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Friday Favorites


Friday, September 22, 2017



ONE. Wednesday night I went to my salon's grand opening with two of my favorite girlfriends. I now go to this salon for three different services. They are THAT amazing. I get my hair, lashes and I had microblading (post coming soon) done there. It was so much fun. They had wine, complimentary services (hair braiding, eyebrow waxing, make up and hair tutorials), product giveaways, discounts on products and so much more. Plus I got to spend time with my girlfriend which I haven't seen in forever it feels like.
La Di Da Salon opening
La Di Da Salon opening
The owners are the two ladies in the middle. The one on the right does my hair.

TWO. As I mentioned above, I got my hair braided at the salon opening. When I checked in, they told me that my former hairstylist was going to do my hair. I haven't seen Marie in forever. The only reason I stopped seeing her was her schedule changed so much that I couldn't ever get in during a time that I was off of work.

I was able to catch up with Marie, she did a fantastic job on my top braid and she gave me advice on how to achieve a similar look for myself.
braided updo
braided updo

She used Bumble and Bumble Does it All Spray (I own this already) and she added in some Bumble and Bumble Nourishing Dry Shampoo. I bought this stuff because I can use it in my hair after the gym and it will soak up any sweat and greasy look. Plus it smells heavenly and I LOVE Bumble products.
Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder Dry Shampoo

THREE. I have been looking for new meal ideas and this week, Jen from The Lucky Lifestyle posted a chili recipe that she made and really liked. I have a chili recipe that I follow from my mom, but it isn't a crock pot recipe and who doesn't love a crock pot recipe? So I am making this tonight or when Rory gets back from his trip. I can't wait.

FOUR. Speaking of more recipes, Lindsay made a Pumpkin Marshmallow Frozen Pie recently and everything about it sounded right up my alley. I love pumpkin, marshmallows and cold pies (like chocolate cream, coconut cream, etc.). I really want to make this this weekend and would probably eat the whole thing myself, but I am thinking of bringing it over to my parents house when I have dinner with them on Saturday night. How good does this look?
pumpkin marshmallow frozen pie

FIVE. If you signed up for the Mug Love Exchange, don't forget to link up your posts next Thursday September 28th. Please save the image below to use in your posts and also use the hashtag #MugLoveExchange

And come back here on Thursday to see all the mugs and enter in our Starbucks giveaway!!
Mug Love Exchange

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.
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Thoughts on Thursday


Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's time for another round of confessions and thoughts on Thursday. Spill your guts and come back here to link up.

- Yesterday I was at work and I was looking through the local newspaper (online). There was an article about a local daycare and suspected abuse. It has a video with it and it is very disturbing. A daycare worker walks over to a 2 year old boy who is reading a book and grabs him by the arm and yanks him up. Then she pulls him over to another area. Then the video shows the same teacher at a later time go near the same boy who is washing his hands and yanks him again. It breaks my heart to see this and makes me fearful of my own kids going to daycare. What gets me even more is we looked at this daycare for my girls to attend. They are two years old and would have been in the same class with the same teacher. She is a new teacher apparently, but that just upsets me. This is not ok.

She has not been fired and they are putting her in counseling. But I am sure with this video in the newspaper and going viral on social media, they will have to fire her because I would take my kids out of that daycare if they were going there. My mama bear instincts would fly off the handle if this happened at my girls daycare.

If you want to see the video, head over to my FB page.

- I am having the hardest time finding long enough dress work pants. Something that has a skinny leg, accommodates my long inseam (at least 32 inch inseam) and isn't frumpy looking. I went to J Crew and didn't find anything except more of a legging style dress pant which is fine, but the only pair of "work" pants that are long (for the winter) that I have are legging style. I used to get them at Express a long time ago, but when I tried on a pair there recently, they fit weird. I think they changed their styling up on them. So ladies, do you have recommendations for slacks/work pants? Please send them my way.

