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Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

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Today I’m sharing five of my favorite posts that I’ve read lately!

1–1,000 Books from Love, Fun and Football

One of the things I can’t wait to do with my daughter is read to her. When Erin shared this post earlier this week, I was so excited about the challenge of reading 1,000 books to my little girl before she starts school! While it seems like a lot, if I read her one book a day, that’s 365 each year!

#2–Our World from Cupcakes and Cashmere

The writers at Cupcakes and Cashmere were on point with some of their suggestions for new products and apps this month! I’m especially excited about Milk Books and the Workflow app!

#3–Favorite Podcasts for Moms from It Starts with Coffee

I’m all about podcasts (especially with my killer commute), so I was so excited to see that there are so many out there for moms! I’m especially excited about Motherhood in Hollywood–gotta love advice from celebrity mamas!

#4–100 Day Recipe Challenge from Polka-Dotty Place

I’ve been meaning to find a way to compile my recipes, other than merely on a Pinterest board. Luckily, Whitney has encouraged me to start a 100-Day Recipe Challenge, which I just started yesterday! I’ll be so excited to have a full book of recipes in just a few months!

#5–Adulting Lately: The Little Things from In Residence

Remember when we were kids and our parents just took care of everything for us? And we didn’t even KNOW that changing vacuum filters was a thing? Well, Anne points out some of the little things that adults need to know, and I’ve got to say, my mind was blown.

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Happy Birthday, Cookie Monster!

Today I want to wish the happiest of birthdays to one of my favorite creatures of all time, Cookie Monster!

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As a huge Sesame Street fan, I have loved Cookie Monster since I was a little girl. I mean, we all wish we could eat cookies like this, right?

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More importantly, his birthday gets me excited to continue the Sesame Street tradition with my own daughter! Will she love it as much as I did? It’s hard to say, but I can’t think of a better crew to help my child learn.

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Happy birthday, Cookie Monster!

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The To-Don’t List

Hi all! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA, but pregnancy nesting is REAL! And stressful. The issue with getting pregnant soon after getting married (although I wouldn’t change it for the world) is that as soon as you’re ready to organize your wedding stuff, it’s time to make room for baby. That’s where my to-do lists come into play…except that I realized that I had accidentally made a to-don’t list.

What’s a to-don’t list, you may ask? That’s an incredibly over-ambitious to-do list. As in, I’d like to think that I’ll accomplish everything on this list today! I can totally do it, right? Well…

The thing is that I work 45 minutes to an hour away from home (if I’m lucky, based on traffic). Because of this, I leave the house before 7 in the morning, and at the earliest, I’m home at 5:30. This isn’t  usually the case, however, due to stops and errands on the way home.

Monday night, I didn’t get home until after 7. I had already given up on picking up a Carter’s order from the store, but I still thought I could accomplish everything else on my list. After dinner, I went to the grocery store to pick up the food for the next night’s meal…except they didn’t have a key ingredient. So I went to Plan B, but it added time to my grocery store experience. When I got home, I looked at the clock, saw it was after 9 and burst into tears. There was NO WAY that I was going to accomplish the items on my to-do list. My sweet husband did his best to try and help, but he finally sat me down and said, “Look, we’ll do a little at a time. Everything will get done, but just not tonight.”

So when I made Tuesday’s to-do list, I made sure that it was NOT a to-don’t list. I had a reasonable amount of tasks on the list, and even though I couldn’t accomplish a couple of them, I took a deep breath and moved them to today’s list.

Moral of the story: set reasonable goals for yourself, and if you can’t accomplish, just chill. It’s REALLY going to be ok!

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Three Things!

I have to thank my girl Jacqui from Drink the Day for the template for today’s post! I had so much fun reading hers the other day, and I just had to try it for myeslf! So, for your entertainment and enjoyment, here are some things you may or may not know about me, group into threes!

Three Things I’d Never Give Up

Pizza, Tacos, and Naps

Three Favorite Vegetables

Green peppers, pickles and cucumbers (which I know are just non-pickled pickles, but oh well!)

Three Shows I Watched Faithfully from Beginning to End

FriendsScrubsParks and Recreation! I also have watched ALMOST every episode of The Office, but I’ve never been able to get through the lice episode because it gives me the heebie jeebies.

Three Places I’d Like to Visit in the U.S.

