Friday five

by Kim on October 18, 2013

Hey guys! Just wanted to do a quick check in before powering down into weekend mode.

We have big plans to tackle our Stereotypical Parents of Young Kids Fall Activity checklist this weekend by hitting up a pumpkin patch. Orange-y, corn-stalk-fringed pictures coming soon!

Time to learn how to use our fangled camera.


(Oh, does that look effortless? This is Take 37 of me chasing him around the kitchen yelling PEEKABOO with my eyes popping out of my head. I’m literally spent.)

I’ll also be taking some pics for the next Yoga Fit style workout, coming next week! I’ve been doing it all week myself and have been eager to share it, but wanted to hold out for the pictures. (I’m personally too lazy to read a bunch of complex exercise move descriptions. But that could just be My Issue.)

In the meantime, here are 5 other completely random things you may or may not have any interest in knowing:

1. I can’t decide whether to dress Mason up for Halloween. It’s part laziness, part cheapness, and part he-can’t-eat-the-candy-anyway(ness).

But our friends are having a Halloween chili party and there will be other small costumed children there. Aka Photo Op Heaven.

I know. We have to, don’t we?

2. I haven’t touched a Diet Coke since the day I wrote this post. And I don’t miss the stuff one bit. In fact, I wonder if I’d even like it anymore? Weird.

Turns out, it was mostly the carbonation I was into, since sparkling water has proven to be a perfectly acceptable substitute.

I’m seriously impressed by how many different water options there are these days.


In the beginning, I tried a bunch of different kinds. General reactions (from what I can remember) were something like this:

  • Klarbrunn: Not bad!
  • Seagram’s: Ok, but not as good as Klarbrunn.
  • Canada Dry: YUCK. STAY AWAY. (Despite a very pretty box.)
  • La Croix: Awesome!!!! I’ve tried cran-raspberry and grapefruit and been impressed with both. I’m curious about their coconut flavor, but I’m not a fan of regular coconut water, so I have major reservations about it.

Since discovering La Croix, I’ve never ventured out again. I drink a can a day and feel zero guilt.

3. Mason got his food allergy levels rechecked on Wednesday. Praying for low numbers—or better yet, nonexistent ones.


His allergy appointments tend to be completely horrific. They never take less than 2 hours—most of which is spent just waiting in a tiny room—and they often involve a brutal blood draw. This one involved a 2-hour wait, a brutal blood draw, and a flu shot (since he has an egg allergy, he has to get the shot at the allergy clinic, and then we have to wait 30 minutes for a reaction).

Poor kid.

The only upside is the sweet toddler activity center in the lobby.


I don’t care how unlikely it is—I’m still holding out for all of these allergies to miraculously disappear. Faith like a mustard seed.

4. My friend introduced me to this Paul Mitchell tea tree body bar the other day, and I. LOVE. IT.

paul mitchell

It uses natural tea tree oil to (somehow?) both soothe and invigorate the skin. This isn’t something I’d typically buy, but it came with the Paul Mitchell shampoo/conditioner set I bought from my friend’s salon (she’s a stylist and owns her own shop—handy huh??) and now I’m hooked.

I’ve been using it on my face, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and squeaky clean, with that cool tingly sensation. I’ve also noticed that when I use it in the morning before applying makeup, it somehow helps my makeup survive the day without transforming my face into an oily grease pool by 2 PM.

I have no idea how it works, but it’s amazing. And natural, even! Obsessed.

P.S. It look like you can get a bar for about $12 on Amazon, but Sally Beauty Supply also has a cheap knock-off version for only $3.79.

P.P.S. This isn’t a sponsorship thing. I have no connection to Paul Mitchell whatsoever and I’m not getting compensated for saying all this about his fine bar. Just legit loved the product, and thought I’d tell you about it. (Weird that that actually happens right?? No secret marketing campaign??)

5. I’m on the hunt for the perfect long white sweater for fall/winter. Something a la this:

white sweater

This is a huge decision, people. Not to be rushed. It has to be the perfect length (including arm length—critical for us taller folk), perfect thickness (heavy, but not weighted-blanket-heavy), perfect fabric (zero scratchiness factor), and perfect neckline (not too deep, not too shallow, and not too strap-showing boat-neck-y).

