Friday, January 29, 2016

Five on Friday


One.

Have y'all received your 50th anniversary edition of Southern Living yet? It is so pretty! This was the very first magazine I subscribed to right after I got married and I have taken it ever since. I always get great recipes, gardening and travel tips and have found some of my favorite Southern clothing brands through the magazine like Southern Frock, Laroque, Annie Griffin and a few others.


There are quite a few fun little articles and lists in this issue and my favorite was probably 50 Elements of Southern Style


Two.

Black dresses have been a go to for me as my bump continues to grow with this pregnancy and I got this dress in the mail last week and love it. It's sleeveless, so it'll transition well into my last few weeks of pregnancy as it warms up here. It's Old Navy Maternity and last time I checked was still in stock. Scarf and jacket are J Crew Factory, boots are Target.

Three.

Caroline has been loving any and all types of crafts and art here lately. I stopped in Michael's the other day when I was in Lexington and picked up the little kitty cat mask for under $2.00 and it kept her busy nearly the entire time I was taking my first Real Estate class test the other night. She is a surprisingly neat little painter. Our next project is going to be making a little Valentine's Day surprise for Juston.



Four.

I mentioned earlier this week catching a new show on HGTV called Home Town and loving every thing about it! One of the things I really loved was the counter tops they put into the kitchen of the home they renovated. They used honed black granite and I'm basically obsessed with it now. Not that we'll re-do our kitchen any time soon, but this is on my wishlist if we ever build a house or reno a kitchen in the future. I just love the look of bright white cabinets and dark counter tops. How awesome are these!



Five.

I'm not usually a fan of a lot of the winter items Gap carries for Caroline, but their spring items usually catch my eye and they have some absolutely adorable new arrivals for little girls right now. My favorite being this outfit...


It just has a retro vibe that I love! And I can never turn down pink and scalloped! The top would be really adorable paired with some white skinny britches, too. Is it weird that I want this in my size? I find myself thinking that about a lot of what Caroline wears. I'm pretty sure there's no question which lady has the superior wardrobe in our house! 





 


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pregnancy and Fitness


Before I got pregnant, I'd finally gotten back on track with my diet and exercise schedule, had lost right at 20 pounds and significantly lowered my body fat percentage. I was really starting to focus on my athletic performance in things like running and Crossfit type workouts, constantly tying to improve my times and personal bests on weighted dynamic exercises like clean and presses, front and back squats, etc. Obviously, I knew getting pregnant would mean changing my approach to fitness temporarily to accommodate for my changing tolerance and body changes. But one thing I have not done is stop. Up until last week, I was still running two days a week, two miles in interval format (walk 2 minutes, run two minutes). Since I felt like it was time to put running on hold until after baby, I replaced it with interval uphill walking. So same concept, but at a slower pace. My workout schedule most weeks looks something like this:

Monday: Pure Barre DVD
Tuesday: Arms, Core and Cardio (35-40 minutes)
Wednesday: Rest Day or Cardio 30 minutes
Thursday: Shoulders, Thighs and Cardio (30-35 minutes)
Friday: Pure Barre DVD
Saturday: Chest, Quads and Cardio (40 minutes)
Sunday: Back, Glutes and Cardio (40 minutes) 



As I mentioned above, I've made some adjustments to my regular workouts in order to accommodate my growing bump. The changes I've made are listed below. It's nothing extensive, but just some safety precautions. It's worth mentioning that I didn't change anything I was doing all during my first trimester and this was per my doctor's permission. She told me more than once that as long as I didn't feel any discomfort or have any bleeding, cramping, etc, keep going like I had been. Now this is not going to be the case for every expecting woman, so check with your own doctors as I'm obviously no medical expert, simply relaying what has been my own experience. 

How my workouts have changed since my second trimester (roughly):

I rest longer between sets

I go slower on cardio exercise

My target heart rate during cardio is between 140-150 now. If I start getting close to or above 150, I back off my pace or resistance level to bring it back down.

