Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Round Up - Hello May!


Can you believe it's the last day of April?! April had us very busy and May doesn't look any less hectic. I can't complain too much, I enjoy having things to do and places to go. We purposefully have the middle to the end of May marked off the calendar to be around for the birth of our new nephew. The anticipation of which is killer! 
Last May was very emotional. My Granddad died and my sister had her baby right around the same time. Oh and my baby brother grew up and graduated High School. As the weather changes and we approach those dates I can't help but have Deja Vu to all that was going on this same time. My only hope is that this year is a little less sad. 
I love that this blog is a little journal of all the craziness in our lives. Here are a few highlights from April: 
          



            

Tell about your favorite April moments! 

xoxo Kristen

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Our Plated Experience


Imagine coming home from work and having your dinner on your porch. No shopping or meal planning involved. That is exactly why I decided to try Plated! My mom has been getting the deliveries for a few weeks now, and they have nothing but good things to say about Plated. She sent me a referral, so I figured why not try it out.
You start by picking a delivery date. Plated delivers on Tuesdays or Fridays. I picked Tuesday because I knew we had zero food in the house and it's so hard to meal plan around our busy schedule. 
Next you pick your meals. Plated only ships when you have 4 plates (2 dinners) in your basket. There were 9 meal options to choose from. Definately a variety to meet the tastes and dietary restrictions of people. I chose: Crispy Roasted White Beans with Sorrel, Sumac, Feta and Yogurt Sauce & Chicken Paillard with Roasted Parmesan Crusted Asparagus and Smashed Potatoes. I will be blogging about cooking the Paillard Chicken. 
When the box arrives at your door, it will stay cold all day so no need to worry about food rotting on your porch. I was so excited to see the box by the door when I got home. It was really just a relief not to have to go to the store and figure out what to make for dinner...sometimes it's just so hard! I feel like we do tacos every night sometimes. 
It seems to run about 12 dollars a plate. I thought that was pretty pricey. With my mom's referral it only cost us $24 for 4 plates, which is why we even tried it. But, after making this dinner and seeing the quality of ingredients-$12 is great. We pay way more than that in a restaurant, and these are incredibly fresh and domestic ingredients. 
Everything comes preportioned and in labeled packaging. The box itself is insulated and they give you several ice packs to keep your food cold until you get home. The ice packs are recyclable also. 
In addition to your ingredients you get a recipe card, complete with pictured step by step instructions on how to make your dinner. 




Overall the cooking experience was really easy. The directions are step by step and simple to understand. Each recipe comes with a difficulty level and nutrition info. This dinner was just over 600 calories-so it's not diet food, but it's really great ingredients and I didn't feel unhealthy eating it. You can even tell Plated to exclude certain ingredients if you have an allergy. Also, it was DELICIOUS. I haven't cooked anything that good in a while. We are going to try the 2nd recipe and then decide if we want to keep the subscription. You can get as many or as little deliveries as you like. But I'm pretty much sold already. A tad pricey maybe, but had we not gotten this delivery we would have ended up in the Dairy Queen drive thru. Instead we had a really high quality dinner for less than we spend at a sit down restaurant. 
Leave me a comment: Have you ever tried plated? Or any other subscription service? What do you think? 
Want your first meal for free? Tell me your email address and I will refer you! 

xoxo Kristen
I did not get paid to tell you about Plated!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bible Highlights: 1 Samuel 26-31

1 Samuel 30:24
"..The share of the one who went down into battle will be the same as the share of the one who sat by the baggage. All will have a share together."

1 Samuel 30:24 shows that even though some of the men had to stay behind while others went into battle-everyone ended up sharing in the spoils. While staying behind might not have been as an exciting of a job, it was still important job. There are many jobs to do in the congregation, some are more noticeable than others, but, most of us serve in the background. Either way it is a rewarding job and we can feel content that we are helping in some way. 

xoxo Kristen
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Day In The Life

This is a typical day in the life of  me! Each day is different, but this is my usual Monday! This is my chronicle of last Monday.

5 am // Alarm goes off. Obviously the hardest part of the whole day, is getting up. As soon as I move Delly wakes up and crazily jumps all over me. She gets fed first thing in the morning, so once we move that means it's time for her to eat. 

5:01 // Roll out of bed and Delly follows me into the dining room to get her breakfast. She acts like she is starving to death every time. I try to get her to sit and be patient while I scoop her food but it never works. 

