Happy Labor Day Weekend! We are enjoying the incredibly hot weather and taking it easy at home. I’ve rounded up a bunch of the best Labor Day weekend sales, and even took some time to pick out my choices from several retailers. These sales are too good to miss, so spoil yourself and grab some things you’ll need for the new season ahead. Happy Shopping!
July was a good month for the Gregorys. We found out the gender of Baby G#2, we celebrated three years of marriage, and we took a very memorable and relaxing vacation to the Adriondacks. In the meantime, we also continued to add pieces to our home and started planning several projects we’d like to get done before Baby arrives in November.
In the midst of all of this, we bought some stuff to prep Finn for a long road trip. We also bought some things that we’ve been wanting to have, but never had the space in our tiny apartment. Having a house is truly the best!
Rug for living room – I had my eye on this rug for months and knew it would go perfectly with our couch and other decor in the living room area. When it went on sale on Prime Day, I snagged it. (I also got a duplicate of our carseat cause I was tired of switching back and forth. Long overdue!! Thanks, Prime Day!) Even the full price is stellar for the quality of rug. I highly recommend if you are looking for an area rug! Plus you can’t beat two-day shipping.
Instant pot – Can you believe David and I still had a gift card leftover from our engagement?! Apparently it took us three and a half years to decide what to do with it, and I couldn’t be happier to have added an Instant Pot to our kitchen. I have a really bad habit of forgetting to defrost any meat and when dinner time comes around, we are constantly having to come up with alternative plans. Not anymore! This thing is the bomb. I haven’t even gotten creative yet – literally just using it to cook our chicken for the week – and I’m not sure what I ever did without it.
Toddler air mattress – We bought Finn this air mattress for our trip to the Adirondacks. He slept on the floor of the hotel and in our cabin with us, and had zero issue. The bumpers on the side made it so he wouldn’t roll off, and the size is perfect for small spaces and small people. We will totally be getting our monies worth out of this.
Blackstone griddle and accessories – Perhaps the best purchase from July, our Blackstone Griddle. My parents wanted to get us a grill for the house for our anniversary present, but after my dad bought a griddle for himself, he convinced David a griddle was the way to go. I’ve got to say, I’m totally sold. A grill is a wonderful tool, but you can literally cook everything on this griddle. I’m talking eggs, bacon, pancakes, veggies, burgers, chicken, we’ve even done a low country boil. I highly, highly recommend if you are in the market for a grill. We purchased a cover for it as well.
Amazon Fire for Kids – Gahh, I hate to admit it, but I totally caved and got Finn a tablet. We bought it with every intention of using it only for long roadtrips, and we’ve stuck to that so far. He hasn’t even asked for it since we’ve been home. I knew that 9 hours in the car would be totally unfair for Finn, and we would all need a break from each other. So when he started getting crabby, I would pull out the tablet and it would keep him occupied. Heads up – I totally failed and forgot to download anything onto the tablet prior to actually leaving for the trip, so I had to have it connected to my phone as a hotspot the entire time, but it wasn’t the end of the world. Next time, I’ll have more experience!
Blow up swan pool toy– We bought this swan blow up toy for the pool on a whim, but it was such a hit on vacation! I just thought it was fun and for $15 you can’t really beat it. Sadly, we left it behind, but hopefully whoever rented after us found as much joy in it as we did 🙂
Each year, my dad’s family gets together for what is known as Rath Family Vacation. He is the oldest of six siblings, and each of them take a year to pick the destination for the week in July. My dad chose this year and we ended up on Fourth Lake in Inlet, NY. If you haven’t spent any time in the Adirondacks during the summer, you’re missing out. It’s my favorite place to be! We had no cell service, a lakefront property, and 30+ family members scattered across the lake.
I was so happy to share this tradition with Finn and David. Between weddings and newborns, we hadn’t made a RFV in several years. This was the perfect year to go! The weather was absolutely perfect (high of 90s during the day with a need for a sweater at night) and the lake water was great. Finn swam his little heart out and David and I watched our little man grow up right in front of our eyes. It was an extra perk to spend the week with my sisters and my niece who live in Colorado.
