Well, it’s our last weekend before the beginning of school…and honestly, I think the attitude around here is pretty darn excited!
The backpacks are ready to go, the stuff for lunches is in our fridge, first day outfits have been selected (but please, do not call Smith’s “an outfit” or he will get annoyed with you), and we’ve picked several fun things to do to wrap up our last two days of summer. Tonight, we’re surprising the kids with a movie in our pool after it gets dark 🙂 . It was a sweet summer, but I think we’re all ready to welcome fall.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend, friends!
Did you watch the first episode of Worst Cooks in America this week????
Eeeks! There’s my baby brother right there on the end!
I had so much fun talking to Sean about this process. The very first question I had was of course…was Rachael Ray as sweet as she appears? And he gave an emphatic YES!!
You can catch this season on Food Network or catch up online as well. I know how this season shakes out…and let me just say…we are all SO PROUD of Sean! He really stepped out of his comfort zone and worked really hard. This was not an easy gig for them. They really worked and earned it!! (And bonus, I love programming like this because it’s good for the whole family!!)
Yesterday, I told you about this girl…
…this is Kimarie. And today, I want you all to go buy her salts. I seriously cannot say enough about her products. I am FLIPPING OUT OVER THEM!
I met Kimarie in the green room at QVC. Before then, I had no clue about her or her company, Saltopia. I just walked in, plopped down and she instantly started chatting with me AND I LOVED HER RIGHT AWAY. We just clicked in that special way you do with people. So, I ask her why she’s at QVC and she starts telling me about how she started this salt company from her house. I had so many questions. Why salt? Because she said as a former dancer (22 years), salt was a very important part of her diet, but after she retired and had two little boys, she found that every salt/seasoning on the market was full of chemicals, preservatives and such…so, she started making them at home all-natural and organic with only the best ingredients…and thus, a business was born.
So, I love salt and all…but when I tasted her salt, IT BLEW MY MIND. I could not stop eating it. She doesn’t just add dry seasonings to salt, she actually marries the salt with the seasoning so that each crystal is flavored. Make sense? I gushed so much that she gave me 18 bottles to take home. Here are just a few of my faves. I am going to gift several of these bottles because look at the packaging! It’s just so cute!!!!
This one would be amazing on frostings, chocolate, garnished on whipped cream coffees…it’s just so good!
This one is my very favorite! I can’t even tell you about how good it smells…it’s like the best thing EVER!
Just. So. Good.
On the back of each package are three recipes to show you how to use the salt, but let’s be real, we can just add it to just about everything, right? A sprinkle here and there, a rub on a piece of meat before grilling/baking/smoking…just add it! And isn’t it packaged so cute with the little wooden spoon? I am swooning. You can purchase directly from her website HERE. She has 72 different varieties!
This stuff…from Trader Joe’s…buy it. Today.
This kind of thing is typically not my jam. My snack of choice is more like crackers with cheese or a dip (gosh, I love dips)…but I opened this for my kids the other day and Ashby had to tell me to share. It’s so good!
‘Tis almost the season for light jackets. I have two new faves from this week…
I love, love, love my new denim jacket. In my opinion, it’s just the perfect color. I will be wearing this alllll fallll long!
And then this little cropped military jacket too. Bam. Easy.
This quote has been going through my head all week…
So, second grade wasn’t super smooth for our Kensington. She really worked hard, we really loved her teacher, but there were a few bumps along the way. Last Friday, we found out about her new third grade class and let’s just say, she had some memories from second grade that really discouraged her about this upcoming school year. A few days later, she started to show some real confidence about going into third grade and quite honestly, it was probably one of her most mature moments to date. Andrew and I were so proud of her. Then, she said she really thought if she cut her hair a bit, it would give her just what she needed to face third grade. And well…Coco Chanel came to my mind, so we went for it.
I just love this sweet girl.
The back view before.
Awwww! She felt so good about her new haircut!! And no, we did not highlight her hair…God did via the sun 😉 .
So, now that she has a few inches off…I think she’s ready to conquer third grade on Monday.
It makes me want to cut my hair. I’m pretty inspired by this girl!
And wrapping things up this week…
…one of my most popular posts every year! My Back to School Slow Cooker Suppers post will help make your life so much easier this fall. Simple, yummy recipes ready and waiting on you after a busy day. See that post HERE.
That wraps up this week’s Friday Favorites!! Have the BEST day, friends!