What’s Up Wednesday: July Edition

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What I’m eating this week…

I’m literally eating my breakfast: peach non-fat Greek yogurt, roasted pistachios, & mini dark chocolate chips. This is hands down my favorite breakfast on a weekday.  I know a lot of people aren’t into yogurt, but it helps keep my gut balanced.  I can tell a difference within 3 days if I don’t eat yogurt.

I’m also drinking a NingXia Red, by far one of my very favorite Young Living products.  NingXia

What I’m reminiscing about…

All these Hallmark movies are making me wish for a vacation, a prince, or Christmas.

What I’m loving…

I just had microdermabrasion for the first time a couple weeks ago.  I wish I could do it every week!  I loved it.  My facialist also gives the best facial massages.  Microderm

What I’ve been up to…

This summer has been crazy busy!  I need a summer to relax from my summer.

June 10: car wreck – I wasn’t hurt, but my car sure was
June 15 – 24: dog/house sat
June 28 – July 8: overnight babysat for a 2yo & 4 yo, they were so good but I don’t know how single parents do it!  I’m in awe of you.
July 10 -12: dog/house sat
July 17: FINALLY got my car back from being fixed
July 25 – 28: dog/house sit
August 2: dog/house sit
August 3 – 12: vacation!

Needless to say, there hasn’t been a lot of nights sleeping in my own bed.

What I’m dreading…

I’m dreading the school traffic coming back in a few weeks.  It easily adds 20 minutes to my commute in the morning.  😦

What I’m working on…

I’ve recently been getting into essential oils, I think I mentioned that in May.  With that said, I follow the hashtags, #YoungLiving & #essentialoils, on Instagram & I get TONS of oil ideas for diffuser blends, perfume blends, household cleaners, body butters, stain removers, body wash…you name it.  So, I’m creating a recipe book so I can just keep them all in one place instead of taking a screenshot with my phone & having to scroll through 87,000 pictures to get to a recipe.

I’m also slowly switching over from toxic household items to non-toxic.  I’ve already gotten rid of all my candles, they are SOOOOOO bad for you…full of carcinogens. I’ve switched to Young Living’s Thieves laundry detergent – LOVE!  I’ll also never buy bug spray, roach killer, or Goo-Gone again…there’s an oil for that!

What I’m excited about…

I’m so excited about going to visit my friend Maureen in Park City, Utah!  I can’t wait to be in 70-80 degree weather!  I’m flying up, & then we are driving back together.  Y’all, I splurged & upgraded myself to first class!  Who am I?

Do you think it will be like this?First Class

What I’m watching/reading…

I’ve obviously been watching Hallmark’s Christmas in July movies, duh.

Is anyone watching The Bachelorette?  I am not loving it, so much so that I’m not even blogging this season.  This is a case where we know more than the Lead at this point.  I hate that I know that ABC allowed a convicted sexual predator on Becca’s season & a guy, who is the favorite, that is clearly a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, gross guy.  It’s really bumming me out.  I feel like they are making a fool of Becca once again.  They already did her dirty in Arie’s season by filming the worst breakup of all time.  Okay – off my soap box.

I’ve been reading here & there, not as much as I normally do.  I’ve been studying for my Project Management certification, so the last thing I want to do is pick up another book.  But I did read a couple of quick, easy, & cheesy romance novels recently.

The Love by Numbers series from Sarah McLean was fantastic!  I also really enjoyed Finding Mr. Wrong by AM Madden & Joanne Schwehm – it was very Bachelor-esqe.

What I’m listening to…

I’ve moved on from Kacey Musgraves & am now obsessed with Lucie Silvas.

Download these 3 songs:
Place to Hide
Villain
Find A Way
You can thank me later.

What I’m wearing…

I have been living in my BP & Caslon tees from Nordstrom.

What I’m doing this weekend…

This weekend I’m going to the Astros game!  Astros

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Did I mention I was going on vacation???

What else is new…

Work has been crazy busy, I’m spear heading a new initiative that is supposed to officially kick-off tomorrow.

Bonus: What is my favorite thing I’ve done this summer…

My favorite thing about this summer has been the rain.  Yes, it is still hot in Houston, but it has really helped keep things to a manageable heat.  Knock on wood.  I’m sure my answer will be different in a couple weeks.

Until next time.

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: May Edition

Hello friends, it’s that time of the month again!  No, Beatrice is not visiting (hahaha), it’s What’s Up Wednesday!  WUW

I’ll be answering these questions & linking up with Mix & Match Mama.  Questions

So, without further ado…

What I’m eating this week…

I don’t actually know what I’m eating this week (ha!), I’ve been out of town for a few days & desperately need to go to the grocery store.  I’ve been really craving salads, particularly salads that have a sweet & spicy vibe.

I’ve also really been into guacamole.  You can check out my love for guac here.

What I’m reminiscing about…

Y’all, it’s only May & I’m already missing our cooler weather.  I don’t know about where you live, but in the Houston area we skipped right past Spring & went straight into triple digits.  UGH!  I’m not going outside again until I can wear a sweater!

