Weekend Recap: Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Mine started out a little early, and with a happy hour.  One of my favorite ways to start the weekend, but even more so when that happy hour takes place outside!  If you are in the area, Bishop's Post has the best outdoor patio.  It's such a hidden gem, and while I was on the earlier side for happy hour (hence all empty tables), by the time I had left, things had really filled up.  I didn't do much the rest of the evening, just enjoyed being done with the work week.

Saturday was another gorgeous day and I spent the morning drinking coffee, with the windows open.  Perfection!  I headed out for a little more house hunting in the afternoon, then met a friend for a walk.  It was just too nice to be inside!  We came across an open house while walking, so we checked it out.  It's a condo building that is close to my apartment, and I had always wondered with the inside looked like.  Unfortunately, I don't think it is for me, but it was nice to be able to check that place off my list.

I again decided to make Sunday morning lazy, and it was another great morning with wonderful weather.  I think over the years I have become more of a fall / winter girl, but with the crazy winter we have had (seriously, snow on Easter!), I am really appreciating the weather we have been having.  I was able to check one of my goals off my list for this month.  Nothing like waiting til the last few days of the month to get something accomplished!  The weekend ended on a high note, the same way it started with drinks out on another favorite patio.  Just what I needed to recharge for another crazy week.

Linking up with Biana and Lindsay

Friday Favorites: TGIF!

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TGIF!  This week has been a rough one.  Work has been a little more stressful than normal (especially yesterday - yikes!), and then a condo I was really liking ended up having a pretty large drawback that I really need to consider.  Things just weren't aligning for me this week.  Oh, and all those meals I outlined on Wednesday?  Well the only one that really happened was Monday with my frozen pizza, haha, so I just feel a bit off my game since I didn't stick to my plan at all.  But let's focus on the good things from this week, shall we?

1.  I think this has been a favorite before, but I have let myself indulge in two caramel macchiatos this week.  I seriously have nothing but good things to say about my Keurig and while I really do love my K-Cups, the way the baristas make these at work are just so dang good.  Such a treat!  Also, the fact that I can just go and get a drink like that at work is a favorite, too.  While sometimes it's too good of a thing, this week it just really was nice.  I needed a pick me up and was able to get it!

2.  I preordered the Magnolia Table cookbook awhile ago and was SO happy when it finally arrived.  The release day snuck up on me and really was a wonderful surprise when I realized it would be on my doorstep on Tuesday.  I haven't taken the time to look through the recipes yet, but I did read the intro and it just really spoke to me.  I absolutely love to cook (even though you couldn't tell that from this week), and there is something just very relaxing about it...at least most of the time.  I can't wait for this weekend to look through it.  I plan to spend some time figuring out recipes to try from both it and my other latest cookbook purchase, True Roots.

3.  One of my favorite ladies was on the blog this week for a guest post (you can read here).  If you haven't checked out Lindsay's blog - Lindsay's Sweet World, you need to head on over there.  The topic of the guest post was organizing, and she knows her stuff.  There are lots of great posts on her blog about organizing, and I feel like this guest post was a great round up of the highlights.  Thanks again, Lindsay!

4.  I took about two weeks off of working out when I was sick.  I got back to it this week, and while I have been super sore, it's nice to get back into the routine of working out.  I have mentioned before that I was using the Femme Fit app, and recently they have switched over to a PDF version (click here for website).  So you can buy the 12 week program for a one time cost, and then keep it and repeat for as long as you want.  While the initial cost isn't cheap ($99), it's so much better than a monthly fee for the app.  If you remember my confessions post, I was debating between starting at the point I was at, or starting all over with Phase 1.  I opted to start at the beginning, and I am really glad I did that, especially with the break in working out I had due to being sick.  They have two other phases as you progress on, which I am sure I will be purchasing at some point.  This program is one of the only ones that has really worked out well for me.  Even when my eating isn't great, I still feel better.  And when I do eat well, then it's pretty darn amazing the results.  If you are in need of a program to switch things up, I would definitely recommend this one!

