Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday Favorites: A Bookshelf, Retirement & Devotional

Happy Friday!  

It seems like Monday was so long ago - I am having a hard time even remembering what all happened this week!  Which isn't saying all that much - I swear my memory gets worse and worse.

These are a few highlights I do remember, though.

First up, I got my bookshelf in from Ballard Design!  When I ordered it, I don't think it was supposed to ship until next week, but it arrived Wednesday.  I was able to work from home, so I brought it in as soon as I could.  It was a beast, though -  heavy and awkward!  I ended up having to lay it down and basically push it through the door.  There was no way I was actually going to be able to lift it.  I am so glad I was able to be home, though, because shortly after it was delivered we had a big thunderstorm roll through.  I put it together that night, and think it's really perfect for the space.  I had two minor freak outs during the putting together phase.  

One of the washers they provided didn't fit.  I, of course, called my dad to see if it would be a big issue if one of the screws didn't have a washer.  While I was talking to him, I went through my box of goodies (basically all the extra screws, dowels, wires, anything from previous projects), and was able to find a washer that worked.  My dad always tells me to keep those things after we finish a project, and that advice has come in handy more than once!  So although it may seem hoarder-ish in these days of purging and simplifying, sometimes it pays to keep all the little things!  

When I lifted the shelf up and put it in place, I noticed that the top wasn't flush against one of the legs.  Again, I reached out to my dad, and he said to just loosen the screws a bit, push down on the top, and screw back in.  I was having some trouble keeping the top flush, while screwing, so I grabbed a bunch of cookbooks to weigh the top down.  It worked like a charm!  Now, all I need to do is start decorating.  Time to gather all my little knickknacks!

Thursday night we had a retirement happy hour for a coworker.  He is such a wonderful guy and will be sorely missed.  While this retirement is beyond deserved, it's also sad for those us that will miss his presence everyday.  I just feel really lucky to work with such great people that a retirement like this feels like such a loss.  I know we will keep in touch, though!

Sometimes my devotional in the morning just really speaks to me.  It's funny how that works out.  Definitely His doing!  I read this on Thursday and it was exactly what I needed to read.

Here's a look at the blog this week:
Weekend Recap: Billions, Church Project & A Bridal Shower 
Home Hack: Engine Spray Paint
What's Up Wednesday: June 2019 
Recipe Round Up: A Review of Recipes I Tried in June 2019 

That's all the favorites I have for this week - hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with WhitneyErika and Andrea.
  

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Recipe Round Up: A Review of the Recipes I Tried in June 2019

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Convenient Slow-Cooker Shredded Chick from Skinnytaste.  My mom suggested using this method to cook the shredded chicken for the zucchini boats mentioned below.  It was easy enough, and the chicken was good.  What we didn't use in the boats, I froze in baggies, then used those for lunches.  Personally, I am a bit partial to my shredded chicken method - I feel like there is a bit more flavor, but you really can't go wrong with this recipe, either. 

Chicken Enchiladas Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Skinnytaste.  I love a good enchilada.  When my mom and I were planning our meals for while she was in town, she mentioned making enchiladas.  We ended up settling on these, and boy were they good!  We did make a few changes.  Instead of green pepper, we used red pepper.  For the enchilada sauce, we used canned (Old El Paso).  I can be kind of picky about sauces, and this was also a time saver.  I am pretty sure we used more cheese than the recipe called for, too.  She mentions topping with low fat sour cream, but instead we used plain Greek yogurt.  If you are looking for a good low carb enchilada recipe, this is it.  Very flavorful and healthy!  I will say, the recipe was a bit involved (definitely helped to have my mom prepping stuff for the filling while I scooped out the zucchini insides), so if you make this, I would allow yourself some extra time. 
A fun twist on a Mexican favorite! Summer zucchini hollowed out and stuffed with shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, cheese and scallions. Serve this with cilantro lime rice and you'll have yourself a fiesta! 


Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken from Skinnytaste.  I was obviously on a Skinnytaste kick this month.  The recipe is available on the website, but it's also included in the first Skinnytaste cookbook.  This was a good crockpot recipe.  I went home at lunch, threw it in, then it was all ready to go for dinner that night.  It actually can be cooked on low for 10 hours, which works well for the workday - I just didn't have it together enough that morning to throw it in.  I served mine with rice, lettuce, shredded cheese, and plain Greek yogurt (sour cream substitute).  Overall, it was good, but I would make changes the second time around.  I made the mistake of looking this up online after I cooked it, so I missed the reviews that mentioned doubling the seasonings.  I would definitely concur with that (except I think the cayenne pepper was good as is).  It just seemed like it could have used a bit more flavor for my liking.  The cayenne pepper did at some heat, so if you aren't a fan of that, I would decrease the amount.  But really, it was a nice and easy meal.     
Slow cooker shredded chicken with corn, tomatoes and black beans. Prep this the night before and turn your crock pot on in the morning for an easy weeknight meal.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What's Up Wednesday: June 2019

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Well, June just flew by.  We have officially hit that time of year when each month seems it's over in a blink!  Although, really, the last few years have felt like that.

What I'm eating this week...
This week is a bit of a busy one, so I am keeping it super simple.  

Monday: Chicken Sausage, Green Beans & Caesar Salad  
Tuesday:  Leftovers
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Out!  
Friday:  Mexican or Hamburgers (on the grill, weather permitting) both sound like great ways to kick off the weekend...now just to decide which one sounds better!

Nothing too exciting, but it will be good, relatively healthy, and fast!  All of what I need this week.

What I'm reminiscing about...
Closing on my condo!  This month marks 1 year since I became a homeowner. (post here)
Planter | Rocking Chair (on sale for only $49!)| Pillow

What I'm loving...
I discovered a new Starbucks drink that is delicious!  An iced white mocha.  I had it for the first time last weekend, and boy oh boy was it good.  It's sweet, and not super healthy, but it is such a wonderful treat!

What I've been up to...
This month was a busy one.  My cousin got married at the very end of May, so June started off in Chicago!  The weather wasn't the best the first day of June, but I did get in my favorite Chicago style pizza, so I cannot complain too much! (post here)

I got home from up north, only to leave for New York a few days later for work.  Everything that we had been working on for the last month finally came to fruition, and it was a success!  I didn't get out of the hotel hardly at all, but I did have a pretty nice view from my room! (post here)

My mom came to visit a few days the following week, which was so fun.  It was the most welcome break from work, and we had a blast together, shopping, working at my place, and eating! (post here)

That weekend, I celebrated one of my friend's birthdays with a lunch out, and a stop at the local Wine & Jazz festival.  It was a blast! (post here)

While my mom was in town, we decorated a bit for the 4th of July.  It's so simple, very inexpensive, and perfect for the whole summer! (post here)

In an attempt to appreciate summer a bit more, I pulled together a summer bucket list. (post here)

And to round up things, last weekend was full of fun - binge watching Billions, a church service project, a bridal shower, and some good books! (post here)

What I'm dreading...
Anymore rain!  It's just been a constant lately.  And with that, cleaning out my bathroom closet.  It's such a mess, and gets worse by the day.  I know it will be wonderful to have it done, but I keep putting it off...which makes me dread it even more!

What I'm working on...

Staying on top of things - I swear it is a never ending battle.  When I think I am doing really good, I tend to slack off and then it just snowballs and is hard to get back to it.  

What I'm excited about...
All house related things.  As I mentioned above, it's been one year since I closed on my condo!  With that, I plan on doing a full home tour, and share some inexpensive projects, or home hacks that I have used with making my house a home.  My first one went up yesterday - it's all about engine spray paint! (post here)  

I also made a bigger home purchase this month - a bookshelf for my living room.  It arrives today, and I am SO excited to start decorating it.  I don't have a ton of display areas currently in my living room, and even my dining room, so I am excited to have a place to put all my little tchotchkes.  

What I'm watching...
Billions!  It's my new go to show.

What I'm reading...
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chaivernini.  My grandma mentioned she was on a WWII kick, and I just so happened to have a few WWII book around.  I read The Norden Affair by Jeff Funk, and am now working on Resistance Women.