- So one of the recommended vitamins/supplements I take is magnesium #8. It helps with my joints, muscle pain, etc. When I had mentioned it here on my blog and in my twin mom group, people said to be careful of it because it makes you go to the bathroom a lot. Well I can now attest to that. So if you are thinking of taking magnesium in any form, just know that. I don't know if I can take this long term. TMI? Sorry.

- I went onto Nordstrom's website hoping to buy more of the Leith sweater that I loved last year, but unfortunately they don't carry it anymore. Ugh. I love cozy oversized sweaters that I can still wear to work, so if you have any recommendations, send them my way.

- Can you tell I have Fall shopping on my brain?

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Life Update


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I haven't done a weekend update nor any updates in a few weeks, so I thought I would share a little about my work trip last week and then my weekend.

Last week, I traveled to Memphis, TN, all over Mississippi and Louisiana. I did a lot of driving which definitely wears on you. But I had a great time, only experienced rain one day from hurricane Irma and got to see a blogger friend.

When I got to Memphis, I settled into my hotel and walked to Gus's World Famous Chicken. I had chicken tenders, a chicken thigh, mac n cheese and cole slaw plus a beer. I was also told to have some pecan pie and so I did all the while watching football.
Gus's World Famous Chicken
Gus's World Famous Chicken
Gus's World Famous Chicken

After a huge meal, I walked around a bit and stopped in a wine bar to watch more of the game, but only had a small flight before heading back to my hotel. I fell asleep at 8:30 pm and it was glorious. I never get to sleep that early.

From Memphis, I made my way through Mississippi and ended up in Ridgeland, MS. But not before I had lunch in Olive Branch at this cute spot called Pinks. It was a cafe that specialized in BLTs and chicken salad. I opted for a BLT with an egg on it and it was really good. It came with chips and the most amazing iced vanilla latte.
Pinks in Olive Branch

Tuesday morning the rain hit and after working, I had a long 4 hour drive to Alexandria. Rory has family that lives an hour away from Alexandria, so they came up to see me and took me to dinner at Tunk's. This place was so cool. They give you crackers that you can feed to the catfish and turtles in the lake. We had fun feeding them and then had some amazing southern food. I had a dish that had snapper stuffed with crawfish, crab and shrimp in a yummy wine and garlic sauce. So good. Plus it was fun catching up with family that we rarely get to see.

Wednesday I worked all around Louisiana and ended in Baton Rouge. I had plans to go visit the LSU campus and see the new tiger enclosure, but it was a nightmare to try to find parking, so that was a no go. I love that campus and always visit it when I am there, but this time was a no go.

Thursday I worked and then drove to New Orleans. I took a street car and met Missy (from My Shitty Kitchen) at the Columns Hotel for drinks. Then we walked to this yummy restaurant where we shared crab cakes, steak skewers and a whole fried fish. Amazing. Plus hanging out with Missy is ALWAYS a good idea.
fried whole fish

Friday it was time to head home and this time all of my flights were on time. I made it into LAX and saw the newly renovated terminal and waited forever to get a super expensive lunch, but at least everything went smoothly.

I made it home and got to snuggle my girls, give them baths and hang out with them the whole evening while Rory golfed.

Saturday we went to the Nevada vs. Idaho State game which was awful. The tailgate was fun and I love that it is football season, but this game sucked. We should have won it and we played awful to a Division 1 AA team. Ugh.
Nevada Wolf Pack Football

Sunday we headed to Tiburon, California for Rory's grandfather's memorial service. You may remember, he passed away a year ago and we finally had a celebration of life for him. We hiked to a spot that his wife/Rory's grandmother's ashes had been spread and spread some of his ashes. It was so nice to get the family together and see everyone and celebrate the life of a great man.
Tiburon, California

After this part of the celebration, we headed to a local park for some amazing eats, looking through old photos and a family gathering. It was a perfect celebration of life.

We headed back to Pleasant Hill to see my sister-in-laws new house. This is where we stayed and the girls had the best time hanging out with their cousin Carson. Monday we headed back home, but not before stopping at the Livermore Outlets where the girls got a bunch of stuff. The Disney store, new shoes and clothes.

