Weekend Happenings [#9]

Hey there you fine things! Happy Monday! I hope your Fourth of July weekend was wonderful, and you’re rested and rejuvenated for another week ahead :)

weekend happenings

Our weekend was fairly low-key (and I’m super duper thankful for that!) and went by way too quickly as always.  Lemme tell you all about it!


I had off work (yay!) and slept in and did some work around the house. Laundry, cleaning, etc. – you know, all the fun stuff! Of course Gilmore girls was on the whole time I did chores. #duh. J came and picked me up after work and we headed to his parents for a cookout to celebrate his Daddio’s birthday with his family! I love them so much and I am so grateful to have so many amazing people in my life.

Boo Boo


4th of July! We slept in a bit, which was lovely and then just hung out for the day. I baked chocolate chip muffins – and forgot to take a picture! If you don’t Insta it, did it really happen? 😉 I used tried to use the KitchenAid Mixer by myself for the first time… haha. I hadn’t screwed the bowl in correctly and J could hear that something wasn’t right and had to come in to help. #thisiswhyIneedkitchensupervision.

Mango Mojito

We went to the Firehouse Restaurant for dinner downtown <– if you’re in the area definitely check this one out, it was amazing! — and it may be my new favorite restaurant. It’s one of J’s favorites, and I had never been so it was a fun date! I tried a mango mojito for the first time and it did not disappoint. Yum! We doubled with his sister and her fiance (always so fun! Love them.) and then watched the fireworks right on the river. Perfect :)


As we ended the night (early, because I am an old lady and was le tired) we drove past the Capitol and it was all lit up for the 4th. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live so close to such a beautiful landmark and so much history. It really was beautiful!



On Sunday we had another wonderfully low key day. If you’re an Apple lover such as myself and have an iPhone have you asked Siri yet what zero divided by zero is yet? I promise it won’t disappoint. Haha! We then started looking up other funny things to ask Siri:


We went to another of my favorite restaurants in the area (Houlihan’s for you locals!) for one of J’s friend’s birthday lunch. It was so fun! Then of course I was craving a good dessert and was in search of a bakery.


Siri (I changed her voice to a British accent and it cracks me up every time. I also make her call me Linny. Anywayyyy…) found us a close by bakery and it is by far my new favorite.

Cupcake Monday
You can bet we’ll be back for Cupcake Monday!

I ended the day and weekend with a little Facetime with two of my favorite girls. This little one and her Mama!

Linny Doll

Here she is showing me her Linny doll! It’s a Barbie that she found at her Mama’s house and named Linny. I can’t even. I’m a lucky Auntie to have this little stinker in my life. :) It really was a great weekend!

How was your weekend? Did you see the fireworks? Tell me all about it!


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Four Reasons I’m Doing Weight Watchers Again

I’ve tried a lot of different things when it comes to weight loss, and I’ve found that some things work better for me than others. I take a little piece of whatever I’m currently doing or trying, and then add it back into something else.

Weight Watchers

If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you know I’ve tried a lot. I’ve tried “not dieting,” Advocare, Weight Watchers before and also was involved in the Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge in 2014. There is good to every one of those things I’ve just listed. I’ll say it here, and please know that it resonates throughout the rest of the post as well: This is a NO judgment area! What works best for someone may not work for someone else, and there is good to everything I just listed. I’m on a constant journey to find what works best for me. I don’t wish to say anything bad about any of these programs (or others I haven’t mentioned because I haven’t tried them!) or snark on them. Instead, I’d like to talk about why I’ve decided to do Weight Watchers again. [Full disclosure: I’m not paying to go to meetings or an online membership. Instead, I’m using materials I already have from previous attempts in an effort to keep the costs for me down. Clearly, this is in no way a sponsored post. Ha!]

Why I’m Doing Weight Watchers Again:

  • It’s a program I’ve done before and had success on. The last time I lost my most weight (40+ pounds) it was on WW.
  • It allows you to eat real food.
  • Fruits and vegetables are free (!!!).
  • And last, but certainly not least:
    • It gives me the structure I crave, with the opportunity to still live my life. I can make room for things like cupcakes, wedding cake and the occasional fast food as long as it fits within my points.

The last time I did Weight Watchers (~three years ago), I was still in the mindset of “I’ll do this now but when I get to “x goal weight,” than I’ll go back to eating normally. That does not work! Since then, I’ve really began to better understand my relationship with food, and through everything thing I’ve tried I’ve built a better foundation of what works and doesn’t work for me.

I’m a constant work in progress, but stubborn about reaching my goals. I’m hopeful, nervous and excited to begin this journey (again) and I’m so glad that you all around for the ride.

If you have any Weight Watchers tips, tricks, facts or anything else – share them in the comments! Weight loss is something we can always lean on, and learn from, one another one. I’d love to learn more from you all, and my hope is (as always) to be a supportive, inspirational person for you all.

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Weekend (And Week!) Happenings: Vacation Recap

Hi friends! How the heck are ya?! I can’t believe it’s Monday again. And, an extra sad Monday at that because it’s back to reality after vacation. Sad day. 😉 But, it sure is a marvelous day anyway, right?!

weekend happenings

I was at the beach with my family and J on vacation, and it was the best time! The beach is sincerely my happy, happy place.

Beach 1

It was a vacation full of relaxation, feet in the sand, games on the beach, reading, boardwalk time, dinners out and the perfect vacation with the best people.

Beach 2

Kissy, kissy, smoochie, smoochie 😉 It was so nice to have J along for vacation – my first time ever bringing a boyfriend with me. Crazy town, USA! J and I cooked dinner one night (shrimp kebabs!) and can we just take a second to laugh at Rosie in the lower right hand corner with her mohawk? Ha! She loved the beach, but didn’t really care for the bath that happened afterwards. She’s so silly.


#nofilter -ha! Dinner on the bay with views like this? What can you say bad about that? Truly the best time.

Grocery Shopping

Now, it’s back to reality (oh, grocery shopping…)! The laundry is done and I’m starting Weight Watchers again today. Excited, nervous and hopeful – these are my main three emotions about this. But, more on that later this week!

Tell me about your week and weekend! Do you like the beach? I’ve been going since I was a baby and I’m a huge fan (clearly!) Do you have any fun vacations planned this summer? Tell me all about it! xoxo

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