone who’s seen Laney drive her Jeep on the street, knows that she’s not the most attentive driver and I’m glad she has a long time to work on that!

Friday night I went out with my girlfriends to celebrate my friend Amy’s birthday and let me tell you we had SO! Much! Fun!!  We started with a quick champagne toast (Mumm Rose’ is delicious!!)  and then headed out to dinner at an amazing restaurant in Stillwater called Lolo’s. The wait can be long, especially on a Friday night in the summer, however as fate would have it we were able to be seated right away. The food at Lolo’s cannot be beat. I had the fish tacos and fries and we shared brussel sprouts and asparagus for appetizers. Yumm!  After dinner, we headed to a local dive bar where we proceeded to dance and sing the night away to the beats of one of our favorite local bands, Good for Gary. Let me tell you these suburban moms out on the town have some mad dancing skills!

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We spent Saturday and Sunday with friends enjoying the beautiful weather and hanging out at the neighborhood pool.

 

 

I can’t believe Summer 2017 is coming to a close!  Summers always go by way too quickly but now that I have one that’s in school, it seems to have gone that much quicker. Even though things get crazy at times having all 3 kids home all day and our house looks like a tornado went through it on most days, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Thanks for visiting my page!

XO,

FMM

 

 

 

Friday Favorites 

Happy Friday Everyone! Kicking off today with a list of some of my favorite things this week and I’m linking up with Shay over at Mix and Match Mama!

1. This week Laney had her first day back to school and this pic of my sweet girl is definitely one of my favorites!    I especially loved that when I asked her what she wants to be when she grows up she said “Rapunzel”. #goals Parker said he wants to be a ponytail…”so I can sit on top of your head”. #goals #wheredotheycomeupwiththisstuff


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My 2nd favorite is my Hydroflask water bottle, I find that when I’m drinking out of a water bottle throughout the day I drink far more than I would if I were just filling up a glass. I got my Hydroflask last year for Christmas. I had done some “research” and this one came out on top in terms of its durability and capacity to keep beverages cold/warm for an extended period of time. Anyone else have a favorite water bottle? I’m looking for a new travel coffee mug, preferably one that’s not glass and holds up to 12oz…any recommendations?

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My 3rd favorite thing this week is my Nespresso machine. #dontknowwhereidbewothoutit. I seriously love my morning cup of coffee, largely because of how frothy and delicious this machine brews it! If you any good recipes to make lattes, mochas, etc. comment below!

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And lastly, my 4th favorite this week is my coffee cup rack. I mean I’m really on a roll with the Nespresso machine so I should probably talk about my cups, right?! I love my random mix of coffee cups. Some of them have been purchased on vacation or have been picked up on a whim because I liked the quote. My favorite is a coffee mug from Harrods in London that my Grandma gave me. My sister and I traveled there years ago, before I started drinking coffee, so it brings back memories of that time!

 

That’s it for my Favorites this Friday, have a great weekend!!