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Reading: The Marriage Pact I just started and am over half way through it already. It is so interesting and work and adulting keeps getting in the way of me finding out where it is all going!

The Marriage Pact

Listening: On November 1st every year, I whip out my Christmas music!!! I know some of you are rolling your eyes and groaning right now. But but but…Christmas music brings me joy and happiness, and why deny myself of that?

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Watching: I know I have mentioned it before, but I am loving that all the fall shows are back! Blindspot started back this past week, they did sort of a restart of the show. Good Doctor has quickly become one of my favorites. So good!!! Grey’s still has my attention. I am not sure how I feel about Olivia Pope’s new attitude in Scandal, it’s a bit much. Still enjoying the show in general though. I am ready to start watching Christmas movies!!!

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Eating:We have been making lots of soups lately. This week it is Spicy Black Bean. I made Peanut Butter Chicken last week in the crock pot and it was amazing!!!! The recipe I used called for 1 TBSP of red pepper, next time I will be reducing it to half that. It made my lips burn haha. But tasted and smelled sooooo good!!!! Plus it’s a crock pot recipe and super easy. Who doesn’t love easy?

I have gotten lazy for my work week lunches, mostly sticking to the Campbell’s Well Yes Sweet Potato Corn Chowder. Seriously you guys, go get this! SO GOOD!

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Working: I cleaned out our refrigerator and most of the pantry last weekend. I still have the bottom half of the pantry to clear out, but I got rid of a trash bag full of stuff so it felt good! I need to tackle cleaning out the rest of my office and getting walls painted in there. Why does painting feel like such a big task? I already have the paint and just need to do it! Perhaps it is because the room needs cleared out first, lol. Also, I need to cut the grass one last time for the year!

Drinking: Is anyone else super excited that the caramel brulee latte and peppermint mocha are back at Starbucks??? I really enjoyed the pumpkin spice chai latte, so much better than just the regular PSL….but caramel brulee is my absolute favorite besides the butterscotch one. I am loving their new cups too! People who get pissed about what their cups look like make me laugh. If that is allΒ  you have to worry about in life, you should feel super blessed, you know?

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Planning:We have a birthday party to go to this weekend and Zoe’s first birthday coming up!!! I also have scheduled a family photo session for later this month! I am super excited to finally have some professional pictures done. I already regret not having newborn or maternity ones done. I want to make a goal to get professional pictures taken at least once a year, be it family or just Zoe. I will be attempting to do Zoe’s smash cake pictures on my own, wish me luck! Any advice welcome.

Excited: This is my favorite time of year with our anniversary, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Zoe’s Birthday and Christmas all in a span of two months. I love all the holiday traditions, new and old, the food, the music, the movies, sense of togetherness. And the cooler weather! So I am just so excited and ready to just be present and enjoy the season. I cant wait to start some new traditions this year and make new memories!

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  • Reply Sarah November 2, 2017 at 8:06 am

    that sweet potato & corn chowder is so good! I bought a can on a whim to try a few weeks ago and LOVED it. It’s such a great option when you’re feeling lazy πŸ™‚ Also.. yes for Christmas music. I seriously thought about breaking out the tree last night.

    Midwest Darling

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer November 2, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Checking out that soup! I asked for lunch recommendations in my post today and that looks perfect. Also want to try the spicy black bean soup! Love the food options this time of year. Can’t wait to see your professional pics! I would like to do some, too, at some point. We are on the same page with our posts today – I also talked about Christmas and I know it annoys some people, but, life is hard enough! Let us have this.

  • Reply Stephanie November 2, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I always feel like Ron talking about Hermione when people complain about Starbucks cups. ‘She needs to sort out her priorities.’
    We saw a Christmas commercial during a Halloween movie, on Halloween, and I thought John was going to have a heart attack. SO MAD. But I don’t mind it. The music isn’t my favorite, but all the decor and lights and sparkle is.

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky November 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I’m not a fan of starbucks fancy drinks but i make exceptions with their peppermint mochas because THEY ARE DELICIOUS.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag November 2, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Go ahead and rock the Christmas music! Nothing wrong with that! Plus, there isn’t really THANKSGIVING music is there? haha

    I’m curious about The Marriage Pact – glad to see you’re enjoying it!

    I’m loving The Good Doctor too. One of my new favorites!


  • Reply Heather November 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Ummm, I was looking for a crockpot recipe to try this weekend and PB chicken just might be it! Sounds like so many good plans coming up and I was totally singing Christmas songs on Monday bahahaha! We wait to decorate but that’s because we have cute Fall decor we want to use between Halloween and Christmas.

