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Life In Numbers – Quarantine Edition

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5 – the time I wake up in the AM to get my workout on and start work before Zoe wakes up

7 – the number of days a week UPS, USPS, FedEx and Prime deliver packages to our house

32 – the amount of snacks Zoe asks for in a day (probably not accurate, but it sure feels like it)

3 – the number of cups of coffee I drink in a day. Minimum.

3249875 – amount of times I wash my hands a day

15 – number of times a day I wonder how life will ever go back to normal after this

2 – number of times I hide in the bathroom or closet to take a breather each day

35 – how many books I have read so far this year

12,466 – steps I averaged each day for the month of April

4– times I have done my makeup since March 13

18 – how many times a day Zoe changes her clothes

64 – days I went without Diet Coke before I caved and ordered three cases on a Sunday for Shipt to deliver

10 – number of years I have lived in Birmingham and how old Mac is going to be in August

22.5 – amount of inches I have lost around my body from 1/11/2020 to 5/19/2020

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Closing out week 9 of quarantine. It is so crazy to me that is seems like we have been doing this forever. But also how quickly the weeks are flying by. We are in the middle of may already!!!!

Huge shout out to all of those who have had to birthday during the time. Chris’s birthday was yesterday, and I just felt so bad that we were stuck at home in just “another day” of our new normal. I tried to make it special by making a delicious keto peanut butter pie, and one of his favorite meals for dinner. USPS sucked and told me his package was going to be delivered on the 12th, and now it isn’t coming til the 16th. So annoying. And its only coming from Atlanta. 2 hours away.

That is homemade vanilla whipped cream on top!

Zoe made him a card and decided to wear her “party” dress for the occasion. She also wanted to go outside and snap photos. I think we have a future fashion blogger on our hands.

It has been getting significantly hotter here in the last week. It was 82 with high humidity yesterday, and both Zoe and I decided to come in early from our morning play. Summer is that you? I cant complain, we really did have a good run the last 9 weeks.

Favorite Find: A few weeks ago, I had ordered mouthwash as part of my Shipt order. My Shipt shopper ended up being a dental hygienist and she jokingly texted me a picture of floss and said, “Don’t forget the floss.” And I said, oh yeah…grab me one! Thanks! And she got me her favorite, the Hello Charcoal. I had a few things from this brand recently, and I have to say, I LOVE this floss!!!! It reminds me of the old gritty Listerine one that I cant find anymore. It just gets everything and makes flossing more fun. I know it sounds silly, but try it! Might renew your want to floss. Also, the packaging is fun.

I also decided to upgrade the basket we have in our hearth room for all of Zoe’s toys. I needed something that would look nice in the space, and hold a lot! This basket is so awesome! We have plenty of room to hold more than what we currently keep in that room, and it is all neatly piled into this HUGE basket. You can tell just by the feel that it is made really nice.

I was watching a YouTube video a few weeks ago on skincare, and the person mentioned Curology. I went to the site and took the quiz and decided to order the product to try. You can pay just shipping and get your first bottle for free if you sign up, which I thought was pretty cool. What did I have to lose? I think I am two weeks down with using it daily? Time is all relative these days. Anyways, I haven’t had any adverse effects from it so far. It is a pretty cool concept. You tell your concerns, answer some questions about your skin, and send close up photos. A dermatologist looks over everything and sends you your prescription. They check in with you after some time to see how it is working, and will adjust dosage accordingly. You can do a monthly or every two month subscription. Anyone else use this service? So far I think I like it. I will check in again after some more time has gone by to let you know if I am seeing a difference.

A side note, I had started taking Biotin the week before, and that caused my face to break out. Why does my body hate Biotin??? I need it for my hair!!! Does anyone else have that issue? I have VitaFive send me a package of Biotin and Elderberry gummies to try. I really love their packaging, as they are trying to reduce plastic waste and I wish more companies would move towards this. The vitamins tasted great, and I love the elderberry ones. I will definitely try other products from them. Every “beauty” vitamin I have tried has broken me out, so I know it is me, not them. They have some Melatonin ones if sleep is your thing. I might try their overall health one next.

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Books

Linking up with Steph and Jana. I knocked a couple more off my Netgalley shelf. Yay!!! I had four solid reads, and one very meh cant recommend it one this month. What about you?

