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Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I’m once again sharing some of my favorite recent posts for:

“10 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes” from Chocolate-Covered Katie


It’s officially summer which means that I’m more than officially ready for some ice cream (yup, totally already had some on Wednesday). But I’ll feel a lot better about myself if I can make healthier ice cream recipes. And it’ll give me an excuse to use my ice cream maker!

“Terrified of Happiness” from Venus Trapped in Mars


Sometimes things are going so right in our lives that we just can’t believe that the floor isn’t going to drop right out from under us. I completely understand everything Sarah is writing about in this post, and I bet there are more than several of you out there who feel the same way!

“Hosting Ladies Night” from Martinis and Bikinis


Nothing beats a good ladies night every once in a while! Just letting you hair down, gabbing with the gals and indulging in all sorts of yummy foods! This post has all the info that you need to throw a fantastic ladies night…just make sure to invite me when you do host one!

“Why Hammock Beach is the Perfect Getaway” from The Girl Who Loved to Write


Maybe it’s because it’s summertime or maybe it’s because Chelsea’s pics are AMAZING, but I am now itching to go to Hammock Beach Resort. Just take a look at Chelsea’s post and tell me that you don’t want to go and book your plane ticket RIGHT NOW!

“What To Do In New Orleans When You’ve Got Kids” from Alabama Graffiti


There’s 3 months to go until our little girl arrives, but I’m already planning to take her on plenty of vacations, including to the Big Easy! Laura provides so many great ideas, and now I’m more excited than ever to go!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone!


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.


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


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


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


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


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!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday one and all! I’m linking up with these lovely ladies to share 5 great (and not so great) things about this week!

Be a Unicorn?


Yes, I did it. I tried the Unicorn Frappuccino. I mean, it’s so pretty and changes color! But, alas, the taste did not live up to its cute appearance. Womp womp.

Strawberry Pie? Yes Please!


Yesterday, April from A Smidge of This set my tastebuds soaring with this recipe for strawberry pie! I’m definitely going to make this one, especially since it’s my brother-in-law’s favorite dessert!

Babymoon Ideas

I know that C and I would like to get away for a weekend before this little gal arrives, but I’m not entirely sure where to go. I’d like it to be within driving distance and not far south, since we’ll mostly likely go during the summer, when it’s hot. Any ideas?

Almost Baby Shower Time!

Tomorrow is the baby shower for one of my bridesmaids! Two of my other bridesmaids, my mom and I are throwing the shower, and I spent all of last night running around and trying to get things ready for tomorrow. It’ll be worth it though, and I can’t wait to show you pictures next week!

And the winner is…

Nancy Loring! Congratulations on winning the giveaway! I hope you enjoy shopping, eating a yummy donut and sipping on some coffee (but not the unicorn frapp).

Have a great weekend everyone!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone! This is going to be a busy weekend for sure, so let’s start it off with one of my favorite link-ups!

1. John Cena


Does anyone else have dreams about John Cena? No? Just me? Okay…

2. Yummy Drinks

Bloggers have been ON POINT these past couple of weeks with delicious looking drinks! Meg from My Borrowed Heaven is making me crave all the sweet things with her Easter Candy Milkshake and S’Mores Iced Coffee, and Megan from Soup of the Day is hitting my nostalgic side and my sweet tooth at the same time with her Cereal Milkshake!

3. Weight Watchers Restaurant Guide

Without any sort of sponsorship, I’m proud to say that Weight Watchers truly helped me to lose weight. Last week, Dash of Herbs featured a blog post that gave suggestions on how to eat out at fast food restaurants using WW points! I’m really excited to start using this when I need to lose the baby weight!

4. Free Coffee Day? Not So Much.


I got REALLY excited yesterday when I saw a billboard for free coffee all day at Wawa! That is, I was excited until I realized that I gave up caffeine until I have the baby. Totally worth it, but still…

5. Don’t Forget the Giveaway!

Don’t forget about the giveaway to win 3 gifts cards in honor of my 3rd blogiversary! Just complete the rafflecopter below!

