Friday Favorites!

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Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you but I think these weeks are just going by faster and faster. This is one of our very last Friday’s of summer, so I’m hoping to take the kids out to do something fun today!

Today I’m linking up with A Little Bit of Everything to share my Friday Favorites!

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Last week, Jared and I escaped for a long weekend away in Newport, RI and THAT was definitely one of my FAVORITES! It’s not often that we get to spend multiple nights away with just the two of us so this trip was much needed!  The city of Newport now tops the list of my favorite places and I can’t wait to go back. I’m hoping to give you all the deets on  a blog post next week!

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Just before we left on vacation, Camryn had her first “sleepover” in Laney’s room and my two girlies are definitely my FAVORITE. The girls were sooooo excited about their sleepover! My bet was on them not being able to actually go to sleep and Camryn ending up back in her crib. Thanks to a long summer day of adventures, these two were extra tired and sound asleep before I knew it!

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If you see these at Trader Joe’s, I want you to think long and hard as to whether not you’re going to give them a try. These things are AMAZING and a FAVORITE recent find but be prepared to have more than one to satisfy your sweet tooth. Yumm! Parker actually saw me put these in the freezer, so the two of us went bananas over them! So. Good! And healthy right?!? Because Bananas.

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Okay ladies, if you give the Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew with sweet cream a try it will become your new FAVORITE way to drink coffee, it’s THAT GOOD! It’s been one of my go to pick-me-ups since I discovered it a couple of weeks ago!

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This Oribe Soft Lacquer is one of my FAVORITE hair products. My hair stylist recommended it years ago and it’s been a part of my life ever since. You spray this product on your hair after it’s fully dried but before you use any hot styling tools and it helps to hold the curl/wave. You can still use a finishing spray afterwards! I did a quick search of it to provide a link and it looks like it sells at most places for $36, which to me seems like a lot, but it literally lasts FOREVER!

That’s it for my favorites this Friday! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

Summer Bucket List~ Part 1

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I can’t believe we’re already in the second week of August. *sigh It’s going by so quickly and we haven’t even covered half of our bucket list yet! Not gonna lie…at this point, the kids are driving me bananas more often than not but I’m just hanging onto the realization that the snow will be flying before we know it. We’re just going to do our best to enjoy the last of these summer days and check off the rest of our bucket list!

Today, I’m going to highlight some of the things we’ve enjoyed most this summer!

At the end of the school year, both of the older kids came home with summer reading challenges as well as some reading challenges from local bookstores. One of our favorite bookstores is Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis. The store is tucked away on a quaint side street near Lake Harriet, which makes taking a picnic lunch on your little day trip the perfect idea! From the moment you arrive, the uniqueness of this gem of a bookstore greets you at the door. There’s a tiny door for the kids to enter and a larger door for the adults, though you could also crawl through the dwarf sized door and you probably wouldn’t get any strange looks. Ha!  Inside of the bookstore, there is a HUGE variety of books for all ages as well as some novelty items. The staff is super helpful and friendly and can even order books to be delivered to your door if they aren’t currently in stock. My kids found titles in Wild Rumpus that they hadn’t come across before in other bookstores which is really fun! Perhaps the most unexpected part of this one of a kind bookstore is that there are actually several pets that call the bookstore home and roam the shelves freely. The kids love trying to see if they can spot all of the pets as some of them are fairly elusive. Ha! (I wonder why:)    I think my favorite pet would be either Caldecott the chinchilla or Neil the chicken. Perhaps yours would be the tarantula. #nothanks  If you live locally and haven’t been to Wild Rumpus, it’s a must see for sure!

 

 

Another one of our favorite places to visit in the summer is Como Town!  We haven’t quite mustered up the courage to take the kids to the Minnesota State Fair so when it comes to rides their experience is pretty limited and their exposure hasn’t been more than Como Town and a trip or two to ValleyFair. Como Town is located in St. Paul and is in the same vicinity as Como Zoo and The Como Park Conservatory. Entrance into all 3 destinations is free, however, a donation is encourage!  I love Como Town because it’s not very big and is super easy to check out most of the attractions within just a few hours. Being that my kids are between the ages of 2-8. I try to find things that all 3 would be interested in or entertained by and this stop fits the bill! You could easily checkout Como Zoo while you’re there too and make a day of it!

