Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Coffee Talk



If we were sitting across from each other sipping a hot cup a joe I'd probably be telling you this...

...first I'd become that mother and spend the majority of our time gushing about my sweet son. I meannn look how sweet he is with Santa! It's just so heartwarming. I will literally treasure this picture forever!


...also, remember I mentioned a few weeks ago that I thought George would start walking soon? Well, hello! We have a walker. I use that term lightly, but he's definitely walking across our living room. Yay for George!

... this was my scene Sunday morning. Perfect reading spot! I started China Rich Girlfriend over the weekend and have already finished it and I'm on to the 3rd book in this series, Rich People Problems. Highly recommend these books. So easy to binge read them too!


...speaking of books - I ordered the 2 books above from Amazon Prime and wouldn't you know it took longer then the free 2-day shipping. Why am I paying for Amazon Prime again?

...anyone else excited for the return of Vanderpump Rules??

...George was supposed to be napping recently and I looked at the monitor and found this sneaky little cutie reading!


...made 2 keepers for dinner recently that I must share - Baked Ziti and Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Both from the Pioneer Woman and as usual make a tonnnnn.

...currently burning this Yankee Candle. The scent combo may seem strange but don't let it fool you!! It smells so good!


...I've come up with the best company for mothers... drum roll please... a highchair detailing service. They would come to your house and detail your dirty macaroni and cheese filled highchair back to its original pristine form. Yay? Nay? How do you mothers keep them looking so clean? Especially the straps!

That's it for today! See you back here soon :)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

O. M. G.... it's Ree!

...as in Ree Drummond... as in the Pioneer Woman! Mr. B and I (and George) got to meet her last night at her signing for her new cookbook! How fun! Of course she was just like she is on TV - super bubbly and nice.

the line!!!


our celeb moment! a total professional - signing books while taking pics and still looking cute
I can't end this post without sharing two of my favorite recipes from Ree (first name basis ya know!) First up is her lasagna. This is definitely my go to recipe and it makes a tonnnn. She calls it her best ever lasagna and I think she's right!


I think I've talked about my second favorite recipe of hers before - French Breakfast Puffs. She calls them French Puffs but really they are a cinnamony donuty little pocket of goodness. I will note that she makes her in a standard muffin tin, but I think they're better using a mini muffin tin.


Plus there are tons of new and yummy recipes in her Come and Get It! Cookbook! Now, what's for dinner???

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thankful and 32!

Happy Tuesday everyone and a happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you had a fantastic holiday filled with lots of family and yummy food. We certainly did! We spent the week at the beach which I love during the off season where you can't see anyone for miles and miles, and the weather was perfection!





beautiful sunrise for Thanksgiving

my lil turkey!

Thanksgiving mimosas with mom





full heart

hiiiii

sweet cousins

....and.... happy birthday to me! Yesterday was my 32nd birthday and Mr. B made me my favorite cake - yellow cake with chocolate icing, a classic!


My birthday wish is another year full of new family memories, laughter and lots of love!

Cheers!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday's Confessions

Happy Friday everyone! Did your week fly by like mine? Thank goodness, right?! I'm here today with my Friday confessions and as always I'm linking up with the ladies below!


one | Let's just say I listened to Christmas music pretty much all day yesterday. I'm already there, aren't you? There's finally a little chill in the air which has really gotten me in the holiday spirit! What are your favorite Christmas pandora stations? I love the Eddie Higgins Trio Holiday Radio station!

two | Speaking of Christmas I pulled the plug on our holiday cards this morning. Ahead of the game, go me!


three | I don't want to be that Mom that thinks her child is the smartest in the class, butttt George is sooo close to walking I can just feel it! He has taken a step, but I just know it's going to happen any day now. Let me just live in my happy place, ok?

four | Mr. B got me the new Pioneer Woman cookbook and a ticket to go see her and have the book signed at our local bookstore. I seriously can't wait to meet her! There are so many great sections of this cookbook like sheet pan dinners and dinners under 40 and 20 minutes.


five | Am I the only one who doesn't understand Aldi??? I finally went after hearing my sister rave about it and I just wasn't that impressed. I couldn't find everything I needed and the pricing wasn't as great as I had heard? I may give it one more try, but to be honest all of the locations are really out of the way so it's not a sustainable way to grocery shop. And speaking of Aldi... I was talking to my sister on the phone this morning about it and looked on Instagram after we got off and wouldn't you know there was a sponsored ad for Aldi. I mean really? Is it anymore obvious that our apps are listening to us?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Weekending