What I'm listening to...
I have always been a big Chicago fan, and after hearing them on the radio some, I had the thought to look for a Chicago station on Pandora.  Not sure why I never did that before!  But now that I have, that station has been on repeat.  And...this may be embarrassing to admit, but I bought one of their Greatest Hits CDs on Amazon to have in my car.  I know CDs are basically prehistoric, but I can be a little technologically challenged.

What I'm wearing...
Honestly, I feel like I am wearing the same things over and over again to work.  I could use a good shopping trip to add some new pieces, but I have been spending most of my money on home purchases lately.

That being said, I did finally pick up the ever popular embroidered tank from Amazon in May, and love it.  I wore it just last week and plan on wearing it again this weekend!  And probably the following weekends to come this summer - it's just a really great top!  Sizing note - I went up one size, because I read some reviews that the head opening was a little tight, and I am glad I did.  I can see how the opening might have been a bit small in my regular size, and this gives it an extra bit of length.  

What I'm looking forward to next month...
My eye is on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Even though I have been focused on house purchases lately, that will definitely switch once the sale starts!  I already have a running list of things to look for on my phone!

Linking up with ShayLindsay and Jessi.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Home Hack: Engine Spray Paint

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Hey all!  Today, I am kicking off my home series with my first home hack.

If you missed it, last week I shared that it had been one year since I closed on my condo.  You can read the post here.  At the end of it, I shared that I will be posting both room tours and home hacks from now until the end of the year.  There is still a lot I would like to do, but I thought it would be neat to document how things look at this point.  And I also wanted to share some of the inexpensive projects (aka home hacks) I have done.

My condo was built 30+ years ago, and some of the finishes reflect that, like all the gold hardware throughout.  I know that gold has made a comeback and while I can appreciate how it looks in some spaces, my personal preference is silver or black.  I ended up replacing all of my kitchen hardware (post here), but the hardware in the bathrooms was actually very good quality - the look just wasn't what I wanted.  My mom suggested instead of replacing them, we use spray paint.  My dad was using this engine spray paint for his Corvair, and either he or my mom had the idea to use this for the knobs.

My dad did the actual spray painting, but when I asked him what he did, he said he just took a little sand paper to them, to ensure the paint would stick, and then gave the knobs a good couple coats.  Easy peasy!  

After the knobs turned out so well (I did my pantry knob, laundry closet knobs, all of the bathroom knobs, linen closet knobs), I also asked my dad if he could spray paint the toilet paper holders.  They were brass, which wasn't as bad as the shiny gold, but the black looks SO much better.  I even had my dad spray paint the knobs from my new dresser and two new nightstands.  



Because this spray paint is for engines, it has really held up well to everyday use.  All of them look as good as new, even the ones that were painted shortly after I first moved in. 

It was such a money saver - even though knobs are a relatively inexpensive way to change up a piece of furniture, or the look of a kitchen, when you are replacing them all, they can really add up!  It was definitely worth it to replace the ones in the kitchen, because the quality was not there, but elsewhere, they were really nice - just the wrong color, so spray paint for the win!  

This spray paint comes in a load of colors, too, if you are looking for something more than just your basic black.

That's it for my first home hack installment.  Check back in two weeks - I will be starting my home tour with the first thing you see when you come over - the outside!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Weekend Recap: Billions, Church Project & A Bridal Shower

Another weekend has come and gone!

Friday was for Billions.  I have been bingeing that show, and it's so good!

I had a relatively busy Saturday - a few hours at church working on a service project, and then a bridal shower.  I have mentioned before that my church's women's group is making hygiene kits for an organization called Days of Girls, that provides these kits to girls in Africa.  It's such a neat project.  If you haven't watched the short documentary Period.  End of Sentence. on Netflix, I highly recommend it.  It's really eye opening!  I had a few hours at home, then it was time to head out to the bridal shower.  One of the girls at church is getting married soon, and is moving, too, so it was the perfect way to celebrate her, her upcoming wedding, and say good bye.  Her name is Abbi, so as a play on 'Dear Abby', we all wrote notes to her, with our advice.  It was fun to read what everyone wrote.  We had the church's signature sugar cookies (the recipe we use for the holiday cookie walk), and they were just too cute.  And delicious.  So very delicious.  I think that sometimes the beautifully decorated sugar cookies are a lot prettier than they taste, but not these!  I caught up with my mom on the way home from the shower, then gave my grandma a call.  I am not a big phone talker, but I love phone calls with my grandma.  We got on the topic of books, which finally helped me get out of my rut.  I had 3 books I was attempting to read, but just could not get into them.  She said she was on a WWII kick, which funnily enough I had just picked a book based on that time period from the library.  It also reminded me of my sister in law's father's book - The Norden Affiar!  I picked it up, and did not put it down the rest of the night.  It was really good!



