I just wanted to pop in and share some things I’ve been loving recently, from recipes, to shows, to baby products!
Yesterday would have been Jackie Kennedy’s 88th birthday! I am always inspired by the stylish and gracious way she lived her life, so I loved watching Jackie: A Tale of Two Sisters, which explored her relationship with her sister, Lee Radziwill (an inspiring, unbelievably chic woman herself!). If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it!
I binged all of Mad Men on Netflix this winter (sidenote: one of my top 5 favorite shows ever and I can’t believe it took me so long to watch it!), so I was so excited when I saw that Alison Brie was starring in GLOW (also on Netflix). The show is a behind-the-scenes dramedy about the making of the 1980s show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. It is so funny, awkward and real — Steve and I both loved it.
I have been making this cauliflower pizza crust from Detoxinista weekly. I love it because, 1) I am SO excited to have finally found a foolproof recipe that makes FIRM cauliflower pizza crust that stays together and almost feels like real crust, 2) it’s so damn delicious! (the main ingredient besides cauliflower is goat cheese so, no surprise there), and 3) it’s so easy that I have the recipe memorized at this point which is the best, because I can just whip it together in a few minutes without having to look it up. If you’ve never tried cauliflower pizza crust, or haven’t had good luck with it in the past, try this recipe!
Steve’s grandmother gives us rhubarb every summer, and I don’t always want to make a pie (because who can eat a whole pie? — okay… we technically CAN, but I don’t want to!). This year, I tried this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Bread and it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten! It was so moist and not too sweet. I made a few loaves to give away but we ended up polishing off two ourselves! So much for avoiding a binge on unhealthy food!
I started reading the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series last year, and while we were on vacation in the Catskills I was finally able to crack open the second book! This series is so addicting, I read through the second book in just a few days and immediately ordered the third, which I also finished in less than 3 days (which was probably only possible through mild neglect of my children and allowing them to watch too much tv, but it’s all about balance right?). The world in the series felt like the closest thing to Harry Potter that I’ve ever read (can anything ever top Harry Potter? I don’t think it’s possible, guys). It was very fun and action-packed, dark in a mild way and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.
A Cup of Jo has started their fifth (!) installment of Motherhood Around the World and I’m so excited! I love this series — it’s so eye-opening/humbling/comforting to read about the different struggles and triumphs mothers experience in other cultures — some very sobering differences, many surprising similarities, and so many interesting and funny anecdotes. So far this round I’ve especially loved this post about motherhood in Guatemala, where I learned that Guatemalans have many different names for different types of rain, that jumping in puddles during a rain storm is a privilege, and that co-sleeping is the norm there, not a trend. There were so many great anecdotes, I couldn’t pick just one to share, so go read the whole article here!
So, playing music for your kids to go to sleep is certainly not groundbreaking, I know. I have never really done it though! Graham was such an awesome sleeper right from the start (bless his little heart and thank god), but Harrison has always had a little trouble. And, now that he is one, it is especially hard to get him to settle down at bedtime. I’ve recently started playing this soothing Mozart compilation from YouTube and it really does help him to wind down and fall asleep! I play it while I rock with him in his rocking chair, and then I lay him down in bed and leave the music going. He will usually fuss for a few minutes and then just fall asleep! I go back in and get my phone after about 10 minutes. I’m thinking that I need some sort of music playing device that I can leave in his room. Anyone have any suggestions?
I have used Honest baby wash and shampoo for a long time, but I recently tried this one from Burt’s Bees Baby and I love it! It has the nicest, mildly sweet smell that I can’t get enough of — it just smells like a baby to me. And it doesn’t seem to dry out Graham and Harrison’s skin, which is wonderful because they have sensitive skin. So glad I tried it!
I’ve been wanting a pair of high-waisted white skinny jeans for a while (I have a pair that are more loose/straight and they are not sleek enough to go with a lot of things). I saw that these were only 14.99 from H&M so I ordered two sizes to try (their jean sizing runs notoriously small so size up one or two sizes!). I was pleasantly surprised by the way they fit (after I sized up two sizes) — very fitted on the stomach which is key for high-waisted jeans, thin and stretchy enough that they are not restrictive, and after a day of wearing them, they did not stretch out. Pretty good for only 14.99!