That is what I have been up to the last two weeks and why I haven't been on here as much.
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$10 at Target - Halloween Edition


Monday, September 18, 2017

I am back from my work trip. Sorry to have been MIA last week. I only posted twice and haven't gotten to read any of my favorite blogs or comment anyone back. Don't worry, I will be working on that this week.

Today is another round of spending ten dollars at everyone's favorite place, Target. This month was a no brainer. I walked into the dollar section and saw everything Halloween and Thanksgiving. And then I headed over to the actual Halloween area and I couldn't help myself. I will definitely be going back once we pull out all the decorations and get a better sense of what I need. In the meantime, here are three things I grabbed.
Halloween decorations

Spider web halloween decorations
 The classic spider web. We have done it in years past, but not recently which is a bummer because I bought huge spider for it years ago. It will be making an appearance this year.

Pumpkin table runner
Isn't this the cutest table runner? It is simple and will look perfect on our new table. Now that I don't have a table that is over 10 feet long, this one will suit us. I can't wait to get more runner like this in the future. Plus for $5, you can't beat that. Especially if my dog gets it which has happened before.

Window gel clings
We have had several of these for each holiday and the girls love them. They love to move them around the windows and I hope to find more. They were out of the other one, so I hope to go back again and snag more of them.

So how did I do this month?

Spider Web $3
Table Runner $5
Gel Clings $2
Tax at 8.265% - $0.83

Total $10.83

What did you buy this month? If you participated, please link up below.
$10 at Target



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Girl Chat - Favorite Fall Recipes


Thursday, September 14, 2017

It is time for our monthly Girl Chat and this month we are sharing our favorite fall recipe(s). I am going to share a few of my recipes that I have featured and made from my blog, but also a couple that I love to make that others have shared on their blogs.
Girl Chat link up

Butternut Squash Soup with Pears and Bacon
Butternut Squash Soup with Pears and Bacon

I found this recipe in a local grocery store magazine. This is a family favorite and we always add a bit more bacon to it because why not?! This soup is easy to make and is amazing as leftovers.

Sweet Potato Nachos
Sweet Potato Nachos

I know I just posted this last week, but these are so good. They are perfect for a weeknight meal or even for tailgating or while watching college or NFL football. We will be making these often.,

Autumn Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts in a Light Ragu
Autumn Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts in a Light Ragu

I found this recipe a few years ago and I always make it in the fall. It combines turkey and sausage with a lighter ragu and then you add in brussels sprouts and it is so good, hearty, but light.

Stuffed Shells
Stuffed Shells

These stuffed shells are so good, hearty and perfect for a little date night. I make these year round, but I love them during the Fall. I love making them on a Sunday and settling in with these, a veggie and a big glass of wine while watching football.

To link up - just grab our graphic, link up, and let's getting to chatting!  Make sure to stop by a few others linked up for an extra bit of girl chat! 
Girl Chat Monthly Link Up


Danielle / Sparkles and Lattes - Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Instagram
Emily / A Little Bit of Emily - Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Instagram
Lindsay / Lindsay's Sweet World - Pinterest - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Lizzie / This Happy Life Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Facebook - Instagram
Sierra / Beautifully Candid - Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Instagram - Twitter




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9/11


Monday, September 11, 2017

Today is a day that was forever changed. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a freshman in college and I made my way to my macroeconomics class. It was bright and early at 7 am and upon entering my classroom, the professor was watching tv. We didn't have a real class that day because we were glued to the tv. The planes had hit the World Trade Center and it forever changed everyone lives.

I had new friends who were from NYC who were frantically calling home to see if their families were ok. My father was in the army and we wondered what he was going to have to do following this tragedy. This day brought our nation close together. It changed the way we felt about our nation, our thoughts on our personal safety and made our hearts ache for all the people who died that day.

I can't believe it has been 16 years since September 11, 2017.

My children will read about this day in their history class. It is crazy to think how much we live through and what makes the history books and what doesn't. It doesn't feel like it was that long ago, but we are approaching 20 years.