Royal Player by Katie McCoy

Royal Player (All-Stars #1)

This was a cute read! It reminded me a lot of The Royal We, but also not. The male character in this book is a prince, but also the underdog in Wimbledon . I have never really read a book that involved tennis before, nor am I much a fan of the sport in general (boring!) but I actually quite enjoyed that plot line for the book. I liked both Charlie and Emmy.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a light romance read, this is a cute one.

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets

This books covers one of my worst fears, missing children. It hooked me from the very beginning, and alternates between the two female characters. Both are rather unlike-bale, if I am being honest. It didn’t take anything away from the book for me though. I love a book like this, there are twists and turns. It is dark and emotional, and you know something is off but you cant put your finger on it. This was definitely a solid read for me.

Bottom Line: Read it!!!

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

The Trouble with Tabbies by A. Ge. Henley

The Trouble with Tabbies (Love & Pets, #2)

I picked this one up for free on Amazon. These types of books can go either way for me. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but that is about to change. This book was totally adorable! I loved Bea and Seb, and even though the book was rather short, I didn’t feel like it was rushed at all. You definitely see them grow and develop. I loved the troubled family drama throughout the book. It was a really cute read, and I hope to continue on with the series and read more from the author.

Bottom Line: Adorable, read it! For those of you who don’t like the steamy scenes, this one is for you. There really aren’t any.

One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase

One Night at the Lake

So this book goes back and forth between Leah (7 years ago) and June (current day.) We know something happened to Leah 7 years ago at the lake, and now June is engaged to the same guy Leah was back then. The thing is, we don’t find out what actually happens until about 80-85% into the book. And to me, it was sort of a huge lead up to a bunch of nothing. There was a twist, but it wasn’t a shocking twist. And I was starting to get bored with the story. To me there is an ick factor of the weird little love triangle. I did like Leah and June as characters, but it wasn’t enough for me to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Bottom Line: Meh, I would skip this one.

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

Love the One You Hate by R.S. Grey

Love the One You Hate

A new RS Grey book? Sign me up! There was something different about this one versus some of her others, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Not in a bad way, just different. I really enjoyed Maren as a character, and loved Cornelia! I felt like I wanted to get to know Nicholas a little more.

There were a lot of side characters and side plots in this one as well. We really get to see Maren grow as a character, and I think maybe that is what is different about this book? It is more about Maren and her growth, and the romance is more of one of the subplots. It focuses not only on the relationship between Maren and Nicholas, but also Maren and Cornelia. Honestly though, it worked in this book. I couldn’t put it down.

Bottom Line: Read it. RS Grey fans will enjoy.

**I received an ARC of Love the One You Hate from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Currently Reading

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1)

I need a palette cleanser after the disappointment of One Night at the Lake.

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Weekend Shenanigans – MOther’s Day Edition

Entering week nine of quarantine. It is hard to believe how fast the time is going, honestly. We just came off a weekend with the most beautiful weather! Low humidity, temperature around 70 and sunny. Can’t ask for more! I know it is going to be too hot too soon, so I am soaking in as much as I possibly can.

We have been pretty productive the last few days! We got Zoe’s big girl bed set up (waiting on the box springs to come in this week), I rearranged her room and started reorganizing her playroom, moved her rocker into my office, cleaned the floors on the main level, cleaned our back deck, put together our outdoor furniture and started setting up the deck, and I just ordered a large basket from Amazon to organize the toys that are scattered around our hearth room. The basket down there just isn’t big enough, nor does it really match the room.

I think it is safe to say that Mac is enjoying the new set up.

I am not sure what is going on, but Zoe has randomly been running a fever on and off this week. After seeming fine all day Saturday, she passed out on the couch in the evening and had a low grade fever. Seeing as how she refuses to nap over the last two months, it made me feel a little uneasy. She woke up and ate dinner, and seemed to be fine most of Sunday too. It is just so weird, since we have literally been exposed to nothing the last nine weeks. She looked so cute and peaceful napping!

We tried a new snack recipe out this weekend, super easy and delicious. Keto/low carb friendly too! You just take a tablespoon of Italian shredded cheese (or mozzarella) and flatten it on a baking sheet with parchment paper, sprinkle some grated Parmesan over it, and top with a pepperoni slice and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Cook at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, then turn on high broil for 1-2 minutes. Perfection.

I actually did my makeup this weekend, Chris was snapping some pictures of me for a project I am working on. Can you believe I have hardly any pictures of myself from the last several years? I am really bad about being in front of the camera, I am usually behind it. These aren’t the ones he took, but me documenting my efforts to get dressed, and a fun one of Zoe and I in our yard.

