I felt like a good currently post instead of my usual Friday Favorites.

Reading – I started When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole, and am already hooked. Can’t wait to see where it goes. This is a Netgalley ARC. I believe the book will come out September 1.

When No One Is Watching

Speaking of books, Erin Hahn’s book More Than Maybe came out this week. (It was supposed to come out in May but the release got pushed back.) I read this one several months back from Netgalley and it was real cute! I loved the characters and there were a lot of music references in the book. Highly recommend.

More Than Maybe

Working Out – Still getting in at least 30 minutes a day five days a week. I mostly do Madfit, Heather Roberston or Popsugar Fitness workouts. I really liked this full body one. She uses heavier weights in the beginning and I am here for it! I also try to get in a walk around the neighborhood with Zoe in the morning, and we have been taking family walks in the evenings as well.

Watching – We haven’t really been watching any new shows lately. Just re-watching How I Met Your Mother since we finished Friends. We tend to go back and forth between the two at night before bed.

Loving – I ordered a few things from Biossance a few weeks ago and have been using them regularly. I love that these products are clean, non-toxic and in sustainable packaging. Full disclaimer, not all of my beauty products are clean. But if I find something clean that I like and it works, I tend to stick to that. Here are a few of the products I really like…

Rose Vegan Lip Balm – This stuff goes on like a dream, isn’t too sticky and really does feel nourishing. I have been using pretty much this and my Summer Friday Lip Balms exclusively, and my lips are in the best shape in years. I use the Biossance Balm at night, and the Summer Friday stuff first thing in the morning.

Squalane Cleansing Oil – My skin has been super dry in certain areas lately. This stuff takes off waterproof makeup without stripping the skin of moisture.

Squalane Marine Algae Eye Cream – The skin under my eyes is a straight up mess. I don’t expect any product to be a miracle worker for me. I have dark circles, bags, wrinkles and my skin peels like crazy. I have noticed the last several eye creams I have used have done nothing to improve any of my issues, and most cause the peeling to worsen. I will say that so far this stuff has not caused me to peel at all. That is a win for me! My eye area does feel more moisturized too. Plus the price isn’t stupid ridiculous like other brands.

I also got the Peptide eye gel, but I have only used it a handful of times. As I was trying to see how the eye cream would work first for a few weeks. I haven’t had any bad reactions or peeling yet. I play to use this for day, and the cream for night.

Ranting – I am sick of people being intolerant to others that may have different views than them. The beautiful thing about this country is we are free and get to think for ourselves. Though, it is rare that anyone actually does that anymore. Do your own research. I don’t trust the news and social media. Some influencers/bloggers have come out and said that they have been approached by organizations to push their political agendas and get paid to act enraged that schools are opening back up, push certain types of vaccinations, etc. I find this disgusting. Let me tell you something, it is hard enough to make decisions about your kid without people acting like the damn authority on everything.

So I don’t need some influencer to get paid to tell me that she thinks it is terrible that some parents are sending their kids back to school. Some people don’t have a choice, they have to work. Especially those parents that have essential jobs and can’t afford childcare or to stay home with their kids if the schools don’t open. Some kids have special needs that they get from classes or licensed professionals at the school. Some kids learn better in the school structured environment, and are not doing so well mentally at home without socialization. There is no right way to do this. I know I am “COVID privileged” that I get to work from home right now and keep my kid at home with me if I chose. Not everyone is. And you are an asshole if you want to judge a mom for having to make that difficult decision.

I could go on several more rants right now, but I won’t.

Eating – I made these BBQ mini meatloaves last week, and they were so good! I did a homemade sauce, but obviously using a bottle like the recipe calls for would be even easier. This comes together real fast with minimal ingredients. Zoe approved.

Mini BBQ Meatloaves - The Defined Dish - Recipes

Learning – I would really like to brush up on my graphic design skills. Like I have any. What do you all use to create images, instagram story backgrounds, collages, etc? I have used picmonkey and canva in the past. Curious if there are different, better options out there now.

Excited – This weekend is Tomorrowland!!! Every year we stream the festival on our projector and just relax and listen to music. I am sad that Laura and her crew wont be over. COVID ruins everything. But Chris and I will still make it fun, Zoe loves a dance party. You can purchase your tickets here for the digital stream. Obviously, this is going to be a lot different than other years. They are supposed to have eight stages set up and I am excited for Armin Van Buuren, Klingande, Tiesto, David Guetta, Martin Garrix and everyone else!

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  • Reply laura July 24, 2020 at 9:16 am

    I’m so glad Tomorrowland is still happening in some form – am sad we won’t get to come have dance parties with you guys, but in spirit. Maybe the kids can Facetime or something. We’ve talked about the rant already before – and like everyone can eff off with their judgmental bullshit. Haha, I too can hear a bag of chips being opened three walls away.

  • Reply Kristin July 24, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Have you told your dermatologist about the eye issue (I thought you said you went to one?)?
    I had a similar issue and ended up going on a double dose of OTC allergy meds and using a steroid cream. It cleared up!
    But if you like the natural route for eye cream, I do like BeautyCounter’s.

    I am 110% in favor of school opening (I even applied for a job). I voiced this opinion somewhere and was told I just “don’t understand”. So…

    I have this theory that Wells can hear my press the “home” button on my phone to check the time at 3am…waking up from 2 rooms away.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent July 24, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Tomorrowland – I’ve never heard of it!!! But I bet you’ll have a little party at your house with a dancing Zoe 🙂
    I love online workouts. i’m so hooked on Daily Burn. Their workouts at 30 minutes & its helped me get more in knowing its not a long drawn out thing.

  • Reply Danielle July 24, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I pinned the meatloaf recipe. I am sooo upset that others are telling each other what is right and wrong about sending kids back to school. Everyone has a right and a choice to make. Don’t bash on others for making a choice that is different than yours. Ugh. I am right there with you. Have a great weekend. And I put the first book on my TBR list!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag July 29, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Wow, I didn’t know that about influencers being paid to complain about things, etc. That’s crazy. Not everyone in the country has the same opportunities or choices. Maybe they want to keep their kid home but they can’t afford it. Maybe they want their kid to go to school because it’s better for them mentally or academically. There are all sorts of reasons, and people really should stop judging. It’s ridiculous. MOST people are doing what they think is best or really, all they can do in the situation.

    Love all the funnies! It really is like that every day of 2020. This year is just insane. hah


  • Reply Carly July 29, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about Alyssa Cole’s book already! I really need to get it together so I can start working out again, I had a good couple of weeks and then the routine changed and I haven’t been able to figure it out- or find any motivation. I love mini meatloaves– I used to make them for meal prep because they are so easy to reheat, I think I even have an eggless version– so glad you mentioned them!

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