Some highlights – Finn swimming on his own, taking a train ride to Otter Lake, David playing “Uncle Dave” to my cousins at the water park, the smile on Finn’s face going down water slides and riding the boat every day, hearing Finn say his name for the first time, getting really into a good book for the first time in forever, all the good food and obviously, the great company! Thanks for a great week, Fourth Lake. We’ll see you next year ADK!
Somehow, we are already a week into July. I’m not complaining! We have a lot to look forward to this month. It’s been a while since I’ve done a Life Lately post, so I thought I’d take the time to update y’all on what’s been going on with the Gregorys the last few months.
Work is Crazy!
For those of you who don’t know, I work full-time in healthcare marketing. In the last few months, we- as in my team of 7- have been working hard to launch a brand new website. My role in all of this is to schedule, produce, art direct and choose photos for all 200+ pages of the new site. It’s been quite overwhelming, but very satisfying work. Fortunately, we are just a few weeks away from launch, but that just means crunch time is here. I haven’t really had a second to breath, let alone focus on this blog! Really, this has been the most prominent thing going on in my life for the last few months and I’m so excited to launch and get back to a normal work routine!
We Find Out The Gender Next Week!
David and I scheduled our “20 week” anatomy scan on our third wedding anniversary. This means we will actually be finding out the gender at 21 weeks, but the sentiment of finding out on our anniversary was worth the wait.
We aren’t doing anything fancy – in fact we decided to do the same thing we did when we found out Finn was a boy. We have our doctor’s appointment at 1pm. We will have the nurse write the gender on a piece of paper and put it into a sealed envelope. We plan to go out to dinner that night and open the envelope together, just the two of us! Then we will start making calls to tell everyone. Once again, I will probably not put any gender on this blog since my dad reads it and he doesn’t want to know!
Finn Turned 2… and We Are All Exhausted!
I can’t say I wasn’t warned, but as soon as Finn turned two, he embraced all the stereotypes of being two. Testing limits, climbing on everything, refusing food, throwing fits, fake crying. It’s been an adventure! He’s also been quite chatty and telling us stories that are quite difficult to decipher.
All that aside, I think this is my favorite age yet. It’s so fun to plan things that we know he will enjoy and to watch him learn new things on a daily basis. He’s truly a little boy at this point and I think this is the age that I had in mind when I was pregnant with him and picturing being a mom. I love that he sleeps well and enjoys brushing his teeth! I love how excited he gets when he sees cows on the side of the road. I can’t wait to take him on vacation and experience even more new things with him.
Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something? Like it’s sending you messages? They may be subtle at first, but if you aren’t catching on, they become more and more obvious until you can’t really avoid it anymore. This happened to me recently, and clearly I was way too busy paying attention to everything else in my life that by the time the message actually got to me, it couldn’t have been more blatant.
The message? Live simple. It’s something that I always strive to achieve, but is pretty difficult to put into practice on a daily basis. Things happen, work gets busy, bills have to be paid, stress overwhelms and pretty soon that dream of living simply is just that, a dream.
I was reminded of my goal to live simple last week when two separate songs came onto my Spotify playlist (if you’re a lyric junkie like me, check out this song and this song), both with the word ‘simple’ in the title, and both songs that I could totally relate to. Since initially hearing them, I’ve probably listened to them a hundred more times. The message the universe sent was heard.
How does one live simple? Well, I certainly feel inspired by the warm weather and a simple, classic outfit like this one. I try to remain present and if I feel myself getting overwhelmed, I stop to meditate or listen to calm or inspiring music. I also try not to put too much pressure on myself. If that means I don’t get my to-do list done, that’s okay. If I miss a workout, it’s not the end of the world. If I’m too tired to make dinner, then let’s go out. Of course there are times that difficult choices have to be made, but I like to save those for the big things. Dinner and outfits and music should be simple.
Now for the outfit – I just got this top in my latest Trunk (and if you haven’t tried Trunk Club yet, read all about it here) and it’s perfect for summer. It’s non-maternity, but totally works with a bump, and will grow with me as well. The sleeves are loose, so it looks so cute with a bralette underneath. I grabbed this hat during the Nordstrom sale last week and I love it! It’s perfect for summer.