This was basically me all of Memorial Day Weekend…literally.  Yes, I’m using that word correctly; I really stood on ice at least 3 times this past weekend. Me

What I’m loving…

I just became a member of Young Living Essential Oils, thanks to my friend Keely.  No, I’m not going to try & sell you any…  EO's

I’m still a little skeptical about all the benefits, but after being at my mom’s house for 5 days & waking up all night long, etc. I truly believe that the EO’s I diffuse at night, in my own house, really help me sleep like the dead.  I also made a bug spray with essential oils for the wedding & it worked great!  Not only did the bugs leave me alone, but it smelled great & softened my skin.  Win, win, win!

What I’ve been up to…

May has been a crazy month…and I can’t even remember why.  I’m getting old…my memory is going.  I took a class, more about that later, & my mom got married on the 27th after being a widow for 10 the past ten years.

Oh, I also had some car trouble that occupied a good 10 days of my life…I thought it was a bad omen or something.  Bad things happen in three’s, right?

What I’m dreading…

Did I mention how hot it is already?

What I’m working on…

I’m kind of in an organization mode right now, so that seems to be my jam.

What I’m excited about…

I have a trip planned for August, which I know is kinda far away, but I’m still so excited to got to Deer Valley, UT with my friend Maureen!  Who wouldn’t want to spend a week here? Utah

What I’m watching/reading…

After the most dramatic deliberation ever (see what I did there?), I decided to watch this season of The Bachelorette.  I was really conflicted after the way last season ended.  You can read my recap here, where I explain my hesitation in detail.

I’m currently reading my study materials…all the materials.  So many words and pages and diagrams and formulas.

What I’m listening to…

I’m still OBSESSED with the Kacey Musgraves album, Golden Hour.  It is so amazing, I just can’t say enough good things about it.  I feel like each week I have a new favorite song.  Right now, my favorite is “Happy & Sad.”

What I’m wearing…

I bought this gorgeous dress from ModCloth for Mama J’s wedding over the holiday weekend.  DressI LOVED it; I thought it was casual enough for an outdoor (super hot) wedding, but also work appropriate.  It’s now on sale…just my luck!  It comes in white too.

What I’m doing this weekend…

This weekend I am getting a facial, I’m trying to Benjamin Button my face.  I’m also going to a baby shower & will be studying for a big exam any spare moment I have.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

On June 8th, I have a really important, big, terrifying exam.  It is a 4 hours, 200 questions, pass/fail exam, so any good vibes or prayers you could send my way would be greatly appreciated.  I don’t want to say too much about it yet, because I don’t want to jinx it & I’m really nervous about it.  I haven’t studied in 12 years since I was in college.  Studying

What else is new…

Not much else is new, which I’m thankful for.

Bonus Question: What’s my favorite summer salad…

I’m loving any salad with watermelon!  I love Marcela Valladolid’s Watermelon Feta Serrano salad.  How could you not love this salad art?!? Salad Art

Until next month…

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: April Edition

Hey y’all!  It’s been a couple months since I’ve done one of these posts.  I tend to get really busy at the end of each month & the beginning of the next month.  Such is life.  But, you know much I love… WUW

I’ll be answering the following questions: Questions

What I’m eating this week…

Okay, you guys I’ve been on a guacamole kick lately.  All things avocado!

Check out my Fancy Guacamole recipe here.

What I’m reminiscing about…

I’m currently reminiscing about my bed.  I wish I was still there this morning.  #truth Bed

Now, I love this pillow, but it’s not really true these days.  I am a morning person, but only if I get a full 8 hours of sleep first.

What I’m loving…

I’m loving this “drinking on the patio” weather we’ve been having down in Houston.  I had a day of two brunches just last weekend!  The pollen is finally under control, so we can go outside!  Pollen

What I’ve been up to…

I feel like I’ve been so busy lately, but I couldn’t tell you what I’ve done.  I have no idea.

What I’m dreading…

Ugh, tomorrow I am having MAJOR dental work done.  I have so much anxiety about going to the dentist.  I am one of those people that just has bad teeth.  Countless cavities, braces FOUR times, jaw surgery, 1 implant, crowns, root canals…you name it, I’ve had it.  dentist

Tomorrow I have to have a root canal & 4 cavities filled.  😦 I’m forcing them to give me the gas, mostly to their benefit, but I also plan to take a muscle relaxer or something to calm me down.  Everyone always tell me to bring headphones, which I just don’t get.  I mean the tools are in my mouth, I can hear it literally inside my head.  Not to mention, it’s just hard for me to hold my mouth open for so long.

What I’m working on…

I’m in the early stages of planning a vacation for early fall.  I originally wanted to go to Italy or France, but it is just not in the cards for me this year.  So, I decided a domestic vacation is doable, & I’m thinking Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, & Nantucket.

I’d prefer to go after Labor Day to avoid tourist season.  Do y’all have any recommendations?

What I’m excited about…

Sadly, I’m super excited about the Bravo lineup right now.  So many good shows on right now!  I think Younger is coming back soon too!

What I’m watching/reading…

My favorite Bravo show is back!  Season 5 of Southern Charm!!!  You can read my recaps here.

I just finished this book: Book

It was a super easy read, & so funny.