I visited ground zero several times. I go every time I visit NYC. I went to the memorial site and seen the beautiful Freedom Tower and still to this day, it makes my heart sink and a pit in my stomach.

So take a moment today to remember this day, the people who died during the 9/11 attacks and what our county has become today.
Never forget 9/11
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Friday Favorites


Friday, September 8, 2017

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I am so excited for the weekend! We have our first football home game and we are all geared up for the tailgate and game. I am hoping to leave on Sunday for my work trip, but it all depends on which way Irma heads. Sending prayers to the south.

Anyways, let's get onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. Today my little sister is having surgery on her ankle. It is in the early afternoon, so please keep her in your prayers. Her fiance (still so weird to say that!) will be there with her, so we will just be patiently waiting to hear updates.

TWO. While my sister is having her surgery, I will be getting my microblading done. Finally. I am hoping to document it all so that I can share with you my process. Before photos without any brow pencil to the after and I will even update you all with the healing process which I hear looks kinda crazy. Wish me luck and hardly any pain.

THREE. We finally made a purchase on a new mattress. We went back and forth between another spring mattress, a tempurpedic, a numbers bed and the new foam/gel mattresses. We went to West Elm after seeing they were carrying the Leesa Mattress. We had already tried out the Casper there a couple months ago. I also did research comparing the Casper, Leesa and Helix mattresses. Ultimately we decided to go with the Leesa mattress since it was a more universal mattress. We can try it out for 90 days and if we don't like it, we will try out our second choice, the Helix.

The difference between the Leesa and Helix is the Leesa mattress is more universal in that it is a medium-firm support, is cooling, supportive and for both side and stomach sleepers. With the Helix, you customize your bed based on your height, weight, sleep preferences, etc. This is a cool option, but it didn't have as much support as the Leesa does. I really hope we love our new bed because our current one has me waking up each morning with a sore back.

Here is the article I used to compare the Leesa and Helix.
Leesa mattress

Also if you buy one of these mattresses you either need a platform frame, a bunkie board on top of your box spring or wood slates no more than 3 inches apart. Our wood slates are wider, so we had to purchase a foundation for our bed. Helix does make one that you can purchase, but after more research, I found this one on amazon that gets amazing reviews.

FOUR. Last time I got my hair done (2 weeks ago), my stylist used a new (to me) shampoo and conditioner on me and it has been amazing. If you have blonde hair, this is a must. It is a purple shampoo, but not like most purple shampoos. It is a "light" purple shampoo. I am able to use it daily, it smells heavenly, brightens my blonde and keeps my hair looking great in between appointments. This isn't a sponsored post. I am just letting you know about a game changer shampoo for blondes who need to maintain their brightness, health and beauty of their color treated hair.
Oribe Bright Blonde shampoo and conditioner

FIVE. I know I sound like a broken record, but don't forget to sign up for the Mug Love Exchange. Head over to Wednesday's post for more information.

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.
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Thoughts and Confessions


Thursday, September 7, 2017

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I haven't done a Thoughts on Thursday or Confessions post in awhile, so I thought I would vent and talk a bit. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

- I didn't do a weekend recap because there wasn't that much to talk about. First Rory got sick and we still tried to go camping, but had to come home early because it was getting worse and worse. Then I got hit with the bug and finally Sutton got it on Monday and she threw up all day. Poor girl got it pretty hard. We think Avery brought it home from preschool and passed it around.

- I took advantage of Labor Day sales at Old Navy and Loft. I bought a few things for work and got the girls more clothes. Did you know that I have to send 6 changes of clothes per child to preschool for potty training? And if they soil their clothes, which it will happen, I have to wash the clothes that night and send them back. But I am totally loving that they will potty train my kids. Ha. Oh and a little TMI, but Sutton pooped in the potty this weekend and that was a huge deal.

- Apple is having their iPhone release announcement on Tuesday and I can't wait. I just hope I can get my hands on one.

- Do you remember when I talked about the popsocket on Friday? Well it seems like I have been in the dark on this genius item. Everyone knows about it and has one. Especially if you are in middle school.

