Sharing Time + A Great Weekend

Sharing Time + A Great Weekend

Hi friends. I have been enjoying all the Finn time since I scooped him up last Wednesday from his long weekend with his dad. It was so wonderful to have an extended weekend with him at home and we made the most of it!

jen peanut butter runner

I don’t talk a lot about co-parenting on my blog/social media but I shared last night on Instagram that while I try to make the most of the freedom that “free” weekends offer, I am never (ever) not missing Finn. It’s not a great as it looks from the outside. I had an especially hard time last weekend in Park City on July Fourth seeing all of the families together. I was so grateful to be celebrating the Fourth in such a beautiful place with someone special but there was an ache of longing that never left me.

That said, here are some scenes from the last week/weekend!

the groovy groomer Charlotte

The Groovy Groomer came to get the pups all cleaned up! I am so happy that I’ve finally found a mobile groomer and that she does such a great job with Zoey and Benji. I was delighted to hear that Elizabeth (who just started her mobile grooming business after many years at PetsMart) had a full book through September much in thanks to referrals from my blog. YAY women supporting women!

But can we discuss Benji’s tail? Elizabeth texted me that his tail was a bit matted and she’d need to do a lion tail but that it would be cute. I don’t hate it but note to self to be more vigilant about brushing! Haha. Love this boy so much and owe y’all a big update for his second birthday in a couple of weeks. 🙂

dog walking with a toddler

I got the whole crew out for a rare evening walk on Friday and it was the best ever. We walked three miles, Finn was happy to ride and it felt like old times. Note where he sat for the last half mile.

manifest Netflix

This weekend I got sucked into the vortex that is Manifest on Netflix. It’s an NBC show that apparently isn’t getting renewed after three seasons but is HIGHLY addictive. Here is a synopsis from IMDB.

“When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. But in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years – and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.”

I’m about six episodes in and highly recommend.

Charlotte regional farmers market

I literally kept my calendar clear on Saturday morning so that Finn and I could go to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market to stock up on all the summer goodness. Tomatoes, peaches, squash, zucchini, eggs and much more deliciousness came home with us.

I squeezed in a quick afternoon run while Dorie’s daughter hung out with Finn. I had her come over so that I could finish a sponsored project that was due but squeezed in a workout before she left. Three miles was all I needed in 90 degree weather with 80% humidity. This was my only “workout” between last Thursday and tomorrow (Tuesday) with the exception of the walk on Friday.

Gigi's cupcakes

We finished the day with a cupcake date and two evening hours at the pool. Two of his little friends from his first preschool class were there so it was a very fun time!

OMG…I tackled toy organization on Sunday morning and ugh. I don’t have a dedicated playroom or a lot of storage for toys. I don’t even feel like we have that many but they take up so much room. I made great progress and things feel more under control.

whole foods market Charlotte

We didn’t leave the house until 3p when we took a trip to Whole Foods. Everyone needs to know that all ice cream products are 35% off through July 20 and if you’re a Prime member, they’re an extra 10% on top of that. We got four pints of ice cream and ice cream bars. Yum, yum!

rama swim club

We ended our Sunday with another evening pool outing. I’m so glad that I decided to join our neighborhood pool this summer and extra glad that I decided to do it back in February before the cascade of home repairs hit! We have both loved it!

Also, I LOVE these swim trunks that I got Finn for Easter. They come in so many fun patterns and are a great length.

target toy shopping

It was back to work for me this Monday morning. I taught two classes this morning and then shot some content for an Instagram Stories collaboration that I am doing this week. My day ended with taking Finn to swim lessons and then a quick trip to Target to grab some household things. Finn was in such a great mood and we had so much fun together.

My biggest PSA for you from our trip to Target is that our favorite granola, Purely Elizabeth, is ALWAYS crazy cheaper at Target compared to Whole Foods. I paid $6.99 for a bag of this at Whole Foods on Sunday and $4.39 today at Target.

Melissa urban quote

This might seem a little random but I’m leaving you with the Instagram post that I screen shotted when I got home from Target tonight. I don’t think it was a mistake that it popped up when it did and Melissa’s words rang so true.

That’s all I have for you but it felt like just enough. Thanks for being here for all of it. I am never not grateful! 🙂


What’s your favorite summer farmers market purchase?

What is your child’s favorite “treat”? 

What are your favorite summer kid activities when it’s super hot out?

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