favorite thing friday

Two Friday’s ago I posted about some of my favorite things. Today, I decided to link up with Jenny at Sippy Cup Chronicles for her weekly favorite thing Friday post – and follow the rules and post about just one thing this week.

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My favorite thing this week is a blog – well, more specifically, the blogger and her adorable family!

Meet Taza over on The Rockstar Diaries!

She is fashionable and free-spirited and I really enjoy reading about their life in Washington, D.C..

One of my most favorite things on her blog are her happiness lists. I have done two of my own, here and here. Reading happiness lists is a no fail way to lift your spirits on a rough day.

Go check her out!

Happy Friday!

favorite things friday

I thought “favorite things Friday” might be a fun way to share all the things I obsess over on a weekly basis. Being indecisive and insanely easy to distract, my “obsessions” change with the temperature outside. On top of that, I’m pregnant, so cue hormonal mood swings, and you have a nice cocktail of random things you might find interesting, too!

(and this is the closest I get to a real cocktail for a long time…)

1. The Honest Company

I am still planning on writing a full review on The Honest Company, but for now, read this blogger’s review and suffice it to say that I have been really pleased! It’s no secret that I love me some Jessica Alba, but her newest brain child, along with co-founder Christopher Gavigan, is really something for her to be proud of.

honest diapered butt

The diapers not only have adorable designs, but are plant-based and chemical free.

It may come as a shock to many of you, but J and I are considering the switch to cloth diapers for the remainder of C’s diapering days and as we expect a new little one. For cost reasons, yes, but also because it makes me cringe to think of all the nasty chemicals in our diapers touching my baby’s delicate skin.

While these diapers have increased our monthly diaper budget by $20 (a monthly subscription is $80), and I’ve yet to rely on them overnight, since C pees a ton and they leaked both times we tried them, they have made my conscious feel a lot better.

And did I mention that they are ah-dorable?! Pirate skulls, plaid and nautical anchors all look super cute on my son.

The accompanying wipes are cloth-like and soft, and currently come free with the diaper bundle. I have them in C’s room and in our car – because let’s be honest, with kids you use wipes all the time!

Their home products in the Family Essentials Bundle are pretty awesome, too! The hand soap, healing balm, lotion and laundry detergent have been huge hits here, and this month we are trying the hand sanitizer, bubble bath, multi-purpose cleaner and dish soap.

They all have a sweet scent and stand by the brand principals of being made with high-quality, all-natural, organic ingredients. Everything’s made in the US and there is no animal-testing. Read more about what the company stands for here.

The company runs on a monthly subscription service which means they get delivered right to your door. The Diaper Bundle is $79.95 and the Family Essentials Bundle, which comes with 5 products of your choice, is $39.95.

The pretty packaging and branding doesn’t hurt, either!

2. Ain’t No Mom Jeans blog

Ain’t No Mom Jeans is a blog I’ve recently discovered that has consumed tons of my time lately! From their About page:

Ain’t No Mom Jeans is the fashion and lifestyle blog for moms who know motherhood is the coolest job out there and who like to look and feel their best doing it.  We cover everyday mom style, as well as stretching a non-maternity wardrobe nine long months, disguising a postpartum pooch, nursing-friendly dresses, fashion-forward comfort shoes and the hottest & most functional baby / kid gear on the market.

All things super relevant to my life and my interest in clothes!

Here are a few of their best posts to get you started! They are a new regular in my daily reading list.

3. The Ten on Ten Project

Yesterday I tagged Rebekah of a bit of sunshine in my random things post. Besides being beautiful and crafty and spelling her name the way I wish my parents had decided to spell mine, she has a fabulous photo project called the ten on ten project.

She started the project after receiving a brand new camera in an effort “to help [her] find beauty even when [her] world was so exhausting and hard with two little ones running around.” Those two little ones being babies 16 months apart!

The premise of the project is that on the 10th of the month you take one picture every hour for ten consecutive hours.
ten on ten button

I’m going to try my best to participate tomorrow! With my mom visiting, I hope to catch a few special Bubbie-Carter moments during the day.

4. Attempts at getting Carter to pose for pictures

He’s 18-months old now! Here I am trying to snap a picture at his well baby check-up:

carter at doctors

No interest in mom and the camera whatsoever.

Sometimes he’ll say “cheeeeeese!” and just not look at me…or he’ll say cheese and not smile but give me this look like, “geeze mom, I don’t want to take another picture, put that thing AWAY so I can get this fake smile off my face…”:

carter not smiling

Most of the time, as evidenced above, he’s just too busy for the camera, like when we tried to replicate this:

23 weeks

I’ve been trying to get a belly pic with him holding the chalkboard since I was 19-weeks pregnant and we found out we were having a girl, but the times that my family of 3 is together at one time are few and far between. The times we were I looked like shit, or we just forgot.

Yesterday, since I was in the adorable dress my sister-in-law made for me for my birthday, I tried to use the timer feature on my camera to capture a bump pic and, as you can see, it was a fail.

