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Catching Up And Slowing Down

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Well not so sure about the slowing down part but I can catch up here anyway. So much for my getting back to blogging after my summer hiatus. Halfway through September already and we are having a spectacular fall in the South. Except for the tropical storms that is but, we made it through pretty much unscathed just a big mess to clean up in the yard thankfully. My heart goes out to all of our brothers and sisters in the South and everywhere who were hit hard.

Football and fall sports are in full swing, the kids are about to have fall break, I have chrysanthemums and all things pumpkin are filling the store shelves... I'm pretty much white girl wasted on life over here. As soon as the leaves change and the temps drop I'll be in hog heaven!

So my birthday happened earlier this month and this year I finally made the wise choice to plan my own celebration. Well, I actually planned it over a month ago but celebrated the day after the actual day at Gunshow for dinner. They only take reservations 30 days in advance and when the calendar opens up they go like hotcakes! And now I know why. I went with one of my best college gal pals and we had a great evening. I won't bore you with long descriptions of the dishes, the menu changes every night so it would be kind of pointless. It's such a cool concept though, communal tables, each chef cooking their own selection and presenting it to you table side. You have the option to accept or decline each dish as it comes but if you say no you don't get another opportunity. We said yes to pretty much everything except 2 or 3 things. The food  and the vibe were Ah-mazing. I will definitely be going back!


Last weekend was also pretty memorable although somewhat less amazing. Music Midtown was more crowded than I remembered  from years  past which was not really a good thing for me personally. Ugh, I hate crowds oddly enough because I loooove concerts. Somehow I continue to put myself right smack in the middle of them though. For the music, and the music was really, really good. The fashion however was brutal. I saw more ass cheeks and tits hanging out than an internet porn site. I am all for wearing what you want but I am wondering if people, or women really,  actually own mirrors anymore. Based on this weekend I am going to say no. The nude body suit with high waisted shorts is not really a look for everyone. Especially braless, and let me tell you, apparently bras are a thing of the past. Unless you are wearing one as an actual shirt. Not kidding. It was however, some of the best people watching ever as it is every damn year. Oh to be 20 again. But alas I am not. I walked over 5 miles on Saturday and 3.6 on Sunday amongst the crowds of sweaty masses. I can not tell you how happy I was to have taken PTO on Monday so my middle aged ass could recover. I say never again, I am retiring from festivals that last more than a day. But then again, if the lineup was right I could be persuaded. And get me a room at a nice hotel and I am probably, maybe, definitely in. The Glenn Hotel was beautiful and the infamous rooftop bar Skylounge equally impressive. It has been voted one of the top rooftop bars in the world in a couple of magazines. It really was quite spectacular. See up at the top of this post. These weekends in town coupled with spending a lot of work time in town make me think that this is really where I want to be eventually. I am so over the suburbs.



In other news I have been Tindering away, meeting interesting guys that really don't interest me personally but hey, I'm trying. Work is crazy but I love it. My kids are amazing and my dog sleeps a lot as you can see on my IG story. I am still muddling my way thru some sort of ketogenic/paleo/donut eating plan. Kidding... kinda. I committed to 3 mos of keto so I am going to stick it out. I find it very hard to restrict fruits and vegetables though based on their carb content. I've lost like 8 lbs which is pretty crappy but... I like wine, beer and tito's. And it's football season. But really it has been a good experience just to be more acutely aware of carbs and sugar. Yikes, they are insane in some things you wouldn't even think about. Maybe I'll do a post on that, or on keto food. The truth is I think that just being mindful no matter what my specific plan is a good thing for me.

Aaaand..... That's all for now... Happy Weekend

Currently: September

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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And you may ask yourself... Well, how did I get here? At least I do just about every time I flip the calendar over to a new month. But this is September, the most wonderful time of the year. It's actually already starting to feel like fall here in GA. We have had some cool temps thanks to all of the hurricanes and I have been loving it. So let's get into what else is up currently...


CELEBRATING

My beautiful daughter made the Equestrian Team at Georgia Southern!!! I am so beyond proud of her and she is super excited. It was not planned at all. She took an all skill levels horseback riding class as an elective just to get some barn time and exercise. Just so happens the equestrian team rides at the same barn and to make a long story short, after seeing her ride and inquiring as to why she was not trying out for the team, they offered her a spot. Of course I said go for it, I'll scrub some extra toilets if I have to! This is a huge opportunity for her as she is studying to be a large animal vet with an equine specialty. How cool is that??


