Friday Favorites

Happy Friday my friends! I’m so happy the weekend is upon us. It has been quite a week here, definitely busy, a good bit stressful, yet not at all bad. Though I’m still not out of work just yet (hurry up 4:30!), I’m sure it’s going to be a good day.

ethanI’m keeping my little buddy home with me, and we’re meeting a friend for breakfast. Ethan and I may then head to the park on my lunch break if I have time. Later, Kevin and I plan to try out a new restaurant this evening, with Ethan in-tow of course.

Good times! But enough of that – let’s talk about good things instead.

1. McDonald’s McCafe K-Cups. I’m a big fan of McDonald’s coffee, so when I saw these in the grocery store, I had to get them. They’re quite good, at least for decaf.

mccafe kcup

2. Iced Black Tea. Yup, more decaf. Sometimes a girl just gets sick of water all the time, so it’s nice to have something cheap and all-natural at the house. (I usually buy grocery store brand unless Lipton is on sale.) As a Southerner, I’m a big fan of sweet tea, yet I hardly ever drink it. Unsweet iced tea is good too.


3. Belli Skin Care. I mentioned a week or so ago that I got elasticity oil, acne wash, and spot treatment. I really think the wash and treatment are helping. I’m not in the clear, so to speak, but there has been some improvement!

bump4. These Two. My mom and dad have been a huge help this week. They’ve come out to the house a few days to work their butts off in my yard. It looks so much better, and they’re not even done yet! It had gotten a bit out of hand, but hopefully Kevin and I can work on keeping it up a bit better now. Okay, I’ll admit I’m not much help these days…

football5. Shoes. I rarely buy new accessories, especially shoes. However, I’m not really able to wear heels right now, and these were on sale for $15. Can’t beat it! I hope they’re dressy enough to wear to summer weddings.

shoesI hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

  • What are some of your current favs?


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Speedy WIAW

Given last week’s lengthy day-in-the-life WIAW post (and my current exhaustion), I’m keeping this one short n’ sweet. Thanks Jenn for hosting another WIAW linkup party!

wiawSnack: rice cake & pb before a swim in the pool

Breakfast: parfait (blueberries, Kashi GoLean cereal, and plain yogurt)

parfaitSnack: Kashi peanut peanut butter bar (not a fan of these, won’t buy again) at the office

kashsi  office

Lunch: Greek(ish) salad & Triscuits (feta, chickpeas, lettuce, red bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion)

saladSnacks: packet of oatmeal not long after lunch and then a red delicious apple (I hate the name of those. They look red and delicious, but they’re not actually as tasty as they let on. Fakers.)

oatsappleDinner: shrimp jambalaya (big shrimp, brown rice, red bell pepper, onion, celery, cajun seasoning, red beans, pepper, and of course – Tabasco!)

Dessert: Breyer’s Thin Mint ice cream (so yum!)

And now I’ve got to remember not to eat today until after my dr appointment. That’s so wrong to do to pregnant ladies!

  • Favorite type of apple? I’m a honeycrisp, pink lady, or gala kinda’ gal normally.
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Memorial Day & 24 Weeks

Happy Tuesday! I’m so happy it’s already Tuesday. I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend as much as I did. If you didn’t get a long weekend, then… um… sorry for bringing it up. Ha, really though – hopefully everyone enjoyed some sunshine, good food, great beer, or whatever else gets you in the mood for summer.

24 weeksI’m back today with another bumpdate!

How far along? 24 weeks

Baby’s size? About a foot long (an ear of corn), skinny, and weighing a little more than a pound

Total weight gain/loss: I didn’t weigh-in this week, but that’s probably a good thing after this weekend!

Sleep: Hit or miss, usually miss

Best moment this week: grilling out with friends on Sunday evening

Miss Anything? my regular workouts

Movement: Yup!  He’s getting stronger, and his movement is a little more predictable.

Food cravings: No, just indulgences

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: Boy!!!

Symptoms: the usual suspects, though I think the acne might be starting to let up ever so slightly, and my feet are always very tired by the end of the day

Belly Button in or out? It’s in but trying to push out a little.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: meeting Kevin for lunch tomorrow

bentoI’m going to wrap-up this post with a little weekend recap, starting with the food. It was fantastic! We went out to eat on Friday at Cowfish, and I got a bento box with veg sushi, a slider, sweet potato fries, and edamame. On Saturday we had bbq pork at home, and on Sunday we grilled out brats/dogs with friends.

trifleI also made that trifle. So yummy! I was happy we had a little leftover!! We grilled out again last night with my parents.

