Hi friends! I am on a blogging roll this week (probably shouldn’t get used to it). Hope everyone is having a great week, it’s cool and rainy here in Brisbane the last two days and I secretly love it because it has been so hot lately.
Extra Quiet Time
So last Thursday I decided to turn Leighton’s room into a cave. Not quite, but between the sun and the birds she was waking up every morning by 6am. This was fine when she was taking two naps a day, but knowing it was time to switch her to one I wanted her to get as much sleep as she could in the morning. So I used a combo of an extra loud, all night sound machine (aka an old iPhone with a white noise app), blackout curtains, and foil to make it extra dark and peaceful. Since we are renting we can’t hang anything so I turned to Pinterest and was able to hang the curtains using only command hooks.
Now she is sleeping at least an hour longer in the mornings and sometimes more. It’s my favorite because not only is she getting more rest, but I am getting an extra hour or two in the mornings to get things done (like blogging), read and enjoy a hot cup of coffee. So it’s a win for both of us! I just wish I would have done this earlier.
Right before we left the US I ordered a couple new books to read. I have been terrible at reading ever since Leighton was born (so the past year and a half), but I really wanted to get back into the habit. I also ordered a new devotional written for moms. I have been looking for a new one for a while and Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson seemed to fit the bill. So far I am really enjoying it and look forward to my little quiet time in the morning and read and reflect.
I also ordered Emily Ley’s Grace, Not Perfection and am loving it so far. I heard her interviewed on Jen Hatmaker’s podcast and knew I wanted to read her book (both of them actually). It has great insight into her life as a successful entrepreneur and mother, plus tips to make your life easier. In the picture perfect instagram world we live in now, I think we could all use a bit more grace on ourselves.
Califa Farms Almond Milk
I feel like I have seen people post about this almond milk before, but only recently saw it in stores here (it’s from the US). I like to use almond milk in my coffee as a creamer, and usually stick to the same brand. When I saw the Califa brand was on sale, I decided to give it a shot and it did not disappoint. Both times I have gotten the unsweetened vanilla and it gives just the right amount of creaminess and sweetness.
It has been hot in Brisbane (I mean, it is summer) but coming from winter in the US less than two weeks ago, I can feel the heat even more. Luckily, our little townhouse neighborhood has a community swimming pool right by our house. We have spent most days since we have been back in our bathing suits. We also had a playdate at a local splash pad/swimming pool that was so fun too.
I have a feeling we will be getting lots of use out of the pool in the next month. Leighton is becoming a lot more confident in the water too and loves to jump off the side of the pool to us. We just switched her swimming lessons to the pool closer to us, and the first lesson was a bit touch and go. Hopefully she warms up to the new teacher and environment and loves it as much as her old class.
Casefile: Amy Lynn Bradley
So this wasn’t actually from this week, but I have a podcast recc for any fans of true crime (that’s everyone right?). It’s an older episode of Casefile called Case 59: Amy Lynn Bradley and it is about a girl that goes missing on a cruise ship. Not only do they talk about her case, but they go into a lot of details about cruises and sex trafficking. It is pretty crazy. I had no idea how many people go missing from cruise ships.
PS If anyone has any good true crime podcasts I need to listen to, please share!
This week I made my return to the gym after almost two months. Since I have pretty much done zero activity in the past couple months (besides chase a toddler) I wasn’t sure where to even begin. Luckily, I remembered that I had pinned a pregnancy workout from Heather at Life in Leggings last week. It was a great, challenging workout that left me feeling quite sore. I have been reading Heather’s blog for several years and followed her journey to becoming a mom. It makes it even more fun to follow along her pregnancy and hopefully she shares more great workouts soon.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Friday 🙂