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Easter Weekend Shenanigans

I can already tell that today is going to be a long day. A little miss had me up every 10 -15 minutes since 245am in a little game she called, let mommy think she is going back to sleep, jk! Needless to say, I will be running through Starbucks for a venti something or another with maybe even an extra shot of espresso. It is hard to be mad, because when I finally gave in around 430am, and considered us up for the day…I turned on her light and she just smiled up at me so big. And then an hour later when I was doing my makeup in the bathroom, she took her Minnie Mouse and covered her eyes with it and fell back asleep. Rude.

Anyways, Easter weekend was fabulous! I tried the Pink Drink from Starbucks for the first time. So delicious!!! I also really liked the coconut milk mocha machiatto.

Zoe and I got the grocery shopping done on Saturday. This picture is what I call, I am trying to avoid sweet treats but its Easter and single servings dont count…

And Zoe wore a different Easter outfit each day!

The Easter Bunny must have liked Zoe, because she made out pretty good!

He even left her a Giraffe and Book at her Memom’s and Grandaddy’s house….and a little bunny from her Great Grandma.

We had fun celebrating with Chris’s family yesterday. I think we should all get off Easter Monday to recover, don’t you think?

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

 

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Good Friday Things and Spring Style

Hey there, Friday! Some of you have off today. How lucky!!! Our office closes at 2pm today, so I will take it! I am not sure what we have in store for this weekend, but for Easter Chris and I made it a tradition to go to Waffle House for breakfast and then his parents house for family festivities and lunch. This year will be our first year playing Easter bunny, and I am really excited! Last year, Easter is when we announced to our families that we were pregnant! So this time of year will forever be extra special to me.

I did some shopping this week. I was in desperate need of some spring attire. Which for me, is dresses and a good pair of comfy sandals. I found some really great pieces that I wanted to share with you!

First up is this amazingly comfortable pink denim jacket I picked up from Target a few weeks ago. I got it 30% off with Cartwheel making it around $20. I live in my regular denim jacket all spring and summer so I am glad to mix this one in to change it up! (Don’t mind the Loft fitting room selfie!)

I also purchased that black/white/blue dress behind me. It is a fit and flare one that I cant find online anywhere. It was 40% off! I spy Zoe’s adorable feet in this picture too! Swoon.

Next up is this super comfy (you seeing a pattern???) striped swing dress from Old Navy. On Wednesday it was 50% off. I assume it still is? I mean, less than $15?!?! Sign me up for more, please! After wearing it yesterday, I think I want to go back and get the all black one too. You can never have too many black dresses, am I right??

I also scooped up this little black off the shoulder number while I was there for 30% off. Again, so comfy, but so cute too! And ladies, if I can pull these off with my deflated water balloon postpartum belly…you can too.

I still have my eye on this dress from Loft, but I refuse to buy anything there full price.

Then, thanks to Emily, I was on the search for these LC sandals at Kohls. They were on sale and they had an extra 20% off coupon! Major score! I was afraid my feet would look fat weird in them, or they wouldn’t be comfortable, but they are a perfect fit and I basically want all the colors!!! I grabbed nude, but I would love to have the rose gold and black as well. I can see them being a summer staple.

While I was at Kohls, I spotted these LC Sandals as well. I really wanted them, but they didn’t have my size. They had a half a size smaller and I can tell by trying them on they would be a great fit. I liked that they dont cover your entire ankle. Most gladiator type sandals kill my ankle bone by the end of the day but these would be much better! I will be keeping my eye out for them in my size. How gorgeous are they???

What do you have your eyes on right now? Do you have any Easter traditions? This year we are sticking with our regular ones, but I think next year I want to add in some fun activities to do with Zoe when she is a little older. My mom always took extra measures to make sure our holidays were super fun growing up. I want to do the same! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy Easter!

Linking up with Amanda. Here are some Friday funnies!

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It’s All About the Books

It’s  book day! Yay! I feel like I am slowly getting back in to some kind of reading groove. I read some decent ones this month, and a few that were sort of meh. A balanced month I suppose!! Linking up with Steph and Jana.

After I Do by Tara Jenkins Reid

After I Do

Love love love this book!!! I think that anyone who has ever been in a relationship can relate to some of the issues that this couple had. I felt like I could really relate to the characters, as TJR builds them so well. This book reminds you to not take your relationship, partner or family for granted. I found myself reaching for this as often I could and flew through it. Which is quite the task with a newborn, let me assure you.

Bottom Line: Read it! Such a great read.

Rating: 5/5

Pretty in Plaid by Jennifer Lancaster

Pretty in Plaid

I really liked Bitter is the New Black and Pretty Fat, but this one fell a little short for me. I sort of got bored several times throughout the book. I guess right now my expectations from a book are really high since I dont have near the time to read as I used to and something has to be really good to keep my attention for long.

Bottom Line: If you are a really big fan of Lancaster’s, you may enjoy this book. I got bored with it.

Rating: 2.5/5

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

I really enjoyed this book. It is about an American woman who is married to an English man and they live together in Paris. She mainly observes French parenting in this book and I found it all very interesting. To be honest, I have some similar views and instincts of parenting that is common for the French. Which, in reality, is the way that the older generations and our parents raised us.

