The Sunday Edition, 33

May 30, 2021

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Happy weekend! We are off on a fun little trip with the kids. We're meeting their grandma and aunts at Great Wolf Lodge and I know they'll be so surprised and happy! Since school lets out late this year, we're in the stage where we know the final days are coming but we're dragging every morning to get to school on time. A long weekend is just what we all need!

And here's a few things from around the web...

The ever wonderful Summer Bucket List by Kelle Hampton is up! 

A post full of gorgeous gardens. Give me a blanket and a good book and I'm set!

Grilled chicken wings I think we'll try this summer.

And, I just finished this book and I absolutely loved it. I'll be bringing this one on our weekend vacation. 

Have a happy weekend full of summer vibes!

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A Pregnancy Update

May 28, 2021

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That sweet profile! I'm smitten.

I had grand plans of documenting every moment of this pregnancy since it's most likely our last. And, yet, here we are, over halfway done and having documented almost nothing! 

Fatigue, nausea, back pain... all my constant sidekicks lately and the reason for the lack of documenting.

Baby O is doing well! She's constantly active (according to our multiple ultrasounds) and I can feel little kicks and flops a few times every day. We've had a couple anatomy scans now since she's proving difficult to get shots of everything they need. We're also keeping an eye on a few possible medical things that could pop up for me, but otherwise, things are good! 

The kids are in love! They tell her goodbye every morning when they go to school and goodnight every night when I tuck them in. They are probably even more impatient than I am for her to join us outside of the belly. 

If I'm being honest, between post-loss anxiety, feeling tired all the time, and food aversions/no appetite, it's felt pretty rough for a while. It's also the most amazing feeling to be pregnant though and create this bond with a tiny babe your body is literally growing. 

The miracle of it never fails me. Here's to the last few months! 
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What I Read In April

May 27, 2021

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April was a good month for the World War Two backdrop historical novels! 

Anxious People - Quirky, relatable, heartwarming.

A Fire Sparkling - One of my favorites of the month. Not exactly a historical novel but it had a World War Two storyline that was really good.

If I Were You - This one was a historical novel based during the World War Two era focusing on two friends and their lives before/during/and after the war.

The Hill We Climb - Reading this was almost as good as watching it being performed during the inauguration.

Sorry I Missed You - Another quirky read. Not my favorite and it took me awhile to finish. 

A Court of Silver Flames - The final book in the ACOTAR series.
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My Favorite Target Finds This Month

May 25, 2021

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I popped into Target last week to look at some plants (have you seen the Hilton Carter line?) and found myself dreaming of bringing some summer touches to our backyard!

Striped blanket // Honestly, we don't have a need for a blanket outside in the summer here, but it's the perfect touch to our sofa and as summer fades away, it's just what we'll need to continue our backyard movie fests!

Clear tumbler // We recently added a dining table to our deck and I'm dreaming of outdoor place settings that are kid-friendly. 

Outdoor dining plate // These striped plates are made from bamboo melamine and perfect for outdoor dining.

Gold lanterns // Love the simple shape of these lanterns!

Jute outdoor pouf // An outdoor pouf has a key player on our back patio. The kids can easily move it around and it doubles as a foot rest and extra seating! 

Inflatable pool // They had me at the black and white stripes.

White planter // I loved this planter in person. It was a creamy white and the perfect addition to any backyard jungle. 

As usual, Target has done it again!
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This Week's Dinners

May 24, 2021

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This is the first meal plan I've created since early March. To say this pregnancy has not been the easiest would be a little understated. But, I took advantage of feeling like I could tackle it this week and did a grocery haul. So, here's to a week of not wondering whats for dinner every day at 4 o'clock!

monday // grilled chicken with a lemon parm chopped salad (simple kit I grabbed at the store!)

tuesday // a fend for yourself night. i'm going out for book club so, Manny is tackling dinner for the kids.

wednesday // burgers on the Blackstone w/corn on the cob

thursday // chicken tostadas 

friday // chicken & potato stirfry 

What's on your menu this week? 

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The Sunday Edition, 32

May 23, 2021

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Happy Sunday, you guys! For the first time in months, I felt okay enough to meal plan and do an actual grocery haul. I think the kids were the most excited to see all their favorites stuffed amongst the bags. Here's to being able to stick through the plan and not decide that I'm too nauseous for it right before it's dinner time.

Saving this color-inspired nature hunt for a summer day when boredom strikes.

A Hocus Pocus sequel? Give me all the Bette Midler as Winifred, please!

Favorite feel-good songs from 90s and 2000s movies - a playlist I'll be blasting while I clean up the house this week.