What I’m listening to…

Kacey Musgraves’ new album, Golden Hour, is the soundtrack of my life right now.  As far as country music goes, it is very mellow…gives me Stevie Nicks vibes.  Golden hour

What I’m wearing…

Y’all, I just got these new sandals from Target & I love them!  sandals

I have a love affair with tassels & pompoms, so these were a must buy.  Please ignore my foot.  Feet are gross.

What I’m doing this weekend…

As per ushe, I’ll be babysitting.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Next month Mama J is getting married.  My dad passed away 10 years ago, this past February.  To be honest, it is really weird for me, but I’m glad she found someone to care for & who will take care of her.

What else is new…

I’m wanting to try Whole 30.  Have any of you tried it?  Do you recommend it?  How hard is it really?

Bonus Question: What is my favorite Mother’s Day gift to give?

I like to get Mama J things she wouldn’t buy for herself, yet something she will use/like.  I’m also always trying to up her “game.”  For Valentine’s Day, I sent her CBD Oil because I did some research that it can help with Arthritis pain.  I’ve also gifted her with essential oils, cryotherapy, so you get the idea.

That’s it for now!  I love to read your comments, & I want to hear any vacation recommendations for solo trips!

Check back on Friday for my Southern Charm recap.

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: January 2018

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Y’all, it’s that time again…What’s Up Wednesday!  This is the first one of 2018!  Be sure to check out WUW on The Larson Lingo, Mix & Match Mama, & Sheaffer Told Me To as well.

I’ll be answering these questions below:Questions

What I’m eating this week…

So, I;m one of the many that got the flu – luck me.  I had it between Christmas & New Years.  It actually took me a good 3 weeks or so to feel back to normal.  But, because of eating nothing for so long I have been craving salads & all things crunchy.

I’m also loving all the cauliflower recipes right now.  You know the ones…yes you do.  The recipes where you replace the meat with cauliflower, such as General Tso’s Cauliflower, or Buffalo Cauliflower, etc.  If you have any good recipes send them my way!

What I’m reminiscing about…

Last week I got to see Kinky Boots thanks to my sweet friends Amy & Maureen.  I LOVED it!!!  I tend to have a love/hate relationship with musicals, as I think most of them are about 3 songs too long; however, I never wanted Kinky Boots to end.

I’m also still salivating over the braise beef short ribs I had for dinner at Hearsay Gastro Lounge in downtown Houston.  I wish I had a picture, because it was to die for.

What I’m loving…

My super cute bag from The Shop Forward.Mt. Rushmore

I decided to create my “Mt. Rushmore” of male musicians.  Don’t worry the lady version of Mt. Rushmore will be coming soon!

What I’ve been up to…

My newest obsession is the spicy potato taco from Taco Bell.  I recreated it & I’m so proud!  Potato Tacos

What I’m dreading…

Friday is Groundhog Day, & I hope we get 6 more weeks of winter.  I may be the only one.  Houston weather has been so confusing lately…  I’ve lived here for 6 years & never even had so much as an ice day, but we have had snow twice since Thanksgiving!  Crazy!!! I love winter weather, so I want more snow days.

What I’m working on…

I’ve been researching trips to Europe for the fall.  I’ve never been & have wanted to go forever.  Right now I’m trying to decide between a 12 day trip in Italy to see 14 cities, or a 10 day trip that would include 8 countries.

Simply Italy: Simply Italy

European Magic: European Magic

Have any of you ever used Contiki?  I kind of want to go by myself, but join up with a group in Europe for safety reasons, translators, etc.  Any recommendations?

What I’m excited about…

I got tickets to see a live show of Pod Save America in March & I cannot wait!  Pod Save America

What I’m watching/reading…

Y’all, I just watch The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselMaisel

I’m officially obsessed!  Season 1 only has 8 episodes & I didn’t want to end!  This show was created by the same woman who created Gilmore Girls, which is my GOAT tv show.  I loved the fashion, the women empowerment, the bizarre workout routines from the 50s.  I just loved everything about it.

I’ve also been watching Arie suck at being The Bachelor.  You can checkout my recaps here.

I haven’t been reading much, which is weird for me…I usually read 2 – 3 books a week.  I’ve been watching Mrs. Maisel instead!

What I’m listening to…

I’m not sure why, as I’m so not into sports, but I cannot stop listening to The Champion by Carrie Underwood & Ludacris.

I’m also really into Say Something by Justin Timberlake & Chris Stapleton.

What I’m wearing…

LOFT is having a 70% off sale for all their sweaters & wintery looks!  I just bought these:

What I’m doing this weekend…

I have Friday off, yea!!!  I have quick call at 10a, yoga/meditation at noon, & then babysitting Friday night.  I plan to do yoga on Saturday morning as well, & probably veg out the rest of the weekend…bliss.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Brigitte & I are going to see one of our favorite local musicians, Bob Schneider, at the Karbach Brewery.  Bob Schneider

What else is new…

Not a lotta…

Bonus: What is my favorite soup recipe…

Being, from Texas, and loving Tex-Mex, I LOVE a good Tortilla Soup.  My favorite recipe comes from my friend Debbie, & the surprise ingredient is…BASIL!  It makes all the difference.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the recipe with me at the moment, but I will post it separately this week, so check back!

