weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans – The One With the Extra Day

Can we just all agree that three day weekends are now a thing that happens every week? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? All in favor? ME!!!! Seriously though, this weekend was fabulous! Also, this might have been the most infuriating blog post I have ever written. WordPress is being totally lame and every picture that I upload has an error about ten times and I have to keep renaming them and trying again and I was about to just pull my hair out and quit! I had so many pictures to put in here but I am thinking that maybe half of them will make it before I throw my laptop across the room. Anyone else having WordPress issues???

Friday night, Zoe and I watched Secret Life of Pets. What a cute movie!!!!

I tried the Watermelon Mint Lemonade at ChickFila and I insist that you must try this ASAP! SO GOOD!!!!

We went over to one of my co-workers this weekend, Chris was helping him set up better wireless internet throughout his house. Him and his wife have two little girls, one of them is just a month younger than Zoe…so we had a little play date. It was Zoe’s first time being around someone her own age and it was so much fun! I have learned that she sympathy cries. Whenever another baby cries or squeals…so does Zoe. It is too sweet. It was nice getting to meet his wife and kids since I have heard so much about them over the years.

Saturday evening Chris’s friend came over to our house and we grilled out. I forgot to take a picture of my filet, but it was sooooo good!!! I finished reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and started reading Renee Carlino’s new book!!! You will remember, she is the author of Swear on this Life. I am only about 10% in but it is good so far.

After cutting the grass and moving around all day, I realized that I hit all three of my goals on my Apple Watch Saturday evening. Something so satisfying about seeing all the circles complete.

Sunday Zoe and I did our grocery shopping at Target and Publix. Since Publix was a shorter trip to just grab some fresh produce, I decided to try out our shopping cart cover since Zoe has been sitting up unassisted really well the last two weeks. She LOVED it!!! It was like a ride at an amusement park to her. She was giggling and happy squealing. She was quite the little social butterfly too. Everyone we passed commented on how adorable and happy she looked and of course she put on a show giving them all the smiles. Shes going to be a little social butterfly I think.

She basically thinks she is a big girl now. Holding her own bottle. Sitting up all over the place unassisted. They grow too fast!

Today I am going to get a little work done and Chris went to the office for a little bit. Not sure if we are going to stay in or go out this afternoon. I think the weather is supposed to be kind of sucky. We shall see. Either way, make sure you take some time to reflect on those who have came before us and those who are fighting currently to give us all the freedoms that seem to be taken for granted these days with all the complaining on social media.

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Friday Favorites

Ahhhh yes. That awesome feeling you get when it is the Friday of a long weekend!!! Hallelujah for that, am I right??? We don’t have a ton of things on the agenda this weekend, and that is how I like it. You never know what you might get in to.  I know one thing is certain, the grass needs to be cut! Every two weeks it is like an emergency jungle situation it seems. Good cardio. The only kind I am getting in these days haha.

Someone decided that she likes to sit up all on her own for long periods of time. So much so that she can now sit on her unicorn stool, which she highly approves of and is obsessed with.

Also happening this weekend? Zoe will be starting on solids. Stop it! I know! I cant believe it either. I picked up a few cups and two purees this week. Chris and I talked it over and we are sort of going to do a baby led weaning crossover approach to eating. I grabbed the purees just in case. And I want to start her on straw and 360 cups over sippy cups, since supposedly they are better for dental purposes. We shall see how all that goes!

Our Keurig died this week. It was a sad three days with no coffee. I made lots of green tea and pretended that it had all the caffeine I needed. Chris came home with this beauty last night. Needless to say we are both two cups in already this morning!  We had our old Keurig for about seven years, so I say we had a pretty good run. It was used multiple times every single day.

Favorite Recipe: This looks like a good, low carb option for a weeknight dinner!

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats – my favorite LOW-CARB summer recipe!:

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Favorites from Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale:

This tank is so cute and what a great buy!

This Madewell dress!

This ruffle front tank is perfect alone or under cardigans/jackets for fall winter. For less than $30 it is a great staple piece!

How fun would this peplum top be for date night?

These tshirts that I wanted to try are under $20 right now! Great staple pieces!

What do you have your eye on for the sale? There is just so much to look at it gets overwhelming!

Favorite Funnies:

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I'm laughing way harder than I should at this It's so fucking true:

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Seriously though, who doesn’t like Space Jam???????

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The United jokes are still making me laugh….

Linking up with Amanda,  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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Best Bedtime Books

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love the fact that Zoe is super into books!!! She loves looking at them, holding them, chewing on them. I love it! For only being on this earth for five months, she sure does have quite the collection!!! Can I just tell you though, like adult books, all children books are not created equal! Man, there are some real duds out there. Part of Zoe’s bedtime routine includes reading a few bedtime stories. These are our favorites!

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

The Going-To-Bed Book

Shout out to Laura for gifting Zoe this book! This is our absolute favorite. In fact, I have the entire thing memorized and I often recite it to her while she is in the bathtub. The book goes through these cute little animal’s bedtime routine. They scrub. scrub scrub in the tub, put on their pjs, brush their teeth, exercise, turn off the lights, etc.

An Ocean Adventure a Sparkle Board Book

Join Titch on his ocean adventure and meet all kinds of sea creatures. Will he return home in time for bed? Zoe loves all the pictures in this book. This is the first book that she really paid attention too when she was younger.

