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Friday Five

I was so sad to hear about Chester Bennington yesterday. It is a sad reminder that mental illness and addiction is a thing that people struggle with every day. It is also a reminder that mental illness knows no social status. It doesn’t care if you are incredibly famous or just a regular every day person. Linkin Park is one of my favorite bands and has been consistent over the years for me. Sharing one of my favorites from them. Can you believe In the End came out 17 years ago???

Zoe and I stopped by my neighbors consignment sale to look at toys yesterday afternoon. I wont buy used clothes, but I am all about a good deal on toys. We scored some great finds! I cleaned them up and we got straight to playing. I think Zoe likes them, what do you think? I got everything for less than the full price of the yellow chair.

Somehow I picked up a huge bolt in my tire Monday on my way home from work. You don’t really think about how different life is with a kid until you have to run a simple errand like getting your tire fixed. Ummm a seven month old does not want to sit at a tire place for hours waiting around. I have been putting it off all week, but I need to just get it over with. Sorry to anyone who is at the tire place today when we go. I apologize in advance.

Favorite Recipe: This bacon, corn and avacado salad looks wonderful, doesn’t it???

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Linking up with Amanda. Have a great weekend!


Seven Months

This is a little late getting up, I took forever to get pictures this month since we were out of town on her actual 7 month birthday. It is crazy looking back on the previous months and see how much she has grown and changed. She used to be so tiny!!! These kids grow way to fast! This past month Zoe has gotten to go on her first vacation, and had a few other milestones.

Nicknames:Little Z, Z, Zoe Bear, Bear, Cheeks, Lovey, Little Miss, Booger Butt, Monkey, Zo-Zo

Loves: You are still chewing and sucking on anything and everything that you can put in your mouth. This month you have discovered the art of trying to pull up on things. You are still pretty wobbly, but gaining strength! Your favorite toys are your VTech walker, your apple with the worm that pops up, stacking cups and your shapes box.

Hates: You are not a fan of sitting in your car seat for long periods of time, you like to be out and seeing the world! Diaper changes have become increasingly hard, as you tend to be super wiggly and want to be anywhere but on that changing table. It sort of makes me a little sad, as one of your favorite places used to be that table. You would lay there forever babbling things and giggling to me.

Milestones: The biggest change this month was discovered a day before you turned 7 months, your first tooth!!!! And a few days later we noticed a second one popping up. They were the bottom middle two. You are sitting up unassisted much more sturdy these days. You have learned to climb up on me and items around the house, though you are pretty wobbly with that still. You are really close to sitting up from the laying down position without my help. You also started to go from a sitting to a laying position much more purposefully.

Clothing: For clothes you have a few 3-6 month pieces that you still fit in to, most of your stuff is 6 month or 6-9 months. You are starting to get too tall for most things that are less than 9 months.

Feeding/Sleeping: We are on the same schedule this  month as last month with your feedings and naps. While we were on vacation earlier this month, we pushed back your bedtime a little to prepare for when I return to the office full time. I hate the thought of only getting to see you a few awaken hours each day, so I had to add some more time! As far as solids go, you have tried so many! Sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, peas, green beans, pineapple, pears, apples, blueberries, bananas, mangos. You pretty much eat anything that we put in front of you. Except, sometimes you refuse green beans. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of them until I was an adult and even now they have to be prepared right for me to eat them. So I can’t blame you there!

Looks: Your eyes and hair have stayed the same color this past month.

Things I want to remember from this month…

Your laugh has gotten harder and louder. There have been a few times when you have thrown your head back in a deep belly laugh, and the is the best sound in the entire world!!!

You have started giving deliberate hugs. Often times while I am carrying you in to your room for sleep, you squeeze me a little tighter and lay your head on my shoulder. It is the sweetest thing ever.

On your Vtech walker, there is a barn door that you can open and close. Anytime we open it, you immediately have to close it. You can’t stand to have it opened. It has been quite the fun game for daddy and I!

I will never forget how much fun you had riding in the wagon at the beach. You were all kinds of smiles and I really enjoyed our walks each night with it.

We have been doing  a lot of playing on the floor on a blanket these days. We just sit down together with a few toys spread around and have lots of fun.

How most of your communication is babbles and growls. The growls seriously crack me up!

Watching you try to crawl has been so cute. I know that you want to do it, you just haven’t figure out that you need to be up on all fours to do so. You lay there in a superman position with your arms stretched out and your legs stretched and off the ground a little and scoot and make all kinds of noises. I know it is just a matter of time before you take off!


Buffalo Chicken Salad

I prep our lunches for work on Sundays after the grocery shopping trip. Chris normally does lunch meat of some kind on lettuce wraps, or a salad with grilled chicken. He wanted something different to change it up, so enter Buffalo Chicken Salad! I adapted this from a few different recipes, and then made my own tweaks to it as well. Combining everything that he likes. This is super quick to throw together. Mainly because no one has time to cook chicken, I buy precooked rotisserie chickens and just shred them up!

What You Need

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded (you could cook 2-3 chicken breasts instead)

1/2 cup ranch dressing

1/4 cup hot sauce

2-3 stalks of celery, chopped

3 green onions

1/2 cup cheddar jack cheese

salt and pepper to taste

What You Do

Mix everything up in a container that you plan to store in refrigerator, less dishes less problems am I right? That’s it! This lasts all week. Chris likes it with the Flat Out Protein Up wraps.

