5 Things We Loved In September


Almost every morning when Garrett gets out of bed, he steps on the bathroom scale and weighs himself. He can’t really make sense of the numbers and lines on the scale, but he knows where the needle lands when he gets on it.

So every morning, he gets on, looks at the needle, and then hangs his head and hunches his shoulders in disappointment. 

At first I was surprised. “What’s wrong, Garrett?” I asked. 

“I weigh the same.” He said in a downcast voice.


Before I could think of what to say, he continued “When am I going to get bigger? I always just weigh the same every day”. 

And here I thought that scales were only a problem for adults. 😉 

But the whole ordeal just makes me laugh, because Garrett wants to get big SO BAD, and time passes so slowly for him. 

I remember time being like that – vaguely. Mostly I remember thinking that summer use to last forever, and now it doesn’t anymore. 

And of course, the older I get, the faster time passes.

Funny how that works. 

But the older I get, the more I realize that time is fleeting and therefore precious, and I’m determined to enjoy as many moments as I can. Anything else would be a waste. 

And with that in mind, there are a few things we’ve enjoyed over the last month that have stood out above the others. 

5 Things We Loved In September

Making Money Mom

Money Making Mom. I’m reading a pre-release copy of Crystal Paine’s new book Money Making Mom, and loving it! The chapters on how to determine your talents and skills, and how to start a business as a mom were a nice refresher, and I’ve been really encouraged to create a better work-life balance. I haven’t finished it yet, but I feel like I’m really getting into the good stuff now, and I’ve heard so many positive things about the second half of the book, that I can’t wait to get there!


iPhone Arm Band (for running). Most of this summer, I pushed the stroller while running, or else just ran a short distance every morning, but recently, I switched to longer runs every other day – no stroller – as I prepare for some races this fall. And you know what? Carrying an iPod while running is a real drag! So I ordered an armband to hold it for me. Ah, extravagance, I feel extremely blessed and thankful to be able to buy conveniences like this without stressing about our budget. It wasn’t always like that, and I don’t take it for granted. 


Coconut flour. My husband’s food allergies keep him from eating most grains, so this month, I purchased twenty-five pounds of coconut flour. Yes, twenty-five. Go big or go home. actually, it was just so much cheaper to buy from a bulk distributor, that it was more than worth having to find containers to store it all in (it’s in one big bag), which I still haven’t done. 😛 Gabriel is enjoying his coconut flour pancakes and brownies, and I’m hoping to do some more recipe experimenting with it. It’s SO different from normal flours!

The Great Food Truck Race (Season 3). I half-heartedly turned on this show a few weeks ago when it popped up in the “Suggested shows” on Netflix. Seriously. Food trucks? But it only took about fifteen minutes for the whole family to get addicted. We LOVED it! Gabriel and I are real armchair warriors, and we loved disecting all of the competitors and their menus, and predicting what would happen next. We were all very sad to see (spoiler alert!) Pap-A-Waffle go though. What a bunch of good natured guys!

Skinny Chocolate

Skinny Chocolate. I’ve been intentionally trying to increase my healthy fats intake, but I can’t stand cooking savory dishes with virgin coconut oil, so I’ve become somewhat addicted to what’s known as “skinny chocolate” by the Trim Healthy Mama crowd. I haven’t read the book, but I found the recipe online (and modified it of course), and I love it! It’s definitely coconut-y chocolate, but it’s chocolate. Can’t go wrong with that! 

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  1. Oh how I miss when a year felt like an eternity. Now a year is gone in what a month felt like as a child! I’m also reading Crystal Paine’s new book, she’s so inspiring!

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