It's in the mid-80s today and feeling so hot already. I think we're going to take a dip in the pool before tucking into a greek chicken dish my sweet friend meal-prepped for us. Here's to a fresh new week!
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My Favorite & Easiest Weeknight Meals

May 17, 2021

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I'm in my second trimester now (20 weeks, actually!) and the lack of appetite is a daily thing while the nausea is creeping back in. So, cooking and meal planning and eating are not my things right now. But, I do have a family to cook for. They still like eating!

Between a friend who recently started making freezer meals for us and this list of go-to easy meals, we're slowly getting through days.

Here's what we eat when I have no idea what else to do!

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad - recipe here

Chicken Taquitos - recipe here, switch out the pork for a rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store deli. You can also pre-prep the taquitos before hand and stick in the fridge until you're ready to cook them.

Pancakes - recipe here

Chicken Tostadas - recipe here

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches -marinade recipe here, just grill the chicken and top with lettuce & tomato. Serve with chips and fruit.

Stromboli - recipe here, we use a bag of pizza dough from our local grocery store bakery and add basil leaves! 

Let me know if you've got any other easy, family friendly meals we should add to our go-to list. 

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The Sunday Edition, 31

May 16, 2021

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Our washing machine broke this week and it just felt so crushing for a day or two. But, it led to a family day at the laudromat and a stop for donuts & ice cream, and new memories made. It reminded me to focus on the good and the bright and the joy. Between being utterly exhausted with this pregnancy and trying so hard to keep up, it's easy to feel like I'm drowning in the midst of life. In the end, we fixed the washing machine together, as a couple, tackling something we had no idea what to do - the internet is a great thing some days.

So, here's my Sunday edition. It's full of the happy and the bright and the joy I've found online this week. They are crammed into the corners of my mind and my social media presence and I save them and collect them between the other joy-filled ordinary moments of life. 

The cutest DIY wrapping paper.

How to paint a faux-tile doorstep. I need to figure out where I can do this in our house!

A new salad recipe to try for the summer.

We recently finished watching the entire Big Bang Theory series and I stumbled across this photoshoot that Jim Parsons did and I almost can't believe that it's Sheldon Cooper!

I've been following Ashley & Dino start their inn and it's dreamy and summer magic with amazing design all wrapped together. 

Here's to next week - come what may and find the joy in it. 
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What I Read In March

May 14, 2021

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I'm still playing catch up with posting all of my recent reads. March had some good books in it!

Such a Quiet Place
- A good summer thriller read!

Let Me Tell You What I Mean - Another solid Joan Didion read.

The Speed of Light - A good read if going back and forth in time doesn't bother you!

A Court of Frost and Starlight - The next chapter in the ACOTAR series.

Local Woman Missing - A decent, twisted thriller read but I'm having trouble remembering the specific details, if I'm being honest.

The Light Through the Leaves - I'm a pretty recent fan of this author and this newest book didn't disappoint. 

Down Range - I picked up an ARC copy of this from a bookseller friend and I was hesitant to read it since it's a little outside by usual genre. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down! 

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Another good ACOTAR read!

A Court of Mist and Fury - More of the ACOTAR series. I found parts really cheesy but overall it was a good fantasy series to dive into and I tended to read the books back to back.

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Mother's Day In Savannah

May 10, 2021

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Mother's Day in Savannah is a family tradition of sorts by now. We haven't done it every Mother's Day but I do tend to gravitate there most years. Lunch at some charming city restaurant, walks down cobblestone streets and popping into little shops tucked away. 

Savannah is really one of my favorite places to visit! There's always something new to see and try. We tracked down the sweetest bookshop that was literally around the corner. E.Shaver Bookseller was the kids favorite stop of the day. They tracked down the 3 resident cats, settled in with books, and had fun navigating all the rooms in the historic house. 

Lunch was at the Little Duck Diner and we all chose breakfast foods that did not disappoint. I loved the retro diner with a modern touch vibe that the aesthetic had. 

It was a sweet day filled with good moments. Breakfast in bed, handmade cards, an evening spent snuggled on the sofa and so much love. 
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The Sunday Edition, 30

May 2, 2021

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It's a quiet Sunday. My crew is off secretly shopping for mother's day and hanging out in the sunshine outside. I'm inside, trying to convince myself to clean something but instead I think I'll start a new book or catch up on a show.

We're six weeks out from finishing the school year and while the kids love it and masks mandates around here have been relaxing, it's still a lot and we're all dreaming of the summer that's around the corner. In the meantime, we're living for the weekends.

And here's a few things from around the web...

The best pizza in every state. We happen to live about 30 minutes away from one in Georgia and you know I added it to my must-try list!

Hilton Carter x Target. I can't wait for this new collection to drop!

That "blah" feeling you've been feeling? It has a name

But, another really good point of view on the blah and languishing.

A salsa recipe I think I'll try out this spring.

Downtown Abbey is coming out with a movie sequel and I'm already planning my solo movie date!

Happy Sunday, friends.

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