WATCHING

My progress on the scale go up and down like a yo-yo. I know, you are going to say throw the scale out but I want to see how this keto thing is working. I thought it was. I lost 8 lbs then one weekend I gained five, then I lost 6 and the next weekend I gained 4. The long and short of this is that I don't think I really thought this through, researched enough or know what the hell I'm actually doing here. There is a science to it and I am going to need to keep tweaking it a bit to get it to work for me. Everything I have read says you can expect to lose about 12 lbs the first month. Yeah, unless you are me. My gut feeling is that the Whole30 approach is a better fit for me, eliminate dairy and add back fruits and veggies. But I'm gonna stick this out just a bit longer and see.

http://3-week-diet.digimkts.com/This is perhaps the best change I've ever made.Tracy did this and looks great !Who knew that this would be so super!


WELCOMING

All things pumpkin spice. I mean, I'm not gonna lie... I am one of those weirdos who loves the stuff and if it has pumpkin spice on the label my FOMO does not allow me to pass it up. Like what if it is really good and it sells out before I can try it??? Looks like a few doozies out there this year...


Holy Hell yes, 1000 times yes...

nutpods Dairy-Free Creamer Unsweetened (Pumpkin Spice, 4-pack) - Whole30 Approved

This I could see maybe...



Still a possibility....


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I draw the line at Bud Light. 




PREPARING

To celebrate my birthday this weekend in the lowest key way possible. Dinner plans on Saturday night at ... drumroll please for me finally getting my ass there... Gunshow, with one of my favorite Virgo pals.

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PHOTGRAPHING

Not much lately. I feel like I am doing a bit better job at living this year and not documenting every little thing by trying to photograph my entire life. No apologies.



Linking up with Anne and Lowanda for Currently this month. 


Friday Favorites From TJ's

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Friday, September 1, 2017
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Ever since my office moved next to Trader Joe's it has become a ritual for me to stop on Friday afternoon for weekend supplies. It's so funny to me that for a relatively tiny store there are so many amazing and unique things to try. I also think it's very cool that all of these things are their proprietary brand. I always feel a little like I stepped back in time and am at the corner store owned by some little Mom & Pop. I have only scratched the surface of all the wonderful stuff they have and every week I try to grab some new thing but today let's talk favorites. These are the things I reach for just about every time I go because either I or everyone else (usually both) in my house love them. 

BAGS - If you read me you know I am a bag whore. I love their shopping bags. They are always bright and cheerful and they hold up very well.  I never need an excuse to grab a new design when it comes out. 

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CREAMY TOSCANO CHEESE - Since I am also a cheese whore... this. Several area grocery stores sell a similar but more expensive version of the exact same cheese. The TJ's wedge is twice the size and half the price. Get in my face with a nice glass of wine pronto. 

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DARK CHOCOLATE MINT CREAMS - I looooove York Peppermint Patties. These are a tiny bite size drop of heaven that is basically the same only a little softer and meltier, that's totally a word. Be warned if you are a mint lover... addictive. 


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GORGONZOLA GNOCCHI - I kind of wish I had never tried these little pillows of cheesy potato goodness but alas I have and they are now in my dreams. Bonus, super fast and easy meal for one, even though the bag says otherwise. 




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SPATCHCOCKED LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN - I saw this in one of their ads and they raved about it so I tried it. You guys, if you don't feel like spatchcocking your own damn chicken just get one of these. It's a whole chicken split up the back and you roast it flat in a pan so it cooks faster. Absolutely delicious. Make a salad or a veg and you are done!


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ESPRESSO PILLOWS - If you are standing in the checkout trying to decide which delicious little grab and go treat you want, get these. If you are a coffee lover you will not be sorry. I am sorry but you are going to have a hard time not finishing the whole tin. They make a great little gift item if you need something extra too. 

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ROASTED GORGONZOLA CRISPS - Clearly I have a cheese problem and I admit it freely. These are kind of like a more gourmet version of cheeze-its. They are bite size so don't really plan on serving them with cheese just  more or less tossing a handful into your mouth. You're welcome. 


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I could easily do another couple of posts like this and I probably will because... TJ's obsessed. After all Pumpkin season is right around the corner and they go a little crazy with the pumpkin spice products which I personally love.  What's your favorite TJ's thing? Do share...





Linking up with Amanda.

All About Me In 3's

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Three favorite foods

Mac and Cheese
Filet Oscar
Buttermilk Biscuits

Three things I'd never give up

Cheese
Wine
Pizza


Three favorite cocktails

Old Fashioned
A Grand Marnier (after dinner slightly warmed)
Dirty Martini with a Blue Cheese stuffed olive

Three favorite movies

The Breakfast Club
Steel Magnolias
Goodfellas

Three favorite simple pleasures in life

Clean white sheets
Toes in the water, ass in the sand
A lazy Sunday

Three things that are always in my car

Carmex
St. Christopher's medal
A class 3 Ansi Safety Vest - partly for work but also because I see lots of tragic stuff  happening on the interstates as part of my job. Don't get out of your car if you can help it. 