We have been having so much rain lately, and I took advantage of a break in it Sunday morning to get in a quick walk.  I honestly don't mind rainy days (unless I have to drive much in the rain, or I need my hair to look good, haha), but this is too dang much.  Church was good - a bit bittersweet since it was Abbi's last Sunday, but overall good.  I ate a quick lunch, and started doing house things - nothing very exciting.  I remembered there was an Indycar race on TV, so I turned that on.  Honestly, between my nephew's love for it, and having attended the last few Indy 500's, I am turning into a real fan!  I started in on another WWII book - the one I picked up from the library recently - Resistance Women.  I am still early into it, but I think it's going to be a good one!

Here's to hoping this Monday is a good one!

Linking up with Lindsay.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday Favorites: Hair, Home, Billions & A New Favorite Candle

Happy Friday!  I am ready for the weekend.  This week started off a bit slow, but picked up half way through - thank goodness for that!

Here are my favorites for the week.

Well, after blow drying my hair the same way for years and years, I discovered a new way that gives me smoother hair and more volume - can't beat that!  I am struggle to figure out how to explain it - I want to say that you blow dry it with the grain of your hair, which doesn't really make sense, but I can't think of any other words.  You flip your head over, and then dry your hair with the hair dryer pointing at the hair closest to your scalp and then move it down towards the ends of your hair.  Ashley McClellan (my Beachbody coach) did an IGTV to show how she does hers, and she always has lots and lots of volume.  I don't use any products like she does in her video - I simply switched the way I positioned my blow dryer, and it has made my hair smoother, with more volume.

Something I do not take for granted is living close to work.  After driving an hour, sometimes more, one way, I don't think I will ever not appreciate being close.  It's been 5+ years and I am still grateful for it!  Yesterday during lunch I was able to run home, pull together a crock pot meal for dinner, unload / reload the dishwasher and eat a quick lunch.  I don't always think to do things like that at lunch, because sometimes I feel like if I go home, it will be hard to leave to go back to work.  That said, I definitely need to take advantage of it more often, whether it be making more crock pot meals, or even cleaning.  

I've been hearing about the show Billions for awhile.  The other night, I was in one of those moods when my regular shows / books didn't sound great.  I looked up Billions on demand, and it's safe to say I am hooked!  It's such a neat show - really different from what is out there, and I love the fact that it's about an investment firm.

I have finally jumped on the Capri Blue Volacano candle bandwagon.  I got one in my Easter basket this year, and have been burning it the last few weeks.  It really does smell so very good!  It's a little one, so I am rationing it, but I think I might have to get another when this is done to mix in with my other favorite candles.

That's all for this week.  If you missed any of my other posts this week, here's a look at what I shared:
Weekend Recap 
Closing Time...One Year Later (This week marked one year since I closed on my condo!)
Patriotic Decorating for Less Than $10! (Gotta love that Target dollar spot!)
Summer Bucket List (Summer isn't necessarily my favorite, but I am hoping to turn that around some with a fun bucket list.)

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with WhitneyErika and Andrea.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Summer Bucket List

To be honest, summer is probably my least favorite season.  I think most of that feeling stems from not having a summer break, but also because it's usually just so dang hot and humid.  That being said, I think because of those reasons, I don't really make the most of it.  Which probably makes me not like it even more!  

To try and remedy that, I thought I would make a summer bucket list to ensure that I do take advantage of the season and in turn, enjoy it a bit more.