What’s Up Wednesday: December Edition

WUWYou guys, I’m so excited because I’m finally at my computer for a WUW!  The last two months I haven’t been near a computer (yea!) during WUW weeks.

So without further ado, I’ll be answering the following questions.  Questions

What I’m eating this week…

Oh my goodness!  I’ve been eating all the treats!  My birthday was on the 14th, so I’ve been eating sweets to celebrate. 🙂

I made some Christmas Crunch, which is a childhood recipe from my BFF’s mom (and promptly forgot to take a picture before it was gone).

Christmas Crunch:
3 Cups of Cap’n Crunch cereal
2 Cups of unsalted peanuts
2 Cups of Pretzel sticks (broken in half)
1 Pkg. of Almond Bark or White Chocolate
Red Hots are optional (Mama J added this to the recipe)
Mix dry ingredients.  Melt Almond Bark & pour over dry ingredients & mix well.  Spoon onto wax paper & let set until hard.  If you choose to add Red Hots, sprinkle them on top while the mixture is still wet.

What I’m reminiscing about…

Our work Holiday party was last week & the theme was Ugly Sweater.  I’m so proud of mine!  I made it from a plain, black sweatshirt, although I did not win the contest.  Y’all, I learned how to sew buttons; it lit up too!Ugly Sweater

What I’m loving…

I’m loving this season of Vanderpump Rules…it’s so bad, but so good!  VPR

What I’ve been up to…

I have been so busy this holiday season that I don’t feel like I’ve really gotten to enjoy it.  I’ve been extremely busy working, babysitting, traveling to & from my cousin’s wedding & associated events, birthday festivities, etc.  Here, there, & everywhere!

What I’m dreading…

I’m dreading taking down my Christmas decorations, but mostly because I’m lazy.

What I’m watching & reading…

I’m watching all Hallmark all the time, plus a little Bravo here & there.  Hallmark

I’m currently reading The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan, so far so good.  You know I love my romance novels!The Hot SHot

What I’m listening to…

I’m listening to a mixture of Christmas music, checkout my playlists.

Holly Jolly Holiday

Merry & Bright

Christmas Vacation

Bells Are Ringing

Snow Globe Season

Fa La La La-lidays

Warm & Cozy

Under the Mistletoe

Also, I’m obsessed with all the Crooked Media podcasts!

What I’m wearing…

I just ordered these super cute, super soft sweaters.  I love them!

What I’m doing this weekend…

This weekend I’m driving to my mom’s house for the holidays.  Georgetown or bust!

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to making my New Year’s Resolution & sticking to it.  I’m hoping to finally kick my Dr Pepper habit.

What else is new…

Not much else is going on.

WUW: August Edition (A Week Late)

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This post is a week late because of Hurricane Harvey & the Houston Flood.  Shay focused on ways to help Houston last week, which I so appreciate.

Let’s get started shall we?

What I’m eating this week…

I’m still working from home due to Harvey (our office was really damaged), so I’ve been cooking a lot, particularly soup!  Soup is basically my favorite food!!!  I get that from Mama J.  I made chicken noodle soup & a clean out the pantry/fridge vegetable meatball soup!

While I was glued to the Harvey coverage, trying to figure out if it was safe enough for me to venture out to find a Dr Pepper, I snacked on this here charcuterie board that I threw together. charcuterie

What I’m reminiscing about…

I’m reminiscing about this beautiful caramel macchiato I had yesterday at the Coffeeshop Company. Coffee

Y’all know how much I love coffee, and this cute little cafe has tasty macchiatos.

What I’m loving…

I’m loving 2 things right now.  One, this drying lotion.  Amy from the Bobby Bones Show did an Insta Story on this zit cream, her skin is flawless, so…  You apply it to any blemish on your face before you go to bed & the next morning it’s gone!  It kinda looks like Calamine lotion, which takes some getting used to.   Zit CreamTwo, at Shay’s recommendation of his pumpkin mask,  I bought this Peter Thomas Roth mask kit.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend that much money on just the pumpkin mask (what if I didn’t like it?!?), so I bout travel sizes of all of his masks to try them out!PTR masks

What I’ve been up to…

I have been in the thick of it with Hurricane Harvey.  I feel like I’ve aged 100 years.  I don’t know what day it is.  You can read about my experience here.  There was so much fear, waiting for my house to get damaged, & then when it didn’t I felt guilt, shame, & helplessness because so many people lost everything.  It’s still hard to reconcile it all in my mind.

What I’m dreading…

Tomorrow, I have to take CPR re-certification class.  I don’t mind taking the class, but I have to drive to our Galleria office & it will take about 1.5 hours to get there in traffic.  😦

What I’m working on…

I am working on researching hotels, Airbnbs, & inns for my big Fall road trip!!!  I found the cutest one in Maine!  The Cove

Who wouldn’t want to stay here?  I’ll do a full trip post once we get back.

What I’m excited about…

See above.  October is fast approaching & soon Brigitte & I will be joining our friend Jessica to then join our friend Norma!  So, B & I are flying to Fayetteville, NC to pick up Jess, heading north, taking five days to get to New Hampshire.  We’ll be spending time in Washington DC, NYC, Mystic, Cape Cod (if we can squeeze it in), Boston, Salem, Kennebunkport, & finally Lincoln, NH.  If you have any ideas for must sees along the way, please share!!!  I’m pretty excited to do a Monuments by Moonlight tour in DC.  I wanted to go to the Chihuly Exhibit in NYC, but it’s in the Bronx – which I think is kinda far out.

