Linking up with Kristen for a What’s New With You post. Though, is there really a whole lot new with any of us? Ha! The 4th sure is going to look different this year.

We were supposed to be leaving for the beach on Saturday. We missed our trip last year due to a death in the family, and now we are not going this year because of COVID. I really hope we can be back to normal next summer! The beach is calling my name!!! We have a condo down there though, and it is located on the top floor. We just don’t feel comfortable sharing elevators and common areas with other people. There are too many down here who think masks are a political statement or taking away their rights or some other lame, selfish excuse. Luckily, where we live they are now mandatory if you want to go anywhere, but it isn’t like that down at the beach. I think if we had a house down there, it would be different. I wouldn’t think twice about going. Hopefully we can make up for it this weekend with some blow up pool time, strawberry margaritas and smores.

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Reading: I am about half way through We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin. This is a Netgalley book that comes out in August. I have been interested to see where it is all going. I just got an ARC of Christina Lauren’s new book and I am chomping at the bit to start it after this one is done. I did such a good job cleaning up my Netgalley shelf the last few months, and then I requested about 7 new books this past week. So much for that empty shelf!

We Are All the Same in the Dark

Watching: We haven’t really had any time for new TV. We pretty much catch a rerun or two of Friends some nights, and one or both of us pass out on the couch. Exciting times people. Exciting times. Chris and I watched this last weekend when we were chilling. I loved it! Pretty much all DJ From Mars mashups are genius.

Cooking: I am over cooking three meals a day every day forever and ever and doing the dishes, what about you?? But we must power on. This is a low-carb thai chicken recipe that we have really been enjoying. I pair it with the slaw in the recipe or my thai cauliflower rice.

Keto Thai Spicy Peanut Chicken With Asian Slaw Recipe - Carb Manager

This beef chili cheese lettuce wrap was good too. Zoe likes this recipe, and it was quick to come together. I ditched the “wrap” part and threw mine on a plate topped with some banana peppers. So good!

I had so many of you message me about the Asian Chicken Salad recipe I shared in my Instastories, so I thought I would drop the link here for anyone who was interested. I opted out of all the sugar, and it still tasted amazing. This salad was Chris approved, and even Zoe who doesn’t really like salad asked for a couple bites.

Loving: I ordered the Summer Fridays Vanilla Lip Butter Balm and it is amazing! I don’t know what my deal is, but my lips are always so dry. This stuff is super hydrating and gives a nice glow to my lips. It smells really good too, not too strong and not that gross fake vanilla smell. I use it throughout the day, and really pile it on at night to give it more of a mask feel. It constantly sales out at Sephora, and I can see why. It has Shea and Murumuru Seed Butters and is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, comes in recyclable packaging, and is reef safe. So you can feel good about the purchase. Highly recommend.

I also bought this top in the blue cove striped option (perfect for the 4th!), as well as the rose blush striped one. These are so cute!!! You cannot beat the price tag, and they look much more like an expensive boutique top in person. Also, they came the day after I ordered them. There are a lot of color options to chose from. I think they look cute layered under a sweater or jean jacket too!

Here it is on me….

Working: I did one of Heather Robertson’s HIIT workouts this morning after Lindsay recommended them to me. I will definitely be checking out more from her. She has a free 12 week work out plan that I am interested in checking out.

Other than workouts, work has been kicking my ass the last two weeks. Things have really picked up, and I am hoping that it continues. But also, my goodness! I have some projects I was working on and all about before last week happened and now I am just trying to stay afloat with the jobs we got in. I am hoping to get caught up and back to normal next week.

Planning: I want to paint our dining room. I hate the burgundy/red color that is on the walls in there. It gives me anxiety. I like that color for my football shirt, not the walls of one of the first rooms you see when you walk in the house. I like more of the calm/cooler colors for the walls. I am thinking this Smokey Blue color from Sherman Williams. Thoughts? The main rooms on that floor are Repose Gray from SW.

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Our dining room is similar to this one pictured below with the white wainscoting on the bottom. We have a table, buffet and china cabinet in there of a medium/dark wood color.

Dining Room, before & after

Excited: I am planning on social distance visiting my mom today for the first time since….shit I don’t even know when. I saw her at Christmas, and I don’t think I have seen her since. She has some errands that she needs to run today near me, so Zoe and I are going to go meet her in a parking lot for a little while. I cannot wait!


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  • Reply Confuzzled Bev July 2, 2020 at 9:03 am

    I live in an apartment. Shared staircase, shared lift. We try not to use our hands to open the door to leave the building. Luckily since last year’s renovation we no longer have to share a washing machine.

  • Reply Carolann July 2, 2020 at 10:05 am

    As hard as it is, I think you mad the right call in not going to the beach. I think you and I have similar approaches to this pandemic. It just doesn’t make sense to risk it right now even though it sucks. I finally got on board the netgalley train like a week ago — what was I doing all this time? I’m reading a memoir called Between Two Kingdoms that is supposed to come out next year. It’s about a very young woman, I think she is about 22, who gets diagnosed with leukemia. It’s tough to read at times but it’s exceptional. I have a few other books on there that I need to get through too.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer July 2, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I totally understand you not wanting to go but hate it for you guys! If we were staying in a condo there’s no way we’d go, either. We’re not even 100% if we’re going anyway. I need to try that lip balm because nothing is working for me right now. And YES to that paint color! I’m obsessed!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag July 2, 2020 at 11:16 am

    HAH I love all the funnies! I hope you had a good time social distance visiting your mom. It sounds like it’s been a really long time. That’s definitely what I miss the most – just making plans to hang out with people without worrying. Sigh.

    I hope next summer is great and you can get to the beach finally!!! The shirts you got are so cute too.


  • Reply kristen July 2, 2020 at 11:29 am

    that’s awesome masks are mandatory where you live. sorry you aren’t able to go, totally understandable why you don’t want to, but sucks nonetheless. hope you’re able to have a fun weekend anyway 🙂 i’m so over cooking it’s not even funny lol. that top is so cute on you! that blue colour is gorgeous, definitely understand not wanting red on the walls, definitely not calming.

  • Reply Danielle July 2, 2020 at 11:49 am

    I love both of those tops. I can’t believe they are from Walmart of all places. So crazy. Thank you for sharing recipes. I feel like the more we can share, the better off we are staying on the healthy track. I am making a new to me salad tonight for our dinner. Masks are mandatory where I live too. It feels weird to go out and not have one (like on walks).

  • Reply laura July 6, 2020 at 9:35 am

    I really love that blue color – I think it’d be awesome in your dining room! That salad looks amazing! and of course Ms. Frizzle would have figured this shit out already, and in a dress no less.

  • Reply Kristin Darhower July 6, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    I also wouldn’t go on vacation just for the sake of vacation right now. We’ve had to travel a lot lately and I don’t love it but there’s also not much we can do about it. Especially bc Scott is back at work anyway and traveling around so it kind of is what it is.

    People who paint rooms red/burgundy are probably the worst kind of people. I cannot even try to understand what they’re thinking.

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