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weekend shenanigans


I never said I had my life together. Sometimes I can get my post up on a Monday morning, and sometimes I cannot. It was a little crazy yesterday. Add in the fact that my arms are sore as shit. I decided at 9pm on Saturday night that I was going to repaint our closet. Ran out of paint half way through and ended up finishing it last night at 11pm. Can I just count that as my weekly workout? I did the ceiling and everything!

Anyways, this weekend was pretty fun. Chris and I kicked it off with a date lunch on Friday. We went to Taco Morro Loco in Avondale. I promise you, you can’t find a better taco in Birmingham than this place right here! SOOOOOOOOO damn delicious! I got the ground beef, chorizo and Pastor (pork with pineapple salsa.) Freaking delicious. We also split some cheese stuffed jalapenos and chips and salsa. We then headed over to Bargain Hunt and it was back to work for me.

Saturday morning we had a little play time outside. We had scored some great deals on sidewalk chalk last weekend at Bargain Hunt and couldn’t wait to test them out.  It was around 8-9am and was already unbearably hot. We came in, did some stuff around the house and Zoe went down for a quick nap. We headed over to Chris’s parents house to catch a little of the game and stopped by Papa Sals on the way home to get some pasta for dinner. After Zoe went down and I ate….is when I started painting.

Sunday we were up and out early to make a Home Depot run and knock out our grocery shopping. Target had 20% off their fall drinks at Starbucks, so I indulged in a caramel frap. Something I rarely do. It was so delicious!!!! Zoe wanted to rock Vamparina shirts all weekend. The kid actually went to bed with her blue shirt Saturday night after she had a fit when we changed her into pj’s. You choose your battles, and that was one I didn’t have the energy for.

After a failed nap attempt, Aunt Tracy came to get Zoe for a little while. She took her and my nephews to the park and out to dinner. Zoe had soooooooo much fun!!!!! Look at her burger face. That is the exact face I make too!

While they were out, Chris and I did a Facebook Marketplace deal and got a roomba, and then decided to spontaneously grab a beer at the new brewery in Trussville before getting more paint at Sherman Williams. Slagheap opened a few weeks ago, and it is a really nice spot!!! I didn’t particularly care for the beer I ordered, the one I really wanted to try was tapped out. But they always have events and food trucks there, and the place is nice and clean. Family friendly too. I know we will be back.

We also went to Best Buy, and what do we do when we are without child? Find things to get her, of course!!! Poppy and Buttons came home with us, haven’t seen them before! She already has Vamparina, of course. They joined her entourage of Pets characters that must come everywhere with us now.

When we got back, we played outside for a little bit, had a fun bathtime….and after she went down for bed…Chris and I enjoyed steaks and Blue Bloods.

And just like that, the weekend was over and it was back to reality!

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

What is it about a three day weekend that will scramble your brain so much on what day it is??? It was wonderful and glorious to have that extra day off. I just wish I would have been more productive with my time! I meant to clear out our guest room and paint it this weekend. None of that happened. We did have some fun though!

I kicked off the weekend Friday with trying out a new to me restaurant, Abhi. I met two of my friends over there that I hadn’t seen in awhile and we had some delicious eats! I ordered a side salad, miso soup and the Sexy Lady Roll (spicy tuna with crab.) They both ordered some kind of spicy noodle bowl that came out in these super cute tin pots.  C was so sweet and brought R and I bundt cakes since we both had August birthdays. It was great catching up, and I always leave a lunch with them feeling like my soul was fed in some way.

Saturday morning, Zoe and I went out to Michael’s to pick up some fall craft supplies. We also stopped by Sephora so that I could take advantage of the VIB sale and get my moisturizer and make up remover. I ended up picking up a skin care kit to try instead of what I went in there for. I used it Sunday and had two different people tell me that I looked 25. Sooooo the new skin care is definitely a keeper!!!! We also went to Publix to get some game day snacks, Zoe approved because Publix keeps her happy in cookies.

When we got home, we attempted nap time with no success. We gave up, and headed to Chris’s parents house to catch the Auburn game with them. Then we came home for the Bama game. No naps means a passed out Zoe on the way home.

Sunday morning, Zoe and I did our weekly grocery shopping at Target and picked up some  Moe’s BBQ for us to eat on over the next two days. When we got home, we again tried for a nap with no success. We decided to hear out to Best Buy and Bargain Hunt instead. When we got home we had some color time and played with bubbles outside. Two days without a nap was starting to take a toll on all of us. Someone was being such a toddler!

Monday morning, we had scheduled a play date with one of our daycare friends. We decided since neither of our kiddos sleep in, we would meet up early at Chick Fil A for breakfast, and then head to the park before it got too hot. This was actually Zoe’s first time at the park, and she had a BLAST!!! Now that it is **hopefully**  going to start cooling down some, Chris and I should be able to take her more. She had so much fun running around with her friend. They live close by the day care, and hopefully that is the area that we will be moving to soon…so clearly more of these play dates are going to need to happen!

