Thursday, August 17, 2017

House Updates - Lights Camera Action and Shutters

Honestly not a ton has happened this week.  The inspector is being pretty tough on our builder on certain things which I don't mind but it's extending things.  I won't bore you with the nitty gritty details but the roofer had to come back to do some permanent stuff before the inspector would inspect the insulation inside.  Kinda annoying but it's to prevent possible water issues in the future.  So the drywall hasn't begun.  Brick may begin today.  

In other news....

I think we need this light in the breakfast area.  It's sorta see-through so it wouldn't block our view of the backyard.  It's by Gabby.  

While I was at this cute home interiors shop called District 5 Interiors, the gal there found this light which I LOVE for somewhere in our house.  But it's too expensive. 

But Pottery Barn has a very similar one and if it goes on sale, then it may have to be a special light for our house.  We'll see!  I love the beachy look and feel of it!

Rode by this house in Charlotte yesterday and I LOVE the shutter color.  It's like a gray blue.  We may have to look at something like this for ours.  I haven't gotten to that yet but this is a start.  I may be the girl with painted posterboard in front of our house trying to figure out what color to do with our brick!  

That's all I've got for you now! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Nice Gift

Whew, I drove 4 hours to Roanoke, Virginia yesterday, took someone to lunch, had a few other meetings then drove 4 hours home.  It was a long and worthwhile day!  I left the house at 6:45am and returned at 6:45pm to no power in the house (due to a storm) and a bathed/fed child!  The second part of that was nice but no power was blah!  Thankfully it came back on 1.5 hours later.


On Monday I was sitting at my desk looking at my calendar and decided I wanted to get one of my friends a gift and her birthday was Tuesday.  Usually we don't do gifts but I wanted to take it to her as a surprise and a little pick me up because she's had a rough couple of months.  I headed to Williams Sonoma because I can always find a pretty generic and nice gift there.  I also know all of the girls in there from when we did our wedding registry 4 years ago ha!

Anyway, I put this together and think it's a nice gift with all three items but you could totally mix them up.  It can be a "happy birthday" or a "happy fall" or "I was thinking about you" or "cheer up" or a "Merry Christmas!"  Best part is that they wrap it so nicely.  I slipped the card on top and done!

This loaf pan which is on sale with an additional 20% off!  I own the red one in this and love using it for pumpkin bread in the Fall.  

This pumpkin chocolate chunk bread mix.  They have a lot of these in the gluten free version too!

This oven mitt - everyone can always use a new, fresh oven mitt!  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Molly Anne-isms

Molly Anne has been on a roll lately saying the funniest stuff and I just want to remember some of them!  

1.  Last weekend I put her in the car and she looked at me and matter of factly said, "Mama your eyes are BLUE!"  

2.  Yesterday morning Kevin went in to get her out of her crib and she told him she didn't want to get out of bed.  Then I went in there to see her and at one point we both left and she yelled, "Mama, Daddy come back!"

3.  She is pretty much obsessed with Big Bunny and Little Bunny.  And Big Bunny is the Mama and she will tell you all about that!  

4.  She will count to 15 by herself.  She can pretty much sing the ABC's but mumbles part of it.  She knows all of her body parts including elbows and a forehead haha.

5.  She likes bossing Mills around, "Mills COME!"

6.  Mills has been going into her room when she is sleeping (which he had quit doing) but we find him in there just laying right by her crib.  He likes to go in in the morning and wake her up.  One morning we heard her say, "Look Millsy, it's a triangle!"  She had formed her hands in a triangle and was showing him.  I'm sure he cared haha!  Still, so cute!

7.  She has become picky about what she wants to wear.  She'll tell me she doesn't want to put her dress on then 2 minutes later she wants to put it on.  Yes I want that and no I don't are common responses within one second of each other.  And yes, she's OBSESSED with her Hunter boots.  I have to hide them.

8.  If she isn't facing me and I tell her to turn around she starts turning in circles!

9.  She likes to say, "Mama hold you" or "Daddy hold you" to us if she wants us to pick her up.

10.  We've been working a lot on manners and she is actually pretty good about saying "yes ma'am" but the funniest is when she says it to Kevin. She hasn't gotten ma'am versus sir ha!