What I’m watching/reading…

I’m still working on reading the Outlander series…the shortest book is 850 pages!

Aside from the news, I’ve been watching Bachelor In Paradise.  You guys, is it just me or is this season so BORING???  None of these fools like each other romantically, except for Taylor & Derek.  This is by far the worst casting BIP has ever done.  How Ben Z remained single, I’ll never no.  Could be that he talked about his dog Zeus too much.  It could also be that he went by Ben Z, when he was the only Ben there?

Do any of you watch Younger?  This season is so good!  #TeamCharles

What I’m listening to…

I’m currently obsessed with the podcasts: Pod Save America, Pod Save the People, & Lovett or Leave It.  Pod Save America is hosted by four former Obama aides (I have a  crush on Jon Favreau).  Pod Save the People is hosted by DeRay Mckesson & he basically discusses culture, social justice, & politics.  Lovett or Leave It is hosted by Jon Lovett, a former Obama speechwriter, joined by comedians, etc. to discuss the week’s top news.

What I’m wearing…

Y’all, I’ve literally been wearing pajamas daily for the last two weeks.  The best perk of working from home.

What am I doing this weekend…

I will be on the hunt for a new perfume.  I’ve worn With Love by Hilary Duff for the last 10 years or so, it’s not made anymore & I think I have officially bought & used every last bottle I could find.  So, although I’m devastated, I must move on.  I’m VERY particular about perfumes, so it won’t be an easy task.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Next month is October, so duh – my trip!  Y’all this is the longest vacation I’ve ever taken.  Fall road trip

What else is new…

I hope everyone in Hurricane Irma’s path seeks safety & shelter.

I’m not going to answer the bonus question this month, as it is about school lunches & I have no children nor do I go to school.  I think variety is key.

Kiss Hug,

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WUW: July Edition

Well, it’s that time again…What’s Up Wednesday!  I missed June as I was crazy busy with work.  I can’t tell you how many times a fell asleep sitting straight up on my couch last month.  To be fair, I often fall asleep on my couch, but it’s not usually at 7:00p.  Such is life sometimes, #amiright. Questions

What I’m eating this week…

Okay y’all, so I’m still obsessed with salads…it’s just too hot to turn on the stove.  I’ve been loving this spicy Watermelon Feta Serrano salad from Chef Marcella Valladolid from The Kitchen.  salad

I’ve also really been into Shay’s (yes, I use her name like we’re real friends) Panzanella Salad.  Her recipe calls for goat cheese, but I use feta because I ALWAYS have feta in my fridge.

I really like making salads because usually by the time I finishing cooking hot dishes I no longer want to eat them.  I tend to taste as I go, & with all the smells, I’m just over it by the time they’re done cooking.

What I’m reminiscing about…

I’m reminiscing about days when my back didn’t feel so tight.  You know when you get a stitch in your side & it feels like your lung is stuck on a rib?  Well, I’m getting that sensation but in my upper back.  I’m going to a chiropractor today, so hopefully all will be well soon.

What I’m loving…

I’m loving the Essie & OPI gel polishes.  I recently gave myself a manicure, using OPI gel basecoat, Essie gel color, & OPI gel topcoat…y’all, it has lasted for 2 weeks so far!  That is unheard of me!!!

What I’ve been up to…

I’ve been doing a lot of babysitting, house & dog sitting.  Lexie is one of my favorite pooches. Lexie

What I’m dreading…

August is usually the hottest month of the year down here in Texas… Whah Whah.

What I’m working on…

The big project I had for work finally went live for my 200+ consultants.  There were a few hiccups, but it went much more smoothly than I thought it would!  You can’t see me, but I’m giving myself a pat on the back.  It went so well, that the proverbial “they” have given me more responsibility.

What I’m excited about…

So, I recently booked a trip, which I am soooooo excited about!!!  My friend Brigitte & I are flying to North Carolina to meet up with our friend Jessica.  Then we are going to take a few days to drive up to our friend Norma’s house in the mountains of New Hampshire for a few more days before heading home.  Any recommendations for the East Coast, please let me know!  We plan to stop in a ton of cute little coastal towns.  Road trip!

What I’m watching/reading…

I’m still watching this never ending season of The Bachelorette.  I think Rachel is the best Bachelorette we’ve ever had, but I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by the season as a whole.  ABC has done a horrific lack luster job of handling the delicate issue of race, in my opinion.  Plus, I miss Chris Harrison being more involved…I mean he’s only been the host for 100 years, so maybe he’s burnt out?

I’m about to start reading the Outlander series, per Brigitte’s recommendation.  Thanks for loaning me your 850 page book. Outlander

What I’m listening to…

I’ve been listening to Christmas music to celebrate Christmas in July!!!  You can listen to all my playlists here.  C in J

What I’m wearing…

I’m really into my new pinata tassel earrings!  Mine are in rose gold, silver, & gold, so they go with everything!Tassel 1

What I’m doing this weekend…

My only plans are to have dinner with a couple friends on Saturday.  And, possibly going to a friend’s brunch for her new business.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

So far, I don’t have anything planned for August…

What else is new…

Any curling iron recommendations?  Mine is dying a slow death, & I just can’t get the hang of wands.  I have so. much. hair.  this translates to me having no patience for wands.

