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Friday Favorites

We had quite the scare yesterday in Birmingham! Figures, the one day I was in the office this week the tornado sirens started going off right around the time I got a call from my MIL telling me that she was on top of the weather and was getting ready to take Zoe to the basement. The sky looked SUPER sketchy and there were so many clouds that looked like there was rotation. Tropical Storm Cindy can go ahead and get the hell away from here anytime now!!! We are supposed to have a threat of tornadoes again today from about noon til 8pm. I have my helmet, supplies and Zoe’s car seat in the basement so we are ready at anytime.

Anyways, I cant focus on that right now or I will go insane! The good news is that it is Friday!!! Our beach trip is going to be here before we know it! I ordered some sunscreen, a beach tent, two quilted sheets for Zoe’s pack and play (supposed to help with the awful noises the mattress makes anytime she moves) and a few other necessities this morning. I still haven’t found a swimsuit or cover up for me. I have one swimsuit but we are going to be there for awhile so I need more than one. I tried on 15 the other day and walked away with nothing. Ugh. Swimsuit shopping is the worst, am I right?

Favorite Moments:

This week has been pretty low key, minus the whole storm thing. Besides work, it has been lots of playtime with this cutie!!!

Favorite Recipe: I enjoyed my three bean green salad this week, I think I want to try this next!

This Butter Bean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and…

Favorite Delivery: My Sephora package came and it was filled with lots of goodies!!! I am finally trying the IT CC Cream. I have only used it twice, but so far I am enjoying it. I ordered a special additions set that came with two deluxe samples of their eye cream and confidence in a cream. I also ordered the Buxom lip gloss in Kimberly. Love the light pink color for summer and it has the slightest hint of shimmer. I scooped up the Bobbi Brown cult favorites with some points I had saved up. They had a special for VIBs who ordered that day to receive Too Faced Hangover Primer and Better Than Sex deluxe sized samples. Then I got three free samples of perfume.

Favorite Blog Post: Steph’s post, The Here and Now, this week was such a great reminder to stop putting things off for later when this or that is better and treat yourself better now.

Favorite Funnies:

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. If you live in the south in the path of the storms today, stay safe!!! Linking up with Amanda.

recipe

Three Bean Greek Salad

I wanted to share the greek salad that I threw together this weekend!!! I love cucumber salad, but it isn’t quiet filling enough to call it lunch so the beans add in some extra fiber and protein to help out with that. This is a super easy dump and mix recipe.

What You Need

1 cucumber, diced

1 container feta cheese

Couple hand fulls of fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped into 1 inch pieces

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 purple onion, diced

1/2 can of diced black olives (this is still good if you dont like olives, just omit)

Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons lemon juice (I used from a bottle since I always have it on hand)

1/2 tablespoon oregano

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

salt and pepper to taste

What You Do

–Boil water and add in green beans, cook for 3-4 minutes

–While the beans are cooking, mix together your dressing and set aside.

–Add all ingredients to bowl and toss until well mixed. Refrigerate.

Enjoy!!!

 

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Six Months

Six months. Half a year. How???? You internally roll your eyes when people tell you how quickly the time goes once you have kids, but seriously. They were right! You can’t even imagine. It blows my mind to think that six months have gone by since the nurse was tossing Chris some scrubs and everyone was frantically unpacking tools in the operating room for the c section. It has been six months since I stared into those beautiful blue eyes of Zoe’s for the first time. Six months since our lives were forever changed.

This month has had some pretty big moments! Zoe is now sitting up completely unassisted, she is not just grabbing but pinching items to hold, she started eating solid foods and we have really settled in to a great schedule.

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

Loves: You are still constantly chewing/sucking on your fingers and hand, squealing, smiling, giggling, pulling mommy’s hair, and your new favorite thing is sitting up unassisted!!! You sit for long stretches at a time and rarely tumble over. Your favorite toys are your stacking cups, Beat Bo, Minnie Mouse and your crinkly book.

Hates: You still aren’t a fan of loud noises, they usually make you cry. You are starting to have some stranger anxiety and get upset when someone else holds you that you do not know.

Milestones: You have changed so much over the last month!!! You are sitting up completely unassisted, you have been eating solid foods (your first was sweet potatoes), you are able to feed yourself sometimes with a spoon, you started sipping water from a 360 cup and a weighted straw cup,

Clothing: We just moved you up to size 3 diapers. You still fit in size 2, but at your doctor appointment last week you were 16 pounds and sort of on the higher end of 2’s and lower end of 3’s so we went ahead and moved up. For clothes you have a few 3-6 pieces that you still fit in to, most of your stuff is 6 month or 6-9 months.

Feeding: You are still on a similar schedule from last month. You wake up and go to bed a little earlier than before. You take 5.5 ounces around 530am, 800am, 1130am, 2pm, 530pm and 7pm. You go down for your morning nap around 800-830am and your afternoon nap after your 2pm bottle. You usually go down for bed after your 630-700 pm bottle and sleep through the night. Your 1100-1130 feeding is where we have introduced solid foods so we have been doing a smaller bottle and offering you food and a straw cup with water first.

