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High Five For Friday

Happy Weekend lovelies! You made it another week and I hope this week had a bit less snow for you than last week.

I love my Friday posts because it gives me an opportunity to stop and remember the fun times and good times from my week.

1.) Baby K decided that our ottoman, which also doubles as a storage bin for our living room blankets, was better suited as a play area for her. She played in the thing all week long and had a blast. Sometimes she would pretend it was her bed and would say "night night" as she laid down. So stinkin' cute.


2.) I've been reading through the Daily Devotional Jesus Calling with the women of our church and had a nice little reminder over the weekend to pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is a verse with few words, but the words are so powerful and so true.


3.) Recently, Baby K has gotten into the habit of wanting to climb into our bed to watch the ipad. If I'm not laying in the bed with her, I will surround her with pillows so she doesn't fall out. I caught a glimpse of her as I was getting ready and just had to capture it with a photo.


4.) We got more snow...again. But this time it was so pretty because it actually stuck to the trees.


5.) Did you see yesterday's post announcing the new weekly (Thursday) link up hosted by me and For Lauren and Lauren?
That's right! A Weekly Link Up!!!! We want to connect with other bloggers and invite you to join us. The beauty of this link up is that you can blog about anything and be included:

  • a favorite outfit
  • a bible verse
  • a baby item
  • an iphone app
  • a person
  • a quote
  • a recipe
  • anything that you couldn't live without that week, we want to hear about it
Mark your calendars for every Thursday and come link up with us. You can link up here at Pursuit of Pink or over on For Lauren and Lauren. And if you aren't a blogger, this is a great opportunity for you to find even more awesome blogs to follow. #yourewelcome

***Grab the button below and help us spread the word!!! We can't wait to have you join us - we kick things off NEXT WEEK, on Thursday, March 5.***








I'm linking up with Bright on a Budget, September Farm, Meet @ the Barre and Style Elixir.
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I Couldn't Live Without...

This has been quite the crazy week! Monday started off with what I thought would be a quick trip to get my oil change...three hours later and three stops later and I finally got it completed! Plus throw in one crazy trip to the grocery store where I made the mistake of not putting Baby K in the grocery cart because I only need three things - note to self: always put Baby K in the grocery cart. Then Tuesday and Wednesday I worked at the theatre and had A LOT to accomplish. My to do list kept growing by the hour. Not to mention that all this week I've been packing (yes it takes me several days) so me and Baby K can go stay with my sister and her family for a long weekend. Add in my daily house cleaning and cooking dinner, working my Rodan + Fields business and spending lots of time in the car while I drive an hour to and from work and there you have it. My crazy week (and yes I know it could have been worse).

Through all of this I realized that I couldn't have survived the week with a smile on my face without my playlist. My playlist keeps me sane, gives me a chance to let off some steam and helps me to relax. I change the songs on my playlist from time to time, but the genre and general feel of my playlist always remains the same...teeny bopper music!

That's right friends. This week I couldn't live without a playlist full of the same music that my 15 year old niece likes. And I am not ashamed to admit that. It is music that puts me in a good mood and makes me shake my thang. I turn on my playlist and I'm instantly happy.

Here are the top songs on my playlist right now:
1.) Uptown Funk, Marc Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
2.) Blank Space, Taylor Swift
3.) Somebody That I Used To Know, Pentatonix
4.) All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor
5.) Bang Bang, Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
6.) Sugar, Maroon 5
7.) Anything Could Happen, Ellie Goulding
8.) Shake It Off, Taylor Swift

And thanks to my fabulous husband Tolar, I have an awesome instrument that turns my car into my own personal DJ which blasts my iphone playlist through my speakers. He got me a BlueTooth Transmitter for Christmas and I LOVE IT. Here is the one he bought for me and we have been really happy with it. The GOgroove Flexsmart is super easy for me to use and the sound is great. I never knew something like this existed until my husband bought it for me and now I hope I don't ever have to live without it. So I guess you could say I couldn't live without two things: my playlist and my bluetooth transmitter (I need to come up with a fun name for it!).



So what songs are on your playlist? Any songs you can recommend for a teeny bopper music loving girl like myself?