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This year, we visited Fawn-Doe-Rosa in St. Croix Falls, WI for the first time. I’ve heard about it over the years and had just never gotten around to making the trip and I’m so glad we finally got around to it! This place is so neat, upon entrance to the park you will be greeted by so.many.deer just lounging around, waiting for you to come feed them some of the food you purchased in the store along with your admission ticket. The park is huge and there’s a trail that winds it’s way through, you’re welcome to “offroad it” but I would not recommend it as there are lots of animal droppings for you step in, insert clenched teeth emoji here. I mean…unless you’re into testing your ability to determine which animal the “scat” came from?! Let’s just stop there and say stick to the trail. There were also chicken, goats, pigs, bunnies, racoons, etc. Laney and Camryn even enjoyed taking a ride on the ponies! There aren’t any real food options at Fawn-Doe-Rosa, so I would definitely recommend packing a picnic lunch. There are tons of picnic tables and a playground for kids to play on once their done!

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One thing we have not missed out on this summer is our share of ice cream!  We have made it to a few of our summertime favs and even added some new ones into the mix this year! Here are a couple of pics of our recent stops!

Knoke’s Chocolate and Nuts in Hudson, WI

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Valley Sweets Ice Cream in St. Croix Falls, WI

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Selma’s Ice Cream in Afton, MN

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Some of the other boxes we’ve checked on our summer bucket list are: campfire in the driveway with neighbors, sleepover with friends, annual family vacation (read more on our trip to Ohio here) , movie on a rainy, corn on the cob cookout (which I blogged about here).

What’s on your summer bucket list?1 I’d love to add some more things to our list and can’t wait to recap the rest of our summer in a couple of weeks. Should I be embarrassed by the fact that it will probably include at least a few more ice cream shops? Ha!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

Friday Favorites!

Friday Favorties Link-up picHappy Friday everyone! It’s been a really busy week, so unfortunately I haven’t been back to blog at all since my last Friday Favorites!  #oops Today I’m linking up with A Little Bit of Everything, Momfessionals and Grace and Love blogs to bring you this week’s roundup of favorite things.

Sur La Tab Multifunction Pot~

I know you’re thinking “what a super exciting favorite”! Ha! Last Sunday, we had a cookout on the driveway with some of our neighbors (also a favorite) and Jared went and picked up 4 dozen ears of sweet corn to throw on the grill. As a child, Jared grew up with his Grandfather’s perfect technique of buttering the corn. Jared said what he needed was a pot large enough to fully dip the ear of corn in and narrow enough that there wouldn’t be more liquid in the pot than necessary. Insert this multi-functional pot he picked up at Sur La Table! It was the perfect size for dipping the ears of corn.  Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what exactly the corn was dipped in. So, you fill the pot up with enough water so that the corn can be fully submerged if you dip it in with tongs. Then, add 1-2 sticks of butter and boil. Take the mixture off of the burner and the butter will have risen to the top. There you have it, corn on the cob dipping perfection.

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IKEA Hemnes Dresser

This dresser is one of my favorites this week, I love it so much that this is actually the second one we’ve bought to have in one of the kid’s room. I love it because it’s large enough to really hold a lot the kids clothing and extra linens. You also can’t beat the price, only $249. The drawer pulls that come with it are pretty basic, so I ordered my own off of Amazon to dress it up a bit. If you’re familiar with IKEA, then you know that you have to put the furniture together yourself.  We found this to be a pretty easy assembly process too! Hemnes Dresser

Magnolia Journal

I LOVE when the Magnolia Journal arrives at my house! There’s just something about Chip and Joanna that totally fills my cup and warms my heart. I think 2 journal issues ago is when she featured a delicious Banana Chocolate Chip Bread recipe that the kids loved. This time, I’m not sure if she had me at Crème Brule or S’mores first…either way I’m totally making this! Yumm!! I don’t know about you all but I never subscribe to magazines any more, I think the Magnolia Journal is the only one. What magazine subscription do you still receive? Comment below if you think I’m missing out on any great mags!

