Hey, hey, hey and happpppy Friday!
This is the last weekend before my little baby’s final first day of school. She’s a high school senior. How? How? How?
My daughter has always seemed older to me than she was. Maybe it’s because she’s my only child, or maybe because she was tall and obedient and rarely threw a fit. But today, I see a young woman who IS grown up. Confident. Responsible. Caring. Self-assured. She’s no longer a child and is quickly evolving from teenager to adult. And I’m surprisingly okay with that. In fact, I’m almost ready. Sure, I absolutely yearn for the days when she was my captive audience as I drove her to friends houses and all those soccer and basketball practices, and for the days when she had to join us on family outings or jaunts because she couldn’t stay home alone. But now, she’s ready. And so are we.
This being her last school year at home, I’m going to do my best to savor the moments, try not to hover, and let her fly free. Our family mantra whenever any one of leaves the house is, “Make good choices.” I can’t save her from every mistake, nor do I want to. I can only teach her the best I can and she will have to take it from there. Because how else do we learn but to have a few failures to learn from. It ain’t easy, but it is what it is. Ah, parenthood.
But first, it’s time for this week’s Friday Faves.
This week’s most delicious dinner of the week is pictured above and included:
- My husband’s amazing grilled swordfish
- My favorite grilled zucchini with feta instead of goat cheese
- And of course, burrata caprese salad with some cantaloupe tossed on too.
100% this –> In praise of (un)productivity.
This British Olympic diver deserves a gold for his latest knitting project because it is stellar.
There’s no place like home, and after all these years, this is where Dorothy’s lost dress was found.
Why do American grocery stores still have an ethnic aisle? I mean, it’s time!
I love this perspective on health—because it’s not only about the gym.
Running late? Check out this smart way to use your iPhone to share your real time ETA. Who knew?
Avocado milk IS a thing.
Steak fits the bill just right in this fab salad recipe.
This pesto couscous looks like the bestbest sideside.
Deep fried cheese curds…be still my heart and cholesterol count.
My husband can’t get enough of the cucumber recipes and this one is next on his list.
And then, he’s making this cucumber recipe too.
Sometimes you just need dessert for breakfast.
If you dig breakfast for dinner, you’ll totally want to dig into this dish.
More gnocchi dinners like this one please.
This healthier taco recipe is gonna take over Tuesday, and Wednesday, and…you know.
These BBQ veg bowls will take your grilled dinner to new healthy heights.
I almost made this dessert for my friends at reunion as part of our Italian night féte. Shoulda done it.
This stuffed zucchini dish serves up serious dinner yums.
How good would it be with this bread served alongside.
This blueberry cobbler is dreamy poofs of heaven.
Grab your peaches and make this skillet cake.
Get back to school with ease thx to this one-pot meal.
My friend Steph told me about this online word game and now I’m almost as obsessed with it as she is.
We played this all-ages card game non-stop at our reunion. It’s an easy learner.
As I’ve grown more mature and have escaped the workplace, I wish I’d followed this office politics guidance when I was in one.
I know a few women who never knew these hair clips went out of style, and now look, they’re back!
I never knew you could do this: How to download Instagram photos. Yay!
Schools back in session:
- This dry erase to-do list is such a great idea.
- The top 100 best pens (whoa, this is comprehensive!)
- This is such a good gift for the book lover.
This coat rack is just the right side of simple, and you’ll be needing it soon.
“Science literally tells us that by writing a letter to someone else, your life will get better.” The beauty of a hand-written letter.
Ok! That’s it for this week. Have a fantabulous weekend!
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