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TBB Asks!

Okay okay, so I’m a day behind with this, but can I blame it on pregnancy brain? I’ve got to keep using this excuse for as long as possible! Anyhoo, here are my answers to The Blended Blog’s summertime questions!

1. Pool, Lake or Ocean?

For swimming in: pool. For relaxing beside: lake or ocean.

2. Camping, Cottage or Hotel?

Hotel–I need my comfy sleep!

3. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Peanut butter cup!

4. PJ’s, Nightgown, T-Shirt and Shorts or Birthday Suit?

All of the above EXCEPT birthday suit (I am a lady, after all 😉 )

5. Favorite Summer Beverage?

Sweet tea! I can’t wait to dive into some of that post-pregnancy!

6. Would You Rather Be Hot or Cold?

Probably hot, but only if I could be holding a nice, cold beverage.

7. Sandals with Heels or Flats?

Flats for sure (I’m clumsy).

8. Shorts or Skirts?

Skirts! I feel like I look funny in shorts–not too proud of my thighs.

9. Sit in the Sun or in the Shade?

With how quickly I burn, I’ve gotta say shade.

10. Water, Tea or Soda?

If it’s sweet tea, then DEFINITELY tea!

11. Favorite Summer Fruit or Vegetable?


12. Sunrise or Sunset?

Sunset (who wants to be up for a sunrise?)

13. Bike Ride or Walk?

I had a bit of a traumatic fall off of a bike several years ago and haven’t been back on one since…so I would have to choose walking.

14. Winery or Brewery?

Neither really…but if I were to go and hang out with the hubs, then I’d say brewery.

15. Garden or No Garden?

Most years, I say GARDEN! But last year I was planning a wedding and this year I’ve been growing a baby, so the garden will have to wait until next summer.

16. Big Summer Concert or Music in the Park?

Hmmm…it depends on who it is…I’d probably have to go with big concert!

17. Fave Cookout Food?

Corn on the cob!

18. Dine Indoors or Patio?

As long as it’s not too buggy, I love eating on the patio!

19. Favorite Summer Destination?

Bethany Beach! Someone get me to some ocean PLEASE!

20. Big Theme Park or Local Carnival?

I’m a sucker for a big theme park (Disney all the way, baby!)

21. Drinks Blended or On the Rocks?

Not much of a drinker, but when I do, it’s on the rocks.

22. Popsicle Flavor of Choice?

Cherry or Grape!

23. Hot Dog or Hamburger?






Seeking Approval Throughout Life

Happy Monday all!

I’m sorry for the radio silence this past week. Prepping for baby is quite a bit more draining that I realized, but hopefully I’ll be back to a normal schedule soon.

Anyway, today I’m talking about seeking approval. I’ve always been one who wanted others to be proud of me. In fact, even today, when I think that I might disappoint someone, I go into a bit of a tailspin until I can make it right. Example: when I know people are coming over, I will stress out HARD about how my house looks and then apologize a zillion times once the guests arrive.

This is why I loved the book Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (And Occasionally Inappropriate ) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself. I originally was drawn to the book because of the author Faith Salie (my family are NPR fans), but as I read, I felt such a kinship with her and her wish to do things to make others happy, even when she didn’t realize she was making herself unhappy.

Reading about her first marriage was especially eye-opening, and it showed me how much I’ve grown as someone whose need for approval must be SLIGHTLY dwindling. Not only is she brave enough to admit to the times when she was being emotionally mistreated, but she does it in such a comedic way that she’s so personable.

Oh, and her chapter about being in a high school beauty pageant–HYSTERICAL!

I highly recommend this book to all of you, whether you’re approval junkies or not 😉

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


What’s Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I’m excited to FINALLY be linking up with Mix and Match Mama, The Larson Lingo and Shaeffer Told Me To for What’s Up Wednesday! Here’s what going on with me:

What We’re Eating This Week…


This week, we’ve been a bit lazy so far. I was fortunate enough to have steamed crabs, corn on the cob and hamburgers with my parents and brother on Sunday, but since then we’ve been ordering in. Tonight, however, I will probably make some incredibly difficult spaghetti and meatballs 😉

What I’m Reminiscing About…

Past trips to the beach. I’ve been super jelly of all of my fellow bloggers’ vacation pics, and I can’t wait to be back on a beach next summer!

