Favorite running shoes:
I haven't talked about my shoes recently and I figured it's worth bringing up again....still loving the Saucony Kinvaras. I honestly love them more and more the longer I wear them. I was tempted to wear them for Chicago and opted for my Saucony Rides because the Kinvara technically aren't a long distance shoe. The Rides are good, but I just love the Kinvaras and am planning to wear them for my long runs leading up to Memphis and, if it goes well, will wear them for Memphis.
Favorite Christmas tool:
Elfster! My sister-in-law gets credit for finding this and it's great. The adult 'kids' in our family used this last year to set up a gift exchange for Christmas and have implemented it again this year. Aside from drawing names for who everyone, you can set up wish lists, put restrictions on who you can't draw (we didn't want any of the couples to get each other or you could add names for who people got last time so you get someone new), and send anonymous emails to ask questions.
Dr. Brown sippy cups....they are what any baby/toddler parents reading this need to know about. My boys tend to
Favorite things I made this week:
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - I had this for lunch at the Corner Bakery in Chicago and it was so good and I think this comes close to matching it
These chocolate chip cookies - I've shared the recipe before, but it's worth sharing again...they are a household favorite. We have new neighbors who moved in across the street and had company over one night so I made these cookies and they disappeared way too fast.
Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs - I thought my recipe for baked meatballs simplified life, but this is even better!
Redeeming a spa gift card I got from a friend this summer (thanks, N!)......I've had a good number of massages and this one definitely ranks in the top 3, it was REALLY nice.
Favorite my-boys-are-growing-up-way-too-fast moment:
Braxton's first hair cut...
Favorite random surprise:
Sending a bunch of birthday balloons to Brian at work :-D He didn't bring them home because he didn't want to walk across campus carrying them and planned to go up to his office over the weekend to get them....he never got up there and ended up bringing them home mid-week. So they were in his office several days AND he carried them across campus to bring them home. The balloons got maximum exposure and I got my money's worth!
Favorite things I read this week:
This article about how reliable GPS watches in tracking your pace - it doesn't share anything earth-shattering, but shares some interesting studies.
How to use your phone for an internet hotspot...um, yeah, consider me in the category of having my mind blown.
A letter written to a mom on her iPhone while her kids played at a park, it's a good reminder that we don't know what we don't know about others (and life) and we shouldn't be so quick to judge others.
What are your favorite things this week?
Who's dressing up for Halloween? I'll share pictures of the boys in my next post :)