Hellllooo, Friday!  It’s so good to see you.

Overall, this was a good week.  The best part being Vishnu’s back on a more normal weekday schedule.  Also, as you can probably tell from the length of today’s post compared to last week’s, I have a lot more to talk about.

Let’s get on with it…

The most exciting thing I have to share is that my mom is coming to visit, and she gets in tonight!  I can’t wait to see her, and she can’t wait to see Kaiden.  Ha!  My aunt and cousin are also visiting, so it should be a family and fun filled weekend.

Speaking of Kaiden, our little guy is officially three months today!  I honestly can’t believe it.  <Cue the tears>  More about this special milestone coming Monday.

Speaking of special milestones, we have two very special birthdays coming up next week – my sister on Monday and Vishnu on Tuesday.  I may or may not have given Vishnu one of his presents (an official NFL jersey) a tad bit early because I was so excited and couldn’t hide it.  But don’t worry, I’m totally going to wait until his actual birthday to give him the second part of his present.  I think.

Speaking of presents, Mr. K is one lucky guy!  Our friend Rena came to visit last weekend and gifted him three Berenstain Bears books.   I was obsessed with the Bear family growing up and may or may not have read him one of the books later in the day.  And he may or may not have understood a single word.  Ha!

Berenstain Bears Books

The ‘speaking of’ transition doesn’t work for the rest of what I want to share, so I’ll just get on with it!

Earlier this week, I had dinner with two old colleagues at The Hampton Social, a really cute restaurant just around of the corner from us.  The salad I ordered was fantastic.  I think it was the crunch factor from the marcona almonds.  Perfection.  You know what else was perfection?  The flourless chocolate cake we had for dessert.  YUM!

The Hampton Social

The pizza we’re going to eat later today should be pretty yum too!  And by later today, I mean 5:30 pm…the early bird special or as I like to call it “the only time we can go out to eat because of our kid’s bedtime.”  🙂

Is anyone else SUPER DUPER excited about all the shows that premiered this week?  I love this time of year for this very reason.  There’s something about having a few great shows lined up.  This Is Us (so many tears this week!), Big Bang Theory, New Girl (although they haven’t released the premiere date yet…ugh!), How to Get Away with Murder…LET’S DO THIS!

In other exciting news, our apartment gym now includes a rowing machine, and I love it.  I use the interval setting and row my little heart in 20 second increments.  I’m finding it’s a great way to start and/or end my cardio sessions.

Rowing Machine

And finally (wow this is a long post!), I got my hair highlighted yesterday.  While not all my grays are covered, I’m loving the subtle color and blended effect.  Let’s just say this appointment was LONG overdue!  Also, I need to learn how to take normal selfies.

Hair Highlights

And with that, here are a few of my favorite links from the week…

If you’re on the fence about purchasing the Instant Pot, read this article!

A good reminder about taking social media posts with a grain of salt.

Some of these are going to be hard to practice and live, but I can see why they’re important.

A great list and something I can honestly say Vishnu and I continue to work on every day.

Actions really do speak louder than words!

Eckhart Tolle is a wise man.

Great advice for my new/soon-to-be mama readers.


Love this as it’s something that’s constantly on my mind as of late.

PREACH!  I get so annoyed when all people can talk about after having a baby is the ‘post baby body.’  YOU BROUGHT A HUMAN BEING INTO THE WORLD.  TALK ABOUT THAT!

Making these blondies soon…so easy!

Vishnu and I talk about this all the time.  Great article.  I plan to share my/our thoughts in a separate post.

I love the idea of taking a day or two every year to really think through these exercises in a thoughtful way.

Mom guilt IS a liar.  At the end of the day, we’re all doing our very best.

With that, have a very happy weekend!

By Parita

2 thoughts on “Friday Thoughts + Favorite Links”
  1. Happy early birthday to you sister and V!! I’m so glad you have some family visiting. Baby K is already 3 months old?! Where did the time go?! and GIRL. This is Us. I finally caught up on the premiere last night and I swear, I guess I’m just going to cry every time I see the show. Have my TGIT shows DVR’d so i’ll play catch up on this weekend! Happy Friday, beautiful! <3 xo

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