Friday Favourites

We got back from a family vacation to Newport Beach yesterday evening, and there is a true MOUNTAIN of clothes on my bed just waiting to be sorted and put away. Holidays are the best, but unpacking is the worst, especially with little kids stuff too. 

We're easing back into our regular routine today, and I wanted to throw up this Friday Favourites post because it's been a minute, and I have a list of things that I love/have found really helpful lately. I hope you find them helpful too! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

LOOPY CASES

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I bought this Loopy Case back in February, so I'm not sure why I'm only sharing it now, but it's amazing! I used to drop my phone at least 10x a day (triple that if we're counting how many times Piper dropped it a day). I think I've only dropped it like...maybe once since getting this case. It has a loop at the back for you to hold onto it, and it makes it so nice when I have my hands full with Jack, bags, keys, toys, etc. because I just loop a finger through and I'm good to go. It's honestly been a game changer since having kids, and I'll never go back to a regular case. 

I don't have a discount code with them, but I follow someone who does! Hers is "SWENSON10" and gets you 10% off if you're interested! I have the White Marble Original.

NATIVE

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My sisters all use Native shoes for their kids, and I finally got some on Amazon a couple of weeks ago for Piper. THEY ARE THE BEST FOR TODDLERS! They are waterproof, easy for them to put on by themselves, lightweight, and they don't rub. Piper's been wearing them non-stop since I got them. They have a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, with over 2,300 reviews...so you know they're leeeegit!

VROOM

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Someone on Instagram posted about this app, so I downloaded it and LOVE it! They post a different learning activity to do with your child each day (you can add multiple kids and each has a different activity based on their age). I love doing this kind of stuff with my kids, but I run out of ideas, so this is really helpful, and you can set a reminder too!

ART SMOCK

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I took the kids to Ikea a couple of weeks ago, and saw this smock in the kids section. Piper is probably THE messiest toddler in the planet. She is a true savage when it comes to eating, colouring, and painting. Need I remind anyone of her painting a few weeks ago (see picture below). I never want to limit her creativity, but also...can you not, Piper. It was only $4.99 at Ikea (I don't know why it's more expensive on Amazon), but either way, it's been perfect to let her create, but also limit the clean up. She calls it her "painting dress", and it goes all the way down to her toes!

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Piper has the best curly hair, but it always has to be tied or clipped back otherwise she can't see a thing haha. I LOVE these headbands from Why Knot Bows because they are soooo cute, and also do an awesome job at keeping her hair back. They come in the best colours too! I love all the neutral and fall colours. 

5 Quick Lunches

Lunches are the hardest for me to figure out what to eat. I usually plan out my dinners for the week, I have a list of my favourite breakfasts that I pick from (I've posted it HERE), but I sometimes feel stumped for lunch. The biggest thing that helps me is making extra for dinner, and having leftovers for lunch. It's nice not having to think about it, or having to take the time to make something when I'm busy during the day, BUT sometimes that doesn't always work if I eat out for dinner, or someone else is making it. Below are 5 quick lunch ideas that I typically have. They're all easy to throw together, and all have veggies snuck in there!

VEGGIE EGG SCRAMBLE

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This is technically a breakfast, but if I had something other than eggs in the morning, I'd usually have them for lunch because they're quick and it's such a simple way to sneak in veggies too! I have to stay away from eggs right now (RIP) because Jack is allergic to them, but it's a favourite lunch and I can't wait to have them again. 

NOURISH BOWL

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Every week (sometimes twice a week) I roast a huge batch of veggies to snack on or throw into meals. I wrote a blog post about creating  nourish bowls HERE, but I love cooking some chicken, chicken sausage, or tuna and adding some roasted veggies on top of a bed of arugula or lettuce. So easy!

VEGGIE WRAP

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I've had this lunch 5x a week lately. I'm hooked. I cook a bunch of veggies and chicken sausage or chicken on a skillet (my favourites are bell pepper, tomatoes, spinach, and zucchini) and put it all in a wrap. It's super good with Stubbs BBQ sauce

OPEN-FACE SANDWICH

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I love a good sandwich, but sometimes everything falls out if there's too much and it drives me crazy. I love loading everything onto one piece of bread, and eating it with a knife and fork instead. You can add more, and it's more filling too! My favourite lately has been spinach, Safe Catch tuna, and tomatoes on top of sprouted ezekiel bread. 

SMOOTHIE

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Smoothies make for such an easy lunch, and they're always taste so refreshing during these hot summer days. There are tons of different combinations out there to mix things up, but my go-to is  3 big handfuls of spinach, 1 scoop IdealRaw protein (use SWOLE for 10% off), 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen zucchini (promise you can't taste it). If I'm in the mood, I love topping it with homemade granola, seeds, and natural peanut butter. 

Favourite Self Care Practices

I think every single person should practice some type of self care each day. but especially mothers who, from when they wake up to when they go to sleep, are taking care of someone else. It's such a blessing, but it is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining. 

Yes, working out is a form of self care (which is 99% of the reason I make it a priority). Yes, going to get a massage, facial, pedicure, etc. are all forms of self care...but they aren't always realistic. I like keeping it simple, and sticking to small, quick ways I can show myself some love DAILY. Below are a my favourites, and ones that make all the difference to me:

DRY BRUSH

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I've only talked about dry brushing a million times already, but it's still something I love and look forward to because it feels SO good. It stimulates blood circulation, which instantly energizes you! Seriously. Try it. It stimulates the lymphatic system (aka helps get rid of toxins), exfoliates the skin, and promotes new skin growth. I dry brush every morning before I get ready (or late afternoon if I don't end up getting ready until then ha).

CHARCOAL FACE MASK

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This charcoal mask may scare Piper half to death, but I use it once a week (usually on Sunday night). It's nice to do a little extra something to kickstart the new week, and it just feels good. I got in on Amazon!

HOT BATH

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love taking baths. They're so relaxing, and take one almost every night when the kids go down. I usually take a snack (I'm classy), watch a show, and just decompress for a little bit. It's my favourite form of self care. 

HERBAL TEA

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I love drinking either herbal tea or crio bru everyday. I love crio bru for the health benefits too, but there's just something about having a hot drink that is relaxing and refreshing, and it just feels good. You know? 

JOURNAL

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I used to write in my journal ALL the time, but since having kids I haven't been as good at it. My therapist got me started again while going through the divorce to help me process and deal with things that happened. Every day I write "today was good" or "today was hard", and then explain why. It's such a small practice, but it has really helped me stay mentally healthy, and I think that is something that's incredibly overlooked these days. Every morning I also read scriptures or a religious talk or book to set the tone for the day. Some days I only get in 5 minutes, but it always starts the day on a positive note, and leaves me feeling good. It can be 5 minutes of meditation, or listening to a podcast - anything to get you in a good, healthy headspace!