Friday Links

It's been awhile since I did a Friday link list and I miss them. I really love when my favorite blogs link to interesting stuff that I don't know about. So maybe you like these, maybe you browse on through, either way sharing is caring :)

We have been riding our bikes more and I love love love it. Love this little family of mine even when we are arguing or hangry (fyi when I typed hangry into my keyboard auto correct offered me both 'hungry' and 'angry' as options, duh auto correct! that's exactly the words hangry means!). 

I got this little pot of amazingness this week, and holy moly I guess I figured out the whole dewy highlighted secret that I see women pull off all the time. 

Microblading, I think I might need to do a little post on it, or at least an instagram story about what it is and how inlove I am with the results. My retouch is all healed and I couldn't be happier. It's a semi-permanent makeup that allows me to wake up every day and not fill in my brows. It lasts about a year. Julia was my artist, and she is reachable here

Some overnight masks to try for a DIY home facial treat. 

Since the kids are back in school I've been catching up on some podcasts. Last week I listened to two This American Life podcasts about the refugee camps in Greece for Syrians and Afghanis and they are so well done. If you have an iPhone you have an icon that says 'podcasts', just click on it, go to search at the bottom and type in This American Life, hopefully the podcasts are still available for download for free. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

6/12 June Video

Wow this space has been a bit neglected! Summer ended too quickly and with it the return to early mornings, crazy school pickup and drop off schedules, homework, and somehow I end up with less time when they're IN school then when they're OUT of school. It makes no sense. I was able to put together our June video which features our wonderful trip to Mexico. This week was so wonderful for our family. No access to work emails or phone calls for Aaron meant he was able to really unplug. We slept, napped, swam, ate, and spent quality time with each other. Let's go back! Hope you enjoy it! It's a bit long, but I just couldn't remove any highlights from our film. 

Hope you have a beautiful weekend... xo

Life Lately

I shared a bit on Instagram last week. It was a Wednesday, I had been in a horrible mood all day, I yelled too much, I had no patience, I never said yes, then I felt bad for being in a bad mood which put me in a worse mood. Aaron and I decided that a hike date just the two of us while we spared the kids any more time with their ogre mama would be best. We headed to Baldwin Hills stairs and hiked around after climbing to the top of the monster stairs. It didn't really help, to be honest. I so appreciated everyone's sweet comments on Instagram about how sharing real life and honesty in a snapshot of time is always refreshing, since we all have our moments. And trust me I have mine. 

Summer is winding down and I always end up with a pit in my stomach right before school starts. It's a mix of dread, anxiety and excitement. Once school actually begins I'm usually feeling great, but the time leading up to it is torturous for me. Just so much unknown, scheduling to be done, organizing for the new year, personalities to get to know. This year will be a big challenge for me. Three kids in three schools with starting times within a block of 15 minutes. Pray for me, and don't try and communicate with me until after 8:30am in the mornings. I am not looking forward to the rush of our mornings and the hurrying out the door. I think waking up early will be my saving grace and that's what I plan to do to make our mornings as smooth as possible. 

A little fitness update since it's been awhile. We are about 17 weeks in since we started our new program and can you believe we still are working out 5-6 days each week? Insane. But we really enjoy how we feel, have never been stronger, and are healthier than ever. We still do circuit training 3 times a week for a half hour. Sometimes even late at night if we have no other choice. They're high intensity interval training. And then about 2-3 times a week we are either power walking or taking a gym class. I wanted to update on a few supplies we recently purchased, we finally decided to invest in some fitness accessories since we mostly work out at home. 

This medicine ball is fabulous. I had been using one barbell of 4 lbs before, and it was time to up the weight and get a real one. I use the yellow one, 6-7 lbs. 

Aaron got new dumbbells which have been great. 

Still love my Fitbit Blaze, although now I am so used to wearing it, I feel naked without it. I use it to track not just my steps, or the distance of our power walks, but mainly for my heart rate. I try to keep my heart rate in a certain zone for a period of time and this takes all the guesswork out of it. 

Don't forget to enter this giveaway, and family you can enter it too! I have nothing to do with picking the winner, so you have just a good of chance as anyone haha. And while you're at it, enter this one too! So much to give away this summer to readers, I love it. 

We have high school orientation in the am, so signing off before I go back and look at more video footage of Gunnar as a toddler because I'm a glutton for punishment. High school! How did we get here...