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Five on Friday: 5 Blog Posts that Made My Week

Happy Friday one and all! Y’all know you were ready for this!

My favorite bloggers were just killin’ it this week with posts that were both helpful and fun to read! Here are five of my favorites!

1. “30 Miles in 30 Days” from Love, Fun and Football

I need all the motivation I can get to exercise these days, and regular readers of this blog know that I can’t resist a challenge. Can I get to 30 miles of walking in the next 30 days? I’m sure that I can with Erin’s support!

2. “Vivian Kate/Nursery Reveal” from Davis Duo

I have been anxiously awaiting Owen’s nursery reveal for her precious little girl–and she did not disappoint! All of the delicate touches that she added make Vivian’s nursery so gorgeous. It’s giving me inspiration for my own little girl’s nursery!

3. “Blogger Walls + Insta Photo Challenge” from Soup of the Day

Again, back to challenges and my obsession with them. I often forgot about Instagram, but then some of my bloggers friends like Megan come p with a great Insta Photo Challenge that gets me excited about snapping pictures!

4. “WHW (#86): My Pregnancy Essentials” from Going the Distance

As I get further along in this pregnancy (16 weeks on Sunday!), I love getting advice from other mamas-to-be. Jenn has suggested some awesome items that I am definitely going to use, especially the Hiccapop Wedge once my belly gets too big to sleep comfortably.

5. “12 Things I Didn’t Know About Babies…Until I Had One” from A Healthy Slice of Life

Yup, this has been a very baby-centric Five on Friday, but hey, I’ve got babies on the brain and can’t help it! I loved this post from Brittany, who has two adorable little girls. It’s such an honest post, and I was so happy to see what she said about the importance of learning to swaddle, since I definitely want to learn that before the little girl comes along. And I think she’s totally right about how the holidays will become so much more special once I’m sharing it with this little one.

What are some posts that you’ve loved this week?


Five on Friday: All About the Baby Girl

Happy Friday everyone, and thank you SO much for all of your kind words about our baby girl! I can’t wait to meet her in September, but in the meantime, I’m so glad that you’ll all be along for the journey!

1–When We Found Out

We found out that we were pregnant on January 9, 2017. I needed some fertility help because of my age (more about that in a future post), and when I went in for my blood test, I was sure that I was not pregnant. In fact, 2 days earlier, I had told my cousin that the only reason I wouldn’t be able to be in her wedding would be if I were pregnant at the very moment. Wellllllll….


2–My Reaction

Like I said, a nurse called me with the news. I was at work and was fully prepared to start discussing the next steps to try and get pregnant again…when she said, “Good news! You’re pregnant!” I’m glad I was sitting down! I said, “WHAT?! I didn’t think that I was!” And she said, “Well, you are!”


3–Telling My Husband

After getting off of the phone with the nurse, I immediately called my husband. Luckily, C was working from home that day because he had taken our pup to the vet that morning (Pup was fine BTW). C’s reaction was adorable: “Yeah! We did it!”


4–When She’s Due

Originally, we thought our little girl was due on September 21st, but the doctors believe she’s due on the 17th. It’s so fitting, since both my brother and I were born in September, and I’m glad my daughter will be born in that month (most likely), too.

5–Her Name

We’re keeping it a secret! Once we found out that we are having a girl, we were a little relieved, since C and I had a good name picked out for a girl, but we’ve been struggling with picking out a boy’s name. It’s a name that will be very meaningful to the both of us though.

More baby stuff coming on Monday!


Five on Friday

It’s that time again: Five on Friday! Linking up with these lovely ladies to share 5 thoughts from this week:

The Oscars

Oscar night is one of my favorite nights of the year! This year, I stayed up until about 10 before realizing that my morning self would be mad if I was awake any longer. But I did get to see the awesome opening with Justin Timberlake and cheered as Viola Davis got one step closer to EGOT. And my personal favorite: Jimmy Kimmel’s ongoing feud with Matt Damon.


