Holiday Shenanigans

Hey there, 2019!!! Not really sure where December went, but she ran out the door real quick! I woke up this morning and had to think what day it was and where I was supposed to be for a few minutes. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t looking forward to my coffee this morning. Black, no cream. Yup, I am doing Whole 30 this month. I wasn’t going to, but Chris said he wanted to so it is just easier that way. I am actually, mostly, looking forward to it. I have been eating like garbage the last month and I feel horrible. All puffy and bloated, face broken out like crazy. It will be good to get back to a routine and clean up my eating!

Of course, Christmas happened. It is so magical to see it through Zoe’s eyes!!! She loved every minute of it. We got to spend some great time with family and kept it pretty low key. We are usually in Gatlinburg right now, but I have no vacation time due to my new job…so back to reality it is! Hoping that we can start making it annually again next year.

Santa spoiled Zoe, and me! There were lots of cookies and treats to be had. We made a little dent in the Christmas movie list. There were so many we didn’t watch this year.

And of course, there was lots of good eats….

I normally wake up totally depressed to go back to work after the holidays. But not this year. This year I am thankful to have a job. One that doesn’t crush my soul and make me hate life. Sure, I would rather be home with my family…but since I have to adult….at least I can do it with a smile!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!!! I hope to be around this space on the regular again, and look forward to catching up with you all! How was your holiday? Do you have any resolutions or goals this year?

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  • Reply Emelia Lawrence January 2, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Happy for you, it’s so relieving to be at a job you enjoy! Looks like a wonderful Christmas, so much fun with Zoe. Happiest new year wishes to your family- here’s to a great year!

  • Reply Lindsay January 2, 2019 at 10:27 am

    So thankful we’re both starting 2019 off on a better foot. Cheers to a great year, friend!

  • Reply Carly January 2, 2019 at 11:55 am

    What an amazing Christmas! Nothing is better than seeing kids excitement when they’re opening gifts or enjoying other holiday things. It looks like Zoe had so much fun- I love the picture of her with the cookies. Do you ever get used to black coffee?? I use waaay too much creamer and know I need to cut back, but it’s so hard! Yay for going back to a job you enjoy after having time off.

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky January 2, 2019 at 11:55 am

    christmas really does change when you have kids – the excitement, the twinkle in their eyes…brings you back to what the christmas spirit really is about. so glad that you guys had a fantastic holiday and i’m even more glad that you have found a job that you actually like!!!

    happy new year, my friend xoxoox

  • Reply Rebecca Jo January 2, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    That makes me so happy to hear about going back – I’m the same way – it didnt bother me nearly as bad as years past!!!!
    Good luck with the Whole 30 – you’re a pro at it now!
    & your little model – she just made me smile all through the holidays with your IG pics!!

  • Reply Lauren January 2, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Santa certainly did love you and Zoe!!! I especially love her little kitchen!

  • Reply Kay R.D. January 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    You guys look like you had a fabulous season. Zoe looks so cute in that pink jacket!! I know you will rock Whole 30! started back with Keto today too – a healthier version than I did before though. Also tons of exercise this time.

  • Reply Laura January 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Love Christmas with kids – it just makes it a thousand times more magical. Love the picture of the three of you you snuck in down in a corner. πŸ™‚ So glad that you’re so much happier at work – and I hope you guys get back to Gatlinburg next year!

  • Reply SMD January 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Happy New Year! Love the pic from Christmas with all three of you.

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen January 2, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    What a wonderful Christmas! I am so glad you woke up with such a great attitude to start off the new year! You deserve it!

  • Reply Monica January 2, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Spending Christmas with kids is so wonderful! I was in Austin for XMas but then went to CHicago and did a post christmas with m y family and seeing my neice & nephews open gifts made it so much better!

  • Reply Biana January 2, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Seeing Zoe’s face during christmas is so precious! I think you were both on Santa’s nice list this past year πŸ™‚ Good luck with Whole30! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Audrey January 3, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Look at that new year – new you – new job attitude!! I’m so happy for you, Nadine! I hope this year is amazing for you!
    Those food pictures are torture… I’m so hungry right now! LOL
    Zoe posing is the cutest thing! And look at all those gifts under the tree! She cleaned house!

  • Reply Bri @ My Life As... January 3, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I am so happy that you have a new job that isn’t soul crushing! That is one of the worst feelings ever! I love Zoe’s little reindeer outfit! So cute!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders January 3, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Hooray for a great Christmas and New Years! I hear you on the eating like crap during the holidays, and I’m trying to get my body through some sort of detox by eating better and working out again. I’m back at work as well, but at least you’re happier about being at your new job!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag January 3, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Happy New Year! I definitely need to get back to eating healthier after all those holiday sweets. And I need to get up and moving more often. Dance classes start again next week so that’s a plus!! I’m glad that your new job has you going to work with a smile, and I hope that 2019 is an amazing year for you.


  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis January 3, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    It was so tough going back to work this week. Ugh! Glad you and Zoe got spoiled from Santa and Zoe got to really enjoy the magic of Christmas! Love your new purse and wallet! All the best for 2019!

  • Reply Amy @ Getz Girl on Fire January 4, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Happy New Year lovely lady! So glad to hear you are doing well and are happy with your job . . . oh what a difference that makes! Zoe is freaking adorable and kids make Christmas magical. I’m doing the Whole 30 too so high give girl. I started on Jan 2nd so I’m a day behind the official one but still plugging along. I was so ready for it too . . . I for sure need to reign it back in! Good luck to you and cheers to an amazing 2019!

  • Reply Danielle January 4, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I love your outlook on life and the new year. I had a bit of a Christmas hangover and I am still trying to recover. Plus it always seems like I get sick right at the new year. Love all the photos from Christmas. I put together a kitchen like that and it took at least 4 hours. You did it the right way. Ha. Love the purse you got!!! Have a great weekend

  • Reply cara January 7, 2019 at 11:15 am

    So glad you all had such a great Christmas! I LOVE your new purse- the color is gorgeous. And isn’t is so nice to not dread going back to work? So glad you are in a much happier place now! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth January 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Ummmmm can I be Zoe, please?? Look at all her loot. I’m glad you are liking the new job. It makes such a difference right?

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