Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

I’m so glad the week is over.  I’m excited to spend the weekend recharging my batteries, so to speak.  I have to admit, they are pretty drained right now.

 Hilarious Pregnancy Brain Moments

Sooo funny.


Dresses from the Oscars

To be perfectly honest, some of my favorites made it on the “Worst Dressed” list!  Like the below.  I think it is so pretty and perfect for her coloring.  The back is even prettier!  I also really like Adam Levine’s wife’s dress, but I’m not a huge fan of the necklace/earrings/hair with it.  Maybe a little too severe?

Dresses Oscars 2015


Funny things that make me happy…


Sad when food is over(Source)




That’s all I’ve got today…


Have a great weekend!

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I’m Throwing a Pity Party! Want to Come???

Okay, I generally try to be positive… especially since having Harlow.  Lately, though, it has been hard.

I don’t know if it is the weather dragging me down (winter has never been my happy place) or if it is my impending birthday making me ANOTHER year older (which I’m grateful for, honestly, but I just wish there haven’t already been so many years ticked off!), or if it is this week…  let me tell you how I’m feeling.  I know you are all on the edge of your seats…

First, this week so far:

Monday: My car got hit in the parking lot.  LUCKILY the scratch is so faint that I have to look for it, knowing where it is, and once summer comes, hopefully I can get it buffed out.

Tuesday: I fell in that same parking lot while walking in to work.  (Maybe it is the parking lot that has put me in this mood?)

On to other things:

I feel like I haven’t seen the sun in a lifetime, and I miss it dearly, and my skin looks sickly.  I know tanning is bad for you, but I do NOT have the gorgeous porcelain skin of so many other pale people.  I’m just… see-through.  Plus, the bags under my eyes could hold my entire wardrobe.

I miss feeling warm.  I’m seriously NEVER warm.

The 5k that I wanted to do for my friend does not look like it is going to happen.  I just don’t have the time or resources to make it happen.  Which I feel horrible about.

I have been very kind to myself, mentally and body-wise, since having Harlow.  I honestly have.  But I still don’t have the time to work out and it really shows.  Honestly, I still am grateful for my body and really don’t expect it to look like it did before having her, but at the same time, I’m really not happy with it right now.

The weather.  As mentioned before, the weather is killing me.  I feel like the cold and gloom are draining me.  Everything is so much harder in the winter.  Even letting Abbey out is a huge task.  It takes around 5 minutes to get her dressed to go outside (and I’m not just a crazy-dog lady… her vet justified my dressing her because she is essentially fur-less).

Ya’ll, I’m going to be 36 next week.  While part of me really loves the idea of that age, and growing a year older every year, truly… part of me is like… damn, that sounds so close to 40… didn’t I just graduate from college?  Wait… that was …15 years ago.  I feel like I should have my shit together by now.  I have thought that pretty much since I was about to turn 25.  Every year, I’m surprised that I don’t suddenly have it all together or something.  Like I expect to wake up on my birthday and be Martha Stewart (well, a non-criminal, less creepy version…).

So I’m sure this is just a bad week, and I’ll be feeling better soon… especially in a month or two when the weather starts to warm up!

In the meantime, I want to focus on things I’m looking forward to!

  • My birthday!  Even if I’m feeling iffy about it currently, I always LOVE my birthday!  This year, I’m planning on taking the day off work to go do “me” stuff.  Maybe get a pedicure.  Maybe go shop a bit.  Maybe watch a movie I want…  the day will be MINE!
30th birthday

My 30th Birthday

  • Harlow starts toddler gymnastics next Saturday!  I’m SO excited, ya’ll!
  • Chris’s birthday follows mine, and that is always fun, too!  I try to do something St. Patrick’s Day themed every year.
  • Harlow’s birthday is next!  We’re throwing a party again this year (which I really need to get planned…).  I am completely gobsmacked that my baby is going to be 2 years old one month from today.  How, may I ask, is that possible???

Harlow’s 1st Birthday

  • Lis’s wedding in July.  (Which is sadly on the same day as my cousin’s wedding, but I’ll see if I can figure out how to swing both somehow…)
  • Camping in August!  Harlow and I, and hopefully Chris, will be joining my family up in Pentwater for Homecoming!  I used to camp there every year in middle and high school, and even into college and beyond, but haven’t in a looong time.  I’m very excited to share it with Harlow!

