I’m jumping on the bandwagon of other bloggers and want to start regularly sharing on Friday’s a random compilation of five things that I love.
1. The Atlanta Zoo
Grant started his second week of school, and it’s definitely been a period of adjustment (for both him and us). When I pick him up around 2pm, I like to have fun “adventures” for us like going to the park or playground. We also live very close to the Atlanta Zoo (we can sometimes hear the lions and monkeys from our front porch!), and it’s one of my favorite weekly activities with Grant. First of all, we have a couple friends who work at the zoo, and they have amazing information on its conservation efforts, research, and care for its animals. Since I can take Grant during the week, it’s usually not too crowded. This past week we were one of the few ones there, and the animals all came out to say hi! Not to get philosophical, but it truly was magical to experience Grant’s awe over the animals. At one point, a baby gorilla pressed its nose against the viewing window and motioned Grant over. At first Grant was a little bit hesitant, but after he held my hand, he wanted to walk up to the glass and interact with the gorilla.
2. Weekly playgroup breakfast at Chick-fil-A
Speaking of special adventures with Grant, he doesn’t go to school on Friday’s, and we start the day by meeting up with friends for breakfast at Chick-fil-A. This standing breakfast playdate is a special time to connect with friends over tasty food + a play place for kiddos!
3. Chef’s Table
John and I don’t really watch TV, but lately we’ve been enjoying watching a couple episodes of Chef’s Table on Netflix throughout the week. I highly recommend the show if you’re a foodie and enjoy documentaries. It’s fascinating to hear the stories of chefs and how they got to the top of their field. The episode on Dan Barber, the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill Farm in New York, has inspired us to eat more local and organic foods this year. As a teaser, he talks about how it’s not just “you are what you eat,” but instead: “You are what you eat eats too.” We even bought his book The Third Plate, so I’ll let you know how it is!
4. Rifle Paper Co. weekly calendar
To continue the food theme, I love my Rifle Paper Co. weekly tear-off calendar. I’m someone who has to plan our dinners for the week in order to make the grocery list, and this calendar helps me visually see what’s going on for our week and plan accordingly. (As an aside, I’ll be sharing a weekly meal plan on the blog soon, so stay tuned.) The calendar isn’t designed specifically for meal planning, and in fact I recommend my coaching clients use something similar to organize their week and schedule/track their goals.
5. Voluspa candle
I inherited my love of candles from my mom — growing up, she would light at least one every night and now I do the same most nights. My favorite right now is the Goji Tarocco Orange one from Voluspa (a mouthful!). It’s fruity but not overwhelming sweet.