Pursuit of Pink

Friday, November 28, 2014

High Five For Friday

What a week! Here are some awesome moments from my week:

1.) Baby K got a swing set from Tolar's parents for her birthday and we finally got it delivered and set up in our yard. She LOVES to play on this thing.

2.) I started reading Colliding with Destiny by Sarah Jakes and I have already been so blessed by this book. So much of what she writes feels like she knows what has been happening in my life and is speaking right to me! Full review coming soon!

3.) We have an annual family tradition to run a 5K on Thanksgiving Day no matter where we are. We ran the Drumstick Dash in Roanoke and had a blast; it's such a great way to start our holiday!

4.) I'm so thankful for so much in life, especially these two people who make my heart so full!

5.) Well it is Black Friday after all, and I am joining in on the craziness to offer some amazing deals on Rodan + Fields skin care. If you have ever been interested in checking out these products, now is the time! E-mail me at lindsay@pursuitofpink.com with your skin concerns or questions and let's get you started on the best skin of your life. All products come with a 60 day money back guarantee! These make great gifts too, your loved ones will thank you!

I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth and September Farm.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Explaining Advent and Christmas to Little Ones

Got your Christmas list ready? Well I have something that you need to be certain to add to your shopping lists this Christmas, especially all you mamas out there.

If you are looking for a Christ-centered activity for your children to explain about Jesus, then look no further than this amazing book full of ADVENTure - its called The Traveling Wise Men.

My sweet friend Chelsea, a teacher by day who just so happens to have two little ones herself, wrote this book because she was searching for a fun, daily, Jesus focus for her own children at Christmas time. And now she is sharing the fun with everyone. The Traveling Wise Men shares the story of Christ's birth and the long journey the Wise Men made to meet the King of Kings. This poetic story is filled with captivating illustrations and its readers are invited to join in a clever tradition... the tradition of The Traveling Wise Men.

Too often these days, the real meaning of Christmas is pushed to the side as people shove each other trying to get the best deal on today's hot item. But through The Traveling Wise Men, you can keep Christ in Christmas and have fun explaining to your children the real reason for the season. And I know it will be awesome to watch your children get excited each morning as they search for the Wise Men and participate in each activity.

This fab book is definitely making its way into our household!

You can get your own copy too - check out Amazon to order.

And if you want to interact with the author and other fans of the book, then get social on facebook and twitter.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

One of Tolar's favorite soups is Broccoli Cheese soup, Panera's Broccoli Cheese soup to be exact. So I went on a hunt to find a recipe that was similar and not that hard to recreate. What I ended up with was a soup that we both loved and I even thought it tasted better than Panera's. Oops!

While this recipe is easy to make and there isn't a lot of prep work involved, it does require some a time commitment because you have to simmer things at different times for 20 minutes at a time. The neat freak in me loves this recipe because my downtown while things simmer allows me a chance to clean the dishes I already used. Call me crazy.

Here is what you will need:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half and half cream
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 TB cooking oil
1 onion, diced
1 cup fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg
8 oz grated cheddar cheese
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

1.) In a large pot, melt the butter and then whisk together with the flour over medium heat for about 2 minutes. The mixture will get thick.

2.) Slowly (and I mean slowly) whisk in the half and half and the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3.) While the pot is simmering, saute the diced onion in the cooking oil.

4.) Add the broccoli, carrots, onions and milk to the pot.  Stir and let simmer for 25 minutes until the vegetables are tender, also stirring occasionally.

5.) Add nutmeg, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese melts.

6.) Serve and enjoy!

-This recipe makes 4 BIG bowls of soup. You can always double the recipe to feed more people.
-If you don't like a chunky soup, you can puree half of the soup.
-Feel free to add more milk if you want a soupier mixture.

Friday, November 21, 2014

High Five For Friday

Weekend! I'm ready for you!
We are in the process of painting our house and tearing off wall paper, so I apologize for the silence the past two days. I've just been so tired after peeling and scraping. But I have had a great week and I'm ready to share some fun moments with you!

1.) I scored some fun stuff at the Junior League Stocked Market last weekend. As I said on instagram, basically if it is pink, polka dots, burlap or monogrammed then I will buy it!

2.) I'm trying to make small changes to my diet and lifestyle and I think I'm making some progress. I swapped out cake and cookies for hot chocolate with skim milk and it was TASTY!!!

3.) I was so excited to check the mail and find this awesome Tory Burch clutch that I earned through my Rodan + Fields business. The perks are so awesome with this business - not mention the great skin, super flexible work schedule and incredible income too. Curious? E-mail me at lindsay@pursuitofpink.com.

4.) The first pig tails have sprouted and I am in love!

