Today is the last day of school for my kiddos and our last day having children in elementary school. I can’t believe how the time is flying so I am looking forward to really slowing down this summer.
What did we sign up for them to do to keep them preoccupied all summer?
I am one of those moms that force them to be bored and entertain themselves all summer long.
My days will be spent in a lounge chair at the community pool with a stack of books and I can’t wait to make that a part of our daily summer routine! My health is forcing me to embrace a slowed down routine and to let some things go until I feel better. It was fortunate that I usually have that summer mindset, but now it has become more necessary than usual. I’m thankful I have the freedom to do that with this job. I know it is an enormous blessing.
Here are a few other things that are making me happy this week!
This past year we made the switch to natural toothpaste and have been using Tom’s as our brand of choice. I liked it, but I felt like it lacked that tingling feeling that makes your mouth feel fresh, like you would experience with brands like Crest and Colgate. Hello sent me a big bag of adult and kid toothpastes for our family to try and I will admit that I was a little skeptical. I am a traditionalist when it comes to toothpaste flavors, but I decided to try their Mojito Mint and now I can’t imagine using anything else. It is the tingly freshness that I have been missing in my toothpaste and it is all natural. They have a ton of different flavorings to choose from.
My daughter also tried some of their different toothpastes and was nuts about the Bubblegum kid’s toothpaste they offered. She said it tasted like Extra gum and has been wanting to brush her teeth. If you have a tween, you know the struggle is real when it comes to daily hygiene.
It is a natural toothpaste line that is free of sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives. As a creative, I also really love the packaging on these. You can find this line of toothpaste now at Walmart stores. I highly recommend checking them out!
American Experience: Walt Disney
I didn’t know a lot about Walt Disney, but now I feel like an expert after indulging in the American Experience: Walt Disney that had premiered on PBS and is now available for streaming on Prime. This two-part documentary explored the life of Disney from his childhood until his final days. It shares his successes and failures in a very real way with testimonials from colleagues and family. Historians round out the commentary with their takes on his film career.
This was so fascinating that both of my husband couldn’t wait to settle in for the second part after watching the first. It was inspiring to hear the things he accomplished, but also really showcased the missteps in business that got us really talking together about what we could learn from it in our own work. I’m not a Disney nut like some of my friends, but I can still appreciate the legacy that he built and that our family has enjoyed on our vacations there.
I highly recommend this one if you haven’t seen it yet!
My New Favorite Dry Shampoo
Dove happened to be a sponsor at Mom 2.0 and they are always generous with the offerings in our hotel rooms to give us a chance to try their products. As a girl with sensitive skin, I have always appreciated their skincare line, but hadn’t really tried their shampoos and conditioners before. As someone who hates to wash her hair (and I have the art in my bathroom to prove it) I was excited to try out their dry shampoo.
This dry shampoo is the closest I have gotten to feeling like I have truly clean hair without the washing. It smells amazing and leaves zero residue on my dark brown locks. I could be a sweaty mess at the gym and use this stuff and my hair smells like I just washed it. It’s also at a very affordable price point so as soon as I got home from my trip, I stocked up for the summer! If you are on the hunt for a good dry shampoo, I REALLY love this stuff!
Reading: Girls on Fire has been on my summer bucket reading list so I started with this one this week. Raunchy, dark, twisted. I don’t think this one would be for everyone (all the mature content warnings for this one!!), BUT I am really sucked into this twisted friendship and the mysterious suicide of a fellow classmate. This one is set in the ’90’s so I am appreciating the nostalgia of reliving a little of my youth.
Enjoying: An evening this week with my book club out in the She Shed. We read this book and you can catch my interview with the author on Sunday- yay!!
Addicted: To Blood Orange Candles from Grove. I just placed another order for a couple more because they make me so happy and my house smell so good!
Laughing: At your responses on this– so funny!
Happy Friday, friends!
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