Three things I always have with me

My phone
Lip gloss
ID

Three things I regret doing/not doing

I don't  find it useful to ever spend time thinking about this.

Three most recent places I traveled to

Rabun County for the eclipse
Lake Blackshear
Senoia

Three most often used makeup products

NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter
Urban Decay Eye shadow in Roach
Bare Minerals Lip gloss in Forbidden

Three things that make me cry

The Falcons blowing a 28 point lead in the Super Bowl
Military homecoming surprises
Laughing uncontrollably with a friend... I am a laugh-cryer.

Three things that make me smile/laugh

Funny GIF's of people falling down
An unexpected compliment
My dog attempting to talk

Three places I want to visit in the U.S.

Lake Tahoe
Louisville KY for the Derby
Austin City Limits

Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.

Greece
Italy
Poland

Three blessings in my life

My kids - Obviously
My Family
My Health




























































Weekending... On A Tuesday

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How has a month gone by once again? It's almost September in the blink of an eye. I woke up this morning and there was a definite coolness in the air. It may be just the winds of hurricane Harvey making their way across the South or it may be fall. I am hopeful that it is the later. Football season starts this weekend and I can hardly contain my excitement and nervousness. It's not often that the biggest game of the year gets played on the opening day of the season starring your team. I am nervous but super excited that it will be here in my town. Unfortunately  at $300 for the cheap seats I will be tailgating down town and then watching from home. I am however checking out the new Mercedes Benz Stadium this Thursday to take in a Falcons pre-season game with my kids so at least I will get a peek at the hottest venue in the country right now a little early.
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I had a cough cough super busy  weekend. It's so weird, now that Olivia is off at college I actually have real kid free weekends back and it's been like 2 years. Ever since she got her car she pretty much always stayed at my house even if it was a Dad's weekend. Me being me, I secretly wished once in awhile I could have the house all to myself for 2 days. And now I do. She actually popped in on Friday to get some more of her stuff and spent Friday night with her Dad, gone again on Saturday. She loves Statesboro and college in general. She has already been offered a job at the barn she is riding at and is thinking about trying out for the equestrian team. I couldn't be happier.

But back to my weekend. I stayed up too late Friday catching up on the DVR and slept in on Saturday morning. I stayed in all day and got most of my laundry done, sheets washed, a little light housework... my favorite kind of Saturday work that requires no interaction with people or wearing of pants. Heaven. Saturday night I went to Yacht Rock Revue at  The Tabernacle with friends. They do  a big show every summer in Atlanta and it is always a blast. I upgraded to VIP Room tickets this year for $25 and now I might be a regular there. For the extra cash you get private bathrooms, separate bar with pretty much no line, couches, the event on big flat screen TV's if you feel like taking a break, a rooftop deck with an amazing view of the ferris wheel and Centennial Park and tacos. Yes, trays of freshly made tacos. Sold.

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We beat it out of the concert a little early to get back on our side of town and watch the fight at the local sports bar. Y'all I think that shit was so rigged. They called it too early in my opinion. No knockout, McGregor wasn't down or unable to get up, slurring... they didn't even check his eyes!! He was smiling and laughing and apparently, fully decked out in one of  his trademark suits partying the rest of the night away at the Wynn. Uh huh. But seriously, I'd let Mayweather beat the crap out of me for $100 million or so dollars too. Sign me up.

McGregor could be seen dancing on the tables at Encore Beach Club

I guess I overindulged a little bit because I woke up about 30 minutes before I was meeting a date for brunch. Ooops. Nothing like showing up for a date with sheet marks on your face and smelling like a local IPA. And people wonder why I am single. Kidding, sorta... I told him I was running late and bought myself another 30 minutes. We had a nice time. Nice guy. Yeah... I love brunch though, that's about it. That was a treat. Somehow this weekend I managed not to pay for any of my own food or drinks except like one round and a giant Diet Mt. Dew on Sunday. Winning at life.

