Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a great week and that you’ve been able to enjoy some warmer temperatures now that we’re getting closer to Spring. To my friends in the Northeast, here’s hoping the forecasted snow isn’t too bad and that this is your last taste of winter!
I made this Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad earlier in the week, and I’m happy to say that it was a big hit. For the last year or so I’ve been focusing on adding more yummy vegetarian recipes into our menu rotation, so I’m always excited when I find a new one that everyone likes. I spooned it into toasted pita bread and served it as a sandwich, but it would be equally great on its own eaten as a salad.
Finally found some time to get my hair color brightened up a little, and I love the result! My super-talented stylist used a dab of this before blow-drying, and it miraculously eliminated my natural frizzy tendencies and added lots of shine. Of course, I had to pick up some for myself to add to my collection of hair essentials so I can try to recreate the magic at home.
Florals seem to be absolutely everywhere right now, and I’ve been having fun finding little ways to add the trend into my spring wardrobe. I had a few minutes while running errands this week to pop into Old Navy, and these cute flip-flops jumped right out at me. The best part? The 40% off sale they were having combined with the $5 reward coupon I’d been carrying around meant that I snagged them for only $2! I love it when that happens. I also have my eye on these – they come in the same blue and orange flowery pattern as the flip-flops, and I’m already planning outfits around them.
Book Club with the awesome group of ladies in my neighborhood is another favorite of mine, and we just finished reading Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard. The book tells the story of the author (an American) and her husband (a Frenchman), as they build a life together in the French countryside. The author is also a talented cook, and much of the storyline revolves around French cooking – so much so that reading this book while you’re hungry will inevitably result in you scrounging around the kitchen for snacks. Overall, it’s a thought-provoking take on the struggles and joys that come with trying to adapt to another culture, and something that I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own – which is one of the best parts of being in a book club (well, that, and getting together with friends to drink wine…)
On a more serious note, I read this article that a good friend recently posted on Facebook and knew right away that I wanted to share it here. It’s a short piece titled “The Five Phrases that Can Change Your Child’s Life”, and I feel like it serves as a good reminder to slow-down and connect with our kids in a way that can sometimes get lost in the hustle and bustle of the everyday. The years are going by faster and faster – pretty soon our daughter will be driving (gulp), applying to colleges, and be out on her own, with our son following not far behind. And I hope they both know that we will always have their backs. If you have a spare minute, pop over to HandsFreeMama – it’s one of my favorite sites for daily inspiration and always worth checking out to see what’s new.
What were the highlights of your week? Comment below and let me know some of your favorites!