AND NOW...
I have something really exciting to tell you all. My friend Katie (from the blog For Lauren and Lauren) and I are turning this here "I Couldn't Live Without..." post into a weekly link up!

That's right! A Weekly Link Up!!!! We want to connect with other bloggers and invite you to join us. The beauty of this link up is that you can blog about anything and be included:

  • a favorite outfit
  • a bible verse
  • a baby item
  • an iphone app
  • a person
  • a quote
  • a recipe
  • anything that you couldn't live without that week, we want to hear about it

I have always participated in link ups because it has been a terrific way for me to find and meet other bloggers. And now we are so excited to have the opportunity to meet even more bloggers and connect with you all!!!



Katie and I have daughters that are just a couple weeks apart and we really connected with each other during our pregnancies. It has been awesome to experience similar situations as our daughters grow and to exchange stories of triumphs and failures with each other. Every single blog post that Katie writes about motherhood, I feel like I could have written it myself. And that is one thing I love about blogging, finding people who you can relate to and who know what you are going through. So why don't you join us and make some new friends too?

Mark your calendars for every Thursday and come link up with us. You can link up here at Pursuit of Pink or over on For Lauren and Lauren. And if you aren't a blogger, this is a great opportunity for you to find even more awesome blogs to follow. #yourewelcome

***Grab the button below and help us spread the word!!! We can't wait to have you join us - we kick things off NEXT WEEK, on Thursday, March 5.***


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Easy Dinner for the Weeknight Rush



I have quite possibly the easiest meal you will ever need to make on those nights when you are short on time, but don't want to order takeout. In our family, eating a yummy dinner not from a paper bag is very important to us (though we do love take out every once in awhile!). Since moving to Dublin, I have made cooking dinner a huge priority. This is one place where I severely lacked as a wife when we lived in Alexandria, but now that I have more time dinner is cooked by me almost every single night.

Even with more time, I'm still busy and there are still plenty of nights where I need something fast! Enter this yummy pork chops and rice recipe. My mother is the brains behind this recipe, so she gets all the credit.

Now I'm not claiming this is the healthiest dinner on the block, but it is homemade and it is fast! Take what you can get!!!


Pork Chops and Rice

Ingredients:
1 TB oil
Pork Chops (I prefer the thin, boneless chops)
2 cans Chicken and Rice Soup
About 3/4 cups additional rice (I prefer brown rice)
Water


Instructions:
1.) Coat the bottom of a pan with oil. Place pork chops in the pan and brown on both sides (cook about 4 minutes on each side).

2.) Once pork chops have been browned, pour 2 cans Chicken and Rice Soup over top.

3.) Add additional rice and about half a can of water (I pour water into the can to get out any remaining rice).

4.) Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.




That's it! Easy peasy right? What I love about this is the prep time only takes about 10 minutes and then you can walk away until it's finished. This is such a comfort food meal in our family! I will sometimes add broccoli straight to the pan while it is simmering. Or I'll serve a salad or another vegetable on the side. Every time I make this dinner, I wonder why I haven't made it more often. It is so good and so easy.



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Great Zulily Deals

Have you ever heard of Zulily? I wish I had used this site before I got pregnant with Baby K. Prior to getting pregnant, I had heard of it briefly but thought the site only featured products for pregnant ladies and babies, so I stayed away. Until my sister's friend Rebecca told me all about it. And man, oh man, why didn't I check it out sooner?

You can save on so many things, it is so much more than babies and maternity wear. Read that again - it is so much more than babies and maternity wear (don't make the same mistake I did!). 

They have home decor, shoes, men's and women's clothing, girls' and boys' clothing, health, beauty and yes even babies and maternity. And the savings that you get from shopping with Zulily are incredible.


I'm all about a deal; shopping a sale is the only way I like to shop! I've bought accessories, shape wear, baby clothes, baby feeding items and several clothing pieces all from Zulily at majorly discounted prices. And a lot of what they carry are popular name brand items.

Here are some of my favorite things available on the site right now:

Under Armour for Women (they have in boys, girls and men too!)

