Hello and Happy Friday!
The countdown is on! For my Smudge (I wonder how much longer my almost 14-year-old is going to allow me to call her that?) that means only 2 more Monday’s ’til schools out for summer and her 14th birthday at the beginning of June where this birthday cake will most likely be making its annual appearance.
For me, the culmination of my countdown is a mere 24 hours away. Today I am at a food blogging conference and I am more than happy that is being held locally because once it’s over, I.am.done! This weekend winds up a flurry of April travel that has kept me on my toes and ever-in-motion playing adventurer/entrepreneur/mom-wife-daughter-friend and juggler-of-all-the-things. And while I love the opportunity to travel, I am SO EXCITED to be home, to plant my flowers and garden, go on day-dates with my man, cook for fun, cheer at all the basketball and soccer games, work on my golf game (beware LPGA, HERE I COME!), and just sit and be me.
Am I the only one who is perfectly content to be a homebody?
Once I’ve caught up on a few things here at home, you won’t just find me toiling away in the garden—although that would be nice. Instead, I’ll be getting busy on a number of things here on the blog and other projects I have in the pipeline, too.
Here’s a preview of just a few thing you’ll be seeing more of soon:
FoodieCrush redesign relaunch: I’m working with my web expert on a little blog retrofitting to make FoodieCrush a better experience for all of us. Faster load times, better navigation, and some fun new features will be coming your way hopefully within the next month. We won’t be overhauling the site, just making a few improvements, so if you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see (especially if there is something that bugs you about the site or makes things difficult) PLEASE EMAIL ME! [email protected]
NEW! Weekly Meal Plans + Grocery Shopping Lists: Last week (somewhat of a whim) I sent out a weekly meal plan to my email list. The idea was to create a meal plan featuring recipes of my own and from some of my favorite food blogs that can be prepped, cooked, and stretched to extend throughout the week, helping you save time and money. The favorable response was overwhelming and I’m thrilled you guys liked it! So now, it looks like it will be becoming a regular weekly thing (Saturdays seemed to be the day of the week most wanted to receive it.)
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Nourished Planner 2019: Alexa and I are well underway to creating next year’s version of pretty much what I call my third arm –> our printed Nourished Planner, with some new additions we can’t wait to reveal. All of it is coming soon. But until then, we have a few copies of the 2018 edition still available at 50% off right now.
FoodieCrush community survey results: Thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in the survey a few weeks ago. I’m compiling all the data and will be sending out an email to share it all with you very soon, as well as letting you know who the giveaway winner is! If you didn’t take the survey yet, your voice still counts and I’d love to know what you think when you take the survey here.
And that’s a tidbit of what’s happening around here.
What Went Up This Week…
This week’s culinary creations included:
- These chipotle shrimp rice bowls have been a favorite for Smudge’s school lunches twice this week. She even chose them over leftover pizza! The recipe comes from my friend Mary’s awesome brand new cookbook, which is filled with recipes for quick, easy, and make-ahead breakfasts and lunches. And definitely make sure you check out Mary’s food blog
- The Kitchen Gadget Wedding Gifts You’ll Actually Love to Use Every Day avoid wedding shopping or registering anxiety by cutting to the chase with my all-time favorite cooking gadgets.
- And if you subscribe to my email list, you received yesterday’s email with my fave recipes, gifts, and more to ready you for Mother’s Day. You can check it out here, and subscribe to my email list to get more exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox, including my NEW + FREE weekly meal plan and grocery list!
- Also! I created this ultimate guide to Mother’s Day Brunch a few years ago, but the recipe links from some of my favorite food bloggers still hit the spot today!
And on that note, let’s get on with this week’s Friday Faves!
I can totally understand why this letter from a mom to her husband went viral. #beentherewishedthat
The wildest hair accessories at this year’s Met Gala. I’d say SJP won.
But I particularly loved Chrissy Teigen’s look. Too funny. I love her.
And this Insta is serious eye candy for all things French, and I’m in amour.
Forget the Eiffel Tower, here’s the insider’s guide for what to do in Paris.
I’m totally obsessed with her YouTube channel.
And, Trader Joe’s has a podcast??!!! Whaaaat?
Make dinner res and order takeout on Instagram. Best app update ever?
The ultimate summer movie guide. I personally can’t wait to see Ocean’s 8.
And, the books you need to read all summer long.
Don’t forget some pretty fresh buds for your mama on Sunday! Here’s a really cool trick I just discovered that you can do with roses (totally hooked now)!
This is exactly what I want to sip on this Sunday.
Craving these brownies so badly right now (and they’re healthier too, but you wouldn’t know it)!
Making this rosé all day sangria asap (and repeating all summer long).
A chicken dinner recipe you can make any night of the week.
This chopped salad makes me want to get into the kitchen, chop chop!
And since you can never have too many sweet things, especially on Mother’s Day, these are 5 treats you should totally spoil Mom with this weekend:
- Strawberry Shortcake French Toast
- Lemon Curd Créme Brûlée
- Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake
- Lemon Cake with Coconut Frosting
This rainforest home is INSANE. And I would live there in a heartbeat. Those windows!
And since I definitely have plants on the brain after looking at that house, here are 9 plants you can get away with watering just once a month. So easy.
And because summer is coming, here are 40 + swimsuits that will get you all the compliments. I’ve got my eye on #5.
This romper is super cute for summer and it’s a great price too.
These are ALMOST exactly like my favorite OP shorts as a teenager!
I think I may have to give in and get these shoes.
This is such a pretty top.
Obsessed with the back of this dress. Love the color too.
Okay friends and fellow mamas, get out there and have a fantastic weekend and treat yourself!
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