I've lowered my weight on certain exercises like back/front squats, hack squat machine, etc. but I increased my repetitions. So where I was doing 105 pounds for 3 sets of 12 reps on back squats, I now do 65 pounds for 3 sets of 15 instead. 

I listen to my body. If something feels uncomfortable, I don't do it,

I recently stopped weighted overhead exercises per my OB's recommendation. She said I was fine to do weighted overhead until around 30 weeks, so since I'm getting close to that, no more overhead presses, handstand pushups, etc. 

I just last week traded my runs in for fast incline walking. I plan to resume running as early postpartum as my body will allow,



Those are really the only adjustments I have made so far. My goal is to continue on the plan I outlined above or something similar up until I go into labor and to get back to that schedule, albeit modified as soon as possible. I still do core exercises like plank holds, side planks, plank switches, side bends, hyperextensions and med ball crunches to maintain what core strength I can. Keep in mind, when I say core strength, I'm referring not only to abs, but also to the low back as well. 

I think a lot of times, pregnancy becomes and excuse for laziness and overeating which just leads to excessive weight gain, making the road to getting your body back after baby that much longer and tougher. I'm just hoping that by maintaining my physical activity level, I will be able to bounce back to my pre-baby shape that much more quickly, while still being healthy and realistic in my approach and timeline. I wholeheartedly know and believe that getting your body looking just as good after baby is possible, as is looking even better after baby (ies). Anyone who says otherwise just needs to be educated in the proper ways to approach the goal. I've seen lots of women look better after have two or more kids than they looked before having any, so I know it's possible. I'm just going to keep chugging along and stay active as much as possible. 



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

26 Weeks + Some Spring Workout Favorites


Jacket: J Crew | Dress: Old Navy Maternity | Scarf: J Crew Factory | Boots: Target




How far along? 26 Weeks Tuesday! Can't believe I'm six and a half months already!


Total weight gain: Up 15 pounds

Maternity clothes: Pants for sure. And for the record, the  under bump pants are the only way to go. I have a couple pairs of pants I got on sale from Gap that have the full panel and they are such a pain. I'm not a fan. My under bump maternity pants are awesome though. 

Best moment of the week: Caroline can actually see the boy moving around now when we're laying down at night to go to bed. I'm not really sure what she thought about it, but I know she could see my belly moving. I think she understands that it's him doing it. 

Food cravings: Nothing

Feeling: Feeling pregnant ;) But really great. 


Baby Goodies Acquired: Hoping to hit Babies R Us while I'm in Lexington today and grab a couple newborn sized outfits and maybe a few other things we need like a changing pad cover and some solid (not pink) crib sheets. 

Symptoms: Some pain in my hips, but I can't really discern if that's workout related, or pregnancy related. Also, a basically constant runny nose. Not anything that keeps me from breathing, but I remember having drainage all the time with Caroline, too. 


Pregnancy Fitness: Still keeping up with my gym time! It's my only "Me Time" during the week and I honestly do not feel like myself without it. I am starting to get some funny looks (mostly from the males) when I pick up some heavy weights because it's pretty obvious at this point that I'm pregnant. Although, I'm always curious if the funny looks are because I'm pregnant in the weight room or if they're trying to figure out why I'm so fluffy when I'm in the gym all the time haha. Maybe I'm just being paranoid about the funny looks, who knows. 


Speaking of fitness and working out, I am seriously longing for some bright colored spring workout clothes. I have loved all of the Lilly Luxletic items I have purchased so far and for the most part they are pretty comparable to my favorite Lululemon items as far as the bottoms go. I do think the bottoms run very small in the capris and pants, but the tops seem to run true to size in my opinion. Here are a few of my current Lilly Pulitzer Lux faves...



I have this swing tank in solid pink and love how flowy it is. I tend to gravitate more towards loose, flowy tops for working out just for the breathability of the fit. I love doing colorful tops, too because I mostly only wear solid black on the bottom. 