Mom Invented, Mom Approved (up to 50% off) I love this car seat foot rest for when we turn Baby K around in a few months.

Organization Favorites (up to 55% off) These stackable trays are gorgeous!

Studio Oh! (up to 40% off) They have some adorable stationery and other paper goods at great prices.


So hustle over there and get to shopping. But a word of advice, check out the site when you have a good amount of time. Because you aren't going to want to stop!




(And I'm really excited about an announcement I have coming up on Thursday. My friend Katie, who blogs over at For Lauren and Lauren, and I are cooking up something good - be sure to come back on Thursday for details!)
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Dashing Dish Clean Eating Cook Book

I was given a complimentary copy of Dashing Dish for review purposes. ALL opinions are my own.



I think I might be in love. If love equals lots of tasty recipes that are easy to make and so good for you all rolled into one amazing clean eating cook book. Then yep, I'm head over heels in love!

Allow me to introduce you to Dashing Dish. I've been a fan for several years and definitely recommend that you check out the site. Dashing Dish is a popular cooking and healthy lifestyle website created by Katie Farrell. Katie takes yummy foods that everyone loves and puts a healthy spin on them. I've tried several of her recipes in the past (especially her protein shakes) and have always like everything I made. So when I heard that she was creating a cook book I couldn't wait to get my hands on one.

The Dashing Dish Clean Eating cook book does not disappoint; it is chock full of amazing and tasty recipes. As soon as I received the book, I flipped through the recipes and my mouth was watering reading over everything. I've never loved so many recipes in a single cook book before and I want to make virtually every thing! From Carrot Cake Pancakes to Baked Mac and Cheese to a Cake Batter Protein Shake and Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breasts, I'm telling you she has some incredible dishes for you to try.

I love that Katie has come up with healthy alternatives to all of my favorite foods. So now I can still eat the foods that I love and not have to feel guilty afterwards. In fact, I'm fueling my body with tons of protein. Every recipe is a clean eating recipe full of healthy and wholesome ingredients. And since Tolar and I recently finished a clean eating challenge and have started to incorporate some of those choices into our lifestyle, this cook book arrived at the perfect time. Before I go even further you might be wondering one simple thing...

What is Clean Eating?
-Replacing processed foods with whole foods / consuming foods in their natural state or as close to their natural state as possible
-Choosing unrefined over refined foods
-Less Sugar and Salt in your diet
-Increasing Water Intake (I try to drink 80 ounces of water a day)
-Eating 5-6 small meals a day


Some people might think that clean eating means that you cannot have yummy and tasty meals. Well, after taking our challenge I found that to be extremely false. In fact, I fell in love with so many things during our clean eating challenge that I still make them now. And the recipes in Katie's book are absolutely satisfying and oh so yummy. Over the weekend I made the Dashing Dish Three-Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake and we absolutely LOVED it. Even Baby K gobbled it down. The dish was incredibly tasty, full of flavor and tasted like something I would order in a restaurant. And the best part??? It only has 154 calories per 1 cup serving!!! Can you believe that??? The sauce was so creamy and was made with healthy ingredients. I can honestly say that had I not told Tolar it was a Dashing Dish clean eating recipe, he would never have known it was actually good for him.




I was incredibly impressed with how easy it was to make the Three-Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake as well. All I had to do was combine everything into one bowl and bake. Simple, easy, tasty - yes, yes yes!!! This dish immediately got added to our menu planning rotation. In fact, I really want to make it again next week I loved it so much.

There are so many great dishes that I can't wait to try. Next up, I'm making her Warm Cheesy Spinach Dip, Cheesy Broccoli Bites (there seems to be a theme with my taste buds) and Spaghetti Squash Alfredo.



Tolar and I could not be happier with this cook book and are very excited to be able to add so many healthy and delicious recipes to our life. Our mission to a create a healthier lifestyle is taking shape and we don't have to sacrifice taste to do so.