Visiting Pentwater last year.


I really should write down all the things I’m looking forward to so it is visible to me at all times, since writing that list has made me feel so much better already!

If you made it this far, thanks for indulging me.  If I lost you somewhere around paragraph two, I completely understand.  I’ll be back soon with more upbeat stuff.

I hope you are having a great week!


Tell Me

What is something that you are looking forward to?

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What I Did This Weekend – {2/20 – 2/21} Grandpa’s House

Happy Monday!

Oh, man… this week was a good one!

Chris had to work all weekend, so on Friday after work, Harlow & I headed up to my parent’s house.  The whole way up, Harlow chattered and was so excited.  Every so often, the entire way up, she’d let out a “Yay!  Grandpa’s House!”.  It was so fun.  She loves my dad SO much.

She was completely wound up when we got there, despite a short nap at daycare and a super late bedtime.  After we were there and she got to play with grandma and grandpa for a bit, she crashed.


Saturday morning, we went to breakfast and ran into my Uncle Jerry and Aunt Sherry (Hi, Aunt Sherry!).  They joined us for breakfast and it was really nice!  Fun Fact: Aunt Sherry is my dad’s twin sister.

From their 70th birthday party.

From their 70th birthday party.


Later, I went with my sister and niece to a 31 Party that an old school friend was holding at her mom’s house.  I didn’t buy anything, but there were so many cool things available!  I really liked this and this.


Saturday evening, my parents, two of my sisters and their families, and Harlow and I went for pizza downtown.  It was so delicious.  Harlow did really well (aside from grabbing my newly-filled iced tea and dumping it allll over).  Oh, well.  It was bound to happen sometime, right?  I may have bribed her with lots of stickers to behave…  ;)


It is worth noting again that Harlow is a TOTAL Grandpa’s Girl.  The whole weekend, she was just fascinated by him.  She would bring him her socks and shoes to put on, take her medicine if he gave it to her…  Most of the things I tried to do were met with, “No, Grandpa do it!”.  If he left the room, she’d say, “Where’d Grandpa go?  Grandpa, come back!”.  It was hilarious and adorable.


Sunday, we ran to breakfast again in the morning, then just bummed around the house until it was time for us to head back home.


It was a very fun weekend, but it is always nice to return home.  Especially to a nice, clean home, since Chris scrubbed the place down while we were gone.  Thanks, honey!


Tell Me!

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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Friday Favorites – The Frozen Mitten Edition

Happy Frozen Friday!

The weather here in The Mitten is chilly, to say the least…


So instead of complaining, yet again, about the weather (oh, Spring, how I long for you…), I’ll just give you a few of my current Friday Favorites!

Why Moms Get NOTHING Done

My sister-in-law sent me this video.  It is adorable and hilariously familiar.  Harlow does the same thing with the dishwasher and the dryer, especially.

Why Moms Get NOTHING Done


We’re Alive

If you didn’t know how big of a dork I was before, you will now.  I’ve been listening to the podcast We’re Alive for a few days now.  It is about a Zombie Apocalypse.  The storyline is interesting, but some of the characters are pretty badly… erm… voiced?  Anyway, regardless of being irritated by some of the characters (Scratch, anyone?) I’m totally addicted to it.


Family & Friends!

I had lunch yesterday with a woman from my Mommy Group that I’ve developed a friendship with outside of the group.  We have been trying to get together for almost a month, and it finally worked out yesterday!  It was so nice to catch up outside of the 10 minute snippets we see each other at daycare pickups!

Then tonight after work, Harlow and I are hitting the road to go spend the weekend with my parents!  I’m really hoping this trip will be a nice make-up from our last disastrous trip.  I’ve really missed my family, and hope to see a bunch of them while we’re up!




So those are the things that are making me happy today!

Have a great weekend!


What are your weekend plans?

Anyone else listen to We’re Alive?


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Damn Delicious®!

Oh, hey, ya’ll!

I recently stumbled on Damn Delicious®! and I’m positively salivating.  There are SO many, well, delicious-looking things on Chungah‘s blog!

Here are a few I really want to try (ie. they are vegetarian & look easy enough for this non-cook).

(Click on the photo for the link to the recipe…)

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo - An incredibly creamy, rich alfredo sauce that takes less than 20 min to make from start to finish!

