Well, I just started O’Boy! Weekends and I already missed a week. My goal is share fun things we are doing as a family, books we are reading, some favorite recipes I’ve seen throughout the week and fun home DIY projects that I think are cool. I hope my weekly recap inspires you throughout the week that keep you coming back for more.
I am on a little girls weekend to celebrate the marriage of a good friend that is in Maine. It’s a short and sweet visit but when I get a chance to travel alone it’s always wonderful. I traveled by train from Philly to Boston on the Acela then hopped on a coach bus up to Portland. So if you live in the Northeast and want to head up to Maine and avoid the traffic this is the way to go. No stress and I was able to work, read and enjoy a nice glass of wine along the way.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
I am almost done with the book In Twenty Years, which by the way is based in Philadelphia, and I have another one already lined up. This one isn’t a beach novel but one I’ve been wanting to read for awhile that will help me understand my sweet sensitive and somewhat anxious always is have empty son a little more. The Optimistic Child gives the reader tools that they can then use to teach children the skills of optimism that can help them combat depression, achieve more on playing field and at school, and improve overall physical and emotional health. Now that my son is going into 6th grade I want to help him have a successful start and give him the tools he needs to be more of a optimist so that if he finds himself struggling he can dig himself out and continue on a path of success not failure.
TIP OF THE WEEK
We are headed on our yearly road trip to Michigan. It’s about a 10 hour drive so we make sure that we have all the essentials to make our trip successful for us and the kids. We’ve been doing this trek yearly for the last 9 years. When the boys were young we would leave the the evening and drive throughout the night so they could sleep. Now that they are older we can travel throughout the day without many complaints because we make sure they have everything they need to keep themselves busy and us sane!
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
I’ve got a new recipe for ya, that I cannot wait to try myself using up some of our garden zucchini. I’ve been saying for weeks now that I have zucchini and summer squash coming out of my ears and I don’t know what to do with it all. My friend at Happily Homegrown made a delicious looking mock Apple Crisp using zucchini. Seems weird at first but after you read the recipe it all makes sense. Planning on having a nice family dinner once my husband returns from his business trip and this will be for dessert.
DIY OF THE WEEK
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of our remodel now that I started priming. We decided on a color for the laundry/bathroom but unsure of the color for the sitting area. We wanted a dark blue because it’s a soothing/calm color that will work well in that space because we get a ton of afternoon sun. It’s so hard to take a photo of paint, because it just doesn’t show the actual color. But, you can get an idea of the colors we are going with. Painting can be a real pain but when you do it yourself you can save a ton of money. If you are a newbie painter here are some good painting tips that will help you along the way even if you screw it up the first time around.
That’s it for now. Next weekend I will be enjoying the lake life in Michigan and I will be sure to tell you how our road trip went with the 2 boys and dog. The back room paint will be reveled and I will share some fun last minute summer activities that you can do with the kids. Stay Tuned!