You can order your very own copy of the Dashing Dish cook book on Amazon. Happy cooking!
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Continuing The Weekend

Well we had 4 and a half snow days around here. It has been quite awesome having Tolar home all week. I've enjoyed having extra daytime help with Baby K and she LOVES all of the extra playtime she gets with her Daddy. And since he's been home all week, it doesn't feel like the weekend is starting anew, because it feels like its been a weekend all week long. And I am NOT complaining about that.

But to recap, here are some of the best moments from our week:

1.) My parents took Baby K down to visit my sister and her family, leaving Tolar and I to enjoy Valentine's weekend just the two of us. It was awesome to refresh and recharge and spend some quality time together. We had an awesome Valentine's Day where we slept in, got frozen yogurt, saw a movie in the middle of the day (just because we could) and attempted to have a fancy dinner out. But the snow started pouring, causing us to cancel our dinner reservations and order in pizza. Even though I got dressed up for no reason and dinner was cancelled, I still had an awesome night with my Valentine.


2.) Baby K had a blast playing with her cousin. My nephew and K are 10 months apart and they just adore each other. I love to watch them interact and have so much fun together.


3.) With all of the snow, we decided to introduce K to the joys of sledding. She had a blast. Check out yesterday's post for tons of pictures from our snow days.


4.) Like father, like daughter. This picture just makes me smile.


5.) Being cooped up in the house for a week made me want to eat everything! Luckily we didn't have many snack foods in the house so I was pretty good - until yesterday. I really wanted some peanut butter cookies so I gave in and made some. And they were amazing!




So how was your week? Did you get a lot of snow where you live?


I'm linking up with September Farm, Bright on a Budget, Meet @ the Barre and Style Elixir.
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Snow Days

Since we moved to Southwest Virginia, I have been desperately seeking some snow. I knew that we had a good chance of getting a fair amount of snow accumulation and with Tolar back in school I knew he would get some days off. In D.C. I RARELY (like one whole day off during Snowmageddon 2010) got snow days off from the theatre so I was really excited to have an opportunity for the three of us to get some snow days together. Baby K has never had an opportunity to play in the snow as she was too little to walk last winter.

Nothing in January around here and I was starting to give up hope. But hello February, we got some snow! So far this week, Tolar has had four days off from school. I worked from home yesterday, but we have still had a lot of time to relax and play together and introduce Baby K to the joys of playing in the snow. And did my child find joy in the snow!!!! SHE LOVED IT! In fact, she didn't want to come inside. She cried a lot when we came inside and begged us (pweese, pweese, pweese) to go back out. Poor child didn't understand that we would go back out, we just needed to warm up and for her face to quit being so red!

Fun was had by all. We went sledding at both our house and my parent's house, Baby K got to swing, my parents had us over for a yummy pancake dinner and we had more than enough time to cuddle and watch Netflix. I love that snow causes us to stop and slow down, to put our to do lists away and just have fun!


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Accessories Make The Outfit

I'm an accessory lover through and through. While I fill my closet with tons of clothing that I found on sale, I will spend a little bit more on jewelry and accessories because I know that I will get a ton of wear out of them. Accessories can be worn during all seasons and last a bit longer than some trendy pieces of clothing. Even if I'm just wearing something very basic, I will still throw on a scarf or a necklace to add a little pop. Accessories can change and really dress up an otherwise boring look.

The other day I had on a very basic outfit:
jeans
tank
cardigan
boots

You could probably call my basic outfit my "momiform" because I wear those items all. the. time.

But I made sure to add some accessories to help dress the outfit up and make it look different from every other momiform.

There are a couple things that I regularly add to dress up an outfit:
necklace
bracelet
hair

Necklaces are my absolute favorite type of accessory because there are so many different styles. It is so fun to pair different necklaces with the same outfit to get a different look. I'm a huge fan of Stella & Dot because they have so many things to offer.


Bracelets are another fun way to dress up an outfit. I love basic, classic pieces and I'm totally in love with this two tone bangle that I was given as a gift from The Vanilla Tulip.


And finally, if I'm feeling a little sassy and want to dress up an outfit, I will curl my hair or style it a different way. I spent the majority of my life with super straight hair that I wore that way everyday and I'm so happy that because of blogs I've learned to style my hair in fun ways. I used this tutorial here to style my hair.


