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^ We had a visitor (from my niece's kindergarten class) with us this weekend.

Last weekend was really relaxing. Sunday was one of those rare days where Jordan and I both didn't have to work. It was refreshing for us all! Due to work and coordinating childcare, we don't often have full days off together. We shopped for items we needed for the house, enjoyed an impromptu playdate with friends, and capped the night with Chipotle and a movie. Marriage goals, guys.

I followed up our amazing Sunday with quite possibly the most productive parenting day on Monday. I went to the grocery store and meal prepped (two meals + snacks), wrote a blog post, ran a load of laundry and kept the house clean all before Phoenix went to bed at 6 pm. This was needed as the rest of the week was a whirlwind, which is why this post is late! I usually only work three days a week, but this week I worked an extra day.

We have a party to attend this afternoon, so I'm off to pick up a cheese plate!

Onto the links!

Mind Over Munch | I stumbled upon Mind Over Munches YouTube channel in an effort to gain more control over our kitchen. Traditional meal planning (where I decide we're eating this on Monday and this on Tuesday) doesn't work for us. Jordan works late a lot and I close two nights a week. Basically batch cooking is key.

On Monday, I made chili, sweet potato crust quichesecret ingredient hummus and chopped carrots for snacks. The two meals created enough leftovers for lunches throughout the week.

5 Ways To Teach Kids About Consent | There are many lessons I want to teach Phoenix, but I know I'm not the only one who doesn't know where to begin. One example from the above article resonated with me. When young children leave a play group have them ask their friend if they'd like a high-five for hug instead of assuming.

15 Nursing Friendly Tops for Spring | Nine months into mothering and nursing and I still struggle with what to wear in public. Nashville is also on the cusp of being too hot for layering. I just ordered this peplum top and this crocheted tank top from Nordstrom.

DIY Spring Wreath | Traditional wreaths aren't my style. They are a bit too cluttered. Leah's simple and minimalistic wreath is perfect for spring. The best part is it only took her 15 minutes to make!

Don't Call Me a Millennial -- I'm an Old Millennial | According to the Census Bureau’s definition (born 1982–2000) or Pew’s (about 1981–1997) I am a millennial. Like Jesse Sengal, sometimes I feel distanced from many millennial tropes. Research is concluding there are two big events which make the case there is a difference between millennials born before and after 1988 -- the recession and smartphones.

What about you? Are you a millennial? Do you resonate with the generation you are in?

Happy Weekend, all!

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