Do you ever just want to quit? Just turn in your mom, best friend, or girlfriend card and peace out?
Anytime things get super crazy or Braun has been gone for a long stretch of time, especially if it happens back-to-back, I start to get a little frayed. But thank goodness for good husbands and small miracles, because when I told Braun how I was feeling this week, he surprised me with a little staycation at a local-ish hotel!
It was just what I needed. I wish I could tell you I really whooped it up but I really took this time to catch up on work, connect with myself, and get some much-needed sleep. And I also ordered 2 breakfasts this morning (the banana fosters was so yummy and I plan a repeat tomorrow), went to orange theory fitness, and had one of my girlfriends come up for a sleepover.
I basically acted like a really responsible little kid for 3 days. It was glorious.
And it gave me the time to put together this September round-up for you…so let’s get started!
Can you even with that face! This is how my month started out. You can see why I needed this mini-break, right? I mean…I love this kid and it’s a good thing, too! But it also reminded me that what happens today doesn’t have to bleed into tomorrow. That night I put together a blog post about the 5 Steps to Take Today to Have a Better Tomorrow outlining how I get through the crazy and alone times! It’s a short read but really does help put everything in perspective and will help you have a better, more prepared tomorrow!
When it comes to workout gear, comfort is certainly key, but there’s also plenty of benefits to having an outfit that is both functional and that you don’t look awful in. After all, my workout clothing often has to go from the gym to school pickup, and without anyone the wiser, to business meetings. So this month I shared all of my workout favorites with you!
SHOP MY FAVORITE WORKOUT PANTS
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I also posted some super yummy recipes this month and of course, all are gluten-free and so easy to make! Have you ever seen chocolate pavlova on a menu and wondered what it is? It’s the child of meringue and marshmallow and I AM HERE FOR IT! Seriously, it’s such an easy recipe, will “WOW” guests and will totally satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth!
And if you look closely, you’ll see that all my recipes are marked if they’re gluten-free and a 30-minute meal!
SHOP MY FAVORITE KITCHEN GADGETS
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But my month wasn’t all spent chained to the stove. I also escaped to the mountains with my family for one last ‘hoorah’ before school and before it gets terribly cold! I’ll be honest, it was the tent and the cute hat that convinced me that I could rough it for a weekend. Haha
What did I learn about myself during said camping? I love being clean. I love showering. And I love going to the bathroom sitting on something that flushes, made of pristine white porcelain. Girls like me are the reason they created the term “glamping.” If you are one of those girls, my camping ‘necessities’ are listed below!
SHOP MY CAMPING FAVORITES
One thing I made sure we took with us were long pajamas. My kids love them and now I do too! These ones are great because they keep the kids warm when they need to be warm and but can keep them cool as well!
I have done my research and found some brands I really love and that my boys love as well. It’s hard to convince boys to wear pajamas that aren’t covered in Spider Man or some other superhero! I’m not the only one who’s been in this boat, right? haha
What’s a girl got to do to get some boy’s clothing not covered in cartoons?!? Sometimes I feel like it’s the only option we get! So I’ve collected my favorite non-cartoon pajamas for you!
SHOP PAJAMAS YOUR KIDS (AND YOU) WILL LOVE
After all the camping and adventuring was done, I spent some time getting my life and house put back together and it’s really been an awesome month for us. The kids are back in school and back in the swing of things and so am I. I don’t know what it is about this year but getting back to it all seemed to easy. It usually seems like such a herculean task but it’s been great!
Has your’s been the same?
And you know I take my job as a product tester seriously! I have tried so many appliances and gadgets over the years. Some appliances stand the test of time because they are just that good and get better with every iteration. And some come out of the gates a 10 because of all the failed models before. So everything here absolutely has my stamp of approval.
SHOP MY FAVORITE APPLIANCES
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And I can tell that the rest of you mamas are settling back into your own world as well. Your favorite links this month proved it! You’re taking some time for yourselves, getting some new threads, and honestly? I couldn’t be more excited!
So without further ado, here are your top 10 products of September!!!