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Lately it has been crazy. Zoe came home from daycare Monday with a fever and I spent the rest of the week working from home trying to get her healthy for surgery and keep my head above water for work. Every time I look at my list of jobs I need to complete, it has grown. Good for business, but ummm yeah. A little overwhelming, you know? Plus, the cold that Zoe caught was so graciously passed on to me as well and I felt like death for about 2 and 1/2 days. I literally used an entire box of Kleenex in one day.

Zoe’s surgery went well on Friday. They sort of downplayed how she was going to be when she came back from the operating room. I may or may not have cried twice. Once when they took her back there, and once after the nurses left us alone with her and she was just sitting there crying and looking both pissed and terrified. She was pretty much back to her normal self later in the day though. Kids are so damn resilient.

Other than that, not much really to report. We stayed in this past weekend to keep Zoe healthy and resting. Chris’s parents came to visit her Friday afternoon, and my sister and oldest nephew came to visit Saturday for a few hours. Zoe loved all the attention and get well presents they came with. I didn’t hate all the snuggles and kisses Zoe was dishing out this past week. SO SWEET.

In other news, I got my hair cut and colored this weekend. LOVE.

I enjoyed some spicy shrimp sushi from Whole Foods after my derm appointment on Monday. It had been awhile since I had an all over skin check. I was worried about one mole in particular. Super happy to report everything looked good. I don’t know why I put things like this off, you know? I am trying to be better about that.

And in other exciting things, I won Cara’s giveaway and received the items last week!!! Cara is one of my favorite beauty gurus to follow because she shares a lot of affordable options and is super sweet.

What have you all been up to? Linking up with Biana. Hope you have a wonderful week!


Simple Banana Bread

So, I got a call from daycare on Monday afternoon that Zoe was running a high fever. Her teacher had joked with me that morning that her only goal for the week was to keep Zoe healthy for surgery Friday. Sigh. We were working on a three week streak, but all good things come to an end. One of the best things about working from home though, is I can make a delicious breakfast in the mornings! We had some squishy bananas left over from last week. Once a banana has a brown spot on the outside, I am like….yeah, no. Wont eat it. I figured I had to have most of the items on hand for a banana bread so I got to it!

What You Need

3 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup melted butter

Pinch of salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 large egg

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 cups flour

What You Do

–Preheat oven to 350 and line a bread pan with parchment paper (less clean up!)

–Mash bananas with a fork and stir in the butter.

–Mix in baking soda and salt.

–Stir in sugar, egg and vanilla extract.

–Mix in flour.

–Pour batter into pan and bake at 350 degrees between 50 minutes to an hour. It took mine right at 55 minutes.

book review, books


Does anyone start their next book post the same day the current one goes live? I do! Just about every month I have already started another book that I go ahead and get the Goodreads link for it and picture of the cover so I can keep up with my post as I read the books. If I didn’t do this, I would probably forget of half of what I read. Truth. Linking up with all the cool kids, Steph, and Jana.

The First Wife by Erica Spindler

The First Wife

An idealistic young woman marries a man she barely knows only to discover his first wife disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

So I don’t even know where to begin with this one. First of all, some of the names (Raine, Roane, True) sort of bothered me. I dont know why. What kind of name is True? Anyways. I wanted to smack Bailey a few times. She kept second guessing her husband and she would think he did all the things people accused him of but  then she would be like no, he is my husband, I have to trust him. Girlfriend knew her husband all of two minutes before she married him. She didn’t know him at all. And he kept lying to her and hiding things from her. Hello! Red flag! Honestly, I found myself not trusting hardly any of the characters. Any of them could have been the one who killed these girls. And I went back and forth on who I thought it was several times.

Bottom Line: This was a decent who done it. There were things about the book that annoyed me, but I was also hooked and had to know!!!

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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In a small Georgia town, three cheerleaders die in a car crash. At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. 

So this book took me forever to read. I am not quite sure why? It was definitely a heavy subject and I found myself asking what I would do if I were these characters. The book sort of reads like Beartown in that it takes place in a small, gossip filled town and you get a lot of character development of many situations. This one passed the time just fine. I think I wanted it to be a little more of something, just not sure what? The premise of the book was really good.

Bottom Line: If you like to read small town drama, you would probably enjoy this one just fine.

**I received a copy of When We Were Worthy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Eleven by Sandra Cisneros


This is just one short story. Dani shared a link on it on her blog and I really liked what she said about it. The fact that the author says when  you are eleven, you are still ten, nine, eight, etc is how I feel about a birthday. I always say that I don’t actually feel like I am a grown up most of the time. And the anxiety that Rachel feels about not speaking up was totally me when I was younger, and still is today in some cases.