Hillbilly Elegy


I just started reading the book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but I’m enjoying it so far!

Parking Panda


Earlier this week, I had a meeting in downtown Baltimore. Every time I go to meetings there, I nervously check my watch, praying that my meeting will end before my meter runs out, or I sneak out of the meeting to feed the meter (sometimes a few blocks away). Upon waking up on Tuesday morning, I thought, “Let me see if Parking Panda is associated with any garages near where I’m going.” And success! I got a $7 parking spot (almost unheard of in Baltimore City), and I didn’t have to worry about feeding a meter. If you don’t have the Parking Panda app, do yourself a favor and download it now! Or make your parking reservation on their website!

Beauty and the Beast


I bought my tickets for the opening night of Beauty and the Beast!!!! I can very much remember watching the original movie for the first time as a kid, and I can’t wait to see the live-action version! Plus, my niece and I are going to a theater with reserved seating and the BEST snack selection ever!

National Craft Month

Apparently, March is National Craft Month! Maybe I should finally get started on some of those projects I have on my 101 in 1001 list!



Five on Friday

Happy Friday one and all! Time for another edition of Five on Friday!


1. Name Fail

Honestly, sometimes I wonder why celebrities feel that they need to gain more attention by given their children crazy names. OR in general, I find that people don’t think about their last names when they choose their children’s first names. Case in point: Nick Cannon’s new baby, Golden. The kid’s name is Golden Cannon.


2. Sweet Corn Chili

One of my favorite things about reading blogs is finding new recipes. I can’t thank Shay from Mix and Match Mama enough for her delicious sweet corn chili recipe. It was a HUGE hit at my house!

3. Struggling Through a Book

I’ve said time and again that if a book doesn’t keep my attention, then I won’t keep reading it. Life’s too short, ya know? But there’s a book I’m reading now, and I’m so close to being finished that I feel like I have to, even though it really should have ended ages ago. I’ll let you know more about it the next time I do a book review. In the meantime, is there anything else I should be reading?

4. Bachelor Thoughts

I’m now officially Team Raven. She’s adorable, and Vanessa has just been too draining for me. And, of course, she’s not flippin’ Corinne. Ughhhhhhh the worst.


5. Our New Quilt!

The best part about this week was getting this new quilt from my mom!

When we got our new bed, every other quilt we had suddenly became WAY too small. And the comforter we bought for the bed had me sweating at night. So now C and I have the most beautiful quilt, made by my mama! Are we lucky or what?

Linking up with these gals for Five on Friday!


Five on Friday: I’m Back, Baby!

Happy Friday all! I’m sorry for such a long blogging absence–it’s not you, it’s me!


But now it’s time for Five on Friday! Today I’m focusing on the world of pop culture because let’s be honest, it’s way more fun than real life!

Baby Clooneys!!!!


Yes, I was super jazzed about Beyonce’s twins, but I’ve gotta say, I’m even more THRILLED for George and Amal Clooney! They’re such a fascinating couple, and those two little kiddos are going to be both gorgeous and worldly!

All the Single Babies?

While her pregnancy may be temporarily overshadowed by the Clooneys, I’m still SUPER excited about Beyonce’s lullaby album! Ya gotta start your kids off loving Beyonce early.

American Revival?


Okay, there was a reason American Idol went by the wayside in the first place. No one was watching it!! Does NBC really think that people will start watching if it’s on their network? Also, isn’t Seacrest busy enough?

Oh, Corinne


Seriously, Nick, send Corinne packing. She went from super obnoxious to semi-entertaining, and now she’s back to just plain awful. Marry Vanessa or NICU-nurse Danielle and get it over with!

Timberlake + Walken


While many disagree, I think the best Superbowl commercial was the one starring Justin Timberlake and Christopher Walken. Walken doing a dramatic reading of “Bye Bye Bye” made my former-college heart so happy!

Linking up with these lovely ladies for Five on Friday!