Speaking of winning at life I have been doing the Keto thing for about 2 weeks now. I really hate saying diet because it's really just following macros to keep your diet 60-75% fat,  15-30% protein and 5-10% carbs aka low carb, high fat. Everyone keeps asking me "why are you doing that, I thought you loved Whole30". I do, just felt like I needed a change and some stricter/not as strict rules to follow. I thought I could sustain this for a bit and still have a social life because liquor has zero carbs... as in I can have a Tito's and soda or 3. What I have learned so far is it works and lbs start falling off but I don't love it. I am used to consuming large amounts of fruits and veggies and with Keto you just can't because carbs. Not sure if this is helping me or not because I still feel like I can't get my food groove back. I am not cooking or prepping at all and it is making it much harder for me to stay on track. I don't know what the solution is but the problem is I just don't want to do it, I am being lazy. I'm going to do this for a bit though and see if I can dump the 10-15 lbs I found this summer. Why can I gain 5 lbs in 5 minutes yet it takes 2 weeks to lose 5 lbs? I hate this stupid roller coaster.

So it's feeling like Fall to me and I am ready to get off of my summer hiatus from blogging, cooking, meal prepping, working out and stop being such a miserable slug. Wish me luck!!

Happy Tuesday!

Currently: August

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
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SNACKING (ON)

Tree Line Nut Cheese and Applegate Naturals Salami cause I am all about the snacks. I keep meaning to go all in on Keto but it just hasn't happened yet. I am eating pretty low carb/paleo though so this is a great snack alternative to real cheese. I am telling you guys if you have not tried Tree Line cheese you must. It's non-dairy and made from cashews. I can get it here in Atlanta area at Whole Foods and Kroger. It's a little pricey but Kroger does put it on sale. The Applegate products are just good stuff. Deli meats are notoriously horrible and full of shit you don't want in your bod. These are dairy free, gluten free, casein free, non-gmo, no antibiotics, humanely raised... you can read all about it for yourself here. Bottom line...They taste really good.

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ANTICIPATING

The Eclipse I guess just like everyone else. There are so many good viewing spots here in the south that are just a hop skip from me. Nashville and Columbia, SC are having huge events. No effing way will I be there... I'll be in my front yard on a lawn chair most likely with a cold beer in hand. Or working.


BORROWING

A page out of a famous playbook. Life is change. Change is good. Hair grows back and mine was fried so I cut it again. Sorry that I don't actually have a pic but I am not sure how I feel about it yet. Check my Insta story and weigh in. It's short.

Start new, start different and make a change.


ADMIRING

Every piece of jewelry in the Tiffany Hardware collection as modeled by Lady Gaga. I want it all. Dammit.

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But I especially admire her for  not being one of the celebrity assholes that takes herself so seriously.


PURCHASING

Rare Bird Lit books. I ordered this exclusive signed and numbered copy of Hummingbird by Jude Angelini with limited edition vinyl audiobook months and months ago and I only have to wait another month to get it when it comes out.

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In the meantime I have been loving the selections they have to offer here, truly unique stuff. My latest purchase... just got it but don't see how it could disappoint. I know at least a few of you that will get it.



Many happy. 



Linking up wit Anne and Shea.

Weekending... Last of the Summer

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Monday, July 31, 2017


Goodbye summer...that's right, I said it. It's over, at least for me anyway. School starts on Thursday for my kids so this was my last weekend of summer technically. What did I do? Nothing exciting actually. You see, I am taking a hiatus of sorts from the social scene in my world. I am on a major spending, eating, drinking, interacting with people freeze and I am just tired, tired of it all. I hung out with my kids and my dog this weekend. Friday night we stayed in, all of us and played Sushi Go. We had an impromptu mini family game night and it was super fun. I can't help but think about how in just a few short weeks my house will go from 4 to 3. I'm struggling with that, I know I keep saying that but it's the truth and my social circle here doesn't seem to get it. I am the first one to have a kid leave the nest of my very closest pals so I guess I don't expect them too. I skipped a big shebang on the lake this weekend and I don't even care. It kind of feels good to just retreat for a bit.

Saturday morning bright and early we had 6th grade orientation aka "Cub Camp" for my new little Lakeside Lion. How in the hell is my baby going to 6th grade? She's a baby!!! We met all of her teachers and decorated her locker complete with pink and gold magnetic wallpaper, white fur rug and a mini rose gold battery powered disco ball that attaches to the top of the locker. You guys, my kid is cooler than me. I may have spotted a few hot single dads too but I can't be sure.  Biggest news of the weekend,  she and her BFF are in the same homeroom  after being at the same schools since 3 year old pre-school and never in the same class. 8 years later they are finally together. Praise the lord! The rest of the day Saturday I spent napping, reading and binge watching seasons 3 & 4 of Shameless... can't get enough.