Quinoa Chili - This vegetarian, protein-packed chili is the perfect bowl of comfort food that you can eat guilt-free!

I wonder if this is any different/better than the one I already make?

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole - A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness!Easy Garlic Alfredo Tortellini - So simple, so easy, and just amazingly creamy. Best of all, it comes together in just 20 min from start to finish!Slow Cooker Potato and Corn Chowder - The easiest chowder you will ever make. Throw everything in the crockpot and you're set! Easy peasy!Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip - Simply throw everything in the crockpot for the easiest, most effortless spinach and artichoke dip!

For meat eaters, she has plenty of meaty things on there, too.  You really should check out her blog.  I’ll let you know what I think when I have a chance to make any of it!  I’m excited about cooking!  That really says something!

Has anybody tried any of her recipes?  What did you try?  How’d it turn out?

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Tuesday Tantrum

I’m so not feeling this week…

Harlow ended up at the doctor again today.  Ear infection number…  I’ve lost count.  She’s been waking up a lot in the night the last few nights again, and has been holding her ear.  Even though she just got off her antibiotics Saturday, only 3 days ago, I had a feeling.  Technically, it is the same ear infection, so I guess that’s… something?

Plus, outside is basically a blizzard.  I am soooo over winter.

However, I get to hang out with this gorgeous toddler every evening.  That brings the sunshine back into these dreary days.


Hope your Tuesday is sunshiny and happy!

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A Love-Filled What I Did This Weekend – {2/14 – 2/15…with a little bit on either side} – Beware…LOTS of pictures!

We had such a nice weekend!

I got home for lunch on Friday and found this waiting for me on the table:


So sweet.

There was also a treat for Abbey:


Harlow obviously got one, too, but that will come later.

Friday night Harlow ate dinner and was finishing up just as Chris got home and started snowblowing the driveway.  Harlow was so excited to see him out there!


Saturday morning we got up and Harlow and Daddy cuddled for a bit (with Cow, of course) before we opened all of our Valentine’s Day goodies.


Chris got Harlow a bag full of goodies, but the balloon was the big hit!

wpid-20150214_072851.jpgwpid-20150214_072925.jpgI know, I know… I REALLY have to stop using my phone for all my photos.  Blurry and annoying.  But sooo convenient!

After that, Chris went to work and Harlow ate her second breakfast (with Cow, of course).


I was super worried about naptime and how it would play out with our going to Eric Carle show, since the show was to start about the time Harlow is usually waking up.  The Toddler Gods must have been smiling on us, because I tried putting Harlow down an hour earlier than usual, and she went right to sleep!  She woke up at 1pm in a great mood, even letting me dress her in what I wanted her to wear!


We made it to the show, through a crazy blizzard (seriously), with time to spare!  It was a pretty bare-bones audience, but I think the weather scared a lot of families away, unfortunately.

We bought her the book & plush caterpillar for the show (I know, we’re total suckers) and waited for things to begin!


The lights went down, and the images of the three books that were to be performed went up, then disappeared.  In the dark silence of the room, you could hear Harlow scream, “COME BACK!!!” much to the giggling of the audience.  She was seriously perfect, though.  She sat so well and watched it all.  She got just a tad squirmy for about the last 10 minutes or so, but it was wonderful.  I can’t wait to go to more events with her!

They held a brief demonstration after the show on how they work the puppets.


Then Harlow took a very nice, non-squirmy photo with her mommy…


That face!  Lol…

After Harlow went to bed, it was time for Chris and I to have a super romantic Valentine’s Day Stay-In Date Night… which consisted of him running to grab a take-out pizza, and watching Sharknado 2 on Netflix.  Lol.  Honestly, it was perfect… for us.

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) PosterI have been informed that I’m no longer allowed to choose movies… Seriously, it was hilariously terrible, which I assume it was meant to be.  I heard they are making a third one?

Sunday was as low-key as you can get.  We hung around the house… didn’t take ANY naps (so glad this happened Sunday and not Saturday) and only left the house to get groceries.


A super nice, quiet Sunday.

Which brings us to Monday.  I misplaced Abbey this morning… can you help me find her?

wpid-20150216_070842.jpgMaking my bed is an exercise in futility.


Have a great start to the week!


Tell me what you did for Valentine’s Day!

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