The way I got Zoe to “do her nights” is very similar to the way all the French do it, which is pausing when they start to cry to see if they really need you or if they will self sooth. It isn’t quite the same as cry it out, which is more aggressive. It had Zoe sleeping 5-6 hour stretches by week 7 without me changing anything. The food section is really what drew me in. I don’t want to have a picky eater and it seems that the French follow more of the “baby lead weaning” which is what I plan to try. We shall see how that goes!

Bottom Line: If you are a parent or soon to be parent, I would recommend this book. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t care.

Rating: 4/5

Trying It All by Chrisi Barth

Trying It All (Naked Men, #4)

This is the forth book in the Naked Men series. Honestly, after reading the last three books I have realized there is very much a formula that they all follow and so I got a little bored. It is still a good series, but I wish the author would  have changed it up some and not been so predictable. This book follows Riley, who is a control freak and Summer who is a live in the moment kind of girl. It is fun to watch the banter with all the guys of the blog/podcast and see all the girls interact from the previous books. I will still read the next one about Josh.

Bottom Line: If you are invested in this series, this book has its good moments. Just a little predictable at this point.

Rating: 3/5

**I received a copy of Trying It All from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yours by Christine Schmidt

Yellow Owl Workshop's Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff

Flipping through this book, I started to realize that a lot of these projects are very basic and easy. Honestly, that is all the time I have for a crafting project these days anyways. I was a little underwhelmed by them, but they are fun ideas. I think this book would be great to work on with my daughter when she gets a little older. Or as a gift for someone who is just starting out in DIY and has no clue where to start or what to do. This may help boost their confidence. I appreciate that the books spells everything out and makes it easy to understand what to do.

Bottom Line: Would be great for the beginner crafter who is looking for basic ideas. Probably not for the Martha Stewart type person who has a higher level of crafting skills.

Rating: 3.5/5

**I received a copy of Make It Yours from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Did Not Finish

Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone

I am not sure what it is about this book, but I just couldn’t get in to it or care about it. I think maybe I just disliked all the characters? Honestly, because I couldn’t get in to this book, I went about a month without reading anything and when I decided I wanted to read again I didn’t grab this one. this was a did not finish for me, so I suppose you can take my review with a grain of salt. The premise of it sounded great, maybe I just wasn’t in the mood? I refuse to force a book on myself.

**I received a copy of Evelyn, After from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

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Weekend Shenanigans

I was going to say the first weekend of April is in the books, but um that was last weekend. Goodness, time flies. This weekend was full of adulting and fun. You gotta keep the balance, am I right??

Friday after work, I met up with my sister and we drove out to see my mom. I appreciate all of your well wishes and prayers for her. She was in good spirits, despite all things. I know she is in a lot of pain, but hopefully after she starts physical therapy and everything….things will get better. It was good getting to spend some time with her.

When I got home, Chris and I dropped something off to a friend and picked up some pizza at Marcos to bring home. It was delicious, as always!

Saturday we had a list of adulting things that needed to get done. Mainly getting a shelf for my office, and a few other things on the list. A trip to Bargain Hunt, Best Buy, Big Lots and Sams ensued. We also had some delicious food at Casa Fiesta! These chicken flautas will be ordered again!!

Sunday, Zoe took a three hour morning nap!!! THREE HOURS! Do you know what a mom can get done in three hours?? A LOT!!! I got the shelf built, cleaned up some of my office, and did some other stuff around the house. When Zoe woke up, she ate and then we did our meal planning and grocery shopping. I picked up BBQ for a late lunch/dinner and we got caught up on a little TV.

The rest of the weekend looked like this….

We got Zoe a Sophie the Giraffe for Easter, but after a week of constant chewing on her hands and drooling through many outfits…I decided to bust it out early. Clearly, they were instant best friends! I also suppose that Zoe might be in the process of sprouting some teeth soon. Hard to tell, I don’t really see anything.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Linking up with Biana.

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Friday Things

Happy Friday!!! This week has been a bit of a blur for me and I am not quite sure why. I think the weather on Wednesday sort of mixed up my routine a little bit. Either way, I am glad it is Friday! It is nice on the weekends to only worry about Zoe, and not having to get shit done for work too. You know what I mean?

I haven’t talked about it much (well not at all on the blog), but my mom had to have surgery on her shoulder yesterday. The surgeon said that her shoulder was a mess and there was bone shaving going on, repairing of a rotator cuff and a screw involved. So if you could all say a little prayer, send good vibes or whatever you are into…that would be great. Zoe and I are going to go pick up my sister when she gets off work and go visit her this afternoon.

Favorite Recipe: This week, we pulled out an oldie but goodie. This Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe is my favorite. It is a meal splurge as far as calories and shit go…but totally worth it every now and then. Add in some fresh baked bread, and it is pure perfection.

Favorite Lust: The other week I was in JCPenney to grab some face wash at Sephora. I happened to walk by the ANNA stuff they had out front and saw the most beautiful bomber jackets! They had a pink one and an olive one and I want them so bad!!!! They are on sale right now and I haven’t stopped thinking about them. In person they are even cuter. The material was really nice.

Speaking of sales. Target has BOGO 50% off on their shoes right now and I still have my eyes on these.

Favorite Pins: I am on clean and organize all the things mode. I have pantry envy with this…

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And I wouldn’t be mad if my closet looked like this, either…

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Linking up with Amanda. Have a great weekend!