Seriously, the week after a vacation AND a holiday is rough. I have spent the whole week unpacking, doing laundry and trying to entertain my children that are still coming down from their vacation high. I have said, "Stop touching each other" no less than 6,936 times this week. The only child inside of me is in major need of quiet time. Enough of the "poor me, I just got home from vacation story" let's get to my Friday Favorites!
Speaking of vacation, if you missed my vacation recap, make sure you check out our adventures from last week on Wednesday's post.
On Thursday, I linked up with Katie for A Sentence A Day in June.
Celebrating our country's birthday was definitely one of my favorite's this week. We started off our morning by attending the 4th of July parade in the tiny town where my grandparents were raised. I came to this parade when I was young, and now my kids look forward to it every year.
This is retired Secret Service Agent, Mike Howard. He served on President Kennedy and President Johnson's staff. In fact, he was with JFK in Fort Worth, shortly before he was assassinated in Dallas. I had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak a few years ago and it was amazing! I am fascinated with all things JFK, so to hear the stories from someone that knew him and Jackie personally, was awesome. I could have listened to him all day long! Here's a little bit of his story.
If you're a Trim Healthy Mama, then you've probably tried (or been intrigued) by Good Girl Moonshine. Basically, it's a fizzy drink that can help you overcome soda cravings, plus it has ginger and apple cider vinegar in it, which aid in digestion, detoxifies, clarifies, alkalizes your body, and helps with in weight loss. The original recipe on the Trim Healthy Mama website is a little blah to me. There are lots of recipes on Pinterest to jazz it up a bit, so I thought I would mix up a concoction of my own.
When I went to stock up on my Joseph's Lavash Bread and Pita's this week, I noticed these Tomato Basil Tortillas, and knew I had to try them. I love Tomato Basil anything...and these are low carb!
I made a Kale Cesar Salad and added chicken to it for lunch a few times this week, and even ate my burger in it one night this week. I'm looking forward to trying the other flavors next.
I'm ending my favorites with one more "vacation-ish" post. I was so impressed with my kids on this vacation. They were troopers, even when it was hot, even when it was raining, even when they were exhausted.
Kendall consistently impresses me with her love for her brother and sister. She always volunteered to ride the kiddie rides with them and was so helpful. She was also the perfect ride partner on the "thrilling" rides with me and the zip line. Unfortunately, Mark's love of country music rubbed off on her, and I was out numbered when it came to music choices on the road trip.
There is nothing this guy won't try. He loves swimming in the ocean, the lake, the pool...wherever! Jess is also a fan of roller coasters and water rides. He can't wait until he is tall enough to ride the "big" rides.
If there's one thing I learned about Jentry on vacation, it's that it is possible for a two year old to go seven days without a nap! She was a trooper! Even though she was NOT a fan of water rides, and most of the time while she was riding rides she looked miserable, she always got off the ride and said, "That was fun. Let's do it again!"
That's all I have for you today! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
I am linking up: