Quick Catch-Up – Weekend Wrap-Up {5/5/14}

Wow! Where did the weekend go? Ours was busy, but fun filled.

Oh…and Happy Cinco de Mayo! (does anyone really celebrate it? Or just use it as an excuse for an extra adult beverage or two? 🙂 )

Since I’m running short on time, it’s gonna be a quick catch-up today.

Saturday morning, we had an important event to head to – my sister’s graduation! Except for it was at 10am. And an hour away. And we needed to be there in time for pictures, parking, and to get a seat! Made for an earlier Saturday morning, but, it was worth it. 😉

Jake, my brother, wasn’t too excited to be in Auburn, considering we’re  big Alabama fans.

Following graduation we headed to lunch. It was at a rustic restaurant called, The Hound. The atmosphere was very laid back and the food was delicious.

 

I’m pretty sure this is the biggest mason jar I’ve ever seen!


Sunday began with church, followed by lunch, some yard work, and time spent enjoying the gorgeous day!

We also finally put together the grill I got John for his birthday. To say that it took a lot of time and patience is a huge understatement!

3 hours later, we finally have a grill! I have no “after” picture because I had to go get dinner going.

Speaking of dinner…I tried a new recipe. It was deeelish! I’ll definitely be sharing the recipe with you soon. But, here’s a sneak peek.

The rest of the night was spent catching up on shows from our DVR on the couch.

The weekend was a busy one, but definitely Marvelous! (<— thanks to Katie for hosting Marvelous in my Monday!)

Let’s Chat…

1. What was the best thing you did this weekend?

2. When’s the last time you had to put something together?

3. What all does your week ahead hold? 

 

 

Party Planning and a Birthday–Weekend Wrap-Up {4/28/14}

I swear, I don’t know what happened to this weekend! We were go, go, go!

But, before I get into the weekend’s happenings, I need to pause for a moment to wish my mom a very Happy Birthday!! I I’m so blessed to be your daughter. You are not only my mother, but also one of my best friends. You’ve taught me so much, including how to be a Godly woman and wife, and I’m so thankful for all you’ve done for me. From spending countless hours in a hot, sweaty gym, to letting me take apart, re-work, and wear your wedding dress – you always selflessly give of your time, money, things, and heart. I love you so much! Happy 50th!

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Alright, back to the weekend…Saturday consisted of lots of birthday preparation. My sister and I planned to make mom’s birthday celebration extra special, it being her 50th and all.

I also had to purchase her gifts. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh? I am pretty proud of my purchases though.

I bought her super cute cooler thing (extra big coozie??). You can freeze the center, and then slide on the outside, insulated cover. Once in place, it will hold up to 6 cans. Mom is always on the go, and she loves her diet coke…plus it’s cute…so I knew it’d be perfect.

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I also bought this beautiful table runner. My mom is repainting and redecorating her kitchen, and I thought this would go perfectly.

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What I worked hardest on though, was this extra special book.

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A few weeks back, I asked all of my siblings to send me 10 things they love about mom. Since I’m the oldest of 5, I ended up with 50 reasons we love our mom. 50 reasons she is loved, on her 50th birthday.

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I should point out that “go-go” juice is Diet Coke. Winking smile

I also worked on a few of the decorations my sister and I cooked up.

On Sunday, we loaded up the car to drive to my parents house, about an hour or so away.

We arrived right after lunch, and my sisters and I got busy putting the finishing touches on the decorations.

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We made a made a “Sweets” station with lots of my mom’s favorite candies. We gave each candy a clever little saying, all about turning 50. She loves white chocolate. We labeled it “Still White Hot!” The Hershey’s kisses were labeled, “Kissing the 40’s goodbye.” Bubble gum was given the caption, “Blowing over the hill,” and the Zero bars (her favorite) were titled, “The big ‘5 – ZERO’.”

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My sister also made cupcakes which we topped with “50” medallions I made. There were also “Happy Birthday” buntings, and a refreshment station – filled with strawberry orange banana juice (is it juice, or drink? whatever you call it, it was delicious!)