 

Chalkboard Paint

A couple of years ago, Jared put his handyman skills to work and spruced up our back mudroom area. One of the things I asked for was a chalkboard area above the kid’s backpack and coat hangers to write their names or special messages on. He did a GREAT job but one of the first times I wrote on the wall I had used a chalk marker. It didn’t do any real damage but I think the paint was too porous for the chalk marker and you could always kind of see where the marker had bled through the chalk paint. So….after years (not exaggerating), I finally got around to repainting the area with chalk paint. Part of me was nervous that it wouldn’t turn out for some reason…it’s chalk paint though which is pretty forgiving so I’m not sure what I thought could go wrong. Anyway, I gave it a fresh coat of pain and everything looks good as new. If anyone has any suggestions on a better chalk utensil to use on this type of pain, I’d love to hear it!

Final and Most Fabulous Favorite

I’m loving checking off summer bucket list items with these three!

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Thanks for reading along this Friday and for stopping by my page. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

Weekend Recap~ Easter Edition!

I’m a little late to the game as far as my weekend recap goes, it’s Wednesday already! Better late than never though right?!

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We had a long Easter weekend, as the kids had Good Friday off from school. The weather here in Minnesota has been just beautiful and the kids and I spent the entire day outside on Friday. Parker loves all things hockey and spent HOURS rollerblading and playing street hockey. The girls played on the swing set, drew pictures on the driveway with chalk and blew bubbles. We also hit up the park with a bunch of neighborhood kids. On Friday night, we went to Parker’s indoor flag football game and then went back home to greet my parents and Grandma who stayed with us for the weekend.

On Saturday, my mom, sister, grandma, Delaney and I treated ourselves to mani/pedis before heading out to Marx Fusion Bistro in Stillwater for lunch.

 

If you’re ever in the Stillwater, MN area you have to have lunch or dinner at this restaurant, I’ve never had a meal there that wasn’t delicious!  One of my favorite things on the menu is their warm goat cheese salad. #givemeallthegoatcheese

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After lunch we checked out some cute shops along main street. I found these dishcloths at Scandinavian North . These are seriously the best dishcloths EVER! (you know you’re getting old when dishcloths are exciting)  Prior to my discovery of these clothes, I mostly used handknit clothes that my grandmother makes. My sweet grandma has been able to replenish my stock over the years but she’s winding down from making them. I love how absorbent and malleable these Swedish cloths are. I feel like other ones I’ve gotten from the store are too stiff. (I guess I’m particular about my dishcloths, Ha!)

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On Saturday night, we went back to my brother and sister-in-laws house for my mom’s 60th birthday celebration! We had so much fun having everyone together. Last minute, I decided to grab Chicken Street Taco Platters from Costco. I wasn’t sure how they’d taste but I’m so glad we gave them a try, they were delish and so easy to serve a crowd!

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On Sunday morning, the kids awoke to find their Easter baskets hidden by the Easter bunny. Of course, Parker and Laney’s baskets were harder to find than the year before. The bunny doesn’t like the hunt to be too easy for them! After they searched for their baskets they hunted for eggs inside the house.

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The BEST part of the weekend was attending our church’s Easter service. We are very blessed to have a wonderful church and pastor. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

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Following the church service my family all came back to our house for Easter dinner. I didn’t take any picture of our feast and I wish I had so I could share the recipes along with pictures. #nexttime Surprisingly enough, I did take pictures of my Easter themed Oreo Truffles and I’ll share the recipe below.

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Oreo Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz package of original Oreos
  • 8 oz cream cheese-softened
  • white melting chocolate
  • Easter/holiday themed sprinkles

Directions

  • Crush Oreos into fine pieces, I used my food processor.
  • Mix cream cheese and Oreo pieces well using mixer.
  • Shape the mixture into approximately 30 balls
  • Refrigerate cookie balls for an hour or freeze for 20 minutes to allow the cookie balls to firm up
  • Dip the cookie balls into melted chocolate, I used food coloring to create pastel colors. Sprinkle with holiday sprinkles before chocolate sets!

 

I hope you all had a very blessed Easter!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

Hello Monday~Weekend Recap!