5.) I am going to post more of these photos soon, but I am just too giddy with excitement not to share! Here is a sneak peek from our family photo shoot with Shine Photography. Ah! I'm crazy about our entire photoshoot. So much fun!!!

I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth and September Farm.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

These are my confessions...

I'm totally channeling Usher as I type this....

These are my confessions...

  • If I have to walk into a dark room, I get in and get out with a quickness. Why yes, I am still a 3 year old trapped in a grown woman's body.
  • My iphone has apoximately 698 pictures of Baby K sleeping, all captured by my peeking in on her with our video baby monitor.
  • Ever since getting rear ended last December (almost an entire year!), I have major anxiety when driving on highways. In fact, I take the back way on my hour drive into Roanoke because I'm terrified someone will hit me again. #sadbuttrue
  • Speaking of cars and driving - we just saved a boatload of money by going with a different insurance company for our car insurance. I'm talking the tune of $36 a month in savings!!! This is your PSA for the day: know your options and price quotes when it comes to car insurance.
  • I pray as I drive to church every single Sunday morning that Baby K will happily walk into the nursery and not cry for me or Tolar the entire time...and it works!
  • I wear, as Tolar would put them, granny socks. But I prefer to call them knee highs. And I definitely do not consider them granny socks if they have a lace design on them.
  • Sometimes I will ask Tolar if he has done something, just to see if he will tell me the truth.
  • I really love that Baby K cries Mama whenever she's upset. My girl needs me and I'm so happy about that.
  • Tolar helped me write 25% of this post (which that number might go up before I'm done typing).
  • When I get a new follower on instagram, I get really excited!!! (again #sadbuttrue)
  • I have a really bad habit of NOT listening to voicemails on my phone. And usually I will only listen to them to get the little notification to go away (sorry Bek Bek, I will listen to your message and call you back soon).
  • I'm learning more and more everyday just how much like my mother I really am.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Eliminating Distractions

Raise your hand if you get sucked into social media and before you realize it have spent an hour looking at photos of people you barely even know. Yep, that's me (slowly raises hand) all too often. It is quite sad just how easy it is for me to get sucked into social media. I'll go to facebook to check my profile or to look at my blog fan page or to check in on things with my Rodan + Fields group and the next thing I know I've wasted an hour when all I really needed to find would have only taken me three minutes.

Since Baby K was born I have claimed that I don't really have time to read anymore, which used to be one of my favorite activities. But the truth is, if I didn't allow myself to get sucked into social media each and every single night then I actually would have time to read. Yes, I no longer have three hours to just sit and read in the middle of a rainy Sunday afternoon, but I do still have time. And I need to make time because I really miss reading.

When we moved into our house, I put all of my books on my bookshelf and I have an entire row of books that I hope to read. And I really want to read them. Some of them are novels, some are quick "chick lit" reads, some are books I would like to re-read and some are encouraging/spiritual books and I want to read them all. So I'm making a commitment to myself. Each night after Baby K goes to bed and I have completed all of my "mom chores," I'm going to put my phone and computer away and read. Ahhh, the thought of that sounds amazing.

Here are some ways that will help me eliminate distractions and get things accomplished that I really want to do:
-put the phone down!
-turn off the computer
-if I have to get on social media, I will set a timer
-make a to do list and stick to it, don't stray and add other items to it
-limit Netflix/tv watching

What are some ways that you eliminate distractions?


As a treat for you all today, I've teamed up with Karli at September Farm for an awesome Group Giveaway of cold hard cash. You know you want to enter! Check out everything below and get to entering!!!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

High Five For Friday

This has been quite the jampacked week! We had a yard sale, visited friends, went to church, my car was in the shop twice, I worked from home two days, had ladies night with my church, Baby K got sick, I made some progress on unpacking and decorating the house and still found time to watch plenty of episodes of Hart of Dixie on Netflix.

With all of that, I definitely had some awesome moments for which I am thankful. Here are some good ones from the week.

1.) There is nothing I love witnessing more than a group of people huddled together in prayer. I snapped this photo of our worship team right before service began on Sunday.

2.) We had yard sale on a pretty cold Saturday and Baby K decided to bundle up to help us out. She reminded me of the kid in A Christmas Story who couldn't put his arms down when she had this snow suit on. (And PS - in case you didn't know, the most successful yard sales are NOT held on a cold day in November.)

3.) We had lunch with friends I have known my entire life (yum dash o on the food!) and Baby K got to meet their horses. She was not afraid at all; she pet the horses, talked to them and even fed them some carrots. My friend Nichole was really impressed with how awesome Baby K was around the horses.

4.) Tolar and I "celebrated" our 5 year dating anniversary this week. What a quick 5 years it has been!

5.) I love that Baby K enjoys reading so much, and I really love that she likes to have her Daddy read to her.

Linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth and September Farm.
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