Pursuit of Pink

Friday, April 17, 2015

High Five For Friday

It was a busy week around here. As you learned in yesterday's post my mother in-law was in town, which was so helpful! I was able to get a lot done and she got to spend a lot of time with Baby K. And now for some fun moments from our week (my mother in-law's visit was definitely fun!!!), apologies that a lot of these are of Baby K. That girl just lights up our world!

1.) Baby K got her first ouchie that required a bandaid. While that doesn't sound like fun, the fact that she didn't cry and absolutely held still while I put the bandaid on was fantastic. My girl is growing up!


2.) Since Tolar's mom was in town, we got to have a date night! We grabbed some yummy dinner, walked around because it was so gorgeous outside and watched some improv comedy.


3.) Baby K got some fun new toy tools and decided to help us with the yard work. Train 'em up right!


4.) We went to a family fun event at Tolar's school and Baby K participated in a cupcake walk. Watching her and Tolar walk around the circle, I couldn't help but realize just how big Baby K has gotten. She's definitely not a baby anymore!


5.) Someone decided that a mouth full of Jimmy John's was the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Can't argue with her on that!




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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Thing I Couldn't Live Without This Week...My Mother In-Law

First things first, I am so happy to be back. There just isn't enough time in the day/week to get everything done is there? I told one of my co-workers one day that I was working on finding more hours in the day, but apparently I'm failing miserably! HA!

Which leads me to exactly why I need to write this post! I am so thankful for my mother in-law and I definitely could not have lived without her this past week. Kim/G Ma arrived last Thursday and she was an absolute blessing to us this entire week. We had a lot to do and plenty of nights away from home and she was right there helping us out with everything. From yard work, to cleaning, to folding Baby K's laundry, to showering Baby K with gifts, to helping us with a self-employment ledger, to the all important task of spending time with her granddaughter while mommy/daddy got a date night - she did it all! And was such a huge help to me.



I felt like we were go go go all week long and my laundry pile definitely shows that. But Kim was there with a smile on her face and plenty of kisses for Baby K to make the week just awesome. I'm thrilled that G Ma and Baby K got so much time together. At first I felt guilty that it seemed so many of my meetings/small groups/activities were piled in the same week that she was here. But then I realized that G Ma really came to see Baby K so she was getting exactly what she wanted!

It is not lost on me that I am in the minority. I have an incredible mother in-law who I simply adore and I realize just how lucky I am. In fact, I have a memory of going to a girlfriend's bachelorette party and everyone chatting not so nicely about their own mother in-law and I honestly said to them all that I just adore mine. And it is so true!

My sweet mother in-law just got over being sick and I wanted to be able to cheer her up a bit. So I planned a surprise night out for she and I while she was in town and took her to Paint Nite. We had a blast drinking wine and pretending to be painters (neither one of us can paint or draw!). Paint Nite was such a fun experience and I cannot wait to do it again. If you have something like it in your area, definitely check it out. I love finding new things and this was such a unique experience, unlike anything else I had ever done.



So Kim, thank you for ALL of your help. Thanks for keeping Tolar in line, thanks for loving on my daughter and all of my family so well and thank you for being my friend. I adore you!!! Cheers!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

High Five For Friday

Happy Friday and Happy Spring! I know, I know, the real first day of Spring was a little while ago. Now that the sun is out in full force and it looks like warmer temps are here to stay - well that is Spring to me!

Here are my top five moments from my week:

1.) Did you see my post on Monday about our Easter weekend? Well if you didn't, you missed this oh so precious picture right here. I just had to share it with you again!


2.) I am NOT A FAN of pictures that someone takes of me when I don't know said picture is happening. I just consider myself a very awkward person and more often than not a candid shot of me just looks silly. Well, then this photo happened. I knew that Tolar was taking this picture, but I still look completely awkward. :) I don't remember what was happening, I guess Baby K was squirming too much as you can see the ball is starting to fall. But anyways, this picture makes me smile and cringe all at the same time. And I love it because it reminds me that I am no where near perfect, no matter how hard I try to make my picture appear, and well that is just beautiful. Because God made me just the way I am and I'm supposed to be that way!


3.) I'm in love with this Stella & Dot necklace. I let it sit in the box for quite some time because I always considered it a necklace to wear for a fancy occasion, but then I decided I didn't want to wait any longer and I paired it with a dress for work earlier this week. Because let's face it, when a person only wears makeup 2 days a week (the one day I work in the office and on Sundays), those seem like special occasions, right?