Just by adding these few things to my outfit takes it to another level and makes me feel like a million bucks!
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Foundation Review



I'm a beauty junkie; I like to try new products, find new ways to apply makeup and discover products that make my morning makeup routine easier.

I try lots of different things, but I have to say the makeup product that I have tried the most over the years is foundation. I've suffered from super oily skin my entire life and have struggled to find a foundation that doesn't make me look like I just finished a super sweaty workout session. Thank goodness I finally realized that the real secret to flawless makeup starts with great skin care - but that's a subject for a different day (although if you want amazing skin from great skin care, send me a message at lindsay@pursuitofpink.com).

Over the years, I've tried so many brands: Clinique, CoverGirl, Maybelline, Revlon, Mary Kay, MakeUp Forever, Bare Escentuals, everything. I've also tried a variety of foundations: liquid, powder, creamy, loose powder, minerals. And I finally found a foundation that I LOVE.

Rimmel's Stay Matte Mousse Foundation has just taken first place in my competition to find the best foundation.


Here are reasons why I love Rimmel's Stay Matte Mousse Foundation:

-It's a mousse, so it doesn't feel thick and heavy at all.

-I get some great coverage without feeling like my makeup is going to cake off.

-When the bottle says stay matte, they mean it!!!
I wore this makeup on Sunday which is my busiest day of the week. My makeup goes on around 6:30 a.m. and doesn't come off until bed time. On Sundays, I'm picking up babies, negotiating with 3-6 year olds, smiling, chatting, singing, dancing, playing, cooking, driving and so much more. And by the end of the day my makeup still looked great. I didn't look in the mirror and think "man, I need to blot."

-There are so many colors so you can match your skin tone.

-A little goes a long way, so I know that this bottle will last and I will definitely get more than my money's worth.

-The price: at $5 I don't really need another reason to love it!!!
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Happy Friday!

It's the freakin' weekend! Woohoo.

First things first, Happy Birthday to my fantastic sister Ashley! I hope today is a terrific day and that this is your best year of life yet.

Now let's get into some fun moments from my week:

1.) After we finished our clean eating week, I declared that I was not going to cook dinner the next day. So of course we went on a family date to Outback. Yummy!


2.) These curls are so beautiful and I'm so jealous.


3.) Even though our clean eating week is over, I'm still keeping some of the recipes in my daily diet. This tomato and mozzarella salad is my new favorite. Want the recipe? Check me out on instagram here.


4.) Baby K woke up from a nap still very sleepy, so that meant that we got some awesome cuddle time together.


5.) I got to go out with the girl's from church for ladies night and we had a FABULOUS time. It is so fun to watch our group grow and to meet new friends each month. If you are in Roanoke/the NRV we get together for dinner on the 2nd Monday of each month. Let me know if you want to join. We always pick a new restaurant each month.



So that was my week. How was yours?




I'm linking up with September Farm, Bright on a Budget, Meet @ the Barre, The Diary of a Real Housewife and Style Elixir.
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Valentine's Day Giveaway

While you are busy checking out my other post showing you my daily schedule and how I stay hydrated, I want to be certain that you know about this super cool giveaway I'm hosting with the adorable Kallie over at But First, Coffee.



We are going to get your lips kiss ready for Valentine's Day!

One lucky winner will win a gift pack from both Kallie and me. The winner will receive 2 MAC lipsticks, a super cute makeup bag and a lip microdermabrasion stick from Rodan + Fields. Your lips will be so smooth and irresistible that you are sure to get kissed on V Day*!

And all you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter below. Easy Peasy!

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*Giveaway hosts cannot guarantee an actual kiss will occur.
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Staying Hydrated - A Day In The Life

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and DripDrop®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DrinkDripDrop #DripDropHydrates http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV




Ok, so Baby K is 19 months old...I NO LONGER have an excuse that I just had a baby and that's why I'm carrying around some extra poundage. My sister has totally inspired me by starting a regular workout regimen and she's achieved some amazing results. I too have started the workout regimen that my sister follows and Tolar and I just finished up a clean eating challenge last week. Good start, right?