Walks Outside.  After work walks during the week, and early morning walks on the weekend.  While I curse the heat and humidity the majority of the time, there are other times when getting out and breaking a good sweat just feels nice.  Especially after a long day of work in a freezing office.  On the weekends, I like getting in early morning walks.  While that doesn't always beat the heat, it's usually a great way to start off the day.  And it's the perfect opportunity to admire all the pretty flowers people have out in the neighborhood.

Visit the Pool.  I didn't make it to my neighborhood pool last year, but this year I will!  

Visit Forest Park.  St. Louis has one of the biggest, most beautiful parks.  I'd love to get a walk or two there this summer, maybe even a picnic if it isn't sweltering outside.

Get Frozen Custard / Ice Cream.  There are two places I want to hit this summer - Ted Drewes and Clementine's.  Ted Drewes is a St. Louis staple, and Clementine's is such a neat little place with delicious ice cream.

Concert in Faust Park.  On Tuesdays, there are free concerts at a local park.  I went to the first one because my church helped to sponsor it and handed out water, but I'd like to go to another as just an attendee.  

Attend a Baseball Game.  It's been awhile since I have attended a baseball game.  I love the atmosphere of all live sporting events, and baseball is really the quintessential summer sport!

Visit a Museum.  St. Louis has so many great museums.  I am partial to the History Museum, but there are a ton others.  I'd love to make it to any of them - perfect way to beat the heat, too!

Visit the Botanical Gardens.  I don't know that I have ever visited the Botanical Gardens during the summer!  I can just imagine how lovely the grounds are this time of year.  They offer free admittance to St. Louis City / County residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays before noon.  Definitely have to take advantage of that!  

Walk to Starbucks.  There is a Starbucks about a mile away from my place.  It's close enough, yet far enough to help work off that yummy coffee treat!

Make S'mores.  I LOVE S'mores.  So much so, that I perfected making them in the microwave years ago.  Now that I have a grill though, it's time to go back to making them outside.  Although not quite the same as roasting them around a fire, I think they will toast up pretty nicely for a summer treat.

Here's to making it a great summer!

Linking up with Penny.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Patriotic Decorating for Less Than $10!

Hey all!  Today I am sharing super simple ways to add a little patriotic decor to your home, for under ten dollars.  

While I love to decorate for the seasons, I am also starting to decorate for holidays like Easter and the 4th of July.  Just a few touches here and there can add a lot!

This year, for 4th of July, I am all about the flags.  Specifically the packs of 3 in the Target dollar spot.  They are perfect to stick all around your house, and you cannot beat the price!  I ended up grabbing 4 packs.  My mom had the idea to display flags in a glass frog.  She mentioned her friend, Joan (the one whose recipes I have shared!), does this and it's super cute.  We found a glass frog at the local antique mall for $3.50.  I already had some flags I had used in pots outside, but even if you add in another dollar pack from Target, the total still only comes out to $8.50 (plus tax).  

I put the frog of flags on my mantle, then stuck some flags throughout the house.  I put the 3 flags that had already been used outside last year in my two front door pots, and the pot by my back door.  I love how simple the decorations are, how inexpensive it was to do, and how they just add a nice little pop of color and festiveness. 







Do you decorate for the 4th?  Or are you more of a seasonal decorator?

Linking up with Shelly, AndreaJessi and Lindsay.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Closing Time...One Year Later


This time last year I officially became a homeowner (post here)!  It's hard to believe that a year has passed.  Sometimes it seems like it hasn't been that long, and other times, it seems like I have been in my condo for much longer!

I think owning your own home is both super exciting and super scary.

Exciting, because it is something I consider a huge accomplishment.  I love homes in general, and having my very own place to put my very own stamp on is something I have always wanted.  I love making this house (condo) a home.  

At the same time, it's scary as heck.  I do have certain things covered by my HOA, but there is still a lot that I am responsible for.  And I am definitely one of those worst case scenario people, so I am always worried that this or that will go wrong, and I don't know exactly what to do if that happens - other than call my dad, of course.  The unknowns of everything is what can definitely be scary!

While my place is still a work in progress and there is a lot I would still like to do, I plan to share a home tour over the next few months as well as some 'home hacks'.  Even though my place isn't finished, I thought having it documented at this point in time will be super neat to have to look back on.  It'll show how much I was able to do in the last year...and how much still needs to be done, haha!  As far as the 'home hacks' go, I'll be sharing some of the inexpensive (and relatively easy) ways I have made changes to my home. 

