Thursday Things

Hi Friends!

It’s been awhile since I rambled on about some of the things I’m loving lately so let’s do that, shall we?


Air Drop

Call me late to the party on this one but I’d never actually used Air Drop until earlier this year when I went on my trip to California. Remember all those valuable blogging lessons I learned on that trip? Well, this was a valuable non-blogging lesson. Now I use it all the time, especially when my parents come to town. My mom takes a lot of great pictures of Squish and this makes it super easy to get them onto my phone!

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I learned about Grammarly in one of my blogging FB groups a few weeks ago and immediately installed it on my computer. I am the worst about proof-reading my blog posts and it drives my hubby crazy. This makes it easy for me to catch those silly errors before publishing my posts. As you can see above, I used it while writing this blog post and I forgot a comma in one of my sentences. Grammarly catches that kind of stuff and with just a click or two you can make the changes quickly!


My mom sent me this article called “Teach Your Child Not To Interrupt In One Simple Step” and I absolutely love it. Definitely going to try it with Squish when he’s a little older.



One of my new favorite phone apps. I first started using it when we were getting the gym ready to open, to make a daily summary of the progress we’d made on the gym that day. I love it because you can use a combination of photos and video clips to make one video. It’s super easy to use and you can make the photos show for as long or short as you want.

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Monica Swanson’s blog

Last week, Heather shared a link to this post from Monica. I’d never heard of her blog, but I’ve quickly fallen in love with it. More specifically, she’s writing a great series on parenting pre-teen and teenage boys. While I realize Squish is not even one-year-old yet, I am a girl and I didn’t grow up with brothers so it’s never too early to start reading and learning, right?!


DIY Tile Backsplash

Kylie wrote a great post about how to make a DIY Tile Backsplash that she uses for a lot of her photos and I love it! Must try!



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Bizzy Bear

Squish is OBSESSED with these books. There are tons of them in the series and I think he has about 7 of them. They’re his absolute favorite and he will happily listen to your read them 100 times in a row. He also spends a lot of time looking at them on his own. They’re made of sturdy cardboard and each page has something that can be slid up and down or pulled out or something. You can find them on Amazon. We just got Bizzy Bear Pirate Adventure (Amazon aff link) yesterday and I think it will be the new fav.

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Qalo Rings

I just ordered Qalo Rings for hubby and me last night. I’ve been eyeing them for a while because I feel like I hardly ever wear my wedding ring anymore. It’s such a hassle to remember to take it off before the gym, not lose it at the gym, remember to put it on when I get home, repeat the next day, etc. So anyways, I’m excited to try them out!

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Regan Jones on Periscope

If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, even if you’re not and RD, you’re going to want to follow her on Periscope. She’s sharing so many helpful tips about everything from making money, to enjoying your work, to google analytics. If you miss the scopes, subscribe to the Healthy Aperture You Tube Channel – she’ll be uploading the broadcasts there so you can watch them anytime! Find more great building your business resources in this post from Nicole. And if you’re new to Periscope, here’s a great roundup of posts from Sarah to help you learn more about it and get started.


Parenting Posts

I’m not really into reading parenting books for various reasons, but lately I’ve found myself drawn to the parenting posts that some of my blog friends are writing (ie those posts from Monica I mentioned above). I also especially liked this  7 Steps To Taming The Tantrums post from Brittany.

And finally, this video. Yes x 1 million.

Your turn!
Tell me something you’ve been loving lately!



Microwave Sweet Potato Mug Cake

Made with simple ingredients, this microwave Sweet Potato Mug Cake For Two is ready in minutes and perfect for a quick dessert when the craving strikes.

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Stroller Workout

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Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups + 5 Healthy Zucchini Recipes

1 Min Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Healthy Snack Recipes

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Taco Zoodles

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