The older I get the more I learn that you have to make lifestyle changes, not go on crash diets in order to change the way you look and feel. And one of those lifestyle changes that I am proud to have implemented is drinking tons of water to stay hydrated. I try to drink about 80 ounces of water each day. Most people probably wonder how do you drink that much or even remember to drink that much in a day? Well I'm going to give you a peek into one of my days so you can see what I do to drink that much water.

7 a.m. My wake up call rings (aka Baby K wakes up and gets the whole house up and moving).

7:15 a.m. Get Baby K settled with breakfast and I grab my first 24 ounce bottle of water. I try to drink the entire thing before I eat breakfast so that I don't overeat or feel hungry after breakfast.

And I recently found this cool product called Drip Drop Hydration Powder that I like to use in my morning water to make sure I start my day out fully hydrated. I had no clue, but when you are dehydrated, plain water doesn't cut it. You actually need to replace fluid and electrolytes. An awesome thing about Drip Drop is that it has 2-3 times the electrolytes and half the calories of sports drinks. Since I often wake up with cotton mouth and desperately need water, Drip Drop comes to my rescue, plus it tastes great!!!


7:30 a.m. Check my blog and amplify my daily blog post on my social media channels. (Psst, are you following me on instagram? That's where I have the most fun!)

8 a.m. Breakfast time for me!!! I normally have oatmeal or cereal, but have recently been adding eggs and English muffins into the mix.

8:30 a.m. We are staying at home today, so I don't need as much time to get ready. I've found I can take a quick shower in peace if I put Baby K in her crib with a few toys and lots of books. She will play quietly until I'm finished in the shower. Then she likes to come in the bathroom with me while I do my hair and makeup. Digging around in the cabinets is a favorite activity of hers and it is so funny to watch her try to use the hairspray (she knows it's one of my favorite products).

9 a.m. Baby K and I start to fill our day with lots of fun activities. I posted last week about ways that I entertain my daughter now that I am a stay at home mom. Click here to read more about that.

10 a.m. I hop on facebook to tackle a few things for my business and my blog, while I have some time since Baby K is occupied. I even like to check in with my followers on social media to see how they are doing with their water intake. My friend Shannon tries to drink a gallon of water a day - that is incredible!!!



10:30 a.m. Time to get some chores done around the house. Baby K is at an age where she is starting to mimic what we do and really gets excited when we ask her to "help." She loves to help me put the clothes in the dryer or pretend to mop while I'm sweeping. It is so much fun to get her involved in my household duties (train 'em up right!). I stick to a daily cleaning schedule where I do a little bit each day, you can find that here.

11 a.m. We take a quick trip to the Post Office to mail off a couple thank you packages to my Rodan + Fields customers. Baby K loves going to the post office because she really likes to climb the stairs to get to the front door.

11:30 a.m. Dance Party with Baby K! We often put Taylor Swift's Blank Space on repeat and have so much fun dancing around. (Side note: Tolar had Baby K by himself over the weekend and she started to get fussy in the car. Well he turned on some music and when Blank Space came on, she got happy!!! That's my girl.) Our dance party is always followed by grabbing some more water - I usually throw some lemons in a glass of water for myself and give Baby K a cup with water.

12 p.m. Lunch time for Baby K. Toddler meals are always so fun to make, bite sized everything. Today it's corn, cheese, turkey and mandarin oranges.

12:30 p.m. Nap time for Baby K.

12:45 p.m. My lunch time. Lunch is always varied for me - depends on when I last went grocery shopping and what's in the fridge. Although today I'm having a caprese salad with whole wheat pasta, it is so good!!! Plus I have another 24 ounce bottle of water.

1:15 p.m. Time to work on my blog while Baby K sleeps. During this time I will draft blog posts, respond to e-mails/comments, plan my editorial calendar, take photos for blog posts and check all of my social media channels. So happy to have my water to keep me full and hydrated after lunch, it helps to keep me from snacking too.


2:30 p.m. Wakey wakey for Baby K. Normally she asks to watch Mickey and because she is so cute when she asks, I have to oblige. I like to sit on the couch with her while she watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and work on my Rodan + Fields business. It is so cute when she snuggles up against me.
Today I also set a reminder for myself to grab some more water around 4 p.m.


