Sunday Funday: 5 Things I’m Loving This Week

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Lifefactory Bottles

I recently left my handy plastic tumbler at my cousin’s house, so I picked one of these up at Whole Foods. I am obsessed. It feels a lot safer to be drinking out of glass and they are truly sturdy. The second day I had it I dropped it and watched it tumble down a short flight of cement stairs and it was completely fine.

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Frozen Blueberries

I love blueberries, but I always wait too long to eat them and there is nothing grosser than those soggy ones on the bottom. So I just started to freeze them when I come home from the market. They have been perfect for snacking, topping off desserts or breakfast and for keeping cool in my super warm apartment (why is it so hot in here?).

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Toms Sandals

My swollen feet covet these sandals.

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Night Cheese Print

Because I need a constant reminder of Liz Lemon in order to be happy.

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Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

I am so into these cookies! I must make them asap! Peanut butter, Nutella and salt? Yes, please

Shopping with Mallzee

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Though I don’t fit into regular clothes yet (and it seems so far away), I have been daydreaming and planning about the day when I can fit back into my skater dresses and mini skirts. Right now I’m loving the Mallzee app. I have, seriously, lost at least an hour swiping clothes (left for dislike, right for like) and building my preferences. You can search vendors, like Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Anthropologie, Forever 21, Uniqlo, etc., and even filter by clothing type, color, and price.

Usually, when I shop online I end up with dozens and dozens of tabs open with different products I might like and then I pare that down to things I would buy. The swiping method (people compare it to Tinder, but I have never used that app), is easy and less stressful for me and much more natural than scanning a bunch of thumbnails.

The app saves your likes and you can share with your friends. What I love most about this feature is that I don’t have to keep a tab open on my desktop while I decide if I really want to buy. It’s all self contained. I have quite the stock pile of clothes that I can’t wait to cram by post-prego body into. Counting down the days!

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What’s On My Book Shelf?

What's On My Book Shelf?/ Let's Go Sunning

As my due date gets closer, I thought I would share some of the books I’ve read during my pregnancy. Though, not all are exclusive to parents, I found these particularly helpful in feeling more prepared and less out of control.

The Happiest Baby On The Block by Dr. Harvey Karp - This book came recommended to my by quite a few people, so I picked it up. I don’t have a baby yet, so I can’t make any claims about it’s effectiveness, but it really helped ease my worries about dealing with colicky and fussy babies. My recommendation is to buy used or borrow a copy from a friend or the library. It’s not something you need to own for eternity for reference. A lot of the criticism the book gets is that the information could fit into a pamphlet, but instead is a 200+ page book. This doesn’t bother me, but if you are short on time you could read this quick break down.

Healthy Child, Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan - I LOVE this book. I constantly reference back to it. Its full of helpful tips for greening your home, but also striking a balance so you don’t go crazy. I’ve read it three times already. Though, it’s aimed at parents, I think there is a lot of value in it for anyone who wants to green their homes.

Happy Baby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months by Dr. Robert Sears - I picked this up at the library last week, just because I saw it on the shelf and I was going a little “check out crazy.” I thought I would give it a quick flip through and return it early, but I ended up devouring it. This was a very simple guide to baby’s nutrition from birth to two years old and includes a great guide for mom as well. Dr. Sears is also great at acknowledging that parents often don’t have the time or money to make their own organic baby foods, so he offers suggestions for different kinds of green parents. I intend on buying this one to keep referring back to.

The Honest Life by Jessica Alba - Not gonna lie, if Jessica Alba jumped off a bridge, I’d follow her. I love her dedication to living green, but not sacrificing style. This book is inspiring, beautifully shot and full of practical tips.

It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow - I know a lot of people hate her, but I am obsessed with this book. I picked it up at the library last week, again, thinking I would flip through it, get a recipe or two and send it back. I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of yummy recipes, with few ingredients and simple instructions. I’m not a gourmet chef, so the easier to make and the less ingredients, the better. So far, I’ve tried 3 recipes and have a whole bunch planned for next week. Delish.

12 Must Have Rugs from Society6

Society6 now makes rugs!  They recently added these polyester woven rugs in three sizes to their site, you can get them in 2×3, 3×5, and and 4×6. They are the perfect accent to any room, especially as a kitchen throw rug or in a nursery or dorm. The woven polyester is easy to clean (just pop in the washing machine), though it isn’t my favorite type of rug for hardwood, it’s great for a pop of color in a carpeted room.

12 Must Have Rugs from Society6

1. Green Fields by Marcelo Romero  2. Pomegranate Pattern by Georgiana Parashiv

12 Must Have Rugs from Society6

3. Beauty (eye of the beholder) by Lidija Paradinovic Nagulov – Celandine   4. Vegetable Pattern by Teagan White 

12 Must Have Rugs from Society6

5. Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That by Sara Eshak   6. Minimal Complexity by Three Lives Left

12 Must Have Rugs from Society6

7. Fruit and Spice Rack by Budi Satria Kwan   8. Stacks by Monica Gifford

12 Must Have Rugs from Society6

9. Leopard by Moniquilla   10. Tropical Forest by Poppy & Red

12 Must Have Rugs from Society6

11. Sea Patrol by Anna Deegan   12. Bones by Teagan White

Weekend Excursion: Bodega Bay

Weekend Excursion: Bodega Bay - Bodega Country Store

This past weekend, Tom and I decided to take our new car on an excursion up to Bodega Bay. It’s been on my list of things to do since I moved to San Francisco over 10 years ago, but I never quite made it. So, with a shiny new car and and a belly that has grown way too much in the past 3 weeks, we decided to make the trek.

We actually thought we would just stumble into the town and everything would be centralized. We were super wrong, we ended up passing the entire town and lost on the Sonoma Coast (which was beautiful), but we had no cell service and no way to google map our way in the right direction (what did people do without smart phones?).

Weekend Excursion: Bodega Bay - Sonoma Coast

I didn’t mind if we missed some of the quainter points of town, as long as I could see the church and schoolhouse from the The Birds. We back tracked and managed to load up on way too much salt water taffy at Patrick’s. We only spent $6 and still have so much left! Green Apple and Tropical Punch were insanely delish.

Weekend Excursion: Bodega Bay - Patrick's Salt Water Taffy

 

After enjoying quite a bit of taffy we finally got cell service and figured out how to get to the good stuff. We made it to an odd little strip that had both the school house and church, I nerded out for a little bit and then we found some fun antique stores. I totally scored on some Matson Cruise Menus and then we wandered down the little strip and perused the Hitchcock memorabilia.

Weekend Excursion: Bodega Bay - St Teresa of Avila Church

It was a fun little adventure and I’m so glad I finally made it! For some reason, I thought Bodega Bay was way further from San Francisco, but it was only an hour and a half drive north. I do wish I would have remembered to bring my bigger camera, but I think just having my phone on my allowed me to just enjoy the day rather than be focused on taking pictures.

Weekend Excursion: Bodega Bay - Bodega Country Store

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