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Friday Things

My little sister turns 29 on Monday. It’s funny, because I remember when I turned 29. That was the year that I accepted a new job, bought a new car, closed on the home that we still live in and it was the year Chris and I got married. Tracy already has all those things, but it is quite a year to get nostalgic about. As you say goodbye to your 20’s with one last hurrah! Anyways, I am sure that I will get to see her at some point this weekend because I have the goods. And by the goods, I mean Zoe. Tracy probably wins for most Zoe visits out of anyone. I have a feeling that those two will have a special bond. At least I hope so! We didn’t have any aunts or uncles growing up, as both my parents are only children. I am glad that Zoe has a few aunts and uncles!

This week was a fun one. My MIL was out of town, so I worked from home the entire week instead of going in to the office one day. It worked out great and I still got done just as much as I would have otherwise. Dropping those 3-4 hours I spend in the car the day I go in really makes for more productivity if we are being honest!

Favorite Moments: Tuesday, Zoe and I met Laura for lunch at Ashley Mac’s! It had been far too long since I have seen her beautiful face, and a girls lunch is always good for the soul. She brought Zoe the cutest little pink elephant romper and took a picture of Zoe and I while we were there. I hardly have any pictures with me and her so I really appreciated the thought!

I try to make it a point to walk with Zoe to the mailbox every day and sit out on our front porch for a few minutes so we get some Vitamin D and fresh air! Zoe is straight up Chris all over, except her eyes. She has my eyes. Unfortunately for her, that means they are super sensitive to light so she totally rocks shades all the time with no fuss.

Zoe was so silly yesterday morning, here are the many faces of Zoe. All taken within a minute of each other. The bottom right one is my favorite.

Favorite Workout: When I can get in a regular cardio workout while Zoe naps, I have been doing this one a lot. I really like it! If I have more time after, I tack on a ten minute arms workout and a few stretches and am good to go!

Favorite Lust: My face has been breaking out again this last week or so. I have heard a lot of great things about the Murad Time Release Acne Anti-Aging cleanser. Have any of you used it? I am thinking about trying it because acne? Anti-aging? Yep, need both.

Also, after seeing Andrea wearing some pink Adidas Gazelles, I decided I need a pair ASAP. Like how cute are these???

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I either have my hair and makeup done, or I look homeless. There is no in between.:

It's a sad statement that I have to visit Facebook to find funny things to pin. What the hell, Feed? And special thanks to George Takei...:

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Chris and I when Zoe falls asleep in our arms and we are trying to put her down without waking her…

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When you are waiting for your friend and they finally walk in….

When your husband asks where the rest of the leftovers are…

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

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A Day In My Life

I use to very much have a routine, wake up at 4:30am, workout, take a shower, do my make up, eat breakfast while I work on a blog post, get dressed, go to work, come home, make dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Every single week day. Now? Routine? LOLOLOLOL. Yeah no. Not with an infant. Especially not those first two months. We are sort of on more of a schedule now though. So this is what a typical day looks like in my world.

Somewhere between 5am-6:30am – Wake up. If Zoe wakes me up, I feed her a bottle and then we play in her room. If I wake up on my own, I grab some coffee and start working until Zoe wakes up. If it is the one day a week I go in to the office, I try and snag a shower and do my makeup before Zoe gets up.

7am – Zoe is surely up by now, we are usually playing in her room. We play in her chair, or lay on her mat on the floor. We usually ready A Great Day for Up around this time too.

8am-9am – Zoe is usually ready for a second bottle around this time. Usually she falls asleep while taking it and goes down for her morning nap so I work until she wakes up.

10am-11am – Around this time, Zoe is usually waking up from her nap and wants another bottle. If I am lucky, it is closer to 11am and I got two full hours of work in.

11am-1pm – While Zoe plays in her room, I sit on her floor with my laptop and get some work done while I entertain her with toys, let her sit in her bouncer or lay on her floor mat.

1pm – Zoe hangs out in her high chair in the kitchen with a toy while I prepare myself lunch and explain to her what I am doing. I have my laptop sitting on the kitchen table if anyone from work needs anything.

Zoe is usually ready for another bottle around this time. Sometimes she falls asleep while taking it and goes down for a long afternoon nap. Other times we go back in to her room and she plays while I work.

5:30-6:30pm – Chris usually comes home in this time frame and I try to have dinner ready for him shortly after he gets home. If Zoe wasn’t taking a long nap, she hangs out in her high chair while I make dinner.