5.  Last week I discovered Door Dash and it is the best!  If you are like me, or at least like me a week or two ago, then door dash is basically just a delivery system for restaurants.  You can order online, then someone will bring it to you!  Now the waits, at least when I have ordered, are pretty long, but that of course varies, and if you know you will be ordering out, then you can preorder some things for a specific time, too.  I actually found out about this because one of the local pizza places sent an email out for a free delivery.  There are so many different restaurants on there, it's really neat.  You can click here (referral link) to sign up and give it a try yourself.  It's seriously so handy! 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with AndreaErikaApril, and Katie.           

Recipe Round Up: April 2018

I only have a few recipes this month, but they are both super delicious!  They actually are ones that my mom and I made for our Easter breakfast.

Blueberry Bran Muffins from Barefoot Contessa.  I think my mom saw this on an episode of Barefoot Contessa, and thought it would be a great idea to use for our Easter breakfast - she was not wrong!  I absolutely loved these muffins.  My mom sent the leftovers home with me and I ate on them that following week.  The recipe only makes a tin full of muffins, but they are big and very filling.  They are a bit different than your 'normal' blueberry muffins, since they are bran and supposed to be a bit healthier.  The taste is also bit more tart, and they are denser, due to the ingredients.  But again, I loved them.  Definitely one I recommend making.

Mini Italian Frittatas

Mini Italian Frittatas from Barefoot Contessa.  Another recipe from Ina!  So, we didn't make these quite as the recipe called for, but the base was the same and goodness, were they good.  The portion of the recipe we kept the same was the egg mixture.  Then, we built our own little frittatas using a mixture of bacon, sausage, tomatoes, sauted green onions, spinach and gouda cheese.  Yum, yum, yum!  I changed things up for everyone's taste and I think my favorite was probably a mixture of bacon, spinach, green onions, tomatoes and the cheese.  I actually shared a recipe that I used to make a ton for breakfast for these little muffins, but I'll be honest.  The half and half in this recipe totally elevates it and puts mine to shame, haha!    

Two equally delicious breakfast recipes that I would highly recommend!

Linking up with Owen.

What's Up Wednesday: April 2018

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Holy cow, did this month fly by!  This post always seems to come around quickly, but even more so this month.  The months can start slowing down any time now.

What I'm eating this week...

Monday:  The plan was leftover chicken and veggeis...the reality was frozen pizza.  However, it was veggie pizza, so I feel like it wasn't a total loss.
Tuesday:  writing this Tuesday and dinner is still up in the air!
Wednesday:  Beef & Noodles
Thursday:  Breakfast for dinner
Friday:  Leftovers

What I'm reminiscing about...nothing really!

What I'm loving...I am all about the shows on Bravo - Southern Charm is so good this season and so it Real Housewives of New York.  I am glad they are back! 

What I've been up to...April started off with a really nice weekend at home for Easter.  It was the first year that we had Good Friday off at my company, and I made it an even longer weekend by taking off Monday.  It was a great trip home, even if it ended on a little bit of a sour note on the drive home.  Definitely don't expect snow at Easter, but Mother Nature had a different idea.

Work is a bit crazy this time of year with (let's be real, the first half of the year seems crazy at work), and it was only fitting that I shared some of the ways I relax after work (post here).  I tempered some of that stress from work with a few low key weekends at home, spent reading and catching up on shows.  I did make it out for a bit one of those weekends, for a volunteer opportunity at my church.  It was called Feed the 5,000 and from that event, over 30,000 meals were assembled to go to local organizations to help those in need.  

I thought I was home free from an sickness this winter season, but it finally caught me, and I spent about a week and a half going through cough drops like candy and downing cold medicine.  

Something that was really exciting for me this month was starting my house hunt.  I have been wanting a place for awhile now, and finally decided to go for it.  My sister in law hooked me up with a realtor down here (If you are in need of a realtor, let me know and I can send you her info.  Even if you aren't in her area, she can use her referral department to set you up with someone local, like she did with me and has done for other, too!) and I have been seeing a few places each weekend this month.  It's been an experience with deciding on a realistic budget, figuring out what actually goes into a payment and therefore what I can actually afford within my realistic budget, and what is really important to me when looking at a place.