  • Reply laura November 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

    haha, you’re all Christmas music, and I’m like, I REFUSE to put up my Halloween decorations! I’m so happy for peppermint mocha! I bought the creamer last night for my coffee, and I’m pumped! I do love their holiday drinks!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo November 2, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Cant wait to see your family pictures!
    & I cant believe Zoe’s first birthday is coming up!!!!
    YIPEEE for Starbucks Christmas cups. I dont know why they bring me so much happines πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kay November 2, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Painting for me is a HUGE task. I think my height is the biggest problem, oh and edges – Ugh!

    Also, Ive been meaning to get the marriage pact. thanks for reminding me.

  • Reply SMD November 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I saw that soup this weekend and wondered how it is. I like to keep a backup can or two in work for emergency days. I have been eating PB&J daily. Lazy x a million

  • Reply StephTheBookworm November 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Ooh, you guys should definitely get photos taken! I can’t wait to see them!
    I’m going to look for that soup. I love soup.

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen November 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    If Christmas Music in July makes you happy then you should do it! Don’t let the haters dull your shine! That caramel brulee latte sounds amazing. I never go get coffee except during the holidays because I get gift cards. Good luck with the smash cake photos. I strongly suggest a tripod if you are using your dslr. One of the best investments I ever made!

  • Reply Kelly @ Noodle to the Rescue November 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    My daughter is on the same page as you – November 1st and she pulls out the Polar Express movie and all our Christmas books!
    OOH, I love the caramel brulee latte too!!!

  • Reply Carly November 2, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Yesss to all things Christmas once November hits! It all goes by so fast, so why not extend it as long as possible? If we had a fake tree I would have probably put it up over the weekend, lol. You’re the third person to mention Good Doctor, I usually try and avoid medical shows, but I might have to check it out if I can find it on demand. I wish the butterscotch drink was a regular at Starbucks– though it’s probably for the best that it’s not.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I’m glad that you’re liking The Marriage Pact! I felt like it was so good and kept me reading to find out what happened next. And y’all really do have an exciting couple of months coming up, especially with Zoe’s first birthday coming up soon! I totally love the idea of doing family pictures every year, especially when our babies are so young. It would be so much fun to see how much they grow over the years!

  • Reply kristen November 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    ooh The Marriage Pact is on my list too so i can’t wait to hear your thoughts. isn’t adulting so stupid?! i personally rarely listen to christmas music in general, but who cares if you want to listen to it on november 1st? i say whatever makes you happy. i literally listen to the pride and prejudice soundtrack every day and give zero shits haha. i can see why this is your favourite time of year, so many good things! and yeah i agree about the starbucks cups. people are ridiculous.

  • Reply Dani November 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    The Marriage Pact is on my TBR. Watching all of those too- I feel like they had to do a re-boot the way Blindspot ended last season, but so far, I like it! Um… chai is basically the only thing I order from SB- how did I not know about pumpkin spice chai latte?! And I’ve never had the SB Creme Brulee OR Butterscotch- Need to try it! So excited to see the family and bday pics!!

  • Reply Bri @ My Life As November 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    How is Zoe almost 1?! I love the peppermint mocha! The cups are super cute this year too.

  • Reply Audrey November 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I love this time of the year. And I LOVe the caramel brulee latte. It’s my hands down favorite.
    I turned on Christmas music today at work. I refuse to only spend 25 days celebrating Christmas. Sorry not sorry.
    Definitely share those family photos on the blog once you get them!!

  • Reply Akaleistar November 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I’m so ready for the holidays to start!

  • Reply Brittany Pines November 3, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Peppermint mocha!!! I’ve been waiting! PSL’s just aren’t for me (making do with the Salted Caramel, but…PM is my jam)

  • Reply Danielle November 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I need to try that chowder. Love soups like that. I can’t wait to go to Starbucks and get my Christmas cup. This afternoon! I can’t wait for Christmas music and all things holiday. Love this time of year.

  • Reply Alexandra November 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    OOoh so much to look forward to! You should definitely do what makes you happy! : ) So do it for the xmas music! I walked through the xmas section at Target, though it is not all the way set up yet. haha πŸ™‚ I am definitely looking into the soup recipe… it sounds great!! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!! XO – Alexandra

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  • Reply Jackie @ My Sort Of Adult Life November 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    The Marriage Pact was soooo interesting but odd at the same time! I’m curious to know what you think of the ending when you get to it. I’m totally with you on the Christmas music and going to get my first red cup today! Enjoy all your fun events coming up this season πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rachel November 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for the crock pot recipe! I’m always looking for tried and tested ones and anything with black beans is will be an automatic favourite of mine. I always forget tinned soups are a thing (I have no idea why) but I think I need to get down the supermarket and have a look at what’s about. Sweet potato corn chowder sounds amazing and if I can find anything like it I’ll be snapping it up!

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