Lately Loving List, End of Summer Edition

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August was a beautiful, yet way too hot, month for us! It was filled with swim lessons, family and friends, adventures, and festivities for Hewson’s first birthday. Unfortunately, my sweet baby got croup… which he is still recovering from, but he is definitely on the mend. We had planned to go to the Chattanooga Aquarium, but we will have to do a make up trip. There was lots going on and I loved a lot of things I wanted to share. So here’s my Lately Loving List, end of summer edition.

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The Nashville Library is wonderful. I love the downtown branch most of all and they have a WONDERFUL story time theater on Wednesdays. If you have small children, you need to take them! We spent a lot of time here and at our local branch this month.

First Birthday Cake Smash, loving lately list

Hewson’s First Birthday was a total success. He was not really into the smash cake and only took a little bite, but it was wonderful. We had a Hungry Caterpillar theme and it was fun to combine a few purchased decorations and a few DIY crafts to decorate. Thanks to to all of the friends and family who helped us celebrate our boy!

Currently reading: At Home in the World is a book by Tsh Oxenrider, one of my favorite bloggers. It’s kind of my DREAM to travel the world with my little family–and that’s what this book is all about. Because I was homeschooled for six years, people always ask me if I want to homeschool my kids. I honestly don’t know, but if it meant we could take them to see the world, I could not give a more emphatic yes. In any event, I’m reading this right now and I love it.

Instant Pot Lately Loving List, End of Summer Edition

The Instant Pot has a following that can be described as a near cult: but that’s because it’s freaking awesome. Favorite dishes I cooked this month: Balsamic chicken, ribs, tikka masala over riced cauliflower, perfect sticky rice, and one pot pasta. You still have to cook, yes, but I love that I don’t have to “babysit” my food like I do on the stove. I have actually noticed that our electricity bill has gone down a bit (which is weird for summer months) and I think that’s because i haven’t been using the stove/oven as much. I have the 8qt which, honestly, is a little too big, but the 8qt or 6qt would be awesome for most families.

If you’d like to read it: here’s my post about Why Every Busy Mom Should Have an Instant Pot!

Walks & Podcasts w/Hewson: I just need to say, thank you JESUS for dropper stoppers, first off. H is at a stage where he loves to toss things and it can make going for a walk very frustrating. That said, almost every morning this month Hewson and I snuck out for a walk before it got too hot. Most days we took Kazmo with us, but sometimes I just needed a little less chaos (sorry puppy). Favorites this month include Bon Appetit Foodcast, Dear Sugars, The Simple Show, For the Love, and The Smart Passive Income Online Business & Blogging Podcast (how’s that for keywords?).

My folding stationary bike is also a godsend when it is 4 billion degrees outside. I’m a baby when it comes to the heat. I grew up in beautiful Colorado where it is almost never humid. Nashville is wonderful, but the humidity is oppressive and I opt to stay inside when I can. I love watching TV shows with my husband at night and I often sit on this and cycle while watching or when I need a little workout. This one is small, quite, sturdy, and folds easily.

Water table for toddler Lately Loving List, End of Summer Edition

This water table is also a summer favorite. We just recently put the legs on it, but Hewson loved it and we spent a lot of time out on our deck playing and splashing around.

Clicklist is my favorite thing ever. If you have a Kroger (King Soopers or any other version) near you, I HIGHLY recommend it. Grocery shopping take me 10 minutes because I don’t have a baby distracting me, I don’t get distracted or pick up impulse items, and I just add the items to my cart, pay, and schedule a time for one of us to pick it up. It’s $5 each time, but my sanity is worth SO MUCH MORE than $20 a month.

August 2017 Eclipse - Lately Loving List, End of Summer Edition
This was 1:27 PM! Look at how dark it was outside!

Nashville was in the path of totality for the big eclipse and it was incredible. Hewson was NOT into it, but JL and I turned into little kids we got so excited! We watched from the comfort of our beautiful deck and sat back, amazed.

Getting to write! I love writing. I really do. It makes me feel so alive to create meaning and matter out of nothing. I have been very fortunate to find some consistent clients who need my services and also had some time to work on a few personal projects as well.

Thanks for checking out my Lately Loving List, End of Summer Edition!

What have you been loving lately? 

xoxo,

Nicole