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One of my favorite parts of the whole décor was the “50 Years Ago – in 1964” chalkboard I made. I had no idea so much has changed in 50 years!

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My dad had taken my mom to the beach, her favorite place on Earth, for the past few days, so we were all ready and waiting when they arrived home. She knew we’d be there to celebrate, since we can’t all be home tomorrow on her real birthday, but she was very surprised there’d be a party, too!

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We spent the next several hours eating cake and ice cream, talking and laughing with friends and extended family, watching my mom open gifts, and laughing some more.

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I sure do love my family! They are so fun!

Finally, John and I had to gather our things to head home. We were definitely sad to go. It was a great day celebrating the heart and soul of our family, and one special woman!  IMG_2790

Being as the whole weekend was pretty much taken up with party preparations, I have a feeling this will be a busy week! In fact, I know it will – with state testing, afternoon bus duty for me, travelling for appointments Wednesday afternoon, and going to my sister’s college graduation on Saturday morning, I’ve got a full week ahead!

Bring it on…only 5 more Mondays until this teacher is out for SUMMER! Smile Have a Marvelous Monday, friends!!!

Let’s chat…

1. What did you do this weekend?

2. Do you enjoy throwing and hosting parties and/or get-togethers? I LOVE it!

3. What is the last party you threw/hosted?

A Sad Return to Monday–Weekend Wrap-Up {3/31/14}

How in the world is it the last day in March already?! Bring on the warm weather!

Sadly, today marks my return to the real world after a week of doing what I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted…you get the picture. Spring Break is over, and it’s back to work for this heartbroken happy teacher. Despite the impending return to work looming over my head (ok, perhaps I’m being a bit overdramatic Winking smile), I managed to have a pretty terrific weekend!

Let’s back up to Friday. I mentioned in my that I had a haircut appointment Friday afternoon. Well, every time I go to get it cut, I end up going back and forth about should I? or shouldn’t I? go big and cut it off. Go big or go home, right? Well…

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Yikes!!! But, I kinda love it, for now anyway. I figured, what the heck…it’s hair, if I hate it, it’ll grow back, so why not!?

I knew it had gotten long, but I had no idea quite, how long.

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I was able to donate a good bit of my hair to Locks of Love (this organization uses real hair to provide wigs for cancer patients going through radiation and chemotherapy), which I am super excited about!

Friday night, my husband ordered out from one of his favorite places.

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I had to laugh when I saw the take-out box. A “Buff Box”? If it works, I know what I’m ordering from now on. Winking smile  Ok, it was Buffalo Chicken Fingers. But, still. Funny, right?

Saturday started out pretty chilly and rainy around here. Nevertheless, my day began with a delicious bowl of oats and a Pilates + HIIT video via Fitness Blender <—check it out if you haven’t yet. It’s a great resource for at home workouts. There are TONS of different types of workouts for all levels, varying styles, and many “no equipment needed” routines.

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John and I would up venturing out to stop by an art festival that was happening in a park downtown.

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There were some cute things, but, nothing I couldn’t live without. We then had a little lunch date, followed by getting some errands out of the way. One of them included picking up some new Chaco sandals for my 15 year old brother. His feet are HUGE! I have a feeling he isn’t quite done growing yet!

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We ended our night with some March Madness on the couch.

After church on Sunday, we headed out to the local tennis courts. I’ve mentioned before that John is a tennis pro. Well, I know I’m athletic enough to learn and do well at tennis, I just hate the learning part of it. I just want to be good already! Ha!

I then had to work on lesson plans and entering grades for an hour or two. Not the most fun Sunday afternoon activity, but the cute lesson plan template I found via Pinterest definitely helps some. Winking smile

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The rest of the evening included getting ready for the week, a little meal prep, catching some more March Madness basketball, and watching some of our favorite shows…Amazing Race and Eric and Jessie (it’s flipping hilarious if you’ve never seen it! Comes on E! on Sunday nights).

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It was indeed a very Marvelous weekend, which definitely improves the odds that Monday will be Marvelous as well!

