Weekend Recap 3.12.17…Homemade Pizza, More House Hunting, and Yummy Food!

Hi friends!  I can’t believe Monday snuck up on us so quickly!  Losing that hour of sleep is never fun either, but I am excited for it to be light out longer in the evenings now.  I am hoping to get in a few more walks with my pups during the week.  

Life is still crazy as ever with work, moving, house hunting and trying to fit in time for family and friends.  I’ll be honest… I am pretty exhausted and ready for the move to be over.  So the house that we were under contract with in Nashville fell through.  It was an older house and it had some major issues that were uncovered during the inspection and we just weren’t willing to deal with them.  So… the hunt continues.  We spent a majority of Saturday and Sunday house hunting and we definitely saw some great options so we will see what happens.  

Let’s back up a bit… Thursday night we had a make your own pizza night, which my little brother was pretty excited about! 

 

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This is where I told him about the importance of putting on a lot of cheese! 😉 

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And… I am still working on this scrapbook for my little brother.  It is taking forever! 🙂  Riley likes to help too. 😉

Saturday night we went to dinner with my mom and stepdad and I got the salmon and my husband got the crab stuffed trout.  Both dishes were soo yummy!  

We took a couple walks with the dogs this weekend, did some workouts, did laundry, and some meal prepping.  So along with the house hunting, there wasn’t much time for anything else.  My husband snapped this picture of me in my element yesterday.  This is my usual Sunday afternoon activity..meal prepping for the week while catching up on my shows!  I am watching the second season of The Catch and just started the first season of Imposters and The Arrangement.  Have you guys started any good shows lately?  

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Off to work for a short, but busy week.  Later this week we are going to Dallas to be there when the movers arrive to empty our Dallas house.  It is a very bittersweet move, but I am so excited to see my sis!!  Have a great week, friends!

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Watching any good shows right now?
  3. Favorite pizza toppings?

Weekend Recap 3.6.17…Girls Dinner, Scrapbooking, Saturday Night at the Hockey Rink, and a Very Special Birthday Celebration!

Good morning!!  I hope your weekend was amazing!  Mine was full of fun with friends and family.  

On Friday night my childhood best friend and I had plans for a girls dinner at a fun new tapas restaurant in town called Barcelona.  We decided to split a bunch of small plates and they were so yummy.  I love having a little bit of lots of different foods.  My favorites were the brussel sprouts and the cauliflower.  

Saturday morning after an early class at the gym, I headed to my mom’s house to work on a scrapbook for my little brother.  We ended up working for about 8 hours. 🙂

When I got home I cooked up a bunch of roasted veggies. 

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 This kiddo requested a turkey burger and broccoli.  He is the only kid I know that loves broccoli.  🙂  The health coach in me loves that. 

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Saturday night my dad and husband had plans to go to the Predators game so I took my little brother to his hockey skills competition.  He did the backwards skating in his relay and crushed it!  I am a proud big sis!

 

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The last team relay the kids had to skate to the other end of the ice and grab a cowboy hat.. it was so fun to watch.  My little brother’s team won the championship on Sunday night too!  So excited for him! 

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This is Callie’s favorite spot in our room at my dad’s house.  She is still obsessed with pillows.  🙂 

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These sweet sleeping boys are my favorite.  

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Someone had a little craving for rice crispy treats… well our marshmallows were just a tad bit expired and would not melt.. 🙂   

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My little brother turned 10 on Sunday and got this motorized scooter from my dad so yesterday morning we took it out for some practice.  

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We wrapped my brother’s door for his birthday.  He thought it was so funny.  

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Time for presents and funny balloons!

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I made him a delicious ice cream cake and we surprised him when he got home from his hockey party! 

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I am so glad we are in Nashville now and can actually celebrate his birthday with him in person this year!!  I seriously can’t believe he is already 10!  I was 17 when he was born and that feels like so so so long ago!  He is such a sweet, funny kid and I am one lucky girl to call him my brother.  🙂

It sure was a good weekend, but it went by a little too fast.  Lots of house (selling/buying) stuff going on in between all of that too so I sure am looking forward to feeling a little more settled and having a bit more free time on my hands.  I hope you all have a great week!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  3. Best birthday memory?

Weekend Recap 2.27.17… Our First Visitors, Yummy Eats in Nashville, Predators Games and a Lot of Naps

Good Morning everyone!  I hope your week is going well so far!! I am quite aware of how sporadic my blogging has been lately and I sincerely apologize.  I am still trying to figure out how to fit it in my new daily schedule.  