Any suggestions??

Also: I’m discouraged about the number of times Pinterest pins don’t actually link to useful places these days. The above pic is a Pinterest pin whose link led me to a slightly larger version of the pic. Love it.

Bonus: Yet another reason that I need to go back to work. Here’s an example of a conversation I had with my husband yesterday.


I stand by it: that word is funny.

P.S. Just so we’re clear: I was only high on boredom, courtesy of chapter 6 of my NASM textbook. (No offense, NASM…)

P.P.S. I apologize for all of the non-words in the post. (Boat-neck-y???) I really am a writer. I understand if you don’t believe me.

Have a great weekend!


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily @ More Than Just Dessert October 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I just found a great white/cream sweater to match that exact outfit (I pinned it on pinterest too!) at Target! There was a black, teal, and a cream colored one and they were a good price…I love mine!
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Kim October 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Ha! Funny you pinned the same thing. And awesome find!! I love Target.


Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome October 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I debated on dressing The Love Nugget up last year and went with the marathon runner which was cheap, easy and turned out to be super cute! You could easily do it too :-) I got a longish cream sweater similar to that at H&M recently. I feel the same way about Pinterest lately!
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Kim October 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I’m sure we’ll end up doing something. :)

I’ll have to check H&M out, haven’t been there in a long time!!


Alex @ Alex Runs For Food October 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Haha you are awesome!!!! I love this post. And you have to dress mason up!! I want to see pictures :) and I love paul Mitchell products. The tea tree shampoo and conditioner are awesome also.
Boredom highs are funny.. That is a funny word.
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Kim October 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Yes, I’ve been loving the shampoo/conditioner too!!


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Haha that text! Too funny. Totally something I’d send to my husband too.

And YES! You have to dress up Mason! At least for the photos! I thought the same thing about Hunter, but I know I’d regret it if I didn’t have photos. We ended up borrowing a friend’s costume, so I didn’t have to pay a dime on his costume!
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Kim October 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Great hookup!! That’s what I need. :) I’m sure we’ll come up with something…


Katie @ running4cupcakes October 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Ha! I love that text – and I totally agree that it is a funny word – but it needs to be said outloud – maybe that’s why he didn’t get it! ;) Also, I HATE when Pinterest doesn’t go back to a useful link – as in – I love that sweater – actually that whole look – but no idea where you can buy it. . . total bummer!! Good luck on your white sweater hunt. PS. You HAVE to dress Mason up. ;) Luke is going to be tigger. And we are taking him out trick or treating – just because he can’t eat the candy doesn’t mean we can’t – I mean there have to be some perks to having kids, right?
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Kim October 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I knew you’d understand about the word! :) I realize it’s a nerdy thing to laugh about, but I was just in that mood.

So true about the perks of having kids! I’m sold! :)


Tawny October 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Totally agree with the useless links on Pinterest these days! Another thing that bothers me is when you click on a pin to see the bigger version and you lose your spot on the pin page! Happens to me all the time, especially when I see a pin next to it that I really like and then it is gone forever into the black hole of pins….
Sorry about the rant. On a side note, when I was a kid I was allergic to all dairy products. Then growing up I could have everything but eggs (even a little bit of mayo made me break out in a rash). It wasn’t until I met my husband and he forced me to eat a hard boiled egg that I realized I had outgrown my egg allergy. So slowly but surely I outgrew all of my allergies, but it took a little bit of time and creative on my mom’s part. Now I don’t eat any dairy as a choice (I don’t like the way it makes me feel after) but I eat eggs everyday! I am not sure where I was going with this, but mainly to say that I outgrew all of my severe allergies!
Have a great weekend!
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Kim October 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

That’s really encouraging to hear!!! Thanks!


Kim October 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

That text exchange between you and your husband is hilarious – are you high?
Enjoy your weekend!!
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Kim October 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm

It was a fair question. :)

You too!!


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