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Happy Monday everyone, I’m linking up with Lindsay, Heather, Johannah and Tanya today and recapping our weekend!  We kicked off the weekend with a hockey game Friday night, #ofcourse and while Parker and Jared were away at the game Delaney was having a playdate at our house! I didn’t take any pics of Friday evening but here’s one of Camryn snoozing away before the big kids got home from school. #bestillmyheart

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On Saturday morning we went to see the Easter Bunny. We always visit the bunny at the community center within our housing association. They always do a great job with photos and also have crafts, a petting zoo and refreshments for everyone to enjoy.   The photos of the kids with the Easter Bunny were too funny. Even before it was our turn, Camryn caught a glimpse of the bunny behind the sheer curtain. The moment she saw him, she began clinging onto Jared for dear life and she absolutely WOULD NOT let go. Ha!  Her smile says it all, her teeth are clenched and she’s doing a funny half smile…poor girl.   The girl’s dresses are from Matilda Jane and their bows are from One Stop Bow Shop. If you have little girls and haven’t tried their bows yet, you’re missing out! They are very well made and come in every color under the sun as well as a zillion different patterns.

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After we had our picture taken, the kids enjoyed petting the baby chicks and coloring pictures for the coloring contest.

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On Sunday morning  we went to church and then went to the pet store. Parker started asking for a pet lizard a few months ago. My answer had been a consistent “no” for a long time but then he started asking for one again. I explained to him that he would have to save up for and purchase the lizard himself. Well, he was able to pull together enough money and we ended up with a new family pet. Ha! I’m actually not really thrilled about having a reptile in our house but I remember my own parents being willing to allow me to have a pet hamster as a child and because of this I was willing to allow Parker a pet I didn’t really want as well. Parker is very excited to have his new pet 🙂

 

We spent the rest of the day watching football and enjoying the nice weather! It’s supposed to get really cold again this week in Minnesota, ugh! Have a wonderful week!

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XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

 

5 Ways We Switched to Safer!

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Before I knew better, I went about choosing what I purchase for our family with regards to household products by what was easily accessible, inexpensive or familiar to me. More often than not, the choices I used to make were carried over from what I grew up with. Over the last several years, I’ve made more of an effort to bring products into our home that are safer my family and for the environment. With so many different products to choose from, we’re often faced with a wealth of misinformation and while we might be thinking we’re making a safe product choice we’re often tricked by “green washing”. Green washing is often used when companies attempt to capitalize on the consumer’s desire to purchase “organic”, “safe” and “environmentally products” by using deceptive advertising strategies. One of the ways I get through all of the misinformation is by using the EWG app on my phone or by going to their website www.EWG.org. The Environmental Working Group provides a wealth of information when it comes to safer options for food, household and skincare products, cosmetics, etc.

In this post, I’m going to focus on household products using the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.

  1. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Pods ~ these guys score an A+ on the EWG app, meaning they are one of the cleanest options when it comes to washing your clothing for your family. Why choose a “clean” laundry detergent for your family? Most laundry detergents on the market are petroleum based, petroleum is a know endocrine disrupter which can impact our metabolism, hormones and reproduction. Many laundry detergents also contain fragrance, which are made of phthalates. Not only are phthalates endocrine and hormone disruptors, they are  harmful to our air and water supplies. It’s important to note that just because a brand has one A+ rated item, it doesn’t mean that all of their products are rated that way. Adding fragrance significantly reduces how “safe” or “clean” a product is. img_0130
  2. This brings me to the second way we’ve switched to safer. We use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. While I sometimes miss the “fresh” smell of Bounce or get frustrated by a little extra clinginess in our clothing, it’s worth it knowing I’m not using products that are both damaging to the environment and harmful to our bodies. I got our dryer balls off of Amazon awhile ago but I know Norwex has them too! In order to get a little extra scent into the laundry, I add a couple drops of Essential Oils to the dryer balls. img_0131
  3. Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Pods~ another A+. Choosing a healthier option for your dishwasher detergent will help your family avoid the list of harmful chemicals that are normally used to create detergent, like bleach, fragrance and dyes. These chemicals can potentially cause adverse side effects like endocrine disruption, respiratory issues and carcinogenic effects.img_0128
  4. Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner~ A+. I recently placed an order from The Grove and purchased this floor cleaner for both our hardwood and tiled floors. I love the smell and the fact that it’s not leaving behind harmful chemicals. img_0132
  5. Seventh Generation Multipurpose Disinfecting Cleaner~ A+. With cold and flu season nearly behind us, this stuff was a lifesaver for us this winter. There are many multi-purpose disinfecting cleaners that score really poorly, for something that you’re spraying all over every surface of your home this is one I’d want to be sure is safe for my family.
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This post was just a short round up of some of my favorite household products and how they rate on the EWG. Through this process, I also found out some of our products were not so great (dish soap and hand soap being two of them!) If you haven’t checked out your products before and how they rate on safety, I’d encourage you to do so! We use Amazon’s Subscribe and Save and The Grove to purchase our products. I included a referral link for The Grove it you want to check it out!

