Happy Friday and thank you so much for checking in on the blog today!
I feel like there’s a lot to share, so let’s have a quick catch-up before we dive in. (More on these adorable frames I’ve been obsessed with below.)
Since last week, Skyler battled and got over a double ear infection (quickly, thank goodness – woof). My mom was still in town visiting until Monday, so we had a few more days of time and adventures together. Sadly, we had to pick Skyler up from school on Friday after getting a message from his teacher. We took him to the doctor and she confirmed what we thought and sent him home with antibiotics. He didn’t have a fever and then spiked one to 103.1 a few hours later. It was a wild twelve hours!
As you can imagine, we took it easy with him and only got out and about when he was ready and fever-free for more than 24 hours. Poor guy. It’s so sad to see your little one in pain like that! Prayers and fingers crossed we won’t have any more calls like that for the rest of the year.
Speaking of that, are your kids still in school? We’ll be attending until the end of June here in the Northeast. It seems so late to me, as I grew up in Florida and a lot of my friends are already in Summer Vacation mode.
Skyler has a few random days off coming up in June, however, so we’ll be getting out and even traveling with Scott for a work trip coming up. Yes, he’s still overseas. He was supposed to get back on Monday, then that got pushed back to yesterday … and, well, now we have an additional ten days to go. It’s fine, we’re fine, everything’s fine. (Ahh!)
So yeah, that just about catches you up! Now onto the latest Friday Favorites.
Latest Faves: Glasses, Brooklyn Outings + Kids Faves
- magnet frames for Skyler’s artwork
I’ve been targeted on social (over and over) for the interchangeable picture frames that hold up to fifty pages of artwork your child brings home. I’ve bookmarked some good ones, but never got around to ordering them because of the daunting task of where to hang the collage of photo frames in our apartment with limited wall space.
Also, I’m horrible at hanging things. Okay, I’m not that bad, I just don’t want to do it.
Lucky for me, I stumbled upon magnetic photo frames that hold several layers of artwork for a small fraction of the price of others. Also lucky for me, we realized that our front door is magnetic a few years ago, and it has provided many hours of entertainment for Skyler. (Kids and magnets, right?)
I’m sure the wooden frames are much nicer, but if you’re like me and simply want to declutter and organize the chaos of constant drawings and finger paints, I got a 12-pack of these on Amazon for under $30 and love them.
- quality time with Mom
My mom likes to come visit Skyler and I when Scott’s traveling for an extended period of time, and it’s always fun to show her around my every day stops and routine, as it’s changed a lot over the years. She was a trooper tagging along (with a lot of commutes and allll the steps), and she became familiar with my go-tos for coffee, juices and especially immunity shots while I was fighting off a cold.
We had a full day to explore Manhattan while Skyler was in school last Thursday, but other than that, she really just joined my normal whereabouts and plans outside of being in with Sky when he was recovering. It was low-key, but great to catch up and spend all of that quality time together.
- blue light blocking glasses
I posted a video on Instagram yesterday sharing all about why I highly encourage wearing glasses that have blue light blocking lenses. I have been wearing glasses since elementary school, and I don’t necessarily need them to see clearer while sitting and reading a screen since I’m near-sighted, but I always keep them on while working at home for the added benefits of the blue light blocking lenses.
Studies are still being done on long-term effects, but we do know that prolonged exposure to screens can cause eye strain, dryness and discomfort, commonly known as computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. You can even get headaches or triggered migraines (and I can certainly attest to this, it’s not a good time!).
There’s really nothing to lose in opting for the blockers, especially if you’re already wearing glasses.
I’m personally LOVING my latest haul gifted by eyebobs, featuring the two frames you see here: the Waylaid (Crystal Front and Temples) and Case Closed (Black & White Tortoise Front with Black Temples).
True story: I reached out to them after sitting on the clear pair I previously owned for years and CRIED knowing they were ruined. A replacement *had* to happen – they’re the best. (Thank you for provided me these beautiful frames!)
Get yourself a pair or any you fancy at 20% off using the code LIFENLEGGINGS20.