3:30 p.m. I prep food for tonight's dinner, so it is ready to go when everyone is ready to eat. While I prep food, Baby K loves to play in her cabinet in the kitchen. I often spy her "pouring" with my measuring cups, it is adorable.

4 p.m. Tolar comes home after school and work. He and Baby K play together and read books while I try to find some yummy new recipes to make. We are committed to finding healthier options of foods we love, so I am constantly searching cookbooks and Pinterest.

4:10 p.m. While searching through an awesome new cookbook, my alarm goes off reminding me to drink more water. Depending on how I'm feeling, I might add some Drip Drop powder to my drink.


5 p.m. Family play time. I simply adore hanging out in Baby K's room where we read, play musical instruments, feed her babies, work on her colors and quiz her on the location of all of her body parts. She even knows where her elbows are, and it is oh so cute to watch her point them out!

6 p.m. Dinner time! Some nights Baby K eats first and I wait until Tolar gets home to eat with him. But on nights that Tolar doesn't have an evening class, we always try to eat together. With dinner I will have water in a glass with lemon.

6:30 p.m. I clean up the dishes while Baby K and Tolar read more books. She definitely has some favorite books that she always asks us to read, but we have our favorites too.

7 p.m. Bath time for Baby K. Tolar is the primary bath giver, which gives me a chance to answer some e-mails for my Rodan + Fields business and fold any laundry that we washed earlier in the day.

8 p.m. Good night Baby K.

8:15 p.m. My workout begins. I'm following along with Bikini Body Mommy and I love it! This workout was created by a Mom who gained weight with each of her pregnancies and she designed a workout specifically for busy Moms to help them shed the pounds. The workouts are no longer than 20 minutes, which is perfect! And I'm already seeing results. If you know my sister, then you have seen that the Bikini Body Mommy workout is a success because she looks incredible!
I add another 24 ounce bottle of water during my workout - it is always needed!
(No workout pictures - it ain't pretty)

9 p.m. Relax. Tolar and I both collapse onto the couch to spend some time with each other. We will either watch one of our recorded shows or catch a game show, we love Family Feud and IdiotTest.

10:30 p.m. Hop in bed. I wish I could tell you that I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, but this little social media site called instagram usually gets my attention.

Somewhere around 11 p.m. I finally fall asleep.



So what about you? How many ounces of water do you drink in a day? Do you have any tips to making sure you drink it all?


A few notes about Drip Drop:
  • I bought Drip Drop at CVS in the baby aisle.
  • You can save $1.00 off with the purchase of any ONE (1) box of Drip Drop Hydration Powder (thru 2/21/15), while supplies last, at your local CVS. Just click this link to print a coupon.
  • Drip Drop does not contain caffeine or stimulants of any kind.
  • I think it would be a great product to use should you or your child get sick, a great way to get those electrolytes back in your system.
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High Five For Friday

Happy Friday all you fabulous peeps!!!

This was a pretty normal week, with the exception of us taking part in a clean eating challenge. Even with the normalcy, I found plenty of fun moments to make it a great week!

1.) I LOVE planners and I love writing on paper - it is a lost art these days. So I was super excited to receive my planner from May Designs this week. I use the May Designs planner to keep my personal life in order since it is small enough to fit in my purse. I use the Day Designer to manage my Rodan + Fields business and keep this blog in order. Don't you just love the colors in this photo? I feel like this photo is me to a T!


2.) Oh no big deal, just doing Daddy's homework for him.


3.) I received the Dashing Dish cookbook and cannot wait to make every single recipe. It all looks so good and delicious. I guess Tolar and I will just continue our clean eating trend!


4.) This sign was in a local wine store here and I laughed out loud.


5.) Did you see yesterday's post with the recipe for my Clean Eating Energy Bites? They are seriously the best thing that happened this week, you should definitely make them!


I hope you all had a fantastic week.



I'm linking up with September Farm, Bright on a Budget, Style Elixir and Meet @ the Barre.
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