Who doesn't love a good poncho? I'm thinking this is especially perfect while pregnant and will also translate into everyday wear easily as well. 

This pullover, I am going to have to have. I think it will still work with my bump for now and be perfect for after, too to throw on over a tank on cooler mornings when I'm heading out to the gym this spring. 


These pants are another must. Like I said, most of my workout pants are just solid black for practical reasons of lighter solid colors showing sweat so bad. I'm not trying to have swamp @$$ walking around the gym. And the fact is, if I'm not sweating buckets, I'm not working hard enough for myself to be satisfied (unless I'm doing Barre). This beauty of the busier Lilly print bottoms is that they don't show sweat thanks to the colorful patterns! These pants are another that I'm pretty certain I will get here soon. I think I'll go with the medium, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to wear these until after baby, but either way, I typically wear my workout clothes once a week whether for my workout of for my work since I wear the same types of things for both. 

And Kate Spade has some absolutely adorable workout clothes right now, too! I have never met a bow or black and white stripe combo that I didn't love....so to put them together, forget about it, I'm sold! How stinkin cute is this stuff!?





Monday, January 25, 2016

Recipes: Confetti Cookies + A Maternity Look

I tried this cookie over the weekend after finding it on Pinterest. I'm linking to the original recipe as well as sharing it below. They are called Confetti Cookies and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. Caroline had a great time helping to dump the ingredients in the bowl and mix them up. 


Ingredients:

3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg plus one egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3.5 ounce packets instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sprinkles


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together. Next add eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in pudding mix and stir until all mixed in, then add flour 1/2 cup at a time. Fold in sprinkles. Spoon dough onto prepared sheet by the spoonful leaving an inch or so between cookies. (We rolled our cookies into little balls instead of just dropping the spoonfuls). Bake 8-10 minutes according to your oven and preference. 

These are seriously so, so good! You just may end up eating like ten of them in a day like I did. No regrets. 

Here's a little bump pic for ya. Yesterday was the first day I put on non-workout clothes all week, so I snapped a pic. 


Top: Sugar Boutique | Maternity Jeans: Gap | Fringe Booties: Mossimo for Target | Necklace: Bourbon and Boweties from The White Chandelier | Earrings: Moon and Lola

I got this top from Sugar last week and I just love it! It's just a piko top, so non-maternity, but the blush color is so, so pretty in person! The blush just sold out (they may re-stock), but there are lots of other pretty colors in the same cut. I'm loving the lavender. The jeans I got a couple months ago from Gap. I think they are still available and on sale. Booties are old from Target. Piko tops are a great non-maternity option for the pregnant ladies, too. I feel like the ones I have will be on repeat postpartum as well. They are as comfy as pajamas but can look pulled together with the right outfit. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

25 Weeks

Shirt and Pants: Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic


How far along? 25 Weeks last Tuesday


Total weight gain: Up 12 pounds

Maternity clothes:Yep

Best moment of the week: Watching Caroline tackle her little art project...see my last post :)

Food cravings: Pancakes for dinner...but again, that's something I crave not pregnant haha

Feeling: Feeling good and definitely bigger these days! I think little one has taken a growth spurt the last two weeks. Certain ways he'll sit make my belly feel super heavy and then other times, I barely even feel pregnant. But overall, I've been very blessed to have felt so good this go around.

Baby Goodies Acquired: Nothing new this week. I feel like I'm sort of behind on one hand, but on the other hand, I'm not so worried like I was with Caroline's pregnancy about things like having the nursery perfect when I know he won't even sleep in it for a few months. 

Symptoms: Feeling pretty tired by the end of the day some days and obviously sporting a bigger belly. I'm starting to get itchy on my belly and the girls so I know they're growing ha. 