My parents came down this past weekend for the Vintage Market, as well as check out some places.  It was really nice to see them, especially since my dad was along for this visit.  A lot of times it works out better for just my mom to come, especially considering we do a lot of decorating, shopping and cleaning on those visits, which wouldn't be all that enjoyable for my dad, so it was nice to see them both.  I participated in a trivia night that evening which was SO FUN.  I just love those things.  I shared about it Monday, as well as posted a picture on instagram of the team, minus one who headed out a few minutes early.

All in all I'd say April has been a pretty good month!        

What I'm dreading...nothing!  

What I'm working on...feels like everything - trying to eat well, while still having a little bit of treating myself in there, work, finding a new home, the list goes on...

What I'm excited about...I already mentioned this, but house hunting!

What I'm watching...kind of already mentioned this one as well - all the Bravo shows, Madame Secretary, S.W.A.T., Imposters, Jersey Shore, and lots more!

What I'm reading...I am actually in between books at this moment!  However, I did just get the Magnolia Table cookbook, and I am sooo excited to look through it.  So far, I have read the intro and loved it already.  The part where she speaks about how cooking relaxes her really resinates with me.  I preordered it off Amazon, but it looks like they have it at Target with some extra content.
What I'm listening to...nothing in particular.

What I'm wearing...I have a new favorite shirt (wearing it above in coral)!  While we are finally seeing some spring like temps, the weather still requires long sleeves, so I have been getting use out of this henley.  It's ridiculously comfortable, and so cute.  You can find it at both Nordstrom & Macy's .  

What I'm doing this weekend...I don't really have any set plans yet this weekend, but it will probably consist of getting some things done that I have been putting off.  

What I'm looking forward to next month...a trip to Indy to hang out with my family.

Linking up with ShayLindsayJenn and Jessi.

Guest Post with Lindsay's Sweet World: How I Stay Organized

Hey all!  Today, one of my good friends, Lindsay (from Lindsay's Sweet World), is guest posting on all things organization.  If you are familiar with Lindsay's blog, then you know she is the queen of organizing (seriously, no exaggeration there at all!).  If you aren't, then you are in for a treat!  Reading all of Lindsay's posts, and following along with her simplified journey on instagram is like instant motivation for me, and I am so excited to be sharing this post with you all today.  I added my two cents in here and there, which you can see in italics.  Without further ado...

Hey y’all, I’m Lindsay, wife to Brian, recently turned stay-at-home-mom to Jacob and Olivia, and Georgia peach. I love reading, music, red wine, fashion, traveling, organizing, and the color pink. I have been blogging over at Lindsay’s Sweet World for the last three years. Over there, you’ll read a lot about our every day lives and a little bit about everything else that I love. 

(how cute is this picture?!)

When Emily reached out to me to see if I was interested in doing a guest post about organizing it was pretty much a no-brainer because I could talk about organizing all the live long day. I have been neat and tidy since I was a wee little thing and it has always been something that comes natural to me. As a matter of fact, when things are in disarray, it drives me bonkers… I’m almost OCD about it. There’s nothing worse than walking into a disorganized, messy room… it’s probably the number one thing that negatively affects my mood. When everything is nice and tidy I pretty much hear angels sing. And yes, I’m aware I sound like a crazy woman. ;o) (no judgement here, because I am the same exact way!)

As I said before, I recently dove into the world of stay-at- home-mom- dom, and upon entering this unfamiliar territory I realized that I had finally been blessed with the time to tackle that long-term to do list that has been collecting dust in my planner for years! 

Earlier this year, I updated my list and set out on a mission to get everything checked off. The first portion to tackle was the house decluttering portion. We have been in our current house for nine years this October, we have two small kids and a dog, and B and I both have semi-hoarding tendencies. That translates to LOTS OF STUFF. And it’s time for that stuff to go! So for the last three months I have started decluttering, prioritizing what to keep, reorganizing those things, and simplifying.

