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What’s Up Wednesday

I always enjoy reading these posts, but have never participated myself. I told myself last month that I would join in this go round, so here we are! Linking up with Shay.



This week’s dinner menu consists of taco bowls two nights, turkey burgers with roasted potatoes, my baked pork chops, and mini paleo Italian turkey meatloaf. For lunches I am having paleo sloppy joe’s over baked red potatoes.

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Lot’s of things, but mostly past beach trips. I cant wait to take our first one as a family of three with Zoe! I am hoping that she is going to be a water/beach baby.

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Things are pretty routine over here. Just werk werk werk werk werk. And well, raising a tiny human too! I went and picked up my money from the consignment sale I was in this past weekend. I actually made $50!!! And the girls that are doing it are hosting a garage sale next month so they offered to keep my stuff for it, so I plan on getting more stuff together before then to get rid of as well.


All of the bugs that we are going to have this year since it never really got cold here. Woof. This accurately describes the south…


Trying to get some blog posts drafted, organizing pictures on my computer, finishing the office in our house, and most recently I started uploading photos to make books for each month of Zoe’s first year. I figure I can do the first four months in the next month…and then just keep up with it monthly after that. I am making a page in each one to share mostly what I share on her monthly updates here on the blog too so she can see how she changed from month to month.


We just finished Big Little Lies last night. I would like to start 13 Reasons Why soon. I am almost done reading The Girl You Left Behind, I have about 20% left. And I just started listening to I Don’t Know How She Does It on audiobook.

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I have fully embraced the athleisure wear trend, and wearing lots of black workout capris, flowy workout tops and sports bras just about every day around the house. When I actually do leave, it is mostly swing or shift dresses. I have been wearing the heck out of the LC sandals I picked up a few weeks ago too!


I am not really sure what we have planned for the weekend. Friday, Mario Kart comes out for the Switch. I plan to be in line when the stores open to grab one!!! So I am sure we will be playing that some! My BIL’s birthday is this weekend, and my sister is having a bonfire party for him Saturday night. Not sure if we will make it though since it is closing in on Zoe’s bedtime.

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Chris’s birthday is next month! Hopefully we can plan something fun to do.

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April Favorites – Add it to Your List

Linking up with Lauren and Bre today with some of my April favorites I think you should add to your list!

Van’s Foods The Perfect 10 Crackers

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These crackers are so good!!! I love to pair them with a little Laughing Cow wedge for the perfect afternoon snack. And wine. They go great with wine. Doesn’t everything? They have whole grains and seeds in them so I tell myself they are healthy. Ish.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

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I have tried a million many lipsticks and glosses over the years. Rarely is there one that really stands out as absolutely amazing. This stuff you guys? This is my holy grail!!! My mom got the Lovesick color for me off my Christmas list, and it is my absolute all time favorite lip product. This stuff has some amazing staying power. Even though it is matte, it doesn’t look or feel dry on my very dry lips.I can’t say enough good things about this stuff. If you are looking for a new lipstick, give this a try! I want to pick up this duo from Sephora!

I am wearing lovesick in this picture…

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser

I have been using this cleanser for about a month now and I love it!!! It’s a real bitch when you have to worry about breakouts and wrinkles, am I right??? This cleanser covers both problems!!! The thing with most acne cleansers is they tend to dry my skin out and make the problem worse. Not this stuff!!! It is more of a cream cleanser than a gel. It goes on smooth, has a cooling effect and leaves my skin super soft and looking awesome!!! Chris is even using this stuff too.

Big Little Lies

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I know I am late to watching the show, but we were trying to catch up on our other stuff first. I read the book two years ago and really loved it and I have to say that this show has been done very well!!! We have two episodes left and I am trying to savor them. If you were on the fence, give it a try. Chris is watching it with me and enjoying it as well. I will say that some of the twists in the book are easier to figure out on the show.