4.) Sorry for the blurriness, that is just the fun that Tolar and Baby K had during their dance party the other night.


5.) The other night I was texting with both my friend Katie (you know her from the blog For Lauren and Lauren) and my friend Kara. They both live near each other and I was trying to connect them for MOPS. Well I was having conversations with them both at the exact same time and since their names both begin with KA, I kind of got confused. I thought Kara asked me how I knew Katie, but as you can see I was totally wrong. Katie and I are still laughing about this.



So that was my week! How was yours? Got any fun weekend plans?



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Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Thing I Couldn't Live Without This Week...

Who watches the Today Show?

I'm a HUGE fan. I've been watching it for years and always wanted to get the Shakespeare Theatre Company some coverage on their broadcast. Well, STC/Today Show coverage never happened while I was there (though New York Times and Wall Street Journal coverage did, thank you very much!), but I am absolutely thrilled that the company I now work with was just featured on the Today Show this week.

The Today Show is quite the accomplishment in the PR world. Here is the clip that I am just so thrilled about:



And since the Today Show has taken notice, I had to share it with all of you. Because honestly (and not just this week) I couldn't live without Rodan + Fields!

Seriously, this business came into our lives when we didn't even know we needed it. Many of you already know our story (if not read here) and I can honestly say that Rodan + Fields has been such a huge financial blessing to my family. That's right, I am able to stay at home with Baby K the majority of the week and still contribute to our family financially. In fact, I'm the bread winner while Tolar goes back to school. And I do the majority of my "bread making" through Rodan + Fields. If we didn't have Rodan + Fields I don't know what we would do. But luckily I don't have to worry about that.

Have you ever wished you could work from home? Do you want to get paid a great paycheck working part time hours? Are you looking to fund a shameless shoe fund and bring in some extra cash? Do you want to give more to your church or other charities? Would you like to replace your income? Would you like something extra (and extra money) that you can also work around a full time career? And the kicker...do you need to pay off debt?

If your answer to any of those questions is YES, then we really should talk.
We are not a party company, which was so huge for me! And I don't consider myself a sales person. Being a Consultant with Rodan + Fields is built around relationships and sharing great skincare in your daily life (just like you would share a great restaurant or an awesome movie). Whatever your Why is, this is a "job" that can help you get there. And I love that this is a "job" that can fit into any area of your already busy life - because let's face it, we are all busy. You can seriously do this job in just a few minutes a day.

This business is for working moms, stay at home moms, anyone who wants a little extra cash on the side or even anyone who wants a full time income AND you can work the business around your crazy life.

I'm working my Rodan + Fields business while working 2 days a week at the theatre, running this blog, managing my family's finances and household, being involved in church/MOPS and most importantly being a wife to Tolar and a mommy to Baby K. I work R+F less in one entire month than I did in a week when I worked full time in D.C. and I get an incredible pay check each month.

Now is the time to hop on board! My team is growing fast and going places and I'd love to have you on this incredible ride with me. When you join, you're not thrown to the wolves in figuring it all out. I will help you start up your business and give you by best practices and tips to get you off to an incredible start!

So if what you just read sounds like something you would like to hear more about, then send me an e-mail (lindsay@pursuitofpink.com) or comment below with your e-mail and I promise I will be in touch. I'd love to chat further and fill you in on the blessing that is Rodan + Fields!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Meal Planning Tips

Now that I spend a lot more time at home, I've started cooking more regularly and planning our weekly menu. When we lived in Northern Virginia and I worked full time (not getting home until 6:30), I failed miserably at cooking dinner. By the time I finally got home from work, all I wanted to do was spend time with Baby K until her bedtime at 8 and by then I definitely didn't want to tackle cooking dinner. So we ordered in a lot.

I've always wanted to cook regularly because I really enjoy cooking, but my busy schedule didn't allow it. Which is a reason I am very thankful for our change in lifestyle. When I first started meal planning, I had absolutely no clue where to start. But now that I've been meal planning for several months, I've picked up some tips and tricks along the way. Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful to you as well.





