Friday Favorites

Hey there friends, happy Friday. Not that Friday means a whole lot around here. The other day Zoe asked me, “What is tomorrow?” And before I could answer she said “The same as today, right?” Yup. She gets it. I have seen a few people post about burnout lately, and I am feeling it big time. Juggling all the things for this long is taking a major toll on me. My anxiety and stress levels are through the roof. Yes, I am grateful to be lucky enough to be able to work from home and blah blah blah. But you guys, this shit is hard. I am mentally exhausted and quite frankly, a bit unwell. I just want to do something…anything. Hug my mom, walk around Target, not think about masks, death, politics, any of it. And I really just want to work without a million interruptions in my day.

A highlight of the week for Zoe came yesterday when we got a special package from Carly in the mail! I had won a giveaway when she was having a book party for new releases. Zoe LOVES the Usborne books we have purchased through her. I definitely want to grab a few more to add to her Easter basket. Message Carly if you need some book suggestions for your little one. She does such a great job picking things out for Zoe.

Zoe and I have also been enjoying coming up with fun things to make with a $5 bucket of Valentine’s Day craft supplies that I grabbed from Target a few weeks ago. Target has definitely stepped up their game on the seasonal crafts for kids. I have gotten something from them for Halloween, Christmas and Valentines and they have been favorites.

Favorite Skincare Find: A few months ago I received the Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream from Sunday Riley to review. The campaign for it (me writing a review on a retailer site) is long over, but I wanted to talk about it now that I have had it a few months. I have to say, I am quite impressed. Initially I wasn’t too sure about it. It is scented and the first two times I used it, I noticed a little redness around my cheeks. (My skin is super sensitive.) But after that, I never saw any redness again.

My skin was really dry before I had gotten this product. I had went from combination skin (heavy oil around my t-zone, dry on my cheeks) to mostly all dry. Now that I have been using this every morning for the last few months, I don’t have any dryness at all anywhere on my face. It is the only thing I have changed. I really love the packaging, it comes with a sturdy spatula so you don’t have to dip your fingers into the jar. The Auto Correct Eye Cream has also been really nice. I never really had an eye cream that I thought did anything for me. This one is super moisturizing and has kept that area from pealing, as it tends to do in the winter. I don’t notice anything with with ever present dark circles, but it does tend to depuff the area and I have noticed a slight decrease in the depth of my fine lines. Between these two products, it makes me want to try more from this line. I will definitely be repurchasing the Ice moisturizer when this one is gone.

Favorite Aldi Finds: Aldi had some more homeschooling stuff this week. Over the summer, I grabbed some awesome workbooks and playdough kits to work in with our lesson plans. This week, they had some number and letter puzzles and several wipe clean books. We have a few letter/word books already, so I grabbed a number one and a mathematics puzzle.

I also grabbed a football shaped pizza for the super bowl, and a box of fun little cheese cubes that were Valentine’s Day themed.

Favorite RecipeSkinnytaste’s Stuffed Pepper Soup is a favorite in this house. The soup was steaming in the picture above haha. DELICIOUS! I like to make brown rice to go at the bottom of the bowl. Last weekend we had chicken street tacos using a recipe out of this cookbook. And Cajun Chicken Pasta, that I haven’t made in forever. Zoe surprisingly loved the pasta! I was shocked, as she doesn’t tend to eat anything that has much spice in it. She also enjoyed the Stuffed Pepper Soup, but I had to pick the peppers out of her bowl lol.

Favorite Workout: There are days that I absolutely do not feel like doing mat work. You know the stuff..planks, pushups, walking planks, burpees, shoulder taps, etc. Yesterday was one of those days. Enter the standing workout! This one is only about 20 minutes and I still broke out into a sweat! I added in a walk after, and hit my move and exercise goal for the day. And I didn’t have to pull that yoga mat out of the closet or get down on the floor, yay!

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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer January 29, 2021 at 8:28 am

    You know how I feel about mat work. I just can’t do it lately so thanks for sharing this standing workout! Yep, I’m feeling the burnout, too. I usually go the store early on Friday mornings (super exciting) but we still have a ton of snow on the ground so I had to skip that today. It almost made me cry because I haven’t been out of the house all week – I haven’t even checked the mail in a few days because of our driveway/the weather. This all just sucks. Hope you guys can get out a bit this weekend.

  • Reply laura January 29, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Yes to the burn out – it is so real. And taking a mental toll. And you know how I feel about planks and burpees – I love a good standing workout. That meme is pretty much how I truly respond to every email nowadays. I hope you guys have a good weekend.

  • Reply SMD January 29, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Yes, baby girl. Tomorrow is the same as today. Which was the same as yesterday. Etc.

    The burnout is real. It’s a wall.

  • Reply Missy @MySh*ttyKitchen January 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I love Sunday Riley stuff! Glad it worked for you. This post has me hungry! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Carolann Chambers January 30, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    I am also planning to get some new books from Carly! She recommends the best books! I love that you won her giveaway! I also love how many crafts and activities you do with Zoe. It has inspired me to try to do small things with M!

  • Reply Biana February 1, 2021 at 8:40 am

    I’m right there with you on the burnout – it just feels never ending right now!! We have loved all the kits from Target, they really are life savers!

  • Reply Danielle February 1, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I made that stuffed bell pepper soup because you posted it. We loved it too. Those tacos look amazing. We love activity books in this house too.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag February 2, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Love the meme about bursting into song lyrics. That’s so me. LOL
    Those Valentine’s crafts from Target are too cute.
    Sorry you’re feeling really burnt out. I’m hoping that things continue getting brighter as the year goes on. It’ll be wonderful when we can all get vaccinated.


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