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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I Heart Pinterest Wednesday

When we moved into our house my main love was the big kitchen. It has a great spacious layout. 

However, it wasn't the original kitchen. This leaves us with an odd nook between the living room and kitchen. Many people have suggested putting the our farm house table there but there are two biggies in the way of that. 

1. There is plenty of room in the kitchen for the table. Plus the kitchen is tile (easy kid food mess clean up) and the living room/nook is wood flooring (not so kid food friendly). 

2. There are 3 rooms in the house, our room, baby room, guest room. That nook is the perfect space for an office area that we both really need without having a desk in a weird spot. 

Recently Jeremy menioned finding a desk, we've been putting it off. Heck we've put everything except the nursery off since we moved in. So I started searching Pinterest, of course, to find office spaces that were styled with my beloved Ikea furniture. 

Here's what I have in mind. 


There are three walls in the nook, and one odd curve-ish corner. I think this would be a good idea for the smaller wall.




And this would be great for the other two walls.








I really like the Hemmes desk that matches a lot of the other furniture we bought on the last Ikea trip, but it would be too small for the space. I'm really wanting a built in look without paying for actual built-ins.




Here's another cute idea, but we'd need to add shelving to the space.




I really love this one, but I don't think we have enough space in the nook to do it justice.




Hopefully we fit the measurements for the first office I showed you and that fills the nook! One day when the house is done... a hundred years from now... I'll do a home tour. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Weekly Recap

This was supposed to go up Friday, but hopefully with school being out I can get back into a nice schedule (life included) over the summer.


I received both of the new Super Sizer mascara and Intensify me! eyeliner from Covergirl to test out the other day and I was surprised how much I like them. The mascara is nice, although the bush isn't my favorite bush on the market.

The eyeliner though...

Oh the eyeliner!

I've never actually bought liquid eyeliner because I couldn't apply it to save my life. This though, it comes in a pencil type applicator with a tip like a felt tip pen. Depending on how you hold it you can either have a thin line or thick. It stayed on really well (and with my watery allergy eyes that says a lot), but when I buy some of it myself I will be getting a lighter color.

I'm not a huge jet black fan.


One of my sweet kiddos sent me home with those flowers. 

With school officially being out for us I can honestly say that year 6 of teaching was the best year so far. I almost hate to say it because it could easily be blamed on where I work, it's one of those country schools that doesn't have nearly the issues I've seen at the city schools I've taught in. 

The term city being used very lightly because I'm not sure you can call Bastrop a city, but the school in town was a totally different ball game from the one I taught at on the outskirts of town there. 

The kids this year were genuinely good people. They were kind and caring (98% of the time... they are still human) They actually gave me hope that the kids coming up in the world these days are still good.

So often you see kids in bad families not being taught well, and really not being treated well. You treat people the way you are treated, so it's hard to expect a child who is constantly beat and put down to be able to treat everyone better than what they see. 

All I can say is that I hope to have many more years like this. Children who are eager to learn and supportive parents make it much more enjoyable to teach in the current crummy state of education in this state. 


This little olive skinned baby is getting so big. Plus the men's style dress shirt onesies from Carter's are to die for. 


I had a funny episode on the last student day. 

As I was headed to the office to pump the power went out. 

Now I could fill my battery pack and unplug, but considering it takes 8AA batteries and you can only use it 8 times before it loses suction I just assume hook up to a power outlet. 

That being said I think I need a car adapter. 


I'm in full on get back on track health wise around here.

However, pregnancy took a toll on me. I had to quit lifting weights at the end of my 7th month due to all the pain I was having... working out just make it worse. That two shorts months and then two more recovering from having the baby took down my yoga stamina big time. 

Also the Whole30... we on are day 2 and my faux hunger is way worse then it was the last time I did one. Granted the last time I wasn't eating like this before hand. I also say faux hunger because there is no earthly way I'm hungry with all I'm eating, I'm just craving sweets like crazy. 

I think that about sums up last week... maybe this Friday we can be on track with this week! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Meal Pinning Monday

Today officially starts Whole 30 in our house! 

I did one about two years ago (before they allowed all the potatoes on earth) without Jeremy. This time around I've talked him into it thanks to the allowance of more than sweet potatoes. Whoop whoop! 

 

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Bangers and Mash

Tuesday - Chicken Cacciatore

Wednesday - leftovers

Thursday - Grilled Chicken with Veggies and Roasted Potatoes

Friday - Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

Saturday - Grilled Ribeyes with Chimicurri (for me) and Oven Fries


Sunday - Paleo Mongolian Beef (with mushrooms and snow peas added & no sugar)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When Your Baby Belly Jiggles

Thoughts.

I don't think I've had a deep one in months.