The first home hack will be up next Tuesday, June 25th.  It's very fitting to be sharing this one with you on the 25th, as it's my dad's birthday and he is the one who brought this home hack to life! 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Weekend Recap: A Mix of Productivity, Fun & Relaxation

Happy Monday!  Last Sunday I was hit with the end of the weekend blues, but as I write this on Sunday, I am feeling pretty good.  Let's hope that feelings continues to today.  

This weekend was a great mix of productivity, fun and relaxation (hence the title of this post).  Work was super quiet on Friday, which was pretty nice.  Sometimes that means the day drags on, and while it did at times, it also was nice to get through some things with no distractions.  Dinner was quick and easy - leftover tuna salad from when my mom was in town and a glass (or two) of wine.  I watched a few shows and pretty much did nothing.  

Saturday I was up and at 'em.  Last year, one of my new year's resolutions was to have Sunday be a day of rest.  Instead, Saturday would be the new day to get things done.  I never quite accomplished that, but I am still trying to get there.  I have been doing some laundry on Saturday, which is a start!  It was storming all morning, and looked like it would be throughout the whole day.  I had a friend's birthday and we moved our plans inside to a restaurant, rather than the Wine & Jazz festival we had planned on attending.  The weather actually cleared up, and after a long (and delicious) lunch, we decided to hit up the festival.  We weren't able to stay long, but it was really neat.  The musicians were just amazing, and the weather turned out to be beautiful (albeit a little warm for how I had dressed for inside plans).  I pretty much parked it on the couch for the night when I got home.

Sunday started off in one of my favorite ways - a cup of coffee and The Pioneer Woman.  I talked to my dad to wish him a Happy Father's Day, and headed off to church.  The craziest thing happened - someone broke into the church overnight!  Can you even believe that?  It makes me so mad - I mean it's a church of all places!  Luckily it seems like they got away with only a few things, and it could have been a lot worse, but still.  Just unbelievable!  I had a quick lunch when I got home and worked on finishing some more laundry.  I worked on getting ready for the week, picking up little things here and there, cleaning out my purse, and going through a stack of papers that had been sitting wayyyyy too long.  It felt so good to get through them and it always makes me wonder why I let them pile up in the first place!  I also made another house purchase - a bookcase for my living room!  I have had my eye on it for a little while, and they are having a sale 20% off everything / 25% off indoor furniture through the end of the day.    
Morgan Tall Bookcase
On deck for the rest of the night is attempting to make some homemade pizza - hopefully it goes well!

Linking up with Lindsay.
    

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Favorites: A Mid-Week Visit From My Mom

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Happy Friday!  I am going into Friday with a little bit of a Monday feeling.  I was off the last two days, hanging out with my mom.  She came for a mid-week visit and we had the best time.

My mom got to town on Tuesday.  I was anxiously awaiting the end of the workday so I could head home to see her and start our few days together.  On deck for the evening was a concert at a local park.  My church was handing out free waters, and my mom was willing to pitch in so that I could volunteer.  It was my first time attending one of these, and oh my goodness, was it neat!  The area was packed.  And the set ups were awesome.  Lots of snacks, drinks - you name it.  There was even a group of ladies that topped off their set up with a vase of flowers on the table.  Now that is a group of ladies I would want to hang with!  I felt like I was getting eaten up by the bugs, so we headed out early, but I am definitely going to try to get some friends to go back for one of the remaining concerts.  Once we got home, ended up heading out to Walmart and Target to check some things out, and did a little grocery shopping.  

My mom is even more of an early bird than I am, so we were up and ready to go first thing in the morning.  After relaxing a bit, we got in a walk / run (well at least for me - my mom ran the whole way - her endurance far exceeds mine!) before moving onto one of the projects that we were hoping to accomplish...carpet cleaning!

My parents have a really nice carpet cleaner, and they brought it down awhile back for me to use.  Well, we never got to it on previous visits, and this was the time, since they needed it back.  We started in the living room and after a little trial and error, we got it going!  I had my carpets cleaned before I moved in, so they weren't too dirty, I just thought it would be something good to do!