I have been super busy with work and trying to navigate through selling our Dallas home from our of the state while continually searching for our new Nashville home.  A little update on both ends… I probably shouldn’t  have spoken so soon with the contract we had on our Dallas home.  The buyer pulled out of the contract on the last day of the option period… It went back on the market last Friday and we actually got another offer on Monday and have come to an agreement with the new buyer.  Fingers crossed this one works out so we can really give our Nashville house hunting 100%.  We have gone to many open houses and toured a few houses in different neighborhoods with our realtor.  We are still pretty torn about exactly where we want to live (errrr…actually I think it is just that my husband and I have different opinions on best locations, new construction versus renovated, big yard versus small yard, etc.  Let’s just say our realtor sure does have her work cut out for her. 😉 

Let’s back up to Friday night!  We met our realtor after work to tour a few houses.  Our biggest decision right now is if we want to pay top dollar for beautiful new construction that is basically on top of your neighbor or if we are willing to do some renovations.  I am willing to do cosmetic renovations, but knocking down walls is beyond our expertise. 😉  We have seen quite a few on both ends of the spectrum and Friday night was no different. 

Afterwards, we met Jon’s brother and girlfriend at my dad’s house.  They were in town visiting from Des Moines, Iowa for the weekend.  After catching up briefly, we headed to The Yellow Porch for dinner.  They have a very enticing menu, but their specials page always draws me in!

I started off with a delicious beet and arugula salad with goat cheese and candied pecans. 🙂

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My husband got the mussels and devoured them. 

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For my entree, I got the pan seared corvina.  Oh my gosh, it was simply amazing.  Ahh I want to go back so I can have it again!!!

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My husband got the stuffed trout and loved his meal as well. 

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After dinner we stopped over at our friend’s house for a bit then called it a night.  On Saturday morning after a quick workout in the basement, my husband and I got to work on some breakfast.  Fresh cut fruit and cinnamon rolls were involved. 🙂

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After breakfast we bundled up and took the dogs for a long walk in the park.  When we got back, we lounged around for a bit before heading downtown for a late afternoon Predators game!  We may have a little hockey obsession over here.  We had really good seats so that always makes it more fun!

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Same couple selfie, different Preds game. 😉

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And heck yes we won!! I think I am good luck. 🙂

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After dinner we walked over to the Omni hotel because we had dinner reservations at a restaurant located inside called Kitchen Notes.

Oh! I totally forgot to mention about the most exciting thing that happened to me last week!  So I have a Predators jersey from the early 2000s when they had just been around for a little while, but it is in Dallas.  My dad got my husband a jersey for Christmas and I have been borrowing my brother’s jersey when we aren’t going to the game together.  Well… last Friday morning when I was working out in the basement, my brother came down to say bye to me before heading off to school.  He said he had a present for me before he left and he handed me a new Preds jersey that he and my dad had picked up Thursday at the game.  I almost started crying because it was such a sweet gesture.  🙂 🙂 🙂 Here I am on Friday night with my favorite new item of clothing! 

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Once we were seated the waitress brought out a big basket of different types of bread/biscuits and jams/butter.  

Okay I just now realized I got a beet and arugula salad two nights in a row.  I think I could probably have it every night now that I think about it.  Any salad with goat cheese and candied pecans will always be a winner in my book.  

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For my entree I chose the salmon with the succotash.  It was so so so yummy!  I saved half of it for lunch the next day and it was just as good as the first time.   

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After dinner we headed to Broadway for a little bar hopping and some live music.  

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We met up with our friend Scott for a bit.  #meanmugging

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We took my brother-in-law and his girlfriend to a few of the famous spots downtown then called it a night around 11ish.  We are so fun. 🙂 

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Sunday was spent catching up on laundry, doing some cleaning and house projects for my dad, meal prepping, doing stuff for our move, and taking a couple naps.  😉 It is nice to have a little downtime before another week begins!  

I promise I will talk to you all before another week goes by!  P.S. I am still reading all of your blogs, but just haven’t had time to comment.  I am going to catch up sooner or later. 🙂

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Would you rather have new construction or a house that needs renovations?
  3. How many jerseys (if any) do you own? 

 

Weekend Recap 2.19.17…Magic Show, Walks in the Park, Hockey Game, and House Hunting

Hi friends!! Happy Presidents Day!  Do you all have to work today?  My husband is off, but I do have work today.  I am a little jealous he gets to sleep in today.  But I will say that I feel pretty rejuvenated from the weekend and ready to start a new week! 

My weekend was off to a pretty good start when I got to bring my little buddy to work with me on Friday!  He gets to come into the office with me every so often so that makes me really happy!!  He was pretty excited to get to go with me.  🙂

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Riley was exhausted after work and I found him like this right after we got home. 