Zoe had worn herself out, so when we got  home we had lunch and she finally went down for a nap! While she was napping, my sister came over with my nephews and we all played Mario Kart and waited for Zoe to get up. After they left, we had some bubble time and settled in for the night.

I was running behind this morning and didn’t have time to get breakfast together for myself. I stopped by Starbucks and grabbed an egg white and turkey bacon sandwich and tried out a weight watcher friendly PSL. For 3 points you order an Americano with 4 pumps of sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup and 1 pump of pumpkin spice syrup. A regular non-fat grande PSL with run you 16 points. Yeah, no thanks. This was actually pretty tasty and I would definitely get it again.

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend! Linking up with Biana. 

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shananigans

I have a feeling that today might be a three cup of coffee kind of day. I am not even sure why? I went to bed at a decent hour last night?! This was the last weekend before football takes over our Saturdays. Kind of crazy the season is here already! I am just hoping that this week goes by quickly, so we can get to that three day weekend!

Saturday morning, we met Laura and her crew over at Nordstrom Rack. Her and I took the kids shopping there while the boys looked around Best Buy. The plan was to eat at Shake Shack right at 11:00am. Well, there was a huge ass line waiting outside to get in, and no food is worth a wait for us. We ended up going to Tavern instead. I ordered the Baconjam Burger and it was seriously amazing!!! We all ordered mimosas and shared some crab dip too. Yum yum yum.

Zoe got the cutest pair of sparkly gold Puma’s at rack, some new hair bows and two pairs of leggings for the fall. She made out! I found nothing. Well, nothing that I needed. There was plenty I talked myself out of. And of course, we had to get a picture of Z & S while we were out!

After lunch, we headed back home. Zoe didn’t want to take a nap, so we watched Secret Life of Pets a million times and played with some bubbles outside. She also helped me do several loads of laundry, it’s not child labor when they want to help. And she spotted my old Care Bear chair in our guest room and asked if she could have it. And by asked, she pointed to it and said “mine.” But same thing in toddler language. It was pretty cool seeing her sit in it. That chair sat in our garage for years, and I always looked at it and wondered if we would have a kiddo of our own sitting in it some day. Pretty cool to see it happen!

It was an early-ish bedtime for her, since she didn’t have a nap and was starting to get cranky. Once she was down, I poured myself a glass of wine and watched To All the Boys I Loved Before. It was such a cute movie, very well done! I loved the book so much, so I knew I had to watch the movie.

Sunday morning, I tried out a WW recipe for Strawberry Lemon baked donuts with my new donut pan. While they looked so pretty, they weren’t all that great. Let’s just say you could certainly tell it was a WW recipe, and not in a good way. Maybe next time I will tweak it some how to make it better. After breakfast, Zoe and I headed to Target to knock out our grocery shopping for the week.

When we got home, she ate lunch and had some quiet time in her crib while Chris and I made a homemade pizza and watched an episode of Blue Bloods. She was supposed to go down for a nap, but it totally didn’t happen. Again. Don’t these kids realize that they are going to wish they had all these naps one day???

The rest of the day was spent watching more Secret Life of Pets…please send help!!!!…and taking walks and blowing bubbles outside.

Chris and I watched a few episodes of Blue Bloods after Zoe went to bed and called it a night. Just like that, the weekend was over and the Sunday Blues were strong! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Let’s do this, Monday! Linking up with Biana. 

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

This weekend came and went in one big flash! I got hardly anything done that I said I was going to do. Basically just cleaned the kitchen floors and did laundry. Oh well. At least there was some productivity, right???

Friday, my boss was out of town, but told my co-workers to take me to lunch for my birthday. We decided on Back Forty Brewery. Because when the company is paying, you order the delicious beers!!! I decided to be good and get a poke bowl…and save my calories for dinner. It was freaking DELICIOUS!!! So surprising for a brewery, really.

I just love the scene of Sloss Furnaces across the street.

Chris had given me a Kitchaid Mixer for my birthday a few weeks ago, but he surprised me with a fit board, two sweet cards and some M&Ms Friday morning. I love that he remembered me saying a few months ago that the fit boards looked fun. He is so thoughtful when selecting gifts. I am happy to report that those M&Ms haven’t even been open yet. I think I will save them for when we have company, and let them eat most of them hahaha.

Chris also surprised me with cookie cake Friday night. We grabbed Moe’s BBQ to eat at home while we binged on Blue Bloods and it was perfect. Zoe enjoyed her cookie after she ate dinner too.

On Saturday morning, we were up and out early to hit up the Bargain Hunt in Hoover and the one on 280. After all that hunting (with nothing found) we decided to have some lunch at Chuy’s. I think we have decided if we can’t sit on the patio there, we will lunch elsewhere. It is so loud inside!!! Buy we managed to have some fun anyways. Zoe and I split some tacos. This girl loves Mexican food. Duh.