Have a great day!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

What’s Up Wednesday!

Hi there and Happy Wednesday! We’re making it people…half way to the weekend! I’m linking up with Sheaffer and Shay for What’s Up Wednesday, thanks for following along to find out what we’re up to this week!

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1. What We’re Eating

I’ve learned over time that the simpler we keep our menu the less frustrating it is for everyone. Our kids really like to keep things basic. Our dinner usually consist of a protein (typically poultry or fish), a vegetable and a complex carb.  On Monday I made THE EASIEST dinner you’ll every make which is also a staple around our house. We call it Russian Chicken, super creative being that it’s made with Russian Dressing. Ha!  One of my good friends made this meal for us when we first had Parker and we’ve been making it ever since.

Russian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (thawed)
  • 1/2 a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mis
  • 1 bottle of Wishbone Russian Dressing
  • 1/2-1 full jar of Apricot preserves

Directions

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix onion soup mix, dressing and apricot preserves in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, place the 4 chicken breasts in a 9×13 glass baking dish.
  • Once the mixture is brought to a boil, pour over chicken and place pan (uncovered) into oven for 30 minutes
  • *Cooking time may vary depending on your oven and the size of the chicken breasts

We usually serve our chicken over a bed of brown rice alongside green beans or asparagus.

2. What I’m Reminiscing About

Now that the weather’s getting nicer, I’m thinking a lot about summer! I’m looking forward to summer break and being home with the kids!

3. What We’ve Been Up To

Since we got back from Spring Break, it’s pretty much been business as usual around here. Our weeknights are filled with hockey, gymnastics, dance and flag football.

 

4. What I’m Dreading

I honestly can’t say I’m dreading anything right now!

5. What I’m Working On

I’m working on organizing our basement. #alwaysaworkinprogress  You know what, this brings me to something I WISH I were working on. I wish I were re-organizing my Tupperware cabinet, anyone of any great tips on how you organize all of your Tupperware?

6. What I’m Excited About

I’m really excited about Parker’s Hockey Tournament this weekend! It’s Thursday thru Sunday and I’m looking forward to seeing the boys play! I’m also really excited that it’s supposed to get up to 63 degrees today, woot!!  #timetobreakouttheshorts Ha!

7. What I’m Watching/Reading

I have been trying to watch the Heal documentary on Netflix for forever! I’m about half way through and I really am enjoying it but it’s one of those movies that you really have to be watching 100% in order to get everything out of it and a lot of times I’m doing about 50 million other things while I’m watching a movie or TV show. #whoswithme  Has anyone else seen it, what did you think?

Other than that, the only other thing of watched at home recently was “Abducted in Plain Site”. This story is beyond tragic, especially since as the story continues to evolve you can’t help but to think her parents could have done a much better job of protecting their daughter…instead they were protecting themselves. I try to keep my TV viewing a little more upbeat than the last show.

Over the last month I’ve read “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown, “The Dinner List” by Rebecca Serle and “Beneath A Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan. All three books were great. “Rising Strong” is in the personal development genre while “The Dinner List” is fiction and quite an entertaining read. I read this one while we were on vacation, you can read about our trip HERE. The last book, “Beneath A Scarlet Sky” is a fictional book but based on a true story about one person’s account of their time in Italy during Word War II. A very interesting, suspenseful and heart wrenching story. I would recommend all three books.

 

 

8. What I’m Listening To

I spend a lot of time in the car on the days that I’m working driving from patient to patient. I used to listen to talk radio a lot but I’ve gotten into the habit of either listening to audiobooks or podcasts. Usually I’m listening to self improvement, motivational speakers or educators on various topics or listening to a non-fiction audiobook. The podcasts I listen to most are:

  • Rise Podcast
  • Rise Together Podcast
  • Goal Digger Podcast
  • TED talks
  • Earn Your Happy
  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
  • Healers
  • Parenting Beyond Discipline #becausegivemeallthepointers
  • This American Life
  • 20/20
  • Heather Dubrow’s World ~this is where I get all my updates on world news 😉
  • Brandi Glanville Unfiltered~she covers a lot of current events too
  • House of Kim with Kim Zolciak #oncearealhousewivesfanalwaysafan

If I’m at home, I’ve been telling Alexa “play me some Jason Mraz” , please and thank you.