Bonus: What’s my favorite thing about summer…

To be honest, I hate summer.  The heat – yuck.  The humidity – yuck & a half.summerI’m a cold weather person, which is easy to say being from Texas – I don’t truly know what cold is…blah, blah, blah.  I love winter holidays, my birthday is in December, I’m very fair skinned, so it just makes sense that I’m a winter person.

That being said, I do love “firework holidays.”  The Fourth of July is basically the only time I go outside in the summer that doesn’t involve a pool, air condition, or a cold adult beverage.  This year we played bingo at Whole Foods (it was a Tuesday after all) & watched the fireworks from the parking lot as they were across the street at Northshore Park.  Unfortunately, WF decided to have bingo outside, which was miserably hot; y’all, I got so desperate that I put ice down my shirt.  Fortunately for us, most people were too smart to play outside in the heat, so our group won most of the games!

How was July for you guys?  Anything fun planned for August?

Until the next WUW…

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: May Edition

It’s that time again…time for a quick catch up with me!  WUW WUW Questions

What I’m eating this week…

When the weather gets warmer, I CRAVE salads; in my family we call it “Salad Art.”  I’ve been consistently making “clean out the fridge/pantry” chicken salad.

My current favorite recipe is:
1 8-12 oz. can of chicken breast – drained (I know this sounds gross, but I like the texture of canned chicken)
1-2 celery stalks – diced
1/2 of a purple onion – diced (it adds a nice spiciness)
1 small honeycrisp apple – diced
1 handful of dried cranberries (or cherries) – I like to chop them a little smaller
1 handful of slivered almonds (I like honey roasted)
1 handful of sunflower seed
2 spoonfuls of Miracle Whip, mayo, or Greek yogurt
Mix it all together & enjoy!  I go easy on the Miracle Whip because I’m not the biggest mayo (of any kind) fan…that’s a story for another day.

I’ve been known to switch up these ingredients a lot!  Mama J likes diced pineapple in her chicken salad & pecans.  I’ve done cashews, poppy seeds, Caesar dressing, cilantro, grapes, leftover slaw from Zoe’s Kitchen…you name it, I’ve put it in a chicken salad.

What I’m reminiscing about…

Memorial Day weekend was awesome.  I had Friday & Monday off from work.  I didn’t go anywhere, but…  I didn’t where makeup for 4 days.  I stayed in my pajamas pretty much the whole time.  I watch Hallmark movies & cleaned off my DVR.  I took a nap or two everyday.  I read a couple books.  It was awesome. lazy bones

What I’m loving…

I am absolutely loving Rachel Lindsay as the Bachelorette!  She’s classy, sassy, assertive, funny, & beautiful!  She doesn’t have time for the guys’ shenanigans & doesn’t let them get away with anything. Rachel

You can read my recaps here.

What I’ve been up to…

I feel like all I do is work!  However, I’ve been flexing my green thumb.  I have a HUGE (17′ x 26′) flowerbed on the front of my house, & it is the only spot in my entire yard that gets sunlight.  So, I cut the old, dying plants/weeds down to their stumps, then pulled up all the roots (Wow, was that work!), & I recently planted Red Yuccas, Crate Myrtle shrubs, Lantana, Mexican Heather, a nectarine tree, & a Sago Palm.

Before

Before…

Stumps

Stumps…

No roots

Roots have been pulled & stumps are gone!

red yuccas

Red Yuccas!

I haven’t taken a final picture yet because I need to add more mulch…’cause you know the 12 bags I used wasn’t even close to enough.  #gardeningproblems

What I’m dreading…

Let’s have some real talk, shall we?  By night, I blog & recap my shows.  By day, I’m a project manager in the Energy Sector here in Houston; I’m basically responsible for roughly 200 consultants.  Our company is in the process of switching our accounting system, which I think is a fantastic move.  However, I’m not getting all the information up front & I’m getting mostly trained on parts of the system that I don’t need/won’t have access to.  We are supposed to go live this week (it’s Wednesday!), & not only do I have to know how to use it for myself, but I have to explain it to 200 other people.  I’m dreading this because I’m anticipating the chaos.  I clearly have control issues…

What I’m working on…

This is going to sound weird, but my New Year’s Resolution was to take better care of my skin.  So, not only is Sunday my hair washing day, it is also my beauty pampering day.  I usually do a face mask, foot mask, & hand treatment of some kind.  This past Sunday I did a foot mask that causes your feet to peel 3-5 days later…well, my feet are peeling!  So, I’m working on peeling the layers of dead skin off my feet, & what’s underneath is smooth as a baby’s butt.  The smoothness lasts for a few months!  I know, I know…it’s kinda gross.

What I’m excited about…

I’m excited about a trip I hope to take with a few friends in the fall.  It will be a road trip from Charleston to New Hampshire & back!  I’ve never been to the East Coast – I always tend to go West, so I’m super excited to see the changing leaves.  I want to go apple picking, get drunk on syrup, & go on a moose tour!

