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Friday Favorites

Favorite Song: I love Nelly you guys. I really, really do. But I prefer Thomas Rhett’s version of Die a Happy Man. His voice. Just yes.

Favorite Moments:

–I have been freezing in my office the last few weeks so Chris ordered me a space heater for my cube. It has been delightful being able to dress like the 80 degree outside weather we have been having.

–The Friday Lunch Club actually met yesterday. We were all craving Babalu. Who doesn’t crave delicious table side guac?? I normally go for the enchilada of the day, but I decided to do the grilled chicken satay instead. It was delicious! I ate every last bite. Obviously.

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Favorite Recipe: Sometimes a girl just wants some ice cream. Check out this healthier option. It is really warming up down here in the south and this would be the perfect treat!

Make your own creamy, soft-serve style ice cream using just three ingredients: coconut milk, frozen fruit, and honey.:

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Favorite Product: I grabbed a bottle of this alba BOTANICA Very Emollient shower gel in the Honey Mango scent and you guys….it smells amazing!!! I got it at Target. It was where the cosmetics are, not the shower gel. Other than the fact that it smells intoxicating, I loved that it is Phthalate-free, artificial color-free, labeled paraben-free, sodium lauryl sulfate-free…you know all that crap that is hard to avoid these days. Plus the pump is real nice for my lazy self at 5:45am when I am done with my work out and fumbling in the shower pre-caffeine.

Now that I know I love this, I want to try the shampoo and conditioner!!! They are not tested on animals, which I super appreciate.

Favorite Links:

–Is today’s view of stylish really just thin? This blog post was very interesting. She takes pictures from celebs and recreates the looks that are actually pretty average for being considered “trendy.”

–The 50 Best Things to do in the South. Birmingham made the top of the list people! Come visit me!

Favorite Pins:

Check out the polish storage on the side of the book shelf, Yes, please!!!

CLICK TO SEE MORE Beauty Room Designs On Our BLOG for #makeup organization and #beautyroom décor.:

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Always!!!Glitter is always the option! ----- Now, glitter is even an option for your dry erase board! At GlittErasables, we create glitter dry erase boards that are a fun, sparkly alternative to the boring whiteboard. Check out our work on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlittErasable:

Love love love this feminine spring look!

20 Trendy Spring Outfit Ideas | The Crafting Nook by Titicrafty:

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Favorite Funnies:

If you were a cookie…:

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What stress eating looks like….

When you are looking on your phone and drop it on your face. It happens to all of us.

My thoughts on cauliflower….

When my food comes out at a restaurant…

When you are sitting in a meeting and someone says something ridiculous….

When you go to Starbucks and they tell you they are out of butterscotch…

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

confessions

Confessions

–When April 27th rolls around, all the bad memories come back to surface. If you have no clue what I am talking about, I shared my family’s personal story here. I watched that video again when I went back to find that post and tears just streamed down my face. It is hard to believe that five years have passed. #wewillneverforget

–I ordered cookies from my niece for her cheerleading fundraiser. They came in last week and I have eaten at least one freshly baked cookie every day since. I am going to have to ban food fundraisers from coming across my attention. #cookiemonster #nofucksgiven

–I was totally off my response game last week. My goal yesterday was to respond to last week’s confession post comments before this one went live. Sorry about that! #betterlatethannever

–When is the last time you had Sierra Mist? When we stopped at Louie’s last weekend, they had fountain Sierra Mist and I was intrigued. I completely forgot how truly amazing it is!!! Get you some!

–Now I just really want more fountain Sierra Mist. Fountain soda is always the best!

–I want to experiment with drugstore foundation. I haven’t given any a try in years and I see so many people talking about one of their holy grails being from a drugstore so lay it on me. What’s  your favorite???

Confessions in ecard

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"Suggestions without options"....I like that. A lot.:

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This is a list of what I'm willing to do for people who only call me when they need something!:

I'm worried that my latest Salvation Army donation will result in homeless people looking like sluts from the 90s.:

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Sounds about right:

Link up with Kathy and I and spill all your secrets!

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weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

Well hey there, last week of April!!! I feel like we went from winter to summer this past week with temps in the 80’s this past weekend. I even managed to get myself a little sunburn while sitting outside at my nephews baseball game Saturday morning for an hour. Crazy how fast that happens, right?!

After Cooper’s game Saturday morning, Chris and I stopped by Louie’s Pickles & Italian Deli in Odenville to grab some steak sandwiches. Everyone raves that they have legit Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches with whiz cheese and so I had to check that out. While they do in fact have legit sandwiches, they were good but not the best I have had. I think it needed more cheese? Either way, I can appreciate how fresh the bread is! In fact, their Amoroso rolls, shaved ribeye & cheese whiz are shipped in from Philly 3 times a week. And don’t get me started on their house made pickles, yum!!!! I might have to go back up there to buy a jar soon!