- So I have twins and their sleep habits have been crazy ever since we changed their cribs into toddler beds. Sometimes we end up sleeping on the girls floor which is fine, but so uncomfortable. They at least have a foam alphabet pad for us to lay on, but it isn't comfy when we just want to sleep. So after many nights of trying to use my old pregnancy pillow, the twin boppy and blankets, we bought a twin memory foam mattress. This way we can tuck it under their beds and their friends can use it as they get older. I researched a bit on Amazon, but ended up with one I hope works for us. Now you just watch, we won't use it for a long time because they will sleep very well. Ha.
Linenspa foam mattress

- I have a twin mom hang out coming up that I couldn't be more excited for. I am part of a local twin mom group and then there are a few of us who just really click and have a private message group that we constantly talk on. We vent to each other, celebrate our wins and help each other through our falls, but this small group of girls are amazing. We are finally getting together for brunch where lots of mimosas will be consumed and I can't wait for it. It is almost a month away, but who is counting.

- Speaking of beds, has anyone bought a Leesa, Casper or Helix bed? I am seriously looking into them, but wanted to see if any of my readers has one or tried one.

- Next week is our monthly Girl Chat link up. This month we are sharing our favorite Fall recipes. I hope you join us!
Girl Chat link up

- Also don't forget to join our Mug Love Exchange. It was so much fun last year. You can find all the details on yesterday's post.
Mug Love Exchange


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Mug Love Exchange


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Do you remember last year when I participated in a bloggers coffee mug exchange? Well this year I am happy to announce that I am a co-host for this exchange.
Mug Love Exchange

I love participating and co-hosting blogger exchanges because I get to know other bloggers and then I get to shop for them. I love this exchange even more because we exchange coffee mugs. Who doesn't love coffee and tea mugs?

Last year I received a Be Happy mug and a pair of donuts hand towels, plus a card.
Mug Love Exchange 2016

If you want to participate in our mug love exchange (which I know you will want to), follow the steps below:

- Sign-ups open September 4th and close on September 12th.
- Complete THIS FORM to join our exchange.
- Partners will be picked and notified by September 15th.
- Get to know your partner and go shopping!
- Spend anywhere between $10 - $15 before shipping.
- Link-up and share mug details on September 28th using the hashtag: #MugLoveExchange
- Due to shipping costs, this exchange is only open to U.S. residents.

I hope you join us this year!!!

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Sweet Potato Nachos


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Last week, I posted a picture of the Sweet Potato Nachos that I made for dinner one night. I had a huge response to it and wanted to share the super simple recipe with you all. I got a general recipe from Nadine and then turned it into my own.
Sweet Potato Nachos

SWEET POTATO NACHOS
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

- 3 medium to large sweet potatoes
- 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
- 1 taco seasoning packet (or make your own)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 small to medium jalapeno
- 1 large tomato
- 1 large ripe avocado
- green onions
- olive oil
- salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Peel and cut your sweet potatoes 1/8 inch rounds. Place your sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat the sweet potatoes. You will have to make two or three batches of these to use all of the sweet potatoes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until they start to brown and crisp. Do not overcook. Turn and bake for another 10 to 12 minutes.

3. When you are on your second batch, brown your ground turkey or ground beef. Cook through and drain your meat. Add in your taco seasoning with 3/4 cup of water. Stir and cook until most of the moisture is gone.

4. Once your potatoes are done, add all of baked sweet potatoes to a cookie sheet (I used the same one after letting it cool down a bit). Your potatoes can and should overlap. Add your meat mixture and your cheese. If you don't have enough cheese, add more than indicated above or to how much you like. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

5. Plate your portion of the nachos and add on your tomatoes, avocado, green onions, jalapenos, hot sauce and any other taco/nacho items you love.

