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Three Things

I saw Rebecca join in this link up, and I thought it was so fun and I wanted to play along. It is originally from Shay.Of course, it has been sitting in my drafts for a few weeks waiting to be completed, but it was so fun to do!

FAVORITE BINGE SHOWS
Blue Bloods
Blacklist
Gilmore Girls

FAVORITE MOVIES
Beauty & the Beast
Clueless
The Grinch (Jim Carey version)

FAVORITE TRIPS 
Gatlinburg for Christmas/New Years with Chris’s family
Gulf Shores in the summers with Chris’s sister
The trip that just my mom and I took to Orange Beach when I was in college

**Bonus trip**- The last trip back to Greensburg, PA when my grandmother was still alive. It was the last time that city felt like home to me.

FAVORITE BOOKS
Anything by TJR – You can’t make me pick just one
Mr Pine’s Purple House (kids book, my absolute favorite one)
Harry Potter (the whole series)


FAVORITE CITIES IN THE US
Birmingham
Atlanta
Gatlinburg

FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT IN Birmingham (Local places)
SoHo Social (Homewood)
Crazy Horse (Trusville/Argo)
Five Points Oyster House (Five Points, Birmingham)


FAVORITE HOLIDAYS
Christmas
Thanksgiving
4th of July

FAVORITE SUBJECTS IN HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE
English (high school)
Marketing (college)
Residential Appraisal (college)

FAVORITE MEALS TO BRING TO A NEW MOM
Take out from Ashley Mac’s
Lasagna
BBQ

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY JOB
The actual work that I do
Most of the people I work with
Being in the know about things happening around Birmingham

FAVORITE CELEBRITIES YOU’D BE BEST FRIENDS WITH
Reese Witherspoon
Kristen Bell
Jennifer Garner

TOP THREE PLACES TO SHOP 
Target
Nordstrom
TJ Maxx

THREE FAVORITE NAIL POLISH COLORS 
Bright Pink
Light Pink
Pink
(See a theme????)

THREE THINGS I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY PURSE
Hand sanitizer
Cell phone
Snacks (toddler life)

THREE TYPICAL MORNING BREAKFASTS
Coconut Flour Muffin (1 egg, 1 tsp coconut flour, 1 tbsp almond milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp maple syrup – cook in microwave for 2 minutes in ramekin)
Acai bowl (unsweetened acai, strawberries, 1/2 banana, almond milk – blended then other 1/2 banana and almond butter on top)
A kids peanut butter Perfect Bar when I dont have time for above

FAVORITE DRINK AT STARBUCKS THAT I ACTUALLY GET ON A REGULAR BASIS
Butterscotch is the best best best but not available all year
Coconutmilk mocha mocchiato with caramel syrup
Chai tea latte

TOP THREE FAVORITE GAMES TO PLAY 
Mario Kart (video game)
Life (board game)
500 Rum (card game)

PLACES I STILL WANT TO VISIT
Disney World
New York City
Europe


FAVORITE  THINGS TO BUY AT TRADER JOE’S
Gorgonzola Gnocchi
White Cheddar Corn Puffs
Salmon Poke Bowl

FAVORITE  WORKOUT ACTIVITIES
Lifting weights
Walking
Popsugar Fitness videos

FAVORITE THING TO EAT FOR SUPPER (This is stuff on a regular week night, not my absolute favorite)
Oven Braised Pork Chops
Taco Bowls
Tomato soup & grilled cheese

FAVORITE DESSERTS
any sort of pie
banana pudding
cookie

FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
Psalm
Romans
Proverbs

FAVORITE REAL HOUSEWIVES FRANCHISES
Never watched it, don’t plan on ever starting

FAVORITE TV SHOWS OF ALL TIME
Grey’s Anatomy
The Big Bang Theory
Friends

**I also really really love Hart of Dixie)**

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS
Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest


FAVORITE FAMILY TRADITIONS
Baking sugar cookies for most holidays
Watching Christmas movies
Visiting family for Christmas, Thanksgiving and EasterF

FAVORITE INDOOR ACTIVITIES ON RAINY DAYS
Reading
Netflix
Video games

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES

Rome 8:24 / Bible verse Lockscreen

FAVORITE WAYS TO MAKE TIME FOR MYSELF
Read a book
Workout
Paint my nails

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Weekend Shaningans – The Long One

Three day weekends feel so amazing, right??? Like they need to happen every week! But then we would probably start saying that we needed four day weekends all the time.

