The Truth of the 4th Trimester and More on This Week’s Friday Faves (7.27.18)

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weekly roundup

Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe this is the last weekend of July? Summer is flying by, and my son is turning two in FIVE days! Not that I’m counting down or freaking out or anything 🙂 My plan this weekend is to slow down, try to stay present in the moment and give my little man some extra snuggles. I’ve gathered a few links in case you’d like some light reading as we head into August together. Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. If you missed my stories on Instagram during my trip to Colorado for the 2018 Chevrolet Crossover Road Show, stay tuned for my full post about our adventures in the mountains coming to the blog soon.

Beautiful Baby, Not So Pretty Recovery

I don’t know about you, but I was incredibly unprepared for the fourth trimester. I wore a lot of Depends, used an insane amount of nipple cream, and learned first hand what a bladder prolapse (something I previously didn’t even know existed!) feels like. Many women face physical or emotional challenges after childbirth, but it can feel awkward or embarrassing to talk about. This article really resonated with me, and I’m so glad there’s beginning to be more of a dialogue about the realities of postpartum life!

 

Easy Ways to Use Less Plastic

I know July is coming to a close, but I was inspired by this post about a plastic-free July. We use reusable straws at home, but I need to get better about bringing them with me when we go out, especially since SF is moving towards banning plastic straws (yay!). Another easy way I avoid single-use plastics is by bringing my own produce/bulk bags to the grocery store. I have this set and love them!

 

Add These Books to Your List

Last week I shared that Love and Ruin was one of the books up next on my reading list. I finished it on our trip and it was so, so good. I highly recommend it! After I finished it, I was on a roll and read this book in 2 days. It’s also historical fiction, and it’s light and sweet.

Can I Get S'More?

Speaking of sweet…

I have a serious thing for ‘smores, but I’m currently in the middle of SOMA, with no campfire in sight. I might just have to try something new, make these s’mores bars, and see how they live up to the real thing. Bonus- they’re vegan and refined sugar-free.

 

A Smashing Summer Cocktail

While we’re on the subject of irresistible summer treats…I can’t think of a better combo than peaches and bourbon, can you? Planning to make this summery “smash” this weekend.

"Look Up"

Last but not least! I found this link over the blog’s break and have been dying to share it with you! One Sky is “a collaborative project with almost 90 artists and one instruction: look up.” All of the drawings are so unique and moving; I’d love to hear which ones you’re particularly drawn to.

Add Your Input to the Discussion!

Nope, Nada, No Way!

In case you missed it, here are the week’s posts from San Francisco Moms Blog and Mid-Peninsula Moms Blog. 

Surviving (and Thriving) Away From the Kids

Meredith enjoyed a one week staycation with her husband while her in-laws looked after the kids! See how she coordinated this genius arrangement, why it’s a must do, if you can, and what changes she’s making now that the kids are home.

What You Need to Know About Ticks

We asked a pediatrician to fill us in on ticks and Lyme Disease. Here’s how to avoid getting bit, what to do if you do find a tick, and when you should and should not worry.

Book Club: Childwise

Elisa breaks down the high points of the classic parenting book, Childwise.

Kids Deserve to Hear Sorry, Too

Andrea tells us why apologizing to our children will make them more polite and empathetic humans in the long run.

Make It Easy, Cupcake

Kelly, our resident baker, raves about this creative book full of easy ways to make impressive cupcakes. It’s full of step-by-step pictures, easy enough for non-readers to follow! 

Britax’s New Line of Car Seat

Three of our writers tried out Britax’s new Essentials line of car seats and shared their thoughts. Personally, I love that the seats are a lower price point than their other lines making safe car seats more affordable!

Cheap & Amazing Things to Do in SF with Kids

Tapped out on fun things to do with the kids this summer? Amy steps in with 5 ideas you may not have thought of.

Feeding Twins 

I am tired just reading Alessandra’s account of what it takes to breastfeed and pump for her twin infants. Peek into life with twins or comment with an encouraging word if you, too, are a mom of multiples! 

Finding Your Rhythm as a SAHM

Kate loves being a stay-at-home mom but admits it’s not only easy. Here are her tips on how to make the most of the opportunity. 

BubbleBum Booster Seats Save the Day

Lighten your load when traveling with your school-aged kids. Pack inflatable booster seats, rather than lugging bulky plastic ones. Meredith tells us all about BubbleBum’s inflatable boosters.

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Kate
Kate grew up in sunny San Diego and is a beach girl at heart. She moved to the Bay Area to attend Cal (Go Bears!), where she studied Sociology and met her husband Zack. She has a Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz and taught middle school in Santa Rosa and Austin, Texas before her son Henry was born in 2016. The family of three moved to San Francisco in February 2017 and miss good barbeque, but enjoy exploring the city together. Kate loves spending time outdoors with Henry, usually hiking or hanging out at the playground. When Henry is sleeping, you can find her cooking, curled up on the couch with a new book or working on her headstand in a yoga class.

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