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Five on Friday

Happy Friday folks!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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Happy Friday everyone!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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 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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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?

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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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?

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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….

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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!”

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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!”

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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!

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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.

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Hillbilly Elegy

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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

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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

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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!

 

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