FriYAY Week 2

So after last week’s FriYAY post, I’ve decided to work at making this a weekly theme. I’ve seen a lot of blogs post their ‘Friday Favorites’ and I feel it’s a great place to share thoughts and sort of summarize the week. There are a lot of topics I would love to cover, but so many of those don’t feel in-depth enough for an entire post. FriYAY posts are going to be my place to write about anything and everything. A place to simply share what’s on my mind and what caught my attention throughout the week.

New Camera Lens

FriYAY - Camera Lens

My husband purchased me a new camera lens for my birthday, and I am obsessed with the photo quality it creates! I’ve had my Canon Rebel for almost three years, but I’ve always struggled to get it to ‘work’ for me. This new 50mm lens makes everything so easy and actually leaves me feeling like a photographer. Get ready for a ton of pictures here on the blog that are hopefully much clearer and nicer to look at than ever before!

Greek Yogurt Banana and Oat Bread

FriYAY - Banana Bread

I had a few overripe bananas in our fruit basket and knew they either needed to be a) frozen for smoothies or b) baked with! I went with the latter this time and used this recipe for Greek Yogurt Banana and Oat Bread. I liked that it used plain Greek yogurt in place of the oil and butter, and also that the stir-ins at the end (whole oats and chocolate chips) gave it a little extra texture. I think next time I will add some pecans or walnuts to it for just a bit of crunch! I also only used two tablespoons of brown sugar in place of the half a cup the recipe called for, but it still seemed pretty sweet to me. Also, Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Chips are seriously the BEST chocolate chips ever. I highly recommend adding them to any and every recipe you can!

Christmas Light Walks

FriYAY - Christmas Lights

The temperature Wednesday night was cold, but not freezing so we took the opportunity as a family to bundle up and walk to see Christmas lights. I put Jack in his snowsuit and added another blanket layer on top for warmth. We then walked around our neighborhood for about an hour looking at the Christmas lights and watching Jack’s own eyes light up when he’d see them. Christmas is so fun with a little one, and it truly does make everything seem so magical and new. It’s fun to watch him experience the holiday and all the beautiful memories that come with it!

Made by Mary

FriYAY - Made by Mary

My friend Meghan introduced me to Made by Mary and now I’m obsessed with the look and quality of her jewelry! In fact, I’ve even put a necklace on my Christmas wish list and there are a few other items that caught my eye as well. I’ve been looking for a nice custom piece to wear that represents Jack, and I’ve found a few ideas from the Made by Mary shop. These jewelry pieces are delicate, minimal and meaningful. Exactly what have been look for!

All About Wreaths

FriYAY - All About Wreaths

Although I didn’t hang any wreaths from our banister this year, after reading this post I’ve decided it’s a must for next! Courtney from A Thoughtful Place shares a ton of wreath inspiration, and posted a video that shows exactly how to Hang Banister Wreaths and keep them from slipping down the rail. I love simple how-to posts like this, and I already have this one pinned for Christmas 2017!

In case you missed it this week:

  • There’s still time to enter the Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway! You have until tonight at 11:59pm to enter. Good luck!
  • Beautycounter products make for the perfect holiday gifts! In my Beautycounter for the Holidays post, I share my favorite gift picks for every budget, including three products under $25 that would make for great Stocking Stuffers, or gifts for friends, teachers, and co-workers. PS – All holiday orders must be made by Dec. 15 to secure a Dec. 23 delivery deadline!

Beautycounter for the Holidays

Christmas is right around the corner, and just like many of you, I’m busy finishing up holiday shopping for everyone on my gift list.

Beautycounter Holiday Gifts 2016

If you’re looking for a few more gift ideas for the loved ones in your life, I wanted to share some of my favorite Beautycounter gift ideas that will fit every one – and every budget. I’ve included pieces that would work great as stocking stuffers, and also those must-have makeup and skincare items that will please every one. There are even a couple items that the men in your life would love! Charcoal anyone…?

Beautycounter Holiday Gifts 2016

Here are a few of my favorite gift picks:

Perfect for any woman in your life – and the quickest way to replace a big chunk of her makeup with safer options!

Beautycounter Holiday Gifts 2016

Great for everyone – even the guys love charcoal!!

Beautycounter Holiday Gifts 2016

Would be an amazing starter set for someone looking to mix-up their skin care routine with safer choices. (Great for those too who want brightening, tightening, and clearer skin!)

Beautycounter Holiday Gifts 2016

Great for a spa-themed gift! Combine with body scrubbing mitts, a candle, and a package of your favorite tea.

Beautycounter Holiday Gifts 2016

Great for your mom, and paired with our Body Butter or Sugar Body Scrub. Pair with the spa-themed gift set above too!

Beautycounter Holiday Gifts 2016

Each product is less than $25 and would make for great stocking stuffer gifts – or as gifts for the teachers, co-workers, and friends in your life!


Beautycounter Holiday Gifts 2016

Have any questions or need help choosing products? Send me a message to jana@happywifehealthylife.com and I would be happy to help you and your family switch-to-safer!


Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway

Jack was a little bit later of a walker, taking his first true steps right around his first birthday. I originally thought he would walk before he crawled considering the fact he preferred standing way more than sitting. However, once he found his rhythm crawling, I think he realized he could get where he wanted to go just fine without using his feet.

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I started realizing that Jack’s ankles were almost always pointing down and that he usually stood on his tip toes if he stood at all. This is when I started chatting with my mom and she mentioned trying to find Jack better shoes to see if that would help with the point.

Freshly PickedShoes that were made more for early learning walkers than for strictly style or fashion purposed. It turns out that shoes with a harder sole are harder to learn to walk in for a lot of babies. Most actually do better with flexible soles, those shoes in which babies can literally feel their feet and toes flex, and also feel the floor beneath their feet.

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So I looked and looked for the right shoe for my walking-newbie, but I had the hardest time finding a shoe that would fit his foot. When I finally took Jack to have his feet measured, I realized another obstacle, Jack’s foot is very wide for his length. In fact, my sweet boy needs an extra wide shoe! No wonder I struggled to find a shoe to fit him: I always bought the length way too long since I need the additional width of a bigger shoe to fit his foot!

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This is just one of the many reasons why Freshly Picked Moccasins have stolen my heart. Not only are the shoes flexible and Jack is able to feel the floor beneath the sole, but the shoe also stretches incredibly! This is perfect for those babies who need a little extra width like mine. The stretch also allows for the shoe to fit more snug, making it harder for kids to remove their shoes on their own. (Anyone else have this problem too? As soon as I put Jack in his car seat or set him down, the first thing he likes to do is pull off his shoes and socks!)

Freshly Picked

Freshly Picked Moccasins are beautifully made of soft, genuine leather, and literally mold to your child’s foot the longer they wear the shoe. The Moccassins come in a variety of colors and styles and sizes, and would make for the perfect Christmas of holiday gift for that sweet child in your life!

Freshly Picked

I am giving away one pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins to a lucky reader! To enter the giveaway:

  • Visit Freshly Picked and let me know what style you would choose if you won!

For additional Entries:

  • Follow me on Instagram and let me know that you did in the comments below!
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Contest ends Friday December 9th at midnight. Best of luck to all who enter!

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