Little Owl’s Night by Divya

Little Owl's Night

Little Owl meets all kinds of night time friends as he heads home before the sun comes up. The end of the book, his mama describes how the night ends and day begins and I always get goose bumps reading those few lines. The background is black instead of white, so I really think it helps the little kiddos really see the pictures.

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Cue all the tears and emotions on this one! This was one of the very first things I bought Zoe. I stood in the aisle at Target reading this one and crying ugly tears because of how beautiful it truly is! This would make such a great baby shower gift!

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

I feel like this one is a little cliche, but there is a reason! Zoe just loves this book and it is one of the first ones we read every night.

Do you have any favorite bedtime books? I read these ones over and over again to Zoe and we never tire of them! I think that is what makes them such good choices.

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Never Say Never

I have learned over the years to never say never. Because life is crazy, and messy and unpredictable. And honestly, we all change and evolve over time. I am pretty sure that if you would have asked me 10 years ago, I could have told you with 100% certainty that I would never live in Alabama. Yet, here I am seven years in.

If you would have asked me just a year ago my thoughts on being a full time working mom, I would have told you that was what would make me the happiest. I couldn’t fathom the idea of staying home all day every day with a kid and no adult interaction. I thought it would be maddening. Turns out that working from home and getting to see Zoe all the time has made me feel so fulfilled and so very happy. I cant tell you how many times I have cried in the last week because I know that I am having to return to the office full time and will be putting her in day care soon.

You you could have told me that I would do a month of Whole 30 two years ago and I would have thought you were crazy. Me give up dairy, and grains, and sugar and alcohol for an entire month? Eat that strict? Nope, no faith in myself on that. And yet, in January 2016 I did just that and it was awesome.

When skinny jeans came out several years back, I thought to myself…yeah…not for me. Now? I am pretty sure the only jeans I have worn in the last two years have been exclusively skinny ones.

In high school and college I was a silver only kind of girl. Never even thought of gold as an option. Now, half my jewelry box is gold or rose gold. Still love silver, but I have expanded my collection to be more versatile. I even have some gold things around the house. gasp

I used to be a fast paced city living girl. I lived in downtown Atlanta for years. I thrived there and knew my way around the city and loved that life. Now we live 35 minutes outside of Birmingham in a quiet little town that pretty much no one outside of the county we live in has even heard of. You know what? I love it. Have you ever really seen the stars? You can see them at our house at night without all the city lights. We have lived there 5 years and it still takes my breath away single time. Driving the back roads gives your mind time to wind down. The slow paced life where you enjoy a cold beer on your back deck on a spring day is the life for me.

I mean, I have a pretty good idea of some things I will never do. Like sky dive? Yeah, no. Hike one of the tallest mountains? Probably not. But you know, whose to say what I will be in to and what kind of priorities I will have in ten years, five years, next month. What are some things that you thought you would never do and were dead wrong about it?

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Friday Favorites

Oh, hey there Friday. You sure did sneak up on us! Sorry I went MIA all week. I was sitting here at my desk working on Tuesday and all of a sudden my email blew the fuck up and I had fifteen new jobs come in. No exaggerations. There have been three nights this week that I have put Zoe to bed, and then came in here and worked for a few hours instead of winding down with a glass of wine and watching TV or reading. So you know shit got real. Anyways, I hope you are all doing well! I am surely glad the weekend is upon us! I am not sure what is on the agenda, but it’s the weekend so it doesn’t matter!

Favorite Moment: Just cherishing every single moment I get to spend with this little one. I know that I am going to have to go back to the office every day instead of just once a week sometime soon, and I cant even talk about that anymore without breaking down in to tears, so again…cherishing every single moment of my precious Zoe time! We have gotten in a good groove, her and I. She is pretty much on a schedule now and it has been glorious.

Can she pull off a pineapple print, or what???

Also, I met up with one of my friends from the Friday Lunch Club on Monday. I haven’t seen her in quite some time and it was just so wonderful catching up with that sweet lady! I am so thankful to have some amazing, supportive woman in my life. Ones that, even if I don’t see or talk to them for a little bit….we pick up as if we just saw each other yesterday and keep on going. Ones if they see a missed call from you in the middle of the day, they call you back immediately and ask if you are ok because it is so unlike you to call instead of text. Ones that send you a random meme or GIF at just the right time because they totally get you.

Favorite Workout: I haven’t been getting in near the cardio that I need, but I have been working on my arms almost every day. I have two five minute arms workouts that I mix and match through my day when I have a few minutes. Going to be adding this one to it…

Sculpt and tone your arms in ways you never imagined with this barre inspired arm workout. Little movements with lots of repetition will work arm muscles in miraculous ways! Shaping your biceps, shoulders, and triceps. Home or gym workout!:

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Favorite Recipe: How good does this quinoa taco bowl look?

Healthy, delicious Quinoa Taco Bowls combine the flavors of taco salad with the added benefits of quinoa for a main dish that everyone is sure to love!:

Favorite Funnies:

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36 Funny Quotes And Sayings:

Like seriously, am I the only one who wants to know WTF these people do for a living so I can live like them????..

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I do this ALLLLL the time.. LOL:

Linking up with Amanda. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!