What I’m Loving…

Counting down to baby girl! 53 days to go!!!!!

What We’ve Been Up To…

Luckily, we haven’t been overrun with plans the past two weekends. The only unfortunate plan that I seem to keep having OVER and OVER again is bringing my Jeep back into the shop, since they just can’t seem to fix it completely (insert angry emoji face).

But other than that, we’ve been prepping for baby’s arrival, watching a ton of Parks and Recreation and playing Animal Crossing (adulting so hard).

What I’m Dreading…

The incredible task that is cleaning our house from top to bottom. Ughhhhhhh someone send Mary Poppins! I’ll take Julie Andrews or Emily Blunt!

What I’m Working On…

A special surprise for my baby shower guests! Shhhh! Not telling!

What I’m Excited About…

My baby shower on August 5th!!! It can’t get here soon enough!

What I’m Reading…


Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself by Faith Salie. This book is GREAT so far, but I just need to actually find time to read it…

What I’m Listening To…

Rebroadcasts of Elliot in the Morning, the book Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner, and ALWAYS Hamilton!

What I’m Wearing…


My Cobian flip flops! Every dang day!

What I’m Doing This Weekend…

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning…and hopefully sleeping! And maaaaaaybe meeting my friends’ new baby if he/she makes her appearance!

What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month…

Again, my baby shower and celebrating my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday!

What Else is New…

Well….I can’t tie my own shoes easily anymore and if I drop things they land on my belly!




Add It To Your List!

Happy Tuesday folks! Today is a great day to try some new things, so I’m here to suggest some items to add to your list!

Chobani Flip PB&J Greek Yogurt


Funny enough, I don’t like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (peanut butter is enough for me, thank you), but this yogurt is delicious! Strawberry yogurt with peanut butter pieces…just the perfect healthy snack!

Game of Thrones


Of course, the fact that Game of Thrones is awesome is nothing new, but there’s no time like the present to check it out!

Registering with Amazon


We decided to have two baby registries: Buy Buy Baby and Amazon. While both have been great, I really have to give it up to Amazon for making it so easy to add items from other sites AND for making it so easy to send thank  you notes to those who have sent us gifts early.

“The World Was Wide Enough” from the Hamilton Soundtrack


Leslie Odom, Jr’s voice just KILLS me on this song.

What’s on your list? Linking up with Lauren and Bre!




A Day in the Life–July 21

It’s Monday, y’all!

Today I’m recounting a day of my life. Each day is a little different, depending on plans and such, but a lot of most workdays is redundantly similar. However, since Friday including baby things, I felt it would be a good one to document!

6:45 AM–Rise and Shine!

Typically, I’m up by 6:30, but since I had a doctor’s appointment on this morning, I got an extra 15 minutes of sleep.

7:22 AM–On My Way!

After taking a shower, getting dressed and throwing some chicken and stock in the crockpot for that night’s dinner, I’m in the car and on the road!

7:37 AM–Bookin’ It

After getting gas, I start listening to The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner. Not too shabby so far.

7:46 AM–Smoothie Time!

Whenever I have a baby doctor appointment, I try to treat myself to an Angel Food Smoothie (without the added sugar) from Smoothie King.

8:38 AM–Time to Hear the Baby!

My appointment was for 9:15, but I always arrive early, just in case. The doctor was really happy with my progress, even though I had gained 5 pounds in 2 weeks (although some of that has to be the baby, right?). But my blood pressure was good, the baby’s heartbeat was strong, and she even kicked the doctor lol! I was able to make all of my doctor’s appointments through delivery–eek, it’s so soon!!!

10:15 AM–Back to Work

I arrive at work just in time to get on a conference call that I thought I would have to hand over to my coworker. This meant sitting on the phone for an hour until they finally got to my topic. Sigh.