11.  For a little while, she kept saying, "I can't" if she was trying to get her shoe on or off or something like that.  Well we kept telling her that yes she can and she can do anything she sets her little mind to do.  Now if she's struggling doing something she yells out, "I CAN!"  It's so funny!

12.  She remembers everything.  Everything.  

13.  She is big into getting any boo-boo kissed and then she'll say, "it's all better!"  When we had to give her eye drops a couple weeks ago, every time we got them out she said, "might make my eyes feel better."   

14.  When you ask her what her name is, she says her middle and last name.  If you ask her my name, she says my first and last name.  Soon, I'll make her memorize my phone number ha!  Joking. Kinda.  

15.  Any time I change my clothes and come out wearing something different, she says, "bye mama!  Mama's goin to work."  She associates me changing clothes with me going to work.  Creature of habit and routine!  

16.  Kevin sings Frank Sinatra, New York New York with her every night after bath (and has her whole life) and she has the whole thing memorized.  It's hilarious watching the two of them sing it and do the same motions every night.  ;)

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Pool Weekend

We lived at the pool this weekend.  Actually we went to the pool on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Ha!  Here are some pictures!

Friday night we went to our neighbor's house and hung with them!  Their daughter takes care of Molly Anne and it's pretty fabulous ha!   Ava is so good with her!  Oh, Big Bunny came too!

Ava and Molly Anne

The four of us had happy hour while they played.  It was perfect!

Saturday morning we went to the pool in our new neighborhood to meet up with Emme!  It was pouring down rain when we got there but it cleared right off!  The rain didn't bother Molly Anne and she happily played while I sat under the umbrella haha!

Margot and I looked over and saw this!  Soooo sweet!

After nap we met up with Kevin's parents for dinner at a Japanese place then went to the indoor zoo of Petsmart!  Molly Anne had the best time.  Then we ran around Target getting school supplies for a donation drive that Becky is doing!

Sunday we went to church and after nap we met up with Nora Beth at the pool!  It was so fun and the girls had so much fun!

While we were at the pool yesterday afternoon, Kevin cleaned my entire car top to bottom, inside and out.  It is like a brand new car now!  So nice!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Five on Friday

This pooch is the biggest scarety cat ever!   He's now scared of the rain.  We have a thundershirt that he wears but come on, I can't put that thing on every time it rains.  

Zucchini, mushrooms and heirloom mini tomatoes.  Sauteed in olive oil with salt and pepper.  Add riced cauliflower (you can get it in the frozen section and just steam it in the bag), some cheese and garlic powder and dinner is done.  So good and 10g of carbs in the entire meal.  Molly Anne ate it right up!

I do think we are finally over the stage of chaos when we go out for dinner.  She doesn't require a bunch of entertainment anymore which is so nice.  She has honestly always been pretty good but now it's actually peaceful to go out to dinner.  Whoop whoop! 

So basically I'm obsessed with having this seaglass light over our island in the new kitchen.  Two of them would be perfect.  

We had the most fun at a little playdate at our neighborhood pool yesterday.  Molly Anne became obsessed with the blue waterslide and had the time of her life!

We are looking forward to a fun weekend with our girl!  Soaking these summer days up!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

House Update - What's Happening

This week they installed our sliding glass doors and other doors to the outside.  Yesterday they poured the concrete pad on both porches so the slate can be put on that.  Next week drywall will begin and that's when it will really come together.  Cabinets will be on site in four weeks...they're currently being made.  Also, brick will be happening on the outside of the house in the next few weeks, it was delivered yesterday.

I've been working on more of the "pretty" stuff lately - paint colors, lights, bar stools (the ones I love are $1,475 each, not happening), mirrors, furniture, curtains.

Lights are making me stay up late at night.  I just cannot figure out what to get except that one Pottery Barn light that we already bought for our foyer.  I haven't seen anything I HAVE to have yet.  We'll see.  Still on the hunt!