We didn’t have any real, concrete plans this weekend…which is always nice. We kicked off the weekend with an impromptu date lunch on Friday. I had packed my healthy cauliflower rice, but Chris texted me just before noon and asked if I had eaten yet, which I hadn’t, so he came and got me and we ended up at The Standard at Pizitz. We both ordered patty melts, and they were delicious! We hadn’t been on a lunch date since last year, so it was really nice!!!

Zoe had a good day at school on Friday, and I decided to treat her to a scoop of ice cream on our way home. We stopped at Jacks and got one scoop each. Zoe always wants pink ice cream, so strawberry it is! The look of pure delight on her face is everything.

Saturday, we hung around the house in the morning and let Zoe get in a good nap. Then we headed out to run some errands and spent the afternoon/evening with Chris’s parents who grilled out.

Sunday we went to two Bargain Hunts, Walmart, the Leeds Flea Market and tried a new to us bbq restaurant (Rusty’s BBQ in Leeds.) Chris scored an amazing deal on a record player and Zoe got a few beach toys and two winter pieces on mega sale that I will put aside for cooler days. The BBQ was good, but there are so many AMAZING places around here…that it doesn’t even fall in our top five. But they are opened on Sundays, and most BBQ joints aren’t.

What is amazing, is that Fresa Fire Jelly (strawberry jalapeno flavored) that I poured over some oven baked brie this weekend for a snack. SO GOOD!!! I plan to drop some over cream cheese for our next get together. I found it at Aldi.

Sunday evening we colored, played outside, took a walk and got caught up on the Chicago trilogies. They sure do know how to end a season, am I right????

Monday morning, Zoe and I hit up Target to do our grocery shopping, ran into a daycare friend there, as we always seem to do. Then we came home and she napped while Chris and I had lunch. We headed over to Crestwood after to check out Seasick Records and another Bargain Hunt. All while Zoe was looking fabulous in her bomb pop dress!

Last night, I made a spicy pork tenderloin and cheesy veggie rice for dinner. I got the recipe from Publix, as they were making it a few weeks ago when Zoe and I were in the store. It was delicious!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Let’s rock this short work week!

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Friday Favorites

What up three day weekend!!! Why does the week leading up to a long weekend last the longest?? We are supposed to get off at 2:00 pm today, and I cant wait! I don’t even have any concrete plans, just ready for a much needed break.

Favorite Moments: Tuesday night I watched my oldest nephew graduate from 8th grade with amazing grades, a member of beta club and he made the high school basketball team. I am so damn proud of that kid. I remember when he was just a little thing calling me “Dedine” with his curly hair (that is no more). Now he is a handsome young man that is taller than pretty much everyone in my family and destined to do amazing things!

On my walk through the sauna yesterday, aka downtown Birmingham in the summer with the 90+ degree heat, I admired the Catholic church near my office. There are a few old churches down there, and I just love seeing them and all their beauty!

Favorite Purchase: Revision Intellishade Matte SPF 45 Moisturizer was recommended by my dermatologist. It is a little pricier than I like to pay for a moisturizer, but the stuff is amazing. It has a tint to it that customizes itself to your skin color. It feels so smooth going on, minimizes the pores, gives the slightest bit of coverage, and just feels really comfortable. Holla for SPF 45 too! So basically it is a few products in one!!! Plus I could totally wear it alone on the weekends, as it balances out my skin tone.

I would recommend the original over the matte if you have dry skin. I think I will use the matte all summer, and switch over to the original come winter.

Revision Skincare Intellishade SPF 45 Matte, 1.7 oz

I plan to do a whole post on my skincare, what I tried to desperately love for months that didn’t work…and what I am doing now that I am already seeing results.

Favorite Workout: I whipped out an oldie but goodie lower body workout this week. I forgot how much I sweat and how quickly you burn calories with this quick workout!

Favorite Funnies:

Lord, give me patience….

Omg... yes!! I’m trying to make sure I don’t break this strong girl 🤪😬
Haha  I wish that was true but I think I am old enough now for life alert
Mommy

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and get a moment to reflect on why we have a three day weekend!