6. Enjoy!
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TBB Asks - September and Back to School


Monday, September 4, 2017

I am participating in The Blended Blog's monthly questions again. This month's theme is back to school. While I don't have school aged children, I do have preschool aged children.
TBB Asks Back to School Edition

1. Did you love school or hate it? I wouldn't say I loved it, but I did like it. All the way through high school, school was easy. I rarely had homework and graduated with a 3.98 GPA.

2. Start school before or after Labor Day? I say after. Let the kids enjoy their summer. Around here school starts the first or second week of August. While I didn't start school this early, it was usually the 3rd or 4th week of August.

3. Wake up: eager beaver or slow poke? Slow poke. I love my sleep.

4. Favorite breakfast? My mom's french toast with powdered sugar on it.

5. Favorite cereal? I am not a cereal person. I will eat it dry, but that is about it.

6. School uniform or no uniform? None. We didn't have to wear them and I am ok with that.

7. New outfit for the first day or no? I always wore a new outfit for the first day. I am definitely keeping that a tradition with my girls too.

8. Walk to school or ride the bus? I walked to school until I hit middle school and then it was too far, so I rode the bus until I got my driver's license.

9. Backpack, tote or messenger bag? I used a backpack or messenger bag throughout my school years.

10. Eat school lunch or pack? I did a combo of it.

11. Remember the little milk cartons? White or chocolate? Chocolate.

12. Paper bag or lunch box? Paper bag.

13. Favorite thing to do at recess? Play kickball or sports like that.

14. Favorite back to school supply item? Specialty binders.

15. Chalkboard or dry erase board? I remember having both growing up, but I preferred the dry erase.

16. Regular pencil or mechanical? I am old school and like the regular.

17. Homework as soon as you got home or after dinner? Neither. I usually finished my homework during another class and when I was in elementary school it was always right after school.

18. Favorite after school snack? Fruit snacks or fruit.

19. Favorite after school show? Saved by the Bell. So good. I still love watching it.

20. Favorite subject in school? Science.

21. Lease favorite subject in school? English.

22. Name of your best friend in high school? I had a few of those....Brandy, Lynzie, Kristina, April.

23. High school mascot type? Person. He was a Senator.

24. SAT or ACT? I took both of them.

25. Favorite year in school? I would say senior year.

26. Class ring or no class ring? None. I was going to get one and then decided not to.

27. Attend or not attend high school reunions? I have attended my 10 year reunion and my 20 year is coming up in 2021 which I plan to attend.

Your turn. Are we similar?
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Friday Favorites


Friday, September 1, 2017

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How is it September already? Fall is sort of here. Well it is in my books because once September hits, I feel all the Fall feels. Football, PSL, cinnamon and spice, cool mornings and Fall tv. I am so excited for the next couple of months.

Let's get onto my Friday favorites and happenings for the week.

ONE. As I mentioned on Wednesday, I recently finished All the Missing Girls and started The Couple Next Door. I blew through the Couple Next Door in just over a day. I couldn't put it down. Just when you think you have it figured out, something else is added on. It was really good. I definitely recommend it. Since I finished that one so quickly, I downloaded The Marriage Lie to read. I heard good things about it, so we shall see. Also did you know that you can read your Kindle books on your pc? I didn't and it helped when I took my breaks at work and wanted to read more.

TWO. Biana mentioned a cutting board that she recently tried out. It allows you to cut your fruits and veggies and then has a convenient scoop side to it. This was something I was interested in from the minute I saw it. I am clumsy and will chop veggies and then on the way over to the stove, I somehow drop some of my veggies. This will totally help me out. I ordered it right away and it should be here this afternoon.
Dexus cut and scoop cutting board

THREE. A few weeks ago when we went to Rory's cousins wedding, one of his cousins had the coolest stand/holder for phone. I asked her about it, played with it a bit and decided I must have one. Plus I saw it at the Discovery Museum last week and knew that I needed it. Even if I get a new iPhone in a couple of weeks (please let me be one of those people who gets one). It is called Popsocket. You can bend it different ways to use it as a stand or hold it in your fingers so you won't drop your phone on your head. You know for those early morning or late night IG scrolling. This isn't a sponsored post, but just something that is so cool and beneficial.
popsocket

FOUR. My dear blogging friend, turned real life friend, Emily lost her mother-in-law to a battle with cancer and an infection this week. My heart breaks for her and her family. Her MIL seemed like such an amazing lady. I only read about her, but I am so sad that her two boys won't get to have their grandma around as they grow up. It makes me think of my parents and my in-laws. You never know what life throws at you and I just want to cherish all the memories and moments that we have with our parents and grandparents. Just a little reminder to hug your family and tell them that you love them. Also, keep Emily and her family in your thoughts and prayers. She truly is an amazing friend.