9. What I’m Wearing

I’ve been wearing a ton of Athleta lately, mostly their travel pants. I bought The Wander pant and The Brooklyn Pant in olive before we left for our trip to San Francisco and I’ve been wearing them a few times a week ever since.

 

10. What I’m Doing this Weekend

Hockey Tournament and flag football x 2!

11. What I’m looking Forward To Next Month

I’m really looking forward to the month of April because my parents are coming back to Minnesota after being gone over the winter. Also looking forward to celebrating Easter with our extended family.

12. What Else is New

That’s a wrap, not much else new here!

Thanks for reading today, Happy Hump Day!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

Hello Monday!

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It’s Monday and I’m kicking off another week by  linking up with Lindsay, Heather, Johannah and Tanya  to recap our weekend!

On Friday, Jared and I met up for lunch at Keg and Case Market. Niether of us had ever been to this marketplace before and I’m so glad we checked it out. Keg and Case Market hosts a variety of vendors, including Bogarts’s Doughnut Co , Studio Emme, Evla Pottery and Clutch Brewing Co. There are two sit-down restaurants within the building, In Bloom and Revival.   We ate at In Bloom and it was SO! GOOD!  Jared had the French onion soup and I had the Venison Mortadella Sandwich. Those of you who know  me well know that I almost NEVER eat red meat so this was definitely a leap of faith for me. I originally requested to have the sandwich without the venison, however the waiter was able to persuade me to give it a whirl and I’m so glad he did!  In Bloom uses a woodfire grill to cook most of their foods, through our conversation with one of their top chefs we learned that the restaurant gets 3-5 venison per week from a local farmer. Their menu was designed to incorporate venison into many of the dishes and they get their fruits and vegetables from local farmers.   Our entrees were so good, we decided to split desert at In Bloom too. We shared the Burnt Marshmallow and it was AMAZING! #nopicsbecause…yummm

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After lunch, we browsed the market a bit more and stopped at Spinning Wylde Cotton Candy to bring some home for the kids. I got the Strawberry Fields flavor for them and they ate it up!  They have over 50 flavors to choose from, definitely worth a stop!

 

While dining at a more traditional sit-down restaurant is an option at Keg and Case Market, you can also choose to just grab a bite from any of the other vendors and take a seat at one of the many tables and chairs located on both the main floor and upper level of the market place.

Beginning May 16 thru October 19,2019 they will also be opening their outdoor farmers market. In addition to the farmers market, they will play host to musical events, kids activities and other events!

On Friday night, we pulled out the Pie in the Face game. Always one of the kid’s favs because they would love nothing more than to see us get pied in the face. Ha! Parker actually really liked it when he ended up getting pied, it was so funny! He kept asking for another turn or to turn the dial just one more time!

 

 

On Saturday morning we all enjoyed a little time outdoors. The weather here in Minnesota is finally getting warmer! Just when we thought we couldn’t survive another week of frigid temps, we’ve started to turn a corner.

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Despite the warmer weather we were experiencing on Saturday, that afternoon we headed back down to St. Paul for our son’s hockey event.  Parker’s Mite hockey team had the opportunity to play during one of the Frozen Four Championship games so we met up with several other hockey families at New Bohemia in St. Paul before heading to the Xcel center for the game.   New Bohemia is an “American beir hall”, they serve craft beers, sausage, burgers and giant pretzels. I did not see schnitzel on the menu, that must be the “American” part of the bier hall. You have to go to a German bier hall if you want the schnitzel. Ha!

If that fare isn’t really striking your fancy you can walk over to Truck Park, which is an indoor food truck park and bar. They have street tacos, fried chicken, ice cream, grilled cheese and cocktails. The seating style in both restaurants is cafeteria style which worked out really well for our large group.

 

After lunch we headed over to the Xcel Center to watch the Frozen Face off game, Colorado College against Denver college. The more exciting game was played later that night, University of Minnesota Bulldogs vs. the St. Cloud State Huskies.

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On Sunday morning we went to church. I really loved the sermon this week on forgiving. Certainly a message we all need and can relate too!  