Here is our kitchen cabinet layout and specifications!  I know it's hard to read but it was very cool getting to decide the details on this!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

20 Quick Weeknight Meals

In an effort to survive being a working Mama, I must stay organized.  One thing I've done is to keep a list in my phone in the Notes section with every meal I prepare each week.  It is a running list so if I'm in a rut, I can look back at previous meals we've had and get ideas.  I go through spells of not cooking much at all and then I'll cook six nights in a row.  Lately I've been cooking but the only reason I've been able to make it happen is because of meal planning on the weekends and prep on Sunday afternoons!  If I didn't prep and make certain meals on Sundays for the week, we would never eat.  Here it goes:

1.  Shrimp Creole with a caesar salad
2.  Honey meatloaf, green beans and a salad
3.  Quiche
4.  Southwestern Salad
5.  Filet, baked potato, salad
6.  Lobster Cobb Salad
7.  Spaghetti
8.  Shrimp Taco Salad
9.  Low Country Boil
10.  Shrimp Quesadillas with red and yellow peppers
11.  Pesto Shrimp angel hair (I did Molly Anne's and mine with zoodles)
12.  Bow Tie Fiesta
13.  Breakfast for dinner
14.  Sausage, vodka sauce penne with caprese salad
15.  Sheet pan sausage potatoes and veggies
16.  Bacon Jalapeno Poppers Chicken Enchiladas
17.  Cajun Chicken Rice
18.  Egg Roll Bowls
19.  Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese
20.  Crockpot lasagna tortellini soup

Maybe this gives you some new, easy meals?  Please share your go-to in the comments so we can all get new ideas!

Monday, August 7, 2017


I'm counting down the days until my child is completely healthy and my part human dog doesn't need physical therapy multiple times a day.  We are nearing the end of that and maybe for the first time in four months we will get a little break on life.  Mills will still require minor things each day but nothing as time consuming as it has been.  WHEW.  Keeping up with medicines for these two children has been interesting.  

These first few pictures are from late last week.  I love this one of Molly Anne.  She is so into her bunny these days.  It's adorable.

Friday she came to work with me for a couple hours.

Friday night cuddles with Mr. Mills.

He is just soooooo sleepy!

Saturday morning I decided to take Molly Anne to Dunkin Donuts for a special treat since she had been such a big girl all week.  She had been to Urgent Care and the ER on Sunday, pediatrician on Monday and again on Friday.  In total, she had pink eye, croup which turned into a double ear infection.  Basically she had one big virus that took over her little body.  But she was SOOO good at every appointment and could not have been sweeter or more mannerly to everyone that helped her.  Proud Mama!  As of Friday, she was officially on the mend with no more fever.  

We still were very low key all weekend and didn't take her anywhere.  Saturday morning we took a long family walk just to get out of the house a little bit.  

Saturday night we went to a friend's birthday party and then went to Blackfinn to hang out.  They had a live band which was cool.

Sunday morning we ventured to the produce market to get some veggies and fruit for the week.  Bunny also came with us! ;)  

Whenever I come home from there, I wash and chop everything immediately to prep for the week.  It helps me so much later on.

After nap, she requested a wagon ride and a popsicle.  Done!  We wanted to go to the pool but instead decided to give her more downtime just for good measure.  

We finished off our weekend with a quiche, green beans and a salad.  I think tomorrow I'm going to post some quick meals I've been getting on the table.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Five on Friday - Phone, Chips, Crafts, Friends

My phone flew out of a side pocket of some shorts this week and landed perfectly on our concrete driveway!  Thank goodness for Apple Care.  Instead of $129, it was $29 to fix at the Apple Store.  So now my apple care has paid for itself!   

My friend Danica from Chic Runner wrote about these chips so I got them on our next Teeter order.  Well we finally opened them this week and they are so good.  Kevin picked out this salsa and it's the cheapest salsa at HarrisTeeter (it seems like at least - under $1.60!) but I think it's the best we've had.  Pioneer Woman's Restaurant Style Salsa is still probably the best but this is pretty good for store bought!  We've already gone through two jars of it.  

We've been at home A LOT this week (every day all day except for a few hours when she went to Becky's) so when I had a minute without Molly Anne and I was at Target getting necessities, I picked up these fun crafts for something different to do.  You can get them on Amazon - paint and brushes.  Couldn't find the sponges online but they have them at our local store with the crafts!

I threw a plastic table cover on her little table and she went to town.  

And thankfully it washed right off her hands and shirt super easily!  So yes, it's true, that paint is washable!

I had a girls night on Monday and also on Wednesday this week.  I will say, I'm just so thankful for my group of friends.  We are all in the same stage of life and they are all wonderful moms.  I learn so much every time I'm with them.  And they're just really nice girls.  Anyway, sentimental post - thankful for their friendships! 

Who is this grown up girl with a pony tail?!