FIVE. Did you grow up eating Sloppy Joes? I did and I used to make them all the time. I had a recipe down to a science (in my single days), but I haven't made it in years. Then I came across a recipe this week and I hope to make it next week and bring it back old school for my girls. Have you tried this one? Are you a Sloppy Joes fan?
Sloppy Joes receipe

I hope you all have a good long weekend! I will be back on Monday with a post all about back to school. You can find the link up at The Blended Blog.

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.
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What's Up Wednesday


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It's been awhile since I participated in the What's Up Wednesday link up, so I thought I would do it today. Plus I made a post about two weeks ago so I wouldn't forget.
What's Up Wednesday

WHAT WE ARE EATING THIS WEEK...

This week is a bit chaotic with Labor Day coming up, but I have managed to actual cook this week. 

Sunday: Spaghetti with bread and a caprese salad
Monday: BLTAs with french fries
Tuesday: Salmon with Strawberry and Avocado Salsa
Citrus Salmon with Avocado and strawberry salsa

Wednesday: Salads from Sup since I have a massage and facial.
Thursday: Best of the West Rib Cook-off
Friday: Unsure
Saturday: BBQ

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT...

Rory's cousins wedding that we went to a week and a half ago. We had the best time and are finally getting some photos from the photo booth.
Aspen Grove wedding

WHAT I'M LOVING...

Everything Fall. Yesterday I lit my Leaves candle from Bath and Body Works and our whole house smelt like Fall. Even thought it was 100 degrees outside, inside our house it was cozy.

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO...

A wedding, anniversary celebration, Graeagle trip and so much more.

WHAT I'M DREADING...

Rory going to Europe for work at the end of September. This means 8 days with my girls all alone. While I love our quality time together, they miss their dad so much and constantly talk about him which makes it harder at home. Plus I have them for three weekend days (Saturday, Sunday and the following Saturday) by myself which is harder to keep them entertained and not constantly asking for daddy.

WHAT I'M WORKING ON...

Fall blog posts, some new recipes and being crazy busy at work.

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT...

My work trip to Louisiana and Mississippi, the rib cook-off, football is back, and all things Fall.

WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING...

I just finished reading All the Missing Girls which was good. I wasn't a big fan of the ending, but the book kept me intrigued the entire time. I am just starting The Couple Next Door (on recommendation). I am also excited about Fall TV coming back, but in the meantime, I have been watching Bachelor in Paradise, The Sinner, Bloodline and Masterchef.

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO...

My co-workers talking.

WHAT I'M WEARING...

I have started breaking out my Fall clothes, but mostly still wearing shorts (on the weekends), light weight slacks, dresses and anything that helps with the 100 degree heat. I also bought a lot from Lululemon lately, so I have been wearing that in the evenings and when I workout.

WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND...

We are going camping for Labor Day weekend and then I have my first Fantasy Football draft on Monday.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH...

I am getting my eyebrows microbladed. I know I have gone back and forth on this, but after talking to a few people about their experience and what to expect in the short and long term, I am on board. Plus I got a killer deal from a friend, and I couldn't pass it up. It is one less thing that I have to do in the mornings. Total win when you are a mom.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW...

I am experiencing what it really feels like to be old. Between my b-12 levels being so low and my back spasms, 34 has been showing me my age. Ha. Last week I had two back spasms and one hurt so bad that I was gimpy for the entire weekend. I thought the pain was gone and my muscle was better, but Monday afternoon it was back. I have been stretching, doing my normal workout routines and drinking tons of water, but wow oh wow, I have never experienced this many and this painful. Ugh.

