What’s Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday

It’s the last Wednesday of the month and that means I’m linking up with Mix and Match Mama and Sheaffer Told Me To for their What’s Up Series where we talk about…what’s happenin’ these days!

1.What We’re Eating This Week

During the school year, we have activities just about every night after school…which makes every night equally hectic when it comes to planning out what’s for dinner. I find that I am a lot less stressed if we at least have a plan for the week for dinner, even if it means we’re going out!

During the summer, we’ve been fortunate to have only 2-3 weeknights with organized activities which means a lot more flexibility and less rush when it comes to dinner time! I work Monday/Wednesday which also happens to be when Delaney has soccer so I’ve decided from here on out, those nights will be either Crockpot or Instapot meals.

I usually only meal plan Monday thru Thursday and then we wing it on the weekends. This week’s menu is made up of recipes from my Pinterest Board. I have a board called “This Week’s Menu” that I move recipes for the week to so I can access them quickly.  Here’s what’s on the menu this week for us:

2. What I’m Reminiscing About

I’m reminiscing about the road trip we took to Ohio a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about it on Monday’s blog if you want to go back and read it! Even though it can get a little crazy sometimes taking the kids out of their “element” ; I love spending uninterrupted one on one time with them and taking them to see new things. We try to take them on a summer vacay each summer and usually the end of our little trip also means summer is nearing it’s end too. Time goes so fast and I want to enjoy these moments with kids while they still enjoy being with me!  What are you reminiscing about?!

Mojo Travels~Summer Road trip

4. What We’ve Been Up To

While we love to watch Parker play baseball, we’ve been enjoying the fact that we only have Delaney playing sports right now. We have more free time without all the activities going on so we’ve been checking things off on our summer bucket list! I think I’m going to blog about the things we’ve done so far on our list in the next week or two! What are we missing from our SUMMER BUCKET LIST?

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5. What I’m Dreading

The kids going back to school! As much as I need a break some days, I still love to have them home with me!

6. What I’m Working On

I don’t think I’m really working on anything right now…this is making me think I better start!

7. What I’m Excited About

We are going to spend the last week of summer vacation up at my parent’s house on the lake and I’m really looking forward to some relaxation with the kids!

8. What I’m Watching/Reading

I’m finishing listening to Beartown on Audible at the moment. A friend highly recommended the book to me because we’re a hockey family but I never really got into it. We started listening to the book on our way home from Ohio so I’m wondering if maybe I was just too distracted to really tune into it. If you’ve read it and loved it, let me know maybe I’ll give it another shot.

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I’m not really watching anything at this point…after binge watching all 8 seasons of Game of Thrones in the month of June (#iprobablyshouldntadmitthat) , I’m feeling like I could do without TV for awhile.

9. What I’m Listening To

I typically listen to Podcasts when I’m driving and usually tune into Rise, Parenting Beyond Discipline, Rise Together, Ted Talks, Goal Digger and Oprah’s super soul conversations.

10. What I’m Wearing

I’ve been wearing a whole lot of athleisure this summer but no matter what I’m wearing 99.9% of the time I also wearing my Birkenstocks. This is the first pair I’ve owned and I LOVE them. Side note~ did you know that you’re supposed to seal the core whenever it starts to loose it’s shininess?

Finding my Mojo~ what's up wednesday

11. What I’m Doing this Weekend

This weekend we have dinner plans with friends on Friday, I work on Saturday  and Sunday we have the day all to ourselves. Hoping to do something outdoors and maybe have a bonfire!

12. What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month

Next month Jared and I are taking a trip to Newport, RI and we’re super excited! If any of you have been, comment below with any tips or things we must see/do!

13. What Else is New:

As they say, no news is good news!

Thanks for stopping by!

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