Hope you all are enjoying the first weekend of July! I had a girls’ brunch yesterday morning which was so nice, especially since baby could take a nap at home. It’s not often I can have time to catch up with my girlfriends so it really filled me up. We also had a family dinner last night which we always love. Today is for getting the house in order (read: laundry, dishes, vacuuming, meal prep) for a fun and busy 4th of July week. It’s one of our favorite times of the year!
Here’s a recap of our week:
WHAT WE ATE
I plan to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning.
MONDAY- Grilled Halloumi Salad– We love Halloumi cheese around here!
TUESDAY- Fish Taco Bowls – one of our favorites. It’s from this cookbook and after I made it the first time I wrote it out on a recipe card. That’s when you know you’ve found a keeper!
WEDNESDAY- Green Chili Pork Medallions- also from the above cookbook. I loved it with the mashed potatoes!
THURSDAY- Spicy Orange Sesame Chicken – This is one of Matthew’s favorite guilty pleasures from TJ’s but the ingredients aren’t the best. This was finally a version that he approved of so I’ll definitely be making it again!
FRIDAY- Pasta ‘Ncasciata – I had been saving this recipe tear-out from one of my food magazines so I was really happy to finally make it. It was so delicious and one I would definitely make again!
SATURDAY- Oven-Roasted Beef Barbacoa Taco Bowls- we had family over for dinner so this was a great meal to serve a crowd. Some of us had tacos and others had lettuce bowls with all the fixings!
I made Joanna Gaines’s After School Banana Bread and wow, so good! It’s baked in an 8×8 pan and it was perfectly soft on the inside. It’s definitely a repeat!
WHAT I WORE
The temperatures are heating up so I’m trying to stay as cool as possible. I ordered this pair of white shorts that I know I’ll wear a bunch!
It’s espadrille season and if you need a pair, this brand makes the absolute best! I love how classic and comfortable they are!
SALES TO NOTE
OLD NAVY- It’s their Summer Deal Rush and there are buckets with $2, $4, $6 and $8 items!
Banana Republic– Up to 50% off Sale styles
Everlane– New Summer Markdowns up to 60% off!
GigiPip– Buy one Get one 50% off!
ON MY MIND
I can’t believe it’s July! Seriously?! How?! These summer months are our favorite though and we’re all very excited for the 4th of July. I was thinking about making these berry cheesecake bars because I haven’t made cheesecake in forever, but then there’s something about a classic apple pie. What would you make for dessert?
The kids got their Kidpik boxes this week which is always the most exciting day for them! I love what they picked out for both kids – such great pieces for summer. You can use code MLOVESM for 50% off any new subscriber’s first box and 25% off all Kidpik SHOP purchases.
It’s been heating up over here so we’re aiming to get out of the house right after breakfast for a little walk. Augustine has been scootering and Corinna and I have been pushing our babies in strollers. Corinna has a mini stroller for one of her dolls and it’s the cutest thing to see her pushing it around. We talked about all the mom things! Corinna has been dressing herself these days and it’s fun to see her little style emerge. Right now, she loves wearing this pink tutu dress with a baseball hat! Also, miss Corinna gave herself a little haircut this week, much to my distress. I feel like it’s something most kids do at some point and luckily it wasn’t too bad. To be honest, I did very minimal shaping to fix things up.
This week we started getting into a Morning Time routine. I’ve been wanting to be more intentional about a few things this summer and morning time has been one of them. I have this devotional that we’re going through as a family, and it’s such a nice way to start our day together. This book talks more about Morning Time and it gave me the push I needed to just start, even if it’s imperfect.
Even though we’re starting a holiday week, I’m feeling like I still want to be as healthy as possible – minus those cheesecake bars! I’m looking at my favorite supplement brands to restock so I thought I’d link My Deals page here if you need any.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday week!