I've also seen what pregnancy and a baby has done to my beloved blog. I use to have things to talk about, what happened?

Lack of time happened after I went back to work. Get home at 4, put the baby down who apparently knows I'll be home after he gets up at 2:30 and doesn't go back down. Feed at 5. Feed the big people after the little person at 5. Bath. Pack lunch and pump for the next day. Feed at 7:30. Rock baby half to death so we can go to bed by 8.

Wake up at 5:50 (not counting night feeds) and start over.

I really could use a nap. An 8 hour nap.

Don't think this is the only place I'm neglecting. I haven't been to the gym since January when I became too uncomfortable to even workout anymore. Once I was able to go back I haven't had the time. It just takes so much planning to be able to go, even when I wasn't at work I would have had to wait on Jeremy to get home... when it was time to cook dinner none the less.

This whole lack of Emily happening in my routine, and seeing those Baby Dedication pics (this was planned before but it is certainly an encourager) has me wanting to boot camp myself back into pre-pregnancy Emily.

That doesn't just mean weight. No way Jose.

Clean eating Emily took a long hike when super sick pregnancy Emily entered the scene.

So starting Friday I am going to do the Ultimate Yogi program that I so love and then on Monday we (Jeremy is participating) are doing a Whole 30.

Which might I add I haven't done in 2 years and the foods they've added to the mix made it much easier to convince my husband to participate in the Whole 30.

My goal with all of this in to get back into shape, see also breath and walk at the same time. As well as get my mind back into how we ate before, which was mainly paleo/primal a good 85% of the time.

I think I'm going to cry more doing the yoga than the Whole 30 though. The last time I tried doing Gentle Yoga when I was 20 weeks pregnant I couldn't finish the workout... this being the one workout I previously got so relaxed doing that I could have slept through.

So here's to my summer resolution of the yoga health freak Emily coming back into the picture.

I think I just may be sending Dad home with some junk food to help push me along.

See... I told y'all I haven't had a lucid thought in months. We started off at not being able to think and ended on food and yoga. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baby Dedication

Mother's Day Baby Dedication service, let's just keep it at photos and no talking.
I didn't have any of the pics turn out well, so I think the next investment will be a tripod and a clicker.





Sunday, May 17, 2015

Meal Pinning Monday

Last week of work and then it's summer! 

 

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Chili (never made it last week)

Tuesday - leftovers

Wednesday - Chicken and Dumplings

Thursday - Barcocoa Pork Tacos

Friday - leftovers

Saturday - Grilled Chicken & Veggies

Sunday -

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

a little bit of life

 This was supposed to be a Five on Friday post, but that whole exhaustion and having a baby got in the way.

(Spell Check is a bust today, so don't judge the spelling errors... I typed fast)


I actually celebrated Mother's Day early when Jeremy got back from Colorado. I've been watchless for about a year and told him I could use a new one, I was mainly just hoping I could convince him to pop into the H&M that was close to their hotel. 

Oh course, Jeremy being Jeremy upgraded me from my usual Target $15 watch. I'm not at all a present person, I really only tell him to get me things I need, so this was a huge surprise. I could tell time just fine on my cheap watch. He had to laugh at me for being impressed that I had a watch that the second timer worked and wasn't fake! 

You've gotta love him. Granted every year won't be like this, I sure hope not at least. He said it was my push present/first Mother's Day gift. There's also been talk of that Satsuma tree I've been wanting. Eek!!


Little Dude seems to be trucking along as fat as ever. This week he decided to coo to get my attention while we were getting ready for work when he should have been asleep. When I walked over to see what he wanted he just grinned and kept talking. I sense a bit of a ham in our future... and a very on the go little boy. 



I survived my first week back at work, even though it was state testing week. I also came back to stacks upon stacks of paperwork. 

But I think I've gotten it under control. PTL!


 Pumping in the cume folder closet at work has been interesting. Especially since it's the end of the year and teachers need their folders to complete paperwork. I suspect I will have pumped with half the staff by the time my year of nursing/pumping ends.

Thank the good Lord for Piko tops, they are built in nursing covers.


Last Friday we had a "free dress" day, which turned into a free dress day this week for our belated Teacher Appreciation Week (due to testing). From a truly 90's teen who started wearing uniforms in '97 I was in hog heaven.

I may or may not be sporting my Birkenstocks.

I also may or may not be dressing like I did in the '90s as well. But hey, shirts and Birkens are a perfectly cute way to dress. Keep in mind I'm far more crunchy an relaxed than a dressed up kinda gal.

Also, over my 2 month leave I only washed my hair every other day, this has led to being able to continue that. It took 2 months to get my hair to look on the 3rd day like it use to look the next day. Yay for more sleep!!
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