Let’s Chat…

1. Do you fill out a bracket for March Madness? I do! It’s totally shot now, and was more of a stab in the dark than a real, educated, thought out process. But, hey, it was fun!

2. When’s the last time you made a major change to your appearance? Hair cut, color, etc.

3. Tell me the best part of your weekend!

Weekend Wrap-Up {3/24/13}

If you’re reading this on Monday, I’m officially on SPRING BREAK! Woop! We aren’t going anywhere this year for spring break, and that’s a-okay by me. I’m really looking forward to lying low, getting the house clean and in order, getting a few projects done, and just enjoying having no schedule to follow or obligations to take care of.

Backing up to this weekend…it was a pretty great one! On Saturday, John and I took care of a project in our backyard that we’ve been talking about for a few weeks now. We first went to Lowes to stock up on all the supplies we’d need. Then we got busy!

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I worked too! John just forgot to take pictures of me. Winking smile

We wanted to build a raised bed on the back of our patio. We are BEYOND happy with how it turned out! It really wasn’t difficult to do at all, and only took us a few hours, start to finish.

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Please excuse the junk on the window sill

Sunday, we headed to early church and Sunday school, as usual. Following church, we had plans for grabbing lunch on our way to one of the cutest neighborhoods! This neighborhood is located about 20 minutes from where we currently live. And although we have no plans of buying a home there and moving in the near future, I’d love to live there one day! The whole community is adorable, and the houses are to die for!

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We had so much fun walking around and dreaming about the “what ifs…” and  “One days…” After we had our fill of adorable-ness, we ran in a few of the stores that are nearby. Ann Taylor Loft (one of my all time favorites!) was having a good sale, as was New York and Company. While I did see some spring pieces that I liked, I didn’t fall in love enough to buy anything. But, I have a feeling I’ll be making some spring wardrobe purchases soon!

The rest of Sunday evening was spent trying fix my computer. Sadly, it’s not charging…AGAIN! This happened about 2 weeks ago. My mom kindly offered to take it in for me – she works part-time at the Apple store (there are only 2 in Alabama- one being in Birmingham, about an hour and 15 mins. from where John and I live). I got it back this past Wednesday, and Saturday evening, it stopped charging again. Sad day! Sad smile

My mom’s going to take it in for me again. But, I don’t know when I’ll be getting it back. She is coming down to visit for the day on Wednesday, so I’m afraid it may be a while by the time she takes it in, they diagnose and fix the problem, and I can meet her again to get my computer back.

Fortunately though, I have a computer that is “mine” at school. It’s a Dell laptop that I can basically use as mine; I’m just responsible and liable for it. So, I was back up at school bright and early this morning (yes, on spring break!) to grab my laptop. I am very thankful, though, l that I have another computer at my disposal to use.

This Monday morning began marvelously! I slept in (7:20!), had breakfast, did a sweaty and challenging Nike Fitness Club workout (you should check this app out if you haven’t already! It’s free from the Apple App Store), cleaned the kitchen, master bedroom, and bathrooms…all before lunch! I don’t know about you, but if the house is a wreck, I just can’t enjoy doing leisurely activities. I love a clean house!

I’m not sure exactly what the afternoon holds, but I do know it MUST include a trip to the grocery store, seeing we’re out of just about all the essentials. Yikes!

And with that, friends, I’m off to enjoy the rest of this Marvelous Monday!

Let’s Chat…

1. What did you do this weekend?

2. What is the last “project” you did around your house/apartment/living space?

3. What do you have going on this week?

Whoops…It Happens!

It seems that once again, I got too busy over the weekend and Monday to get a post written up. I honestly had good intentions, but with a high in the 70’s Saturday and Sunday, and a full day Monday (and the fact that it now stays daylight a little longer) I just ran out of time! Whoops!

So, once again, please forgive me. Ah, well…it happens, right?!

This weekend was another gorgeous one around here. Absolutely beautiful, sunny days and highs in the low 70’s – perfection, I tell ya!

