weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

And just like that, the middle of June was here and gone! We couldn’t seem to let it pass without being busy. Here’s what I got up to!

Friday for lunch Laura and I hit up one of our favorite spots, Shiki. We started off with crab angels. Because duh, crab angels!!! I had the coconut soup and massaman chicken for my meal. Delicious!!!!! This place seriously has the best crab angels around and everything is always so tasty with friendly service.




Chris grilled out some delicious burgers for dinner on Friday evening and I made some veggies to go with them. He has become quite the grill master!

Saturday morning we were up and out the door early for…..car shopping!!! I had seen an awesome deal on the car I had in mind so we started off at Carmax right after they opened. Wouldn’t you know someone was having my car transferred to them. Boo!!! That’s what I get for not calling and holding when I saw it. We walked out of there with disappoint but hope that there would be something down the road. We had stopped at several other dealerships and they either didn’t have anything we liked, or wouldn’t work with us at all on pricing/trade-in. We had two people try to talk us into a bigger payment, but we knew not to play their games. We were about to give up and had lunch at J. Alexander’s.


While we were there, I kept thinking about a car I had seen online that was located in Hartselle. A pretty far drive from where we were. But I just kept thinking about it…something telling me we needed to go check this place out.

I called up there to make sure it was still there based on our previous luck of the day. Wouldn’t you know someone had it out on a test drive and ended up purchasing it?! WTF? But the guy said he had another one that was a little nicer and maybe he could work with us on the price. So off we went! This place was family owned and everyone was super nice and I walked out of there with a shiny new beauty that I felt good about.


Peace out Nissan Rogue, helloooooooooo Ford Explorer!!! This baby is fully loaded and has the 20 inch wheels. Nadine likey very much!

Sunday morning I was up and out there door at 7:30am to go meet my sister and dad for breakfast at Cracker Barrel for Father’s Day. We asked ourselves why we don’t do that more often?? It was so nice just chatting over breakfast.

I went grocery shopping on my way home and the rest of the day was spent food prepping, giving myself a pedicure, blogging and watching House of Cards.


Chris and I just started binging on it last weekend and we are already in season three. Why haven’t we watched this before???? it is so good!!!

And just like that the weekend was over and it is time to go back to work! Amazing how quickly that time goes, am I right? I hope you all have a fabulous week!

Linking up with Biana.

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  • Reply Kaitlyn June 20, 2016 at 1:37 am

    I’m so jealous! That’s the same SUV I’ve been wanting too! Congratulations, I bet you’re loving it!! Are those crab angels like crab ragoons?? If so, those are my favorite. So yummy!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky June 20, 2016 at 6:57 am

    nice new wheels!!! so purty. we have a SUV right now but when this lease is up, i’m going to a smaller car. kayla is older now so we don’t need all that room so every day, i scope out all the cars in traffic to see which one i like.

  • Reply Biana June 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Congrats on your new car – that one is one of my favorites!! Loving all the food you had as usual – that salad – YUM! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

  • Reply Kelli June 20, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Car shopping is the worst, I hate it. I was so sad there was no Carmax in our area when I needed a new car. I love Carmax and next time I might drive all the way back to Charlotte just to shop there.

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine June 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Yay on the new car! My husband totally loves Ford’s! Oh my goodness that heaping salad.. So awesome looking too!! So we started Prison Break and love it but House of Cards has always been on my binge just, I think that is next. Hope the start to your week is awesome!

  • Reply carly June 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Yay for your new car! It sounds like the other two didn’t work out for the right reasons and you ended up with the perfect one for you. Also, that salad for your lunch looks amazing!

  • Reply Marie June 20, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Congrats on your new car. Car shopping is so stressful. Glad it all worked out, I LOVE your new car.

  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World June 20, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Congrats on the new car! All of that food looks so amazing! Chatting over breakfast/brunch is always so nice. I hope you have a great week!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph June 20, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I still haven’t finished House of Cards because I try to make it last. LOL

    Congratulations on your new ride!