11:45 AM–Lunch Time

I’m lucky enough to have a cafe on the campus of my work, which has delicious food. Today I scarfed down a veggie burger and a cup of Maryland crab soup. If only walking over there in the ridiculous heat had been better…

12:30-4:30 PM–Work Work Work

6:15 PM–Finally Home

I finally arrive home after being stuck in a TON of traffic. Luckily, all I needed to do to dinner was add chiles and chili powder, and the crockpot chicken taco recipe from Mix and Match Mama was complete! While C and I chowed down on tacos, we watched some Parks and Rec, including the episode that featured this moment:


7:30–Playtime for the Pups

We took the puppies outside for some playtime! Linus loved playing with his ring, but Emmy was must more interested in rolling around in some grass.

8:00–Chillin with Animal Crossing

C and I spent the rest of the evening in an incredibly exciting way–playing Animal Crossing next to each other on the couch.


After a long time, it was finally time for me to hit the hay.


Linking up with Julia and Liz for Day in the Life!



Five on Friday

Happy Friday folks!


It’s my favorite time of  the week because I get to give some love to excellent blog posts! So without further ado, here we go:

#1–DIY Post-It Note Goal Board from My Borrowed Heaven


With baby’s arrival just around the corner, I am in desperate need of some organization. My to-do lists have gotten a little out of control (you should see my fridge). But I love this goal board that Meg made because it not only focuses on the immediate goals but the future goals as well. Don’t you want to add this to your kitchen or office?

#2–Summer Slow Cooker Recipes from Mix and Match Mama


Honestly, there are some days that I want to pack up, move to Texas and live with the Shull family. They’re completely adorable, and Shay knows how to cook like none other! Until they formally ask me to come and live with them, I’m going to try to incorporate some of these delicious slow cooker recipes into my meal plan.

#3–The Best Hashtags for Outdoor Lovers from To & Fro


In the summer, even when it’s really hot, I find myself outdoors much more than usual. And let’s be honest, there are substantially more Insta-worthy pics taken throughout the summer than when I’m stuck inside for the winter. Luckily, Mar shared a post with fantastic hashtags to use when you’re spending time outside!

#4–Best Fast Food Options While Traveling from I Am Teacher Fit


When you’re on a long road trip, the easiest move is to hit up a fast food joint. Sure, you’re usually super angry at yourself afterwards, but you don’t have to be! Jessica put together a list of popular fast food establishments and ways to eat healthier while you’re there. Then when you get to the beach, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll still fit into that bikini!

#5–At Home Date Night Ideas from Everyday Events


The hubs and I are homebodies FOR SURE. So the majority of our “date nights” include ordering in food and watching Parks and Recreation (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’m so thankful that Erin created this post that gives me some more great ideas for dates without having to leave our house!


Thoughts for Thursday: Emmy Award Hopes!

Happy Thursday all! The Emmy Award nominations were announced last week, and I can’t wait til September 17th to see who wins. Okay, I actually also can’t wait because that’s the day the baby is due, but hopefully while I’m in labor, I can watch the show and see these faves of my take home awards!

Outstanding Choreography: Travis Wall


I distinctly remember loving him when he was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance, but as a choreographer, I love him all the more. He puts so much feeling and emotion into each dance, and I have been brought to tears more than once by his choreography.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown


Randall from This is Us is one of my absolute favorite characters on television right now. I swear that I cried for HOURS after watching the episode where he has an anxiety attack because his performance was so real and raw. If he doesn’t win, I may throw something at the television.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell


Honestly, who doesn’t love Phil Dunphy? I could watch episodes of Modern Family over and over just to hear his fabulous one-liners. He is hilarious in every single episode.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Samira Wiley


I used to be a big fan of Samira Wiley when I watched Orange is the New Black, but she blew me away in The Handmaid’s Tale. I am so excited to see what happens to her in Season 2 after all of her awesome exploits in Season 1.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Because I definitely watched his opening over and over again…


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Alexis Bledel


Man, this girl can do SO much more than Rory Gilmore. After watching the first couple of Handmaid’s Tale episodes, I tweeted that Alexis needed an Emmy nom FOR SURE. And sure enough, she got it. Will I throw things if she doesn’t win? Probably not outwardly, but I will be SORELY disappointed because she totally deserves it.