5:03 // I get back in bed. I spend a few minutes on my phone, checking messages and the weather forecast. I usually have a lot of notifications because I fall asleep so early and I miss a lot. 

5:15 // Have to get up now. I go to the bathroom, brush my teeth and grab my bag. I change into workout clothes and try to do something with my hair. All while trying to be really quiet so Blake doesn't wake up. I really don't think he'd wake up even if I made a lot of noise- the guy can sleep through anything. 

5:25 // Usually I pack a quick lunch for the day. Usually a pb&j! I could eat peanut butter straight from the jar. My mom packed me a peanut butter sandwich basically everyday for school, and I guess it stuck. Today we have no food in the house, so it looks like I'm going out for lunch.

5:30 // Leave the house. I love leaving this early! No other cars, and I love the idea of getting things done before anybody wakes up. 

5:30-7 // Drive to Tallahassee. I work in Tallahassee 2 or 3 days a week for my family's business. The drive is long, but I love what I do and I get to see my family so it's worth it to me. I have been listening to the Kidd Kradick morning show since I was in middle school, and still do! They keep me entertained while I drive over. 

7 // Get to my parent's house. My mom and I exercise together every work day. We either do a 3 mile walk around the neighborhood or go to the gym. 

7:15 - 8 // Today we are walking! I love their neighborhood so much. We usually do a 3 mile route, but we change it up once in awhile. Tallahassee is really hilly, so we definately get out of breath at times. Lately it has been really foggy around the time we walk, but usually it's really clear and we see the most beautiful sunrises. 

8-8:25 // Time to get dressed! I keep a set of toiletries at my parent's house for work days. I use my brother's bathroom and I can't help but tidy up. I'm usually the one to refill the toilet paper and hang the towels up properly. Big sister probs. 

8:25 // Now that I've been up for 3 hours, I'm starving!! Typically I make a chocolate protein shake with some frozen bananas thrown in. So good!! It's like having a milkshake for breakfast. 

8:40 // Leave my parent's. The office is downtown and if you don't hit the lights just right it takes forever to get there. 

About 9 // Arrive at the office. We park in the parking garage, so I have to come through the main lobby and out the front door to get to our storefront. The door man is always there to greet me, and we usually make small talk as I'm heading out the door. He is super nice and always knows the latest on whats going on in the building. 

9:05 // The first thing I do when I get to the office is try to organize the desk. Technically I share my job and sharing a desk is not my favorite thing. I have to move things around until it's how I like. Usually there are 1 or 2 new orders on my desk when I get in too, which always frustrates me. 

9:10-9:30 // Next up is checking my work email and attending to any messages that are important. I also take care of any calls that came in after hours. My next priority is to get everything organized for the day. My job title doesn't really encompass all that I do. Technically I'm an Admin Assistant, but I also manage our entire office and do accounts too. My dad is a Real Estate Appraiser, and my job is to do everything I can so he doesn't have to. So I research properties, make appointments, create reports, file completed reports, and get people to pay us for the reports. I also manage our website and Facebook page. When I can I help my mom, who is a Realtor. I like to take pictures of her listings, stage the places a little, and I usually make the fliers (which is my favorite part!) 
So organizing the work for the day is making sure the guys have all the stuff they need for the days appointments and working in any last minute jobs. 

9:30-10 // It makes me happy to have a cleaned off desk. So next I get the new orders going, so I can get rid of all the papers stacking up on the desk. When I new order comes in I have to research it. That means looking to see if we have appraised it before, seeing if it is currently listed for sale, and looking up information about the property, like square footage and taxes. I love looking at pictures of houses and floorplans. There are some really cool houses out there! And some not so great ones too.. 
Once I get the property researched, I have to schedule an appointment for the guys to go out and see it. This is the most stressful part of the whole job to me. Sometimes people aren't cooperative, and sometimes you have to work in a lot of appointments into a day. I try to keep appointments organized by location-like if we are seeing 2 properties in one neighborhood they need to be consecutive appointments. 

10:00 // Well I picked a good day to do a day in the life-my phone keeps buzzing telling me that there are severe thunderstorm warnings. The front of the office is all windows, which is normally really cool. Not today. The wind is going crazy downtown, I think it's getting stuck between the buildings. The wind keeps opening our door, and it's basically nighttime outside. 

10:05 // My dad went into the main lobby to our mailroom to get the mail, but he doesn't come back. My dad is a bit of a worrier, so I wasn't too concerned at first. I figured he just didn't want to come back out into the rain, but the door man runs over to our office and tells us we need to get inside the main building. Apparently a small tornado was stopped just a few blocks over. Kind of freaking out here. He holds the door open for me, and I try not to get soaked because it's like flash flooding.  The lights were flickering and the wind was pretty impressive. 