Bottom Line: This story literally only takes a few minutes to read and I feel would be enjoyed by anyone.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

I still have yet to read the original Pride and Prejudice, but I seem to enjoy retellings  of it. This book was so so cute! I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it, a sign of a good book. You get to know every last character in the book pretty well. Some of them you love, others you want to slap. It made all the side stories much more enjoyable. This book also touches on homophobia, racism, sexism, eating disorders, sperm donation. I wasn’t expecting the depth that it had! I didn’t even realize this was the forth in a series, it is very much a read alone book. The chapters in the book were very short, so it was easy for me to find breaks and good stopping places.

Bottom Line: Read it! I found this book witty and charming, and the characters are developed so well! Such a cute read!

Currently Reading

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

The Sunshine Sisters

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

So I have a confession to make. I had NO CLUE it was DST this weekend. I opened Facebook Saturday night because I had some notification bubbles and wanted to get rid of them, and it was the top thing on my feed. I was like wait, what???? I am not quite sure how I missed it. I hate DST and I think it is absolutely ridiculous that we still participate in this. And you know what is worse than trying to get  yourself adjusted to a time change? Trying to get a kid who is very schedule/routine oriented to change too. Woof. Zoe had a WTF expression on her face when I came to wake her up this morning. I know. Its awful!

I kicked off Friday at SoHo Social with a good friend for lunch. They recently changed their menu and added a bunch of deliciousness. It was packed with the basketball games going on. I care nothing about those. I ordered a Spicy Cahaba burger and a side of maple bacon brussels. Best. Brussels. Ever.

Saturday we were busy getting some cleaning and straightening done around the house. I made some burritos for lunch.  After Zoe woke up from her nap, we headed over to Laura’s house for some St Patty Day crafts and fun! Laura had glitter paint, which is the best thing ever! They made some rainbows and painted with their hands. It was so cute seeing S and Z play together. Zoe totally has no personal space boundaries and tried to sneak in a few hugs.


Sunday, we were up and at the grocery store early. We stopped at Sonic on the way home for a car dog for Chris and a diet cherry limeade for me. Delicious as always! We met with our realtor to talk about some things we can do around the house to get it market ready and came up with a listing price. Exciting things!!! After, we were starving and got to making some homemade pizzas. Chris always comes up with the best ideas for Sunday eats. We made a pepperoni and cheese one and a white pizza with alfredo sauce, chicken and green onion. They were yummy!

Another busy week at work this week. I have some doctors appointments scheduled, a lunch date on the books, and Zoe is having surgery on Friday to get tubes and maybe have her adenoids removed. I am so ready for the weekend already so we can relax some! I hope you all have  wonderful week! Linking up with Biana.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites

I feel like this is the week that wouldn’t end! I am behind on everything. Work is slammed slammed slammed. I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden my WIP has quadrupled in size. I mean job security or whatever, but damn! Not to mention we had homeowner problems this week, adulting things we had to do, and Chris had his debit card hijacked or something. I dont know. Add to the mix the fact that Zoe has decided that she wants to act like a toddler now and throw herself on the ground every time she doesn’t get her way. Goodness. I am done and ready for the weekend and a glass of wine.  You feel me?

Favorite Moments: Laura and I decided on Farm Bowl + Juice Co for lunch this week. We wanted to see what the acai bowl hype was all about. You guys, it’s legit!!! I was so surprised by how much I thoroughly enjoyed every last bite of the delicious bowl I ordered. I thought it was going to be more like yogurt, but it was so cold and more solid…reminded me of sherbet texture almost. Anyways, I am hooked and I think this is going to be the best refreshing lunch option on a hot Alabama summer day! Can’t wait to go back!

The amazing exterior wall and the gorgeous interior of the place doesn’t hurt either! They even have a swing out front that I plan to sit on next time. I am pretty sure I could get Zoe to eat one of these bowls filled with antioxidants too!

We have still been eating healthy during the week. Some of our eats included bbq chicken stuff baked potatoes (I tossed just a little blue cheese on mine to give it a little something) and meatballs with green beans and red wine vinegar quinoa with spinach.

Favorite Recipe: I would like to start incorporating more meatless meals into our rotation. How amazing do these tacos look? I mean…tacos!!!!

Honey Lime Sweet Potato Black Bean and Corn Tacos - they're so healthy and SO delicious!!

Favorite Purchase: Loft had 40% off their tops so I scooped up this striped racerback tank that fits SO good! It is sort of flowy and longer in the front and back to cover all the things you want covered. I think it is perfect for under cardigans/jackets or by itself with a bra-let or something underneath.

I also grabbed this azalea shell that is more of a gray/blue than the picture. It is such a gorgeous color and perfect for super hot days to wear alone, or under a cardigan/jacket for work. I have already worn both shirts twice.

Favorite Funnies:

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