05: week in review

February 5, 2023


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Happy Sunday! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! It’s cloudy and drizzly today and I’m sitting down to write with an iced coffee while the kids play “quietly” during their quiet time. Matthew was in Salt Lake City this weekend so I’ve been taking advantage of lots of cleaning and a huge pile of laundry. I also changed my sheets which is always such a nice way to start the week. Here’s a little of what we were up to this past week.


my plan is to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning.

MONDAY: Bolognese Pasta

TUESDAY: Ginger Garlic Chicken Noodle Soup (one of Augustine’s favorites)

WEDNESDAY: Taco Bowls (adjusted our usual Taco Tuesday for Augustine’s soup request)

THURSDAY: Mustard Salmon (this recipe is one of our favorites) with salad

FRIDAY: Balsamic Steak Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing  (this was so delicious! The first thing Matthew said is that it could be served at a restaurant. I have to agree! We used blue cheese instead of gorgonzola and it was still so yummy!)

SATURDAY: cacio e pepe for the kids and a big salad for me with leftover salmon and leftover blue cheese dressing



Have I shared this rib-knit nursing dress with you? It’s so soft and comfortable and one of my favorite nursing pieces. I would buy it in another color if I could!

I got this ergobaby carrier and while I didn’t love it for Beatrice as a newborn, I’ve been loving it now. It’s so soft, like a fabric carrier, but has the support with the buckles. The off-white color frequently sells out but keep an eye on it. It’s also available here in some other colors too!

This Amazon dress was a favorite during my pregnancy and it’s been fun to wear without the bump. I sized up according to the recommendation and I got the beige-2 color. It’s so pretty and comes in a bunch of colors.


I picked up some jean options on sale since I can’t fit into my pre-baby ones just yet. I thought I would try some different straight leg styles including this vintage slim pair, this medium wash, and this classic style. I’ll report back on the keeper! All were on sale plus an additional 10% off with code ADDIT.


February 1st started the 75 Hard Challenge for me and Matthew. He’s doing it with some men in our neighborhood and a lot of the wives decided to join in to help motivate them. We’re doing a slightly modified version because it’s a little intense. You’re supposed to go on a structured diet (any diet you want but it has to include no alcohol), work out 2x a day for 45 minutes with one workout being outdoors, drink a gallon of water, and read 10 pages of non-fiction. There are no cheat days and you go for 75 days. If you mess up you’re technically supposed to start back at Day 1. We’re modifying this somewhat with 1 workout 5 days a week and my diet is basically no refined sugar, no alcohol, and low carbs. I’m not trying to be too intense with my diet because I’m still nursing and I don’t want to negatively affect my milk supply. With those limitations though I still feel like I’ll be focusing on clean eating. As you will notice, we got in a few last carb-heavy meals on Monday and Tuesday. So far it’s going well and I’m enjoying my off-workout day. I got a new cookbook, Simply Real Eating, that has a bunch of great healthy recipes that I can’t wait to try.

Corinna’s birthday is coming up and she wants to have a heart-themed party, which is perfect considering Valentine’s Day is around the same time. I’m trying to brainstorm some fun activities for the girls to do, maybe decorating sugar cookie hearts or doing a heart craft. I think I need to make a trip to Target/Hobby Lobby/Michael’s for ideas!

I always get questions about my heatless waves so I wanted to share some info with you about it. I use the Sway which is a heatless velour curling ribbon. It makes getting ready so much easier because I can put in on at night and take it out in the morning. I personally find it very easy to use and I love the waves I get the next morning. It’s comfortable enough for me to sleep in because it’s just a fabric roll. The only downside is that the curls don’t last more than a day, but I feel like that’s still worth it for a less damaging hair curling method. You can use code MARAFERREIRA for 10% off. They even have a kid size too which I’ll have to get for the girls one day!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

ergobaby embrace carrier - M Loves M @marmar


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