Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Friday Friday Friday!!  And an extra special one because it’s Labor Day weekend! (Right?? This is what happens when you aren’t working in an office, you loose track of holidays)

Hopefully you have fun weekend plans!

1. Last week, the husband came home with a spontaneous Google Chromebook purchase. Nice! I’ve been using it almost exclusively for blogging and consulting work, and it’s fabulous! It’s nice to sit at the kitchen table to do work. The chairs are MUCH more comfortable 🙂

As demonstrated, in action, from one of this week’s Instagram pics:


2. I mentioned in Wednesday’s post that I hit a bit of a rut, blog-wise. I still feel “ruttish” (new word. Claim it.), but think I figured out why. It feels like I’ve hit a wall with my Amateur Hour period and I need to step up my game. It feels intimidating.  I think that’s what’s causing the rut. It will hopefully shift from rut to motivation!

3. Elizabeth and I spent so much time LAUGHING this week! True belly laughs. She’s learned to clap, which is pretty cute! But she’s also learned to say “mamamamama” in a cranky voice. Sigh…. But back to the laughing. I’m not sure WHY this photo cracks me up, but I can’t stop laughing when I see it! Elizabeth’s face is so funny, and then there is Sophie the Giraffe, perfectly in focus!

Elizabeth and Sophie

4. We did a little reno on one of our front yard flower beds. And by “we”, I mean our lawn/landscaper guys did it. It looks awesome! All of our mulch around the entire house needed replaced because it had this CRAZY artillery fungus, and it was shooting little black spores all over our house and car! So while the mulch was being replaced, we decided to clean up a neglected bed. There are new roses, camellias, and azaleas. It looks so spiffy! (And am I the only one that loves the smell of fresh mulch?) In the Spring we’ll plant some more annuals, but for now, it’s nice.

New Landscaping

5. Our 5 month old niece is getting dedicated this Sunday! So exciting! I love a good family gathering!!

So that’s it! A bit of a ramble today 🙂 My mind is everywhere!

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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I’m in a rut….


It’s about to get real up in here.

I’m having one of those weeks (or month?). There really aren’t enough hours in a day, are there?

When I’m really productive in one area, the other things fall behind. Then the next week when I try to catch up, other things die off!

I’m having an amazing two weeks of super productivity when it comes to housework/projects! Checking things off the list! But I’ve been very lazy when it comes to blog-related stuff. I’m normally a “writing for next week!” blogger, but I’m either writing the day’s post on that day, OR seeing the day’s post and thinking “boring!”.

When I saw what was on the blogging calendar for today, I just felt bleh. Unmotivated. Uninterested.

So you just get to read me whine 🙂

This isn’t meant to be a “whoa is me, feel sorry for me” post.  It’s more of a “please tell me I’m not the only one that goes through days like this?” post.

I know I’m not!

It just feels good to vent sometimes.

And, now, when I feel like I’m having a “fail” week, it’s best to watch others fail:



Autumn Wish List

Autumn WishList

I’m just so giddy that we’re entering my favorite season!! If it wasn’t so hot here in NC right now (and if I didn’t want to look ridiculous), you’d already see me in scarves and boots. And a Pumpkin Spice Latte in my hand. (Can you believe they’re back already??)

I have my eye on a few things that will make Autumn be fabulous in the style department. When we move into the colder months, I tend to gravitate towards blacks, greys, and smokey purples. And this season it’s no exception.

Polka Dot Top | If it has polka dots or stripes, I’m hooked.  Cute little collar? Even better! (I avoided opening up the Fall Boden catalogue for weeks! I just want everything in there!)

Quilted Riding Boots | I would love a pair of two-toned riding boots, because there is so much versatility with them. I still regret not snagging these during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I love the quilted pattern! And Cole Hann is my favorite “quality vs. quantity” shoe brand. Their shoes are so comfortable and last for a long time!

Pretty Scarf | I have a million scarves already, but I should snag another one 🙂

Eye Shadow Pallet | I love pretty neutrals when it comes to eye shadows. When autumn arrives, my color choices swing from shimmery bronzes to purpley greys. This pallet would be perfect!

Clutch | While a clutch isn’t exactly the most functional bag in the world (can you fit diapers and wipes in one??), I like having pretty small clutches to stash my “mom gear” in to keep it all together in my diaper bag. That way I don’t accidentally smear Butt Paste all over my hands!

Quilted Vest | Every season, I see one.  I want one.  I just never purchase one. Maybe this will be the year?

Are you craving anything this Fall? Tell me all about it!

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Menu Monday!


Happy Monday!  Did you have a nice weekend? We had a fairly quiet one, which was nice for a change! Plus, we had cool down with the weather.  It was actually decent enough to go on a hike yesterday afternoon! Rare!

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place!

This week’s menu is on the short side! We’ll be visiting family for Labor Day weekend.  Yay us!  These are all “new to me” recipes down below, except for the burgers.  Fun!

Enchilada Spaghetti
(Swapping chicken for can of black beans, and will add corn)

Huevos Racheros
(Making a batch of black beans)

Veggie Burgers with Carmelized Onions & Fotina

Indian Lentil Curry

Need ideas for dinner?  Follow my Pinterest board – it’s where I save all of my dinner ideas, not to mention add notes after I’ve made them with any subs or tweaks I did.

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Friday Friday Friday!!  Love it.  This week has been a great one, but phew! I’m tired.  I don’t know why…

I’m clearly getting old.

1. We finished season 2 of The Killing.  I feel like we really accomplished something 🙂

2. We went out for breakfast to my favorite diner this week! It’s my favorite meal to go out to eat for. Plus, going out to eat on a week day is so nice and quiet.

3. Project Playroom is almost complete! Our IKEA shelves arrived this week, and I got them all set up. My arms hurt. A blog post is coming! We just need to hang up some pictures!

Project Playroom

4. This week has just flown by.  Has it for you?  I was also super productive with the housework!  But not so productive with blog stuff. It was pretty quiet, if you haven’t noticed…

5. We went to the pool yesterday with good friends.  Elizabeth was in heaven!  I had no idea she would like it so much.  Last week we were at a splash ground with similar surprising results. 🙂

Elizabeth at the Pool

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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