We’ll try again at 24 weeks when we’ll be home visiting Bubbie and Aunt Ray Ray!

5. Quinoa

I enjoy cooking and have recently been trying to cook with some new, whole foods that will make my meals more nutrient dense and healthy.

I feel like my natural state, pregnant or not, is hungry. Now that I’m mid-way through this pregnancy with all the nausea behind me, I can say, without pause, that I am hungry all. the. time. I have been making C and I more wholesome lunches and have been turning towards healthier, protein-dense breakfast options, too.

Quinoa (pronounced, as the nice lady at my local Whole Foods explained to me, keen-wa), is a vegetarian protein source that is high in fiber and iron. It is grain-like, but is actually a plant. I hadn’t previously tried or cooked with quinoa, but when I found this recipe for strawberry banana quinoa muffins, I knew it was something we had to try.

I purchased the quinoa in bulk at my local Whole Foods for $3.68/lb. All you need for this recipe is 1 cup, and 1lb yielded 3-4 cups from what I recall.

These muffins have a sweet taste and a moist texture. You can definitely tell there’s a non-traditional baking ingredient in them, but my family and I have all enjoyed having them in the house! I used whole wheat flour and didn’t have quite an entire cup of strawberries to use, but I look forward to trying this recipe again once strawberries are in season and I can go pick them myself!

strawberry banana quinoa muffins

With all that leftover quinoa, and since I’ve been craaaaaving all things Asian-food, I have whipped up some vegetable fried quinoa a few times this week.

vegetable fried quinoa

This recipe essentially replaces rice for quinoa.

I cooked whatever vegetables I had on hand – fresh carrots, broccoli, mushrooms and celery and some leftover steamed mixed vegetables consisting of corn, green beans and carrots that I needed to get rid of. I added two eggs I had previously scrambled, the quinoa, paprika, asian style seasoning from my local seasoning shop, pepper, red pepper flakes, ground mustard and soy sauce.

I cooked everything in a big pan, wishing I had a bad ass wok to cook in, and served it up! Carter, Jason and I all really like this meal, and it gives a protein boost to the traditional veggie fried rice dish.

What kinds of things are you loving on this week?

open sky

Boo-yah! Two posts today! My house is still a mess and I’ve been in workout clothes for 3 hours and my only exercise has been getting up for more coffee, but whatever.

I am really excited to share about a new shopping website that I have recently become obsessed with. Partially because they give me store credit for waking up in the morning, but mostly because it’s awesome.

Rachel Zoe first emailed me (and only me, right?) about Open Sky a few weeks ago. I checked it out, fell in love, sent a mass invite to everyone I knew that liked to shop to join, too, and started compiling a massive wishlist of everything I wanted.

On Open Sky you chose curators to follow in one or all of several categories: food, style, health and design. Experts, celebrities, bloggers, fitness guru’s and people I’ve never heard of bring you deals on products ranging from scarves and knee-high boots to nut butter, granola, dishes and home decor. Everything’s discounted, some stuff more than others, and price points range from high to low.

I’ve made two purchases from Open Sky thus far. I got this adorable Halloween doormat from curator Julie Morgenstern, the “Queen of Putting People’s Lives in Order.”

It’s a 18×30″ bleached coir doormat that I paid a total of $10.96 for. Without the credits it would have been $27, still a decent price for the durability of this mat.

Julie currently has 7 Baggu zip bags on sale for $34! I’ve been obsessed with these bags since Gwyneth Paltrow GOOP’d me about them over the summer.

I also purchased some all-natural cleaning supplies by Sapadilla posted by curator and vegan mom extraordinaire Alicia Silverstone. The 3-pack included dish soap, counter cleaner and all-purpose cleaner, and the sale price was $27 for the 3 16oz bottles. With my credits, I paid $1.96.

The fresh grapefruit smell has been such a pleasant alternative to the chemical-y wipes that I had gotten addicted to. I’m making a transition towards more green cleaning, and these cleaning supplies have really helped make it a natural transition. Did you like that? So natural.

Alicia has posted sales on snack bars, ballet flats and facial cleansers, too.

I’ve gotten emails about earrings, dresses, cotton t-shirts, kids toys, ear phones, necklaces, cookware and snacks. You chose which curators you follow so you only see the sales about things that interest you.

Unfortunately, almost everything on the site interests me so I’m tempted all. the. time.

It’s a pretty cool concept and helps to personalize the “daily deal” sites that seem to be popping up everywhere.

And did I mention how generous they are on the credits? Just yesterday I was given a 48-hour window to take advantage of a $10 credit. I’m trying to decide between the Baggu bags and a DIY natural home cleaning kit.

OR…

Which would you choose?

What are some of your favorite flash sale or daily deal sites?

*I was not offered any incentive by Open Sky to write this post. It was brought to you purely by my love of the site and the products I have purchased from them. But in case you want to join, please, let them know I sent you!