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Don’t get too jealous though, although today’s high IS 75 (!!!), we’re back to highs barely making it out of the 40’s later this week. And, for us folks down here in Alabama, that’s a tad on the chilly side.

Friday, when John got home from work, we ran a few errands that needed running, and grabbed take-out on our way back home. Neither of us was really feeling eating out. Friday night, chilling on the couch, in my opinion, is awesome – since it means I’m probably in my pajamas, with my man, eating delicious food, and watching good TV/movies.

Saturday began with a 10 lb. Slim Down workout via YouTube. Courtney inspired me to look them up, and I must say, I’m hooked. It was relatively quick and had me moving and sweating, A+ workout in my book!

I then rode with John to get his hair cut and we spent the afternoon searching for some new chairs to go with our new table. We are also on the lookout for some new patio furniture. We *think* we’ve found something we like, so hopefully we’ll order it soon.

While we were out, we also picked up a lattice for the side of the house on which I plan to grow a hibiscus or mandevilla vine. In addition to the trellis, we purchased some hanging baskets for our new posts and a shepherd’s hook from which to hang the bird feeder.

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The birdfeeder used to be way closer to the house, and it made a HUGE mess! We were always tracking birdseed in the backdoor. John loves the birds, so I didn’t want to do away with it, but this solution is so much better!

Sunday, per usual, began with church. Our Sunday School class usually tries to provide breakfast. We ladies sign up for a date to bring breakfast and just rotate through. Sunday it was my turn, and this is what I decided on making.

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Pancake, whipped cream, and strawberry trifle. It was a hit! And SO super easy to throw together!

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On the way home, we stopped by the grocery store to grab our groceries for the week. After lunch, we headed to the tennis courts. John was meeting some girls who he helps to coach, and then playing with some guys from his office.

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While he coached and played, I also made a quick Target run – and of course bought things I don’t need – Including this Justin’s PB and Dark chocolate cup. Mmm! Dark chocolate is my favorite! Definitely treated myself to this! <—Hop on over to Becky’s Blog check out how others are treating themselves, because we all deserve it.

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I then returned to the courts to enjoy the outdoors and pretty weather and get a little magazine reading done.

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I wound down the evening by completing my lesson plans, preparing for the field trip we took Monday, doing lots of meal prep for the week, and then hanging with my guy on the couch watching The Amazing Race. We love it – so neat to see all the different countries all over the world and get a taste of their cultures.

And…ummph. I was totally feeling the fact that when my alarm went off yesterday morning it was really 4am, not 5. My body isn’t quiiiiite adjusted to Daylight Savings Time yet, you?

Yesterday consisted of a field trip to see a science show.

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After work I completed another 10 lb. Slimdown workout after school, a walk with John when he got home from work, and The Bachelor finale. I’m so glad this season is over! I’m not sure Juan Pablo is who they thought he was when they signed him up.

Today, I’m ready for another full day!

Let’s Chat…

1. What did you do this weekend?

2. What is your (and your significant other’s) favorite TV show?

3. Best breakfast you’ve made in a while?

Advice Needed! Weekend Wrap-Up {3/3/14}

Can you believe we’re in March already?! Where has this year gone? I’m not complaining though, just saying… 😉

You guys, I seriously cannot seem to get my act together. For the 2nd week in a row, I just haven’t been able to get my Monday post ready to go. 

I’m totally ok with it though, in this case, because my weekend was spent spending some quality time with my husband, getting things done around the house, and enjoying the absolutely beautiful weather we had! 

That said, I did a horrible job taking photos. So sorry for that ahead of time. 

Friday night, I seriously felt like someone drugged me. I was SO tired! So our night pretty much consisted of dinner on the couch, watching Blacklist on the DVR, and off to bed. Wild and crazy party animals over here I tell ya. (If you’re looking for great new show, check out Blacklist. If you’re a fan of suspenseful drama – this is where it’s at!)

On Saturday, we had to get some things done – think oil changed, tires rotated and balanced, another other boring adult stuff. I did get treated to lunch at Tropical Smoothie Cafe for being responsible. 

