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Friday Favorites and Link Up Announcement

This week totally got away from me! I meant to post about Christmas, 2016 things and a few other things but none of that happened. What did happen? My mom and I took Zoe out for her first girl’s day shopping with us. We went to Nordstrom Rack, Homegoods, a local boutique and out to lunch at Purple Onion. We had such a good time and Zoe was amazing. She didn’t fuss or cry at all and she was awake pretty much the entire two hours we were at Nordstrom Rack. She just took in the scenery. My sister asked us to go to Target and out to lunch with her Wednesday. Again, Zoe does outings like a real trouper and was amazing once again. It is really nice being off and getting to spend all the time with Zoe, and getting to spend extra time with my sister and nephews. I am actually watching my nephews today so my sister can work.

Anyways, the first order of business is to talk about the link up!!! Since I was pregnant for most of 2016, my clean eating and strict work out regiment went out the window at times. Ok, towards the end most of the time!!! I want to get back on track and back to basics, as most people tend to do in January anyways….so Amy and I thought that we would host a Back on Track link up to hold ourselves accountable! For us, this means doing another round of Whole 30. The link up isn’t just for Whole 30, it is for getting back on track in any aspect of your life. Whether you want to start eating clean, working out, getting your house back in order after the holiday chaos…you chose what you want to work on and link up with us for some accountability!

If your decide that you do want to do Whole 30, Amy wrote a great post about how to be successful. So many people have made comments to me last year about how they always wanted to try it but don’t think they can. I am here to tell you, I completed a successful no cheat Whole 30 January of 2016 and if I can do it, anyone can do it!!! It is all about willpower and some prep work to keep yourself on track and be successful.
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I will be back on January 2 with my specific goals and plan during Back on Track, and we hope that you link up with us and tell us what you plan to work on. If you need a cheerleader or someone to vent to during the month, I am here for you! I am all about encouragement and if I need to email you, text you, stalk your instagram to see that you follow through…I can do that for you! We will be hosting a link up every Tuesday in the month of January for a check in, after the initial link up on Monday, January 2.

Now, on to a few other fun things!

Favorite Mail: Andrea is so sweet and sent us a special package with a few goodies for me and the most adorable outfit for Zoe!


Favorite Christmas Surprise: We were getting ready to leave to go shopping a few days before Christmas and Chris looked at me while I was putting Zoe into her car seat and said are you fully dressed and ready to go? I was all “Ummmm do I not look fully dressed??” And Chris said, “You are missing this!” I looked up and he was holding out a ring box with this gorgeous ring in it!!! It is Zoe’s birthstone and he chose one with three stones to represent the three of us. Is he the sweetest or what?!?!


Favorite Haul: My mom spoiled me with gifts from Sephora this year for Christmas. Look at all this new makeup I get to play with!!! This Estee Edit liner is literally the best and easiest to apply liner I have ever used. Ever. Loving the colors in the new UD palette!!! I need some suggestions on your favorite lip stuff for healing super chapped lips. Mine have been peeling ever since they got super chapped during labor and I cant seem to get them back to normal.


Favorite Funnies:

Funny Pictures Of The Day – 35 Pics:

Funny Pictures Of The Day – 37 Pics:


Food tastes better with the right show:

Shipping makes you question everything:

Linking up with Amanda. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine December 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Sweetest gift ever…oh that Chris, full of surprises..what a gorgeous ring and amazing sentiment!!! I got new make up from my mama too, so fun to play with and try out new products!! Aww thank you for mentioning my gifts to your and Zoe. You know I couldn’t let this awesome occasion of your first born darling go by with out getting her a lil some in’ some in’, lol. Happy New Year beautiful!!! 2017 has awesome things for you all, I just know it!! xo

  • Reply Teh Megan December 30, 2016 at 8:36 am

    That’s an awesome ring! Good job, Chris!
    Yay for Z for being an awesome shopper. 🙂

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston December 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

    STOP!! I just got the biggest smile and goosebumps reading how Chris presented the ring to you! So so sweet!! Congrats on the new linkup girl and Happy New Year!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis December 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

    WOW what a gorgeous ring and such sweet sentiment behind it! Major brownie points for the hubby! Isn’t Andres the best! Such adorable and thoughtful gifts she sent for baby Zoe.