Grocery IQ

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I used to write all my shopping lists on paper, all the way up until about a year ago. I decided to finally try a few apps to see if it made it easier and it does!!! I got tired of leaving my list at home. Or sometimes we were out and decided to go ahead and pick up a few things. Grocery IQ makes everything so easy! It is free to download and you can share your lists with multiple people. Chris has it on his phone and it was a HUGE help the first few weeks after we had Zoe when he was going to the store himself. I also shared a shopping list with one of my coworkers last year who did Whole 30 with me so he could see everything he needed to pick up from the meal plans that I set up for us. You can check off things as you find them in the store and have several lists going at once.

What are some things you are loving right now?

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Weekend Shenanigans

Ugh. Monday. Am I right? I am exhausted! A certain Little Miss thought she was too good for naps all weekend. Goodness! Anyways, Saturday started off with an appointment at the hair salon. I love my hair girl, it was fun catching up with her and leaving feeling fabulous!

I mentioned Friday that one of my friends from Atlanta was coming to Birmingham this weekend. Unfortunately, Chris ended up having to work a lot this weekend (poor guy!!!!)….but we did squeeze in a great lunch with them on Saturday!

I suggested a few places to them, and they picked Saw’s BBQ. If you read any food critic list or southern magazine, you will know Saw’s is usually at or near the top of the list for best BBQ. It was so great getting to catch up with B and his wife. This was the first time that Chris actually got to meet them and I hope that we will get to see them more often now. Good company, good food!

Saturday evening I stumbled upon The Blind Side. I forgot how much I loved that movie! Speaking of things from the past….did you guys know that Party of Five is on Netflix?!?!?! I loved that show and I am totally re-watching it!

Sunday morning I read a little more of The Girl Before and flipped through a few magazines. We did our grocery shopping and dropped by to see our youngest nephew. He turned seven this weekend!! The rest of the afternoon was spent consuming fettucine alfredo, catching up on some of our shows and we watched the first three episodes of Big Little Lies! I was a little skeptical when I heard that they were making a tv series with it, but they have done a really good job. I love the casting!

Other things that happened this weekend? We took our first family photo of three. I know, she is almost 5 months old!!! I have millions of pictures of Zoe by herself, and several of her with Chris. But none of the three of us, and hardly any of me and her together. I have decided to really make more of an effort to change that. Even if they are with a few selfies!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! Linking up with Biana.

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Friday Favorites

Hey there, Friday! I am excited for this weekend because I am finally getting my hair done!!! I haven’t had it cut or colored since…September I think? Yeah, needless to say….it is well past needing done! I love catching up with my hair girl, and that feeling when you leave the salon looking fabulous! A dear friend of mine from Atlanta is coming out to Birmingham this weekend too!!! So after I get my hair done, Chris, Zoe and I will be meeting up with him and his wife and showing them around town! Read, eating lots of delicious foods! They are coming to Birmingham for a weekend getaway. People actually do that now, so you can too. Who else wants to come visit us?!

Favorite Moments:

–I spent a lot of time over the last few weeks collecting items for a consignment sale that my neighbor is having. It took several hours, but I finally got everything hung, pinned and priced! Then two of my neighbors came over and helped me carry them to the sale house. I hope that I make some money! I have 98 clothing items, 10 pairs of shoes and 57 pieces of costume type jewelry in this sale. I am so proud of myself for finally letting go of things I haven’t used in a long time…but was holding on to for whatever reason! And believe it or not, my closet is still full.

Bye Felicia!

–Yesterday, I grabbed some food from Chick Fil A (salad for me…damn diet) and took it to my sister’s office so that she could spend some time with Zoe. It was a much needed little getaway from our weekly routine, and Zoe just adores her aunts!

–Living out where we do has many benefits. The stars at night are breathtaking, it is quiet, you see lots of deer and wildlife, we drive past little lakes and beautiful farms. And then there are days when you roll your eyes because you hear the train coming and you know you are going to get stopped for awhile…but then you look over and you take in the view….and it just brings this calmness to you. I just love it! This train crossing through the open fields was so beautiful to me.