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

I kicked off Friday with a Dunkin and Target run during lunch. When you have a million bottles to wash, it is never a good idea to run out of dishwasher detergent. Zoe just loves riding in the cart big girl style!!!

After work on Friday, I headed to Publix to stock up on essentials for the weekend…

I also scanned TJ Maxx and came across a dupe of a very expensive pair of slides I have had my eye on all summer. Instead of $100, I grabbed these for $19.99! Slides are seriously having a moment this year and that makes me so happy because they look good on my feet, better than my beloved flip flops. This is another “cheaper” option if you aren’t lucky enough to score the TJ Maxx ones.

Saturday was an exciting day, Zoe had her first date with S!! We met up with Laura and her boys at Chuy’s for an early lunch to celebrate the birthday boy. It was obviously love at first site. These two were so sweet together. After lunch, we picked up some new work pants for Chris and perused Bargain Hunt but were underwhelmed with the selection.

Chris worked his magic to get Nintendo and Super Nintendo to work on our new TV.

Sunday morning I was out early cutting the grass. Woof. Then it was meal planning, grocery shopping and we started watching Ballers thanks to Biana.

Zoe not talking to me because she was over Sunday errands.

I grabbed some BBQ at Moe’s for us and made some flatbread. Mmmm

Zoe might not have figured out how to crawl, but she did learn how to scoot backwards this weekend! It’s just a matter of time before we are having to get baby gates!

Linking up with Biana. I hope you all have a great week!

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Friday Favorites

You guys!!!! The first five days after vacation are the worst, right? I am trying desperately to catch up on everything from work, to house chores to blogging. I think I finally answered all my emails from this past week and am slowly working on my Bloglovin’ list so bare with me! It is my favorite time of the year!!! The NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE!!! I have some of my favorites that are sitting in my wish cart below. Let me know what you are getting or if you posted your favorites. I would love to see!

Not sure what we have going on this weekend. I know our jungle needs to be tamed, again. And by jungle I mean the yard. I swear the rain this year has us looking like we live in the damn Amazon or something! I would like to get together with Laura at some point too because her little S turned TWO and Zoe needs to give him his birthday presents! And those two need a date for real.

Favorite Moments: A year ago from July 12, Chris and I found out that Zoe was a girl!!! It was pretty cool thinking back to that day. I remember making sure we had an early morning appointment because I didn’t want to sit around the office all day anxious to know. I had a strong feeling that I was carrying a girl….but it was great to have confirmation that my first intuition as a mother was right. Staring at her beautiful face a year later is so amazing.

My mom and I got to hang out for a little while this week. She brought Chris and I some Pepperoni Cheese from Delallo’s in my hometown. I don’t understand why they don’t sell this stuff all over the country???

We also made a trip to Nordstrom Rack where I accidentally spent lots of money. I am so happy we went though. There was so much awesome stuff there and I really needed some pieces that look good on my body right now. I got a pair of jeans,(the best kind when you dont want to look like a busted can of biscuits) a gorgeous navy shift dress with a ruffle 3/4 sleeve, a classic black tank with the perfect flow-y fit and tie back and two other tops. Apparently I like dark colors and neutrals. This should come as no surprise. I am most proud of the fact that I put back a black and white striped dress that fit super cute. Probably because I have three striped dresses already. Oops.

I treated my mom to a lunch at Macaroni Grill, and we both enjoyed salads and the bread. The Bibb and Blue is always a favorite of mine and I questioned why it had been like two years since I had last been there. 

Not having my life together enough to remember my lunch on Monday meant a solo trip to Whole Foods for some sushi. I cant tell you the last time I ate a meal alone in total silence with no interuptions. It was delicious!

Favorite Purchase: Other than the Nordstrom finds, I really am in love with the Mom Knows Best Kate Spade necklace I ordered during their 40% off sale on the 4th. The mama and baby elephants are so sweet and can double for a Game Day necklace come football season. It is even cheaper right now at Macy’s if you want to scoop one up!!!

Favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Are you guys tired of seeing Nordstrom picks?? The truth is, I love it! The sale can be so overwhelming because there are SO MANY items!!! I like seeing what everyone else is adding to their carts. It gives me good ideas. Besides Black Friday/Cyber Monday, this is my favorite sale of the year!

I love the Halogen brand. I just bought that gorgeous dress and I have a few other pieces over the years and they always hold up nice. I love the cut of this sleeveless top!

Main Image - Halogen® Pleat Front V-Neck Top (Regular & Petite)

I can’t wear dangling earrings anymore and am all about a stud. How gorgeous are these???

This tie knot sweatshirt looks so cute and cozy!!! The white laced sleeve sweatshirt in my first picture is this same brand and they feel SO NICE. I really would love to add this to my collection as well.

I really want to get a pair of the coveted Spanx faux leather leggings. Anyone have them? What are your opinions??

Main Image - SPANX® Faux Leather Leggings

A classic….

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Linking up with Amanda, who also has a great Nordstrom Sale post up!!! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy shopping!