I also snapped a few of Zoe while I was waiting for Chris to set up the camera. She was so excited about her pineapple dress, and she hasn’t been able to wear it anywhere. I have a dress I bought her for spring pictures at school that we haven’t gotten to use yet either. I guess we will be taking our own spring pictures this year.

Mother’s Day was nice and low key. I don’t think we have spent one at home yet, we are usually with Chris’s family. I made us some tacos for lunch, and my favorite baked pork chops for dinner. We hung around the house, and spent some time out on the deck in the afternoon. Zoe and I took a walk last night. Chris showed me the things he ordered that haven’t arrived yet, so I have some fun packages to look forward to this week! He definitely saw my Mother’s Day gift post I did earlier this month 😉 He also paid attention to things I have said and surprised me with something else not from my post! He always does so good.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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As we finish up week….8??? (I think???) of quarantine, I can’t help but start to feel anxious about returning to normal life. We have been home for almost two months now, and I have gotten quite used to our daily routines. It is really nice to fit in a full work out in the mornings and enjoy a cup of coffee while I casually check emails and get myself organized for the day. No rushing to shower, do my dress, hate myself in the closet and rush Zoe out the door in the morning….hoping I remembered a snack for her and myself to eat in the car. My move goal on my watch has increased drastically on our time at home, and I know I will never hit them sitting in an office all day. Those mid-day walks to clear my mind have felt so amazing!

Anyways, I am linking up with Kristen to share what’s up lately.

One Night at the Lake

Reading: I am currently reading One Night at the Lake from my Netgalley shelf. I am not as into it as my last read, which is out today!!!! Love the One You Hate by R.S. Grey.You all know my love for this author, and this was such a fun read. It is a slow burn enemies to lover romance, but honestly, the story focuses more on the main character and her growth as a person than that actual romance, which I felt was more of a subplot. I couldn’t put it down.

Love the One You Hate
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Watching: We have been catching up on Grey’s. We hadn’t watched since they took a break over Christmas. OMG!!! I am not going to say anything, because if you aren’t caught up I am not going to ruin your life like someone tried to do to me on Facebook. Give some fucking warning like SPOILER ALERT before you say something potentially huge about a show the night it airs, you know????

Listening: I have really been enjoying Prime music on our TV or Alexa lately. They have a Frozen, Disney and Disney Princess playlist that Zoe is obsessed with. And for me, well just listening to current hits or throwing it back old school puts some pep in my step while I clean the floors or take the hour to unload and sanitize our grocery deliveries.

Planning: The time has come for Zoe to get a big girl bed. Part of me is so excited for her, part of me is broken. She looked at Pinterest with me to get some ideas of what she wanted, and she picked out some really nice stuff! Everything is coming or has come in this week, so we will be busy this weekend setting it up!

She picked out this bed in light gray, and I ordered this mattress to go with it. She picked out this pretty Frank and Lulu bedding in pink. (I absolutely love this style, and the cute little girly ruffle!!!!) We grabbed this waterproof mattress pad from JCPenney too, it had great reviews and was a good price. And then we picked out two sets of sheets for a steal from Macy’s, the ballerina and unicorn ones!!!

Working: A few friends and I have been working on something over the last few months that I am really excited about. This week has been a big push to get decisions made and things done for sure! I also have a few other projects that I have been doing research and planning for. This extra time at home as really triggered my need to have my hands on many pots.

Enjoying: I am not all into the “self care” movement, I believe that caring for yourself is just part of life and surviving. I do what I can to take care of the body I have, both inside and out. Sometimes that includes doing a quick face mask or hair treatment when I have a few minutes to fit it in. Because honestly, you can make time for anything if it is important to you. I have been using my Babyfacial mask from Drunk Elephant when I remember, and seeing a difference in my skin.

And I really love the Wonder Water from L’Oreal to use in the shower. It literally takes 8 seconds and is under $!0. You cannot beat it! My hair is soooooo soft on days I use this.

Cooking: We are all tired of cooking at this point, aren’t we??? I was always one to make dinner at home most days during the week and pack my lunches 3-4 days…but this is a whole new level. One of our favorite recipes lately is Chicken Alfredo from Carb Manager. I hate mushrooms, so I leave those out. And I use green onion instead of leeks. Also, I only put in 1 cup of heavy cream instead the called for 1.5 cups. Turns out wonderful every time.

Laughing: