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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. ūüėČ

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!

Arrogant Devil

Listening: Every Crooked Nanny by Mary Kay Andrews AKA Kathy Hogan Trocheck РThis 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.

Every Crooked Nanny

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.

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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!!!!!

Reflecting:

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Laughing:

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Linking up with Kristen to share what I have been up to currently. I realized reading over this post this morning that I was sort of whiny towards the end of it. The past few weeks have been really rough at work and clearly it has changed my entire mood. I deleted some of my ranting for everyone’s sake. I think I need a large bottle of wine and some retail therapy to calm me down this weekend.

Reading: I am about half way through The Family Next Door and I really hope to have it finished before the next book link up. I am enjoying it so far. It sort of reminds me of Big Little Lies in a way.

The Family Next Door

Listening: I am still on an audiobook kick! Right now I am listening to The Hating Game during my commute and I am obsessed! This might be one of my favorites so far this year. I have LOL’d on more than one occasion.

The Hating Game

Watching: All the shows! I am really in to The Resident and 9-1-1 still. A lot of shows will be having season finales soon, can you believe it is that time already?? I want to watch Rosanne, has anyone checked it out yet? I used to love the show when it originally aired. Trading Spaces is coming  back! That was the original design show and I might check it out too.

Reminiscing: Zoe turned 16 months old yesterday. I dont even know how that is possible???? One of the class aids from her infant class was holding a tiny baby when we walked in and as I was struggling with a wiggly, 22 pound Zoe who just wanted to get down and walk and I thought….how was she ever that tiny???

Wearing: One confusing wardrobe! Monday I had on a dress, Tuesday I wore cropped dress pants and a short sleeve shirt, yesterday I was in a bomber jacket with jeans, last night it dropped in the 30s but it is supposed to be 70 today. How are you even supposed to dress accordingly? Get it together Alabama!

Planning: I need to plan a time to paint the guest bedroom. Maybe this weekend or next. The problem is, I need to find somewhere to put all the extra stuff that is being stored in there! We also have a few more things to do around the house to get it ready to list. I de-cluttered some of the living room this past weekend so I can at least cross that off. Oh and the grass. Ugh. Tis the season to start cutting grass every weekend!

Annoyed: I am not sure why, perhaps a combination of the stress from work, stress of getting all the things done, eating sugar with the Easter candy and cookies, or who knows what…but my face is breaking out again. I haven’t changed anything in my arsenal to cause this…so I know it is a lifestyle change that I need to make. Anyone have any tips on clearing up stress zits? Damn they suck.

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For some reason, I feel like this week is really dragging. Maybe because the weekend went by so quickly I was in denial about Monday. I walked in to the office like…didn’t we just do this??? It is always weird to me when months line up the same. Like all the dates in February fall on the same day of the week as in March. It really had me mixed up in my iPhone calendar when I was adding appointments for March in February. Anyways, I am babbling. Linking up with Kristen and Gretch!

Reading: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld РI saw that my library had this available and picked it up on a whim. I added it to Goodreads and saw Kristen rated it very high. Her and I are basically  book twins so I knew I would love it too! So far, so good!

Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

Watching: The usual: The Good Doctor, 9-1-1, The Resident, Riverdale, Blue Bloods, Big Bang Theory, the Chicago shows, SVU, Modern Family, This is Us, Greys, Scandal. Lots and lots of Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals too! Zoe is obsessed. I actually think Vampirina is super cute and the theme song gets stuck in my head forever and ever.

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Cooking: This week we are having turkey burgers, taco soup, pork chops and burrito bowls. Yum yum yummy! I have made my favorite Mediterranean CousCous for lunches and pairing it with an apple and some turkey sausage. Laura and I have a healthy lunch trip planned somewhere for today. Trying to avoid the chocolate chip cookies we baked on Sunday.

Working: OUT! Finally!!! I mentioned Monday that I ran for the first time in nearly two years. I quit running when I found out I was pregnant, and stuck to walking and low impact workouts and haven’t really hopped back on the hard core wagon since. I ran Monday and Tuesday, and did weights Wednesday. My toe already hurts from my darn running shoes after two days, and my hips are kindly reminded me that I am old. I am going to keep going though! I love the endorphins from a good sweat!

Loving: While I hate my damn allergies, I sort of love seeing all the tree¬† lined streets this week! I will just appreciate them with my windows rolled up while downing a box of Claritin! I am afraid that poor Zoe has picked up mine and Chris’s terrible allergies.

Pinning: All the St Patrick’s Day and Easter toddler crafts. Laura and I are planning another craft day in a few weeks to do something fun with the kiddos. I can’t wait! Maybe her and I can find another fun craft for ourselves too. I am still loving the marble trays we made last month.

Not much else going on really. I am slammed at work and coming home completely exhausted every day this week. It is better that we are busy than not, but still! I have a hair appointment booked for the 17th. I can’t wait to get my hair done! I am looking rough these days. I am not sure what I am doing yet. I want a change.

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Finishing:Right now I am finishing my second cup of coffee. Ha! I am also trying to finish up¬†The Billionaire’s Unexpected Baby before the book link up next week. This is the follow up book to 69 Million Things I Hate About You which was hilarious and a must read! I am listening to Behind Closed Doors on audiobook on my commutes and OMG!!!! I knew I was going to like this one, I was like the millionth in line to get it from the library. If you are on Netgalley, B. A. Paris’s new book is available for request!!! I got it the other day and I cant wait to dive into it!

Behind Closed Doors

The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby (Winning the Billionaire, #2)

Subscribing:You guys, the amount of magazines I have piled up to read has gotten out of hand!!! Anytime I get a few extra minutes of downtime, I either reach for an actual book…or I am trying to clean the house or take a few minutes to do something for myself. Like cut my nails, put lotion on my legs, sleep. I earned all of my subscriptions from surveys I used to do and have been letting them cancel as they come due. I plan to keep a few of my favorites though, which are Martha Stewart, Real Simple and Southern Living. I may keep Women’s Health or Shape too. And that is it. The rest are gone.

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Watching:Did anyone watch the most recent episode of Grey’s??? I thought it was going a certain way, if you watched it you know what I mean. I ended up crying at the end of the episode and Chris looked over at me and was like”are you seriously crying right now???” YES! I cry over everything. Why don’t you know this yet? I am also catching new episodes of Grace and Frankie.

We need some new stuff to binge on. What are you loving?

Wishlisting: I really need some better dress pants. Why are all the ones I have so ill fitting and run down looking?? I suppose I haven’t shopped for any in a really long time. I always default to leggings or my pointe style pants. I want some really good quality ones, so I think I will hit up Ann Taylor next time they do 50% off. The Loft dress pants leave a little to be desired for me, I would rather pay a little more for Ann Taylor. The Kate fit are so perfect for me.

I also have this cardigan on my Wishlist at Nordstroms. I like the texture it adds to a plain outfit.

And I really want to grab the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye stick Au Natural and Amethyst.

Hearting: Lindsay’s post yesterday. If you haven’t read it…just go read it.

And this….

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Loving: The Beau and The Belle is out today and available on Amazon!!! You guys, this book was SO CUTE!!! The author was kind enough to include me in the ARC, and now I am hooked on her. She seems so cool, like someone I could definitely be friends with! This book reads like a romantic comedy. I absolutely loved Beau and Lauren. It takes place in New Orleans and has me itching for a trip down there! I cant say enough good things. You can purchase it for just 99 cents on kindle here!

Reading: I am having a bit of book hangover with The Beau and The Bell to be honest. I want more of those characters! I am finishing up The Gods in Alabama right now.

Gods in Alabama

Watching: To be honest, a lot of Puppy Dog Pals and Vamparina. Zoe has shown interest in TV now, especially if there is singing involved. She drops everything the moment she hears the intro song to these two shows. She also loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Mickey and the Roadster Racers. We have been home sick, so she has been getting more screen time than usual. Judge away.

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Working: I have been slowly getting our kitchen organized. I redid the pantry, again, last week. Yesterday, I started going through a few cabinets and getting rid of miss-matched shit that we never use. I also packed up most of Zoe’s bottles. She really only takes one right before bed now, the rest of the time she drinks water out of a cup. It was bittersweet packing those up! Next I want to tackle the two random cabinets that house appliances like the toaster, waffle maker, mixer, etc.

Cooking: For breakfast, I have been back on my coconut flour muffins. I got this recipe from Kathy a few years ago, and it is sooooooo easy and quick!!! I dont have a lot of time to spend on cooking in the mornings, and this comes together and ready to eat in under five minutes.

1 egg

1 teaspoon coconut flour

1 tablespoon almond milk (could use regular or coconut)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (when I was on whole 30, I left this out and it still tasted good)

Whisk all that together in a bowl, grease a ramekin with coconut oil and cook in microwave for 2 minutes. BOOM! Done! I really love it with homemade apple butter spread on top too!

Planning: Laura and I have a craft day schedule for this Saturday, as long as both our kids can stay healthy. Sheesh. Planning anything when you are a parent is hard. You can’t predict when your kid is going to be riddled with nasty daycare germs…or is being a toddler with a tantrum. You know? Anyways, we have plans to craft marble trays (thanks Elle!!!!)for us, and we¬† have a few crafts for the kids to do for Valentine’s Day! We are also going to make sugar cookies and let them decorate. I cannot wait!!!

Life: I have been working from home the last two days with a sick Zoe. Again. You guys!!! Seriously! I just want one full week at daycare with a healthy Zoe and no snow days! I feel like I should get a refund for at least half a month with how much we are gone. Her ear infection from last week came back with a vengeance Tuesday morning. She seemed to be feeling better by the afternoon, but we didn’t go back to school until this morning. It looked like there were several other kids out as well. Oh, and I realized about 5 minutes away from daycare that I forgot to give her the medicine this morning. I had to turn around and drive the 20 minutes back home to get it and go back out. Sheesh. Have I mentioned that I am so over cold and flu season already??? I am basically behind on everything so bare with me. I got to say, I didn’t hate all the snuggles I have gotten over the last few days from my sweet sweet girl.

I am linking up with Kristen and Gretch for What’s New With You. Let me know what you have going on!