1) Maybelline Fit Me Blush
While I do love my Cover Girl Cheekers blush, with the spring season in full bloom, I've been reaching for a more coral blush. I'm loving Maybelline's Fit Me Blush in Deep Coral. It's perfect for fair-skinned girls like me, and there's just a hint of gold shimmer that doesn't make you look like a teeny-bopper. Check out my other makeup favorites in THIS post!
2) School time with my own kids
I have used some of my personal days at work to take care of appointments and such this year, but I also got to surprise Trip last week at his lunch time. He was so surprised, and it was nice to be able to do something with him in his school. Since I had the day off, I took the kids for an ice cream treat at our local boardwalk. Earlier this week, I took a day to chaperone Ari's preschool field trip to the zoo. We had a great time, and it was so fun to see her with her classmates! I'm fortunate that the kids' teachers are very understanding that my job requires me to be there most of the time, and it was nice to be invited to chaperone since I don't get to come to school during the day. I'll be taking one more day at the end of the month to chaperone Trip's class to the butterfly exhibit at our local science museum!
3) Ms. Susan
We had a very bittersweet week as Wednesday would have been my sweet neighbor, Ms. Susan's, birthday. Ms. Susan was a retired elementary school teacher who treated us as her family. She was a bonus grandma to Trip and Ari, and she was always bringing us treats. We enjoyed visiting with her at dinners and brunches, and I loved that she just jumped in the pool with the kids on the 4th of July! I think we had a special connection to Ms. Susan- she was born the day before Ari's birthday and passed the day after mine. She collected friends everywhere she went (even the ladies at Bath and Body Works knew her by name!) Ms. Susan was such a great example of kindness and compassion, and we miss her every day.
I've had three recent encounters with ladybugs when I was doing something that was related to Ms. Susan, so the kids and I are convinced that ladybugs are now her way of saying hello! :)
4) Ari's birthday
I think this chica has managed to stretch out her birthday into a whole week of celebration, but she totally deserves it! You can read all about how she came to be our little girl in yesterday's post HERE. We celebrated on Saturday with a Biker Babe Birthday Brunch theme, and last night, we went out to James Coney Island (her choice) for a hot dog dinner! She asked to go bowling, so we're planning to hit the lanes this weekend to wrap up our celebrations. I'll be posting all about the Roo's birthday party on Wednesday, so make sure you come back to check that out!
5) Storyline Online
A friend of mine recently shared about Storyline Online. Given how much Ari enjoys listening to audiobooks during our hour long drive home after school, I decided to check it out. It's FABULOUS! Actors from the SAG read a book and the pictures from the book become a little animated. The actor then shares a little bit at the end about the message or moral of the story. Both of my kids have asked to pick out a reading video to watch when I am getting dinner ready, so if you have little ones, you should definitely give this a try. Another bonus is that you could totally let your kids watch this at the doctor's office instead of sticking a game in their hands!
Don't forget to link up with me and the ladies of Moms' Coffee Date THIS Thursday the 16th for our Ladies Who Link party! We're sharing our go-to Crock-pot recipes!
In case you missed any of this week's posts:
Life With the Lees: Weekend Recap
Tuesday Training: Week 10
Show & Tell Tuesday: Kids' Parties
What I Wore Wednesday: Olive + Pink
Happy Birthday, Roo!: Ari is 5!
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If you're heading out of town for spring break, I wish you a very peaceful, safe, and relaxing vacation! If you're hitting the couch like me, then I wish you lots of good t.v. binge-watching and exciting book reading! I'll be back on Monday for a weekend recap. See you soon! :)
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