Charleston, Austin and Las Vegas!

Three Places I’d Like to Visit Outside of the U.S.

Italy, Tokyo, and Paris

Three Things I Always Have with Me

My phone, my wallet and my foundation

Three Things That are (Almost) Always in My Car

An extra pair of shoes, my owner’s manual, receipts on the floor

My Three Most Recent Calls Were From

My mom, the vet and telemarketers

Three Things That Make Me Laugh

Elliot in the MorningParks and Recreation, and my mom 🙂

Three Things That Make Me Cry

This is Us (all the frickin time), Grey’s Anatomy (on occasion), and super random things because of pregnancy hormones!

Have a great Thursday!

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My 101 in 1001 Update!

Happy Wednesday folks! I know this was supposed to be posted two days ago, but things have been a bit cray, so here’s my update!

Sooooooo here’s the sad thing…some of the places/events on my list have closed. So I’ve had to modify some things in order to TRY to get close to 101!

I’m breaking out my planner and figuring out how to accomplish some of these items before the next check-in! Here’s how things are looking so far:

Visit the Best Zoos (2/10)

Plan: See the Bronx Zoo next Mother’s Day and possibly the Cincinnati Zoo sometime before then.

Eat the Best Pizza (0/10)

Substitution: Mother Dough in L.A. has closed, so it is being replaced by Bella Pizza in North East.

Plan: Snag some pizza from Bella Pizza next week, Pizzeria Beddia in Philly in June and Tavola next Mother’s Day.

Visit the Best Coffee Shops (3/10)

Substitution: Joule Coffee in Raleigh is closed, so it is being replaced by Bean Hollow in Ellicott City.

Plan: I don’t work too far from Ellicott City, so I should be able to try that out very soon!

Visit the Best Independent Bookstores (2/10)

Plan: I think we might have our babymoon near DC, so I should be able to check off Kramerbooks.

Visit 10 Castles in the U.S. (1/10)

Plan: Before getting Pizzeria Beddia, I’ll have to hit up Grey Towers Castle and Fonthills Castle.

Eat the Best Donuts (4/10)

Substitution: Verna’s Donut Shop has closed, so it is being replaced with Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee in Alexandria.

Plan: Before June is over, I will have Sugar Shack Donuts!

Run the Most Fun Races (0/5)

Plan: Sigh…the category may be a wash…

See the Best Christmas Displays (1/10)

Plan: Definitely checking off at least two of these next Christmas!

Experience the Best of Baltimore (3/10)

Plan: I might need to grab some fries next week…

Complete the Best Crafts of Pinterest (0/5)

Plan: Once the nursery is more complete, I’ll spend some time on these this summer.

Have the Best Blog Possible (4/5)

Plan: Just keep bloggin!

Enjoy the Best in Live Entertainment (3/5)

Substitution: Since Fun Home closed on Broadway, I replaced it with Waitress, which I saw on Mother’s Day!

Visit Charleston (0/1)

My mother, daughter and I are going next Spring!

How is your list coming along?

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Eat What You Want Day!

Happy Eat What You Want Day everyone! Oh, did you not know that this was a holiday? Honestly, neither did I, but I’m all for it. Of course, I won’t go crazy and literally eat whatever I want…but if I had the choice with no fat or caloric consequences, here’s how my day would look:

Breakfast

I’d start out my day in a sweet way with chocolate chip pancakes. I’d have to get my mom to make them, since she makes the best chocolate chip pancakes in the world. I’d have a side of bacon and one of the amazing lattes that I had on my honeymoon (hey, it’s my fantasty–they can ship lattes from North Carolina!).

Lunch

When lunch came around, I’d have to head over to Pasta Mista for a few slices of my favorite pizza. Obviously, I’d get a side of fries, because why not?

Dinner

For dinner, I would have to head back over to my mom’s for her famous tacos. We’d start with chips and salsa, of course, and then dive into all the taco goodness!

What would you eat if you could eat whatever you want?

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What’s Hap-Pinning Wednesday

Happy Wednesday folks! Here’s what’s been happening on my Pinterest board this week:

Adorable Birthday Parties

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Is it weird that I’m already planning future birthday parties for this little girl? I can only hope that she’ll be a fan of Beauty and the Beast, so that Baby Girl could have a birthday party like the one that Natasha from Hello! Happiness is planning!

