Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If You Want to Woo Me...

With Valentine's Day right around the corner in 12 short days, we're all linking up with Andrea today to Show & Tell the way to our hearts. I know there will be lots of ladies with peonies & purses, but me? I'm a simple girl. If you want to woo me... 


  • Take Me to Moe's. I'm not even kidding. I love Moe's. Give me a Joey Jr. with Chicken, a side of chips & medium salsa with a large unsweetened iced tea and I'm in heaven. All of my besties, including Miss Ella, share my passion for Moe's. We'll all eat Chipotle, but given the choice, take me to Moe's.
  • Give Me a Dunkin' Gift Card. I'm a lady who loves to caffeinate! I drink my iced tea daily & anyone who gives me a gift card for that goodness (or hand delivers one to my classroom/practice) earns a gold star in my book!
  • Buy Me Brunch. OMG I love brunch! This is actually what we did for Valentine's Day last year & I'm hoping it'll be what we do to celebrate this year too. Specifically speaking, champagne brunch at The Winfield is my absolute favorite. They start the meal with mini blueberry muffins & complimentary mimosas. Yep, that's the way to my heart.
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  • Love My Kids.  Seriously. If you love my kids, I'll love you. Become a part of our tribe. I promise you'll love it.
  • Watch My Kids So I Can Run. Yes, I love my kids, but every mom needs a break. So if you really want to score some points, offer to watch my kids for awhile so I can go for a run, to the gym, or maybe even just to Target ;) 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekend Recap

Another crazy cheer weekend is in the books! And I'm exhausted, which has led to me getting sick. But I'm not letting that get me down because it's dress down week at school, I won my Diet Bet & I don't have practice tonight! #focusonthepositive

Friday afternoon started with a quick trip to Target to stock up on some essentials. And when I say essentials, I actually mean essentials. I bought baby food, ring pops for my cheerleaders, and shampoo. It was the most boring Target run ever. Then, I headed to meet Eric to take a tour of a possible Pre-K for Ella next year. The tour went really well & we finally have a plan for her next year. I truly can't believe how early I had to make this decision, but now that it's set I'm happy that it's settled! Eric picked up the girls from Miss Jennie's & I headed to my basketball game. Thankfully it was a quick game & I was home before 7 on a game night, which never happens.

Saturday morning my alarm went off at 5:30 am (I hate setting an alarm on weekends!) so that I could get ready for a long day of competition. I was out the door by 6:30 & at the school to meet the squad by 7. The rest of the day is honestly a blur, but my squad looked amazing & I'm so proud of them!





My mom, sister, Ella & Aunt Babs all came to cheer us on! It was hard to spend too much time with them while I was there, but they're all cheerleading fans so I think (hope) they enjoyed themselves.

I rode the bus back to school, then hopped in my car to meet the rest of my family at The Distillery for dinner. At this point, I was officially sick & all that sounded good was chicken wings. The hot sauce cleared out my head & I felt better for awhile, but I was definitely ready for bed when we got home.

But you know who wasn't ready for bed? Livy. She was a total chatterbox & refused to go to sleep until 9:30 which is totally unlike her!


Ella spent the night at her Aunt Britt's with my parents, so I slept in until 6:45 then got Livy & myself to go over & join them. I'd barely had a real conversation with my parents, so I wanted to spend some time with them before they headed back to Saratoga.

Livy was so happy to see her Grammy & Gramps!



After a few hours of hanging out, we all got ready & went to Cracker Barrel for brunch. I somehow managed to eat only one biscuit, even though I had both hands free for once since my mom fed Livy for me. 

After brunch Ella headed off to shop with her Grammy & found these new Frozen rain boots. I had been thinking about buying her a pair of Hunters for Valentine's Day but she's totally smitten with these & they were half the cost, so I'm rolling with it. 



I wish I could say that I came home & was super productive all afternoon but that would be a ginormous lie. I did get a few tasks accomplished, but a vast portion of the evening was spent with me lying on the couch reading a book, snuggling with Livy & battling off a cold. 



I walked less that 5,000 steps, but I'm okay with it because my body definitely needed a day to recharge! Have a Happy Monday friends, it's going to be a good week! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday - January 2016

Today is one of my favorite blogging days of the month! I just love to read through what everyone has been up to, especially when it's been a crazy busy month & I've probably missed a few posts here and there! 



What we're eating this week... 

This is my last week of the DietBet & I'm set to make to some money!! I just need to stay the course & stick to my calories. So meals this week have been pretty boring. However, we did go out this weekend & I was able to eat one of my favorite salads ever :) 


Honey Crisp Chicken Salad from Uno's

What I'm reminiscing about...


So I have no idea why I'm just getting around to this, but I finally installed the TimeHop app on my phone & have been loving all of the photos of Baby Ella that keep popping up! I cannot get over how much Ella & Livy look alike! 

What I've been up to...

I've been spending a whole lot of time on cheerleading. January is always this way. It takes over my life. Thankfully I love these people...




What I'm dreading...

Report cards & progress notes. If you're a teacher, you understand. 

What I'm working on...

I'm currently in the middle of registering Ella for Pre-K next year. I didn't anticipate it being this stressful, but it has been overwhelming. I have researched close to 20 options and ruled out almost all of them. We need something that's full day because our babysitter doesn't transport kids. We want something that is play based, but will teach her the social skills she needs for school. We want something close to me with reasonable hours. We need something affordable. It's gotten to a point that I have a spreadsheet made & we've scheduled visits. I feel like I'm sending her off to college, not pre-school. 

What I'm excited about...

I'm excited that I finally fit back into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes! Now that I'm back to that weight, I can focus on maintenance & building muscle back up. With cheer season ending in just about two weeks, I'll be able to use our school's weight room before I pick up the girls & can't wait to see some results. 

What I'm watching... 

My TV is pretty much always tuned into HGTV. I am a huge fan of Fixer Upper - I mean, aren't we all? But this week I've been watching some of the pilots for new shows. Hometown was cute, but I felt like they were trying too hard to be Chip & JoJo. Wise Buys was a little boring, but it's clear that Chip Wade knows his stuff. I'm going to give them both a chance & hope that they hit their stride in coming episodes. 

What I'm listening to...

I made the mistake of buying Ella a Sofia the First CD for Christmas & it's pretty much all I'm listening to these days. Even once I've dropped her off I'm usually so focused on what I need to do when I get to school that I forget to turn it to the radio! 

What I'm wearing... 



I'm going to do a full What I Wore post next Wednesday, but I thought I'd share a few of the weekend outfits I've been wearing. Lots of leggings. Lots of sweaters. That's winter in New York. 




What I'm doing this weekend... 

Another competition. The "Super Bowl of Cheerleading" to be exact. Tons of pressure. I'm already stressed about it. But on a positive note - my parents are coming! We haven't seen them since Christmas, so I cannot wait to see them! 

What I'm looking forward to next month...

We have a Spirit Week in February followed by a week off for President's Day. I cannot wait to have some time off with my girls without practice or any other commitments!


And thanks to a little package from Grammy Nancy, Ella is really excited for Valentine's Day! I cannot wait to dress my girls in head to toe pink & red to celebrate! 

Ella with her bestie at Miss Jennie's last year <3

And this month's bonus question - What is your favorite Valentine's Day Treat?


So technically this is not a Valentine's Day treat, but I'm modifying it to be a Valentine's Day treat this year. Last year I made Shay's Marshmallow Peep S'Mores Bars for Easter. OMG they're so delicious - and also the reason that I failed my first glucose test - whoops! This year I'm going to use red & pink heart peeps to make them for a Valentine's Day party. #sugarhigh
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