What I’m watching & reading…

Watching: Southern Charm!  I love it!!!  You can read all my recaps here.

Reading: Y’all know I love my cheesy romance novels; I finished one over the weekend & am half way through another one.  Novels

What I’m listening to…

I’ve been listening to all The Bachelorette Recaps!  My favorites are from: The Popcast, Here to Make Friends, & Will You Accept This Rose.

What I’m wearing…

I’m living in my flip flops!  Also linen pants are my favs to wear to the office in the summer months…they’re casual, but I can get away with them since they aren’t jeans.

What I’m doing this weekend…

I’ll probably run the errands I put off over Memorial day weekend.  I’ll be getting more mulch, obviously.  I lead an exciting life.  I’ll probably head to the farmer’s market if the weather is nice…I think it’s supposed to rain.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

I plan to take a stay-cation in June.  I’ll be house sitting & dog sitting Lexie for two weeks & the house has a pool!  Yes, please!pool

What else is new…

I’m curious to know if any of you have any auto immune issues?  I feel like I do, but I know they take time to diagnose.  In the last month, my finger tips (the pads of my fingers) have peeled twice.  A friend of mine said that is a symptom of thyroid issues, which is the immune issue I think I have.  I alluded to my health a few WUW posts ago, & have since kind of given up on a diagnosis.  My GP told me I was fat (yes, I know I’m overweight); an Internist, having only met me once, told me I was crazy.  I ventured out on my own to an Endocrinologist who said I don’t have thyroid issues yet, but I will – whatever that means. Are any of y’all going through something similar?

Bonus: What’s my favorite vacation spot…

I have to say, one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on was to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, which is a 30 minute ferry ride from Cancun.  It is a little 6 mile long island.  Most people walk, drive mopeds, or golf carts.  I went there to babysit, & it was the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever been on.  Thank you Maureen & Amy!  We stayed in a house, & it was literally house -> pool -> road -> beach.  So dreamy!

WUW: March Edition

It’s that time of the month again…What’s Up Wednesday!  This is just a quick glimpse into my life; it’s a quick read, so I hope you enjoy!  wuw

The questions are: wuw-questions

What I’m eating this week…

This time of year I become obsessed with salads.  My favorite is my cucumber salad.  Cucumber Salad

Okay, so the staples in this salad are:
Cucumber – sliced & quartered
Cherry Tomatoes – halved
Feta Cheese – crumbled
Ranch dressing – I like Ken’s Lite dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing – I LOVE Ken’s Lite dressing
I use 2 parts Ranch to 1 part Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Additional Add-Ins:
Green Grapes – halved
Watermelon – Cubed
Toss together & enjoy!
I eyeball all of the proportions in this salad until it makes beautiful “salad art”!  In my world, all beautiful salads are called salad art!  My friend Lindsay started this phenomenon when we were in Palm Springs a decade or so ago.

What I’m reminiscing about…

No having mentioned Palm Springs…I’m dreaming of lazy days by the pool, drinking a pitcher of margarita, & playing Spite & Malice for hours.  Ah, those were the days.

What I’m loving…

Okay, so I finally broke down & started shaving my face.  It has changed my life!  My skin is soooo soft now; I also use less makeup because it goes on so much smoother.  I like these razors.  Be careful around your eyebrows…

What I’ve been up to…

Work (my real day job) has been crazy, CRAZY busy the last few weeks.  Literally, crazy until this last Monday – it has calmed considerably since some changes have been made – for the better I think.

What I’m dreading…

Luckily, I’m not dreading anything at the moment. 🙂

What I’m working on…

I am spring cleaning & purging my house right now! Spring Cleaning 1

What I’m excited about…

Y’all, I am finally getting a ceiling fan installed in my bedroom!  I’m so excited by this I can’t even adequately express my feelings about this.

What I’m watching/reading…

I’ve been mostly trying to clean off my DVR – I need to catch up on Feud, Scandal, & The Mindy Project.  I’ve been obsessed with The Kitchen lately…partially because I adore Katie Lee.  But, I am SUPER excited for #SouthernCharm & #RHONY to come back.  Check out my SC Cast Analysis here, & I’ll be posting the RHONY Cast Analysis later this week.

I’m totally loving the The Boeskool Blog lately.  He spot on every time, & so well written.  theboeskool.com

What I’m listening to…

I’ve started listening to a few new podcasts:
RESIST Podcast
The Pretty Mean Podcast – I respond to their conversations in the car.
See Something Say Something

What I’m wearing…

Now that it’s officially Spring, I am pulling the maxi dresses back out to play. 🙂  I love maxi dresses, they are basically yoga pants that you can wear to the office.  Spring Staple

I live in outfits similar to this.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Friday: ceiling fan installation & spring cleaning, & purging my closet
Saturday: planting new succulents & fuchsias in my vertical garden
Sunday: brunch with Brigitte, hair washing day, & prepping for the week

What I’m looking forward to next month…

The last weekend in April is the Red Poppy Festival in Georgetown.  I look forward to going to this every year.  Despite Georgetown growing from 30,000 people (when I lived there) to 80,000 now – it still has maintained its small town charm.  Poppy Fest

What else is new…

I’m contemplating a girl’s trip to Belize this summer, but I also kind of want to just go somewhere on my own.  We’ll see how that plays out.  Any suggestions?