–Getting to see how much Zoe changes, even from week to week, is truly amazing!  Just look at her sitting up away from the chair! She tries to sit up all the time now, and her little legs have been moving like crazy during tummy time. I can tell she is ready to start moving soon!

Favorite Recipe: I dug my Healthy Trim Mama Cookbook out to find some new recipes for next week. This looks simple enough! I hate eggs, but I need to start eating a proper breakfast again….

For a quick and easy breakfast meal, try these Sausage & Egg Breakfast Bowls! Easy to make and Trim Healthy Mama friendly!:


Favorite Lust: I don’t know why, but I am wanting the Apple Watch again. When it first came out, I didn’t want it. Then I wanted it real bad. Then I was like meh I could do without it. And now, it isn’t something I need at all…but I still want! And I want it to be waterproof. Damnit. Anyone have one and not love it and want to try to talk me out of it? That would be great, thanks.

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

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I am back today with some more empties!!! Perfect day to review a few of these since a few of these will be included in the Sephora 15% off sale is starting!!! I am reviewing them differently today, and giving you the good and the bad. Tell me if you like this format better than just spilling it all in one paragraph.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Intense

The Good– I am obsessed with this stuff you guys!!! I think I have mentioned it on my blog quite a few times. This is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used for my combination skin. It makes my skin feel so soft and smooth. My makeup applies so well over it that I really don’t use primers anymore. I am repurchasing this during the Sephora sale!

The Bad– The only bad thing I can say is that it comes in a jar instead of a tube. I always wash my hands before washing my face and using this product so it isn’t a big deal for me. And honestly, being in a jar ensures that you can use every last drop of it.

Repurchase: YES!!!

Spongelle in Freesia Pear scent

The Good– Let’s start with scent. This scent is amazing!!! I like that this is an all in one. The soap is built in to the sponge so you just scrub all over your body with it. It leaves my skin soft and exfoliated, without stripping it of moisture. It was fun to use and it lasted a lot longer than I thought it would! I cant even remember when I got it??

The Bad- Other than being a little on the pricey side, the only negative thing I have to say is depending on your shower set up…it might be odd to store it between uses. We didn’t really have a good place to lay it in our shower stall without it getting hit by water constantly, so I kept it by my sink and had to take it in to the shower each use.

Repurchase: This isn’t something I would purchase on the regular, but I would certainly pick one up if I want something different and fun to pamper myself with from time to time. I would 100% purchase it as a gift for someone else too.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

The Good – Decent primer, keeps my oily skin in check.

The Bad – Pretty pricey and gets used up quickly.

Repurchase: I have purchased this many times in the past, but with my current face routine and moisturizer…I find myself not really needed a primer.

Younique Moodstruck Natural Fibers Mascara and Transplanting Gel

The Good: I liked the length that this mascara provides. My eye lashes looked pretty fantastic when I used it!

The Bad: You have to purchase it through a Younique distributer. I don’t know if it is just me, but the mascara flakes off and bothers my eyes. It is a little pricey.

Repurchase: No. There are mascaras from both the drug stores and Sephora that don’t bother my eyes the way this did and are easier to purchase.

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter

The Good– Safe to use while pregnant. Super moisturizing. I found that my belly itched less when I used this.

The Bad – I couldn’t stand the smell of this stuff for half of my pregnancy. I used it the second half of my pregnancy and still have stretch marks from hell so it wont prevent stretch marks if they are in your genes. I think you are either lucky and wont have stretch marks because your mom/grandma didn’t get them….or no matter what you rub on your belly the stretch marks are going to appear because that is your fate.

If I can only recommend one thing, it would be the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense! And honestly, it isn’t near as pricey as some of the other moisturizers out there. This jar lasted me several months too! What are you going to purchase during the Sephora sale? I am getting the moisturizer and I was thinking about ordering another Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (my favorite!!!!) or this set.