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May 25, 2016

Summer Slow Cooker

I have talked about my love for my crockpot/slow cooker (whatever you wanna call it!) many times around here. It's the most wonderful solution for two working adults or busy families who just need a delicious dinner when they get home during the week! As I've been prepping our freezer with crockpot meals, I realized a lot of our favorites are more suited for the fall and winter. I love making chili, soups and stews in the crockpot. While those are still tasty year round, I needed some new inspiration. So, hello, Pinterest! Long-time no see. I rounded up a few awesome summer slow cooker recipes that I plan to make to make life simpler in the coming months and to also be more seasonally appropriate.

For a great breakfast/brunch idea- this frittata sounds SO tasty. I love anything with summer zucchini and the blend of herbs she uses in this recipe is already making my mouth water.

There is nothing like a summer Sloppy Joe, amiright?! This one made with quinoa really intrigued me- hopefully it will be as tasty and it sounds! 

Corn?! In a crockpot?! With flavors like chili and lime? Sign. Me. Up. We don't have a grill currently (ours broke a couple summers ago and we have yet to pull the trigger on a new one) so if I can get a delicious summery corn in my slow cooker- you bet I'm going to try it!

Stuffed peppers are another go-to meal in our house, but typically of the heavier, cheesy variety- and I've always made them in the oven, too. This Greek spin on something I already love sounds awesome!

And of course I had to at least throw one dessert recipe into the mix ;) This cobbler sounds absolutely delicious and if I can have something sweet without slaving in the kitchen for hours doing tedious steps? I'm in!

Anyone have any favorite summer slow cooker recipes to add to the mix for me?! I'm officially hungry after writing this post ;) Bring on the summer yumminess! 

Liking up with Jenn today for What's Hap"Pinning" Wednesday

May 24, 2016

Let's Chat

I come to this blog almost daily and want to write, but many days as of late I end up closing the tab before I ever type a word. It's just hard to form coherent thought sometimes ya know? So today I thought I'd talk to you blogger to blogger. Just me and you sitting down for some girl talk to catch up, share what's going on and have an open conversation. That's all I really want at this point- someone to chit chat with and enjoy a good beverage together. I don't think that's asking too much.

I'd be drinking the coldest ice water with lemon but I'd openly admit that I honestly just really want to drink a fountain Mountain Dew instead. Or maybe a Sonic slushie- it's probably a good thing I didn't discover those until the last month of pregnancy. A really, really good thing.
I'd likely share our little boy's name, since we'd be in person and not on the internet. We use it so much at home it's hard not to type it online. With each passing day it gets a little bit tougher not to share it on the blog/social media world. I worry about creepers and privacy sometimes, and other times I just want to say "who cares?!" It's a never-ending battle in my mind.

I'd confide in you that every single day, typically multiple times a day, I worry about how childcare will work once I have go to back to work. I'd tell you it seriously makes me sick to my stomach thinking of the hours I'll be away from my little guy. I'd probably beg you to help me find a new job that lets me work from home... or closer to home... or part-time with the same pay/benefits as I have now ;) Wishful thinking, right?!

I'd probably admit to you that I have hardly any experience with newborn babies- but that I cannot wait to have one of my own to snuggle! I think my fear/nerves with tiny babies comes from the parents typically- watching me like a hawk when I meet their new little one and giving me a play-by-play of what I should be doing. It'll be nice to have my own cutie to care for and love on in the privacy of our own home.

Before I scare you into thinking I shouldn't be allowed to have a baby- I'll be quick to remind you that Jared is a superstar and I know he's going to be such a great dad. I hope our little boy looks just like him! It's so fun to think about what he'll look like, and so exciting that we'll finally know in a few weeks!

We'd wrap up our date after a couple hours of nonstop back and forth. I'm sure we'd glance at the clock and be all, "Wow! How did two hours pass by already?!" You'd get a big hug from me- possibly an awkward one since this belly gets in the way of everything these days. I'd follow up with a text where we promise to meet up again soon. Friend dates are so important- and they just don't happen enough. Maybe next time we meet I'll be enjoying that Mountain Dew ;)

May 20, 2016

Thrilled to See You, Friday!