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For dinner I made seared tuna, brown rice, peas, and mushrooms.  It was such a yummy combo! 

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Saturday morning I took an 8 am Body Pump class then my mom came over to help me work on a special project for my brother’s birthday.  And here she is feeding my dog’s cookies… 🙂

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After my mom left I got to work on some meal prep!  Kale salads with lots of yummy toppings for lunch this week!  This week I added hard boiled egg whites, beets, chick peas, carrots, peppers, celery, almonds, and avocado.  If we have fish for dinner during the week, I will add a piece to my salad.  

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More overnight oats for breakfast.  I just can’t kick these right now.  They are so easy for a quick week day breakfast and they keep me full for a long time, which I love. 

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After meal prepping, my brother, dad and I headed to the park with the pups.  It was a little chilly, but we were happy to avoid the rain!

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My husband got back into town Saturday night (he traveled to Boston for work and spent an extra day with some friends of ours) and my little brother and I put on a magic show for him.  My brother got a magic set for Christmas and we learned a lot of the tricks this weekend.  It was pretty cute!  

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This is a regular sight around here.  Riley LOVES my dad. 🙂 My dad isn’t really a dog person, but I think he is going to miss the pups when we move out. 😉

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Sunday morning we headed to the hockey rink to watch my little brother’s game.  

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And ofcourse we had to make signs to embarrass cheer him on! Jacob’s fan club right here! 

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After the game we came home, took naps, I got a workout in, then we headed out to meet our realtor to do some house hunting.  Then we headed out for a walk in the park because it was 72 degrees!  We are still in the early stages, but are getting excited!  

That about wraps up our weekend!  I hope you all have a fantastic week and enjoy your day if you are off work! 

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Do you have to work today?
  3. Did you get in any workouts this weekend?

Last Weekend Activities… Only a Week Late!

Ya’ll!  I am so behind on the blog.  I literally have asked what day it is probably 20 times this week.  My days are all messed up and I have had zero time for anything but work and sleep. 🙂  

I meant to write this post last weekend, then Monday night, then Tuesday night… and so on.  It’s just one of those weeks. 😉  So I suppose today I will show you what we did last weekend that left me with no time for blogging.

Last Thursday night we had a taco night! Definitely one of my favorite meals.

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Last week I made some pink heart-shaped rice crispy treats.  Aren’t they cute?  

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My little brother had to test them out to make sure they were good. 😉 He gave them a big thumbs up! 

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On Saturday morning, my friend Rachael and I went to a free workout class.  A new location of Burn Boot Camp is opening in Nashville and they are offering free classes right now until they open.  Another woman who took the class brought her dog and the dog just sat on the table during the whole class… My dogs would not do that. 🙂 It was a good class… good music, the trainer was very motivating, and it was tabata style and kept my heart rate up the whole time.  

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Once I got home I worked on some baking for treats at my office this week and then Jon and I headed out for a date night at an old favorite restaurant, Kyoto.  We had to start with the garden rolls… they are the best.  

We split a bunch of rolls and they were all so delicious.  My husband even ordered an extra one afterwards.  🙂

On Sunday morning we took a long walk in the park, did some more baking, then headed to about 5 open houses.  We really liked one of the houses we saw, but definitely need to look more before deciding.  Oh!!! I have news!  We got an offer on our house last weekend and we are officially under contract.  I hope I don’t jinx it!  So as of now, we are on the hunt for our Nashville house!  We are going house hunting with our realtor on Sunday! 

Okay, back to last weekend.  After the open houses, we stopped by Smoothie King for a quick snack before the Predators game!  My dad, husband and I decided to buy a package of tickets for some of the games this season.  We got a little bit of a discount with the package and it allows us access to playoff tickets if they make it!  

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I have an old Predators jersey, but it is still in Dallas so I borrowed my little brother’s jersey for the game. 🙂 Shhhh.. don’t tell him. 😉

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We had great seats and the game was amazing!!  We were actually down 3 to 0 at one point.  

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But we ended up coming back and beating the Dallas Stars 5 to 3!  That is a lot of goals for a hockey game!  It was soo exciting!!

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After the game we came home and went to bed and just like that it was Monday again.

I am still trying to figure out my new blogging schedule as I navigate working full time and moving and house hunting and all that fun stuff, but don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere! 

Have a great day, ya’ll! 

Questions:

  1. How is your week going?
  2. Did you make any special treats for Valentines Day?
  3. What did you have for dinner last night? 

Weekend Recap 1.17.17…Games and Brunch!