Pregnancy Fitness: Stayed pretty well on my normal schedule this week to spite the snow. I only got to lift three times, but I'm throwing in an extra workout tomorrow morning to make up for it. I got in five cardio workouts and one Pure Barre dvd workout this week, too. I've officially put running on hold until after baby gets here. I made it to six months still doing some modified runs each week, which was my original goal, so I'm glad to have made it that far, I don't want to push it. I'm just listening to my body and I try to keep my heart rate under 145-150 during the cardio portions of my workouts. Feeling great though. 

Snow Storm Vibes

Many of y'all were probably in the same boat we were in this past Friday and Saturday. snowed in and stir crazy. It was a real bummer the timing of the storm because Juston was out of town for work and it kept him from getting home when he was supposed to. Caroline and I decided to hunker down at my parents house so that we wouldn't be by ourselves if it got as bad as all the weather people were saying it could. Ultimately, we got about 7 inches I'd say. Where Juston was got about 12 inches and an ice storm on top of that. 

So, knowing the storm was coming, I picked up a couple of things to keep Caroline entertained while we were snowed in and she had a blast. 


Lately, she has been all about "arts and crafts" as she calls any type of little project we undertake. We were walking through the craft section of Wal-Mart the other day and she spotted the Elsa bank you see above. It was all white and came with all the paint and instructions for what to paint which color. Honestly, I was a little hesitant to get her this because I thought it would end up making a mess, but she only ended up getting a little bit on her arm and finger and it kept her occupied for a solid hour or more. She absolutely LOVED it! Well worth the $10 I'd say. I have a doctor's appointment in Lexington for the baby later this week, so I think I'm going to run in Hobby Lobby and try to find her some more little "arts and crafts". I've been searching Pinterest for ideas on things to do with her, so we have a few things to try. 


Since I couldn't get to the gym Saturday morning, I treked next door to my sister's house to get some minutes in on the elliptical they have in their basement while Caroline played with her cousins. 


Another activity we decided to do was cookie baking. What better way to spend some snow day time than baking up a storm! Caroline had three different cookies to choose from and she ended up choosing these confetti cookies. They turned out DELICIOUS and were super easy. I'll share the recipe later this week, y'all will not want to miss trying this one! 



And of course, what snow storm would be complete without a little bit of sledding. This was Caroline's first time tackling the flood wall I used to sled all the time when I was a kid. Actually, it was her first time sledding period.  Her first trip down the wall she rode with my nephew and it was a big success to spite her wipeout at the bottom of the hill. She just hooted and hollered the whole way down and loved it! Her second trip down, she didn't love so much. She went with my oldest niece and got some snow to the face and was over it after that. She lasted about thirty minutes total outside which was more than enough for this mama. I'm not a cold weather person at all. Sledding maybe didn't make the best impression on her, but she loved making snow angels and throwing her snowballs at me. Juston was finally able to get home late Saturday so we were so excited to have him safe and sound with us again. Hope everyone stayed safe and warm over the snowy weekend. 

Oh and one last thing before I wrap this up, did anyone else catch the new HGTV show Home Town on tv today? I absolutely loved it! I was skeptical at first because I feel like HGTV has tried to capitalize on the Fixer Upper success a few other times by basically using the same formula and inserting a new couple into it, but this show felt very genuine when I gave it a chance and watched it. I absolutely loved the couple and the design of the home was 100% my Southern style. If you get a chance to watch it, DO IT! I'm so hoping this show gets picked up on the regular. 



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Snow Day Project + How I Make Money Shopping Online

We got some snow around here this morning, so that usually means I don't get to work since I work in a few of the local schools and they were all closed for the day. I've had a project I've been wanting to undertake for a few weeks now and with no work, that meant I finally got a chance to tackle it today. 


Our little boy many not have a name, but he does have a hat now for his newborn photos! I am pretty pleased with how this turned out. I have crocheted quite a few blankets over the years with my mom teaching me, but this is the first time I've made a hat. I've listed them in my Etsy shop for sale if you're looking to snag one for your own little boy! I'm going to be working on some baseball and basketball hats next, then the Mickey and Minnie hats and then on to some animals. I had a lot of fun doing this one. It seems so tiny to me since I haven't had newborn sized things around for awhile.