10:10 // There is a smaller room in the back of the lobby where the elevators are that we hung out in for a little while. A poor guy on a bike was trying to ride by and his umbrella was inside out. So we helped him get inside, even though the doors were being blown shut. He was soaked, and really scared. At this point even the windows at the front door were bending because of the wind. 

10:15 // I texted Blake to tell him what was going on, and he didn't reply for like 20 minutes. I could have been dead by then! 

10:20 // By now the wind died down a lot and the rain wasn't blowing sideways anymore. I looked at the radar and it seemed that most of the bad stuff passed. So we headed back into the office. My dad has an app on his phone to listen to emergency broadcasts, and it was going crazy! The fire department was going to be very busy. Lots of downed power lines and tree limbs. I never heard anything else about a tornado, so I kind of wonder if that was an exaggeration. 

10:30-11:30 // I try to get back to work, although that was a pretty distracting morning. I have lots of reports to prep, so that'll keep me busy until lunch. 

11:30-12 // One thing that I don't really like doing is recording finished reports. We record them all in a ledger and then scan them into the computer. I don't like doing it because I feel like there must be a more efficient way to do it. Well, I know there is. It's just that that's they way we've been doing it forever, and to implement a new process would be really hard. And too hard to do while we've got so much incoming and outgoing. 

12 // I'm basically starving, but it's lunch rush hour and I don't want to leave yet. I usually bring my own lunch but we had nothing in the fridge at home, so I'm thinking Moe's. Until then I keep myself busy with a little more work and reading a few blogs. We have a lot of really good restaurants downtown, but since it's raining I don't want to walk anywhere. It would have been a perfect day for my rain boots!

1 // I leave the office and head out for lunch. It's crazy to see the amount of branches on the ground! 

1:10 // Moe's still looks packed, but fortunately there is no one in line! It smells sooo good. I almost always get the same thing: Earmuffs. Basically a chicken bowl with lots of veggies. And I love that the Gauc is free with your bowl! The keypad at the register says that I've got 45 loyalty visits. Uhm yeah, I love Moe's. 

1:20 // This Moe's is right around the corner from the house I grew up in, so I find myself wanting to drive over that way. It's so weird that other people live there now. On the way back to the office, I eat a few chips because I am so starving!

1:30 // The guys are out on appointments so I eat my lunch at my desk while catching up on shows on Hulu. We were out late last night so I missed Once Upon a Time. 

2:00 // A few more orders come in, so I process them! 

3:00 // One thing I hate more than scanning, is the shredding...I have tons of confidential docs to shred. Contracts...clients phone numbers and credit card numbers..All into the shredder. I really wish we'd get a super awesome shredder, ours only does like 5 pages at a time. 

3:30 // I have to make a few phone calls to set up appointments for later this week. One Realtor warns me that the tenant has been less that cooperative. I have to make all kinds of notes in the files so keep track of stuff like this. Looking back on scanned files is always funny because of this. I have made notes on all kinds of people. Divorce cases are always dramatic and interesting. 

3:45 // My sister texts me to tell me one of our friends is pregnant, so we chat for a while about that. Throughout the day I get tons of texts from my sister, and lots of snapchats of my nephew. Love getting them! I have to turn down the volume basically every time though-baby screams aren't really office appropriate. 

4:00-4:15 // I am allowed to leave at 4, but I never end up leaving by then. There is always lots to shut down and get ready for the next day. I have to take out the garbage, because everyone's smelling lunch is usually pretty bad by closing time. As soon as I walk back in from the dumpster, the phone rings again. Just a person with a random question about a job we did 5 years ago. 

4:25 // Time to head out! I should have taken the stairs to get more steps, but I habitually walked back into the lobby. I really regret not taking the stairs because the elevators just got serviced and they smell really bad. 

4:30 // On the road! I try to get out of the office by 4:45 at the latest, otherwise traffic is terrible. Lots of tree branches down from the storm earlier! I saw one house completely blocked by a giant tree that had fallen. Also the temperature dropped by like 10 degrees, and it's actually kind of chilly! 

4:30-5:45 // Drive home. The ride home is always more stressful than the ride over. The road is just way more crowded and I'm like really tired by the end of the day. This is when I get annoyed with other drivers! Especially those people who park it in the left lane. Today I spent most of the drive home talking on the phone with my mom for a little bit and then my sister. Talking on the phone always makes the drive go faster. I have a few people that I will call during the week to help pass the time. 