Happy Monday everyone! I'm just getting my week started with a cozy cup of hot joe. Actually it started at 5:45am when my littlest friend decided it was time to wake up! How was your weekend friends? Did you make the most of Daylight Savings?? We mostly had a low key weekend with a special ending. Friday basically consisted of falling alseep on the couch while watching reruns of Modern Family which if you really want to know is my most favorite way to spend a Friday evening. Saturday morning we visited our favorite coffee shop which we hadn't done while doing our Whole 30. It was nice to have a family coffee run! The rest of Saturday was spent in the kitchen for me and watching football for Mr. B. I was busy whipping up yummy foods for our sweet George's Dedication which happened Sunday at Mr. B's hometown church. It was so special to do it there and I know Mr. B was so proud! I'd say George did pretty good, but it was definitely a struggle to keep him quiet the whole service!



And because you know I love a good menu here's what we had for lunch...
Chicken Salad - the only chicken salad recipe you need!
Ham Rolls
Mixed Green Salad - Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Spiced Pecans, Balsamic Vinaigrette
Deviled Eggs
Vivian Howard's Cheese Ball - a must holiday appetizer!!
Carrot Cake - another amazing recipe!

Chicken Salad from Cook's Illustrated Cookbook
2 - 3 pounds chicken, shredded or chopped
2 celery stalks, diced
2 scallions, diced
2 tablespoons parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup mayo
Mix it all up and enjoy! Add more mayo and lemon juice as needed.

A beautiful ending to a special day for our family

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fast Five

Here's your fast five for Friday before we're all off skipping through fields and smelling roses for the weekend... And as always I'm linking up with the ladies below!


one
I'm a self proclaimed robe-aholic and I have no problem admitting it. I love my robe, but I really need a new one and need your suggestions! Do you have a favorite? I've been in search of the same robe that's at our local spa which you can get in their gift shop for a pretty penny.

two
Where has the time gone?? Below is 3 months vs 10 months. We went from having a little baby to a boy. It's crazy! And he's so handsome and sweet with those gorgeous blue eyes. I just can't get enough!



three
Patiently waiting for my Erin Condren 2018 planner to come in! Took the plunge and I'm going back to your basic paper planner next year and I hope it sticks. I used to loveeee a planner! I went with the Deluxe Monthly Planner because I really just need a streamlined version.



four
Ya'll I've been loving this Maybelline Brightening Concealer. It's the perfect blend of creaminess and coverage and the price doesn't hurt!


five
Do you moms out there follow Cat & Nat on Facebook or Instagram?? Their Mom Truth videos are hilarious! I think their childhood friends that reconnected after having children and then all the goodness was born between them. Go check them out and get your laugh on!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Whole 30 Final Wrap Up

If you read yesterday we finished the Whole 30! So, yay to us! Now on to what really matters - the non-scale victories. First, let me say that I pulled out the scale and it actually didn't even work so there's that. No real firm idea on results, but we're ok with that! 

Non-Scale Victories | glowing skin, flatter stomach, leaner appearance, clothes and wedding rings fitting better, less bloating, feeling confident, fewer seasonal allergies, no acid reflex, no heartburn, less joint and muscle pain, happier, more outgoing, fewer mood swings, fewer sugar and carb cravings, healthier relationship with food, practicing mindful eating, started listening to body, sleeping like a champ, awake refreshed, tons of energy, maximized food budget, less food waste. 

You're probably thinking "Anna come one! That's a really long list!" And you're right it is. Check here for the full list of potential non-scale victories.



Now onto the food! Below were are favorite recipes from the last 30 days. Even if you're not doing Whole 30 these are great weeknight dinner options.

one | Loaded Sweet Potatoes Fries
I talked about this a lot and made it several times. It's so good! The spice mix is actually the best part. Run and make this now!



All day Errrr day!! Like I couldn't get enough of this. It seriously takes like a better version of your Starbucks latte. So yummy!


three | Meatloaf
Honestly, this meatloaf may be my go to recipe now. The flavor is so much better than any I've had in the past!


Great option for a "sweet" treat!


This trend has been going on for awhile and I'm very late to the party. This is delicious and definitely covers the asian/take out chinese cravings!


That pretty much sums up our Whole 30! Can't believe we did it. We're already talking about next Whole 30.... whodathunkit!