  • Reply Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! December 30, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Omg that ring is GORGEOUS! And I love the idea for the Back on Track linkup! My husband and I are trying to get our lives back on track in 2017, after all the craziness with the wedding and the holidays.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo December 30, 2016 at 10:18 am

    YES!!! I so cant wait to get back on track eating & working out – getting healthy. I’m so in for the link up – is it every Tuesday? Or just the first Tuesday? … I’m not sure I understood… but regardless, I’m in! 😉
    Love your girl is already trained on the girl shopping outtings 🙂

  • Reply Sierra December 30, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Glad to hear you and Zoe are both enjoying some outings! Hopefully your day is going well with your nephews, that’s so nice of you to help your sister out. What a sweet and thoughtful gift Chris got for you!!! Have the best first New Year with Zoe <3

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders December 30, 2016 at 10:57 am

    That sounds like such a great linkup for the new year! Chris and I will be trying to get back on track come January 3rd, and this will be a great way for us to try! And I have a lot of the same issues with chapped lips, and a girl at Sephora recommended the Bite Agave Lip Mask. I put it on at night and it helps to keep my lips moist. Definitely give it a try! I hope that you have a very Happy New Year!

    • Reply Jenna January 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      I’m definitely going to second the suggestion of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. Worth it. Worth it. Worth it.

      It’s the only thing that keeps my lips from getting painfully chapped this time of year. I put it on at night and sometimes during the day, and I love that everything Bite makes is with food grade edible ingredients.

  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World December 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

    That ring is beautiful & so sweet! I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings you.

  • Reply Jess December 30, 2016 at 11:15 am

    That linkup sounds great! I will have to find something to get back on track with. My whole life? Lol. I don’t know what whole 30 is, I’ll have to check it out, although I am unlikely to start any meal plan in 2017. Working out would be great but I’d have to strap Ellie to me. That ring is gorgeous and the meaning is even sweeter. Makeup! Awesome haul!

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native December 30, 2016 at 11:41 am

    That outfit that Andrea sent is so cute, and oh my goodness that ring! It’s gorgeous and super sweet. That pig cracked me up, and that meme about shipping…absolutely me.

  • Reply Tracy December 30, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I just think it’s the sweetest thing that you are already getting Miss Z in on your girls outings! I’m glad she was such a trooper.
    That ring is gorgeous and it’s symbolism and how Chris gave it to you could not be any sweeter!
    I love the idea of the Back on Track linkup! I have some financial goals to get back on track with next year so I’ll definitely be joining you!

  • Reply Amy December 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    What a sweet hubby you have! He did good. I love that you are taking Zoe on the go. I think the more you do with them from the beginning the better they adapt thus making your life much, much easier! I always say they need to fit into your life or you will go nuts!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph December 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Love that ring! Good job Chris.

    I won’t link up every Tuesday but probably will the last one!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky January 1, 2017 at 9:59 am

    what great gifts! and that little piggy meme is so adorable “Yeth”. hahahaha that was me all holiday – “do you want this *insert delicious treat here*?” “YETH”

    lip stuff: i swear by Martina Gebhardt lip balm:

  • Reply Emelia January 1, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Awe Zoe sounds like such a good baby. That’s awesome! Andrea is beyond sweet- what a nice package! Love all your makeup goodies- I am loving the Estee Edit pore vanishing stick, I’ll have to check out the liner. My lips have been super chapped and I’ve been using straight up Vaseline and it’s helping!

  • Reply Allison Arnone January 3, 2017 at 11:24 am

    That Netflix meme is SO me! I can’t start eating until my show has started – it’s just the rules, sorry! Also, I’ve been thinking about doing Whole 30 for a few reasons. I know certain foods really do negatively affect our health, moods and energy levels and a lot of the ones prohibited from this challenge are HUGE culprits. I also think it’s a good way to challenge yourself and do something that seems really, really hard. I’m gonna see if my mom/SIL want to join me! Doing it with someone else definitely makes it easier and gives you more incentive. Happy New Year!

  • Reply laura January 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

    wow look at chris being all sweet and stuff!! And I love how zoe girl is already on the go. she’s gonna be a black Friday shopping pro before you know it!

  • Reply kristen January 6, 2017 at 10:17 am

    oh good, maybe i can participate in one of the other link ups even though i missed the first one 🙂 i really need to get my life back on track!

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