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Weekend Shenanigans

I just looked at the calendar and realized that Memorial Day is next week?!?! Say whaaaat? This is the last week of school for most kids here in Alabama. I am ready to not have to deal with school traffic every morning, but Zoe is going to be so sad not to see 15 buses on her way to school in the mornings. The kid is obsessed. My sweet nephew graduates 8th grade tomorrow night. I cant believe how fast time goes by!! Speaking of time, look at me showing up for a post on Monday!

This weekend was a hot one! Close to 90 degrees and humid. That didn’t stop us from having some fun though. Chris stopped and grabbed Papa Murphy’s Friday night and we settled in for The Big Bang Theory finale. I am so sad to see that show end, it is my favorite. I wont say any spoilers, but I was happy with the last episode.

Saturday morning, Zoe and I were out the door early to run a few errands before a daycare friends birthday party! It was a PJ Mask house party, and the kiddos bounced in the bounce house, and played with the water tables and in the kiddy pool. We ended up staying around 4 hours! I just loved watching Zoe play with her friends! One of the little girls that was there was a party in a few weeks, and Zoe is already excited about it too!

After the party, Zoe and I grabbed some Mexican for a late lunch/early dinner, and then ran a few more errands. Kohl’s sent me a 40% off coupon and I had something to return there….so we walked around there in search for some shoes for Zoe. I think we found a winner!!! She LOVES them and she matches me!

We met up with my sister at Target Sunday morning to knock out our grocery shopping and spend some time with her and Cooper. We checked out the Vineyard Vines collection, and I was a little underwhelmed but what they had. Just not a lot to offer in my opinion. I really liked the big navy wagon with the pink whale, but we still use one that Zoe can ride in right now, so I passed. They had a cute dress, but only had tiny sizes in it. Not sure if they carried a full range or not, my store had nothing.

Yesterday evening I cut the grass while Chris and Zoe watched Beauty and the Beast, her latest movie obsession. My favorite!!! So I am not minding one bit watching it on repeat. Chris got to watch the whole thing for the first time last night and he enjoyed it too.

We had spicy chicken rigatoni for dinner and caught up on Greys…and just like that the weekend was over!

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!! This week has been one full of events over here. I am ready to get this work day knocked out and start the weekend!!!

Favorite Moments: Zoe moved up to a new class on Monday. She is the youngest in there by 6 months!!! She looks so tiny compared to all the other kids, but she is fitting right on in and carrying her own in there. First day pictures are mandatory!

Tuesday was Chris’s birthday. I always hate when our birthdays fall during the week, but what can you do? I stopped by and grabbed cookie cake slices on the way home to celebrate.

Wednesday I had a dermatologist appointment. The skin under my eyes was really dry and peeling, and I have been battling acne on the lower half of my face for basically two years, so I decided it was time for some self care. I didn’t care for the last derm I saw, so I was in the market for a new one and a co-worker mentioned that her bestie is a doctor, so I checked her out. She was AMAZING!!! She spent so much time with me, did a full body check and addressed my issues. I was misdiagnosed last year, which shows my gut was right about not liking the other doctor. She has me started on some new skincare items and a few prescriptions and I will go back to her in two months for a check up. If you live in the Birmingham area and need a good dermatologist who is really smart, but also has great people skills (because most doctors do not) message me and I will share her practice!

I visited an old friend after my appointment. And obviously, I mean Farm Bowl. I freaking LOVE their acai bowls and can no longer make it over that way on my lunch hour. What a wonderful mid-week treat.

Last night, my company hosted a family open house with dinner, drinks and some entertainment to allow our families to come check out our new space and see where we work. The space really is incredible. Everyone gushed over Zoe, and she talked about where I worked the entire way home and said she works, too. How amazing is this centerpiece when you walk in our lobby??? IT IS REAL!!!

Favorite Purchase: I bought a set of copper skillets at Sur la Table awhile back. They have a lifetime warranty (life less throw away!!), are absolutely gorgeous, and now that I have been using them regularly for awhile, I can say that I LOVE them!!!! If you are looking for some new pans, check them out!

Favorite Reminder:

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Favorite Funnies:

I used my manners today. I said please. Well, actually what I said was bitch please but whatever.
True story
#funny #angerissues