On our way back, Chris wanted to go through Moody to go home. Which meant traveling through Leeds and right by the outlets. We popped in Michael Kors real quick and I found the most perfect pair of sunnies 🙂 Zoe was hilarious in there, trying on all the sunglasses and checking herself out in the mirror.

Saturday night, we headed to Publix to pick out some steaks for dinner. Chris chose a NY strip and I grabbed a filet. Delicious!!!

After dinner, we enjoyed some macarons that I picked up from Lette. I cut each one in half and we share them so we can taste allllll the deliciousness!

Sunday morning, Zoe and I headed to Target to get our grocery shopping done. She asked to right in the seated buggies, instead of the regular one. I obliged since they weren’t that crowded. Those carts are no joke trying to maneuver around the store!!! I liked it though, because she has thing about wanting to walk and help push the cart lately. This tricked her into thinking she was helping me push the cart…while keeping her contained. She also finds no problem just making herself right at home at Target, obviously. I am thinking we probably should have picked up those sunglasses for her, they looked so cute!

After nap time, Zoe and I had some fun with bubbles, took a ride in the wagon, and she climbed the front steps making me a nervous wreck too many times to count. And we watched Secret Life of Pets” (or as Zoe calls it “peets”) about five times.

For dinner, I made Whole 30 compliant Chick-Fil-A nuggets with Chick-Fil-A sauce and homemade sweet potato fries. OMG. SOOOOOO GOOD!!!! This is the second time I have made this recipe, and it turns out amazing each time.

It was a fabulous birthday weekend, spent with my wonderful little family. Thank you everyone for the sweet birthday wishes! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Linking up with Biana.

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

Hey there friends! I am not even sure what is going on with my life right now. I feel like I am barely floating above water. Work takes up far too much of my days, and when I am home I am trying to spend as much time with Zoe as possible….and get shit done whenever I can spare an extra minute. I felt off all last week. Zoe woke up Monday with a fever, so off to the doctor we went. I guess she just had some sort of virus that hung around for a few days. Monday was supposed to be her first day of school for this year, and I hate that she missed it. I stayed home with her Tuesday as well….and we were back to reality on Wednesday. She was so cute for her “first day” picture.

I kicked off my weekend with a trip to Trader Joe’s to grab a few things, and stumbled upon this Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl. OMG!!! It was only $5.99 and it was so fresh and delicious! I cant wait to go back and get another one ASAP. I checked on Weight Watchers, and it is only 7 points for the entire bowl, so really not a bad way to spend lunch!

Saturday morning, my sister and her crew were over at our house bright and early to help us do a few things around the house. Words cannot describe the gratitude and appreciate I have for their time and hard work. My BIL spent several hours on a VERY tall ladder painting our foyer area mostly by himself. It looks SOOOOO good now that it is all done! I got a lot of boxes packed up (home decor and stuff from our guest room) while my sister and the boys hung out with Zoe. I feel like we really knocked a lot off our to-do list with them. And Zoe absolutely adores my sister and had so much fun playing with her and the boys. She cried every time my sister left the room and it was hard for her to wave good bye as they drove off in the late afternoon.

In order to get to the very top of the wall over our stairs, we had to use this handy little paint brush holder contraption. It was pretty cool watching my BIL do it so patiently and perfect!

To thank them for their time, I made sure we had lots of snacks available! I had gotten some dips and other fun things at Trader Joe’s, and Chris went out and got Landmark BBQ and brought it back for everyone. This Spinach Kale dip from TJ’s is low in calories and only 1 WW point per serving. It was seriously SO GOOD and everyone liked it better than the much higher in calorie sour cream spinach dip. Get you some!

Also not to be missed, is the caramelized onion and feta cheese pastry puffs. These things were divine! As Zoe said, mo peas!

Other weekend things included getting rid of a trash bag full of stuff from the master bathroom and two trash bags out of our bedroom. Why do we have so much shit??? All the cabinets in the kitchen were organized, cleaned and purged. The pantry was half way cleaned, I will get to the rest of it some time this week. The guest hall linen closet and laundry room were re-organized. Now we have the big stuff left…like tackling the garage and moving stuff to a storage unit. Fun times.

Zoe and I made a Target run Sunday morning and ran into two daycare friends there. Funny how we all end up at the same place at the same time. When we got home, Chris was laid out on the couch with a really high fever. 🙁 He was miserable all day yesterday and staying  home from work today. I hate to see him down. And I also hope that whatever he has doesn’t spread to the rest of us! It doesn’t look like much fun. This week I am just going to focus on knocking out as much as I can a  work during the day, and doing all the cleaning that didn’t happen this weekend a little at a time each night this week. I really hope to clear out the guest room and paint it next weekend. Right now that room is full of all the boxes I packed, and a bunch of other stuff!

I hope you all have a great week! Linking up with Biana.