They are calling for a pretty major snow (by Southern standards at least) this weekend, so I am going to go snag some other colors of yarn tomorrow for my next hat projects, then I'm also working on a burlap door hanger DIY that I will share as soon as I get it finished. I am also needing to sew the shower curtain I'm making for the guest bathroom. Once I have that finished and hung up, I'll share the little mini facelift I did in that room as well. 



Have y'all tried Ebates yet? If you haven't, you absolutely should be! I signed up for it a few months back and have made nearly $200 in rebates shopping for and purchasing things I was going to buy anyway. You also get cash back for referring other people (hence, my sharing it with whoever may be reading and interested). Basically, you just sign up for your account, then visit the Ebates site to click onto whichever site you want to shop. I frequent Gap, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Bath and Body Works, Ebay, Amazon and Etsy personally, but I did a ton of Juston's Christmas shopping via their links as well with sites like Moosejaw, Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc. There's literally hundreds of the most frequented online shopping sites for anyone and everyone. You get a check in the mail every quarter, or you can have it direct deposited if you prefer. There's no catch to it either. That's why it took me so long to sign up for it, I thought surely there was some drawback, but if there is, I haven't found it after using Ebates for the last six months. I've linked up above if you want to sign up yourself and start making money back on online shopping you would be doing anyway. Just remember to go to Ebates first, then click through from there to shop and make sure you activate the cash back feature. 





Monday, January 18, 2016

Weekend in Review

Please tell me that we're not the only ones who basically just hunker down and hibernate all January waiting for spring to come? I mean, it's a small miracle I made it to the gym both days this weekend. I honestly sat in my car in the parking lot Sunday contemplating whether it was worth it to walk in that cold to get through the front doors. I did eventually get out, but it took some major self pep-talking! It got down to 4 (!) here over the weekend! Cold aside, Caroline and I were so excited to have an extra day with Juston home due to the MLK holiday. WE did a whole lot of nothing and loved every second of it. I'm almost embarassed to admit that I don't think I changed Caroline out of her pajamas all weekend with the exception of a few hours Saturday morning for a family donut date.
 

 

Earlier in the week last week, Caroline and I drove up to Northern Kentucky to catch a performance by the cheerleaders before they left for UCA Cheer Nationals this past weekend. We picked up my friend and former NKU cheer teammate Katherine on our way and got to watch NKU kill it! Along with Morehead teams and Kentucky who were all amazing! It was an amazing weekend for cheerleading in Kentucky, too! University of Kentucky, Morehead co-ed and Morehead All Girl all won their divisions. NKU and WKU all girl got third in their divisions, EKU got fourth in their division and WKU co-ed finished top ten I believe. I have always said that Kentucky is to cheerleading what Alabama is to football. If you want to be part of the best, get here! Some of my best memories of college revolve around my cheerleading days and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

Terrible picture, but I'm pretty sure this is one Caroline snapped!


How pretty are my clearance rack roses from Kroger?! I love this soft color palate for the winter months. The ivory and pale pink are so pleasing to my eye that I will scoop up any flowers in this color palate. Speaking of this color palate, I'm also LOVING this Laroque buffalo check top pictured below. They sold out of it before I could get mine ordered, so I'm really hoping they will re-stock it!


 I hope everyone's week is off to a great start already. My laptop has been protesting this weekend, so if I don't post as much this week, it's still being moody.


Friday, January 15, 2016

Five on Friday: Book Recommendations + 24 Week Bumpdate

I thought I'd switch up my Five on Friday this week and make it all about some of my favorite reads both recent and some I read a little longer ago, but they still made quite an impression on me. I'm also going to throw in my weekly bump update since I couldn't get my computer to cooperate and post it yesterday like I'd planned.

One.