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots June 20, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Yay for new cars!! Congrats!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo June 20, 2016 at 10:45 am

    CONGRATS!!!! i used to have an Explorer & LOVED IT! I want another one so badly. They are great cars.

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family June 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Bummer that the other two cars you were interested were both bought before you got there, but hooray for the new Ford Explorer! It looks great!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista June 20, 2016 at 11:49 am

    CONGRATS on the new car, so glad everything worked out perfectly for you guys! And yessssss to House of Cards, best binge watch ever! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the most recent season 4 <3

  • Reply Audrey June 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    WHOA that’s some impressive bingeing! We’re on the last season of The West Wing, then we’re going to move on to House of Cards and/or The Newsroom.

    Congrats on the new car!! Fingers crossed I’m getting one tonight!!!!
    Um, all that food looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g. GIVE ME ALLLLL THE CRAB. Ugh, I am so hungry now!!

    • Reply Audrey June 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      A 2015 RAV4 🙂

  • Reply Katie June 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Awesome! Congrats on buying a new car – I think car shopping is one of the most stressful things. I’m glad you found your new baby in one day. Those crab angels and that tower salad are drool worthy, your weekend posts always get my appetite going.

  • Reply chelsea jacobs June 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    House of Cards will SUCK YOU IN! So good!

  • Reply Helene June 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    all that food looks divine!! and i couldn’t get into House of Cards… I know! Something is wrong with me!

  • Reply laura June 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Love the new wheels! so pretty!! and glad you finally are rid of that cursed car!! ALSO, YES to house of cards — please tell me when you are completely caught up so we can chat about it!!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders June 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Hooray for having such great luck on finding your car! It’s so pretty, plus it’s always awesome to get new cars too! So we still haven’t binged the last season of House of Cards, and I seriously don’t know what’s wrong with us! We got so hooked on it, but haven’t had the time to watch it since it was released earlier this year. I’m glad that you’re liking it too!

  • Reply Jackie June 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Congrats on your new car! I have a newer Ford Escape, and I think you will really love the Explorer. They have a lot of great features.

  • Reply Cara June 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    The new ford explorers are sooo nice! That one looks really pretty! Also, that is the tallest salad I’ve ever saw in my life-haha

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth - Meet at the Barre June 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Ohhhh congrats on the new ride!! So pretty! Mark and I were just talking about the other day how the new Explorers look so much like Range Rovers now. Totally pimpin ride!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis June 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I love Thai food especially the curry dishes. Yours looks so good! Congrats on your new ride!!

  • Reply Emelia June 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Usually something doesn’t work out because something better is ahead. So happy it all worked out for you because that’s a beautiful ride! Congratulations girl– what a great start to the new week!

  • Reply Lindsay June 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    OH MY GOD the crab angels. I could eat a million of those. Congratulations on your new car! Your experience sounds so similar to mine last fall… I didn’t think I’d ever find a thing! Love your pick! We love House of Cards, too. We binged it quickly! Glad you’re liking it!

  • Reply mandie June 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Love the new wheels! Enjoy it, girlie! 🙂

  • Reply sonia // daring coco June 21, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Oh geez what a headache with those cars! But it all worked out, even better in the end! Enjoy your shiny, new beast!


  • Reply ellesees.net June 21, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Congrats on the new car!!! YAYAYYYY! And a double yay for a good, albeit quick, weekend.

  • Reply Jess June 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Is that peanut sauce? I have been obsessed with peanut sauce, lately. Congrats on the new car!! It’s lovely!!

  • Reply caitlin @ candyfloss & persie June 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Coconut soup is so very heaven sent! yum~ and mayyjahhh congrats on the new car! That’s exciting.

  • Reply kristen June 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    yay new car!!! we drive an hour or more out of our way to go to this family owned shop, they are so much better than the big dealerships. yay!

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