So far I have completed my home office, both kids’ rooms, our play room, my master closet, and our master bath, and I still have lots of rooms to go! You can see our home tour here if you are interested in seeing these spaces. (take a look - my favorite is the 'real life' home tour, because while the pretty pictures are so nice to look at, it's fun to see the day to day!) I am documenting the entire journey on Instagram Stories so you can follow along with me there. If you missed anything, you’re in luck because I have all of the old clips archived in my highlights right in my Instagram bio! All you have to do is start with “Simplify 1” and then work your way through “Simplify 2” and “Simplify 3.” Beware, you are going to be seeing LOTS of old junk and keepsakes and maybe even a few old embarrassing photos of yours truly! ;o)

Anyway, once our whole house is simplified, purged, and reorganized, we are going to be way more mindful about what we bring in and we will all be working together to keep the house organized and tidy.

A few pictures of the simplifying process so far so you can see what I’ve gotten myself into…

And now, to talk about how I STAY organized…


This Mantra

Ever heard the phrase, “Everything has a place and everything in its place?” That is my mantra. Friends, every single item in your house should have its own place!! If it doesn’t have its own place, then how do you know where to return it when you are done using it?! This is HUGE for staying organized. If you know where something belongs, then it makes it much easier to put it back when you are finished using it. If you and your family members don’t know where to return it, chances are, it’s going to end up on the kitchen island… or at least that’s where all of our odds and ends end up.

These places should be functional and easy to maintain because if you create some kind of crazy situation for returning things to their proper places, chances are, you won’t stick with it.

Which brings me to…

Baskets/Boxes/Other Organizers

Compartmentalizing drawers and shelves allows you to create spaces for everything in your house and that’s why I love baskets, trays, boxes, and other little organizers to keep everything in its place.

Don’t have enough space in your pantry? Add an over-the- door organizer to maximize your space. Can’t find what you’re looking for in your junk drawer? Buy a tray organizer and give each item its own section in the tray. Have kids’ school papers everywhere? Buy one plastic bin for each child in your house and keep special mementos in there. You can read more on that here.  (I loved this post and how she used a different color file folder for each person in her family.  Functional AND pretty!)

Easy peasy.


Can’t keep track of what’s supposed to go where? LABELS. Label those plastic bins, label those baskets in the play room, label each section of the organizer tray in your junk drawer. Bonus, it looks really cute, too! ;o) (you have got to see the labels she used in her kids' playroom - not only is she organized, but very artistic, too, and the combination is just too darn cute!  post here.)

Wanna see some specific spaces that I’ve organized in our home? I thought you might! Just head on over and check these out!

Kids’ Keepsakes 



If it’s not on a list, it doesn’t exist! Or at least that’s my philosophy anyway. Haha. This is the number one thing that keeps me organized. I have lists for everything – daily to do lists, a long-term to do list, a grocery list, a blog post idea list, a gift ideas list, a songs to download list, a list of restaurants we love, etc. This helps me keep all of my ideas organized so I know exactly where to find them when I need them.


I have a loose schedule for all recurring household tasks because it helps me remember when I need to do things that I don’t necessarily have to do every day – laundry, deep cleaning, tidying, shopping, yard work, bill paying, and meal planning and grocery
shopping.  I wrote a post on time management for household tasks here (a must read - LOTS of good tips in that post) waaaay back when I first started blogging, but it’s still pretty much how I do everything today.

A Planner

If you’re going to have #AllTheLists and a schedule then you must have a place to store them. I use two different tools to keep my lists organized, and the first one is my planner. My planner is my organizational bible, y’all. Every single appointment, to do, and reminder are kept right in my planner. I keep all of my life stuff, blogging stuff, and financial stuff in it as well as a loose monthly schedule, daily to-do list, and a long-term to-do list. This ensures that I don’t ever miss an appointment, a party or task at the kids’
school, a soccer practice, a lunch date, etc.

List Master App

The second tool I use to organize my lists is a fun little app called List Master. It is basically Microsoft Excel for your phone and I could not love it more! I use this app to store all of my static lists. Shopping lists, bucket lists, reference lists, and other things that don’t change daily are stored in there and they are always at my finger tips when I need them. (totally downloaded the free version of this after seeing it in one of Lindsay's posts - while I haven't gotten the actual app, that is something on my to do list - think it would be SO helpful!)

Well, that was a lot of information! And this is not the first time I have written about being organized. I actually have a couple more different posts on that if you want to read them below!