Georgia Bottoms is on of the few books that actually had me laughing out loud more than once while reading it. This is one that it had been awhile since I'd read, but absolutely re-read. Do y'all do that? I know some people won't re-read books once they've finished them, but for me it's like watching a favorite movie over and over, I just don't get tired of reading a great book. The main character in the book, Georgia is leading quite the double life as an avid church-going lady by day and a hooker by night. That's probably not the PC term these days, but whatever. Obviously, hilarity ensues and you will not regret snagging this book. It's a quick and easy read, but super enjoyable. 

Two.


Mary Kay Andrews is one of those authors that once I discovered one of her books, I had to read every single one she'd written and I love most every single one of them. This was the first book of hers that I picked up one day at the library as I was browsing and I finished it in about two days, then went back to the library to see what else they had of hers. This particular book follows two television cooking show hosts who are pitted against each other in a wild competition, and obviously, a romance develops. I try never to give away much when I post about books, so that's all I'm going to say other than you will love it. 


Three.


This is probably one of my top three favorite books I have ever read. I bet you I have read the entire thing at least five times and am fixin to pick it back up once I get finished with the series I'm currently reading. The female lead in the book finds herself moving out of her home with her daughter and unborn son due to her husbands infidelity. She returns to Pawley's Island where she spent summers with her grandmother growing up and comes across old friends, new romance and a nagging mystery surrounding the disappearance of her childhood best friend. This one will keep you flipping the pages right up until the end. 


Four. 


This is the book that began my love affair with Savannah quite a few years ago...well, this book and watching Paula Deen's cooking show all the time. But, reading this book was what first made me want to travel to this city. The mysteries, the characters, the picturesque way Berendt paints this gorgeous city. This book has a little bit of everything from love stories to murder and the most fascinating thing about it is that it's all based on factual accounts the author lived while in Savannah. Add this classic to your reading list if you've never read it, then plan a trip to Savannah stat to visit all the sites you read about in the story. 


Five. 

A friend of mine gave me this book and it's a quick but fun read about Southern style entertaining and the nuances that go along with it. There are lots of "Pearls of Wisdom" as the author refers to the informative tidbits, recipes and hostess tips. This book makes for a great gift or a great addition to your own collection. 



So there you have Five reading recommendations for your Friday in case you're looking for a good book. I'm always looking for good reads myself, so please comment with any you've read that you love and would recommend. Now, on to the pregnancy business of my weekly bumpdate...can't believe we're six months along already!

24 Weeks

Shirt: J Crew Factory | Jeans: Gap Maternity | Shoes: Tory Burch Revas | Earrings: Sugar Boutique online 

How far along? 24 Weeks on Tuesday, this pic is from yesterday, so close enough


Total weight gain: Up 10 pounds

Maternity clothes:Yes

Best moment of the week: Caroline can actually see the boy moving around now when we're laying down at night to go to bed. I'm not really sure what she thought about it, but I know she could see my belly moving. I think she understands that it's him doing it. 

Food cravings: Not really

Feeling: I feel like he's taken a bit of a growth spurt the last couple of weeks. My belly is starting to feel really hard and pop out quite a bit more than it has been before now. 

Baby Goodies Acquired: Nothing new. I have started some actual work on what is the guest room but will be the nursery. The big queen bed has been moved out and a small daybed put in in it's place, then the crib will be going back up next week or sometime soon anyway. Then I'll get the crib skirt and bedding done, make a slipcover for the rocker so it'll match the room's color scheme, then make some cornices for the windows in a coordinating fabric and call it a day. 

Symptoms: I have had a nagging cough for about two months now that seems to correlate with some drainage that may or may not be pregnancy related. Obviously a bigger belly is another symptom and I think I have one of those obnoxious melasma spots on my cheek. It's in the exact same spot I got one with Caroline. It was gone almost immediately after I had her, but it's the most random thing and one of those delightful things about pregnancy that no one tells you can happen until you're already experiencing it. 