It's been another whirlwind of a week and as always, I am thrilled to see Friday! Tonight I'm using a gift certificate from my birthday for a much need mani/pedi. My poor swollen feet are seriously going to enjoy this and I'll finally have pretty nails again! It's the little things people - it really is. I'm trying to remember to be more thankful on a daily basis, even through the aches and pains ;) This week I'm thankful for...

- A small little baby shower at work. It was just a small group of us but the women at work were really sweet in celebrating our little boy! A few of them chipped in to buy our highchair which I know we won't need for awhile, but I still love it. Little man also got some swimming trunks and sunglasses so he is all set for these summer months coming up quick. And these burp cloths we received are just too cute for spit-up but I guess I'll get over that.
aden and anais burpy bibs

- Overall an easy pregnancy. Sure, I get heartburn and swollen feet and I feel like a turtle these days, but I've had a healthy, smooth 9 months and for that I am definitely thankful. I haven't been sick and have gotten positive results/updates at the doctors pretty much all along. I don't take that lightly and just hope that continues through for an "easy" labor/delivery!

- A new little buddy! My bestie had her little girl this Tuesday after a very long labor and emergency c-section and I'm just so thankful that everyone is healthy and safe! Lacey is an absolute rockstar and little Reese, I know you and I are going to be great friends ;)

- My creative outlet. Having an Etsy shop is such a fun little side gig that lets me be creative in my spare time; because Lord knows I definitely don't have any creativity involved with my day job. I am truly thankful for the support we've received so far. Amy and I are having fun with it, learning a lot and hopefully growing our shop every week.

- This hubby of mine who puts up with all my crazy, all the time. He's always great, but I feel like our relationship has just grown exponentially since finding out we were expecting. I couldn't imagine life without this guy by my side.

I've got a great weekend ahead of me and I hope you do, too.
What little things are you thankful for right now??

May 17, 2016

On the Bright Side

Yesterday was the Monday-est Monday I've had in a long time. It was one of those days where you're pretty sure it's doomed right from the get-go. The morning started with oversleeping... never a good way to start your week, right? I actually overslept by so much I considered texting my boss to let him know I wasn't coming in, or was going to take a half-day or something. Fortunately, I pulled it together long enough to hop (more like roll) out of bed, get dressed in something semi-presentable and get going. Ugh, Monday.

And boy, was it a good thing I got going! Now I'm never late, but on my rushed drive into downtown, I remembered that today was actually the day I was supposed to get into work early for something. Yikes. It's bad enough to come in late, but on a Monday where you'd committed to being there earlier than normal? Yeah, terrible employee over here! Of course once I get to work "my" parking spot is gone but should I be surprised at this point? Nope, it's Monday.

I rush into the building as quickly as I can and hop (more like waddle) into the elevator. Push the button for my floor. Nothing. Push it again. Push it more frantically. The elevator is doing NOTHING. Really?? Today of all days has to be the day I now get to walk up 2.5 flights of stairs. Oh, and I'm 36 weeks pregnant as of today- in case that slipped anyone's mind. Monday, you are slowly killing me.

I huffed and puffed my way upstairs with my work bag and ginormous water bottle. I'm going to openly admit that yes, I did have to stop to catch my breath- more than once. My Fitbit practically exploded trying to measure my heart rate. Eventually I made it to the top, sweaty hairline and all, and collapsed into my desk chair. Approximately 30 seconds later my boss was in the doorway with urgent work for me and the day just rolled on from there. Monday-est Monday ever.

Other "highlights" of the day? 
- Forgetting my lunch on the counter at home. 
- Realizing my library books were due that day- and I'm NEVER late to return library books.
- Happily taking all my coupons to Kroger for a big grocery trip to discover they expired the previous day.
- Heartburn from absolutely nothing that comes and goes all day.

On the bright side... at least it's Tuesday now and nothing can go wrong. Right?!
This post is completely written in fun. I know things aren't that bad!! ;)