Happy Friday! It finally feels like summer is here and it’s been amazing. I had two highlights this week. The first was that on Monday we had an ultrasound to see if a complication I was having cleared up (it did!), and we were able to see the baby in 3D. It was so surreal to see her little face. Even though she’s just a tiny 3.5 pound nugget at this point, she looked like an actual baby with squishy cheeks and real lips. I could finally (kind of) put a face to the squirmy little girl moving around inside of me. It was an incredible moment, and one of my favorites of pregnancy so far.
The other highlight was playing hooky for a few hours yesterday for a pool day with some friends. It was pushing 90 degrees and we all work from home so it just made sense. Having entrepreneur friends with flexible schedules… and swimming pools… is pretty great. It was my first time in a bathing suit since really showing, and at first I felt very uncomfortable, but after a few minutes, I relaxed into it and just let myself be.
The other great thing about this week was that my back pain finally let up after last week’s spasm. I spent a lot of time stretching it, massaging it, and being extra careful on walks, and it paid off. Being able to sit up in a regular chair to work and eat our dinners al fresco, felt like a luxury after almost a week of not being able to do so.
All in all, things are looking up! I was feeling so inspired this week that I created a massive to do list of everything I have to get done before the baby comes, started pre-planning blog posts with some amazing guest bloggers for July, and even put a few things in my hospital bag to get that moving. Yes, I realize I’m nuts… but 8 weeks isn’t really that far away.
From Around the Web
Teaching self love and confidence. My friend Eva wrote the most amazing post about how she’s raising her daughter to have high self esteem and self confidence. It’s beautifully written and I’m bookmarking it for when my daughter is old enough to understand these concepts.
8 healthy foods that are actually bad for you. It’s shocking that some of these foods are still considered healthy! The one I’ll disagree with is smoothies. If you do them correctly (and make them at home to control what goes inside) they can be great. Try my favorite smoothie recipe.
Draper James x Nordstrom. Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s adorably southern clothing line is now available on Nordstrom! I’m loving these high waisted gingham shorts and this sweet flutter sleeved top.
7 big summer books. Jo’s list of summer books has me ready for a beach day! Ordering all of them pronto.
Cauliflower crust pizza. Thank you to the amazing reader who let me know that Trader Joe’s is coming out with this pizza crust made from cauliflower, which is apparently causing quite the ruckus. I’m planning to pick some up this weekend!
Flirty Skirt. I really really really love this skirt. The color, pattern, and silhouette are perfect.
Turning racial stereotypes on their head. These photos are pretty profound.
Donald Trump’s excuse for never exercising… is truly amazing.
J.Crew price drop? I feel like J.Crew has been better about their prices recently. Is that just me? I can’t believe this gingham dress is only $79 and the most perfect scoop neck tank is going for $19.
Because who doesn’t need a $100,000 chicken coup? Anel has been trying to convince me to get a chicken coup in our backyard for a long time (he grew up on a farm). I told him I’m down if it’s this one. Ha!
Agreeing with men’s compliments. One woman inspired an interesting dialogue on Twitter about agreeing with men when they compliment you. Fascinating stuff.
SPF 50. Kate Somerville recently sent over a big box of products, but one stood out in particular. Their SPF 50 make up setting spray has been a lifesaver on the hot days this week. You just spray it on your face throughout the day to set make up in place (it dries really quickly), mattify your face, and provide protection from the sun.
Sugar daddies are a real thing. This article was fascinating to me. It’s so bizarre but it sparked a fun conversation about “how much would you do XX for” at a recent dinner party!
Why it matters that PetSmart discriminates against Pit Bulls. Being a Pit-mix mama, rules like this break my heart.
Fatoush salad. Pretty much my dream salad right now. Get the recipe.
Currently watching. Anel and I are totally hooked on Handmaid’s Tale (on Hulu). We binge watched the first few episodes and now we go nuts on Wednesdays when new ones are posted. It’s super dark and creepy, but it’s impossible to look away. Do any of you guys watch it?
Podcast recs? I’m driving up to New Hampshire alone next week and need a new great Podcast now that I finished S Town. Any recs?