Good morning!!  I hope your day is off to a good start!  The weeks I don’t post on Monday have me all confused… I keep thinking today is Monday.  I hope you guys all had a nice long weekend (if you had off work yesterday).  I’m not working at the moment during our move, so the last few weeks have felt very “off” to me.  It somehow still feels like the weekend when Friday rolls around so that must mean I have been keeping busy! 

Last week was full of errands and little tasks that needed to be done before our move and this week will be spent packing up my clothes for Nashville.  My mom is headed here next Sunday and then we will make the drive to Nashville next week.  Once our house sells, we will come back to Dallas when the movers come and say our final goodbyes. 😦 

Last Thursday we received our Hello Fresh box at our doorstep.  This isn’t a service I would typically use, but my dad, who uses it often, sent us a free box.  We have been making our way through the meals and so far, they have been pretty good! 

My mom got me a giftcard to Sephora for Christmas and I have been meaning to use it ever since.  I was in need of some new makeup, but the thought of braving the crowds at the mall was just not appealing to me at all.  I finally just decided I was going to order some new products online.  Along with new bronzer, a few bottles of mascara, and eyeshadow, I got a few new nail polishes that were on big time sale.  

My husband told me I forgot to paint one nail blue and he said it looks weird like this.  I told him all the cool kids are doing it.  He said I look like a 5 year old girl with her nails each painted a different color. 🙂 

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In my spare time last week, I also managed to highlight my hair.  I don’t do anything drastic, but a nice touch up just makes me feel rejuvenated.  I have been dyeing my hair myself for a few years now and I don’t think I will ever get it colored professionally again.  The highlight kit I buy at CVS was on sale for $6 (usually $12).  I think that is the cheapest I have ever highlighted my hair.  I also don’t miss sitting at the salon for hours and hours.  🙂

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Friday and Saturday night were pretty uneventful.  We watched a lot of Nashville on Hulu and played a few games of Boggle (our current favorite game).  

Sunday morning we went to brunch with my sister and a few friends.  My sister suggested Taverna and it was a huge hit.  It was really crowded so we were thankful we had reservations.  

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Okay, I know I am in the minority here, but I almost always order lunch at brunch.  I feel like everyone else orders some sort of egg dish, but I rarely do.  

Love these girls!

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After brunch we headed to my sister’s house to hang out.  We spent the afternoon playing games and watching the Cowboys game.  By the time we got home, cooking was out of the question so we picked up some Thai food and called it a night! 

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The weekend always goes by way too fast, but I’m so glad we got to spend it with our friends who we will miss so dearly when we move!  I hope you all have an amazing week!!! 

Questions:

  1. Breakfast or lunch food when out to brunch?
  2. Tell me the highlight of your weekend.  
  3. Do you color your hair? 

New Year’s Eve.. We Went Out… Kinda

Hi guys!  How is your week going?  I keep forgetting what day it is this week.  🙂 Back to where I left off yesterday…

On Saturday night we headed to my sister’s apartment before taking a short walk to her friend’s place.  

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All the cool kids (at the party) were heading out to the bars for the night, but we just stopped in for a drink.  Hey, at least I got out of my workout clothes for a bit… 

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After about an hour, we headed back to my sister’s apartment where we met a few more of their friends for some games and munchies!

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This guy has been my NYE kiss for the past 7 years! I sure do love him. 🙂

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Otis needed some loving!

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My sister bought me a new curling iron for Christmas and I am in love!  The one I have been using is a smaller wand and the new one is much bigger and takes less time for loose waves!

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And a few pictures from Friday night that I meant to add to the last post!  

He loves me, I swear. 😉

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Jon got Max golfclubs for his birthday and he was pretty pumped!

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After ringing in the new year, we headed home and went to bed.  The next morning my husband asked for all the fixings for breakfast.  I delivered.  He is so lucky to have me. 😉

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I did quite a few treadmill miles over the week.  The best ones were spent watching Bridesmaids.  I have probably seen this movie at least 50 times and it still makes me laugh out loud every time.  Yes, my treadmill is currently in the garage… my husband said that a treadmill does not belong in the office especially when trying to sell the house… I disagree, I mean maybe a buyer is a runner and will appreciate my love for exercise? 😉  I lost the battle.  The treadmill is definitely going front and center in our new house. 

This is the view I had after my run.  One husband and three dogs.  🙂

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Lunch on Sunday was leftover wild rice, broiled tofu, sauteed kale, and avocado.  Mmmm! 

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That is all I have for today!  Enjoy your Wednesday!

Questions:

  1. Favorite board game? 
  2. Do you like to take naps?
  3. Did you make it up until midnight on NYE?