Organization of a Full-Time Working Momma (the title may say momma, but this is a great post for anyone who wants tips and tricks on how to be efficient with your time)

Girl Chat – How I Stay Organized 

A big thanks to Emily for having me!   

Thanks, Lindsay!  This was great and perfect timing, as I need a little kick in the butt to get to work on a few organizational projects myself!

Weekend Recap: House Hunting, Vintage Market & A Trivia Night

Hey all.  Hope you all had a great weekend.

Mine started off slllllooooowww.  The afternoon just crept by!  Luckily it was 4:00 soon enough and I started the weekend off right, with a happy hour.  It was a nice way to relax after the week.  Since my parents were coming the next day, I spent the night cleaning and did a face mask.  I hadn't done one in a few weeks because I had been sick and my skin was kind of a raw from blowing my nose so often, and my skin felt really good after.  Definitely need to get back to doing them weekly or biweekly.  

Saturday was kind of a whirlwind.  My parents were in town and we checked out a few places.  It was nice to have their eyes, since they know more of what to look for in houses than I do.  After that, we headed over to the Vintage Market.  While we didn't feel it was the best one we had been too, we still all found something.  I got a neat old ladder, my dad got an old plaid cooler, and my mom found a creamer for my grandma (she collects them).  They had a super cute photo op area set at the entrance, and surprise, surprise, I actually made a point to take a picture!  

After shopping, we headed to lunch, then stopped by a little shop on the way home.  They had cute stuff, but nothing that needed to be bought at that moment.  My brother had called while we were at lunch, so we had a quick chat with him at my apartment, before my parents headed home.  It was fun to all talk together, since it will be a month or so before we are all in one place at the same time.  Shortly after they left, I made a grocery run to pick up snacks for a trivia night that evening.  I kept things simple and made brownies and grabbed some Pringles, because for some reason they sounded really good, haha!  The trivia night was SO fun - I just love those things.  We had a lot of laughs (the majority at my expense since I was in charge of writing and was a terrible speller!), even though we got last.  That seems to be the norm for me when I participate in trivia nights!  Oh well, it was a good night, with lots of good company, and raised money for a good cause!

I was basically a bump on a log Sunday.  My DVR was full, we are talk 99%, so I spent the majority of the day whittling that down.  The next few weeks are going to be kind of crazy at work, so I felt like a lazy day was necessary.  The weather was pretty bleak, too, so the day lended itself to that anyways.  

Back to it today - hope everyone has a great Monday!

Linking up with Biana and Lindsay

Friday Favorites: Food, Link Ups, & Other Faves

This has been a week!  And I was thinking that Monday night, haha!  But it is over and I am excited because my parents are headed down for a visit tomorrow.

1.  My new favorite lunch is taco salad.  For some reason, I always thought taco salad would be a bit of a hassle for work because you would need to split everything up so it doesn't get gross together and it just seemed like a lot of work.  I was wrong.  This little salad is super simple and super delicious.  All I did was cut up a bunch of hearts of romaine lettuce, brown a pound of ground turkey for taco meat (using my favorite taco seasoning - Chi Chi's), grab a container of the mild pico de gallo at Trader Joe's, and paired it all with some shredded cheese (monterey jack) I had on hand.  It's SO good!  When I pack it for my lunch, I keep everything in individual containers.  I put lettuce in a bigger container (which becomes my main 'bowl' when eating), have a little container of the meat, a snack baggie of cheese and then another little container of the pico.  I heat up the meat in the microwave at work, then combine it all together in the bigger container, with the lettuce.  I don't use any dressing, because I feel like pico kind of serves as a dressing, if you will.  It's super light, but feels more substantial than a 'normal' salad.  The way I portioned it out gave me 4 meals, and then I had leftovers to pack for today.  I have a feeling this will be my go to lunch for the foreseeable future!

