I can’t believe June is almost over! June is a big month for us with lots of family celebrations. And of course this month marks the beginning of summer–my favorite season(!) and the halfway point of the year. I thought I would celebrate all the June fun and share some of my June Favorites. I have been enjoying the monthly favorites on some of my favorite blogs and podcasts, so I thought I would try my hand at it!
September 2015 Sam and I traveled to Italy and I got seriously hooked on Nutella. I also came home pregnant and Nutella became a staple in my diet (haha not necessarily something I’m proud of, but it was my first pregnancy and I ate what felt good). Well I had my baby and my love for Nutella did not subside. I still eat it probably more often than I should (especially after seeing this image of deconstructed Nutella and all its sugar!), but I love it and that love is not going away. My favorite way to eat it? Peanut Butter and Nutella Waffles with Strawberries! I make two waffles and spread one with peanut butter and the other with nutella and then add a cut up strawberry and put the two halves together. The ultimate guilty pleasure.
What I’m Reading
In my monthly favorites I thought it would be fun to also include what I read this month. Last summer a good friend gave me a few fun books to read over my maternity leave, but I had some unrealistic expectations about my maternity leave and did not get around to much reading. Now that Hunter is in his own room, I have some free time in the evenings and I have been enjoying reading again and finally got around to reading the books my friend loaned me! In June I read Greetings from Somewhere Else by Monica McInerney. This was a really fun light-hearted book. I think I smiled the entire way through as I read it. Brief synopsis–it is about an Irish woman, Lainey, living in Australia with her family and boyfriend and a successful career. Her dad is fighting with insurance after an injury at work and the family is having some hard financial and emotional times. Her aunt then passes away and leaves the family some inheritance, which would really help them out, but there is one condition–one member of the family has to run the aunt’s Bed & Breakfast in Ireland for the entire year. Lainey reluctantly volunteers to go, taking a temporary leave from her job and breaking up with her boyfriend in the process. When she arrives she finds herself in charge of a rundown and guest-less B&B. I won’t give any more away, but Lainey will have to deal with the pressures from her family, her love life, and turning the B&B around. Would definitely be a great beach read!
What I’m Watching
If you have a subscription to Hulu you need to be watching the Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale based off a book of the same name by Margaret Atwood. I have not read the book (yet), but the television series (which just finished the first season–you have plenty of time to binge and catch up!) is really great! It is entertaining and thought-provoking. I should also mention it is definitely for mature audiences. I can’t even do a summary justice, but I definitely suggest you read up on it, or better yet watch an episode!
When Hunter goes down for a nap I immediately put in headphones and start listening to podcasts while I get a few chores done. One of my favorites that I am really enjoying right now is The Longest Shortest Time. The host, Hillary Frank, interviews parents about their stories regarding all aspects of parenthood. The title of the show could not be more appropriate. Closing in on my first year of parenthood and living through those sleepless nights and doubts, but also amazed at how much love I could feel for him and how fast he has grown. It truly is the longest shortest time. This podcast has literally made me laugh out loud and cry. But maybe most importantly it makes me not feel alone in this journey of motherhood. I only found the podcast a few weeks ago, so I have a lot of catching up to do, but the benefit of this is that I have plenty of material to listen to in the meantime!
And since I have been loving my podcasts so much lately it’s no surprise that my favorite app this past month is one that is appropriately titled and lets me listen to my podcasts: Podcast Addict. It is easy to find the podcasts I want and then Podcast Addict does the rest. It’s so simple to play, pause, and download new episodes. And since I’m a little late to the podcast game and am catching up on the shows that I am enjoying, I love that it keeps tracks of the episodes I’ve already listened to. I literally use this app every day and love it!
Favorite Baby Product
Now that I am home full time I love products that make my life easier. Lately, that product is these baby bath books by All About Babies. First of all they are adorable for bath time. They are a soft plastic material, so they float in the bath and obviously can get wet. There are not any openings, so there is no way for them to get moldy like some other bath toys. The pictures are engaging for the infant/toddler age group with big face of babies, colors, and numbers. And most importantly Hunter is obsessed!! We use it in the bath, but also out of the bath. He looks at it during diaper changes, he carries them around the house, and he even enjoys them during car and stroller rides. I believe I received these at my baby shower (they weren’t on my registry, but now I know they should have been!) and never would have thought they would be one of my favorite baby products!
I love finding a good quote that speaks to me. I find them really motivating or emotional or funny and I just genuinely enjoy them and saying them in my head like a mantra. The month of June was a bit unexpectedly crazy and I thought I was going to be able to accomplish a lot more than I actually did. I have a lot to do as far as planning Hunter’s birthday, some house projects, and even a lot of ideas for the blog. Needless to say, it left me feeling very behind. And when I’m feeling overwhelmed and behind I also tend to procrastinate. It’s a vicious cycle. That’s why Arthur Ashe’s quote “Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can” really meant a lot to me this month. It motivated me to get to work, but not worrying about overworking and attempting to catch up (which likely would never happen anyway). The blog posts are now coming along, Hunter’s party planning is underway (can’t wait to share it here when it’s done!), the garden is planted, and the house is a work in progress, but the “lights are on”. Hoping to tackle some other tasks soon, but I’m feeling better about the to-do list!
Hope you enjoyed my June Favorites! Looking forward to sharing my favorites next month too!