7pm – We usually watch a little TV while I play with Zoe in her Sit Me Up or floor mat in the living room.

8pm – Zoe usually takes one last bottle and then falls asleep while we hold her and is out for the night. Chris and I usually watch a little more TV until one or both of us falls asleep on the couch then we go to bed. Sometimes I will work on more work stuff if Zoe didn’t take good naps during the day, or get some blogging done.

Don’t even get me started on the days I have to go in to the office. I leave our house at 6:50am, take Zoe to my MIL and get to my office *hopefully* around 8:30pm. One day it took me two hours and 9 minutes to get there. I leave work around 5:30pm, go get Zoe and get back to my house around 7pm. So I only get to see Zoe for about an hour before she goes to bed for the night. I dont know what I am going to do when I have to be back at the office five days a week instead of just the one. I am going to be devastated and never get to spend any real time with Zoe during the week ūüôĀ

What does your day look like?

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Empties

Time for another empties post!! I told you guys, I have been collecting the empties for awhile and didn’t realize how much I had!! There are some real gems in this bunch and the Clinique stuff I talk about is actually on sale at Nordstrom right now…as you will see if you follow the links. Yay! I love a sale.

Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream – This BB cream was alright. I don’t feel like there was anything special about it. I like this¬†Rimmel one better and it is cheaper so I probably wouldn’t repurchase this one again.

Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil – Love love love this stuff!!! I cant sing enough praises about this and the Clinique one that is up next. If you are looking for a more natural option, go with this one.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm – Again, love love love. This and the Boscia are neck and neck for the number one spot in my heart. They both work so wonderfully at taking off my makeup without irritating my face, turning it red, or drying it out. Again, you cant go wrong with either of these products. I will probably pick this one up next time they have a free gift with purchase from a department store and get the Boscia one from Sephora to collect my points. Gotta maximize your dollar, am I right? I know there are cheaper makeup removers out there, but none come close to these two products.

Caudalie Vinosource Creme Sorbet Hydrante – I really loved this stuff when I first got it. I was pregnant and looking for ingredients that weren’t going to harm Zoe. I used it all, but I will say that it wasn’t as moisturizing in the colder months for me which let me to my new love for the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense that I am sure you are tired of me talking about. I would consider picking this up again in the summer when I might not need as much moisturizer. This would be great for oily/combo skin.

Bare Minerals ID Glimmer Shadow in Bare Skin – I have kept this specific color and Nude Beach in my makeup collection since my college days. I just love how gorgeous this color is alone or with Nude Beach and the little bit of shimmer it gives. I really reach for this a lot in the summer months.

Covergirl The Super Sizer – This mascara was a decent option as far as drugstore brands go. I liked how spread apart the wand was, it helped grab those harder to reach lashes. Is it my favorite drug store one though? No. I have to say Loreal Voluminous probably is. That isn’t to say that I would never buy this again but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

Have you guys tried any of these? What are you loving?

weekend shenanigans

Weekending Things

Hey there, Spring! It is supposed to be 75 here today, so totally appropriate to ring in the new season! Pretty crazy that just a few days ago we woke up to 17 degrees. Whose allergies are going nuts like mine? Woof. We had a lot of fun this weekend!

Saturday we headed out to get Chris some new clothes. He was swimming in some of his clothes since he had lost a lot of weight this past year, and some of his other clothes were just worn. He found some great things at Belk, Clarks and Nordstrom Rack! We decided to head over to Outback for a late lunch/early dinner. There was all kinds of chaos going on in the parking lot. Two fire trucks, several ambulances and a whole lot of cops. When we left we looked over at where everything was going on and it appeared that the entire store front window of Dick’s was gone and caution tape was up. They were loading a car that’s front end was basically gone onto a tow truck. Soooo I am guessing the car crashed into the store? How does that even happen?? Put your phones down people!

It was quite the scene. You know what wasn’t quite awesome….our experience at Outback. Our waitress pretty much sucked, Chris’s steak was so nasty he took one bite and was done, and we watched the servers push around the trays instead of carrying them. Isn’t that a little lazy?It wouldn’t have been that a big a deal but it was really distracting at they kept pushing by us. I ordered the steakhouse salad, which was much better than Chris’s meal. Zoe had a total meltdown there though. I think she felt our bad vibes. And desperately needed a nap. Man she fights those hard these days!

