Linking up with my girl Kristen to share what I have been up to lately.
Eating Around Birmingham: After my visit to Brat Brot last week, I knew I wanted to head there for lunch ASAP. Laura, Morgan and I hit up Brat Brot yesterday to try out their eats. I ordered the BirminghamBurger, Garten Fries with Smoked Mayo, and washed it all down with a Blood Orange Radler. Everything was delicious! Oh, Laura and I walked over there from my office. So clearly none of that food counts. 😉
Drinking: I stopped by Dunkin on my way in to work one morning because I needed caffeine stat! I was just going to order my usual caramel iced coffee, but they were out of caramel!!!!! (I mean you have ONE JOB Dunkin! COME ON NOW!) This was their second time they were out of it. WTF? Then the cashier was all, we have a coconut caramel if you would like to try it. Ummmmm why don’t you have that on your board?!?! Yes, please!!!! You guys, SO GOOD!
Reading: I just finished reading Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber. It was different from every other Macomber book I have read, I will share my thoughts next Tuesday for the book link up, of course! I should be receiving my ARC of Arrogant Devil from RS Grey today!!! I cant wait to dive in and get started on it. Romantic Comedies are so of my absolute favorite to read, and I really loved RS Grey’s last book The Beau and The Belle!
Listening: Every Crooked Nanny by Mary Kay Andrews AKA Kathy Hogan Trocheck – This one is perfect on audiobook because the accents are so on point. This series takes place in Atlanta and the first book in the series was written in 1992, during the era of car phones and beepers, before social media and cell phones. It makes for some fun reading! Plus I recognize every single place they go since I lived in Atlanta for so long, it is nostalgic for me.
Watching: The Originals came back last week! Turns out this is going to be the last season, not really surprised there. I was excited to see Caroline in the first episode! Her and Damon were my favorites from Vampire Diaries. Of course, I cant get enough of Klaus and Elijah.
Working:I have been sitting complacent for a long time. Something has stirred in me recently to push myself and I have taken the first few steps to do that the past few weeks. Hopefully all my efforts and fire will bring some results.
Eating: I am trying hard to keep myself on the straight and narrow during the week. I was failing at breakfast the last few months. I think I wasn’t getting enough protein, so I was starving by 9-10am and snacking on things I didn’t need to be. I started back to drinking protein shakes this week. I am playing with some recipes, some are awesome…some….not so much. Send me all your favorite smoothie combos please!
Other than breakfast, we have taco bowls, chicken tenders, turkey burgers, meatloaf muffins and pork chops on the menu for this week. Lunch (other than my outing yesterday) has been carrots and hummus, apple, turkey sausage and some pasta salad. I am trying to get back on my lunch game as well after phoning it in lately. I just dont feel like meal prepping most weekends, you know? But that is the only way I find success during the week.
Lusting: I need a few pieces added to my spring/summer wardrobe. I have noticed that most of my black dresses have seen better days, they are faded and some of the fabric is pilling. I just cant seem to find any that I LOVE to replace them. I wont buy anything unless I absolutely love it these days. I have my eye on these sandals from Target. I think they would be so cute with my navy dresses that I have.
These blush beauties are calling my name. DV is one of my favorite brands!
I also like these ones in black. I feel they look really cute in person and I like the tiny little heel they have. Can you tell I have a thing for slides? I am going to need them to put their shoes back on sale! I hate that I missed 20% off last week.
Planning: Not too much going on this month. It is Chris’s birthday month, so hopefully I can plan a date for the two of us. Of course we have Memorial Day which I am looking forward to having off!!! And there is always Cinco De Mayo! I need to find a fun recipe to make this weekend to celebrate. And Mother’s Day is already next weekend. Crazy how fast it is all going to go, right??
Sassing: Seriously though, this pose!!!!!
Jana comes up with the best three things lists every month, and I decided to play again!
Movies I quote often
- Step Brothers – Did we just become best friends? Why are you so sweaty? I was watching Cops.
- Mean Girls – Boo, you whore!
- Clueless – I feel like such a heifer. I had two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M’s and like 3 pieces of licorice.
Apps I use every day
- Zoe’s daycare camera app – I love checking in and seeing what she is doing!
- Overdrive (audiobooks from my library!)
Words I hate
- Roach – Ugh I shudder!
Most recent Amazon purchases
- Clairol Shimmer Lights Blonde Shampoo (keep my new highlights from looking brassy)
- Fit Simplify exercise bands
Weird foods I eat (or, stuff that most people find disgusting)
- Noodles and Beans
- Noodles and Cottage Cheese
- Blue cheese stuffed olives
Things I’m excited for in April
- Zoe’s Spring Picture Day
- Hopefully listing our house!
- Nice weather before it gets too hot
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!
Do you ever see a product, show, idea, something get so hyped up…and you just don’t get it? It happens to me a lot. It leaves me over here scratching my head and thinking, am I just alone in this?
–The Bachelor/Bachelorette – I do not get the hype of these shows. Why do so many of you love them??? I cannot force myself to watch or care about any of the people on there. The whole premise of the show is gross to me. I don’t want to date some guy that is out dating and kissing a bunch of other girls too. That isn’t romantic or appealing to me at all.
–I don’t watch the Oscars, Grammy’s or any other awards show. Honestly, I find them rather dull and boring. And in the last several years, I honestly don’t know who the heck most of the people are who are on there or win??
–People magazine and other celebrity gossip. I just don’t give a shit. I have better things to do with my time than hear about their ridiculous lives.
–Super open floor plans. When I walk in to a house, I don’t want to see the entire house from the front door. I like open spaces, but not that open!!! If one area is a little messy, the entire house looks like shit. And also, have you thought about what happens when your kids get louder and older?? You are going to want to have some separation from certain rooms for your own sanity!
–Speaking of houses, why are all the new neighborhoods building them so close together????? Why in the world do people think, oh $400,000 for this house that I can reach out and touch my neighbor’s front door…sold!!! NO! I don’t want to live on top of my neighbor. And I want to have a decent yard for my kid to run around and be a kid. To maybe have a fire pit and some chairs to enjoy the mild southern nights in. What if you want to have a few people over? Where are they going to park?? Think it through!
–Crop tops – You were cute in the 90’s, but you should have stayed there. Not that anyone wants to see this post baby body in one anyways.
–Scrunchies – Why are you coming back??? Again, cute in the 90’s but not for adult Nadine.
–Mules – I want to get behind these, I really do. I own a pair actually, but I feel ridiculous in them!!! Maybe my feet are too big to pull them off? I dont know? You wear them, they look cute on you…but I need to remind myself how ridiculous I look in them every time I click on the links you guys share!
What are some unpopular opinions you have?