Do you have any Emmy predictions?


What’s Hap-Pinning Wednesday: 31 Weeks!

Happy Wednesday everyone! As of this past Sunday, I am 31 weeks pregnant! 9 weeks to go until I meet this baby girl! Here’s what’s hap-pinning with the pregnancy right now:

Baby Girl is the Size of a…

Football! But I’m hoping this won’t lead to any sort of Hey Arnold! football head babies.


What’s Going On In There?

She’s rockin and rolling around. She managed to turn herself from head down to breach and then back again numerous times. I just hope she gets herself head down before it’s too crowded for her to make the turn again.

Any Cravings?

Now that summer has fully kicked into gear, I’m all about ice cream and froyo!

Anything Weird Symptoms?

Reflux is still sticking around, so thank goodness for Tums. And this isn’t a symptom, but it sure it a weird feeling to have a baby hanging out in my ribs!

How Am I Sleeping?

Eh, it hasn’t been the best week for sleep. I have to get up a pee a zillion times a night, plus with life being busy, I haven’t been getting to bed as early as I’d like.

What Do I Miss?


Less than 9 weeks, y’all!!!!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone!


Today I’m sharing five of my favorite posts from the last couple of weeks. I hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!

Family Fun 4th of July from Polka-Dotty Place


Whitney’s family sure knows how to celebrate holidays! Seriously, this crafty mama is so impressive and makes sure that her kids are always having a creatively educational time. So I’m not at all surprised that her friends are just as creative and had the coolest games at a Fourth of July barbecue! My personal favorite was the Shirt of Fun!

HUGE Instagram Roundup from Southern Curls and Pearls


No one, and I mean no one, dresses as beautifully as Caitlin. I live in awe of her wardrobe, so if you need some ideas for incredible outfits, just check out this post!

Leslie’s Favorite Cookbooks from Cupcakes and Cashmere


As someone who is TRYING to cook more, I always appreciate an awesome cookbook. The list of Leslie’s favorite cookbooks not only will allow me to find some great one for myself (i.e. one that’s all about tacos!!!!), but any of these would also make a great gift!

20 Different Summer Date Night Ideas from Drink the Day


With baby girl due to arrive in a couple months, I want to make sure that C and I have some one-on-one time before we’re a family of three. Luckily, I can always turn to Jacqui for ideas on how to have a great time! Definitely check out her list of awesome date ideas for this summer–I love the idea of the arcade prize exchange!

A Cooking Curve Ball from Love, Fun and Football


I always knew that I liked Erin for a reason, and this post totally proved it to me. First of all, I love any occasion when I can make up a poem, and I’m awfully self-deprecating when it comes to my cooking mishaps. Erin managed to merge the two in one of my favorite posts. And what’s more impressive–she salvaged the meal and turned it into something else!


Thoughts for Thursday

Happy Thursday folks! Does anyone else need the weekend like nobody’s business? Here are some of the thoughts that have been percolating in my brain this week:

Prime Time

Did anyone else enjoy Prime Day? Man, it’s totally the Wild Wild West up on that site during Prime Day, but I still managed to get this cool water bottle and a diaper bag backpack for C! And C…got us a Roomba!!! And this means that it’s only a matter of time until it turns into this…


The Better Dean


Those who are longtime readers of this blog know that I’m not the hugest fan of Dean from Gilmore Girls. I may have even referred to him as a “garbage boyfriend” from time to time (although he did redeem himself in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life), but I am loving the heck outta Dean on The Bachelorette. While I don’t necessarily think that he’s the best match for Rachel, I do think he’s adorable and will be snagged up VERY quickly after the show airs.

9 1/2 Weeks

Baby Girl is due to arrive in 9 1/2 weeks. I distinctly remember when I was only 9 1/2 weeks pregnant! The countdown is ON, folks!

What have you been thinking about this week?