Saturday night we came home and watched Office Christmas Party. It had it’s funny moments. She 100% made the movie!

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Favorite quote: God would drive a Kia.

I made some Gorgonzola gnocchi since our lunch/dinner left much to be desired.

Sunday morning I got some cleaning done while Zoe napped and then we headed out to do our grocery shopping and pick up a few things at TJ Maxx. We grabbed some Moes BBQ to bring home for lunch and dinner. Yum! 

Zoe and I had a fun little photo shoot on Saturday. I was just playing with her little tutu. She’s such a cutie.

We also had a silly little selfie session after one of her feedings. She cracks me up.

And that was basically our weekend. I hope you all had a great one! Linking up with Biana.

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Friday Favorites

I went to schedule this post and realized it is St Patrick’s Day! Happy St Patrick’s Day!! Since I am part Irish, clearly I need to celebrate it in some way right? I feel like this week just went rushing right on by. Even work hours. I was busy busy busy. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Favorite Moments:

–A few coworkers and I headed over to the new Pizitz Food Hall downtown to check out the food court there. It was really cool. While I wasn’t super impressed with the meal I ordered from Choza, I am sure to go back and try some other things!!! I got three tacos, a chorizo, chicken and steak. I hate corn tortillas and didn’t realize that is what they would be. Despite that, the chorizo taco was good and had a real kick to it. The steak one was alright. The chicken one was really ¬†bland. I think next time if I go to that particular place, I would get a bowl instead. There is a bar set up in the middle of everything and several other restaurants I am dying to try!!! There are both an Ethiopian and Jerusalem place that I want to try, as well as a fish place that has sushi bowls that Laura has convinced me I need in my life.

–Speaking of Monday, I put on pre-pregnancy clothes and they fit!! Of course, not everything in my closet fits. But my stretchy jeans and the flowy tops do and I am calling that a freaking win!

–Another win? When I met up with my Friday lunch club girls that haven’t seen me since the week before I had Zoe. They finally got to meet her and made the comment that I don’t even look like I recently had a baby. Biggest compliment there ever was.

–This Very Berry Good Salad from Urban Cookhouse is what dreams are made of. I always order it with grilled turkey and citrus vinegerette. YUM

–I took Zoe to Babies R Us to use a gift card that we received from a sweet friend. I wanted to get her some new toys because we are both bored with all her current ones. Check out her haul!

–That dancing robot thing that lights up??? I save it for tummy time. Now look who likes it!!! Check out that neck strength! (The lights are reflecting on her face, she isn’t really a pink baby lol.)

–Zoe’s high chair has been sitting in the box in a corner of her room since we received it before she arrived. I decided to go ahead and put it together yesterday because she really likes sitting up. (And I am tired of looking at the big huge box.) Look at her loving it like a big girl!!!

Favorite Recipe: I am still trying to stay Whole 30/paleo the majority of the time. I have expressed my hatred of eggs many times. Here is the perfect non egg whole 30 breakfast! I cant wait to try this.

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Favorite Mini Haul:I had to stop at Walgreens the other day and they were having a sale on their Wet n Wild stuff. Their brushes were 2 for $5. Um, ok!!! These brushes feel amazing and are so pretty!!! I got the blush, flat top and eyeshadow. Remind me of some higher end ones. I also have been dying to try the Lancome cushion highlighters. I didn’t want to pay the price for them, so I grabbed this one from Wet n Wild instead. It is super pretty!!!

Favorite Lusts: Even though this week has been cooler, overall it is starting to warm up around these parts. Time to start thinking about spring/summer clothing. I needed some new dresses last  year, but since I was pregnant I just wore the crap out of the few flowy ones that I had. Basically I am started from scratch now and need at least a few to get me by this coming season. How perfect is this cold shoulder one from Loft??? My issue with a lot of dresses is that the arm holes are way too big for me. Ummmmm this tie shoulder strap would be PERFECT!

I fell in love with these sandals from Target. I am just patiently waiting for their shoes to go BOGO or at least on sale. There were a few others I wanted to scoop up also. Like these. And these. And maybe these.

Favorite Purchases: Speaking of shoes at Target, I did scoop these up last week. There was only one pair left in my size, and only about five pairs total in my store. I was afraid to wait for them to go on sale and they run out. They were insanely comfy and totally matched one of the four shirts I have that fit me right now. So yay! They look cuter on than in this picture. Much fancier than my usual flip flops.

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