Pregnancy Fitness: After a crazy, out of whack schedule that caused me to miss two workouts last week, I'm back on track with my normal workouts this week and feel so much better. I take a lot more time in between sets, I execute my cardio a bit slower and I have either had to maintain or slightly lower some of my weights on exercises I had previously been trying to PR (prior to pregnancy). Think deadlifts, squats, clean and press, etc. I've backed off a lot with olympic lifting type things, but overall, my workouts have stayed consistent and I'm trying to either maintain my strength levels, or lower them as little as possible. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cheers to the Weekend

Hard to believe January is already almost half over and another weekend has come and gone. I don't know about y'all, but our weekends just seem to fly by. It's way too fun having Juston to ourselves all weekend and no work to deal with. This past weekend was one of those great ones where we didn't really have a single thing on our schedule and it was wonderful. I am always so ready for a slowdown after all the running around that comes along with the holiday season. 

Saturday, I hit the gym as early as I could so I could get back home and hang out with the family. I was cleaning up in the kitchen when Caroline came in looking for a project. Caroline absolutely loves helping and doing jobs that you give her. She will just come up to me if I'm in the kitchen cooking and say "Can you give me a job, Mama?" I wonder what the likelihood is that she'll be so eager to help me in her teenage years? So, I decided that the perfect job for a Saturday afternoon was making No Pudge brownies and eating them right out of the pan afterwards. 



My girl is an expert taste tester and she gets it honest. If you've never tried No Pudge brownies, you should. They're a great alternative to the real deal. You just add a container of vanilla pudding to the box mix and bake it according to the box and they come out great. 

We spent the next few house lounging around and watching football. The big game in our area was the Bengals v. the Steelers and man, what a game that turned out to be. Honestly, I couldn't believe the way the Bengals blew it at the end. It was a solid reminder of why I follow college football, and not NFL. 

Sunday, I intended on going to church, but when I woke up there was SNOW, mind you, it was nearly sixty degrees the day before. They always say if you don't like the weather in Kentucky, wait five minutes and weekends like this past one are obviously the reason why. Crazy and I definitely prefer the warmer winter we were having up until yesterday. We are supposed to get snow a couple more days this week...counting down till spring. I swear I could totally be a snowbird and fly South for the winter to Florida or someplace tropical. 

I saw the picture above scrolling through Facebook over the weekend and just loved it. 

One of the ways I cope with my hatred of the cold weather is planning some weekend trips for us and we have some great ones coming up and if anyone out there reading has any recommendations of places to eat, shop, stay, see, etc, I'd love to hear them. 

First up, we are doing a day trip to Franklin, Tennessee to visit with some dear friends of our who recently moved there. I honestly don't know a whole lot about the city, but a few people I know have talked about how much they loved it when they visited, so we're excited, especially to see our sweet friends and meet their girls.

Next up is Southern Pines, North Carolina. I'm thinking his may actually end up being our Babymoon trip this go-around. I have been before on a quick visit with a friend, but it was just so cute, I need more time to explore this adorable little town. It's also very close to Pinehurst, NC. 

Last up that we currently have on the agenda is a combo trip to Eufala, Alabama, then on to Brundidge to see some people we just can't get enough of for our annual spring trip to their farm. We did a quick stop to Eufala the last time we went to Brundidge and even got to tour the gorgeous Short Mansion, but were still only there for maybe a couple of hours so I know there's got to be more to do and see...and eat!


So, if you have suggestions and recommendations, I'd really appreciate them! 

I thought I'd share a few of my Golden Globe favorites as well...honestly, I don't think I've ever watched the actual awards, but I love seeing what everyone wears!  Here are the ones I loved...
 

 
 




One more thing worth noting is that today, I am officially a student again! I'm starting the classes that I will need to become a real estate agent today. I am so excited for this and can't wait to get started. It's interesting timing being so pregnant, already working part time most evenings and with Juston being gone so much for work. Thank the Lord for my family! Hope everyone has a wonderful start to a wonderful week.