After we got cleaned up from that, we headed out for some shopping.  We hit up our usual favorites, and ended up making a few unexpected purchases from Pottery Barn.  For my guest bedroom, I had envisioned some type of floral, and I was looking for something that had blush, hunter green, dark blue, and other rich tones in it.  In the sale section, PB had a duvet cover and two euro shams on super sale and they fit exactly what I was looking for.  And when I say super sale - the shams were originally $60 each, and I got them for $10.  Can't beat that!  I also got these shams (also on sale) to go with the bedding.  They match my current guest bedroom comforter, so it worked out really well, because I still plan to use that as an extra blanket at the bottom of the bed.  

We had a few more places to check out before heading home for lunch.  Then it was back out for more shopping.  We had quite a trip to Macy's - lots of goodies to be found.  My mom found a swimsuit that she liked, and she was planning on ordering online since they didn't have her size, but realized it wasn't on sale online, like it was in store.  She ended up getting a great deal on it, by ordering in the store - definitely something I need to keep in mind when online shopping!  I got some new Nike shorts since I am attempting to get back into running a bit.  I had ordered a rocking chair for pick up from Walmart the night before (the black is $20 cheaper online than in the store and $67 it's a steal!), so we stopped by there (pick up was super handy - I just went into the store, scanned the barcode from my email in the kiosk, entered the last few digits and within 10 minutes, they had the chair brought out front to me!), then moved on to Kirkland's.  I had another unexpected purchase there - an outside lantern.  I love lanterns (I have multiple in the house), and I have always loved the look of those oversized lanterns outside.  The prices have never seemed like something I wanted to spend, but Kirkland's had 30% off all lanterns, so I went ahead and got this neat black one.  I set it outside next to a pot of flowers, and love the way it looks!

We tried a new Skinnytaste recipe for dinner, then it was time to watch the Blues win the Stanley Cup!  Such an exciting game - the Blues played awesome, especially the goalie.  He only let one goal go by him, and he had plenty of great saves.  The Blues have never won the Stanley Cup, so it's huge deal for St. Louis.  Just so very exciting!

After a late night of watching coverage, we were up again early.  This time we did more of a leisurely walk outside.  The weather was pretty darn close to perfect the entire day!  We did some more projects - carpet cleaning in the dining room, putting together the rocking chair, yard work, etc. - before we got cleaned up and ready for a lunch out.  We had a few things to pick up at the mall (we did lots of shopping these past few days, haha!), then it was over to Brio for lunch.  Because the weather was so perfect, we sat outside on the patio, which was just lovely.  A glass of wine, salad, and pasta made a delicious meal, and the company of course was just the icing on the cake.

The next stop was the local antique mall.  Of course I picked up some goodies - I feel like I rarely leave there empty handed these days.  

After another trip to Target (FYI, their Essie polish is buy 2, get a $5 gift card), it was home for the rest of the afternoon and evening.  I mixed up some cocktails, which we enjoyed outside because the weather was just too darn nice not to be outside.  We caught up on some Bravo, got a few others things going, like making banana muffin tops, carpet cleaning the stairs, and reorganizing my makeup.  I purchased a new makeup case from Amazon, which I think I am really going to like.  It doesn't have as much give as my other one did, and it is a bit smaller, but I was able to fit almost all of my makeup in there, with the exception of a few eye shadows I rarely wear, and some lipstick that again is rarely worn.  We were both worn out for the past few days, so it was off to bed!

It really was a great visit.  My mom said it best today - we had a little bit of productivity, a little bit (ok, a lot bit) of shopping, and a little bit of relaxing - all things that equal up to great days!

So glad that it worked out to get together like this.  Not only was it great seeing her, it was also nice to have a little break from work.  Now just one more day of work to get through until it's officially the weekend!

Before I go, a look at the blog this week:
Weekend Recap - a low key weekend after some of the busiest times at work.
June 2019 Book Review - includes the perfect summer read!
My Thoughts on These At-Home Workouts: BBG, Beachbody on Demand & Get Fit Done.


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