5:55 // Blake had just gotten home when I pulled in the driveway. He always checks the mail and lets Delly run around outside after he gets home. He is starving so I have to make him a snack. We are meeting up with some friends at the park to walk a trail, so dinner won't be for a little while.

6:00-6:25 // Time to unwind a little bit. I change clothes, take Delly outside for a while, and talk to Blake about our days. He's had a crazy day again. It's been so busy at his office with a big computer thing that I don't understand. 

6:30 // Meet up at the sports complex. There is a paved trail that goes around the complex. If you go around 3 times it's 2 miles. Several people go there 1-3 times a week to walk. I love walking and they even have stations around the park to do some exercises. I try to do a pull up every time. Key word: Try. I get sore from trying so hard. 
I jumped up so I could get over the bar! This is actually the best I've been able to do so far.
6:30-7:30 // Walk. Exercising with friends is always more fun. Talking helps distract me! I actually had to put on a sweater for this walk, it's kind of windy. 

7:30 // By the time we are done walking Blake and I are starving. Should have known this was going to happen. Starving and no food in the house equals Dairy Queen. They basically know our order by heart. It's sad. But delicious. 

7:30 // We eat our dinner and catch up on each other's days. I pretend I'm mad at him for not replying to my omgosh i'm dying in a tornado text right away. 

8 // Time to crash on the couch with Delly. Dancing with the Stars time! Loving this show. I have three favorites right now. Rumor Willis, the guy with one arm/leg that I can't remember his name, and the guy from Shark Tank (Robert?) Willow from the Hunger Games is so cute, but she keeps doing this weird thing opening her mouth the whole time and it's annoying me. While I'm watching Blake is doing something on his tablet. 

8:45 // Fell asleep on the couch...I do this every single night. 8:45 means I fell asleep before the elimination. I will have to look it up in the morning. 

10:30 // Blake wakes me up and I walk back to our room. We settle in for the night and Delly gets right up between us. Typical pug. Now I'm kind of awake so I look at my phone for a little bit. After like 10 minutes I'm falling asleep again! 

10:45 // Officially asleep. 

Leave me comment: So what do you think? Do we share a similar day? Anybody else fall asleep on the couch every night? 

xoxo Kristen

Friday, April 24, 2015

This Week: April 24th



I'm Watching: Did you guys see the Jurassic World official trailer that came out earlier this week? I am so excited to see this movie! Jurassic Park is one of my favorites, so I'm all about a reboot. Especially with Chris Pratt! We've been watching Parks and Rec on Netflix and he is so hysterical. Looks like it could be pretty good! 


I'm Reading: Loved this read about the Disney Magic Bands. It gives you a pretty in depth history about how the bands came about and how they haven't even reached their full potential yet. We are at Disney all the time and the bands are awesome! They make getting in the park so easy and I love that we don't have to keep track of room keys. My only complaint with the bands is that they seem to send us band after band, every time we book a trip-even though they never stop working. 

I'm Listening To: Somebody New by Joywave

I'm Wishing For: Have you seen these adult coloring books?! They are amazing! I have always loved coloring, so I basically have to have this coloring book. They have really intricate designs. Imagine how therapeutic it would be to color in this thing. 

I Need To: This weekend we are going to try to give our laundry room a little makeover. There isn't much we can do to it, but we can make sure it gets cleaned out and organized. We got a new washer and dryer this week, so I'm really motivated to clean it up out there.

I'm Looking Forward To: Hopefully we are going to get to see some friends this weekend that are passing through town. Trying not to look forward to it to much in case it doesn't work out that we can see them.

I'm Making: I can't wait to tell you about our experience with Plated! 

Favorite Moment of the Week: Getting our new washer and dryer! I'm so excited about these things. Super big capacity, and much nicer than our old ones. I'm actually enjoying doing laundry. 

What are you guys up to this week??

xoxo Kristen

Thursday, April 23, 2015

5 Things I Can't Live Without - Beauty Products

This is going to be a fun new series to share! I'm definitely loyal to certain products and things that I can't imagine living without. Ritualistic, routine oriented, whatever you want to call it, I am a creature of habit. In today's 5 Things I Can't Live Without I am going to share the 5 makeup and other beauty products I just can't go without. 