Sunday began, per usual, attending the early worship service at church followed by Sunday School. I love our Sunday School class, so I always look forward to spending part of my morning with them. 

The remainder of Sunday was spent out doors in THIS weather. 

Yep, sunny and 75…it was absolutely perfect!! If I could order month full of those days, I’d do it in a heartbeat! 

Don’t be too jealous though. Today is a very grey, dreary, rainy day with a high of 40 degrees. 

Sunday also included a trip to Target.

 Of course I can’t leave without buying at least a handful of things that I don’t need. Sunday’s haul consisted of:

This dress:

This dress:

This dress is WAY cuter in person. It’s actually quite fitted. 

And this swimsuit:


All pieces can be found in stores at Target, or online

Sunday afternoon, I also made the weekly grocery trip, did a little meal preparation for the next could of days for both John and I, and we finished the evening watching The Amazing Race. We LOVE Amazing Race! I think it’d be so fun to compete on that show…traveling around the world, getting immersed in another culture sounds so interesting! 

Before I sign off for today, I need some advice. My husband is SO not a breakfast person or a snack person. He’s now warmed up to the idea that he needs to eat breakfast, but I don’t think he has enough. If I don’t prepare anything for him he’ll only eat like 4 Peanut Butter sandwich crackers or a banana. Even when I do prepare something, he usually won’t eat it all. Which is FINE if he’s not hungry then. However, he won’t eat again until lunch, which is usually around 1:30-2 for him (breakfast about 7:10). Crazy, right?!?

Soooo, help! What is a good, grab and go breakfast that he might eat, but would also fuel him through his morning of work.?!?

He also usually doesn’t eat anything between lunch and dinner (about 7:30 or 7:45). Any snack suggestions that would be easy to eat at his desk at work? 

Thanks for your help friends! Hope you’ve had a Marvelous Monday!!!

Let’s Chat…

1. What’s the last thing you bought at Target?

2. How has your weather been? I’m so ready for spring!!!

3. Does your husband/significant other have bad eating habits? 

Fewest Words Possible – Weekend Wrap-Up {2/24/14}

How in the world is it already Monday again? This weekend went way to fast for my liking. Well, they all do, but that’s beside the point. 😉

I ended up taking Friday off from blogging because I felt stressed and overwhelmed with everything else going on, and I knew I needed to take something off my plate. I’ve learned that sometimes I need to give myself permission to let something go, and Friday, sadly, it happened to be the blog.

And since I’m just hitting publish on this post Monday afternoon, I obviously didn’t quite get it together over the weekend, blog-wise, either. Ahhhh, well, you win some, you lose some. Better late than never!

We had a fabulous weekend! It was a good mix of busy, productivity, and some “active” rest. Check it out, MIMM <—— Check out all the Marvelousness going on over on Katie’s blog. 

We’re going fewest-words-possible style today. Enjoy!

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This workout hurts so good. 🙂

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BIG College Tennis tournament in town

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Father/Coach of #1 professional doubles team (in the world!)

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Alabama Women’s (#14 in the country!) Coach – they won the tournament!

(Ok, I know this is a lot of words BUT, John is really good friends with the Coach from his time working with the tennis teams. She won NCAA Coach of the Year last year!)

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Beautiful sunny day – high of 73!

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Snackage

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Yeeessss!

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Homemade Yogurt-Granola Bars (recipe coming at ya soon!)

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Meal prep for the hubs

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Half-filled Chipotle Chicken and Cheese Hoagie

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Food prep for me! (Cheesy baked quinoa with veggies)

Un-pictured fun:

1. A little shopping after the tennis tournament

2. Lesson planning – blllaaahh

3. Laundry

4. Food prep for the week

Let’s Talk…

1. What was your weather like over the weekend? Ours was fab!! But, I hear we’re back to winter again this week. I’m so over it. 

2. Did you do any meal/food prep? What did you do? I did the granola bars, and the recipes above for us eat leftovers from for the next night or 2. 

3. Best part of your weekend?!