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Be Nadine

So I did it. I read The Happiness Project. I am going to be completely honest with you, I am not a self-help book kind of person. I think more often or not they are a bit hokey to me and I just don’t enjoy or take much from them. However, I have heard so many people say that The Happiness Project really did change their entire outlook on life or really gave them insight. I figured, why not? I am not going to go in to a whole review of the book or anything like that, but I do want to share a few things that I have really taken from the book that are already improving my life.

  1. Be Nadine – There are several references in the book where Gretchen tries something new or feels forced to do something and then she asks if this is something Gretchen would do or like. I am a people-pleaser. I know this about myself. Sometimes I will do something I don’t enjoy or act like I agree with someone just to please. Here’s the thing though, I am not being Nadine. Obviously there are compromises in life.  I am talking about forcing yourself to do things you don’t like because you feel like you should like it or other people like it so maybe if you keep trying you will too. Enough!!! Just be yourself. Be true to yourself and you will find that you are a lot happier!!! Now, I was never one to be fake. I am the same Nadine in any situation, just sometimes if I am in a more professional setting or around people I don’t know I might be a more conservative version of myself but I will never pretend to be someone I am not. This is more about not forcing myself to like or want to do things that aren’t me.
  2. Do It Now – I can procrastinate about things. It is one of my flaws. I work much better when I am under a time crunch. One of Gretchen’s things is if a task takes a minute or less to do….do it now. How simple is that?!?!? All of the one minute tasks can add up really quickly if you let them slide. I am putting this to practice in my life right now and it is making such a difference in my productivity!!!
  3. Letting go of things that don’t bring you joy. I know I read Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but it really did nothing for me. Listening to Gretchen talk about her organizing was much more motivational and I related to it much more. Basically you want to let go of things that don’t bring you joy. She made the point that your closet will have more room and be much more organized with less items. And while you have less clothes, it will feel like you have more because you literally love everything you have. It just clicked and I let go of two huge trash bags full of items after reading this book.
  4. Identify the problem, find a solution.  This is another simple concept but makes so much sense. Gretchen’s example was that there were these tiny little trinket toys that her kids loved and wanted to keep. The problem? There was no where to store them and having them all over the house drove Gretchen nuts. The solution? She went to The Container Store and bought beautiful glass jars to store them in and she put them on a shelf so not only do they have a home, but they look cute with her decor. If there is something in your life, home or work that isn’t making you happy, identify what the problem is and come up with a solution. Chances are you can only benefit from this!
  5. Needing gold stars. There is a section of the book where Gretchen talks about her relationship with her husband. It really hit home for me because it reminds me of how I can be. Gretchen admitted that she needs “gold stars” of recognition for things that she is constantly doing around the house and she feels like maybe her husband takes it for granted. I personally take on most of our household cleaning. While most days I go about my business and think nothing of it, some days I will come home and just be irritated that there is a pile of laundry on Chris’s side of the bed or he left a stack of dishes in the sink that I need to put in the dishwasher. Gretchen says that instead of being irritated that you are now having to do that task…think more of the fact that you are doing it for yourself because you cant stand to have the mess or clutter. This way, you can’t be let down when you don’t receive recognition or appreciation for these tasks. Mind. Blown. 

There is so much more that I took away from the book, like simply waking up and choosing to be happy. But these are the top five things that I have put into practice and am happier for it. Have you read The Happiness Project or ever worked on a happiness project of your own? Jenn has her own Happiness Project that you could read about too if you are looking for ideas! her talking about the book and her own project was actually the final push for me to read this for myself so thanks Jenn!

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One Year From Now…

One year from now I want to remember the nervous burst of excitement I had taking that first pregnancy test. I want to remember the immense amount of happiness that flooded me when I saw that faint pink second line. I want to remember that when I told Chris, Smashing Pumpkin’s 1979 was playing in the background. I want to remember hearing my sister squeal with shock and delight when I told her she was going to be an aunt. I want to remember that first time I heard that quick baby heart beat and felt her move in my belly. I want to remember how incredible it felt when we were told “it’s a girl!”

I want to remember all the conversations that Chris and I have had during this pregnancy about how excited we are, things that we want to do to prep for baby, the great debate over names. How many times we had to paint the nursery to get it right. And most importantly, I just want to remember how incredible it feels to have a life growing inside of me and how much I love someone I haven’t even met yet.

Let’s face it, pregnancy isn’t a cake walk, there are a lot of unpleasant moments. But in the end, you get a beautiful baby! That is pretty magical.

Alyssa’s Prompt “one thing about today you want to make sure you remember in one year from now.”


weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

Is it just me, or is October in a hurry to get on up out of here?!?! I swear the month just started and here we are in the last week already. Not that the days are going by fast though. Good grief, I thought 5pm was never going to come on Friday!

This weekend we…..

–Washed three loads of baby laundry! I washed every last sock, towel and blanket with Dreft and breathed that stuff in like a drug. I love that smell! Even Mac loves it because when I was fold blankets he kept trying to curl up in them. Next week will be the clothes! Thankfully we only got 2-3 newborn pieces and everything else was 0-3 months, 3 months, 3-6 months and up so I think we are safe to fit in everything.


–Watched Alabama beat Texas A&M! Roll Tide!!! Have you seen the Jermaine Funnymaine Johnson videos highlighting each week of the SEC as a Bama fan? Those videos crack me up!!! You can find them here. My favorite line this week? “Boy the Gus Bus got an oil change and new rotors.”