Oooh Spicy!

I love spicy food, and I could seriously eat chips and salsa for every meal. So this week, I was excited to find this recipe for Crockpot Chicken Fajitas from Soup of the Day:

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and this recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken from Maebells:

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Casseroles

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Sometimes the easiest thing to do at the end of the day is throw together a casserole. This pin from Drizzle Me Skinny for Sloppy Joe Casserole has me drooling, and it looks so easy to put together!

Summer Blog Post Ideas

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We had fall into a slump now and then. I’m so glad that Neely from It Starts with Coffee provided her readers with a list of 25 Summer Blog Post Ideas! I’ll definitely be putting this list to good use.

What are you pinning this week?

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Show Us Your Books: April to May

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Show Us Your Books! Sadly, I only finished one book this month, but it was a good one!

Life According to Steph

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen (4 out of 5 Stars)

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This book was simply adorable! A light read for the romantic in me. There were comedic parts, sad parts, and in the end, happiness. Just what I needed! Oh, and even fake celebrity gossip–even better! It’s the story of how one “it dress” makes its way to 9 very different women in very different situations. Probable? Of course not. But that’s what makes a great rom-com!

Right now, I’m reading Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline–I’ll report back on it next month!

What have you been reading?

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Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I’m excited to see one of C’s cousins get married this weekend, and it’s sure to be a beautiful day. But until then, here are some of the stories I’ve enjoyed this week:

1. “Body Image” by Life by Nadine Lynn

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This is such a powerful post by one of my favorite bloggers. She’s truly trying to embrace all that is great about her so that she can encourage her daughter to have a positive body image. I’m going to do everything that I can to follow this model once my little girl joins this world.

2. “Listening Lately” by In Residence

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Honestly, I have a hard time listening to music on the radio these days. I feel like every time I turn on the radio, “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran is on every dang station. So most of the time, I turn to podcasts, and I can’t thank Anne enough for these suggestions!

#3–“All About Our Little Viking–Part II” by Unlocking Kiki

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Um okay, let’s talk about how much I want to be pregnant in Iceland right now. Their maternity leave is AMAZING, as is their medical care. I feel like I learned so much from Kaelene’s post. Trust me, if you’re pregnant or have been,  you’ll be wanting to hop a plane to Iceland, too!

#4–“National Infertility Awareness Week” from Marathons and Dog Tags

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I had no idea that the last week of April was National Infertility Awareness Week, and so I was so thankful that Jen brought it to my attention with this post. Being a woman who had to take extra measures in order to become pregnant, I feel a camaraderie with the 1 in 8 women who struggle with infertility. I’m so lucky to live in a world with more options for having a baby, and because of it, our little girl will be here this fall!

#5–Your turn!

What’s been your favorite post lately?? Fill me in!

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The Perks to Being an Early Riser

Y’all, I love to sleep in. There is nothing I love more than lazy weekend mornings when I can wake up, read for a bit and then drift back to sleep.

But recently, I knew that I had to make a change on weekday mornings. I have the tendency to wake up during the night (either by my own accord or from hearing my husband or dogs), and there are times when I would wake up a half hour before my alarm and then reset the time. Sleepy Lauren justified it, but then I’d be running around like a crazy person and then get stuck in traffic.

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So I bought an alarm clock that sits on the opposite side of the room (instead of using my phone), and I started setting the alarm for half an hour earlier. Here’s what has changed since I started this routine:

When I’m Up, I’m Up

Once I’ve turned off the alarm and walked across the room to do so, I don’t feel the need to get back into bed. When I used to change the alarm time or hit snooze, I always felt like I wanted to snuggle back under the covers. Now when I’m up, I’m up!

Taking My Time

Instead of running out the room and taking the world’s fastest shower, I’ve been able to appreciate the warm water and come out feeling more refreshed. In addition, even though I usually pick out my outfits the night before, if I change my mind about what I want to wear to work, then I have time to look for another option.

Breakfast Anyone?

Most mornings I eat breakfast at work, but if I have the hankering for some Panera on the way to the office, I have time to stop and grab a bagel! This is especially true since the traffic is much lighter just a half an hour earlier in the morning!

Don’t get me wrong–if I can sleep in on weekends, I TOTALLY do, but this new weekday routine is working out really well!

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