 

We spent the day enjoying the nice weather and getting ready for the week!  On Sunday’s I usually plan the week’s meals and order groceries online from Hy-Vee. I find that when we have a dinner plan for each night, the evenings roll much more smoothly than when I don’t have a plan! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

 

 

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday! Due to be on an extended spring break, it’s been awhile since I’ve linked up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for their Friday Favorite link-up, so I’m glad to be back!

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Essential Oils and Diffuser

A LOVE running my diffuser throughout the day with Serenity essential oil, it smells so good!  I haven’t made a complete switch from burning candles, instead of using my diffuser but when I do light a candle I try to make sure it’s a candle made of soy or beeswax. Why you ask?  Did you know that many traditional candles are made with paraffin? This fact alone is not the issue. When you light the candle, it releases carcinogenic chemicals and some candle wicks are made of lead which gets released into your home through the soot. #nothanks  All that to say, I really enjoy using the oils as a safe alternative. The ones I have are DoTerra and I only have 3. I use the Serenity all of the time and swap that out for a blend of the Cassia and Wild Orange during the winter. I’d love to expand upon the oils I use in my diffuser, not so much for homeopathic methods at this point.  If you have any recommendations for other oils or blends that are your favorites, I would love to hear them! Comment below!

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Brandless

I shopped Brandless for the first time a little over a month ago and placed my second order earlier this week. Both times, I’ve really liked what I’ve gotten, the price is on point and delivery is super fast. I hadn’t realized it before but their foods have no artificial colors/flavors and are non-GMO.  I love how they give back to the community as well, every time you place an order they provide a meal to someone via their connection with Feeding America. I’ll definitely be trying to shop more with them in the future. Since I’m fairly new to the brand, if any of you have tried and have some favorite things you like to purchase from them, let me know!  If you’ve never ordered and are thinking of giving it a try, use this link and we both get $6 off of our order. #winwin

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Tinkle Razors

Girl, shave your face! Haha!  Do you follow Living with Landyn? If you don’t you should and then you should go and watch her insta story on how to shave your face. #ilearnedfromthebest  Don’t worry, you won’t grow a beard and the hair on your face won’t grow back darker but your face WILL feel so much more smooth, your makeup will go on much more easily and your skincare products will be so much more easily absorbed. I’m telling you don’t knock it until you try it and you can thank me later! #yourewelcome

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Stella and Dot

I’ve been a huge fan of Stella and Dot for over 10 years. I have been friends who are stylists for the company and most of the time they’re who I go to when I need a statement piece for a special occasion, an update to my everyday pieces or a new clutch spice things up a bit. My current favs are these earrings and this clutch, I brought them on our recent trip to Cabo (read about it here). *links posted so you can check them out but I’m not a stylist nor am I receiving any product * I just like their jewels * 🙂 If you don’t have a stylist, you can shop or connect with my friend Ann here.

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My Beautycounter Stock-up

I love Beautycounter’s cleansing balm, it’s primary use is cleansing (even as an overnight cleanser) but this stuff can be use for so much more. Some of the things we use it for in our home are eczema, treating sun burns and chapped lips. This stuff is seriously amazing. The price tag is a little high but it lasts forever.

Thanks to those rays I was catching in Cabo, I needed to stock up on my foundation. Normally, I use the linen shade of the Tint Skin but I was able to kick it up a notch this time and went with the sand shade.

This next thing is probably Jared’s favorite of the week! I got him one of the items from Beautycounter’s new men’s line, Counterman. He’s totally loving the exfoliating cleanser.

Although I’ve been a consultant for Beautycounter for several years, I like to mix and match my fav products across brands…. these are just some of my favs!

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Thanks for stopping by and reading today!  Have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

Mojo Travels~ Cabo!

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A couple of weeks ago we spent a long weekend in San Francisco for my sister’s wedding, you can read that post HERE. The morning after the wedding our family was up bright and early to head for the airport in order to reach our final destination on our vacation, Cabo San Lucas! Despite being tired from dancing the night away at the wedding, the kids were SO EXCITED to get Mexico.

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Cabo bound! The smile on her face says it all!

Each of the kids had their own Kindle Fires which they had downloaded books, games and movies on prior to our departure so they had plenty of entertainment. We stayed at Villa del Palmar in Cabo San Lucas in a two bedroom penthouse with an oceanfront view. It fit our family of five and my parents perfectly. The kids really loved the jacuzzi on the balcony, this along with having their own room with a TV was probably their highlight of our accommodations.

