Five for Friday!

This was one of those weeks where I felt like I was constantly playing catch up, as I tackled all of the laundry from our weekend trip and unpacking.  Sometimes, I feel like I'm in a laundry or paper towel commercial, except there is no stylist or make up artist to make life look glam. Anyways, it seems we are almost caught up, and I'm going to tackle tidying up momentarily because one of my best friend's is coming to visit with her son today! I can't wait to see her, even though I know it is going to be quite the event with two toddlers running around!
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My friend's son likes the book Dinosaur Beach, and since we are going to the beach, I decided to buy him this little set. I'm hoping he will think it is neat.
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Our library had Mindy Kaling's book out on display and I snatched it up and checked it out as fast as I possibly could.  I wanted to read it when it came out a long time ago, but had never gotten around to buying it.  It's a quick and entertaining read!
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I also actually started to read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up in earnest.  Honestly, when I started it a month ago, I just got super annoyed and realized that I didn't feel like purging anything.  After life in the apartment for five years, having the space and a few things to fill it actually feels good.  With that said, it was starting to feel a bit cluttery (I blame SC), so I gave the book another chance.  While I'm still taking everything with a grain of salt, it did inspire me to start going through my clothes, and I actually have a bag of things to donate.  One thing I do think is useful about the book is she describes the "younger sister phenomenon" where the older sister tries to pawn things off on the younger sister.  I just tried this last weekend, so it was useful for me to realize that I should just donate the things I'm done with and everyone can move on with her life (sorry dear sister!).

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Naps have been a little off schedule this week, as SC recovered from all the excitement of visiting grandma and grandpa.  Last year my sister sent me this card, and I framed it and put it in her room for inspiration.
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One thing that SC has really started doing is waving goodbye to my husband and standing by the window to wait for him to come home.  It's really sweet how earnest she is.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

St. Patrick's Day and Birthday Celebrations!

Last Thursday my parents and sister came to visit us!  The time together was low key, and centered around SC as usual.  My parents headed back on Friday morning, but my sister stayed so we could have some extra time together.  Friday, our main outing was a quick trip to Old Navy, which wasn't terribly amusing to SC.   My sister bought me some cute pairs of socks and a shirt for SC, and I did a quick return.  That evening we took a few pictures to document that we were all wearing green for St. Patrick's Day!
Saturday morning we picked up some birthday breakfast at Chick Fila and then  packed up and drove to my parents for birthday celebrations!  My brother grilled burgers, we visited, and took turns entertaining SC and my niece.
I love how my husband is standing in the back...a safe distance from all the candles!
Having the time together was such a gift and I felt thoroughly celebrated.  My mom, sister and husband all have birthdays at the end of May, so I better start planning now!

Life Lately!

Before next weekend comes around, I wanted to do a little life lately!

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The past two Fridays, I've done "Fajita Fridays", which seriously brings me so much amusement.  I love Mexican food, so that's probably a large part of why it makes me happy, but it also somehow just seems fun.  SC also thinks it is hilarious and giggles every time I roll up her tortilla. We won't be doing this every single Friday, but I have really enjoyed the last two Fridays!
Yes, I realize this technically isn't a fajita...
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We went to church on Sunday, but this time tried our luck at the nursery.  It didn't last, so I think she will just be sticking with us in a pew outside the sanctuary and then we will visit the nursery when she gets restless.  At least we tried though! 

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After church we headed to Williamsburg to meet up with my parents, brother, sister-in-law and niece! My niece is getting more interactive and SC is definitely more interested! Our drive home was gorgeous.  It makes me so happy that the husband's work schedule means we actually have weekends together and we can do these things as a family.
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On Monday, SC and I drove back to Williamsburg to spend the day with my parents and had such a nice time.  We went to the pool and she loved it.  She also just eats up  all of the extra attention.
Today we went to a "stay and play" at the library, which SC enjoyed.  I think it is so nice that they do these types of programs and am seriously so grateful for our libraries.  We are having another little toddler over this afternoon for a play date, which is always entertaining.  Tomorrow my parents and sister are coming up to visit for my birthday, so I will be signing off for the rest of the week.  I'm so excited to be able to host them and have this time together! I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week and weekend!

Five for Friday

Happy Friday!  We've had a nice week, filled with story times, play dates and park time.  Here's what else we've been up to!

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I can't believe that St. Patrick's Day is only a week away!  I'm not really a huge fan of the holiday, but my husband's family is part Irish, so I made up these little cards at Walgreens to send them.  They aren't anything fancy, but I think the grandparents will enjoy a little snail mail.
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I know everyone probably knows about these snack cups, but I just picked up two of them before SC's plane ride.  They have been wonderful at stemming the steady spills of puffs. I'm not saying SC doesn't still leave a crumb trail wherever she goes, but I feel that I have a fighting chance now.  Is there anything else like this that I should have bought months ago?!
Taking out the trash apparently makes SC hungry
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I've been sticking to my jogging every day (with the exception of Monday when I had a headache), and I really appreciate the time to just take it all in.
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I didn't make any new recipes this week, but last week I made a mango salsa pork tenderloin.  Neither SC or the husband were crazy about the mango, but the rub on the pork tenderloin was especially good.  It was just some brown sugar, smoked paprika, olive oil, salt and pepper.  It was a super easy meal I plan on making again this spring!
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The weather here this past week has been so lovely (although it is going to snow on Sunday!), so SC has been to the park lots this week. 
So many aspects of  motherhood are actually pretty slow in the moment, and sometimes I think our days will always be filled with afternoon trips to the park followed by an examination of leaves in the driveway.  However, something about this week made me realize just how precious this time is and how lucky we are for the joy brought by swings, slides and sunshine.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

We wore red

It seemed the least we could do in honor of International Women's Day.  One (or both of us) may have ended up with a little banana smeared on us. Such is life.