  • Make a list of every meal that your family likes and keep it somewhere that you can easily access.
    This makes it easy for me to determine what we will eat instead of having to just remember all of our favorite dinners. On my list, next to each meal I will write where the recipe is located so I can easily find it when I'm ready to cook (i.e. pinterest, cook book, blog)
  • Meal plan by the week to allow for the inevitable schedule changes.
    I have a friend who meal plans by the month and she is my absolute hero! Meal planning by the week works best for us as stuff always comes up. I will sit down with Tolar on Sunday nights and plan out our week, determining when we have events that will cause one of us (or both of us) to be out of the house for a specific night.
  • Check your pantry to see what items you already have on hand.
    When deciding what we will eat each night, I always like to see what I already have before I buy anything new. Usually I can come up with one or two dinners based on food items I already have (this is a cost saving tip too!).
  • Grocery shop once a week.
    After I plan out what meals we will have for the week, I write my grocery list and include items for every dinner. By only going to the grocery store once a week, I save myself a lot of time because I will already have everything on hand when it is time to cook dinner. Of course there are times when I forget something and send Tolar to the store on his way home for class, but overall I just go once a week.
  • Don't forget to schedule leftover nights!
    Every night doesn't have to be something new, scheduling a night for leftovers is perfectly fine. If you don't schedule a night for leftovers they will likely go bad, which just wastes money. I like to schedule a leftover night once a week which is a nice break for me!
  • Try to schedule meals that use similar ingredients in the same week, if a recipe calls for an ingredient you don't use regularly.
    If I plan a meal that calls for plain greek yogurt, I always try to plan two meals. We don't like to eat plain greek yogurt by itself, so if I don't use all of the yogurt it will go bad. The same is true with lettuce. If I plan to have a salad one day, I will later plan to have tacos and use the lettuce on those. The trick is to making sure your perishable ingredients will get used.
  • Search for inspiration to add variety to your weeks.
    I'm constantly searching pinterest for new recipes to try so we don't get bored eating the same thing. Recently I started searching for crock pot and clean eating recipes to add some new dinners to our rotation. If you need some inspiration, here is my dinner Pinterest board.



    What about you? Do you meal plan and have any tips that you can share? I'd love to read your tips in the comments below.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter

We just had a pretty awesome weekend celebrating Easter. My sister, brother in law, nephew and my sister's best friend were all in town to help my family celebrate the greatest holiday. We took the kids to an Easter egg hunt where they both collected a ton of eggs, had a yummy family dinner at my parent's house and had an incredible time at church on Sunday.

I have a new appreciation for holidays because I get to experience them in a new way as I watch Baby K. It is so fun to see the joy and wonderment on her face as she discovers all there is about holiday traditions. I love the smiles and laughs and I simply adore watching Baby K and my nephew interact. They are really starting to have a lot of fun with each other and their giggles are the best.

My Pastor said something on Sunday that has been on repeat in my head: our Pastor gets emotional about Easter when he thinks of everything that Jesus has done. He knows the kind of person that he really is, he knows all of his imperfections and shortcomings and yet Jesus died for him and for you, for all of us, so that He could save us from our sins. It is incredible to think that someone can love us even with all of the junk that we have going on in our lives. I'm blessed beyond even my own comprehension. I will never know what I have done to deserve all of the greatness that Christ pours down on me daily, but I will spend my whole life thanking Him.





Friday, April 3, 2015

High Five For Friday

Great memories, even the little things, are what make life fun - right? That's why I love Fridays where I get to recount the fun things that happened during our week. Here are the top five:

1.) On Sunday we took Tolar's Dad out to eat at my favorite restaurant, Carrabba's. I had talked about the place a lot and once we realized that there wasn't a Carrabba's near his Dad's house we decided to hit the road. I got to sit in the backseat and entertain our little cutie during the car ride. I just love seeing her smile and act goofy, we had a great time together.


2.) I have discovered a way to curl and style my hair in 5 minutes. And  no, I'm not kidding. I'll share details soon, but I just couldn't believe that the curls turned out as well as they did in such a little amount of time.


3.) Being silly, Tolar grabbed Baby K's hair bow and put it on as a bow tie. I LOVED the look, especially the color combination; everything really popped. Tolar isn't convinced, but I'll keep working on him.


4.) Tolar took Baby K on a walk in the woods and decided to give her a walking stick. She loved it and I just love this picture of my little girl exploring.


5.) I have started working out very regularly thanks to the motivation from my sister. Before I started working out, I never got around to it because I would always wait until Baby K went to bed and by then I was too exhausted to exercise. Well, I have since decided to work out in front of her during the day - it sets a great example for her and she thinks its fun to workout with mommy. This is Baby K attempting to mimic my plank jump outs. The girl is always good for a laugh.



Did you have a good week? I would love to hear about some fun moments in your life too.



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