You can't get any more basic than a bar of soap. But this bar of soap is absolutely necessary for me. I used to use Proactiv-with pretty blah results for that much money. One day I ran out of face wash and just grabbed the bar of soap. I figured it would do just until I could go buy more facewash. I'm telling you since I started using this bar of soap on my face, I've had the best skin I have ever had. Ever. I use it every morning and then usually again at night if I don't fall asleep on the couch. 

I've mentioned Dollar Shave Club before as a way to save money. I use the executive razor, which is only $9 per refill. I love this stinkin' razor! It is supposed to be for a guy, but ladies razors just don't work the same. I kept stealing Blake's razor, and eventually ordered my own! We just share the cartridges. (cheap!) I'm a weirdo who has to shave everyday. By choice really, but I can't stand even a hint of stubble. So my razor is definitely a can't live without.

Three// Baby Lips
One thing in my daily lip routine is using Baby Lips lip balm. Burt's Bees is my second favorite. Baby Lips just moisturizes so well, and it has a nice shine to it. It's like lip gloss, but not sticky and it helps your chapped lips. I have like 4 tubes rotating around- one in my car, one in my purse etc. I've never tried the tinted ones, but I'm really tempted. There is also a mint version that I would love to try since I love Burt's Bees too. 

Okay, so you caught me, I'm a drugstore makeup buyer. I've bought department store and catalogue make up before, but honestly when it comes to mascara I'm good with the cheap stuff. I love Lashblast because of the great thick brush. It works really well on my lashes. I usually get black or black-brown. I don't wear a lot of makeup but even if I'm just running out, I will at least have some mascara on. I have also noticed that some mascaras really irritate my eyes and make them water incessantly. This is one mascara that I have never had a problem with. It's affordable and works great! 

These make up remover towelettes are so great! Some stores sell their own store brand version of these wipe, and I have yet to find one that compares. Somethings are just worth the extra buck. As I said before I don't wear a lot of makeup so these towelettes go a long way. They work flawlessly and don't leave your skin feeling weird after you use them.
In case you are wondering, that's Essie's Splash of Grenadine on my nails-which is my current favorite nail color! So springy and fun! I plan to share more of my favorites in the future, so let me know if you want to see something in particular. I know I will share my can't live without cleaning supplies and my have to have hair stuff. 

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Leave me comment: Do we share any top 5's? What some beauty products you simply can't live without? 

xoxo Kristen
This post contains affiliate links. I received zero compensation for my top 5 products, I just wanted to tell you about things I love! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Negative Reviews

I'm pretty proud of the little side business I've got going on with selling items on Ebay! I've managed to make some extra money with stuff I don't even miss. The other day I was leaving some feedback for a customer, and noticed that I had still had 100% positive ratings from everything I sold. Then glaringly I noticed a single neutral review. I clicked on that review so fast, and promptly got really angry. The neutral review said that the item they bought was not as I described. First of all, I photographed that item perfectly-including a close up of the fabric, which they were complaining about. Secondly, I accepted a much lower offer from them than I had originally wanted. So this person had the nerve to complain about something I had clearly photographed, and they got it for super cheap. I think that's why they left a neutral review, rather than negative. 
So, I know what you are thinking. It's neutral, not a negative review! While my brain totally comprehends that, I still can't help but be irritated. They are tarnishing my reputation! If this Ebay review had legitimate complaints, I could have tried to resolve the issue. It is a business after all, you do need to make your customer happy. 
I noticed though, that is how I react to all negative "reviews" or comments about me. I could not get this dumb review out of my head for the whole day. Tons of positive reviews, but all I could see what this one. Anytime I see or hear anything negative about me-it's all I can think about. I was able to stop obsessing over this ebay thing after I decided it was unfounded. I want to apply that same strategy next time I get any type of negative feedback since I have such a lovely history of obsessing over them. While I don't think I can completely ignore negative comments, my goal is to give them less thought. I say less thought, because I do think you need to notice them. I needed to give thought to that neutral review to decide if I could do anything to fix it. Most of the time the answer will be No, I can't fix that. Once that is decided, there is nothing else to be done. If what you are doing is right, and you a doing your best, that negative comment really doesn't even deserve a second thought. Focusing on the negative is just such a huge expenditure of energy. I don't know about you, but I have so many other things going on that I really can't afford the brain drain and distraction of negativity. 