Five for Friday: Spring in my Step!

The weather has been so nice that SC has been getting her fair share of time at the park and then some! We also did a little shopping to refresh things around the house...I probably shouldn't be visiting a TJ Maxx or a Home Goods for awhile.  I actually do go there for specific reasons, but then I walk out with a whole bunch of other things!
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On trash day, I noticed that one of our neighbors had a little pedestal table out for pick up.  I kept on driving, but on my way back home, I decided to investigate.  It was missing a top, but I happened to have a piece of glass from another table that I don't really like and need to refinish anyways.  This is probably not exactly the best way to go about furnishing our house, but I was excited!
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Last week, I stopped by our children's thrift store, and I picked up this toy for SC.  I thought it would be fun for her kitchen toys, and it was also still in its original packaging. It is supposed to be a beach toy (and we will definitely use it as that too), but she has also loved just playing with it around the house.  I thought maybe it would be too simple, but for some reason, taking the tops on and off the cupcakes keep her pretty entertained.
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I picked up this cute print from Target, and I love how it adds a little color to our guest room. 
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 I also bought this print for our master bedroom.  I haven't really decorated the space, but I thought this would be fun...because how many pictures of SC can one possibly display?
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For Lent I am going jogging every day.  Wednesday wasn't the smoothest start, as my head really hurt, so I started on Thursday.  For extra motivation, I picked up this KS activity tracker at TJ Maxx, after reading about how Ashley at One Fine Day really likes hers. So far it is making me feel fancy!
We don't have any weekend plans, so I'm hoping we can catch up with some things around the house and such!  I hope you have a wonderful one!

Toy Kitchens and Shelves!

While we were in Florida, we went to a local thrift store with my MIL and SC's great-grandma and saw this toy kitchen.  SC was interested in it, and I really couldn't get over how cute it was. It was only $30, and if I could have figured out how to get it back here, I would have bought it in a minute.  I searched a little bit for it online and I think it is discontinued, but it really started my toy kitchen fever!  All of the sudden I became obsessed with SC needing to have a little toy kitchen of her own.
After watching SC attempt to eat the toy food at the library's toy kitchen, I realized that while the toy kitchens are adorable, what she is really into at this stage is just playing with the toy food.  So, in an effort to keep huge toys out of the house for a little longer (let's be real, we will probably be buying a toy kitchen sooner rather than later), I decided to clear out a cabinet in the kitchen for her to play with and "stock" it with a basket of toy food and some small utensils. To make it a little more playful, I lined the shelves with some wrapping paper.  I think it turned out to be a fun little space, considering that I didn't put too much time or money into it.
SC seemed pretty taken with the novelty of it, and I might switch themes, if I happen to run into some different wrapping paper I like.  I am thinking of doing a lemonade/ ice cream theme in the summer and maybe a hot cocoa/tea theme in the winter! Anyways, that's SC's little kitchen cabinet for now!  Is anybody else obsessed with toy kitchens?

Weekend Recap!

It was unseasonably warm here on Saturday, so we took advantage of the nice weather and SC spent some time at the park, and then the rest of the afternoon was spent tackling yard work.  We probably should have done a lot of the work that we did last fall, but it was nice to get so much done so it won't be too overwhelming this spring.  The husband also managed to take out this ugly arbor that we had been wanting to get rid of since we had moved in.  I didn't take any pictures, but we are both super excited that we don't have that in our backyard anymore!
Sunday we made it to church, and SC made it through the whole service with the help of lots of snacks.  We went to the contemporary service as that is a better fit with nap time.  That's not really my husband and mine's worship style, but I think SC might have actually enjoyed the music more!  She seemed to be bouncing to the songs some times.
That afternoon we tried to get a few things around the house and also tried this California Pizza, which was good.
I was also really happy because I finally got some thank you notes and other letters in the mail.  For some reason I just never got around to it last week.
So all in all it felt like a productive weekend, but still relaxing!  How was yours?

Five for Friday: A Few Recipes, and more Trader Joe Favorites!


This week has been beautiful and filled with lots of park time and SC finished up another six week session of story time at the library!  Here is what else I have for today!
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When my mom came up to visit, I decided to make this Greek Chicken Sheet Pan dinner.  I had wanted to try this recipe for awhile, but I knew the husband wouldn't be a huge fan of the flavors so hadn't bothered.  It wasn't too hard, and my mom was impressed.  I think the lemon flavors are nice for spring, so you might want to give it a whirl!  After such a healthy main course, I made lemon bars for dessert, which we both love!

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One husband approved meal I did try a little while ago  though is the Grilled Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce.  If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you all know I really struggle to figure out what to cook for the husband, but he loved this one!  It is actually somewhat healthy too, so this is definitely going to be in the dinner meal rotation!  The peanut sauce is so good, that I could seriously just eat it on top of some rice.  The flavors are really spot on!
Not the prettiest picture, but it is good!
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Last weekend Target had 25% off of their clothes, so I couldn't resist buying this t-shirt for SC. For some reason, celebrating the holidays with SC is really fun for me.
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On Tuesday we made a trip to Trader Joe's, and I picked up these crisps.  I had forgotten how amazing they are and I'm kicking myself that I didn't stock up (although that is probably a good thing).
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I also picked up a bottle of their Champagne Pear Vinaigrette dressing, and have been enjoying it immensely on my lunchtime salads.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!