Bonus Question: What is my favorite Spring wardrobe piece?

Flip flops are my favorite warm weather staple!!!!  I love flip flops so much that Mama J had to implement a no flip-flop rule if it was less than 50° outside when I was in high school.  These are my favorite of all time. Ecote

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: February Edition

It’s that time again…our monthly check-in with an edition of What’s Up Wednesday!  Once again, this post will be linked to the Mix & Match Mama, so check out her blog too!wuw

I’ll be answering these questions.wuw-questions

What I’m eating this week…

I’ve trying some new healthy recipes lately…trying to be good.  I’ve made Katrina Bowden’s overnight oats (trying to force myself into liking oatmeal) & her sweet & sour chicken, which is to die for.  I also made Shay’s Mozzarella bake, which I think I’ll make spicier next time.  I love the Chobani flips yogurt, but can’t find my favorite peachy pistachio anymore, so I made my own version.

But, then Girl Scout Cookies happened.  girl-scout-cookies

What I’m reminiscing about…

Not to bring the mood down, but February 16th was the ninth anniversary of my Dad’s death.  It was unexpected, but we did have about 3 days notice.  We buried him on the 18th, which was my parents 25th wedding anniversary.  It was a double whammy for Mama J.  This picture was our last picture together, taken on Christmas Day 2007. dad

What I’m loving…

I’m loving my new hair color & cut!  Thanks to Christina, co-owner of The Beauty Lounge in The Woodlands.  My hair is so thick she & another stylist had to blow it out…talk about being pampered.  I suggested that perhaps I need to get one of those cat brushes that grooms their fur…we laughed for days.  I still think that could work.new-brush

What I’ve been up to…

As per usual, I play BINGO on Tuesdays.  Last night I finally won!  I was so excited!!!  Mike’s hearing is still recovering. bingo-i-won

Little did I know, this would be my winning round.  I won a $5 gift card, which paid for my beer.  Double win!

What I’m dreading…

I’m dreading Lent.  I’m not Catholic, but I like to participate in Lent because I feel it works better for me to give something up, rather than resolving to do something in the new year.  I’ve decided to give up restaurants (I use this term loosely) with a drive-thru.  If I cheat, I have to put that same amount of money in my savings account.  I’m trying break bad habits y’all…

What I’m working on…

I am weaning myself off cokes.  Yes, in Texas all carbonated drinks are called cokes.  I’ve switched exclusively to diet drinks, & allow myself to only have one…then I switch to water.  What can I say…I’m a work-in-progress.

What I’m excited about…

I just got a little trampoline, so I’m super excited to start doing workouts on it…just need to assemble it.trampoline.gif

What I’m watching/reading…

I’ve really been missing The Mindy Project (used to be on Fox, now on Hulu), so I downloaded Hulu & have started over on Season 1.  I forgot how much I love this show!  Also the show follow me on Twitter, so I feel like that is divine intervention or something.tmp

As for reading…I’m currently ready a cheesy romance novel; I’m trying to finish it quickly because it’s too cheesy even for me.

What I’m listening to…

I’ve recently turned back to music for a little bit; I was exclusively podcasting for a few months.  The Sing soundtrack is so fun, & I’ve been reacquainted with Lady Gaga thanks to the Superbowl.

I’ve added a few new podcasts into the mix as well: My Favorite Murder, The Business Bites Podcast, See Something Say Something, Presidential, Side Hustle School, & Dumb, Gay Politics…just to name a few.

What I’m wearing…

Well, since we had 90° weather last week for a couple days, I’m pulling out my warm weather clothes.  Total bummer for me because I LOVE winter.

Back in January I got glasses for the first time.  Lame.  I only need to wear them for screen time, but I am having such a hard time getting used to them.  I’m not sure if the prescription is too strong or if I just don’t wear them enough, but they make me kind of dizzy if I look at anything other than a computer screen…forget trying to walk around – my environment becomes a carnival fun house.  glasses

What I’m doing this weekend…

This weekend I will be babysitting, possibly dog sitting, & I plan to have brunch with my friend Rebecca.  We tend to brunch hop…yea!

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Next month is Spring Break, so I typically avoid travel during that time as I have no kiddos.  However, I will be dog sitting for two of my favorite families, so I’ll have a staycation & enjoy the pool.

What else is new…

Not a lot new this month.  I am now on version 7.0 of drawing out my dream house for when I win the lotto.  I enjoyed a fun Wine Night at a friend’s new house last week.  My friend Brigitte & I went out for Happy Hour, which other than BINGO we rarely do.  This was a precursor to seeing Fifty Sades Darker.  Normally I don’t notice directors, but I thought it was super obvious that this one had a different director than the first movie & it didn’t follow the book as closely, but Christian Grey is still hot AF.

Bonus Question: What is my “can’t live without” beauty product…

Straight out of the shower, I use a leave-in conditioner. I like this leave-in conditioner. You can get it on amazon, at Target, HEB, pretty much anywhere.  It smells like a vacation. Make sure to use a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute throughout your hair.

Until next month…

Kiss Hug,

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