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Living their BEST LIVES at the end of the day watching a movie!

By the time we got to the resort, we only had a few hours left in the day but that didn’t stop the kids from taking a dip in the pool. We just grabbed pizza for them from the onsite Sports Bar for dinner.  It was good but the woodfired pizza at their restaurant, Tomatillos , is even better!

Day 2:

We woke up and the kids swam for a bit before we had lunch poolside. My parents were kind enough to watch Camryn during her naptime so Jared, the kids and myself walked along the beach towards downtown Cabo. Since it’s spring break time, things started to get a little more, shall we say “crazy”, as we started to get closer to the restaurants along the beach so we hitched a ride on a water taxi to get to the marina. I’m so glad we did that, the kids loved it! We stopped at Captain Tony’s and had a cocktail while the kid’s enjoyed banana smoothies. Once we got back to the resort the kids swam and swam some more.

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My parents offered to watch the kids that evening so Jared and I could enjoy a night out on the town. We made reservations at La Golandrina, which we’ve eaten at several times before. The ambiance of this restaurant is absolutely beautiful. The seating is outdoors and above you is a canopy of tree branches all strung with white lights.  So beautiful. Unfortunately, this trip the food was just subpar. I would definitely recommend going there for a cocktail and maybe an appetizer but save your dinner reservation for another restaurant. I would recommend Edith’s or La Casita, both are great choices!

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Day 3and 4:

More swimming…lots of swimming! HA!  I was so happy I had brought swim shirts along for both of the girls to wear, the sun is so intense and it definitely helped to protect their skin. There are a ton of cute suits at Target this season, I got this one for Cami!!

 

My favorite suit was this one from amazon. I have NEVER bought any article of clothing from amazon so I was definitely going out on a limb getting  a suit. I generally have to buy more expensive suits because I got a lot going up top, if you know what I’m saying, so I need suits with a little bit of support. This one shoulder ruffled suit was so cute. I love that you can wear it under a cute pair of shorts and throw on a kimono  and you’re ready to go get a quick bite or walk along the beach. I’m wearing my Rachel Zoe palm print kimono, though you can’t really tell it’s length in the photo, that I got from my Box of Style last spring. I looked everywhere but I couldn’t find a link for it. I really like this kimono from Nordstrom! It’s really reasonable too, oops, might have to get that one too.

 

 

Day 5:

The kids swam from sun up until sundown every day. We thought about taking them to go swim with the dolphins but they were more interested in swimming so we let them be. So much of the time I think we as parents work so hard to give them all of these “experiences” but they are often just content being right where they are. It really makes me feel overjoyed to think about how much fun they had just being together and loving life during our trip. Family vacays are a cup filler for me, for sure!

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On this day, Jared had actually surprised me by booking me a massage at the Desert Spa. I had never been to that spa before and it was so beautiful and peaceful, if it weren’t for wanting to get back to spend time with my family I would’ve stayed there all day! I had the deep tissue massage that day and went back the next day for a pedicure.

 

Day 6:

On the last night of our trip we met up with some friends of ours from back in Minnesota that were also vacationing in Cabo. One of my friends had set up a private boat tour to go whale watching. We had such a great time and ended up seeing 2 whales about a half an hour into our trip. It was a mama whale and her calf that we saw and they stuck around our boat for over an hour. It was so neat to watch them swim so close to the surface of the water. I got WAY TOO many pictures of our whale sighting. Ha! I mean how many pictures does one need of air bubbles coming up from the water?!   At least no one can say I didn’t take any pictures.

 

After the whale watching tour, our crew ate dinner at The Office on Medano beach. I’ve been there for lunch and dinner before, the food is always great and the atmosphere is perfect!

Day 7:

On our last day in Cabo, our departing flight was 2 hours late. I was actually more than happy to stay an extra two hours, which meant we had nearly the entire day to soak up some more rays and avoid re-entry back to reality just a bit longer.

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This trip exceeded any expectations I had of traveling to another country with all 3 kids. We had an amazing time and I would totally recommend this vacation to anyone, the kids are already asking “when can we go back?”. The answer…not soon enough! Good news is now that we’re back home, the temps are rising and the snow is melting. Praise the lord!

Thanks so much for reading, have a great day!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo