Summer Lovin’

On this Memorial Day, make sure to take time to reflect on why we get to enjoy this long weekend….and take a moment to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

I couldn’t be more excited for the unofficial start of summer. The pool, the beach, more daylight hours…I love it all. But with summer comes the end of the school year, and this week Chase finished Kindergarten. This school year absolutely flew by, but it has been amazing to see the progress that he has made in his first year of school. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience for him.  No longer the little kindergartener, this guy is a first grader in training.

Our normal Memorial Weekend plans are pretty much the same every year. We usually head to the lake with my in-laws and spend the rest of the weekend by the pool. These plans fell through this year, but the weekend was still filled with family, food, baseball and playing outside. I love long weekends and the extra downtime I get with my guys.

Last week I mentioned that I would reflect on my first week of practicing meditation, more specifically transcendental meditation (or TM).   This week, I contemplated scrapping the idea completely. One week just isn’t long enough to make an assessment.  I have been focusing  on personal growth, and meditation seemed to tick a lot of the boxes for areas I was looking to improve.  I officially started last weekend, and I’ve been working on it all week. Like I said, it’s too early to give meaningful feedback, but I will say the biggest challenge has been finding the time. Each session requires 20 minutes, and finding 20 minutes during the day to sit still is pretty difficult. I thrive on go go go. When I am sitting still I feel guilty that I should be doing something. This may be the exact reason why I need to continue looking into meditation.

To wrap things up, here are the things that I am obsessing over this week.

Cupshe: I recently placed my first order with Cupshe. Cupshe has smartly placed ads within my Facebook and Instagram feeds so it was only a matter of time before I caved, and  I did. The suits were too damn cute, and anyone who knows me knows that I am an online shopper; I just like the convenience. No one loves buying swimming suits, but it’s worse when they are super expensive. These suits are inexpensive and cute. It takes a bit longer than normal to get them and realized why when I tracked the shipment, they were coming from China.  I ordered 4 suits, I know I know. I’m glad I did though. The bikinis I ordered were fine but not worth keeping. The one pieces that I ordered were perfection. I never wear one pieces and went out on a limb with this order and I love both of them. img_3216

Citrus Mint Infused Green Tea: A co-worker gave me a mint plant, and I have been working on ways to creatively use the mint leaves. This week I experimented with an infused green tea and quickly fell in love. I started with a pitcher of water and green tea bags and brewed it sun tea style. Once brewed, I sliced my citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and added the mint leaves. I put it in the refrigerator and let it chill. It feels fancy and it tastes amazing. Cant lose.

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Halo Top Ice Cream: Nothing pairs with summer quite like ice cream, and it is the one indulgence that I just can’t give up (aside from cereal).  Halo Top is different…typically under 360 calories per pint (some at 240 calories per pint) plus a decent amount of protein. I will warn you, not all flavors are good. For example, Lemon cake is disgusting and chalky, and ended up in the trash. Save yourself the time (and wasted money) don’t buy Lemon Cake. Our favorite flavors include Mint Chip, Cookie Dough and Salted Carmel. It’s not regular full calorie ice cream so don’t go expecting the same experience. It is good and it does the job for an occasional ice cream craving without the guilt. My recommendation (as well as the recommendation on the packaging), let the pint sit on the counter for ten minutes to soften. It’s worth the short wait.

Next Time: We prepare for our family vacation and I talk about what I am doing to break my dreaded evening cereal habit.

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