Looks: Your eyes and hair have stayed the same color this past month. Most people say you look like your daddy with my eyes.

Things I want to remember from this month…

The way you growl as communication. Sometimes it makes me laugh so hard, which makes you giggle too!

How sweet you are when you lean in and “kiss” your stuffed animals.

The way you smile when your daddy or I walks in to a room.

How high you can jump in your bouncer!!! Sometimes you really get going in there.

You have started dancing to music when you are seated. Mostly rocking back and forth. It is the cutest thing ever.

You really like Bruno Mars. Anytime one of his songs comes on, you always have a big smile on your face. I think you favorite is Uptown Funk.

You are really in to reading books. You like to chew on them and you pat the pictures each time I turn a page.

You are super ticklish under your arms, around your neck and sometimes on your belly. You giggle and giggle and giggle when I blow raspberries on your belly.

You love your cousins. Christopher and Cooper spent a few days with us since they have been out of school and you get so excited to see them!!! You love to have Cooper read to you. You tried to tickle his neck when he was reading and it was the sweetest thing! Christopher picked you up and held you for the first time and you loved laughing at him when he said “yeah” to you in your face.

After you take your bottles before your naps or bedtime, sometimes you pucker your lips and stretch out and look away like….ok I am through, time for sleep. So cute!!!

You really want to crawl. When you are on your belly, you scoot your legs and butt a little but don’t really get anywhere. Then you get frustrated and start squealing and sometimes crying and you lay your head on the ground in defeat. I know it is just a matter of time before you are mobile!!!

The monthly pictures are getting harder to take!!! I will share some outtakes at the end.

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Weekend Shenanigans

This weekend went by so quickly! Though, don’t they all? While I didn’t get done all that I had planned...grass I am looking at you in all your jungle glory.…it was a good weekend!

After a very long time of researching, Chris decided he wanted to get a new TV for our living room on Saturday. After Zoe’s morning nap we headed over to Best Buy and met his sister over there to look at TVs. The one he thought they had wasn’t there and he ended up going with something else. It is five inches bigger than our other TV and I can certainly tell a difference! The jury is still out on whether Chris likes it or not. He notices so many things that I don’t when watching shows.

Saturday afternoon, Chris’s friend came over to watch the Electric Daisy Carnival with Chris. The guys grilled out steaks and they were delicious!

They had also picked up some sushi from Publix that I joked around saying it was sketchy, but it was actually pretty damn good!

Sunday we got our meal planning and grocery shopping done, finished watching House of Cards, and celebrated Chris’s first father’s day. I made baked ziti for dinner.

The rest of the weekend looked like this….

In the bottom right picture, Zoe had decided she was too cool for a nap and then kept laying her head down during playtime because she couldn’t hang. We’ve all been there, right???

And just like that, it is back to reality. I through together a three bean and cucumber greek salad last night for my lunches this week. If it is good, I will share the recipe! It was a pretty easy dump and mix one, and we could all use some of that in our lives. I hope you have a great week! Linking up with Biana.

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Friday Favorites

I looked down at the date yesterday as I was writing this post and realized that June is already half way over. How that is even possible is beyond me. I feel like time is flying by so much faster than it used to. It is insane. Anyways, we don’t really have anything specifically on the books for this weekend. We will be celebrating Chris’s first Father’s Day! So that is exciting.

Favorite Moments: Laura and I met up for lunch on Tuesday. We decided on Shiki because we both had a hankering for some sushi!!! We split the spicy tuna rolls, and I got coconut soup and massaman chicken. SO GOOD! Plus, we parked in a parking deck a few blocks away and walked so I ended up hitting my step goal very easily that day. Hurray!

I unexpectedly got to spend some time with one of my nephews this week too! He didn’t want to go on his field trip at camp so he hung out with Zoe and I one day. We got to play another game of Life and Zoe playing on the floor with him and listening to him read her books. She kept reaching out and patting his belly and trying to tickle his neck. It was the cutest thing ever.

I ordered some Baby Bjorn bibs from Target for Zoe. Trust me, when they start eating foods…just get these!!! They make life so much easier and really cut down on the laundry. That link takes you to the specific colored ones (green and pink) I got that were on sale for way less than anywhere else. I couldn’t resist this watermelon sunsuit when I placed my order. It was only $7.99. How cute is she going to look in this????

Zoe is in to selfies now haha. She loves seeing herself in the pictures so we make all kinds of goofy no make-up faced ones. I love to hear her giggles.

Favorite Recipe: I love making fried rice at home. This quinoa version looks like a healthier way to do it!

Quinoa Veggie Fried Rice with Egg and Scallions

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Favorite Lust: I picked up a black and white striped sleeveless swing dress from the Loft outlet last weekend. I didn’t really care for the other prints that they had there but realized that the regular loft has some solid colored ones right now. I really want to scoop those up! I really like the pomegranate color, and they are 40% off!

How cute is this cold shoulder one???

Or this Lou and Gray casual one???

The Loft gets me every time!

Favorite Funnies:

I wonder how many people see me in "suggested friends" and are like "fuck that asshole"...

Hate when that happens.

Adulting

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Funny, Memes, Pictures: thank-you-notes

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