And finally, Skyler has been begging to wear my glasses so I finally ordered him a pair of his own. He wears them during his screen time and I think they’re adorable — especially for the price. So, so cute.
- Touch the Truck Event
We debated on going to this event as Skyler was recovering, but he woke up ready and rearing to go somewhere after being cooped up the day before. I purchased tickets to a local Touch the Truck event hosted by a nearby elementary school a few weeks prior, so we figured we’d give it a go and walk back home if we needed to.
Touch a Truck is such a great idea! The street showcased a variety of different emergency and service trucks lined up in the same place (one after the next) for kids to be able to get inside, pretend to drive, talk to the operators who drive them and touch all the buttons. Scott and my dad actually took Skyler to a similar event when we were in Orlando earlier this year, so I knew that Skyler would really enjoy this one if we made it out.
Unfortunately, the weather was awful and it rained on us the entire time. Not wanting to keep him out longer than we had to, we saw a few of the big trucks and headed inside for the bounce houses, making the trip over very quick (in and out). But hey came, we saw and we used our pre-purchased tickets.
All things considered, we had a great time and would have stayed longer if it wasn’t raining. And again, I was fighting off a nasty cold and poor Sky was doing his best. But he definitely wasn’t ready to leave when we did. The kid has another level of energy that I truly envy!
- my fave clean skincare for men is back (for now)
Just like us, men need to pay attention to the ingredients in the products they are using. If you’re looking for a simple answer on where to go or what to get for your guy, this is it!
The Counterman line isn’t always available … but it *might* make a return for good. Maybe. For now, we’re being told that stock is limited and was re-launched just in time for Father’s Day.
I’ve purchased Counterman as a gift for family members, and Scott is a true fan, too. The routine is really quick and easy, and they won’t be disappointed in the quality of effective, safe skincare from a brand you can trust.
If you’re ready to share clean beauty with the special guys in your life you can purchase the cleanser, face lotion and charcoal body wash individually or discounted as a bundle. All three of these are great for women and teens, too! (The body wash smells fabulous.)
Also! There is a promotion happening now through Monday if you spend $125 or more. You’ll have your choice of a gift set with purchase, which is either two favorite face masks or a new body peel exfoliator and tightening serum duo. I’m personally taking advantage of a Counterman restock and am looking forward to trying the latter gift set with purchase. I’ll be sure to report back!
Get 20% off your first Beautycounter order by using the code CLEANFORALL20 and please reach out if you need help picking products or have any questions at all.
- Fifth Avenue Street Festival
Okay, we made it to the last point. I’ll try to keep it short!
There are many things I love about our Park Slope neighborhood, and the street festivals are right up there at the top. There are about a handful of festivals like this every year, but this one was huge and spanned 18 blocks.
It’s pretty cool to see the entire (normally very busy) avenue closed off for street vendors, live performances and music, bounce houses, carnival games and more. We walked through some of it on our way home from church on Sunday, and it got me excited for the Summertime. There’s so much to do around here!
In case you missed it …
Take a peek into our full day at Disney, our first visit as a family of three with some tips and takeaways for going with kids. So much magic *sigh*.
Fitness from the archives …
This superset style workout that only requires a few sets of dumbbells and a bench. Supersets are just two exercises that you complete back to back before moving on to the next set of exercises. If you don’t have a bench, you could do the chest presses from the floor, complete the rows standing, and use your sofa for the spilt squats. (It’s all about getting creative!)
Nutrition/Food from the archives …
Ten simple and key concepts to help you eat smarter and healthier from a PN Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach.
All right, I think we’ll wrap things up there. Do you have any fun plans on deck for the weekend? Skyler and I have a few play dates in the works, including a much-anticipated viewing of The Little Mermaid in theaters. (Not going to lie, I’m pretty excited to see it!)
It was so great to chat, and thank you again for clicking over to read the latest on Life In Leggings today. You can keep up with our updates and adventures on Instagram in between the posts here. I now have a personal page, too.
Have a great and safe holiday weekend!
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