WHAT ARE YOUR BEST BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS AND/OR TIPS...

Well considering my girls lunches are provided at their preschool, I am not much help there. And when I made their lunches, they ate the same thing over and over. I am interested in seeing what everyone else says so I can get some tips. Ha.

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Weekending


Monday, August 28, 2017

Wow what a weekend. I am sad to see it go, but I am not sad to see that traffic go. I am referring to Burning Man. I am sure you have all heard of it at one point or another, but it is very close to where I live. So the week prior people start piling into Reno. They stay at a major casino, they shop at Trader Joes and Whole Foods and they cause major traffic jams. A bunch of them head out on Sunday, but the traffic still lingers through the week. The best part is come Sunday and Monday they are all back in Reno and you get to see the dirty cars, the crazy aftermath of a drug induced week and so many art pieces. I would go to Burning Man alone for the art. Fun fact, I never have been to Burning Man.

Anyways, back to our weekend. Friday after work, we grabbed some lunch and then I dropped Rory off at his haircut appointment. I took the opportunity to head to the mall and see if I could find anything. I wasn't able to, but I was able to shop without any littles with me. So nice. After Rory's appointment, I picked him up and then we headed to Lululemon to use a gift card from my birthday and to Old Navy. We had to buy a ton of outfits for the girls to use at daycare for potty training. Yep they start that next week!

We were going to go to Trader Joes, but the parking lot was insane from all the Burners in town. And Whole Foods was even worse. Ugh. And forget about going to Costco this week either. So we headed to the grocery store near our house for dinner that night and supplies for the beach the next day. Then we picked up the girls and headed home. I made Sweet Potato Nachos and they were a huge hit. So good. After putting the girls to bed, we watched The Sinner and then headed to bed ourselves.

Saturday morning we got up and I headed out for coffee and pastries while the girls and Rory got ready. We quickly ate our croissants and headed to Lake Tahoe. We spent four glorious hours there people watching, eating, sunbathing, building sand castles and enjoying one of our last weekends up there this summer.
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
 Chocolate milk face
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
 The girls bathing suits are from Hannah Anderson
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

We headed out around 2 pm and the girls napped the whole way home. We tried to continue the naps when we got home, but no such luck. After a quick shower and the girls baths, I went back to the store for dinner items and then we hung out at home most of the evening. We played outside a bit, but it was almost 100 degrees Saturday. I made spaghetti for dinner and the rest of the evening was spent relaxing after being in the sun all day.

Sunday morning we headed to breakfast and then to the park. We were at the park for 30 minutes and then both girls pooped. We only had one pull up in the car (total fail), so we changed Avery since hers looked more like diarrhea. But then 5 minutes later Sutton was climbing on some bars and poop came out the back of her pull up. Seriously this hasn't happened since they were little and in diapers. Ugh. We had to clean her up as much as we could and clean the bars off. Gross. We headed home and gave them another bath since it went up her back part way. Sooooo gross.

After the poop incident, we made them lunch, relaxed a bit and then put them down for a nap. Once again, I headed to the store (I usually only shop once or twice a week) for groceries for the week and then to Target to grab a few items. I also had to pick up softball equipment for Rory since I was in the area and got to see one of our dear friends for a brief moment.

When I got home the girls were sleeping and Rory took Walter to the doggy park. I settled in for some Devil Wears Prada and folded the mounds of laundry we had. After the girls woke up, I got them ready and once Rory got home, we took them to the Discovery Museum where they played for almost two hours.
Discovery Museum Reno
 I didn't have to climb in the cloud to save them this time!
Discovery Museum Reno

After the Discovery Museum, we headed to Home Depot and then home to make dinner and get ready for the week. I made the girls mac n cheese and started making pizzas for Rory and I. After the girls went down we ate dinner and then finished chores around the house.

How was your weekend?

I am linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston.
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