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Friday Five February 6, 2015

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Five things happening this week…

1) Reading:  I finished reading Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty.  It was good, but not my absolute favorite by her.  She still remains my current favorite author.  Love her writing style, and all the surprises that just keep coming in each book.

Three Wishes


2) Watching:  We of course watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, though I did not care who won the game.  My favorite part was the half-time show with Katy Perry…not that I am a huge fan, but because Avery thoroughly enjoyed it.  She was mesmerized by the visuals and the poppy, upbeat music.  Anything juvenile such as this, is so much more fun when you get to watch a child enjoying it!


3) Shopping:  I have been looking for a new phone case for a while now, but either can’t find one that I like, or when I do it costs more than I want to spend.  Or, as is the case here, I finally found one from the Rifle Paper Co. I was ready to buy, and it’s currently sold out.  So…I’m on the lookout for another one again.

Floral Lace Protective iPhone Cover


4) Cooking: I made a Meatza Pizza for dinner a few nights ago that I found here.  It might have been good, except that I followed the recipe exactly, which turned out not to be a good thing.  I included the optional 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, which turned out to be way too much!  It ruined the meat “crust” because it was too hot.  I also felt the “crust” was too thick.  If I were to make this again I would spread the crust out in a much bigger pan than the recipe called for.  From here on, I will probably stick to the real thing or make a cauliflower crust as we have before, which tastes much better.



5) Loving: Avery and her cuteness.  She spilled her milk last weekend, said, “Sorry Mommy,” then walked over and got a towel from the drawer and cleaned up her mess.  Now, if only she would do this for every mess she makes!  :)




A Little Q & A February 4, 2015

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I thought it was time to update my bio page…so the below Q & A’s will soon be up on my About Me page.


     Favorite actors?

  • Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Kristen Wiig
  • Leonardo Dicaprio, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell

Favorite films?

  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Hangover
  • A Lot Like Love
  • Bridesmaids

Must see TV?

  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Orange County
  • Nashville
  • How to Get Away with Murder

Favorite food?

  • Pizza
  • Shrimp
  • Brownies

Favorite thing to cook?

  • Desserts — especially brownies
  • Primal dinners that actually end up tasting good

Guilty pleasures?

  • Watching several of the TV shows I listed above
  • Taking naps
  • Online shopping
  • Instagram/Pinterest/Goodreads app

Favorite song at the moment?

  • Style by Taylor Swift
  • Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars (Avery loves to dance to this!)

Favorite bands/musicians?

  • Taylor Swift
  • Bruno Mars
  • Maroon5
  • Zac Brown Band


  • Running, Walking, and Lifting Weights
  • Reading
  • Playing Tennis
  • Gardening
  • Paleo/Primal Cooking
  • Celebrity Gossip

Favorite places in the world?

  • My house, snuggled up with either Adam or Avery…or both.  :)
  • Florida…especially the Key’s

Favorite books/authors?

  • Liane Moriarity
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette?
  • The Help
  • Gone Girl
  • The Last Letter to Your Lover
  • Harry Potter series
     Favorite places to shop?

  • Amazon
  • Banana Republic
  • Gap

Favorite restaurants in Springfield, MO or anywhere else you visit often?

  • Springfield only — Maria’s
  • Chains — Old Chicago, Zio’s

Favorite magazines?

  • Glamour
  • Redbook
  • Fitness

Favorite cosmetics brands?

  • Bare Minerals
  • Maybelline
  • Urban Decay

Favorite cocktail/drink?

  • Coffee
  • Shiner Bock
  • Vanilla Vodka and Diet Soda

Do you prefer to stay in or go out?

  • I prefer staying in.  Avery makes it pretty tough to go out, but even then I’m very much a homebody.

Do you speak another language?

  • Not really.  I know some German, but not enough to say I “speak” it.

If you could go anywhere in the world you haven’t been, where would it be and why? 

  • I would love to visit Hawaii.  I love the beach, warm weather, and tropical locations.

What is a fashion don’t in your mind?

  • Wearing sheer leggings as if they are pants.  While some might enjoy it, I personally do not want to see your thong, butt, or lady bits through your so-called pants…if others can clearly so those things, then they are probably not pants!
  • I also think clothes should fit your body.  Ill-fitting, super tight clothes can make some of the skinniest women still look chubby, and unflattering.  If it’s too tight, don’t wear it!

Mac or pc?

  • PC, although if I didn’t require one for work, I would love a Mac.

Favorite websites to visit?

  • Pinterest
  • Amazon
  • Goodreads

Things That Are “Saving” My Life Right Now February 1, 2015

After a recommendation from my BFF, I have started reading the blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy.  She writes a lot about books, which are my favorite posts, but recently she inspired me to type up a list of things that are making this winter that much more bearable…to be posted on Groundhog’s Day, the halfway point of winter.  To explain and encourage her readers to do the same, she writes,

“I’m marking the things—big and small—that are making my life so peculiarly precious during this season. The things that are saving my life, even if it sounds silly to say so. “

So, without further explanation, here is my list of things that are “saving” me from the winter blues:


1. Boots, boots, boots — I would not mind dressing up for work in the winter if I could just wear jeans every day with a nice sweater or top…but that is frowned up.  I also do not like wearing heels to teach in, but I think they look the best with dress pants, so basically this amounts to me not really enjoying dressing up for work.  :p  My solution to this problem has been to wear boots  every chance I get.  I wear them with various colors of leggings or with skinny jeans in a variety of non-blue colors.  i.e.  I have a new khaki pair from American Eagle that are super cute with brown boots.  The only problem that this creates, is that I am always dreaming of another pair that I “need” to buy.  (Boots from, Journey’s, and



2. Coffee — Coffee is the new water…at least for me it seems to be.  Not only do I love it, but I feel that it is a necessity.  Three cups minimum.  Every now and then I even drink a cup after I get home from work too, as I feel I need a little caffeine boost, but do not want to drink a soda.  (After reading several articles lately about how terrible pop is for you, I’ve been trying to cut it out almost completely.) This particular day I had Starbucks, that pretty much only happens about once month.  Most days I stick to using my precious Keurig.



3. Dreaming of Florida — My husband and I had gone on a vacation every single year we were together, usually to various parts of Florida…and then we had Avery.  Ha.  Two years later, we are finally going back, this time with our baby.  We have a condo booked for Orlando the first week of June.  Adam and I are constantly talking about and planning different aspects of the trip.  It’s making the end of the school year that much more exciting and giving me a reason to daydream about summer.  (Trip to the Key’s in 2011.)


Key West





4. Books — Books are my constant go-to for entertainment.  When I am reading something really good I get excited for the opportunity to sneak in even five minutes.  Plus, when there is no beautiful weather outside calling my name…cuddling up with a good book and a blanket sounds pretty darn good.






5. Not Being Sick, one day at a time — Winter has not been kind to me thus far.  I have already been sick twice since November, and as I type this have almost completely lost my voice…not sure yet if it’s going to turn into something more.  There are constantly sick students all around me, as well as sick students around my husband, plus all of the toddlers running around Avery’s daycare with her.  Therefore, truly every day that I wake up and feel “not sick” is a blessing, as is when Avery and Adam both seem well too.



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