2.  On Tuesday, I shared ten of my favorite Trader Joe's buys.  I have one to add to that list - Chicken Shawarma.  This was the first time I had it, but it was delicious and will definitely be something I buy again!  It's marinated chicken thighs that you can either grill or bake.  I ended up baking, and while the packaging said about 20 minutes, in reality it took me more like 30-35 minutes for it to be all the way done.  Paired with rice, Trader Joe's Tabbouli, and their Tzatiki sauce, you have a super easy and delicious meal.  I can't take credit for this, though, because I got the idea from Elizabeth at The Blush Magnolia - I believe she shared this on insta stories and I am so glad she did, because it's a new favorite!

3.  Yesterday's Girl Chat was so fun.  We shared our guilty pleasures and it was really fun to read the posts.  I feel like we all had lots in common!  Many of the posts I read I was nodding my head, like yes, me too.  If you missed it, I highly recommend checking it out!  And while I am on the subject of the Girl Chat link up, I wanted to do a little reminder for next month's (5/17).  The topic is Day in the Life, which is a post that takes a bit of planning in advance, so I am going to try and do little reminders throughout the next few weeks as a heads up.  Day in the Life posts are my absolute favorite posts to read (what people are eating is a close second), so I am really, really excited about May's Girl Chat.  I hope you will join!

4.  As I mentioned on Monday, I am house hunting.  With that, I am trying to be more cognizant of my spending, and trying to take advantage of perks when I can...like credit card rewards.  I have a credit card that I used to use all the time, but have since gotten one that has better rewards.  So, my old has just been sitting there (kind of as an emergency card), along with all the rewards that I earned from its use.  I was going through my email yesterday, and saw one about my rewards statement.  I finally decide to look into it more and see what I could get - I figured every little bit helps.  Sure enough, I was able to redeem my points for a pretty good sized gift card.  So, this is just a little reminder to take a look at those rewards and make use of them!  You never know what you can get!   

5.  If you are like me, then you are a fan of all the Bravo shows...and if that is the case, then you need to read The Sarcastic Blonde's Coffee Talk posts.  She always does a recap of the Bravo shows (and some others) on Thursdays and they crack me up.  Definitely worth a read.

That's all I got this week!  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with AndreaErikaApril, and Katie.     

Girl Chat: Guilty Pleasures

Since it's the third Thursday of the month, that means it is time for our Girl Chat link up!  In the past few months, we have done introductions, shared how we stay organized, and chatted about Easter Baskets.  For this month's Girl Chat, we are spilling on our guilty pleasures.

I have shared a few of my guilty pleasures before - reality TV, certain foods, and cheesy romance novels (you can read that post here).  I feel like those are the main ones, so I had to do a little thinking to come up with some new ones...which actually turned out a bit easier than I anticipated!  

Holiday plates.  Well, if you have read around here long, you know this isn't new, per say, but I have a thing for holiday plates.  I love a pretty table setting, and what makes it even better in my mind, are festive plates.  I have four different holiday sets - spring, fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I love them ALL and am so excited when I get to break them out.  It makes me so happy!

Coffee.  I used to HATE coffee with a passion, but now I love it.  Unfortunately, I don't like just regular coffee, and drink the lattes, they aren't necessarily the best for you so I keep my indulging to the weekends.  My mom gave me a Keurig awhile ago and there is nothing better than having it on the weekends.  Sometimes I even have two in a day, because why not?!  My favorite is to enjoy a cup while watching one of the many Pioneer Woman episodes I have saved on my DVR.

Library books.  I LOAD up at the library, which usually results in me renewing books like crazy, and ending up having to return things before I actually get a chance to read them.  But I just cannot not get extras when I step in that place.  It sucks me in.

Designer bags.  This started way back in high school with Dooney & Burke and Coach, and it has only increased as the years have gone by.  For my 30th birthday, I pooled my birthday money with my own money and bought a Louis Vuitton purse.  I have my eye on a few other purses...maybe for my next big birthday, haha!

Fountain soda.  Is there anything better than a fountain soda?  Sometimes I just crave pop, especially when I don't feel good.  And it has to be the older machines - not the touch screen ones, for some reason it doesn't taste as good out of there.  I don't drink pop regularly, so it's a treat anytime, but even more so when it's a big old fountain soda.  And yes, I call it both pop and soda, although usually only soda when saying 'fountain soda'.  

Now to the link up!

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