Hi friends! Happy Friday! How’s the week going? I hope you had a great one so far! I’m writing with some exciting news this week: we’re getting a puppy soon. It’s been 9 months since we lost Bella – I still think about her all the time and while the grief isn’t as crushing, I feel it every day – and we knew we wanted to get a friend for Caro. It’s been a long process and the pandemic made it nearly impossible to rescue a dog. This is a GOOD thing because so many dogs were able to find homes. They did not update their database regularly, and you weren’t able to just show up and see the animals. You had to have an appointment for a specific animal, and once I’d get a hold of a real-life person to see a dog we had in mind, she would be gone. (Like I mentioned, it’s a good thing! So many dogs were able to find homes during this whole ordeal.)
For now, we’re getting a puppy from a wonderful breeder – our friends have a puppy from the same family – and definitely would like to rescue again in the future. (Our other dog, Caro, is a rescue and it’s important to adopt whenever possible. Just wanted to let you know I’ve been trying!! It hasn’t been working out for now, but we’re so so excited to bring a new furry friend into our lives.)
In the meantime, please drop all of your favorite puppy recs and necessities in the comments below! It’s been like 8 years since we’ve had a puppy, so I’m sure that there’s a lot of new stuff out there and training resources. I can’t wait to meet our new fur baby and can’t wait for Caro to have a friend. <3
(This is our dog niece, Nova. She’s my brother’s dog and she’s AMAZING. I think she’ll like the new member of our family, too)
It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below!
Good eats + fitness:
Fit Team price jumps TONIGHT. If you’ve been wanting to join in, now’s the time! I’m not sure when I’ll open enrollment again and the July programming is SPICY. We’re doing a Summer Shred for our power month (all months are phased for optimal results), and we’re focusing on short, sweaty, explosive workouts. They’re convenient (all you need is dumbbells) for my friends out there who are home with the kiddos or heading off on vacations. I really wanted this to work with your life and schedule! We have some exciting things to look forward to in the fall, so jump on the Fit Team party now. Snag your spot here before price jumps! Enrollment closes Sunday night.
Sakara delivery! They did a Sakara’s Best week, featuring favorite menu items from subscribers, so I ordered an extra delivery. It included the Chocolate Love Muffin (MY FAVE), the Strawberry Shortcake, a Thai salad, a burger with root veggie fries, so many good things. I’m pumped that I have two more days’ worth arriving today. (To try out Sakara, use my code XOGINAH for 20% off)
Harney Cobb is always a home run. Romaine, cucumber, chicken breast, black olives, turkey bacon, avocado, tomato, Primal Kitchen Ranch, hard-boiled eggs. It makes my heart happy that the kids appreciate a bomb salad just as much as we do. They crush it!
Read, watch, listen:
In the Heights. I did switcheroo with a friend this week – I took the kids home from camp to play at our house for a few hours, and then she did the same – and got to enjoy a matinee with madre and nana, which felt like such a huge treat. I can’t remember the last time I dropped everything in the afternoon the see a movie. It was gloriously indulgent, and I LOVED every second of In the Heights. So much of it reminded me of our family, and the dancing, singing, Lin-Manuel as the piragüero, everything was incredible. I highly recommend it!
I’ll share more about this in my June book recap but I just finished this one and it was beautiful. I loved the way it was written and it was one of those books that you remember long after you turn the last page.
Coming home dinners. (The comments are so good.)
Fashion + beauty:
I’ve been using this serum lately and really like it. It’s not greasy and I can feel my skin absorbing everything. I let it dry before adding my moisturizer. A little goes a long way and it’s been a good addition to my typical routine. (I switch up the serums and toners I use to keep things fresh.)
Happy Friday, friends!