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Five on Friday

Wow, what a week.

1. Take Action: Email Your State Senator

It feels weird to carry on with dance recitals, end of school year activities, blogging, packing for a long weekend away and all the other things going while people everywhere are grieving. My heart has been so broken and heavy over the horrific tragedy in Texas. I’m so angry, sad, anxious and overwhelmed. And I’ve been squeezing my babies extra tight. And to my teacher readers, I honestly cannot even wrap my mind around what it’s been like for you to enter the doors of your schools this week where you should be safe. You all deserve better than this. Our kids deserve better than this.

If you are wanting to take action, one option is to email your state senator. It took me 5 minutes. You can do it from your phone. And if you are looking for tips or a sample script, I highly recommend checking out Jamie Golden’s Instagram post.

2. Thomas & Caroline’s Dance Recitals

The kids danced their little hearts out this week at their recitals!

Thomas absolutely crushed his hip-hop dance and I was so blown away by how much more serious he took it this year. For years he’s said he wants to be in the Army when he grows up, but recently he’s said he wants to be in the Army and be an NBA dancer.

Caroline worked SO hard this season to learn 3 dance routines — tap, jazz and ballet. My goodness, this girl SHINES on stage. She performed SO confidently and her smile lit up the theater. It took everything I had to hold back the tears watching her. She is such a beautiful dancer and puts so much of her heart into it.

While I’m sad our dance season has come to an end, I am a little relieved to have one less activity to shuttle kids to for a little bit. And I cannot wait to see what the kids decide to do next. They are still undecided on their fall activities but I think Caroline is leaning more into jazz and Thomas may take a break for a sport or keep doing hip-hop. We’ll see!

3. Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls

This week was absolutely bonkers so I only cooked one meal — these Skinnytaste Black Roasted Bean & Sweet Potato Bowls! They were SO good and both kids loved them too (minus the red onion). I omitted the pepper for the creamy chipotle sauce so it wouldn’t be spicy and used a delicious lactose-free sour cream I found at my Harris Teeter.

4. Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup Sugar Free 

I grabbed this sugar-free syrup after TIBAL raved and raved about it…and it is worth the hype! I don’t love my coffee super sweet so I add a half pump and it’s PERFECT. It reminds me of the Brown Sugar Oat Milk drink at Starbucks I love. If you grab this, I highly recommend grabbing the pump too.

5.  Sprinkles

In case you could use some Sprinkles content today.

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Tuesday 7th of June 2022

I am usually a daily reader but I have been out of town so I'm just now catching up. I echo those above who say THANK YOU for using your voice and your platform to stand up against gun violence. We have to make this a priority, nothing is more important. Thanks again Christina.


Friday 27th of May 2022

Definitely needed Sprinkles in a Barbie pool with a flamingo floatie and a swanky hat! 😊

Raleigh Mama

Friday 27th of May 2022

I have never commented here before, but I'm a longtime reader and love your blog. THANK YOU for not staying silent on Uvalde and the issue of school shootings. Desiring safe schools for our kids and teachers seems like something we should ALL agree on. Thank you for using your platform and not staying silent.

Emily Bell Watson

Friday 3rd of June 2022

Afreed! Please express the same compassion and activism towards the overturn of Roe vs Wade and please discuss your opinion on it and how it affects women you know..


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Thanks friend. My heart is so broken over this horrific tragedy. :(


Sunday 29th of May 2022

Just wanted to echo this comment. It’s bizarre that this is even a “risk” to offending people, but I appreciate you prioritizing it at the expense of losing a few followers.


Friday 27th of May 2022

After a week like this I needed sprinkles in the Barbie pool. Hugs to your family.


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Same to you, friend.