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Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! I'm still in Denver for a work conference and missing my guys like crazy. I hope you all are enjoying time with your family and giving thanks to those who lost their lives for our freedom.



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Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekend Recap {Burns & Baking}

I can't tell you how much I love a weekend with no set plans and nothing we have to do. 

On Friday, Ben's class performed some short plays so I ate lunch with him at school before the performances. I can't believe he'll be done with 2nd grade on Thursday.

The people at Starburst finally gave the people what they wanted. An entire bag of pinks really is as good as it seems.

Things took a turn for the worse Friday night when I stuck my finger in a pot of boiling water while trying to stir some macaroni. It immediately blistered and the pain was SO bad even after putting aloe on it and wrapping it in gauze. I left it on overnight and thankfully when I woke up Saturday it felt much better. 

Luckily the burn didn't stop me and the boys from baking this strawberry banana cream cheese bread with fresh strawberries from the farmer's market.

It was supposed rain all day Saturday but when I saw the sun trying to peak through the clouds I decided to go a local "junk fest" where I saw the cutest bike display. And now I'm really wishing I'd taken this home with me.

Food truck goodness.

Jack ended up taking a late nap which turned into a 4 hour nap which meant he was wide awake at midnight. Whoops. Thank goodness he slept in until 9am Sunday morning. 

After a late start to our Sunday, I headed to the grocery store where I was finally able to find Halo Top ice cream. Have you all tried it? What flavors are your favorite?

I also made this Thai Chicken pizza from a recipe on Pinterest which tasted just as good as it looks.

After the kids went to bed I watched a few more episodes of The Handmaid's Tale and each one is more shocking than the last. Are you all watching this? 


And now were at Monday. Hope you all have a great start to the week!


Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Weekend Recap {Color Run}

My weekend recap is coming at ya a little late and I blame Girl Boss on Netflix for the delay. Has anyone else watched it? I can't decide if I like the main character or find her completely annoying and  bitchy. I'll report back once I'm a little further in. Friday was J and I's anniversary and my sweet MIL sent us this gorgeous bouquet. 

Unfortunately my husband had a big work event all weekend so we postponed our celebration until this weekend. And I got started on an early 4th of July DIY. Because I'm crazy like that.

Ben's school had a color run put on by the PTA and he got completely covered. 

On Saturday we got a visit from this little guy and I tried not to crawl out of my own skin.

 I also finally cleaned out and organized most of our garage. Now if I can just get the husband to go through the boxes of his stuff. Is it lame if I ask for that as an anniversary present? 

Saturday night my husband's event had a huge fireworks show and between that and the wreath, I'm already looking forward to July.

Sunday life.

Made a little better by 3 ingredient chocolate pastries. Recipe coming to the blog Thursday!


Happy Hump Day!



Linking up with Biana for Weekending.



Friday, May 5, 2017

Five on Friday {Hello Fresh}

I'm mixing it up from my usual Friday post and sharing with you guys my recent experience with Hello Fresh. It seems like I'm one of the last people on earth to try their meals and I'm not sure what took me so long. I take that back. My type-A personality may have had a few concerns (um, meat sent through the mail) so when Hello Fresh offered to send me some meals to try it was a no brainer and boy am I so glad I did. You know who else is glad? My husband. As he stood over the sink scrapping the last bits of food out of the bowl and into his mouth. If your spouse hoarding all the leftovers isn't confirmation enough, here are my 5 reasons why you need to try Hello Fresh.

One. Organized Meal Boxes
I couldn't tell you how happy it made my heart to open the box and see each meal was in it's own individual box. No rummaging through a big box and trying to figure out which ingredients go with what meal. We decided to try the Sesame Beef Tacos first and were able to slide the other two meal boxes easily into the fridge.

Two. Variety of Meals Offered
 I'll be honest, I was really worried that I wouldn't like most of the meals you can choose from. But have no fear, even a somewhat picky eater like myself found TONS of meals I wanted to try. And my favorite part about their meal choices is that they add 10 new recipes each week. I'm lucky if I try one new recipe a month on my own. I'm already drooling over next week's menu choices.

Three. Everything is included
Even things like oil and garlic powder. It's the little details people.

Four. Easy prep with quality ingredients.
It's amazing how much fun cooking can be when you have everything you need prepped, measured, and ready to go without having to do all the work. Duh! And can I tell you how shocked I was to find the beef was actually better quality than the meat I had just bought from my local grocery store that weekend. It was also still super cold thanks to 2 ginormous ice packs and a thermal bag which instantly erased my worries about meat being shipped in a box.

Five. Time for more important things.
This is my absolute favorite thing about Hello Fresh. Because I'm not spending an hour in the kitchen prepping and cooking dinner, I get to spend that time doing other things. Like trying to hide from one wild Ninja Turtle.

Ready to give Hello Fresh a try? Make sure to use code FISHY30 to get $30 off your first box.


*This post is sponsored by Hello Fresh and I was given 3 meals to try. As always, all opinions are honest and my own. 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Three days in Richmond, VA

I don't know what I expected Virginia to be like, but I have to say it far surpassed my expectations. The weather, history, and abundance of colorful buildings made my trip for work last week all the better. 

I was most excited to say goodbye to the rain and cold back home in exchange for sun and 80 degree temps. 

OOTD. Hot pink for a bright, hot day. 
Top//Thrifted, Similar
Skirt//Old Navy (old), Similar
Shoes// Similar
Necklace// Kendra Scott
Watch//Apple Watch 

One of the things that surprised me the most about Richmond is how colorful all of the buildings are. I literally couldn't stop staring at all the bright doors. And I may have a found several houses that I could totally see myself living in...if they weren't a couple million dollars. 

Not a bad backdrop for dinner. The James River and Richmond skyline. 

And no trip is complete without food. Conch is set right on the water and both my crab cake and She Crab soup were delicious. They also had a live band playing which added to the already perfect atmosphere. 

For a special treat we stopped into Carytown Cupcakes and it was not an easy choice but I ultimately decided upon the classic red velvet.

Our last meal before heading to the airport was my favorite of the entire trip. The Daily strives to use ingredients that are organic and locally grown, and you that's reflected in the quality of their food. My thai chicken pizza was cooked perfectly including the homemade crust. My mouth is watering as I type this. We also tried their spinach dip appetizer and unlike most spinach dips, it was purreed resulting in a smooth creamy dip. Can you tell I loved this place?

Until next time Virginia. 


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