–Saturday night we hit up one of our favorite spots, Crazy Horse, for a late dinner. I ordered the Southern Burger and it was delicious!! It had fried green tomatoes on it. Southern and fabulous indeed. If you live in the Birmingham area, I promise you this place is worth the drive! Best steaks you will find in town too!


I got the latest Allure box in the mail. I am going to discontinue my membership. I am tired of getting same brands over and over again. I haven’t reviewed a box since being pregnant because I cant use all of the skin items I get right now but thinking about doing one last post on things I liked and didn’t like from the last several boxes.


Sunday was meal planning, grocery shopping and food prep as always. The rest of the day was spent catching up on reading, catching up on shows and a whole lot of this…



I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

favorites, friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Hey there, Friday Favorites! The weather is supposed to finally be cooler today! 70’s during the day and 40’s this evening! I cant wait to feel something less than 70 degrees! It is going to be amazing! This weekend we have Alabama vs Texas A&M and some baby shopping to get done. I also have some other things I need to work on, plus the never ending purging and organizing that I feel I must do! You would think I would run out of things to toss or organize, but nope! What do you have on the agenda?

Favorite Moments:

–Hearing baby girl’s heart beat on Tuesday at my appointment. Starting November 1st, I will be going every week to get checked!!! We are in the final stretch!

–Snacking on all the leftovers from my shower. I sort of wish my SIL wouldn’t have left me with all these cupcakes because I have been having one for breakfast basically every morning. And one after dinner every night. And all of the chips and smiley cookies for lunch! Whole 30 is going to be so rough in January. Woof.

–This guy. He is such a little ham.


Favorite Recipe: I made sweet potato chip nachos when I was on Whole30 and loved them. I found this Sweet Potato Irish Nacho recipe from Skinnytaste and cant wait to try it!

A healthier twist on an Irish pub favorite – dangerously good!!:

Favorite Purchase: I am slowly starting to get my ducks in a row for when baby comes. I want to get a robe and pajamas for my hospital stay, get my hospital bag packed, etc. One of the things I know I will be needing while there and the weeks at home after is dry shampoo!!! I used to be a huge fan of Batiste until I tried Living Proof. There is nothing that compares to the amazing job that Living Proof does! Plus, I feel better using it with less chemicals and literally no white powdery residue left behind. This stuff is a miracle and I bought a full size can after having the travel size for a few months. Worth the extra money, I promise!!


I have also been wanting to try Fresh Sugar Lip stuff forever and ever and ever. I couldn’t decide on a color to get, so I picked up the three pack mini that they have for Christmas. This has Honey, Tulip and Berry in it. I absolutely love all three colors, but the jury is still out for me on if it was worth the money. The color lasts awhile and it feels amazing when I first put it on….but then about two hours later my lips are super dry. As in dryer than before I put anything on. Everyone acts like this stuff is some kind of unicorn dust sent from heaven. Tell me if I am missing something.

Favorite Lust:

I keep checking out this necklace from Nordstrom to see if it is on sell because how perfect would it be for every outfit???

Also, these earrings are gorgeous. My mom bought me pearl earrings and a necklace several years ago. I still have the necklace, but one of the earrings broke and I have really been wanting to replace them. Such a classic.

Favorite Links:

–Putting these 12 health bargain foods on my list for the next time I am at Trader Joes.

–I have been wanting to get a highlighter to try out. Khloe Kardashian swears by this $6 one. That is totally in my budget!

Favorite Funnies:

Some days I really miss DDP!!!

So true!! Gotta be cherry though 🍒:


probably true:

yeeeeeeeeeeees! Wherever you're going you have to walk, wtf needs close? Crazy, lazy, brain dead peeps!:

pinterest : @theylovekandi:

When it is too late to hide after spotting someone…

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When I get transferred to four people in an assessors office before someone can answer my very simple question…

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When anyone wants to talk about the debate/election/politics…

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My life…

Hahaha yes:

Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites. I hope you have a great weekend!

nourishing meals
book review, books

Nourishing Meals- Whole Food Allergy Free Recipes

I am a huge fan of Whole 30, clean eating and nourishing foods. I completed my first Whole 30 challenge back in January of this year. After those 30 days, I felt amazing! I continued to eat *mostly* clean until I got pregnant and the sugar and carb cravings kicked  in. My hope is that on January 1, 2017 (give or take a month after baby girl is due) I go back to Whole 30. That is where Nourishing Meals will come in handy!

All 365 recipes in the book are free of the most common allergens: gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy, and refined sugar. There are options for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. And what I really appreciate is that there are steps on how to start including these foods in your diet and even information from pre-conception and pregnancy through each year of a child’s life!!! You really get a ton of information in this book, so it is more about a healthy family and lifestyle than just a cookbook.

The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I want more pictures!!! My favorite cookbooks are the ones that have a picture with every recipe, this one does not. But there is so much more that you get that just recipes, so I understand why it is set up the way that it is. And there are some pictures throughout the book to keep me excited.

A few of the recipes I am excited about:

Grain Free Chicken Nuggets

Slow-Cooked Beef Stew

Greek Salad with Chick Peas

Cranberry Orange Bread

Overnight Oatmeal Cinnamon Muffins

Roasted Squash and Corn Frittata

Frozen Banana Coconut Cream Pie

If you are just starting on a journey to a healthier lifestyle, or you are stuck in a rut on your current journey…I suggest picking up Nourishing Meals! With 365 recipes, you can try something new every day!

For more information about the book go here.

Check out the author bio here.

Follow Nourishing Meals on Twitter  or Facebook to find new recipes!

**I received a copy of Nourishing Meals from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**