Leave me a comment: How do you deal with negative reviews? Is it something you can easily ignore? What about negative comments? Do you reply to them?

xoxo Kristen

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bible Highlights: 1 Samuel 23-25

1 Samuel 24:5
"But afterward David's heart kept striking him because he had cut off the edge of Saul's sleeveless coat." 

1 Samuel 24:5 shows us how having a good conscience can give us inner peace. David's heart kept striking him until he did the right thing.  Sometimes our conscience can mislead us, so we need to work at harmonizing it with Bible principles. Training our conscience will be something we need to do constantly, but if we do-it will be a really valuable tool for making decisions. 

xoxo Kristen
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Black & Gold Baby Shower: with DIY Lemonade Bar

I love party planning! Well, I love the idea of party planning anyway. I do tend to get stressed out because of wanting everything to be just right. But the coming up with ideas and finding decorations, now that's my jam.
This weekend I threw my sister-in-law a baby shower to welcome their baby boy, whose name is going to be Zane. Because they went pretty gender neutral with my niece's gear, they had pretty much everything they needed. We still wanted to throw them a small shower so they could get clothes and diapers for the baby. 
Gold has been huge this year, so I wanted to do a black and gold theme. It turned out really cool, and I liked that it was different from the typical baby blue. Pinterest had tons of cute ideas. I intended to do a lot of crafty decorations for this party, but my life has been so busy lately I just decided to buy everything. My time became worth the extra couple of bucks on Amazon/Target, ya know? 
I have 2 favorite things about this shower.
  One was the game we played. I'm not big on shower games ya'll, but I wanted to do some kind of activity. Finally we came up with a baby picture game. It worked out really well, and I think everyone really liked it. I had some of the guests send me a baby picture of themselves ahead of time, burned them to a dvd, made a game card, and basically pressed play. Each picture was on the screen for 15 seconds, and the guests had to guess who's who. The person who guessed the most right wins a prize. Our winner just happened to be the momma-to-be. 
My 2nd favorite thing we did was a DIY Lemonade Bar! Oh my goodness, it was a hit. Super simple too. I set up a table, filled a punch bowl with lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade...people were asking for my recipe!) put out cups and straws, and had a few 'toppings' cut up. You can do so many things with this bar. Your guests can add strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, mint leaves, lemon, limes...hey go crazy and put out some gin! 
I didn't have a second to spare to take any pictures, but thankfully my friend's have my back! Thanks to Chabeli for the great pics! Click the links for free printables of my game card and lemonade sign.




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Did you notice the picture with the tissue paper explosion? Just goes to show kids don't need much to have fun. I had so much help pulling this shower off, and I'm so grateful to have such hard working friends! Zane got a lot of really great stuff, and I know I can't wait to meet the little guy! We got him an ahhmazing herringbone suit from Janie and Jack. Uhm, why doesn't that store make adult sizes?? I would seriously wear everything they make! 

Leave me a comment: How do you guys feel about baby shower games? Have you ever played any really fun ones? Have you noticed how kids love to sit right up under the person opening presents? 

xoxo Kristen

Friday, April 17, 2015

This Week: April 17th

I'm Watching: Have you guys seen the new teaser trailer for Star Wars? Inner nerd coming out again, but it's so exciting! The music alone...I learned to play the French Horn in 6th grade, so anytime I hear one I get all nostalgic. Remind me to tell the story about how a scrawny little 6th girl ended up with the giant French Horn...



I'm Reading: I'm thinking of going vegetarian, so lately I've been reading a lot about it and what a typical body needs nutritionally. And looking at lots of vegetarian recipes! 

I'm Listening To: Currently loving: The Book Of Love by Gavin James

I'm Wishing For: Basically everything in the Lilly for Target line!! I think my favorite dress is actually the maxi dress, I usually do not care for maxi dresses. Who am I kidding though, I want everything. The prices are so great too.

I Need To: Time to do my nails! I've gotten to a place where I don't feel completely dressed without my nails painted. I think it is going to be Butler Please.

I'm Looking Forward To: Well the baby shower I'm throwing is this Saturday, so I would say I'm looking forward to that-but I'm more looking forward to it being over at this point. While I love throwing parties, it is a little bit stressful when you want everything to be perfect, ya know?

I'm Making: Did you see my Crunchy Asian Salad recipe? Super yummy, and easy to throw together.

Favorite Moment of the Week: It hasn't happened yet. The best moment of my week is going to be tonight when I get home from work and my yard is going to be done. Our lawn mower has been broken for a few weeks, and the shop is taking forever to fix it. The yard got really bad, so we hired a lawn service for the week. It is going to look so nice, and the best part is I didn't have to do anything! 

What are you guys up to this week??

xoxo Kristen