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Slow Day: Week 23

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

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I did my hair in a Dutch braid and blob today. I was happy with how it turned how — not sure that I could recreate it, though! 🙂

Here’s what it looked like from the front.

And I wore my favorite yellow sandals!

Since I had more time today, I decided to do a little leisurely shopping. I went to Dollar Tree to pick up lemon juice for my gallon of lemon water that I drink every day.

I was also excited to find Brown Rice and Pinto Beans for just a dollar per bag!

And then I picked up a few markdowns at Kroger.

I also headed to Big Lots to check out the deals there.

Other than the bread deal I found, I wasn’t super impressed with their other prices.

But they do have great prices on oil, I discovered!

And of course I went to Aldi to pick up some cheap strawberries and corn on the cob.

Since our neighborhood doesn’t have a pool, we bought a membership to a rec pool in a nearby town and we are looking forward to getting to spend lots of time there this summer!

We convinced some friends of ours to also buy a membership, so we met them there to close down the pool on Wednesday night (it closes at 7 p.m.)

It was the perfect evening for swimming. Hot but not too hot!

And this pool is perfect for kids of many different ages!

We came home and made breakfast for dinner — sausage and waffles.

While the waffles were cooking, we played some Dutch Blitz.

We love this game!

This is our favorite waffle recipe.

We made a double batch and we froze half of it.

(She had just washed her hair!)

The kids love to help make waffles!

And then we stayed up a little too late playing round after round of Dutch Blitz!

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  • I loved this blog post! Thanks for always sharing your real life with us! I’m learning this as a new blogger, that’s why I like to include pics of my family or things important and relevant to what’s going on in my life. People like to see genuineness online (or at least I do) because there’s so much that’s not real online, especially through social media. Life is real. People are real. And our writing and sharing should be too! Keep being YOU Crystal! ?
    Btw…I totally love Aldi!!! I grew up shopping there with my mom when we lived in the midwest. I live in the south now, and we don’t have Aldi anywhere close.?

  • Holli says:

    We love playing Dutch Blitz too!

  • Emma says:

    Hi Crystal! I’ve been following your blog for years and appreciate your wisdom. God has given you a gift and I’m grateful you share it with us! My family and I are traveling to Nashville in a few weeks to visit my sister, her husband and our new nephew ; ). I think my four kiddos would love to try that pool you’ve been to with your family. Is there any way you can share which pool in Nashville it is? Thanks!

  • Need Anap says:

    Every third visit at Big Lots you get a $5 off $15 purchase coupon. I like to buy Bob’s Red Mill products there, especially gluten free oatmeal and corn grits. My husband liked Wait Lana chips from there (a long time ago). We got Enjoy Life smores bars there for $2 a box. I really never know what I’m going to find!

  • What a wonderful day! I wish that we lived in an area that was warm already! I miss taking the kids for refreshing dips in the pool! I like your top too I have the same one from stitch fix and I love it! thanks for sharing your awesome day!

  • Lisa Murphree says:

    Dutch Blitz is one of my favorite games! A game for all ages.

  • Faith Still says:

    I am on the big lots email list and have their discount card, it’s kind of like having a Kroger card. They email printable coupons frequently so I usually have one to use. I buy coconut sugar there (and lots of other stuff). Even without a coupon, it’s $3 a pound which is really good.

  • Heather says:

    Can two adults play Dutch Blitz (which I had never heard of before this post)? Do you have any suggestions for games that a couple could play?

    • Beth says:

      My husband and I find two player Dutch Blitz to be a bit slow and boring. Canasta has specific two player rules that we like. We also enjoy Carcassonne and Monopoly Deal. My grandma and I like to play Rummicube (sp?).

      • Jesse and I used to play Phase 10 a lot when we were first married. It’s been a long time since we’ve played it, though, so I can’t say whether I’d still find it as fun. But it was something we loved doing way back when! I agree that Dutch Blitz is a little slow if you have fewer than 4 players.

    • Holli says:

      Yes, two adults can play this game!

    • Need Anap says:

      Mille Barnes isn’t as fun with 2, but you can play with 2. I like Kings in the Corner (played with a normal deck).

  • anna says:

    When we make pancakes or waffles, we set up the griddle on the dining table. This way we are all sitting down together while waiting for our waffles to cook.

  • Tina says:

    This looked like a great day!

  • Erica says:

    I loved the pics of the kids in their jammies helping with dinner. It’s just getting hot enough here my neck of the woods (norcal wine country) to start heading to family swim at the pool. And coming home, showering and getting straight into pj’s even though it’s 6 in the evening….one of my favorite feelings. Thanks for inviting us in to your day….

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