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After lunch, we headed on over to the 280 area where other other six year old nephew was to have a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. Unfortunately, when we were heading over there we got a text that he was under the weather and they were going to reschedule the party. Poor little dude!!! Since Chris and I were already out that way, we figured we should just make a day of it then. We headed out to do some shopping, check out Bargain Hunt in Hoover and start shopping for a new car for me.

I got to test drive the top three SUVs that I am looking at and I think I have it narrowed down to two now. I have loved my Rogue the last few years, but it is time for something new. I have got to brag for a minutes on the two cars salesman that we had. They were awesome!!! Chris made the comment about how he hates dealing with car people when we were walking in to Carmax we braced ourselves for frustration. But that was not that case there or the other dealership we went to.

We were going to go out to dinner after all that test driving, but it was a little after 7pm at that point and everywhere had a 45+ minutes wait. No restaurant is worth that wait, so we headed to Target to get our grocery shopping done for the week and came home and made gnocchi.

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Sunday was a day of relaxation at our house. I finished one book and started another, played some Wooly Yoshi and we got caught up on all our favorite shows. Perfection.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Let’s see what the last week of April will bring.

Linking up with Biana.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Favorite Song: Another song I found thanks to The Originals. Tell Me How to Feel by Maggie Eckford. Nice and slow for this gloomy Friday weather we are having here.

Favorite Recipe: This stuffed sweet potato looks so good!

Healthy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe. A great vegetarian dinner for one. Stuff with quinoa, veggie patties, or just veggies and cheese!:

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Favorite Moments:

–Getting this picture of the newest addition to my sister’s family- Oakley!!!I need to go smell some puppy breath ASAP!!!!

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–Having lunch with Chris on Wednesday at Cocina Superior.

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Favorite Lust:

How cute would this cuff bracelet from Michael Kors be stacked with my watch? It’s even on sale!

I like this one too!

Favorite Links:

–Have you had the best ice cream in your state?

–Calling all Maxxinistas!!!! 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About TJ Maxx. I actually did know a few of these, but was no aware that they were pet friendly!!!! Watch out TJ Maxx, Mac might be coming for you. After all, he should be allowed to pick out  his next dog bed.

–Here are 7 awesome beauty products that you can buy at Target.

–I actually still have a few of the things on this list of 40 most valuable toys from your childhood.

Favorite Funnies:

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Funny Pictures Of The Day – 87 Pics:

When someone asks me to help them with something…

When someone asks me how I feel about the world today…

The 27 Most Relatable Schmidt Quotes

Walking through the mall…

When I finally pass a hard level of Two Dots…

The 27 Most Relatable Schmidt Quotes

When I tell Chris that I want ice cream but we don’t have any…

The 27 Most Relatable Schmidt Quotes

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

4x4
book review, books

The 4×4 Diet

My level of fitness and healthy eating has always been a struggle throughout my life. There are days, weeks, months where I am just on it all the time. Then there are days, weeks, months where I ride the struggle bus and fall off the wagon hard. It is something that I constantly have to work at.

Of course, I know the basics. Eat right and exercise. It isn’t mind blowing. There are no magic pills or fad diet that is going to get the weight off and keep it off. It is about lifestyle and commitment.

4x4 Diet

The 4×4 Diet by Erin Oprea is a wonderful book, no matter your fitness level or knowledge of nutrition. Are there mind blowing secrets in this book? If you know a good deal about health and fitness, then no. But what the book does provide is not only a simple plan to follow, but the why behind everything that she is telling you to do.

What I really liked about the book is that she talks to two groups of people, those who are completely inactive and unhealthy, and those who are giving some effort but could make some improvements.

Erin sets up a meal plan, tells you how to grocery shop and prep foods. She tells you what you need to cut back on, when to eat certain foods, and has a work out plan that fits in to anyone’s schedule. I MEAN ANYONE. You have four minute a day, right? Yes, yes you do!

There are recipes and detailed pictures of the high intensity four minute work outs. At the end of the book, there is a four week plan to follow to make these adjustments in your life to come out on the other side lean and healthy. All of the changes are lifestyle changes that you can carry with you forever, not just for four weeks.

Did I mention that Erin Oprea is the woman behind Carrie Underwood’s legs? Do I even need to say anything else?!

Basically, I cant say enough good things about this book so check it out!

To learn more about the book, go here.

To learn more about Erin Oprea, go here.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.