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Five on Friday

Happy Friday!

1. Bedtime Routine

We recently started listening to Peloton’s Relax & Sleep meditations after we’ve turned off the TV for the night and THEY ARE SO GOOD!!!! My mind tends to race at night and the meditations are really helpful in tuning out the noise in my brain, relaxing and slowly drifting off to sleep. We are also still using Vital Proteins sleep shots (we subscribe to the monthly delivery on Amazon) and the combo is amazing for falling to sleep. Now staying asleep all night is a whole different story…

2. Mask Necklace Lanyards

Caroline wears a mask all day long in her virtual classroom at Thomas’s daycare. I wash her masks daily because they get so gross from constantly being dropped on the floor. So she and I were both excited to receive the cutest custom necklace lanyards from Jill of Peonies & Playdates Etsy shop! How cute are these?!

3. Learning The Piano

At the end of last year, Matt and I had went out for an end of year celebration dinner and began mapping out what we’d like 2020 to look like for our family. HAHAHAHAHAHA. So obviously, none of that went as planned, BUT we did put some longer term goals in the plan and one of mine for 2021 is to learn to play the piano! I honestly couldn’t be more excited about this goal and have been researching keyboard pianos. I’m still not exactly sure where or how I will fit a piano into our house (or when I’ll practice), but I’m determined to figure it out, even if it means I’ll be sharing the kids playroom or my dining room office table.

So I polled y’all on IG for keyboard recommendations and received some requests to share the feedback. The best tips I received were:

  • Get a full keyboard with all 88 keys. If you start small, you’ll just end up buying a bigger one down the road so it’s better to invest upfront.
  • Spend a little more on a keyboard with weighted keys, which feels more like a real piano.
  • The Yamaha P71 Keyboard was recommended by several piano teacher readers, so I’m leaning towards this one!

OK, so my next question is…any recommendations for online piano lessons? Can be an app, a course, etc.

Please look at this gorgeous painted piano photo I received from reader @jordan.emmitt! She found this on marketplace for FREE and painted it herself! Amazing, right?!

4. Meal Planning Tips

I was so thankful for all of the great tips you all shared on my meal planning post on Instagram. I’m going to round up all of the tips in a blog post next week but had to share the meal planning app recommendation that I am really excited about — eMeals (referral link for 2 free weeks and $10 off)! I signed up for the 3 months membership and have already planned out my first week of meals. It was SO fun picking out the meals and the grocery list is automatically built for you so it makes it super easy. You can even send your grocery list directly to Walmart, Shipt, Instacart, etc. if you want to skip the grocery store.

5. Sprinkles

I’m gonna leave you with this lobster cuteness…


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Sunday 18th of October 2020

I want to send you a photo of what my doctor gave me for sleep- its magnesium but its professional strength and you sleep ALL night, and tastes so yummy!! Its OptiMag Neuro by XYMOGEN. I also would recommend diffusing lavender, epsom salt (3 cups) baths with lavender oil, AND lavender drops in your lotion after a bath and rinse off in shower. Sleepy time tea is good too. And possibly the hardest- no caffeine after noon. I'm 40 and I swear a switch went off and things are changing 🤣🤣🤣 best of luck-- love the Lobster costume!!

Vanessa R

Saturday 17th of October 2020

I also had sleep issues with staying asleep. I went to a sleep therapist and it helped so much! There are a number of strategies and the ones that work for some might not work for all. If you want to try a few on your own, then the most impactful for me was 1) set your schedule and go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day of the week 2) no naps during the day, 3) no melatonin and 4) you are only in bed for sleep and sex- meaning no reading, no watching electronics, no laying there for long periods of time trying to fall/go back to sleep. After laying down for the night, if you aren’t asleep within 30 min, get up and do something else. If you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep in 15 min, get up and do something else. There were many other measures as well, but the above were the main ones to work for me. It took me a couple of weeks to get into a good sleep flow. I have more or unless been able to maintain it even in the craziness of 2020.


Saturday 17th of October 2020

This is all SUCH great advice!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!


Friday 16th of October 2020

Check out Dylan Dreyer's instagram page, she's learning piano and just posted something on it. I think it says in her comments which app she uses.


Friday 16th of October 2020

I found it- It's called Skoove.


Friday 16th of October 2020

Sprinkles' costume is TOO cute!! Keep us updated on how you like the meal planning app- that sound so useful!

xoxo A


Friday 16th of October 2020

Oh my goodness that lobster!! Brought a big smile to my face! I'll be excited to hear about some piano courses. We have a piano (from when I was a kid), and my girls are wanting to learn. I could teach them some basics, but would love to see what else is out there.