Friday Wrap: Catching Up

Yes. Hello, glorious weekend. I’m so happy to see you again!

We survived the first week of school, which included soccer practices and tons of projects at work. Thank goodness National Pinot Noir day was squeezed in there.

Brandon and I felt like it was our duty to oblige, and we had a nice evening catching up and sipping on a glass of Pinot from Oregon. We also had fun reminiscing about our trip this past fall. #wannagoback

oregon wineAnd speaking of catching up, I thought I’d share a few updates with you this week.

{ONE} The Olympics

Remember when I mentioned that my niece’s boyfriend was diving in the Olympics? Well, he jammed it out. He advanced all the way to finals. (In fact, he placed third in the preliminaries.)

When it was all said and done, he placed 5th. It was so exciting and we are all so proud of him!

olympics

This was a screen shot I took during finals.

Ipsen rankings

This shows his rankings from the prelims. See him there at third? BTW, the diver from China ended up winning gold.

This has been a great Olympics all around. We have so many amazing athletes representing our country. I hope you’ve had a chance to watch at least some of the inspiring races and performances.

{TWO} Front Door Decor

With the Olympics winding down and back-to-school gearing up, I decided to change up the front door. Here’s a little snapshot of what it looks like these days.

front door decoration

You may remember this chalkboard from the girls’ birthday? I thought it would be fun to pull it back out. I mean, it’s a chalkboard! 😉

{THREE} Buddy Bracelets

Last week I talked about surprising the girls with mom/daughter bracelets. Here’s what they look like. So far we’ve worn them every day!

bracelets

The set only had one bracelet that said “daughter”, but Avery really wanted the one that said “love” anyway. Thank goodness it all worked out. #twinproblems

{FOUR} Fresh Flowers

When we got back from our trip to South Dakota, all of the flowers in our hanging baskets had dried up like raisins. I tried to strategically place them near our sprinklers, but the heat was just too much. I dumped the plants and have been staring at empty coco liners for weeks.

planters

I finally filled them with some heather, which should be perfect this time of year. They can stand the heat and have delicate purple flowers that look so pretty on the back porch. I recommend them if you need to fill in a few spots in your garden.

{FIVE} Food & Fitness

Back in June I started a little health kick, which has been more of a shuffle at times than a true “kick.” As an update, I still like the 7-min workout, and have tossed in a bit of walking and jogging when I can. But I haven’t been as committed as I’d like, so I’ve been toying with the idea of challenging myself in the kitchen – my favorite room in the house.

I’m curious if changing my diet can really make an impact on my energy levels, skin, and love handles (which I don’t love).

Fast forward to this week…

whole30

I had one of those serendipitous moments when my friend, Allie, asked me to join her in trying Whole30. Initially, the sound of it scared me, because I have to give up cheese, chocolate and wine. But now that I’ve been reading the book, I’m excited to give this a shot.

We’re in the planning phase now, and are going to officially start on Aug. 29. If you’ve gone through this, please tell me how it went and if you have any tips for me. I have a feeling I’m gonna need some support! 😉

That’s a wrap, my friends. What have you been up to? Give me a shout as you enjoy this awesome weekend.

XoXo,

Kate

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4 comments on “Friday Wrap: Catching Up

  1. So, Oregon Pinots give me a headache! Random, huh? I think it’s my California Girl coming out because California wines are fine 😉 What fun to know someone in the Olympics! A former teacher I taught with ran the marathon, but I couldn’t spot her in the big crowd. So WHole30 – I agree, lots of benefits. Here’s my first post while doing it: http://www.klein.co/2016/06/whole-30-ing.html … unfortunately, it was followed by this post: http://www.klein.co/2016/06/whole-30-part-2-good-bad-and-sad.html I’d be happy to give you more details, basically the program ended up making me very sick. And I gained two pounds (which, after giving up wine for two weeks basically made me cry). Still, I totally think there are benefits to it.

    • Thank you so much for your advice on Whole30!! The thought of giving up wine is making me bummed. That and cheese! Lord I love cheese. I can’t wait to read your posts in detail. I might be reaching out with some questions. PS. California wines are awesome, too! I think I need a trip out there to grow in my level of appreciation. That’s what I’m telling my husband, anyway. 😉

  2. Those bracelets are super cute. I feel you pain on your plants. My herb garden dried all up while we were on our honeymoon because my MIL forgot to come water it. Oops. Oh well, next year it is!

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