ZOOThe activities of the weekend were great too. Ethan and I met a friend and her toddler at my parents’ pool on Friday afternoon. Then on Saturday we met Kevin’s mom at the zoo. It was Ethan’s first zoo trip, and I think he had fun!

zooOn Sunday we had two other couples over for evening grilling, and Monday was a bit more laid back. Ethan got to try running through the sprinklers, but that wasn’t a huge hit. Maybe next time!

  • How was your weekend?
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Thinking Out Loud

Ever have 10,000 things running through your head at once? That has been me all.freaking.week. I need a beer. ha. Only kidding. I think I’ll just post some of those thoughts in a Thinking Out Loud post; thanks Amanda for hosting the linkup!

1. I feel ridiculous about this, but after Ethan went to bed last night, I looked over a copy of Oxygen (office perk of working in magazines) while chowing down on some chocolate-cherry ice cream. Those things don’t go together.

ice cream2. I made this for dinner last night (pasta, peas, broccoli, spinach, alfredo),

pastaand hopefully with as much spinach that got on Ethan’s face, some got in his mouth.

spinach3. I must have been wearing my productivity pants yesterday because I was getting all sortsa’ stuff done. I checked off so many boxes, and it felt gooooood. I even finished up my spring cleaning for the year. Thank goodness!

4. Speaking of productivity pants, if I could design mine, they’d be comfy yet functional like workout capris, but there would have to be some pink and some glitter. Hmmm… it would have to be glitter that doesn’t come off… like, ever. (Pet peeve – glitter greeting cards or wrapping paper that leave flecks all over your house.) I would get so much accomplished in a pair like that!

5. This. A friend posted it recently to our mommy Facebook group, and I loved it. Adults need stickers too! I need one that says, “Good job setting your alarm and actually getting out of bed on time!”

stickers6. I think I’m going to try physical therapy for my pelvic pain. Some things I’ve read say that can help. Workouts are still feeling okay (swimming, elliptical, etc.), but I’m often quite sore later. By night time, I find it hard to play with Ethan on the floor. Gotta do something about this! Wish me luck!!


  • What would your productivity pants look like?
  • What would your adult sticker say?
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Day in the Life WIAW

Hi Friends! It’s time for another WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) post. I mean, who doesn’t love food, right? It’s also a bit of a day in the life post too. Those are fun, right?

5:15 – alarm goes off, and I grab breakfast 1 while on my way to hit the pool

Breakfast 1: rice cake with some almond butter

6:30 – home for a shower and to pack E’s lunch before he gets up

7:00 – Ethan is up, and it’s time for our breakfasts before leaving for school

Breakfast 2: granola, plain yogurt, and strawberries with decaf coffee

breakfast8:30 – I start work, start a load of laundry, and start the crock pot (whew!)

Snack: around 9:30 I was stressed about work, home stuff, and just everything. Insert stress snack. (Kashi bar and a handful of granola)

snack12:30 – I take lunch to get some things done around the house and actually have some lunch myself.

Lunch: flatout wrap with tuna, avocado, lettuce, and a few baby carrots

wrap1:30 – I’m in the office for a meeting until 4 – I was proud of myself for not falling asleep and for remembering a snack.

Snack: banananananana

banana4:30 – I pick up Ethan from school. Yaaaaaay!

Snack: nachos! A banana just doesn’t cut it. Sadly, I am the worst nacho maker in the world, and these weren’t as fantastic as I thought they’d be.

nacho5:45 – It’s finally dinner time, and I was so glad the crock pot had it ready for me.

Dinner: salsa chicken (chicken breasts, salsa, onion, bell pepper) with black beans, a flatout wrap, and avocado

wrap7:30 – Ethan is so moody these days! One minute he’s screaming, but the next he’s sweet as sugar. After a few toddler meltdowns, I finally give him a bath at 7:30, which went well. He was also a sweetie pie as we read a book and went to bed at 8. He even gave me a kiss when singing the Barney song; I’m beginning to like that song!

Dessert: 8:20 is officially ice cream time in this house.

9:30 – bed time! (yes, I have granny hours)

Wow…. that post was a bit longer than I thought it would be. If you hung in there until the end, you deserve some ice cream too!

  • What’s your favorite crock pot meal? It may not be my fav, but I certainly like how easy salsa chicken is!
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