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Sunday I baked paleo banana bread first thing in the morning, enjoyed some coffee on the deck and lazed around until noon. An afternoon trip to Costco and Homegoods with my #1 college girl was the most exciting part of the day. I will so miss those days. My goal was to spend less than $100 at Costco and if she wasn't with me I would have made it but we had to have organic frozen pineapple for smoothies and Dang Coconut Chips. Teenagers are so high maintenance. Don't even ask about Homegoods.

Pics or it didn't happen...


Love you long time. Happy Monday. 

Linking up with Biana...

Add It To Your List: July 2017

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Heyoooo... thought I would check in for a little link up cause I am still incapable of coming up with any original material apparently. In addition to working my arse off, dating in Dudsville and waiting patiently for football and fall, I am on a spending freeze for the foreseeable future. However, there are a few things I just can't get enough of here lately and you might like them too. I mean they are necessities and mostly healthy so check it out. Linking up with Lauren and Bre!


Green Mountain Brown Sugar Crumble Donut is divine if you do the Keurig thing. This is a staple on the home office coffee bar cart.  It's not exactly like a donut but pretty tasty.
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Sambazon Organic Acai Packs are my new breakfast fave. If I have time to make a bowl with one of these frozen packs it's a treat. Break it up while still frozen and throw it in the blender with some almond milk and a frozen banana. Puree and top with fruit, nut butters, seeds, coconut... whatever you like. Super healthy and deelish! I have been buying at Earthfare but apparently you can also get them way cheaper at Costco. I have been avoiding Costco because... spending freeze.

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Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil is maybe my best kept hair secret at about $1.57 a vial on Amazon. You can also get it for just a bit more at Ulta. If you have a problem with frizz, fly aways or live in the deep south where it currently is 879% humidity every day you need some oil. I just rub a little in my palms and smooth all over my hair after I style and it really helps. Smells amazing too.


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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Stickpacks...I am a little bit addicted to collagen peptides. I swear when I am on it religiously my hair, skin and nails are significantly healthier, stronger and just more youthful looking. I buy Vital proteins by the tub and religiously add a scoop or two into my coffee every day. But, some days I skip coffee at home and head to the office or a meeting and on those days I love the stick packs. Perfect on the go collagen solution! Virtually no flavor and dissolves quickly in hot or chilled liquid (preferably with no ice or it gets a little clumpy).

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Add them to your list. Do it. 



Weekending

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Monday, July 17, 2017
This just made me laugh. 


Oh hey...I had one of those weekends that I love... lazy. Friday night was a quiet one at home with my son, no girls. We hardly ever get to spend time just the two of us so I try to take advantage when I can. Little one is still at camp, her first full weekend away and I have to say we really miss her! The house is just not the same.

I am still doing the Match.com thing and I had a couple offers for dates but I am just not feeling anybody right now. I can't see going on a date if I am not super excited and thinking the whole time "I could be home on my couch with wine and my dog". This one guy keeps asking me to go dancing with him... dancing... like what am I... 80? I am trying to keep an open mind but that's just not me. I do have a date on Tuesday with someone that messaged me yesterday and that seems promising. I am actually looking forward to so we'll see.

I had tennis early-ish on Saturday (11:00 a.m.) so I got up and ran a couple of errands before showing up at my match and waiting for a court to become available so I could play. My partner and I won pretty easily despite it being about 150% humidity and the air as thick as mud. It was our last match of the summer season so we all went out and grabbed beers and food to celebrate once again finishing solidly in the middle of the pack. By the time I got home it was 4:30 and after the best shower ever I passed out and napped til like 8:00 p.m. That always feels so good but never really is in the end. I ended up staying up until like 2:00 in the morning watching Dateline and the last 3 episodes of Catfish.

Sunday I never left my house. I stayed in PJ's all day not gonna lie. I washed sheets, about 3 loads of clothes, loaded the dishwasher, took out all of the trash, DIY'ed a lamp with Rose Gold spray paint (meh), packed camp care packages for Ava, freaked out that the new gecko shed it's skin (disgusting but kinda cool), binged on RHONY and The Spouse House (like that could ever work) and vacuumed up about 3 weeks of dust and dog hair. So I was lazy in that I never left the house but I got a lot of shit done so I pretty much had the perfect Sunday.

After chopping a few inches off of my hair at my last appointment I decided  am thinking that chopping even more off is a great idea. I've been looking around at some other women my age with really long hair and I am starting to think it looks like you are just trying too hard. Not that mine is really long but I feel like I need some more change, just a little something. Like a shoulder length bob kinda thing... like this.

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I didn't even take too many pics. I have been really bad about that lately. But here are a few of kids and pets, projects and food for the heck of it! By the way I made my very first acai bowl at home last week and I am obsessed. It was amazing! Have a great week!!




Linking up with Biana...