Friday Five

Friday Five

My mom is coming to town this weekend and the timing couldn't be more perfect, I've been feeling a little under the weather and I'm really looking forward to her making a batch of her cure-all mac'n cheese. We may also make the trip to the American Museum of Natural History for this awesome exhibit.

A few years ago I tried to sew gifts for a few of the little ones in my life and failed miserably but this caught my eye and I may need to break out the sewing machine once again.

If you have ever gone through a Beatles phase or have an iota of interest in the history of rock n' roll then you should not miss this project from Google.

I've had an itch to change up my hairstyle once again and this only added fuel to that fire.

I think, should I start feeling better, I might tackle this uber delicious looking recipe this weekend (I'm thinking this is going to be a comfort food kinda visit).

I hope you all get taken care of a little bit this weekend, it's important stuff to keep your soul happy.

They say necessity is the mother of invention—and nothing makes you more inventive than motherhood.

Sometimes that means fashioning a diaper out of paper towels and your older child's underpants (true story). Sometimes that means creating an innovative and life-changing weighted baby sleep sack and totally crushing it on Shark Tank. Tara Williams is the latter.

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My belly has been through some things.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (yep, severe debilitating pregnancy-related vomiting), the pregnancies of each of my four kids, the 65 pounds of weight gain I have endured with each pregnancy, stretch marks, Occupational Therapy for pregnancy pelvic pain, unmedicated childbirth, and of course, postpartum recovery.

It's my personal opinion that this belly deserves some love. So starting with my second pregnancy, I've relied on Belly Bandit's postpartum belly bands (which I own in three sizes) to help support my core, reduce swelling, and begin to activate my midsection after nine months of being stretched to the max.

Here's why I love Belly Bandit:

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The Social Security Administration has released its list of the top baby names of this decade. The SSA analyzed data for nine of the 10 years in the 2010s to figure out the 200 most popular names for babies since 2010 (that's over 35 million babies).

For boys, Noah got the top spot, with almost as many Noahs being born as there are people in Jackson, Mississippi. That's right, this generation created enough Noahs to fill a city! On the girls' side, Emma is the top name. We created enough Emmas to fill Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Like Noah and Emma, most of the names are classics, with a few more modern names (hi, Jayden!) entering the top 200.

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